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.

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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/
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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.”