The City of Chicago Department of Law is Seeking Entry-Level Attorneys for the Position of Assistant Corporation Counsel in its Litigation, Transactional or Prosecutions Divisions

The City of Chicago Department of Law is seeking entry-level attorneys for the position of Assistant Corporation Counsel in its Litigation, Transactional or Prosecutions Divisions. Attorneys placed in one of the Litigation Divisions will handle litigation in state and/or federal court, and/or proceedings before administrative bodies. Attorneys placed in one of the Transactional Divisions will analyze transactions for compliance with the law, advise City departments on legal compliance, review, draft and negotiate contracts and other agreements. Attorneys placed in one of the Prosecutions Divisions will prosecute violations of Chicago’s Municipal or Buildings Codes or Illinois Vehicle Code in Circuit Court or at the Department of Administrative Hearings.

SALARY: $57,192.00 annually

Qualifications: 

Graduation from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school with a Juris Doctor between December 2009 and June 2013 with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above and admission to the Illinois Bar.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

Ideal candidates will possess the following: 

  • Strong research, writing, editing, analytical and client counseling skills
  • The ability to work well with others
  • Superior organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Exceptional communication skills
  • Demonstrated leadership and initiative on assigned tasks
  • The ability to organize, prioritize, monitor and control workflow deadlines
  • A strong commitment to public service

Application Process and Materials: 

There is a two-step application process for this position.

Step One: You must submit an on-line application for this position online by February 28, 2014. No supporting materials other than your resume should be submitted with your on-line application.

Step Two: In addition to the on-line application and regardless of whether such materials were uploaded with your on-line application, you must submit the following materials in hard copy by March 6, 2014 to: Legal Recruiter, City of Chicago, Department of Law, 30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 1640, Chicago, IL60602:

  • Cover letter that (1) includes the position title and job number as noted on the posting; and (2) specifically identifies how you meet the minimum qualifications and have each of the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed above whether through coursework, extracurricular activities, or work experience;
  • Statement of Interest no longer than one (1) page that explains your strong commitment to public service and why you want to work for the City of Chicago Department of Law;
  • Resume;
  • Law school transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable);
  • Two writing samples (whether written for some other purpose or written for this submission), including the date (MM/DD/YYYY) that they were written; and
  • Copy of your ARDC card

NOTE: The foregoing materials must be submitted in person (interoffice delivery of application materials will not be accepted) or received via U.S. Mail or another similar mailing method (e.g., FedEx, UPS, DHL) at the address noted above on or before March 6, 2014; late submissions shall result in your application not being considered for the position. Should you wish to confirm receipt of your materials, please use a traceable delivery method.

NOTE: Please do not submit references. Please do not send to us any materials other than those we have specifically requested above. Submission of references and/or additional materials other than what is specifically requested above shall result in your application not being considered for the position.

Please note that the online application submission deadline is February 28, 2014 and the required hard copy materials submission deadline is March 6, 2014.

Writing Samples: 

All writing samples submitted in consideration for employment must comply with the criteria listed below. Failure to comply with this Writing Sample Policy shall result in your application not being considered for the position.

  1. Each writing sample submitted must be no less than five (5) pages and no more than ten (10) pages.
  2. Each writing sample must be written by the applicant within two years of submission of hard copy materials.
  3. Each writing sample must be accompanied by a cover page explaining:the sample’s original purpose (i.e. a writing class, bar association journal article, case note, moot court brief, memorandum for an employer, case filing) or whether it was written for this submission;when (MM/DD/YYYY) and for whom the sample was written;

    the extent of editing by any third party; AND

if the writing sample is an excerpt from a larger document, identify that larger document and provide context, if necessary.

If an applicant chooses to submit a writing sample containing confidential or privileged information, the applicant must identify the steps taken (redactions, name changes or consent from the client or employer) to preserve the confidential or privileged nature of the document.

NOTE: If you have any questions regarding how to apply, please contact the Department of Human Resources. Please note that due to the volume of applications we receive, the Recruiting and Personnel Sections in the Department of Law are not able to take or return emails or phone calls seeking any information pertaining to the position or the process. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Thank you for your interest in the City of Chicago Department of Law.

The full job posting, with additional information, can be found on the website.

Applications must be submitted in accordance with the posting below. No email applications will be accepted.

 

UM Career Expo on February 13th is Open to Law Students and Alumni!

University of Miami School of Law students and alumni are cordially invited to attend the University of Miami Career Expo taking place on Thursday, February 13, 2013 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Herbert Wellness Center on the Coral Gables campus.

The Career Expo has traditionally attracted companies from various industries such as personal and business financial services, banking, retail and merchandising, government, telecommunications, and marketing. This expo is specially designed to expose students and alumni to a broad spectrum of career paths, as well as provide them with opportunities to secure internships and full-time jobs. This is not a legal industry expo and no law firms will be participating. This is, however, a great opportunity to connect with employers from other industries.

There is no required registration to attend the expo. Students and alumni must come professionally dressed. Bring plenty of copies of your resume and your Cane Card. Students not professionally dressed and/or without their Cane Card will not be admitted.

More information regarding the Career Expo is available here.  A list of participating employers is available here.

Sarasota County Bar Association/Richard Garland Diversity Scholarship Program – Deadline is March 1, 2014

SARASOTA COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION 

Sarasota County is located on Florida’s GulfCoast between Tampa and Ft.Myers, and includes the municipalities of Sarasota, Longboat Key, Venice and North Port. Sarasota County is under the jurisdiction of Florida’s Twelfth Judicial Circuit. The Sarasota County Bar Association is a voluntary not-for-profit association of attorneys with over 800 members. As a leader of the local legal community, the Sarasota County Bar Association advances professionalism, promotes practice development, encourages public service, fosters fellowship and supports access to legal services for all. It is dedicated to the promotion of diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity in the field of law and for all members, and prospective members, without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, ethnicity, origin, sexual orientation, physical disability or socioeconomic background. Further information may be obtained by visiting the Sarasota County Bar Association website.

SARASOTA COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION RICHARD R. GARLAND DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP 

The Sarasota County Bar Association Diversity Scholarship Fund is intended to provide an internship opportunity for first through third-year law students of under-represented minority backgrounds (e.g. race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, physical disability, or socioeconomic background), who have an interest in practicing law in Sarasota County upon graduation, to obtain summer placement in private law firms and governmental agencies in Sarasota County. The Scholarship Application is open to those aforementioned law students enrolled in Florida law schools and those enrolled in out-of-state law schools, but who have or having had family, school, or community ties to Sarasota County; are interested in practicing law in Sarasota County.

The Diversity Scholarship aims to foster an employment and collegial relationship between the law student/s and the legal employer/s and consequently enhance the diversity of the Sarasota legal community. At the conclusion of the student’s summer employment, the law school where the student matriculates will receive scholarship funds of up to $5,000.00 per student, to be used by the student for his/her law degree. The Diversity Intern also earns wages from the Employer.

The SCBA Diversity Committee assigns an attorney mentor to each Diversity Scholarship Intern. Along with the Internship Employer, the SCBA mentor coordinates the activities promoting the Diversity Scholarship Intern’s professional development during the internship period. The Diversity Scholarship Intern and the Diversity Scholarship Employer will be welcomed and recognized, respectively, at a reception by the SCBA and representatives from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

Information regarding housing alternatives may be obtained from the SCBA Diversity Committee.

FLORIDA BAR CERTIFIED LEGAL INTERN  

Becoming a Florida Bar Certified Legal Intern (CLI) may increase your employability among a greater number of potential employers. A CLI may appear in any court or before any administrative tribunal in Florida while under the supervision and written approval of a licensed attorney. A CLI may also engage in other activities such as preparing pleadings, briefs, abstracts and other documents and may also participate in oral arguments in appellate courts.

Obtaining your CLI designation is strictly voluntary and is not a requirement to qualify for the Richard R. Garland Diversity Scholarship. However, becoming a CLI will enable you to accept employment with a wider variety of potential employers, particularly government employers such as the State Attorney’s Office and the Public Defender’s Office, which typically require their applicants to be CLIs. Due to the time it may take for the Florida Bar to review and process CLI applications, it is recommended that you start this process as soon as possible if you wish to become a CLI. More information about the application process and the requirements for obtaining your CLI designation can be found here. 

DETERMINATION OF AWARDS 

Students are selected for the scholarship in a three step competitive process: a) a panel of attorney members of the Sarasota County Bar Association Diversity Committee reviews and ranks the applications considering financial need and personal merit; b) participating legal employers conduct job interviews of the top ranked students to determine the most suitable for employment; c) the Community Foundation approves the students selected. 

DETERMINATION OF FINANCIAL NEED 

A needs analysis is conducted considering the total cost of education, the expected parent and/or student contribution, and other grant and loan funds awarded to the student. Scholarship finalists may be contacted either by letter or telephone and asked to provide additional information to the Foundation on other grants or loans awarded by schools and other funding sources. This data will be used in determining the amount of certain awards. This information will be held in strictest confidence. 

NOTIFICATION AND PAYMENT OF AWARDS 

All applicants are notified in writing whether or not they receive an award. Recipients will be notified by the Community Foundation in April 2014. Payments are mailed directly to the school’s financial aid office prior to the beginning of each school year. 

APPLICATION PROCESS 

To apply, students must submit the application form and enclose any additional required attachments. Completed applications must be in the Community Foundation office by March 1, 2014. Applications MAY NOT be faxed or e-mailed. If first semester grades of a 1L applicant are not available by deadline March 1, 2014, the 1L applicant authorizes his/her law school to promptly release his/her transcript to the Community Foundation of Sarasota County as soon as grades are made available by the law school registrar.

Loyola Offers 2 Fellowship Opportunities: Salisbury Clinical Fellowship in Child and Family Law & Two-Year Clinical Teaching Fellowship in Childlaw Legislation and Policy

 Salisbury Clinical Fellowship in Child and Family Law

Loyola University Chicago School of Law is seeking applications for the Salisbury Clinical Fellowship in Child and Family Law. Loyola’s ChildLaw program is offering this two-year Fellowship, to commence in July of 2014. The Fellowship will provide a unique opportunity for a recent law school graduate to gain experience in both clinical law teaching and litigation in the field of child law. The Clinical Fellow will work closely with the ChildLaw Clinic Faculty, assisting in the representation of clients, the supervision of students, and the development of course curriculum.

The Salisbury Fellow will share responsibility with the Clinic Director and Associate Director for the ChildLaw Clinic. The Clinic affords representation to child clients, primarily in the areas of child protection and child custody. The Fellow will assist with the supervision of law students in their representation of clinic clients. The Fellow will be expected to assist with all levels of client representation, including pre-trial, trial and appellate proceedings. The Fellow will also participate in the development of the course curriculum and the teaching of a weekly seminar, focused on ethical and substantive issues arising in the representation of child clients, skills training, and the discussion of current clinic cases. The Fellow will be encouraged to develop independent areas of interest, consistent with the mission of the ChildLaw Clinic.

For criteria, selection process and how to apply, please visit this website.

Post-Graduate ChildLaw Legislation and Policy Clinical Teaching Fellowship

Loyola University Chicago School of Law invites applications for the post-graduate ChildLaw Legislation and Policy Clinical Teaching Fellowship. This two-year Fellowship, a non-tenure track faculty position, will commence July 1, 2014. Under the direction of the director of the ChildLaw Policy Institute, housed in the CivitasChildLawCenter at Loyola’s School of Law, the Fellowship provides an opportunity for a recent law school graduate to gain experience in the area of clinical law teaching specific to policy and legislative reform.

The Clinical Fellow will work closely with the Policy Institute’s director, participating in the Institute’s policy initiatives. The Policy Institute works on a broad range of projects related to children, including child protection, juvenile justice, domestic violence and children’s health through policy reform, legislative advocacy, research and training. The Fellow also will participate in the development of course curriculum for the ChildLaw Legislation and Policy Clinic and may have the opportunity to participate in teaching and supervision of students involved in other childlaw classes. The Fellow will be encouraged to develop independent areas of interest, consistent with the mission of the ChildLaw Policy Institute.

For criteria, selection process and how to apply, please visit the website.

Call for Applications: Zelle Hofmann 2014 Diversity Scholarship

The keystone of the firm’s Diversity Outreach Plan, the Diversity in Law Scholarship was created for law students who either (1) are a member of a population or group whose background and perspectives are historically underrepresented in the private practice of law; or (2) demonstrate a long-standing commitment to diversity that will be furthered by award of the scholarship.

The scholarship awards the selected recipient a total of $30,000 to be applied towards the selected recipient’s law school tuition, fees, and text books, with one half of the scholarship paid for the student’s second year of law school and one half of the scholarship paid for the student’s third year of law school subject to the following: To receive the second installment of the scholarship, the recipient must maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA (or its equivalent) through the student’s second year of law school.

Depending upon the firm’s current needs, the Scholarship recipient may be offered, but is under no obligation to accept, a paid summer clerkship at one of the firm’s offices for the summer following the student’s first year of law school. The specific location of the potential clerkship will be decided by the firm in consultation with the student and will be based upon both the student’s interest and the firm’s need. Finally, in order to help ensure the recipient’s successful entry into the legal profession, the firm will assign an attorney to mentor the recipient for the student’s remaining law school career.

Click here for a copy of the formal scholarship application containing more in-depth information about the scholarship.

Please note that to be considered for the Diversity in Law Scholarship students should complete and submit the application and required documents to Zelle Hofmann by April 1, 2014.  Click here for contact information and respective submission information.

 

Miami-Dade FAWL Invites You to Attend Their Second Annual Membership Picnic

Come join other Miami-Dade FAWL members for delicious food, beer, wine and plenty of activities for the entire family, including bounce houses, games and sports activities.

When:

Saturday March 8, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Where:

Tropical Park, Shelter 8
7900 SW 40th Street
Miami, FL 33155

This is a free event! RSVP to Linda Leali or register online.

Apply For The IJC Fellowships

The IJC will award Justice Fellowships to recent law graduates and law clerks from around the country – individuals with tremendous talent and promise and a demonstrated commitment to provide legal services for the poor and for immigrants. The IJC will also select 15 Community Fellows annually – exceptional college graduates with the linguistic skills, passion and cultural competency to work in and with New York City’s diverse immigrant communities.

Justice Fellowship:

Structure

Justice Fellows will be hosted in clusters of 2-4 in New York City’s leading non-profit legal services offices, which will be selected to participate in the IJC on a competitive the basis. Upon selection, Fellows will have the opportunity to indicate their preferences for the host organization where they will work, though the IJC will, ultimately, make placement decisions.

Justice Fellows will represent immigrants with the most complex cases that require lawyers to handle the case from start to finish, such as deportation defense and affirmative petitions for victims of crime, domestic violence and human trafficking, among others. The Justice Fellows will be primarily supervised by experienced attorneys at their host organization, with supplemental support from the IJC’s own supervisory staff.

Benefits

Justice Fellowships run for two years, with the option of renewing for a third year based on performance. During the two years of the fellowship, Fellows’ salaries ($47,000) and benefits will be covered by the IJC, along with loan repayment assistance for law school loans. During the third year of the fellowship, for those selected, salaries will be increased to reflect greater experience.

In addition, Fellows will participate in a comprehensive immigration law training program at the start of their fellowship and, throughout the course of the fellowship, will meet bi-weekly as a group for professional development activities, skills trainings, case sharing, reflection sessions and other programmatic activities organized by the IJC staff. At the end of the fellowship, IJC Fellows will be extraordinarily well trained, deeply networked in the legal and immigrant rights community, and profoundly committed to developing creative strategies to fight poverty and ensure access to justice.

For applicants

You must be a law student who graduated in the Spring/Summer of 2013 or will graduate in the Spring/Summer of 2014. Law clerks completing clerkships by Summer 2014 are also eligible for a Justice Fellowship beginning in September 2014.

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on March 1, 2014 and must be submitted via the IJC website.

Finalists will be interviewed in New York City or via video conference for applicants who are unable to travel to New York City. Fellows will be informed of their selection in March 2014.

Community Fellowship:

Structure

Community Fellowships are available to students who are completing their undergraduate degrees in May or June 2014. They will be placed in community-based host organizations, which will be selected to participate in the IJC on the basis of competitive RFPs.

They will be supported by the IJC to become accredited representatives of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and will conduct outreach and represent community members on a range of cases such as naturalization applications, deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA), and other matters that can be managed by a non-lawyer until the point of final submission and review. The IJC’s 3 on-staff attorneys will closely supervise Community Fellows and “ride circuit” to host sites to review cases and ensure quality control.

Benefits

Community Fellowships run for two years, during which time Fellows’ salaries ($35,000) and benefits will be covered by the IJC, along with loan repayment assistance support. In addition, Fellows will participate in a comprehensive immigration law training at the start of their fellowship and, throughout the course of the fellowship, will meet biweekly as a group for professional development activities, skills trainings, case sharing, reflection sessions and other programmatic activities organized by the IJC staff.

At the end of the fellowship, Community Fellows will be extraordinarily well trained, deeply networked in the legal and immigrant rights community, and profoundly committed to developing creative strategies to fight poverty and ensure access to justice.

For applicants

You must be a college student graduating in the Spring/Summer of 2014 in order to be eligible for a Community Fellowship beginning in September 2014.

Applications are due by 11:59pm on April 1, 2014.

Finalists will be interviewed in New York City or via video conference for applicants who are unable to travel to New York City. Fellows will be informed of their selection in April 2014.

For details and to apply, please visit the website.

The National LGBT Bar Association Is Now Accepting Submissions for the Student Leadership Award, the Michael Greenberg Writing Competition and the International Association of LGBT Judges Writing Competition

Student Leadership Award The National LGBT Bar Association’s Student Leadership Award is the organization’s highest honor for law students. The award will recognize a law student who has demonstrated leadership within their school and in the surrounding community, especially in the area of LGBT equality.

Michael Greenberg Student Writing Competition Established in memory of Michael Greenberg, a former National LGBT Bar Association board member and Philadelphia attorney who died in 1996 from complications with AIDS, this exciting competition is dedicated to encouraging and recognizing outstanding law student scholarship on the legal issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons.

International Association of LGBT Judges Student Writing Competition The International Association of LGBT Judges sponsors a writing competition for all law students attending the 2014 Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair. This is an exciting opportunity for law students who wish to pursue their career as a member of the United States judiciary.

Timeline All three student awards will follow the same final submission date of Friday, May 16, 2014 at 5:00pm ET. Late entries will not be considered. Students are able to enter all competitions, but only if they turn in different works for each submission.

Click here for full competition details. Should you have any questions, please send them via email.

This Week at the CDO (Week of February 3, 2014)

This Week at the CDO (Week of February 3, 2014) 

Monday, February 3, 2014: 

  • Eleventh Judicial Circuit Internship Program Orientation5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Law Campus Faculty Meeting Room 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014:

  • Spring Recruiting 2014 Information and Symplicity Training Session 12:30 p.m. – 1:50 p.m., Room F-109

Wednesday, February 5, 2014:

  • Spring Recruiting 2014 Information and Symplicity Training Session 12:30 p.m. – 1:50 p.m., Room F-309

 

The Kozyak Minority Mentoring Foundation Summer Fellowship Program

The Kozyak Minority Mentoring Foundation will provide four summer fellowships to first and second year law students who are either enrolled in a Florida law school or who are verified Florida residents attending an out- of-state law school. Each summer fellowship will be in the amount of $5,000.

 The Scholarship Committee’s selection criteria will include evidence of performance indicative of likely future success in the field of law. The Scholarship Committee will consider, among other things, academic excellence, commitment to community service, commitment to diversity, and leadership skills.

Students are responsible for securing their own summer employment opportunities in the areas of government, judiciary or public interest. Summer employment opportunities must last for a minimum of six weeks and must be unpaid. Interested applicants should not be deterred if they have not identified their summer employment opportunity upon submission of this application. Students are encouraged to use their career offices to assist with identifying and securing suitable summer employment.

Upon notification of a summer fellowship award, students must accept or decline the fellowship within seven calendar days.

Prior to commencing employment, students must provide to the Scholarship Committee written documentation of summer employment that includes: (1) student name; (2) employer name; (3) employer address; (4) proposed dates of employment; and (5) name of supervisor. This information should be addressed to the Kozyak Minority Mentoring Foundation, Scholarship Committee, 2525 Ponce de Leon, 9th Floor, Coral Gables, FL 33134 or via email.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

1. Completed Summer Fellowship Application (see website).

2. Resume.

3. Law School Transcript (may be unofficial).

4. Legal Writing Sample (5-7 pages).

5. Statement of Interest (500 words or less).

6. Proof of Florida residence for students attending an out-of-state law school.

Application materials (items listed above) must be received no later than Friday, February, 28, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.