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Week of September 9, 2013

 

IN THE NEWS

Remembering the 1963 March on Washington - A talk with Clinical Professor Richard Kling

Clinical Professor Ed Kraus spoke with Peoria's WEEK-TV about the needs of diabetic children in schools and the necessity of accommodation from and education of school staff, for a story about a local couple whose 10-year old son has struggled to perform needed care on the bus: http://www.cinewsnow.com/news/local/Mom-says-son-denied-to-properly-treat-diabetes-is-life-or-death-issue-200679431.html

IIT Chicago-Kent Legal Fellow/Research Associate Sarah Blenner, who works with Clinical Professor Ed Kraus in the Health & Disability Law Clinic, discussed privacy and discrimination concerns surrounding a new policy in which CVS drugstores will require employees to submit to body weight and BMI testing or face higher health insurance premiums, in an ABC 7 News story. View the video.

 


ACCESS2PRACTICE
LEGAL EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM

A2P Legal Externship is a 4-credit hour non-graded program which enables you to extern with a supervising attorney in a wide variety of legal areas private or public, civil or criminal. Externships are available for the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. Some public sector externships enable you to obtain a 711 license and appear in court.

Why Extern?

To become a good lawyer and to supplement what you learn in the classroom, you need practical experience in real-world legal work. Most students aren't fortunate enough to receive a paid clerking position or even a volunteer opportunity that teaches what they want to learn. LEP presents a unique and important opportunity to gain exposure to an area of the law in which you are interested and helps you significantly broaden your future employment opportunities.

Students interested in civil law may extern in a wide variety of places. For example, some have externed at the City of Chicago Corporation Counsel's Office, Office of the Illinois Attorney General, Illinois Commerce Commission, Immigration Court of the U.S. Department of Justice, Internal Revenue Service, and Environmental Protection Agency, as well approved in-house corporate legal counsel.

Students interested in criminal law have externed at the US Attorney's Office, the Office of the Federal Defender, and at the offices of the State's Attorney and Public Defender in Cook County as well as the surrounding counties.

Application Process:

Information and application packets for Spring 2014 will be available both on line as well as in front of the Spakateria, in the Career Services Office, and in Room 600 Law Offices reception area in mid-October.

If you would like more information, please check the Externship web page.
 

SPRING 2014 SEMESTER: 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 time frames 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, writing sample and updated transcript (if available), postmarked no later than October 11, 2013 to:

Mr. Miguel Figueras
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 Miguel.Figueras@ed.gov.

Please notify Prof. Gross (vgross@kentlaw.iit.edu) if you are selected as an extern and wish to receive credit.
 

Spring 2014 Semester: Externships with U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Illinois

The USAO for the Northern District of Illinois is responsible for prosecuting all federal crimes within the district. The Office also represents the United States and its departments and agencies in civil proceedings filed in federal court and in the Seventh Circuit.

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 application information from Carole Ross, administrative assistant to Professor Gross, in Room 612.

Completed applications must be received at the Office of the U.S. Attorney by Monday, September 30, 2013. 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, you must enroll in the law school's Legal Externship Program. Externship applications for Spring 2014 will be available in mid-October in the Law Offices reception area (Room 600), in the Career Services Office, and in front of the Spakateria.

If you have any questions about either the Legal Externship Program and/or the externship position with the U.S. Attorney's Office, please contact Professor Gross at vgross@kentlaw.iit.edu.
 

Spring 2014: Legal Externships with U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Location: Office of the Chief Counsel
U.S. Dept. Of Homeland Security ICE
525 W. Van Buren Street, Suite 701
Chicago, IL 60607

Qualifications: 2L or 3L during Spring 2014
Previous or concurrent course work in immigration law helpful
United States Citizenship

Description: The extern 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.

Application: Please submit a resume, transcript and writing sample and cover letter to: occ-chi-applications@ice.dhs.gov no later than Monday, September 30, 2013. The subject line of your email must indicate that you are applying for an extern position at Chicago's Office of the Chief Counsel. All electronically submitted documents must be in MSWord or Adobe Acrobat format.

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


If you are selected, please contact Prof. Gross (vgross@kentlaw.edu) if you wish to do this as a for-credit externship.

 

For a complete description of all clinical programs, please visit the Law Offices' Home Page at http:\\www.kentlaw.iit.edu/academics/jd-program/practical-skills-training/legal-clinics 

 

 

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