Thursday, September 29, 2016

TechBytes Demo #1 Oct. 3 and 4

Need help studying for your midterms? Want to access some of the study aids online? The NIU Law Library will be hosting a TechBytes demo on accessing the top-rated “Understanding” series on your laptop or tablet through the LexisNexis Digital Library.

Stop by the Law Library with your device on Monday, October 3 or Tuesday, October 4 between 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM. Prof. Nelson will walk you through how to read the “Understanding” series online through your web browser or download it to your iOS, Windows, Chromebook, or Android device.

Don't miss it!

Spring Clinical Law Program Information Meeting Monday, October 17th

Thinking about taking a clinic this Spring?

The clinical faculty and students will be holding a clinic information meeting on Monday, October 17th at Noon in Room 187. This spring as part of the COL’s experiential learning program, we offer these clinical courses: the Civil Justice Clinic, the Criminal Defense Clinic and the Foreclosure Mediation Clinic (Please note that the Health Advocacy Clinic will not be offered in Spring 2017). These clinics offer students the chance to work with actual clients in a variety of settings on litigation, transactional and alternative dispute resolution matters. This meeting will provide an overview of each clinic. Current and former clinical students will discuss their clinical experiences, and the faculty will explain the clinic application process for Spring.

Reminder: Students matriculating at the College of Law beginning in Fall 2015 (current 2Ls in the class of 2018 or later) are required to complete a clinic or externship to graduate.

Please do not hesitate to contact a member of the clinical faculty if you need any additional information about one of the clinics.

Anita Maddali, Associate Professor of Law and Director of Clinics,
Paul Cain, Clinical Professor, Criminal Defense Clinic,
Wendy Vaughn, Clinical Associate Professor, Civil Justice Clinic,
Colleen Boraca, Clinical Assistant Professor, Health Advocacy Clinic,
Alan Boudreau, Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor, Foreclosure Mediation Clinic,

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Embracing Diversity Dinner October 13th

Embracing Diversity Presents: “A Conversation With…” Molly B. Holmes, director of Northern Illinois University’s Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, and Vera S. Verbel. The topic will be "Gender Inclusive Bathrooms: What to Know and How to Accept." The event will be held Thursday, October 13, 2016, from 6 - 8 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center University Suite. Dinner will be served at 6:15 p.m. There is a sign-up sheet in Swen Parson Room 280, but sign up quickly as seating is limited

This is a small, intimate dinner event that allows students to sit down and talk about North Carolina House Bill 2 and the subsequent Title IX Dear Colleague letter, share their views & stories, and foster conversation in a safe place.

DCBA Networking Reception October 6th

Join the DuPage County Bar Association on Thursday, October 6th at Weber Grill Restaurant, 2331 Fountain Square Dr. in Lombard, IL, at 5:30 p.m. for a reception and network with judges and attorneys. Great for your job prospects! Appetizers and beverages will be free for all who attend. Contact Greg Anderson in the Career Opportunities office for more information and to RSVP.

Women's Law Caucus Mentorship Breakfast Tomorrow, 9/28

The WLC is having a Mentorship Breakfast on Wednesday, September 28, from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. in the Marshall Gallery. If you signed up for the WLC mentorship program, this will allow you the opportunity to meet with your mentor/mentee before classes begin, and enjoy some delicious breakfast and coffee. Hope to see you there!

Researching in Non-Law Databases Brownbag Session (rescheduled from 9/22 to 9/29)

The NIU Law Library is holding a brownbag session on conducting research in non-law databases on Thursday, September 29, from 12:00–1:00 p.m. in Room 187. Databases available through Founders Library, including JSTOR and Academic Search Complete, will be discussed. One lucky attendee will also win a $10 Starbucks gift card. Bring your own lunch, but be sure to save room for Prof. Clarke’s baked goods!

Phi Alpha Delta Midterm Q&A This Thursday, 9/29

P.A.D. will be hosting a midterm question and answer session this Thursday, September 29, at 4:00 p.m. in Room 188. 1Ls — bring your questions about upcoming midterms and 2L and 3L students will answer them for you. Topics include: how to prepare for midterms, time management during the exam, the style of each midterm, and topics covered on midterms in the past. Snacks will be provided. This event is open to all law students.

First-Year Student Professionalism Series - Diversity Dialogues Play This Thursday, 9/29

The second program in the 1L professionalism series will be a performance of "Defamation: The Play," which is being held in conjunction with NIU's Diversity Dialogues. The play is described as "a riveting courtroom drama that explores the highly charged issues of race, religion, gender, class and the law with a twist: the audience is the jury." All are invited to attend on Thursday, September 29, from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center Carl Sandburg Auditorium. Attendance is mandatory for all NIU Law 1L students.

2L Appellate Brief Pancake Breakfast This Friday, 9/30

All 2Ls please join the SBA and legal writing professors for a pancake breakfast on Friday, September 30 from 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. in the Marshall Gallery in appreciation of your work on your appellate briefs.

Apply by This Friday, 9/30, for the ABA Law Student Negotiation Competition

The College of Law will be sending two teams to the ABA Law Student Division Negotiation Competition this fall:

This is a chance to build your negotiation skills and compete against other law schools throughout the nation. You do not have to have taken Negotiation or Mediation to participate in the competition, and participation provides one academic credit. The first round of the competition will take place in early November. To apply for the NIU team, please fill out an application at

The application deadline is Friday, September 30, at 5:00 p.m. Four students will be selected based on their responses to the application. For more information, contact Professor Boudreau at

Legal Advocacy Training and Breakfast Club This Saturday

Join us in the North Wing of the Law Library at 9:00 a.m. this Saturday, October 1st for the NIU Law Breakfast Club, a lively discussion of topics of interest to law students. This week, Breakfast Club is partnering with the student organization Lawyers Opposing Violence Everywhere (L.O.V.E.). Come to an informal discussion of this new and dynamic student organization. Coffee & bagels will be provided by Barb City Bagels.

Afterward, join L.O.V.E. until 4:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom for a day dedicated to learning about and addressing the issues of domestic violence and sexual assault. The Safe Passage Domestic Violence Shelter will lead our discussion throughout the day and will provide us with the necessary knowledge and tools to become successful legal advocates. Topics will include Domestic and Sexual Violence 101, Rape Myths and Rape Culture, Trauma and How it Impacts Behavior, Understanding Professional Roles on Victim Response, and more. Lunch will be provided!

Bluebooking for Seminar Papers Brownbag Session

Writing your seminar paper can be daunting; Bluebooking it properly can be even more so. Have no fear! Join Professor Clarke on a journey through the wonderful world of the Bluebook, with an emphasis on Bluebooking the types of sources commonly cited in seminar papers. The session will be held on Tuesday, October 4, from 12:00–1:00 p.m. in Room 187. Bring your own lunch. Prof. Clarke will bring baked goods, and one lucky attendee will also win a $10 Starbucks gift card!

7th Circuit Fellows’ Fall Program for Law Students

A networking event hosted by Littler Mendelson LLP will be held from 5:30-7:00 p.m., on Friday, October 7, at 321 North Clark Street, Suite 1000 in Chicago. The reception will be followed on Saturday, October 8, by a labor and employment law program hosted by the Chicago law firm of Winston & Strawn, 35 West Wacker Drive, 47th floor in Chicago. The Saturday program will include sessions on the Fissured Workplace, Class Actions as the New Collective Bargaining, Hot Topics and Transitioning to Practice. These events are free of charge, but an RSVP by Wednesday, October 5, is required for both the program and the reception. To RSVP, please contact Jennifer Motley at 410-972-4712 or For additional information, contact Marjorie Kuda or Liz Heckenast.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Upcoming Federalist Society Events

The NIU Law Federalist Society will be holding two discussion/debate events in the next couple of months. Both events will be held in room 188 at 12:00 p.m. and lunch will be served at both:

  • Thursday, October 13 - Professor Josh Blackman (South Texas College of Law) and Professor Jones (NIU) will be discussing the Legacy of Justice Scalia.
  • Thursday, November 3 - Ilya Shapiro from the Cato Institute will be discussing Citizens United and stare decisis.

Delta Theta Phi Pink Week Panel Discussion and T-Shirts

Delta Theta Phi legal fraternity is holding a panel discussion as part of their Pink Week breast cancer awareness activities. The panel will be held Thursday, October 27th from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom. The panel will be a discussion of environmental toxins as they relate to breast cancer and prevention. Speakers include: Dean Eric Dannenmaier, Professor Colleen Boraca, and NIU Biological Sciences Chair Professor Barrie Bode. There will a reception to follow at Fatty's Pub & Grille at 1312 W. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb from 6 - 8 p.m. All are welcome.

To commemorate Pink Week, Delta is also selling t-shirts. The cost is $20 per shirt. To see the shirt design and to order, go to and enter the promo code huskie4T6Q. Shirts must be ordered by October 3rd and they will be distributed by Delta President Tara Ramljak.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Breakfast Club on 9/24 and 10/1

Join us at Breakfast Club on Saturdays, from 9 a.m. -11 a.m. in the North Wing of the Law Library, for coffee, bagels, and excellent conversation!
  •  9/24: Stress Management and Wellness. We all approach stress and self-care differently—mindfulness, meditation, physical fitness, time with friends, or simply muscling through difficulty. Guests from diverse backgrounds will discuss several ways to deal with the stress of law school, the legal field, and life in general. 
  • 10/1: L.O.V.E. Breakfast Club is partnering with the student organization ‘Lawyers Opposing Violence Everywhere.’ Come to an informal discussion of this new and dynamic student organization and stay for training to become an effective advocate for victims of domestic and sexual violence. 
As always, coffee & bagels will be provided by Barb City Bagels.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Deadline for December Grads to Apply for Graduation Online This Week

December 2016 Graduates: Please complete the final step to apply for graduation. You should have already met with Julie Mahoney-Krzyzek to complete your “Statement of Candidacy.” The final step is to apply for graduation online, which must be completed between September 17 and September 23.

Illinois Innocence Project Informational Session This Thursday

On Thursday, September 22 at noon, in the Riley Courtroom, attorneys from the Innocence Project will explain how innocent people are imprisoned for crimes they have not committed and how they can be exonerated. Please attend to find out more about how you can get involved with their work.

Researching in Non-Law Databases Brownbag Session This Thursday

The NIU Law Library is holding a brownbag session on conducting research in non-law databases on Thursday, September 22, at noon in Room 187. Databases available through Founders Library, including JSTOR and Academic Search Complete, will be discussed. One lucky attendee will also win a $10 Starbucks gift card. Bring your own lunch, but be sure to save room for Professor Clarke’s baked goods!

Lawyers' Assistance Program Office Hours This Week

A clinician from the Lawyers’ Assistance Program (LAP) will be available to meet with NIU College of Law students on Thursday, September 22, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in Room 149 (next to the Chessick classroom). Appointments are available at four times throughout the semester. Get free and confidential help with: Stress; Anxiety; Depression; Focusing; Worries about Character & Fitness; Addiction (alcohol, prescriptions, gambling, etc.); Having a successful 1L transition.

All discussion is confidential, and there is no record of the visit. The clinician will also have literature and resources on hand to address many ethical or bar application related questions. No member of the administration is involved, ensuring absolute confidentiality. For an appointment, please e-mail Chelsy Castro at Walk-ins are welcome!