Paralegal Scholarship Winners!

Congratulations to Lori and Scott!


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Environmental Law – Erin Brockovich









The film “Erin Brockovich” will be shown on Wednesday, April 26 at 7 pm in HSC 1234. It is the last film in a series that has been offered this semester by the COD Sustainability Film and Discussion Series organizers. See attached poster. Our own Suzi Horn will be facilitating the Q & A after the film is screened, in order to address the issues of environmental law that the film raises.

Erin Brockovich


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Animal Rights – Unlocking the Cage

Unlocking the Cage

April 25, 2017, at 5:00 p.m.

MAC 153


FREE DOCUMENTARY FILM SCREENING: MAC 153 This documentary follows animal rights lawyer Steven Wise as he fights to break down the legal walls that separate animals from humans with the help of his team, Nonhuman Rights Project. Watch as he argues on behalf of 4 captive chimpanzees in the State of New York with the help of primatologists. Film discussion to follow.

Unlock the Cage


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Judge Robert Douglas, who teaches Civil Litigation in our program, will be presiding over DuPage County weekend bond court on Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30, beginning at 8 am at the DuPage County Jail on County Farm Road in Wheaton. He has graciously consented to allowing students to observe him as he presides over these proceedings, and to stay afterwards for a Q and A session. You will need to arrive in the lobby of the jail by 7:45 am to be admitted to bond court. Bond court usually ends by 9:30 am, but the time it ends varies depending upon the number of bond hearings that are held that day.
If interested, you will need to sign up in advance. To sign up, click on the following link: BOND COURT SIGN-UP.


The closing date for the sign-ups will be Thursday, April 27, at 6 pm or whenever we reach the allotted 12 spots for each day.
You will be given specific bond court instructions prior to the event, including a map and directions to the DuPage County Jail, where the bond court hearings take place. Cell phones are NOT allowed on the premises.
I hope you take advantage of this opportunity to learn about this function of our criminal justice system from an experienced jurist!


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WHEN: Thursday, April 20, 2017, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

WHAT: Presentation of professional portfolios by students who have completed the paralegal practicum.

PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm (closed to the public)

PUBLIC RECEPTION: 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Open House Reception

WHERE: Student Resource Center (SRC) Room 2000, above the Bookstore
College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137

Click the link below for additional information and directions:

Expo Invitation_Spring-2017



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Trust Administrative Assistant – St. Charles


St. Charles, Illinois

This position serves as principal internal and external liaison for Trust Manager. The Administrative Assistant is responsible for the overall administrative duties for Trust Manager as well as for the other Vice Presidents and Trust Officers as requested.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Perform administrative duties for the Trust Manager
  • Set up and maintain files for all departmental and employee expenses.
  • Assemble data and other information, performing computations and tabulations for special reports, charts, summaries, and related papers.
  • Act as secretary to the Trust Committee and create minutes for Trust Investment Committee, Trust Staff and Trust Business Development/Sales.
  • Process and prepare all needed Revenue reports for Trust Department and Board Packets.
  • Work with various Attorneys on legal documents.
  • Prepare and coordinate all Trust Committee meetings and other meetings for Trust Manager.
  • Attend various Committee meetings and prepare minutes.
  • Assist employees in St. Charles office with administrative duties.
  • Type reports, memos, and other bank documents which are frequently confidential in nature.
  • Write standard letters and answer routine correspondence.
  • Plan and coordinate meetings, events, travel arrangements, and conferences.
  • Greet visitors, answer phone calls, take messages, place calls as requested, and answer questions.
  • Receive and process-incoming mail, develop any required information or supporting data as needed.
  • As this position develops, the Associate may be assigned additional duties or special projects as deemed necessary by management

For additional information, please click on the CURRENT JOB OPENINGS here:


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Estate Planning Paralegal


Estate Planning Paralegal – Wheaton

Our client is a law firm in Wheaton IL that handles cases and matters in Estate Planning, Asset Protection, Probate, Elder Care Law, Special Needs Trusts, Guardianship, and other Family Matters. The firm is hiring an entry-level paralegal to work in the Estate Planning practice area. The role focuses on assisting the lawyers at the firm who help families enhance their lives though legal planning, guidance and counseling.

Duties: Learn and perform paralegal duties supporting the firm’s Estate and Trust Administration, Probate, and Guardianship lawyers. Ideal role for a paralegal who can fit into an active team setting. Besides paralegal duties – may need to cover phones, participate in document signing meetings, notarize documents for clients, or handle one-off emergencies based on client need. Must be adaptable and flexible. Cook County experience preferred, but the firm works with clients in the collar counties.

Preferred: Business or financial acumen. Excel spreadsheets. Will interact with clients on the phone and in meetings. Must have good people skills and ability to follow-up and explain things multiple times to clients. Must be willing and able to log work time on a consistent and regular basis.

Compensation: Base salary commensurate with experience.

If you are interested – please email your resume to:

Curtis A. Linder, CSP
Linder Legal Staffing
53 West Jackson Blvd.
The Monadnock Building
Suite 824
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Office: (312) 236-6400
Mobile: (708) 609-5532
Toll Free (866) 699-JOBS (5627)


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DuPage County Court Navigator – Internship



The 18th Judicial Circuit Court is accepting applications for the volunteer position of Court Navigator.  Our court system depends on many agencies in order to function including: the Office of the Chief Judge, the Office of the Circuit Court Clerk, the Office of the Official Court Reporters, the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office, the Office of the Jury Commission, the Office of the State’s Attorney, the Office of the Public Defender, the Department of Probation and Court Services, the DuPage County Law Library, and the DuPage County Children’s “Safe Harbor” Room.

The participation of volunteers in this process will help maximize access to all potential court users, permit speedy follow up to legal proceedings and develop community awareness.  All volunteers will be properly trained and oriented before starting at the Judicial Center.

Volunteer Activities:  The main function of the Court Navigator volunteer will be greeting and assisting the public that pass through the courthouse on a given day.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • General directions to specific courtrooms or offices
  • Assistance in using the computer kiosks provided by the Circuit Court Clerk’s office
  • Assistance in using the court call monitors
  • Officially welcome the public to the courthouse
  • Be visible in the hallways to answer non-legal questions of the public
  • Distribute information on Safe Harbor Children’s Center
  • Be available to escort participants from courtrooms to appropriate offices
  • Assist the public to Circuit Clerk’s Office when necessary
  • Escort the public to Family Shelter Office


  • Good with people
  • Dependable
  • Responsible
  • Respectful of diversity
  • Can take directions well
  • Be courteous, friendly, helpful and polite
  • Be aware of special needs of people with a disability
  • Be able to communicate well
  • Pass a background check

Length of Commitment:      1 quarter/semester

Volunteer Schedule:             1 or more mornings (Monday-Wednesday) per week, 8:00am – 10:45am

If interested, please e-mail or send a cover letter and resume to:

  • Robin Partin
  • 18th Judicial Circuit Court
  • 505 N County Farm Rd
  • Wheaton, IL  60187


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18th Judicial Circuit Court – Guardian Monitor Volunteer

 Background: The Circuit Court appoints guardians for people who need help in making decisions about their daily lives. The guardian is responsible for protecting the person under guardianship: to manage any funds the person may have, and to arrange for care which will ade- quately provide for the ward’s physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being. The purpose of the Court Monitor is to give the court a way to obtain current information about wards and to verify that each is re- ceiving good care.


Court Visitor: The visitor goes to the ward’s residence, observes condi- tions and talks with the ward about his or her needs. The Visitor will also speak to the guardian and to any other caregivers. The Visitor re- ports back to the judge in writing.

Qualifications: Good listening and communication skills, friendliness, common sense, objectivity and the ability to maintain confidentiality.

Training and Support: A five to six hour video taped training is re- quired. Volunteers are supervised by Circuit Court Staff.

Each volunteer applicant will undergo a thorough background check.
Caryl Doty, Volunteer Coordinator 505 N. County Farm Rd.
Wheaton, IL 60187

Phone: 630-407-8831
Fax: 630-407-8836

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Real Estate and Title Companies!

Join Paralegal Club as Mike Miklautsch discusses real estate and title companies.

Date:  Wednesday, April 26

Time:  4:45 p.m.

Location:  BIC 1528

Earn one LEX hour for attending this event.  Everyone is welcome!

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