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  • Women in Leadership Program | School of Law | SIU
    Leadership Workshop 1 credit This two day workshop held during the January inter session explores the key attributes of leadership and the challenges that women face in the legal profession because of gender differences both real and perceived The course is team taught by a well respected faculty of lawyers judges and law professors who encourage students to actively participate through small group discussions mock negotiations simulated interviews and one or more short writing assignments Some of the topics discussed during the workshop include Leadership attributes and skills Gender and communication Gender and negotiation Gender in the workplace Interviewing Networking Developing a personal professional brand Balancing career and family Seeking election to leadership positions The program concludes with a networking dinner with practicing attorneys and judges from the southern Illinois region 2016 Women in Leadership Dinner Keynote Speaker Gloria Farha Flentje a member of SIU Law s charter class of 1976 will be the keynote speaker for this year s program Flentje is recognized as one of the most effective women leaders in the aerospace industry After serving for more than 20 years as a partner in one of Kansas s premier law firms she moved to Boeing as chief counsel where she served as Senior Vice President of Spirit AeroSystems a large international firm with over 13 000 employees and facilities all over the world Previous Keynote Speakers To view photographs from past events click here Left Sidebar Secondary Navigation Degree Programs Curriculum Clinics Centers Programs Academic Success Program Business Boot Camp Center for Health Law Policy Intellectual Property Law International Law Programs Lawyering Skills Program Moot Court Program Professional Development Program Women in Leadership Program Field Experiences Journals Semester Information Rules Honor Code The Need Although women have been attending and graduating from law school in almost equal

    Original URL path: http://www.law.siu.edu/academics/center-programs/women-in-leadership-program.html (2016-02-12)
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  • Public Interest Externships | School of Law | SIU
    legal service offices offices associated with a public university which have licensed attorneys on staff such as the SIU Legal Counsel SIU Student Attorney or the SIU Athletic Department Students may also work in non profit organizations which have in house counsel and federal state or local agencies which have attorneys on their staff These agencies include the Department of Public Health in Springfield Illinois an office of the state attorney general and similar agencies and offices Students who wish to clerk for state or federal judges should enroll in the Judicial Extern Clinic course Law 672 Field Placement Each placement site must be pre approved by the course instructor A list of currently approved sites is available here If a student wants to arrange to do an extern placement in a qualified office which is not currently approved the proposed site may apply for approval prior to the time the student enrolls for the course Applications are available in Kaplan Hall the Legal Clinic building As a result extern opportunities are available virtually anywhere there is a courthouse or a public interest or governmental law office Experiences The type of experiences a student has at an extern placement will vary with the type of office the student selects State s Attorney and Public Defender externs get into court and do traffic and misdemeanor bench trials and other types of courtroom work if they have a 711 License Legal work done in agencies and legal services providers will also vary Students should select an extern placement based on the types of skills they wish to develop and the experiences they desire In addition to working in the chosen legal office extern students must submit various paperwork throughout the semester and participate in class discussions via the course TWEN page Students

    Original URL path: http://www.law.siu.edu/academics/field-experiences/public-interest-externships.html (2016-02-12)
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  • Judicial Externships | School of Law | SIU
    build in depth knowledge of the legal topics involved in the case s the externs are assigned but limited ability to network with a lot of lawyers and judges Because externs work closely with the judge s law clerks these externships often provide excellent opportunities to get feedback to improve writing skills Trial courts Externs working in trial courts are immersed in the full range of trial procedures and motion practice of their supervising judge Although some courts have a specialized focus such as family law courts others expose externs to a potourri of legal issues on both the criminal and civil dockets The research and writing experiences available in trial court externships vary from judge to judge Federal trial judges typically offer writing experiences similar to appellate courts because those judges produce a lot of written opinions Conversely state trial judges more commonly rule from the bench As a result externs typically bring those judges the relevant case statutes and present their findings orally Because of the volume of activity in the trial courts they typically present the greatest opportunities to meet a wider cross section of the legal community In either setting students learn how courts operate become familiar with the duties of various court personnel and observe h ow judges handle ethical as well as substative and proceedural issues Click here for some of the practical lessons they have learned from their experiences Course Requirements The externship course is open to any student who has completed the first year of legal studies and has a cumulative grade point average of at least 2 6 or with approval of the externship faculty supervisor if the student s grade point average is under 2 6 For more information on enrollment requirements see the School of Law Rules relating to

    Original URL path: http://www.law.siu.edu/academics/field-experiences/judicial-externships/index.html (2016-02-12)
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  • Semester-in-Practice Programs | School of Law | SIU
    Employers Academics Breadcrumb Navigation Home Academics Field Experiences Semester in Practice programs Share this page Semester in Practice programs Our Semester in Practice programs allow students to study away from the law school in Carbondale while earning a full semester s academic credit Each program combines a substantial externship opportunity with courses related to a particular field of study Criminal Trial Practice Program The Criminal Trial Practice Program focuses on criminal law and allows students the opportunity to work at the Missouri Public Defender s Office in Jackson Missouri and the State s Attorney Office in Cook County Illinois Other locations may be available as well For more information you may contact Professor William A Schroeder wschroe siu edu 618 453 8747 Health Law Policy Program The Health Law Policy Program also offers students externship opportunities in Springfield Illinois with a focus on health law and policy For more information you may contact Professor Jennifer Brobst jbrobst siu edu 618 453 8702 Law and Government Program The Law and Government Program offers students externship opportunities in Springfield Illinois the state capital that focus on state and local governments For more information you may contact Professor Mark Brittingham mabritt siu edu 618 453 8744 Intellectual Property Program The IP Semester in Practice IPSIP is an in novative program that gets students hands on experience in the practice of in tellectual property The IPSIP program allows students to get academic credit for in terning at a firm or organization anywhere in the U S or world for that matter So far IPSIP students have spent their last semester in law school working in Chicago Washington D C Southern California and Nashville The student has the opportunity to find a placement that suits their in terests working in the part of the in

    Original URL path: http://www.law.siu.edu/academics/field-experiences/semester-in-practice.html (2016-02-12)
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  • Illinois Innocence Project | School of Law | SIU
    of Law work with the Illinois Innocence Project to help exonerate wrongfully convicted prisoners Law students participating in Spring semester 2011 from left Christine Hummert Heather Dragoo Jennifer Donnelly Amanda Reed Angela Rollins and Nicole LaForte With the students are from left Professor William A Schroeder and Assistant Professor Christopher W Behan Photo by Chelsea Sturgeon The innocence project reviews evidence and uses post conviction advanced forensic DNA testing Evidence is reviewed for eyewitness misidentification false confessions ineffective counsel unreliable forensic evidence and misconduct by prosecutors and police If a case is taken the services are provided for free In the News Mother wrongfully convicted of son s murder shares her story with students Mother wrongly convicted of son s death UIS Illinois Innocence Project helps innocent man gain freedom in Marion County case Illinois man pleads no contest in fatal stabbing will leave prison after 14 years Project plans to go statewide Group pursues posthumous exoneration in 1981 stabbing Advocates Clear wrongly convicted man Advocates ask Quinn to clear wrongly convicted man in Mount Vernon Prisoner Review Board asked to exonerate dead man Fighting for exoneration of a convict long dead Fighting for Justice Downstate Innocence Project asks for

    Original URL path: http://www.law.siu.edu/academics/field-experiences/illinois-innocence-project.html (2016-02-12)
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  • Immigration Detention Project | School of Law | SIU
    Rights presentation to the immigration detainees Written Know Your Rights packets which provide basic legal information in several different languages are distributed to the detainees The law students then conduct individual intake interviews with any interested detainees to assess whether the detainees legal needs are being met This project is coordinated with the National Immigration Justice Center based in Chicago which provides follow up legal services for many of the detainees who have meritorious cases The Project is supported in part by a grant the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation Client R Story R is a young man from Guatemala He used to be a member of a gang in Guatemala and when he was 15 years old he was tortured by the police due to his gang involvement After leaving Guatemala he decided to leave the gang He feared that if returned to Guatemala he would face persecution from the gang for having left the gang or alternately face repeated torture by the police for his gang involvement as they would not recognize that he d left the gang After coming into contact with R through the Know Your Rights program NIJC was able to accept his case and represent him in his application for protection based relief He was ultimately granted relief under the Convention Against Torture and released from custody Client A Story A is a 42 year old man from El Salvador He is married to a US Citizen and has four US Citizen children He was granted Lawful Permanent Resident status in the past but became removable due to a theft conviction that had a suspended sentence of several years Although he only had to serve 90 days in jail A s offense was considered an aggravated felony After finding A through the Know Your Rights

    Original URL path: http://www.law.siu.edu/academics/field-experiences/immigration-detention.html (2016-02-12)
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  • Bartylalk Program | School of Law | SIU
    Experiences Bartylak Fellowship Program Share this page Bartylak Fellowship Program The Joseph R Bartylak Public Interest Fellowship Program was created to assist students who accept nonpaying full time defined as 35 or more hours per week 7 weeks public interest summer internships following their first or second year of law school The Fellowship Program is named in honor of the Joseph Bartylak who served as executive director of the Land of Lincoln Assistance Foundation from 1976 to 2004 SIU School of Law set up the fellowship in July 2004 after it received 425 000 in unclaimed funds from the 2001 settlement of a consumer protection lawsuit involving MCI Public interest is defined liberally and includes internships in any non profit legal office including but not limited to governmental agencies non governmental organizations consumer advocacy groups and legal services offices The funds are to be used to assist the Fellows in meeting their basic living expenses during the internship period Bartylak Fellows may participate in internships anywhere in the world however first priority shall be given to internship experiences in the Metro East area of St Louis Missouri i e the Illinois side of the Mississippi River and second priority shall

    Original URL path: http://www.law.siu.edu/academics/field-experiences/bartylak-fellowship-program.html (2016-02-12)
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  • SIU first Illinois law school to create pro bono requirement
    inception 40 years ago SIU School of Law has acted on its commitment to serve the public good That commitment has led to initiatives that have helped SIU earn recognition as a leader in the development of programs such as lawyering skills professionalism health law and policy and the Self Help Legal Center the first such program in the country to be housed at a law school Although a pro bono requirement for law students is not unique to SIU it is unique among law schools in Illinois Dean Cynthia Fountaine believes that SIU Law s mission the talents of its faculty and the characteristics of its student body combine to make SIU the natural leader for this initiative in Illinois Our students have repeatedly demonstrated that they are eager to jump into opportunities that allow them to exercise their new legal skills in real world settings They bring with them their passion to make a meaningful impact for individuals and organizations and we provide the structure and help open the doors so that they can develop these passions into careers The law school was recently recognized by preLaw magazine as a top law school for externships based on the percentage of students who participate in field placements Under the new rule formally adopted by SIU s faculty today as national Pro Bono Week comes to a close students entering law school starting in fall 2014 will be required to complete 35 hours of approved pro bono work prior to graduation The work must be law related uncompensated supervised by an attorney and not for academic credit 3L Kerrianne Waters who serves as the volunteer coordinator for the law school s Self Help Legal Center is excited about the initiative I believe that a pro bono initiative will allow students

    Original URL path: http://www.law.siu.edu/news/2013/10-25-2013.html (2016-02-12)
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