Monday, September 29, 2014

Upcoming Scholarship and Writing Competition Deadlines - big update this week!

ABA Section of Public Contract Law Writing Competition
Description:                 Writing competition addressing a topical issue of interest to the public contract and grant law community
Requirements:             Papers shall conform to the most recent edition of The Bluebook and the Public Contract Law Journal.
Award:                        1st Place $5,000 2nd Place $2,500, 3rd Place $1,000 
Deadline:                     September 30, 2014

Ashley Rose Honorary Diabetes Law Student Scholarship Award
Description:                 Katz & Phillips will be sponsor an annual scholarship for a law school student whose life has been impacted by diabetes
Requirements:             Applicants must have a minimum 2.8 GPA, submit an electronic application, unofficial transcript, and essay (500-100 words)
Award:                        $1,000
Deadline:                     September 30, 2014

Howell & Christmas, LLC Visionary Scholarship
Description:                 Visionary Scholarship will be awarded to a high-achieving, bright student who intends to pursue a career in law.
Requirements:             Applicants must have a minimum 2.8 GPA, submit an electronic application, unofficial transcript, and essay (500-100 words).
Award:                        $1,000
Deadline:                     September 30, 2014

Katz & Phillips Single-Parent Scholarship
Description:                 Scholarship awarded to one high-achieving, bright student intending to pursue a career in law who is also a single parent.
Requirements:             Applicants must have a minimum 2.8 GPA, submit an electronic application, unofficial transcript, and essay (500-100 words)
Award:                        $1,000
Deadline:                     September 30, 2014

Tix Team Law Scholarship for Veterans
Description:                 The Military Veterans Scholarship is awarded to a student who is either active military or retired from military service (any branch).
Requirements:             Applicants must have a minimum 2.8 GPA, submit an electronic application, unofficial transcript, and essay (500-100 words)
Award:                        $1,000
Deadline:                     September 30, 2014

StraightForward Media's Law School Scholarship
Description:                 The Straightforward Media Law School Scholarship Program awards four scholarships a year (one every three months) exclusively to law students to help the lawyers of tomorrow complete schooling.
Requirements:             Applicants must submit an online application and essay.
Award:                        $500
Deadline:                     September 30, 2014

Boone County Bar Association Scholarship 
Description:  Scholarship is awarded to qualified applicants who resides in Boone County or resided in Boone County at the time of their high school graduation. 
Requirements:  Applicants must submit the application and one page essay on the following topic: “What do you think constitutes a good attorney, and what qualities do you possess that would make you a good attorney?” 
Award:                      $1,000 
Deadline:                  October 1, 2014 
More Information:     http://boonecountybar.com/ 

Council of College and Military Educators Scholarship
Description:                 The Council of College and Military Educators (CCME) is pleased to offer $1000 scholarships each year to United States Service members (active duty/veterans) and spouses of Service members who are working towards the completion of higher education degrees.
Requirements:             All applicants must submit the CCME Scholarship Application, transcripts, and two recommendation forms.
Award:                        $1,000
Deadline:                     October 1, 2014
More Information:      http://www.ccmeonline.org/scholarships 

National Security Law Student Writing Competition

Description:                 Students are encouraged to debate on issues involving surveillance, privacy, and national security law. Papers should address the issues surrounding the intersection of law and national security.
Requirements:             Essays may not exceed 5,000 words, including title, citations, and footnotes.
Award:                        $500 Cash and travel expenses to annual conference in Washington D.C.
Deadline:                     October 1, 2014
More Information:      http://goo.gl/Kx7BEK

Katten's Minority Scholarship Program
Description:                 Scholarships will be awarded to students participating in the Katten Muchin Rosenman  Summer Associate Program—one in the Chicago office and one in the New York office. The recipients will be selected based on several criteria, including superior academic achievement, leadership experience and personal qualities that reflect the potential for outstanding contributions to Katten and to the legal profession.
Requirements:             1Ls Only – Students are applying for the associate program. Students must submit their application, resume, transcript, and short essay.
Award:                        $15,000
Deadline:                     October 1, 2014

NEW! BWLA Fall Book Scholarship
Description:                 This year, the Black Women Lawyers’ Association Scholarship Fund (BWLA-SF) will distribute four $1,000 book scholarships to deserving students to help ease the financial demands of law school. Winners will be announced in early November 2014.
Requirements:             Submit an application demonstrating an unmet financial need and commitment to public service or diversity via email to scholarship@bwla.org.
Award:                        $1,000
Deadline:                     October 3, 2014

Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois Scholarship
Description:                 Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois Scholarship is pleased to be able to continue offering scholarships to law students of Hellenic descent.
Requirements:             2L/3L Only - Students must submit an online application, unofficial law school transcript, resume, and headshot. All scholarship applicants attending law school outside of Chicago must be available for an interview by telephone.
Award:                        Varies
Deadline:                     October 3, 2014
More Information:      http://www.hellenicbar.org/page-1664526 

Signs for Student Groups in the Law Library

Have a sign for your student group? We are glad to help with marketing your event. Please inquire at the Circulation Desk in the law library — you will need to have your sign approved by Heidi Frostestad Kuehl (hkuehl@niu.edu or 753-9493) or Therese Clarke Arado (tclarke@niu.edu or 753-9497). Please feel free to send a .PDF of the sign via email or drop it by the law library for approval. We will place the sign near the computer lab in most instances (unless you have a special request). Thanks!

Graduate & Professional School Fair 2014

Northern Illinois University is holding its sixth annual Graduate & Professional School Fair on Tuesday, September 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Duke Ellington Ballroom at the Holmes Student Center. For further information, see the Career Services website.

1L Professionalism Program Begins This Week

Attention 1Ls: The initial program in the first-year professionalism program will be on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom (Room 170). Professor Reynolds will be conducting the first presentation, which will be an introduction to the legal profession’s history and rules. The program will run from 4:00 - 5:15 p.m. Attendance is mandatory for all 1L students.

Prior to the date of this program please go to the Faculty Secretaries’ Office in the faculty office suite (Room 190) and pick up a copy of the American Bar Association’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct that the College of Law has purchased for each first-year student. Before the program, students should take a look through the Model Rules and get a sense of their structure and content. Look more closely at the Preamble and Scope (starts at Page 1) and Rules 1.1, 1.2(b) and (d),1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 8.3 and 8.4 (Focus your reading on the “black letter” rules that are in bold and precede the comments to each rule).

IL Innocence Project Panel on Wrongful Convictions

The Illinois Innocence project -- along with the Criminal Law Society, BLSA, and PILS -- is hosting a panel on wrongful convictions, with a featured guest exoneree, Jarrett Adams, on October 1 at noon in the Riley courtroom (Room 170). Adams, a current Loyola University Chicago Law student, was wrongfully convicted when he was 17 years old and sentenced to 28 years in prison. He will talk about his experience serving nearly 10 years of his sentence and his life post-release.  You will also learn about criminal externship opportunities with the Illinois Innocence Project.

Delta Theta Phi Pink Week for Breast Cancer Research

  • Delta Theta Phi will be having Tapas for Tatas on Wednesday, October 1, at noon in the Marshall Gallery. The cost is $5.00 per person for a buffet of tapas and a beverage. 
  • On Thursday, October 2, we will be having a bake/coffee sale from 7:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m. outside the South entrance of Swen Parson and will be selling NIU College of Law cookies for homecoming preparation. 
  • On Friday, October 3, we will be having a bar crawl titled "Fill our Mugs, Save the Jugs." Shirts are $10.00 for members and $12.00 for nonmembers. All proceeds for this event will go to the Breast Cancer Research Fund! Meet at O’Leary’s 7:00 p.m.

Phi Alpha Delta Meeting This Week

Our next meeting is Wednesday, October 1, at noon in Room 150. Lunch will be provided. Dooley Chapter dues of $10.00 will be due on that date. Please have national dues paid by that date so an initiation can be scheduled. Registration and the national dues can be completed online at www.pad.org. Also, the winning raffle ticket for the Bears jersey will be drawn then. Thank you to all who have purchased raffle tickets.

BLSA Group Fitness Night

BLSA's Group Fitness will meet at the Student Recreation Center every Wednesday evening from 8:15 to 9:15 p.m. Also, by popular demand, we will be adding another day!!! More information about the new day and time is forth coming! See any BLSA or Group Fit member for more information.

PILS Raffle Kick-Off Meeting

Come learn about the PILS fall raffle, and how you can get involved selling tickets (which could be hours used toward an Outreach Assistantship)! This year's prizes include a $600 cash prize, an iPad mini, and various bar prep discounts. The meeting will be held on Thursday, October 2, at noon in Room 186. See you there!

Domestic Violence Awareness Event: Volunteers Needed

The Family Violence Coordinating Council is seeking volunteers for Domestic Violence Awareness Month at the Rockford City Markets on Friday, October 3, 2014. They need volunteers for two shifts, 2:45 to 5:00 and 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Last year this opportunity proved to be a great way to reach a large number of community members (over 500) and they had fun doing it! This is also a great networking opportunity for those interested in domestic violence or family law. Please email Michael Mehlick at michael.mehlick@gmail.com or Andrea M. Carlson, Coordinator of 17th Judicial Circuit Court Family Violence Coordinating Council, at acarlson@wincoil.us for more information.

Hellenic Bar Association: Career Corner Coming Up

Each year the Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois (“HBA”) hosts Career Corner for students of Hellenic descent. This year’s event will take place on Thursday, October 9, at 6:00 p.m. at the law offices of Bryan Cave LLP, 161 N. Clark, Suite 4300, Chicago, Illinois. The program is designed as both a networking opportunity for law students of Hellenic descent and for them to hear what it's like to practice from attorneys in private practice, corporate counsel, government and the judiciary. For further information or to RSVP for the event, contact the HBA at http://www.hellenicbar.org.

SBA Casino Night

Mark your calendars for CASINO NIGHT hosted by the SBA, Friday, October 10, 2014 from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Come join us for hors d'oeuvres, soda, water, wine/beer, and of course, Blackjack, craps, roulette, and poker. We will have a variety of both professional dealers and our beloved professors dealing. Don't miss out on a fun evening! In addition to food/beverages, your ticket provides you with chips. At the end of the night trade in your chips for raffle tickets to win a variety of prizes from gift cards to jewelry. Watch for an email with a link . . . tickets can be purchased online before the event for $25. Tickets at the door are $30.

Tailgate with the Deans during Homecoming Weekend

On Saturday, October 11 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., the College of Law will have a tent in Alumni Village (just off Annie Glidden Road and Stadium Drive) with free food and drinks. Afterwards, cheer on the Huskies as they take on Central Michigan at 4:00 p.m. Student tickets on the east side of the stadium are free. To sit in the College of Law section on the west side of the stadium, tickets are $14.00. Visit www.niu.edu/law and click on the Events tab to purchase tickets on-line. Please RSVP to lawevents@niu.edu if you plan to attend the tailgate. Wristbands will be required for drinks.

Panel on Race Relations in the Law

The American Constitution Society, in collaboration with the Black Law Student Association and the Latino Law Student Association, will be hosting a panel to discuss race relations in law and law enforcement on Wednesday, October 29 from noon to 2:00 p.m. in Room 150 (Chessick Classroom).  Food (not pizza) will be served, questions will be welcomed, and a great discussion will be had. Attending the event will be community leaders, academic and research professionals, a representative from the ACLU, and police agencies. Make sure to plan ahead to attend this event!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Shining the Light on Domestic Violence Ceremony

Please SAVE THE DATE: On Wednesday, October, 1, 2014 from 5:15- 6:00 pm at the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic in Rockford, IL, the 17th Judicial Circuit's Domestic Violence Coordinating Council will host the 13th Annual Shining the Light on Domestic Violence Ceremony.  All are welcome to attend this brief ceremony designed to honor victims, survivors and those who work tirelessly to end domestic violence in our community. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Join the Law School Volleyball Team!

Practice Games: September 1 – October 15

Indoor Volleyball: October 16 – November 14 (7:45 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)

Contact Ivan Matosevic for more information -- imatosevic1@niu.edu
(Subject of email: “Sand Volleyball” or “Indoor Volleyball.”)

SELS Paragraphs Due Today!

Attention all 1L and 2L students — the Sports and Entertainment Law Society (SELS) is looking for 1L and 2L representatives to help serve on the SELS board. SELS is a newer, active organization that tries to connect the student body with areas of law that coincide with both the sports and the entertainment industries. Please submit a paragraph expressing your interest and availability to SELS President, Nik Lofgren , or e-mail him at Niklas.lofgren22@gmail.com by TODAY, Monday, September 22.

2L Mock Trial Competition Begins This Week

The preliminary rounds of the 2L Mock Trial Competition will be held on Friday, September 26th from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. in both the Chessick and Riley Courtrooms.  All are welcome to come and observe the arguments. 

Tailgate with the Deans during Homecoming Weekend

On Saturday, October 11 from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. before the NIU Homecoming football game, the College of Law will have a tent in Alumni Village (just off Annie Glidden Road and Stadium Drive) with free food and drinks. Afterwards, cheer on the Huskies as they take on Central Michigan at 4:00 p.m. Student tickets on the east side of the stadium are free. To sit in the College of Law section on the west side of the stadium, tickets are $14.00. Visit www.niu.edu/law and click on the Events tab to purchase tickets online. Please RSVP to lawevents@niu.edu if you plan to attend the tailgate party. Wristbands will be required for drinks.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Adopt-a-Highway Service Project

LLSA and Environmental Law Society (ELS) will be conducting an Adopt-A-Highway service event on Saturday, September 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Olde State Road (off Glidden Road, north of the NIU campus). Please contact either group for more information.