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).