Monday, December 13, 2010

First Assignment for Consumer Law (Spring 2011)


Read pages 1-83 in Whaley's Problems and Materials on Consumer Law (5th ed. 2009).  See www.lawmoodle.com for more information.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Upcoming Admission Events


Saturday, January 29, 2011, 10am-3pm
CLEO's Test In--Test Out : Minority and low-income students considerations before law school

Saturday, February 5, 2011, 10am-2pm
Demystifying the Female Super Lawyer: Perspectives on Managing a Career, Family and Life

Friday, November 19, 2010

Interdisciplinary Healthcare Policy and Management Graduate Certificate

NIU-COL is excited to announce its partnership with the Colleges of Health and Human Sciences, Engineering and Business for the Interdisciplinary Healthcare Policy and Management Graduate Certificate. Taught at NIU’s Naperville campus, this 5-course certificate program provides students with a multi-discipline prospective of healthcare management. Each 3-credit course is taught in 8-weeks with a 3-hour in-class component each week coupled with online exercises.  Courses are taught by members of the faculty from the Colleges of Health and Human Sciences, Engineering, Business and the College of Law. The first course in the series, IDSP 600, Introduction to Interdisciplinary Healthcare Policy and Management, is open for registration now. Per NIU-COL policy, law students may receive up to 6 credits for graduate courses taken outside the law school. Interested law students should contact Prof. Stange for more information.

Delta Theta Pi winter help drive

Delta Theta Phi will be collecting non-perishable food items and winter clothing for Hope Haven until November 23rd.  The collection boxes will be located in the Marshall Gallery and next to Dean Mandell’s office.  Any donations will help!

PAD Giving Tree with Hope Haven

PAD Giving Tree with Hope Haven:  Its not too late to participate in this year's Giving Tree.  We still have many items on the wish-lists!  If you have signed up to donate one of the items from the Giving Tree Wish-list, please bring it in no later than this Tuesday, November 23rd. We will be in the Marshall Gallery from Noon - 1pm. You can also find a PAD member to take your gift. Please try to wrap the gift and mark it with who the gift is for (i.e., Family 5, K1).

If you have not signed up, but would still like to participate, it is no too late! You can still sign up for one of the items on the list and we can arrange a pick-up/drop-off time during finals. With finals coming up, we know everyone is busy! An easier way to help the children at Hope Haven is to make a cash contribution to the Giving Tree. PAD will take any cash donations and do the shopping for you! 

If you wish to make cash contribution, please send us an e-mail at NIUPAD@gmail.com, with the
subject: GIVING TREE, and we will personally coordinate details to pick up your donation.

ISBA Young Lawyers Holiday Party - reminder

The Illinois Student Bar Association-Young Lawyers Division is having its 13th Annual Holiday Party on Friday, December 3, 2010 from 6–10 p.m.  It will be at Cubby Bear Lounge, Wrigleyville, 1059 W. Addison, Chicago, IL.  This event raises money for the Children’s Assistance Fund.  Law student tickets are $30 if purchased before November 19th or $40 at the door.  The event will have an open bar, warm appetizers, and live music.  This is a great networking event and supports a good cause.  Please register for tickets at www.HolidayParty.org.

NIU Law Reception Coming in December


YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN US AT THE FOLLOWING NIU LAW EVENT.  FREE
FOOD AND DRINKS.  GUESTS ARE WELCOME.  PLEASE RSVP!

 NIU Law Reception (during ISBA Mid-Year Meeting)
 Friday, December 10, 2010, 4:30–6:30 p.m.
 Chicago Sheraton (301 E. North Water Street, Chicago, IL)

Bar Loan Applications for December Graduates

December Graduates:

If you are planning on graduating in December and taking the February bar, bar loan applications are
available online.  Bar study loans are specifically designed for law students who are about to take the bar
exam.  They assist with bar application costs and living expenses during that period.  Check with your
current student loan lender or other lenders to get the best interest rate for this type of private loan.  Bar
study loans cannot be consolidated with other law school student loans.

The Bar Study Loan Application and Promissory Note must be certified by the University Student
Financial Aid Office prior to graduation.  Complete and sign the application and bring it to the University
Student Financial Aid Office for certification.

NIU does not recommend any particular lender, however the following lenders have been used by other
law students:

Law Student Loan Program 
1-800-984-0190 
www.salliemae.com

Citibank Law Student Loans 
1-800-824-0019
www.studentloan.com/law 

Graduate Leverage Bar Loan
1-888-350-8488
www.graduateleverage.com 

PNC Bar Study Loan
http://www.pnconcampus.com/ 

Wells Fargo Bar Exam Loan
1-800-378-5526
www.wellsfargo.com 

Student Ambassadors Still Needed!

The Office of Admissions is looking for volunteers for the following Admissions events:

• Saturday, January 29, 2011-CLEO/NIU Law “Test In-Test Out” Considerations
Before You Attend Law School 10:00am – 3:00pm
• Saturday, February 5, 2011-Women’s Law Day 10:00am-2:00pm

If you are interested in becoming a student ambassador and would like to volunteer on either of the above
events, please email the Admissions Office at lawadm@niu.edu or stop by Room 151 to let us know
you’re interested.  Thank you to those Ambassadors who have participated in the previous events!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Upcoming Events from the Alumni Office; First One This Weekend!


YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN US AT THE FOLLOWING NIU LAW EVENTS. FREE FOOD AND DRINKS. GUESTS ARE WELCOME. PLEASE RSVP!

Chicago Bears Watch Party
Hosted by the NIU Law Alumni Council and Student Bar Association
Sunday, November 14, 2010 (vs. Vikings) 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Side Bar Grille (221 N. LaSalle, Chicago, IL)
Free food, drinks, prizes, and transportation will be provided. An excellent way to network with Chicago Alums!

NIU Law Reception hosted by Hon. Anthony Iosco (‘78)
Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Emmett’s (110 N. Brockway Street, Palatine, IL)

NIU Law Reception (during ISBA Mid-Year Meeting)
Friday, December 10, 2010, 4:30–6:30 p.m.
Chicago Sheraton (301 E. North Water Street, Chicago, IL)

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of November 15



  • THEMIS - Themis’ last table for the semester will be in the Marshall Gallery on MONDAY, November 15th at 12:00.
  • BARBRI - Join Barbri on TUESDAY, November 16th from 10:00–2:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery.
  • KAPLAN PMBR - Kaplan PMBR will have a table on THURSDAY, November 18th, from 11:00–2:00 p.m.in the Marshall Gallery.

Reception for Diana Grace


Diana Grace, the Office Manager for the Budget and Records Office, will be leaving the law school on Monday, November 15th for another opportunity across campus. We will miss her greatly - she has always worked hard for our students and addressed their needs warmly and efficiently. Please attend a reception in her honor on Monday, November 15th, 2010 at 4 - 5 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Refreshments and snacks will be served.

BLSA Thanksgiving Dinner

It's Thanksgiving time again. Come out and begin the festive season by joining BLSA at their 16th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner on Wednesday, November 17th from 12pm-2pm in the Marshall Gallery. Tickets are $5 in advance or $8 at the door. Please see BLSA members for tickets. The event will begin promptly at noon.

Minutes from SBA Meeting October 2010


October 2010 SBA Monthly Meeting Minutes

I. Casino Night recap
i. $:  final numbers still pending as checks continue to come in
  Still need sponsors/ticket money
ii. Prizes to be delivered: TV to be picked up this weekend
iii. All SBAers are responsible  for collecting and delivering their prizes
iv. Thank you letters

II. Candidate forum recap
i. Worked with Women’s Bar of 16th Circuit and Kane County Bar
ii. Four candidates from two races
iii. Provided reception afterwards
iv. Special thanks Preston Brown for spearheading

III. Palsgraf 2010
i. Ticket sales: $20.00: open bar all night
ii. Bus transportation from Law school to venue
a. Professors are free- encourage them to attend
iii. Assignments: everyone sign up for door duty
iv. School wide e-mail

IV. Funding request guidelines
i. Final sheet to be generated and voted upon by member
ii. To be made available on twen and to all organizations
iii. Goal is to take pressure off the SBA in terms of deeming which org should get money for events, and rather streamline the process
iv. All orgs are money ELIGIBLE, but should not automatically assume they will receive money
v. SBA will consider only serious funding requests
vi. SBA reserves the right to alter requested allocation (ex: org requests $150…SBA can give $100)
vii. Final vote to take place in one week, and guidelines to be posted


V. COL safety
i. Materials placed around school - please inform students
ii. COL Procedures
iii. Additional security at Palsfraf?

VI. 3L Pictures
i. November 15th and 17th
ii. Sign up sheet in glass case
iii. Volunteers

VII. Name tags
i. All members can get them for $10.00-let Dennis know

VIII. Committee Meetings - November 10th
i. Academic and Internal Affairs
ii. Social
iii. Sports and Recreation

Friday, November 5, 2010

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of November 8



  • THEMIS - Themis will have a table in the Marshall Gallery on MONDAY, November 8th at 12:00.
  • BARBRI - Join Barbri on TUESDAY, November 9th from 10:00–2:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery.
  • KAPLAN PMBR - Kaplan PMBR will have a table on THURSDAY, November 11th, from 11:00–2:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery.

PILS Fall Raffle Reminder


The PILS Fall Raffle will be held this Thursday, November 11th at 4:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. We have a number of secondary prizes this year, including gift baskets, gift cards for a massage and Sweet Dream cupcakes, and Starbucks coffee. Our grand prizes this year are a 42" Vizio LCD TV and a 16 GB Apple iPad! Tickets are now on sale at $5 a piece or 5 for $20. Purchase your tickets today from a PILS Executive Board member or from Josh Ladwig or Trisha Chokshi in the Career Services office. All proceeds go towards the PILS Outreach Assistantship fund, which provides financial support to students who take public interest legal
positions over the summer.

Delta COL Merchandise


The next order for College of Law merchandise will be placed on Friday, November 12. This will be the last order placed prior to winter break, so if you would like to order COL merchandise for holiday gifts, now is the time to do it! Order forms as well as color catalogs can be found in the glass case, or on the NIU College of Law homepage at www.niu.edu/law.  Please feel free to email Laura Alms at eileen2811@yahoo.com with any questions or concerns. Order forms and payment can be placed inside the envelope in Laura’s mailbox.

Upcoming NIU Law Events


YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN US AT THE FOLLOWING NIU LAW EVENTS. FREE FOOD AND DRINKS. GUESTS ARE WELCOME. PLEASE RSVP!

Chicago Bears Watch Party
Hosted by the NIU Law Alumni Council and Student Bar Association
Sunday, November 14, 2010 (vs. Vikings) 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Side Bar Grille (221 N. LaSalle, Chicago, IL)

NIU Law Reception hosted by Hon. Anthony Iosco (‘78)
Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Emmett’s (110 N. Brockway Street, Palatine, IL)

NIU Law Reception (during ISBA Mid-Year Meeting)
Friday, December 10, 2010, 4:30–6:30 p.m.
Chicago Sheraton (301 E. North Water Street, Chicago, IL)

Monday, November 1, 2010

Giorgi Clinic Information Fair

Want to help real people and really do something?!  Come to the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic Information Fair on Wednesday, November 3 at Noon in Room 188.  A panel of current students and former clinic student alumni will discuss their clinical experiences and answer questions.  In addition, supervising attorneys Paul Cain and Wendy Vaughn will provide information about the Domestic Abuse Clinic, the Elder Law Clinic and the Mediation Clinic.  Applications will be available.  Come learn about the Clinic before registration!  Pizza will be provided.

Mock Trial Competition


TAS invites all students and faculty to watch the semi-final and final rounds of the 2L Mock Trial Competition in the case of United States v. Wiggins.  Four teams will battle it out on Tuesday, November 2 at 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom to determine who will advance to the final round, which will take place on Friday, November 5 at 5:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom.  The jury/judges will be comprised of NIU alums who were former Mock Trial finalists.
 
These teams have worked incredibly hard so please come support their efforts. 

Friday, October 29, 2010

Moot Court Team at recent competitions


The NIU Moot Court Team faced Southern Methodist University in the first preliminary round, and the School of Excellence in Law (India-enrollment of 2 million students) in the second preliminary round. We advanced to the Octofinal Round, to face Stetson (defending champions).  Watch for the results to be posted!!

PAD Giving Tree


It's that time of year again! As we approach finals, many others are concerned with the upcoming holidays. Each year, Phi Alpha Delta has coordinated a "Giving Tree" with Hope Haven, a homeless shelter here in DeKalb. The Hope Haven Giving Tree project enables each and everyone of us to help the holidays be a better time for those in need. Please stop by the Giving Tree table in the Marshall Gallery this coming week and help a child in need enjoy this holiday season. We have wish lists from 17 needy families, come help those families this holiday season!

Bar Loans for December Graduates


If you are planning on graduating in December and taking the February bar, bar loan applications are available online. Bar study loans are specifically designed for law students who are about to take the bar exam. They assist with bar application costs and living expenses during that period. Check with your current student loan lender or other lenders to get the best interest rate for this type of private loan. Bar study loans cannot be consolidated with other law school student loans.

The Bar Study Loan Application and Promissory Note must be certified by the University Student Financial Aid Office prior to graduation. Complete and sign the application and bring it to the University Student Financial Aid Office for certification.

NIU does not recommend any particular lender, however the following lenders have been used by other law students:

Law Student Loan Program
1-800-984-0190
www.salliemae.com
Citibank Law Student Loans
1-800-824-0019
www.studentloan.com/law
Graduate Leverage Bar Loan
1-888-350-8488
www.graduateleverage.com
PNC Bar Study Loan
http://www.pnconcampus.com/
Wells Fargo Bar Exam Loan
1-800-378-5526
www.wellsfargo.com

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of November 1st



  • THEMIS - Themis will have a table in the Marshall Gallery on MONDAY, November 1st at 12:00.
  • BARBRI - Join Barbri on TUESDAY, November 2nd from 10:00–2:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery.
  • KAPLAN PMBR - Kaplan PMBR will have a table on THURSDAY, November 4th, from 11:00–2:00 p.m.in the Marshall Gallery.

LLSA Tostada Sale


The Latino Law Student Association will be holding its annual Tostada Sale on Wednesday, November 3rd from noon to 2:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Two Tostadas will be served with rice, beans and a drink. Please see a LLSA member for tickets ($7). If you have any questions, or want to be added to the LLSA e-mail list, please e-mail the executive board at Niu.Latino.Lawyers@gmail.com.

PILS Fall Raffle

The PILS Fall Raffle will take place on Thursday, November 11th at 4:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. We have a number of secondary prizes this year, including gift baskets, gift cards for a massage and Sweet Dream cupcakes, and Starbucks coffee. Our grand prizes this year are a 42" Vizio LCD TV and a 16 GB Apple iPad! Tickets are now on sale at $5 a piece or 5 for $20. Purchase your tickets today from a PILS Executive Board member or from Josh Ladwig or Trisha Chokshi in the Career Services office. All proceeds go towards the PILS Outreach Assistantship fund, which provides financial support to students who take public interest legal positions over the summer.

Bears Watch Party



Bears vs. Vikings Watch Party
November 14, 2010 11:30 - 3:30
Side Bar - 221 North LaSalle, Chicago, IL
Please join the Alumni Association for a private Bears vs. Vikings watch party in downtown Chicago. Free food, drinks, prizes, and transportation will be provided. An excellent way to network with Chicago Alums!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of October 25



  • THEMIS - Themis will have a table in the Marshall Gallery on MONDAY, October 25th at 12:00 noon.
  • BARBRI - Join Barbri on TUESDAY, October 26th from 10:00–2:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery.
  • KAPLAN PMBR - Kaplan PMBR will have a table on THURSDAY, October 28th, from 11:00–2:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery.
  • WESTLAW - Westlaw will sponsor a Table in the Marshall Gallery on WEDNESDAY, October 27th from 11:30 – 1:00.

Shining the Light on Domestic Violence event reminder


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For the past several years, the Zeke Giorgi Clinic and the 17th Judicial Circuit Court Family Violence Coordinating Council have hosted a vigil marking the close of a month of awareness activities. This year, “Shining the Light on Domestic Violence” will again be held at the Clinic (319 W. State St., Rockford, IL) on October 26, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. This brief ceremony will recognize those affected by all forms of Domestic Violence–partner abuse, elder abuse, neglect, financial exploitation, teen dating
violence, and child abuse and neglect. We would welcome your assistance in raising awareness about the problem of domestic violence by joining us at the Clinic on the 26th as we close out Domestic Violence Awareness Month with this ceremony.

SALDF Professor Costume Meet & Greet


The Professor Animal Costume Meet and Greet will be held Wednesday, October 27th from 3:30pm-4:30pm in the Marshall Gallery. Come and take pictures with the winning professor in their Animal Halloween Costume! There will also be Halloween treats and activities.
Donations can be made until Monday, in the faculty secretary’s office, or in the Marshall Gallery from 11am-1pm. The Animal Legal Defense Fund is a great cause and if you donate $5 you are entered into a raffle to win a Halloween bucket filled with candy and home baked goodies! As of Wednesday night the Rankings are as follows. Professors:
1. Reynolds
2. Taylor
3. Naftzger
4. Jones
5. Rigertas
6. Clarke
7. Cordes
8. Miller
9. Stange
10. Dean Rosato
11. Coles
12. Carlson
13. Greg Anderson
The race is close, only about $6 separate the top 4 Professors. So get people together and make sure your favorite wins!

StreetLaw Elections

StreetLaw will be holding elections for the following positions: Secretary and 1L Representatives (1 per section). We will hold a formal election at a StreetLaw General Meeting on Thursday, October 28, at NOON in Room #188. Please email Priti Nemani at nemanip@gmail.com by Wednesday, October 27th, if you are interested in running for one of these positions. Students interested in getting involved in StreetLaw MUST be at next week’s meeting to sign up for a planning committee and to learn about StreetLaw’s equipment and facilities, as well as our plans for the year. If you want to attend the meeting but have a conflict, please email Juneitha Shambee at junesgs@yahoo.com to get the necessary information.

ELS Guest Speaker


On Thursday, October 28th at 2:30 p.m. in room #188 the Environmental Law Society will sponsor environmental attorney Michael Blazer. Do you want a career in environmental law? Have you ever wondered what environmental lawyers even do? Mr. Blazer is a partner in the environmental law firm Jeep and Blazer, L.L.C., where he manages litigation. He has worked on a wide array of environmental litigation for public and private clients. He will be talking about some of his litigation experiences. Refreshments will be served.

Chicago LL.M. Program Fair & Panel Reminder


On Friday, October 29, DePaul University College of Law is hosting the Chicago LL.M. Program Fair & Panel at the DePaul Center from 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. The program is free of charge and will be particularly informative for current JD students and law school alumni who may be interested in the benefits of an LL.M. degree.

It will begin with a panel discussion at 3:30 p.m. and will be immediately followed with an LL.M. program fair from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Admissions representatives from over 30 LL.M. programs from across the country, include DePaul, Chicago-Kent, Loyola, John Marshall and Northwestern, will attend the fair. Some fair attendees and all LL.M. panelists are currently employed attorneys, which will give law students an excellent opportunity to learn more about the benefits of possessing an LL.M. degree in the legal profession and academia.

The program will also provide attendees with an excellent opportunity to meet other law students and attorneys. The program will take place on the 11th floor DePaul Center, 1 East Jackson Boulevard. To register for the event, or for more information, please visit www.law.depaul.edu/llmfair. Please contact Amanda Noascono, Law Graduate Admission Coordinator, at 312.362.8185 or LawLLM@depaul.edu if you have any questions.

SBA Palsgraf 2010


SBA Palsgraf 2010, October 29th, 9:00 p.m.–1:00 a.m.
River Heights Golf Course - DeKalb, IL

This year’s annual SBA Halloween party will take place on Friday, October 29th and will be held at the River Heights Golf Course. The event is open to all NIU Law students and professors. Students are allowed one guest. Transportation will be provided and prizes will be awarded for best Halloween costume. Look for further information regarding tickets in the near future.

CLEO Event for 1Ls Reminder


The Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) is sponsoring the following event for current law students in the Midwest Region for the 2010-2011 academic year. Please be sure to check www.cleoscholars.org for updates and additional details about the program.

Saturday, October 30, 2010, 10:00 – 2:00 PM
Law School 1L 101 (hosted and sponsored by DLA Piper)
DLA Piper
Chicago, IL

This program is a one day interactive session that will equip 1L law school students with a toolkit that will support them through their first exam experience and provide them with the skills they need to successfully navigate the law school exam taking process.

NIU Law Reception in Palatine

Join Dean Rosato and Judge Anthony Iosco ('78) for an NIU Law reception on Wednesday, November 17, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Emmett's, located 110 N. Brockway, Palatine, IL. RSVP by November 11 to lawevents@niu.edu.

Monday, October 18, 2010

KCBA/WBA Election Forum

Please see the attached flyer regarding the Women's Bar Association and Kane County Bar Association's 2010 Election Forum, occurring tomorrow night, Tuesday, October 19, in the Law School's Riley Courtroom:

2010 Election Forum

Friday, October 15, 2010

Marshall Gallery Reservations


Any student group that wants to reserve the Marshall Gallery must receive approval from Dean Mandell.  Then you may schedule the event with Barb Manning in Room 172A. Ms. Manning can reserve tables and chairs if you request them.

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of October 18



  • THEMIS - Themis will have a table in the Marshall Gallery on MONDAY, October 18th at 12:00 noon.
  • BARBRI - Join Barbri on TUESDAY, October 19th from 10:00–2:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery.
  • KAPLAN PMBR - Kaplan PMBR will have a table on THURSDAY, October 21th, from 11:00–2:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery.
  • WESTLAW - Westlaw will sponsor a Table in the Marshall Gallery on WEDNESDAY, October 20 th from 11:30 – 1:00.

LiveHelp Needs Volunteers


Illinois Legal Aid Online is seeking law student volunteers for its exciting "LiveHelp" program. There is
going to be a training for at DePaul University College of Law next Wednesday (Oct 20th) from 4-6 p.m.
that NIU students would be more than welcome to attend. LiveHelp is an innovative chat service that allows
people looking for legal information and self-help resources on www.IllinoisLegalAid.org to ask a remotely
located LiveHelp operator for assistance in navigating the website. LiveHelp volunteers will provide direct
person-to-person online help so that people in need of legal assistance can obtain the information they need
to achieve more positive outcomes to their legal problems.

Volunteers can participate from any computer with internet access, making this a flexible volunteer
opportunity for busy law students! You do not need to have any prior legal knowledge or experience, and
you will receive training, supervision, and support from Illinois Legal Aid Online. Volunteers are expected
to take one, two-hour shift per week for six months (50 hours).

To find out more about the LiveHelp Program or to sign up for a training, please contact Laura Emory,
LiveHelp Program Coordinator, at lemory@illinoislegalaid.org or 312-977-9047 ext. 22.

PAD Sponsoring Writing Seminar Tips


ARE YOU TAKING A WRITING SEMINAR???? Phi Alpha Delta will be hosting a lecture by Professor Clarke on seminar writing tips on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at noon in room 188. Pizza will be free to all PAD members and $2.00 to non-PAD members. It’s not too late to join PAD for more information contact the PAD Exec Board at NIUPAD@gmail.com.

Moot Court informational meeting reminder


All 2Ls are invited to a Moot Court informational meeting on Wednesday, October 20th at 12:00 noon in Room #170. The meeting will provide students with basic information regarding the Moot Court Society and the competition which will be held early in the spring semester. The Moot Court Competition is a key opportunity to hone legal writing and oral argument skills, as well as network with alumni and other professionals in the legal community. It’s not too early to begin thinking about potential teammates! A sandwich lunch will be provided by Kaplan PMBR.

Chicago LL.M. Program Fair & Panel


On Friday, October 29, DePaul University College of Law is hosting the Chicago LL.M. Program Fair & Panel at the DePaul Center from 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. The program is free of charge and will be particularly informative for current JD students and law school alumni who may be interested in the benefits of an LL.M.
degree. It will begin with a panel discussion at 3:30 p.m. and will be immediately followed with an LL.M.
program fair from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Admissions representatives from over 30 LL.M. programs from
across the country, include DePaul, Chicago-Kent, Loyola, John Marshall and Northwestern, will attend the
fair. Some fair attendees and all LL.M. panelists are currently employed attorneys, which will give law students an excellent opportunity to learn more about the benefits of possessing an LL.M. degree in the legal profession and academia. The program will also provide attendees with an excellent opportunity to meet other law students and attorneys. The program will take place on the 11th floor DePaul Center, 1 East Jackson Boulevard. To register for the event, or for more information, please visit www.law.depaul.edu/llmfair. Please contact Amanda Noascono, Law Graduate Admission Coordinator, at 312.362.8185 or LawLLM@depaul.edu if you have any questions.

Monday, October 11, 2010

NIU Law Ranks Among Best Value Law Schools


NIU COL ranked 13th on prelaw Magazine’s nationwide “List of the 2010 Best Value Law Schools.” NIU is the only school in Illinois to rank on preLaw’s top 60!

Zeke Giorgi Clinic Receives Award


The Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic was awarded the 2010 Violence Prevention Coalitions (VPC) Partner in Peace Award. The award is given annually by the VPC to one individual and one organization in honor of their dedication, leadership, collaboration, commitment and innovation in violence prevention efforts.

NIU LLSA team at Nationals!

The NIU Law Office of Admissions would like to congratulate the NIU LLSA team (Gladys Santana (2L), Omar Salguero (2L), and Dan Becerra (3L)) and their coach Professor Robert Jones on their recent  performance at the National LLSA Moot Court Competition which was held at Yale Law School. Our NIU LLSA team made it to the quarter finals and was ahead of teams such as a Yale team, both Columbia teams, both Boston College teams, and team from Kent, and both teams from Southwestern. NIU LLSA team ended up with the fifth highest score after brief and oral arguments were added up for the preliminary round.

ABA looking for student achievement

The American Bar Association is seeking to spotlight NIU COL student accomplishments in the ABA Student Lawyer magazine. If you’ve recently received a scholarship, competed in an external competition, lobbied for a law, argued before a court, or a similar accolade, please send your accomplishment form to NIU ABA Respresentative Matt Jakobsze at MattJakobsze@gmail.com.

Pro Bono Opportunity

NOTICE: For students looking for PRO BONO opportunities, please note that there is a LiveHelp Project organized by Illinois Legal Aid Online. LiveHelp is an instant chat service that helps visitors to the public legal information website, www.IllinoisLegalAid.org, find and navigate legal information. LiveHelp has assisted over 7,000 people since the service was launched last October. You can read more about LiveHelp and watch a promotional video at: http://www.illinoislegalaidonline.org/index.php?projects.

They are seeking volunteer law students interested in public interest law to serve as LiveHelp Operators. This is a great opportunity for NIU students because the volunteer service is done online from any location. The clinic scheduled an online webinar training for volunteers during the summer. They might be persuaded to do another this Fall. I will be requesting promotional materials soon. If you are interested, get in touch with Professor Lawrence Schlam at: lschlam@niu.edu.

Budget & Records News


3Ls: If you are planning to graduate this December 2010, see Diana immediately if you have not already.

Reminder: The NIU Z-e-mail address is your official e-mail. Please check it frequently to ensure receipt of all official notices, especially if you have forwarded the Z-e-mail to another address. Communications do not always forward as expected and can be lost, dumped into trash or blocked.

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of October 11



  • THEMIS - Themis will have a table in the Marshall Gallery on MONDAY, October 11th at 12:00 noon.
  • BARBRI - Join Barbri on TUESDAY, October 12th from 10:00–2:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery.
  • KAPLAN PMBR - Kaplan PMBR will have a table on THURSDAY, October 14th, from 11:00–2:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery.
  • WESTLAW - Westlaw will sponsor a Table in the Marshall Gallery on WEDNESDAY, October 13 th from 11:30 – 1:00.

ELS Events


The Environmental Law Society will hold a movie night on Wednesday, October 13th in Room #150 at 6:00 p.m. We will be watching the documentary Crude (2009) about a lawsuit that 30,000 people of the Amazon Rain Forest brought against Texaco (now Chevron) alleging health problems, including spiking cancer rates, resulting from massive petroleum contamination of the environment where they live. Refreshments will be served.

SAVE THE DATE! On Thursday, October 28th at 2:30 p.m. environmental attorney Michael Blazer will be speaking. Details to follow.

LLSA Membership Meeting

Students are invited to attend a Latino Law Students general membership meeting on Wednesday, October 13th in Room #150 at 12:00 noon to discuss upcoming events. If you have any questions, or want to be added to the LLSA e-mail list, please e-mail the executive board at Niu.Latino.Lawyers@gmail.com.

Deans' Town Hall Meeting reminder


The Fall Deans’ town hall meeting will be held on Thursday, October 14, at 2:30 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Please note the change of location. Dean Rosato will provide an update on the College of Law, and all the deans will be available to answer your questions. Please let Dean Rosato know if you would like the deans to address any particular issues during the town meeting by emailing her at jrosato@niu.edu.

SALDF Halloween Penny War reminder


Penny Jar Decorating Party: Thursday, October 14th at 2:30pm in room 173
Help us decorate the professors’ penny jars as their favorite animal and be the first to know who would be dressing as what! Please bring your craft supplies (scissors, glue, tape, colored paper, markers, glitter and anything else).
Participating Professors:
1. Coles
2. Jones
3. Reynolds
4. Rigertas
5. Taylor
6. Stange
7. Miller
8. Clark
9. Lima
10.Naftzger
11. Cordes
12. Carlson
13. Greg Anderson
14. Dean Rosato
Spend time with the winning professor in their Animal Costume at the Penny War Meet and Greet on Wednesday, October 27th from 3:30pm-4:30pm in the Marshall Gallery. There will also be Halloween treats, a raffle for those who donated to the Penny War and you can have your picture taken with the winning professor.

Minority Law Students Reception reminder

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office is hosting the 6th Annual Minority Law Students Reception at the John Marshall Law School, Room 3 East, 315 South Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL 60604, on October 15th 2010 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The evening will consist of a short program followed by a networking reception. Registration begins at 5:15 p.m. Students are being asked to RSVP for this event to April Evans at 312-603-1817 or April.Evans@cookcountyilgov.com.

PAD Bags Tournament

Phi Alpha Delta is hosting a bags tournament at the Alumni Tent for the NIU Homecoming Game on Saturday, October 16. Entry will be $5 per person (payable in advance to Alexas Collier or at the event). It will be a great way to enjoy the pre-game festivities and there will be prizes for the top teams! A sign up sheet is in the glass case just in front of Professor Stange’s office. Sign up as a team or we can match up singles. Email NIUPAD@gmail.com for more information!

SBA Fall Events


The Student Bar Association would like to invite you and your guests to the following upcoming events:


Casino Night
October 15, 2010 6 - 10pm
Regency Room - Holmes Student Center - NIU
Join alumni, professors, and fellow students for our annual SBA fall fundraiser - Casino Night! Tickets are $20 for students and $20 for their guest and include live music, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, gaming chips and a cash bar. We will have poker, roulette, blackjack, and craps gaming tables. In addition there will be a live auction at the end of the evening. Please plan to attend this fun-filled event! Cocktail attire suggested.


NIU Homecoming Game
October 16, 2010
Tailgating - 11am  Football Game - 2:30pm
Come out and watch the Huskies beat down on Buffalo (some lame school in New York). Tickets to the game, which are located in the NIU Law section on the West side of the Stadium, can be purchased from Melody Mitchell in her office (room: 285) for $7; please see her ASAP!
Also make sure to attend the law school tailgate located in the Alumni Village, in the open area next to IHOP. PAD will be sponsoring a bags tournament starting at 11am. Signup sheets are located in the glass case across from the legal writing offices and costs $5.


Palsgraf 2010
October 29, 2010 9pm - 1am
River Heights Golf Course - DeKalb, IL
This year’s annual SBA Halloween party will take place on Friday, October 29th and will be held at the River Heights Golf Course. The event is open to all NIU Law students and professors. Students are allowed one guest. Transportation will be provided and prizes will be awarded for best Halloween costume. Look for further information regarding tickets in the near future.


Bears vs. Vikings Watch Party
November 14, 2010 11:30am - 3:30pm
Side Bar - 221 North LaSalle, Chicago, IL
Please join the Alumni Association for a private Bears vs. Vikings watch party in downtown Chicago. Free food, drinks, prizes, and transportation will be provided. An excellent way to network with Chicago Alums!

Student Ambassadors needed


The Office of Admissions is looking for volunteers for the following Admissions events:
• Saturday, October 16, 2010–Open House and Mock Law Class 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
• Friday, October 22, 2010–Friday Class Visit Day 9:30-1:00 p.m.
• Saturday, November 6, 2010-Open House and Mock Law Class 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
• Saturday, January 29, 2011–CLEO/NIU Law “Test In-Test Out” Considerations Before You Attend Law School 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
• Saturday, February 5, 2011–Women’s Law Day 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
If you are interested in becoming a student ambassador and would like to volunteer on any of the above events, please email the Admissions Office at lawadm@niu.edu or stop by Room #151 to let us know you’re interested.

CLEO Events for 1Ls


The Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) is sponsoring the following events for current law students in the Midwest Region for the 2010-2011 academic year. Please be sure to check www.cleoscholars.org for updates and additional details about each of these programs:


Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Interviewing and Resume Writing Skills (In partnership with Chicago Committee and hosted and sponsored by ReedSmith LLP)
ReedSmith LLP
Chicago, IL


Saturday, October 30, 2010 – 10:00 – 2:00 PM
Law School1L 101 (hosted and sponsored by DLA Piper)
DLA Piper
Chicago, IL
This program is a one day interactive session that will equip 1L law school students with a toolkit that will support them through their first exam experience and provide them with the skills they need to successfully navigate the law school exam taking process.

Moot Court informational meeting

All 2Ls are invited to a Moot Court informational meeting on Wednesday, October 20th at 12:00 noon in Room #170. The meeting will provide students with basic information regarding the Moot Court Society and the competition which will be held early in the spring semester. The Moot Court Competition is a key opportunity to hone legal writing and oral argument skills, as well as network with alumni and other professionals in the legal community. It’s not too early to begin thinking about potential teammates! A sandwich lunch will be provided by Kaplan PMBR.

Shining the Light on Domestic Violence event

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For the past several years, the Zeke Giorgi Clinic and the 17th Judicial Circuit Court Family Violence Coordinating Council have hosted a vigil marking the close of a month of awareness activities. This year, “Shining the Light on Domestic Violence” will again be held at the Clinic (319 W. State St., Rockford, IL) on October 26, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. This brief ceremony will recognize those affected by all forms of Domestic Violence–partner abuse, elder abuse, neglect, financial exploitation, teen dating violence, and child abuse and neglect. We would welcome your assistance in raising awareness about the problem of domestic violence by joining us at the Clinic on the 26th as we close out Domestic Violence Awareness Month with this ceremony.

ISBA Holiday Party

The Illinois Student Bar Association-Young Lawyers Division is having its 13th Annual Holiday Party on Friday,  December 3, 2010 from 6–10 p.m. It will be at Cubby Bear Lounge, Wrigleyville, 1059 W. Addison, Chicago, IL. This event raises money for the Children’s Assistance Fund. Law Student tickets are $30 if purchased before November 19th or $40 at the door. The event will have an open bar, warm appetizers, and live music. This is a great networking event and supports a good cause. Please register for tickets at www.HolidayParty.org.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Law Library Construction

New draperies will be installed at all of the windows in the Law Library. University carpenters will begin the  project in the library’s north wing this Friday, October 1. They anticipate working Monday – Wednesday, 10/4-10/6, to finish the installation. There will be some noise and disruption but the end result should be well worth it. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of October 4



  • THEMIS - Themis will have a table in the Marshall Gallery on Monday, October 4th at 12:00 noon.
  • BARBRI - Join Barbri on Tuesday, October 5th from 10:00–2:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery.
  • KAPLAN PMBR - Kaplan PMBR will have a table on THURSDAY, October 7th, from 11:00–2:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery.
  • WESTLAW - Westlaw will sponsor a Table in the Marshall Gallery on Wednesday, October 6th from 11:30 – 1:00.

SBA Presidents Meeting


The SBA will be hosting a “Presidents Meeting” in the Faculty Conference Room on Wednesday, October 6th at 12:00 noon. The purpose of this meeting is to provide an open forum where organization leaders can learn how to properly secure SBA funding, obtain information on hosting events, and ask questions or bring up suggestions about the general operations of student groups and organizations. We hope that all NIU COL organization leaders are able to attend, but if for some reason you are not able to make it, we ask that you send someone in your absence. The meeting should last about 30 minutes. If you have any questions, please
contact Dennis Collins – djcollinsiv@gmail.com.

Congratulations to the newly elected Student Bar Association Representatives for the class of 2013.
Section 1: Sarah Adamski and Dan Porter. Section 2: Monica Fazekas and Steve Sibo.

Federalist Society Debate Reminder


The Federalist Society is planning on holding a debate on Wednesday, October 6th 2010 from 3:45 p.m.– 5:00 p.m. between Professor Robert Jones and a guest speaker, attorney Clark Neily, from the Institute of Justice. The debate will take place in the Riley Courtroom with a reception following in the Marshall Gallery.

PILS Membership Meeting

All students are invited to a PILS general membership meeting on Thursday, October 7th at 12:00 noon in Room #186 to kick off Fall Raffle ticket sales! We will be discussing the details of the raffle, the specifics on all of the prizes (including a 42" LCD TV and the Apple iPad!), and how you can help sell tickets. Join us in kicking off this year’s raffle and start earning money for the PILS Outreach Assistantship Fund!

Deans' Town Hall Meeting Update

The Fall Deans’ town hall meeting will be held on Thursday, October 14, at 2:30 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery.  Please note the change of location. Dean Rosato will provide an update on the College of Law, and all the deans will be available to answer your questions. Please let Dean Rosato know if you would like the deans to address any particular issues during the town meeting by emailing her at jrosato@niu.edu.

SALDF Penny War Meet & Greet Update


Penny Jar Decorating Party: Thursday, October 14th at 2:30pm in room 173
Help us decorate the professors’ penny jars as their favorite animal and be the first to know who would be  dressing as what! Please bring your craft supplies (scissors, glue, tape, colored paper, markers, glitter and anything else).
Participating Professors:
1. Coles
2. Jones
3. Reynolds
4. Rigertas
5. Taylor
6. Stange
7. Miller
8. Clark
9. Lima
10. Naftzger
11. Cordes
12. Carlson
13. Greg Anderson
14. Dean Rosato
Spend time with the winning professor in their Animal Costume at the Penny War Meet and Greet on  Wednesday, October 27th from 3:30pm-4:30pm in the Marshall Gallery. There will also be Halloween treats, a raffle for those who donated to the Penny War and you can have your picture taken with the winning professor.

Minutes from SBA Meeting 9/29/10


SBA Meeting Minutes:  Wednesday September 29, 2010
 Minutes from monthly SBA meeting are always available on TWEN, along with other information.  Please direct inquiries to jennyjeep@gmail.com.
12:01:  Introduction of new Reps:
§2: Monica Fazekas & Steve Sibo
§1: Sarah Adamski & Dan Porter
12:04:  President’s Meeting
President’s from all Student Orgs
Informational regarding funding, etc.
Reps to volunteer and mobilize student orgs
Open to all SBA people
12:05:  Funding Requests
All funding requests collected by Christina (treasurer)
Vote to reimburse student orgs.
#1:  SALDF:  Halloween Animal Costume Penny War

  • 10/28/2010 2:30-3:30
  • $150.00 
  •         Donated to local charity
  • Unanimous Yay at 12:09

#2: Federalist Society: Live Debate

  • 10/6/2010
  • Prof. Jones and outside speaker
  • Unanimous yes for $300.00
  • Federalist society ineligible for Spring funding


12:11:  Board of Visitors Meeting
Improving the reputation with the law school
Mentor program with incoming 1ls instituted by board
Participation in homecoming:  helping to fund the tent and reaching out to alums
12:12: Alumni Council
Sponsoring a table at Casino Night
12:13: University Council
Once a week for University Council
Once a week: College Curriculum Committee
Looking for SBA reps to serve
12:14:  VP report
Great turn out for voting
Be the Change Day 10/2/2010:  rally volunteers
12:16:  Secretary Report
1L reps to clean out the fridge and microwaves
12:18:  ABA report
Web Cam live broadcast from Chicago
Pretty poor turn-out at NIU, but overall event was not terribly successful
Wonderful effort from Matt J., but they are new to technology
Looking forward to them improving with their technology
12:20: Committee Reports
Internal and Academic Affairs:  Starting to spear head book drive effort

  • School Wide Survey:  Post Casino Night

12:22:  Casino Night
Report:  Meeting at 6:00 in one week in Marshall Gallery
Report Sponsorships to JJ, Prizes to Becca
NEED PRIZES
Facebook Group:  Becca:  Use PDF from flyer
Ticket Sales:  1L Classrooms: make sure you stress that this all will go back to student orgs and the student body at large
12:34:  Committee Assignments (solidifying)
Athletics:  Bar Crawl:? Think about when a good time would be

  • Need some athletic event this semester
  • Next semester basketball league

Social Committee:  All hands on deck for CN and Palsgraff
Academic:

  • 3L pictures
  •         Ibaby with ISBA reps
  • Speakers? Judges, attys, resume building workshops, etc.  Open invitation to all students: spring
  • Canned food drive
  • Pancake breakfast
  • Elections

12:42: Rob Kosic: Motion to request door on Normal to be open
12:44:  Preston Brown:  SBA hosting a forum for local candidates
12:45:  Meeting adjourned

Monday, September 27, 2010

Pro Bono Opportunities


Professor Schlam will be coordinating student pro bono opportunities during Fall 2010. The deans and faculty want to support student engagement in the community, and also want it to be a fulfilling experience for students and helpful to the community. If you or your student organization have any ideas for pro bono opportunities, have been involved in any pro bono activities, or you are interested in pursuing them, please contact him at lschlam@niu.edu.

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of September 27



  • THEMIS - Themis will serve free pizza and pop on Monday, September 27th in Room #188 at 12:00 noon.
  • BARBRI - Join Barbri on Tuesday, September 28th from 10:00–2:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery.
  • KAPLAN PMBR - Kaplan PMBR will have a table on Thursday, September 30th from 11:00–2:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery.
  • WESTLAW - Westlaw will have a table in the Marshall Gallery from 12:00-1:30 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery.

Judges' Reception reminder


There will be a Judges’ Reception honoring NIU Law Graduates in the Judiciary on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. at Gibsons Steakhouse in Chicago. RSVP as soon as possible to lawevents@niu.edu or (815) 753-9655.

APALSA Day of Service


The Asian Pacific-American Law Student Association and several other student organizations at the NIU-COL are asking for ALL MEMBERS of the community--students, faculty, and staff--to get involved in the upcoming Be the Change: A Day of Community Service event on Saturday, October 2nd at 11:00 a.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Volunteer opportunities for this day include gathering canned food donations in residential neighborhoods, collecting and assorting textbooks for students in Africa, and entering a noodle dish in the Oodles of Noodles Cook-Off for Charity, in which the proceeds will go to the winner’s charity of choice. This is a great way for the College of Law to lead through service and it’s just for one day! Please sign up to register at
www.saalt.org/pages/volunteer-registration by Tuesday, September 28 or visit the sign-up table in the Marshall Gallery on Friday, September 24, Monday, September 27, or Tuesday, September 28. Tickets for the noodle-cook off will also be available starting Wednesday, September 29th.  Please contact Priti Nemani with any questions or concerns.

ELS Starved Rock Hike

The Environmental Law Society will have it’s annual hike at Starved Rock State Park on Sunday, October 3rd. Meet in the Marshall Gallery at 10:00 a.m. to carpool. Please pack a lunch and a water bottle. The hike is open to anyone! For more information e-mail els_niu@gmail.com.

Federalist Society Debate Reminder

Do NOT miss this!

SALDF Penny War & Costume Party


The date for the Animal Costume Penny War Meet and Greet has been changed to Wednesday, October 27th from 3:30pm-4:30pm in the Marshall Gallery. Come and take pictures with the winning professor in their Animal Halloween Costume! There will also be Halloween treats, drinks and activities. Can you match the participating professors to their favorite animal?

Professors:      Animals:
1. Coles          a. Cow
2. Falkoff        b. Tiger
3. Reynolds     c. Eagle
4. Taylor         d. Platypus
5. Stange         e. Lion
6. Miller           f. Elephant
7. Clark           g. Unicorn
8. Lima            h. Bird
9. Naftzger       i. Penguin
10. Cordes       j. Black Cat
11. Carlson      k. Lioness
12. Rigertas      l. Shark

Penny Jar Decorating Party: Thursday, October 14th at 2:30 p.m. in Room #173. Bring your craft supplies, help us decorate the professors’ penny jars as their animal, and be the first to know who would be dressing as what!

CLEO Law School Programs


2010-11 CLEO LAW SCHOOL PROGRAMS
The ABA’s Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) is hosting the following events in the Midwest Region for current law students in the Chicagoland region. Please be sure to check www.cleoscholars.org for updates and additional details about each of these programs. Some times subject to change.
October:
Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Interviewing and Resume Writing Skills (In partnership with Chicago Committee and hosted and sponsored by ReedSmith LLP)
ReedSmith LLP
Chicago, IL

Saturday, October 30, 2010 – 10:00 – 2:00 PM
Law School 1L 101 (hosted and sponsored by DLA Piper)
DLA Piper
Chicago, IL

This program is a one day interactive session that will equip 1L law school students with a toolkit that will support them through their first exam experience and provide them with the skills they need to successfully navigate the law school exam taking process.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

NIU Career Events


Career Services' Fall Career Events are excellent opportunities for you to meet face to face with many employers, as well as graduate and professional schools, seeking candidates from all academic divisions.  Following are the dates for the Fall 2010 Career Events:

Graduate & Professional School Fair: Tuesday, October 5
Internship Fair: Wednesday, October 6
Job Fair: Wednesday, October 20
Health Professions Job Fair:  Monday, November 1

Attached are four career fair flyers in PDF format:
Job & Internship Fairs
Graduate and Professional School Fair
Health Professions Fair
Student Fair Guide

Landlord/Tenant with Prof. Luna canceled

Landlord and Tenant Law class with Professor Luna has been canceled for today, Wednesday, September 22nd.

Remedies with Prof. Luna canceled

Remedies with Professor Luna has been canceled for today, Wednesday, September 22nd.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Assignments for Professor Schmall's Criminal Law class


September 20, 2010          
"Unintentional" Homicide and Second
Degree Murder, pp. 305-315, Commonwealth v Malone, People v Knoller
September 21, 2010          
Involuntary Manslaughter: Criminal
Negligence/Recklessness, pp. 318-328,  Commonwealth v Welansky,
Commonwealth v Feinberg
September 23, 2010          
NO CLASS
September 27, 2010    
P. Howard, pp. 336-344; People v. Phillips, 383
Ill. App. 3d 521(2008).

Friday, September 17, 2010

Research Assistants Needed


Paul Cain and Wendy Vaughn of the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic are each seeking a Research Assistant for Fall 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 Thursday afternoons and with Wendy Vaughn on Wednesday afternoons on campus, or at other agreed upon times. The Research Assistant will receive a pro-rata tuition waiver for one semester.

To apply please send a cover letter, resume and unofficial transcript electronically to Paul Cain at pcain@niu.edu or to Wendy Vaughn at wvaughn@niu.edu, or fax to 815-962-9984. Please indicate if you are applying to be the research assistant for Paul Cain, for Wendy Vaughn, or for either. The deadline to apply is Friday, September 24!

SAS FOID Drive


The Second Amendment Society is holding their annual FOID Drive in the Marshall Gallery from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 21st & Wednesday, September 22nd. There will be applications on hand. The Second Amendment Society will take your photograph & mail out your application. Don't miss your chance to get your FOID card! 2 days only!

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of September 20


  • THEMIS - Don’t want to pay $3,000 for Bar Review? Want a structured online course that fits your needs? Come find out about Themis Bar Review! On Monday, September 27 in Room #188 from 12:00–1:00 p.m. Themis will be offering free pizza and pop and information on FREE MPRE MATERIALS for 2Ls and 3Ls along with FREE FINAL EXAM REVIEW for 1Ls and 2Ls. We look forward to seeing you there! Still curious? Please stop by the Themis table in the Marshall Gallery on Monday, September 20 from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
  • KAPLAN PMBR  - Kaplan PMBR will have a table on WEDNESDAY, September 22, from 11:00–2:00 p.m. 1/2Ls pay ONLY $25 to lock-in your lowest tuition rates and get study aids for your courses NOW!! This discounted deposit will only be available at our last two tables in September or with a student rep! 3Ls, make sure to lock-in your rates with Kaplan PMBR by November 12th with a $200 deposit if you have not already. FREE, online MPRE Course is available NOW! Stop by the table to pick-up your FREE book and register for our online course at www.kaplanpmbr.com FREE means FREE–no deposit is required to utilize our MPRE course!
  • ASPEN -  Please join Aspen Publishing in the Marshall Gallery on Wednesday, September 22 from 11:00–1:00 p.m. for information on our wide variety of study aids and outlines as well as our Aspen Study Desk software to aid you with your legal writing and research. A limited number of free copies of the software as well as free Aspen water bottles will be available on a first come, first served basis!

Trial Advocacy Society meeting

Are you interested in the art of trial work or litigation? This Wednesday, Sept. 22nd, the Trial Advocacy Society will hold a meeting in Room 170 from 12:00–1:00 p.m. (Lunch is provided) to talk about this year’s TAS events including answering any general questions about the upcoming 2L Mock Trial Competition. Remember the deadline to sign-up is September 24th !! If you can’t make it, check out our website at http://www.niutrialad.com!

PAD Lecture and Elections


On Wednesday, September 22, 2010, Phi Alpha Delta Dooley Chapter is sponsoring a lecture by Professor Jones on Originalism. This lecture is a precursor to the upcoming debate on Originalism vs. Non-Originalism sponsored by the Federalist Society. If you are not familiar with Originalism, this would be a great introduction. The discussion will be held in Room #188 at Noon. Free pizza to all PAD members and $2.00 for non-PAD members.

PAD will also be selecting 1L Section Reps. It is not too late to join PAD, and it is not too late to
have a great leadership position! Check out and join Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International at  www.pad.org.

NJC/ICIRR Detention Center Project


Eleven hundred families are wrecked by deportation every day in America. The deportation rate, under President Obama, is higher than any year under President Bush, and the highest in American history. The vast majority of detainees never receive legal aid. The Illinois Coalition of Immigrant and Refugee Rights wants to respond to this problem, in partnership with the National Immigrant Justice Center's existing detention center program. This project will send Chicago-area law students and pro bono attorneys to meet with immigration detainees one day a month at Kenosha and McHenry County jails. They need to recruit ten committed people per month who will give one day to helping protect families in deportation, and are interested in learning whether NIU students can be part of this group.

Training Requirements
Every volunteer would need to do a 2-hour preparatory training before the day of the visit. At the training, volunteers will sign all the necessary paperwork to become a volunteer and will sign up for visitation dates. NIJC asks volunteers to commit to 2 visitations. These 2 visitations can be done on what ever date the volunteer decides.
Training sessions are scheduled every couple of months. They are normally held at NIJC. However, training can be scheduled as needed for groups that are 10 people or larger. NIU students have three options. They can attend a training at NIJC in the loop or a training held at another law school. There is a training set for Thursday, Sept. 23 from 6-8 pm at NIJC (located in the Loop). Also, there are three training dates scheduled at the McHenry detention center. They are Sept. 27, Oct. 29, and Nov. 27. If there are a group of more than ten student volunteers, however, someone may be able to travel to NIU to do a training session.
If there are interested students that can make it to the training on the 23rd, I will need their names and what language(s) they speak as soon as possible.

Visitation times
Detention Centers tell NIJC what days students can access their facilities. These dates vary and fall strictly on weekdays. Saturday is not possible due to the fact that the detention centers are short staffed (ICE/Immigrant agents do not work on Saturdays).
For further information about this project and to discuss your participation, please contact: Professor Lawrence Schlam at lschlam@niu.edu. Thank you.

BLSA Fundraiser Reminder


The Black Law Student Association will be having a BBQ Rib and Chicken Fundraiser Thursday, September 23, 2010 from 12:00–2:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the Safe Passage Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault agency. Please see any BLSA member for tickets or email Preston Brown at pbrown13@niu.edu for tickets or with any questions.

Deans' Town Hall Meeting

The Fall Deans’ town hall meeting will be held on Thursday, October 14, at 2:30 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom (Room 170). Dean Rosato will provide an update on the College of Law, and all the deans will be available to answer your questions. Please let Dean Rosato know if you would like the deans to address any particular issues during the town meeting by emailing her at jrosato@niu.edu.

SALDF Halloween Penny War


How much would you pay to see your favorite professor dressed up like their favorite animal? Vote with your cash Wednesday, October 20th through Tuesday, October 26th, for the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Halloween Penny War. Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 28th from 2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery to take a picture with the furry, feathered, or four legged winner! Who would dress as a unicorn, and who would dress as a penguin? See next week’s Docket for the list of participating professors and their proposed animal costumes. Want to help?? Come to the Penny War Planning Meeting, Thursday, September 23 at 2:30 p.m. in Room 173.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Budget & Records News

  • 3Ls: If you are planning to graduate this December 2010, see Diana by September 30th, if you have not already.
  • 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 e-mail: Diana at dramp@niu.edu or stop in the Office of Budget and Records, Room #276.
  • Reminder: The NIU Z-e-mail address is the official e-mail. Please check it frequently to ensure receipt of all official notices, especially if you have forwarded the Z-e-mail to another address. Communications do not always forward as expected and can be lost, dumped into trash or blocked.
  • Reminder: We will be starting to cut locks the week of September 13 for those lockers that are not accounted for in Budget and Records Room #276. You can only have one locker. Locker tags will be put on those lockers that are available. See Cheryl or Gary for any questions in Room #276.

Computer Lab Closure Times


The computer lab (290D) will be closed for part of the day on several dates during the fall semester to accommodate Lexis and Westlaw training for the Basic Legal Research Course. The dates that the scheduled closures will occur are September 13 – 16, September 27 – 30, October 11 – 14, and October 25 – 28. The computer lab will be closed during the following times.
Monday: 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 2:00–3:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 –11:00 a.m.

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of September 13

  • THEMIS Stop by the Themis table on Monday, September 13 from 12:00–1:30 p.m. 1Ls and 2Ls: reserve your spot in our FREE Online Final Exam Reviews. Reviews include outlines, engaging lectures, and practice questions. 3Ls: we are offering FREE MPRE review materials for the November MPRE. Course includes printed outline, on-demand lecture, practice questions and simulated exam. Reserve your book copy today. As a reminder, the deadline to register for the November MPRE is September 28, 2010, and the late deadline is October 14, 2010.
  • BARBRI Join Barbri on Tuesday, September14th from 10:00–2:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Students who sign up by October 31st will save $150 on tuition.
  • KAPLAN PMBR The Kaplan PMBR table is on Thursdays from 11:00–2:00 p.m. 1/2Ls lock-in your lowest rates and get study aids for your courses NOW with a $50 deposit for a limited time at the table. Try our FREE Civ Pro Qbank at www.kaplanpmbr.com. 3Ls enroll for our FREE, online MPRE course at www.kaplanpmbr.com. It is available NOW! Pick-up your free MPRE book at the table. It also is a PDF on your student account when you enroll. 3Ls, if you have not paid a deposit to KPMBR, pay $200 before November 12th to lock-in the lowest rates of the year.

LGBT Presentation


“Breaking Up is Harder to Do: Civil Rights, Marriage and the Queer Family:”
As part of the NIU LGBT Studies Third Thursday Series, Professor Arriola will survey the developments in
marriage and domestic partnership legislation throughout the U.S. and comment on the benefits and burdens of the marriage option. This brown-bag presentation will take place next Thursday, September 16 at 12:00 noon in the Holmes Student Center’s Blackhawk Annex. Sponsored by the LGBT Studies Program, the College of Law’s Gay-Straight Alliance, the Women’s Studies Program, and the LGBT Resource Center.

BLSA Fundraiser


The Black Law Student Association will be having a BBQ Rib and Chicken Fundraiser Thursday, September 23, 2010 from 12:00–2:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit Safe Passage Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault agency. Please see any BLSA member for tickets or email Preston Brown at pbrown13@niu.edu for tickets or with any questions.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Late Night Ride Service


The Late Night Ride Service provides free, door to door, no-questions-asked rides to NIU students on a daily basis, 10:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. The service operates out of the Department of Public Safety and is staffed by the dedicated members of our Security Guard Division.

The Late Night Ride van is wheelchair accessible and can seat up to seven passengers. A second Late Night Ride vehicle can seat up to six passengers and is available on nights when staffing and demand permits. Call the Late Night Ride Service at 815-753-2222 and be prepared to provide the following information: your location, your destination, number of riders, your first name, a call-back number where you can be reached in case of delays, and any special needs.

Admissions & Financial Aid News for Week of 9/7

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

Alumni Office News, Week of 9/7


College of Law license plate frames are for sale for $20. Please see Melody Mitchell in the Alumni Office (Room #285).

There will be a Judges Reception honoring NIU Law Graduates in the Judiciary on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. at Gibsons Steakhouse in Chicago. RSVP by September 23 to lawevents@niu.edu or (815) 753-9655.

Tailgate at the College of Law tent during Homecoming on Saturday, October 15 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Free food and drinks. Purchase football tickets in the College of Law section for only $7. Please see Melody Mitchell.

Please also see Melody Mitchell for a free t-shirt left over from the College of Law’s 5K Run/Walk.

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of September 7

  • BARBRI Join Barbri on Tuesday, September 7th from 10:00–2:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Students who sign up by October 31st will save $150 on tuition.
  • KAPLAN PMBR Kaplan PMBR will host an information table in the Marshall Gallery on Thursday, September 9, from 11:00–2:00. Have a great fall semester!

1L Informational Meeting w/ Dean Mandell

Dean Mandell will hold an open meeting for all 1L, Section 2 students on Tuesday, September 7, at 12:00 noon in Room #188. Please bring any thoughts, comments or questions!

RELS Bake Sale


The Real Estate Law Society will be having its annual bake sale on Tuesday, September 7 and Wednesday, September 8 in the Marshall Gallery from 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. We hope to see you there!

ELS Meeting


The Environmental Law Society will hold their first meeting of the year on Wednesday, September 8 in Room #188 at 12:00 noon. Come out and have lunch on ELS! We will choose 1L section reps, discuss the semester’s events and just generally have a great time!

GSA Meeting

The Gay Straight Alliance will hold a general meeting on Wednesday, September 8 in Room #186 at 12:00 noon.

Street Law Informational Meeting


Street Law is holding an informational meeting for ALL STUDENTS on Thursday, September 9, at 12:00 noon in Room #188. Street Law is a student organization committed to reaching out to the local community to educate teenagers about their rights and responsibilities as American citizens. The program seeks to accomplish teaching
classes on certain legal subjects to a wide variety of groups. Please join us for next week’s meeting to learn more! Refreshments will be served!

ABA Town Hall Meeting reminder



On Thursday, September 9, 2010 at 4:30 p.m., the American Bar Association Law Student Division will hold an online town hall meeting via web-cast in room #186. This meeting is open to all law students and will allow students at the different law schools to actively participate and ask questions. Food will be served. The purpose of the meeting is threefold:
1) Explain the purpose of the ABA as it relates to law students. The Panel will answer the question: “what does the ABA provide to me, as a law student?”
2) Student input. What do students want to see from the ABA NIU division? This is an opportunity for students to ask questions and directly assist in establishment of the school year agenda. Speakers or topics can be tailored to address input received from this meeting.
3) Loan forgiveness. The town hall meeting will provide insight regarding loan forgiveness. At this meeting, a short discussion will be provided regarding loan forgiveness–a popular topic in the wake of the question “is law school a wise investment?”
NIU COL students will have the opportunity to actively participate and ask questions. For more information, contact ABA Law Student Division Representative Matt Jakobsze at MattJakobsze@gmail.com.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Peoria Alumni Reception

The College of Law community is cordially invited to join Dean Jennifer Rosato for a cocktail reception with NIU COL alumni from Peoria and the surrounding area on Thursday, September 2.  Details are available on our website:  http://www.niu.edu/law/calendar/events/peoria_reception_sept10.shtml.  Please join us!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Remedies with Prof. Luna canceled

Professor Luna's Monday section of Remedies has been canceled for today, Monday, August 30.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Alumni Office News

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

Admissions & Financial Aid News for This Week


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

Please note that an Evidence book and Black’s Law Dictionary were left in the Admissions office. You may stop by during normal business hours to claim these items.

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of August 30

  • THEMIS Welcome back, NIU COL! Please stop by the Themis table on Monday, August 30 from 12:00–1:30 p.m. to see what the buzz about this great new bar review program is. We just expanded into 8 new states! Also, for 3Ls, we are offering FREE MPRE review materials for the November MPRE. And as a reminder, the deadline to register for the November MPRE is September 28, 2010, and the late deadline is October 14, 2010.
  • KAPLAN PMBR  Kaplan PMBR will host an information table in the Marshall Gallery on Thursday, September 2, from 11:00–2:00. DISCOUNTED $50 deposits at the table on Thursday for 1/2Ls! Lock-in your KPMBR tuition rates and get a substantive outline book and MP3 lectures for all your courses NOW! First 10 students to pay their $50 deposit at the table get an EXTRA Flow Chart study aid for FREE! 3Ls, FREE, online MPRE Course is available NOW! Pick-up your course book at the table on Thursday. If you have not paid a deposit yet to Kaplan PMBR, pay $200 by November 12th to lock-in lowest rates. ABA, NBLSA, and Kaplan alumni discounts are available on all courses. Have a great fall semester!

Locker Slip Reminder

The College of Law Office of Budget and Records wants to remind every student using a locker to turn in a locker slip to the box in Room #176. Please do so whether you are new to the college or a returning user of the locker. Beginning next week, you jeopardize having the lock cut and contents removed from a locker not registered with our office. The posted deadline is September 1, 2010 to turn them in.

1L Informational Meeting w/ Dean Mandell


Dean Mandell will hold an open meeting for all 1Ls. Section 1 will meet on Tuesday, August 31, at 12:00 noon in Room #188. Section 2 will meet on Thursday, September 2, at 12:00 noon in Room #170. Please bring any thoughts, comments or questions!

RELS Informational Meeting


The Real Estate Law Society will be holding an informational meeting on Wednesday, September 1st at Noon in Room #187. We will be electing officers for the secretary and treasurer positions and discussing upcoming events. We hope to see you there!

BLSA Meeting


The first BLSA meeting of the year will be Wednesday, September 1st at Noon in Room #173. BLSA will be discussing the calendar for September and October, the K. Patrick Yarbrough scholarship, and the upcoming BBQ Rib and Chicken fund-raiser. All BLSA members please remember to sign up for the BLSA page on TWEN.

SALDF Informational Meeting


The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund is holding an informational meeting on Thursday, September 2 at 2:30 p.m. in Room #173. A light animal friendly snack will be served. SALDF is a great way to get involved, build your leadership skills and share your love of animals! Members don’t pay dues and meat eaters are more than welcome. The only requirement is a contribution of your time and effort to promote our mission: To provide a
forum for education, advocacy, and scholarship aimed at protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system, and raising the profile of the field of animal law. If you have any questions please e-mail Kathryn Williams at k.williams507@gmail.com. We hope to see you there!

APALSA Informational Meeting


The Asian & Pacific American Law Student Association will hold an informational meeting on Thursday, September 2, in Room #186 at 12:00 noon. Free food will be served!

Mandatory Work Certification Form


REMINDER: Please fill out the Work Certification Form and return it to Barbara in Room 172A by Friday, September 3. There are blank copies on the table next to the Northern Star on the lower floor of Swen Parson.

Please find below the Work Certification Form mandated by the A.B.A. Every student must fill out this document and return it to Barbara in Room 172A by Friday, September 3rd, as a condition of continued enrollment at the College of Law.

Please see page 29 of the Student Handbook, OUTSIDE EMPLOYMENT OF LAW STUDENTS
“Students enrolled in 13 or more credit hours may not be employed more than 20 hours per week during the semester. Work as a graduate assistant or research assistant counts toward the 20-hour limitation. All students enrolled in 13 or more hours are required to sign a certification each semester that they are not employed more than 20 hours per week.”
PLEASE NOTE: ALL STUDENTS MUST FILE THE FORM FOR RECORD KEEPING PURPOSES.

ABA Town Hall Meeting


On Thursday, September 9, 2010 at 4:30 p.m., the American Bar Association Law Student Division will hold an online town hall meeting via web-cast in room #186. This meeting is open
to all law students and will allow students at the different law schools to actively participate and ask questions. Food will be served. The purpose of the meeting is 3 fold:
1) Explain the purpose of the ABA as it relates to law students. The Panel will answer the question: “what does the ABA provide to me, as a law student?”
2) Student input. What do students want to see from the ABA NIU division? This is an opportunity for students to ask questions and directly assist in establishment of the school year agenda. Speakers or topics can be tailored to address input received from this meeting.
3) Loan forgiveness. The town hall meeting will provide insight regarding loan forgiveness. At this meeting, a short discussion will be provided regarding loan forgiveness–a popular topic in the wake of the question “is law school a wise investment?”
NIU COL students will have the opportunity to actively participate and ask questions. For more information, contact ABA Law Student Division Representative Matt Jakobsze at MattJakobsze@gmail.com.

Residency Requirements


Residency Requirements:
If you are planning to apply for in-state tuition rates for the spring 2011 semester, Illinois residency must have been established by July 18, 2010. Please process the necessary documents by the deadline of February 18,  2011. Residency petitions, requirements and additional information is available at: http://www.reg.niu.edu/regrec/residency/index.shtml

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Friday, August 20, 2010

Scholarships and Writing Competitions

Be sure to check the Docket every week for updated scholarship and writing competition information:
http://www.niu.edu/law/calendar/docket/index.shtml

Law Library Fall Hours


The Law Library will be open Monday, August 16 through Sunday, November 28, 2010 as follows:
Monday - Thursday  7:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Friday  7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday  10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday  12:00 noon - 11:30 p.m.

Exceptions:
LABOR DAY WEEKEND:
Saturday, September 4, 2010  10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 5, 2010  2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Monday, September 6, 2010  2:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

THANKSGIVING RECESS:
Wednesday, November 24, 2010  8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 25, 2010  CLOSED
Friday, November 26, 2010  CLOSED
Saturday, November 27, 2010  CLOSED
Sunday, November 28, 2010 12  Noon - 11:30 p.m.

Reference Services Available: 
Monday-Thursday  9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday  9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday  10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Law Library News


The law library faculty and staff wish you a great semester. Librarians are happy to assist you with any information or research needs you may have and are available Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and on Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Graduate assistants Julie Pirtle (2L) and Travis Lutz (2L) will be at the reference desk on Sundays from noon - 8 p.m. and Monday - Thursday, 6 - 9 p.m. The library circulation desk is staffed at all times the library is open and is the place to go to reserve study rooms and check out items from both the reserve and regular library collections.


Library updates over the summer:
Welcome to 1Ls, and welcome back to 2Ls & 3Ls! Over the summer there have been several updates to the resources available to you through the library's Web site:

1. New method for off-campus access: NIU has switched from using the VPN to EZproxy for off-campus access to selected library databases. When you click on a database that can be accessed from off campus via EZproxy, you will be brought to a screen where you can enter your student ID (Z-id) and password. Once you authenticate through EZproxy, you'll be returned to the Law Library home page. From there you can access any of the databases that are accessible from off-campus via EZproxy. As long as you do not close your browser window, you can switch from database to database without having to re-authenticate. For more information, please see the FAQ at http://law.niu.edu/law/library/help_faq.shtml#offcampus. To see which databases are accessible via EZProxy, see the Online Research Center page at http://law.niu.edu/law/library/onlineresearchcenter.shtml.

2. Aspen treatises now available through LoisLaw: The LoisLaw database now includes full-text access to over 70 Aspen treatises. For a full list of titles and subject areas, see http://law.niu.edu/law/library/onlineresearch/loislaw_aspen_treatises.shtml. Please note that a login and password is no longer required for LoisLaw if you are accessing it from on-campus, but is still required for off-campus access.

3. New look for NIU library catalog and I-Share Universal catalog: The interface for both catalogs has been changed to "VuFind," which features an easier to read format and with additional functionality. Instead of having to input your 16-digit OneCard ID, you can now create your own custom login to the library catalog to request books and renew items. For more information about VuFind and how to set up a custom login, see the FAQ at http://law.niu.edu/law/library/help_faq.shtml#OPAC.

4. Change to Universal Borrowing loan periods: As of August 4, I-Share has gone to a uniform loan period for all items requested on interlibrary loan from I-Share libraries. (Previously each I-Share library was allowed to set their own loan periods.) The new loan period for all borrowers, including faculty and graduate students, is now 28 days, with a maximum of 3 renewals.

If you have any questions on the above changes, please feel free to contact Sharon Nelson, Assistant Technical Services & Systems Librarian, at slnelson@niu.edu or 753-2021.



Activities Fair Reminder


An activities information program will be held on Tuesday, August 24, 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.

SBA Meeting


The first SBA meeting of the year will be Wednesday, August 25th at noon in the Faculty Conference Room, located next to the Marshall Gallery. The SBA will be discussing upcoming student events, the introduction of a new student group, and the Dean’s Picnic. SBA meetings are open to all NIU COL students and faculty.

Dean's Picnic Reminder

The Annual Dean’s Picnic will be held on Thursday, August 26th at 4:00 p.m. at the Oderkirk Property on Annie Glidden Road, next to the IHOP.  Please join us!

Federalist Society Sponsors Debate

The Federalist Society is planning on holding a debate on Wednesday, October 6th 2010 from 2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. between Professor Robert Jones and a guest speaker, attorney Clark Neily, from the Institute of Justice.  Please join us for a spirited event!

Minority Law Students Reception

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office is hosting the 6th Annual Minority Law Students Reception at the  John Marshall Law School, Room 3 East, 315 South Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL 60604, on October 15th 2010 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The evening will consist of a short program followed by a networking reception. Registration begins at 5:15 p.m. Students are being asked to RSVP for this event to April Evans at 312-603-1817 or April.Evans@cookcountyilgov.com.

Agen Students Visit


This summer 20 NIU COL students attended the 15th year of the College of Law Summer Program in Agen, France, hosted by the Université Montesquieu-Bordeaux IV.

This fall the College of Law will, for the 4th year, host a group of French law students (and this year business students) from Bordeaux IV and the Centre Universitaire d’Agen here in DeKalb for a three week Introduction to American Law and Business. The French students arrived on Friday, August 20, and will be here until Thursday, September 9. Their program will consist of a series of lectures and visits to courts and other legal and business 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.

Please keep your eyes open for further announcements of opportunities to meet and interact with our French guests.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Additions to Student Handbook

Please observe the following additions to the 2010 Student Handbook from the office of the Associate Dean for Student Services:
http://www.niu.edu/law/academic/2010_Student_Handbook_Additions.pdf

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Monday, August 16, 2010

First Assignments for Employment Discrimination Law with Prof. Green

Please read the first two chapters in your text for Tuesday and Thursday's class meetings.

First Class Assignment for Intro to Lawyering Skills, Professor O'Brien

First class assignment - Please read Tab 1 in the Taylor book.

SELS Golf Scramble


Welcome back to NIU COL everyone! The Sports & Entertainment Law Society wants to see how hard you've worked on your golf game all summer. What better way than to have an 18-hole scramble?

It will be held Saturday, August 28 from 8:30am - 2:00pm at River Heights Golf Course. Get together your own 4-some or come alone! Email Matt Jakobsze at mattjakobsze@gmail.com to sign up.

DETAILS:
- The deadline to sign up is Monday, August 23
- Singles are welcome - we will find you a group!
- Shotgun start at 8:30am, with tee times until noon
- Format: Play the best-ball of the 4-some. No mulligans.
- The cost is $50/person or $200 per 4-some, and includes a cart. Make checks payable to the Entertainment & Sports Law Society. This is a great deal considering the course typically costs $45, and you'll be playing for prizes.

Prizes will be awarded for the following:
- Best 4-some overall score
- Longest Drive
- Closest to the Pin
- Longest Putt

Food or alcohol is not included, so bring your own or get it at the course. Email Matt Jakobsze with questions or concerns.

News from the Admissions & Financial Aid Office


Periodically, we will post notices in the Docket, including scholarship opportunities and writing competitions. Additionally, please feel free to come to us with questions you may have surrounding the administration of your financial aid. We collaborate with the University’s Office of Student Financial Aid and will be happy to assist you.

Enjoy your journey!
Director Sarah Scarpelli and Assistant Director Sandy Polanco

News from the Career Opportunities Office


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 (3L) and Trisha Chokshi (2L).

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 through your email usually Monday or Tuesday mornings, depending on when it goes to print.

Alumni Office News


Welcome back students and welcome first-year students! 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, Director of Alumni Events and Public Relations, is in Room #285; Jacob Imm, Assistant Director, is in Room 356; and graduate assistants Katie Becker ('11) and Kevin Kaufman ('12) are in Room #276.
Reminder to 1Ls: Please complete and return your Publicity Release Forms to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid.

One of our first main events is Homecoming on Saturday, October 16. Stop by the NIU Law tent and tailgate with fellow students, graduates, and professors.

Saturday, October 16 – Homecoming & NIU Law Tailgating Buffalo vs. NIU – Tailgating time: Noon – Game time: 2:30 p.m.

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 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). Have a great year!

Attention Heads of Student Organizations!


Please send any updates to your organization’s Web page, including officer changes, to Jacob Imm, Web Communications Administrator , jimm@niu.edu, 753-9486. If your organization does not currently have a web page on the COL web site, we’d like to have your group represented! Contact Jacob for details.

Dean's Picnic


Save the date! The Annual Dean’s Picnic will be held on Thursday, August 26th at 4:00 p.m. at the Oderkirk Property on Annie Glidden Road, next to the IHOP.

Activities Program


An activities information program will be held on Tuesday, August 24, 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.