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April 19 , 2010

CSO Information & Announcements

  • CSO Program Videos Now Available Online!

Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program

  • April 20 and 21: Mandatory Fall On-Campus Interview (OCI) Orientation
  • Don't Forget to Report Callbacks and Offers!

Programming

  • April 19: Women's Rights Advocacy Careers: A Conversation with Chicago-Kent Alums
  • April 20 and 21: Mandatory Fall On-Campus Interview (OCI) Orientation
  • April 21: Boot Camp for Summer Jobs
  • April 22: Public Interest Awards Night
  • April 28: Judicial Clerkship Informational Program
  • CLEO Spring Speed Networking Event: Strengthening the Diversity Pipeline
  • Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys Professional Development Panel
  • Student Debt Relief Webinar
  • The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts' 47th Annual Conference
  • Video on Managing a Legal Career Transition in Tough Times

Employment Opportunities

  • Federal Work Study at Community Based Organizations Available in Summer 2010
  • Department of Justice Volunteer Legal Internships for Summer 2010

Fellowships & Scholarships

  • Minority Law Fellowships in Criminal Defense
  • Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program
  • Intellectual Property Summer Fellowship
  • April 1: Applications Available for Equal Justice Works $1,000 Summer Corps Education Voucher
  • 2010 DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship
  • Institute for Justice Summer Law Clerk Program
  • The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area: Opportunities for Volunteer Attorneys & Deferred Associates
  • A List of Resources for 2009 and 2010 Graduates with Large Law Firm Start Date Deferrals

Job Fairs

  • Registration Now Open for the Cook County Bar Association (CCBA) Minority Law Student Job Fair
  • Registration Now Open for St. Louis Diversity Job Fair
  • Delaware Minority Job Fair for Second & Third-Year Law Students
  • The National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Bar Association Annual Career Fair and Conference
  • IMPACT Career Fair for Law Students and Attorneys with Disabilities
  • Registration Now Open for the Boston Lawyers Group 2010 Job Fairs for Law Students of Color
  • National Black Prosecutors Association Annual Job Fair
  • Registration Now Open for Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair
  • Registration Now Open for the Indianapolis Bar Association 2010 Diversity Job Fair

Resources

  • NALP Summer Apartment Exchange
  • 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

 

April 20 and 21: Mandatory Fall On-Campus Interview (OCI) Orientation

Tuesday, April 20th: 12:00 - 1:00pm in Auditorium
Wednesday, April 21st: 5:00 - 6:00pm in C50
(Students need only attend one of the program times.)

During August and September, legal employers will either visit our campus to interview students or request resumes from students for summer associate and entry-level attorney positions. A member of the CSO will discuss the on-campus interview process, what types of employers participate, how to contact employers directly, what to do if you do not meet a particular employer's hiring criteria, and how to prepare over the summer. This year’s OCI program will begin August 16th.  Since interviews will begin before classes start, it is imperative that students understand the requirements and deadlines for participation, which will be discussed at the program. 

In addition, the information provided will assist students participating in the Patent Law Interview Program, Cook County Bar Association Minority Job Fair, and other interviewing opportunities.  

This program is MANDATORY for all first-time OCI participants.  1L Day students and 1L Evening students who plan to switch to the day program next year and graduate in May 2012 must attend one of these programs in order to participate in the fall OCI program.   2L Day/Evening & 3L Evening students who have not previously participated but intend to next year must also attend.

Please note: If you plan to graduate in May 2011 or December 2010 and are interested in working for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office after graduation, you must participate in OCI and register for an on-campus interview with their office in order to be considered for employment.

 

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

 

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. Monday, April 19 at 3pm, Room 570. The program is sponsored by Women in Law 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.  In this role she leads a team to develop and implement policy initiatives for the Attorney General covering topics including violence against women, internet safety, campus safety and children’s products safety.  She represents the Attorney General on numerous Boards and Committees, for example acting as Chair Pro Temp of the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority.  Previously, Ms. Welch focused on violence against women as the Attorney General’s Women’s Policy Advisor.  In that role she led statewide efforts to improve laws, services and systems for abused women and their children. Ms. Welch continues to monitor policies and legislation impacting women and children and participates on numerous boards and advisory councils such as the Illinois Department of Human Services Domestic Violence Advisory Council. Ms. Welch came to the Office of Attorney General Madigan after nine 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.  She led the successful campaign for a new domestic violence court in Cook County, Illinois.  Ms. Welch also developed the city of Chicago Domestic Violence Help Line in partnership with the Chicago Mayor=s Office on Domestic Violence.  Prior to working at the Battered Women=s Network she was a founding member of the Illinois Clemency Project for Battered Women.  Ms. Welch holds a JD from the Chicago-Kent College of Law and received her undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

 

Mandatory Fall On-Campus Interview (OCI) Orientation

Tuesday, April 20th: 12:00 - 1:00pm in Auditorium
Wednesday, April 21st: 5:00 - 6:00pm in C50
(Students need only attend one of the program times.)

During August and September, legal employers will either visit our campus to interview students or request resumes from students for summer associate and entry-level attorney positions. A member of the CSO will discuss the on-campus interview process, what types of employers participate, how to contact employers directly, what to do if you do not meet a particular employer's hiring criteria, and how to prepare over the summer. This year’s OCI program will begin August 16th.  Since interviews will begin before classes start, it is imperative that students understand the requirements and deadlines for participation, which will be discussed at the program. 

In addition, the information provided will assist students participating in the Patent Law Interview Program, Cook County Bar Association Minority Job Fair, and other interviewing opportunities.  

This program is MANDATORY for all first-time OCI participants.  1L Day students and 1L Evening students who plan to switch to the day program next year and graduate in May 2012 must attend one of these programs in order to participate in the fall OCI program.   2L Day/Evening & 3L Evening students who have not previously participated but intend to next year must also attend.

Please note: If you plan to graduate in May 2011 or December 2010 and are interested in working for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office after graduation, you must participate in OCI and register for an on-campus interview with their office in order to be considered for employment.

 

Boot Camp for Summer Jobs

Date: Wednesday. April 21, 2010
Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Room 370

The Career Services Office is presenting "Boot Camp for Summer Jobs." Any student with a summer job will benefit from attending this event. First, there will be a presentation on economical and efficient research on Lexis and Westlaw. Second, a panel composed of current students, who participated last summer in summer internships/clerkships in a variety of practice settings, will discuss professionalism, expectations for research and writing skills, what to expect as a law clerk or summer associate, etc.

 

Public interest Awards Night

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2010
Time: 5pm Awards, Networking reception to follow


Location: Chicago-Kent College of Law
Governor Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium
565 W. Adams St.

Please join us for this special event to honor Chicago-Kent alumni and students who better our communities through their work and commitment to public interest.  The Public Interest Awards Night recognizes the 2010 Marovitz Public Interest Law Awards, students in the Public Interest Law program, and will spotlight the Chicago-Kent Environmental Law Society. Cameron Davis ('92), Senior Advisor to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, will serve as the keynote speaker.
 
The 2010 Hon. Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Public Interest Law recipients for 2010 are:
 
Daniel Belko '99, Cook Co. Public Guardian's Office
Mariangela Monteiro '04, Equip for Equality
 
For details and to RSVP, click here.

 

Judicial Clerkship Informational Program

Are you interested in working for a judge as a judicial law clerk following graduation?  On Wednesday, April 28th at 3:00 p.m. in Room 590, the Faculty Judicial Clerkship Committee in conjunction with the CSO will host an informational panel program regarding this post-grad opportunity.  Chicago-Kent alums who are or have previously served as judicial law clerks with various courts will discuss the details of the work of a judicial clerk and why this post-graduate job is a great stepping stone for any type of legal career.  Information about the application process and timing of applications/interviews will also be discussed.  Because applications for federal clerkships must be sent out very early in the academic year, this program is especially important for current 2L students who will be 3Ls in the fall.

 

CLEO Spring Speed Networking Event: Strengthening the Diversity Pipeline

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2010
Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm
Location: Three Peas Art Lounge
75 E. 16th St., Chicago, IL

The Council on Legal Education Opportunity (a project of the ABA Justice and Education Fund) is pleased to sponsor this opportunity to network with colleagues and law students while learning about CLEO's programs to strengthen the diversity pipeline in the Chicagoland and Midwest Legal Communities.

To RSVP please email Ms. Chipo Nyambuya at chipo@cleoscholars.org by April 19.

For additional information please email Ms. Nyambuya at the above email address or call 312-207-2426 or 773-299-8476.

 

Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys Professional Development Panel

Date: Monday, April 26, 2010
Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Location: Hinshaw & Culbertson
222 N. LaSalle St., 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL

Interested in Health Law? You are invited to a panel discussion and Q&A entitled "The Practice of Health Law in Non-Traditional Settings." A panel of practitioners in the health law field will give an overview of the work they do as well as the scope of the health law department at their respective organizations. The floor will then be open to questions. Refreshments will be served. The dress code for this event is business casual. Panelists:

  • Frank Carroll of the Joint Commission, Oakbrook Terrace
  • Robert Kane of the Illinois State Medical Society, Springfield
  • Jennie Jendusa Orrico of Baxter International, Deerfield
  • Jeffrey Teske of Advocate Health Care, Oak Brook

Space is limited. Please RSVP to Suzy McGary at smcgary@ihastaff.org.

Please note: Following this event, the IAHA would like to invite attendees to a social gathering with its junior associate members from 4:45pm - 6:00pm. Specific details will follow.

 

Student Debt Relief Webinar

There's a lot to know about student debt relief and the College Cost Reduction and Access Act. Attend a free, live webinar to learn more about public service loan forgiveness, income-based repayment and how to qualify. The webinar is presented by Equal Justice Works and is entitled: "Getting Your Student Loans Forgiven: How government and non-profit Employees can earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness." Thursday, May 6, 2010 from 11am to 12:30pm Central Time.

Space is limited, so participants are required to register at equaljusticeworks.org.

 

The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts' 47th Annual Conference

Students are invited to attend the Assocation of Family and Conciliation Courts' 47th Annual Conference, titled Traversing the Trail of Alienation: Rocky Relationships, Mountains of Emotion, Mile High Conflict, at the Sheraton Denver Downtown, June 2-5, 2010. The program features 90 sessions, including four plenary sessions and six all-day pre-conference institutes, on topics from alienation to negotiaton, research to practice or domestic abuse to child abuse and neglect.

Registration is available at a reduced rate, more than 40 conference scholarships are available, and students who attend will be paired with a mentor/experienced practitioner for ongoing mentoring. For more information, to view the full conference brochure, apply for a scholarship or register online, please click here.

 

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.

 

Federal Work Study at Community-Based Organizations Available in Summer 2010

Chicago-Kent is launching a “pilot” program for the Summer 2010, through which Chicago-Kent 1L and 2L students who are Federal Work Study eligible may be paid though Federal Work Study funds to work at government and public interest organizations outside of the law school. In our first semester of the program, nineteen students worked at government and non-profit agencies such as the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, the Cook County Office of the Public Guardian, the Chicago Legal Clinic, among others. Additional government and non-profit organizations are also expected to join this summer. This is a unique opportunity to be paid for your work at a government or non-profit agency. A limited amount of funds are available, and students who have a federal work study allotment must secure their job placement, please visit the Career Service Office’s webpage for a more detailed explanation of this opportunity, as well as the form you need to complete in order to participate.

 

Department of Justice Volunteer Legal Internships for Summer 2010

The Department of Justice, Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management, has updated its website to list volunteer legal internships for summer 2010. The Volunteer Legal Intern Recruitment website, which contains general information about eligibility and how to apply, is posted here. The list of current volunteer internship opportunities, many of which have application deadlines in early 2010, is posted here.

 

 

Fellowships & Scholarships

 

Minority Law Fellowships in Criminal Defense

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) is seeking up to three (3) Minority Law Fellows to spend up to eight (8) weeks working in a criminal defense law practice.  The purpose of the fellowship is to increase diversity in the criminal defense bar by giving underrepresented populations an opportunity to gain experience in a criminal defense law practice.

Fellows will be matched with NACDL members, exceptional, experienced criminal defense attorneys, in either Washington, DC or New York City.  Fellows will actively intern in the assigned criminal defense law office and will be invited to participate in NACDL events and networking opportunities throughout the summer.  Fellows should be law students with a strong, demonstrable interest in criminal defense.  Fellows will receive a weekly stipend of $500.

Interested applicants should send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample via email to Malia Brink, Counsel for Special Projects at Malia@nacdl.org. Applictions will be reviewed beginning April 21, 2010.

About NACDL:

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), and its not-for-profit affiliate, the Foundation for Criminal Justice, are located in the heart of the nation’s capital.  NACDL is the preeminent organization advancing the mission of the criminal defense bar to ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crime or wrongdoing. It is a professional bar association with a direct membership of 11,000 and an additional 35,000 affiliates from every state and many nations.  NACDL’s mission is to: Ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crime ... Foster the integrity, independence and expertise of the criminal defense profession ... Promote the proper and fair administration of criminal justice … Advocate for a rational and humane criminal justice system.

One of NACDL’s goals is to increase the number of young lawyers, women, and people of color practicing criminal defense.  A disproportionate number of criminal defendants come from minority communities.  It is, therefore, imperative that criminal defense attorneys be able to move our criminal justice system towards a better understanding of language, culture, customs, and economic conditions that correspond to our clients.  By attracting more diverse members to the criminal defense bar, we will increase the likelihood that our clients’ racial, ethnic, and personally diverse histories will be explained and portrayed more accurately to prosecutors, juries and judges because those diverse attorneys can teach what they already understand about what it means to be diverse in a majority society.

To learn more about NACDL's programs and projects, please visit www.nacdl.org.

 

Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program

Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) is launching a new, funded, fellowship program for current 3Ls and recent law school graduates interested in working to advance reproductive justice.

The Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program (RJFP) will enhance capacity at reproductive justice organizations working to influence law and policy and build a pipeline for future reproductive justice lawyers. Six (6) RJ Fellows will be paid $50,000 plus benefits and placed with host organizations in Washignton, DC for a year-long program (starting in August 2010) that includes mentoring, professional development, training, and networking opportunities.

For additional information and an application, interested 3L and recent law school graduates should click here. More information about the RJFP can also be found here.

All applications must be submitted to the LSRJ Curriculum & Training Coordinator at mariko@LSRJ.org by 5:00pm Pacific Time (7:00 Central Time) on Monday, May 17, 2010. Early applications are encouraged.

 

Intellectual Property Summer Fellowship

The Legal Assistance Foundation of Western New York, Inc. (LawNY) is pleased to announce that it will host an Intellectual Property Law Section Fellowship for the summer of 2010. This Fellowship has been made possible by the support and funding of the New York Bar Foundation.

The Fellow will evaluate and address the unique intellectual property law issues facing legal services providers in New York State. The Fellow will evaluate methods to balance legal services providers' need for free-flowing information with their need to protect content of their published materials. More specifically, the Fellow's objective will be to develop a resource and set of suggested procedures that will be widely used by legal services providers statewide to identify and address common intellectual proerty issues.

The Fellow will volunteer in the LawNY office that is located in Geneva, New York and be offered a $5,000 stipend, which is funded by the New York Bar Foundation. The Fellow will be expected to begin this internship in early June of 2010 for a period of ten weeks. All applicants should have successfully completed their first year of law school by the time the fellowship is set to begin. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until Friday, April 30, 2010.

Applications should include a resume, writing sample, and a cover letter which highlights an interest in intellectual property law. Interested applicants may submit these materials electronically to Bethany Hamilton at bhamilton@lawny.org. Please include "Intellectual Property Summer Fellowship" in the subject line. Applicants may also fax their applications to 315-781-2565.

 

April 1: Applications Available for Equal Justice Works Americorps
Summer Corps 2010

Equal Justice Works (EJW) is pleased to announce the launch of Summer Corps 2010. Summer Corps is an AmeriCorps-funded program that in 2010 will provide 577 law students with the opportunity to earn a $1,000 education award voucher for dedicating their summer to a qualifying legal project at a nonprofit public interest organization. Ninety-nine percent of law students last year said they would recommend the program to other law students, and with a series of improvements and policy changes this year, Summer Corps will be even more successful in 2010.

The application will be available on the EJW website starting April 1, 2010.

Please see where EJW Summer Corps members served last summer .

If you have any questions about Summer Corps , please contact summercorps@equaljusticeworks.org.

 

2010 DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship

DRI is the largest international membership organization of attorneys defending the interests of business and individuals in civil litigation. DRI announces its annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship program for incoming 2L and 3L students. The goal of these scholarships is to provide financial assistance to two (2) worthy law students from ABA accredited law schools in order to promote in a tangible way the DRI Diversity Statement in Principle.

Two (2) scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded to applicants who best meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated academic excellence,
  • Service to the profession,
  • Service to the Community and
  • Service to the Cause of Diversity

Applications must include three (3) recommendations, one (1) each from the following individuals: (A) the Dean or an Associate Dean of the student's law school, (B) a current or past law professor, and (C) an individual who is personally acquainted with the applicant, but who is not related by blood line or adoption. Additionally, each applicant must include a cover letter with their application. in that cover letter each applicant should identify his or her academic personal and/or professional accomplishments and how those accomplishments qualify him or her for this award.

In addition to submitting an application, cover letter, and recommendations, applicants must complete an essay of no more than one thousand (1,000) words based on the question which is included in the application materials. Essays must be submitted in hard copy, double-spaced, typed pages with copy on only one side of each page.

The application and all other requested materials must be received by May 3, 2010. Please submit all applications and essays in hard copy format to:

Tyler Howes, Deputy Executive Director
DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar
55 West Monroe Street, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60603

For more information on the scholarship and eligibility requirements, and for an application, please click here. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

 

Institute for Justice Summer Law Clerk Program

Institute for Justice (IJ) summer law clerks participate in IJ’s fast-paced litigation docket, including legal research, brief writing, client interviewing, and op-ed writing.  IJ is currently saving a non-profit boxing gym in California from being bulldozed for private profit.  On the east coast, IJ is cutting through Boston’s anti-competitive regulatory maze so an entrepreneur can begin his amphibious vehicle tour service.  The Institute is also defending Colorado citizens from an unconstitutional attack on their First Amendment rights via campaign finance regulations.  Parents in Arizona are teamed up with IJ to secure their freedom to choose the best education for their kids.  Summer clerkships are available at IJ's headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, as well as at our state chapters in Arizona, Minnesota, Texas and Washington.

Click here to find fliers advertising IJ's Summer Law Clerk Program. Students interested in IJ’s summer law student programs should also visit www.ij.org/students for more information.

 

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area: Opportunities for Volunteer Attorneys & Deferred Associates

The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCR), with the help of pro bono attorneys, provides free legal assistance to individuals in the areas of race, poverty, and immigration. In addition, the Lawyers' Committee handles impact cases that focus on important civil rights issues. Volunteer/deferred associates will work in one or more issue areas. Projects include:

  • Educational Equity: Addresses differential access by students of color to resources in K-12 education by coordinating a program to ensure that schools, districts and superintendents comply with the Williams v. California settlement.
  • African-American Agenda: Impact litigation and policy advocacy on significant issues facing the Bay Area's African-American community, including racial discrimination in housing & education, school desegregation & affirmative action.
  • Voting Rights: Advocates for the rights of people of color under the California Voting Rights Act.
  • Legal Services for Entrepreneurs: Provides business legal services to low-income entrepreneurs whose for-profit businesses will enhance the economic infrastructure of their neighborhoods. Free legal assistance is also provided to businesses which invest directly in disadvantaged neighborhoods.
  • Legal Services Clinic: Enlists pro bono attorneys to serve low-income San Franciscans with a focus on six areas: eviction defense, public benefits issues, tort defense, debt collection, school expulsions/suspensions & non-profit counseling.
  • Asylum Program: Recruits pro bono lawyers, interpreters, and mentor immigration attorneys to provide legal representation to indigent refugees fleeing persecution and torture around the globe.
  • Immigrant Rights: Impact litigation and policy advocacy on behalf of immigrants and refugees, including legal challenges to unlawful arrest practices, detention conditions, and racial/ethnic profiling.
  • Domestic Workers Project: Provides legal assistance, community education, and policy advocacy on behalf of domestic workers and other low wage immigrant workers experiencing exploitation.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to:

Philip Hwang at phwang@lccr.com or

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights
131 Steuart Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94105

Please indicate which, if any, of the projects are of particular interest to you. Please also indicate the amount of time (number of months; hours per week) that you are willing to volunteer.

 

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.

 

Job Fairs

 

Registration Now Open for the Cook County Bar Association (CCBA) Minority Law Student Job Fair

Date: Friday, August 13, 2010
Location: Embassy Suites Chicago - Downtown/Lakefront
511 North Columbus Drive

Registration is now open for the Cook County Bar Association (CCBA) Minority Law Student Job Fair. The Cook County Bar Association's 27th Annual Minority Law Student Job Fair will be held on Friday, August 13, 2010. Students in the classes of 2011 and 2012 are invited to participate in this job fair. Students graduating in any month prior to December 2010 are not eligible to participate. Student registration begins on April 1, 2010 and each student must register and upload their resume by Monday, May 31, 2010. There will be no exceptions to the deadline and no walk ins will be allowed.

It takes several days for your account to be approved and for you to be able to upload your resume, so please register ASAP and do not wait until a day or two before the deadline to register. Please also keep in mind that technical difficulties may delay the registration process even further.

To register, please visit the following link:

https://law-ccba-csm.symplicity.com/students

All students must create a new account. If you are a rising 3L who participated in the job fair last year, please do not use your old log in information. Please do not use your Chicago-Kent Symplicity information. This is an entirely different Symplicity site. Because you will receive information via email, it is critical that all students create their profiles using an email address which they check regularly and through which they can be reached both now and this summer.

When you register, you will be asked to designate your law school job fair liaison and provide their correct email address. Your job fair liaison is Elsa "Yadi" Trujillo and her email address is etrujillo@kentlaw.edu. If you have any questions regarding the job fair, please contact Yadi. If you have not yet received a copy of the CCBA job fair Law Student Registration Information Brochure, please contact Yadi and she will email it to you.

Your resume must include your name, email address, law school name, and your graduation date. Please review the Law Student Registration Information Brochure, which contains comprehensive details on the registration process, bidding procedure, timelines and general information on the Job Fair. Please visit the CCBA Job Fair website at www.ccbaminorityjobfair.com for additional information.

After the registration deadline, job fair personnel and school liaisons will verify that each registered student meets the job fair criteria regarding graduation dates, etc. All properly registered students will have the opportunity to bid for 25 ranked employer selections from approximately June 9, 2010 through June 20, 2010. All student bids must be completed by Sunday, June 20, 2010 at midnight - there will be no exceptions.

Please note that the CCBA Job Fair is primarily designed to obtain summer positions for rising 2Ls (current 1Ls) during their second summer in law school. A limited number of employers also wish to interview rising 3L students (current 2Ls) for entry level positions. Risng 3Ls, please be aware that job fair interview slots for rising 2Ls typically outnumber those for rising 3Ls by a 3:1 ratio.

Anticipated states represented by employer participants include: California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Washington D.C. and Wisconsin. The anticipated number of employer participants is 150 and will include:

  • Large, medium, and small law firms
  • Corporations
  • Government agencies

 

Registration Now Open for the St. Louis Diversity Job Fair

Date: August 20-21, 2010
Location: Husch, Blackwell, Sanders LLP, 190 Carondelet Plaza
St. Louis, MO

The St. Louis Diversity Job Fair is being held August 20-21, 2010. J.D. students in the classes of 2011 and 2012 (3L and 2L) are invited to participate. The Job Fair will kick off with a Welcome Reception on Friday, August 20, from 5:30pm - 7:30pm during which employers and students will have the opportunity to meet on a more informal basis. Students who did not receive a formal interview with employers will also get an opportunity to network with employers. Interviews will be held Saturday, August 21 from 8:30am - 4:30pm.

Once a student registers for the job fair, they will be given information regarding participating employers' hiring criteria, offices/cities for which each employer is interviewing, and J.D. year(s) required by the employer. Students have the opportunity to submit their resume to up to 12 employers.

The deadline for law student registration is Friday, May 14, 2010. To register, please click here. You will be asked to designate a contact person in the Career services Office. Your CSO contact is Yadi Trujillo. For additional information, please visit www.stldiversityjobfair.com.

 

Delaware Minority Job Fair for Second & Third-Year Law Students

As part of an effort to recruit talented students and increase diversity in the Delaware Bar, a number of law firms, corporations, and governmental legal employers will participate in the Delaware Minority Job Fair for Second & Third-Year Law Students, which is being held on Saturday, August 21, 2010 on the Wilmington campus of Widener University School of Law. This job fair is by invitation only and is limited to students who are in their second or third year of law school during the 2010-2011 school year and interested in employment opportunities in Delaware.

The Delaware Minority Job Fair differs from many other job fairs in that students must be invited to attend rather than simply registering and attending. In return, the students invited receive considerable more individual attention than is possible in a very large job fair. When you submit an application for invitation, you are, in effect, submitting an application to all of the Delaware legal employers who participate in the program.

To become eligible by an invitation you must complete the application form, which is available in the career services office as handout #50, and return it via mail, fax or email, along with your resume and college and law school transcripts, no later than Wednesday, April 28, 2010.

You will be eligible for an invitation if two or more of the Job Fair employers wish to meet with you. Invitations enclosing a proposed interview schedule will be sent by mid-June. Your response, accepting or declining the invitation, will be due by Tuesday, July 6, 2010.

There are no application or registration fees. If you are invited you will need to arrange for your own transportation to Wilmington. The organizers of the job fair hope to be able to reimburse you for all or at least a portion of your transportation expenses. They have historically been able to reimburse 100% of such expenses. A breakfast will be provided to all invited students. A number of experienced attorneys and leaders from the Delaware Bench and Bar will join students for breakfast to answer any questions you might have about life and the practice of law in Delaware.

 

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 22nd such conference on August 26-28 , 2010 in Miami, FL. The 2009 Career Fair featured 130 recruiters and over 600 students from across the country. Students interested in learning more about the conference should visit www.lgbtbar.org/annual. Registration ends on July 31, 2010 and the deadline for late registration is August 14, 2010.

 

IMPACT Career Fair for Law Students and Attorneys with Disabilities

Friday, August 13, 2010
Washington, DC at a hotel TBA

Registration is now open for the IMPACT Career Fair for Law Students and Attorneys with Disabilities. This job fair is open to law students returning to school in Fall 2010 and graduates from Classes of 2010 and earlier. The deadline to register and upload application materials electronically for each employer is Sunday, July 11, 2010, 11:59 pm.

To register and for more information, please click here.

For a list of 2009 employer participants, please click here.

 

Registration Now Open for the Boston Lawyers Group 2010 Job Fairs for Law Students of Color

Boston Job Fair for Law Students of Color
Thursday, August 19, 2010
The InterContinental Hotel
510 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA

Washington D.C. Area Job Fair for Law Students of Color
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Renaissance Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

The Boston Lawyers Group (BLG) is a consortium of over 40 of the largest law firms, government agencies, and corporations in Boston. Its mission is to promote the hiring, retention, and professional development of attorneys of color in its member organizations. A primary goal of the BLG is to increase the number of law students of color that member organizations hire for their Boston office. One of the significant ways in which this goal is accomplished, is through member participation in the annual BLG Job Fairs in Boston and D.C.

Employers who participate in either job fair hire for positions in their Boston office. Employers will interview rising second-year law students for 2011 summer associate/law clerk positions, and in a very limited number of cases employers will interview third-year law students for Fall 2011 first year associate positions. Students who have been selected for one or more interviews can potentially obtain additional interviews through the lottery selection process.

To be eligible to participate in the job fairs, students must be entering their second or third year of law school in the Fall of 2010. Student registration begins April 1, 2010 and ends at midnight on July 12, 2010. Students can register for only one fair. Please note that students are not allowed to bid, instead, participating BLG Members select the students they wish to interview. To register, please click here. It is strongly encouraged that you visit the BLG website for details on the registration process, eligibilty requirements, frequently asked questions, and additional job fair-related activities.

 

National Black Prosecutors Association Annual Job Fair

The goal of the National Black Prosecutors Association's (NBPA) Job Fair is to promote diversity in prosecutor's offices. The Job fair will provide a unique forum where law students, recent law graduates, and experienced attorneys from across the nation can meet and interview with prospective prosecutorial employers at the local, state, and federal levels. This year's job fair will be held on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco, California. The job fair is being held in conjunction with the NBPA Annual Conference, which is being held July 18-July 24.

At the culmination of the job fair, there will be a reception for all job fair participants and convention attendees. The reception will afford job fair attendees an additional opportunity to further network with prospective employers and experienced prosecutors. The early registration fee for the job fair is $25 for law students and 2010 law school graduates and $50 for experienced attorneys. After April 16, the registration fee will go up to $50 for law students and 2010 law school graudates and $75 for experienced attorneys.

In addition to the job fair reception, all job fair participants are invited to attend a free career seminar entitled "Strategies for a Successful Interview." The seminar will take place on Monday, July 19th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins and will provide job fair participants with effective interviewing tips.

Job fair attendees are welcome to attend the entire conference. Students and 2010 law school graduates are invited to attend conference seminars for free. However, other events such as luncheons, dinners and receptions must be paid for separately.

For additional information, a list of previous participating employers, and instructions on how to register for the job fair, please visit www.blackprosecutors.org and click on the "Annual Conference" tab and then click on the "student job fair registration form" link. Along with a registration form and payment, you must also submit your resume. Registration closes on July 6, 2010. If you have any questions, please contact Audrey Moore, NBPA Job Fair Coordinator at 212-335-4205 or moorea@dany.nyc.gov.

The InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel has extended a special room rate to students of $99/night for a single or double room and $129 for a triple room for July 19 and July 20. To make reservations, interviewees should call the hotel at 415-392-3434. Please note that the hotel will not accept reservations under the NBPA conference block of rooms at the discounted rate until you are a registered job fair participant; therefore job fair participants must register for the job fair prior to making hotel reservations.

 

Registration Now Open for the Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair

The Heartland Diversity Job Fair (HDLJF) will be held on August 6-7, 2010 in Kansas City Missouri at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The HDLJF is the result of Kansas City's leading law firms, legal associations, and corporate legal departments coming together to encourage students to practice law in Kansas City.

The event will kick off with registration, a diversity panel discussion and a welcome reception on Friday, August 6th at the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA) headquarters. Interviewing will begin at 8:30am on Saturday with a keynote luncheon featuring Dr. Bernard Franklin.

It is recommended that students register as soon as possible after registration opens on March 22, 2010 . Students registering before May 24th will receive an extra entry into the drawing for door prizes at the keynote luncheon. The Crowne Plaza Hotel will also have a limited number of $50 hotel rooms reserved for students participating in the job fair. The final deadline for registration will be June 21, 2010.

For more information on the job fair and how to register, please click here. If you have any questions, please contact Michael Wasinger, KCMBA Diversity Coordinator at 816-474-4322.

 

Registration Now Open for the Indianapolis Bar Association 2010 Diversity Job Fair

The Indianapolis Bar Association (IBA) cordially invites rising 2L law students (graduating in May 2012) to participate in the IBA Diversity Job Fair. The IBA is seeking candidates who are looking for a one-of-a-kind legal community in a Midwestern city that has both cosmopolitan style and small-town charm.

The IBA Diversity Job Fair will be held August 19-20, 2010 at the Embassy Suites Downtown Indianapolis. Student registration opens on April 1, 2010 and there is no fee to register. Students will register for the IBA Diversity Job Fair via the job fair's Symplicity web site at https://law-indybar-csm.symplicity.com/students/. Please do not confuse the job fair's Symplicity site with your particular law school's Symplicity site and password. Once you submit your registration, an automatically-generated password will be provided, which will enable you to use the system throughout the next few months. The registration deadline is July 16, 2010.

Please note that students will be responsible for their own travel and lodging arrangements. A special rate of $169 for students will be available at the Embassy Suites Downtown Indianapolis. The deadline for this hotel rate is July 20, 2010. The hotel phone number is 317-236-1800 and the hotel is located at 110 West Washington Street in Indianapolis, Indiana.

For additional information about the job fair, please visit www.ibadiversityjobfair.org.

 

Resources

NALP Summer Apartment Exchange

If you are a student who is working out of town this summer and looking for housing options, please see www.nalpexchange.org. NALP is offering the opportunity to exchange housing information through an online Apartment Exchange. On this site you can search for housing as well as post a listing to sublet your place.

 

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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