October 12, 2012

Next Week in LCS - 10/12/2012

This week's Symplicity statistics:  31 new events and  106 new job postings have been listed on Symplicity. Stop by the office if you'd like help with setting up search agents to complement the job blasts to make sure you don't miss any! Here's a sampling:

  •  17371: Law Clerk for Ed Fox & Associates
  • 17431: Summer 2013 Internship with Department of Homeland Security
  • 17322: ALDF Litigation Fellowship
  • 17400: Spring 2013 Immigration & Customs Enforcement Law Clerk
  • 17366: National Anti-Vivisection Society Internship
  • 17331: Jamie M Trapp & Associates Law Clerk
  • 17410: Deferred Actinon for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Interships & Pro Bono Opportunities

Reminder: 3Ls: The dates for the Presidential Management Fellows program application have been set for November 5-19, 2012. An information session will be held on October 16.  You are encouraged to make an appointment with Associate Director Alisa Rosales to create a federal style resume for this, amongst other, federal job openings.  More details here.

As a reminder, the blog has moved to the College of Law's blog site.  Latest Law Career Services Blog posts:

Next  Week's Calendar - check out Symplicity, the College of Law, and local bar association calendars for more events, training and networking opportunities, and deadlines. We've moved the off-site events to a weekly blog post as well.  Don't forget about next week's CBA Meetings.

Tuesday, October 16

  • 8:00 AM: ASK Networking Breakfast - Transcending Cultural Boundaries, DePaul Center, DePaul Club
  • 12:00 PM: Understanding the Affordable Care Act (Part 1), 804 Lewis
  • 3:00 PM: Partnership for Public Service Webinar, Decoding the Presidential Mangaement Fellows (PMF) Process, 341 Lewis

Legal Community Events Next Week

For more details on these, and other programs, please check out the Symplicity, College of Law, Chicago Bar Association, Illinois Pro Bono, and other calendars (such as the All Bar Calendar) for more education and networking opportunities:

Saturday, October 13

  • 9:00 AM: Emory Public Interest Committee Conferene: "And Justice for All? Criminal Justice in the South," Off-site
  • 11:00 AM: LLM Law School Forum 2012 - Admission Advice, Off-site

Monday, October 15

  • 8:00 AM: Fall 2012 Law Student Writing Competition, Off-site
  • 11:30 AM: Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) - The Future of Illinois Public Pensions, Off-site
  • 5:30 PM: First Year Minority Law Students Reception, Off-site

Tuesday, October 16

  • 1:45 PM: Chicago Bar Association Workshop - How to... Manage Complex Tasks in Basecamp, Off-site or Webinar

Next Week's CBA Meetings

The following is a list of committees that have notified the CBA of their speaker/topic. Meetings are held at 12:15 p.m. for one hour at the CBA unless otherwise noted. Bring your CBA card to obtain MCLE credit for meeting attendance. Lunch is available in our servery for $9.50. There is no need to RSVP for committee meetings. Members may attend any meeting they choose. View the most recent meeting list and see full descriptions.

Monday, October 15

  •     Business Law, Corporate Doc: Forms & Best Drafting Practices Subcomittee
  •     Public Relations Committee Committee
  •     Real Estate Taxation, Assessment & Appeals Subcommittee
  •     State & Local Tax Committee 
  •     YLS International & Foreign Law Committee 

Tuesday, October 16     

  •     Cyber Law & Data Privacy Committee
  •     Federal Taxation, Younger Members Division
  •     Probate Practice Committee
  •     Real Property Law, Condominium Subcommittee
  •     YLS Creative Arts Committee Meeting

Wednesday, October 17

  •     Bankruptcy & Reorganization Committee

October 11, 2012

Environmental Law Society Career Panel

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The Environmental Law Society is hosting a Career Panel on Wednesday, October 17 from Noon - 1:00 pm in Room 805 Lewis.  Come hear from practicing attorneys from the Environmetnal Protection Agency (EPA), Illinois Attorney General's office, and Openlands to hear about the combined experience of four practicing attorneys with four very different backgrounds.  Learn about their career paths, about internships with their employers and ask questions about what you can do to get to where they are!  All are welcome!  Food will be served.

Equal Justice Works Conference Reminders


Employers have now reviewed applications and made interview choices on the JusticeWork! database. Students should review the status of their application(s), and accepted students must decline or sign up for an interview by Thursday, October 11. Instructions can be found on page six of our student guide.


We will be hosting this free webinar on Friday, October 12 at 1 p.m. Central.

October 10, 2012

Opportunities to Combat Sex Trafficking

The Chicago Bar Association President is working to raise awareness of Sex Trafficking in Chicago.  Please see her Announcement below for more information on her efforts and see the included at the bottom to become involved locally.
As President of the Chicago Bar Association this year, I am committed to raising awareness and support among the Chicago legal community about human trafficking.  This modern-day slavery is occurring in our own communities, and is most often going undetected.  There are many ways our legal community can make a difference in this tragic arena.
I have three human trafficking initiatives for this bar year: (1) build awareness of human trafficking among Chicago attorneys; (2) assist with efforts to increase awareness and reporting of trafficking in Asian and Pacific Islander communities in Cook County; and (3) support legal services for trafficking victims.

CBA Volunteer Opportunities

Pumpkin Carving at Off the Street Club – October 18
The YLS will join the Off the Street Club at a pumpkin carving event at the Club, located in West Chicago-Garfield Park, on Thursday, October 18, from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Volunteers will be paired with a child and assist with carving/decorating pumpkins. The Club will provide transportation to and from the event from a location near Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive. Dinner will be provided. To volunteer, contact Kristina Young (otscjb [at] gmail.com) at Off the Street Club.

Trick-or-Treating at Lincoln Park Zoo with Off the Street Club – October 20
Put on your costumes and bring your family to the Lincoln Park Zoo Spectacular while helping to provide a safe Halloween experience for an Off the Street Club child! Volunteers will escort 1-4 children around the Zoo for a fun-filled afternoon of Halloween activities on October 20, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. The Club will transport the children to/from the Zoo, located at 2001 N Clark St., Chicago. Volunteers will meet at a predetermined location. To volunteer, contact Kristina Young (otscjb [at] gmail.com) at Off the Street Club.

YLS Off the Street Club Candy Drive Assistance – October 20-21
The YLS is assisting the Off the Street Club with their annual candy drive (which the Club then provides at upcoming Fall events to children who don't have access to safe Trick or Treating). Volunteers are needed at the Broadway/Addision Jewel, Saturday, October 20, from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., and, on Sunday, October 21, from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Volunteers will be asked to stand by the building’s entrances and ask shoppers to donate a bag of candy to the Club. You can participate for a hour time slot or more. Members are also encouraged to solicit their own firms, companies, and families for candy donations. Candy can be dropped off in the CBA lobby, 321 S. Plymouth Ct., through October 19. The Club will also pick up the candy donations if arrangements are made in advance. Interested in volunteering or having the Club pick up a donation? Contact Kristina Young (otscjb [at] gmail.com) at Off the Street Club.

Etiquette Tip of the Week: How nice for mee to set a title.

The next time you are introduced to someone, instead of saying, "I'm pleased to meet you," or "It's nice to meet you," try saying, "How do you do?"  It's a more polished response and it makes the introduction about the other person instead of about you.

Make an effort to repeat the person's name back to him or her: "How do you do, Mr. Haskell?" This is flattering to the other person and it helps you with name recall. (Okay, sometimes it is about you.)

The answer to, "How do you do?" is, "I'm fine, thank you."

October 9, 2012

CBA CLE Programs & News

Here's some CLE opportunities as well as a snapshot of CBA News.

CLEAdvantage - CBA Member Discount CLE Plan: Members can attend most CLE seminars for only $150 per plan year. Seminars are also webcast at www.chicagobar.org and the West LegalEdcenter (see costs online).

  • Corporate Practice Special Issues: Representation of Foreign/Inbound Clients (2.75 IL MCLE Credit); October 10/3:00-6:00 p.m./$60 Member/$120 Nonmember/$45 Gov't Member
  • Running for Public Office: How to Get on the Ballot and Win (2.75 IL MCLE Credit); October 11/3:00-6:00 p.m./$80 Member/$160 Nonmember/$60 Gov't Member
  • Update on State and Local Tax Credits and Incentives (2 IL MCLE Credit); October 16/12:00-2:10 p.m./$50 Member/$100 Nonmember/$40 Gov't Member
  • How to.Manage Complex Tasks in Basecamp (No MCLE Credit); October 16/1:45-2:45 p.m./$0 Member/$50 Nonmember

CBA News

Help Us Grow Our Membership. Bring a Colleague to an October Committee Meeting.
Free committee meetings and expert speakers are one of our strongest and most unique membership benefits. To encourage new members to join the CBA, please invite a colleague(s) to attend an October committee meeting with you or to watch via live Webcast. Your guest(s) will receive free Illinois MCLE credit (if applicable) and the opportunity to meet and network with members of your committee. See a list of upcoming meetings. Members that bring a guest will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 Visa gift card. The more guests you bring, the more entries you earn!

October 8, 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 under Job Board Passwords).  

Postgraduate Opportunities

·         Department of Labor – Office of the Solicitor Honors Program (Paid, Deadline 10/12/12)

·         Army Corps of Engineers – Chief Counsel’s Civilian Honors Program (Paid, Deadline 10/15/12)

·         National Labor Relations Board – Board General Counsel HW & Regional Offices Honors Attorney Program (Paid, Deadline 10/15/12)

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/pwssword located in the Symplicity Quick Links under Job Board Passwords).  Programs with “Rolling Deadlines” review applications and fill positions on an ongoing basis, so apply early for these programs.

Summer 2013
•    Department of Defense – Office of General Counsel 2013 OSD Summer Honors Legal Internship Program (Paid, Deadline 10/11/12)
•    Environmental Protection Agency – R9 Summer Law Clerk Program (Paid, Deadline 10/15/12)
•    Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – Office of General Counsel 2013 Summer Intern Program (Unpaid, Deadline 10/15/12)
•    Texas Attorney General – Law Clerk Program (Unpaid, Deadline 10/15/12)
•    Federal Bureau of Investigation – Summer Volunteer Internship (Unpaid, Deadline 10/22/12)

Spring 2013
•    California Franchise Tax Board – Legal Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 10/15/12)
•    Department of Energy – Office of General Counsel, Law Student Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline Rolling Basis by 10/15/12)

CBA Special Events

YLS Lunch with a Judge - October 10
Members are invited to have lunch with the Hon. Dennis Burke (ret.) on October 10 at 12:00 p.m. at the CBA. Judge Burke spent 15 years serving on the Circuit Court of Cook County bench where he conducted nearly 1,800 settlement conferences while concurrently presiding over 700 commercial cases and conducting law jury trials. Judge Burke will discuss his time as a judge and his transition into arbitration. You must be a CBA member or law student member to attend and you must register in advance. Limit 100. Click here to register.

Networking Mixer with RMA and Illinois CPA Society - October 16
Get to know members of the Risk Management Association and Illinois CPA Society on Tuesday, October 16, 2012, at 5:30 p.m., at Mercer 113. $65 ticket. Get details and reservation form or call the RMA at 815-464-1439.

PMF Resources from govloop

Thank you to Presidential Management Fellow Jack Spittell LAW 2011 for sharing govloop's new resources called Path to PMF.  The site includes a guide to Managing the Application Process, videos from past Fellows, discussion boards, and much more.  Join us for a program on campus to learn more about these prestigious opportunities:

For more information and details, please visit “Become a PMF” regularly for the latest updates. Programming scheduled to learn more about the PMF process includes:

  • Tuesday, October 9, 5:00 PM: PMF Processes & Panelists. Come meet some current Presidential Management Fellows and get the 411 on the new application processes -- including that graduates from the past two years can now apply! No RSVP needed, just show up to 242 Lewis.
  • Tuesday, October 16, 3:00 PM: Partnership for Public Service Webinar, Decoding the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Process.  Join us to watch a student-focused webinar designed to teach applicants to submit a strong application for PMF, show how the program has changed with the implementation of the Pathways Program, and provide insight into what happens after an application is submitted.  Additionally, you'll hear from new fellows, as well as PMF recruiters. No RSVP needed, just show up to 341 Lewis.