The City of Chicago’s Law Department Seeking Assistant Corporation Counsel for its Appeals Division

The City of Chicago’s Law Department is seeking an attorney for the position of Assistant Corporation Counsel in its Appeals Division. The Appeals Division handles all appellate matters for the City and appears in the Illinois Appellate Court, Illinois Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court. Attorneys in this Division are responsible for briefing and, with rare exceptions, arguing their own cases.

Typical staffing for a case on appeal is one Assistant Corporation Counsel, as well as the Deputy and Chief Assistant Corporation Counsel. Division attorneys also provide advice to the trial divisions on appellate issues and, at times, on legal issues on which the Division has considerable experience. Attorneys generally do not specialize in a particular subject matter but handle the full range of appellate issues, including labor and employment, torts, civil rights, tax and revenue, regulation, issues arising under ordinances and statutes, and other cases involving city government and programs.

For the application process, qualifications, knowledge, skills and abilities, please visit the website.

The online deadline to apply is April 11, 2013.

Call for Entries for the 2013 Mary Moers Wenig Student Writing Competition – Deadline: Friday, June 14, 2013

Law students (an individual or co-authors), currently enrolled as a J.D. or LL.M. candidates in an ABA-accredited law school within the United States or its possessions, are invited to submit an original, previously unpublished work that relates to an issue within one or more of the following topics in the area of trusts and estates:

  • Business Planning
  • Charitable Planning
  • Elder Law
  • Employee Benefits
  • Fiduciary Accounting
  • Fiduciary Administration
  • Fiduciary Income Taxation
  • Fiduciary Litigation
  • Estate Planning and Drafting
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Substantive Laws for the Gratuitous Transmission of Property
  • Wealth Transfer Taxation (Estate, Gift and GST Tax)

1st   Place: $ 5,000 and publication in ACTEC Law Journal.

2nd Place: $ 3,000 publication at and possible publication in ACTEC Law Journal.

3rd Place: $ 1,000 publication at and possible publication in ACTEC Law Journal.

Papers will be judged anonymously by a panel appointed by ACTEC’s Legal Education Committee.

For official rules and entry forms, visit the website.

Educational Housing Services: An Intern’s Solution to Housing in New York City

Don’t delay in securing a place to live in NYC this summer. All EHS rooms are air conditioned and we will be sold out once the first heat wave hits! Students must act now in order to secure their preferred location and room type.

Check out the website to see all of the great residence options EHS offers, all located in NYC’s most premier neighborhoods, and to reserve your room today. Yu can also call 1-800-297-4694 to reserve.

All Residences Feature:

  • Fully furnished rooms with private bathroom      and air conditioning!
  • Free: TVs, high-speed internet, cable and      national calling
  • Free: on-site fitness center, lounges, and      kitchens
  • 24 hour security, laundry facility, plus MUCH      more



Cost Effective Legal Research Trainings – Library Training Room D-236

To help students get ready for their summer jobs/internships/externships, several cost effective legal research trainings will be offered in April in the library’s training room (Room D-236). Students will find a list of all of the remaining trainings on the library’s website, and they are as follows:

  • April 2nd, 1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.  - Library: Cost Effective Legal Research
  • April 4th, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Lexis Advance: Cost Effective 
  • April 8th, 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – WestlawNext: Cost Effective (Certification 301)
  • April 8th, 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – WestlawNext: Cost Effective (Certification 301)
  • April 9th, 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Lexis Advance: Cost Effective
  • April 16th, 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Lexis Advance: Cost Effective

Note that the April 2nd training is by the library (and will cover a variety of sources), while the other trainings are conducted by the law school’s Lexis and Westlaw representatives. At the April 4th Lexis training, Lexis representatives will discuss cost effective techniques and pricing in a law firm setting.




HOPE Public Interest News for the Week of March 25, 2013

Upcoming Events:

*Save the Date* Thursday, April 18th, 6:00 p.m., HOPE Recognition Reception, Attention 3Ls – Don’t miss out on the opportunity to apply for, or nominate someone to receive, the Innovative Service in the Public Interest Award or the Exemplary Service to the Poor Award. Applications are due April 1st and will be presented at the HOPE Recognition Reception on April 18th at 6:00 p.m. in the Student Lounge. To RSVP, click here. To log your hours, click here.

Wednesday, March 27th, Pro Bono Clinic for Nonprofits, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., CDO: Miami area transactional attorneys are coming together to provide free legal consultations to South Florida nonprofit organizations. Legal issues may touch upon contract, employment, corporate, intellectual property and real estate law. Students have the opportunity to shadow participating attorneys during the consultations. The reception and information session will commence on the Bricks at 5:30 p.m., with appointments starting at 6:30 pm. Spots are limited. Please email Myles Cochran if you are interested.

Wednesday, April 4th, Bridging the Gap: UM Public Interest Opportunities Abroad, 12:30-1:50 p.m., Room A-110, Speakers Rachel Oostendorp & Grant Lyons, Class of 2013, along with current HOPE Fellows, will inform students about the diverse internship opportunities available in the areas of international law, specifically the type of legal advocacy and policy work that can be funded through a HOPE Fellowship. For more info and to RSVP, contact UM HOPE.

Wednesday, April 10th, HOPE Fellows: The Future of Marriage Equality, 12:30-1:50 p.m., Room F-309, Please join current HOPE Fellows in an event conducted by constitutional law scholar Caroline Mala Corbin, who will be lecturing about the two upcoming marriage equality cases before the Supreme Court. The future of marriage equality, in regards to the constitutional changes to DOMS and Prop 8 will be discussed. For more info and to RSVP, contact UM HOPE.

Featured Fellowships:

The Florida Bar Association Environmental and Law Use Law Section’s Summer Fellowship opportunity. A $5,000 stipend is available for this program, designed to encourage law students to study and pursue careers in public interest environmental law. 

The James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, is hiring a Fellow for its Bacon Immigration Law and Policy Program to begin in August 2013. The position is open to recent law graduates with up to three years of practice experience. 3Ls with relevant experience and qualifications will also be considered. The position is for one year, with the possibility of a second year renewal. For more info, please contact UM HOPE. 

The U.D.C. David A. Clarke School of Law is pleased to announce fellowship opportunities in its Juvenile & Special Education Law Clinic for At-Risk Youth, and its Housing and Consumer Law Clinic. These two-year LL.M. programs will include coursework in public interest law, clinical pedagogy, and systems change. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and the program begins on August 1, 2013. For more info, contact UM HOPE.

2013 Deborah T. Poritz Summer Public Interest Legal Fellowship Program. Approximately 15 positions are available for first and second-year law students at Legal Services of New Jersey. Click here for application.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, Civil Rights Division seeks second-year law students as legal interns to assist with its enforcement and outreach efforts. Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (5-10 pages) to Peggy Schmidt to apply. The positions are unpaid, but visit our website to find out how you can qualify for a HOPE Fellowship.

Announcements & Opportunities:

Now Accepting Applications for the Public Interest Leadership Board! Would you like to demonstrate your on-campus leadership? Are you passionate about public interest? Consider applying to serve on the Public Interest Leadership Board for 2013-2014! There are many ways to get involved and projects which you can develop and lead. Take charge of your future and click here to apply! Deadline is March 29!

Are you interested in a summer internship with exceptional lawyers assisting with Affordable Care Act implementation, Eleventh Circuit appeals, and legal advocacy on children’s Medicaid? The internship will be with Florida Legal Services in Miami, a program which focuses on systemic advocacy on behalf of low-income Floridians. Regrettably, the internship is unpaid. Please send your resume and cover letter by April 12 to Miami Scholars grad, Betsy Havens.

The application process for the International Moot Court Program is open. It is open until March 29th at 5:00 p.m. To apply and to learn more, click here. To login, you need to use your school email account and password. 

The City of Chicago Department of Law is hiring entry-level attorneys. They are looking for applicants with graduation dates from December 2012-June 2013 and eligibility to sit for the February or July 2013 Illinois Bar. For more info, please visit the website. 

Inspired Leaders is a charitable organization serving high school students from underrepresented communities to develop higher education aspirations while teaching them about the law in an intensive summer law program. The program is looking for student volunteers to co-teach classes. For more info about the organization and the position, please contact UM HOPE. Resume and Cover letter are due by April 1st. 

The Florida Justice Institute (FJI), a nonprofit, public interest litigation firm, is seeking a law student to intern for the summer months. FJI conducts civil rights litigation primarily on behalf of those incarcerated in Florida’s prisons and jails. Since the bulk of their work is in federal court, the position entails a considerable amount of written legal pleading and practice work. For more info, visit the website. The deadline to apply is June 1st.

Take Stock in Children provides a unique opportunity to low-income students by offering college scholarships and caring mentors. They are currently looking for mentors. For more information about the organization, please visit the website. To become a mentor, click here.

Empowered Youth and Child Advocacy and Family Society is looking for volunteers and mentor. For more information, email here.

LSGMI, Inc. Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. is seeking clerks to fill a variety of volunteer law clerk positions. Interested students should be able to volunteer a minimum of 12 hours a week for the Spring semester. For more information regarding the program, visit here. For more information on how to apply, email UM HOPE.



This Week at the CDO (Week of March 25, 2013)

Monday, March 25, 2013:

  • MLW Member Workshop on InterviewsRoom F-209, 12:30 p.m.–1:50 p.m. 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013: 

  • UNetworking: Breakfast with Barrister’sFaculty Meeting Room, 7:15 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

The 2012 Economics & Law Office Management Survey

Because of the large rise in membership over the past few decades, the Bar sponsors an economics and law office management survey. This survey is performed every two years to supply Bar members with useful data which will assist them in their daily practice. The survey is intended to keep attorneys informed on how their colleagues are doing in terms of salary information, benefits, hourly rates, number of hours worked, usage of software/technology, and more.

For obvious financial reasons, it was decided to randomly sample a select number of members rather than survey all 95,000 Florida Bar members. A properly chosen random sample allows inferences to be made about the composition of the entire lawyer population from those expressed in the sample.

To review the 2012 Economics & Law Office Management Survey, click here.

New Foreign Service Careers Mobile App Launches – Foreign Service Careers @ Your Fingertips – DOSCareers for iPhone and Android

DOSCareers is a new mobile app designed for aspiring Foreign Service candidates and others seeking to familiarize themselves with diplomatic careers. This app offers essential information right at your fingertips: Foreign Service Specialist and Officer career path descriptions, videos of employees in specific career tracks, sample questions from prior Foreign Service Officer Tests (FSOTs), an overview of the selection and hiring processes, links to a variety of free study resource applications, and links to Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) and recruitment events.

The DOSCareers mobile app is available as a free download for both iPhone and Android devices. For details, click here.

Visit the website for additional information on careers with the U.S. Department of State.



Law Student Passes for Upcoming Seminar – Best Practices in Labor and Employment Law

Sterling Education Services, Inc. is a non-profit continuing education company that conducts seminars across the nation. Sterling would like to offer 5 law students free scholarship-passes to an upcoming seminar as an introduction to the company. Please visit us online for information on our company.

Sterling is holding a ‘Best Practices in Labor and Employment Law’ seminar in Pensacola, Florida on April 30, 2013 and they would like to offer 5 law students free scholarship-passes to this seminar. The students get a day-long overview of a particular aspect of the law, a seminar manual, and an opportunity to network with practicing attorneys.

Students who wish to register can call 715-855-0495 or register online. Only current law students may take advantage of these passes and MUST provide their student id number or other proof of enrollment in order to register.

All students must be pre-registered; no walk-ins will be allowed.

Rivero Mestre LLP Is Seeking Independent Contract Attorneys To Start As Soon As Possible

Rivero Mestre LLP, an AV rated firm in Coral Gables, is currently seeking independent contract attorneys to review documents in the defense of a complex banking case.

The firm seeks attorneys to start immediately.

For detailed information about qualifications, duties and how to apply, please visit Symplicity Posting ID#10997.