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Week of March 6, 2006


(Students should be 3Ls by Fall Semester)

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, interested students should 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

and notify Professor Vivien Gross ( if and when they are selected as externs.


Asian Human Services
(Students who will be 3Ls are strongly preferred)

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 o 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

and notify Prof. Gross ( if and when they are selected as externs.


(Students should be 3Ls by Fall Semester)

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 summer 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.



Office of the Attorney General of Illinois

The Illinois Attorney General’s Office provides excellent opportunities for law students to improve their skills and knowledge in a wide range of subject areas, including consumer protection, government representation, civil rights, environmental enforcement, antitrust, complex civil litigation, civil and criminal appeals, and criminal law enforcement.

Working closely with attorneys in the Chicago office, externs investigate facts, review documents, research legal issues, and draft legal memoranda, correspondence, and pleadings. Students who qualify for a 711 licensed may appear in court under the supervision of an Assistant Attorney General.

For further information, and to download an application form, please visit the Illinois Attorney General’s website at: Inquiries may also be directed to Adelaida Otero at 312/814-5197,

If you are interested in externing at the Illinois Attorney General’s Office during the Fall 2006 semester, you should submit your application no sooner than April 1, 2006 and no later than July 1, 2006.

In addition, to receive law school credit for either Chicago-Kent’s Summer or Fall Legal Externship program, please contact Prof. Gross ( to set up a meeting.

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.

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