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Week of October 15, 2007

Public Interest Position - Paid Opportunity

There is an opening 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 a paralegal/administrative position. 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 maintenance, assisting elderly and disabled clients in retrieving their court files or finding a courtroom, etc.

The hours for the position are as follows: Monday afternoons and/or Wednesday afternoons and/or all day Fridays.

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. Please submit a letter of interest to Prof. Pam Kentra (pkentra@kentlaw.edu) in the Law Offices.

 

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-Kentís 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 Stateís Attorneys 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.

The information about Spring 2008 Legal Externships and an accompanying application form will be available in late October in the Law Offices reception area (Room 600), in the Career Services Office, and in front of the Spakateria.

Please e-mail Professor Vivien Gross (vgross@kentlaw.edu) to set up an appointment for more information about externships.

For-credit Spring Externship opportunities with application deadlines:

Spring 2008 Semester: 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 agencyís 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. Attorneysí 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, interested students should e-mail a cover letter, resume and writing sample by Friday, November 9, 2007 to:

Ms. Ava Gould
Trial Team Leader
Commodities Futures Trading Commission
525 W. Monroe Street, Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60661
agould@cftc.gov

Please notify Prof. Gross (vgross@kentlaw.edu) if and when you are selected as an extern.

 
Spring 2008 Semester: Illinois Attorney Generalís Office

The Illinois Attorney Generalís Office provides excellent opportunities for law students to improve their skills and knowledge in a wide range of subject areas, including consumer protection, government representation, civil rights, environmental enforcement, antitrust, complex civil litigation, civil and criminal appeals, and criminal law enforcement.

Working closely with attorneys in the Chicago office, externs investigate facts, review documents, research legal issues, and draft legal memoranda, correspondence, and pleadings. Students who qualify for a 711 licensed may appear in court under the supervision of an Assistant Attorney General.

For further information, and to download an application form, please visit the Illinois Attorney Generalís website at: http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/about/index.html. Inquiries may also be directed to Ruta Stropus at 312/814-5328, rstropus@atg.state.il.us.

If you are interested in externing at the Illinois Attorney Generalís Office during the Spring 2008 semester, you must submit your application before Thursday, November 1, 2007. In addition, to receive law school credit for Kentís Spring Externship Program, please contact Prof. Gross (vgross@kentlaw.edu) to set up a meeting.

 
Spring 2007 Externship: Internal Revenue Service, Office of Chief Counsel
3Ls preferred

Applicants with prior expertise or experience in tax matters are preferred, but the IRS will consider all applicants.

Applications are due by Monday, November 5, 2007. Applications should include: brief cover letter, resume, law school transcript and writing sample.

Contact: Ms. Patricia Davis
Area Counsel
Internal Revenue Service
Suite 2300
200 W. Adams St.
Chicago, IL 60606

Please see Professor Gross, Room 617, if you are accepted or for more information about this externship opportunity.

 

Spring 2008 Semester: U.S. Dept. Of Homeland Security, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services

Externs will gain experience in immigration law in the areas of citizenship, asylum, and immigration benefits; will draft briefs on visa petition appeals and research issues in immigration law and criminal law; and will also have the opportunity to assist with federal litigation, primarily mandamus actions. The extern will rotate among the various departments within USCIS to observe citizenship, adjudications and asylum interviews.

If you are interested, please submit a copy of your resume and transcript by Friday, October 26, 2007 to:

Ms. Debra Gordon
Associate Regional Counsel, USCIS
101 W. Congress Pkwy.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 239-5942
debra.gordon@dhs.gov

Please notify Prof. Gross (vgross@kentlaw.edu) if and when you are selected as an extern.

 
Spring 2008 externship: U.S. Department of Justice - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ďATFĒ) is a Bureau of the United States Department of the Treasury, and is responsible for the enforcement of Federal statutes and regulations relating to alcohol, tobacco, firearms and explosives. An ATF extern can expect to work in the following areas:

  • Advising Special Agents, local and state police, and state and Federal prosecutors regarding criminal law and criminal practice and procedure issues
  • Advising regulatory enforcement personnel (ďInspectorsĒ) in obtaining compliance with Federal statutes and regulations from members of the regulated industries
  • Preparing notices of denial or revocation of licenses or permits and litigating these matters.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume by no later than Friday, November 9, 2007 to:

John P. Pendley
Assistant Chief Counsel
Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco
   Firearms & Explosives
Suite 600
525 W. Van Buren St.
Chicago, IL 60607
john.pendley@atf.gov

Please notify Prof. Gross (vgross@kentlaw.edu) if and when you are selected as an extern.

 

 

JUDICIAL EXTERNSHIPS: SPRING 2008 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.

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.

Completed applications should be submitted to Ms. Carole Ross, Secretary to Professor Gross, Room 612 of Law Offices, by Monday, October 15th, at 5:00 p.m.

 

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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