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Week of October 30, 2006


Law Offices - Spring 2007

Applications for the Spring 2007 semester of the Law Offices In-House Clinical Programs will become available soon in room 600 and outside of the 3rd floor cafeteria. Check back here for updates.


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 (vgross@kentlaw.edu) to set up an appointment.

 

Exciting For-Credit Externship Opportunities


Spring 2007 Semester: Litigation Technology Externship

Adjunct Professor 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.
 

Spring 2007 Semester: Intellectual Property (IP) Legal Externship
3Ls only; IP Certificate Program with minimum 3.27 Cumulative G.P.A.

Well-known national firm will interview qualified 3L Kent IP Certificate students for a Spring externship their IP division. If you are interested, please submit your resume and transcript to Prof. Gross by Wednesday, November 8th. Professor Gross will then forward the information to the participating firm to make its selection(s).

 
Spring 2007 Semester: Cook County Domestic Relations Court Externship

Open to students who have either taken Family Law or Family Law Clinic or who will be concurrently enrolled in either of these courses while doing the externship.

Enjoy this exciting opportunity to observe the day-to-day operations of a busy courtroom and to assist domestic relations judge in researching law, writing memoranda, and drafting opinions.

If you are interested, please submit your resume and transcript to Professor Gross by Tuesday, November 14th.

 
Spring 2007 Externships: Illinois Attorney General’s Office

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
  • Environmental
  • Labor and Employment
  • Anti-Trust

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.

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 Illinois Attorney General’s Office.

 
Spring 2007 Semester: In-House Corporate 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 the spring 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.

If the extern 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 must enroll in the 4-credit hours Legal Externship Program.

Interested students should submit a resume and transcript by Friday, November 3rd, 2006 to:

Mr. Jon Casadont
General Counsel, BlueStar Energy
363 W. Erie St.
Suite 700 West
Chicago, IL 60610

 
Spring 2007 Semester: Governmental Externship Opportunity with the Cook County Treasurer’s Office

Cook County, Illinois, is the 16th largest economy in the world. The Cook County Treasurer's office collects over $9 billion in taxes from 1.7 million PINs, and distributes that amount to over 2,200 taxing bodies, such as municipalities, schools, libraries, law enforcement offices, which rely on it for their day-to-day operations.

The real estate property tax is generated as a result of an intricate and complex system of laws, calculations, and the work of a number of governmental bodies and offices. The Treasurer's Office, in addition to collection and distribution of taxes, handles many other related functions. It plays an integral role in, for example, refunds, bankruptcies, condemnations, tax objections and exemptions. It plays a special role in programs arising out of other governmental bodies, such as senior tax deferral and federal forfeiture. It runs the annual and scavenger tax sales, participated in by buyers from across the country.

People employed by the Cook County Treasurer's Office are exposed to the challenging work of that office are in demand by law firms and governmental bodies. In addition to the work, the times in the office are exciting, with the Treasurer pushing the Cook County envelope on automation and increased efficiency in handling its functions.

An extern will be supervised by and work directly with the Treasurer's Chief Legal Counsel and will be exposed to a wide range of experiences (e.g., conferring with the Illinois State's Attorney re: pending and potential litigation matters, monitoring and analyzing legislative trends and coordinating with other governmental agencies).

All interested in this opportunity should send their resumes via email to the assistant to the Chief Legal Counsel, Shirley Grau (lawexterns@cookcountytreasurer.com) by Tuesday, November 14th.

 

Summer 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 in Room 612 from Carole Ross, administrative assistant to Professor Gross.

Completed applications must be received at the Office of the U.S. Attorney by Wednesday, December 20, 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 summer semester, 2007, will be available in mid-October in Room 600 Law Offices reception area and in the Career Services office in mid-March.

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.

 

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 Tracy Kish (tkish@kentlaw.edu) in the Law Offices. When we receive your letter, we will check to see if you are work study eligible.

 

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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