KENT JUSTICE FOUNDATION
News & announcements for the week of

fEBRUARY 4, 2002

 

Ladies & Gents,

To all of you who stopped by to lend a hand with letter stuffing KJF can't thank you enough. For those of you who missed out...do not despair!!! There will be plenty to do the closer we get to the Spring Auction! Be sure to check out the summer internship opportunities below...there may be something there for you.

Have a Fantastic Week,

Rebecca Kohn - KJF Prez.

DONATE A PHONE & SAVE LIVES!!!

Join KJF and Public Interest Resource Center (PIRC) in the fight against Domestic Violence! Take part in "Call to Protect" a prgram to collect used cell phones for Victims of Domestic Violence!! All phones will be erased and reprogrammed with emergency numbers- a help line to the outside world. Even if you have a used cell phone you think is broken you can still donate the phone to the program. If you can, include chargers etc. that came with the phone. All donations are tax deductible. If you have a call phone to donate please email KJF President Rebecca Kohn at rkohn@kentlaw.edu to arrange a time to drop off your donation.

KJF Bake Sale - February 14, 2002 BAKERS AND SITTERS ALWAYS NEEDED!!

INTERESTED IN GETTING INVOLVED WITH THE KJF SPRING AUCTION?!?!?! YOU STILL CAN!! Start thinking about what kind of committee you'd like to be on as we approach April 10th! Committees include FOOD, DRINK (aka BOOZE), DECORATION & SET-UP, CLEAN-UP, RAFFLE, TICKET SELLING and more.....upcoming meetings will be posted soon so stayed tuned...

 

REBELLIOUS LAWYERING Innovative Advocacy for Social Change

FEBRUARY 15-17, 2002 * YALE LAW SCHOOL * NEW HAVEN, CT -------- Opening Speaker: Tim Wise, anti-racist speaker & author of Little White Lies: The Truth About Affirmative Action & "Reverse Discrimination."

Keynote Speaker: Eva Jefferson Patterson, Executive Sirector of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Franscisco Bay Area.

For more information please contact Rebecca Kohn (rkohn@kentlaw.edu) or check out the website at www.reblaw.org.

The First Annual Norman Amaker Public Interest Law Retreat

Theme:"Ground Zero Is Everywhere There is Poverty: Ensuring Rights, Liberties & Opportunities in the Current Anti-Terrorist Climate"

Mark Your Calendars: March 22nd, 23rd, and 24th, 2002

This Retreat will explore the current challenges facing those working for social justice in light of the new legislation and political climate following September 11th. The Retreat will provide a unique opportunity for public interest and social justice-oriented law students, faculty, and practitioners to meet in a relaxed environment, exchange viewpoints, explore career opportunities and formulate strategies for change.

The Retreat is sponsored by the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT), Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis, and the Minnesota Justice Foundation. It is named in honor of the late Professor Norman Amaker of Loyola - ChicagoSchool of Law. Professor Amaker lived his life working for social justice and embodied the ideals of public service in his mentoring of law students and faculty.

The Retreat will bring law students, law professors and practitioners together for an informative and challenging (yet relaxing) weekend in the country where they can share their knowledge and interests on various topics including: criminal justice and the death penalty, immigration, national and international human rights, homelessness and poverty. The Retreat will focus on the challenges and rewards of practice and the realities of working in the public interest and on creative public interest initiatives and energetic practitioners working in theMidwest. The goal is to forge a coalition of students, professors and practitioners which will support social justice-oriented law students pursuing careers in the public interest.

The Retreat will be held at Bradford Woods which is approximately 40 minutes south of IndianapolisBradford Woods offers a relaxing, wooded environment away from the busy activities of work and law school. It offers comfortable accommodations in six modern cabins, as well as meeting rooms and full dining facilities.There are accessible trails for hiking and other outdoor activities available.

There is a $100.00 Registration Fee which includes overnight accommodations for March 22nd and 23rd and all meals for the weekend.For participants not requiring overnight accommodations, a day-only rate of $60.00 is available which covers all Retreat activities and meals.

For more information or registration forms please contact:

Robert Lancaster

Associate Clinical Professor of Law

Indiana University School of Law -Indianapolis

530 West New York Street

Indianapolis, IN 46202

rlancast@iupui.edu

(317) 274-1911

GLAD gAY & lESBIAN ADVOCATES & DEFENDERS - Now accepting applications for unfunded summer internships. GLAD is New England's leading legal rights org. dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity and expression through impact litigation and education.

Interested Applicants should send a resume and writing sample to the attention of :Karen L. Loewy - Staff Attorney GLAD - 294 Washington St. Suite 301 - Boston, MA 02108

Applications due by March 1, 2002 - for more info on GLAD, please visit www.glad.org

 

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 Advisor Rebecca Kohn (rkohn@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 C - Ada Dolph


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