Friday, October 21, 2016

Fall Visit Day November 3rd

The Admissions Office would like everyone to know that they will be hosting a Fall 2016 Visit Day on Thursday, November 3, 2016 from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m in Swen Parson. Prospective students will be touring the law school, meeting faculty, and watching the final round of the annual Mock Trial Competition. If you see unfamiliar faces in the building that day, please be sure to greet them warmly and be prepared to answer questions about the building or law school in general. Contact the Admissions Office at (815) 753-8595 or with questions of if you would like to help with the event.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

PES/FLA Family Feud November 16th

Who Knows the Top Ten Answers? The Winning Team of...the PES/FLA Family Feud Event knows!

Family Feud this year is on Wednesday, November 16th at 5:30 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery!
This event is also a drop-off point for business attire/suits for the spring PES suit-drive spectacular! Get those closets emptied out!

Get your teams of 5 together--that's 4 students plus 1 faculty or 1 alumnus--for food, drinks, games and raffles. Competition is expected to be fierce, so grab the most experienced faculty and alumni now (shh, don't tell anyone that Jones and Walton are professionals). The cost for all this food, fun and drink is only $55 per team. BUT WAIT, there's a discount...only $50 per team when the team brings in ONE suit or business outfit donation for the suit drive.

Events will start with a pre-game social just prior to the tournament. Then, we gear-up for final rounds with pizza and beverages!

Family Feud is a collaborative event brought to you by the Professionalism and Ethics Society and the Family Law Society.

Spring Externship Informational Meeting - Wednesday, November 2nd

A Spring Externship Informational Meeting will be held Wednesday, November 2nd, from noon to 1 p.m. in room 150 - pizza and pop will be served.

Come learn about externship opportunities for spring of 2017. Hear about ways you can earn course credit for unpaid work with a state's attorney, public defender, judge, or government /non-profit organization. You will learn about how externing has helped students to develop legal skills, work with clients and lawyers, and build a professional, legal network. Applications will be available and you will have an opportunity to ask questions. If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Sheila Maloney at

15th Annual Shining the Light on Domestic Violence Ceremony October 26th

In recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, on Wednesday, October 26 from 5:30 - 6:15 p.m. at the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic located at 319 West State St, Rockford, IL (Talcott Building), the NIU Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic and the Winnebago County Domestic Violence Coordinated Community Response Team will host the 15th Annual Shining the Light on Domestic Violence Ceremony. The Winnebago County Domestic Violence Coordinated Community Response Team celebrates its 22st year of local collaborative efforts. This brief ceremony will recognize and honor the work that has been done to improve safety for victims of domestic violence.

Judge Rosemary Collins, chairperson of the Domestic Violence Coordinated Community Response Team, will provide brief remarks and present an award to the winners of the Domestic Violence Teen Art Contest as well as honor this year’s recipient of the Shining the Light on Domestic Violence Award. Local musician Jackie Stephenson and Northern Law Clinical Professor Paul Cain, along with Northern Law students, will provide musical entertainment. There will also be a candlelight vigil to mourn, support and celebrate victims and survivors of domestic violence. This event is open to the community.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Nuts and Bolts of Legal Research w/ Prof. Kuehl This Thursday, 10/20

This presentation on Thursday, October 20 at 4:30 p.m. in room 188 will cover everything you need for any type of summer legal practice or clerking during the semester. Come hear Professor Kuehl discuss essential case law and statutory research strategies as well as a few tips for legislative research/administrative legal research. This is a great introduction to research for 1Ls and a great refresher for 2Ls and 3Ls! The presentation will be followed by a reception at Fatty’s Pub & Grille in DeKalb at 5:30 p.m.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Midterm Exam Notices

  • Midterm Exams: Law school policy requires that final exams be graded anonymously, and most faculty prefer to grade midterms anonymously as well. Accordingly, the College of Law has created exam numbers for students to use on midterm exams. You will need to get your exam number from Le Ann Baie in the Faculty Secretaries’ Office. When you take your exams, you must identify yourself on your examination by your exam number only. If you are using ExamSoft, you will start your first answer by typing your exam number. Also note that the College of Law takes issues of academic honesty very seriously. Accordingly, there is a set of exam rules that applies to all exams taken at the College of Law. A copy of the rules was emailed to all students and is also available from Dean Falkoff or Dean Coles. Please read it and familiarize yourself with the exam rules.
  • Exam Accommodations: With mid-term examinations ongoing, students with exam accommodations from the Disability Resource Center (DRC) should contact Dean Coles for instructions. Examination forms should be turned in to LeAnn Baie in the Faculty Secretaries’ Office or Lisa Hoebing in Room 276 and should not be given to any instructor. Students who may be in need of exam accommodations but do not yet have a letter of accommodation should contact the DRC for an appointment at 815-753-1303 or The DRC is located on the fourth floor of the NIU Health Services Building.

Spring Clinical Law Program Information Meeting This 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,

CLS Blood Drive This Wednesday, October 19th

Mark your calendars! The NIU Law Christian Legal Society and Heartland Blood Center are hosting a Blood Drive on Wednesday, October 19 from 12:00-4:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Come be awesome and save a life! All donors will be receiving a free pint of Baskin Robbins ice cream!!!

Dean's Town Hall Meeting October 19th

The College of Law will hold an informational town hall meeting on Wednesday, October 19 at noon in the Riley Courtroom. The Dean will provide an update on university budget cuts, recent bar pass rates, the spring schedule, plans for the Library North Wing renovation and also roll out the Spring 2017 schedule, followed by open discussion. The project design leader for the North Wing renovation will join the discussion to hear student ideas and input.

Lawyers' Assistance Program Office Hours This Friday, October 21st

A clinician from the Lawyers’ Assistance Program (LAP) will be available to meet with NIU College of Law students Friday, October 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Room 149 (next to the Chessick classroom). Appointments are also available later in the semester. Get free and confidential help with: stress, anxiety, depression, focusing, worries about character & fitness, addiction (alcohol, prescriptions, gambling, etc.), and having a successful 1L transition. All discussion is confidential, and there is no record of the visit. A LAP clinician will be available to talk confidentially. 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. Walk-ins are welcome! For an office hours appointment, please email Chelsy Castro at

SBA Casino Night Friday, October 21st

Join the SBA for Casino Night on Friday, October 21, from 7:30-10:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, game chips, soda, beer and wine will be provided. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $25 (email: or at the door for $30.

First Year Student Professionalism Series Monday, October 24th

The final 1L professionalism series program of the fall semester will be a presentation by Bryan Stevenson, author of "Just Mercy" on Monday, October 24, from 5:00-6:15 p.m. in the Altgeld Hall Auditorium. All NIU Law 1L students are required to attend. At 6:30 p.m., Bryan Stevenson will address the university about "Just Mercy" in the Carl Sandburg Auditorium at the Holmes Student Center.

Delta Theta Phi Pink Week October 21st - 27th

Pink Week events:
  • As part of their annual Pink Week festivities to help raise money in the fight against breast cancer, Delta Theta Phi legal fraternity will be selling baked goods on Normal Road, behind Swen Parson Hall (weather permitting) on Monday, October 24, from 7:30-9:00 a.m. All proceeds will go to breast cancer awareness. Stop by to get a treat and help a worthy cause!
  • Delta Theta Phi Tapas for Tatas: As part of their annual Pink Week festivities to help in the fight against breast cancer, Delta Theta Phi legal fraternity will host Tapas for Tatas, a Spanish tapas lunch with all proceeds to go to breast cancer awareness. The lunch event will be held on Wednesday, October 26, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., in the Marshall Gallery.
  • To conclude their annual Pink Week events to raise breast cancer awareness, Delta Theta Phi legal fraternity will host a panel discussion on Thursday, October 27, at 4:30 p.m., in the Riley Courtroom on the topic of environmental toxins and their connection to cancer. Speakers include: Dean Eric Dannenmaier, Professor Colleen Boraca, and NIU Biological Sciences Chair Professor Barrie Bode. All are welcome to attend and participate. After the panel, Delta will host a reception starting at 6:00 p.m. in the back banquet room at Fatty's Pub and Grille, 1312 W. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb.***This event is for adults aged 21 and over only.***

Law Library Pumpkin Decorating Contest and Halloween Party

It’s that time of year again! The Law Library is holding its annual pumpkin decorating contest for students, faculty, and staff. You can enter the contest by dropping off your decorated or carved pumpkin at the Law Library on Monday, October 24.

Even if you don’t submit a pumpkin, you can still participate by voting! Ballot boxes will be in the Library until noon on Friday, October 28. Be sure to cast your vote for the best pumpkin! The winner will be announced at the Law Library Halloween Party and will receive a prize.

The Law Library's Halloween party will be on Monday, October 31, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to join us for food and fun events like Boo Bowling and Autumn Tic-Tac-Toe! We will also be hosting a Horror Movie Trivia contest and announcing the winner of the Pumpkin Decorating Contest at the celebration! Be sure to stop by for treats and join in the fun!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

PAD Tricks or Treats Bake-off October 27th

Phi Alpha Delta (P.A.D.) will be hosting a Tricks or Treats Bake-Off on Thursday, October 27, from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. All are welcome to attend; contact Monique Perkins at for more information on participating.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Breakfast Club This Saturday, October 15th

All are invited to join us at Breakfast Club this Saturday, October 15th from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. in the North Wing of the Library in Swen Parson Hall, for coffee, bagels, and excellent conversation.

This week we will have an open discussion on race and diversity at NIU with Sharonda Roberson and Alonte Holliday. As always, coffee and bagels will be provded by Barb City Bagels.

Just a reminder that we will not be having Breakfast Club on 10/22, so please join us in Alumni Village for a Pregame Reception before the Homecoming game; we will also not have Breakfast Club on 10/29 in observance of Halloween weekend. So please join us again on November 5th for "Coffee, what goes into a cup?" with roaster, barista and coffee expert Kevin Trudo.

Let us know your ideas and suggestions for future Breakfast Club topics--What would you like to discuss? What’s on your mind?

Friday, October 7, 2016

Public Interest Law Society Pizza Sale This Tuesday, October 11th

PILS will be selling pizza and pop to raise money for public interest internship opportunities for law students. Come by and enjoy a delicious and inexpensive lunch from your friends at PILS on Tuesday, October 11, at noon in the Marshall Gallery.

WLC Take Back the Night This Tuesday, October 11th

Together with the Women’s Rights Alliance, the Women's Law Caucus is co-hosting Take Back the Night — an international initiative with the purpose of creating safe communities and respectful relationships through awareness. The purpose of the event at NIU is to raise awareness of and bring an end to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse and all other forms of sexual violence. Please join us on Tuesday, October 11, at 7:00 p.m. in the Martin Luther King Commons as we walk the streets and Take Back the Night in a stand against violence.

Book Discussion on "Just Mercy" with Dean Falkoff This Wednesday, October 12th

College of Law Dean Marc Falkoff leads a discussion on Just Mercy (campus-wide) on October 12 at noon in Room 188.

Federalist Society Panel Discussion This Thursday, October 13th

Please join the Federalist Society on Thursday, October 13, at noon in Room 188 for a special discussion of the legacy of Justice Scalia by Professor Josh Blackman (South Texas College of Law) and Professor Robert Jones (NIU Law). Lunch will be provided.