Career Services Office:
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February 28, 2000

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ATTN: 1Ls, 2Ls: Cook County State's Attorney's Office
The Office of the Cook County State's Attorney is establishing a panel of law students from the Chicago area law schools to meet with State's Attorney Dick Devine throughout the next academic year.  The panel will meet every other month at the Daley Center and is intended to provide a better understanding of the diverse practice areas and issues that the Cook County State's Attorney's Office manages.  The two representatives from Chicago-Kent will also serve as liaisons between the State's Attorney's Office, the CSO, and the student body regarding recruiting, career development and other issues discussed at the meeting.

Interested students should submit a resume and brief statement of interest to the selection committee, in care of Maureen Stimming in the CSO (Suite 360) by noon, Friday, March 3rd.  Preferred applicants will have a strong interest in public service, particularly government, good communication skills and an interest in working closely with the CSO staff.

PROGRAMS

To pre-register for any of the following programs, please stop by the CSO or e-mail kentcso@kentlaw.edu with the title, date and time of the program you wish to attend.  Walk-ins the day of the program are ALWAYS welcome. 

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Workshops
How do your behavioral preferences (how you take in information, make decisions, etc.) influence your career?  Can you find a job that not only challenges you intellectually, but supports your individual style as well?  The Myer-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a constructive tool to increase your self-awareness and therefore improve your marketing strategy when you approach employers about prospective career opportunities.  There are two separate, two part sessions offered.  Feel free to attend either one: 
Day Workshops 
Evening Workshops
MBTI I:  Tuesday, March14th at 12:00 MBTI I: Wednesday, March 10th at 5:00
AND 
AND
MBTI II: Tuesday, March 21st at 12:00 MBTI II: Wednesday, March 29th at 5:00
Space is limited so please register through our office to secure a spot.  You must complete the MBTI instrument before Monday, March 13th in order to attend.  The indicator must be filled out in our office but only takes 20 minutes to complete.  An important note: all results from the indicator are confidential and will be released only to you.  The MBTI is not a "test" - there are no right or wrong answers.  Nor is it a career interest inventory.  However, it can be extremely helpful in your jo search - whether you know exactly what you want to do, or are contemplating "why am I in law school?"

Mock Interviews
Don't let your first interview actually be your first interview.  One of the best ways to prepare for upcoming interviews is to participate in a mock interview.  On Wednesday, March 15th and Thursday, March 16th Debbi Gutman will be conducting mock interviews by appointment only in the CSO.  She requests that students drop off a copy of their resume prior to the appointment and indicate what employer-type they would like her to assume in the mock interview.  Students are encouraged to come dressed as they would for an actual interview and to bring a blank videotape so the session can be filmed.  You will receive a candid critique of your current interviewing skills at the end of the session.

Study Abroad Opportunities with Georgetown University
Interested in studying abroad this summer?  Earn up to six credits studying in Europe with one of Georgetown's exciting Law Programs.  The programs offer rigorous academic courses, taught by Georgetown faculty, and incorporate cultural activities.  Professor Charles Abernathy, Director of Georgetown's Summer Law Programs in Florence and Heidelberg, will speak to students on Thursday, March 29th from 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. in Room 581 to discuss the programs and answer your questions about classes, housing, professors, and travel.  Pizza will be served!  For more information, contact Lisa Ferrante at LAF3@law.georgetown.edu(1Ls are encouraged to attend.)

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Spring Interviewing Employers:

  • ATTN: 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls, 4Ls: Centro Romero:Centro Romero is seeking applicants interested in immigration law, political asylum, the Violence Against Women Act, adjustments of status, naturalization, and family unity petitions.  They require applicants to be in the top 50% of their class and prefer law review, moot court, immigration coursework, and Spanish fluency.  Submit a cover letter, to the attention of Ms. Angela M. Salse, a resume, and references to the CSO by 5 p.m., Thursday, March 2nd. 
  • ATTN: 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls, 4Ls: U.S. Air Force JAG: Students interested in the U.S. Air Force JAG  must submit a resume to the CSO by 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 15th.  Students must contact Major Fred Wolfe at 1-800-647-1638, x5214, or via e-mail at fwolfe@mke.afres.af.mil to set up an interview time.  Interviews will take place onIIT's main campus on Monday, March 20th, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.  NOTE:The employer listed above refuses to sign Chicago-Kent College of Law's equal employment opportunity compliance form. 
  • ATTN: 3Ls, LL.Ms: Parrillo, Weiss & O'Halloran: Parillo, Weiss & O'Halloran is seeking applicants interested in insurance defense litigation.  They require candidates to be in the top 50% of their class and prefer moot court or trial ad.  Interested students should submit their resume to the CSO by 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 21st.  Interviews will occur at Chicago-Kent on Tuesday, March 28th. 
  • ATTN: 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls, 4Ls: Center for Citizen Advocacy: The Center for Citizen Advocacy, formerly known as the Citizen Advocacy Center, is seeking students interested in civic rights. Candidates should submit their resumes to the CSO by 5 p.m., Thursday, March 23rd.  Interviews will occur at Chicago-Kent on Friday, March 31st.  For more information about the organization see the Grey Files in the CSO or www.essential.org/cac.
  • ATTN: 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls, 4Ls Interested in IP: Marshall, O'Toole, Gerstein, Murray & Brown Seeks Applicants: Marshall, O'Toole, Gerstein, Murray & Brown is seeking intellectual property applicants.  They require a science or engineering degree and a superior academic background.  Send a resume, cover letter, transcript, and writing sample to Ms. Lisa Glancy, Marketing Coordinator, Marshall, O'Toole, Gerstein, Murray & Brown, 6300 Sears Tower, 233 S. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60606.  Application deadline is April 15, 2000.
ATTN: 1Ls, 2Ls: Oneida County Public Defender, Criminal Division - New York
The Criminal Division of the Oneida County Public Defender in New York seeks student interns.  Legal interns generally choose assignment to the Chief Investigator's office to enhance their interviewing skills and learn fundamental investigative and forensic techniques.  Interested students need to request an application in writing from Frank J. Nebush, Jr., Oneida County Public Defender, Criminal Division, Historic Union Station, Suite 250, 321 Main St., Utica, NY 13501. 

ATTN: 1Ls, 2Ls: Cook County Public Guardian
The Disabled Adults Division of the Cook County Public Guardian is currently accepting applications for volunteer externs for immediate PT positions.  Accepted applicants will have top priority for summer externship opportunities.  Students will have the opportunity to work in a variety of practice areas including but not limited to Elder Law, Disability and Mental Health Law, Probate, Trusts and Estates and Real Estate.  Law students with a 7-11 license will make frequent court appearances for motions and have the opportunity to work on larger contested litigation.  Send resumes to Adam M. Stern, Cook County Public Guardian's Office, 69 W. Washington, Suite 1800, Chicago, IL 60602. 

ATTN: Minority Students: Judicial Extern Opportunities
The Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association has just inaugurated a special program to recruit and fund six minority law students to serve as externs to Chicago-area federal and state Judges during summer 2000.  The program is eight weeks and externs receive a stipend of $1500.  Further information and application materials are available in the CSO.  Please see Asha Viswanath.  Applications are due March 1, 2000.

ATTN: 1Ls, 2Ls: Office of the District Attorney, Bronx County, NY
The Office of the District Attorney, Bronx County, NY is accepting resumes from 1Ls and 2Ls interested in interning during summer 2000. Prospective candidates should send their resumes, along with a cover letter, a copy of their law school transcript, a writing sample, and three written reference letters to: Maria T. Rivero, Assistant District Attorney, Director of Legal Recruitment, Office of the District Attorney - Bronx County, 198 E. 161st St., Bronx, NY 10451. 

Judicial Clerkships with the State of New Jersey
The CSO has received extensive information on judicial clerkships with the state of New Jersey.  Please see the NALP Federal and State Judicial Clerkship Directory on the CSO resource shelves if interested.

Senator Fitzgerald's Office Seeks Interns
Senator Fitzgerald's Chicago office  is currently seeking interns for the spring and summer.  Interns will have the opportunity to work alongside the Senator's staff assisting in various duties including casework.  The intern program is designed for law students who have an interest in government.  Interested students should send a cover letter and resume to: Office of Sentaor Fitzgerald, Attn: Laura Anne Miller, 230 South Dearborn, Suite 3900, Chicago, IL 60604.  Questions?  Call Laura Anne Miller at (312) 886-3506.

Record Handouts
The CSO receives numerous notices throughout the year about internships (paid & unpaid); fellowships; judicial clerkships; and miscellaneous opportunities that would be of interest to our students.  Detailed descriptions are maintained on our Special Opportunities & Record Handouts web page.  Recent entries include:

Job Fairs

American Bar Association Section of Business Law Career Forum
The American Bar Association Section of Business Law will sponsor a Career Forum at their spring meeting in Columbus, OH, March 23 - 26, 2000.  As in past years, well over 1,400 business lawyers are expected to attend.  The forum will provide a job fair atmosphere as well as career related educational programming for attorneys and law students.  Resumes will be accepted on March 23rd.  Employers will select candidates and interviews will be arranged from March 24th to the 26th.  If you have questions, contact Lynn Howell, Assistant Dean of Stetson University College of Law, at (727) 562-7850 or at howell@law.stetson.edu.  

Scholarships

Patrick Stewart Human Rights Scholarship
Founded in 1996 and fully funded by the actor and activist, Patrick Stewart, and the Joseph Drown Foundation, the Patrick Stewart Human Rights Scholarship provides a unique opportunity for student activists to do applied human rights fieldwork.  Recipients plan their own summer internship with a local or global human rights organization or develop a summer project lasting six weeks to four months to promote human rights awareness.  Brochure/application available from Amnesty International's National Field Program in Washington D.C. at 202-544-0200 or nfp@aiusa.org. Applications are due March 15, 2000.

The Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation's Robert E. Lee Scholarship and Internship Fund:
Looking for Funding for a Summer Internship in Communications Positions with Government Agencies?  The Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation will award stipends to several law students from its Robert E. Lee Scholarship and Internship Fund.  The Foundation will award at least four $2500 stipends to law students employed as unpaid summer interns in communications positions with government offices.  See Asha Vishwanath for application.  Application deadline is March 31, 2000.

Proctor & Gamble Scholarship
The Proctor & Gamble scholoarship, in the amount of $5,000, is for relocation and living expenses for a U.S. or Canadian law student who spends a year as a FT, visiting student at Franklin Pierce Law Center.  The purpose of the scholarship is to aid members of under-represented groups in the flow of new lawyers practicing patent law in the U.S.  See Asha Vishwanath, Resource Manager, for information and application form. Applications are due April 30, 2000.

SEMINARS

Government Services Career Opportunities Forum
Thinking of a legal career in the government sector?  Be sure to attend the Government Services Career Opportunities Forum on Saturday, March 4, 2000 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the CBA, located at 321 S. Plymouth Ct.  Meet with representatives from over twenty-five government agencies who will be on hand to answer questions, provide employment contact information, and collect resumes.  The forum will expose young lawyers and law students to a wide range of government employers.  See the CSO bulletin board for a sampling of participating employers.  The cost is $10 per person.  Registration forms are available in the CSO or register by phone at (312) 554- 2056.

New Law Practice Model Using Hosted Technology
The North Suburban Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association are co-sponsoring a bread & butter luncheon seminar entitled "New Law Practice Using Hosted Technology."  The seminar will be held on Thursday, March 23, 2000 from 12 - 1:30 p.m. at the Second District Court House in Room 201, located at 5600 Old Orchard, Skokie, IL.  Dr. Fredrick W. Huszagh, Esq. is the featured speaker.  Dr. Huszagh teaches law practice economics, strategy and technology at the University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia.  Reservations are required.  Call Diane Damico at 847-724-1696.

CONFERENCES

University of Virginia School of Law Conference on Public Service and the Law
The University of Virginia School of Law's first Conference on Public Service and the Law will be held March 3 - 4, 2000.  The conference will allow law students from across the country to participate in informal workshops with lawyers from various fields of public service practice.  There are no registration fees for attending the conference.  A limited number of travel stipends are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  To learn more about the conference, check out www.geocities.com/uvaconference.

Shaking the Foundations: The West Coast Conference on Progressive Lawyering
The Shaking the Foundations Conference will be held at Stanford Law School March 3 - 5, 2000.
The conference is organized by law students for law students, activists, and legal practitioners.  The goal is to encourage law students to devote their careers to the stuggle for social justice, to expose students to the broad range of work being done to further progressive goals, and to provide a forum for discussion of creative legal and non-legal strategies.  Limited travel stipends and registration waivers are available.  See Asha Vishwanath or visit www.law.stanford.edu for details and upcoming deadline dates. 

Year 2000 Penny Severns Illinois Women in Government Conference Award Program
Illinois Women in Government (IWIG) is a bi-partisan organization that encourages students interested in local, state, and federal government to apply for paid attendance at the 2000 conference.  The 17th annual conference will be held at the State Capitol in Springfield April 26 - 28, 2000.  The purpose of the conference is to encourage more women to seek elective and appointive office at all levels of government, educate women about governmental issues and the political process, to promote participation in public affairs, and to provide a forum for women's issues.  The award will include the cost of registration, conference meals, mileage allowance or train/bus fare, and lodging costs.  Each award recipient will be matched with a mentor - either a state government official or private sector leader. See Asha Vishwanath for application information.  Application deadline is March 10, 2000.

MISCELLANEOUS

Spring Office Hours
Starting Monday, January 17th, the CSO will observe Spring Hours as follows:

  • Monday, Thursday & Friday                                            8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday & Wednesday                                                    8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays as follows (1/22, 2/19, 3/11, 4/15, 5/13)          9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
NOTE: The CSO will be open the week of Spring Break; however, the office will remain open until 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 7th, but close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8th.  Make the most of Spring Break by visiting the CSO to meet with our career strategists, research employers, and work on cover letters and resumes.  Remember, the more you accomplish now in terms of your job search, the more time you will have to devote to finals!   

Voices for Illinois Children
Voices for Illinois Children, a non-profit, non-partisan advocacy organization for children throughout Illinois, is launching a "Charter for Illinois Children" in several communities throughout the state.  This will be a unique opportunity for students interested in legislative issues affecting children to learn more about the agency and network with other participants.  The Chicago venue will be at the Chicago Public Library - Washington Library Center, Winter Garden Room, 400 S. State St. (enter Plymouth Ct.) on March 14th at 10 a.m.  For further information or to volunteer, please contact Kim Fitzgerald at 312-516-5557 or at kfitzgerald@voices4kids.org.

ATTN: Illinois State Bar Association Law Student Members

  • The ISBA is seeking nominations for the Law Student Division Public Service Award.  The award is awarded annually  to a law student participating in activities that enhance professional responsibility and provide service to the public.  Nomination forms are available in the CSO.  Nominations must be submitted by March 31, 2000. 
  • The ISBA's new Law Student Clerkship Networking Program is now available on their webpage at www.ISBA.org.  The website not only gives students an opportunity to view several placement positions are once, but it also offers ISBA member firms and lawyers in need of a clerking service, the availability of listing their position right on the site.  If you want more information regarding the Law Student Clerkship Networking Program, contact Teri Litwiller at 1-800-252-8908 or teri@isba.org.
Free Sullivans Judicial Profiles
The CSO has extra copies of the 1998-1999 Illinois Judicial Directories.  If you are interested in a hard cover book to add to your legal library that will give you insight on federal, state, and county judges who may be hearing your cases, please see Asha Vishwanath in the CSO. 

Public Hearings on Adult Guardianship - Your Input is Vital!
On March 7, 2000 from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 11 E. Adams St, Suite 500, public hearings will be held on the adult guardianship system in Illinois to share your concerns and experiences.  The public hearings are being sponsored by the Guardianship Reform Project to help develp a model for reforming the state guardianship system.  Written, e-mail (egenbar@worldnet.att.net) and oral testimony (5 minute limit) are welcome.  For more information, call E.G. Enbar at 1-800-537-2632, ext 312.

Need to Sublet Your Apartment this Summer?
If you are leaving town this summer and need a subletter, summer associates of various firms in the Chicago area are looking for apartments to sublet this summer.  Check out the contact information below. 

  • Chapman and Cutler - Call Ann Rainhart at (312) 845-2997 or submit detailed information about the apartment to the following address:  Ann Rainhart, Legal Personnel and Recruitment Manager, Chapman and Cutler, 111 W. Monroe St., Chicago, IL 60603.
  • Lord, Bissell & Brook - Send information regarding address, rent, parking, etc. to Kerry Jahnsen, Recruiting Coordinator, Lord, Bissell & Brook, 115 S. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60603.  Fax (312) 896-6455.  Email: kjahnsen@lordbissell.com.
  • Schiff Hardin & Waite - Forward detailed information about available apartments by email, lbeltran@schiffhardin.com, or mail to Lilly Beltran, Law Student Recruitment Coordinator, Schiff Hardin & Waite, 6600 Sears Tower, Chicago, IL 60606

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