SBA Newsletter – July 2022

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July 14, 2022

Announcements

Hope everyone is having a great summer! Newsletters will be sent out over the summer as updates are available. We will resume weekly newsletters at the start of the fall semester.

ACLU of Illinois Fellowship Opportunity: The Roger Baldwin Foundation of the ACLU of Illinois (ACLU of Illinois) is currently accepting applications from qualified rising third-year law students and recent law graduates with a commitment to civil rights and civil liberties and strong legal research and writing skills, who seek a host organization for an externally-funded fellowship. The focus of this fellowship will be investigating and litigating violations of the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which affords a right to adequate legal representation to people who have been charged with a crime and face the possibility of jail time, regardless of their ability to pay for an attorney.

Applicants should send the following materials to fellowshipcommittee:

  • A current resume

  • A cover letter

  • clearly stating the academic year or other timeframe for which you seek a fellowship;

  • specifying the name(s) and deadline(s) of the fellowship(s) for which you are applying; and

  • describing your commitment to civil rights and civil liberties, as well as efforts to transform the criminal legal system, to protect the rights of marginalized groups impacted by the criminal legal system, and to combat systemic racism.

Priority consideration will be given to those who contact us before August 1. Later applications will also be considered. We review submissions on a rolling basis.

Cook County Public Defender Hiring Fall 2022 Interns: The Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender provides law students the opportunity to learn more about the criminal and juvenile justice systems by participating in our Internship Program as a volunteer. The Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender is currently organized into several divisions: Juvenile Justice, Legal Resources (Appeals and Post-Conviction), Felony Trial, Multiple Defendants, First Municipal (Misdemeanor, Traffic and Domestic Violence), Civil (Child Protection and Mental Health), Homicide Task Force, Police Station Representation Unit and five suburban division (Bridgeview, Markham, Maywood, Rolling Meadows and Skokie).

The program is typically a 6 to 12 week assignment. Volunteers are assigned to work with specific attorneys and/or on specific projects. Typically, students are expected to volunteer at least 12 hours per week during the summer, fall, or spring program. They may be assigned to any of the divisions within the office provided they meet the qualifications. The number of volunteers allowed to work in the office will be determined by the Public Defender at the beginning of each semester. Some students may receive academic credit and/or a stipend through their school for their volunteer work, but they are required to make their own arrangements with their educational institutions to receive such credit and/or funding.

More information and the application are available here. Applications close July 19, 2022.

ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) Webinar: Ever wonder what working on environmental law at a larger firm looks like? Law students who are interested in environmental, energy, and/or resources law are encouraged to attend this free event, organized by the ABA Environment, Energy, and Resources Section (SEER)’s Environmental Law Society Network, to interact with nearly 20 environmental attorneys who are in private practice!

The webinar will be on Friday, July 22nd at 11AM. During the event, each attorney will introduce themselves, discuss their career, and then law students will break out into zoom rooms for Q&A sessions with the attorneys in attendance

Here is the link to register: https://americanbar.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYkceitqTkrE9Q9wK-l082XF-HiGEBudGAy

Student Organizations

LAMBDAS: LAMBDAS is excited to share a “Know your Rights” webinar for trans students and their educators that will provide an overview of both the laws and resources that can support young students to live their authentic self at school, as well as address the recent anti-trans laws that many states have been trying to pass that unfairly target trans young people and the adults who support them. This webinar will address both the legal rights and challenges of students in Texas and other states where the government is aggressively targeting trans young people, as well as the laws that protect trans students across the United States. Sign up here.

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Upcoming Events

JULY 27TH: Trans Freedom Summer School – Webinar

More events may be found on the SBA calendar. Please make sure you are accessing via your Kent email address.

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