Professional Development News

Are you Interested in Animal Rights? Jury Trial Has Been Set on Cat Torture Case

In September, several students attended an Animal Rights panel at which the Alex Phelps cat torture case was discussed.  The jury trial for Alex Phelps on felony charges of torturing to death nine cats is set for next Tuesday, December 11, in Bullitt Circuit Court at 9 AM. The case numbers are 11-CR-57 and 11-CR-316. The trial will be open to the public and spectators will be allowed.

Summer 2013 Legal Internship at Rolls-Royce North America in Indianapolis, IN

Rolls-Royce North America in Indianapolis, IN is seeking a first-year student to serve as a Summer 2013 Legal Intern.  The position is listed on Symplicity.

 

Diversity Judicial Internship Opportunities for Summer 2013

There are two Diversity Judicial Internship Opportunities for Summer 2013 posted on Symplicity.  One is with "Just The Beginning Foundation" and the other is with the American Bar Association's Litigation Section.  The deadline for both internships is Friday, January 4, 2013.

Spring 2013 Hiring Season

If you are interested in participating in Spring 2013 On Campus Interviews, Public Service fellowships or applying to firms or organizations, you will need to have a current resume.  Friday, January 11th is the date students can start "bidding" (applying to participating employers) on Symplicity.  Public Service fellowship applications will be available on January 7th.

Please contact Assistant Dean for Professional Development, Laurel Hajek, or Career Services Coordinator, Debra Reh, if you would like to schedule a meeting to  review your resume and/or cover letter.  You may e-mail your documents for review as well.

Government Honors & Internship Handbook Updates

If you are interested in receiving updates for the Government Honors & Internship Handbook, please contact Debra Reh so that you can be added to the distribution list of interested students.

 

VITA Signups Still Available

If you missed the public service information session on the VITA program, it's not too late to sign up to participate.  Interested students can obtain the VITA application, a list of the training locations and a list of the locations of the clinics from Jina Scinta.  Please stop by to pick up your public service forms and VITA information.  This project is an excellent opportunity for third year students needing to complete their public service requirement. 

Summer 2013 Volunteer Legal Internship & Externship Program

The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Immigration Litigation (OIL) is recruiting for the summer 2013 Volunteer Legal Internship & Externship Program.  Please refer to the DOJ website for application details.  Select "DOJ Agencies" under "Summer 2013" on the left-hand side.  Click on OIL's current ad under the listed Volunteer Internship Opportunities.

The summer 2013 application submission begins December 17, 2012 and the deadline is January 13, 2013.

Please specify which semester you are applying for in a cover letter and submit that letter, resume, unofficial transcript, class ranking and a 5-10 page writing sample to Terri Leon-Benner in a single PDF document. Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications, packets that do not conform to these instructions will not be considered.

OIL coordinates federal immigration litigation nationwide, and has both an Appellate and a District Court Section. OIL Appellate defends the administrative decisions of the Board of Immigration Appeals, involving removal orders and denials of applications for relief before the Federal Courts of Appeals. Student Interns will be assigned to one of OIL’s litigation teams where they will:

·Draft appellate briefs in asylum and cancellation of removal cases and dispositive motions
· Write case summaries for weekly litigation reports

· Attend “First Cut” meetings

· Conduct legal research and prepare memoranda

Welcome Dean Hajek!

The Office of Professional Development is pleased to welcome Dean Laurel Hajek as the new Assistant Dean for Professional Development.  Dean Hajek comes to us from John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

 If you have not met Dean Hajek, please stop by her office to welcome her.  She also has sign up sheets on her door for students who wish to make an appointment to see her. 

Dean Hajek is excited to meet our students, so please stop by.

Public Service Program Information Session - Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

This is a reminder that the Office of Professional Development will be hosting an information session for all students on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, from 1:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Room 275. Nedra Young from the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance ("VITA") program will be speaking to our students about how they can sign up to be trained to assist low income individuals with their tax returns during the upcoming tax season. Once students are trained they can then participate in tax clinics at various locations around the city. This is a great opportunity for any student who still needs to fulfill their public service requirement. 

 A list of dates and locations for the VITA training is attached, along with job descriptions available for volunteers. 

Pizza and drinks will be provided. See you there!

City of Chicago Department of Law 2013 Summer Program

The City of Chicago Department of Law invites law students to apply for its 2013 Summer Law Clerk Program. Usually, the program begins June 1st and is for a minimum of 10 weeks; however, the start date and duration of a law clerk’s summer will be determined by the law clerk and his/her direct supervisor. The Summer Program is designed to provide current law students with a challenging unpaid clerkship that reflects the demands and rewards of public service, as well as a realistic picture of what it is like to practice law for the City of Chicago. Participants in the Summer Program are not compensated. Some schools may offer students grants or allow for academic credit.

During the Summer Program, the law clerks will be assigned to work in one of the practice divisions in the law department and participate in a wide variety of activities including:
•assisting in trial preparation
•attending depositions
•observing real estate closings
•attending client meetings and court proceedings
•researching legal issues
•drafting memoranda, briefs and contracts.

Also, law clerks that have finished their second year of law school and qualify for an Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711 license may represent the City in:
•mandatory tort arbitrations in the Circuit Court of Cook County
•disciplinary hearings for the police and labor boards
•labor arbitration.

They may also depose or examine witnesses in trials in state and federal court.

During the summer, the Law Department will host a lecture series that feature speakers addressing legal issues that affect the City in areas such as environmental and First Amendment law and provides the law clerks with opportunities to meet with City department officials and members of state and federal judiciary.

The Law Department seeks talented, promising individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds. Many of our attorneys are active in civic and professional activities and organizations. The Law Department is committed to increasing opportunities for minorities in the legal profession, and it is proud that its staff reflects the racial, cultural and ethnic diversity of Chicago. The Law Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To learn more about the various Divisions within the Department of Law and the work that they handle, potential candidates should check out the Litigation, Prosecution and Transactional Division links found under “What We Do” at www.cityofchicago.org/dol.

To apply for the 2013 Summer Law Clerk Program, interested students should submit all application materials as outlined at http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/city/en/depts/dol/supp_info/dol_volunteer_program.html.

The deadline to apply is January 31, 2013.

For additional information, please see Assistant Dean for Professional Development, Laurel Hajek, in room 182.