Friday, May 26, 2017

Illinois Bar Foundation Fellowship - Applications Due THIS WEDNESDAY!

A reminder that Illinois Bar Foundation fellowship applications are due this coming Wednesday, May, 31 at 5:00 p.m.!

This is a paid, post-graduate fellowship to provide civil legal services to eligible clients at the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic in Rockford.  The selected fellow will work for nine months beginning in mid-August 2017.

Depending upon the receipt of additional funding from grants and donors, there is a possibility that the fellowship could be extended up to an additional three months.

All applicants must be either:
  • a recent graduate from December 2016 who already has a valid Illinois law license, or 
  • a May 2017 graduate who plans to take the Illinois Bar Examination in July 2017.
If you are interested in applying, please fill out the application, then email the completed form and supporting documents to Clinical Associate Professor Wendy Vaughn by May 31, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to email Professor Vaughn or call her at (815) 962-9984. We hope to interview candidates and select the fellow in June 2017.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Illinois Bar Foundation Post-Graduate Fellowship--Applications Due May 31st at 5:00 p.m.

NIU College of Law is excited to announce that it has been selected for the fourth consecutive year by the Illinois Bar Foundation to offer a post-graduate fellowship opportunity.

This is a paid fellowship to provide civil legal services to eligible clients at the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic in Rockford.  The selected fellow will work for nine months beginning in mid-August 2017.

Depending upon the receipt of additional funding from grants and donors, there is a possibility that the fellowship could be extended up to an additional three months.

All applicants must be either:
  • a recent graduate from December 2016 who already has a valid Illinois law license, or 
  • a May 2017 graduate who plans to take the Illinois Bar Examination in July 2017.
If you are interested in applying, please fill out the application, then email the completed form and supporting documents to Clinical Associate Professor Wendy Vaughn by May 31, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to email Professor Vaughn or call her at (815) 962-9984. We hope to interview candidates and select the fellow in June 2017.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

First Reading Assignments for Professional Responsibility Summer Session w/ Prof. Boudreau

Ethical Problems Practice Law: Concise Third Edition for Two Credit Courses (EPPL)
Author: Lerman, Lisa G.; Schrag, Philip G.
ISBN: 9781454830702
 
Ethical Problems in the Practice of Law: Model Rules, State Variations and Practice Questions (Supp)
2017 and 2018 Edition
Author: Lisa G. Lerman
ISBN: 9781454875352
 
Examples and Explanations: Professional Responsibility (E&E)
Fifth Edition
Author: W. Bradley Wendel
ISBN: 9781454868439
 
The textbook Ethical Problems Practice Law: Concise Third Edition for Two Credit Courses and the Examples and Explanations are available as a bundle with ISBN 9781454880691 for $5 more than the textbook alone. 

For our first class on Monday, May 22, 1:00 - 3:45, please read the following:

EPPL Introduction, Chapter 1 and Chapter 2, pages

1-7 skim
7-14 read
14-19 skim
21-31 read
31-37 skim
37-100 read

Read ABA Model Rules in SUPP (please read the significant state variations to the rules when instructed - state variations are included in the supplement)

Preamble and Scope
Rule 5.1 and state variations
Rule 5.2
Rule 5.3 and state variations
Rule 8.1 and state variations
Rule 8.3 and state variations
Be prepared to discuss the following problems in class
1-1: Weed
1-2: The Doctored Resume
2-1: Exculpatory Evidence
2-2: The Little Hearing
A note on readings: There are a lot of readings and homework in this class. During the semester, a two-credit class would meet 28 times, twice a week over 14 weeks. During the summer, we accomplish the same work in 9 meetings. That means that the homework for each class is the equivalent of the homework for three classes during the semester.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Annual College of Law Student Survey Available Now

Students, please take a moment to fill out the NIU College of Law annual student survey. Student responses are anonymous and will be used by both the 2017-2018 Student Bar Association board and the College of Law administration to make improvements to our community here at Swen Parson Hall. It is very important, so we appreciate you taking the time to respond. Thank you!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Registration Open for Summer and Fall 2017 Clinics

Fall 2017 Clinic Applications

The Clinical Law Program is now accepting applications for Fall 2017 Clinics. Information about the Civil Justice Clinic, the Criminal Defense Clinic, the Health Advocacy Clinic and the Foreclosure Mediation Clinic can be found at the Student Application Page online. You can go directly to the Fall 2017 Clinic Application to apply for the Fall term. 

The deadline for Fall 2017 Clinic Applications is 
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. 

Due to the experiential learning requirement for the 3L class, we strongly encourage students interested in a Fall clinic to apply by the deadline. All clinic applications completed and submitted by the deadline will be reviewed at the same time after the deadline to determine clinic registration for the Fall. 

To apply for a fall clinic, you must fill out and submit the Fall 2017 Clinic Application online. There is no paper application form. Please note that the applications are different for Summer 2017 and Fall 2017.

Your clinical professor will inform you about your clinic registration after the applications are reviewed. 

All students admitted to a Fall 2017 Clinic will be required to attend the full-day Clinic Orientation on Friday, August 11, 2017.

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Summer 2017 Clinic Applications still being accepted

There are still spaces available in all four Summer 2017 clinics: the Civil Justice Clinic, the Criminal Defense Clinic, the Health Advocacy Clinic and the Foreclosure Mediation Clinic.

Summer 2017 clinical applications will be accepted on a rolling basis for available clinic spaces at the discretion of the clinical professor. Please submit your application as soon as possible. Some Summer clinics begin on May 22, 2017. Please note that the applications are different for Summer 2017 and Fall 2017.

To apply for a summer clinic, you must fill out and submit the Summer 2017 Clinic Application online. There is no paper application form.

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After you submit your application:

The clinical faculty will review all applications and let you know if you have been enrolled in the clinical program. You will then receive instructions on submitting your 711 license application, if needed for your clinic.
If you have any trouble filling out or submitting this application, please contact Professor Boudreau at aboudreau@niu.edu.
Reminder: Students matriculating at the College of Law beginning in fall 2015 are required to complete a clinic or externship to graduate.
Please contact a member of the experiential learning faculty if you need any additional information about one of the clinics:
  • Anita Maddali, associate professor of law and director of clinics
  • Paul Cain, cinical professor, Criminal Defense Clinic
  • Wendy Vaughn, clinical associate professor, Civil Justice Clinic
  • Colleen Boraca, clinical assistant professor, Health Advocacy Clinic
  • Alan Boudreau, visiting clinical assistant professor, Foreclosure Mediation Clinic

Please Note: The Clinic Application is separate from the Externship Application. Please contact Greg Anderson in Career Services about the externship program.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Positions Open for Law Library Research Assistants - Apply Soon!

Interested in an RA position and have a passion for legal research? The law library has two RA opportunities available next year for Prof. Kuehl and Prof. Nejdl:
  • Prof. Nejdl will be coordinating the RA position for the law library and faculty research projects. This is a wonderful opportunity to work with a variety of professors at the law school and hone your research skills for many topics. Please email your cover letter/resume to Prof. Nejdl by Friday, May 19th if you are interested in this position. 
  • Prof. Kuehl is also accepting resumes/cover letters for her faculty RA position. This is a great opportunity to conduct sophisticated research (especially for the fields of international legal research and law and technology). Please email your cover letter/resume to Prof. Kuehl by Monday, May 22nd
 Questions? Please email Prof. Kuehl or Prof. Nejdl prior to the deadlines. Thanks!

Monday, May 1, 2017

REMINDER: SBA End of the Year Party TODAY, 5/1


  • Please join the SBA in the Marshall Gallery, today, May 1 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. to celebrate the end of the 2016-2017 academic year! The Class of 2017 speaker, agents, and "Professor of the Year" will be announced and you will meet the 2017-2018 SBA board. Lunch will be provided. We hope to see you there! 
  • New SBA Board: The NIU College of Law student body has elected a new board of the Student Bar Association-- 
    • President: Keith Stiggers 
    • Vice President: Victor Zamora 
    • Secretary: Megan Swenson 
    • Treasurer: Jason Blumenthal 
    • ABA Representative: Joel Heilmann

Graduation Information


  • Graduation Information: For information regarding the Commencement ceremony on May 27, 2017, visit the NIU College of Law website. Included are a graduation schedule, hotel information, and the graduation cords policy.
  • 2017 Class Speaker and Class Agents: The graduating class has elected Miranda Hernandez as class speaker for graduation. The class agents elected by the class of 2017 are Kelly McKay and Nathaniel Davidson. Congratulations to all! 

Dean's Certificates for May 2017 Graduates

Under NIU College of Law’s standard procedures, a Dean's Certificate is prepared for all graduates by the Office of Budget & Records (Christina and Julie). After review, the certificate is then signed by Dean Mark Cordes and is sent directly to the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar (IBAB). For students applying to the Illinois bar, this process will be completed in June, after the law school has verified that graduates have fulfilled all requirements for graduation and do not have a hold on their university accounts.

If you are applying to take the bar exam in a state other than Illinois and that state requires a form similar to the Illinois Dean's Certificate, then you will need to provide a copy of that form to the Office of Budget & Records in ample time so that it can be completed and sent in accordance with whatever deadlines are set by the state in question.

Congratulations on a job well done! Much luck in the future!

Friday, April 28, 2017

SBA End of the Year Party Monday, May 1st

Please join the SBA in the Marshall Gallery this Monday, May 1st from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. to celebrate the end of the 2016-2017 academic year! The class of 2017 speaker, agents, and "Professor of the Year" will be announced as well as the 2017-2018 SBA board. Lunch will be provided. We hope to see you there!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Run-Off Election for Graduation Speaker and Class Agents - Respond by TOMORROW, 4/28

A Survey Monkey ballot has been emailed to all 3Ls in a run-off election for graduation speaker and class agents. The polls close Friday, April 28, at 4:00 pm, so cast your ballot now! 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

CLS Guest Speaker on Christianity in the Law, TOMORROW, April 26th

Please join the Christian Legal Society (CLS) on Wednesday, April 26 at noon in Room 187 for a discussion of Christianity in the legal profession. We will be joined by Mr. Steven Hsu, a member of the Chicago CLS, and Mr. Brent Amato, a member of the National CLS and former president of the National CLS Board. Lunch will be provided! All are welcome.

Lawyers' Assistance Program Office Hours This Thursday, April 27th

A clinician from the Lawyers’ Assistance Program (LAP) will be available to meet with NIU College of Law students on Thursday, April 27 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in room 149 (next to the Chessick classroom).

Get FREE and CONFIDENTIAL help with:
  • Stress 
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Focusing 
  • Worries about Character & Fitness 
  • Addiction (alcohol, prescriptions, gambling, etc.)
All discussion is confidential, and there is no record of the visit. An 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. For appointment please email Chelsy Castro at ccastro@illinois.org.

Embracing Diversity Dinner This Thursday Night, April 27th

Embracing Diversity Presents: Understanding the language of immigration in our politics. This is a small, intimate dinner event that allows students to sit down, talk about this topic, share their views and their stories and foster conversation in a safe place. Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center University Suite. Dinner will be served at 6:15 p.m. Sign-up sheet in Swen Parson room 280; seating is limited.

REMINDER: Law Review Banquet This Friday, April 28th

A reminder to all members of the NIU Law Review: the law review banquet will be held Friday, April 28th at 5:30 p.m. at Faranda's in DeKalb. If you have any questions, please contact Scott Hall.

Cap & Gown Pickup for 3Ls is Monday, 5/1

May 2017 & December 2016 grads: Cap/gown pickup is Monday, May 1, 2017, beginning at 8:30 a.m. (SP 280 – Career Office).

Note: You must pick up your regalia before Friday, May 5 (in case we need to reorder for any reason.) If you cannot pick it up, you may have someone pick it up for you, but must email jmahoney@niu.edu ahead of time. We will not release them without previous notice from you.

Federal Public Defender Office Externship - Applications Due Monday, 5/1

Available for the 2017 - 2018 academic year in Rockford, Illinois. This is a full-year externship. It will require a twelve hour-per-week field placement commitment (eight hours on-site and four hours off-site) and a one hour per week seminar for four hours of pass/fail credit each semester. This externship does not require a 711 license. The extern will be supervised on-site by Federal Public Defender Paul Gaziano. You will research and write memoranda, motions and briefs for pre-trial and post-conviction issues and sentencing hearings. In addition, you will attend and observe various court proceedings. Professor Paul Cain will be the faculty supervisor with whom you will meet on a regular basis to discuss your experience. In order to apply for this externship, please submit an externship application available on the experiential learning website and the following documents to Professor Cain (please submit as attachments to email in Word or PDF format) by Monday, May 1:
  1. cover letter explaining your interest in this position 
  2. unofficial transcript 
  3. resume 
  4. writing sample (max. length 10 pages) 
After reviewing the documents, Professor Cain will screen the applicants for the final three candidates and will then submit the names and contact information of the final three candidates to Federal Public Defender Gaziano. His office will contact you to arrange for an interview and his office will make the final selection. If you have any questions about this process or the externship itself, please do not hesitate to contact Professor Cain.

Law Library Hours for Reading Period and Final Exams

Law Library Hours for Reading Period and Final Exam, May 2, 2017 – May 18, 2017
  • Tuesday – Friday, May 2nd – 5th     7:30 a.m. – Midnight 
  • Saturday, May 6th     8:30 a.m. – Midnight 
  • Sunday, May 7th     10:00 a.m. – Midnight 
  • Monday – Friday, May 8th – 12th     7:30 a.m. – Midnight 
  • Saturday, May 13th     8:30 a.m. – Midnight 
  • Sunday, May 14th     10:00 a.m. – Midnight 
  • Monday – Thursday, May 15th – 18th     7:30 a.m. – Midnight

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Nominations for Class Speaker and Class Agents Due Friday, 4/21 by 2:00 p.m.

3Ls, email or hand-deliver your nominations for this year's class speaker and class agents to Lisa Hoebing in Room 276 by 2:00 p.m. TOMORROW, Friday, April 21st. For more information, see the email from Dean Coles sent to all 3Ls on April 19.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Law Review Write-On Meeting Tuesday, 4/25

Next Tuesday, April 25th at noon in room 188, the Law Review will be hosting an informational meeting on the second portion of the write-on process.