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Week of February 23, 2009

Informational Meeting
For the LADR and Criminal Litigation Certificate Programs

There will be an informational meeting for both certificate programs on Wednesday, February 25 at 3:00 in room 370 or at 5:30 in room C50.

Throughout LADR (the Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificate Program), you will learn legal doctrine, lawyering skills, professional values, and work in Chicago-Kent's teaching law firm, supervised by clinical professors who are expert practitioners and mentors. You will learn the art of lawyering through intensive skills and clinical training. Your experience will teach you how to become a competent, ethical, and socially responsible lawyer.

The Certificate Program in Criminal Litigation is designed to give students a comprehensive and balanced professional education to prepare them adequately for the practice of criminal law. The program will enable students who earn the certificate to successfully compete for one of the limited number of defender or prosecutor jobs that are available in the Chicago area. In addition this proposed certificate program represents an opportunity to synthesize the goals of Chicago-Kent's academic program in Criminal Law with those of Trial Advocacy and the Law Offices.

Both of these programs require students to submit an application. There are a limited number of spots available. To learn more, please attend one of the following Informational Meetings:

Wednesday, February 25th
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
in Room 370
OR
Wednesday, February 25th
5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
in Room C50

You may also contact Prof. Gary Laser, Room 631, or pick up an application and curriculum memorandum in Room 600 or outside of the 3rd floor cafeteria.

APPLICATIONS FOR THESE PROGRAMS MUST BE SUBMITTED
BY 5:00 P.M. ON MONDAY, March 9, 2009

Please submit your application to the Law Offices Receptionist in Room 600.


Summer 2009: Externships with U.S. Department of Homeland Security - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Division

Students will assist in the representation of the U.S. Government in deportation, removal, and bond proceedings; provide advice and support to the various components of ICE; draft motions and briefs for practice before the U.S. Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals, and U.S. District Court; and prepare memoranda dealing with complex and novel legal issues.

Qualifications:
  •   2L or 3L
  •   Previous or concurrent coursework in immigration law helpful
  •   United States citizenship required

To apply, interested students should submit a resume, transcript, and writing sample no later than Friday, February 27, 2009 to:

Lynn K. Hollander, Assistant Chief Counsel
U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security - ICE
55 E. Monroe St., Suite 1700
Chicago, Illinois 60603

Interviews will be conducted in person and/or by telephone. All externs must successfully complete a security background check.

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


Summer 2009: Externship with the Cook County State's Attorneys Office, 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.

If you are interested, please contact:

Mr. Curtis A. James
Assistant State's Attorney
(312) 603-5691

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


Summer 2009: Externships with 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 agency’s 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. Attorneys’ 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 Monday, March 23, 2009 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.

 
Summer 2009: Externships with Chicago Transit Authority Legal Department

CTA Legal Department is a general in-house legal department doing labor law, corporate law, workman’s compensation and tort defense. Those students who are eligible for 711 licenses may appear in criminal and traffic court as well as arbitration proceedings.

If you are interested in applying and wish an application form, contact Ms. Barbara Dunigan, Executive Assistant, at (312) 681-2831, or email her at bdunigan@transitchicago.com for an application form.

All applications must be completed and submitted as soon as possible, but by no later than Monday, March 23, 2009.

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

 

Summer 2009: Externships with U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights

The United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), enforces several Federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex disability and age. OCR also enforces the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act of 2001 that prohibits the denial of equal access or a fair opportunity to meet with, or discriminate against, any group officially affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America. Successful extern candidates will work with OCR attorneys and investigators on one or more teams in the Chicago Office to resolve discrimination complaints.

The extern will observe and participate in complainant and witness interviews, participate in the drafting of all documents pertinent to an OCR investigation, including letters of notification, data requests and letters of finding. The extern may have the opportunity to participate in local on-site investigations and will assist with data analysis, engage in substantial legal research and be expected to adhere to the tight timeframes of the Department. The team attorney(s) with whom the extern will work will supervise the extern’s work. The extern coordinator, the deputy chief attorney and chief attorney will also be available to assist the extern.

If you are interested, please submit a letter of interest along with a copy of your resume and writing sample postmarked no later than March 27, 2009 to:

Ms. Leticia Magdaleno
U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
Citigroup Center
Suite 1075
500 W. Madison St.
Chicago, IL 60661

Applications may also be submitted by email to Leticia.Magdaleno@ed.gov.

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

 

Spring 2009 Employment Opportunity – Clerk to Special Master in Federal Court, (Northern District of Illinois)

A former federal judge has been appointed by the court to serve as a Special Master in three intellectual property cases. The judge seeks to hire a law clerk to assist him in those matters. Salary: $20-25 per hour.

3Ls are preferred (no 1Ls). Student must have a strong academic law school record and be enrolled in the C-K IP Certificate Program.

Please submit your resume and transcript to Prof. Vivien Gross (vgross@kentlaw.edu) . Prof. Gross will forward your material to the judge, who will make his own selection.

 
Summer 2009 Semester: U.S. Department of Justice – 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:
U.S. Department of Justice
Executive Office for Immigration Review
Immigration Court
55 East Monroe Street, Suite 1900
Chicago, IL 60603

Qualifications:
– 2L or 3L
– Coursework and/or experience in immigration law preferred
– United States citizenship required

Application: Please submit a cover letter, resume, copy of recent transcript (unofficial is accepted), and unedited writing sample (5-10 pages) via email or mail (Attention: Greta Hendricks, Judicial Law Clerk) to the address listed above. Applications must be received by March 2, 2009.

Interviews will be conducted in person.

Inquiries should be directed to Greta Hendricks at (312) 353-7313, ext. 232 or greta.hendricks@usdoj.gov.

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

 
JUDICIAL EXTERNSHIPS: FALL 2009 SEMESTER

CURRENT 1L APPLICANTS MUST HAVE A MINIMUM G.P.A. OF 3.33
CURRENT 2L APPLICANTS MUST HAVE A MINIMUM G.P.A. OF 3.28

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 Wednesday, March 18th, 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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