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Week of October 2, 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. If you do have previous Advice Desk experience, you will get paid at a rate of $12 per hour. Please submit a letter of interest to Elizabeth Koziol (ekoziol@kentlaw.edu) in the Law Offices. When we receive your letter, we will check to see if you are work study eligible.
 


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.

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 are available both in the Law Offices reception area (Room 600), and in the Career Services Office as of Monday, September 25th. All applicants must have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.31.

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.

 

Exciting For-Credit Externship Opportunities

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.

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.

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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