2L Weekly Docket

Happy October! This week’s weekly docket includes multiple public interest and government job postings, many of which are paid, an announcement that there are two $500 travel stipends available for students interested in attending the biggest public interest and government career conference in the country, an announcement that the 7th Circuit is hosting a labor and employment conference and networking reception in October, news that Harvard Law School has published a new human trafficking careers guide, an invitation to attend the American Immigration Lawyers Association-DC Chapter Annual Conference in November, and an announcement of a scholarship for students working in public defender offices this summer.

Two $500 travel stipends are available to Notre Dame students traveling to the Equal Justice Works Career Fair & Conference

The biggest public interest career fair and conference in the country is taking place on October 27 and 28 in Washington, DC. If you are planning on attending, let me know as soon as possible because Notre Dame has two $500 travel stipends available to cover student airfare and accommodations. There is still time to register for “table talk” with employers and for the conference itself. 165 employers will be attending, you can travel to the conference and network with them, and Notre Dame will pay for your travel! The two travel stipends are being offered on a first come, first served basis so if you are interested in attending, let me know ASAP. You can read more on the conference website or come talk to me.

Paid Job Opportunity: Public Interest Law Initiative Internships in Chicago

Are you interested in pursuing a public interest career in Chicago or Illinois? The PILI Law Student Internship is an ideal opportunity for you. For Summer the PILI stipend is $6,000 for 400 hours of work.

PILI’s Law Student Internship Program connects law students from across the country with legal service agencies in Illinois such as Cabrini Green Legal Aid, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Environmental Law & Policy Center, and many others. Interns work 400 hours full-time during the summer,  with PILI ensuring quality supervision by experienced agency attorneys, and providing extra educational, networking and mentoring opportunities.

PILI offers Internships at 27 different legal service agencies in Illinois, and each applicant may apply to up to 10 agencies.

The application opens on August October 15 and agencies make their decisions on a rolling basis, with applicants having a much better chance of getting selected the earlier they apply. Learn more and apply here.

Networking reception and program: 7th Circuit Fall Fellows’ Program for Law Students, The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

Friday, October 20 and Saturday, October 21, 2017
Friday, October 20, 2017: Networking Reception from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm – Location to be announced
Saturday, October 21, 2017: Hosted by Winston & Strawn, 35 West Wacker Drive, 47th Floor, Chicago, IL
9:30 am Labor and Employment Law and the Trump Administration Moderator: Martin H. Malin, IIT Chicago-Kent COL
● Immigration – Tejas Shah, Franczek Radelet, Chicago, IL
● What’s New in the World of Benefits – Paul W. Mollica, Outten & Golden, Chicago, IL
Diane M. Soubly, Butzel Long, Ann Arbor, MI
● Initiatives at State and Local Levels – Timothy E. Hawks, Hawks Quindel SC, Milwaukee, WI
11:00 am Break
11:15 am Labor and Employment Law and the Trump Administration – Part II
● EEO Issues – Lori D. Ecker, Law Office of Lori D. Ecker, Chicago, IL
● Coming Republican Majority on the NLRB Patrick E. Deady, Hogan Marren Babbo & Rose, Ltd., Chicago, IL
Joshua Ditelberg, Seyfarth Shaw, Chicago, IL
● Wage Hour Issues – Burton L. Reiter, Ogletree Deakins, Chicago, IL
12:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Pathways to Practice
Moderator: Mary Rose Strubbe, IIT Chicago-Kent COL
● Peter Sung Ohr – Government attorney (NLRB, Chicago, IL)
● James R. Beyer – In-house Counsel, former Management law practice (GE Power, Chicago, IL)
● Daniel G. Vliet – Management practice (Buelow Vetter Buikema Olson & Vliet, LLC , Waukesha, WI)
● Brenda H. Feis – Employee practice (Feis Goldy LLC, Chicago, IL)
● Carl R. Draper – Employee practice (Feldman, Wasser, Draper & Cox, Springfield, IL)
● Jill P. O’Brien – Management practice (Laner Muchin, Chicago, IL)
● Tamara L. Cummings – Union In-House (FOP Labor Council, Western Springs, IL)
● Sherrie E. Voyles – Union practice (Jacobs Burns Orlove & Hernandez , Chicago, IL)
3:30 pm Adjourn
These events are free of charge; however, an RSVP is required for both.
Please do so by Wednesday, October 18, 2017.
Jennifer Motley – 410.972.4712 or jmotley@laborandemploymentcollege.org

Job Opportunity: State Department Internship Program,  Applications Due TODAY!

At the U.S. Department of State, we like to say that we represent America to the world. As an intern here or abroad, you will, too. The U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program is an unpaid internship with the opportunity to work in U.S. embassies and consulates throughout the world, as well as in various bureaus located in Washington, D.C. and at Department offices around the United States. This program is designed to provide substantive learning experiences in a foreign affairs environment.

Follow the application instructions here.

Job Opportunity: SEC Honors Business Program, Applications due October 9

The SEC boasts a robust Student Honors Program in which students undertake assignments that directly support the SEC’s mission to protect investors; maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets; and facilitate capital formation through securities and financial market regulation.

Students must submit a resume with current contact information, a one page cover letter, an unofficial school transcript, a list of current courses, and a 5 to 10 page writing sample (graduate and legal students only).

Your cover letter should be addressed “Dear Hiring Committee” with the location to which you are applying (DC or a Region) in the mailing address block. The cover letter is the best way to explain why you think your interests or experience would make a contribution, either to the SEC in general or to particular divisions/offices.

In your cover letter, please indicate three preferred offices and divisions in which you would like to work. For more information about the offices and divisions, please click here.

Apply here.

Job Opportunity: The Legal Aid Society of New York Summer Internship Program, Due February 18

The Legal Aid Society, one of the largest public interest organizations in New York, has an extensive internship program for law students in the Civil, Criminal and Juvenile Rights Practices. Many staff attorneys at the Society are former law school interns.

Law students should apply for internships by following the instructions in the 2017-2018 Staff Attorney and Law Student Intern Hiring Season document.

You can read more about the Legal Aid Society on their website and my blog post detailing my employer outreach visit with them.

Human Trafficking Careers Guide

Harvard Law School has invited law schools to share its new careers guide for students interested in pursuing careers combating human trafficking. You can access it here.

Conference/Volunteer Opportunity, Due October 15

Law school students and 2017 graduates are invited to volunteer for the American Immigration Lawyers Association-DC Chapter Annual Conference in Rockville, MD, on November 8, 2017.

Volunteers will be able attend either a morning or afternoon session (at no cost) in exchange for volunteering at the registration/CLE desks, as a track timekeeper, or in other capacities.  If you have a preference, let us know.

In order to apply to volunteer, please email Conference Chair, Tina R. Goel (tgoel@taylor-ryan.com) telling us in a few sentences why you would like to attend the 2017 Annual Conference. The application deadline for the 2017 AILA Annual Conference Scholarship is Oct. 15, 2017.  All email applications must include the following information:

  • The applicant’s name and contact information;
  • A brief summary of the applicant’s financial need for a scholarship (if applicable);
  • A description of the applicant’s interest in / experience with immigration law; and,
  • An explanation of how the applicant’s attendance at the conference will benefit their education / future legal practice.

Scholarship awards will be determined by the conference planners on the basis of need and merit.  Please limit your submission to a 150 word email with full contact details (email and phone number).  You can include a resume if you wish.

Please go to http://ailadc.org and https://www.facebook.com/events/273244036521347/for more information about the conference.

[Students who prefer not to volunteer can take advantage of our student admission rate of $50.  Attendees can register at www.ailadc.org.  This includes lunch and snacks!]

Job Opportunity: District of Columbia Government, Office of Police Complaints Summer Internship program, Due October 13

The Office of Police Complaints internship program gives law school students the opportunity to advance professionally and academically by learning about and working in a developing area of civil rights protection – police accountability and oversight.

Read more about the opportunity and how to apply here.

PAID Job Opportunity: Chicago Transit Authority Summer Internship Program

The CTA’s Summer Legal Intern Program provides tangible skills and an opportunity to practice law under the supervision of a CTA attorney (after securing a 711 license). Interns will take depositions, represent the CTA in arbitrations, assist with trials, prepare and present motions in court, research/draft legal memoranda, review contracts, and participate in every element of the Law Department’s work. Interns will also gain an understanding of the diverse and complex legal issues addressed by the second largest transit agency in the country.

Interns can select their own projects and the areas of law they would like exposure to, including torts, employment/labor, corporate, appellate/policy, workers’ compensation, and subrogation. This provides Interns with a unique opportunity to explore a variety of practice areas and to develop expertise in those areas. Interns work 40 hours a week for ten weeks and they earn $16/hour.

To apply for the Summer Legal Intern Program, please submit a cover letter, resume, and law school transcript to:

Ms. Latoya Davis
Law Department, 6th Floor
Chicago Transit Authority
567 W. Lake St.
Chicago, IL 60661

E-mail: ldavis3@transitchicago.com

If you have any questions about the CTA’s Legal Intern Program, you can contact Melanie Lindgren, Chief Administrator, Office of the General Counsel, at mlindgren@transitchicago.com.

You can read more on the CTA’s website here and read my blog post on my employer outreach visit to the CTA here.

Scholarship for Public Defenders

A small criminal defense law firm in DC, Scrofano Law PC, has established a $1,500.00 annual scholarship for law students interested in pursuing a career as a public defender and working in public defender offices over the summer.
The link for the scholarship is pasted below:
The Scrofano Law PC Aspiring Public Defender Scholarship is available every year with a June 1 application deadline.  The application requirements include a resume, transcript, and written proof of intern or externship at a public defender‘s office as well as an essay.
If you are interested in any of these opportunities or want to talk about your job search strategy, the CDO is here to help and eager to meet with you.

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