Wednesday, February 22, 2006


HNBA Recognition & Installation Reception

Honoring outstanding HNBA Members

Hon. Patricia Mendoza and Rick Meza, MALDEF Regional Counsel
Nelson Castillo, National HNBA President, Keynote Speaker
Special welcome to our newest HNBA affiliate, the Puerto Rican Bar Association

February 28, 2006
Gardner Carton & Douglas located at 191 North Wacker Drive, Suite 3700
Complimentary Event & Cocktail Reception
5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

RSVP to Karina Ayala-Bermejo at 312-554-2041 or via e-mail at no later than 2/27/06.

Friday, February 17, 2006


HNBA Intellectual Property Law Conference - Seattle - March 9th to the 11th

Dear HNBA Members:

The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is pleased to invite you to attend the HNBA Intellectual Property Law Conference on March 9, 10 and 11, 2006 in beautiful Seattle, Washington.  This event will be co-hosted by Microsoft Corporation and by The Latina/o Bar Association of Washington.

Prominent practitioners will lecture and lead discussions regarding the issues and challenges encountered in the course of Intellectual Property(IP) Law practice.  Business leaders and leading academic scholars will also discuss topics related to commercial aspects of IP.  This event will provide a great opportunity for private attorneys, in-house counsels, foreign attorneys and business professionals to exchange ideas and network during the conference and at our social events.

Part of the conference will occur on Microsoft's Redmond, Washington Campus with significant benefits for attendees:

     * The first 200 conference registrants will receive a FREE copy of Microsoft's Professional Edition Office 2003 software.  Hurry and register while there is still time!!!!
      * All conference attendees will receive a pass to shop and make purchases at Microsoft's Company Store at HUGE discounts.

*** Note:   CLE accreditation of the conference program is pending and government attorneys may not be eligible to receive free benefits.

I look forward to seeing you all in Seattle!!!

Nelson Castillo
National President
Hispanic National Bar Association

Thursday, February 16, 2006


HLAI scholarship dinner

Our sister organization, HLAI, is having their 10th annual scholarship and awards dinner.
Date:    Thursday, March 16
Time:   Cocktails (open bar) from 6:00-7:00
           Dinner and program  7:00
           After Dinner Music 9:30-10 p.m. by Sones de Mexico
Place:   The Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier
            600 East Grand Ave, Chicago, IL
Tickets $100
Student ticket $75
For more information contact Joseph Torres at 312-558-7334 or


Employment Law Seminar at Evanston-Northwestern's SBDC

On Wednesday, February 22, from 6-8 p.m., I'll be giving an employment law seminar at Evanston-Northwestern's Small Business Development Center (SBDC), at the ITEC Building, 1801 Maple, Evanston. 

Due to co-sponsorship from the SBDC, the Illinois Technology Enterprise Center-Evanston and The Technology Innovation Center, the seminar is free. 

Registration is via e-mail to Victoria Montes, the SBDC's Director, at or via phone at 847-866-1817.

The seminar should largely be a round-table discussion, i.e., q&a.  As opposed to lecturing, I intend to answer questions and turn the seminar into a free flowing discussion of how employment law impacts whatever issues participants want to raise.  

Charles A. Krugel

Human Resources Attorney & Consultant
Labor & Employment Law on Behalf of Management &
Director, Legal & Compliance Services
The Human Resource Store (
P:  312-804-3851

Tuesday, February 14, 2006


BP's 2006 Summer Legal Intern Program

Thank you very much for agreeing to assist BP with its Summer Legal Intern Program for 2006.  I have attached the electronic version of the BP Legal  2006 Summer Internship Program brochure for you to distribute to eligible   law students.  This brochure contains information about BP as a company,  contacts, scholarship requirements and the application that is due in our  offices on or before March 6, 2006.   
For your quick reference I have listed highlights of the BP Summer Legal Intern Program: 

* Students who have completed only one year of law school 
* Students who can demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion
* Competitive pay
* Application to be received by March 6, 2006
* Determination of our 2006 summer interns will be made no later than March 24, 2006
* One-time scholarship to assist with legal education
* Rotate summer intern among BP's various practice groups - generally working one or two weeks in a group
Please contact me if you have any questions.  
Diana Mendoza 
Senior Paralegal - Health, Safety & Environment 
BP America Inc. 
4101 Winfield Road 
Warrenville, Illinois 60555 
630-821-2278 - Phone 
630-821-3406 - Fax


Assistant Attorney General - Special Prosecutions-Financial Crimes Prosecutions Unit

Financial Crimes Prosecution Unit

The Financial Crimes Prosecution Unit is a specialized prosecution group based in Chicago that investigates and prosecutes a wide variety of economic crimes throughout Illinois. Those prosecutions include cases involving sophisticated insurance, securities, mortgage, and other types of fraud schemes, embezzlement schemes, and public corruption. Cases are received from federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and from county states attorneys.

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

An Assistant Attorney General assigned to the unit will prosecute cases throughout the state and should expect to travel. Cases in the unit are handled as vertical prosecutions which means that Assistants are expected to provide legal advice and assistance to law enforcement agencies during the course of investigation, evaluate cases for prosecution, initiate prosecutions, and handle their cases through sentencing and post-trial motions. Assistant Attorneys General in the unit frequently conduct grand jury investigations and should expect to litigate grand jury matters. Search warrants, overhears and in some instances undercover operations are used in some investigations. Assistant Attorneys General are expected to draft petitions for and obtain search warrants and overhear orders and work with law enforcement in planning undercover operations.

Minimum Qualifications

The candidate should have an in depth knowledge of the principles of criminal law, particularly as they relate to white collar crime. Knowledge of the law evidence as it relates to privileges is particularly important. Familiarity with grand jury procedure would be a plus. The candidate must have three to five years of felony trial experience preferably with at least some of it involving trials of white collar crime cases. The candidate must be an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois at the time of application and be willing to travel.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience, the salary range is $43,000 to $60,000.

To ensure full consideration, please send cover letter and resume to:

Ruta Stropus
Director of Attorney Recruitment and Professional Development
Attn: Adelaida Otero
Office of the Attorney General
100 W. Randolph Street 12th Fl.
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Fax: 312-814-5024

Monday, February 13, 2006


Defense Research Institute (DRI) Minority Seminar

On June 1st and 2nd, at the Westin River North Hotel in Chicago, the DRI
is going to have its first annual diversity seminar - Diversity for
Success: Recruiting, Retaining and Rainmaking for Minority Lawyers and
Law Firms.

Don't miss this innovative seminar for minority attorneys and law firm
leaders designed to improve marketing skills and increase law firm
success at recruiting and retaining minority attorneys. This is a
unique opportunity for minority lawyers and their law firms to interview
with corporations committed to diversifying their national outside
counsel panels. Learn techniques from award-winning law firms, top
minority rainmakers and successful diversity consultants.

This is a great professional opportunity for minority attendees to be
interviewed. All attendees are guaranteed a minimum number of
interviews. Attendees will submit personal and firm resumes and
corporations will identify geographic and practice area needs.

Please let me know if you would consider informing your members about
this wonderful opportunity. if you want to learn more, do not hesitate
to e-mail me at or call at (305) 347-1544.


Immigration Pro Bono Opportunity

Dear Puerto Rican Bar Association:

Greetings from the Legal Services Center for Immigrants, a special project of the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago. We are presently in great need of pro bono attorneys to represent immigrant victims of domestic violence in their immigration cases. Even though our pro bono project has over thirty-five trained volunteers, we are still unable to provide a volunteer attorney to every victim who comes to us for help. We hope that the Puerto Rican Bar Association can help us assist these victims by promoting this volunteer opportunity to your members. In addition to changing lives, our volunteers gain valuable training in immigration law, and have flexibility in choosing when to complete the work.

Because our current immigration system is largely family-based, many immigrants who suffer from domestic violence will stay in abusive relationships because their abusers hold control of their future immigration status. The passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) by Congress in 1994 provided immigrant victims of domestic violence the ability to file VAWA self-petitions, allowing them to seek immigration benefits without any participation by their abuser. The Legal Services Center for Immigrants has two attorneys and two paralegals who represent VAWA petitioners and has trained and mentored over 35 private attorneys in the Chicago area to prepare and file VAWA cases.

You can help clients like Ana by volunteering with our project. Training for the VAWA is available online in the form of a web-cast video. The web-cast lasts 2.5 hours and is accompanied by our comprehensive VAWA Pro Bono manual. We will be applying to have this training approved for MCLE credit. Following the online training, volunteers are invited to our office to meet the staff and have any remaining questions answered. We estimate that an advocate’s first VAWA case will take between 10 and 25 hours to complete, and we ask that volunteers send us completed petitions for our final review within 2-3 months of accepting a case.

Attached to this letter is a brochure about our VAWA pro bono project. If you are interested in participating, or have questions, please contact the pro bono coordinator Sara Murray, or one of the attorneys listed below.


Sara Murray
VAWA Pro Bono Coordinator
Legal Services Center for Immigrants

Carol Waldman
VAWA Staff Attorney

Lisa Palumbo
Supervisory Attorney


Walgreen's Attorney Posting

The Walgreen Company is the leading U.S. drugstore chain in sales, store growth and technology use. The company's strategy is to be the nation's most convenient healthcare provider. Sales for fiscal 2005 topped $42 billion produced by more than 5000 stores located in 44 states and Puerto Rico. With over 425 store openings per year, Walgreen's will operate over 7000 stores by 2010.

Responsibilities: Attorney will act as corporate counsel for Walgreen's in the area of employment and labor law.

Excellent leadership skills with a background of corporate exposure, superior communication skills (i.e., written and verbal)

This individual will have well-rounded interpersonal skills, an executive presence and the ability to influence with credibility, analysis and judgment. Strong interpersonal, relationship building and presentation skills will facilitate success as a service provider to business units.


The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 6 years of experience in employment litigation, personnel matters and traditional labor matters i.e. contract negotiation, grievance and arbitration proceedings). J.D. degree is required. Experience with EO/AA desirable.

Prior experience with class-based employment litigation

If yourself or someone within your networking environment would like additional information please send a resume to or contact me , Jim Reilly, Corporate Manager, Recruitment & Diversity Services, at 847-914-8811.


Assistant Attorney General - General Law - Chicago

The General Law Bureau of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office is seeking attorneys with sound judgment and excellent research and writing skills. A strong candidate will have a demonstrated interest in and enthusiasm for litigation and trial work. A strong candidate will also have 3 or more years of litigation experience, especially employment litigation experience and a demonstrated commitment to public service.

The General Law Bureau represents the interests of the State of Illinois and its people in civil trial litigation. The Bureau functions as a defense law firm for the State of Illinois, its officers, agencies and employees. In addition to its defense functions, the Bureau routinely prosecutes certain types of proceedings, such as actions to enforce labor laws, actions to insure sound banking and insurance practices, actions to enforce licensing laws, and actions to collect certain revenues owed the State. Examples of the areas of law dealt with in defense cases include personal injury, property damage, and injunction cases, administrative hearings and reviews, declaratory judgment actions, federal and state civil rights cases, class actions, bankruptcy and employment discrimination matters, contract law, construction law, tort law, securities regulations, labor law, prisoner’s rights, election law, license revocations, banking and constitutional law. 3+ years of experience

Commensurate with qualifications and experience, the salary range is $42,500 to $60,000. Candidates must be licensed by the State of Illinois and have 3 or more years of litigation experience.

To ensure full consideration, please send cover letter and resume to:

Ruta Stropus
Director of Attorney Recruitment and Professional Development
Attn: Adelaida Otero
Office of the Attorney General
100 West Randolph, 12th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60601
(312) 814-3695
(312) 814-5024 (Fax)


Assistant Attorney General Workers' Compensation Bureau - Chicago

The Workers Compensation Bureau defends the State of Illinois in workers’ compensation claims filed by State employees on arbitration and review. In addition, the Bureau prosecutes employers under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act for failure to maintain workers’ compensation insurance coverage for employees and defends claims filed against the Second Injury Fund and the Rate Adjustment Fund. The Bureau also provides advice to State agencies on the Workers’ Compensation Act.

Commensurate with qualifications and experience, the salary range is $43,000 to $60,000. Candidates must either have 2-4 years of general litigation experience or at least 1 year of experience in the workers’ compensation field. Newly licensed attorneys will not be considered.

To ensure full consideration, please send resume and cover letter to:

Ruta Stropus
Director of Professional Development and Attorney Recruitment
Attn: Adelaida Otero
Office of the Attorney General
100 West Randolph, 12th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60601
(312) 814-3695
(312) 814-5024 (Fax)


Law clerk opportunities with U.S. Judge Joan Gottschall

U.S. District Judge Joan B. Gottschall has announced that she is accepting applications to fill two one-year law clerk positions in her chambers, one of them beginning in September 2006 and the other beginning in January 2007. Applicants with post-graduate legal experience are preferred. The application requirements are listed on her website. (Go to and click on "Judges" for the link to her site.) She expects to begin reviewing applications in late January or early February.

These are rare openings outside of the normal hiring cycle for law clerks, and Judge Gottschall is an excellent judge. So please pass along this information to anyone who might be interested.

Friday, February 10, 2006


Mid-level Associate Position Opening

Are you an advocate for employees? If yes, we’d like to meet you!

River North midsize law firm is looking for exceptional Associates to become part of our Commercial Litigation practice.

Childress Duffy Goldblatt is looking for dedicated attorneys who are knowledgeable and experienced in class or collective actions, especially in employment law – FLSA violations, discrimination, other employment and labor disputes.

Must be able to write with clarity, prepare and respond to discovery, take and defend depositions. Prepare to participate in trials and make court appearances.


JD Degree

4+ years litigation experience

Computer literate in MS Office – Outlook, Word and Excel

Litigation Support Software experience preferred

Prior industry or business experience preferred

Please apply by sending a cover letter and resume to with “Associate – Comm Lit” in the subject line.

If selected for an interview, please be prepared with your transcripts, writing samples and references.


Meckler Bulger & Tilson LLP

Job Title: Labor & Employment Attorney

Job Description: Meckler Bulger & Tilson LLP seeks an attorney to join our national employment and labor law practice, assisting public and private employers with their labor and employment law needs.

Job Requirements: Ideal candidates should have between 1 and 3 years of labor and employment experience handling cases before federal and state courts and administrative agencies (including discovery and motion practice) and advising clients on labor and employment law issues.

Benefits: We recognize that demands on an associate can sometimes disrupt the delicate balance between work and personal and family lives and we try to assist our attorneys in striking and maintaining an appropriate balance. We offer a competitive compensation and benefit package including health, dental, LTD, STD, vision care, life, 401(k), and a collegial work environment.

Contact: All inquiries should be made by mail only (no calls or e-mail please). Please send a cover letter, resume, and a non-privileged writing sample to:

Peter Petrakis, Esq.

Meckler Bulger & Tilson LLP

Suite 1800

123 North Wacker Drive

Chicago, Illinois 60606


Diversity in the Legal Profession

The Chicago Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society invites you to a luncheon panel addressing:

"Diversity in the Legal Profession: Are We Advancing or Reversing?"


Karina Ayala-Bermejo, Director of Community Services, Chicago Bar Association and Executive Director, The Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Lend-A-Hand Program

Michael Burns, Assistant Dean of Admissions, DePaul University College of Law

Arin N. Reeves, JD, PhD, Consultant on Diversity Issues, The Athens Group

Moderated by Judge Ann C. Williams, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Chicago Bar Association
321 South Plymouth Court
Seminar Room, 5th Floor

This will be a brown bag lunch event, co-sponsored by the CBA's Constitutional/Civil Rights and LGBT Committees. There is no charge for this event, but space is limited. The CBA lunch buffet will be available on the 3rd and 4th floors for purchase: $10.50 for CBA members, $13.00 for non-members. Non-members need to purchase a ticket in the 1st floor bookstore; members will use their CBA cards.

Please RSVP <> by 3 p.m., Tuesday, February 21, 2006.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006


CLE Coordinator position - Illinois Attorney General's Office

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:

Work closely with the Director of Attorney Recruitment and Professional Development on all office administration initiatives. Assist Director in administering all in-house training programs. Work with Office Services on setup/requirements for all training. Coordinate travel, communication, and logistics for all office-wide training events. When required, travel and oversee training programs hosted in regional offices. Assist with program review; create on-line questionnaires and surveys. Communicate with State Continuing Legal Education (CLE) boards. Manage CLE requirements, updates, and certificates for all attorneys in the Office. Provide on-site training coordination for all on-site and technology based programs – materials, sign in; ensure CLE standards are met. Manage communications, utilization, and reports from CLE providers. Oversee professional development library. Create monthly professional development calendar. Notify attorneys of external training programs.

Minimum Qualifications:

A bachelor’s degree in public administration, human resources, or 4 years of professional experience in a public or private organization is required for this position. Excellent communication skills, and attention to detail. Proven ability to multitask, plan, organize, and prioritize work; work independently and as part of a team; and to build effective relationships with attorneys and staff. Advance proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Attendance is an essential function of this position.

Ruta Stropus, Esq.
Director of Attorney Recruitment and Professional Development
Illinois Attorney General's Office
100 West Randolph Street
12th Floor
Chicago, IL 60601


Assistant Attorney General - Public Access and Opinions

Description: The Opinions Bureau is seeking candidates for the position of Assistant Attorney General. The Opinions Bureau is responsible for advising State officers and State’s Attorneys on matters related to their official duties. Frequently, advice is given in the form of official and informal opinions of the Attorney General. The issues addressed in the opinions may include civil and criminal matters, the application of State and Federal law and the construction of statutory and constitutional provisions. Thus, attorneys will be responsible for researching the issues and drafting opinions. Candidates must have excellent research and writing skills. Former judicial clerkship experience is preferred.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience, the salary range is $43,000 to $60,000.

To ensure full consideration, please send cover letter and resume to:

Ruta Stropus

Director of Attorney Recruitment and Professional Development

Attn: Adelaida Otero

Office of the Attorney General

100 West Randolph, 12th Floor

Chicago, Illinois 60601

(312) 814-3695

(312) 814-5024 (Fax)


Assistant Director of Admission - DePaul University College of Law

DePaul University College of Law

Assistant Director of Recruitment & Admission

To apply, please visit DePaul’s Human Resources Website at The position is listed as “Assistant Director.”

Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Enrollment Management/Director of Admission, the Assistant Director of Recruitment & Admission develops and implements strategies and programs to facilitate recruitment and enrollment. The Assistant Director is the primary recruiter and represents the College of Law at recruitment fairs throughout the United States. This is a professional position that requires extensive travel as well as some weekend and evening hours.

Other responsibilities include: Representing the College of Law at Recruitment Fairs. Recruiting prospective students by representing the College of Law at recruitment fairs and Law School Admission Council Forums throughout the United States. Coordinating all recruitment travel for Office of Admission. Maintaining relationship with key colleges and prelaw advisors. Providing counseling to prospective students and applicants. Providing counseling to prospective law students regarding the application process and opportunities at the College of Law. Overseeing telephone and email contacts/counseling with admitted law students. Providing counseling to applicants who have been denied admission. Assisting in staffing Welcome Center desk. Conducting Information Sessions & Tours Conducts regularly scheduled information sessions for prospective law students. Provides tours of the College of Law facilities for prospective students, applicants and admitted students. Coordinating Open House & Law Day Programs. Assisting the Associate Director of Admission in coordinating all Open House and Law Day programs. Assisting the Director of Admission in making presentations to prospective law students. Assisting in planning and coordinating special recruitment events. Assisting the Director of Admission in developing and implementing recruitment strategies to meet enrollment goals. Monitoring recruitment initiatives and prepares statistical reports as requested by the Director of Admission. Assisting the Director of Admission in preparing marketing publications for print and the internet. Primary responsibility for updating admission information on the College of Law website. Assisting the Director of Admission in supervising admission assistants, student workers and temporary staff.


- Requires a Bachelors degree. Prefer a J.D. or Masters in Education

- Ideal candidate will have some experience in admissions or higher education, working in a progressive, fast-paced university environment

- Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work with diverse groups

- Excellent written & communication skills

- Self-motivated and able to work with minimal supervision

- Skilled in use of Word & Excel

- Familiarity with Access or other database systems

- Ability to prioritize tasks and work on various projects simultaneously

- Appreciation for and commitment to diversity

- Evening and weekend work is required

- Extensive travel is required, particularly form September through December

- Comfortable and able to travel by air, auto, rail, and/or bus

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