Thursday, October 30, 2014

Clinical Law Program Information Meeting Wednesday, November 5th

Thinking about taking a clinic this spring?

The clinical faculty and students will be holding a clinic information meeting on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at noon in Room 170, the Riley Courtroom. As part of the COL’s experiential learning program, there are currently four clinical courses: the Civil Justice Clinic, the Foreclosure Mediation Clinic, the Health Advocacy Clinic, and the Juvenile Justice Clinic. These clinics offer students the chance to work with actual clients in a variety of settings on litigation, transactional and alternative dispute resolution matters. This meeting will provide an overview of each clinic. Current and former clinical students will discuss their clinical experiences, and the faculty will explain the clinic application process. Lunch will be served.

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

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

Monday, October 27, 2014

Externship Informational Session TODAY

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.

Scholarship Deadlines Coming Up This Week

Jerold S. Solovy Diversity Scholarship Award
Description: This scholarship will be awarded to a student who actively advocates for diversity within the Chicago area legal community and works to bring focus to those who do pro-bono work within their community.
Requirements: 3.8 GPA, Application, Resume, Transcript, two letters of recommendation, and an Essay explaining your commitment to advocating for diversity in the legal profession or your experience as a diverse student.
Award: Amount varies
Deadline: October 31, 2014
More Information: http://diversitychicago.org/dc/scholarships/

Public Interest Advocate Scholarship Award
Description: This scholarship will be awarded to a law student who is interested in pursuing a career in public service or a student who is actively involved with a nonprofit agency that represents the needy and the underprivileged.
Requirements: 3.5 GPA, Application, Resume, Transcript, two letters of recommendation, and an Essay explaining your commitment to advocating for diversity in the legal profession or your experience as a diverse student.
Award: Amount varies
Deadline: October 31, 2014
More Information: http://diversitychicago.org/dc/scholarships/

Disabled Law Student Scholarship Award (DLSSA)
Description: This scholarship was established with the support of attorney Stacy J. Campbell, and her fiancé Dr. George F. Viamontes. This scholarship will be awarded to a disabled law student who is attending an accredited law school in the Chicago area.
Requirements: Application, Resume, Transcript, two letters of recommendation, and an Essay explaining your commitment to advocating for diversity in the legal profession or your experience as a diverse student.
Award: $500 or more
Deadline: October 31, 2014
More Information: http://diversitychicago.org/dc/scholarships/

Jack Carey Memorial Scholarship
Description: Scholarship stipend for a law student working at the Cook County Public Defender’s Office
Requirements: Application, Essay, Licensed 711 Intern, and can commit 15 hours a week to the Cook County Public Defender’s Office (for a semester)
Award: $2,500 work stipend
Deadline: November 1, 2014
More Information: http://cookcountypd.org/resources/scholarship/

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
Description: The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is established recognition of the contributions New Americans have made to American life supporting students. Each fellowship supports up to two years of graduate study – in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program – in the United States.
Requirements: A new American (a green card holder or naturalized citizen if born abroad; a child of naturalized citizens if born in this country); not yet 31 years old as of the application deadline; not beyond your second year – if already enrolled – in the graduate degree program for which you request support
Award: Amount Varies for the 30 fellowship winners (up to $25,000 in maintenance grants and up to $20,000 in tuition)
Deadline: November 1, 2014
More Information: http://www.pdsoros.org/competition/

New Course to Aid in Bar Passage

This week, bar passage is on my mind. The bar passage results for the Class of 2014 will be released soon . . . and we already know that the national scores have declined and the bar pass rate in Illinois is likely lower. This concern about bar passage was underscored as the deans in Illinois met with the Illinois bar examiners this week to discuss the increase in the cut score (which will be implemented July 2015) and recent problems encountered by the examiners in connection with bar performance, particularly on the essays.

The faculty and deans want all of our students to succeed, which includes success on the bar. Over the last five years, we have strengthened our academic success and legal writing programs, have added a legal skills and strategies course to work on bar pass strategies, and have implemented a first-year bar assessment to help the students and law school assess strengths and weaknesses in bar performance early on. Our faculty are also integrating more assessment into their classes through their exams, mid-terms, problems, etc. to continue to build students' analytical skills.

The NIU Law faculty bar pass committee also met this week, following the faculty's approval of an additional two-credit, pass-fail bar course in Spring 2015 open to all third-year students. This course is designed to help students build bar review skills in well-tested subjects ― which will be a good kickstart to bar review before the intensive bar review study begins over the summer. More information will be available soon. We hope that all third-year students will take the course to help ensure bar passage (the first time) and a successful start in the profession.

-Dean Rosato Perea

Presentation on the Legal Rights of Homeless Children

Along with PILS, BLSA, CLS, and the NIU Health Advocacy Clinic, the Career Opportunities office will present “The Legal Rights of Homeless Children,” on Wednesday, October 29 at noon in the Riley Courtroom (Room 170). Food will be provided!!

CLS/BLSA Blood Drive This Week

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

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!

Halloween Snack Break in the Library

Please join us for a snack break in the law library on Thursday, October 30 from noon to 2:00 p.m. to kick off your Halloween festivities. Candy and other Halloween treats will be available while supplies last. The law librarians are also planning to decorate for the occasion, so be sure to check out the pumpkins and holiday decor. Looking forward to seeing everyone this week.

LLSA Dia de Los Muertos Food Sale This Friday!

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.

PILS Raffle and Pizza Sales

  • Pizza Sales!! PILS will be holding a pizza sale, sponsored by BARBRI, on Thursday, November 6, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. outside of the writing professors' offices. $1 a slice and pop/water is 50 cents.
  • PILS Raffle: The annual PILS Raffle will also 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.

3Ls: Schedule Your Composite Pictures

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 is available 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.

Final 1L Professionalism Session

Attention all 1Ls: Mark your calendars for the final required 1L Professionalism Series session on Wednesday, November 19, 4:00 to 5:15 p.m., Room TBA, with optional dinner afterward.

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.

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).

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.

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.”)