June 1, 2012

Volunteer for the City of Chicago Department of Law

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Did you know that you can volunteer for the the City of Chicago Department of Law?  The way to apply is to find the Law Department’s page on the City’s website, www.cityofchicago.org.  It’s under Chicago Government (in the amber bar).  Then find Department Directory, and scroll down to Law.  This page will take you to careers, and then the Department of Law Volunteer Program.  This offers you a step-by-step guide on how to volunteer, which you should follow to the letter. When you apply, specify which Law Department divisions interest you.

Eight lucky May, 2012 law school graduates will receive a three month scholarship to Solo Practice University®

Solo Practice University is awarding eight quarterly scholarships to May, 2012 law school graduates to help them kickstart their solo careers!

The Rules Are Simple:

Summer Externship with the Illinois Department of Human Rights OGC

Still looking for hands-on legal experience this summer?  Consider applying for a summer externship with the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) Office of General Counsel.  Through the IDHR Legal Fellowship Program, you would be doing the following:  (1) performing legal research; (2) drafting/editing administrative code regulations governing the Department’s

Upcoming CBA Meetings for the Week of June 4, 2012

June 4

Federal Taxation, Practice & Procedure Division E (IL MCLE Credit)
Agents will discuss Internal Revenue Service criminal investigations.

Probate Practice, Rules & Forms Subcommittee (IL MCLE Credit)
Various adult guardianship forms.

Real Property Law, Construction Law & Mechanics Lien Sub (IL MCLE Credit)
James Farrell, RGL Forensics, construction accounting.

June 5

Mental Health & Disability Law Committee (IL MCLE Credit)
Colleen Boraca, AIDS Legal Council of Chicago, HIV/AIDS legal issues.

Solo/Small Firm Practitioners Committee
Summer (Boot) Camp for Solos (and Smalls).

YLS Family Law Committee (IL MCLE Credit)
Joy Feinberg, Feinberg & Barry, family law and the Illinois Mental Health Code.

June 6

Municipal Departments Committee (8:00 A.M.) (IL PR Credit)
Location: Daley Center, Courtroom 1307. Carolyn Amadon, Center for Conflict Resolution, mediation.

June 7

Consumer Law Committee (IL MCLE Credit)
Tara L. Goodwin, Edelman Combs Latturner & Goodwin LLC, Fair Credit Reporting Act litigation.

June 8

Civil Rights & Constitutional Law Committee (IL MCLE Credit)
David Ader with decisions rendered on the Illinois Constitution.

Gaming Law Committee (2:00 P.M.)
Location: Rivers Casino, 3000 S. Rivers Rd, Des Plaines, IL. See how the casino works, including employee operational areas. RSVP to Mark Ostrowski at Mark.Ostrowski@IGB.Illinois.gov by June 1. Registrants after this date will not be allowed to attend. Include your ARDC and CBA registration numbers.

Law Practice Management & Technology Committee (IL MCLE Credit, Webcast)
Panel discussion with "The Legal Outsourcing Opportunity for Law Firms."

May 30, 2012

Class Year/Graduation Date Updates Needed

 As the semester ends and graduation has commenced, many of you may be changing programs and/or your graduation dates. Please check your Symplicity profile to ensure your graduation date is correct and if not, please email your career advisor immediately. Law Career Services does not receive any updates from Campus Connect so the information we have is all based on the information you provide. Please email any changes as soon as possible as Law Career Services send out job opportunities and OCI information specific to class years.
Any questions? Please contact our office at law_career@depaul.edu or 312-362-8386.

CBA News and Announcements

No Fee CVS Discount Prescription Card
CVS-CareMark offers members a no-fee RxSavingsPlus Discount Card. There are no forms to fill out - just go to your pharmacy and show the card to your pharmacist to have the discount verified. Family members and employees can use the card even if they already have insurance. The lowest prices are guaranteed. Visit http://chicagobar.rxsavingsplus.com to print your card and start saving today!

Upcoming CBA Volunteer Opportunities

Alliance for Women - Women Everywhere: Partners in Service Project - June 22
The Alliance for Women is gathering volunteers for the Women Everywhere: Partners in Service Day on June 22. Volunteers will be pre-assigned to assist community service agencies in activities such as gardening, painting, building, cleaning, and legal education projects. Half and full day opportunities. Visit www.wechicago.org for details and a sign up form.

CBF Pro Bono Support Program
Pro bono programs in and around Chicago have a variety of opportunities for you to help, and the CBF is available to help you find a pro bono opportunity that fits your skills, interests, and availability. The CBF Pro Bono Opportunities Guide is designed to help you find a pro bono program that fits your needs. For a hard copy of the guide or for more information on pro bono opportunities, contact CBF Pro Bono Director Kelly Tautges at ktautges@chicagobar.org or visit www.chicagobarfoundation.org.

May 29, 2012

Upcoming Government Internship and Honors Deadlines

The following government programs have 1L deadlines coming up in the next few weeks. Please note that the Handbook does not have 2L or 3L deadlines until July.  Details of these programs are provided in the 2011-12 Government Honors & Internship Handbook, Password located within the Symplicity Homepage


                     Department of Education – Office of General Counsel, Legal Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline Rolling Basis by June)

                     Executive Office of the President – Council on Environmental Quality, Legal Clerkship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 06/01/12)

                     National Labor  Relations Board – Division of Enforcement Litigation, Contempt Litigation & Compliance Branch Student Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline Rolling Basis but no later than June)

                     Office of the District Attorney Denver – Legal Internship Program (Unpaid, 1 semester in advance of state date, recommended 06/07/12)

                     San Francisco Office of the City Attorney (Unpaid, Deadline 06/08/12)

                     Federal Communications Commission – International Bureau Strategic Analysis & Negotiations Division Student Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 06/15/12)

The Confidence Game

This confidence game isn't the same as the scam. This one applies to those who have been hunting with no results and are becoming discouraged. Rapidly.


Let's go back to how most people search, because that's where the problem - or problems - are. Your cover letter neglects to tie you to the ad and your resume fails to entice. Or perhaps your cover letter sells and your resume is full of accomplishments, but you’re answering unrealistic ads. Or perhaps you’re targeting ads wisely, but being overly picky, forgetting that ads tell if you want to interview, not if you want to work there.

Upcoming CBA Continuing Legal Education

What to Do with a JD and How to Best Navigate Chicago's Legal Market (No MCLE Credit)
May 29/12:00-1:30 p.m./$0 Member/$25 Nonmember

May 28, 2012

Upcoming CBA Special Events

YLS Lunch with a Judge - May 31
CBA members are invited to have lunch with the Hon. Michael Panter of the Circuit Court of Cook County on Thursday, May 31, 2012 from 12:15-1:30 p.m. at the CBA. Judge Panter will provide helpful practice tips for young lawyers and give insight into some of the unique programs