Tuesday, February 20, 2018

NIU Law Embracing Diversity Series


Embracing Diversity Series:  Conversations with Susan Swegle & Timothy Pagani on Disability in Diversity.  Heighten your awareness about disability and the law.  Monday, March 5th at noon in Room 256.  Lunch provided.  Please sign up with Becky in Room 280.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

NIU Law Law Review Banquet

The Law Review Banquet will be April 27, 2018 at O'Leary's Ale House in DeKalb.  The social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner to follow at 6:30 p.m.  Attendance is by invitation only.

Monday, February 5, 2018

NIU Law ABA Client Counseling Competition


ABA Client Counseling Competition:  Congratulations to Cody Chinery and Heather Fielder who strongly competed in the ABA Client Counseling Competition at Loyola University Chicago School of Law on Friday, February 2 and Saturday, February 3.  The 3L team advanced to the semifinal round.  They were coached by Dean King. 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

NIU Law Minority Reception


NIU Law Minority Reception:  You are cordially invited to attend the 15th Annual Minority Reception hosted by Interim Dean Mark Cordes and Vincent Cornelius (’89).  The event will be held on Wednesday, February 21st from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the ISBA Chicago Office (20 S. Clark, Suite 900).  Dartesia Pitts (’05) and The Honorable William J. Haddad (ret.) will receive the Excellence in Service and Leadership Award. Transportation will be provided for students on a first come basis (limited seating on the bus). Please rsvp to Melody Mitchell at mmitchell@niu.edu by February 14th.

NIU Law to Host 2nd District Appellate Court Oral Arguments


NIU Law to Host 2nd District Appellate Court Oral Arguments:  The Second District Appellate Court will hear oral arguments in the Riley Courtroom on February 28th at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.  Students will be able to observe the oral arguments in the cases of Bartkowiak v. City of Aurora and People v. Duffin. After the arguments, there will be a brief Q&A with the justices and attorneys followed by a reception in the Marshall Gallery.


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

NIU Law Public/Public Interest Employer Information Fair


Career Opportunities and Professional Development:  Public/Public Interest Employer Information Fair.  Thursday, February 8th, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., North Wing of the Law Library.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

NIU Law Galentine's Day Brunch


American Constitution Society:  Be sure to join the American Constitution Society on Tuesday, February 13th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery for a Galentine's Day Brunch celebrating the amazing women in our lives!  Tickets are $1, and the purchase of a ticket will enter you for a chance to win the Galentine's Day Basket prize!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

NIU Law PAD Annual Chili Cook Off


Phi Alpha Delta Annual Chili Cook Off:  PAD's Annual Chili Cook Off will be Tuesday, January 30, 2017 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery.  Everyone can submit their chili. Tickets are $5.00.  All proceeds will be donated to Casa of Kane County.  Contact Stephanie Silkey (z1811369@students.niu.edu) if you have any questions.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

NIU Law "How to Get A Graduate Assistantship"

Career Opportunities and Professional Development:  The Office for Career Opportunities and Professional Development will be hosting "How to Get a Graduate Assistantship," on February 7 at 12:00 p.m. in Room 170. Current GAs from around the University will speak about how they got their position and provide tips for obtaining a position to interested students. 

NIU Law 1L Intro to the Legal Profession


Thursday February 1, 2018 (Riley Courtroom) 2:30-3:45 p.m.  Richard Schmack, former DeKalb County State’s Attorney.  Before this class, please read the Richard Schmack’s article, Unmaking a Murderer: The Prosecutor’s Duty to Remedy Wrongful Convictions, 37 N. Ill. L. Rev. 420 (2017), which is posted on TWEN.  Please read this before the presentation as the speaker will assume you have some familiarity with the case discussed in his article.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

NIU Law DCBA Student/Alumni Social


DuPage County Bar Association & NIU Law Student & Alumni Social:  Take a step in launching your career.  Net work with lawyers and fellow students.  Free appetizers & drinks.  All students, alumni and lawyers welcome.  February 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Fattys, 1312 Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb, IL.  RSVP online at www.dcba.org.

Monday, January 15, 2018

First Week of Class Assignments for Contracts 2 with Professor Chatman


The full Syllabus for the semester is available on TWEN. We will be using a custom text that may not be in the bookstore yet.  I have made copies of the pages for next week for you, and uploaded them to the TWEN page.

First Week of Class Assignments for Contracts 2 with Professor Chatman


The full Syllabus for the semester is available on TWEN.  On-Call Groups should be prepared to discuss statutes and the Restatement.

First Week of Class Assignments for Corporate Skills with Professor Chatman


  • Introduction to M&A, Fox Ch. 1,2,4.  
  • Contract Drafting Basics, Broadwin Ch. 6.  
  • The Role of the Transactional Lawyer, Hillman, Preface, Ch. 1, 4.
  • Review on TWEN: Syllabus, Instructions for Group Presentations & Document Preparation, Course Problem.
  • This week’s assignment requires you to work with your groups to summarize the transaction in one page, and prepare a cast of characters list.

Friday, January 12, 2018

First Assignment for Estate Planning with Professor Huffman

First day assignment: Read Chapters 1 and 2 to page 30. This is the same assignment for the second class. The Syllabus has been posted on Blackboard.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

First Assignment for Advanced Torts with Professor Rigertas

For the first class read pages 1-12 in Vincent R. Johnson, Advanced Tort Law: A Problem Approach (2d ed., LexisNexis 2014) and Moorman Mfg. Co. v. National Tank Co., 91 Ill.2d 69 (1982) (you can find it yourself or register for the class on TWEN and you can find a copy under course Documents).

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Spring 2018 Clinics

There are still some spaces available in Spring 2018 Clinics. We 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.  Spring 2018 Clinic Descriptions and Clinic Applications are now being accepted on a rolling basis while space is available.

The Spring 2018 Clinic Application and information is available at http://www.niu.edu/law/academic/experiential/clinical_program/application_process.shtml. Please apply as soon as possible to allow time for the processing of your Rule 711 paperwork with the Illinois Supreme Court. To apply for a Spring 2018 Clinic, you must fill out and submit the Spring 2018 Clinic Application online. There is no paper application form for clinics.

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 Clinicpcain@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

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.