Brown Bag Dinner – Paralegal Club

Brown Bag Dinner

Please join the Paralegal Club for our first Brown Bag Dinner of the year. We know that the middle of the day can sometimes be difficult to get away. Some students work, some students have class. The Paralegal Club, after consulting several scheduling experts, have come up with a solution.

Dinner!  Smiley Thumbs Up

This is a great opportunity to meet fellow students for some informal discussion and networking. We would love to have you join us.

The Paralegal Club will provide the hospitality and conversation. You bring the food!

Date: Oct. 1

Time: 4:45 p.m.

Place: BIC-1407




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Volunteer Courthouse Navigator – Rolling Meadows


Legal Assistance Foundation is seeking volunteers to staff the Legal Self-Help Center at the Rolling Meadows Courthouse. Volunteers will learn about civil legal procedures throughout their time at the clinic, and will gain access to the courts and establish attorney contacts with various organizations. A passion for the community, a desire to help individuals self-actualize, basic computer proficiency, and some college background required!

Volunteer Navigators will undergo training for the website and employ these skills to staff the Legal Self-Help Center Thursdays and Fridays from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Navigators will direct patrons to legal documents and information to compensate for the lack of a court legal library. Patrons will learn how to efficiently maneuver the Illinois Legal Aid website and will gain self-sufficiency and confidence in addressing legal matters.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to grow as professionals by receiving training from Illinois Legal Aid Online, including exercises, sample scripts, and observation hours at the center.  Additionally, volunteers will gain knowledge and skills by working under the supervision of an experienced attorney and learn professionalism in a legal work environment.  Further professional opportunities such as shadowing an attorney may be available to volunteers. Volunteers will have the opportunity to directly impact and serve the patrons of the legal self-help clinic. There will be a two hour training session with provided to volunteers. The weekly three hour time commitment can extend between three and six months.

This is a GREAT resume-building opportunity!

Additional information can be found on the following link: Rolling Meadows Volunteer



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Paralegal Specialist – U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Customs and Border Protection Paralegal Specialist


New Job Posting. Click here for details: Paralegal Specialist




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Case Brief Saturday! Join the Paralegal Club

Case Brief

Please join the Paralegal Club to brief a recent “Trip-and-fall” case. Learn why we brief, how we brief, and when we brief.  The case we will cover is St. Martin v. First Hospitality Group, Inc. It is highly recommended that you read the case prior to this event. It is a very short case–(brief even). As always LEX hours will be offered. You can find the case here: St. Martin

Date: Sept. 27

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Where: BIC-1407

We promise to make this FUN! See you there!



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Naperville Part-time Legal Assistant Position


A Naperville law office is seeking a part-time legal assistant.

See Job ID 3653874
on CCN, our College Central Network, for more information.

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ABA Career Development Expo – Chicago



Law students, recent graduates, young lawyers, and seasoned practiced lawyers, are you seeking to advance or accelerate your career, expand your network and learn to manage your finances?  Attend the first annual ABA Legal Career Development Expo.

What is the Expo? It is an innovative approach to career development, mentoring, networking and more.  Attendees may participate in numerous career development sessions; access personal one-on-one sessions with career development experts; interact with accomplished, seasoned attorneys; learn how to leverage your bar membership to maximize your career, and gain invaluable job search skills from experts.

Reserve your complimentary spot today for what promises to be a highly interactive networking experience! Space is limited.

American Bar Association
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Legal Career Development Expo
November 7, 2014
ABA Chicago Office, 321 N. Clark St


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Did you know that next Wednesday, September 17, is Constitution Day? This is the day we celebrate ratification of the U.S. Constitution. In 1787. In Philadelphia. Yes, THAT Constitution.

To celebrate, Student Life is showing a Movie: The Trial of Muhammad Ali


Although not an official Paralegal Club event, there will be two LEX hours offered. To receive LEX hours, please type a half-page double-spaced summary of the movie and submit it via e-mail to Linda Jenkins at To receive the two LEX hours you must submit the summary (c’mon it’s only a half-page) no later than noon Sept. 20.

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 17

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Place: HSC-1234

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Interested in INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY? The COD Paralegal Club is hosting two paralegals with extensive IP experience. We would love to see you there!

IP                                                     Paralegal Club Logo-small

Abigail Lenz, from Neal & McDevitt, specializing in TRADEMARKS, and Cindi Schermerhorn, a PATENT paralegal, from Akzo Nobel, Inc., will speak on the specialized field of patents and trademarks.

Abby Lenz is currently working at Neal & McDevitt, a boutique law firm specializing in intellectual property and marketing law.  Abby has worked for Neal & McDevitt for 4 years, since receiving her B.A. from Northeastern Illinois University.  Abby’s focus is trademarks and she is experienced in trademark prosecution, enforcement, litigation and global portfolio management.  In her free time, Abby enjoys fitness, reading, and cooking.

Cindi Schermerhorn is currently working for Akzo Nobel, Inc. as Senior IP Paralegal.  She has 25 years of IP experience.  Experience in patent prosecution (mainly foreign IP law), trademark prosecution, searches and database updates and reporting.  Akzo Nobel is a Netherlands corporation with a large IP portfolio.  The North America branch maintains all of the U.S., Canada and Mexican IP portfolio.  Cindi’s outside interests are Chicago Symphony, Paramount Theater and knitting.

When: Sept. 24

Time: 4:45 p.m.

Place: BIC-1407

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Paralegal Studies Program Announces a Search for Academic Excellence Writing Contest

Snoopy Writing

Like money?  Like to write?  Even if only the first one is true, please read on!  Thanks to a generous donation from a program supporter, the Paralegal Studies Program is sponsoring a writing contest for all current paralegal students who have successfully completed at least nine credit hours of PLGL classes. An award of $250 will be granted to each of two winning entries.  All submissions must strictly comply with the rules listed in the contest. All papers must be submitted to Sally N. Fairbank’s office no later than 9:00 a.m. on October 31.  All judging decisions are final. See the Rules of Contest for details: Academic Excellence Writing Contest.

By entering this contest, you certify that all work submitted is your own.  Should you win, you also agree to allow the Paralegal Studies Program, the Paralegal Club, and LEX to post photos of you as part of the publicity surrounding the award.

How great would it be to win?  Imagine what a nice line item it would be for your resume!  Imagine having some spare money!  Stop imagining; start writing!

Good luck!




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Paralegal Program Alumni Party!


Calling all COD Paralegal Program Alumni!

We’re having a party, and you are invited.

When: October 15, 2104, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Reserve 22 – Village Links

Additional details are provided on the invitation: Oktoberfest Invitation 2014- COD Paralegal Studies Alumni Event

We hope to see you there!


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