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

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  • 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.