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
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) - Chicago
CAIR-Chicago is the local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic
Relations. It is the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights
organization. The organization’s mission is to enhance the
understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil
liberties, empower American Muslims and build coalitions
that promote justice and mutual understanding.
CAIR’s Civil Rights Law Department handles cases that range
from prejudiced gestures to full-blown discrimination. Clients
are Muslims as well as non-Muslins who have had Islam imputed
upon them. Externs may work on projects such as citizenship
delay, police misconduct, prison, airport profiling, or
Externs will work closely with the Civil Rights Coordinator
and staff attorney on resolving cases of discrimination
report to CAIR-Chicago at their office located at 28 E.
Jackson Street. Externships duties and responsibilities
- assisting in documenting incidents of religious discrimination,
researching laws and policies on employment, student conduct,
immigration procedures and criminal offenses;
- drafting arguments, memos and complaints;
- participating in representing complainants in dispute
resolution, EEOC mediation, filing complaints and law
- updating databases containing information about abuses
reported to CAIR-Chicago.
Applicants should e-mail a resume and cover letter to Dina
Rehab, Outreach Coordinator, email@example.com
by December 1, 2006.
Spring 2007 Semester: Cook County State’s Attorneys
Worker’s Compensation Division
Exciting opportunity with the Worker’s Compensation Litigation
Unit of the Cook County State’s Attorneys Office, Civil
Division. The extern will assist in those matters and cases
leading to and currently in litigation. Students who are
eligible for a 711 license will also have the opportunity
for in-court experience. You will learn a lot.
If you are interested, please contact by Friday, November
Mr. Curtis A. James
Assistant State’s Attorney
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.