2L Weekly Docket

This week’s Weekly Docket features a public interest retreat in Chicago and multiple summer job opportunities in both government and private business with November and December deadlines.

Amaker Public Interest Retreat in Chicago Friday, February 2:

Who:  Law students from around the Midwest are invited to attend the Amaker Public Interest and Social Justice Retreat at Loyola University of Chicago School of Law ​

When:  Friday, February 2, 2018, noon to 5pm, the day before MPILCC

The retreat will start at noon with a box lunch and an inspirational keynote, followed by panels on a variety of public interest topics of interest to law students.  It will end around 5 p.m. with pizza for all.  Past panels and speakers have covered the topics of mass incarceration; environmental justice; hate speech; voter disenfranchisement; racism; and health, education, and housing disparities.

Where:  Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 25 E. Pearson St.

Why: The retreat aims to capture the spirit of Loyola’s late professor, Norman Amaker, who fought alongside leaders like Thurgood Marshall and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to transform the social justice landscape by challenging racial discrimination during the civil rights era. The goal of the retreat is to support the future generation of public interest lawyers. By increasing awareness of inequalities in the community, we hope to inspire students to embrace social justice values. The Amaker Retreat also helps build a network of resources by exposing students to local and national public interest leaders who have made a longtime commitment to serving people who face inequality and to bring law students committed to social justice together.

If you would like to RSVP for the Amaker Retreat and receive additional information, please complete the attached link: https://goo.gl/forms/mgMeoIzzofwJsuxS2

Job Opportunity: Gas Technology Institute summer internship just outside of Chicago (ND alumnus hiring!)


Peter Witty, GTI’s General Counsel, is eager to hire a Notre Dame law student for a summer internship at the Gast Technology Institute in Des Plaines, IL.

In its 75th year, the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) is the leading research, development and training organization addressing energy and environmental challenges to enable a secure, abundant and affordable energy future. GTI’s mission is to expand the supply of affordable natural gas and renewable energy, ensuring a safe and reliable energy delivery infrastructure, promoting the clean and efficient use of energy resources and reducing carbon emissions. GTI performs research and services for federal/state/local governments, utilities and companies in the energy industry. GTI’s 280,000 square-foot headquarters in Des Plaines, Illinois is home to over 20 specialized laboratories with equipment for research and development, testing and analysis of energy technology.

The vast majority of work performed by the GTI Legal department is contract work and an intern/extern will be exposed to the review, drafting and negotiating of sponsor and procurement contracts along with NDA’s, field test, co-funding and material transfer agreements. He/she will also assist in advising project managers on legal matters, oversee routine processing of agreements/projects, review the work of contract administrators and paralegals and assist in the review and development of form agreements. The intern/extern will work both independently and in a team setting.

Application Process:

Application materials may be submitted electronically. Send a cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcript to me at katelynn.mcbride@nd.edu and I will pass them on to Peter. You can address your cover letter to:

Peter N. Witty, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Gas Technology Institute, 1700 South Mount Prospect Road Des Plaines, Illinois

Job Opportunity: Department of Justice Volunteer Internship, Apply as close to December 1 as possible


The Department of Justice takes 1000 law student volunteers over the summer in various divisions. Learn more about volunteer internships and apply here. Interviews and offers are given on a rolling basis so apply by December 1 if possible.

PAID Job Opportunity: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Office of Administrative Litigation, Deadline November 13


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is seeking 2Ls for 2 paid (GS-9) 10-week Summer 2018 internships in OGC-Energy Projects section and a few paid internships in the Office of Administrative Litigation in DC. Interns conduct legal research, drafting legal memos and pleadings; analyze electric, natural gas and oil transportation rate and service issues; and assists with preparation for settlement conferences and litigated proceedings.

FERC oversees and regulates the energy industries, including natural gas, oil, hydropower and electricity. The OAL is the Commission’s trial staff. It works with jurisdictional entities, such as electric utilities, natural gas pipelines and petroleum products pipelines, to resolve disputes regarding rates, terms, and conditions of service and related issues without litigation. When they go to trial, it develops positions, sponsors witnesses, and becomes a trial advocate for just and reasonable rates, to promote competitive markets and to obtain other results consistent with Commission policy.

How to Apply: Apply via USAJobs here.

PAID Job Opportunity: National Indian Gaming Commission, Office of General Counsel, Apply by December 1

NIGC is an independent federal regulatory agency within the Department of the Interior that supports tribal economic development, self-sufficiency, and strong tribal governments through the creation of a statutory basis for the operation of gaming on Indian lands. It provides a regulatory framework to shield Indian gaming from corruption, to ensure the games are fair and honest and to ensure that Tribes are the primary beneficiaries of the gaming operation. It also addresses congressional concerns regarding gaming and protects gaming as a means of generating tribal revenue.

Experience in Indian Law or a background in Indian affairs is highly desirable.

How to apply: Submit cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Shakira Ferguson, Shakira_ferguson@nigc.gov, by December 1.

Read more about the office here.

Job Opportunity: San Francisco City Attorney, Apply by December 11

The San Francisco City Attorney’s Office’s Law School Internship Program offers students an opportunity to work in a large and award-winning municipal law office, which has been nationally recognized by the American Bar Association for outstanding excellence.

City Attorney Herrera chairs an application evaluation committee that seeks to identify prospective interns based on their promise to emerge as leaders and difference-makers in government and public-interest law. Once accepted, interns work closely with deputy city attorneys who are designated mentors on a meaningful (yet manageable) caseload. Each team also has an internship coordinator, who works to ensure that program participants benefit from their assignments, team and client interactions, and have full access to resources like the city’s law library and electronic research materials.

Depending on their assignments, interns can take part in client meetings with department staff and elected officials; trials, court hearings, and depositions; public meetings and closed sessions with city commissions and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors; and even press conferences related to the office’s work. City Attorney interns also benefit from events, tours and lectures that the office schedules for interns every season. Special programming offers an inside-view of important and sometimes surprising work required of lawyers for a city as innovative, fast-growing and unique as San Francisco. Past programming has included:

  • Tours of AT&T Park, home of our World Champion San Francisco Giants, which the City Attorney’s Office helped to develop, and where legal issues still figure prominently in a rapidly-developing corner of the city.
  • Fireboat tours by the S.F. Fire Department, which highlight its preparedness for modern maritime emergencies and its historical role in major disasters like the 1906 and 1989 earthquakes.
  • Animal Care and Control facilities tours, which reflect some of the unique challenges and innovative approaches of the City of St. Francis—where dogs actually outnumber children.
  • Tours of San Francisco’s Youth Guidance Center, which offers progressive-minded educational, medical, mental health, socialization and counseling services to youth in short-term detention.

Learn more about the City of San Francisco’s summer program and apply here.

If you want help putting together your application materials for any of these opportunities, do not hesitate to reach out to the CDO. We are here to help.

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