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Week of August 31, 2009

CSO Information & Announcements

  • CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!

Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program

  • OCI Update
  • Don't Forget to Report Callbacks and Offers!

Programming

  • September 1: Opportunities in Federal Government
  • September 8: Careers in Legal Aid
  • September 9: Careers in Public Defense
  • September 16: Prosecutor Career Panel
  • Career Programs on Government, Public Interest, Small & Mid-Sized Firms, and Alternative Careers Begin on August 26 and Run Through October 8
  • September 1: Army Court of Criminal Appeals Oral Argument and Reception
  • September 10: Hellenic Bar Association Career Fair
  • September 18: Cook County State's Attorney's Office Minority Law Student Reception
  • 2009 Conference of the National Latino/a Law Student Association
  • Law and War: An International Humanitarian Law Workshop
  • K&L Gates "Change Your World" Trivia Challenge
  • Video on Managing a Legal Career Transition in Tough Times

 

Employment Opportunities

  • Judicial Clerkship Opportunity with the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit - Applications Accepted Starting September 8
  • Illinois Attorney General's Office Seeking Law Student Externs/Clerks
  • U.S. Department of Justice Attorney General Honors Program and Summer Internship Opportunity Program: Deadline September 8
  • Fall Judicial Externship Opportunities in the Circuit Court of Cook County

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program
  • Urban Debate Advocacy Fellowship for Recent Graduates
  • A List of Resources for 2009 and 2010 Graduates with Large Law Firm Start Date Deferrals
  • Free National Training for Attorneys Beginning Volunteer Public Interest Placements

Job Fairs

  • The National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Bar Association Annual Career Fair and Conference
  • October 1, 2009: Proctor & Gamble Virtual Online Diversity Career Fair

Resources

  • 2009-2010 Government Honors & Internship Handbook
  • LexisNexis ASPIRE Program for Deferred Law Firm Hires and other 2009 Graduates Pursuing Public Service Work
  • Web Access for Policy, Political and Human Rights Jobs
  • Access the BYU Intercollegiate Job Bank
  • Password Protected Sites Now Available on Symplicity
  • Law Bulletin Weekly On-line Employment Bulletin
  • Career Advisor Network
  • International Career Employment Weekly Online
  • PSLawNet Fellowship Corner
  • PSLawNet

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

 

OCI Update

Student interview schedules are now available on Symplicity.  Click on the “OCI” tab and then on “Scheduled Interviews.” Please remember to check back frequently as changes to room numbers, interviewers, and possibly even changes to your interview schedule itself may occur at any point in the process. We will not be sending out emails regarding such changes unless entire interview schedules are canceled. It is your responsibility to check on Symplicity.

It is very important that you arrive on time for each of your OCI interviews. The room location and the name of the interviewer(s) is included on your interview schedule. If an emergency arises and you are delayed or will not be able to make it to your interview, please call the CSO as soon as possible at 312-906-5200 or call Pascale Bishop at 312-906-5207.

 

Don't Forget to Report Callbacks and Offers!

If you receive callbacks/offers during the fall interview season, please report this to our office by sending an email to kentcso@kentlaw.edu every couple weeks or so.  Please include from what source you obtained the interview/offer (OCI, resume collect, CCBA job fair, Loyola Patent Fair, etc.).  We keep track of these in order to determine how students are doing and where our students end up working during the summer/after graduation.  Also, if you have any concerns about how your interviews are progressing or questions about the interview process, please make an appointment to talk with a career counselor.   

Programming

 

September 1: Opportunities in Federal Government

This panel will explore careers in the Federal Government, including summer and semester internship programs, permanent positions post-graduation, and how to navigate the hiring process when there are so many agencies and opportunities within agencies to explore. Gregory Gustin (’86) from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Tom Kenney from the Environmental Protection Agency, Neelam Kundra (’06) from the National Labor Relations Board, and Russ Eisenstein (’08) from the Internal Revenue Service will be presenting. The program will be on Tuesday, September 1 at 12 noon in Room 170. This program is co-sponsored with the Environmental Law Society and Labor and Employment Law Society. Pizza will be available! For those unable to attend, the program will available for viewing on the Career Services Office videos page. The username and password to view videos online is available in the “Documents Library” in Symplicity.

Careers in Legal Aid

Date: Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Time: 12:00pm (noon)
Place: 170

Come and learn about careers in legal aid, how to get involved and how to stand out in a tough economy from a panel of legal aid attorneys. Chicago-Kent Alums from organizations such as the Lawyers Committee for Better Housing, CARPLS and the Center for Disability and Elder Law will discuss their career paths and answer questions regarding student involvement. This program is co-sponsored by the Kent Justice Foundation. The program will take place at Noon in Room 170.  Pizza will be available! For those unable to attend, the program will available for viewing on the Career Services Office videos page. The username and password to view videos online is available in the “Documents Library” in Symplicity.

 

Careers in Public Defense

Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Time: 3:00pm
Location: 370

Interested in learning more about becoming a public defender? A panel of public defenders from the various governmental levels (county, state, etc.) and not-for-profit agencies will discuss their careers. Learn how to get involved now.  The program will take place at 3:00pm in Room 370. For those unable to attend, the program will available for viewing on the Career Services Office videos page. The username and password to view videos online is available in the “Documents Library” in Symplicity.

 

Prosecutor Career Panel

At 3:00pm County, City, and Federal prosecutors will discuss their work, how students can become involved, and general hiring processes. Please read next week's Record for additional details.

 

Career Programs on Government, Public Interest, Small & Mid-Sized Firms, and Alternative Careers Begin on August 26 and Run Through October 8

The Career Services Office has planned a busy fall semester with many programs geared toward students interested in careers in a variety of legal practice settings, including government, public interest, small & mid-sized firms and alternative careers. In addition we are responding to the challenging economy with a number of networking programs, and are very excited to have Kimm Walton, author of “Guerilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job Of Your Dreams” coming to Chicago-Kent on September 29. We are committed to serving the needs of all students at Chicago-Kent during this challenging economic time. All programs will be videotaped and available online for those unable to attend in person.   

Information on all programs will be updated weekly in the Record, and dates are subject to change. Please check the Record to confirm dates and times.    

Federal Government Career Weeks: August 26-September 8

  • Department of Justice Career Panel, Wednesday August 26, 3pm
  • Opportunities in Federal Government, Tuesday September 1, noon
  • Department of Justice Application Deadline is Tuesday, September 8th for summer and attorney positions

Legal Aid & Criminal Defense Week: September 8-10

  • Legal Aid Career Panel, Tuesday, September 8, noon
  • Public Defender Career Panel, Wednesday, September 9, 3pm
  • Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair Roundtable Discussion, Thursday, September 10, noon

State, County, City & Prosecutors Week: September 13-19

  • State, County & City Government Career Panel, Tuesday, September 15, noon
  • Prosecutor Career Panel, Wednesday, September 16, 3pm

Government Career Agency Expo (many government agencies of all types in attendance):

  • Thursday, September 17, 2008, 4:30-6:00pm, Chicago Bar Association, Corboy Room

Small & Mid-sized Firm Week: September 21-25

  • Professionalism Series, Part I: Dress for Success, sponsored by Brooks Brothers, Tuesday, September 22, noon
  • Small & Mid-sized Firm Panel, Wednesday, September 23, 3pm

Featured Program, All Students Invited and Encouraged to Attend:

  • Kimm Walton, Author, “Guerilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams,” Tuesday, September 29, noon

Federal Government Program for 3L’s:

  • Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) Program, positions in management at federal government agencies, Wednesday, September 30, 3pm  

Alternative Careers Weeks:

  • Alternative Careers in Legislative Advocacy, Tuesday, October 6, noon
  • Alternative Careers in Business, date TBA

Additionally, we provide many services and resources year round, including:

  1. Daily updates of job postings on Symplicity (includes law firms, government, public interest positions, etc.)  https://law-kent-csm.symplicity.com/students.
  2. Access to the Chicago Area Law Firm List “4 or more” database of all law firms in Chicago with 4+ attorneys https://applications.kentlaw.edu/fom/login.asp, visit “Documents Library” in Symplicity for password.
  3. Career counseling: log-in to Symplicity and “Request an Appointment” with your career counselor.
  4. Programming throughout the year - we conducted or co-sponsored 29 programs last year covering many areas of law as well as career development skills. Videos can be viewed online at: http://www.kentlaw.edu/depts/cso/videos.html, visit the “Documents Library” in Symplicity for the password.
  5. We work in coalition with other law schools in the Chicago-area to sponsor yearly career fairs and networking events such as the Small/Midsized Firm Reception, the Public Service Reception, the Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference (MPILCC), among others. All events are listed in the Record.
  6. Resources available online on networking, informational interviews, interview skills, resumes, cover letters, out of state job searches, writing samples, etc. at http://www.kentlaw.edu/depts/cso/handouts/studentjobapps.html & http://www.kentlaw.edu/depts/cso/handouts/careerstrategies.html.
  7. Resources available in our office including subscriptions to all of the Chicago area legal publications, books, handouts (such as the Public Interest Handbook for 1L’s, 2L’s and 3L’s), files on employers, etc.

We look forward to seeing you at many events throughout the year and hope you will take advantage of the resources we offer year-round.

September 1: Army Court of Criminal Appeals Oral Argument and Reception

Date: Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Time: 3:30pm
Location: The John Marshall Law School
315 S. Plymouth Court

Baim Courtroom

On September 1, 2009, the United States Army Court of Criminal Appeals will hear the case of U.S. v. Alston in Chicago. The arguments will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the Baim Courtroom at The John Marshall Law School. After the arguments, there will be a question and answer session conducted by the judges and attorneys followed by a reception. Law students are cordially invited to the argument, Q & A, and reception.

This is a rare opportunity for students in the Chicago area who are interested in the military as a career to hear a military appellate argument and meet JAG officers, both career and reserve, on a one-to-one basis.

 

Hellenic Bar Association Career Fair

Date: Thursday, September 10, 2009
Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Place: Winston & Strawn, 35 W. Wacker, 47th Floor

The Hellenic Bar Association (HBA) invites you to its fifth annual Career Corner Program on Thursday, September 10, 2009 from 4:30pm - 6:30pm at Winston & Strawn. Beverages and hors d'oeuvres will be provided.

The HBA put this program together for the benefit of Greek American law students in the Chicago area. The focus is on career options. Part-time and summer job opportunities, as well as full-time positions for graduates will also be covered. The main goal is to give students an opportunity to speak with experienced attorneys, to ask questions and seek knowledgeable guidance.

The HBA has assembled a group of attorneys from large, small and solo practices, corporate law departments and government. The attorneys will represent varied practices; trial, transaction, civil, criminal and several specialties.

There will be some very brief opening remarks and information on specific subject areas and opportunities. The program will be less than 30 minutes of informal presentations and 90 minutes to socialize, network with attorneys and other law students.

Please RSVP by email by Friday September 4, 2009 to Peggy Hommes at phommes@winston.com.

Cook County State's Attorney's Office Minority Law Students Reception

Date: Friday, September 18, 2009
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Place: John Marshall Law School
315 South Plymouth Court

The Cook County State's Attorney's Office is dedicated to diversity and making sure that all segments of the community are aware of the employment opportunities available. On Friday, September 18, 2009, the Cook County State's Attorney's Office is holding its 5th Annual Minority Law Students Reception. The evening will consist of a short program followed by a networking reception.

The event is being held at John Marshall Law School and will begin at 5:30pm. Registration for the event will begin at 5:15pm. Students are being asked to RSVP for this event by Monday September 7, 2009 to April Evans at 312-603-1871 or aevans@cookcounty.gov. There is no charge to attend this event.

 

2009 Conference of the National Latino/a Law Student Association

Date: September 24-26, 2009

The 2009 Conference of the National Latino/a Law Student Association, hosted by DePaul University College of Law, will be held September 24-26, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. The Conference is designed to help mold the leaders of tomorrow into compassionate professionals who value community service. The theme, "La Fuerza del Cambio, La Esperanza del Futuro" (The Power of Change, The Hope of Tomorrow), illustrates the focus on making a positive difference in society both in and out of the courtroom. Recognition will also be given to the achievements of leaders who have worked to diversify the legal community and helped pave the way for young Latino lawyers.

The weekend will feature topical discussions and workshops to address legal issues affecting the Latino community. Panelists will offer strategies for succeeding both during and after law school. Also planned are networking events and opportunities to enjoy the city's cultural sights and vibrant nightlife. In addition, a community service event will give attendees a chance to make a positive contribution to a Chicago-based social services organization.

Conference registration is open through September 4, 2009. Participants may register online at www.law.depaul.edu/nllsa. If you have any questions, please contact the National Latino/a Law Student Association at 312-362-5145 or at nllsachicago@gmail.com.

Law and War: An International Humanitarian Law Workshop

DePaul University College of Law and the International Human Rights Law Institute are hosting a workshop on International Humanitarian Law. The workshop will be held October 16 - 18, 2009 at 25 E. Jackson Blvd, Room 242 (Lewis), Chicago, Illinois and the deadline to apply is September 14, 2009.

Content: Legal professionals from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), law professors, and international law practitioners will lead the workshop. A combination of lectures and hands-on exercises will give participants a deeper understanding of international humanitarian law (IHL), focusing on its application to combatants and civilians. Topics will include:

  • Introduction to IHL
  • The Role of the ICRC
  • Means and Methods of Warfare
  • Protection of Civilians under IHL
  • Nonstate Actors
  • Direct Participation in Hostilities
  • Enforcement of IHL

Eligibility: The workshop is available to full-and part-time law students who are attending a U.S. law school and who have successfully completed at least one year of study. Participants must attend all sessions of the program and will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Costs: The workshop and course materials are free for accepted applicants. Participants will be responsible for their own transportation, lodging, and food costs. Some meals may be provided by the program organizers or other program sponsors.

Application: Applications are available at www.chicagoredcross.org/lawandwar.

Registration is limited and competitive. Completed applications, including a statement of interest, must be received by IHRLI by email, fax or mail no later than Monday. September 14, 2009. For additional information, please contact:

International Human Rights Law Institute (IHRLI)
DePaul College of Law, 25 East Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60604
Tel: 312.362.5919; Fax: 312.362.5923
ihrli@depaul.edu
law.depaul.edu/ihrli

 

K&L Gates "Change Your World" Trivia Challenge

Continuing on the success of last year's Change Your World campaign, K&L Gates LLP is reducing waste by minimizing printed recruiting materials and eliminating promotional items. The money saved will be donated to a worthy charity. Here's where you come in.

Visit www.klgates.com/changeyourworld, play the "Change Your World" trivia challenge, and decide which of three outstanding nonprofit organizations you want your score to count toward. If you are good enough, the organization you choose could receive the cash. Compete for your school, compete for personal glory, compete for a cause you believe in.

 

Video on Managing a Legal Career Transition in Tough Times

As a public service, NALP and ALI-ABA are pleased to offer Managing a Legal Career Transition in Tough Times — a 75-minute presentation by Marcia Pennington Shannon and Susan G. Manch of Shannon & Manch LLP, who generously donated their time and talent to this special project to assist lawyers and 3Ls who are currently seeking employment.

To watch the video, please click here.

 

Employment Opportunities

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

 

Judicial Clerkship Opportunity with the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit - Applications Accepted Starting September 8

The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit will accept applications beginning September 8, 2009 for the position of staff law clerk for a two-year term starting August 2010. Applicants must have excellent academic credentials and possess superior analytical, research, and writing skills. Law review or moot court experience is preferred. To apply, on or after September 8, 2009, please submit a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, two unedited legal writing samples (any length), and two letters of recommendation to:

Michael Fridkin, Senior Staff Attorney
219 S. Dearborn St., Room 2650
Chicago, IL 60604

Application materials can also be submitted via e-mail to stafflawclerk_apps@ca7.uscourts.gov, preferably in .pdf format, on or after September 8, 2009. There is no application deadline. Positions are open until filled, typically by Thanksgiving each year.

Staff law clerks work in a highly collegial environment with recent law school graduates and lawyers coming from the nation's top law schools, as well as with more experienced supervisory attorneys. Staff law clerks learn a wide variety of substantive and practical lawyering and writing skills through discussions with the judges and other staff law clerks.

Staff law clerkships combine the intellectual rigor of a chambers clerkship with the benefits of working closely with all the judges of the Seventh Circuit, one of the most highly respected appeals courts in the country, on all phases of appellate litigation. Like traditional chambers clerks, the staff law clerks at the Seventh Circuit perfrom legal research, prepare bench memoranda and draft merits opinions on a broad spectrum of federal cases subject to oral argument at the Court.

In addition to receiving the type of work typical of chambers clerkships, staff law clerks work with all the judges of the entire Court rather than a single judge. They also assist the judges in resolving substantive motions that address complex questions of civil procedure or seek preliminary or emergency relief. Finally staff law clerks assist three-judge panels in weekly deliberative conferences on cases not subject to oral argument.

 

Illinois Attorney General's Office Seeking Law Student Externs/Clerks

The Illinois Attorney General's Office is seeking law students to serve as externs/clerks, particularly in the criminal appeals, environmental and public interest divisions. For additional information and to apply, please click here.

 

U.S. Department of Justice Attorney General Honors Program and Summer Internship Opportunity Program, Deadline September 8

For 3Ls: The Attorney General's Honors Program. Each fall, the Department hires law students for entry-level attorney positions following graduation through the Attorney General's Honors Program. Visit Entry-Level Attorneys (The Attorney General's Honors Program) for details.

For 2Ls: The Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) is the Department's competitive recruitment program for compensated summer internships. The Department offers extensive legal internship programs to law students with challenging opportunities in Washington, D.C. and in cities across America for positions during the summer and throughout the academic year. Through Volunteer Legal Intern Recruitment, the Department selects approximately 1800 volunteer interns each year. Approximately 800 interns volunteer during the academic year, with approximately 1000 volunteer internships offered during the summer. These positions are without compensation but are highly sought after because of the responsibility and experience they offer. A significant number of volunteer internships are with the 94 U.S. Attorneys' Offices and the Department offices located in Washington D.C.. There are also opportunities with the 55 Immigration Courts (58 by the end of September 2008), the 95 U.S. Trustees' Offices and other Department field offices nationwide. Some volunteer internships generally qualify for course credit. Interested students can contact their law schools for specific requirements. There are a very limited number of paid part-time positions.

The applications period is currently open and closes on Tuesday, September 8, 2009, 11:00 p.m., Central Standard Time. Visit www.usdoj.gov/oarm for details.

 

Fall Judicial Externship Opportunities in the Circuit Court of Cook County

There are several openings in the Circuit Court, Law Division, for the Fall 2009 externship program. The court is looking for 2L or 3L students who are interested in working with either a commercial calendar judge or a motion calendar judge. Responsibilities will include legal research, drafting bench memoranda, court observation, and drafting memorandum opinions and orders. Hours are flexible and will be worked our between the student and the judge he/she is assigned to.

Interested students should email their resumes to Jillian Snider, Law Clerk to Judge William D. Maddux at jsnider@cookcountygov.com.

 

Fellowships & Scholarships

 

Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program

Latham & Watkins is once again pleased to announce the Latham Diversity Scholars Program which will award a $10,000 non-renewable scholarship to each of four second-year law students for use during their third year of law school (2010-2011). Factors considered in choosing the Latham Diversity Scholars will include a candidate's:

  • Ability and committment to contribute to the diversity objectives of global law firms;
  • Life experiences that have shaped values and that provide a unique perspective, including any obstacles or challenges faced in choosing or pursuing law as a profession;
  • Academic and/or leadership achievements; and
  • Desire to practice in a global law firm environment

Students will be asked to submit an application form, personal statement, resume and official or unofficial law school transcript by September 15, 2009. This scholarship is not contingent upon receiving or accepting an offer of employment at Latham. Rather, it is open to all law students in the hope that greater diversity among the attorneys at large law firms will benefit the entire profession. Recipients will be announced in the spring of 2010.

For an application form and additional information, please click here and go to the Diversity Scholars Program heading.

 

Urban Debate Advocacy Fellowship for Recent Graduates

The National Association for Urban Debate Leagues (NAUDL), the national leadership organization of the urban debate movement, seeks to facilitate participation in organized debate activities for as many urban students as possible. Urban students of color and women with great creativity and potential for future careers in the law unfortunately face many challenges in learning the communication and academic skills they need to enter law school and start legal careers. To counter these challenges, many firms have turned to academic debate in urban schools as an effective mechanism to open a larger, more diverse pipeline of students who are interested in, and well-prepared for, law school and legal practice.

NAUDL is offering a pro bono public interest fellowship to 3Ls and recent law school graduates whose firms are deferring their start dates. Associates who are deferring their start dates can make a valuable contribution in the interim to the NAUDL and urban debate.

The Urban Debate Advocacy Fellow will provide legal advice and assistance to local Urban Debate Leagues (UDLs), run legal education seminars with UDL students, prepare submissions to federal and local governments on matters of public interest, and conduct other legal work, including drafting documents. The pro bono fellows will focus on legal research and writing, advocacy, non-profit governance issues, and policy development, and will be helping to bring debate to thousands of additional students nationwide. The length of the fellowship can vary with availability, ranging from several months to an entire year.

If interested in becoming an Urban Debate Advocacy Fellow, please contact Eric Tucker at the NAUDL at EricTucker@urbandebate.org or 312-427-0152.

 

A List of Resources for 2009 and 2010 Graduates with Large Law Firm Start Date Deferrals

The Career Services Office is compiling a list of resources for Recent Graduates dealing with law firm start date deferrals. The following organizations are accepting applications from deferred law firm associates (please contact the CSO for specific application instructions for each organization):

The Public Interest Law Initiative also has a number of helpful resources for those dealing with delayed law firm start dates. Please click here for more information. For those interested in opportunities both within the Chicago area as well as across the nation, organizations have been posting opportunities and positions for deferred associates on www.pslawnet.org (membership for Chicago-Kent students/alums is free; after signing in, click on "Search Opportunities").

Lexis/Nexis has announced the launch of its Associates Serving Public Interests Research (ASPIRE) Program. ASPIRE has been designed to provide complimentary access to LexisNexis services to 2009 law school graduates, in response to the increasing trend of deferring fall associates' start dates. Any 2009 graduate pursuing verifiable public service (non-profit or charitable) work is eligible for this program. This includes:

  • Deferred fall associates pursuing public interest work during their deferral periods;
  • 2009 graduates who elect to pursue public interest work while searching for law firm employment, and
  • Those 2009 graduates who pursue public interest work as a continuing profession.

Complimentary Lexis/Nexis access will be provided throughout these graduates' public interest employment periods, up until September 2010 maximum. To join ASPIRE, please click here.

LexisNexis will also provide access to public interest and pro-bono opportunities through its Career Center for legal professionals. To access the Martindale-Hubbell Career Center, graduates may visit www.martindale.com/careercenter. Public interest organizations can post opportunities on the site free of charge. Please note that the following organizations are NOT accepting applications from deferred associates:

  • Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago
  • SEC – Illinois
  • LaPorte County (IN) Attorney’s Office
  • AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association)
  • Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC)
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office – Illinois (DOJ)
  • National Lawyers Guild – Chicago
  • National Training and Information Center

Please contact Susan DeCostanza if you have any questions regarding the opportunities listed above or other career plans.

 

Free National Training for Attorneys Beginning Volunteer Public Interest Placements

Date: September 9, 2009
Time: 12:00 noon (Central Standard Time)

What: The Association of Pro Bono Counsel and NALP are pleased to announce a free national web-based training for attorneys who are beginning extended public service placements with legal aid and other nonprofit legal organizations. The training will provide an overview of the difference in law firm and nonprofit practice settings, insight on working with low-income clients, and background on the economic challenges presently being confronted by the public interest community.

Who: The training is designed for all attorneys taking temporary, extended public interest placements. While the training focuses particularly on practice in civil legal services organizations, the information is relevant to most public interest settings. A coalition of public interest leaders from the legal aid community and the private bar designed and will present this training.

Why: As a result of the current economy, many attorneys, especially newer attorneys, who expected to be in private practice are beginning extended placements in legal aid and other public interest organizations. This training aims to provide a bridge program for associates transitioning into a practice setting with which they may be unfamiliar. By providing this preliminary training, the hope is that the attorneys will be better prepared to engage in this unique opportunity to conribute to and lean about the public interest legal community.

When: This 2-hour program will be offered on September 9, 2009 at 12:00 noon Central Standard time.

Where: This trianing can be accessed from any computer and phone line. In many cities, organizers are planning a central location (bar association, law firm, etc.) so attorneys may participate in the training together. Following these sessions, a discussion on issues relevant to fellowships will follow the long-distance training. Attorneys are encouraged to attend the live session with their colleagues.

Register: If you are able to participate in this training, please click here to register.

Questions: If you have any questions or for more information, please contact Kelly Tautges at ktautges@chicagobar.org or 312-554-8356.

 

 

Job Fairs

 

The National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Bar Association Annual Career Fair and Conference

The National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Bar Association is a national organization of LGBT judges, lawyers, law students and other legal professionals committed to promoting diversity within the legal profession. Each year, the LGBT Bar hosts the only national career fair and legal education conference (formerly known as Lavender Law) for LGBT law students. The LGBT Bar will host the 21st such conference on September 10-12, 2009 in Brooklyn, NY. The 2008 Career Fair featured 169 recruiters and over 590 students from across the country. Students interested in learning more about the conference should visit www.lgbtbar.org/annual.

 

Proctor & Gamble Virtual Online Career Fair

P&G will host its Virtual Online Diversity Career Fair on October 1, 2009. Here you can learn about the opportunities available & how to apply to each.  Have a question?  Instant message one of the recruiters or join the group chat.  This is your chance to experience P&G through the eyes of its employees, connecting not only via professional aspiration but through shared cultures as well.  And do this all from the comfort of your home computer!  No fees & no business attire required!  REGISTRATION IS NOW
OPEN!

WHEN:  Thursday, October 1st, 2009 / 10:00am – 6:00pm EST

HOW:  Click this link to register:  https://vts.inxpo.com/scripts/InXpo.nxp?LASCmd=AI:4;F:QS!10100&ShowKey=1728

TO LEARN MORE: 

    • Facebook:  search for by P&G Diversity Networking page. Become a fan!
    • Twitter:  search by PGVCF.

     

    Resources

     

    2009-2010 Government Honors & Internship Handbook

    The 2009-2010 Government Honors & Internship Handbook is now available. It may be accessed online or there is a printed copy available in our office. For the password information to the online edition, please log onto Symplicity, click on the "Documents" tab, and then click on "Document Library."

     

    LexisNexis ASPIRE Program For Deferred Law Firm Hires

    Lexis/Nexis has announced the launch of its Associates Serving Public Interests Research (ASPIRE) Program. ASPIRE has been designed to provide complimentary access to LexisNexis services to 2009 law school graduates, in response to the increasing trend of deferring fall associates' start dates. Any 2009 graduate pursuing verifiable public service (non-profit or charitable) work is eligible for this program. This includes:

    • Deferred fall associates pursuing public interest work during their deferral periods;
    • 2009 graduates who elect to pursue public interest work while searching for law firm employment, and
    • Those 2009 graduates who pursue public interest work as a continuing profession.

    Complimentary Lexis/Nexis access will be provided throughout these graduates' public interest employment periods, up until September 2010 maximum. To join ASPIRE, please click here.

    LexisNexis will also provide access to public interest and pro-bono opportunities through its Career Center for legal professionals. To access the Martindale-Hubbell Career Center, graduates may visit www.martindale.com/careercenter. Public interest organizations can post opportunities on the site free of charge.

    Web Access for Policy, Political and Human Rights Jobs

    Chicago-Kent students can access Policy Jobs (www.policyjobs.net), Political Jobs (www.politicaljobs.net), Human Rights Jobs (www.humanrightsjobs.com), Ethical Jobs (www.ethicaljobs.net), and Journalist Jobs (www.journalistjobs.net) by using the Login details that can be obtained through Symplicity. Please see the instructions in the entry directly below for details on how to acess password information via Symplicity. Please note that the passwords for these sites are case sensitive.

    Password Protected Sites Now Available through Symplicity

    To access password protected sites including:

    • The Federal Government Honors & Internship Handbook; The Vermont Guide to State Judicial Clerkships; The BYU Intercollegiate Job Bank; and
    • The Four or More List of Chicago Employers

    Log into Symplicity and select the “Documents” tab. Within Documents, select “Document Library.” The links for the sites listed above will be listed there. Clicking on each link will take you to a page with a username and password, which you should write down before clicking the link on the page. If you have any difficulties accessing Symplicity or the individual sites, please contact the Career Services Office by emailing kentcso@kentlaw.edu.

    Access the BYU Intercollegiate Job Bank

    Kent students and alumni now have an additional resource for their job searches. The BYU Intercollegiate Job Bank compiles entry level job postings from schools throughout the country. This resource will be especially useful for students and alumni conducting an out-of-town job search, but through this service you can also access the postings of other Illinois and Chicago area schools.

    To access this resource, log into Symplicity and select the “Documents” tab. Within Documents, select “Document Library.” The link for the Job Bank will be listed there. Clicking on the link will take you to a page with a username and password, which you should write down before clicking the link. The link takes you to the BYU Alumni page, and the Job Bank is about halfway down the page. After clicking that link you will be prompted to enter the user name and password. Then you will have access to a drop list of all 50 states. Picking a state will give you access to the job postings from the schools in that state. If you have any difficulties accessing the Job Bank, please contact the Career Services Office by emailing kentcso@kentlaw.edu.

    Law Bulletin Weekly On-line Employment Bulletin

    The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin is now offering a free on-line Legal Employment Weekly e-blast of open jobs in the Chicago area. Every issue contains up-to-date job postings, an article and sign-up sheet from the Illinois Paralegal Association, and an Ask an Expert column. You can view each week's installment at http://jobs.lawbulletin.com/ELEW.pdf or you can sign up to receive the "E-LEW" in your own inbox. To receive the weekly email, go to http://jobs.lawbulletin.com and select the "E-LEW" tab at the top of the page. At the bottom of the page, click on the link and complete the resulting form.

    Career Advisor Network

    In an effort to help you connect with a strong network of Chicago-Kent alumni, the Office of Alumni Relations and Office of Career Services are happy to announce a new Alumni Career Advisor Network.

    Alumni from around the world are available to discuss issues such as practice trends, legal markets in specific geographic areas, and other career-related topics. This is an excellent opportunity to start building your personal network with Chicago-Kent alumni!

    To search for an Alumni Career Advisor, all you have to do is log-in to the Chicago-Kent Alumni Online Community:

    First Time Login Instructions:

    1. Go to www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/firstlogin
    2. In the Constituent ID field, enter your Banner CWID.
      To find your Banner CWID login to http://my.iit.edu. Once you are logged, on the right side of your screen you should see a box called IIT Personal ID numbers. The Banner CWID is the number beginning with “A.”
    3. In the Class Year Field:
      1. If you are an LLM student, enter LLM
      2. If you are a Visiting student, enter LV
      3. If you are a JD student your Class Year will be three characters. The first letter for all class years will be L. The second letter is your division. The third is your year number.
        Examples: A 2nd year night student’s class year is LN2. A 1st  year day student’s class year is LD1.

    During your first time login you will create a username and password. Afterwards, you may log in directly at www.alumni.kentlaw.edu/advisorsearch using the username and password you created.

    If you need assistance with your first time login, please contact Celeste Addyman in the Office of Career Services at kentcso@kentlaw.edu or visit her in Suite 360.

    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. Contact kentcso@kentlaw.edu for the username and password.

    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.

    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. Visit the Fellowship Corner at: http://pslawnet.org/postgraduatefellowships

     

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