CLINIC APPLICATIONS FOR
SPRING 2003 ARE AVAILABLE
Applications for Spring 2003 are located in the Reception
area in the turnstile in Room 600 of The Law Offices.
LEGAL EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM
THIRD YEAR STUDENTS ONLY:
Do you wish to develop your legal skills, gain practical
legal experience in a specialized area of law with a corporation,
firm or government agency, and make yourself more marketable
to prospective employers upon graduation? If so, consider
applying to the Legal Externship Program for Spring 2003
The Legal Externship Program is a 4-credit hour non-graded
program. The program is open predominantly to students in
their last two semesters of law school.
An extern can choose a private or public, civil or criminal
practice and is required to work 16 hours a week for a minimum
total of 224 hours at his/her designated placement. Externs
interested in civil law may select to work under the supervision
of general counsel in major corporations or under the supervision
of designated teaching lawyers in well-known firms or specific
government agencies. Externs may specialize in such diverse
legal areas as tax, commodities, securities, corporate,
health care, medical malpractice, general corporate law,
etc. Those interested in criminal law may choose to work
with the States Attorney's Office, Public Defender's Office,
or the U.S. Attorney's Office. Many externships offer the
externs opportunities to obtain a 711 license and appear
Here are some samples of the many choices:
- A leading Chicago investment management firm enables
the extern to work in-house in a small legal department.
The extern deals with current business issues that have
legal and regulatory implications by engaging in fact-finding,
research, analysis and writing. Securities-related courses
are desired for this externship, but are not required
- A non-litigation firm with general business and federal
- A public interest organization which provides pro-bono
legal representation for low-income refugees fleeing political
persecution in their homeland. Their clients are people
who face deportation to countries where they are at risk
of being murdered, tortured, or imprisoned because of
their race, religion, or political beliefs
- Office of the Public Guardian: Juvenile or Adult Division
EXTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY WITH
U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE - MAY 2003
SUMMER 2003 SEMESTER: EXTERNSHIPS WITH U.S. ATTORNEY'S
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
If you are interested in exposure to and possible
participation in federal trial and appellate practice while
assisting the U.S. Attorney's Office in handling its multitude
of important cases, please pick up an application from Professor
Gross in Room 617.
Completed applications must be received at the Office
of the U.S. Attorney by Tuesday, December 10, 2002.
To receive law school credit for this externship, should
you be selected by the U.S. Attorney's Office, you must
enroll in the law school's Summer Legal Externship Program.
The law school's externship applications are available in
Room 612 of the Law Offices and in the Career Services office.
Professor Gross will be happy to answer any questions you
may have about either the Externship Program or the externship
position with the U.S. Attorney's Office.
PUBLIC INTEREST JOB OPPORTUNITY:
Announcing a unique opportunity for a new lawyer with an
interest in gaining experience in Public Interest work:
The Advice Desk, a program run by Chicago-Kent College
of Law at the Daley Center, offers pro bono legal assistance
to defendants in civil actions who cannot afford an attorney.
Cases involve housing, contract, tort and other legal matters.
The Advice Desk is hiring a full-time attorney, with an
interest in public interest. Applicant needs to be licensed
in Illinois. Pay is $30,000.00 per year with excellent benefits.
Interested applicants send resume to:
Professor Pamela Kentra
Chicago-Kent College of Law
565 West Adams Street, Suite #600
Chicago, Illinois 60661-3691
LAW OFFICES DEBUT COLUMN IN
NOVEMBER ISSUE OF THE COMMENTATOR
The Law Offices will debut its monthly column with an article
in the Commentator regarding the clinic.
CHICAGO-KENT ESTABLISHES A FAMILY LAW
Chicago-Kent College of Law has established
a clinical program in family law. The family law clinic
will operate on a sliding scale fee basis, depending on
the financial circumstances of the parties. The clinic
will represent clients in matters limited to cases to
be brought before the Cook County Circuit Court. Client
referrals will be actively sought from the practicing
bar, labor unions, employee groups, and educational institutions.
In addition, the clinical program will provide
a teaching platform for Chicago-Kent students who are
interested in practicing in the area of family law. All
student work will be under the direct supervision of an
Attorney Ira C. Feldman has been named to
oversee the new program. Prior to his appointment, Feldman
was a partner at the law firm of Wildman, Harrold, Allen
and Dixon. From 1981 to 1991, he was a partner at Naumark,
Bonner and Feldman. Between 1975 and 1981, he headed Feldman
and Associates. Feldman completed his undergraduate at
American University and earned his law degree at the university’s
Washington College of Law.
“Professor Feldman is a highly regarded and experienced
practitioner of family law. He will expand the services
of the Chicago-Kent Law Offices to include representation
in matters of legal separation, divorce, child support,
child custody, visitation, guardianships and other related
matters,” said Professor Gary S. Laser director of clinical
Chicago-Kent Law Offices was established
in 1976. The program is a fee-generating teaching law
firm that provides clinical practice experiences under
the close supervision of teaching attorneys. The program
delivers outstanding legal services to its clients and
provides high-quality clinical education to more than
150 students each semester. Practice areas include employment
discrimination and civil rights, general practice, criminal
defense, health law, alternative dispute resolution, tax
law, and an advice desk program at the Daley Center.
Chicago-Kent College of Law is the law school
of Illinois Institute of Technology, a private, Ph.D.-granting
institution with programs in engineering, science, psychology,
architecture, business, design and law. Last year, Chicago-Kent
educated more than 1,200 students from 45 states and more
than 100 colleges and universities.
FIRST DEFENSE LEGAL AID
First Defense Legal Aid (FDLA), the only program
of its kind in the country, fills the gap in Illinois' public
defender system by providing 24-hour free legal representation
to adults and children in police custody or under police
investigation. FDLA provides a unique "frontline"
criminal defense experience for students, enabling them
to see: how evidence is collected and created; the tactics
of the Chicago Police Department when trying to extract
a confession or question witnesses; the role that the Cook
County State's Attorney's Felony Review Team plays during
the beginning stages of a criminal investigation; and the
utter vulnerability of children and adults when under intensive
and sometimes abusive interrogation. In addition to this
stationhouse representation, FDLA also works toward the
permanent improvement of our criminal justice system by
educating the public, organizing community residents to
combat police misconduct, by engaging in legislative and
community advocacy, investigating patterns of misconduct
by the Chicago Police, taking select criminal defense cases
to trial, and initiating 42 U.S.C. §1983 litigation
to improve the policies and procedures of the Chicago Police
as they relate to the treatment of persons in police custody.
Students participating in the FDLA class must
be eligible for a Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711 license.
Students representing FDLA clients at Chicago Police Stations
will gain unique insight into the criminal justice system
at its earliest stage and be able to:
1. View and Document Line-Ups, DNA testing,
and Halt Lie Detector Tests.
2. Assert a Client's 5th Amendment Right to Remain Silent
and 6th Amendment Right to Counsel.
3. Gather Information from the Police on the Progress of
4. Document Police Brutality and other Misconduct.
5. Counsel Clients and Provide Information to their Families.
6. Interview Witnesses.
7. Demand a Client's Immediate Release at the Police Station
and in Court.
Students will be trained to provide legal
representation to adults and children under criminal investigation.
In addition to a weekly, one-hour class (Mondays from 5:00
p.m. to 6:00 p.m.), students will be available to represent
persons in custody six hours each week and actually go to
the police station to represent them. Students will be provided
with pagers and FDLA will reimburse transportation expenses.
Three supervising attorneys will be available at all times
to assist students and provide support. For more information,
contact Presita R. May, at 773/602-5144, or firstname.lastname@example.org
LOW INCOME TAXPAYERS CLINIC
For information on the Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic, please
visit the website:
LAW OFFICES OF CHICAGO-KENT
The Law Offices of Chicago-Kent offers nine long-standing
programs in live-client clinical legal education which accommodate
over 150 students in the fall and spring semesters and over
50 students in the summer semester.
For a complete description of all clinical programs, please
visit the Law Offices' Home Page at www.kentlaw.edu/academics/clinic.