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!