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Week of March 10, 2008

LAW OFFICES IN-HOUSE CLINIC, SUMMER AND FALL

Applications are now available Summer and Fall semesters of the Law Offices In-House Clinics. They are available in room 600 and outside of the 3rd floor cafeteria. Please check back here and watch the Record for due date updates.
 

CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN LITIGATION AND ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION (LADR)

Applications for the Certificate Program in Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (LADR) are now available in the reception area of room 600 and by the 3rd floor cafeteria.

Applications are due on Monday, March 10, 2008 at 4:00. They can be turned into the receptionist in the Law Offices, Room 600.

For more information on the LADR program, please visit our website.

 

CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN CRIMINAL LITIGATION

Applications for the Certificate in Criminal Litigation Program are now available in the reception area of room 600 and by the 3rd floor cafeteria

Applications are due on Monday, March 10, 2008 at 5:00. They can be turned into the receptionist in the Law Offices, Room 600.

 

JUDICIAL EXTERNSHIPS: FALL 2008 SEMESTERS

1L APPLICANTS MUST HAVE A MINIMUM G.P.A. OF 3.22
2L APPLICANTS MUST HAVE A MINIMUM G.P.A. OF 3.31

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.

Take advantage of this prestigious learning opportunity while enhancing your marketability in the legal world.

Application Process

Applications for the Fall Judicial Externships are available in the Law Offices reception area (Room 600), in the Career Services Office, and in front of the Spakateria.

Completed applications for Fall Externships should be submitted to Ms. Carole Ross, Secretary to Professor Gross, Room 612 of Law Offices, by Friday, March 14th, at 5:00 p.m.
 

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 State’s 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.

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

Fall 2008 Semester: Intellectual Property (IP) Legal Externship Opportunity
3Ls only; IP Certificate Program with minimum 3.27 Cumulative G.P.A.

Chicago-Kent’s IP Legal Externship Program is a 4-credit hour, non-graded program which enables a 3L student enrolled in Kent’s Intellectual Property Certificate Program to receive academic credit, not pay, for working 16 hours a week in an approved legal placement under the supervision of a designated attorney. The program is unique in that it enables students to gain practical experience and develop legal skills while making themselves more marketable to prospective employers.

A well-known national firm will select a qualified 3L Kent IP Certificate student for a Fall externship their IP division. If you are interested, please submit your resume and transcript to Prof. Gross by Friday, March 28th, at noon. Professor Gross will then forward the information to the participating firm to make its selection.

For more information about intellectual property externship opportunities generally, please contact Professor Vivien Gross (vgross@kentlaw.edu).

 
Fall 2008 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 Friday, April 18, 2008. 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.

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.

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

Office of the Chief Counsel, 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 to:

Ms. Debra Gordon
Associate Regional Counsel, USCIS
101 W. Congress Pkwy.
Chicago, IL 60605
debra.gordon@dhs.gov

Summer applicants must submit their materials by Friday, March 14.

Fall applicants must submit their materials by Friday, April 18.

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

 

Fall 2008 Externship- Immigration Court

An extern will assist a panel of seven immigration judges by writing legal memoranda, conducting in-depth legal research and analysis, and drafting judicial decisions. This position offers extensive exposure to asylum and deportation law and an excellent opportunity to improve research, writing and analytical skills.

Location:

Immigration Court – EOIR
55 East Monroe Street, Suite 1900
Chicago, IL 60603

Qualifications: – 2L, 3L

  • Coursework and/or volunteer and clinical experience in immigration law preferred
  • United States citizenship required

Application: Please submit a cover letter, resume, copy of recent transcript (unofficial is accepted), two employer references, and writing sample (5-10 pages) via email or mail (Attention: Carolyn Norton, Judicial Law Clerk) to the address listed above.

Interviews will be conducted in person.

Inquiries should be directed to Carolyn Norton at (312) 353-7313, ext. 232 or carolyn.norton@usdoj.gov.

To receive credit, please contact Professor Gross (vgross@kentlaw.edu).

 
Summer/Fall Externships – Cook County Domestic Relations Court (4 credit hours)

Open to 2L and 3L 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 be a legal extern to a judge in the Domestic Relations Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County at the Daley Center. You will not only be able to observe and participate in the day-to-day operations of a busy domestic relations courtroom but will also assist your judge in researching law, drafting orders, and resolving disputes.

There are currently two judges who are seeking a student extern for Summer and Fall. If you are interested in either a Summer or Fall externship, please contact Professor Gross (vgross@kentlaw.edu) as soon as possible to set up a meeting and to submit your resume and transcript.

 

Law Offices Attorneys Help Free Innocent Man

On January 8th, 2008, Professor Richard Kling and his Law Offices Colleague, Susana Ortiz, saw victory in the case of their client, Herb Whitlock. Mr. Whitlock, of downstate Paris, Illinois, was wrongfully incarcerated on murder charges for over 20 years and thanks to the efforts of Professor Kling and Ms. Ortiz and teams of Law Offices clinic students who have been working on the case for the past 7 years, Mr. Whitlock saw freedom when the State dismissed the charges against him as a result of a new trial obtained for him by Kling and Ortiz. In the Appellate Court opinion which granted Mr. Whitlock a new trial, the Court cited the fact that favorable evidence was hidden from the defense and that Mr. Whitlock’s trial counsel was ineffective for failing to investigate key forensic evidence that would have shed serious doubt on the credibility of the State’s witnesses. After his release, Mr. Whitlock was reunited with his daughter, Brittany, who was 12 at the time of his original trial and he met his seven-year old grandson for the first time. Read the article from the Chicago Tribune. CBS television show 48 Hours Mystery ran a show about this case on March 1, 2008. For more information about this show, please visit the CBS 48 Hours Mystery webpage.

 

Law Offices Professor Admitted into U.S. Supreme Court

On January 7, 2008, Professor Daniel Coyne was admitted on motion in open court before all nine justices of the supreme court in a group admission ceremony. The admission was sponsored by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. There were ten admittees from various jurisdictions across the country. Immediately following the admission, the death penalty case of Baze v. Rees was argued. Baze challenges the propriety of the use of lethal injection to execute condemned inmates.

 

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