Tuesday, March 23, 2010

LAW CLERK POSITION AVAILABLE for Professor Marilyn Berger

Position involves working on a documentary about 9/11. You do not need to have film experience, though any familiarity would be welcome. PREFERENCE IS FOR WEB AND WEBSITE EXPERIENCE, BUSINESS EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS IN THE BUSINESS AREA.

Requirements: Prefer IL students for a commitment fulltime summer, 2010 [you can take summer-school classes] with a commitment to work part-time through the following school year, fall, 2010-spring, 2011.

You should be in the top 30% of your class (roughly) and be curious, creative, and hard working. You will be working closely with Professor Berger and with other students. The work is exciting, interesting, and covers a range of skills from writing, research, negotiation, copyright permissions, distribution and sales, and so forth. Good telephone skills are required and the desire to learn!

Apply by e-mail with a resume (e-copy) attached to Professor Berger at mjb@seattleu.edu. Professor Berger hopes to interview the week of April 5 – 8.

About the documentary:
Out of the Ashes: 9/11
A Film Documentary

On September 11th, three thousand and fifty-six lives turned into ash.
Stories of seven families provides an unprecedented window into the psychology of harm and justice – Eleven days after the terrorist attack, the federal government put in place the largest public entitlement program, The Victim Compensation Fund. It distributed 7 billion dollars to over 5,500 families. Was giving them money a misguided failure or a lifeline to survival -- an undocumented worker family describes how the Fund helped them cope; a widow of a bond trader explains why she spent her multi-million award on designer clothes and shoes; a widow of an insurance agent tells why she rejected the likely multi-million dollar award and filed litigation.
Did the Fund undermine our legal system, or did it offer 9-11 families justice by avoiding lawsuits?
Director Sarah Holt and co-producer, Marilyn Berger ask this and other hard questions of the families and Fund Special Master, Kenneth Feinberg, politicians, lawyers and psychologists. Given the threat of future attacks, should our government have a plan for compensating victims, and if so, is this Fund a model? Should the 9-11 Fund be re-established to compensate the victims of the toxic dust at Ground Zero? If the Victim Compensation Fund was the right thing to do, do those hurt in past tragedies like the Oklahoma City bombing also deserve compensation? Through relics salvaged from Ground Zero that look as if they’ve gone through a nuclear holocaust --burned emergency vehicles, steel beams bent like ribbons, charred files, personal items, and photos -- this visually powerful film captures– the shattered American dream and how we tried to use money to put it back together.
Was justice delivered?