Public Service and Public Interest Law

Panel: "International Human Rights: Does China Change Human Rights Law or Does Human Rights Law Change China?"

This panel was recorded April 6, 2011, as part of the China and International Law Symposium sponsored by the Confucius Institute and the University of Chicago Law School.

80:46 minutes (73.96 MB)

Joseph Alesia

Lecturer in Law

Joe Alesia is an Executive Counsel, Global Investigations at GE where he conducts and manages internal investigations across all of GE’s businesses, including matters related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”). Prior to his time with GE, Joe was a Managing Director at Stroz Friedberg LLC, a cybersecurity, digital risk management, and investigations firm.

James Cole, ’95: Breaking Barriers by Seeking Challenges

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When James Cole, ’95, was growing up in a neighborhood not far from the Law School, his family was often strapped for cash. “We were on welfare more than we were off of it,” he recalls. “I remember having big blocks of government cheese delivered to our house.” As a youngster he sold candies at his church, and he liked the feeling of making a contribution to his family’s well-being.

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Michael Friedman

Lecturer in Law

Michael D. Friedman was formerly Managing Director at Ocean Tomo, LLC, an intellectual property focused merchant bank, where he headed its Asset Management business, served as Chief Investment Officer, and headed Investment Banking. Prior to joining Ocean Tomo, Mr.

Building a Public Interest Career

Room I

This moderated panel will feature three Chicago-area public interest law attorneys, each at different stages of their careers. Come hear these practitioners discuss their career tracks, highlight issues related to transitioning between firms and public interest, and answer questions.

Douglas Wilber, ’10, Staff Attorney, Chicago Legal Clinic

LRAP 101: Everything you need to know about the Old and New Programs

Room I

The Law School recently announced a redesign of its Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP). This new program and its predecessor program are intended to alleviate the debt burden of our graduates who work in public interest. Have questions about it? Wonder which program – the new or former LRAP -- is right for you?

Pro Bono Coffee Mess and Awards Presentation

Green Lounge

The Public Interest Law Society and the Office of Career Services are pleased to announce the 2011 PILS Awards. Come and honor the winners of the 2011 PILS Awards ($500 prize): one member each of the 2L and 3L classes will be chosen by a panel of public-interest alumni judges.

Also: UCLaw Pro Bono Pledge Sign Up Table

Public Service in Private Practice: Pro Bono Opportunities at Law Firms

Room I

As a kick-off to Public Interest Law Week, the Public Interest Law Society (PILS) invites you to hear a distinguished panel of attorneys discuss their pro bono matters. Come learn how these lawyers structure public interest practices within their law firms:

Holly Snow, ’09, Associate, Paul Hastings

Kelly Huggins, Staff Attorney, Sidley Austin

Immigration, Asylum, and Sanctuary? A Case Study of Human Trafficking in China

Room V, The Law School

Prof. Maria Woltjen of the Law School’s Immigrant Child Advocacy Clinic and several of her students discuss their experiences over the past year, including work on a field report on human trafficking in China.

Maria Woltjen

Directing Traffic: The Migration Patterns and Consequences of Human Trafficking

Room V

Prof. Charlotte Walker, head of the Human Rights Department at the University of Chicago, considers the impact of migration and criminal laws on sex trafficking—and vice versa—using in particular data and information from the EU, Turkey, and the Near East.

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