The Office of Career Planning Weekly Events

Summer 2014 Non-Judicial Extern Orientation April 23

Students registered for a non-judicial externship this summer should plan on attending the Orientation scheduled for Wednesday, April 23 at 9:50 a.m., in Stride Courtroom.  Professor Curt Cichowski, Faculty Supervisor, will discuss the summer syllabus and guidelines for externs to follow.  See Lisa Cannon in Career Planning if you have any questions.

3L Pro Bono Plenary – April 25th

The spring 2014 pro bono plenary session will take place on April 25th in Benson from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  The speaker for the session will be Michael Bergmann, Executive Director of the Public Interest Law Initiative.  Michael is a frequent speaker on issues relating to legal aid, pro bono and public interest law at the state and national level.  During his tenure at PILI, Michael has handled pro bono matters through Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, Lawyers Committee for Better Housing and the National Immigrant Justice Center.  Prior to joining PILI in 2006, Michael served as the Guardian Ad Litem Program Director for Chicago Volunteer Legal Services.

Etiquette Tip of the Week: Don’t fuss with the lettuce…

Culture and Manners Institute

When I give a dining tutorial, a frequent question is, “What if something falls off my plate?” This is usually asked during a salad course. Because salads are tricky. They are made up of items of wacky shapes and textures that don’t fit together like Legos. Cherry tomatoes roll. Croutons bounce. Leaf lettuce flaps this way and that. Dressing just greases the skids. Of course, it’s piled high onto a tiny plate.

If a piece of lettuce lands on the table, leave it (no pun intended.) When you are finished with your salad, put the leaf back on the plate before the plate is removed.

Do you ever feel self-conscious about bread crumbs left behind? It’s probably because you are imagining everyone else at the table looking at your crumbs on the dark table cloth and thinking, “Did any of the bread make it into his/her mouth?” Don’t sweat the bread crumbs. Into all our lives a few crumbs must fall. In some fine dining venues, a wait person will come to your rescue by scooping up the crumbs with a magic wand called a crumber.