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Week of February 1, 2016

 

JUDICIAL EXTERNSHIPS: SUMMER 2016/FALL 2016

Judicial Externship Program (JEP) is a 4-credit hour Pass/Low Pass/Fail program that enables Kent students to do legal research and writing for federal appellate, district or magistrate judges as well as designated Illinois appellate and circuit court judges included in our participating panel of judges.

Being a judicial extern is a unique and important learning experience which is recognized as a significant achievement by the legal community and will benefit you in pursuing your future career goals.

Judicial externs work with a judge and/or the judge's law clerks researching law, writing memoranda and participating in drafting opinions. Externs also have the opportunity to observe the day-to-day routine of the courtroom. In addition, there is an accompanying classroom component which focuses on various aspects of judicial decision-making, and how those aspects affect the extern's work product.

Informational Meeting: Room 520, February 9, 2016, at noon

On Tuesday, February 9th, at noon in Room 520, Professor Vivien Gross will conduct an informational meeting on Summer and/or Fall 2016 Judicial Externships for all interested students. Professor Gross will describe the kinds of experiences a judicial extern will have in the course of a semester, as well as how to apply for a judicial externship.

Application Process

Summer 2016 Information and Application packets will be available as of Monday, February 1st, in the Law Offices Reception Area (Room 600), in the Career Services Offices, and on the table by the third floor elevators, as well as on line. The packets will give you complete information about the program and application procedures.

Completed applications for Summer 2016 must be submitted in hard copy to Carole Ross, Administrative Assistant to Professor Gross, Room 610, Law Offices, by Friday, February 19th, at 5:00 p.m.

Fall 2016 Information and Application packets will be available as of Wednesday, February 10th. Completed applications for Fall 2016 must be submitted in hard copy to Carole Ross, Administrative Assistant to vgross@kentlaw.iit.edu by Wednesday, March 16th, at 5:00 p.m.

If you have any questions about the program or the application process, contact Professor Vivien Gross in Room 617 by e-mail: vgross@kentlaw.iit.edu.

 

Student Argues Before Judge

Kudos to Law Offices student Tracy Harkins, supervised by Professor Richard Kling, who argued in front of a 7th Circuit Judges Kanne, Hamilton and Sykes in Federal Court on Wednesday, October 7. The oral argument was based on the appeal of the district court's denial of a motion to suppress evidence. Tracy argued that the finding of reasonable suspicion, in support of a "Terry" stop, at the district court level was erroneous, on the basis that the facts the district court found supported reasonable suspicion were not articulable and reliable enough to confer such suspicion.

Hear the argument here.

In The News

Clinical Professor of Law Richard Kling is quoted in a Chicago Sun-Times article about former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s latest appeal efforts.

 
On May 6, as the nation grappled with anger and protests over death of black men in custody or under arrest by white police officers, Chicago’s City Council passed a nationally ground-breaking ordinance awarding reparations to black victims of police torture. Clinical Professor of Law Daniel Coyne has been chosen to screen applications for Burge reparations. Read more here.

 
Clinical Professor of Law Daniel Coyne is interviewed in a Chicago Sun-Times article about an upcoming fraud trial involving state health grants.

 
The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin published an article focusing on the legal writing and clinical education programs.
 

Professor Richard Kling was interviewed by Fox 32 about the possibility that consumers may soon be able to shop for legal services via Groupon. Watch the interview here.
 

Remembering the 1963 March on Washington - A talk with Clinical Professor Richard Kling
 

Clinical Professor Ed Kraus spoke with Peoria's WEEK-TV about the needs of diabetic children in schools and the necessity of accommodation from and education of school staff, for a story about a local couple whose 10-year old son has struggled to perform needed care on the bus: http://www.cinewsnow.com/news/local/Mom-says-son-denied-to-properly-treat-diabetes-is-life-or-death-issue-200679431.html
 

IIT Chicago-Kent Legal Fellow/Research Associate Sarah Blenner, who works with Clinical Professor Ed Kraus in the Health & Disability Law Clinic, discussed privacy and discrimination concerns surrounding a new policy in which CVS drugstores will require employees to submit to body weight and BMI testing or face higher health insurance premiums, in an ABC 7 News story. View the video.

 

For a complete description of all clinical programs, please visit the Law Offices' Home Page at http://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/legal-clinics

For a description of all externship programs, please visit the Externship home page at http://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/externships.

 

 

 

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