Weekly Docket

This week, if you’re working in public interest this summer, you can still get a $1,230 education award, there is a 3L job opportunity, student debt relief webinar, multiple bar associations and their career conferences, and a ton of summer events.

1L & 2L Summer Funding Opportunity: Get a $1,230 AmeriCorps JD Award for Working in Public Interest This Summer

Equal Justice Works is providing nearly 900 students the opportunity to gain public interest legal experience and earn a Segal Educational Award of $1,230. AmeriCorps JD members will serve their communities in the area of civil legal aid.

  • Students who have already secured internships this summer in civil legal aid, should apply! Internships at nonprofit organizations and law school clinics qualify.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all slots are filled.

3L Job Opportunity: Equal Justice Works 2018 Fellowship Application — Candidate Webinars Begin This June

Do you want to create your own dream public interest job? Students interested in the Equal Justice Works Fellowship program are encouraged to register for EJW’s Application Tips webinar focused on the 2018 application, opening June 28. EJW staff will cover the basics of a winning application while also providing insider tips to craft more competitive projects. Candidate webinars will take place on June 28, July 11, July 26,August 8, and August 23. If you’re interested, register now to attend or receive a recording. EJW recommends these webinars specifically for 2Ls, 3Ls, and recent grads. 1Ls who want to prepare for the next year are highly encouraged to register as well.

Student Debt Relief Webinar: June 22, 3-4 eastern

Are law school loans on your mind? This free Equal Justice Works webinar explains how to reduce your monthly student loan payments and qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

Bar Associations

If you want to build your network, meet attorneys working in practice areas you’re interested in, and attend conferences, career fairs, and other events, consider joining a bar association. There are many different bar associations throughout the country. Some are geographically based while others are more topical. All of them can help you build your personal brand, teach you valuable professional skills, and get you connected with attorneys. Many of them have big annual conferences, where there are endless opportunities to meet a wide variety of attorneys.

Here are just a few examples of some wonderfully active bar associations:

Chicago Bar Association

National LGBT Bar Association (Lavender Law conference and career fair August 2-4, 2017 in San Francisco)

Los Angeles County Bar Association

National Black Law Students Association (Annual conference typically in March)

New York State Bar Association (Annual meeting typically in January in NYC)

Hispanic National Bar Association (Annual convention September 6-7, 2017 in Kansas City, MO)

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (Annual Convention November 2-5, 2017 in Washington, DC)

Ms. JD (Annual conference typically in March)

Summer Receptions and Luncheons:

For a comprehensive list of summer firm receptions, check the symplicity events tab and click on “workshops.”

Here is a sampling of some upcoming summer events:

Federalist Society New York City Lawyers Chapter: The Future of Dodd-Frank Act Regulation of Financial Services: Tonight, June 21, 6:00-8:00, 3 West Club, 3 West 51st Street,New York, NY


  • Paul S. Atkins – Chief Executive Officer, Patomak Global Partners, LLC and member of the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum
  • Peter J. Wallison – Senior Fellow and Arthur F. Burns Fellow in Financial Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute
  • Brian S. Marshall – Policy Counsel, Americans for Financial Reform
Moderated by: Hon. Richard J. Sullivan – United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Registration details:Reception 6:00 P.M.
Program 7:00 P.M.

Refreshments will be served. The event is free of charge and open to the public.

No reservations are required. For more information, contact Mark Schuman at (212) 578-9043 or e-mail mschuman18@gmail.com


Drinker Biddle Rising 2L Reception Chicago

Learn more about the hands-on training, challenging assignments, and exciting social events that comprise Drinker Biddle’s robust Summer Program. You will have a chance to meet their Summer Associates, Partners, and Alumni.

June 29, 2017
5:00-7:00 p.m.
191 North Wacker Drive, Suite 3700

RSVP to recruiting.recruiting@dbr.com

Public Interest Law Initiative: Serving with Excellence in Legal Aid: Understanding Implicit Bias (Chicago): June 26, 11:45-1:15, John Marshall Law School, Room 1200


This seminar will address how we can become more aware of our own assumptions, behaviors and impact, especially when we are interacting with people whom we (consciously and unconsciously) see as different from us. Unpacking the concept of implicit and unconscious bias to understand the “mental shortcuts” that we take that impact how we work with and value others is critical to serving legal aid clients with excellence.

Speaker: Dr. Arin N. Reeves, President, Nextions LLC

Enter the building at 304 South State Street and give your name to security.

Lunch will be provided for everyone in attendance. Online registration is required so RSVP ASAP. If you have questions or problems with the form, please contact Program Manager Brent Page by email or by phone at 312-832-5128.

What You Need to Know About Vicarious Trauma (Chicago): Thursday, July 6, 11:45-1:00, John Marshall Law School, Room 1200

It is common for those working with clients who have experienced traumatic life events to also bear an emotional impact from the exposure to hearing the client’s stories and witnessing the client’s pain and fear. Learn how to become aware of the signs and symptoms of vicarious trauma and practical tips you can utilize to promote self-care.


  • Dr. Rebecca Ford-Paz, PhD, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  • Dr. Claire Coyne, PhD, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Enter the building at 304 South State Street and give your name to security.

Lunch will be provided for everyone in attendance. Online registration is required by 12:00 noon on Wednesday, July 5th. If you have questions or problems with the form, please contact Program Manager Brent Page by email or by phone at 312-832-5128.

American Constitution Society’s Fourteenth Annual Supreme Court in Review: Friday, July 7, 12:00-1:30, Mayer Brown, 71 South Wacker Drive, 33rd Floor, Chicago

The Chicago Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society, PILI, the ACLU of Illinois, and Mayer Brown LLP present the Fourteenth Annual Supreme Court Term in Review.

This panel will feature:

  • Susan Bandes, Centennial Distinguished Professor of Law, DePaul University College of Law
  • Colleen Connell, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois
  • Steven D. Schwinn, Associate Professor, The John Marshall Law School
  • Michael A. Scodro, Partner in the Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation Group, Mayer Brown LLP

Moderated by: 

  • Steve Sanders, Associate Professor of Law, Indiana University Maurer School of Law

Chapter Sponsor Mayer Brown LLP will provide lunch for attendees. Registration is required on the ACS website.

Please note, photo identification is required to access this event.

If you have any questions, please contact PILI Program Manager Brent Page by email or by phone at 312-832-5128.

Federalist Society Chicago Lawyer’s Chapter: The Role of the Attorney General: Returning to Tradition, Tuesday, July 18, 11:45-1:00, Petterino’s, 150 N. Dearborn, Chicago


  • Judge Alberto R. Gonzales, Dean and Doyle Rogers Distinguished Professor of Law, Belmont University and 80th Attorney General of the United States (2005-2007)


Registration details:Click Here to Register!

  • $30 – Members
  • $35 – Non-members
  • $25 – Students (with ID)
  • $40 – After 5pm on July 14, 2017

Plated lunch will be served.

Enter on Randolph Street for Petterino’s Banquets (lower level).

Space is limited.

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