Friday, March 24, 2017

Key Card Access in Library and North Wing

A key card access system has been added to the door between the north end of the building and the north wing. After 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and all day on Saturday and Sunday, access from the north end of the building to the north wing will be available to members of the College of Law via their NIU OneCard. The doors will still be open during the day and the key card access will permit members of the College of Law access after regular business hours. If your card provides access into the law library after 6:00 p.m., it is active for the north end access. When using the north end key card system, lightly press your card to the reader for it to read the card. Please direct any questions you have regarding the north end access system to Prof. Therese Clarke, tclarke@niu.edu.

Guided Meditation Next Tuesday, 3/28

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

Family Law Society Presents Courtroom Nuts and Bolts March 29th

The Family Law Society will host "Courtroom Nuts and Bolts" on Wednesday, March 29th at noon in room 186. The guest speakers will be Hon. Marcy Buick and Hon. Ronald Matakaitis from the 23rd Judicial Circuit in DeKalb County. Topics will include:
  • Tips on Preparing for Trial 
  • Social Media & Exhibits 
  • Common Attorney Mistakes & Ways to Avoid Them 
  • Attorney Habits that Make Judges Happy 
  • How to be an Effective Family Law Attorney
BRING YOUR QUESTIONS!

Lawyers' Assistance Program Office Hours Next Thursday, 3/30

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). Appointments are available at 4 times throughout the semester. Get FREE and CONFIDENTIAL help with: Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Focusing, Worries about Character & Fitness, Addiction (alcohol, prescriptions, gambling, etc.) 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 WELCOME. Thursday, March 30, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Room 149. For an office hours appointment, please email Chelsy Castro at ccastro@illinois.org.

Federalist Society Guest Speaker Next Thursday, 3/30

Jordan Lorence from Alliance Defending Freedom will join us for this presentation. He is a prominent First Amendment attorney who has argued many cases in front of the United States Supreme Court (including one a week before this event). Please join us to hear his insights in this very special presentation. Thursday, March 30, at noon, Room 188.

Law Review Symposium Next Friday, 3/31

The Northern Illinois University Law Review would like to invite everyone to our 2017 Symposium, entitled "Making Murderers: Legal Implications of Wrongful Convictions and the Death Penalty." Presenters will discuss police interrogation methods, the changing landscape of eyewitness testimony, the death penalty, and will highlight a recent wrongful conviction case. The event will take place on Friday, March 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Altgeld Hall Board of Trustees Room. The event is free for students, faculty, and staff--register on the College of Law website.

The Criminal Law Society will provide lunch immediately following the Symposium in the Marshall Gallery. If you have any questions, please email Symposium Editor, Rachel Krmenec, at rkrmenec@niu.edu.

Barrister's Ball Next Friday, 3/31

Please join us for the NIU College of Law's Annual Barrister's Ball Friday, March 31, 6:30-11:45 p.m., hosted by the Student Bar Association at the Acquaviva Winery in Maple Park, IL. Complimentary bus transportation will be provided. Ticket prices are $75 per person and $140 per couple. Be sure to get your tickets from Miranda Hernandez at mhernandez15@niu.edu!

Riley Lecture & PILS Auction Friday, April 7th

NIU College of Law will host its 24th Annual Francis X. Riley Lecture on Professionalism on Friday, April 7th, 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the Francis X. Riley Courtroom (Room 170). This year’s lecture will be given by Illinois State Senator from the 40th District and NIU Law alumna Toi Hutchinson ('14).

The Francis X. Riley Lecture on Professionalism was established in 1994 to honor the late Professor Emeritus Riley, who devoted his life to the law and legal education. The lecture series brings distinguished speakers to NIU Law to discuss current issues relating to the legal profession. The lecture will be followed by a reception and the 22nd Annual Public Interest Law Society Auction, 5:00-9:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. CLE credit for the lecture is pending.

PES Guest Speaker on Professional Conduct Wednesday, April 5th

Lunch will be provided, as the Professionalism and Ethics Society hosts this year’s speaker on “Real Life Implications in Applying the Rules of Professional Conduct" on Wednesday, April 5th at noon in the Riley Courtroom.

Our speaker is Northern Law alumnus and attorney Adam Vaught, partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, Chicago. His practice area focuses on Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) complaints.

Vaught will be discussing some real life implications involved with the compliance and application of the Rules of Professional Conduct including the associated financial and business implications.

Vaught graduated in 2005 and subsequently served as counselor to Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride of the Illinois Supreme Court, whom he clerked for prior to the justice’s term as chief. He then joined Hinshaw & Culbertson where he now focuses on the area of professional liability defense, with emphasis in the counseling and defense of attorneys and law firms facing malpractice and ethical conduct issues.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Summer and Fall Clinical Law Program Information Meeting Monday, April 3rd

The clinical faculty and students will be holding a clinic information meeting on Monday, April 3rd 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 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 summer and fall 2017. Lunch will be provided.

Summer clinic applications will be due Monday, April 10th. Fall clinic applications will be due after fall registration opens later in the semester.

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, amaddali@niu.edu

Paul Cain, Clinical Professor, Criminal Defense Clinic, pcain@niu.edu

Wendy Vaughn, Clinical Associate Professor, Civil Justice Clinic, wvaughn@niu.edu

Colleen Boraca, Clinical Assistant Professor, Health Advocacy Clinic, cboraca@niu.edu

Alan Boudreau, Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor, Foreclosure Mediation Clinic, aboudreau@niu.edu

Friday, March 17, 2017

Guided Meditation This Tuesday, 3/21

Guided meditation returns this week as a means to reduce stress and increase focus during the semester. All are welcome--make this part of your routine now with finals coming up! Tuesday, March 21, 8:00-9:00 a.m. Meditation will be held in Room 256, just off of the Marshall Gallery.

Breakfast Club This Wednesday, 3/22

Join us at Breakfast Club Wednesday mornings for coffee, bagels, and excellent conversation. Coffee & bagels will be provided by Barb City Bagels. This week's subject is non-competes and trade secrets with attorney Jeffrey Bunn. Wednesday, March 22, 9:00-11:00 a.m., Marshall Gallery.

Third Thursdays Coming Up March 23rd

These special presentations will start at the law school and then move to Fatty's Pub & Grille in DeKalb for receptions immediately afterward. This week, Irakere Picón, the first undocumented immigrant to practice law in Illinois and a 2015 Northern Law graduate, will share his story of going from immigrant to attorney to activist. Thursday, March 23, 4:00-5:00 p.m in the Riley Courtroom.

The Federalist Society Guest Speaker March 30th

Jordan Lorence from Alliance Defending Freedom will join us for this presentation. He is a prominent First Amendment attorney who has argued many cases in front of the United States Supreme Court (including one a week before this event). Please join us to hear his insights in this very special presentation. Thursday, March 30, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 188.

Law Review Symposium March 31st

The Northern Illinois University Law Review would like to invite everyone to our 2017 Symposium, entitled "Making Murderers: Legal Implications of Wrongful Convictions and the Death Penalty." Presenters will discuss police interrogation methods, the changing landscape of eyewitness testimony, the death penalty, and will highlight a recent wrongful conviction case. The event will take place on Friday, March 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Altgeld Hall Board of Trustees Room. The event is free for students, faculty, and staff--register on the College of Law website.

The Criminal Law Society will provide lunch immediately following the Symposium in the Marshall Gallery. If you have any questions, please email Symposium Editor, Rachel Krmenec, at rkrmenec@niu.edu.

SBA Barrister's Ball March 31st

Please join us for the NIU College of Law's Annual Barrister's Ball Friday, March 31, 6:30-11:45 p.m., hosted by the Student Bar Association at the Acquaviva Winery in Maple Park, IL. Complimentary bus transportation will be provided. Ticket prices are $75 per person and $140 per couple. Be sure to get your tickets from Miranda Hernandez at mhernandez15@niu.edu!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Barrister's Ball March 31st; Tickets on Sale Through Tomorrow

Please join us for NIU College of Law's Annual Barrister's Ball hosted by the Student Bar Association on Friday, March 31st. The ball will take place at the Acquaviva Winery in Maple Park from 6:30 p.m. - 11:45 p.m. Complimentary bus transportation will be provided. SBA is selling tickets in the Marshall Gallery 10am-2pm until March 8th for $75 per person and $140 per couple. Be sure to get your tickets!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Student Meeting with ABA Site Team Monday, March 6th

On Monday, March 6, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in Room 188, all students will have the opportunity to attend an open session with the ABA Site Team. They will be asking questions and seeking feedback on various topics important to the success of the visit. Feedback from students is an important part of the accreditation process, and I encourage you to attend the session if possible.
 – Dean Cordes

Law Review Symposium March 31st

The Northern Illinois University Law Review would like to invite everyone to our 2017 symposium, entitled "Making Murderers: Legal Implications of Wrongful Convictions and the Death Penalty." Presenters will discuss police interrogation methods, the changing landscape of eyewitness testimony, the death penalty, and will highlight a recent wrongful conviction case. The event will take place on Friday, March 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Altgeld Hall Board of Trustees Room. The event is free for students, faculty, and staff. Register on the NIU College of Law website.

The Criminal Law Society will provide lunch immediately following the Symposium in the Marshall Gallery. If you have any questions, please email Symposium Editor, Rachel Krmenec, at rkrmenec@niu.edu.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Commencement Announcements Ready to be Picked up for 3Ls Now

MAY 2017 & DEC 2016 GRADS: Commencement announcements are now available to be picked up in Swen Parson room 285 (Office of Budget & Records - office hours 8:00 a.m. – noon and 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.).

NOTE: Any announcements not claimed by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 17th will be made available to others on first come, first served, basis.