BLSA Blast! (For the Week of Feb 21st)

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Chicago-Kent and LSAC: So You Think You Want to be a Lawyer Event

Chicago-Kent in partnership with the Law Admission Council’s (LSAC) Outreach Initiative is hosting the “So You Think You Want to be a Lawyer” project in Spring 2016 for interested high school students. This two part series is open to new and returning participants and will be held on Saturday, Feb. 27th and Saturday, March 5th.  Participants will discuss strategies they can use to prepare for law school while in high school and college and more. All of the programs will be interactive allowing participants to engage in hands on activities and meet current law students and attorneys. See the attached flyer for ways to participate and how to RSVP.

FDLA Training for 711 Students

First Defense Legal Aid provides free legal representation to people at Chicago Police Stations through a 24-hour hotline. This upcoming session will train 711 students to become volunteers for its 24-hour hotline. Training topics will include: understanding the rights of individuals in police custody, providing direct legal representation to clients in police custody, and understanding the law concerning station house defense. When: March 1st 12pm- 1:30pm. Where: Room 580.  See attached flyer for more details!

Chicago-Kent Diversity Week 2016

Show your true self! Chicago-Kent’s diversity week is February 29- March 5. See the attached flyer for more information and details about events!!

City-Wide Events

Accenture and Kirkland & Eliis LLP:

Accenture and Kirkland & Ellis are offering a panel discussion entitled, “Careers in Law:  In-house vs. Large Law Firm”, Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, 300 N. LaSalle Street, 6th Floor Conference Center, Chicago, IL 60654.  Panel discussion from 5:30-6:30 p.m., reception immediately follows.  Registration deadline is Wednesday, February 24, 2016Click here to register and for more information.

Diversity at Seyfarth Networking Event:

Seyfarth Shaw invites you to join them for a cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and networking event with attorneys from their National Diversity Action Team and their African American Attorneys Affinity Groupto celebrate black history month.  Monday February 29th, 2016 from 5pm-7pm. Location: Seyfarth Shaw  LLP, 131 S. Dearborn Street, Chicago IL. See the attached flyer for more information and details on how to RSVP.


BWLA Scholarship Fund– 2016 Spring Essay Scholarships:

The BWLA Scholarship Fund will award at least three 2016 Spring Essay Scholarships with a grand prize of at least $5,000!  Deadline to apply with supporting documents is FridayMarch 18, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. CST.  Click here for more information!

Jobs/Internships/Other Opportunities

Bloggers Wanted:

Texas A&M University student Clarissa Dauphin has started a blog titled “Haitian Law Students”. It is a blog that focuses on issues relating to Haiti. She is looking to connect with other Haitian law students at schools outside of TAMU. If you are interested in being a co-blogger or connecting with Clarissa, please email her

The blog’s website is:

Election Day Poll Worker:

The Cook County Clerk’s Office is recruiting lawyers to serve as suburban poll workers for the March 15, 2016 Presidential Primary.  Poll workers are an essential part of the democratic process as they both assist voters and ensure the polling place is running smoothly.  It is also a unique opportunity for lawyers to learn about the nuts and bolts of Illinois election procedures.  Poll workers are paid $175 or $325 depending on the position they choose.  Visit or call (312) 603-0655 to learn more and apply online.

2017-2018 Federal Law Clerk Hiring:

Federal law clerk applications are being accepted for the 2017-2018 termJudgeAlker Meyer, a U.S. District Judge in Connecticut, is seeking three candidates to begin in June 2017-2018 and two candidates to begin in late August 2017-2018.  2L and 3Lapplicants as well as post-grad applicants with work experience or will have prior appellate court clerkship experience.  Click here for more details.

The Governor’s Office James H. Dunn, Jr. Memorial Fellowship:

The Dunn Fellowship Program offers lawyers an opportunity to experience firsthand the operations of state government and the General Counsel’s Office for one year beginning in August 2016.  Applications are due by Monday, February 29, 2016.  Click here for more details on how to apply.

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