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.

Scholarship Deadlines Coming Up This Week

Justinian Society of Lawyers Endowment Fund
Description: Scholarships are awarded to qualified applicants of Italian ancestry who demonstrate financial need
Requirements: Application, essay (500 words), transcripts, financial aid info, and photograph
Award: Amount varies (multiple scholarships available)
Deadline: September 14, 2014
More Information:!scholarship/c2325

Zatuchni Law Scholarship
Description: A one-time award for a law student who intends to pursue a career in employment law.
Requirements: 2L/3L Only - Applicants must have maintained a minimum cumulative 3.3 GPA.
Award: $2,500
Deadline: September 15, 2014
More Information:

James E. Beckley Securities Arbitration and Law Writing Competition
Description: Writing contest for law students interested in Securities Arbitration and Securities Law.
Requirements: Essay addressing a topical issue of interest to the public contract or grant law (limit 25 pages)
Award: 1st Place $1000, 2nd Place $750, 3rd Place $500
Deadline: September 19, 2014
More Information: 

International Law Student Association Meeting

Attention all students! Please join the International Law Student Association (ILSA) for an informational meeting on Monday, September 15, at noon, in Room 150. Refreshments will be provided! Thank you! -Kinga Chucherko, President

ISBA Needs 1L Reps

The Illinois State Bar Association is looking for two 1Ls to volunteer as representatives for NIU College of Law. Applicants must submit an application paragraph explaining why they would like to be a representative for the ISBA at NIU. Paragraphs are due by September 15 and may be sent to Kaitlin Hargate at Questions regarding the position may be directed to Kaitlin as well.

2L and 3L Volunteers Needed!

On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, the Winnebago County Bar Association (WCBA) will staff a booth at Academy Expo at the BMO Harris Center in Rockford, Illinois. The purpose of the Expo is to expose Rockford and Belvidere 9th grade students to a wide variety of career possibilities. Law student volunteers are needed to share their path to law school and answer questions from the students that visit the WCBA booth.

Time Slots for Volunteers: 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.; 10:45 a.m. to 12:06 p.m.; 12:06 pm. to 1:54 p.m.; and 1:54 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. If you are able to volunteer, please call the Office of Admissions at 815-753-8595 or e-mail Terea Turner at

Federalist Society Debate and Members Needed

  • Debate: Save the date for our first debate of the semester on Tuesday, September 16 at noon in Room 188. Topic and opponent will be announced soon. Lunch will be provided for guests at the event! 
  • Apply for a Position: Anyone who is interested in a Federalist Society board position and would like to be considered, please become a member by filling out a paper membership application or by signing up online by visiting Then submit a Word document addressing why you would make a good addition to the Federalist Society at NIU COL based on experience, knowledge, ability, or anything else you deem relevant. In simple terms, tell us why you “want” to be on the board and why you should be on the board. You can email with the above document and your schedule in an attachment (for purposes of arranging an interview). The opportunity for a board position is available to students in all classes, not just 1Ls.

Career Services Webinar

Please join us for a free Webinar! Watch the“Top 10 Interview Mistakes Law School Graduates Make,” featuring NIU Law Alumni Rich Lenkov and Michael Cklamovski, Esq. Come to the Chessick Classoom (Rm. 150) at noon on Tuesday, September 16. Bring your lunch!!

Criminal Law Society announcements

  • Apply to be a 1L Representative: 1L Representative paragraphs are due September 15 by 5:00 p.m. Please e-mail to Good luck! 
  • Purchase a T-Shirt for $12: Criminal Law Society T-shirt order forms are due September 15. Please place your order form and $12 cash in the envelope in Erin George's mailbox (2L). 
  • Informational Meeting: The first meeting of the Criminal Law Society will be held at noon on Wednesday, September 17, in Room 186. The 1L Representatives will be announced at this meeting so attendance is encouraged. Snacks will be provided by the Criminal Law Society. All are invited— as we will be announcing some really interesting events!! Thanks to all for supporting the Criminal Law Society.

BARBRI 2L and 3L Meeting

Attention Upper-Classmen: Come join BARBRI for lunch on Wednesday, September 17 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in Room 188, as we discuss our new payment match program and how to prepare for the MPRE. We will also answer all of your 2L and 3L bar prep questions. While the meeting will specifically address upperclassmen bar prep topics, all students are invited to attend. Food will be provided, and we hope to see you there!

Constitution Day Panel — The Supreme Court: Recent and Upcoming Cases

In recognition of Constitution Day on September 17, the College of Law will present a faculty panel discussion of U.S. Supreme Court cases from both last year and the upcoming term. Professor Falkoff will moderate, with brief presentations from several members of the faculty. The event will take place at noon on Wednesday, September 17 in the Riley Courtroom. All members of the law school and university community are invited to attend.

PILS 1L Reps Needed!

Anyone interested in becoming a 1L representative for the Public Interest Law Society should submit a paragraph explaining why you want to be involved and what experience you have with public service. Two reps from each section will be selected. Please be sure to include your name and section number on your submission. Paragraphs are due to Rikkilee at by Friday, September 19th at 4:00 p.m.

SBA Bar Crawl

Join us for SBA's annual Welcome Back bar crawl. The bar crawl will be held on September 19, 2014. The final lineup is set: from 6:00 to 7:45 p.m. — Stanley's; 8:00 to 9:45 p.m. — O'Leary's (bus provided to Fatty's); 10:00-11:45 p.m. — Fatty's (bus provided to Molly's); and 12:00 a.m. to close — Molly's.

Don't miss out! It's one of the best events of the year! 1L SBA election results will be announced!!!

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

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Friday, September 5, 2014

Juvenile Court Externships

The specialized Juvenile Court Externship will be available to students this fall and spring in DeKalb and Kane Counties. If you are interested in family or child law and wish to enroll in this experiential course, please contact Professor Lawrence Schlam at

Door-Locking Change at Law Library

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls: Beginning at the end of September, evening access to the law library will be by NIU OneCard in order to provide a law student, faculty and staff-only environment in the evenings. The door on the right as you enter the law library has been modified to provide this access. The door to the left will be locked at 6:00 p.m. each night; thus you will need your NIU OneCard to enter.  

All students with the old NIU OneCard will need to get a new prox card. As long as you have your current working NIU OneCard there should be no charge associated with upgrading to a new prox card.  If you do not have your NIU OneCard, the OneCard office will charge you a $25 lost card fee. Over the next couple of weeks, bring your current NIU OneCard to the OneCard office in the Holmes Student Center, identify yourself as a law student and ask for the prox card. The office is aware of this upgrade and has a list of all students. If you have a card that provides access to the student space on the north end of the building, you do not need to get a new card. If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact Professor Clarke at

2L Mock Trial Competition

Attention all 2L Students! Are you interested in competing in the annual 2L Mock Trial Competition this fall? There will be an informational meeting on Monday, September 8, at Noon, in the Riley Courtroom. The  Mock Trial Competition is a great opportunity to hone your trial skills while competing against your peers.  No prior experience is required. Important announcements about dates and competition rules will be revealed at the meeting so make sure you are there. We will field all questions and concerns. If you cannot make the meeting but are still interested in the Mock Trial Competition, please contact either Alexis Aranda at or Nik Lofgren at We look forward to seeing all 2Ls on September 8!

SBA Bar Crawl

Attention all Students: The SBA Bar Crawl will be on Friday, September 19, 2014 from 9:00 p.m. to midnight. T-Shirt order forms are due by Tuesday, September 9, 2014. The T-Shirts are $20.00 and will come with food specials, some free appetizers, and drink specials. If you don't have a don't get the specials! Official Bar order is still forthcoming. Deliver T-Shirt orders (you received a form in your mailbox) to any SBA Rep or to the Lock Box (which is located in the hallway to the North Wing of Library). Be sure to write your name on the order form. T-Shirts will be distributed the week of the Bar Crawl. 1L Election results will be announced at the Bar Crawl, so don't miss out!

Public Interest Law Society Informational Meeting

The Public Interest Law Society (PILS) will be holding an informational meeting for all students interested in joining on Wednesday, September 10th, at noon in Room 188.  Lunch will be provided! This meeting will be in conjunction with Delta Theta Phi which will also be presenting information. We look forward to seeing you there! For more information, contact Rikkilee Moser.

LLSA 1L Section Representatives

1Ls--a paragraph discussing your interest in LLSA and why you feel fit for the position of section representative should be e-mailed to by Wednesday, September 10. The representatives will be announced on September 11 at the Bar Review.