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February 4th - 10th

CSO Information & Announcements

  • CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!

Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program

Programming

  • Women’s Rights Advocacy Careers: A Conversation with Chicago Kent alums
  • CBA Government Service Career Fair
  • CBA Meet the Firms Night
  • Pathways to Employment in International Law
  • Twin Cities Diversity in Practice: Reception for Chicago-Kent Students
  • Mayer Brown 1L Presentation and Reception
  • Air Force JAG Corps On-Campus Interviews 1Ls, 2Ls & 3Ls
  • CBA's Young Lawyers Section "Law Student Interview Workshop."
  • Mass Mutual Financial Group Pearre & Associates, Ltd. Career Presentation - Date Rescheduled
  • 14th Annual Rebellious Lawyering Conference, New Haven, Connecticut SEC 1L Summer Honors Law Program

Employment Opportunities

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Janet Steiger Fellowship Project: $5,000 Summer Award for work in Consumer or Anti-Trust Division of Attorney General’s Office in 24 states
  • Berman Arts Award
  • Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Summer Grants

Job Fairs

No new fairs this week.

Resources

  • Law Crossing - Free Access For Students

CSO Information & Announcements

CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!

The Career Services Office is pleased to announce that videos of our programming are now available to be viewed online. Most of our programming will be available on our website within 1-2 days of the original program date and will remain available for viewing for 2-3 weeks, due to limited server space. Program videotapes will still be available in our office. A password is required to view these programs. Please call our office at 312-906-5200 or email kentcso@kentlaw.edu for the username and password. To watch videos of our programming, go to the CSO's web page, click on the right hand navigation bar "For Students" and select "Watch Program Videos." Or, click here to be taken directly to the page.

 

On-Campus Interviews

Programming

Women’s Rights Advocacy Careers:
A Conversation with Chicago Kent alums

Join us for a conversation with several Chicago-Kent alumni who’ve used their legal skills to pursue careers in the policy arena advocating for women’s rights. Tuesday, February 12 at 12 noon, Room 580. The program is sponsored by Women in Law, Kent Justice Foundation and the Career Services Office. Pizza will be provided. This program will be videotaped and available for viewing on the Career Service Office web page, under “program videos.”  

Melissa Josephs, ’89, Director Equal Employment Opportunity Policy at Women Employed. As Director of Equal Opportunity Policy, Josephs conducts research, develops recommendations, directs advocacy campaigns, and monitors implementation of policies on a range of employment issues such as paid leave, sexual harassment, fair wages, and enforcement of equal opportunity laws and affirmative action policies and practices.   Josephs also conducts federal- and state-level lobbying on workplace issues. Josephs directs WE’s Job Problems Counseling Service which advises women regarding unfair and illegal workplace issues. She currently leads a growing statewide coalition whose goal is to pass paid leave legislation in Illinois.  From 1999-2003, Josephs was one of a three-person panel of monitors that oversaw the conciliation agreement between EEOC and Ford Motor Company to eliminate sexual and racial harassment. From 1998-2001, she also assisted in the implementation of sexual harassment prevention policies, procedures and training at Mitsubishi Motor Manufacturing of America in response to a class-action consent decree. She has authored several studies including Raising Women’s Pay: An Agenda for Equity; Sexual Harassment: The Problem That Isn’t Going Away; and Job Training as a Path Out of Poverty. Prior to joining Women Employed in 1990, Josephs was a community organizer at the Northwest Neighborhood Federation. Josephs holds a JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law and received her undergraduate degree in English and Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Jennifer Welch, ’93, is the Policy Director for Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.  Formerly, she focused on violence against women as the Women’s Policy Advisor.  In that role Ms. Welch lead statewide efforts to improve services and systems for abused women and their children.  For example, she created and introduced the new order of protection short form notification to law enforcement offices throughout the state.  Ms. Welch continues to monitor policies and legislation impacting women and children and participates on numerous boards and advisory councils such as the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority and Illinois Department of Human Services Domestic Violence Advisory Council. Ms. Welch came to the Office of Attorney General Madigan after more than eight years as the Executive Director of the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women=s Network.  As the Network's Director Ms. Welch coordinated public policy and system-wide advocacy efforts of more than 50 organizations plus individual members, such as the drive for a new domestic violence court in Cook County, Illinois.  Ms. Welch also developed the city of Chicago Domestic Violence Help Line, which helped approximately 10,000 callers each year, in partnership with the Chicago Mayor's Office on Domestic Violence.  Prior to working at the Battered Womens Network she was a founding member of the Illinois Clemency Project for Battered Women. Ms. Welch holds a JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law and received her undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

 

CBA Meet the Firms Night

February 20; 4:30-6:30 p.m.; Standard Club, 320 S. Plymouth Ct.

Firm representatives will be on hand to provide you with hiring and firm culture information. The event is free to all CBA members and CBA Law Student members (nonmembers can join at the door). Resumes are accepted at the discretion of the firms. Dress is business casual. To register, call the YLS at 312-554-2032 or email yls@chicagobar.org (include your name, CBA number, and phone).

CBA Government Service Career Fair

If you are considering a career working for the government, attend the YLS’s Annual Government Service Career Fair. The Fair will begin with a panel discussion on legal careers in public service followed by an opportunity to meet representatives from local government offices. Resumes will be accepted at the discretion of the agencies. Saturday, March 1, 2008, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m at the CBA Building, 321 S. Plymouth Ct. $15 CBA Member, $20 Nonmember. To register call 312-554-2056.

Panelists:
Edwin A. Burnette, Cook County Public Defender’s Office
Mary K. Curry, U.S. Court, Northern District of Illinois
Joseph T. Ferrick, Internal Revenue Service, Chicago Office
Bridget Healy Ryan, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office
Carolyn B. Thomas, Cook County Public Guardian’s Office
Ruta Stropus, Office of the Illinois Attorney General (moderator)


Pathways to Employment in International Law

February 12, 2008
Room C40

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

A unique forum that brings law students and new lawyers together with experienced practitioners to explore opportunities for employment in international law. A distinguished panel will share their experiences to help you:

  • Learn about International Internship Opportunities
  • Network with legal experts from around the world
  • Understand other legal systems and cultures
  • Become active in international organizations and societies
  • Develop legal and interpersonal skills

Angela F. Williams, General Counsel for YMCA of the USA
William M. Hannay, Partner at Schiff Hardin LLP
Eileen Burns Lerum, Vice President – Legal, U.S., and Chief Counsel, Litigation Management at Alcan

Twin Cities Diversity in Practice: Reception for Chicago-Kent Students

What: Chicago-Kent minority law students are cordially invited to attend a special reception hosted by Twin Cities Diversity in Practice. This is a great opportunity to meet attorneys from Minnesota law firms and corporations, discover the various opportunities that exist within the Twin Cities legal community, and learn why the Minneapolis-St. Paul area is a great place to live and work.

When: Monday, February 11, 2008, 5:00pm-7:00pm

Where: Dylan’s Tavern & Grill (118 S.Clinton – around the corner from Chicago-Kent)

RSVP: www.DiversityinPractice.org and click on “Flying Squads” no later than Thursday, February 7, 2008 or contact Paola Ercole at 612-349-0855 or percole@diversityinpractice.org   

Prize Drawing: Attend this event and you may go home the lucky winner of a Visa gift card. Must be present to win.

Sponsor information: Twin Cities Diversity in Practice is a non-profit member association. Its mission is to support the efforts of its members to attract, recruit, advance and retain attorneys of color in the Minneapolis-St. Paul legal community. Diversity in Practice is also dedicated to promoting the Twin Cities as a great place for attorneys of color to develop professionally and personally.

Mayer Brown 1L Presentation and Reception

Mayer Brown LLP cordially invites the Law School Class of 2010 to attend a presentation by our attorneys designed to help you start your career on the right path and succeed thereafter. A reception will follow. February 28, 2008, 71 South Wacker Drive, 33rd floor. Chicago, Illinois 60606.  
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm - Presentation
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm - Reception

Please  RSVP to smckee@mayerbrown.com. An RSVP by February 25 is required for admission. Attire is Business Casual.

Air Force JAG Corps On-Campus Interviews
1Ls*, 2Ls & 3Ls

The Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps will be interviewing 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls on campus on Tuesday, February 12th, 2008. Required hiring criteria indicates that interviewees must be under the age of 35 at commissioning and a US citizen eligible for security clearance. If you are interested in interviewing, please submit your resume along with times that you are available on that date to the Career Services Office (Room 360) by Tuesday, February 5th at 5pm.  Please note: This employer does not sign Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Equal Employment Opportunity Statement.

* 1Ls will not be eligible for employment with the Air Force this summer, however, the Air Force will still accept resumes and interview 1Ls interested in an internship during the summer of 2009. 

CBA's Young Lawyers Section "Law Student Interview Workshop."

Wednesday, February 13, 2008 ~ 4:00-6:00 p.m.
The Chicago Bar Association
321 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago

Sponsored by The Chicago Bar Associations Young Lawyers Section, the workshop will provide law students with an opportunity to “practice” interview with attorneys, learn strategies to handle difficult and inappropriate interview questions, and to meet attorneys from different areas of practice, including law firm, corporate, and government settings.
The workshop will begin with a brief informational introduction, followed by one-on-one mock interviews with attorneys. A complimentary networking reception will immediately follow the Workshop. The Law Student Interview Workshop is free to CBA members.
The fee for non-members is $12, which includes a one-year membership to the CBA.
Register early as space is limited and will be reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis. Send an email to yls@chicagobar.org or call (312) 554-2032 with your name, membership number and law school. To become a CBA member today, sign up online at www.chicagobar.org or send a check payable to the CBA, to CBA/YLS, 321 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago, IL 60604. If you become a member online, email the YLS to RSVP your attendance and indicate you joined online. Registration deadline is February 6, 2008.

Mass Mutual Financial Group, Pearre & Associates, Ltd.
Career Presentation - Date Rescheduled

Are you interested in a career that brings tremendous personal satisfaction, independence and financial rewards?  Pearre and Associates, Ltd. are seeking enthusiastic, motivated individuals to join our team as Financial Services Professionals. As a Financial Services Professional, you will have the opportunity to help yourself as you help others with rewarding long-term client relationships, career independence and unlimited income potential.  Qualifications: interviewing/presentation, networking and organizational skills; desire to succeed; integrity. Comprehensive training will be provided and competitive benefits package available. Join them at a career presentation, February 13th, 2008, 6:30 p.m., Reception to follow where wine and cheese will be served. Please contact David A. Pearre III at (312) 356-2183 or at davepearre@finsvcs.com if you’re interested in learning more about a career as a Financial Services Professional.

14th Annual Rebellious Lawyering Conference,
New Haven, Connecticut

Registration is now open for the 14th Annual Rebellious Lawyering Conference, February 22-24, 2008.

Featuring Keynote Speaker: Bill Quigley, Civil Rights Activist, Lawyer, and Distinguished Professor of Law at Loyola University New Orleans School of Law

You are invited to the 14th Annual Rebellious Lawyering Conference, which will take place on the weekend of February 22-24, 2008.  Last year, we brought over 550 practitioners, law students, and community activists to New Haven to discuss progressive strategies for social change within and without the law, and we're excited to do it again!  We have posted descriptions of the panels on our website and will continue to update with panel speakers and schedule information as it becomes available.  For registration and other information, please visit our website:

http://islandia.law.yale.edu/reblaw

You can also sign up on the website to receive free housing for the weekend in New Haven on the spare beds, couches and floors of local friendly, rebellious law students.

If you are interested in helping to further publicize this conference among a community of practitioners, law students, community activists or other interested people that you know, please do!  And also get in touch with emma.alpert@yale.edu.

SEC 1L Summer Honors Law Program

The SEC is currently accepting applications from 1L students for their Summer Honors Program for 2008.  Last year's 1L's were thrilled with the caliber of projects that they were offered.  For a description of the work of our primary divisions and offices: http://www.sec.gov/about/whatwedo.shtml.

In addition to being assigned to work with an SEC attorney in one of our divisions/offices around the country, students will participate in enrichment programming and social activities with other law students, MBAs and other graduate students in our business internship program and undergraduate students participating in our college internships.

Program Components:

  • Unprecedented access to the SEC Chairman and Commissioners through Commission hearings, panel discussions and receptions.
  • Workshops and Presentations: Past presentations have included lectures on Securities Fraud on the Internet; Detection and Prosecution of Insider Trading; An Overview of Federal Securities Laws; an Introduction to SEC trial work and a presentation on Derivatives among others.
  • Mentoring program: students are paired with an SEC attorney who provides them with additional insight and guidance throughout the internship experience.

Things to note:

  • Candidates should apply online via the following link by February 4, 2008: http://www.avuedigitalservices.com/sec-sp/applicant.html.
  • The SEC has 12 locations:  Washington, DC (headquarters), New York, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, and San Francisco. 
  • Each SEC office conducts its own interviewing and hiring process. 
  • We will begin reviewing applications in December. Candidates will be interviewed by phone and offers will be made on a rolling basis until positions are filled.

 

 Employment Opportunities

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


Fellowships & Scholarships

Janet Steiger Fellowship Project:
$5,000 Summer Award for work in Consumer or Anti-Trust Division of Attorney General’s Office in 24 states

The Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project provides law students the extraordinary opportunity to work at the consumer protection and antitrust departments of state and territorial Offices of Attorneys General throughout the United States, as well as the Georgia Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs. The eight-week paid Fellowships were initiated in 2004 by the ABA Section of Antitrust Law, in cooperation with the National Association of Attorneys General (“NAAG”), as a consumer protection outreach initiative to introduce law students to the rewards of legal careers in public service. The application deadline is February 11, 2008. The application and more information is available here: http://www.abanet.org/antitrust/at-law-student/at-js-project.shtml

Berman Arts Award

Chicago-Kent alumnus Ronald M. Berman, Class of 1987, has established an award for a Chicago-Kent College of Law student who is interested in art, working with or representing not-for-profit arts organizations, or representing artists.  

The purpose of the Berman Arts Award is to expose law to artists and the way they are trained, thus giving students a unique perspective as they enter the legal profession to represent and work with artists and arts organizations. The Berman Arts Award will provide up to $2,000 toward tuition and related costs for a Chicago-Kent College of Law student to attend a 2008 summer studio workshop the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado.  The Anderson Ranch Arts Center offers more than 130 summer workshops taught by today’s most prominent artists and educators who come to share their skills and experience with more than 1,200 participants.  There are workshops for artists of all skill levels and experience from the novice to the professional studio artist.  See http://www.andersonranch.org/ for more information about the Anderson Ranch Arts Center and details concerning the workshops offered during the summer of 2008.

Students with interest in art, working for or representing not for profit arts organizations, or representing artists and their legal needs (i.e. corporate, intellectual property issues) may apply for this unusual opportunity by submitting a curriculum vitae to Elizabeth Turley, Assistant Dean for Institutional Advancement, Room 310 on or before March 15, 2008.  Need is not a criteria for this award.

Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Summer Grants

Each year, PILI offers over 40 public interest law internships that provide excellent legal training and experience for first or second  year law students.  Interns work at one of PILI's affiliated public interest law agencies in Chicago.  PILI raises the money to fund the internships and then issues grants to its eligible host agencies.  The agencies, in turn, pay their Interns directly.   PILI ensures quality supervision by experienced lawyers at its agencies, and provides a lunch-time educational seminar program.  The Internship program encourages law students to work at --and learn about-- legal institutions that serve the public interest, and engenders a life-long commitment to public interest law and pro bono work.

PILI sponsors a Summer Internship Program for first and second year law students.  The Summer Internship program is open to law students from across the country. Each summer, PILI funds dozens of internships at public interest law agencies in the Chicago metropolitan area. Agencies hosting Summer Interns receive $5,000 to pay an Intern for 10 full-time weeks of work. 

2Ls may apply starting October 15th, 1Ls may apply beginning December 1st. For more information on how to apply, visit http://pili-law.org/HowtoApplyforInternships.htm.

Job Fairs

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Resources

Law Crossing - Free Access For Students

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