Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Time Changed for 'Agency' Review Session Dec. 9

Per Professor Walton, the 'Agency' review is now scheduled for 8:30 - 10:30 Wednesday Dec. 9 (same day, same location, different time).

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Sales Review Session, Dec. 11

The review session for Sales will be held in Room 170 on Dec. 11, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Follow Dean Rosato via "Making Tracks"

Since Dean Rosato is known to wear her running shoes around campus and participate in an occasional 5K, it seemed appropriate for her to spend some of her first year as Dean “making tracks” around the region to visit alumni and other friends of NIU Law.  A new map on the NIU COL Web site, located at http://law.niu.edu/law/deansoffice/makingtracks.shtml is following her year-long mini-marathon. Just click on the pink sneakers to see information about past and upcoming events, with links to photos from past events when available.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Moot Court Teams Reception Nov. 23

There will be a reception honoring the External Moot Court Teams on Monday, November 23, at noon in the Marshall Gallery. The Law Review Board will also be there. Free food and drinks will be provided.

Bar Exam Student Information Session Nov. 23

THE BAR EXAM: Student Information Session will take place on Monday, November 23rd in room #186 at 4:15 p.m. Session topics include; bar exam topics, test strategies, format of exam, personal planning and time management.

Research Assistant Wanted, Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic

Seeking Research Assistant: Attorneys Paul Cain and Wendy Vaughn of the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic are seeking one Research Assistant for Spring 2010. The Research Assistant will not be required to come to the clinic in Rockford. Meetings regarding research assignments will be arranged with Paul Cain on Monday afternoons and with Wendy Vaughn on Wednesday afternoons on campus, or at other agreed upon times. To apply for this position, please contact Paul Cain or Wendy Vaughn at (815) 962-9980.

"Walk Safe" / Late Night Ride Services

The Huskie Student Patrol works weeknights from 6:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. and provides a “Walk Safe” service to those who do not wish to walk alone at night. Call 753-9658 to arrange a “Walk Safe” escort. There is also a Late Night Ride Service that provides free, door to door rides to NIU students on a daily basis from 10:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m. Call the Late Night Ride Service at 815-753-2222 and be prepared to provide your location, your destination, number of riders, your first name, a call-back number and any special needs.

Bar Study Loans

3Ls, it is time to think about your bar study loans. The bar loan is a private loan, and a credit check will be performed. The loan helps finance bar exam costs, such as bar review course fees, bar exam deposits and fees, as well as living expenses. You may borrow bar study loans from a minimum of $1,000 to a maximum of $15,000. You may apply for a Bar Study Loan through your current student loan lender, or you may use a completely different lender from your undergraduate loan lender. If you have not borrowed the maximum on your Federal Stafford Loans, you may want to use the balance to fund your bar exam preparation. Start your research on the bar loans early so that you get the best interest rate possible since the bar loan cannot be consolidated with your current Stafford Loans. All bar loan applications much receive a school certification signed by the Director of Admission and Financial Aid, Room 151.

Two Additional Seminar Announcements for Spring 2010

Spring 2010 Schedules, Registration Procedures Now Available

Spring 2010 schedules are now available on the NIUCOL Web site at http://law.niu.edu/law/academic/class_lists.shtml.
Instructions for using MyNIU to register for spring classes are posted at http://law.niu.edu/law/audience/students/registration.shtml. Registration dates & times are as follows:
  • 3rd year students: May register on MyNIU beginning Monday, November 23rd at 8 a.m.
  • 2nd year students: May register on MyNIU beginning Tuesday, November 24th at 8 a.m.
  • 1st year students: Do not attempt to register for classes through MyNIU. You will be registered automatically by the College of Law Office of Budget and Records.  Any attempt by first-year students to register themselves may result in problems with their registrations.  Please do not make any attempt to register yourself.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Bar Review Tables, Nov. 16 & 17

  • There will be a Themis Bar Review table in the Marshall Gallery on Monday, November 16 from  11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. Stop by to grab some free candy and information about our FREE online 1L  Final Exam Review Lectures.
  • Kaplan PMBR will have the LAST table day of the semester on Tuesday, November 17th, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. We will honor November 13th prices at the table—save money by paying a deposit this semester. 3Ls, pay $200 and 1 & 2Ls, pay $100 to lock-in. Stop by the table to see a Complete Course Demo--personalized study plan, on-demand lectures, and our online Qbank. 1Ls, make sure to sign up for the FREE Civ Pro Qbank at www.kaplanpmbr.com. Stop by for goodies at the table!

Zeke Giorgi Clinic Recruitment Fair, Nov. 17

ATTENTION 2Ls and 3Ls! The Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic will be holding a Recruitment Fair in the Thurgood Marshall Gallery on Tuesday, November 17, 2009, from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. The clinics being offered for the Spring 2010 semester are Domestic Abuse Clinic and Mediation Clinic. There will be information on these clinics, as well as information on the Elder Law Clinic and Criminal Defense Clinics, both of which will be offered Fall 2010 semester.

Reminder: 2nd Annual "Big Law-bowlski," Nov. 17

Delta will be  hosting its 2nd Annual Big Law-bowlski on Tuesday, November 17 at 6:00 p.m. at Mardi Gras
 Lanes (in the Big Lots shopping complex). Cost will be $5 for Delta members and $10 for non-members for 2 games plus shoe rental. Pizza will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. A cash bar is also available. We look forward to seeing everyone.

CLS Meeting Announcement for Nov. 18

Because of the BLSA Thanksgiving Dinner, the Christian Legal Society will not be meeting on Wednesday, November 18. Given that this would have been the last meeting of the semester, we will next meet after winter break. Good luck on finals!

Reminder: 3L Photos, Nov. 18 & 20

3L pictures will be taken on Wednesday, November 18th, from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. and Friday, November 20th from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. The signup sheet is on TWEN; the course name is "Sign-Up for 3L Photos" (you need to enroll in this course on TWEN in order to sign up). Five people can sign up for each fifteen-minute time slot, for a total of twenty people an hour. Attire is professional; think courtroom attire or just look at previous year’s pictures if you are unsure. Watch the Docket and your mailboxes for more information about ordering photos. If you have any question or problems with the TWEN site contact Mike Hantsch 3L Representative (mikehantsch@gmail.com) or Zach Townsend 2L Representative (ztowns85@yahoo.com).

Spring Registration Information Sessions Nov. 19

Meetings are scheduled with the 2nd and 3rd year students on November 19 to answer questions and share additional information concerning Spring registration: 2Ls at 12:00 p.m. and 3Ls at 12:30 p.m. in Room #188.
Registration itself will open for 3rd year students at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, November 23 and for 2nd year students at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 24. First year students do not need to register for the spring semester. They will be registered by the College of Law Office of Budget and Records.

Moot Court 28 Final Bench Announced

The Moot Court Society is pleased to announce that the Honorable William E. Holdridge of the Appellate Court, 3rd District, State of Illinois and Kelly J. Varsho ’08, of Hinshaw & Culbertson, have agreed to serve on the final bench of Moot Court 28.

There will be a reception honoring the External Moot Court Teams on Monday, November 23, at noon in the Marshall Gallery. The Law Review Board will also be  there. Free food and drinks will be provided.

"Culture & Disputing" Seminar to be Offered Spring Semester

From the course description: "This seminar should be useful to those interested in Alternative Dispute Resolution, civil procedure, practical mediation, ethics, and international or comparative law. It will explore dispute resolution or legal process from an anthropological, sociological, and psychological point of view. Students will be at an advantage if they have some background in these disciplines. They will choose and report on a variety of different societies (cultures) throughout the world, both “primitive”and modern, either “large-scale” or “small-scale,” and write about how the legal process and disputing in their chosen society derives from its culture."

Professor Schlam, Section 906-1 (T, 3:00-4:40) Spring 2010

For more information, see http://law.niu.edu/law/faculty/misc/culture_disputing_description.pdf.

Library Schedule Change for Interim

In conformity with recently issued university guidelines regarding interim semester closure, the Law Library will be closed Monday – Wednesday, December 21 – 23, 2009. The library had been scheduled to be open on those days. The staff of the library regrets any inconvenience that this change in schedule may cause. For a complete schedule of library hours, including during exams, see http://law.niu.edu/law/library/hours.shtml.

PILS Raffle Today (Nov. 13) at 4 p.m.

This Friday, November 13 at 4:00 p.m. will be the PILS  Raffle where two lucky winners will be walking away with a hi-def big screen TV and a brand new laptop!  There will also be several other secondary prizes so buy your tickets now!  Also come by the Marshall Gallery for snacks, drinks and games before the drawing!  If you have any
questions ask your PILS 1L rep or PILS board members.  See you all on Friday afternoon!

Reminder: GSA Sponsors Diane Schroer, Transgender Rights Advocate, Nov. 16

The NIU COL Gay-Straight Alliance would like to invite all to attend a presentation in the Riley Courtroom at 7pm on Monday, November 16, 2009. A reception will follow in the Marshall Gallery.

We will be featuring transgender rights advocate Diane Schroer and Sharon McGowan, an ACLU attorney. They will discuss Schroer's recent Title VII sex discrimination suit against the Library of Congress (Schroer v. Billington).

We are very excited and hope to see you all there!

Thank you,
Gay-Straight Alliance Executive Committee

BLSA 15th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner, Nov. 18

On November 18, 2009, the Black Law Students Association will be hosting their 15th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner! The "Thanksgiving Dinner" will be held in the Marshall Gallery from 11:30am to 1:00pm. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Ticket sales begin on November 11th. Contact any BLSA member to purchase your ticket. This is surely an event you do not want to miss! If you have any questions or would like to donate, contact Ashley Jenkins via email at ashley.s.jenkins@gmail.com. See you on November 18th!

Monday, November 9, 2009

2L Mock Trial Competition Results

Rory Patchin and Carrie Thompson are the champions of the 2009 2L Mock Trial Competition.  They competed in the final round against Sergio DeStefanis and April Stancliff on November 3rd.  Other semi-finalists included: Jason Christopolous, Patrick Egan, Brea Tilton, and Zach Townsend. These excellent teams advanced from the twenty-five that participated in two preliminary rounds.

The competition gives 2Ls their first exposure to trial practice.  It focuses on the art of persuasion, perhaps the most important tool of the trial lawyer, using a case file based on circumstantial evidence from which the student-litigators must craft a persuasive argument.

3Ls who have studied trial advocacy serve as judges in the opening rounds.  Students who advanced to the quarter-finals in last year’s competition acted as judges in this year’s quarter-finals.  1Ls served as jurors and acted as witnesses.  Well more than half of the student body participated in one respect or another.

In the semi-final and final rounds, the roles of jurors and scoring judges were performed by alumni who had been active participants in our trial advocacy programs and competitions.  Prof. Taylor acted as the bench judge.

Several 3Ls who have formed a fledgling Trial Advocacy Society organized and staged the competition with Prof. Taylor.  Aaron Galloway deserves kudos and thanks for all his hard work in making the competition a success this year.  Stephanie Hilton, Andy Welp and Eric Johnson deserve honorable mention. 

Stay tuned for upcoming events bought to you by the Trial Advocacy Society.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Dean's Office Announcements

  • Subscribe to the COL Blog so you can automatically be notified whenever new events or announcements are posted to the blog. Notifications can be sent to you via email, or via a newsreader/feedreader service. For instructions on how to set up your subscription, go to the COL home page at http://law.niu.edu/. Scroll down to the “Announcements” section, then click the link labeled “How to subscribe” beneath the link to the Events & Announcements Blog. If you have any questions about the blog or the subscription process, please contact Sharon Nelson, Interim Webmaster, at slnelson@niu.edu or 753-2021.
  • Please see Barbara in room 172A to have your posters stamped before hanging.
  • In an effort to reduce the number of group emails from student organizations, all such requests must be referred to Dean Mandell’s office for approval.
  • Hand sanitizers are now in all 4 College of Law washrooms.

2nd Amendment Society FOID Drive Nov. 9-13

The Second Amendment Society will be holding its annual FOID (firearm owner’s identification) drive November 9th through the 13th, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery.

Themis Bar Review Table Nov. 9

There will be a Themis Bar Review table in the Marshall Gallery on Monday, November 9 from 11:00-1:00 p.m. Stop by to grab some free candy and information about our FREE online 1L  Final Exam Review Lectures.

Kaplan PMBR Table Nov. 10

Final tables for Kaplan PMBR are Tuesdays, November 10th and November 17th! Spring grads, lock-in our lowest rates with a $200 deposit. Lock-in our 1L Complete Course price ($2430) or our MBE Courses—Combination, Foundation and Final Review. KPMBR honors competitor deposits up to $250 for our 1L Complete Course. 1Ls & 2Ls, lock-in our lowest rates with $100 deposit and get study aids for your courses now (outline book and MP3 lectures). Don’t forget the FREE Civ Pro Qbank at www.kaplanpmbr.com!

PAD "Resume Tips" Seminar Nov. 11

Please join Phi Alpha Delta on Wednesday, November 11, for a seminar on resume tips from Greg Anderson. The meeting is at noon in room #188. Pizza and soda will be provided, but PAD requests a $2 donation from non-members. Hope to see you there!

CLS Bible Study Nov. 11

The Christian Legal Society will hold a Bible study on Wednesday, November 11, at 12:00 noon in Room #187. Jeff Ammons will lead the study on the book of Job. All are welcome.

Deadline for Delta Apparel Sale Orders, Nov. 11

Orders for Delta’s law school apparel sale will be taken until November 11 for holiday orders.Orders for the holidays should be available the first week of finals. Delta members receive a 10% discount. Order forms can be returned to Josh Ladwig. If anyone has any questions about orders, they may email Josh at ladwigjr@uwalumni.com.

2nd Annual Delta "Big Law-bowlski" Nov. 17

In honor of turning in Memo 2, and for 2Ls and 3Ls finishing another semester, Delta will be hosting its 2nd Annual Big Law-bowlski on Tuesday, November 17 at 6:00 p.m. at Mardi Gras Lanes (in the Big Lots shopping complex). Cost will be $5 for Delta members and $10 for non-members for 2 games plus shoe rental. Pizza will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. A cash bar is also available. We look forward to seeing everyone.

Law, Crime and Social Justice Brownbag Series, Nov. 19

Thursday, November 19, 11:50 to 1 pm
Room 170

11:50 a.m.: Announcement of NIU Spring Law and Society Conference

Noon:   Brownbag Program: Counter-Terrorist Legal Strategies and their Problematic Consequences

Presenters:
Marc Falkoff:  “Habeas Corpus at the Bagram Prison"

Kristopher K. Robison: "Shooting our Feet? A Cross-National Study of the Pernicious Effects of Aggressive Counter-Terrorism"

Save the Date: Moot Court Teams Reception Nov. 23

There will be a reception honoring the External Moot Court Teams on Monday, November 23, at noon in the Marshall Gallery. Free food and drinks will be provided.

Save the Date: Chicago Alumni Reception Dec. 11

A NIU Law Reception will be held during the Illinois State Bar Association Mid-Year Meeting on Friday, December 11, at the Chicago Sheraton located at 301 E. North Water Street from 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Spring Registration Update

  • It is anticipated that the spring schedule will be available on Friday, Nov. 13.  
  • Meetings will be scheduled with the 2nd and 3rd year students during the week of Nov. 16 to answer questions and share additional information concerning registration.  
  • Registration itself will open for 3rd year students at 8:00 am on Monday, Nov. 23 and for 2nd year students at 8:00 am on Tuesday, Nov. 24.  
  • First year students do not need to register for spring semester.  They will be registered by the College of Law Office of Budget and Records. 

Friday, October 30, 2009

Delta Apparel Sale, now through Nov. 11

Orders for Delta’s law school apparel sale will be taken until November 11 for holiday orders. The apparel features various types of NIU College of Law logos, which make excellent holiday presents, as the campus bookstore has a very limited selection. Orders for the holidays should be available the first week of finals. Delta members receive a 10% discount. Order forms will be placed in everyone’s mailboxes and can be returned to Josh Ladwig. If anyone has any questions about orders, they may email Josh at ladwigjr@uwalumni.com.

Bar Review Tables, Nov. 2 & 3

  • There will be a Themis Bar Review table in the Marshall Gallery on Monday, November 2 from 11:00-1:00 p.m. Stop by to get some free candy and information about our FREE online 1L REVIEW Final Exam Review Lectures and FREE November MPRE Review Course.
  • There will be a PMBR Table in the Marshall Gallery on Tuesday Nov. 3.

DuPage County Bar Assn. Pizza Night, Nov. 3

The Alumni Office is sponsoring a Pizza Night with the DuPage County Bar Association on Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at Pizza Villa from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Free food and drinks!

Mock Trial Competition Final Round, Nov. 3

The final round of the 2L Mock Trial Competition will be held Tuesday, November 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom. Twenty-five teams competed. Please come watch the final trial and see who will be crowned the champion. The Trial Advocacy Society wishes to thank the many 3Ls and 1Ls who gave their time to be judges, jurors, and witnesses. The competition would not have been a success without your assistance.

Moot Court Information Meeting Nov. 4

ATTENTION ALL 2LS: The Moot Court Society invites you to an “information meeting” on Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 12:00 p.m. in the Riley Court Room. We will be kicking off this year’s 28th Annual Prize Moot Court Competition with an informational session. The competition is a spring semester event, but this meeting will fill you in on everything you need to know about scheduling and planning next year. We will also discuss what you can expect from the competition. The Internal Moot Court Competition provides a valuable law school experience and an opportunity to improve your legal writing and oral advocacy skills. Free food and drinks will be provided! See you all there!
--Tom Chan, Chief Justice of the Moot Court Society.

3L Picture Day November 18

The date of November 18 from 10:00 a.m.– 3:00 p.m. in the Chessick Courtroom has been chosen for 3Ls to get their pictures taken. Students should sign up for time slots on TWEN, instructions for which will be sent out via email. Contact Mike Hantsch, SBA 3L Representative, with any questions.

LLSA Thanks for Your Support of the Tostada Sale

The Latino Law Students Association Executive Board wishes to thank everyone that assisted, volunteered and/or purchased tickets to this years’ Tostada Sale. The event was a huge success and LLSA is extremely grateful for all of the encouragement during the sale. We hope that everyone was able to enjoy the meal and that we can continue to count on everyone’s support for future events. Again, thank you everyone and best wishes in your studies!

Online Catalog Maintenance Sun. Nov. 1

The library's online catalog will be offline for maintenance from 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

BNA Databases in Environment & Health Law Now Available

The Law Library has recently added subscriptions to 3 additional BNA databases:
  • Environment Reporter: Weekly publication with online issues going back to January of 1996, covering developments in courts, Congress, federal agencies, state legislatures, industry, and environmental organizations.
  • Environment & Safety Library: This database combines continuously updated compliance tools with a research collection of federal and state laws, regulations, and documents.
  • Health Law Reporter: Weekly publication with online issues going back to February of 1996. It covers legal developments that influence the health care industry, including new cases, federal and state legislation, rules from federal regulators, and enforcement trends.
Access these databases from the BNA link on the library's home page. Off-campus access to BNA databases is available to students, faculty & staff of the College of Law; contact a librarian for details.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Revised College of Law Mission Statement Published

The College of Law's revised Mission Statement, approved at the faculty meeting of October 8, 2009, is now posted on the Web site at http://law.niu.edu/law/aboutus/mission.shtml. You can also read the Mission Statement by going to the College of Law home page, clicking on "About the College of Law" in the left hand column, and selecting "Mission."

Themis Bar Review Table, Oct. 26

Themis Bar Review table will be in the Marshall Gallery on Monday, October 26th, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Stop by get some free candy and information about our FREE REVIEW online 1L Final Exam Review Lectures and FREE November MPRE Review Course. Students who enroll Monday in the MPRE course may pick up their MPRE book at the table and get started immediately!

Reminder: "Shining the Light on Domestic Violence," Oct. 27

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. With this in mind, please help us continue raising awareness about the problem of domestic violence by attending “Shining the Light on Domestic Violence,” sponsored by the 17th Judicial Circuit Court Family Violence Coordinating Council to be held on October 27, 2009 from 5:30—6:15 p.m. at the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic, 319 W. State Street, Rockford, IL.

For more information, see http://law.niu.edu/law/clinic/SLODVFlyer09.pdf.

Springfield Alumni Reception, Oct. 28

Please join hosts Honorable Rudolph M. Braud, Jr. ('96) and Senator Toi W. Hutchinson in welcoming Dean Jennifer Rosato to the College of Law.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Sebastian's
221 South 5th Street, Springfield, Illinois

For more information & to RSVP, see http://law.niu.edu/law/calendar/events/springfield_reception_oct09.shtml.

BARBRI Table, Oct. 29; Enrollment Deadlines Nov. 1

The BARBRI Table will be in the Marshall Gallery 11:00-2:00 p.m. on Thurs., Oct. 29.

Important deadlines: 1Ls, you have until November 1, 2009 to enroll for $100 to start locking in the current tuition rate. 2Ls, you have until November 1, 2009 to bring your balances up to $250 to lock in last year’s tuition rate. With either your enrollment or tuition payment, you will receive the supplemental outline, access to online tutorials, and end of semester substantive course review and bonus…we are also giving out cupcakes. Happy Halloween!

Delta Initiation Ceremony & Reception, Oct. 29

The Delta Theta Phi Initiation Ceremony will be held Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. at the DeKalb County Courthouse in Sycamore. A reception will follow at ZaZa’s at 7:45 p.m. Both events are open to all members.

Monday, October 19, 2009

"Injustices in American Criminal Justice," Mon. Oct. 19 @ noon

Law, Crime and Social Justice Brownbag Series:

Injustices in American Criminal Justice

Mon., Oct. 19, 12 noon to 1 pm
Swen Parson Room 170
NIU College of Law

Presenters:
Michael Campbell, Department of Sociology
Title: “Whose Criminal Justice Policy is it anyway? How structural inequality and political participation helped shape anti-crime policies in Texas”

Lorraine Schmall, College of Law
Title: “Women on the Row- (unequal) justice?”

Discussant:
Tom Arado, Staff Attorney for the Illinois State's Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor, Third District Office (Ottawa, IL), Instructor NIU Department of Political Science

Friday, October 16, 2009

Deadline for Registering for BLSA Trip to Springfield is Oct. 20

On October 28th, 2009, the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) will be sponsoring an all day trip to Springfield, IL to see the Illinois Senate during their Fall Veto Session. Following the visit to the Capitol, there will be a reception with some of NIU's distinguished alums and members of the legislature. Although this event will be an all-day affair, leaving NIU at 8:00am and returning around 11:00pm, this trip provides a wonderful opportunity to see the legislature in action and network in our state capital.

While this event is cost-free for College of Law students, transportation is limited to the first 20 students that sign up. Be mindful that the decision to excuse students will be up to the individual professor, thus it is up to you to discuss with your professor. If you would like to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity, email Ashley Jenkins at ashley.s.jenkins@gmail.com before Tuesday, October 20th at 4:00 p.m. to reserve your seat. If you have any questions, feel free to forward those as well.

Kaplan PMBR Student Appreciation Day, Tues. Oct. 20

Kaplan PMBR will be in the Marshall Gallery on Tuesday, October 20th from 11:00-2:00 p.m. It is Kaplan PMBR STUDENT APPRECIATION DAY! Pizza and soda will be at the table at 12:15—stop by and get some lunch! Get your questions answered about Kaplan PMBR. Special Promotions: Last day for 1 & 2Ls to pay $50 deposits to lock-in your tuition rates. Pick up your Success Kit on Tuesday! Spring Grads, pay your $200 deposit at the table on Tuesday for our Illinois Complete Course ($2,430) and get entered to win $250 off your course. Additionally, Kaplan PMBR will honor competitor deposits up to $250! Enroll for our FREE Online MPRE Course and pick up your substantive outline book! Available NOW at www.kaplanpmbr.com. Additional prizes and drawings at the table!

Christian Legal Society Bible Study, Wed., Oct. 21

The Christian Legal Society will hold a Bible study on Wednesday, October 21, at 12:00 noon in Room #187. Jeff Ammons will lead the study on the book of Job. All are welcome.

Reminder: DuPage County Reception, Wed. Oct. 21

Wednesday, October 21, 2009, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Maggiano’s, 1847 Freedom Drive, Naperville, IL

Please RSVP to Melody at mmitchell@niu.edu or 753-9655

Themis Bar Review, Thurs. Oct. 22

Stop by the Themis Bar Review table in the Marshall Gallery on Thursday, October 22. Themis will be set up from 11:00-2:00 p.m. Make sure to pick up information about our free 1L Final Exam Review Lectures and November MPRE Review. Students who enroll Thursday in the MPRE Review may pick up their MPRE book at the Themis Table.

Save the Date: GSA Presents Diane Schroer, Mon. Nov. 16

The Gay-Straight Alliance will present a special guest speaker event: Diane Schroer, on Monday, November 16. Diane was born David Schroer. A highly-decorated Army Colonel, David retired and began transitioning to Diane after 25 years of serving our country. When offered a job as terrorism research analyst at the Library of Congress, the offer was rescinded because she was in the process of gender transition. The ACLU represented Diane in a Title VII sex discrimination lawsuit against the Library of Congress. In Schroer v. Billington, a groundbreaking 2008 decision, a federal district judge held that discriminating against someone for changing genders is sex discrimination under federal law. Diane and her attorney will be here to tell us her story.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

PAD Announces Volunteers Needed for TAILS Fundraising - Deadline Thurs. Oct. 15

Phi Alpha Delta is happy to present a volunteer opportunity to help our furry friends:

TAILS (Taking Animals Into Loving Shelter) Humane Society is a local animal shelter that will be raising money via intersection collection and store front solicitation this Friday and Saturday! If you would be willing to give either a half or entire day (8 am - 6 pm) to assist in this much-needed fundraiser, please contact either Sharon Farley, TAILS' Cofounder, or Jamie Esser, PAD Clerk, for details at the numbers below. Please notify one of the below contacts if you are interested by Thursday, October 15 so that we can have an even number of volunteers at each intersection. If you can only solicit for a short period, that is appreciated as well.

Sharon Farley: 815-757-1091 or helpashelter@comcast.net
Jamie Esser: 262-424-3516 or JamieEsser@gmail.com

FYI: There are 3 predetermined intersections in Sycamore and DeKalb where you would stand with your dog or cat, collection gallon milk jug, and a big smile, handing donors a mint in return for their donation. There are also various storefronts in DeKalb and Sycamore (also Brown's in Genoa) that will need volunteers to stand in entrances and, again, hold out the jug, smile big, let them pet your shelter pup that you may have at your side (sporting an "Adopt Me" bandana), and give them a TAILS logo mint in return. Yes, you get to have your own pup to help with the donations! (But not at busy intersections).

AGAIN, SORRY FOR THE LAST MINUTE PLEA BUT OUR FURRY FRIENDS NEED ALL THE ASSISTANCE YOU CAN POSSIBLY GIVE. Thank you in advance for your much needed and much appreciated support.

Monday, October 12, 2009

LLSA Presents "The Roots of Migration" Mon. Oct. 12

Join the Latino/A Law Student Association, Women on the Border, and People Made Visible for a screening of The Roots of Migration, a film produced by Witness for Peace. Faces, Stories, Facts – a chronicle of one delegation’s exposure to the reality of economic injustice. Discussion of NAFTA to follow. Take part in International Trade Action Day. Learn about the effects of free trade and its connections to migration. Refreshments will be provided and the event is free.

Important Deadline for December 2009 Graduates is Oct. 15

3Ls: If you are planning on graduating in December, 2009, please speak with Dean Mandell. Also, please stop by Budget & Records and complete a Statement of Candidacy for Degree by 10/15/09.

ILS Oktoberfest, Thurs. Oct. 15

The International Law Society will hold its annual Oktoberfest on Thursday, October 15, starting at 4:30 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Come join us for food, beer, music and more. A bags tournament will also be held! Tickets will be $5 for food and drinks, $5 for beer and $8 for food, drinks and beer. Tickets can be purchased from members in advance for an additional $1 off. Ticket sales start Monday, Oct. 12.

Save the Date: DuPage County Alumni Reception Oct. 21

Wednesday, October 21, 2009, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Maggiano’s, 1847 Freedom Drive, Naperville, IL

Please RSVP to Melody at mmitchell@niu.edu or 753-9655

Save the Date: "Shining the Light on Domestic Violence" Oct. 27

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. With this in mind, please help us continue raising awareness about the problem of domestic violence by attending "Shining the Light on Domestic Violence," sponsored by the 17th Judicial Circuit Court Family Violence Coordinating Council on October 27, 2009 from 5:30—6:15 p.m. at the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic, 319 W. State Street, Rockford, IL.
For more information, see http://law.niu.edu/law/clinic/SLODVFlyer09.pdf.

Save the Date: Moot Court Society Meeting for 2Ls, Wed. Nov. 4

ATTENTION ALL 2LS: The Moot Court Society invites you to an information meeting on Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 12:00 p.m. in the Riley Court Room. We will be kicking off this year’s 28th Annual Prize Moot Court Competition with an informational session. The competition is a spring semester event, but this meeting will fill you in on everything you need to know about scheduling and planning next year. We will also discuss what you can expect from the competition. The Internal Moot Court Competition provides a valuable law school experience and an opportunity to improve your Appellate Advocacy skills. Free pizza and drinks will be provided! See you all there!
-- Tom Chan, Chief Justice of the Moot Court Society.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Attorney Richard Andrews to Speak About PATCO Strike, Oct. 8

Attorney Richard Andrews, a former air traffic controller and current lawyer with the National Labor Relations Board, will give a public talk at 1 p.m. on Thursday, October 8, at the Northern Illinois University College of Law in Room 187, Swen Parson Hall. Andrews will speak to students about the historic significance and personal losses of the ill-fated nationwide strike by air traffic controllers that took place on Monday, August 3, 1981.

Andrews, a named plaintiff in the PATCO litigation, also serves as president of the Village of Indian Head Park, Illinois. He is a graduate of IIT-Chicago Kent School of Law. The presentation is free and open to all to learn more about this part of U.S. labor history.

For more information, see http://law.niu.edu/law/calendar/releases/archive/2009/andrews_richard.shtml or contact Professor Lorraine Schmall, (815) 753-0480 / lschmall@niu.edu.

Friday, October 2, 2009

International Moot Court Team Advances to Quarter Finals

The NIU team competing at the John Marshall International Moot Court Competition in Information Technology and Privacy Law beat the John Marshall team and the University of Wisconsin on October 2, to advance to the round of 16. In the round of 16 on October 3, NIU beat South Texas to advance to the Quarter Final against Texas Weslyan. As of the Docket printing, NIU is preparing for the Quarter Final Round!

Reminder: 1L Section Meetings, Mon. Oct. 5

Dean Rosato, Dean Gaebler, and Dean Mandell will be holding a meeting for each 1L Section:
  • Section 1 will meet on Monday, October 5, at 10:00 a.m. in Room 186.
  • Section 2 will meet on Monday, October 5, at 2:00 p.m. in Room 188.
Please inform Dean Rosato (jrosato@niu.edu) of any issues you would like the Deans to discuss.

CLS Hosts "God's Place in Public Schools," Tues., Oct. 6

The Christian Legal Society will be hosting a discussion “God’s Place in Public Schools” on Tuesday, October 6, at 4:00 p.m. in Room, #170. Professor Cordes will be leading the discussion, which will address Supreme Court jurisprudence on the issue of whether religious activities may take place in public schools, included but not limited to Milford Central School vs. Good News Club. All are encouraged to attend.

2nd Amendment Society Meeting, Wed. Oct. 7

The Second Amendment Society will be having a meeting on Wednesday, October 7 in Room 290C at 12:00 noon. The topic of discussion will be this year’s activities and events. All are welcome to attend.

ELS Meeting/Lunch Wed. Oct. 7

Please join the Environmental Law Society on October 7th at noon in Room 170 for lunch with Professor Brendon Swedlow, an Assistant Professor and renowned scholar of Environmental Science and Risk Regulation. He will discuss his upcoming seminar on Environmental Policy and the fields of Environmental Law in which future lawyers could potentially practice. There will be free food and drinks.

ILS Octoberfest Tickets go on Sale Wed. Oct. 7

The International Law Society will hold its annual Oktoberfest on Thursday, October 15, starting at 4:30 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Come join us for food, beer, music and more. A bags tournament will also be held! Tickets will be $5 for food and drinks, $5 for beer and $8 for food, drinks and beer. Tickets can be purchased from members in advance for an additional $1 off. Tickets are available for purchase beginning Wednesday, October 7th

Kaplan Bar Exam Information Session, Tues. Oct. 6

Kaplan PMBR will hold a Bar Exam Information session on Tuesday, October 6th from 12:00- 1:00 p.m. in Room #188. LUNCH PROVIDED! Learn bar exam basics—what you need to know! How is Kaplan PMBR different than the competition AND why you should take it! 3Ls, come pick up your FREE substantive outline book for the MPRE and get your online course activated—available NOW! 1 & 2Ls, pay $50 to lock-in your rates and get study aids for your courses NOW. Success Kits will be available for pick-up on Tuesday at the info session. Hope to see you on Tuesday!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Monday, September 28, 2009

Moot Court Oral Arguments, Tues. Sept. 29

Please join us in helping to prepare NIU’s Moot Court Team for their upcoming external competition at the John Marshall Law School, noon-1:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom Room, room #170.

Christian Legal Society Meeting, Wed. Sept. 30

The Christian Legal Society Meeting will be in Room #187 at 12:00 noon.

Reminder: Faculty Roast & Homecoming Activities This Weekend

RELS Bake Sale, Tues. - Wed. Sept. 29-30

The Real Estate Law Society is having a bake sale in the Marshall Gallery from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 29th and Wednesday, September 30th.

Kaplan PMBR Table, Tues. Sept. 29, 11 a.m.—2 p.m.

Get our 1L or 2L Success Package for $50—that’s 50% off our regular price of $100. Hurry! This offer is valid through Wednesday, October 14th. Your $50 deposit will lock in your tuition rates and get you study aids for your classes now. Get a substantive outline book with multiple-choice questions and MP3 lectures of all your core classes. You can take advantage of this offer online until September 30th by entering promo code SUCCESS09 at check-out. Try our FREE Civ Pro Qbank at www.kaplanpmbr.com. FREE Online MPRE Course available NOW! No deposit required or strings attached! Enroll at www.kaplanpmbr.com.

Themis Bar Review Announcements

Stop by the Themis Bar Review table in the Marshall Gallery and find out about the most effective bar review available at an affordable price. Themis is the only review course to offer enrollment with NO money down to lock-in a $1395 price for any exam jurisdiction where Themis is available. Once you create an account, Themis provides access to free study resources and benefits in an easy-to-use online format that maximizes flexibility, convenience, and unparalleled personal service. Fall 2009 FREE benefits include:
  • 1Ls: Final Exam Review lectures that provide guidance in preparation for your final exams.
  • 3Ls: Sign up Tuesday for a November MPRE Review course offered by Themis. Access available beginning October 5 and Directed Study begins October 24.

PILS Open Meeting, Thurs. Oct. 1

PILS will be having a meeting open to the entire student body at noon on Thursday, October 1, in Room #170 to kick off raffle ticket sales! We will be discussing the details of the raffle including how it is going to run this year, specifics on all the prizes, how the drawing will work, how to get tickets, who to turn them in to and many other important details. Be prepared to kick off this year’s raffle and starting earning money for the coming summer stipends. Hope to see everyone there!

Town Hall Meeting, Thurs. Oct. 1

Dean Rosato, Dean Gaebler, and Dean Mandell will be holding an open "Town Hall" forum for all students on Thursday, October 1, at 2:15 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom (Room 170). Please inform Dean Rosato (jrosato@niu.edu) of any issues you would like the Deans to discuss.

Reminder: Emergency Text Messaging System Available

In the event of an emergency, the NIU Alert System enables the university to send a text message alert to your cell phone. This system will only be used in the event of an imminent and verifiable danger or threat affecting the general campus population. If you would like to sign up for this service, please visit the web site:
http://www.niu.edu/alert/
.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Save the Dates: Town Hall Meeting & 1L Section Meetings, Thurs. Oct. 1 & Mon. Oct. 5

Dean Rosato, Dean Gaebler, and Dean Mandell will be holding an open forum for all students and an additional meeting for each 1L Section.

The Town Hall Meeting for all students will be on Thursday, October 1, at 2:15 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom (Room 170).

1L Section Meetings: Section 1 will meet on Monday, October 5, at 10:00 a.m. in Room 186. Section 2 will also meet on Monday, October 5, at 2:00 p.m. in Room 188.

Please inform Dean Rosato (jrosato@niu.edu) of any issues you would like the Deans to discuss.

Peoria Alumni Reception, Mon., Sept. 21

Monday, September 21, 2009, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Jim’s Steakhouse
110 S. Jefferson, Peoria, IL

Lake & McHenry County Alumni Reception, Wed., Sept. 23

Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Stevens Riverside Plaza
Rt. 21 Milwaukee Avenue, Gurnee, IL

Christian Legal Society Meeting, Wed. Sept. 23

The Christian Legal Society Meeting will be Room #187 at 12:00 noon on Wed. Sept. 23.

Street Law Meeting, Wed. Sept. 23

The Street Law student organization will hold a meeting at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, September 23, in Room #173.

Reminder: Law, Crime & Social Justice Brown Bag, Wed. Sept. 23

Professor Arriola will serve as chair/discussant of an interdisciplinary panel in the inaugural session of the Law, Crime and Social Justice Brown Bag Series which has been organized by Visiting Professor Gwen Jordan in the Department of Sociology. The event will take place on Wednesday, September 23, in room #170 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. (An alternative date will be set if the SMART facilities are not working.)

This program brings together people working on socio-legal issues and provides a forum for faculty, law and graduate students to present works in progress and stimulate discussion.

The panel on September 23 includes Assistant Professor of Sociology Keri Burchfield, presenting on the paper “Not in my Neighborhood: Assessing Registered Sex Offenders’ Experiences with Local Social Capital and Social Control” and Melissa Hayes, a legal history graduate from University of Wisconsin presenting on regulation of rural sexual practices in the countryside in the 19th Century. Melissa’s paper is entitled “Those who are not Maidens: Sex in the Countryside.”

Kaplan Announcements for 1Ls & 2Ls

1 & 2Ls: Freeze your Kaplan PMBR prices with a limited time offer of $50. Do this with a Kaplan PMBR student rep or at the KPMBR table. Get MP3 lectures and a substantive outline book covering your core courses this year. 1Ls, try the FREE Civ Pro Qbank at www.kaplanpmbr.com. Test what you know in Civ Pro.

Kaplan Looking for 1L Student Reps

Kaplan PMBR is looking for social and responsible 1Ls to be student reps. Please send a resume to Amanda Sloniker at missmanda2@comcast.net.

Kaplan MPRE Online Review Course

3Ls: Are you taking the MPRE on November 7th? Take Kaplan PMBR’s FREE Online MPRE Review Course! No deposit required. Enroll today at www.kaplanpmbr.com. It is available NOW. Make sure to check out Kaplan PMBR’s Illinois Complete Course priced at $2430 until November 13th. KPMBR will honor other company deposits up to $250. Freeze your Kaplan PMBR prices with a $200 deposit.

Attention Scholarship Recipients, Research Assistants and Graduate Assistants

Please note that tuition waivers are taken into account for your student loan eligibility. For example, if you receive a full in-state tuition waiver of $12,504 that amount is subtracted from your cost of attendance of $30,260 for in-state tuition. Therefore, you are only eligible to obtain student loans for approximately $17,756 for the year. If you have additional questions regarding your financial aid eligibility, please feel free to stop by the Office of Admission & Financial Aid, Room 151.

Have You Received Your Student Loan Funds Refund?

If you have not received a refund of your student loan funds, make sure that you completed the online entrance counseling and electronically signed the master promissory note available on the main university Student Financial Aid Office website http://www.niu.edu/fa/forms/index.shtml.

FAFSA Application Reminder

The FAFSA application should be completed by the priority deadline of March 1 every year before the fall semester that you need Direct Stafford Student Loans. The current 2009-2010 cost of attendance budget for the law school for student loan eligibility purposes is $30,260 for in-state tuition and $42,764 for out-of-state tuition. Direct Stafford Student Loans are guaranteed for $20,500, the remainder of the cost of attendance may be borrowed with a Direct Graduate Plus Loan. If you still need to request student loans above the guaranteed Direct Stafford Loans of $20,500, the Direct Graduate Plus Loan Application Form is available at http://www.niu.edu/fa/forms/index.shtml.

Student Ambassadors Needed for Sept. 26 Open House

Volunteers are needed for an upcoming Open House on Saturday, September 26, 2009. Those who have signed up to be student ambassadors and are willing to help that day should contact Sean Hamidi at hamidisean@gmail.com.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Save the Date: Upcoming Alumni Receptions

Peoria Alumni Reception, Monday, September 21, 2009, 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Jim’s Steakhouse, 110 SW Jefferson Peoria, IL

Lake & McHenry County Alumni Reception, Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Stevens Riverside Plaza, Rt. 21 Milwaukee Avenue, Gurnee, Illinois

Wisconsin Alumni Reception, Tuesday, October 6, 2009, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, One South Pinckney Street, Suite 700, Madison, WI

Hispanic Heritage Month Alumni Reception

Join the Latino Law Student Association in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and welcoming Dean Jennifer Rosato. Be sure to bring your business cards to network with NIU alumni and other attorneys at the reception at Gil & Cruz Law Firm, Aurora, IL on Thursday, Sept. 17 at 6:00 p.m.

Illinois Legal Aid Online Representative On Campus

Attention all students: A representative from Illinois Legal Aid Online will speak to students on Wednesday, September 16th at noon in the Riley Auditorium. Students will hear about: 1) The LiveHelp Project – an instant messaging tool that allows individuals looking for legal information and resources on-line to ask a remotely located operator (i.e., law students) for help in finding that information; and 2) The website maintained by Legal Aid Online which provides law students information on legal pro bono opportunities throughout Illinois.

Real Estate Law Society Meeting

The Real Estate Law Society will be holding an informational meeting on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at noon in Room #155 (Chessick Court Room). All current and prospective members are encouraged to attend.

Christian Legal Society Meeting

The Christian Legal Society will meet Wednesday, September 16 at noon in Room #187. All are welcome!

H1N1 Flu Virus

The College of Law recommends that all students and staff take sufficient precautions to protect themselves from contracting and spreading any flu-type symptoms in our community. Should any member have any flu-type illness, please inform the Dean’s Office and stay home until you are symptom-free. Faculty will be notified of your absence and your absence will not be considered in the number of absences permitted for the semester. For H1N1 absences, you will not be required to obtain a doctor’s note to be excused. For additional information regarding H1N1, see http://www.niu.edu/flu/index.shtml.

Laptop Exams Approved

The Faculty of the College of Law has approved the use of laptop computers for all non-multiple choice and non-take home exams beginning in the Fall of 2009 exam period.

Upcoming Town Hall Meeting and 1L Section Meetings

Dean Rosato, Dean Gaebler, and Dean Mandell will be holding an open forum for all students and an additional meeting for each 1L Section in the near future. We will inform you of the dates as soon as they are available. Please inform Dean Rosato (jrosato@niu.edu) of any issues you would like the Deans to discuss.

Research Assistant Position Available

Dean Rosato is seeking a research assistant for 10 hours per week for the 2009-2010 academic year. A 2L or 3L student is needed to assist Dean Rosato on special projects relating to legal education, the legal profession, and health law. Strong research and writing skills are desired. Interested students should send a resume and cover letter to Tita Kaus, Administrator, Office of the Dean, Swen Parson Hall, Room 270. The submission must be received before September 21, 2009.

Inaugural Faculty Roast - Friday, Oct. 2

The NIU Student Bar Association announces their Inaugural Faculty Roast to be held on the evening of Friday, October 2. Cash bar and hors d’oeuvres will start at 5:30 p.m. and the roast will be at 7:00 p.m. The event will take place in the Regency Room in the HSC. There is no need for you to worry because Professor Dan Reynolds has already agreed to be roasted. We are inviting students, alumni, and members of the NIU community to join us for this event. As an added bonus, Dean Rosato and Professor Reynolds have agreed to host a free CLE lecture earlier on the same date. I hope that you will join us for the roast and that you will pass the information on to anyone who you think will be interested. For tickets and/or more details see http://law.niu.edu/law/calendar/events/reynolds_roast.shtml or contact Eric Johnson, President, NIU SBA or email the SBA at SBA@niu.edu.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Law Library Candidates on Campus Sept. 8 - 15

Candidates for the Law Library’s vacant research and instructional services position will be visiting the campus between September 8 and 15. Major duties of the position are to provide reference service, offer legal research instruction, and provide support to faculty and students in their research and in their use of educational technology. If you would like to meet the candidates, please contact Professor Clarke in the Law Library to obtain candidate resumes and to see a list of available meeting dates and times.

Delta Theta Phi 2nd Annual Labor Day BBQ

Delta Theta Phi welcomes students and faculty to its 2nd Annual Labor Day BBQ with the French students. The event will take place on Monday, September 7th at 5:00 p.m. at 502 West Lincoln Highway. There is parking across the street next to the Lagoon. Food and beer will be provided. The event is FREE for members and $5 for non-members. Applications will be accepted at the BBQ for the Delta discount.

Christian Legal Society Meeting

The Christian Legal Society will meet Wednesday, September 9 at noon in Room #187. All are welcome!

Law, Crime & Social Justice Brownbag Series Sept. 23

Professor Arriola will serve as chair/discussant of an interdisciplinary panel in the fall’s brownbag series on Law, Crime and Social Justice which has been organized by Visiting Professor Gwen Jordan in the Department of Sociology. The event will take place on Wednesday, September 23rd, in room #170 from 12:00–1:00 p.m. (An alternative date will be set if the SMART facilities are not working.) This program brings together people working on socio-legal issues and provides a forum for faculty, law and graduate students to present works in progress and stimulate discussion.

The panel on September 23rd includes Assistant Professor of Sociology Keri Burchfield, presenting on the paper “Not in my Neighborhood: Assessing Registered Sex Offenders’ Experiences with Local Social Capital and Social Control” and Melissa Hayes, a legal history graduate from University of Wisconsin presenting on regulation of rural sexual practices in the countryside in the 19th century. Melissa’s paper is entitled “Those who are not Maidens: Sex in the Countryside.”

Friday, August 28, 2009

The French Are Here!

This summer 24 NIU COL students attended the 14th year of the College of Law Summer Program in Agen, France, hosted by the Universit√© Montesquieu-Bordeaux IV. This fall the College of Law is hosting a group of French law students from Bordeaux IV and the Centre Universitaire d’Agen here in DeKalb for a three week Introduction to the American Legal System. The French students will be here until Thursday, September 10. Their program will consist of a series of lectures and visits to courts and other legal institutions. Their base here in the COL will be the Chessick Courtroom. Please greet them when you see them around the law school. They are all eager to meet and get to know American law students. If you have any questions or want more information about the program, contact either Dean Gaebler or Professor Reynolds.

Trial Ad Society Meeting Aug. 31

Trial Ad will be having a meeting on Monday, August 31 in the Riley Courtroom at 12:00 noon. Anyone interested in participating, 1L, 2L or 3Ls, are welcome. There are no prerequisites for membership, and students can do both Moot Court and Mock Trial.

Street Law Informational Meeting & Lunch Sept. 1

Street Law will be holding an informational meeting on Tuesday, September 1, at noon in the Riley Court Room. Are you interested in helping the community by teaching important legal concepts? Come to our informational meeting and learn what Street Law is all about! Lunch will be provided.

Christian Legal Society Meeting Sept. 2

The Christian Legal Society will meet Wednesday, September 2 at noon in Room #187. All are welcome!

Reminders: Check your MyNIU & NIU e-mail accounts

All Law Students: Please check your MyNIU record and verify that you are registered in the correct classes, check for any negative indicators, etc. If you have questions, please email Diana at dramp@niu.edu or Robin Boyes at rboyes@niu.edu, or stop in the Office of Budget and Records, room #276.
Reminder: the NIU z-email address is the official email. Please check it frequently to ensure receipt of all official notices, especially if you have forwarded the z-email to another address. Communications do not always forward as expected and can be lost, dumped into trash or blocked as spam.

Locker tags due by Sept. 4

1Ls, 2Ls and 3Ls: Make sure you have filled out your locker tag and turned it into room #276 by September 4th to avoid your lock being cut off. Locks will be cut off in the near future.

1Ls: Transcripts Required

All 1Ls: An official transcript from your undergraduate college showing your degree must be on file in the Office of Budget & Records. This needs to be done before the end of Fall 2009 semester. Your Official Transcript should be sent to: Northern Illinois University College of Law, Office of Budget and Records, Room #276, DeKalb, IL 60115.

Chicago Alumni Reception September 16

Chicago Alumni Reception hosted by Northern Illinois University College of Law, Alderman Robert W. Fioretti (‘78), John B. Lower (‘81), and Alderman Howard B. Brookins, Jr. (‘88):

Wednesday, September 16, 2009
5:30–7:30
Fioretti & Lower, Ltd.
222 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 1550
Chicago, IL

Must bring valid photo ID to enter the building. Complimentary Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres. R.S.V.P. by September 9 (815) 753-9655 or lawevents@niu.edu.

Library Computer Lab Closures for Fall 2009

The computer lab in the law library will be closed on the following days and times for the weeks listed:

During the weeks of:
  • September 14th
  • September 28th
  • October 12th
  • October 26th
The lab will be closed:
  • Mondays: 10:00-10:50 a.m. and 2:00-2:50 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: 9:00-9:50 a.m.; 2:00-2:50 p.m.; 3:00-3:50 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: 9:00-9:50 a.m.; 10:00-10:50 a.m.; 2:00-2:50 p.m.

Kaplan PMBR on site Tues. Sept. 1

KAPLAN PMBR will have a table in the Marshall Gallery on Tuesday, September 1, from 11:00–2:00. Please stop by to get some goodies!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Update on School Supply Drive

The Delta School Supply Drive ends tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 27th. If you have signed up for supplies, please drop them in one of the donation boxes either in the Marshall Gallery, library, or by the writing instructors' offices by 3 p.m.

Delta is also taking donations for purchasing remaining supplies. Donations can be placed in either Kristen Shaffer or Erica Balkum's mailbox, tomorrow by 3 p.m. Checks can be made payable to Delta Theta Phi. Board members will also accept donations tomorrow.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Change of Location for Dean's Picnic

The Annual Dean’s Picnic will be held on Thursday, August 27th at 4:00 p.m. at the Davis Fountain Area behind Swen Parson. PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF LOCATION. The rain location will be the Marshall Gallery.

The French Are Coming! The French Are Coming!

This summer 24 NIU COL students attended the 14th year of the College of Law Summer Program in Agen, France, hosted by the Universit√© Montesquieu-Bordeaux IV. This fall the College of Law will, for the 3rd year, host a group of French law students from Bordeaux IV and the Centre Universitaire d’Agen here in DeKalb for a three week Introduction to the American Legal System. The French students will be arriving on Friday, August 21, and will be here until Thursday, September 10. Their program will consist of a series of lectures and visits to courts and other legal institutions. Their base here in the COL will be the Chessick Courtroom. Please greet them when you see them around the law school. They are all eager to meet and get to know American law students. If you have any questions or want more information about the program, contact either Dean Gaebler or Professor Reynolds.

Reception for French Law Students

The COL International Law Society will host a wine and cheese reception for the visiting French law students on Wednesday, August 26, in the Marshall Gallery from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. Please stop by and greet our visitors.

International Law Society Meeting

The International Law Society will hold the first meeting of the year on Wednesday, August 26th at noon in Room #173. Plans for the year and events with the French students will be discussed. Elections will be scheduled.

Christian Legal Society Meeting

The Christian Legal Society will meet Wednesdays starting August 26 at noon in Room #187. 1Ls are especially encouraged to attend the first meeting, as we will be electing our 1L representative.

Delta Theta Phi School Supply Drive

Delta Theta Phi is kicking off its annual School Supply Drive Thursday, August 20th and
THETA will run through Thursday, August 27th. We are collecting school supplies for students, kindergarten through fifth grade, who cannot afford them at Littlejohn Elementary School and Jefferson Elementary School in DeKalb.

The sign up sheets will be passed around in classes and will also be placed in the glass case. Boxes for donations will be located in the library and the table across from the glass case by the legal writing professors’ offices.

Kaplan PMBR Update

Kaplan PMBR welcomes back students and new 1Ls! Please make sure to stop by the Kaplan PMBR table on Student Organization day this week on Tuesday, August 25th from 11:00–1:00. Here are some of our NEW offerings this year:
  • Want a chance to win $25,000? Stop by the table to enter to win or go to www.kaplanpmbr.com to enter.
  • 3Ls: Kaplan PMBR now offers full bar exam coverage for 19 states including ILLINOIS. Our LIVE course will run in Chicago for the February bar exam. Studying in DeKalb? KPMBR offers FREE ONLINE access to course lectures and materials–no commuting at all.
  • 1Ls: Try our FREE Civil Procedure Qbank at www.kaplanpmbr.com -- 100 customizable, multiple-choice questions available.
  • Free ONLINE MPRE Course available NOW if you are taking the November MPRE. No deposit is necessary. Enroll at www.kaplanpmbr.com.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

First Year Schedule Block Updated

This version now includes all Legal Research workshops: http://law.niu.edu/law/academic/first_year/FirstyrBlkF09.pdf

Gender and the Constitution class - more students wanted

A regular course meeting Mondays & Thursdays from noon to 1:15 p.m. and taught by Professor Arriola needs more students!

Expand your thinking about the drafting of constitutions, about how gender attitudes affect notions of equity and agency in constitutional design, how gender is thought of in the constitutional drafting processes of other countries, about the role that gender has played in movements to expand rights for marriage, etc.

To sign up contact Diana Grace (dramp@niu.edu) or Associate Dean David Gaebler or Professor Arriola (earriola@niu.edu).

Friday, August 14, 2009

Save the Date: Dean's Picnic

The Annual Dean’s Picnic will be held on Thursday, August 27th at 4:00 p.m. at the Oderkirk Property on Annie Glidden Road, next to Annie G’s Restaurant.

Activities Information Fair

An activities information program will be held on Tuesday, August 25, in the Marshall Gallery at 10:00 a.m. The fair will give you the opportunity to explore the student organizations and speak with their representatives.

Welcome Back from Career Opportunities

Welcome everyone. Stop by the Career Opportunities Office, Room 280, and meet the Director, Greg Anderson and Staff Secretary, Monica Jinks. This year's graduate assistants are: Josh Ladwig 2L and Patrick Jesse 3L.

As a 1L, you will be assigned a mandatory orientation time, based on your class schedule, to familiarize you with our resources and services. We look forward to meeting each one of you.

The Career Opportunities Office also publishes "The Career Corner," a weekly listing of jobs, career advice and opportunities for networking. This arrives in your mailbox usually Monday or Tuesday mornings, depending on when it goes to print.

Welcome Back from the Alumni Office

Welcome back! We have an exciting year of events and receptions planned, and we hope to see you at some of them. These events are great networking opportunities with our graduates and other professionals, plus there's free food and drinks. We can assist with transportation for students as needed.

Please feel free to stop by our offices if you have any questions or just to say “hello.” Melody Mitchell, the director of Alumni Events and Public Relations, is in Room #285; graduate assistants Kellie Owens and Katie Becker are in Room #276.

Reminder to 1Ls: Please complete and return your Publicity Release Forms to the Office of Admission and Financial Aid.

Take a break from your studies and join us in the NIU Homecoming Celebration. We will host a tailgate party at the College of Law tent over in Alumni Village near the stadium with free food and beverages. You may also purchase game tickets from us if you would like to sit in the “College of Law Section” on the stadium’s West Side (free seating for students is on the East Side).

Saturday, October 3
Homecoming & NIU Law Tailgating
Western Michigan vs. NIU
Game time: 2:30 p.m.

Scholarships and Writing Competitions

Beginning the week of August 24, 2009, look to The Docket for news on upcoming deadlines for writing competitions and scholarships available to current law students.

In-State Residency Requirements

If you are planning to apply for in-state tuition rates for the Spring 2010 semester, Illinois residency must have been established by July 11, 2009. Please process the necessary documents by the deadline of February 11, 2010. Residency petitions, requirements and additional information is available at: http://www.reg.niu.edu/regrec/residency/index.shtml.

Student Loans

If you still need to request student loans above the guaranteed Direct Stafford Loans of $20,500, the Direct Graduate Plus Loan Application Form is available on the main university Student Financial Aid Office website: http://www.niu.edu/fa/forms/index.shtml.

Student Ambassadors Wanted

Law students wanting to assist the Office of Admission with recruitment for on-campus activities such as Friday Class Visit Days or Saturday Open Houses are asked to complete the Student Ambassador form by September 4, 2009. We will be holding an informational meeting on Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at noon in the Chessick Courtroom, room 155. Lunch will be provided.

Web Updates for Student Organizations

Please send any updates to your organization’s Web page, including officer changes, to Sharon L. Nelson, Interim COL Webmaster, in the Library; slnelson@niu.edu or 753-2021. If your organization does not currently have a web page on the COL web site, we’d like to have your group represented! Contact Sharon for details.

ELS Book Sale

The Environmental Law Society Book Sale– Buy your textbooks online from other NIU-COL students on our message board at http://www.niuels.proboards.com. Posting books for sale is a $5 charge (refundable if you don’t sell any). Contact any ELS officer for more information.

2009 Student Handbook Available

The new 2009 Student Handbook is available on the College of Law Web site. Please take time to familiarize yourself with the Handbook, as it contains current College of Law policies and procedures, and helpful information about the school. The link is http://law.niu.edu/law/academic/2009StudentHandbook.pdf. Hard copies are also available outside of Dean Mandell’s Office or in 172A.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Online Catalog Reverting to Previous Version

Due to ongoing performance and connectivity problems with the new version of the online catalog installed in June, the CARLI consortium will re-install the previous version during the early morning hours of Friday, August 14. The alternative "VuFind" interface to the catalog is not affected by this change.

LAW 686: Immigration Law (Kinnally)

For class on Tuesday/Thursday please read the materials for the first week as outlined in the Syllabus.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Changes to Law Library Web Site

The Law Library's Web site has been updated, including changing the home page to provide one-click access to our online resources and selected Web sites. It's hoped this new design will make accessing information more efficient for our students, faculty and staff. Additional information about each resource is still available through the Online Research Center page. Comments or questions about the Law Library's web site can be sent to Sharon L. Nelson, Assistant Technical Services & Systems Librarian, at slnelson@niu.edu.

Fall 2009 Book Lists Available

Fall 2009 Book Lists are now available at http://law.niu.edu/law/academic/book_list.shtml

Course-specific Announcements - Fall 2009

  • LAW 500, sec. 1: Criminal Law (Schmall)
    Pre-class assignment
    (.pdf)
  • LAW 710: Remedies (Luna)
    First Assignment: Laycock Text, Modern American Remedies. Please come prepared to discuss pages 1-19.
  • LAW 900: Seminar: Women, Law & Global Economy (Arriola)
    General information about this course is now available on the TWEN website. Please sign up for TWEN as we will use this e-mail tool for communicating throughout the term. I look forward to our first meeting on Wednesday August 19, 2009 at 2:30 in Room 258 (the upstairs faculty conference room).

Friday, July 17, 2009

New Interface for CCH Business & Finance Internet Research Network

The CCH Business & Finance Internet Research Network is being migrated to a new interface called IntelliConnect. All of the content of the Internet Research Network will be present on the new platform. Clicking on the link to the CCH database on the Law Library Web site will bring you to a page where you can register for IntelliConnect. If you created any Research Folders, Favorites or Trackers under the old platform, they will be migrated to IntelliConnect as long as you use the same e-mail address for both systems. An online tutorial (Flash format), Quick Reference Card (.pdf), and Quick Start Guide (.pdf) on how to use IntelliConnect are available from the CCH Web site.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

New Legal History Databases

The library is pleased to announce the availability of five new databases covering various areas of legal history and the historical aspects of modern law. All databases are accessible from off-campus via NIU's Virtual Private Network (VPN).

  • Making of Modern Law: Trials, 1600-1926: Full text documents of trial transcripts, popular printed accounts, briefs, arguments, and other documents related to over 300 years of notable Anglo-American trials and crimes such as those involving Dred Scott, Susan B. Anthony, Oscar Wilde, the Boston Massacre, the Bounty mutineers, the Salem witchcraft trials, and many more.
  • Eighteenth Century Collections Online: Legal Documents: Full text of books, pamphlets, and other documents printed in Great Britain and North America 1701-1800 tracing the development of law in the British Empire, Europe, and the Americas. [The initial screen of this database implies we have access to the entire 18th Century Collections Online database. This is misleading. We have access to the legal materials module.]
  • Selden Society Publications and the History of Early English Law: Includes most of the publications of that learned society as well as significant treatises important in the study of English legal history. This database is part of the HeinOnline collection of databases.
  • Harvard Research in International Law: This is an online version of the "Harvard Research in International Law," originally published in the American Journal of International Law between 1929 and 1939. This database is part of the HeinOnline collection of databases.
  • Taxation & Economic Reform in America: A Historical Archive, 1781-2009: Not yet available but coming soon. Contains more than 900 fully searchable volumes containing full texts of statutes, regulations, and compiled legislative histories covering more than two and a quarter centuries of tax and economic regulation in the United States. This database is part of the HeinOnline collection of databases.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

New Version of Online Catalog Debuts

NIU's online catalog, which includes the Law Library's holdings, has been upgraded to a new version. The upgrade also encompasses the I-Share catalog of over 70 academic institutions in Illinois. More information about changes and new features can be found on the Voyager upgrade page.