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March 3rd - March 9th

CSO Information & Announcements

  • CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!

Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program

Programming

  • The International Criminal Court: Pursuing Justice or Threatening Sovereignty?
  • Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms: "Why A Large Law Firm."
  • The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Practicing Law
  • Job Search Strategies for Small/Midsize Firms
  • Minority Corporate Counsel Association Seeking Student Volunteers
  • Mock InterviewsSummer Housing The Fund for American Studies Legal Studies Institute

Employment Opportunities

  • AFL-CIO’s LCC Minority Outreach Program summer clerkships
  • Asian American Bar Association’s Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Internship
  • NAACP Summer Internship Opportunity

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorps summer education grants
  • Equal Justice America summer fellowship
  • Berman Arts Award

Job Fairs

  • IMPORTANT UPDATE: 2008 Patent Law Interview Program Registration

Resources

  • International Career Employment Weekly Online
  • PSLawNet
  • 2007-08 Government Honors & Internship Handbook
  • 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

The International Criminal Court: Pursuing Justice or Threatening Sovereignty?

Featuring Melanie Partow, international human rights lawyer, with an introduction and discussion by Sita Balthazar ('99), International Justice & Accountability Consultant for Amnesty International. Thursday, March 13, 2008, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. in the Auditorium, followed by a reception in the Lobby.

Melanie Partow practices international human rights and civil rights law in Los Angeles. She will discuss the International Criminal Court's organization, purpose, and jurisdiction; US Foreign Policy and political opposition to the Court; the jurisprudence of international tribunals and its use in the United States and in US courts; cases pending before the Court, and her experience in pursuing a career in international human rights. Ms. Partow lived in Geneva and reported for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development on Corporate Codes of Conduct and Social Responsibility. She also lived in the Hague and worked as a law clerk for Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo at the International Criminal Court where she supported the work of the Immediate Office of the Prosecutor in its first major activities and focused, in particular, on financial issues in criminal investigations and the role of the private sector in international law. She went on to work as an Associate for Schonbrun DeSimone Seplow Harris & Hoffman, focusing on civil rights, international human rights, and Alien Tort Claims Act litigation. Her work now focuses on ancillary theories of liability for multinational corporations under international law and in US courts. Her current academic interests include corporate liability in foreign direct investment and project finance, theories of individual and ancillary liability in international criminal law, and the use of foreign direct investment as a means to foster sustainable peace and development. She received her BA in international studies and political science from the University of Oregon and her JD from Southwestern University School of Law. She is also a founding member of and speaker for the American Network of International Criminal Court Alumni (ANICCA).

Sita Balthazar serves as a consultant to the Amnesty International USA Program for International Justice and Accountability, and teaches "Law and Society" at Columbia College. She has helped draft decisions on sexual violence for the U.N. International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and has negotiated international treaties at the UN for Amnesty International USA. Sita recently spent two years teaching international law, gender research and conflict resolution at Al-Quds University in the Palestinian Territories. She is a 1999 graduate of Chicago-Kent College of Law.

The event is sponsored by the following organizations at Chicago-Kent College of Law: Career Services Office, Global Law & Policy Initiative, International Law Society, U.N. Association of the United States of America, and the International Law Certificate Program; as well as the Program for International Justice & Accountability of Amnesty International USA.

The program will be videotaped and available for viewing in the Career Services Office and on-line to Chicago-Kent College of Law students and alumni.

Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms: "Why A Large Law Firm."

The Chicago Committee will be sponsoring a program on March 12, 2008, designed to help law students gain more information about the large law firm environment so that they can make informed decisions on where to practice. This program will be hosted by Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP. This program will feature a panel to include Ismail Alsheik, Associate for Schiff Hardin LLP, Jessica Perez Simmons, Associate for Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP, Michelle Speller-Thurman, Partner for Winston & Strawn LLP, and Lane Vanderslice, Partner of Associate Development & Recruiting for Mayer Brown LLP. Additional details for the program are below and in the attached invitation. Please RSVP to Eileen Rosete via email at erosete@chicagocommittee.org by Wednesday, March 5, 2008.

Why a Large Law Firm?
Wednesday March 12, 2008
5:30 pm- 7:30 pm 
Hosted by Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP
333 West Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606 

Why a Large Law Firm? - Information about the Large Law Firm Environment for Law Students

The Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms will be sponsoring a program from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. on March 12, 2008, which is designed to help law students gain more information about the large law firm environment so that they can make informed decisions on where to practice. This program will be hosted by Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

This program will feature a panel to include Ismail Alsheik, Associate for Schiff Hardin LLP, Jessica Perez Simmons, Associate for Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP, Michelle Speller-Thurman, Partner for Winston & Strawn LLP, and Lane Vanderslice, Partner of Associate Development & Recruiting for Mayer Brown LLP.

Please RSVP to Eileen Rosete via email at erosete@chicagocommittee.org by Wednesday, March 5, 2008.

 

The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Practicing Law

Tuesday, March 4th @ Noon, Room 580

Mark Herrmann '83, a partner at Jones Day in Chicago, will talk about his book "The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law." The book is described as "offer[ing] practical and honest, if blunt, advice for surviving and thriving in a law firm. He tells you what you need to know about billing, managing your assistant, drafting internal memos, dealing with clients and building your law practice. Find out what drives law partners crazy, what will impress them and what ten mistakes you should avoid. Concise, humorous and full of valuable (but curmudgeonly) insight, this is a must-read for every lawyer and law student." 

Job Search Strategies for Small/Midsize Firms

Wednesday, March 5th, 3:00 – 4:00 pm, Room C20

Still looking for a job for the summer or after you graduate? Think a small or midsize firm is a better fit for you? The Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) Law Student Division, in coordination with the Career Services Office, will be hosting a panel of five practicing attorneys to help answer student questions about searching for, securing, and ultimately succeeding in a job with a small or midsize firm. Let the ISBA help you fine-tune your approach to the job search to find the firm that is right for you. Food and beverage will be provided.

Minority Corporate Counsel Association Seeking Student Volunteers

The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) is a Washington, DC-based non-profit organization established to advocate for the expanded hiring, retention, and promotion of minority attorneys.  MCCA will host its Diversity Dinners Series Honoring the 2008 Employers of Choice and 7th Annual CLE Expo at the Chicago Marriott Downtown, March 26-28, 2008.  We are seeking student volunteers to help with these events.

Volunteers will be responsible for assisting with attendee registration and other responsibilities as needed.  We will feed you during all events. Plus, you will have the opportunity to meet local and national leaders in the legal industry.  Volunteers are requested to provide times they are available corresponding to the above schedule. Interested? Email Elana Clements at etclements@verizon.net.

Mock Interviews

If you’ve never interviewed in a law setting before, are wondering how to best articulate your skills and abilities, or just feel your interviewing technique could use a little dusting off, be sure to take advantage of a mock interview offered through the CSO office.  Mock interviews will be held on Friday, February 29 (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.), Monday, March 3 (2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.), and Monday, March 10 (2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.).   Heike Spahn, J.D. and interviewing consultant, will spend 30 minutes with each student, providing a 15 – 20 minute mock interview and 10 minute critique.  Sign-ups are on a first-come, first-served basis and spaces are limited so be sure to sign up early!  Students should stop by Suite 360 to sign up. Please also drop off a copy of your resume when you sign up.

Summer Housing

Schiff Hardin: If you would like to sublet your apartment for the summer of 2007, Schiff Hardin may be able to help. Contact Lilly Tuller at ltuller@schiffhardin.com.

Mayer, Brown: is looking for summer apartments for their summer associates. If you would like to sublet your apartment, please contact Patricia Wright at pwright@mayerbrown.com. Please include your contact information, the address of the apartment, amount of monthly rent, and whether the apartment is furnished or unfurnished.

The Fund for American Studies Legal Studies Institute 

The Legal Studies Institute, sponsored by The Fund for American Studies, located in Washington, DC, provides students with the chance to gain firsthand exposure to the American legal system through clerkships, academic coursework and career development activities.

The 2008 summer program will extend for nine weeks from June 1 - August 3, 2008 in Washington, DC. The Institute offers the following five components:

  • Legal Clerkships: Participants will be placed in an 8-week legal clerkship where they will gain substantive experience in the legal profession. Clerkship sites will include law firms, courts, public interest legal organizations, and the legal departments of trade associations, corporations and government agencies.
  • Seminar on Constitutional Law: Participants will attend a seminar on Constitutional law taught by leading legal scholars, including Dr. John Baker from the LSU School of Law and Dr. Roger Pilon from the Cato Institute.
  • Briefings and Activities: Participants will attend private briefings at institutions of the judicial and executive branches and will meet with prominent judges, lawyers and judicial scholars.
  • Career Development Activities: Workshops will be held to help prepare participants for success in their law careers.
  • Attorney Mentor Program: Each participant will be matched with an experienced lawyer who will serve as a professional mentor.


Applications for the program will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis until March 15, 2008. The online application may be found at www.tfas.org/legalstudies . Space in the program is limited, so applicants are encouraged to apply early. Housing in furnished apartments located on Capitol Hill is included in the program fee.

For more information, please contact Steve Slattery at sslattery@tfas.org or 202-986-0384.

Fund For American Studies
1706 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20009


 Employment Opportunities

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

AFL-CIO’s LCC Minority Outreach Program Summer Clerkships

The AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee (LCC), a network of union-side attorneys representing AFL affiliated unions, invites applications for its LCC Minority Outreach (Summer Clerkship) Program. The Program seeks to introduce students of color to the practice of law in the labor movement and to encourage them to join the ranks of the union-side attorneys in their on-going battle for social and economic justice. Students typically deal with issues arising under a wide range of labor and employment laws including the National Labor Relations Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Americans with Disabilities Act, Employees Retirement Income Security Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. In recent years students have also gained exposure to a variety of immigration related issues.

Opportunities are available with the following organizations: Cornfield & Feldman (Chicago, IL); Leonard Carder LLP (Oakland, CA); Schwartz Steinsapir Dohrmann & Sommers (Los Angeles, CA); AFSCME (Washington, DC); American Federation of Teachers – Legal Dept (Washington, DC); and Bredhoff & Kaiser (Washington, DC). Students hired by these organizations also participate in the LLC Law Clerk Networking Conference, which features workshops and presentations on labor law practice, union organizing and representation, politics and legislation.

Each job is listed individually in the Career Office’s Symplicity Job Posting System under the position title of LCC MOP Summer Clerkship. Students should apply directly to the firms/organizations they're interested in, and mention the MOP in their cover letters. Positions are open until filled. Questions about the program itself, should be directed to Ana Avendano at aavendan@aflcio.org or 202-637-3949.

 

Asian American Bar Association’s Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Internship

For the eighth year the Asian American Bar Association of Chicago in conjunction Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office is conducting an interview process to recommend students for an eight-week summer internship for law students.

This internship is a great opportunity to develop legal skills and work closely with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. This opportunity will provide invaluable experience to the selected students. This is part of an effort to actively attract and recruit Asian American lawyers, with the hope that they will one day join the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office as Assistant State’s Attorneys.

Applicants may be asked to appear for an interview the week of March 17th or 24th in Chicago. AABA will select two to four applicants and recommend them to the State’s Attorney’s Office. The State’s Attorney’s office will make the final decision of which candidates recommend by AABA will be selected for a paid or un-paid position.

Applicants Must:
• Be a current law student
• Be in good academic standing at the law school
• Be of Asian American heritage

The internship is full-time (40 hours/week) and lasts eight weeks. Start date to be determined. Interns can be placed at any of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office locations in Chicago or Cook County suburbs. Exact placement will be determined by availability and the selected intern’s interest.

For an application and detailed application instructions, please refer to Symplicity job posting #6047.

NAACP Summer Internship Opportunity

The NAACP Youth & College Division has partnered with the AT&T Foundation to host a
six-week fellowship and internship program during the summer of 2008. The program
will run from June 14th to July 25th, 2008. This program will provide undergrad and
graduate students with the opportunity to work in the NAACP offices in Baltimore, MD,
New York, NY, or Washington, DC.

As an NAACP/AT&T Fellow or Intern you will work with NAACP staff on relevant matters
concerning organizational issues, education, health, civic engagement, juvenile justice
and economic empowerment. Through this program you will gain valuable non-profit experience and networking opportunities, while increasing your knowledge about various aspects of the civil rights movement. As a Fellow or Intern you will also have the opportunity to attend the Annual NAACP Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio. All NAACP/AT&T Fellows and Interns will receive a stipend and lodging assistance may be available. Transportation to and from the internship city will not be provided.

Applications are due March 18th. For more information and an application, please refer to handout #6 in the Career Services Office.

 

Fellowships & Scholarships

Equal Justice Works/Americorps Summer Education Grant

Equal Justice Works/Americorps offers summer education grants to law students who have secured employment at qualifying organizations. The 2008 Summer Corps application will be available Wednesday, March 19 at 11am cst on the Equal Justice Works website. Summer Corps is an AmeriCorps-funded program that engages law students to spend their summers serving at nonprofit public interest organizations and allows them to earn a $1,000 AmeriCorps education award voucher upon completion of 300 hours of service. Students must secure a summer placement at a qualifying organization prior to applying for the program. All 350 slots will be awarded primarily on a first come, first served basis. Demand for this opportunity is very high so students should apply as early as possible. The application closes at 5:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, April 2. For more information on Summer Corp visit: http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/programs/summercorps/general

Equal Justice America Fellowship

Equal Justice America offers fellowships of up to $4,000 to law students who work full-time during Summer 2008 for organizations providing direct civil legal assistance for the poor. Students must secure a full-time (minimum 35-40 hours per week) placement for Summer 2008 working at least 10 weeks for a legal services organization. For complete information visit www.equaljusticeamerica.com and click on the "Apply for a Fellowship" link. Application must be postmarked by March 24. Please also note that EJA also provides fellowships for students working part-time at legal aid organization during the Fall and Spring semesters in the amount of $1500. Visit the website for details. If you have any questions contact Michelle Mohr Vodenik.

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.

 

Job Fairs

IMPORTANT UPDATE: 2008 Patent Law Interview Program Registration

Due to technical difficulties experienced by Loyola University Chicago Law School, they have revised the registration process for the 2008 Patent Law Interview Program.  Registration will no longer be available on-line.  Due to this change, the registration time period has been extended to March 25, 2008.  All necessary registration forms are now available in Chicago-Kent’s Career Services Office.  The registration fee has also been reduced to $35 and must be paid by check at the time registration forms are submitted to the CSO.  All questions should be directed to Chicago-Kent’s Patent Job Fair liaison, Jeanne Kraft, Assistant Dean, Career Services at jkraft@kentlaw.edu.

The 2008 Patent Law Interview Program, coordinated by Loyola University Chicago Law School and open to law students nationwide, will be held this summer on July 31st and August 1st at the Chicago Marriott Suites O’Hare (Rosemont, IL).  This job fair draws Intellectual Property employers from around the country.  Last year approximately 150 patent law employers participated.  All law students with engineering and/or technical science academic backgrounds who will be returning to law school in the Fall of 2008 (current 1Ls and 2Ls and students in LLM Intellectual Property programs) are eligible to participate and should be sure to take advantage of this interviewing opportunity.

 

Resources

International Career Employment Weekly Online

International Career Employment Weekly's goal is to make it easy for international professionals to keep abreast of all current job opportunities in their field. They collect information on current international job openings with governments, government contractors, United Nations agencies and other intergovernmental organizations, private voluntary organizations working overseas, corporations involved in international trade and finance, engineering firms, associations, foundations, student exchange organizations, universities, and state governments and present that information to job seekers in a clear and concise format.

The Career Services Office subscribes to this resource in an online format. The username and password changes with every issue. For the most recent username and password, contact kentcso@kentlaw.edu.

PSLawNet

PSLawNet is a premier resource for career-related information in legal and law-related public interest work. Students and alumni from over 170 law schools search our site every day to find internships, fellowships, pro bono opportunities, and jobs in public service. Chicago-Kent College of Law is a member school, therefore you have unlimited access to search the database for FREE. The PSLawNet website is filled with useful resources for public interest-minded law students and graduates, as well as those who may simply be exploring their options. Students can access PSLawNet here: PSLawNet home page. On the home page, click on "sign-up now" to create an account using your email address and your own password. List Chicago-Kent College of Law as your school.

2007-08 Government Honors & Internship Handbook

The 2007-08 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.

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 "kent2008" and identify yourself as a student.

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