2L Weekly Docket

This week’s 2L Weekly Docket contains several job opportunities in public interest and government as well as invitations to upcoming networking events and programs in Chicago.

PAID ($6000) Job Opportunity: Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project, October 25 Deadline


The Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project provides law students the extraordinary opportunity to work in the consumer protection departments of state and territorial Offices of Attorneys General and other consumer protection agencies, including the National Association of Attorneys General and the Attorney General’s Office of the District of Columbia, throughout the United States. The eight to ten-week paid Fellowships were initiated in 2004 by the ABA Antitrust Law Section, in cooperation with the National Association of Attorneys General, as a consumer protection outreach initiative to introduce law students to the rewards of legal careers in public service. A total of 390 Steiger Fellowships have been awarded through the summer of 2019.

Each of the highly motivated Steiger Fellows provides tangible, meaningful assistance to states, territories and other consumer protection agencies that are in substantial need of additional resources to fulfill their consumer protection mission. Offices that have hosted Steiger Fellows in the past have characterized the Fellows’ work as exemplary and have often described the students as some of the most talented interns the offices have ever attracted.

The Council of the Section approved funding for states and other entities to participate in the 2020 Steiger Fellowship Project. Each selected student will receive a $6,000 stipend (subject to certain federal taxes and administered through the offices of the various consumer protection agencies). This Project continues to be a tribute to the memory of the late Janet D. Steiger, one of America’s great public servants who, during her remarkable tenure as FTC Chairman, dramatically improved cooperation, communication and coordination between state and federal consumer protection and antitrust enforcement agencies.

Read more and apply here

Job Opportunity: DOJ Law Student Volunteer Summer positions, deadlines vary by office


DOJ offices offer tons of opportunities to volunteer over the summer. Opportunities are listed daily and you can find them here.

To give you a sense of some recent job postings:

The Civil Division, Federal Programs Branch in DC posted a position on September 25th, the United State’s Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York posted a position in their Civil Division on September 24th, and the Environmental and Natural Resources Division in Colorado posted a position on September 4th.

7th Circuit Fellows’ Fall Program for Law Students, October 3 RSVP Deadline

Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5, 2019

Friday, October 4, 2019 Networking Reception from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm hosted by Ogletree Deakins
155 North Upper Wacker Drive, Suite 4300, Chicago, IL
Saturday, October 5, 2019 Hosted by Chicago Kent College of Law, 565 West Adams Street, Morris Hall –
10th Floor, Chicago, IL
9:00 am Registration
9:30 am Hot Topics in Labor and Employment Law

● NLRB – New directions coming from the Trump-appointed Board
● Immigration – Recent developments and how they affect the workplace

10:45 am Break
11:00 am Hot Topics in Labor and Employment Law – Part II

● Marijuana and the Workplace
● EEO – LGBT issues pending before the Supreme Court, key recent decisions under the ADA,
● Employment and Labor Arbitration

12:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Special Guest Speaker – Honorable Rebecca Pallmeyer, Chief Judge, USDC ND Illinois
2:00 pm Pathways to Practice

Hear from seasoned lawyers who will share their wisdom, advice and thoughts on how to make that positive impression during your interview and, more importantly, what not to say. In addition, these Fellows will speak on their areas of interest, with speakers who are government attorneys, management attorneys from small boutique to large firms, in-house counsel on the management side and union side, attorneys who represent employees and those who represent unions. Learn how much more there is to a labor and employment law practice and how to be successful in that practice!

3:30 pm Adjourn

These events are free of charge; however, an RSVP is required for both.

Please do so by Wednesday, October 3, 2019.

Jennifer Motley – 410.972.4712 or jmotley@laborandemploymentcollege.org

Job Opportunity: North Carolina Justice Center Legal Internship, September 30 Deadline

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The North Carolina Justice Center seeks three law student interns to help us carry out our mission. This opportunity is for summer 2020. Legal interns work with NCJC staff on a variety of issues:

  • Legal research and writing
  • Litigation support
  • Drafting model legislation
  • Legislative research
  • Assistance with lobbying efforts
  • Research for policy reports or briefs
  • Communication with clients and constituents
  • Other related legal duties as assigned

Qualifications: Legal interns must have a college undergraduate degree and completed at least one year of an accredited law school. Strong writing and analytical skills and ability to work with others are critical. Spanish proficiency is desirable.

Compensation: Because we are a non-profit organization entirely dependent on grants and donations, we encourage you to apply for funding through your school and to explore other funding opportunities. Limited funding will be available from the Justice Center.

How to apply: To apply send your resume, a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position and how your background and experiences would bring a diverse perspective to the Justice Center, and professional references as a single PDF file that has your name in its title, and “Legal Internship” in the subject line to hr@ncjustice.org. The positions will remain open until filled. We will review resumes on a rolling basis through mid-January 2020.

Read more here

“Going After the Helpers:” 

A Humanitarian Advocate Targeted by the U.S. Government for her work at the Border


Presented by: The Center for the Human Rights of Children and the Rodin Center for Social Justice

Thursday, October 10, 2019
4:00-5:00 p.m.

Philip H. Corboy Law Center
25 E. Pearson Street, Chicago
Power Rogers & Smith Ceremonial Courtroom, 10th Floor

Nora Phillips will offer a powerful account of her work as the co-founder of the non-profit organization, Al Otro Lado, which provides legal and mental health services to immigrants, refugees, and deportees, in Los Angeles and Tijuana. Phillips is a plaintiff in a First Amendment lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California and the law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. She and two other humanitarians were placed on a secret government watch list to gather information and disrupt their work. Beginning in October 2018, the government tracked their movements and actions, as well as harassed them at the border. Phillips was refused entry to Mexico, separated from her family, detained, and forcibly returned to the United States.

Register here.

Job Opportunity: Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati Summer 2020 Law Clerk, October 4 Deadline


The Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati and its affiliate Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio, LLC (“Legal Aid”) are accepting applications for summer law clerk positions. Applicants should have completed their first or second year of law school before the summer of 2020. Applicants who can obtain funding from their law school, Equal Justice Works, or other sources, are preferred. We may be able to supplement funding, especially for applicants who will have completed their 2nd year of law school.
The Legal Aid Society serves Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland, and Warren Counties in Southwest Ohio. We have two offices (downtown Cincinnati and Hamilton, Ohio) and a total staff of about 89, including 41 attorneys and 13 paralegals. Our attorneys represent individual clients in civil legal matters and assist community organizations and client groups.

The law clerks will perform legal research and provide other assistance to Legal Aid attorneys in their cases. In addition, all summer law clerks attend regular meetings on public interest law topics with their supervisors and other attorneys. Also, our summer law clerks will have numerous opportunities to observe court proceedings.

Applicants should have a strong academic record, an interest in public interest law, and good organizational and communication skills. To apply, please submit:
 a cover letter explaining the reasons for interest in the position
 a resume
 law school transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
 a writing sample, and
 the contact information for two professional references

Include “Summer Clerk Hiring Committee” in the subject line of your email, and email all requested items. Please attach only Word or pdf files.
Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati
Attention: 2020 Summer Clerk Hiring
Application deadline: October 4, 2019

AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee Networking Reception in Chicago, October 14 RSVP Deadline


The AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee invites Chicago area law students to join union labor lawyers for a networking reception! This is a great opportunity to learn about a legal career in the labor movement and the various resources available to law students through LCC.

October 21, 5-6:30 PM

Chicago-Kent College of Law, Morris Hall, 10th Floor

RSVP by emailing Johnny Derogene, AFL-CIO Law Fellow, jderogene@aflcio.org. 

Explore the Possibilities: Public Interest Law Program for Law Students, Registration Required by October 24


Looking to secure a legal aid, public interest law or government position during or after law school? This program is for law students who are interested in learning more about placements as volunteers, interns, externs, fellows or staff in the public interest law sector.


Saturday, October 26, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

  • Venue: Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Address: 5th Floor, 565 West Adams, Chicago, IL 60661

      • 10:00 a.m. – Registration & Continental Breakfast
      • 10:15 a.m. – Opening Session: A Conversation on Access to Justice
      • 11:00 a.m. – Break
      • 11:10 a.m. – Concurrent Sessions

    The Basics: What You Need to Know to Get Started
    Next Steps: Preparing for Post-Graduate Opportunities

      • 12:10 p.m. – Lunchtime Session:Hot Topics in Social Justice
      • 1:20 p.m. – Break
      • 1:30 p.m. – Concurrent Sessions

    Plotting Your Government Career Path
    Innovative Ways to Fill the Justice Gap

    Breakfast & lunch will be provided. Business casual attire is recommended.

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