Kent Justice Foundation
News & announcements for the week of
December 3, 2001

Ladies & Gents...

Many of you are probably studying hard (or maybe hardly studying) and think you don't have time to join KJF as we get ready for the 11th Annual Spring Auction. BUT you can!! Volunteering with KJF helps your chances of receiving a KJF Summer Fellowship if you are interested in working within a public interest environment....think of it as a study break!

Good Luck with learning everything they threw at ya this semester!

Until the next time,

Rebecca Kohn - KJF Prez.

If you are one of the fantastic volunteers working on addresses for the Spring Auction, please email your typed list to rkohn@kentlaw.edu by December 5. Please also drop off your hard copy at your earliest convenience at room 654. If no one is there you may leave the list outside the office. THANKS!!

Did you receive a KJF Summer Fellowship last summer? If so, please email a short paragraph summarizing your experience (where you worked etc.) to rkohn@kentlaw.edu. Your public interest experience will be sent out with the auction letters so that businesses will see the opportunities the Spring Auction provides for Chicago-Kent Students!

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!!!

KJF will be having a letter-stuffing party in the coming weeks (exact date TBA). Free Pizza will be provided as well as the fantastic company of your fellow KJFers. What a deal!!!! Keep an eye on your email for an update concerning the time & place of this event. Every minute you can spare helps KJF produce the best Spring Auction this school has ever seen!!!

If you want to lend a hand please email Rebecca Kohn (rkohn@kentlaw.edu)!!!

A CALL TO ALL BAKERS!!!! december 4

KJF needs your baking expertise for KJF's last bake sale of the Fall Semester. Of course, there is no pressure to actually bake but if you have time that's great!! Please email Rebecca Kohn (rkohn@kentlaw.edu)if you are interested in bringing some goodies!

A SHOUT OUT TO ALL SITTERS!!! december 4

If baking is not your thing why not sacrifice one hour of your time to sit at KJF's bakesale table (of course you are welcome to both bake and sit:). The following times are needed:

9-10am * 10-11am * 11-12pm * 12-1pm * 1-2pm * 2-3pm * 3-4pm * 4-5pm * 5-6pm....

Interested???? email rkohn@kentlaw.edu

STUDENT ESSAY COMPETITION ON THE LEGAL INTERESTS OF CHILDREN:

The National Association of Counsel for Children is currently accepting essays for the 2002 Law Student Essay Competition. The NACC will publish the winning essay in its 2002 Children's Law Manuel. The winner will be awarded $100 and be given a scholarship to the 2002 National Children's Law Conference in Orlando, FL. Essays should be submitted on disk together with a hard copy. Essay may not exceed 15 single spaced pages.

Essays will be evaluated on the importance of the topic to advancing the legal interests of children, persuasiveness and the quality of research and writing. Essays must be received with a $10 application fee by July 15, 2002. Mail to: NACC Student Essay Competition/ 1825 Marion St., Ste. 340/ Denver, Colorado/ 80218. Student should include his/her contact information during the school year and when school is not in session.

 

 

GETTING READY FOR SUMMER!!

The following are great opportunities for summer internships/ fellowships in PUBLIC INTEREST LAW:

EQUAL JUSTICE AMERICA:

Since 1993, Equal Justice America has been funding law students all over the country to work meeting the legal needs of the poor. EJA is again pleased to offer $3,250 fellowships for 1st and 2nd year Chicago-Kent law school students who chose to work next summer for organizations providing direct civil legal services for the poor.

Students must secure a full-time (min. 35-40 hours per week) placement for Summer 2002 working at least 10 weeks for a legal services organization.

To Apply: Applicants must send a cover letter describing their commitment and interest in providing legal services to the poor, a resume, two letters of recommendation AND an employment confirmation letter from the hiring organization to EQUAL JUSTICE AMERICA. All required items must be sent together.

Summer fellowships may take place anywhere in the United States, provided that the hiring organization if a non-profit organization providing direct civil legal services to the poor

Students are encouraged to apply for Work-Study funding, if available, to be used in conjunction with an EJA Summer 2002 Fellowship. If the Work-Study total is less than $3,250, EJA will make up the difference. Students eligible to receive Qork-Study funding should not their eligibility in the cover letter of their application.

An employer or other funding source may contribute to the grant recipient, but the total amount received by a recipient cannot exceed $4,500. Any amount over $4,500 will be subtracted from the grant to be awarded by Equal Justice America.

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN MARCH 18, 2002. AWARDS WILL BE ANNOUNCED APRIL 15, 2002. PLEASE SEND YOUR COMPLETED APPLICATION TO:

  • EQUAL JUSTICE AMERICA
  • 3010 FOX CHASE DRIVE
  • MIDLOTHIAN, VA 23112
  • FAX: 804.744.6789

Questions? Call 804.744.4200

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PUBLIC INTEREST LAW INITIATIVE (PILI)

A PILI Internship offers excellent legal training at one of 20 PILI-affiliated public interest agencies in Chicago for 10 weeks in the summer. PILI pays $4,500 to each law student hired to work at one of the agencies listed on the Intern applications.

The Internship provides a valuable and unique opportunity to serve the needs of low-income people, work on policy issues, and put your knowledge to use in public interest. Issues range from protecting the environment to defending human rights, from immigration law to elder law, from housing issues to family law. PILI also conducts luncheon seminars with guest speakers on a broad range of current legal issues. In addition, members of the PILI Board of Directors are paired with individual Interns as mentors, providing excellent networking opportunities!

To learn more about PILI go to the website www.pili-law.org. Info on the Internships is available as well as a printable application. Applications are also available at your Career Services Office, as well as through Kent Justice Foundation and the Public Interest Resource Center Room 654.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE AN APPLICATION PLEASE EMAIL REBECCA KOHN (RKOHN@KENTLAW.EDU)OR GET IN TOUCH WITH THE CAREER SERVICES OFFICE.

  • AN APPLICATION FORM WITH AN ATTACHED RESUMES, AS WELL AS UP TO 8 COVER LETTERS WITH RESUMES FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL AGENCY TO WHICH YOU WOULD LIKE TO APPLY SHOULD BE SENT TO:

  • PUBLIC INTEREST LAW INITIATIVE * 25 EAST JACKSON BLVD. 11TH FLOOR * CHICAGO, IL * 60604-2287

  • 312.362.6959 OR 312.262.5340

  • FIRST YEAR STUDENTS MUST WAIT UNTIL DECEMBER 1 TO APPLY. SECOND YEARS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY ASAP. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS ARE MARCH 1, BUT MANY AGENCIES WANT TO INTERVIEW AND HIRE BEFORE THEN.

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PUBLIC INTEREST LAW INITIATIVE GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM:

Participating law firms sponsor incoming associates to work at one of the 45 PILI-affiliated public interest agencies while studying for the bar exam. A PILI Fellowship is arranged by agreement between the law firm, the new associate, the agency, and PILI.

PILI Fellows generally work five part-time weeks while studying for the bar exam (mornings at the agency and afternoons at the bar review) and five full-time weeks after the exam and before the firm's starting date. Most Fellows take a break for two weeks immediately before the exam for undivided study. Fellows usually have time for a vacation at the end of the Fellowship and before starting with their new firms.

Once a new associate has received firm approval, the next step is to review the list of agencies, contact that agency or agencies of choice, arrange an interview, and come to a meeting of the minds. The Fellow and the agency supervisor then work out the details, including work schedule and the type of work to be done. Once the Fellowship is arranged, the associate should inform the firm and PILI.

More information of about this program contact Roslyn C. Lieb, Executive Director, 312.362.6915, or Maureen Dolan, Assistant Director, 312.362.6959. Or email rlieb@www.pili-law.org,mdolan@www.pili-law.org. PILI's website is : www.pili-law.org

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN VIEWING A LIST OF THE PARTICIPATING LAW FIRMS AND AGENCIES PLEASE CONTACT YOUR CAREER SERVICES OFFICE, THE KENT JUSTICE FOUNDATION OR THE PUBLIC INTEREST RESOURCE CENTER (ROOM 654).

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THE DEBORAH HAUGER INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC INTEREST FELLOWSHIP:

This Fellowship has been created to help law school graduates pursue career opportunities in human rights, democracy building, peacemaking or other international public interest work. This program provides an opportunity for a talented and commited law school graduate to receive financial assistance for education loan repayment. It also provides the Fellow with an instant "network" of distinguished individuals who have been active in international policy matters and have agreed to serve on the Fellowship's Advisory Committee.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: A J.D. from an ABA accredited law school - A demonstrated commitment to international public interest work, including present or definite future employment in that field - An education loan burden that may impede the ability for the applicant to pursue this commitment.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Making one presentation during the course of the Fellowship to students at Georgetown University Law Center regarding careers in international public interest work - Serving as a mentor and resource for future Deborah Hauger Fellows.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT: $5,000 PER YEAR FOR TWO YEARS

DEADLINE: APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY DECEMBER 15, 2001 - FELLOWSHIP RECIPIENTS WILL BE NOTIFIED BY DECEMBER 30, 2001.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT:

Kim Matthews, Executive Assistant, OPICS, Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Ave., NW Washington D.C. 20001-2075 202.662.9655

FOR AN APPLICATION PLEASE CONTACT THE CAREER SERVICES OFFICE OR KENT JUSTICE FOUNDATION PRESIDENT REBECCA KOHN (RKOHN@KETNLAW.EDU)OR THE PUBLIC INTEREST RESOURCE CENTER IN ROOM 654.

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JOHN J. CURTAIN, JR. JUSTICE FUND 2002 SUMMER LEGAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Seeking motivated law student interns to apply for stipends available for the Summer 2002 Program. These students should have a position offered, contingent on funding, from a qualified organization.

The Program is managed jointly by the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty and the Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants. The Program will pay $2,500 stipend to students who spend the summer months working for a bar association or legal services program designed to prevent homelessness or assist homeless or indigent clients or their advocates. The Legal Internship Program will provide much-needed legal assistance to organizations serving the under-represented and give students direct experience in a public interest forum. Through this, it aims both to help homeless clients and to encourage careers in law which further the goals of social justice.

INTERN REQUIREMENTS: The ideal intern will have demonstrated interest in public interest law and experience working with poor people or on issues affecting them. While all law students are eligable, second and third year students are preferred only because they may offer more skills to the homeless program. However, first year students with paralegal or similiar experience, or demonstrated commitment to public service, would make an excellent candidate. The intern must commit no less than 8 continuous weeks between May 1 and October 1 to the Program.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: While qualified organizations include non-profir organizations which have programs dedicated to meeting the legal needs and concerns of the homeless and indigent people and their advocates, preference will be given to bar association and legal services programs. To be considered, programs must have been operational for at least one year and must have an attorney on staff or easily available to the intern.

A lawyer in the program (either volunteer or paid attorney) must supervise the intern, and the program must assure the ABA that it will give the intern substantive law experiences with clients or with advocacy programs and with preparing legal documents and so forth.

EACH APPLICANT SHALL SUBMIT A RESUME, AN APPLICATION FORM AND A PROSPECTIVE PROGRAM'S SUPPORTING STATEMENT. PLEASE BE SPECIFIC ABOUT THE ISSUES ON WHICH YOU PLAN TO FOCUS AND WHAT YOU HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH.

APPLICATIONS CAN BE FOUND A THE CAREER SERVICES OFFICE, THE KENT JUSTICE FOUNDATION'S PRESIDENT REBECCA KOHN (RKOHN@KENTLAW.EDU) OR THE PUBLIC INTEREST RESOURCE CENTER IN ROOM 654.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN MARCH 1, 2001. EARLY SUBMISSIONS ARE WELCOME.

PLEASE SEND COMPLETED APPLICATION TO: Curtain Internship Program, ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty, 740 15th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20005

Check out the website at http://www.abanet.org/homeless/curtin.html

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MORE FUN STUFF

Public Interest Resource Center (PIRC): Are you looking for an opportunity to get involved in community service? Are you interested in pursuing an internship in various kinds of Public Interest Law but you don't know where to start!! Let PIRC do the work for you. PIRC is in Room 654. You tell us what you are looking for, your interests and your goals and we'll find the opportunity that best fits your needs. Stop by Room 654, check out the PIRC Record Page, call 312.906.5089, or email student Advisors Rebecca Kohn (rkohn@kentlaw.edu)and Dorislee Jackson (djackson@kentlaw.edu)to set up an appointment. Being busy in law school doesn't have to mean that you miss out on the opportunities that interest you most!

KJF is Chicago-Kent's Public Interest Organization...our goal is to raise money for our Summer Fellowship Program so that Law students may pursue an internship in the area of public interest and non-profit organizations. But our mission does not stop there!! KJF has much to participate in from volunteering to charity events and much more. Questions? Have some ideas you'd like to share? Please feel free to email KJF Prez. Rebecca Kohn (rkohn@kentlaw.edu)

Kent Justice Foundation Board 2001-2002

President - Rebecca Kohn

Treasurer - Angie Lee

Secretary - Janine Rosana

Auction Chair - Sara Groom

Volunteer Project Coordinator - Sara Frank

2L Rep - Alison Dieterichs

1L Rep Section A - Jason Menard

1L Rep Section B - Craig Shapiro

1L Rep Section C - Ada Dolph


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