Friday, February 24, 2017

35th Annual Lenny Mandell Moot Court Competition Starts This Saturday, 2/25

The semifinals of the 35th Annual Lenny Mandell Moot Court Competition will be held Saturday, February 25th, at 9:30 a.m. in the Riley Courtroom. The following teams will compete:
  • Jake Trotter/Alex Yorko v. Alexeus Bender/Stacey Eissinger
  • Katherine Headley/Michael Paup v. Heather Fielder/Cody Chinery
Spectators are welcome for the semi-finals and the final rounds. The final round will be held on Saturday, March 4th, at 10:30 a.m. in the Riley Courtroom.

PILS Pizza Sale Monday, 2/27

The Public Interest Law Society will be selling slices of Domino's pizza (cheese, pepperoni and sausage) for $1 each along with soda and water for 50 cents each. Help PILS out and grab a quick lunch for yourself. Sponsored by Themis bar prep. Monday, February 27th at noon in the Marshall Gallery.

Guided Meditation This Tuesday, 2/28

The College of Law will host guided meditation as a means to reduce stress and increase focus during the semester. All are welcome. Tuesday, February 28, 8:00-9:00 a.m. Meditation will be held in Room 256, just off of the Marshall Gallery.

Courtroom as Classroom Wednesday, March 1st

The Office of Career Opportunities presents "Courtroom as Classroom," an annual panel discussion with several federal judges, U.S. Attorneys and Federal Defenders that will give students a chance to learn about the professional side of the practice of law from those who know it best. Bus transportation will be provided from Swen Parson Hall to the Federal Courthouse in Chicago for this event. Go to Becky's desk in room 280 to sign up for the bus and contact Greg Anderson with any questions. The bus leaves at 12:30 p.m. and the event begins at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1st.

Breakfast Club Wednesday, 3/8

Join us at Breakfast Club Wednesday mornings for coffee, bagels, and excellent conversation. Coffee & bagels will be provided by Barb City Bagels. Next week's subject is managing anxiety for optimal performance with Dr. Billie Cali. Wednesday, March 8th, 9:00-11:00 a.m., Marshall Gallery.

Law Library Presents: Bluebooking Your Seminar Paper on March 8th

Taking a seminar this semester? Join Professor Clarke Arado as she takes you through the wonderful world of Bluebooking your seminar papers! This session is primarily designed for Spring 2017 law seminar students, but please feel free to attend if you have general Bluebook questions or just want to learn more about Bluebooking. Baked treats will be provided! Wednesday, March 8, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Room 155.

SA/PD Careers Panel Coming Up on March 8th

The College of Law Office of Career Opportunities will welcome representatives from multiple State’s Attorney and Public Defender offices to talk about opportunities at their offices-particularly for the summer of 2017. Take this opportunity to find out the best way to nail down these great job prospects! Co-sponsored by the NIU Criminal Law Society.

The event will begin with the panel discussion in the new collaborative space in the North Wing of the Law Library at 5:30, followed by a networking reception in the Marshall Gallery at 6:30.

Law Review Informational Meeting Thursday, 3/7

The NIU Law Review will hold an informational meeting on Tuesday, March 7th at noon in room 188. We will be discussing the process for joining law review, so if you are interested in joining this is the place for you.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

WLC/BLSA Panel Discussion on Gender Discrimination Wednesday, 3/1

The Women's Law Caucus and the Black Law Student Association would like to invite everyone to a panel discussion entitled "Gender Discrimination in the Legal Field" on Wednesday, March 1st at noon in the Riley Courtroom. The panelists will be discussing the struggles and triumphs women face within the legal profession. Our panelists include: Professor Laurel Rigertas; Sandra Kuepelian, Legal Writing Instructor; and Karen Baker, the Title IX coordinator here at NIU. Snacks will be provided. Hope to see everyone there!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

SBA 2L Over the Hump Party Tuesday, 2/28

All 2Ls are invited to a celebration of being halfway through law school on Tuesday, February 28th at noon in the Marshall Gallery. Three semesters down, (less than) three to go! Free food and beverages will be provided by the SBA, so please stop by!

The Advocate Newspaper Informational Meeting Monday 2/27

Do you want your voice heard? Then you should attend an informational meeting regarding The Advocate, a newspaper written by Northern Law students, for Northern Law students, on Monday, February 27th at noon in room 173. If you cannot make the meeting, email Brandon Evans at for more information.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Guided Meditation Tuesday, 2/21

The College of Law will host guided meditation as a means to reduce stress and increase focus during the semester. All are welcome. The next sessions will be held on Tuesday, February 21 and 28, 8:00-9:00 a.m. Meditation will be held in Room 256, just off of the Marshall Gallery.

PILS Informational Meeting Tuesday, February 21st

PILS members: we will be having an important informational meeting on Tuesday, February 21st at noon in room 188. We will be discussing the PILS auction and what students can still do to get volunteer credit to qualify for a PILS stipend.

Open Chess Wednesday Mornings in the North Wing

Challenge amateurs and experts to the game of kings every Wednesday from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. in the North Wing of the Library. Whether you are starting out, haven't played for a while, or are a seasoned expert, all are welcome to learn and play. Boards are provided and avid players will be there to help you get started or improve your game.

NIU Law Breakfast Club Wednesday, 2/22

Join us at Breakfast Club on Wednesday mornings for coffee, bagels, and excellent conversation. Coffee & bagels will be provided by Barb City Bagels. This week's subject is advocating for suffering clients with Professor Colleen Boraca. Wednesday, February 22, 9:00-11:00 a.m., Marshall Gallery.

American Constitution Society Guest Speaker Wednesday, 2/22

Join the ACS for “Civil Liberties in the Trump Administration” featuring discussion by ACLU representative Bharathi Pillai on Wednesday, February 22 at 4:00 p.m. in Room 188.

SALDF Panel Next Wednesday, Feb. 22nd (update)

In observance of National Animal Justice Week, SALDF will be hosting an Animal Law Panel on Wednesday, February 22 at noon in the Riley Courtroom (Rm. 170). Food will be provided. Speakers on the panel will include Tracy McGonigle, Esq., the executive director of Hooved Animal Humane Society; Jody Booher, a 2007 alumna of the College of Law and partner at Barrick, Switzer, Long, Balsley, & Van Evera LLP; and Illinois Assistant State’s Attorney Elizabeth P. Boggs, who works in the state General Consumer Fraud Department.

Also, don't forget there will be a box in the Marshall Gallery through the end of February to collect supplies for the DeKalb Animal Shelter (food, cleaning supplies, bedding, garbage bags, etc.).

Minority Reception Wednesday, 2/22

Please join Illinois State Bar Association President Vincent Cornelius (’89) for the 14th Annual Minority Reception at the Illinois State Bar Association Office, 20 S. Clark Street, Suite 900 in Chicago on Wednesday, February 22 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Please RSVP to or (815) 753-9655.

Lawyers' Assistance Program Visiting Thursday, 2/23

A clinician from the Lawyers’ Assistance Program (LAP) will be available to meet with NIU College of Law students in Room 149 (next to the Chessick classroom) on Thursday, February 23 from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Appointments are available at 4 times throughout the semester. Get FREE and CONFIDENTIAL help with: Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Focusing, Worries about Character & Fitness, Addiction, 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. WALK-INS WELCOME. For an Office Hours appointment please email Chelsy Castro at

1L Professionalism Series Thursday, 2/23

The Legal Assistance Program will present “Your Best Thinking in the Worst Situations: Improving Decision Making under Stress.” All first-year College of Law students are required to attend. Thursday, February 23, 2:15- 3:30 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom.