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
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 Tracy Kish
in the Law Offices. When we receive your letter, we will
check to see if you are work study eligible.
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.
Information about Spring 2007 Legal Externships and an
accompanying application form are available in Room 600
- the Law Offices reception area, in Career Services, and
outside of the Spaketeria.
If you want to know more about available externship opportunities,
please e-mail Professor Vivien Gross (firstname.lastname@example.org)
to set up an appointment.
Exciting For-Credit Externship Opportunities
Litigation Technology Externship
Mike Rogers, in his capacity as President of Ronin Consulting,
Ltd. is interested in interviewing qualified Kent students
for a Spring 2007 externship. Students will learn how to
organize and present civil and criminal cases with computers
and will work on real cases that are set for trial or on
their way to a trial. In appropriate circumstances students
will participate in mock trials against real trial lawyers,
participate in jury focus groups, create story boards for
trial presentations, create demonstrative trial presentations
and set up and run trial technology during trials.
The externs will work on cases that range from medical malpractice or complex commercial litigation to first degree murder, and will work extensively with video capture software, Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat Professional, CaseMap, TimeMap, SmartDraw, PowerPoint and Sanction.
Students must have completed Evidence, Trial Ad 1 and
Litigation Technology. If accepted, the extern would enroll
in the 4-credit hours Legal Externship Program.
Applications for this externship must be submitted directly
to Professor Vivien Gross, Room 617, by Friday, November
10, 2006. Interviews will occur thereafter. Students
should have a portfolio of demonstrative presentations ready
to display at the time of the interview.
Illinois Attorney General’s Office, Spring 2007 Externships
The Illinois Attorney General’s Office is currently accepting applications for Spring Law Clerk positions. Applicants doing this as part of a law school for-credit externship program are given a priority. Some of the office divisions include:
- Consumer Protection
- Health Care Mediation
- Franchise Bureau
- Labor and Employment
If you are interested in applying, please pick up an application
from Prof. Gross in Room 617. Completed applications must
be received at the Illinois Attorney General’s Office no
later than November 1, 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 Illinois Attorney General’s Office, you must enroll in the law school’s Legal Externship Program. Legal externship applications are now available in Room 600 Law Offices reception area, in Career Services, and outside the Spakateria.
will be happy to answer any questions you may have about
either the Legal Externship Program and/or the externship
position with the Illinois Attorney General’s Office.
Clinic Students Score Major Appellate Court
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.