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October 2nd - 8th

CSO Information & Announcements

  • Please evaluate your summer job online

Fall On-Campus Interview Program

  • Callbacks & Offers
  • OCI Update: New Direct & Collect Employers Added

Programming

  • Florida Public Defender Career Forum on Friday, October 6th in Orlando, Florida
  • Professional Etiquette Dinner
  • Alternatives to OCI: State & Local Government
  • 2006 Pro Bono and Community Service Fair
  • Meet the Public Service Employers Reception
  • 10th Annual Prosecutorial Opportunities Symposium

Employment Opportunities

  • Externs Wanted at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission Division of Enforcement Seeking
  • For-Credit Externship Opportunity at Department of Homeland Security, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
  • Intern Positions Available at Burns Entertainment & Sports Marketing, Inc.
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency Externship
  • New Internship & Job Opportunities on Symplicity

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Black Women’s Lawyer’s Association of Greater Chicago Book Scholarship
  • McDermott, Will & Emery LLP Minority Scholarship

Job Fairs

  • Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association Job Fair

Resources

  • Law Crossing - Free Access For Students
  • 2006-07 Government Honors & Internship Handbook

 

CSO Information & Announcements

Please take a few minutes to evaluate your summer job on Symplicity.  By doing so, you can provide invaluable information to the members of the class behind you.  Just click on "Profile," then on the "Evaluations" tab, and then on the "Add New" button.

Fall On-Campus Interviewing Update

Callbacks and Offers

Please keep us informed about callbacks and offers as well as any concerns you may have regarding the interviews. E-mail our office about callbacks or offers you receive from on-campus interviews or job fairs. If you accept an offer, please let us know so we can cancel the remainder of your on-campus interviews.

New Direct & Collect Employers Added

The CSO is now collecting resumes for Cades Schutte, one of Hawai'i's oldest and largest law firms with approximately 57 attorneys and 65 support staff. Since its beginning, Cades Schutte has been at the forefront of significant legal and economic developments in Hawai'i and the Pacific Rim. Cades Schutte strives to be the preeminent law firm in the state of Hawai'i as measured by its reputation for legal competence, integrity, and client servce, as well as its concern for quality of life, the community, and the legal profession. If you are interested in this opportunity, please send your resume and transcript to Jenny Tank in the Career Services Office by September 21st at 5 p.m.

The New York County District Attorney's Office welcomes resumes from Chicago-Kent graduating 3Ls. Their office anticipates hiring 40-50 assistant district attorneys this year. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to:

Sabrina Hardy
Administrative Assistant, Legal Hiring Unit
District Attorney of the County of New York
One Hogan Place
New York, N.Y. 10013

 

The Fall On-Campus Interviewing information is now uploaded to the Career Services website. Students can also access the information here. If your class status on the Symplicity system is incorrect, please contact the Career Services Office by email at kentcso@kentlaw.edu or by phone at 312-906-5200.

Other Important OCI Dates to Remember

Please continue to check the Record for additional updates about the FallInterview Program.

 

Programming

Professional Etiquette Dinner

You've been invited to interview over lunch. What should you order? Which fork do you use with your salad? You're attending a networking event. How do you introduce yourself to others? How do you initiate a great conversation? What can you do to make a good first impression?

Join us for a three course meal and the answers to these questions and more with professional etiquette consultant and President of Global Protocal, Gloria Petersen. Ms. Petersen's presentation will cover greetings and introductions, email and telephone etiquette, conversation skills for business and social settings, networking do's and don'ts, appropriate attire, and other issues related to making a great impression on prospective employers, colleagues and clients. This event will be of great benefit to anyone who is interviewing for internships and jobs, attending networking or career events, having lunch/dinner with colleagues and clients, or curious about the do's and don'ts of professional etiquette. To reserve a space at this event, please submit an online registration. You will then receive an email confirmation from us with instructions for payment. Deadline to submit your online application: Monday, October 9. Fee Payment Deadline: Friday, October 13 (The registration fee includes the three course meal.) Because of space restrictions, there is a limit on how many students may attend the event. Please submit your online registration and pay your fee as soon as you receive a confirmation email from us. Please note that YOUR REGISTRATION IS NOT COMPLETE UNTIL YOU RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL AND YOUR FEE HAS BEEN PAID. For additional information, please contact Kate Veraldi or Elizabeth Pohlman.

Florida Public Defender Career Forum on Friday, October 6th in Orlando, Florida

Robert Wesley, the Public Defender for the Ninth Judicial Circuit, in Orange and Osceola counties, Florida, will be hosting several Career Forum events this fall for individuals interested in a law career in public service. The Public Defender protects the constitutional and statutory rights of all citizens through the effective legal representation of court appointed clients, pursuant to Chapter 27, Florida Statutes. The first Career Forum will be held on Friday, October 6th Beginning at 10:00 a.m. At our law offices in the Orange County Courthouse Complex in Downtown Orlando 435 N Orange Avenue, Suite 400 Orlando, Florida 32801 This event is for 2Ls, 3Ls, CLIs, and Florida Bar Members who wish to be considered for current and future positions with our office. Activities will include a tour of the Orange County Courthouse facility, as well as meetings with hiring officials. To express an interest in attending the October 6th or future Career Forums, please contact: Angie Sharkey asharkey@circuit9.org 407-836-4751 Prospective candidates should send a cover letter and resume for consideration.

Alternatives to OCI Series

Public Interest Careers - Tuesday, October 10th
Learn more about public interest careers and how to get involved with public interest organizations.

Alternative Careers - Tuesday, October 17th
Hear from a panel of lawyers who have pursued alternative careers.

2006 Pro Bono and Community Service Fair

Thursday, October 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. the Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association will hold their 13th Annual Pro Bono Fair.  The Fair, co-sponsored by The Chicago Bar Foundation, Jenner & Block, Exelon and the Public Interest Law Initiative, is hosted by Jenner & Block at the firm's office at 330 North Wabash, 40th floor Conference Center. 

This event is an excellent opportunity for law students and lawyers to gain exposure to a wide variety of legal aid and pro bono and community service organizations in the Chicago area and to get a solid understanding of the types of volunteer opportunities that are available to them.  Over 40 organizations are scheduled to attend

The event is open to young lawyers, recent law school graduates, law school students, as well as lawyers at all career levels.  This is a perfect opportunity for them to find out how they can help public service agencies, network with others from the Chicago legal community and make a difference.

Meet The Public Service Employers Reception

The Chicago Area Law School Consortium is holding its Tenth Annual Meet the Public Service Employers Reception.  This year it will be held at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, on Wednesday, October 11th, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  The reception will be held at Kasbeer Hall, 25 East Pearson on the 15th floor in downtown Chicago.

Students will have an opportunity to meet public service employers and learn more about their organizations.  Although not a job fair, the reception offers an informal setting for law students to learn about the rich array of public service legal activity in the Chicago area, including employment and volunteer opportunities.  Students at all levels may participate, including first year students.

10th Annual Prosecutorial Opportunities Symposium

This symposium, sponsored by the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2006 at The John Marshall School of Law, 315 S. Plymouth Court in Chicago, Illinois from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Designed to provide information about career opportunities within the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, U.S. Attorney's Office, Illinois Attorney General's Office, and the City of Chicago Corporation Counsel's Office. Admittance is free. Continental breakfast and refreshments will be served.  

 

Employment Opportunities

Please check the new job posting system ("Symplicity") on a regular basis. Check out Symplicity's general instructions for more information.

Externs Wanted at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission Division of Enforcement Seeking

The Chicago office of the Division of Enforcement is seeking externs who will receive law school credit.

The Division of Enforcement investigates and prosecutes alleged violations of the Commodity Exchange Act and CFTC regulations. Violations may involve commodity futures or option trading on domestic commodity exchanges, or the improper marketing of commodity investments. The Division may, at the direction of the Commission, file complaints before the agency’s administrative law judges or in the U.S. District Courts. Alleged criminal violations of the Commodity Exchange Act or violations of other Federal laws which involve commodity futures trading may be referred to the Justice Department for prosecution. The Division also provides expert help and technical assistance with case development and trials to U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, other Federal and state regulators, and international authorities.

Primary duties include conducting legal research, writing memoranda, aiding in the preparation of court pleadings and papers in the U.S. District Courts across the nation as well as in an administrative forum; aiding attorneys and investigators who are preparing to take investigative testimony and depositions, working with exhibits, Freedom of Information Act responses; aiding with the discovery process and interacting with and/or interviewing customers or investors with complaints.

To apply, e-mail a cover letter, resume and writing sample to:

Ms. Ava Gould
Trial Team Leader
Commodities Futures Trading Commission
525 W. Monroe Street, Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60661
agould@cftc.gov

To receive externship credit, please contact Professor Gross at vgross@kentlaw.edu.

For-Credit Externship Opportunity at Department of Homeland Security, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

Openings for 2 law students (3Ls preferred) for the Spring 2007 Semester, to extern at USCIS, a division of the Department of Homeland Security.

Students will gain experience in immigration law in the areas of citizenship, asylum, and immigration benefits. Students will draft briefs on visa petition appeals and research issues in immigration law and criminal law. They will also have the opportunity to assist with federal litigation, primarily mandamus actions. To ensure the extern receives an optimal experience, he/she will be rotated among the various departments within USCIS.

Interested students should provide a resume to Professor Vivien Gross by Thursday, October 5th. Each accepted extern must go through a security clearance, which can take several weeks.

Please contact Professor Gross if you have any questions about either the Legal Externship Program and/or the externship position with the USCIS.

Intern Positions Available at Burns Entertainment & Sports Marketing, Inc.

Burns Entertainment & Sports Marketing, Inc. is now accepting resumes for Winter semester! If you have a love for sports and entertainment and have aspirations to one day work in the field than Burns Entertainment & Sports Marketing, Inc. is the internship for you. Burns works with Corporations, Advertising Agencies, PR Firms, Colleges, Association, and Non-Profit Groups nationwide in helping them find celebrities and athletes for their events & campaigns. On a daily basis Burns works with Hollywood & Sports agents and celebrities in bringing campaigns and events to life. Please send your resumes to Candie Gutmann via e-mail or fax Candie@burnsent.com or 847-491-9778.

United States Environmental Protection Agency Externship

The US EPA has a volunteer program where law students are employed to perform primarily legal research and writing to support counseling and enforcement work at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), Office of Regional Counsel (ORC) in Chicago. Region 5 has one of the strongest enforcement records in U.S. EPA. The large number of attorneys (about 105) in ORC often means exposure to a variety of work and cases.

The work includes enforcement cases brought under the federal environmental statutes. These are the same statutes typically covered in the basic environmental law course, so the externship is a chance to put into practice what the extern has already learned or will be learning shortly.

There are positions available for Fall, Spring and Summer sessions. For more information on our office, applicants may visit our web-site at www.epa.gov/Region5/ORC.

New Internship Opportunities

There are opportunities for fall internships available at the Cabrini Green Legal Aid, Department of Homeland Security, Immigration & Customs Enforcement, and Office of the State Appellate Defender. For more information and to apply for these internships, visit the Symplicity system. If you need a username and password to access Symplicity, please contact our office.

Fellowships & Scholarships

Black Women’s Lawyer’s Association of Greater Chicago Book Scholarship

The Black Women’s Lawyer’s Association of Greater Chicago, Inc. is offering need-based book scholarships to Illinois law students in good standing and enrolled in an accredited law school. A copy of the application is available in the Career Services Office, room 360. (handout #48) The submission deadline is October 17, 2006. There are four short-answer questions that applicants must complete. The students must be in good standing at an accredited law school located in Illinois (evidenced by an official transcripts); have unmet financial needs; and demonstrate a commitment to public service (evidenced by current participation in community service or outreach).

McDermott, Will & Emery LLP Minority Scholarship

McDermott, Will & Emery LLP will award two $15,000 McDermott Minority Scholarships. Recipients must be second-year minority law students at an ABA-accredited U.S. law school, must meet McDermott's hiring criteria and demonstrate leadership, community involvement, and a commitment to improving diversity in the legal community. Recipients must also be selected for and participate in a McDermott Summer Program. All interested students must submit an application by October 6th, 2006. Applications and more information can be found in the Career Services Office.

 Skadden Fellowships

The 2007 Skadden Fellowship application is now available online at http://www.skaddenfellowships.org/. Skadden Fellowships are due by October 4th, 2006. The aim of the Skadden Fellowship Foundation is to give Fellows the freedom to pursue public interest work; thus, the Fellows create their own projects at public interest organizations with at least two lawyers on staff before they apply.  Fellowships are awarded for one year, with the expectation of renewal for a second year. Skadden provides each Fellow with a salary and pays all fringe benefits to which an employee of the sponsoring organization would be entitled. For those Fellows not covered by a law school low income protection plan, the firm will pay a Fellow's law school debt service for the tuition part of the loan for the duration of the fellowship.  

If applying for a Skadden Fellowship, please contact Michelle Mohr Vodenik in the Career Services Office to discuss the proposal.

PSLawNet Fellowship Corner

Interested in pursuing a fellowship upon graduation? Then be sure to check out PSLawNet's new "Fellowship Corner" which includes the full text of Yale's Fellowship Application Tips for 2002-2003, along with the expanded Appendix listing print and online fellowship resources. The site also contains a Fellowship Calendar with a chronological listing of application deadlines--a big help for potential applicants in planning and preparing their materials. Students can access the Fellowship Corner at the top of the left sidebar menu on the PSLawNet home page.

 

Job Fairs

Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair

Interested in a legal aid or government career anywhere in the United States? Consider attending the Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair, held annually in the Washington DC area. Registration is underway! Students may register online at: http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/careerfair/.  This year’s Conference and Career Fair will take place on October 19-20, 2006 at the Inn and Conference Center at University of Maryland University College. 2L’s and 3L’s who would like to interview with employers at the Career Fair, should submit cover letter and resumes directly to employers by September 22. Subsidies: All students who attend will be entered in a raffle to receive one of two $75 subsidies that can be used to cover conference related expenses (receipts required). In addition, there will be a networking event during the Career Fair during which Chicago-Kent students will have the opportunity to meet with some DC area Chicago-Kent alums. For further information contact Michelle Mohr Vodenik in the Career Services Office.  

 American Intellectual Property Law Association Job Fair

The American Intellectual Property Law Association will hold its 16th Annual Student, Junior and Patent Agent - Junior Member JOB FAIR. The Job Fair will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2006 at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC.

Notice that "To participate in the Job Fair as an applicant, you must be a Student, Junior, or Patent Agent Junior member of AIPLA in good standing."  (Student membership is $45).  If you are not a member of AIPLA and would like to participate in the Job Fair, you may join using AIPLA's online membership application.  

Further details are available on the AIPLA webpage, but note that the deadline for filling in the participation form is August 30, which means that you should submit your AIPLA student membership application ASAP (the list of participating employers comes out on August 18). 

 

Resources

Law Crossing - Free Access For Students

Law students have free access to LawCrossing.com to access their collection of legal job postings. To get access, register with your kentlaw.edu e-mail address, enter the promotional code "kent2006" and identify yourself as a student.

2006-07 Government Honors & Internship Handbook

The 2006-07 Government Honors & Internship Handbook is now available. It may be accessed online or there is a printed copy available in our office. Please contact our office for the password for the online edition.

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