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.”

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:

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.

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.

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:

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.

- 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.

To All Students

The new 2010 Student Handbook is available on the College of Law Website. Please take time to familiarize yourself with the Handbook, as it contains current College of Law policies and procedures, and helpful information about the school. The link is http://www.niu.edu/law/academic/2010_Student_Handbook.pdf. Hard copies are also available.

Friday, August 13, 2010

First Assignment for Land Use Controls with Prof. Cordes

For the first class on Tuesday, August 17, please read pp. 1-25 in the casebook.  For the second class on Thursday, August 19, please read pp. 49-70.

First Assignments for Constitutional Law, Section 2

There is a supplement for the class that can be picked up from the faculty secretarial offices.  There is a $5.00 charge.

For the first assignment on Wednesday, August 18, please read pages 229-243 in the text, pages 1-5 in the supplement, and pages 248-265 in the text.  For the second assignment on Friday, please read pages 305-319 in the text and pages 5-15 in the supplement.

Professor Walton's Intellectual Property Text

Intellectual Property:
Professor Walton will be using
- 2009 Intellectual Property Supplement by Dreyfuss (ISBN 978-159941-7646)
- Intellectual Property textbook by Dreyfuss, 2nd ed., 2004 (ISBN 978-156662-8129)

Thank you.

First Assignments for Mediation Theory & Practice with Prof. Green

Professor Green
For the first two class meetings please read the first two chapters in Kovach, Mediation Principles & Practice.

First Assignments for Trial Advocacy with Prof. Taylor

For class on Monday, August 16th, please pick up a course materials packet from the faculty secretaries.  (It will be available Monday morning).

Read:   In Trial Techniques:
Chapter 1 – The Trial Process, pages 1-11;
            Chapter 2 – The Psychology of Persuasion, pages 13-29;

Excerpt from Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury: Greatest Closing Arguments In Modern Law (Discussion of Gerry’s Spence’s closing argument in the Karen Silkwood case, often regarded as one of the greatest closing arguments delivered.) (in course materials)
In Materials in Trial Advocacy: Problems and Cases:
Problem 7.2 - Garcia v. Richards, pages 445-457

First Assignment for Torts, Section One

Prior to the first class, please read pages 2 through 32 in the Dobbs casebook.  No other casebook reading will be required for the first week.  A detailed syllabus has been posted to TWEN.

Prof. Naftzger

First Assignment for Civil Procedure, Section One

Assignment for Wednesday, August 18th.
Please read pages 1-4, 261-268, 4-6 in the casebook.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

2010 Student Organization Fair

This year's annual student organization fair has been set for Tuesday, August 24th. The event will take place in the Marshall Gallery beginning at 10am. All students and faculty are invited to attend the event to see NIU's various organizations on display. If your student organization is planning on setting up a table, please RSVP to Jenny Jeep (JennyJeep@gmail.com) by August 16th.

2010 NIU COL Student Book Exchange

A book exchange website has been set up for all NIU law students. Students can now buy or sell their used textbooks by exchanging information online. The web address is: http://groups.google.com/group/niu-col-book-exchange

First Assignment for Remedies with Prof. Luna

First Class Assignment

Please Read Pps. 1-9.

First Assignments for Entertainment Law with Prof. King

Please read the following by the dates listed:
Monday, August 16 - Chapter 1, pages 3-13
Wednesday, August 18 - Chapter 1, pages 14-38
Please also read the corresponding sections in the Garon Supplement.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

First Assignments for Professional Responsibility with Prof. Rigertas

For the first class read Chapter 1 in Schwartz, Problems in Legal Ethics.  Register on TWEN to get a copy of the syllabus during the first week of classes.

First Assignments for Torts, Section 2 with Prof. Rigertas

First two assignments:

·       Assignment 1 – Introduction and Battery – Pages 1-14

·       Assignment 2 – Battery, cont. and Assault – Pages 14-23

Once you have access to Westlaw you can register for my course on TWEN and obtain a copy of the course syllabus.

First Day Assignments for Advanced Criminal Procedure

For August 17th meeting, per Judge Mahoney:


Bail Reform Act (Supp.  p. 236-247) 

U.S. v. Salerno (pp. 939 - 951)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

First Assignments for Criminal Law

First Assignments for Professor Falkoff's Criminal Law (section 2).

For our first class on Monday, August 16, please read pages 1–17 in your casebook (introductory materials on criminal law) and pages 73–77 (the interesting case of Regina v. Dudley and Stephens).     

The readings for our second class, on Tuesday, August 17, will be pages 67–73 and 79–105 of your casebook (on philosophical and academic perspectives on punishment).  You should feel free to read ahead, since this is a rather lengthy assignment.