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Calendar of MDefenders Events for Fall 2021

Writing Cover Letters and Resumes for Public Defender Jobs

Date: Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Time: 11:55 a.m. - 12:55 p.m.
Location:  Hutchins Hall Inner Courtyard (Rain location:  Hutchins Hall Room 236)

Grab a lunch and join us in the courtyard to talk about how to craft your resume and cover letter when applying for public defender jobs. Typically, a resume and cover letter is the only material that you will initially send when you apply, so you have to find ways to stand out in the pile and convey your enthusiasm for the work that defenders do.

Happy Hour

Date: Thursday, September 2, 2021
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location:  Dominick's Patio, 812 Monroe Street

Join us at Dominick's on the patio for drinks and snacks to get to know the amazing people in the aspiring defender community at Michigan Law.  Then walk over together to Hutchins for our kickoff movie screening event....

Kickoff Movie Screening Event:  Come Learn About Public Defense and the MDefenders Organization

Date: Thursday, September 2, 2021
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location:  Hutchins Hall Room 220

Do you know what public defenders do?  Are you interested in criminal justice reform?  Come and watch Gideon's Army – a documentary about public defense in the South – to learn more about how our criminal justice system operates in practice. After the movie, Professor Eve Primus will lead a discussion about indigent defense work and about the MDefenders organization here at MLaw. You will be able to connect with other MLaw students interested in criminal justice reform and public defense and learn about opportunities here to explore that interest.

MDefenders September Monthly Meeting

Date: Friday, September 10, 2021
Time: 11:55 a.m. - 12:55 p.m.
Location:  Hutchins Hall Inner Courtyard (Rain location: Hutchins Hall Room 220)

Each month the MDefenders group comes together to talk and learn about subjects particular to public defenders. Our September meeting is entitled "The Things that Happened in Your Summer Internships in Public Defender Offices:  What Surprised You, Terrified You, and Inspired You?"  2L and 3L members will share experiences from their summer internships, and we will process them together.  (You do not need to have spent time in a public defender office to attend this meeting.  We encourage 1Ls who are public-defender curious to come and learn a bit more about what it is like to work in a public defense office.)  If the weather cooperates, we will provide lunch in the Hutchins Hall inner courtyard for this event!

Deadline for 2L & 3L members to submit their cover letter and resume to the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair – Do Not Miss this Deadline!!!

Date: Monday, September 13, 2021

The Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair is the largest national public interest legal career fair where over 200 public interest employers come together to interview law students for summer and full-time post-graduate positions. A number of public defense agencies from around the country recruit at this fair. (For a full list of the employers participating in 2021, click here.) If you are a 2L or 3L student interested in working for any of these employers, you don't want to miss this deadline to submit your materials.

How to Handle the Public Defender Interview

Date: Friday, September 24, 2021
Time: 11:55 a.m. - 12:55 p.m.
Location:  Hutchins Hall Inner Courtyard (Rain Location:  Hutchins Hall Room 220)

Interviews for public defender jobs are different from most of the interviews you've had to date. They tend to involve more probing questions that stray beyond your resume. Employers want to know how committed you are to public defense, whether you care about and will relate well to your clients, whether you have the ability to stand up and fight in a system that is stacked against you, and whether you will last in the job. They also want to test your intelligence, public-speaking skills, and figure out whether you will fit with the culture of their office. In short, the questions will often be deeper than the typical get-to-know-you interview. Many public defense employers will pose ethical hypotheticals during the initial interview or they will put you in simulated trial or client-counseling sessions to see how you react. Hypotheticals and simulations can be scary if you are not prepared for them.  So come learn how to handle these kinds of questions and exercises so you can put your best foot forward during public defender interviews.

Colorado State Public Defender Information Session

Date: Monday, October 4, 2021
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 12:55 p.m.
Location:  Virtual Session - Check Symplicity for link information

Interested in a 1L or 2L internship or post grad employment with the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender? Come meet Deputy State Public Defender Anna Jones ('18) who will answer all your burning questions like: What would an internship look like? How can I apply? What are the differences between the offices? What is your training program like? And more!

MDefenders October Monthly Meeting

Date: Friday, October 8, 2021
Time: 11:55 a.m. - 12:55 p.m.
Location:  Hutchins Hall Inner Courtyard (Rain location: Hutchins Hall Room 220)

Each month the MDefenders group comes together to talk and learn about subjects particular to public defenders. Please join us for our October meeting (Topic TBD).

Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair

Dates:  October 21, 2021 – October 23, 2021

Course Selection Advice for Students Interested in Public Defense

Date: Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Time: 11:55 a.m. - 12:55 p.m.
Location:  Hutchins Hall Inner Courtyard (Rain location: Hutchins Hall Room 236)

Come learn more about the different course offerings -- what classes and clinics you should take if you want to do indigent defense. 2L & 3L MDefenders will talk to you about different classes (and the different professors who teach them) so this is your chance to ask all of those questions that you don't want to ask on LawOpen. They will also spend some time discussing the available 1L electives for second semester. 

How to Get Your First Summer Job in a Public Defender's Office

Date: Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Time: 11:55 a.m. - 12:55 p.m.
Location:  Jeffries Hall Lounge

How do you figure out where to apply if you want to work in a public defender office for the summer?  How many offices should you apply to? How are they different? When do you apply? And what do you submit as part of the application process? 2L & 3L MDefenders will talk to you about what different public defender summer experiences are like and explain the application process to you.

MDefenders November Monthly Meeting

Date: Friday, November 19, 2020
Time: 11:55 a.m. - 12:55 p.m.
Location:  Jeffries Hall Lounge

Each month the MDefenders group comes together to talk and learn about subjects particular to public defenders. Please join us for our November meeting (Topic TBD).