Friday, January 29, 2010

SBA Law Basketball League begins week of Feb. 1

The Law Basketball League will begin the week of February 1st. It is a coed league, and all are welcome to sign up. It is paid for by the SBA so there are no fees for signing up. This is a great opportunity to get out and get to know other students you might not otherwise meet.

The teams will be divided up by random assignment based on skill level, height, and gender.

The games will be officiated by Recreation Services and played at the Recreation Center on Tuesday or Thursday nights at 10:00 p.m.

This is a fun league, and we have traditionally had very high participation of students with varying skill levels. In order to be a success, we need about 60 students to sign up to fill all 8 teams. If you sign up, you may also be lucky enough to see Eric Johnson get his shot volleyball swatted across the court again this year.
  • In order to play you must bring your student ID to the games to play and sign a waiver.
  • Captains for each team will be chosen
  • Each team will be assigned a color of T-shirts to wear and you will choose a team name.
  • Rosters will be posted in the glass case by Saturday at 1:00 p.m. 
If you have any questions contact Aaron Galloway at aaron.s.galloway@gmail.com.

"Careers in Family Law" panel, Feb. 3

Careers in Family Law Panel, Riley Courtroom, 12:00 noon

CLS meeting, Feb. 3

The Christian Legal Society will meet Wednesday, February 3 at noon in Room 187. Please bring your bibles and sack lunches as Professor Cordes continues his bible study series on the formation of the Christian lawyer with "The Christian Lawyer as Servant." All are welcome.

PAD meeting Feb. 3

Phi Alpha Delta will be having its general meeting on Wednesday, February 3rd at 12:00 noon in Room #150. PAD members please be sure to attend, as we will be nominating candidates for officer positions for the next school year. Pizza and pop will be provided.

PILS auction kickoff meeting, Feb. 4

All 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls are invited to a meeting on Thursday, February 4 in Room #186 at 12:00 noon to discuss the upcoming auction. We will be discussing what activities there are to sign up for, canvassing and donation solicitation efforts, and what we can all do to ensure this year’s auction will be great! Food will be provided!

First Preliminary Round 2L Moot Court, Feb. 6

The first preliminary round of the 28th Annual Prize Moot Court Competition begins Saturday,
February 6th at 9:30 a.m. in the Riley & Chessick courtrooms. Please visit the Moot Court Society Office or the bulletin board for details.

Character & Fitness Committee

The Illinois Bar Exam is administered by the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar as part of the process of identifying and recommending to the Supreme Court qualified candidates for admission to the Illinois Bar.
The Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar consists of seven members of the bar appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to oversee the administration of all aspects of bar admissions in the state, including the Character and fitness process, the semiannual administration of the bar examination, and the review and approval of applications for admission on motion.

Bar review tables for the week of Feb. 1

  • Please be sure to visit the Themis table on Monday, February 1, from 12:00—2:00 p.m.
  • Please stop by the BARBRI table in the Marshall Gallery on Tuesday, February 2nd, from 9:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Kaplan PMBR will have a table in the Gallery on Thursday, February 4th from 11:00-2:00 p.m. Come get your free MPRE Book. Enroll by the winter deadline of March 11, 2010.

3Ls: Information about IBABY, Dean's Certificate & out of state bar exams

The standard policy at NIU COL is that a Dean’s Certificate is prepared for all graduates by the Office of Budget & Records (Robin and Diana) and sent to IBABY. They will do this in May after verifying that you have fulfilled all requirements for graduation. You do not need to provide them with a Dean’s Certificate form for IBABY.
However, if you are applying to take the bar exam in a state other than Illinois and that state requires a form similar to the Dean’s Certificate then you will need to provide a copy of that form to the Office of Budget & Records. Hope all is going well with meeting your February 1st IBABY deadline!

Library overdue & "courtesy" notices now being sent to students by email

The Law Library is now sending overdue and "courtesy" notices to students via email. The notices are sent to students’ "Z" email addresses, so please be sure to check your NIU email account regularly.
  • For regular (4-week) items students will receive a courtesy notice, reminding them of any items coming due soon, approximately 10 days before an item is due. If the item is not returned or renewed by the due date, an overdue notice will be sent the day after the item becomes overdue. A second overdue notice will be sent 2 weeks after the first notice if the item has still not been returned.
  • For Reserve items, students will receive the first overdue notice the day after the item goes overdue, and a second notice the day after that if the item has not been returned. (There are no courtesy notices for Reserve items.)
If you have any questions about the email notices, please contact Sharon Nelson in the Law Library at slnelson@niu.edu or 753-2021.

Debt Counseling and Federal Loan Forgiveness Program for Lawyers in Public Service

The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid will be organizing an informational panel for all law students on Student Loan Consolidation and the Federal Loan Forgiveness Program. More details will follow once we confirm a date for the panel.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

First-Year Block Schedule Revised

Please see the latest version (updated 1/28/10) at http://law.niu.edu/law/academic/schedules/FirstyrBlockSp10.pdf.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Correction to PILS kickoff meeting date -- Thurs. Feb. 4 (not Feb. 5)

The headline for last week's announcement of the PILS kickoff meeting incorrectly listed it as happening on Thursday, Feb. 5. The date is Thursday, Feb. 4. The body of the announcement is reprinted below:

All 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls are invited to a meeting on Thursday, February 4 in Room #186 at 12:00 noon to discuss the upcoming auction. We will be discussing what activities there are to sign up for, canvassing and donation solicitation efforts, and what we can all do to ensure this year’s auction will be great! Food will be provided!


Monday, January 25, 2010

Family Law (Prof. Hogan) - Assignments for Jan. 27 & Feb. 1

For Wednesday, Jan. 27, read the first half of Chapter 3. Please read the second half of Chapter 3 for class on Monday, Feb. 1, 2010.

Addendum to 2009 Student Handbook Published

A memo from Dean Gaebler outlining several important policy changes has been sent to all COL students. This memo serves as an addendum to the 2009 Student Handbook and the policies take effect immediately. The memo can also be found on the COL Web site at http://law.niu.edu/law/academic/student_handbook_2010_addendum.pdf.

Reminder: 2010 Election Forum Jan. 25

The NIU College of Law Women’s Law Caucus and the Women’s Bar Association will co-host the 2010 Election Forum. The Forum will be held in the Francis X. Riley Courtroom on Monday, January 25 at 7:00 p.m. Judicial candidates for the Appellate Court and Circuit Court primaries will be present. Email your questions for the candidates to WBAElectionForum@gmail.com. Meet and greet the candidates, ask questions and get answers! BE AN INFORMED VOTER. Open to the public and free of charge.

CLS Meeting Jan. 27

The Christian Legal Society will meet Wednesday, January 27 at noon in Room 187. Please bring your bibles and sack lunches as Professor Cordes continues his bible study series on the formation of the Christian lawyer with "The Christian Lawyer as Servant." All are welcome.

Bar Review Tables Week of Jan. 25

  • Welcome back students! Please be sure to visit the Themis table on Monday, January 25, from 12:00—2:00 p.m. Themis is offering free access to the MPRE review materials, just in time for the MPRE in March! Be sure to check out our exceptional bar pass rate statistics! Hope to see you Monday!

  • Please stop by the BARBRI table in the Marshall Gallery on Wednesday, January 27th from 10:00—2:00 p.m.

Reminder: Deans' Town Meeting Jan. 28

The Deans’ Town Meeting for the semester will be held on January 28, at 2:30 p.m. in Room 170. Deans Rosato, Gaebler, and Mandell will give an update on the law school as well as answer your questions. Please email Dean Rosato (jrosato@niu.edu) if you have any questions you would like addressed.

PILS Auction Kickoff Meeting Feb. 4 (corrected date)

All 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls are invited to a meeting on Thursday, February 4 in Room #186 at 12:00 noon to discuss the upcoming auction. We will be discussing what activities there are to sign up for, canvassing and donation solicitation efforts, and what we can all do to ensure this year’s auction will be great! Food will be provided!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Prof. Falkoff to Speak on Censorship Jan. 20, Evanston, IL

Professor Falkoff will participate in a discussion with Bill Ayers and Sunsara Taylor on the topic, "Pervasive Censorship in the Information Age: Scripting the National Narrative," at BooCoo Cafe, 1823 Church Street, Evanston, at 7 p.m. Additional event details can be found at http://dropthecharges.net/?cat=23.

Women's Bar Assn. 2010 Election Forum Mon. Jan. 25, 7 p.m.

Sponsored by the WBA for the 16th Judicial Circuit.
For details, see the flyer at http://www.niu.edu/law/calendar/events/WBA_DeKalb_Election_Forum1.pdf

Employment Law Assignments (Prof. Schmall) - 1/20/10 & 1/25/10

Employment Law
Professor Schmall
  • 1/20/10   Topic: Who is an employee and who is an independent contractor? Text: pp. 401-410; brief: Dial America; Vizcaino; Dillon Constr. & Accident Fund Ins. Co. of Am. v. Carter, 2009 Va. App. LEXIS 568 (Va. Ct. App. Dec. 22, 2009).
  • 1/25/10   Topic: The labor pool and residency requirements Text: pp. 82-86, 95-118; brief: Kotch, Collins, Hoffman Plastics, Williams,Wardwell.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Haiti Request

This past Tuesday in 36 seconds a 7.0 earthquake destroyed the beautiful island of Haiti. It is a complete disaster in Haiti with hundreds of thousands dead, millions more left homeless, and many people are still buried alive under buildings after 3 days.
My name is Mickel-Ange Eveillard currently a 1L, and of Haitian descent with many family members still living in Haiti. Last night I received news that some of my family are confirmed dead, some are alive, and many are still unaccounted for. Although I feel helpless in this state of uncertainty, I realized that we can help from DeKalb, Illinois. I believe that NIU can join the worldwide efforts in helping a country that desperately needs every little contribution.
I encourage all my fellow students to make a $5 donation that will be billed on your next phone bill simply by texting: YELE to 501501 (you can text up to 6 times), or write a check to Yele Haiti and drop it in my mailbox. All monetary donations will go to Wyclef Jean’s organization ―Yele Haiti, which I know will be swift in allocating the money for much needed ground support in Haiti.
Also, there will be boxes located in the Marshall Gallery, and by Dean Mandell’s office for donations of: dry food, canned food, powdered milk, baby food, toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, soap, Band-Aids, Tylenol, medical supplies, Alcohol pads, latex gloves, Clorox wipes, flashlights, and clothing. The people of Haiti are in a time of desperate need, any little donation or contribution will go a long way no matter how small! Haiti’s slogan is ―"L’Union Fait La Force" which means ―"Through Unity Comes Strength." This is a time when we all need to be united so that Haiti may regain some strength. You may contact me via email m.eveillard@yahoo.com for any further questions or comments.

Bar Review Tables This Week

  • Tuesday, Jan. 19: BarBri Table, Marshall Gallery, 9:00—11:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 21: Themis Bar Review Table, Marshall Gallery, 11:00—2:00 p.m. Welcome back NIU! Stop by the Themis Bar Review table in the Marshall Gallery on Thursday, January 21 for information on our spring promotions and summer 2010 bar review courses. Course start dates, fees, and our summer 2009 Pass Rates will be available – see if Themis is the right choice for you.

Save the Date: Deans' Town Meeting Jan. 28

The Deans’ Town Meeting for the semester will be held on January 28, at 2:30 p.m., room TBA. Deans Rosato, Gaebler, and Mandell will give an update on the law school as well as answer your questions. Please email Dean Rosato if you have any questions you would like addressed.

Upcoming ABA Site Inspection Visit

As some of you may already know, the College of Law will be having its ABA (American Bar Association) site visit from February 28 – March 3, 2010. An ABA site visit occurs every seven years at every accredited law school. In addition to visiting classes and talking to faculty and staff, the members of the site team will be visiting students individually and in groups. More details will be announced in the next month.

Ombudsman Assistantship Applications Due Feb. 1

The Office of the Ombudsman will be accepting applications in January for a 2010-11 graduate assistantship. This fulltime assistantship requires 20 hours of work per week. Training will begin on August 9, 2010. Preference will be given to graduate students who are eligible for work-study financial aid and who do not plan to graduate before May, 2012. For more information about this position please call 753-1414 to speak with Ms. Mary Ann Erickson or one of our current graduate assistants, Demetra Christopoulos (3L) or Will Petsche (2L). Information is also available at Career Services in the College of Law. Applications are due on or before February 1, 2010.

Bar Study Loan Reminder

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 must receive a school certification signed by the University Student Financial Aid Office, 2nd floor of Swen Parson Hall.

Residency Requirements Deadline Feb. 11

If you are planning to apply for in-state tuition rates for the Spring 2010 semester, Illinois residency must have been established by July 11, 2009. Please process the necessary documents by the deadline of February 11, 2010. Residency petitions, requirements and additional information is available at: http://www.reg.niu.edu/regrec/residency/index.shtml

FAFSA Application Deadline Approaching

It’s that time of year again… if you plan on obtaining federal student loans for the 2010-2011 academic year, a FAFSA application should be completed by the University priority deadline of March 1, 2010. Remember that when you fill out the FAFSA all law students are considered independent and you do not need your parent’s tax information. We encourage all of you to complete your income tax forms so that you may complete your online FAFSA application prior to March 1. You may access the online form at fafsa.ed.gov.

Scheduled Closures for Computer Lab

The computer lab in the Law Library will be closed for use by the Basic Legal Research class during the following weeks at the times listed below:
Weeks of January 25, February 1, February 15, March 1 and March 15:
Tuesdays: 10:00—10:50 a.m., 11:00—11:50 a.m., and 2:00—2:50 p.m.
Wednesdays: 9:00—9:50 a.m., 10:00—10:50 a.m., and 1:00—1:50 p.m.
Thursdays: 10:00—10:50 a.m. and 2:00—2:50 p.m.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Externship Opportunity Available Immediately

To All Third-Year Students and Second-Year Students Who Qualify for a 711 Liscense,

This is to advise you of an additional externship opportunity available immediately.  Professor Schlam is offering an externship with the DeKalb County State’s Attorney (Juvenile Court division).  Although it was not previously announced, this externship is available this semester.  Please see the description of this externship experience at http://law.niu.edu/law/academic/misc/Juvenile_Court_Externship_2.pdf.  If you are interested in this externship please see Prof. Schlam as soon as possible. 

David Gaebler
Associate Dean

Monday, January 11, 2010

Lawyering Skills, Section 3 (Mr. O'Brien) - First Assignment

For January 12, read "Introduction - Day One," of Materials and Exercises for Introduction to Lawyering Skills at Northern Illinois University College of Law, Taylor.

Property (Prof. Cordes) - First & Second Class Assignments

1/11/10

First class assignment: Please read pages 17-23 and 27-32.

Second class assignment: Please read pages 32-50.

First Amendment (Prof. Cordes) - First & Second Class Assignments

1/11/10

First class assignment:  Please read pages 3-36.

Second class assignment: Please read pages read 36-64.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Federal Courts (Prof. Falkoff) First Day Assignments

For our first class on Tuesday, please read pages 1-32 in the Federal Courts casebook. We will be discussing Marbury v. Madison and Monroe v. Pape in class. The assignment for Thursday, if you are looking to read ahead, will be pages 33-45, on immunity doctrine.

Criminal Procedure (Prof. Falkoff) First Day Assignments

For our first class on Tuesday, please read pages 2-24, 32-35, and 65-71, which is a series of introductory readings about criminal procedure. The assignment for Thursday, if you are looking to read ahead, will be pages 77-85 and 93-100, which include cases on due process.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Books for LAW 610 Family Law (Professor Hogan)

  • Family Law: Cases, Materials & Problems  by Swissher, Miller & Singer, 2nd edition (1998) Lexis-Nexis Publisher, ISBN:  0-8205-3128-6 
  • Family Law: Cases, Materials & Problems 2007 Supplement, ISBN:  1-4224-1841-3 
  • Thomson/West  Illinois Family Laws & Court Rules ISBN:  978-0-314-99068-6

Illinois Civil Practice (Prof. Parness) First Week Assignments

For our first class on January 12, please read Chapter 1 and Chapter 2, §§ 2.01 and 2.02, in the text.
The syllabus for the semester is posted on TWEN on Westlaw.

Administrative Law (Prof. Parness) First Week Assignments

For Monday, January 11, please read pages 1-19 in the text.
For Wednesday, January 13, please read pages 19-51 in the text.
The syllabus for the semester is posted on TWEN on Westlaw.

Corporations (Prof. Walton) - First Reading Assignment

The assignment for the first class is pages 1 – 48.  Students who have had Agency will find many (THOUGH NOT ALL) of the cases familiar and may simply want to review their notes on the familiar cases.   Students who have not had Agency should plan to read all of the materials on Agency (pages 1 – 74).  These cases are important for understanding many of the concepts presented in Corporations materials.  Since many students in the class have completed the Agency class we will move through the Agency materials quickly.  The course text is:

Business Associations
Agency, Partnerships, and Corporations
Seventh Edition
by
William A. Klein, J. Mark Ramseyer, & Stephen M. Bainbridge. 
THIS IS A NEW EDITION OF THE TEXT!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Class Assignment - Evidence (Prof. Taylor)

For class on Tuesday, January 12th,
please read pages 1-7 in Green, Nesson & Murray; and pages 1-25 in Imwinkelried.

Trial Advocacy Assignments - All Sections

FOR CLASS ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 12TH, PLEASE READ:

IN Trial Techniques:
  • CHAPTER 1 – THE TRIAL PROCESS, PAGES 1-11;
  • CHAPTER 2 – THE PSYCHOLOGY OF PERSUASION, PAGES 13-29;
 “Death by Plutonium” from Greatest Closing Arguments In Modern Law (EMAILED TO YOUR Z-NUMBER)
   
IN Materials in Trial Advocacy: Problems and Cases:
  • PROBLEM 7.2 - GARCIA V. RICHARDS, PAGES 445-457

Professor King's Spring 2010 Advance Reading Assignments

Entertainment Law:

Monday, January 11 - Chapter 1, pages 3-13
Wednesday, January 13 - Chapter 1, pages 14-38
Please also read the corresponding sections in the Garon Supplement.

Seminar: International Intellectual Property

Tuesday, January 12 - Please read the following articles:

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Torts secs. 1 &2 (Prof. Rigertas) - First class assignments

The first two reading assignments in Dobbs are:
  • First class - Pages 292-300 (up to but not including McCullom)
  • Second class – Pages 300-12
Register on TWEN; a copy of the syllabus will be posted there.

Professional Responsibility (Prof. Rigertas) - First class assignment

For the first class read Chapter 1 in Schwartz, Problems in Legal Ethics. 
Register on TWEN; a copy of the syllabus will be posted there during the first week of classes.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Professor Schneider Spring 2010 Advance Assignments

Business Bankruptcy (639):
  • Monday January 11 - skim/read pp. 3-10, 33-42, 45-47, 51-53, 54-55, 92-95, 101-111
  • Wednesday January 13 - read pp. 113-130, 131-138, 361-383
Business Tax (705):
  • Monday January 11 - skim pp. 1-5, 6-15, read pp. 15-18, skim pp. 19-25, read pp. 25-32
  • Wednesday January 13 - read pp. 32-39, skim pp. 46-48, 61-65, read pp. 66-72, do problem at p. 72, read pp. 72-78, do problem at p. 78, read pp. 78-79, do problems at pp. 79-80