Monday, June 9, 2014

Spaces Still Available for Fall Legal Clinics and Update to Clinic Orientation


Did you leave campus without remembering to register for a clinic this fall?

The COL’s experiential learning program currently offers four clinical courses: the Civil Justice Clinic in Rockford, the Foreclosure Mediation Clinic in Kane County, the Health Advocacy Clinic in Aurora, and the Juvenile Justice Clinic in Rockford. These clinics offer the chance to work with actual clients in a variety of settings on litigation, transactional and alternative dispute resolution matters.

The Clinic Application Form is now available online. There are still spaces available and applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.  Please submit applications to Julie Mahoney-Kryzyek, Office of Budget and Records, Swen Parson Hall, Room 285. 


Please do not hesitate to contact a member of the clinical faculty if you need any additional information.

Anita Maddali, Assistant Professor of Law and Director of Clinics, amaddali@niu.edu
Paul Cain, Clinical Associate Professor, Juvenile Justice Clinic, pcain@niu.edu
Wendy Vaughn, Clinical Assistant Professor, Civil Justice Clinic, wvaughn@niu.edu
Colleen Boraca, Clinical Assistant Professor, Health Advocacy Clinic, cboraca@niu.edu
Alan Boudreau, Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor, Foreclosure Mediation Clinic, aboudreau@niu.edu

Also, the date of the required Fall Clinical Law Program Orientation has changed. The new date is Thursday, August 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Summer Course Update for Remedies with Judge O'Malley

Remedies
Judge O'Malley

(a) class will NOT meet on Monday 5/19, the first day will be Tuesday 5/20; and
(b) the first assignment, which must be read before class on 5/20, will be: read the syllabus, skim pages 1-15 of the text (2nd edition), and read pages 15-27 and 141-170 of the text.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Clinical Law Program Still Accepting Summer Applications on a Rolling Basis


Did your summer plans change? This might be the perfect opportunity to participate in experiential learning.

The COL’s experiential learning program currently offers four clinical courses: the Civil Justice Clinic in Rockford, the Foreclosure Mediation Clinic in Kane County, the Health Advocacy Clinic in Aurora, and the Juvenile Justice Clinic in Rockford. These clinics offer the chance to work with actual clients in a variety of settings on litigation, transactional and alternative dispute resolution matters.

The Clinic Application Form is now available online and in the Faculty Office. The Clinical Law Program is still accepting applications for the Summer Semester 2014 on a first come first served basis. Please submit your completed application to Julie Mahoney-Kryzyek, Office of Budget and Records, Swen Parson Hall, Room 285.

Please do not hesitate to contact a member of the clinical faculty if you need any additional information.

Anita Maddali, Assistant Professor of Law and Director of Clinics, amaddali@niu.edu
Paul Cain, Clinical Associate Professor, Juvenile Justice Clinic, pcain@niu.edu
Wendy Vaughn, Clinical Assistant Professor, Civil Justice Clinic, wvaughn@niu.edu
Colleen Boraca, Clinical Assistant Professor, Health Advocacy Clinic, cboraca@niu.edu
Alan Boudreau, Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor, Foreclosure Mediation Clinic, aboudreau@niu.edu

Friday, April 25, 2014

COURSE REGISTRATION & Final Exam Information

The schedule for the NIU College of Law Summer Session 2014 is now up and visible on MyNIU. Registration will open in MyNIU at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, April 21, 2014 for all students who will have 25 or more hours by the end of this spring semester. Current first-year students who wish to register for summer school will need to familiarize themselves with the registration process in MyNIU. Instructions are available at http://erptraining.niu.edu/erptraining/myniu-sa/studentcenter.shtml.

Part-time, first-year students who will have less than 25 hours at the end of this semester will need to see Dean Coles to register for summer classes. Please remember that no students can register themselves for clinics or externships — you need to contact the supervising faculty member.

If you have any questions, please contact Dean Gaebler in person or at dgaebler@niu.edu.

Fall Schedule Available Soon: Unfortunately, the fall course schedule has been delayed this year due to staffing uncertainties arising from recent legislative changes to the Illinois pension system. Nevertheless, it is expected that the fall schedule will be available by Monday, April 28.   Accompanying the schedule will be information and instructions for how to register for fall classes. Associate Dean Gaebler will also hold a meeting for first-year students on Friday, April 25, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Room 188 to explain the upper-level registration process and answer questions. If you have any questions in the interim, please contact Dean Gaebler.


Rescheduling Examinations: Upper-level students who have three examinations scheduled on three consecutive calendar days or who have two examinations scheduled on the same day may petition to reschedule one of the examinations. All such petitions must be filed with Dean Coles by no later than noon on Thursday, May 1. After that date, exams will only be rescheduled upon the filing of a petition demonstrating “extraordinary circumstances.” Petition forms are available on the NIU Law “Current Students” webpage under "Forms" or from Barbara Manning in Room 276.

Last Day of Class Party!

Join the 3Ls as they celebrate their very last day of law school classes! The party will be in the Marshall Gallery from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Monday, April 28, 2014. There will be free lunch, soda, water, beer and wine. 
The schedule is as follows:

12:20 p.m. -- Announcements (Professor of the Year, Class Speaker, Class Agent and presentation of the 2014 Class Gift)
12:45 p.m. -- Class of 2014 Hat Toss Photo
1:00 p.m. -- Class Composite unveiling

This is also the time to pick up your graduation gowns. Please note that all NIU Law students are welcome!  Come congratulate the members of the graduating class of 2014.

Important Information for Graduating 3Ls

May 2014 Graduates--

Regalia: Regalia (caps and gowns) may be picked up from the Career Office in Room 280 beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, April 28, 2014. The hat toss photo is scheduled for 12:45 p.m. the same day, with the unveiling of the Class of 2014 Composite to follow. After April 29, 2014, regalia may be picked up in Room 285 (Office of Budget & Records). Please pick up your regalia by May 2, 2014, and try it on right away so we have time to reorder, if necessary.


Dean Certificates: The standard policy at NIU COL is that a Dean’s Certificate is prepared for all graduates by the Office of Budget & Records (Christina and Julie), signed by Dean Rosato, and sent to the Illinois Bar. This will be done in early June, after verifying that you have fulfilled all requirements for graduation. However, if you are applying to take the bar exam in a state other than Illinois and that state requires a form similar to the Dean’s Certificate; you will need to provide a copy of that form to the Office of Budget & Records for completion.

BIG Scholarship Deadline Update

Smith-Dohenly Legal Ethics Writing Competition
Areas of Interest: Any legal ethics topic
Criteria: Submit an essay, 50-page maximum
Award: $2,500
Deadline: April 25, 2014
More Information: http://www3.nd.edu/~ndlaw/writing_competitions/smith_doheny.pdf

Illinois Judicial Council Scholarship
Areas of Interest: Each year the IJC awards scholarships to minority and other deserving law students throughout Illinois and beyond. The committee will use the following criteria in awarding the scholarships: need, community involvement, academic achievement, communications skills, and ability to overcome obstacles.
Criteria: Applicants must submit the scholarship application, personal statement, resume, two letters of recommendations, transcripts, and current family financial aid statement, and submit to a personal interview
Award: Award varies
Deadline: April 25, 2014
More Information: Email lawadm@niu.edu for application

Georgia State University College of Law Intellectual Property Student Writing Competition
Areas of Interest: Papers should address legal issues and challenges in the intellectual property field.
Criteria: Papers should be 30 to 50 double-spaced pages with footnotes.
Award: $3,000 (1st place); $2,000 (2nd place); or $1,000 (3rd place)
Deadline: April 30, 2014
More Information: http://law.gsu.edu/centers/7370.html

Kane County Bar Foundation
Areas of Interest: Scholarships are awarded to deserving law students, including those whose permanent address, or the permanent address of at least one of their parent/guardians is in Kane County. Although the Foundation may take into consideration whether the applying individual intends to practice law in the 16th Judicial Circuit, this is not a requirement for eligibility.
Criteria: Students must submit the application form, Financial Aid Information, and proof of residency.
Award: $1,500 (two scholarships available)
Deadline: April 30, 2014
More Information: http://www.kanecountybar.org/scholarship-information

National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees Law Student Writing Competition
Areas of Interest: Entrants should submit an essay, article, or comment on an issue under Chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code
Criteria: Entries must not exceed fifteen pages
Award: $1,000
Deadline: April 30, 2014
More Information: http://goo.gl/QB1C40

May

Gellhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Competition
Areas of Interest: Essay discussing any topic relating to administrative law.
Criteria: Submissions may not exceed 40 double-spaced pages exclusive of footnotes and end-notes
Award: $5,000 cash prize and round-trip airfare and accommodation to attend the Section’s Fall Conference in Washington, DC
Deadline: May 1, 2014
More Information: http://goo.gl/WsVdxn

Leesfield Scholarship AAJ Law Student Scholarship
Areas of Interest: First- and second-year students who express an interest in trial law
Criteria: Applicants must submit resume, financial aid statement, essay, two letters of recommendation, and the application form. Law Students can join AAJ at the rate of $15 for one year.
Award: $2,500 scholarship to attend the AAJ Annual Convention in Baltimore
Deadline: May 1, 2014
More Information: http://www.justice.org/cps/rde/justice/hs.xsl/1742.htm

LSAC Diversity Committee Writing Competition
Areas of Interest: This writing competition is designed to reinvigorate the dialogue about the recruitment and retention strategies that law schools should deploy to yield a more diverse class of graduates that will enter the legal profession.
Criteria: Essay on diversity recruitment/retention strategies that (up to 20 pages or 5000 words)
Award: $5,000 cash prize (3 awards available)
Deadline: May 1, 2014
More Information: http://goo.gl/QIaMzy

Mike Eidson Scholarship AAJ Law Student Scholarship
Areas of Interest: Awarded annually to a rising 3L female student who has demonstrated a commitment to a career as a plaintiffs’ lawyer or criminal defense lawyer, along with dedication to upholding and defending the principles of the Constitution, and to the concept of a fair trial, the adversary system, and a just result for the injured, the accused, and those whose rights are jeopardized.
Criteria: Applicants must submit an application, short essay, and resume
Award: $5,000
Deadline: May 1, 2014
More Information: http://www.justice.org/cps/rde/xchg/justice/hs.xsl/8514.htm

NAWL 2014 Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition
Areas of Interest: Entrants should submit a paper on an issue concerning women's rights or the status of women in the law.
Criteria: Essays longer than 15 pages of text, excluding notes and endnotes
Award: $500 and publication in NAWL’s Women’s Lawyers Journal
Deadline: May 1, 2014
More Information: http://www.nawl.org/p/bl/et/blogaid=34&source=1

Richard D. Hailey AAJ Law Student Scholarships
Areas of Interest: Open to all incoming first, second, and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian American, Native American and biracial AAJ Law Student Members.
Criteria: Resume, essay (500 words), two letters of recommendation, and application form. Law Students can join AAJ at the rate of $15 for one year.
Award: $1,000 (six awards available)
Deadline: May 1, 2014
More Information: http://www.justice.org/cps/rde/justice/hs.xsl/1739.htm

Trial Advocacy Scholarship AAJ Law Student Scholarship
Areas of Interest: Open to all AAJ Law Student Members who are entering their second or third-year of law school who have demonstrated an interest in trial advocacy, a desire to represent victims, and a financial need for scholarship assistance.
Criteria: Resume, essay (500 words), three letters of recommendation, and application form. Law Students can join AAJ at the rate of $15 for one year.
Award: $3,000
Deadline: May 1, 2014
More Information: http://www.justice.org/cps/rde/xchg/justice/hs.xsl/1741.htm

Law Library Extended Exam Hours

The law library’s final exam extended hours will run from Monday, April 28, 2014 through Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The hours during which the library will be open during this time period are as follows:

Sundays: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. 
Mondays through Thursdays: 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. 
Fridays: 7:30 a.m. – midnight 
Saturdays: 8:30 a.m. – midnight 

As occurred in the fall with the start of extended hours, access to the law library will be available only for College of Law students, faculty and staff each evening. Beginning at 6:00 p.m., all non-College of Law patrons will be asked to leave. Be certain to carry your student ID with you during finals as you may be asked to present it if you enter or remain in the law library after 6:00 p.m.

Please Complete Your LSSSE Survey

Attention: All Students

If you have not completed your Law School Survey of Student Engagement, please do so as soon as possible. There will be one more e-mail reminder on Monday, April 28, and then the survey will wind to a close. This is your chance to participate in a national survey by an independent research organization assessing how law students spend their time and what they gain from law school. The survey takes about 15 minutes and asks questions about classroom experience, student-faculty interaction, assessments, time allocation and other factors relating to your law school education.

NIU Law hopes to use the results to improve your experience and quality of education by helping identify what is going well and what could benefit from more attention or a different approach.

If you have not received any e-mails with the link to the survey, please contact Associate Dean Coles. Thank you!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Office of Alumni Events and Public Relations Seeking Graduate Assistant

The Office of Alumni Events and Public Relations is looking for a graduate assistant that will begin in Fall 2014. The graduate assistant will report to the Director, who is responsible for the public affairs, publications, alumni events, and external programs of the College of Law. Duties include, but are not limited to: assisting with NIU Law events, data entry, writing, general office work, and web updates. In addition, graduate assistants must be proficient in social networking media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.) and be self-motivated.

The graduate assistant will interact with faculty/staff, students, and alumni and will be expected to do so in a professional manner. There will be some required evening and/or weekend work at events including NIU Law receptions, reunions, lectures, 5K Run/Walk, and Homecoming. Graduate assistants must have excellent written, communication, and computer skills.

Please e-mail your resume and letter of interest to Melody Mitchell at mmitchell@niu.edu by Thursday, May 1, 2014.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Career Opportunities Office Town Hall Meeting & Panel Tonight

The Office of Career Opportunities will be hosting a town hall meeting to discuss all manner of career-related issues and follow up on the year-end survey.  This will be followed by an alumni panel discussion hosted by NIU Law alumna Janet Pioli ('84)Both events will take place tonight, Wednesday, April 23 at Swen Parson Hall.  The town hall meeting begins at 4:00 in Room 187, and the panel discussion starts at 5:00 in Room 188.

Janet A. Pioli is a shareholder in Brinks Gilson & Lione's Chicago office. She has a large practice of appeals before the U.S. Patent Office Patent Appeals Board and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, including oral arguments before both. Her practice also includes pro bono appeals to obtain disability benefits for United States veterans.

Congrats to the Newly-Elected SBA Reps!

Congratulations to the following individuals who have been elected as 2014-2015 SBA Representatives:

3L Class Representatives 
  • Amanda Beveroth 
  • Sarah Hagan 
  • Nik Lofgren 
  • Clayton Merschbrock 

2L Class Representatives 
  • Cole DeBlaey 
  • Patti Donahue 
  • Michael Hulvey 
  • Krystle McNeely

Monday, April 21, 2014

Scholarship Deadlines Coming Up This Week

Smith-Dohenly Legal Ethics Writing Competition 
Areas of Interest: Any legal ethics topic
Criteria: Submit an essay, 50-page maximum
Award: $2,500
Deadline: April 25, 2014
More Information: http://www3.nd.edu/~ndlaw/writing_competitions/smith_doheny.pdf

Illinois Judicial Council Scholarship
Areas of Interest: Each year the IJC awards scholarships to minority and other deserving law students throughout Illinois and beyond. The committee will use the following criteria in awarding the scholarships: need, community involvement, academic achievement, communications skills, and ability to overcome obstacles.
Criteria: Applicants must submit the scholarship application, personal statement, resume, two letters of recommendations, transcripts, and current family financial aid statement, and submit to a personal interview
Award: Award Varies
Deadline: April 25, 2014 
More Information: Email lawadm@niu.edu for application

Congratulations to the newly elected 2014-2015 SBA Executive Board!

President: Alyssa Freeman
Vice President: Sam Perkins
Treasurer: Mas Patel
Secretary: Justin Hastings
ABA Representative: Jesse Guth

1L Law Review Write-On Competition Meeting

Law Review will hold an informational meeting on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. in Room 188. You’ve heard the reasons for joining Law Review, now it is time to learn exactly what needs to be done in order to be on the review. This is a meeting you don’t want to miss as we will be discussing how to access Westlaw over the summer and giving tips on how to compose a successful write-on memo and cite check. Jimmy John’s lunch will be provided by Kaplan.

Juvenile Interest Law Society Board Nominations

The Juvenile Interest Law Society is now accepting nominations for the 2014-2015 JILS Executive Board (President, Vice President, Administrative Officer, Public Relations Officer, Chief Marketing Officer, and 3L Advisor). Students may nominate themselves or others by sending a personal statement of 500 words or less to Matt Nagy (mnagy2@gmail.com) by Friday, April 25, 2014. Further information concerning the nomination process will be e-mailed to first- and second-year students.

Federal Public Defender Office Externship

A full-year externship is available for the 2014-2015 academic year in Rockford, Illinois. This externship requires a twelve-hour-per-week commitment for three hours of pass/fail credit each semester, but does not require a 711 license. The extern will be supervised on-site by Federal Public Defenders Paul Gaziano and Kristin Carpenter. Students will research and write memoranda, motions and briefs for pre-trial and post-conviction issues and sentencing hearings. In addition, they will attend and observe various court proceedings. Professor Paul Cain will be the faculty supervisor with whom the extern will meet on a regular basis to discuss his or her experience.

In order to apply for this externship, please submit the following documents to Paul Cain (as attachments to email in Word or PDF format) by Monday, May 5: Cover letter explaining your interest in this position; unofficial transcript; resume; and writing sample (maximum length 10 pages).

After reviewing the application documents, Paul will screen the applicants to determine the final three candidates and will then submit the names and contact information of those candidates to Federal Public Defender Gaziano. Mr. Gaziano’s office will contact student finalists 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 Paul Cain, Clinical Associate Professor, at 815-962-9980 or pcain@niu.edu.

National Law Review Student Writing Contest for May 2014

The National Law Review is hosting its monthly Law Student Writing Contest, with the winning article to be published on the National Law Review’s website, on the National Law Forum blog and in the publication’s newsletter. The suggested topic this month is Construction and Real Estate Law, although entries covering other current issues will also be considered. Articles should be submitted by no later than May 12, 2014 to lawschools@natlawreview.com. For complete contest guidelines, see the National Law Review website.

NIU Law 10th Annual Golf Outing

The Tenth Annual Golf Outing will be held on Friday, June 6, 2014, at the River Heights Golf Course in DeKalb. For more information visit: http://www.niu.edu/law/calendar/events/2014/golf_2014.shtml.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Scholarship Deadlines Coming Up This Week

National Law Review Student Writing Contest : Supreme Court Decisions
The National Law Review is hosting its monthly Law Student Writing Contest, with the winning article to be published on the National Law Review’s website, the National Law Forum blog and in the publication’s newsletter.  This month's suggested topic is Supreme Court Case Decisions from 2012 to Present, although entries covering other current issues will also be considered. Articles should be submitted by no later than April 14, 2014 to lawschools@natlawreview.com. For complete contest guidelines, see http://www.natlawreview.com/NLR-law-student-writing-competition.

Women’s Bar Association of Illinois Scholarship 
The WBAI will award two scholarships to second-year female law students at this year’s Annual Black Tie Dinner Event on Friday, June 6, 2014 at Navy Pier. Two $1000 scholarships will be issued in honor of Chief Justice Rita B Garman of the Illinois Supreme Court and Chief Judge Diane Wood of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. A subcommittee will review applications, interview the candidates, and select those who represent the best in academic excellence and community involvement with WBAI. Applicants must send PDF versions of their most recent law school transcript and a completed scholarship form by no later than April 15, 2014. Forms may be picked up from Barbara in Room 276.

Donald O'Brien Scholarship
Areas of Interest: Open to any first or second-year law student with ties to the State of Iowa who expresses an interest and intent to practice law in the area of civil rights, civil liberties, public interest or other areas benefiting society’s less fortunate.
Criteria: Short Application and Essay
Award: $1,000
Deadline: April 15, 2014
More Information: Please email lawadm@niu.edu for the application

DuPage Association of Women Lawyers Judge Helen C. Kinney Scholarship
Areas of Interest: All first, second and third year women law students, with a DuPage County connection.
Criteria: Students must submit essay, transcript, and scholarship application.
Award: $500 to one or more recipients
Deadline: April 15, 2014
More Information: Please email lawadm@niu.edu for the application

Federal Circuit Bar Association Scholarships 
Areas of Interest: Students with financial need who have an interest in the scope of the jurisdiction of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (e.g., international trade, government contracts, patents, trademarks, certain money claims against the United States government, federal personnel, and veterans’ benefits).
Criteria: 1L and 2 L students only. Students must submit curriculum vitae, undergraduate and law transcripts, and an original essay (no more than 450 words).
Award: Multiple need-based awards available ranging upwards of $5,000
Deadline: April 15, 2014 
More Information: https://www.fedcirbar.org/olc/pub/LVFC/cpages/misc/scholar.jsp

Naval War College Award for Research
Areas of Interest: Essay topic related to women and conflict outcomes.
Criteria: Papers should be approximately 6,000 words long and suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
Award: $10,000
Deadline: April 15, 2014
More Information: http://1.usa.gov/1gaA1wf

The Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties 
Areas of Interest: First-year law students who intend to carry out significant activities during the summer (in between their first and second year) in the areas of civil rights and/or civil liberties.
Criteria: Applicants should send a proposal, no more than two pages, describing their intended summer project, along with a resume, a brief letter of recommendation, and the name of their faculty or organizational sponsor.
Award: Varies
Deadline: April 15, 2014 
More Information: http://goo.gl/8dr3wq