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Week of November 14, 2005

 

Applications for the Spring 2006 semester of Law Offices are now available in the reception area of the Law Offices, Suite 600 or you can download here. The due date will be announced at a later time.

LEGAL EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM SPRING 2006

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 three 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.

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

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

Some Spring 2006 Externship Opportunities:

Refugee & Asylum Law Externship Program

The Refugee and Asylum Law Externship Program is a spring semester practical training course offered by Heartland Alliance’s Midwest Immigrant & Human Rights Center (MIHRC) for law students interested in immigration law through Chicago-Kent’s Legal Externship Program. In addition to the law school externship meetings, students must attend weekly evening classes and are assigned an asylum case to prepare for presentation before the Chicago Asylum Office. Those classes are held at MIHRC’s downtown office at 209 South LaSalle Street, Suite 1818. The class schedule will be arranged once students are selected.

Students will prepare cases of asylum applicants previously interviewed and accepted by MIHRC. Each student will interview and assist in the preparation of their client’s affidavit. After researching domestic and international law, as well as country conditions pertinent to the claim, students will assemble an asylum application with supplemental documentation and will draft a legal memorandum in support of their client’s application. At the end of the program, students will file clients’ applications with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and accompany their client to their interview at the Chicago Asylum Office.

To apply to the Refugee & Asylum program, students should submit a resume, short writing sample, and a cover letter indicating their interest in the program and detailing any relevant experience. All materials should be submitted by December 9, 2005 to Elissa Steglich at esteglich@heartlandalliance.org. Individuals selected will be notified by December 16, 2005. Prior immigration law experience is not required. Fluency in a second language is preferred, although it is not a requirement for the externship.

In addition, students must also apply to Chicago-Kent’s Refugee & Asylum Law Externship Program. Please contact Professor Gross at vgross@kentlaw.edu to do so.

U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Division of Enforcement

The Chicago office of the Division of Enforcement is seeking externs who will receive law school credit.

The Division of Enforcement investigates and prosecutes alleged violations of the Commodity Exchange Act and CFTC regulations. Violations may involve commodity futures or option trading on domestic commodity exchanges, or the improper marketing of commodity investments. The Division may, at the direction of the Commission, file complaints before the agency’s administrative law judges or in the U.S. District Courts. Alleged criminal violations of the Commodity Exchange Act or violations of other Federal laws which involve commodity futures trading may be referred to the Justice Department for prosecution. The Division also provides expert help and technical assistance with case development and trials to U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, other Federal and state regulators, and international authorities.

Primary duties include conducting legal research, writing memoranda, aiding in the preparation of court pleadings and papers in the U.S. District Courts across the nation as well as in an administrative forum; aiding attorneys and investigators who are preparing to take investigative testimony and depositions, working with exhibits, Freedom of Information Act responses; aiding with the discovery process and interacting with and/or interviewing customers or investors with complaints.

To apply, e-mail a cover letter, resume and writing sample to:

Ms. Ava Gould
Trial Team Leader
Commodities Futures Trading commission
525 W. Monroe Street, Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60661
agould@cftc.gov

To receive externship credit, please contact Professor Gross at vgross@kentlaw.edu immediately!

Asian Human Services

Asian Human Services, located in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago, has an opportunity for externs to work with a practicing public interest attorney in the areas of family law, domestic violence and immigration law.

Asian Human Services (AHS), Inc. exists as a community-based non-profit organization which provides quality, compassionate, culturally appropriate services to the pan-Asian, immigrant and refugee community of metropolitan Chicago. AHS’s Legal Department advocates for the needs of the pan-Asian immigrant community through research, targeted programming, community outreach, and client representation. The Legal Department works in tandem with other programs at AHS to provide holistic social services in the client’s native language. The AHS Legal Department has given advice to or represented over 800 clients since September 2002 and has received awards for its commitment to the underprivileged community of Chicago by the State Attorney General.

Extern responsibilities include:

  • accompany attorney to court for divorce trials, prove-ups, orders of protection, etc.;
  • write motions, petitions, briefs and other court documents;
  • interview clients;
  • perform legal research;
  • file court papers at Daley Center;
  • prepare grant proposal letters.

Interested students should send their resume to:
Molshree Sharma
Suite 700
4753 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640
lawyer@asianhumanservices.org
To receive credit, please contact Professor Gross (vgross@kentlaw.edu) to set up a meeting.

Illinois Community College Board

The Illinois Community College Board is the state coordinating board for the state’s 39 community college districts and one community college center, and has statutory responsibility for the statewide planning and coordination of the community college system. The External Affairs staff works with the colleges, state agencies, the legislature, and the Office of the Governor to support the board in carrying out its responsibilities.

Extern responsibilities include:

  • review and analysis of pending legislation pertaining to community colleges, both state and federal;
  • support lobbying and related legislative activities of the External Affairs staff (which may include at least one trip to Springfield, IL to meet with legislators in the Illinois General Assembly);
  • research current community college issues nationwide.

Send resumes after November 25, 2005 to:
Brenda D. Pryor, Esq.
Associate Director for External Affairs – ICCB
James R. Thompson Center
100 West Randolph Street
Suite 2-010
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 814-8943 (fax)

To receive credit, please contact Professor Gross (vgross@kentlaw.edu) to set up a meeting.

City of Chicago – Regulatory & Aviation Litigation

The City of Chicago Regulatory & Aviation Litigation Division is willing to take on an extern for the spring academic semester. The position is open to 3Ls or 2Ls, but those eligible for 711 licenses are preferred. The Division practices in the areas of aviation, collections, environmental, financial/bankruptcy, general regulatory, intellectual property, public utilities, telecommunications and tax. Division attorneys practice in federal and state court, as well as before various administrative tribunals. The extern will have the opportunity to participate in different types and stages of litigation. Students with a 711 license may also have the opportunity to represent the City in contested hearings. Externs must be available 16 hours per week, including 1 full day or 2 half days Mondays-Wednesdays, and a full day (9:00 to 5:00) on Thursdays, as the primary administrative court call is a Thursday call.

If you are interested, please forward your 1-page resume, a legal writing sample, and a list of 2 references (with telephone numbers, please) in 3 separate e-mails to avoid blocking software to dmcdonald@cityofchicago.org. For more information, please call Dori McDonald, Assistant Corporation Counsel, at (312) 742-0306. To receive credit, please contact Professor Gross (vgross@kentlaw.edu) to set up a meeting.

llinois Attorney General, Spring 2006 Externships

The Illinois Attorney General’s Office is currently accepting applications for Spring Law Clerk positions. Applicants doing this as part of a law school for-credit externship program are given a priority. Some of the office divisions include:

  • Consumer Protection
  • Health Care Mediation
  • Franchise Bureau
  • Environmental
  • Labor and Employment
  • Anti-Trust

Applications are due no later than December 1, 2005. You may download the application at the Illinois Attorney General's Office website, http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/about/jobs/lawclerk_opps.html. Inquiries may also be directed to Ms. Adelaide Otero at (312) 814-5197. If you have any difficulties, please contact Professor Gross (vgross@kentlaw.edu.)


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