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Week of September 25, 2006


Public Interest Positions - Paid Opportunities

There are 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 administrative support, 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. Past completion of the Advice Desk class is a plus, but not required. Please submit a letter of interest to Elizabeth Koziol (ekoziol@kentlaw.edu) in the Law Offices.

Externship Opportunity

Exciting For-Credit Externship Opportunity at Department of Homeland Security, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

Openings for 2 law students (3Ls preferred) for the Spring 2007 Semester, to extern at USCIS, a division of the Department of Homeland Security.

Students will gain experience in immigration law in the areas of citizenship, asylum, and immigration benefits. Students will draft briefs on visa petition appeals and research issues in immigration law and criminal law. They will also have the opportunity to assist with federal litigation, primarily mandamus actions. To ensure the extern receives an optimal experience, he/she will be rotated among the various departments within USCIS.

Interested students should provide a resume to Professor Vivien Gross by Thursday, October 5th. Each accepted extern must go through a security clearance, which can take several weeks.

Please contact Professor Gross if you have any questions about either the Legal Externship Program and/or the externship position with the USCIS.

Clinic Students Score Major Appellate Court Victory



Congratulations to 3d year student Priya Koul and to 2006 grad Veronica Garcia for their work in achieving a great (for employees) Appellate Court decision. This month the Illinois Appellate Court ruled in Hoffelt v City of Chicago that the Illinois Department of Human Rights had erred in dismissing the claim of sexual harassment, sexually discriminatory job assignments, and retaliation against a Law Offices client. The decision is significant in a number of respects including the fact that it represents an extremely rare judicial reversal of an IDHR finding. Beyond that achievement, the Court ruled that sexual harassment victims can allege otherwise time-barred claims under Illinois law so long as the conduct is part of a pattern of behavior and that any act of retaliation against an employee for having complained of harassment is actionable. Priya and Veronica wrote a wonderful appellate brief with which the Appellate Court resoundingly agreed.


Judicial Externships: Spring 2007 Semester

Judicial Externship is a 4-credit hour Pass/Low Pass/Fail program open to students who have completed at least their first full year of law school and want to do legal research and writing for a federal appellate, district or magistrate judge or a designated Illinois appellate or circuit court judge.

Judicial Externship enables a student to become involved in particular legal problems through research and writing, and to contribute to the resolution of those problems by writing memoranda and drafting opinions. 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 or the judge's law clerk those legal problems which attorneys face in their profession, as well as the specific problems confronted in the courtroom.

Informational Meeting

On Tuesday, September 26, 2006, at 12:00 p.m. in Room 370 there will be a meeting for students who are interested in externing for one of the designated judges for the Spring 2007 Semester. 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 for a judicial externship.

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.

Application Process

Applications for the Spring Judicial Externships will be available both in the Law Offices reception area (Room 600), and in the Career Services Office as of Monday, September 25th.

Completed applications should be submitted to Ms. Carole Ross, Secretary to Professor Gross, Room 612 of Law Offices, by Tuesday, October 10th, at 5:00 p.m.


LEGAL EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM

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 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 Spring 2007 Legal Externships and an accompanying application form will be available in late October 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.

 

EXTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

EXCITING OPPORTUNITY FOR 3LS - Spring 2007 Semester

EXTERNSHIPS WITH U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS

If you are interested in exposure to and possible participation in federal trial and appellate practice while assisting the U.S. Attorney’s Office in handling its multitude of important cases, please pick up an application from Professor Gross in Room 617.

Completed applications must be received at the Office of the U.S. Attorney by Tuesday, September 12, 2006. The reason for this accelerated date is because each accepted extern must go through a security clearance, which takes several weeks.

To receive law school credit for this externship, should you be selected by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, you must enroll in the law school’s Legal Externship Program. The law school’s externship applications for Spring semester, 2007, will be available in mid-October in Room 600 Law Offices reception area and in the Career Services office.

Professor Gross will be happy to answer any questions you may have about either the Legal Externship Program and/or the externship position with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.


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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