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Public Interest Fellowship Season Kick-Off Talk and Reception

Create Your Own Job Through the Shaffer and Bank of America Foundation Fellowships

4:30 talk in the Courtroom followed by 6:00 reception in Eck Commons

Shaffer Fellows, Leigh Loman and Enrique Romero and Bank of America Foundation Fellow, Jason Sethen, will speak about how they created their own public interest job opportunities through the Shaffer and BOAF Fellowships, Fellowships designed solely for NDLS students and given out every year. The fellows will be hosted at a 6:00 reception where they will discuss public interest opportunities with students while NDLS student organizations table at the event.

Co-sponsored by CDO, GALILEE, WLF, PILF, Hispanic Law Students Association, Legal Voices for Children & Youth, ACS, St. Thomas More Society, and the SBA


Launch Your Public Interest Career in Chicago through the Public Interest Law Initiative

12:30 lunchtime talk in Room 1310

Michael Bergmann, Executive Director of the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI), Rebekah Newman, Summer 2015 PILI Intern at Business People for the Professional Interest (BPI), and Alisa Finelli, 2015 PILI Fellow at the Chicago Legal Clinic, will discuss great opportunities to work with PILI, a unique organization dedicated to launching public interest careers in Chicago. Michael, Bekah, and Alisa will speak about PILI’s internship and Fellow programs and how to get funded to work in public interest jobs in Chicago. Co-sponsored by the Public Interest Law Forum


The Ultimate Public Interest Resume Builder: Externships 12:30 lunchtime talk in Room 1130 Illinois Commerce Commission, Director of Diversity and Community Affairs, Danisha Hall (NDLS 2011), Illinois Commerce Commission, Legal and Policy Advisor to Commissioner Sherina Maye, Annie McKeon (NDLS 2015), National Immigrant Justice Center Association Director of Legal Services, Lisa Koop, and 2L Mark Romis, who spent his summer at the Chicago Low Income Housing Trust will speak about their career paths and how public interest externships have advanced their careers. Co-sponsored by the Black Law Students Association, Public Interest Law Forum, and Women’s Legal Forum

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7: Life as a DOJ Attorney and How to Become One 12:30 Lunchtime talk in Room 3130 DOJ Antitrust Division Attorneys, Kevin Culum and Molly Kelly, will speak about their careers working in the DOJ’s antitrust Division and will talk about how the DOJ hires, both for its summer programs and honors programs after law school. Co-sponsored by the Public Interest Law Forum, Future Prosecuting Attorney’s Council


Suing the Government Is a Growth Industry: How to make the most from your law degree (and your life) with a career in public-interest law 12:30: Lunchtime talk in Room 1130 Sometimes law students are told they have two options: a miserable life earning decent money at a law firm, or a rewarding job coupled with a vow of poverty. This isn’t true. On October 8, Jeff Rowes, a senior attorney with the Institute for Justice, will discuss his public-interest career and steps you can take to have a career at IJ. The Institute for Justice, the nation’s leading libertarian public-interest law firm, offers the best of both worlds: cutting-edge constitutional litigation on issues that actually matter to real people, combined with competitive pay. Sound interesting? Learn what steps you can take now to put yourself on a path to litigating the kind of cases you read about in the newspaper and your casebooks. Co-sponsored with the Federalist Society and ACLU


Educating Law Students on the Rights and Needs of Workers: The Peggy Browning Fund, three union-side attorneys, and a member of the National Labor Review Board will discuss current topics in Labor and Employment law, past developments that led to the current landscape, and the future of the field and unions. 4:00 to 5:00 in the Courtroom - Presentation with Robert Hicks (Macey Swanson and Allman), Ellizabeth Rowe (Dowd, Bloch, Bennett & Cervone), Daniel Murphy (National Labor Review Board), and David O’Brien Suetholz (Kircher, Suetholz & Grayson); Moderated by Professor Barbara Fick 5:00 to 6:00 in the Faculty Lounge – Reception


Starting Your Public Interest Career on the Right Foot: Your Summer Public Interest Job 3Ls Christina Jones (DOJ and Legal Aid Society of San Francisco) and Kat Brown (Orange County District Attorney’s Office) and 2L Kathleen Wood (Animal Welfare Institute) will discuss their summer public interest jobs and how they will leverage their summer jobs to launch their public interest careers going forward. 12:30 Lunchtime Talk in Room 1310 Co-sponsored by PILF, FPAC, WLF, and Legal Voices for Children & Youth


Create Your Dream Public Interest Job Through the Equal Justice Works and Skadden Fellowships 12:30: Lunchtime Talk in Room 1310 Dory Mitros Durham, a former Skadden fellow and Zenaida Alonzo, a former EJW fellow will speak on campus about how they created their public interest dream careers through their fellowship projects. Dory created a project at the Indiana Legal Services where her work centered on assisting immigrant victims of crimes or other forms of exploitation. Zenaida partnered with the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless creating a mobile kid-friendly legal aid clinic. Co-Sponsored by WLF, Hispanic Law Students Association, and PILF