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Week of November 8, 2004




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 Friday, December 10, 2004. The reason for this accelerated date is because each accepted extern must go through a security clearance, which takes several weeks.

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 Legal Externship Program. The law school's externship applications for summer semester, 2005 will be available in Room 600 Law Offices reception area and in the Career Services office in mid-March.

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.



Do you want to develop your legal skills, get practical legal experience, see what it is like to work in a corporation, firm or government agency and -- at the same time -- make yourself more marketable to prospective employers? If so, then consider doing a for-credit externship and signing up for Chicago-Kent's Legal Externship Program (LEP).

LEP is 4-credit hours, non-graded, and open predominantly to students in their last two semesters of law school.

Externs interested in civil law may select to work in corporations, firms or government agencies, specializing in such diverse legal areas as immigration, tax, commodities, securities, health care, medical malpractice, or general corporate law. Externs in criminal law may choose to work with the States Attorney's Office, Public Defender's Office, or the U.S. Attorney's Office. Some externships offer the opportunity to obtain a 711 license and appear in court.

Some examples of the many available externship opportunities:

Immigration Court (Office of Homeland Security)

Asylum Law - Immigration practice with public interest organization

Office of Cook County Public Defender - Felony Courtroom (you can use 711 license)

Cook County State's Attorney's Office - Felony Courtroom (you can use 711 license)

Public Utilities Bureau of Illinois Attorney General's Office - Energy and natural gas-related policy-making and litigation

Clerk to Judge in Chancery Court of Cook County (Equity Court)

Mexican Consulate of Chicago - Legal aid to Consul General of Mexico and staff (knowledge of Spanish a prerequisite)

Office of Cook County Public Guardian - Juvenile Court (you can use 711 license)

Internal Revenue Service

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

If you want to know more about available externship opportunities, please e-mail Professor Vivien Gross ( to set up an appointment.

More information about Legal Externship and an accompanying application form are available in the Law Offices reception area, Room 600, and in the Career Services Office.



Office of the Attorney General of Illinois, Public Utilities Bureau

The Public Utilities Bureau is actively engaged in the development of the Attorney General's public policy on energy and communications issues, primarily through their participation in administrative proceedings before the Illinois Commerce Commission and legislative initiatives.

Bureau attorneys appear regularly before the Illinois Commerce Commission as public interest advocates, as well as before Illinois appellate courts, litigating cases involving the major utilities in the state. The extern would be involved primarily in resolving legal and factual issues. Factual research may include locating regulatory precedent or gathering information about economic issues such as deregulation, monopoly economics and competition, utility accounting, rate design, environmental policy, engineering and consumer protection.

If interested, please contact Prof. Gross immediately (

Refugee and Asylum Law

Externs will interview asylum applicants, previously interviewed and accepted by Heartland Alliance's Midwest Immigrant & Human Rights Center, to prepare their asylum applications. Externs research domestic and international law as well as country conditions and handle at least one asylum case per semester. Asylum applicants either apply for asylum affirmatively to the Immigration and Naturalization Service, or apply defensively to the Immigration Court if they are in deportation or removal proceedings. Externs attend the asylum interview with their clients and a supervising attorney before the Asylum Office of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Students who elect to represent an asylum applicant in removal proceedings will appear before the Immigration Court with their clients and a supervising attorney.

Prior immigration law experience is not required. Fluency in a second language is helpful, although it is not a requirement for the externship.

Interested students, please contact Prof. Gross (


In-House Clinic

Applications for the Spring 2005 semester are due on Thursday, November 18. You can pick up an application from the Law Offices, Room 600, or outside of the cafeteria.



First-year day division and first and second-year evening division students are eligible to apply for the LADR program. The day division students who are accepted into LADR begin the certificate program in their 3rd semester of law school. The evening division students who are accepted to LADR begin the certificate program in their 4th or 5th semester of law school.

Becoming a lawyer takes more than sitting through three years of law school classes. It involves more than learning how to cross-examine hostile witnesses, write persuasive briefs, and talk with clients. Reading about subjects such as legal ethics or law practice management is not the same as learning about them from experience.

Throughout the LADR program, you will learn legal doctrine, lawyering skills, professional values, and work in Chicago-Kent's teaching law firm, supervised by clinical professors who are expert practitioners and mentors. You will learn the art of lawyering through intensive skills and clinical training. Your experience will teach you how to become a competent, ethical, and socially responsible lawyer.

To learn more about the program, you may contact Prof. Gary Laser, Room 631, or pick up an application and curriculum memorandum in Room 600.

BY 3:00 P.M. ON
FEBRUARY 18, 2005

Please submit your application to the Law Offices Receptionist in Room 600.


"Attention 2nd and 3rd Year Students"

Coordinated Advice and Referral Program for Legal Services (CARPLS)
And the Law Offices of the Chicago-Kent College of Law
Have Established a Hotline Clinical Education Program

The Coordinated Advice and Referral Program for Legal Services (CARPLS) and Chicago-Kent College of Law have created a legal aid hotline clinical program at the Law School for Chicago-Kent students starting in the spring 2004 semester. The 2 credit clinical program will be open to a maximum of 5 second and third year students, with preference being given to evening-division students. Students need not be "711" licensed. The class will generally meet on Wednesday evenings from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. The participating students will talk to CARPLS clients who call the CARPLS Hotline seeking legal advice in the areas of landlord-tenant and family law. The students will be supervised by an experienced CARPLS attorney.



Student interns in the IP-Patent Clinic will assist faculty and students at the Illinois Institute of Technology, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and other tech transfer or school related companies or institutions on selected "real-life" patent related matters. The student interns will work with and be supervised by the newly-appointed adjunct clinical faculty who are patent lawyers at Bell, Boyd, and Lloyd in providing patentability opinions, performing clearance searches, and guiding clients through the range of intellectual property legal issues that typically face start-up inventors and companies. In addition, the student interns will make presentations to Illinois Institute of Technology faculty and students on patent issues in an attempt to educate and market the IP-Patent Clinic to the faculty and students.

Prerequisites: Prior completion of Patent Law required. Because the IP-Patent Clinic experience will involve working with technology, it is very strongly recommended that students possess a technical background, and preference will be given those students in selecting clinic interns.

The IP-Patent Clinic is a three-credit course that will be offered in the fall and spring semesters, and it is anticipated that between 3-5 students will participate each semester.


The newly established Immigration Law Clinic represents individuals and organizations in all areas of immigration law, including professionals, aliens of extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts and business, individuals seeking immigration benefits for family members, asylees and individuals threatened with removal from the United States by the government.

Students will work under the supervision of Professor Matthew Bernstein. Prior to joining Chicago-Kent’s faculty, Professor Bernstein was a partner with the law firm Mandel, Lipton and Stevenson, Limited. He has focused his practice exclusively on immigration and nationality law for over a decade. He is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association where he currently serves as Associate Chair of the Department of Labor Liaison Committee for the Chicago Chapter. Professor Bernstein is a frequent invited speaker by legal and community organizations and is a regular volunteer advisor to nonprofit organizations such as Asian Human Services, where he is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award of the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation.

Students who intern with the Immigration Program will be exposed to a broad spectrum of Immigration and Nationality issues, from employment-based petitions to asylum and removal work. They will learn the basic legal requirements for immigration benefits and non-immigration visas and will gain experience interviewing clients, identifying possible avenues for immigration benefits and grounds for inadmissibility or removal. They will draft immigration petitions and supporting letters and will assist in researching and writing memoranda and briefs to the Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals and Federal Court. After receiving authorization from the agency involved, students may have an opportunity to appear on behalf of clients before the U.S. Asylum office, the Citizenship and Naturalization Service and the Immigration Court.



Chicago-Kent College of Law offers a clinical program in family law. The family law clinic operates on a sliding scale fee basis, depending on the financial circumstances of the parties. The clinic represents clients in matters limited to cases to be brought before the Cook County Circuit Court. Client referrals are actively sought from the practicing bar, labor unions, employee groups, and educational institutions.

In addition, the clinical program provides a teaching platform for Chicago-Kent students who are interested in practicing in the area of family law. All student work is completed under the direct supervision of an attorney.

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 education.


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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.

For a complete description of all clinical programs, please visit the Law Offices' Home Page at




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