Monday, August 22, 2016

Lawyers Opposing Violence Everywhere (LOVE) Looking to Fill Positions

LOVE is looking to fill their Secretary and Treasurer positions for 2016-2017. Interested candidates may send a brief paragraph to Z1785610@students.niu.edu explaining why that candidate would like to fill the position. Any questions may be directed to Hayley Botts at the above email address.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

1L Clinic Reception in Rockford

As part of continuing orientation for 1L students, the College of Law will host a reception at the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic at 319 W. State Street in Rockford on Thursday, September 1st. Transportation will be provided for 1L students; buses will leave Swen Parson at 4:00 p.m and return to Swen Parson between 7:30 and 8:00 p.m. Please check with Professor Jeanna Hunter if you have not already signed up for the bus. Local attorneys and judges will be in attendance, as will the NIU Law clinical faculty, so this is a great opportunity to find out about our clinical programs and their many great benefits as well as to network. All 1Ls are strongly advised and encouraged to attend.

Dean's Picnic

The entire NIU Law community is invited to the annual Dean’s Picnic on Thursday, August 25 at 4:00 p.m. at the historic Oderkirk Property on Annie Glidden Road next to the IHOP. Stop by for free food and drinks. Lawn games will be set up and music played. Spend some time with your classmates and faculty and ring in the new school year!

Orientation 2.0 Required Sessions for all 1Ls

As part of the continuing orientation for NIU Law first-year students, 1Ls are required to attend two Wednesday afternoon sessions in the Riley Courtroom from 3:00 - 4:15 p.m. 

The first, on August 24th, is the Valuing Diversity Workshop. It is focused on the value of diversity in the classroom and the profession, and on the role implicit bias plays in our everyday lives. The guest speaker will be Katrina Caldwell, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Northern Illinois University.

The second on August 31st is called Money Matters. It is a seminar on financial responsibility during law school that is required by the American Bar Association.

Again, attendance is mandatory for all NIU Law 1L students for both of these sessions on August 24 and 31.

Panel Discussion on Justified Force by Police

On Thursday, August 25 at noon in the Riley Courtroom, you are invited to“The Use of Force in Policing: A Panel Discussion”, with Professor Dan McConkie and Professor Mitchell Pickerill from the Political Science Department. The panel will discuss when the police are justified in using force, how much force they should use, and the social implications of this charged topic.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Reception for ISBA President Vincent Cornelius ('89)

All students, faculty and staff are cordially invited to join Dean Dannenmaier and the NIU Law Alumni Council at a reception honoring Vincent F. Cornelius ('89) as the newly installed 140th President of the Illinois State Bar Association. The reception will be held on Wednesday, August 24th from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Light refreshments and drinks provided. Please RSVP to lawevents@niu.edu by Friday, August 19th.

ILSA/Agen Program Guest Speaker on Brexit

Join us Monday, August 29 at noon in the Riley Courtroom (Rm. 170) for a talk on Brexit and its implications. Professor Sébastien Platon, professor of law at Université de Bordeaux, will be speaking on what transpired to cause Great Britain's exit from the European Union, and the effects it has had on the global economy. He is visiting the College of Law for three weeks in association with the exchange program with Université de Bordeaux, and is an expert in the law of the European Union. Hosted by the Agen Program and International Law Student Association.

Federalist Society informational meeting

Join the NIU Law Federalist Society for an informational meeting on Tuesday, August 23 at noon in room 188. Find our more about the society and what benefits and opportunities you can take from becoming a member.

Friday, August 12, 2016

First Assignment for Corporations w/ Prof. Rosenfeld

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 w/ Prof. Rosenfeld

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)

First Year Student Professionalism Series

All NIU Law 1L students will be required to attend the following sessions as part of a one-credit course, "Introduction to the Legal Profession: History, Values and Culture," taught by Professors Porterfield and Rigertas:

  • Wednesday, September 14, 3:00 - 4:15 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom: This will be an introductory class including going over the syllabus and expectations for the class.
  • Thursday, September 29, 6:00 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center's Carl Sandburg Auditorium: The second program in this series will be a performance of "Defamation: The Play," which is being held in conjunction with NIU's Diversity Dialogues. The play is described as "a riveting courtroom drama that explores the highly charged issues of race, religion, gender, class and the law with a twist: the audience is the jury." 
  • Monday, October 24, 5:00 - 6:15 p.m., location to be announced:  The final program of the fall semester will be a presentation by Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. Please check your emails for updates on the location for this program.
1Ls will receive a more detailed syllabus soon. If you have any questions, contact Professor Rigertas in her office (Swen Parson 199B) or by email.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

First Assignment for Criminal Practice Skills w/ Prof. D. Cain

Please read Chapter 3 in the text, along with 720 ILCS 5/1-2 through 5/8-6.

First Assignment for Torts w/ Prof. Rigertas

For our first class please read the syllabus. Copies of the syllabus are located on the bookcases outside classrooms 186/188 (near the elevator).

First Assignment for Intellectual Property Law w/ Prof. King



Monday, August 15, 2016 –

Lemley, Menell & Merges, Intellectual Property in the New Technological Age (2016), Chapter I, pp. 1-25, 29-35

First Assignment for Entertainment Law w/ Prof. King



Monday, August 15, 2016 –

Melvin Simensky, Defining Entertainment Law, 4 Ent. & Sports Law 1, 13-18 (1985-1986) (Available on HeinOnline)

Jon M. Garon, ENTERTAINMENT LAW & PRACTICE (2d ed. 2014), Chapter 1, pp. 3-12