Thursday, September 14, 2017

NIU Law Student Ambassador Program:  The NIU Law Student Ambassador Program is looking for motivated and energetic students to help showcase what NIU Law has to offer to prospective law students.  We would love to have you join our team!  If you are interested at all in being a NIU Law Student Ambassador, be sure to come to one of our informational meetings.  Contact Stacey Eissinger ( or Josiah Accola ( for more information. We will be hosting two informational meetings on October 4, from noon – 1:00 p.m., and from 4:30-5:30 p.m., in Room 188 and we would love for you to come if you are available.  Food will be provided!!!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Lawyers' Assistance Program

Appointments available and Walk-ins welcome from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. in Room # 149 on:
September 20th, October 11th, November 8th and December 13th
 Get FREE and CONFIDENTIAL help with:
• Stress • Anxiety • Depression • Focusing • Worries about Character & Fitness • Addiction (alcohol, prescriptions, gambling, etc.) • 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 WELCOME

Thursday, August 31, 2017

European Sanctions of Russia - September 5, 2017

Professor Hugo Flavier, University of Bordeaux:  Professor Hugo Flavier of the University of Bordeaux will give a talk on European Sanctions of Russia.  Professor Flavier, here with the visiting French students, is an expert in the area.  His talk should be very informative.  The event is sponsored by the International Law Society and the Admissions office.  Tuesday, September 5, 12:00-1:00, in the Riley courtroom, (Room 170).  Lunch will be served.  All are invited.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Research Assistant Needed - September 6, 2017

Research Assistant Needed for Professor Carliss Chatman for the 2017-2018 school year.  The position will be focused on research of corporate governance issues, compliance, and legal ethics.  To apply, please send a brief statement of interest, to, attaching a resume and unofficial transcript.  Applications must be received by Wednesday, September 6.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

3L Composite Pictures - November 14, 2017

3L Composite pictures will be taken on Tuesday, November 14 from 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  Location TBD.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Public Interest Law Society, Women's Law Caucus and Delta Theta Phi informational meeting Sept. 5

The Public Interest Law Society, Women's Law Caucus, and Delta Theta Phi Fraternity will be hosting an informational session on Tuesday, September 5 at 12:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom. Come find out what each of these organizations have to offer. Lunch will be provided.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Research Assistants Needed for Prof. Fox by August 29

Professor Sarah Fox is hiring two part-time research assistants for the 2017-2018 school year.  One position will be focused on environmental and land use, as well as affordable housing policy and urban planning issues; the other will be focused on Illinois water law and climate adaptation work in Illinois.

To apply, please send a brief statement of interest (and indicate which position you are interested in, if you have a preference), to, attaching a resume and unofficial transcript. Applications must be received by Tuesday, August 29.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

First Assignment for Professional Responsibility w/ Prof. Rigertas

For the first class, read pages 1-5 (the Preamble and Scope) of the American Bar Association Model Rules of Professional Conduct. I would like you to note two paragraphs in this reading that you found meaningful or thought-provoking and write down a few thoughts about why you reached that conclusion.

Student Organization Fair August 29 - TIME CHANGE

A student information fair organized and attended by representatives from a number of the College of Law’s student organizations will be held on Tuesday, August 29 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Thurgood Marshall Gallery. All law students are welcome to come, especially new 1Ls, to find out more about the exciting opportunities student groups offer to reach out to the community, support worthy causes and enhance your résumé.

First Assignment and Important Message for Torts Section 1B w/ Prof. Boudreau

Welcome to NIU, law school, Torts and Section 1B!

For the first Torts class, please read pages 1 - 9 in our casebook, Robertson, et al., Cases and Materials on Torts (5th ed. 2017). Also, please read ONLY the first paragraph of the Ghassemieh v. Schafer case on page 10 (everything up to the * * * a third of the way down the page.) Be prepared to discuss the reading in the first class. I will cold call on people in class.

You will also soon receive an email on your NIU student email account asking you to sign up for Top Hat, the student response system. The email will come from Please check your spam folder if you believe you did not receive it. It will invite you to join the course Torts Section 1B. The course number in Top Hat is 566367 If you don't receive that email, you can also register by visiting our course website. We will be using Top Hat ( on your phones only.

Top Hat will require a paid subscription. There are subscriptions for a semester, a year or four years. I believe that Professor Jones plans to use Top Hat this entire year with his Civil Procedure students, but I do not know whether your professors in future semesters will use Top Hat or not. For a full breakdown of all subscription options, see the Top Hat website. We will use Top Hat for taking attendance, answering questions in class, doing homework questions and occasional quizzes. A Top Hat subscription is a required part of the course.

You must register with Top Hat BEFORE the first class on Monday. You only need to purchase one Top Hat license for all classes during the time your license is valid, but you will need to register for each class separately in Top Hat.

You should also download the Top Hat app for your phone if you have an iPhone or Android phone. For those with an older phone, there is also a texting option. You will not be allowed to use laptops during our class meetings, unless approved by the university as a reasonable accommodation for a disability. You will be able to use your phones in class, but ONLY to answer Top Hat questions and take attendance. You should plan on taking class notes by hand.

I look forward to working with you this semester. Enjoy orientation and the upcoming weekend. See you on Monday.

- Professor Boudreau

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

First Assignment for Corporations with Prof. Rosenfeld

Assignment for the first class, please read:

  1. Casebook (Klein) pp. 1-12 
  2. Restatement (Second) of Agency §§ 1, 13, 376, 383, 385 (in Statutory Supplement) 
  3. Restatement (Third) of Agency §§ 1.01, 1.02 (in Statutory Supplement)

First Assignment for Contracts I, '2 with Prof. Rosenfeld

Assignment for the first class, please read:

  1.  Casebook (Farnsworth) pp. 8-9, pp. 2-3, and Notes (1), (2), & (3) on pp. 3-4
  2.  Restatement (Second) of Contracts §§ 1, 2, & 4 (in Statutory Supplement)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

First Assignment for Torts, Section 1A with Prof. Rigertas

First assignment: Read pages 1-7 in Torts by Robertson, et al. for our class on Monday August 21. Also read the syllabus. You can pick up a copy of the syllabus on the bookcases that are located in front of classrooms 186 and 188.

First Assignments for Agency and Unincorporated Business Entities with Prof. Chatman

Lesson 1, Aug. 21: Introduction to the course Business Basics and Quantitative Concepts
1-59 from Drake, Business and Financial Literacy for Law Students

  • Review Syllabus, and other course materials on TWEN 
  • Drake Student Problem 1-1, pg. 25 I. Agency 

Lesson 2, Aug. 23: Who is an Agent?
1-22, Klein et. al. Text

  •  • Review Restatement of Agency (in Text)

First Assignments and Information for Contracts with Prof. Chatman

First Week of Class Readings

Mon., Aug. 21: Lesson 1,  PART I: AN INTRODUCTION TO CONTRACT LAW 1-25; Sample Surrogate Agreement (TWEN) (Stark)

Wed., Aug. 23: Lesson 2, PART II: A GENERAL OVERVIEW OF THE MAJOR DOCTRINES OF CONTRACT LAW A. Public Policy, Freedom of Contract, and the Limits of Contract Law 27-55 (In the Matter of Baby “M”) (Targaryen)

Fri., Aug. 25: Lesson 3,  B. Promises and Agreements 56-79 (Pappas v. Bever, Embry v. Hargadine, McKittrick Dry Goods Co.) Problem: Promising Digital Love (Lannister )

On Call Schedule:
Monday: Stark
1. Benoit,Brooke Rose
2. Benson Jr,Gregory J
3. Bonsu,Bethany E
4. Castillo,Andrew W
5. Chikahisa,Spencer Tyler
6. Cobb,Eric Anthony
7. Colson,Kyle Edwin
8. Ditzler,Katelyn Kay
9. Dumoulin,Jennifer A
10. Franklin,Emma Grace
11. Gecan,Brandon Taylor
12. Gribble,Spencer Steven
13. Hanes,Joseph M
14. Jamalvi,Hafsa
15. Johnson,Theodore C
16. Jones,Jena L

1. Kodie,Steven Jerry
2. Koll,Seth Douglas
3. Lancor,Kyle J
4. Martinez,Diana L
5. Mason,Gregory A
6. McGill,Nicole Charisse
7. McIlvanie,Kate
8. McMeans,Tia
9. Mellinger,Jacob A
10. Mitchell,Mark Avery
11. Mullen,Terrence L
12. Mulvaney,Ryan P
13. Mungo,Nathan A
14. Nakonechna,Olha S
15. Neher,Tyler Montgomery
16. Ollero,Nicholas

1. Palacio,Daniel Felipe
2. Patel,Ronit Nimesh
3. Peters,Laura
4. Pickard,Christopher G
5. Rademacher,Perrin
6. Randich,Megan M
7. Richardson,Vaughn J
8. Scialabba IV,Anthony L
9. Theodoratos,Jessica
10. Tlanda,Deven J
11. Valencia-Salas,Jennifer
12. Vignola,Steven R
13. Walloch,Nathan Q
14. Weiler,David K
15. Wood,Adam G
16. Wright,Nathan

Monday, August 14, 2017

First Assignments for Prof. Romero's Criminal Law and Criminal Adjudications Classes

  • Criminal Law 510.1: First class assignment: read pages v-vi (The Preface) and 1-11. 
  • Criminal Adjudication 602.1: First class assignment read pages 1-20.

Message from Dean Falkoff About Adding and Dropping Courses

The new semester is approaching fast! I just wanted to remind you that you may still easily add courses now and through the end of the first week. The relevant portion of the Student Handbook (which is available in its entirety at, explains:

4.4 Adding and Dropping a Course Students may add courses until the end of the first week of a semester and may drop courses until the end of the second week of a semester without a “W” appearing on their transcript. Students should note, however, that the self-service add/drop function in MyNIU is only available until the end of the first week of each semester. During the second week, a student wishing to drop a course must contact the College of Law Office of Budget and Records. After the end of the second week, requests to “drop” courses will be treated as course “withdrawals” under §4.5.

Also, you should seriously consider adding your name to the waitlist for any class that you’d like to take but that appears full. For many classes, I will be able to allow larger enrollments by moving classrooms—if it appears there’s heightened demand, which I assess by looking at whether or not there’s a waitlist. For other classes, there really are hard caps (like for seminars and Lawyering Skills), but the waitlists for those courses are small, and often a student who has a spot in the class will end up changing his or her mind and dropping it to take another instead.

-Dean Falkoff

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Welcome Back Events in August - All Are Welcome!

  • A student information fair organized and attended by representatives from a number of the College of Law’s student organizations will be held on Tuesday, August 29, beginning at 10:00 am in the Thurgood Marshall Gallery. All law students are welcome to come, especially new 1Ls, to find out more about the exciting opportunities student groups offer to reach out to the community, support worthy causes and enhance your résumé.
  • The Annual Dean's Picnic, which is open to the entire law school community, will be held on Thursday, August 31, at 4:00 pm at the Oderkirk Property, 131 N. Annie Glidden Road, next to the International House of Pancakes. Picnic fare and activities will be provided.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

KCBA Networking Reception Thursday, Sept. 7

The Kane County Bar Association is hosting a networking reception for NIU Law students with FREE FOOD & DRINKS! A Mexican appetizer buffet and cold beverages will be provided. The event will be held at Eduardo's, 214 E. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 7. Come and meet attorneys from the area and find out what bar association membership can do for your career.

Sponsored by the Kane County Bar Association, the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and Chicago Title. For more information, contact Greg Anderson at

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Equal Justice Works Fellowship Q&A Session August 4

Applying for an Equal Justice Works (EJW) Fellowship? On August 4, EJW will be hosting a live Twitter Q&A with current fellows and their host organizations so you can get real-time help from the pros.

From 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday, August 4, Olivia Jerjian (’16) of DC’s Legal Counsel for the Elderly and Brook Hill (’16) of The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs will tweet their best application tips. Start sending your questions to now, or get involved in real time by including #AskAFellow or #AskAHost in your tweet.

Don’t forget to follow them on Twitter @EJW_org.