LITIGATION AND ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
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
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 this program, you may contact Prof.
Gary Laser, Room 631, or pick up an application and curriculum
memorandum in Room 600.
APPLICATIONS FOR THIS PROGRAM MUST BE
BY 3:00 P.M. ON
FEBRUARY 18, 2005
Please submit your application to the Law Offices Receptionist
in Room 600.
JUDICIAL EXTERNSHIPS: SUMMER AND FALL 2005
1L APPLICANTS MUST HAVE A MINIMUM G.P.A.
2L APPLICANTS MUST HAVE A MINIMUM G.P.A. OF 3.3.
On Tuesday, February 15, 2005, at 12:00 p.m. in
Room 155 there will be a meeting for students who are interested
in externing for a state appellate or federal appellate,
district or magistrate judge for the Summer or Fall 2005
Semesters. Professor Vivien Gross will describe the kinds
of experiences a judicial extern will have in the course
of a semester, as well as how to apply.
Judicial Externship enables a student to become involved
in particular legal problems through research and writing,
and to contribute to the resolution of those legal problems.
Depending upon the judge, an extern may have the opportunity
to observe the day-to-day routine of a judge and discuss
with the judge and the judge's law clerk those legal problems
which attorneys face in their profession, and the specific
problems which attorneys confront in their courtroom.
Take advantage of this prestigious learning opportunity
while enhancing your marketability in the legal world. If
you are interested in a judicial externship but are unable
to attend the meeting, please see Professor Gross in Room
617. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications for the Summer and Fall Judicial Externships
will be available both in the Law Offices reception area
(Room 600), and in the Career Services Office as
of Friday, February 4th.
Completed applications for Summer Externships should
be submitted to Ms. Carole Ross, Secretary to Professor
Gross, Room 612 of Law Offices, by Friday, February 25th,
at 5:00 p.m.
Completed applications for Fall Externships should
be submitted to Ms. Carole Ross, Secretary to Professor
Gross, Room 612 of Law Offices, by Friday, March 4th,
at 5:00 p.m.
Please do not apply for an externship unless you intend to accept an offer to extern. And just as important, after you accept a judicial externship with one of the participating federal judges, you have committed yourself to that judge for the coming semester. For the sake of the continued success of the Judicial Externship Program and the ability of Kent students to be able to continue to have the privilege of externing with these judges, you cannot withdraw from or drop Judicial Externship as you can other law school courses. Breaching your promise to a federal judge to extern is the equivalent of ethical misconduct. So bottom line: if you are entertaining the possibility of transferring or visiting at another law school for the coming semester, do not apply for a judicial externship that semester.
THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY--PATENT CLINIC
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
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.
IMMIGRATION LAW CLINIC
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
FAMILY LAW CLINIC
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
LOW INCOME TAXPAYERS CLINIC
LAW OFFICES OF CHICAGO-KENT
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 http://www.kentlaw.edu/academics/clinic.