Friday, October 24, 2014

Externship Informational Session Coming on Monday

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls: Are you interested in working on real cases for real clients? Do you want to help free an innocent person who was wrongfully convicted? Would you like to work in a judge's chambers and receive course credit? If so, come to an Externship Informational Session on Monday, October 27, from noon to 1:00 p.m. in Room 150. You will hear from professors and students currently enrolled in these classes about what cool things they are doing and why you should seize this opportunity. Free pizza and pop while you listen and ask questions. Please contact Prof. Sheila Maloney at smaloney@niu.edu for more information or if you have any questions.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Scholarship Reminder

Information Regarding Scholarships and Writing Competitions: For a list of upcoming deadlines for scholarships and writing competitions, see the file that is e-mailed alongside your weekly edition of the Docket and is made available in separate copies on tables on the first and second floor of the law school. Do not miss the many opportunities available this Fall, as indicated in those listings. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at 815-753-8595 or lawadm@niu.edu or stop by Room 151.

3Ls: Schedule Your Composite Pictures Starting TODAY

Attention all 3Ls: Please check your mailbox for order forms for 3L pictures. The pictures will be taken on Monday, November 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. A sign-up form will be available on Monday, October 20, 2014 in the SBA glass case (near the writing professors' offices). You must sign up for a slot. Make-up times will also be listed there. If you have questions, please send an e-mail to: sba.niu@gmail.com.

2L Moot Court Information Meeting

Attention all 2L Students! Are you interested in becoming a member of the Moot Court Society or competing in the 33rd Annual Lenny B. Mandell Moot Court Competition? There will be an informational meeting on Wednesday, October 22, at noon in Room 188, and lunch will be provided for 2Ls. The Annual Moot Court Competition is a great opportunity to enhance your appellate writing and oral argument skills against your peers. Also, in order to become a member of the Moot Court Society, 2Ls must successfully compete in the annual competition. Important announcements about dates, competition rules, and membership requirements will be addressed at this 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 Moot Court Society and the competition, please contact Stephen Hegedus at sjhegedus89@gmail.com or the NIU Moot Court Society Board at niumootcourt@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing all 2Ls on October 22!

BLSA Food Sale This Week

BLSA will be hosting a food sale on Wednesday, October 22 in the Marshall Gallery from noon to 2:00 p.m. (or while supplies last). We will be selling Jerk chicken, Jollof rice, fried plantain and a drink for $5!! The winner of the BLSA raffle will also be drawn!

Federalist Society Fundraiser

The Federalist Society will host Bar Review on Thursday, October 23 to raise awareness and funds for the EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) Warrior Foundation. Now through October 23, please support these men and women doing the most dangerous job in the military. Here's how: Get your bracelet today for a minimum suggested donation of $5; then wear it proudly (This will double as your October 23rd Bar Review wristband)! For further information, please send an e-mail to niufederalists@gmail.com or see any board member.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal is a multi-faceted career field within the military tasked with disarming, rendering safe, and disposing of bombs, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and military ordnance. When EOD technicians are wounded they sustain some of the most severe and often life-changing injuries including loss of limbs, burns, paralysis, blindness, post-traumatic stress (PTS) and traumatic brain injury (TBI).

PILS Raffle and Pizza Sales

  • Pizza Sales!! PILS will be holding a pizza sale, sponsored by BARBRI, on Thursday, October 23, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. outside of the writing professors' offices. $1 a slice and pop/water is 50 cents. Our next pizza sale will be on Thursday, November 6!
  • PILS Raffle: The annual PILS Raffle will be held Thursday, November 6 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Tickets are now available!! $5 for one ticket or $20 for 5 tickets. Prizes include $600 cash (think of the possibilities!), an iPad Mini, and Bar Prep discounts from all bar prep companies. The raffle will include free beer, wine, food, and lots of fun! Selling raffle tickets is a great way to earn credit toward an Outreach Assistantship, earning you money for an unpaid public interest legal internship during the summer. Sell to friends, family, professors, or random people on the street. The winner does not need to be present to win. If you are interested in selling raffle tickets, please see either Abbey Buckels (3L) or Rikkilee Moser (2L) in the Career Opportunities Office.

Friday, October 10, 2014

SBA Palsgraf

Attention all students: Buy your tickets for Palsgraf — The law school's annual Halloween party (get your  costumes ready!) will be held on Friday, October 24 from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. at River Heights Golf  Course. Transportation will be provided from Swen Parson starting at 7:45 p.m. The bus will continue to run a loop between Swen Parson and River Heights from 7:45 p.m. until approximately midnight. That last bus will go from River Heights to Molly's at 12:00 a.m. Tickets before the event are $25 (pay by cash or check — order forms are available in your mailbox). Payments and forms can be given to any SBA representative or put in the lockbox in the south hallway of the library. Tickets at the door are $30 (pay by cash, check, or credit card). Note that a waiver will be required for all attendees. If you have questions, please send an e-mail to: sba.niu@gmail.com.

Externship Informational Session

2Ls and 3Ls: Are you interested in working on real cases for real clients? Do you want to help free an innocent person who was wrongfully convicted? Would you like to work in a judge's chambers and receive course credit?

If so, come to an Externship Informational Session on Mon. Oct. 27th from noon to 1 in room 150. You will hear from professors and students currently enrolled in these classes about what cool things they are doing and why you should seize this opportunity. Enjoy free pizza and pop while you listen and ask questions. Please contact Prof. Sheila Maloney at smaloney@niu.edu for more info or if you have any questions.

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!

CLS/BLSA Blood Drive

Christian Legal Society and Black Law Students Association will be hosting a Blood Drive in the Marshall Gallery on Wednesday, October 29.

LLSA Dia de Los Muertos Food Sale

Attend the Dia De Los Muertos Concha and Hot Chocolate Sale! $2 for concha (mexican pastry) and hot chocolate on Friday, October 31, from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. in the Marshall Gallery.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Pro Bono Opportunities

  • The Clemency Project 2014: The Clemency Project seeks volunteers to assist federal prisoners in seeking early release from unfairly long sentences for non-violent offenses. The Clemency Project includes lawyers and advocates from the Federal Defenders, the ACLU, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, the ABA and the NACDL. Law students are needed to provide legal research and to assist volunteer attorneys in preparing clemency petitions. To participate, you will be required to view a fivehour training program which is available on the Internet. You may volunteer by visiting their website or by e-mailing volunteer@clemencyproject2014.org.
  • Winter Break Student Pro Bono (Volunteer) Opportunities: The holiday season is just around the corner. Get out of the cold and spend your winter break doing good on a volunteer adventure that makes a difference. Experience the true meaning of "it is better to give than receive" by joining one of GoEco's volunteer projects. GoEco has selected some great projects that will take your winter break from ho-hum to life-changing! For example, among many other opportunities, work at a Wild Cat Sanctuary in South Africa; teach and serve the community in Goa, India; “Teach & Beach” in Koh Samui, Thailand; or assist with Sea Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica. For more information, contact: lschlam@niu.edu, or go directly to GoEco’s website.

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.”)

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines for This Week

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
More Information: http://www.bwla.org/Scholarship_Fund/Fall_Book_Scholarship_111.aspx

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

AES Engineering Scholarship
Description: AES Engineering is pleased to be able to continue offering scholarships to motivated students to help in the furthering of their education.
Requirements: Students must submit an essay of between 500 and 1000 words in answer to the following question: “When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful? What relationships or accomplishments will be important on this journey?”
Award: $500
Deadline: October 6, 2014
More Information: http://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm

Helpful Links for All Students

As part of a large university, students at the College of Law have a large number of informational and operational resources available to them, including:

Campus Safety Tips

Counseling Services

Student Grievance Procedures

University Ombudsperson

PES Panel Discussion

On Wednesday, October 8, from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom, the Professionalism and Ethics Society (PES) will present a panel discussion featuring 2Ls and 3Ls talking about how to handle stress, studying for finals, balancing school and life, and other topics designed to help 1Ls get through their first year. Food will be provided by Themis Bar Review.

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.

Federalist Society Speaker on Capitalism

The Federalist Society welcomes Timothy P. Carney, Senior Political Columnist from the Washington Examiner and Visiting Fellow for the Culture of Competition Project. He will speak on "Crony Capitalism: Big Government & Big Business" on Thursday, October 9, at noon in Room 186.

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.