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Week of December 5, 2005

Public Interest Position - Paid Opportunity

There are at least two openings for current Chicago-Kent students who are eligible for work study. The Advice Desk at the Daley Center is now hiring students through a work study program to work in paralegal/administrative positions. The candidates will have an opportunity to work in a fast-paced, public interest environment while helping to provide administrative and paralegal help to make the Desk more efficient and therefore allow more clients to receive pro bono legal assistance. Some of the duties might include: greeting and identifying eligible clients, filling out or updating forms, database entry and maintenance, assisting elderly and disabled clients in retrieving their court files or finding a courtroom, etc.

The Advice Desk provides interviewing, counseling, and limited representation to indigent defendants who seek assistance at the Circuit Court of Cook County. Approximately sixty percent of the cases involve eviction defense and forty percent involve tort, contract, personal injury and collection matters.

This position pays $10 an hour. You must be eligible for work study and your eligibility will be verified upon receipt of your application. Please submit a letter of interest to Prof. Ed Kraus ( in the Law Offices.

Advice Desk - Paid Opportunity

There are openings for current Chicago-Kent students who are eligible for work study and have successfully completed at least one semester of Advice Desk. We are hiring students through a work study program to work in legal intern positions. The candidates will have an opportunity to work in a fast-paced, public interest environment while helping provide pro bono legal assistance to indigent clients.

This position pays $12 an hour. You must be eligible for work study and your eligibility will be verified upon receipt of your application. Please submit a letter of interest to Prof. Ed Kraus ( of the Law Offices.



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 ( to set up an appointment.

Newest Opportunities:

Office of the State Appellate Defender – Winter/Spring Semester

The Office of the State Appellate Defender is accepting applications for unpaid intern/extern positions for the Winter/Spring semester. The State Appellate Defender represents indigent clients in criminal appeals. The intern/extern position will require significant research and writing within a flexible work schedule. Applicants should expect to prepare research memos, assist in writing appellate briefs, and obtain experience in other aspects of appellate advocacy. Preference will be given to applicants with coursework or experience in criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence, and appellate advocacy. Please submit a resume, transcript, and writing sample to:

Scott Main
Assistant Appellate Defender
Office of the State Appellate Defender
203 North LaSalle Street
24th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60601

To receive externship credit, please contact Professor Gross at

Illinois Commerce Commission

The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) is the state regulatory body responsible for overseeing investor-owned telecommunications, electric, natural gas, and water/sewer utilities conducting business in Illinois.

The ICC has openings for spring semester legal externs in its Office of General Counsel. The Office of General Counsel represents the technical staff of the ICC in administrative hearings at the Commission, and represents the ICC in litigation or appeals in courts of the State of Illinois. Counsel for staff is primarily engaged in multi-party litigation involving matters that are very technical in nature and impact the rates and quality of service the public receives from utilities.

Utilities appearing before the commission are represented by the largest law firms in the city. In addition, public interest and consumer advocacy groups intervene as parties in most major proceedings, which include: the Attorney General’s Office for the State of Illinois, the City of Chicago, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and Citizen’s Utility Board.

The extern will assist attorneys in the Office of General Counsel in analyzing complex legal, evidentiary, economic and technical issues. The product of such analysis will be presented in a memorandum, and may be included in a motion, brief or order. The range of issues is significant and may include: federal and state jurisdictional questions, policies underlying the effective creation and development of competitive markets, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, rate and tariff design, rulemakings, concerns regarding transmission and distribution system reliability, and regulatory impact of emerging energy and telecommunications technologies.

Please forward resumes (via mail or fax only) to the following:

Sean R. Brady
Staff Counsel
Illinois Commerce Commission
Suite C-800
160 N. LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60601
Fax: 312/793-1556

In-House Legal Externship

The General Counsel of a small independent retail electric supplier serving non-residential businesses throughout Illinois, with headquarters in downtown Chicago, is willing to supervise an extern for spring semester. The General Counsel oversees all legal matters, running the gamut from drafting contracts, reviewing contracts, regulatory filings with city, county, state and federal agencies, litigation before the Illinois Commerce Commission, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, drafting and handling lawsuits against customers, negotiating contracts, and pretty much everything else that comes up. As a member of senior management, the General Counsel is also involved in almost every aspect of business decisions as well.

The right Kent student would have an excellent experience working there. If he/she has a particular interest in energy law, he/she would be able to gain invaluable experience. If he/she is interested in learning how to be a “business” lawyer, this would also be a perfect fit. If accepted, the extern would enroll in the 4-credit hours Legal Externship Program.

Any interested student should submit a resume and transcript to Professor Vivien Gross, Room 617, immediately.

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 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 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

To receive externship credit, please contact Professor Gross at 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
To receive credit, please contact Professor Gross ( 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 ( 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 For more information, please call Dori McDonald, Assistant Corporation Counsel, at (312) 742-0306. To receive credit, please contact Professor Gross ( to set up a meeting.

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