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

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 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 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

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

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 for updates and additional details about each of these programs. Some times subject to change.
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          
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 or to Wendy Vaughn at, 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!


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 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!

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

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 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 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

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 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 3Ls enroll for our FREE, online MPRE course at 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 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:

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 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