Career Services Office:
News & Announcements for the Week of
March 20, 2000

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CSO Staff to Represent Chicago-Kent at National NALP Conference April 11-15
Several members of Chicago-Kent's CSO will be attending the National Association for Law Placement annual conference Tuesday, April 11 through Saturday, April 15 in Boston, MA.  The conference provides an opportunity for our office to market the law school and our students to hundreds of legal employers from across the country.  In addition, we will attend training sessions to identify new and creative ways to strengthen the services we provide to you and our diverse alumnae/i constituency.

Maureen Stimming, Director of Career Services, is meeting with several alumnae/i and legal employers in Boston during the conference.  She would like to inform them about students who are interested in relocating to the Boston area.  Please drop off the following to the CSO no later than noon on Friday, April 7: 1) a copy of your resume; 2) a short typed paragraph stating your preferred practice area or employer type.  She will ensure that employers and alumnae/i are aware of your interests.

The Career Services Office will remain open during this time.  Counseling appointments with Kim Reynolds and Debbi Gutman, our Career Strategists, will be available throughout the week.  We encourage students interested in meeting with a counselor to please call our office at 312/906-5200, e-mail us at kentcso@kentlaw.edu, or stop by to make an appointment.

Volunteers Sought for Spring Job-A-Thon 
The CSO and the Student Careers Committee (SCC) seek vounteers for the spring Job-A-Thon which will be held from Monday, April 3rd through Friday, April 7th.  Volunteers will spend a few hours in the CSO callling legal employers to inquire about summer positions, PT law clerk positions and FT attorney positions.  In the past, over 50 previously unknown job openings have been discovered through the Job-A-Thon. 

What are the benefits of volunteering you might ask?  How about learning to speak to employers without getting tongue-tied; having access to the new postings before the rest of the student body (callers have been known to obtain summer positions this way); and learning about the SCC for possible participation next year!

Still hesitant?  Don't be.  We make it easy by providing the scripts, phones and office space!  To volunteer for specific time slots between the hours of 9 - 12 p.m. and 1:30 - 4:30 p.m., please stop by the CSO to sign up.  You can sign up for as many hours as you wish.  If you're unable to get to the office to sign up, or if you have any questions, please contact Christine Sturman via e-mail or at (312) 906-5200. 

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. 

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 (per approval by Chicago-Kent).  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.)

Cynthia Adcock to Speak at Chicago-Kent
The Chicago Area Law School Consortium is pleased to welcome Cynthia Adcock to Chicago-Kent on Thursday, March 30th, at 4:30 p.m. in Room 570.  Ms. Adcock will examine the often heard argument of the opportunity costs of pursuing a public interest career, using her own career path as evidence tht the argument is illusory.  Ms. Adcock has represented prisoners since leaving a judicial clerkship in 1992.  Since 1993, she has represented death row prisoners in North Carolina.  In 1995, she began teaching the death penalty clinic at Duke University School of Law and went on to become the Director of the Pro Bono Project at Duke.  She is currently on leave from the Pro Bono Project at Duke in order to serve as the Director of the Pro Bono Project at the Association of American Law Schools.  If you're interested in a public interest law career but believe the costs outweight the benefits, you won't want to miss Ms. Adcock's presentation.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

ATTN: 1L, 2L Eve Minority Students: Arnstein & Lehr Cocktail Reception
In anticipation of the fall 2000 recruiting season, Arnstein & Lehr will be sponsoring a cocktail reception at their offices, located at 120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 1220, for 1L and 2L Eve minority students on Friday, April 7, 2000 from 5 p.m. till 7 p.m. Information regarding the reception is available in the CSO.  If interested in attending, you must R.S.V.P. to Kathi Hanus, Hiring Coordinator, at 312-876-7801 by Friday, March 31, 2000.

ATTN: 3Ls, 4Ls, LL.Ms: National Labor Relations Board's Honor Program for Entry-Level Attorneys
The National Labor Relations Board will hire a number of entry-level attorneys through the Honor Program for its headquarters offices.  For eligibility requirements and detailed information on the application process, see the Grey Files in the CSO or check out www.nlrb.gov. Application packages should be received no later than Monday, April 3, 2000. 

ATTN: 1Ls, 2Ls: Law Review Office of Chicago-Kent College of Law
The Law Review Office of Chicago-Kent College of Law has an opportunity for students to receive free tuition, a full benefit package, competitive salary, and the added bonus of eliminating the commute between school and work!  The Law Review Office seeks an Administrative Assistant to handle all phases of the publication process (e.g., billing, ordering, correspondence, etc.).  In addition, the assistant will perform some proofing, editing and formatting of articles.  The office is willing to be flexible with scheduling. 

All interested students are encouraged to forward a resume to emoran@kentlaw.edu - feel free to contact Eric Moran through email or at the Law Review Office at 312-906-5190 with any questions.  This is a terrific opportunity for students wishing to ease the financial burdens of law school and free up time, while not giving up any of the benefits that come with a full time job.

Spring Interviewing Employers:

  • 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: 3Ls, LL.Ms: DNA - People's Legal Services, Inc.: DNA - People's Legal Services, Inc. is seeking applicants interested in the following practice areas: welfare/food stamps, domestic violence/divorce, child custody and support, guardianship, public housing/landlord/tenant, employment/labor, repossession, and consumer and debt collection.  They prefer candidates with law review and moot court and those who have cross-cultural legal experience.  A 3 year committment is required.  If interested, send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and references by March 24th to: Ms. Claudeen Bates Arthur, Legal Director, DNA-People's Legal Services, Inc., P.O. Box 306, Window Rock, AZ 86515.
  • 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: National Women's Law Center: The National Women's Law Center is seeking applicants for the summer and fall semester.  Their primary practice area is women's rights, including economic security, employment, education, and health.  Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, transcript, writing sample, and 3 references to: Ms. Frances E. Thomas, Vice President of Administration and Finance, 11 Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036. 
  • 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: 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. 

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

10th Annual Indiana Collegiate Job Fair (ICJF)
If you're thinking of re-locating to IN or considering non-legal job opportunities, don't miss the 10th Annual Indiana Collegiate Job Fair on April 17, 2000 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.  The registration fee is $5 until March 27th; after this date candidates may register the day of the fair for $10.  For information regarding participating employers or resume submission, contact the Job Fair Hotline at (317) 274-2554, ext. 4, or www.iupui.edu/~jobfairs

Scholarship & Award Opportunities

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.

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. 

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.

Do Something BRICK Award for Community Leadership
The Annual Do Something Brick Award for Community Leadership honors and financially supports the best young leaders in America who are building a better world every day.  The award recognizes and supports outstanding leaders under the age of 30 who are measurably strengthening their communities.  Winners are selected on the basis of a series of essays and interviews in which applicants' leadership and entrepreneurial skills, long-term vision for their community and the measurable results of how their efforts have created lasting, positive change are evaluated.  Each winner receives a $10,000 grant to support their community work.  A national grand prize winner receives a $100,000 grant at a gala awards event each fall.  For application information call Do Something at 212-523-1175, e-mail brick@dosomething.org, or check out www.dosomething.org. Applications are due May 10, 2000.

SEMINARS

Upcoming Women's Bar Association Programs: 

  • Women in the Criminal Justice System: The WBAI is hosting "Women in the Criminal Justice System" on Thursday, March 23, 2000 from 4:30 p.m. till 6 p.m. at the CBA.  A panel of speakers will consider the presence and influence of women as victims, defendants, witnesses and prisoners, their treatment, and the system's impact upon them.  Featured speakers will include: Rita Fry, Public Defender, Bertina E. Lampkin, Supervising Judge - Cook County Circuit Court Criminal Division, Sheila Murphy, Justice Department Consultant and Former Presiding Judge of the 6th Municipal District, and Paula Daleo, Chief of Special Prosecutions Bureau - Cook County State's Attorney's Office.  The seminar is free of charge.  R.S.V.P. to Tamaca Harris at (312) 341-8530.
  • Celebration of First Women in U.S. District Court for the Northern District: Join the CBA Alliance for Women, the WBAI, and the Honorable Marvin E. Aspen in celebrating the first women in the U.S. District Court on Thursday, March 30, 2000 at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse Building, Ceremonial Courtroom (25th Floor), 219 S. Dearborn, Chicago.  There will be a panel discussion at 4 p.m. followed by a reception from 5:15 p.m. till 6:30 p.m.  Featured speakers include the Honorable Susan Getzendanner, the Honorable Susan Pierson Sonderby, the Honorable Olga Jurco, Jean Powers Kamp, Esq., and the Honorable Rebecca Pallmeyer.  There is no charge for attending.
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.

Workshop on Courtroom Skills for Women
The CBA's Alliance for Women is hosting "A Workshop on Courtroom Skills" in which judges will provide practical advice on how women can improve their performance in court.  The program will take place Tuesday, March 28, 2000 at 12 p.m. at the CBA and will feature Judge Paddy McNamara, Magistrate Judge Nan Nolan and other distinguished jurists.  Geraldine Soat Brown of Miller Shakman Hamilton Kurtzon & Schlifke will moderate.  The program is free.  Contact Lisa Kampwirth at 312-554-2124 or at lkampwirth@chicagobar.org to register.

Law Day 2000
The Young Lawyers Division of the Illinois State Bar Association is hosting a program in conjunction with the National Law Day celebration.  Law Day 2000 will be held on April 29, 2000 at the John Marshall School of Law, 315 S. Plymouth Ct.  The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will feature a panel of speakers including a Judge, practicing lawyers from various areas, and Law School faculty and Administration.  Each program is limited to 50 students.  If you are interested in participating in this terrific networking opportunity, contact Teri Litwiller at 1-800-252-8908 or teri@isba.org.

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.
"Women Everywhere: Partners in Service Project"
The CBA's Alliance for Women, in collaboration with other bar associations and committees, is pleased to announce their "Women Everywhere: Partners in Service Project" scheduled for Friday, May 10, 2000.  Partners in Service is a program where lawyers and law students will work together with women in need in our community.  Participants will provide volunteer services to pre-selected community service agencies dedicated to helping women.  Registration forms are available in the CSO.  An open house to kick off the program will be held on Wednesday, March 29, 2000 from 4 - 5 p.m. at the Richard J. Daley Center, Courtroom 2005.

ATTN: Illinois State Bar Association Law Student Members

  • 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. 

Summer Housing Website
Looking for an apartment to rent this summer? OR Trying to rent your apartment  for the summer?  Look no further!  Just log onto www.summerexchange.com  to simplify you housing search.

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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