Law Offices - Spring 2007
Applications for the Spring 2007 semester of the Law Offices
In-House Clinical Programs are now available in room 600
and outside of the 3rd floor cafeteria. The due date is
to be determined. If you have any questions, feel free to
contact Tracy Kish.
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
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
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
3Ls only; IP Certificate Program with minimum 3.27 Cumulative
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
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
If you are interested, please submit your resume and transcript
to Professor Gross by Tuesday, November 14th.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.