Dana Hill is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Northwestern University School of Law’s Communication and Legal Reasoning Department
Since I started as a clinical assistant professor at Northwestern Law in August 2009, I’ve had several informational interviews with attorneys seeking to make the transition into teaching at a law school. One piece of advice I have given in these meetings is to get involved at the local law schools – which will help show your interest and commitment to legal education.
In particular, I’ve suggested volunteering to serve as a judge for moot court because it allows attorneys to participate in an on-campus event, meet law school faculty, and to network with other local attorneys.
Such an opportunity is right around the corner. On April 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, and 14, the Communication and Legal Reasoning Department of Northwestern University School of Law is holding the Arlyn Miner Moot Court, its noncompetitive Moot Court for first year students. The arguments will begin at 7 p.m., with a buffet dinner for the participating judges beginning at 6 p.m. The arguments, generally by two teams of two, take about an hour, plus whatever time your 3-judge panel chooses to use for evaluation.
Prior to the date of the moot court, volunteer attorneys will receive a bench memo describing the students’ problem and potential questions. CLE credit is available, but may include a $20 administrative fee.
To volunteer or inquire further, contact Jason Kaiser at firstname.lastname@example.org. Northwestern University School of Law is located at 357 East Chicago Avenue in Chicago.
This is a great opportunity to help build the next generation of advocates and to network with other Chicago area attorneys.