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The City of Chicago Department of Law invites law students to apply for its 2015 Summer Law Clerk Program. Usually, the program begins June 1st and is for a minimum of 10 weeks; however, the start date and duration of a law clerk’s summer will be determined by the law clerk and his/her direct supervisor. The Summer Program is designed to provide current law students with a challenging unpaid clerkship that reflects the demands and rewards of public service, as well as a realistic picture of what it is like to practice law for the City of Chicago. Participants in the Summer Program are not compensated. Some schools may offer students grants or allow for academic credit.

During the Summer Program, the law clerks will be assigned to work in one of the practice divisions in the law department and participate in a wide variety of activities including:

  • assisting in trial preparation;
  • attending depositions;
  • observing real estate closings;
  • attending client meetings;
  • attending court proceedings;
  • researching legal issues; and
  • drafting memoranda, briefs and contracts.

Also, law clerks that have finished their second year of law school and qualify for an Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711 license may represent the City in:

  • mandatory tort arbitrations in the Circuit Court of Cook County;
  • disciplinary hearings for the police and labor boards; and
  • labor arbitration.

They may also depose or examine witnesses in trials in state and federal court.

During the summer, the Law Department will host a lecture series that feature speakers addressing legal issues that affect the City in areas such as environmental and First Amendment law and provides the law clerks with opportunities to meet with City department officials and members of state and federal judiciary.

The Law Department seeks talented, promising individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds. Many of our attorneys are active in civic and professional activities and organizations. The Law Department is committed to increasing opportunities for minorities in the legal profession, and it is proud that its staff reflects the racial, cultural and ethnic diversity of Chicago. The Law Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To learn more about the various Divisions within the Department of Law and the work that they handle, potential candidates should check out the Litigation, Prosecution and Transactional Division links found under “What We Do”.

To apply for the 2015 Summer Law Clerk Program, interested students should submit all application materials in hard copy form as outlined here. Please note that applications will not be forwarded to Divisions for consideration until all application materials, including law school transcript, are received.

Applications for the Summer Program will be accepted from January 15 – March 1, 2015.

Sterling Educational Services, Inc. is Offering Law Student Passes for Upcoming Seminar on Commercial & Residential Landlord-Tenant Law

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

They are holding a Commercial & Residential Landlord-Tenant Law seminarinMiami, Florida on January 20, 2015and 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.


U.S. EPA Office of General Counsel:

The Office of General Counsel (OGC) is the chief legal advisor to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the federal agency with primary responsibility for implementing the nation’s environmental laws. OGC attorneys provide counsel to EPA policy makers on legal issues associated with implementing these environmental laws, as well as the laws governing the day-to-day operations of a federal agency. Approximately 160 attorneys work in OGC. Our principal office is located at EPA’s headquarters complex in downtown Washington, DC. OGC is organized by practice area into eight law offices: Air and Radiation, Pesticides and Toxic Substances, Solid Waste and Emergency Response, Water, Cross-Cutting Issues, Alternative Dispute Resolution, General Law, and Civil Rights and Finance Law.


This is a highly competitive two-year fellowship to start in September 2015. The key objectives are to provide recent law school graduates with the opportunity to practice public sector general or environmental law and to provide OGC with highly motivated, talented, and diverse entry-level lawyers who are interested in a variety of legal work on cutting-edge administrative and environmental law issues. The effectiveness of EPA’s legal responsibilities depends upon the recruitment and hiring of excellent and diverse legal talent. We recognize the need for attorneys and legal interns of varied backgrounds and skills and offer an inclusive environment that relies on those diverse perspectives to ensure that we effectively serve the American people. Students who participate in our programs will experience a new era of outreach and protection for communities historically underrepresented in EPA decision-making. The Agency is building strong working relationships with tribes, communities of color, economically distressed cities and towns, young people and others, but this is just a start. Therefore, we want to make sure we are recruiting the best, the brightest and most diverse EPA ever and ensure EPA is a place for people who are talented, smart, and passionate about protecting the environment. 


The 2015 OGC Honors Legal Fellowship Program is open to highly qualified applicants with outstanding academic records who are graduating law school (May 2015), who have completed a judicial clerkship, or who have graduated from an ABA accredited law school within the past 3 years and have at least 1 year of legal experience. OGC is seeking applicants with excellent analytical and writing abilities, a strong commitment to public service, effective “people” skills, and an ability to take on significant responsibility. 


Applications must consist of a cover letter/personal statement, resume, law school transcript, writing sample (5 page minimum – 10 page maximum demonstrating analysis of a complex legal issue), and references. All required documents must be submitted for consideration in this fellowship opportunity. Note: We are also requesting applicants to submit a voluntary Demographic Information Form OMB No. 3046-0046 (Vacancy Announcement No. – leave blank) which is used to determine the effectiveness of our outreach efforts.

The application package must be postmarked by Monday, February 9, 2015; applications postmarked after that date will not be considered. Please mail your applications to the address below:
Angela Perkins, Attorney Recruitment Coordinator
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
WJC North Room 4315M; MC 2311A
Washington DC 20460 


Selected applicants will be invited for interviews, at the candidate’s expense, in Washington, DC. Offers will be made in March/April 2015. Information about OGC’s fellowship program, as well as additional fellowship opportunities with EPA Offices of Regional Counsel, are described at the website. www.epa.gov/ogc/fellowship.htm. 


These are full-time, two-year appointments paid at the GS-11 (first year) and GS-12 (second year) levels.  Benefits that are available include annual and sick leave, health insurance, life insurance, flexible work schedules, family medical leave, Thrift Savings Plan, and transit subsidy.

Holiday Happy Hour at John Martin’s Irish Pub & Restaurant on December 10, 2014

Holiday Happy Hour at John Martin’s Irish Pub & Restaurant. Sponsored by Coral Gables Bar Association and Orange Legal. 

When:                Wednesday, December 10, 2014 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Where:               John Martin’s 253 Miracle Mile Coral Gables, FL 33134 

All Proceeds Raised From This Event To Be Donated to  UM C.A.R.D. (University Miami Center for Autism & Related Disabilities) 

This event is complimentary to all sitting Judges.

Tickets:              $20.00 Member TIcket: Good for 1 Free Drink and Hors D’Oeuvres and $20.00 Non-Member TIcket: Good for 1 Free Drink and Hors D’Oeuvres

The 2015 Donald C. Alexander Writing Competition

Requirements are as follows:  

  • Full and part-time J.D. and LL.M. students are eligible.
  • Any original paper concerning federal taxation between 20-50 double spaced pages is welcome.
  • Seminar papers and articles submitted (but not yet selected for publication) to law reviews, journals, or other competitions are eligible.  

Winning authors receive $2000 (first place) or $1000 (second place) and a trip to the FBA’s Annual Tax Law Conference in Washington, D.C. The winning entries may be published in the Tax Section newsletter the Report or in The Federal Lawyer.

Papers will be evaluated based on the following criteria: (1) depth of research; (2) originality of thought; (3) quality, clarity, and efficiency of presentation; and (4) relevance to current tax policy or events. Additionally, each student must sign and return the warranty (available at the CDO) (a .pdf copy by e-mail is acceptable).

Deadline is January 5, 2015.


Entries may be submitted by email to Marcellus Howard or by mail to:


Federal Bar Association Section on Taxation

Attn: Donald C. Alexander Tax Law Writing Competition

1220 N. Fillmore Str. Suite 444

Arlington, VA 22201


For more information, please visit Symplicity or the website.




The application period for 2015 Helton Fellowships is open from now until January 19, 2015, or until the first 50 completed applications have been received, whichever comes first.  The Helton Fellowship Program, established in 2004, recognizes the legacy of Arthur C. Helton, an ASIL member who died in the August 19, 2003, bombing of the UN mission in Baghdad. Funded by contributions from ASIL members, interest groups, and private foundations, Helton Fellowships provide financial assistance in the form of “micro-grants” for law students and young professionals to pursue field work and research on significant issues involving international law.

Fellows undertake their projects in association with an established educational institution, international organization, governmental agency, or non-governmental organization working in areas related to international law, human rights and humanitarian affairs. ASIL does not assist in securing organizational sponsorship for Fellows. In acknowledgement of Arthur Helton’s commitment to human rights and humanitarian affairs in the field, preferential consideration may be given to applications demonstrating a significant fieldwork component as well as those involving the human rights of refugees, internally displaced persons, and other vulnerable populations. Applications for fieldwork in the area of international criminal law and international humanitarian law are also encouraged.

To learn more about the fellowships and to apply, click here. Applications must be submitted via email and must be received no later than Monday, January 19, 2015, by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

This Week at the CDO (Week of November 24, 2014)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • Last day of classes – Congratulations on the completion of the fall 2014 semester. Congratulations to the graduating class of December 2014! 

Monday, December 1, 2014

  • Reading Period Begins – Good luck with finals! 

Information about Reading Period, Finals and Winter Break – The Career Development Office will remain open during reading period, finals and winter break. Students and alumni are welcome to contact our office to schedule advising appointments during this time. *This is the last “This Week at the CDO” for the fall 2014 semester. The weekly posts will return in January, 2015*

Epstein Becker Green 17th Annual Health Law Writing Competition

Epstein Becker Green is pleased to announce its 17th Annual Health Law Writing Competition. The competition is designed to encourage the preparation of scholarly papers on current topics of interest relating to health law. Cash prizes will be awarded as follows for the three best papers:

  • First Place: $4,000
  • Second Place: $2,000
  • Third Place: $500

Entrants should take advantage of the fact that health law is a very broad and diverse field, encompassing aspects of almost every area of law. Papers may address any traditional area of the law as applied to health care (e.g., antitrust, tax, corporate) or areas of law unique to health care (e.g., fraud and abuse, managed care, Medicare/Medicaid, clinical trials). Entries in the top 20 percent will be considered for publication in the Annals of Health Law, which is published by the Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

The submission period for the 17th Annual Health Law Writing Competition will open in December 2014. All admissions are due by January 23, 2015.

If you have questions about the competition, please contact Serra Schlanger in Epstein Becker Green’s Washington, DC, office at (202) 861-0900 or by e-mail.

Phoenix 1L Holiday Reception

You are cordially invited to join Quarles & Brady LLP for their Home for the Holiday reception for first-year law students attending out-of-state schools to meet and mingle with attorneys from Quarles & Brady to learn more about the firm and its people.

The reception will be held Monday, December 22, 2014, from 4:00-6:00 p.m., at the Phoenix office located at 2 North Central Avenue.

RSVP by the 17th of December to Lauren Schneider.


1L Summer Rotation Clerkship-New for Summer 2015

Gain Experience at Both a Law Firm and a Corporation:

First-year law students now have a unique summer clerkship opportunity that combines a traditional law firm clerkship with experience working at an in-house corporate law department. Twin Cities Diversity in Practice is a collaboration of law firms and corporate law departments seeking to enhance the diversity of the legal profession. Our mission is to attract, recruit, advance and retain attorneys of color in the Minneapolis and St. Paul community.

How Does the Program Work?

This program connects top legal employers with talented 1L students of color. Students will have the opportunity to work at one of the nation’s best law firms. As part of the law firm clerkship, the students will spend one “rotation” (typically 3 to 4 weeks) working in the law department of a major corporation. Not only will the clerk get valuable legal training essential for success at most law firms, the clerk will gain “real world” insights into the fast-paced environment of a corporate law department.

Applications will be accepted by participating firms starting December 1, 2014. Deadline for applying is January 16, 2015. Students are encouraged to apply before winter break. 

For additional information and details, please visit the website.