Thursday, November 16, 2017

The 2L Mock Trial Competition concludes tonight.  The semifinal round is at 5:00 p.m.  The final round follows at 7:00 p.m.  The competition has been of very high caliber this year.  All are welcome to watch what promises to be very good trials.  The Trial Advocacy Society wishes to thank all the 1L’s who served as jurors, and the 3L’s who were judges and bailiffs.  Your participation is greatly appreciated!  Professor Taylor

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

ALL 3Ls:  Vanessa Williams from the Illinois Board of Admissions will speak to 3Ls about the registration process for the July 2018 Illinois bar exam, Wednesday, January 17th at noon in the Riley courtroom (Room 170).

Thursday, November 9, 2017

NIU Law Diversity Dialogue Series

Diversity Dialogue Series:  NIU's fourth Diversity Dialogue of the 2017-18 series is Tuesday, November 14 at Carl Sandburg Auditorium (in the Holmes Student Center) at 5:00 p.m.  Ju Hong, a recent University of California Berkeley graduate, will share his story as an undocumented immigrant living in the United States today.  All students are encouraged to attend the event.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

NIU Law PILS Auction Planning Meeting

PILS Auction Planning Meeting:  PILS will be hosting an Auction Planning Meeting on Tuesday, November 14th at noon in Room 258. This meeting is open to all students. We will be discussing how students can volunteer for the auction and how to ask for donations. Anyone interested in a PILS Outreach Assistantship for the summer is strongly encouraged to attend. 

NIU Law 2L Mock Trial Competition

2L Mock Trial Competition:  The 2L Mock Trial Competition will conclude Thursday, November 16 in the Riley Courtroom.  Semi-finals at 5:00 p.m. and finals at 7:00 p.m.  All are both welcome and encouraged to attend.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

NIU Law Agen, France Informational Meeting

Agen, France Informational Meeting:  there will be an informational meeting about our summer program in Agen, France, Thursday, November 9 at 2:20 p.m. in Room 188. Come hear why students year after year call it one of the best, if not the best, experience they had in law school.

Friday, November 3, 2017

NIU Law Town Hall Meeting

Town Hall Meeting

College of Law Town Hall meeting next Thursday, November 9, at noon in Room 170.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Professors Boraca and Vaughn Present at Midwest Clinical Conference

On October 14, 2017, Clinical Assistant Professor Colleen Boraca and Clinical Associate Professor Wendy Vaughn presented at the 2017 Midwest Clinical Conference in Lawrence, Kansas. The session, Looking Outside the Clinic to Teach Social Justice and Inspire Future Lawyers examined the reasons clinicians are uniquely qualified to teach courses outside clinics. Boraca and Vaughn, who presented with Clinical Professor Spencer Rand of the Temple University Beasley School of Law, highlighted the Poverty Law and Family Law courses they have taught at NIU College of Law.  

Clinical Associate Professor Wendy Vaughn co-presented with Melanie DeRousse, Clinical Associate Professor at Kansas University School of Law, on the topic of Clinic Design at the New Clinician’s Program which took place on Friday, October 13, 2017.  Professor Vaughn and DeRousse’s presentation focused on utilizing principles of backwards design to identify teaching goals and learning outcomes, as well as to develop methods for assessing students’ progress in reaching these goals, when designing a clinic and planning each component of a clinical course.
Black Law Students Association:  Join BLSA on Thursday, November 16, in the Thurgood Marshall Gallery from 12:00-2:00 p.m. for their annual Thanksgiving Dinner. Enjoy home cooked comfort foods and stuff yourself until you need a nap. Perfect for anyone who won't be able to spend Thanksgiving with their family — or who's just really hungry! A portion of the proceeds will go to the Hope Haven homeless shelter in DeKalb. Tickets for a plate are available for $10 from any BLSA member in the law school from November 1-11, and limited tickets will be available at the event. Don't wait. This event is hugely popular, so don't miss out! 

Friday, October 27, 2017

NIU Law Spring Clinic Information Meeting

Spring Clinic Information Meeting:
Thinking about taking a clinic or externship this Spring?
The clinical faculty and students will be holding an information meeting on Wednesday, November 8 at noon in Room 150. This summer and fall as part of the COL’s experiential learning program, we will offer four clinics: the Civil Justice Clinic, the Criminal Defense Clinic, the Health Advocacy Clinic and the Foreclosure Mediation Clinic. These clinics provide students the chance to work with actual clients in a variety of settings on litigation, transactional and alternative dispute resolution matters. This information meeting will provide an overview of each clinic and answer your questions about the program. Current and former experiential learning students will discuss their experiences, and the faculty will explain the clinic application process for Spring 2018. Lunch will be provided.
Spring clinic applications will be available online later in November, and due after registration opens for the Spring semester.  Please note that as of this time, Spring 2018 may be the last opportunity for students to take the Foreclosure Mediation Clinic.  Reminder: Students matriculating at the College of Law beginning in Fall 2015 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,

Friday, October 20, 2017

NIU Law SBA Palsgraf Halloween tradition

Student Bar Association: Please join us for the annual SBA Palsgraf Halloween tradition at the River Heights Golf Course on Friday, October 27, from 8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.  Ticket sales will take place all week in the Marshall Gallery. Transportation will be provided from Swen Parson starting at 7:45 p.m. The bus will continue to run a loop between Swen Parson and River Heights from 7:45 p.m. until midnight. The last bus will go from River Heights to Swen Parson at 12:00 a.m. Food and beverages will be served at Palsgraf.  We will be having a costume contest and loads of fun!   Please Note:  All attendees will need to sign a waiver prior to admission into the event. If you have any questions, please email the SBA President Keith Stiggers at

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

NIU Law Etiquette Dinner/Dress for Success

Office of Career Opportunities/Professionalism and Ethics Society:  Please join us for Etiquette Dinner/Dress for Success, Thursday, October 26, 5:00 p.m. at Ellingtons (Holmes Student Center).

Thursday, October 12, 2017

NIU Law Embracing Diversity Event

Embracing Diversity Event:  The College of Law will hold its first “Conversations with Dinner” as part of the Embracing Diversity series, October 19, 2017 at Eduardo’s Mexican Restaurant in DeKalb from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  The event will focus on DACA and immigration. Law students (8 to 10) and Faculty are welcome to join.  Please sign up with Becky in Room 280.  Guest speakers include: Beatrix Hoffman, NIU history professor, who will discuss the history of immigration policies with a faculty perspective on undocumented student issues; and NIU College of Law alum, Irakere Picon, who will discuss the impact of DACA and immigration on Dreamers and its legality. Possible additional speakers include DACA students. Contact Nehal Hindi at for more information or questions.  Dinner will be provided.

NIU Law Environmental Law Society

Environmental Law Society:  Please join us for an “Introduction to Environmental Law with Professor Fox”, Monday, October 23 at noon in the Riley Courtroom (Rm. 170). Additional speakers include: Dean Cordes and Attorney Bruno Tabis. Lunch will be provided for attendees. This informative session will discuss both environmental law and career options for attorneys in this area of practice. There will be time for Q & A, please bring your questions.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

NIU Law CLS Blood Drive

Christian Legal Society:  The NIU Christian Legal Society Blood Drive is Wednesday, October 18th from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery.  To schedule your donation, please see a CLS member, text Camille from Heartland at 847-305-9998 with your name and desired time or sign up online at  Appointments are preferred; Walk-ins welcome!  All donors will receive a voucher to Siegel's Pumpkin Fest and a SUBWAY GIFT CARD!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

NIU Law Delta Theta Phi Talk

Delta Theta Phi:  Delta will be hosting "Cancer and the Law" with Professor Fox and Professor Boraca.  Wednesday, October 18th at noon in Room 188. Lunch will be provided. 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

NIU Law Talk on Fair Housing Law

PILS and the Clinical Law Program:  The Public Interest Law Society (PILS) and the Clinical Law Program are hosting a talk about Fair Housing Law on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at noon in the Riley Courtroom. Lewis W. Powell III will speak about Fair Housing Law: An Historical and Urban Policy Perspective. Mr. Powell will provide an overview of fair housing law, looking at the civil rights movement’s impact of fair housing, the laws that prohibit housing discrimination, the types of discrimination prohibited by law, and the remedies available for victims of housing discrimination. Lewis W. Powell, III is an attorney in private practice and served as an Adjunct Professor at The John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Clinic for over a decade. He also teaches a Fair Housing and Lending Course at John Marshall. Mr. Powell is a past President of the Cook County Bar Association, former General Counsel of the Cook County Bar Association, and former member of the Board of Managers of the Chicago Bar Association. Mr. Powell received his JD from John Marshall. He received his BA in Political Science and Master in Public Affairs with an Emphasis on Urban Management from Northern Illinois University.  Lunch will be provided.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

NIU Law Teach-In

Teach-In on Race, Speech, and the National Anthem:  The College of Law will be hosting a Teach-In on Race, Speech, and the National Anthem led by Dean Mark Cordes and Adjunct Professor Karen Baker on Wednesday, October 4th from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom.  Ms. Baker is also the NIU Associate Vice President for Affirmative Action and Equity Compliance (AAEC), Title IX coordinator, and a 1998 alumna of the College of Law.  Pizza will be provided.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

NIU Law Public Interest Law Society

The Public Interest Law Society:   On Wednesday, September 27, at 11:30 a.m. in the Marshall Gallery, PILS will be selling slices of pizza for $1 each, along with soda and water for .50 cents each.  Help PILS out and grab a quick lunch for yourself.  Sponsored by Barbri.

NIU Law Homecoming Tailgate

NIU Law Homecoming Tailgate:  All are invited to the NIU Law Homecoming Tailgate Party with the Deans on Saturday, October 7th from 11:15 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery.  Join us for free food, drinks, and fun!  RSVP to Melody Mitchell at