October 25, 2012

Next Week Community Events

For more details on these, and other programs, please check out the Symplicity, College of Law, Chicago Bar Association, Illinois Pro Bono, and other calendars (such as the All Bar Calendar) for more education and networking opportunities:

Tuesday, October 30

  • Shadow a Judge, Institute for Advocacy & Dispute Resolution, Skokie Courthouse

CBA Committee Meetings for the Week of October 29, 2012

October 29
Unauthorized Practice & Multidisciplinary Practice Committee
Meeting cancelled.

November 1
Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
Meeting rescheduled to November 8.

PMF: Finding the FAQs & Policy Background

The PMF website is full of really useful information.  One piece that is updated regularly throughout the process are the various FAQs.  Here's the ones that applicants will find the most useful:

If you're a true policy wonk, you'll also love that under About Us, there's a section on Policy, with all of the relevant Regulations, Executive Orders, the Implementation Plan, and more!

October 24, 2012

CARPLS Works Volunteer Opportunity for Attorneys: Training October 30th

Would you like to help low-income families with their landlord/tenant, domestic relations, and consumer debt issues?  CARPLS Legal Aid is looking for volunteer attorneys to counsel clients on Cook County’s legal hotline in our CARPLS Works program, weekdays from 9-1 or 1-5

CARPLS Works gives you the opportunity to make productive use of your education and experience to help others while deepening your legal skills and navigating the legal market in Chicago.  In addition to providing a service to your community, volunteering with CARPLS allows you to earn CLE credits for training, network with fellow CARPLS attorneys at social and fundraising events, and round out your resume with substantive knowledge and client consultation skillsVolunteer training involves two steps: substantive law; and systems/live-call training.

CBA Volunteer Opportunities

YLS Wills for Heroes - October 27
The YLS will host a special Pro Bono Week Wills for Heroes event on Saturday, October 27, 2012, 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., at the Geneva Fire Department, 200 E. Side Dr., Geneva. Volunteers are needed to create complimentary wills, living wills, and other estate planning documents for local emergency first responders and their spouses or partners. There will be a brief volunteer training from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. and document preparation will take place from 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. To volunteer, click here to fill out RSVP survey. Since November 2001, the Wills for Heroes program has prepared over 6,000 estate-planning documents for first responders.

YLS Legal Prep Charter Academies Clean Up – November 3
On the morning of Saturday, November 2, 2012, join the YLS and the students and staff of Legal Prep to clean up the community around Legal Prep Charter Academy. 15 volunteers are needed. Legal Prep is located at 4319 W. Washington St. (approx. 1 mile from the Pulaski-Forest Park stop of the CTA blue line.). The clean up will go from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Come for an hour, stay for the entire time! Snacks and lunch will be provided. To volunteer, email yls [at] chicagobar.org.

YLS Repack Night at GCFD - November 7

October 23, 2012

So you want to be considered an expert in your field of practice?

Let's start with what you know.

Do you have years of law experience? Do you have an in-depth knowledge of the law you practice? Have you had many trials to hone your skills? Did you graduate with honors? What about your clients? Are they satisfied enough to recommend you?

CBA CLE Events

Take advantage of CLEAdvantage, the CBA Member Discount CLE Plan. Members can attend most CLE seminars for only $150 per plan year. Seminars are also webcast at www.chicagobar.org and the West LegalEdcenter (see costs online).

  • Harnessing MS Outlook for Practice Management (1.5 IL PR Credit, subject to approval): October 23/12:00-1:30 p.m./$30 Member/$60 Nonmember/$25 Gov't Member
  • Chicago Residential Landlord & Tenant Ordinance (2.75 IL MCLE Credit): October 23/3:00-6:00 p.m./$60 Member/$120 Nonmember/$45 Gov't Member
  • Pro Bono Week Event: Using Legal Skills to Protect Voting Rights (2 IL MCLE Credit): October 24/9:00-11:00 a.m./Complimentary for Members
  • Pro Bono Week Event: Walk a Month in My Shoes Simulation (2.25 IL PR Credit, subject to approval): October 25/2:00-5:00 p.m./St. Peter's in the Loop/Complimentary for Members

October 22, 2012

PMF Updates: Assessment Guide Posted, RSS Feeds, FAQs

If you are considering applying for the Presidential Management Fellows program, please note that the Assessment Guide has now been posted.  The Guide covers:

  • The Online Assessment: includes the Situational Judgment, Questionnaire and Essay Questions -- including tips on browsers, operating systems, and screen resolution. There's even a system check you can perform before starting the Online Assessment.
  • The In-Person Assessment: including the locations (yes, Chicago is one), admission rules, inclement weather/emergency protocol, and notification expectations

The application period will open on Monday, November 5, and close on Monday, November 19, 2012 at 11:59pm Eastern TimeThe entire application process, including submission of all necessary documents, must be completed during this time period. Reading through the browser information has been particularly emphasized by the PMF office due to problems for last year's applicants.  To keep abreast of all PMF updates, a new RSS Feed has been created on the PMF landing page as well. The FAQs throughout the website have been updated. 

Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair Links

3Ls/LLMs/JLCs: Upcoming Government Program Application Deadlines

The following government programs have 3L deadlines coming up in the next few weeks.  Details of these programs are provided in the 2012-13 Government Honors & Internship Handbook (login/password located in the Symplicity Quick Links).

Postgraduate Opportunities

·         New York City Law Department – One-Year Corporation Counsel Clerkship (Paid, Deadline 10/31/12)


Spring 2013 Opportunities

·         Election Assistance Commission – Office of General Counsel Law Clerkship Program (Paid, Deadline, 10/25/12)

2Ls: Upcoming Government Program Application Deadlines

The following government programs have 2L deadlines coming up in the next few weeks.  Details of these programs are provided in the 2012-13 Government Honors & Internship Handbook (login/password located in the Symplicity Quick Links). Programs with “Rolling Deadlines” review applications and fill positions on an ongoing basis, so apply early for these programs.


Summer 2013 Opportunities


 ·         Federal Bureau of Investigation – Summer Volunteer Internship (Unpaid, Deadline 10/22/12)

 ·         Ohio Attorney General’s Office – Summer Law Clerk Program (Paid, Deadline 10/29/12)

 ·         Securities & Exchange Commission – Summer Honors Law Program (Unpaid, Deadline 10/29/12)

 ·         Maricopa County Attorney – Law Clerk Program (Paid & Unpaid, Deadline 10/31/12)

 ·         Sacramento County CA District Attorney’s Office – Summer Law Student Internship Program (Paid, Deadline 10/31/12)

  ·         Federal Trade Commission – Bureau of Consumer Protection Summer Honors Legal Intern (Paid, Deadline 10/18/12 First Screening Deadline; 10/29/12 Final Deadlin  


Spring 2013 Opportunities

·         Election Assistance Commission – Office of General Counsel Law Clerkship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 10/25/12)

·         Executive Office of the President – Office of Administration General Counsel’s Office Law Student Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 10/29/12)