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Week of January 30, 2006

LITIGATION AND ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROGRAM

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.

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.

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, please attend the following Information Meeting:

Wednesday, February 1, 2006
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
in Room C50

You may also 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 4:00 P.M. ON FRIDAY
FEBRUARY 17, 2006

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

 

Clinic Students Help Make Illinois Law

Clinic students Anthony Loizzi and Shannon O'Dell were instrumental in the defeat of a motion for summary judgment in a significant case being handled by Clinical Professor Richard Gonzalez. The suit is based on the tort of fraudulent misrepresentation, which has been rarely used in Illinois as a cause of action for knowingly false oral promises made by an employer to an employee and upon which the employee relies to his detriment. Anthony and Shannon exhaustively researched and analyzed Illinois law and that of other jurisdictions and, with little precedential guidance, were able to persuade the Court that this is a viable theory for employees who have been misled by an employer to their detriment. It is particularly important because of Illinois law's disfavor of oral employment contracts, which severely limits the possibility of wrongful discharge actions based upon oral promises.

 

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 (ekraus@kentlaw.edu) 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 (ekraus@kentlaw.edu) of the Law Offices.

 

Information on Judicial Externships coming soon

 

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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