Thursday, December 8, 2016

LAP Office Hours Continue This Spring Semester

A clinician from the Lawyers’ Assistance Program (LAP) will once again be available to meet with NIU College of Law students on Thursdays this spring semester in Room 149 (adjacent to the Chessick classroom). Appointments are available at four times throughout the semester:

Thursday, January 26th
Thursday, February 23rd
Thursday, March 30th
Thursday, April 27th

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. 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. For an appointment, please e-mail Chelsy Castro at ccastro@illinois.org. Walk-ins are welcome!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Office of Admissions Looking for Grad Assistant

The NIU College of Law Office of Admissions and Recruitment seeks to hire a law student as a graduate assistant for the spring 2017 semester to support the Office of Admissions and Recruitment in its missions.

The ideal candidate will be a hard-working professional competent in assuming delegated duties, while also a leader and critical thinker, ready to solve problems before they become obstacles. This person will often be the first point of contact for prospective students; and, therefore, must be able to represent the college of law well. This person will also be comfortable working with a high degree of attention to detail and innovating to achieve better results.

The position requires a commitment of 20 hours each week and availability on occasional Saturdays. Compensation includes a full tuition waiver and stipend.

Responsibilities:
  • Conduct tours and advising sessions with prospective and admitted students; 
  • Help to craft and implement a social media strategy to stay in touch with prospective and admitted students; 
  • Update the Docket with scholarship and writing competitions; 
  • Support recruitment events, such as open houses, receptions, admitted student days, and pre-law workshops; 
  • Compile packets for events and mailings
  • Carry out on-campus recruitment activities, such as tabling and visiting undergraduate classes; 
  • Make phone calls to prospective and admitted students; 
  • Produce written material for use in the admission/recruitment blog and e-mail campaign; 
  • Create and update prospect and applicant records ensuring accuracy and validity of information for weekly progress reports 
  • Fulfill duties as assigned by the director of recruitment and the director of admissions.

Requirements:
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills; 
  • An analytical mindset with great problem-solving abilities; 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; 
  • Capacity to manage competing priorities;  Proficiency in MS Office; and 
  • Understanding of data confidentiality.

Please submit a resume and statement of interest, explaining in one page or less why you are interested in this position, to Bailey Standish at bstandish1@niu.edu no later than December 19, 2016.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

SBA Mental Health Week Nov. 28-30

Monday, November 28th at 10 a.m. in room 188, Doctor Dawn Brown from NIU Physical Therapy Clinic will host a talk on the benefits of proper posture and stretching before our finals! She will also demonstrate techniques to help you all through the year. Snacks from Panera will be provided!

Tuesday, November 29th from 10-3 in the Marshall Gallery the Lawyers Assistance program will be there to help students deal with whatever problems they might have. Stressed about finals ? Stressed about the Bar? These are the people to help you out! Private appointments available.

Also on Tuesday, November 29th with great joy we announce the return of the Lutheran Therapy Dogs! They will be here from 12-2 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Come snuggle with the pups and relax a bit!

On Wednesday, November 30th Professor Rigertas will be leading TWO meditation sessions in the Marshall Gallery! This is a brand new event and we encourage everyone to come try it out; times are at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Finally, also on Wednesday, November 30th we also have for the first time a YOGA session coming to the College of Law. Thanks to the Women's Law Caucus, we will have someone here at 4:30 p.m. to assist in some de-stressing yoga.

Thanks everyone and good luck on finals from your SBA!

Monday, November 21, 2016

No Coffee Cart Tomorrow

The NIU College of Law coffee cart will not be available tomorrow, November 22nd, but it will be back for reading days November 28-30.

Candidate for Faculty Position Presenting TODAY, 11/21

All students are invited and encouraged to attend the classroom presentation for students being given by our last faculty candidate visiting the College of Law for interviews this fall. The presentation will be by Noemi Flores, who is interested in teaching business and commercial courses, and will take place TODAY, Monday, November 21, at 2:15 p.m. in Room 173.

Register Now for the Client Counseling Competition - UPDATED

You are encouraged to participate in the NIU College of Law Internal Client Counseling Competition to select a team to represent Northern Law in the ABA Regional Client Counseling Competition on February 11, 2017 at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Illinois.

To participate in the regional competition (if you are selected to represent NIU), you must be a member in good standing of the student section of the American Bar Association as of January 16, 2017. For information about membership, please consult the ABA website at http://www.ambar.org/join. The ABA membership fee is $25. ABA membership is NOT required to participate in the NIU College of Law Internal Client Counseling Competition.

Please read the letter on the first page of the form carefully before registering, as it has detailed instructions from Professor King. All forms should be submitted to the faculty support specialist’s office or emailed to Professor King at yking@niu.edu. Expressions of interest for those who have not yet found a partner for the competition are due by Thanksgiving Thursday, November 24th, the full competition registration form is due no later than Monday, November 28th at 4:00 p.m. and final submissions of interview recordings are due by Thursday, December 8th by 4:00 p.m. Please be sure that your names are legible. Thank you:  http://www.niu.edu/law/_pdfs/CCC-registration-form.pdf

Reminder - Important Notices on Final Exams and Spring Classes

  • Examination Rescheduling: Exams are approaching quickly! If you have two exams scheduled on the same day or three exams scheduled on three consecutive calendar days, you are entitled to reschedule. To set up the rescheduling, please submit a signed and completed Petition to Reschedule an Exam to Associate Dean Coles in Room 276. Except in situations involving extraordinary circumstances, petitions are due by no later than noon on Tuesday, December 6
  • Part-Time and Overload Petitions: All students taking fewer than 12 hours next semester are reminded that they must submit a Petition for Special Consideration to Associate Dean Coles in Room 276. Students with cumulative GPAs below 2.4 must file a petition for approval on the same form if they are planning to take more than 16 hours next semester. Petition forms are available from Lisa Hoebing in Room 276 or on the College of Law website under Resources for Current Students – Forms.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Faculty Candidate Presentations Coming Up the Week of November 14th

All students are invited and encouraged to attend classroom presentations for students being given by faculty candidates visiting the College of Law for interviews.

  • Monday, November 14, Maybell Romero – Criminal Candidate – 2:15 p.m., Room 173 
  • Tuesday, November 15, Sarah Fox – Environmental Candidate – 2:15 p.m., Room 186 
  • Wednesday, November 16, Carliss Chatman – Corporate Candidate – 2:15 p.m., Room 188 
  • Thursday, November 17, Casey Faucon – Corporate Candidate – 2:15 p.m., Room 186

Coffee Cart Available in Marshall Gallery Starting Monday, November 14th

Barb City Bagels will be stationing a coffee cart in the Marshall Gallery Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m., starting November 14th. In addition to offering coffee and bagels with an assortment of flavored syrups and cream cheese, Barb City will take lunch orders each morning and deliver them to the Office of Admissions in time for lunch. Contact Bailey Standish at bstandish1@niu.edu with any questions.

BLSA Thanksgiving Dinner This Thursday, November 17th

Join the Black Law Students Association on Thursday, November 17, in the Thurgood Marshall Gallery from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. for their annual Thanksgiving Dinner. Enjoy home-cooked comfort foods and stuff yourself until you need a nap. Perfect for anyone who won't be able to spend Thanksgiving with their family — or who's just really hungry! A portion of the proceeds will go to the Hope Haven homeless shelter in DeKalb. Limited tickets will be available at the event for $10, so get there early if you haven't gotten yours yet!

PES/FLA Family Feud November 16th CANCELED

Due to lack of teams PES has been forced to cancel Family Feud.

Career Success Program w/ alumnus Jeff Lenkov ('91) November 14th CANCELED

Due to a last minute and unforeseen circumstance, alumnus Jeff Lenkov is not able to make the presentation that was to be held on Monday, November 14th at noon in the Riley Courtroom. We will let you know when we have rescheduled a new date.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Career Success Program w/ alumnus Jeff Lenkov ('91) November 14th

Please attend a presentation on “Using Your NIU Law Degree for Success” given by 1991 alumnus Jeff Lenkov on Monday, November 14th from 12-12:50 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom. Lunch will be provided.

Jeff is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Manning & Kass. He leads the firm's Entertainment Law, Professional Sports Law and Retail, Restaurant, and Hospitality Teams. He is a certified players' agent with the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA). He represents athletes and sports announcers. Jeff is a go-to on-air legal analyst and often serves as a legal advisor to television productions.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Candidates for Faculty Positions Visiting Starting Today, November 7th

All students are invited and encouraged to attend classroom presentations for students being given by faculty candidates visiting the College of Law for interviews.

Anne Choike’s presentation will take place on Monday, November 7, from 2:00 - 3:15 p.m. in room 186. Ms. Choike is currently a clinical fellow at the University of Michigan Law School, and her teaching interests include business associations, nonprofit law and contracts.

Student presentations will also take place on Thursday, November 10 and Friday, November 11, also from 2:00 - 3:15 p.m. in room 186. The November 10th presentation is by Sarah Adams-Schoen, whose teaching interests include environmental law, land use planning and property, and the November 11th presentation is by Justin Murray, whose teaching interests include criminal procedure, criminal justice and remedies.

PILS Pizza Sale Today, November 7th

PILS will be selling pizza and pop to raise money for public interest internship opportunities for law students. Come by and enjoy a delicious and inexpensive lunch from your friends at PILS today, Monday, November 7, starting at 11:45 a.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Don't delay, as the pizza goes fast!

Lawyers' Assistance Program Office Hours This Thursday, November 10th

A clinician from the Lawyers’ Assistance Program (LAP) will be available on Thursday, November 10, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in room 149 (next to the Chessick classroom) to meet with NIU College of Law students. Get free and confidential help with: stress, anxiety, depression, worries about character & fitness or addiction (alcohol, prescriptions, gambling, etc.). 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 are welcome -- For an office hours appointment, please email Chelsy Castro at ccastro@illinois.org.

Embracing Diversity Series Panel This Thursday, November 10th

On November 10, from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom, the Embracing Diversity Speaker Series brings you "No More Versus: a panel discussion to mend the gap between Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter," featuring Chief Danny Langloss, Dixon, IL Police Department; Commander Jason John, NIU Police Department; Dr. Laverne Gyant, NIU Center for Black Studies; Dr. Rodney Cohen, President, Association for Black Culture Centers; and Amirius Clinton, President, NIU NAACP. Admission is free, all are welcome, and food will be served.

BLSA Thanksgiving Dinner Tickets On Sale This Week

Join the Black Law Students Association on Thursday, November 17, in the Thurgood Marshall Gallery from 12:00-2:00 p.m. for their annual Thanksgiving Dinner. Enjoy home-cooked comfort foods and stuff yourself until you need a nap. Perfect for anyone who won't be able to spend Thanksgiving with their family — or who's just really hungry! A portion of the proceeds will go to the Hope Haven homeless shelter in DeKalb. Tickets for a plate are available for $10 from any BLSA member in the law school until Friday, November 11th, and limited tickets will also be available on the day of the event. Don't wait-the dinner is hugely popular, so don't miss out!

NIU Law Breakfast Club November 12th

All are invited to join the Breakfast Club on Saturday, November 12 from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. in the north wing of the law library in Swen Parson Hall, for coffee, bagels, and excellent conversation. The discussion topic for November 12th will be exam preparation tips. As always, coffee & bagels will be provided by Barb City Bagels.

3L Composite Photos To Be Taken November 15th

Attention all 3Ls – your composite photos will be taken on Tuesday, November 15, from 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. in Room 256.