September 21, 2012


Thank you to Professor Emily Cauble for arranging the lunchtime Transaction Law Panel at Noon on Friday, September 28th -- lunch will be served! Come hear from 5 experts as they talk about their professional life as transactional lawyers. Please RSVP in Symplicity and check out more details here.

Army JAG Corps is coming! First, over the lunch hour, they're co-hosting a brown bag information session with the Veteran's Assistance Service Organization at Noon in 341 Lewis on Thursday, September 27. You can also meet with Army's representative one-on-one at other times during the day.  Please submit your materials to Elizabeth Boe (eboe [at] ASAP if you'd like to meet with the JAG Corps Representative.  More details here.

CBA Committee Meetings for the Week of September 24, 2012

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September 24

Bus. Law, Corp. Doc. Forms & Best Drafting Practices Subc. (IL MCLE Credit, Webcast)
Henry Krasnow, Krasnow Saunders Cornblath Kaplan & Beninati, drafting in plain English.

Cyber Law & Data Privacy Committee (IL MCLE Credit, Webcast)
Julie P. Samuels, Electronic Frontier Foundation, recent domain name and cloud computing server seizures by ICE and the DOJ.

September 19, 2012

Etiquette Tip of the Week: I'll have the soup

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To eat soup properly, do not draw the spoon toward you, but scoop away through the soup, moving the spoon away from you. This way, you are less likely to splash soup on yourself.  (Gentlemen, you may not flip your tie over your shoulder at meals. You must learn to eat neat.)

Sit up straight and bring the soup spoon up to your lips.  Do not bring your lips down to the table.  Sip noiselessly from the side of the spoon (not from the front of the spoon as you were once coaxed as a child with, "Here comes the airplane.") 

Transaction Law Panel Friday, September 28th

Interested in Transactional Law?  Join us next Friday for a panel discussion with 5 practicing attorneys on the fields of corporate, tax, ERISA, and estate planning law, as well as the variety of settings where they practice (law firms, in house, and accounting firms).  

Free lunch!

Friday, September 28 | 12:00pm – 1:00 pm | Lewis 341 

NY Pro Bono Requirment Update

For applicants to the New York State Bar beginning in January 2015, 50 hours of pro bono service will be required.  Participation in law school clinics will count toward meeting the requirment.  Thanks to PSJD for providing these details and materials:

A couple of important points:

•    “The...requirement will take effect immediately for first- and second-year law students, who will have up to 34 months to fulfill the mandate. Current third-years are exempt....  Starting Jan. 1, 2015, every applicant to the bar will be required to fulfill the requirement.

Army JAG: Thursday September 27th

All 2Ls, 3Ls, and LLMs may schedule a time to meet individually with the Army JAG representative on Thursday, September 27th at Law Career Services. You may register through OCI (Application Materials are due THIS Friday the 21st at Noon) or by contacting Elizabeth Boe, Assistant Director of Recruiting, at or 312-362-8386.

Department of State: Student Experience Intern Program

Department of State is Now Accepting Applications for their Student Experience Intern Program
As a Student Experience intern, you may have the opportunity to:

*   Participate in meetings with senior level U.S. government or foreign government officials;
*   Draft, edit, or contribute to cables, reports, communications, talking points, or other materials used by policy makers in furthering U.S. foreign policy objectives;
*   Help organize and support events, including international and/or multi-lateral meetings and conferences on critical global issues;
*   Contribute to the management and administration of the Department of State and America’s foreign policy; and
*   Engage directly with U.S. or foreign audiences to promote U.S. foreign policy and improve understanding of U.S. culture and society.

Explore the Possibilities: Public Interest & Pro Bono Opportunities

Explore the Possibilities: Public Interest & Pro Bono Opportunities
Sponsored by the Public Interest Law Initiative, the Chicago Area Law School Consortium, and Phi Alpha Delta
Saturday, September 29, 2012
8:30 a.m. – Breakfast and Registration
9:00 a.m. to Noon – Program
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 West Adams Street
RSVP by Monday, Sept 24 by emailing

A Panel Discussion on Internships & Fellowships Opportunities

CBA Volunteer Opportunities

CBF Pro Bono Support Program

Pro bono programs in and around Chicago have a variety of opportunities for you to help, and the CBF is available to help you find a pro bono opportunity that fits your skills, interests and availability. The CBF Pro Bono Opportunities Guide is designed to help you find a pro bono program that fits your needs. For a hard copy of the Guide or for more information on pro bono opportunities, contact CBF Pro Bono Director Kelly Tautges at or visit

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Member Benefit: LexisNexis® Delivers Total Solutions

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CBA President Urges Proper Funding of the Federal Court System

In a letter to Chief Judge James F. Holderman, Northern District of Illinois, U.S. District Court, CBA President Aurora Abella-Austriaco expressed concern over the closing of the Federal Courts for one day a week. Read her letter now.


Alliance for Women Celebrates 20 Years of Service and Brings the Bar None Exhibit Home to the CBA Through October 12

The AFW is celebrating its 20th year of supporting and promoting women lawyers in Chicago. As part of the celebration, members can view the original Bar None: 125 Year of Women Lawyers in Illinois traveling exhibit on the 1st floor of Association Headquarters through October 12. The exhibit tells the story of women's fight to open the legal profession in Illinois. See more details on the exhibit at>


Legal Issues of Sports-Related Brain Injuries

The NFL recently pledged $30 Million to the National Institutes of Health For Concussion, Brain Trauma, CTE Research. Learn about the legal and ethical issues surrounding sports-related concussions and other traumatic brain injuries at all levels of the game (and earn MCLE credit too) in the archived CBA seminar “Legal Issues of Sports-Related Brain Injuries." 

September 18, 2012

Calling Animal Lovers!

The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) has some great opportunities available right now that may interest you.

First, ALDF hiring a Litigation Fellow (JD required within last three years) to begin immediately. This position will last roughly one year. The application deadline is October 15, 2012.

ALDF is also hiring Litigation Fellows to begin in fall 2013, which means current third-year students can apply. These positions will last roughly two years, and the deadline to apply is October 20, 2012.

Finally, the ALDF Advancement of Animal Law Scholarships will be awarded to to outstanding members of our Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) chapters this fall. The application deadline is October 15, 2012. Active SALDF members who are committed to animal protection and the field of animal law are encouraged to apply.

September 17, 2012

3Ls/LLMs/JLCs: Upcoming Government Program Application Deadlines

The following government programs have 3L deadlines coming up in the next few weeks.  Details of these programs are provided in the 2012-13 Government Honors & Internship Handbook (login/password located in the Symplicity Quick Links on the home page when you login).  

Postgraduate Programs
•    Federal Communications – Office of General Counsel 2013 Attorney Honors Program (Paid, Deadline 09/21/12)
•    Department of Energy – Office of General Counsel Attorneys Honors Program (Paid, Deadline not yet established was 09/23/11)

2Ls: Upcoming Government Program Application Deadlines

The following government programs have 2L deadlines coming up in the next few weeks.  Details of these programs are provided in the 2012-13 Government Honors & Internship Handbook (login/password located in the Symplicity Quick Links on the Homepage).  Programs with “Rolling Deadlines” review applications and fill positions on an ongoing basis, so apply early for these programs.

Summer 2013 Programs
•    Ohio Attorney General’s Office – Summer Law Clerk Program (Paid, Deadline not yet established, was 09/23/11)
•    City of Philadelphia – District Attorney’s Office Summer Legal Internships (Paid & Unpaid, Deadline 09/28/12)
•    Environmental Protection Agency – R7 Summer Legal Intern Program (Unpaid, Deadline 09/30/12)
•    Federal Reserve Board – Summer Law Clerk Program (Paid, Deadline 09/30/12)

Spring 2013 Programs
•    Department of Health & Human Services – Office of Counsel to the Inspector General Legal Extern Program (Unpaid, Deadline 09/21/12)
•    The White House Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 09/23/12)
•    Environmental Protection Agency – R8 Office of Regional Counsel Volunteer Intern Program (Unpaid, Deadline 09/30/12)
•    Sacramento County CA District Attorney’s Office – Law Student Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 09/30/12