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In mid-November, DePaul law students and the Pro Bono Community Service Initiative (PBCSI) joined nearly 1,000 other regional volunteers to serve approximately 600 of Chicago’s homeless at the St. Vincent de Paul Center’s Homeless Outreach Luncheon in Lincoln Park. The service day was one of PBCSI’s monthly Donate-A-Day community service projects for law students. College of Law Chaplain Tom Judge and other DePaul Loop Campus students also participated.
Cheryl Zalenski, director of the American Bar Association Center for Pro Bono, and Kelly Tautges, director of Pro Bono & Court Advocacy at the Chicago Bar Foundation, discussed federal and state efforts to increase Access to Justice initiatives with law students at DePaul University College of Law in late October.
Over one million residents in Illinois live under the poverty level and cannot pay for legal assistance, but there are only approximately 300 attorneys who provide legal aid pro bono service in Illinois. The Access to Justice movement strives to connect all interested parties in coordinated efforts to bring legal aid to those communities in need of legal representation.
Third-year law student Sam Keen was selected as a finalist for the PSJD Pro Bono Publico Award, which honors one law student nationwide for his or her pro bono contributions to society. The award aims to recognize the significant contributions that law students make to underserved populations, the public interest community and legal education by performing pro bono work. Keen was nominated for the award because of his continued dedication to the Chicago community, both through his volunteer work with DePaul’s Neighborhood Legal Assistance Project (NLAP) and his public interest internships he has completed during law school.
Keen’s dedication to NLAP has gone above and beyond a typical student volunteer commitment. The first of its kind at DePaul, NLAP is a law student pro bono help desk for the homeless. NLAP takes place twice a month on Saturday mornings at a breakfast program for the homeless run by a local church. NLAP assists guests with sealing and expunging their criminal records and obtaining state IDs. NLAP also provides clients with brief advice about housing and family law, as well as public benefits and available social service resources. NLAP is staffed with a supervising attorney and four to six law student volunteers per session.
On Wednesday, October 9, 2013, the Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL), the Public Interest Law Association (PILA) and Law Career Services (LCS) hosted a lunchtime information session on how to find a summer public interest law job and secure funding. During the presentation, Elizabeth Boe, assistant director of recruiting, LCS, Shaye Loughlin, CPIL director and Robin Wagner, a third year student and PILA president offered advice to students seeking summer internships with public interest organizations.
All of the presenters advised students to begin the internship search early, as public interest internships are competitive. To help students find positions, Elizabeth Boe introduced students to the primary job posting sites: Vincent, PSJD, PILI, and the Government Honors/Internship Handbook. Upper-level students also gave their perspectives on ways to maximize the summer externship experience, including Robin Wagner’s tip of diversifying internships in order to build skills. Hannah Scruton, a 2L, discussed her internship at the Office of the Public Guardian, which she got in part through her CPIL mentor. The information session also gave first-year law students an overview of the possible funding sources available to public interest interns, and gave them a timeline for beginning to apply for summer positions.
The presentation was videotaped and can be accessed via iTunes U; look for Law Career Services under “On Campus.”
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The Center for Public Interest Law hosted a series of "brown bag" lunch events this semester, partnering students and attorneys in a small and informal setting to promote mentorship in the legal community.
The series consisted of three lunches, each focusing on a different area of law tailored to students interested in the respective fields. The first lunch centered on immigration law, featuring attorneys from the National Immigration Justice Center and the Legal Assistance Foundation. Part two revolved around criminal defense, with public, appellate, and federal defenders attending.
The third and final installment in the series, held on November 14, featured practitioners from distinct Civil Legal Aid organizations, such as the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, Illinois Legal Aid Online, the Legal Assistance Foundation, the Lawyers Committee for Better Housing and the Legal Aid Society.
All three lunches allowed students to ask questions, gain the insight and knowledge of people with experience, and find the resources necessary to get a foot in the proverbial door. While this is the very first time CPIL has run the series, the positive response bodes well for future plans.
The DePaul Legal Clinic was recently spotlighted as one of the city’s best. Earlier this month, the National Law Journal included the College of Law's clinical programs in its Best of Chicago 2012 awards, reader’s choice recognition of the top legal programs in Chicago. The award follows DePaul's recent unveiling of the Housing & Community Development Legal Clinic.
Established in spring 2012, the Housing & Community Development Legal clinic aids in the preservation and expansion of affordable housing in Chicago. It was developed and directed by Assistant Clinical Professor Julie Lawton, former senior supervising attorney to Georgetown’s housing law clinic.
The new clinic offers students opportunities to provide transactional legal assistance to small for-profit and nonprofit organizations engaged in affordable housing and community development work. Law students work with the institute to provide legal perspective in the development of policy initiatives to support the creation and preservation of affordable rental housing in the city. The Housing & Community Development clinic is aligned with the Institute for Housing Studies, an affordable housing research center in DePaul’s Driehaus College of Business.
DePaul University has a long tradition of community-based service learning, and the College of Law continues to exemplify this practice through its legal clinics. In the DePaul Legal Clinic, students have worked to defend copyright and trademark issues, represented clients in immigration court, drafted and negotiated housing contracts, and represented clients convicted of felony offenses in the appellate court.
This year, the Chicago Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild will honor Professor Leonard Cavise, Director of the Center for Public Interest Law, with the Arthur Kinoy People’s Law Award at the annual NLG dinner on November 2, 2012. Professor Cavise is recognized for his commitment to the struggle for justice, global equality, and for his tireless mentorship of the next generation of People’s lawyers.
In addition to his national and international contributions to the fight for social justice, Professor Cavise has taught at DePaul University College of Law since 1983. At DePaul, he was a founding member of the International Human Rights Law Institute (IHRLI) and the Director of the Americas Program. In response to student requests, Professor Cavise founded DePaul’s Center for Public Interest (CPIL) in 2004. He is also founder and director of the Chiapas Human Rights Practicum, now in its fourteenth year. Additionally, Professor Cavise was instrumental in creating the Journal for Social Justice, the Pro Bono Community Service Initiative, and CPIL’s quarterly newsletter, The Advocate.
Reservations for the NLG Annual Dinner honoring Professor Cavise may be made here.
UCLA Professor Hiroshi Motomura will discuss the role of state and local governments in addressing immigration and citizenship as DePaul University College of Law's Enlund Scholar-in-Residence. The Enlund Lecture, one of the College of Law's centennial celebration events, is free and open to the public and will be held on October 25 at 3 p.m. in the DePaul Center, 1 E. Jackson Blvd., Chicago.
State regulation of immigration is a hot topic, especially after two recent Supreme Court decisions regarding such efforts by the state of Arizona (Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting and Arizona v. United States). Professor Motomura will put these cases in a larger historical and theoretical context. State and local laws on immigration and immigrants have a long history, and they raise issues thatare fundamental not only to American constitutional law but also to the definition of U.S. citizenship itself.
Hiroshi Motomura is the Susan Westerberg Prager Professor of Law at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His book, "Americans in Waiting: The Lost Story of Immigration and Citizenship in the United States" (Oxford 2006), won the 2006 Professional and Scholarly Publishing Award from the Association of American Publishers as the year’s best book in law and legal studies, and was chosen by the U.S. Department of State for its suggested reading list for foreign service officers. He is co-author of two casebooks—"Immigration and Citizenship: Process and Policy" and "Forced Migration: Law and Policy"—and author of some of the most frequently cited pieces in the field, starting with "Immigration Law After a Century of Plenary Power: Phantom Constitutional Norms and Statutory Interpretation," in the Yale Law Journal (1990). Professor Motomura’s current project is "Immigration Outside the Law," under contract with Oxford University Press.
Please register for the Enlund Lecture at law.depaul.edu/enlund by October 18.
DePaul University College of Law is an accredited Illinois MCLE provider. This event has been approved for one hour of CLE credit.
About the Enlund Scholar-in-Residence Program
Established in 1988, thanks to a gift from the late E. Stanley Enlund (’42), the endowed Enlund Scholar-in-Residence Program deepens our understanding of the law and its role in society. The College of Law selects the scholars, jurists and lawyers who serve as Enlund Scholars based on the meaningful contributions they have made to the development of law and legal institutions through their research, advocacy and practice.