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Week of February 7, 2005

 

LADR!

LITIGATION AND ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROGRAM


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 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 SUBMITTED
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 SEMESTERS

1L APPLICANTS MUST HAVE A MINIMUM G.P.A. OF 3.275.
2L APPLICANTS MUST HAVE A MINIMUM G.P.A. OF 3.3.

Informational Meeting

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: vgross@kentlaw.edu

Application Process

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 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.



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 Court.

 

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 education.

LOW INCOME TAXPAYERS CLINIC

    For information on the Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic, please visit the website: 

                        http://www.kentlaw.edu/academics/clinic/tax/  

 

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

 

 

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