Weekly Docket

This week’s weekly docket features upcoming talks on the public interest law career path and getting a federal clerkship in Chicago, Perkins Coie summer receptions in multiple cities, a call for nominations for the $1000 Pro Bono Publico Award for 2Ls and 3Ls, and a search engine for 3L jobs that resulted in 1411 search results.

Summer Luncheons and Receptions:

2Ls and 3Ls: Chicago, Public Interest Law Career Path, Wednesday, July 12, 11:45-1:00, John Marshall Law School, 304 South State Street, Room 1200, Chicago

This seminar features dedicated public interest law attorneys who will share their experiences in charting a career in public interest law. Panelists will include attorneys who have experience in legal aid and government, and with judicial clerkships and post-graduate fellowships.


  • Charles P. Golbert, Deputy Public Guardian, Office of the Cook County Public Guardian
  • Susan DeCostanza, Director of Guardian ad litem for Adults Program, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
  • Andy Kang, Legal Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice

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 Tuesday, July 11th. If you have questions or problems with the form, please contact Program Manager Brent Page by email or by phone at 312-832-5128.

ACS, PILI, and Skadden present : How to Land A Clerkship (Chicago), July 14, 12-1:30, Skadden Chicago, 155 North Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago

The Chicago Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society, PILI and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP present “How to Land a Clerkship: Practical Advice from Judges.”

This panel will feature:

  • The Honorable Sharon Johnson Coleman, Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Michael Fridkin, Senior Staff Attorney, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • The Honorable Mary L. Mikva, Justice Illinois Appellate Court, First Division
  • The Honorable Mary Jane Theis, Justice, Illinois Supreme Court

Moderated by:

  • Charles F. Smith, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; Member, Board of Advisors, ACS Chicago Lawyer Chapter

Skadden will provide a lunch for all 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.

For a complete list of firm receptions, check out symplicity’s events tab and then click on workshops.

2Ls: Perkins Coie: Before OCI, Get the Real Story (Chicago, Phoenix, Seattle, DC, San Francisco)

The fall interviewing season for second-year law students can be daunting. We want to help you make sense of it all. Please join us for a panel and reception at one of our five participating offices to get real information about on-campus and callback interviews and the chance to hear from members of our recruiting team about what matters most during the interviewing season.

5:30 p.m. – Panel
6:30 p.m. – Reception
Phoenix, AZ
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Perkins Coie
2901 N. Central Avenue
20th Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Chicago, IL
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Perkins Coie
131 S. Dearborn Street
16th Floor
Chicago, IL 60603
Washington, D.C.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Perkins Coie
700 13th Street NW
Suite 600
Washington, D.C., 20005
Seattle, WA
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Perkins Coie
1201 Third Avenue
Suite 4900
Seattle, WA 98101

San Francisco, CA
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Perkins Coie
505 Howard Street
Suite 1000
San Francisco, CA 94105

Register here.

This event is for law students participating in the on-campus interview process in the late summer or early fall of 2017.

The discussion will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by a reception with members of our hiring and diversity committees and other attorneys.

Questions? Contact Lisa Kelly at lkelly@perkinscoie.com.

2Ls & 3Ls: Call for nominations $1000 PSJD Pro Pono Publico Award, Due to me August 29

NALP is seeking nominations for the 2017 PSJD Pro Bono Publico Award. If you want to be nominated, email me by August 29 and submit your nomination packet to me by August 29. If you have questions, email me.

To recognize the significant contributions that law students make to underserved populations, the public interest community, and legal education by performing pro bono work.


The Pro Bono Publico Award is available to any second- or third-year law student. The recipient will be announced during National Pro Bono Week – usually held in October – and honored during an Award Ceremony at the recipient’s school thereafter.  The award recipient will receive a commemorative plaque and a monetary award of $1,000. I am allowed to nominate two students. Send me your applications by August 29 at 5:00 PM eastern. 

Award Criteria

Selection is based on the extracurricular commitment the nominees have made to law-related public service projects or organizations; the quality of work they performed; and the impact of their work on the community, their fellow students, and the school.  Actual probono work will be the primary consideration.

Nomination Packet Contents

Along with the nomination form and a résumé, nomination packets should include a two-page statement detailing the work the nominee has done, the impact it has had on the nominee’s community, and why this nominee is deserving of the award.  Input or quotes from those involved in the work or from impacted community members may be included and are strongly encouraged. PLEASE SUBMIT ONE PDF CONTAINING ALL THE NOMINATION MATERIALS.

3L Job Search Resource Spotlight: PSJD

If you’re interested in public interest or government careers, then PSJD is your best friend. To access PSJD, you need to set up a free account but I promise it is really easy to do so. Once you’re in, you can access PSJD’s wonderful resource center, which contains helpful information on applying for public interest fellowships, student loan repayment, applying and interviewing for public interest jobs, and other useful information.

PSJD also has a great search function, where you can search for public interest and government job postings. To get the most out of your searching, go to “advanced search,” click “search for job postings,” scroll down to “job schedule,” and click on “long term & full time” under “postgraduate jobs,” and then under “experience level,” click on “entry level 0-3 years.” When I did that search today, I got 1411 results, including:

Legislative Attorney with the Library of Congress

-Many “Fraud Attorney” positions with the Social Security Administration

-Many legal aid jobs such as with the Legal Aid Society of New York, Nevada Legal Services, Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach, and many more

An Assistant Attorney General position with the Washington Attorney General’s office

-Entry-level prosecution jobs

-A policy fellow at Berkeley Center for Law & Technology at the University of California, Boalt School of Law


If you have questions about how to search PSJD, make the best use of the resource center, or any of the specific jobs listed above, contact me.




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