Thursday, December 1, 2011

Watch Party - Huskies MAC Championship Game

Friday, December 2 
5:30-8:30 p.m. 

 Join Dean Rosato at the NIU Alumni Association's Official Watch Party to cheer on the Huskies as they take on Ohio University for the MAC Championship! We'll be at Goose Island in Wrigleyville, 3535 N. Clark Street, Chicago at 5:30 p.m. First round of drinks for law alumni is on us! We hope to see you there!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Results of the 2011 Client Counseling Competition

First-Place Team :
Michael Meyers & William Obuchowski

Runners Up:
Jason Borg & Kelly Haab-Tallistch

CONGRATULATIONS!! The winning team will represent the College of Law at the ABA Regional Client Counseling Competition in Chicago in February 2012, and the runners-up will serve as alternates. Congratulations and thanks also go to all who participated in the competition as contestants, as well as to the “clients” and judges who helped to make the competition a success.

Judge added to final bench for Moot Court XXX

The Moot Court Society is pleased to announce that the Honorable Sharon Johnson Coleman, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, will serve on the Final Bench for Moot Court XXX.

Research Assistants Needed for Clinical Faculty

Clinical Associate Professor Paul Cain and Clinical Assistant Professor Wendy Vaughn are each seeking a full-time Research Assistant for Spring 2011. 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. Each of the two Research Assistants will receive a pro-rata tuition waiver for one semester. To apply please send a cover letter and resume to Professor Cain at pcain@niu.edu and/or to Professor Vaughn at wvaughn@niu.edu.

Illinois Legal Aid Online app

Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO) offers a free tool to make getting involved in pro bono easier and better. The Illinois Pro Bono App gives attorneys and law students instantaneous access to a statewide database of volunteer opportunities that can be filtered by county, opportunity type, practice area, and skills acquired. In addition, the App offers comprehensive legal reference guides. These guides offer in-depth information on discrete areas of Illinois to assist you in your pro bono practice. The App is available for Apple and Android devices; just go to IllinoisProBono.org from your mobile browser to download.

Professor Schlam, Director of Pro Bono Initiatives

Bar Loan Notice 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

NIU Law Reception in Chicago

You are cordially invited to join Dean Rosato and the NIU Law Board of Visitors for an NIU Law Reception on Friday, December 9 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Chicago Sheraton (301 East North Water Street). This reception is held during the ISBA Mid-Year meeting. Complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served. RSVP to lawevents@niu.edu by December 2.

Constitutional Litigation Internships

Applications for spring and summer Constitutional Litigation Internships with Americans United for Separation of Church and State are due December 15, 2011 and January 15, 2012, respectively. For more information about Americans United and the internships, see http://www.au.org/about/employment/constitutional-litigation-internships. Also, see this and other opportunities on the American Constitution Society’s careers webpage. To discuss this further, contact Professor Schlam at lschlam@niu.edu.

Federalist Society Spring 2012 Debates

The Federalist Society has arranged three events (so far) for next semester. We are extending an invitation to the faculty to debate or provide opposing commentary on any of the below events. The Federalist Society is a forum for liberals, progressives, conservatives, and libertarians alike. Please contact Mike Meyers at mmeyers22@yahoo.com to participate in any events. With 80+ in attendance for each of our prior events, you can be assured there is big demand for discussion on hot legal issues.


  • Coming February 2012: Occupy the First Amendment: Should Congress Limit $ on Political Messages?   Allison Hayward, Vice President of the Center for Competitive Politics and former counsel for the Federal Election Commission will be coming to discuss Citizens United v. FEC which held that the First Amendment prohibits government from censoring political broadcasts in candidate elections that are funded by corporations or unions. A constitutional amendment has been drafted to overturn Citizens United. Did the Supreme Court get it right? Should the Constitution be amended to allow limitations on what businesses can spend on political messages? Is influence by corporations and labor unions over the political process a problem? What’s the fairest way to deal with it? Join the discussion! 
  • Coming March 2012: State v. Your Property: Eminent Domain and Poli¢ing for Profit   Scott Bullock, Institute for Justice lead counsel for Suzette Kelo in Kelo v. City of New London—which held that economic development is a permissible public purpose to justify taking property under the Fifth Amendment—will be discussing property rights under the Constitution. Although Scott lost Kelo, with many rejecting it via legislation and executive orders, the battle for property rights rages on! Scott will also be discussing civil asset forfeiture, where police seize property suspected of involvement in a crime without charging the owner criminally; the owner then must sue the government—prove the property’s innocence—to get it back (i.e. State of Texas v. 1 2004 Chevy Silverado … they really name the cases like this!). 
  • Coming April 2012: Is the PPAC Constitutional?… What Else Can Congress Force You to Buy?   Ilya Shapiro, Constitutional Studies Director at the Cato Institute will be discussing the constitutionality of the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”, commonly referred to as Obamacare. Ilya has debated libertarian legal principles on countless news programs; some of you may have seen him on the Colbert Report. Is the interstate commerce clause a blank check for federal legislative authority? Where can we draw the line? Does Congress have the authority to force you to buy health insurance? Can it mandate expenditures of businesses? Can it force states to expand their Medicaid programs? Will treatment and medicine be more accessible and equitable under the new health care law? What about quality?

Friday, November 11, 2011

Externship and Clinical Offering information session

Please come to an informational session regarding externships and clinical course offerings, which will be held on Monday, November 14th at noon in Room #170. Dean Mandell, Dean Gaebler and Professor Maddali will discuss the civil, criminal and judicial externship programs, and Professors Vaughn and Cain will provide details about the clinical offerings for the spring 2012 semester. If you are interested in doing a civil externship next semester, please email Professor Maddali at amaddali@niu.edu to schedule a meeting to discuss placement options.

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of November 14th


  • BARBRI will have a table in the Gallery on Monday, November 14, from 10:00-2:00 p.m. 
  • THEMIS will have a table in the Gallery on Tuesday, November 15, from 11:00-2:00 p.m. 
  • KAPLAN PMBR will have a table in the hallway near the Library on November 16, from 11:00-2:00p.m.

Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic Celebrates Ten Years!

Please join Dean Jennifer Rosato and the Northern Illinois University College of Law in celebrating the ten-year anniversary of the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 from 5:00-7:30 p.m. at the Clinic in Rockford. Special guests and speakers include the Honorable Michael J. Madigan, Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives; Dr. John G. Peters, President, Northern Illinois University; Dean LeRoy Pernell, former NIU Law Dean; and Barbara Giorgi Vella (’92). There will be a reception immediately following the program.  Bus transportation to the Clinic will be provided if there is enough interest. Please RSVP to lawevents@niu.edu by November 11 if you plan to attend and if you need transportation.

BLSA Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

The Black Law Student Association will have their annual Thanksgiving Dinner on Wednesday, November 16th at 12:00 noon in the Marshall Gallery. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door and can be obtained from Amber Ware or other BLSA members. See you there!!

SALDF Puppy Chow sale

The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund is still accepting new members! On November 16, 17, and 18th in the Marshall Gallery, SALDF will be selling PUPPY CHOW and other treats.

Criminal Law Society panel discussion

The Criminal Law Society will sponsor a Prosecution and Defense Panel on Wednesday, November 16th at 4:00 PM in the Riley Courtroom. Join DeKalb County State’s Attorney Clay Campbell and Boone County Public Defender Azhar Minhas (both from the NIU-COL class of 1991) as they discuss their unique perspectives and experiences in criminal law over the last 20 years. Free pizza and drinks will be served at the panel discussion, and a reception in the Marshall Gallery will follow the discussion.

American Constitution Society informational session

Do you believe in core constitutional values such as genuine equality, liberty, justice and the rule of law? Are you tired of hearing buzzwords like “originalism” and “strict construction” that use neutralsounding language but all too often lead to conservative policy outcomes? If so, please join us for an informational session on Wednesday, November 16th from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in Room #188 where we will discuss our plans and vision for the upcoming semester and how you can become a part of NIUCOL’s newly-revived American Constitution Society chapter. The ACS embraces the progress our nation has made toward full embodiment of the Constitution’s core values. ACS believes that law can and should be a force for improving the lives of all people. We are revitalizing and transforming legal and policy debates in classrooms, courtrooms, legislature and the media, and we are building a diverse and dynamic network of progressives committed to justice. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday!!

If you are unable to attend the informational meeting, feel free to contact Keith Dent [kdent446@gmail.com] and we can schedule a time to discuss any questions you may have. For more information, please visit www.acslaw.org.

South Suburban Bar Association Scholarship

The South Suburban Bar Association is offering a $1,500.00 scholarship available to a South Suburbs of Cook County resident and present interest to practice law in the South Suburbs upon graduation. Students should submit a cover letter of 200 words or less and a brief resume. Deadline for submission is November 16, 2011. Applications will only be accepted by mail or hand delivery to South Suburban Bar Association Scholarship Committee. For more information visit the Admissions Office or email lawadm@niu.edu.

Association of Securities and Exchange Alumni Writing Competition

The Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni, Inc. ("ASECA") is now accepting submissions for its writing competition on any subject in the field of securities law. Three cash prizes will be awarded. First place is $5,000; second place is $3,000; and third place is $2,000. Award winners will also be invited to the ASECA annual dinner in Washington, D.C. on February 24, 2012. The first place winner will be reimbursed for travel and lodging up to $1,000. Deadline for submission is November 18, 2011. For more information, please visit http://www.secalumni.org/content.asp?contentid=4.

Mark T. Banner Scholarship

The Linn Inn Mark T. Banner Scholarship was created in the name of the late Mark T. Banner, a former Linn Inn founder and Master, a leader in the field of patent law, and the son of Donald W. Banner. The purpose of the scholarship is to foster the development of intellectual property lawyers with commitment to ethics, professionalism, and civility. The scholarship is open to all students attending an ABA accredited law school, and interested in pursuing a career in intellectual property. The amount of the award is $5,000. Deadline for submission has been extended to November 23, 2011. Please see the website for more criteria and further details, http://www.linninn.org/marktbanner.htm.

Steven Knezevich Trust Scholarship

The Steven Knezevich Trust Scholarship is a Scholarship sponsored by Steven Knezevich Trust. Applicant must send self-addressed, stamped envelope for application. Request for applications can be sent to Steven Knezevich Trust, c/o Hack & Brodkey, S.C., 9830 North Courtland Drive, Mequon, WI 53092, P#: 262 241 5663 F#: 262 241 5645. Deadline for submission is November 30. For more information, please visit http://www.scholarships4school.com/scholarships/steven-knezevich-trust-scholarship.html.

American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers Writing Competition

The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers is currently accepting submissions for its 2011 Writing Competition on a topic dealing with consumer financial services law. The award includes a cash payment of $1000 for student work. Deadline for submission is December 1, 2011. For more information, please visit www.accfsl.org.

Albert S. Pergam International Law Writing Competition Award

The competition is intended to encourage students of law to write on areas of public or private international law. The Section believes that by providing a forum for students to disseminate their ideas and articles, the professional and academic communities are enriched. Entries will be judged on a variety of factors including significance and timeliness of the subject matter, thoroughness of research and analysis, and clarity of writing style. Entries should be emailed by 4:00 p.m. December 2, 2011 to the staff liaison. Prize Awarded: $2,000 and publication of the article. For more information visit: http://www.nysba.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Section_Awards6&Template=/CustomSource/Award/AwardDisplay.cfm&code=MS_PERGAM.

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP Diversity Scholarships

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP is offering a number of scholarships of up to $10,000 with paid summer associate positions to qualified applicants. Scholarship recipients will be Summer Associates in one of the firm’s offices during the summer and will be assigned a mentor - a Dinsmore & Shohl LLP lawyer - at the time the scholarship is awarded. The mentor will be available to the Scholar as a dedicated resource to assist with professional development. 1Ls must submit applications between December 1 and 31, 2011. For more information, please visit http://www.dinslaw.com/ or http://www.dinslaw.com/files/upload/DSScholarship.pdf.

American Association for University Women Career and Development Grant

The American Association for University Women is accepting applications for its Career Development Grants which provide assistance to women, who through additional higher education, technical training, or participation in professional development institute, are making career changes, seeking to advance in current careers, or re-entering the workforce. Awards range from $2,000-$12,000. Deadline for submission is December 15, 2011. For more information, please visit www.aauw.org or http://www.aauw.org/learn/fellowships_grants/career_development.cfm.

Center for Alcohol Policy's National Essay Contest

The Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP) is now accepting entries for its Fourth Annual Essay Contest. The CAP Essay Contest is intended to foster debate, analysis and examination of state alcohol regulation and its implications for citizens across the United States. The topic for this year’s contest is “The Importance of Toward Liquor Control to Modern Alcohol Policy.”The contest is open to all persons over the age of 18. Students, academics, practicing attorneys, policymakers and members of the general public are encouraged to submit essays. Papers may be e-mailed to essay@centerforalcoholpolicy.org or sent as a hard copy to: Center for Alcohol Policy; Attn: Essay Contest; 1101 King St, Suite 600-A; Alexandria, VA 22314. The deadline for entries is December 19, 2011. Winners will be announced in early 2012. Cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners in the amounts of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 For more information visit www.CenterforAlcoholPolicy.org.

BYU International Law & Management Review Writing Contest

The BYU International Law & Management Review (ILMR) is a biannual publication edited and operated by law and graduate management students at Brigham Young University. The ILMR selects for publication articles that provide practical insights into current issues faced by law and management professionals and that meet the Review's quality standards. The Review will consider all submissions received before December 31 for the Spring 2011 edition to be published in April/May 2011. For more information please visit, http://byuilmr.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=2&Itemid=9.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Scholarships Search

Be sure to check the online edition of The Docket for a listing of upcoming deadlines for scholarship and writing competition applications.

PILS Pizza Sale 11/9

PILS will be having a pizza sale tomorrow at noon in the Marshall Gallery sponsored by Kaplan. Pizza will be from Vinnys. $1 per slice and $.50 for a soda!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Moot Court Society semi-final bench judges

The Moot Court Society is pleased to announce the six semi-final bench judges for the 30th Annual Prize Moot Court Competition:

The Honorable Susan F. Hutchinson, Illinois Appellate Court 2nd District
The Honorable Joseph E. Birkett, Illinois Appellate Court 2nd District
The Honorable Michael Burke, Illinois Appellate Court 2nd District
The Honorable Tom Lytton, Illinois Appellate Court 3rd District
The Honorable William E. Holdridge, Illinois Appellate Court 3rd District
The Honorable Mary K. O’Brien, Illinois Appellate Court 3rd District

New SBA Faculty Committee members

The following members of the Student Bar Association will serve on the following Faculty Committees:

Bench and Bar - Nathaniel Tate
Curriculum - Dennis Collins
Strategic Planning and External Relations - Mallory Sanzeri
External Relations - Carmen Ross

Amnesty International panel discussion

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL is sponsoring a discussion on Domestic Violence, Stalking and Women’s Rights on November 7th at 6:00 p.m. in Swen Parson Room #150. The discussion will cover women’s rights involving the issues of domestic violence and stalking. Guest speakers and commentators will include Michelle Meyer, Executive Director of Mutual Ground, and Angela Daffron, the Founder of Jodi’s Voice. Mutual Ground is a non-profit organization whose mission is “to provide a safety net of services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault while on their journeys toward becoming survivors.” Jodi’s Voice is a 501©3 organization founded in honor of Jodi Sanderholm with a mission to increase awareness surrounding the crime of stalking. All are welcome to attend and join in the discussion. Come with reflections, comments and concerns.

Final Professionalism Lecture

The final lecture in the Northern Illinois University College of Law's “Introduction to the Legal Profession” program will be held on Wednesday, November 9th from 4:00-5:15 p.m. in the Regency Room of the Holmes Student Center at NIU. The event will feature alumna Cherilyn G. Murer ('78), President and CEO of Murer Consultants, Inc. and Chair of the NIU Board of Trustees. Cherilyn, who runs a successful a legal-based healthcare management consulting firm, will present on ethics and counseling clients in the business context. Immediately following the lecture, we will have a "Continue the Conversation" dinner from 5:30-7:00 p.m. to encourage discussion on the issues raised in the presentation.

If you are able to attend the lecture and/or the dinner, please RSVP to Melody Mitchell (mmitchell@niu.edu) by Monday, November 7. In addition, we would like to ask for your assistance in encouraging students in your classes to attend the lecture in order to have a strong showing for the final program.

PILS Raffle Ticket Sale

The Public Interest Law Society will be selling raffle tickets for the Fall Raffle through Thursday at 4:00 when the raffle is held! $5 per ticket or 5 for $20! The drawing will take place on Thursday, November 10th at 4:00 p.m.in the Marshall Gallery! You can check out/buy tickets in the Career Services Office! Buy some tickets and help support PILS.

Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic Celebrates Ten Years!

Please join Dean Jennifer Rosato and the Northern Illinois University College of Law in celebrating the ten-year anniversary of the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 from 5:00-7:30 p.m. at the Clinic in Rockford. Special guests and speakers include the Honorable Michael J. Madigan, Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives; Dr. John G. Peters, President, Northern Illinois University; Dean LeRoy Pernell, former NIU Law Dean; and Barbara Giorgi Vella (’92). There will be a reception immediately following the program. RSVP to lawevents@niu.edu. Bus transportation to the Clinic will be provided if there is enough interest. Please RSVP to lawevents@niu.edu by November 11 if you plan to attend and if you need transportation.

Externships and Clinical Offerings

Please come to an informational session regarding externships and clinical course offerings, which will be held on Monday, November 14th at noon in Room #170. Dean Mandell, Dean Gaebler and Professor Maddali will discuss the civil, criminal and judicial externship programs, and Professors Vaughn and Cain will provide details about the clinical offerings for the spring 2012 semester. If you are interested in doing a civil externship next semester, please email Professor Maddali at amaddali@niu.edu to schedule a meeting to discuss placement options.

SALDF Puppy Chow sale

The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund is still accepting new members! On November 16, 17, and 18th in the Marshall Gallery, SALDF will be selling PUPPY CHOW and other treats.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Update on this week's Professionalism Series Lecture

The next presentation in the Professionalism Series (open to all, mandatory for 1Ls) will be held this coming Wednesday, November 2 at 4:00 p.m in the Riley Courtroom. There will be a panel discussion on ethical danger zones and professionalism issues for law students and new practitioners moderated by Professor David Taylor.

Panelists include:
Hon. Janet Holmgren ('85)
Chief Judge, 17th Judicial Circuit

Denise Church
Senior Counsel, Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission

Mike Denning ('02)
Heyl Royster Voelker & Allen

Melinda Rosales ('03)
Cook County Public Defender

1L students have priority seating in the Riley Courtroom. An overflow room to provide additional seating will be available in Room 186.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

SELS Events for this week

To All Students interested in Sports and Entertainment Law Society: SELS will hold an informational meeting on Monday, October 31 at noon in room 188. Please join us to discuss our upcoming events, speakers, scholarship opportunities, etc. Lunch is on us!

Additionally, we will be hosting a watch party for the NIU v. Toledo Football game on Tuesday, November 1. The party will start at 7:30 at Fatty's. Free food will be provided! Hope to see you there! Thanks, Your Sports and Entertainment Board.

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of October 31

  • BARBRI will have a table in the Gallery on Monday, October 31, from 10:00-2:00 p.m. 
  • THEMIS will have a bar review table in the Gallery on Tuesday, November 1, from 11:00-2:00 p.m. 
  • KAPLAN PMBR will have a table in the Gallery on Wednesday, November 2, from 11:00—2:00p.m.

Delta says, "Thank you!"

Thank you to everyone who helped/participated in Delta’s Breast Cancer Awareness Week! We were able to go above and beyond our goal of raising $1000 and raised $2600 to donate to Susan G. Komen, Passionately Pink for the Cure! Thanks for all of your help and support in making the week very successful!!

ILS Foods From Around the World

The International Law Society is hosting “Foods from around the World”on Wednesday, November 2nd from 12:00-2:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Tickets are $5 and can be bought from Torrey Grenda, Jenna Fredrick, Will Obuchowski or Amanda Ptito. We are currently looking for volunteers to cook an international dish of your choice. Sign-up sheets are on the 1Ls bulletin board outside of Barb Manning’s office and on our TWEN site. There will be $25, $15 and $10 gift certificates for the three chefs that get the most votes. We hope to see you there! International Law Society is also looking for 1L section reps. All interested 1Ls should send your name and a few sentences about why you are interested to Torrey Grenda at tgrenda27@gmail.com. Deadline is Wednesday, November 2.

Next Professionalism Series Lecture This Week

The next presentation in the professionalism series is Wednesday, November 2nd, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m, in the Riley Courtroom with Professor Taylor.

ELS Presents Discussion on Asian Carp problem

The Environmental Law Society is sponsoring a presentation on Asian Carp in Illinois. Join environmental lawyer David Rieser and the ELS in discussing Illinois’ Asian Carp problem on Thursday, November 3, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in Swen Parson Room #186. David Rieser is a partner at McGuireWoods LLP and has focused on Environmental law issues for over 30 years. He recently represented a coalition of business trade associations that intervened in the lawsuit to close Illinois’ waterways to the Asian Carp. Mr. Rieser and the coalition prevailed in the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in denying the injunction to close the waterways. Hear Mr. Rieser’s view on Illinois’ Asian Carp problem and his involvement in the recent litigation. Please come with questions and concerns regarding the Asian Carp problem as well as general questions addressing the practice of environmental law! Light refreshments will also be served and all students and faculty are welcome to attend.

PILS Raffle Tickets on sale

The Public Interest Law Society will be selling raffle tickets for the Fall Raffle on Thursday, November 3rd at noon in the Marshall Gallery! $5 per ticket or 5 for $20! The drawing will take place on Thursday, November 10th at 4:00 p.m.! You can check out/buy tickets in the Career Services Office! Buy some tickets and help support PILS.

WBA looking for student mentees

The Women’s Bar Association is seeking students to act as mentees in the Law Student Mentoring Program. Approximately 12 to 15 students per school will be selected; preference will be given to 3Ls. The deadline for signing up for the mentoring program is Friday, November 4, 2011. Law students are committing to speaking and/or meeting with their mentors once per month from October through May. Law students are required to be current WBAI members and can sign up for the mentoring program by emailing Monique at wbai@wbaillinois.org. Please contact Bridget Liccardi (bliccardi@mrvlaw.com) or Jennifer Lutzke (jmlutzke@gmail.com) with any questions.

Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic Informational Session

Please come to an informational session regarding externships and clinical course offerings, which will be held on Monday, November 14th at noon in Room #170. Dean Mandell and Professor Maddali will discuss the civil, criminal and judicial externship programs, and Professors Vaughn and Cain will provide details about the clinical offerings for the spring 2012 semester. If you are interested in doing a civil externship next semester, please email Professor Maddali at amaddali@niu.edu to schedule a meeting to discuss placement options.

Alumni Office News

  • Please join Dean Jennifer Rosato and the Northern Illinois University College of Law in celebrating the ten-year anniversary of the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 from 5:00-7:30 p.m. at the Clinic in Rockford. Special guests and speakers include the Honorable Michael J. Madigan, Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives; Dr. John G. Peters, President, Northern Illinois University; Dean LeFoy Pernell, former NIU Law Dean; and Barbara Giorgi Vella (’92). There will be a reception immediately following the program. RSVP to lawevents@niu.edu. Bus transportation to the Clinic will be provided if there is enough interest. Please RSVP to lawevents@niu.edu by November 11 if you plan to attend and if you need transportation. 
  • You are cordially invited to join Dean Rosato and the NIU Law Board of Visitors for an NIU Law Reception on Friday, December 9 from 4:30—6:00 p.m. at the Chicago Sheraton (301 East North Water Street). This reception is held during the ISBA Mid-Year meeting. Complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served. RSVP to lawevents@niu.edu by December 2.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

College of Law Reception in Peoria

Alumni and friends are cordially invited to join Dean Jennifer Rosato and the NIU College of Law for a cocktail reception on Thursday, October 27, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Jim's Steakhouse - 110 SW Jefferson, Peoria, Illinois.  Complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served.  Come join us in celebrating the College of Law!  Please RSVP to lawevents@niu.edu or (815) 753-9655.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Budget & Records news

  • 1Ls: ABA standards state that we shall have on file the student’s “Official Transcript” showing receipt of a bachelor’s degree and all academic work. A copy supplied by the law School Data Service is NOT an “Official Transcript.” If you have not already done so, please request your undergrad transcript be sent to the following address: Northern Illinois University College of Law Attn: Julie Mahoney-Krzyzek SP276 DeKalb, IL 60115 
  • 1Ls, 2Ls & 3Ls: Please note new offices for: Professor Emeritus Jeffrey Parness SP172E, Professor Emeritus Malcolm Morris SP172C and Professor Jay Naftzger SP172B (They are located in the area between SP173 and SP170, near Barbara Manning’s office.

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of October 24th

  • BARBRI will have a table in the Gallery on Monday, October 24, from 10:00-2:00 p.m. 
  • THEMIS will have a bar review table in the Gallery on Tuesday, October 25, from 11:00-2:00 p.m. 
  • KAPLAN PMBR will have a table in the Gallery on Wednesday, October 26, from 11:00—2:00p.m.

SBA Palsgraf

Thank you so much to the students, faculty and alumni who helped make Casino Night a success! Our next event is Palsgraf, the College of Law’s annual Halloween Party. Join us for a night of fun NEXT FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2011, AT RIVER HEIGHTS GOLF COURSE FROM 8:00 P.M.-12:00 midnight. Prizes will be awarded for best costume! Tickets go on sale Monday, October 24, 2011 and can be purchased from any SBA representative.

Client Counseling Competition

All 2Ls and 3Ls are invited to participate in an internal competition to represent the College of Law at the ABA Regional Client Counseling Competition to be held February 17 and 18, 2012 in Chicago. The internal competition will take place on Friday, November 11, at 3:00 p.m. To participate, you must register by October 28 as part of a two-student team. Additional information about the competition is being e-mailed to you, and a question and answer session will be held at noon in Room #150 on Monday, October 24.

Drone Attacks Debate

The Legal and Ethical Implications of Drone Attacks Against Terrorist Leaders: 10/24 12:00-12:50pm in Swen Parson Room 170 (lunch will be served!)

On Monday, October 24, Professor Robert Turner of the University of Virginia College of Law and former national security advisor for the Senate foreign relations committee will be speaking with Professor Morse Tan of NIU College of Law from 12:00-12:50pm in the Riley Courtroom on the topic: “Did Anwar al-Awlaki deserve due process?” Issues that will be explored include the international law implications of drone missile attacks and foreign policy in the ongoing war on terrorism. We will also be serving pizza and soda at the event which is open to the entire NIU community!

There will be about ten minutes for questions at the end of the debate. I challenge you and your students to come up with some thoughtful questions to ask Professors Turner and Tan. A brief reception will follow for anyone that wants to speak with Professor Turner or Morse.

Community Forum on Farmworker Safety & Health

Farm-worker service providers, health and safety professionals and advocates, and other concerned individuals have organized a forum on October 25, 2011, at the Heritage Room, Holmes Student Center from 7-9 p.m., to hear testimony from impacted individuals and communities about current working conditions and proposals for change. A panel with representatives from regulatory agencies, legal experts, elected officials, public health professionals, and others will listen to the public testimony. All are welcome to join us in helping to bring awareness to this issue.

Cordes vs. Neily Debate

Judicial Engagement: Cordes vs. Neily Debate 10/26 4:00-5:00pm Swen Parson Rm 170 (dinner will be served!)

On Wednesday, October 26 The Federalist Society will be hosting our headline semester event on Judicial Engagement – whether or not judges should add bite to the rational basis test and restore economic liberty in the substantive due process clause of the Fourteenth amendment to strike down onerous occupational licensing laws and regulations that shut out or unduly burden competition in certain industries. Professor Mark Cordes of NIU COL will be debating Clark Neily of the Institute for Justice on this issue (See IJ’s work in Kelo v. City of New London and District of Columbia v. Heller). I encourage you to arrive around 3:45pm for food. The event is open to the entire NIU community.

We would also like to extend an offer for any faculty members to participate in a debate or panel discussion regarding law and public policy related issues. The Federalist Society aims to ensure all points of view are heard. Let us know topics you would be interested in debating or providing post-speaker commentary on and I will send you our list of hundreds of lawyers, judges, political commentators, and professors that participate in events with us. Contact Mike Meyers at mmeyers22@yahoo.com for more details.

Illinois Legal Aid Online Pro Bono opportunity

Jane Lombardi, LiveHelp Program Coordinator, Illinois Legal Aid Online, will be available to meet students and discuss the LiveHelp Program at a table in the Marshall Gallery on Wednesday, October 26, 2011, from 11:30 to 1:00. Feel free to stop by.

PILS Raffle Ticket sale

The Public Interest Law Society will be selling raffle tickets for the Fall Raffle on Thursday, October 27th at noon in the Marshall Gallery! $5 per ticket or 5 for $20! The drawing will take place on Thursday, November 10th at 4:00 p.m.! You can check out/buy tickets in the Career Services Office! Buy some tickets and help support PILS.

Life After Law School

Phi Alpha Delta presents LIFE AFTER LAW SCHOOL! Please join us October 27 at 2:30 p.m. in room #186 for a presentation by guest lecturer and alum Heather Darsie. Ms. Darsie will talk about strategies for success during and after law school. This presentation is open to all students. FOOD WILL BE PROVIDED!

APALSA General Meeting

The Asian Pacific American Law Students Association will be holding a general meeting at 12:00 noon on Thursday, October 27 in Room #186. All students are welcome and encouraged to come hear about what APALSA is, what we do, and the opportunities we provide.  Jimmy John’s will be provided.

Next Lecture on Professionalism

The next presentation in the Professionalism Series is November 2nd, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. with Professor Taylor.

SALDF News & Events

  • The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund is still accepting new members! Join us on facebook (NIU SALDF) and enter our pet photo contest. Winners will receive gift cards! One Halloween themed and the other general pet photo winner will be announced November 2nd
  • November 16, 17, 18th in the Marshall Gallery, SALDF will be selling PUPPY CHOW and other treats. 
  • The Humane Society of DeKalb is offering FREE black cats during the month of October.

ELS Asian Carp Problem presentation

The Environmental Law Society is sponsoring a presentation on Asian Carp in Illinois. Join environmental lawyer David Rieser and the ELS in discussing Illinois’ Asian Carp problem on Thursday, November 3, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in Swen Parson Room #186. David Rieser is a partner at McGuireWoods LLP and has focused on Environmental law issues for over 30 years. He recently represented a coalition of business trade associations that intervened in the lawsuit to close Illinois’ waterways to the Asian Carp. Mr. Rieser and the coalition prevailed in the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in denying the injunction to close the waterways. Hear Mr. Rieser’s view on Illinois’ Asian Carp problem and his involvement in the recent litigation. Please come with questions and concerns regarding the Asian Carp problem as well as general questions addressing the practice of environmental law! Light refreshments will also be served and all students and faculty are welcome to attend.

Amnesty International Women's Rights discussion

Amnesty International is sponsoring a discussion on Domestic Violence, Stalking and Women’s Rights on November 7th at 6:00 p.m. in Swen Parson Room #150. The discussion will cover women’s rights involving the issues of domestic violence and stalking. Guest speakers and commentators will include Michelle Meyer, Executive Director of Mutual Ground, and Angela Daffron, the Founder of Jodi’s Voice. Mutual Ground is a non-profit organization whose mission is “to provide a safety net of services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault while on their journeys toward becoming survivors.” Jodi’s Voice is a 501©3 organization founded in honor of Jodi Sanderholm with a mission to increase awareness surrounding the crime of stalking. All are welcome to attend and join in the discussion. Come with reflections, comments and concerns.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

2L Mock Trial Competition Finals

The final round of the 2L MOCK TRIAL COMPETITION will be held at 3:30 PM on Friday, Oct. 21st in the Riley Courtroom. Sarah Adamski & Valerie Goode will represent the prosecution. Kristin Good & Bill Wojnarowski will represent the defense. The case is a prosecution for fraud. These two teams have advanced through four preliminary rounds involving 21 teams. Everyone is welcome to watch the final round and congratulate the participants on their success.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Homecoming Events

Saturday, October 15:

  • Tailgate with the Dean from 11 a.m. - 2:00 p.m at the College of Law Tent (in Alumni Village near Huskie Stadium). Free food and drinks will be provided. 
  • Huskie Football kicks off at 2:30 p.m. Please let me know asap if you would like tickets in the NIU Law section. Faculty and staff will receive one free ticket. Additional tickets are only $8. 
  • Class of 1991, 1996, 2001, and 2006 Reunions will take place from 6-8 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Complimentary appetizers and cocktails will be provided. Please RSVP.

Phi Alpha Delta bags tournament

Phi Alpha Delta is hosting a bags tournament at the Alumni Tent before the NIU Homecoming Game on Saturday, October 15. Entry will be $5 per team payable at the event. Email NIUPAD@gmail.com for more information!

1L Mentor Program Kickoff

1L Mentor Program Kickoff will be held on Saturday, October 15th from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Invite your mentor or mentee to the event! Meet other program participants and get ideas for the coming year! The NIU COL Homecoming Tailgate Party will start right after the Kickoff! RSVP to Greg Anderson at ganderson@niu.edu

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of October 17th


  • BARBRI will have a table in the Gallery on Monday, October 17, from 10:00-2:00 p.m. 
  • THEMIS will have a bar review table in the Gallery on Tuesday, October 18, from 11:00-2:00 p.m. 
  • KAPLAN PMBR will have a table in the Gallery on Wednesday, October 19, from 11:00-2:00p.m.

Law Library Computer Lab closings for this week

The Computer Lab in the Law Library will be closed, for use by the Basic Legal Research course, during the days and times listed below, the week of October 17th.
Monday: 2:00-4:00 p.m. 
Tuesday: 10:00-11:00 a.m., and 2:00-3:00 p.m. 
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m.-Noon, and 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Delta Theta Phi breast cancer awareness week

Delta Theta Phi will be hosting a Breast Cancer Week starting October 17th, each day consists of a different fundraiser. Please see attached schedule here. For Monday’s event at Buffalo Wild Wings, additional tickets are attached here to bring in to make sure that Delta gets 10% of your meal donated back for Susan G. Komen  Foundation.

Environmental Law Society movie night

The Environmental Law Society is having their movie night on Monday, October 17, at 6:00 p.m. in Room #186. We will be watching “Gasland” and some refreshments will be served. Everyone is invited to attend.

Prize Moot Court competition informational meeting

The first informational meeting for the 30th Annual Prize Moot Court Competition will be held at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 in room #170 for all those 2Ls interested in competing. Watch the Moot Court Society Board outside Dean Mandell’s office for additional updates.

2L Mock Trial Semi-Finals & Finals

The semi-final round of the 2L Mock Trial Competition will be held Wednesday, October 19th at 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. The championship trial will be held on Friday, October 21, at 3:30 p.m. All trials will be heard in the Riley Courtroom. Spectators are welcome.

Christian Legal Society meeting

All staff and students are invited to join the Christian Legal Society at noon on Wednesday, October 19th in Room #173. We will be meeting for a Bible discussion relevant to how we, as current and future lawyers can incorporate our faith correlating to our membership of the legal profession.

What IS a Judicial Clerkship?

“What IS a Judicial Clerkship” will be held on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 starting at 4:00 p.m. in room #173. A panel of former Judicial Clerks (Professors Falkoff, Jones and Hunter) will discuss their experiences and how to pursue a job in the field and will also be available to answer any of your questions. Make sure you come to tap into their resources.

International Law Society meeting

Please join the International Law Society for an informational meeting on Thursday, October 20 at 10:30 a.m. in room #188. We will be going over our planned events for the rest of the school year. The meeting will only last about 15 or 20 minutes, so please come out to hear about our exciting events! Any questions, email Torrey Grenda at tgrenda27@gmail.com.

CLS Haunted House trip

The Criminal Law Society will host a trip to the Statesville Haunted Prison. Meet at Swen Parson Hall at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 20 to carpool to the Haunted Prison. Friends, family and non-law students are welcome! Tickets will be sold at a discounted rate of $21 each and must be purchased in advance by October 18, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.! Email any questions to NIUCriminalLaw@gmail.com.

PILS Raffle Ticket sale

The Public Interest Law Society will be selling raffle tickets on Thursday, October 20 at noon in the Marshall Gallery! $5 per ticket or 5 for $20! Check the bulletin board for an updated prize list! Tickets are still available to be checked out in the Career Service Office for those who would like to purchase/sell tickets to help support PILS. Prizes include a 42” Vizio LCD TV, candles and an IPAD 2. Westlaw, Kaplan, Themis, Lexis, Barbri and Aspen have also donated prizes.

Illinois Legal Aid LiveHelp (Pro Bono opportunity)

Please note: Jane Lombardi, LiveHelp Program Coordinator, Illinois Legal Aid Online, will be available to meet students and discuss the LiveHelp Program at a table in the Marshall Gallery on Wednesday, October 26, 2011, from 11:30 to 1:00. Feel free to stop by.

Federalist Society debates

The Legal and Ethical Implications of Drone Attacks Against Terrorist Leaders: 10/24 12:00- 12:50pm in Swen Parson Rm 170 (lunch will be served!)
On Monday, October 24, Professor Robert Turner of the University of Virginia College of Law and former national security advisor for the Senate foreign relations committee will be speaking with Professor Morse Tan of NIU College of Law from 12:00-12:50pm in the Riley Courtroom on the topic: “Did Anwar al-Awlaki deserve due process?” Issues that will be explored include the international law implications of drone missile attacks and foreign policy in the ongoing war on terrorism. We will also be serving pizza and soda at the event which is open to the entire NIU community!

There will be about ten minutes for questions at the end of the debate. I challenge you and your students to come up with some thoughtful questions to ask Professors Turner and Tan. A brief reception will follow for anyone that wants to speak with Professor Turner or Morse.

Judicial Engagement: Cordes vs. Neily Debate 10/26 4:00-5:00pm Swen Parson Rm 170 (dinner will be served!)
On Wednesday, October 26, The Federalist Society will be hosting our headline semester event on Judicial Engagement – whether or not judges should add bite to the rational basis test and restore economic liberty in the substantive due process clause of the Fourteenth amendment to strike down onerous occupational licensing laws and regulations that shut out or unduly burden competition in certain industries. Professor Mark Cordes of NIU COL will be debating Clark Neily of the Institute for Justice on this issue (See IJ’s work in Kelo v. City of New London and District of Columbia v. Heller). I encourage you to arrive around 3:45pm for food. The event is open to the entire NIU community.

We would also like to extend an offer for any faculty members to participate in a debate or panel discussion regarding law and public policy related issues. The Federalist Society aims to ensure all points of view are heard. Let us know topics you would be interested in debating or providing post-speaker commentary on and I will send you our list of hundreds of lawyers, judges, political commentators, and professors that participate in events with us. Contact Mike Meyers at mmeyers22@yahoo.com for more details.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Family Law with Prof. Arriola cancelled for today, 10/13

FAMILY LAW
Professor Arriola

Class is cancelled today due to car problems. 10/13/11

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Looking Good on Paper for Law School Admission

The NIU College of Law Office of Admissions is hosting their second in a series of events designed to help those interested in applying to law school.  You can view the flyer here.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Bankruptcy with Prof. Schneider cancelled for today, 10/11

Bankruptcy
Professor Schneider

Class is cancelled for today, Tuesday, October 11, 2011.

Federal Income Tax with Prof. Schneider cancelled for today, 10/11

Federal Income Tax
Professor Schneider

Class is cancelled for today, Tuesday, October 11, 2011.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Homecoming Weekend Events

Friday, October 14 

  • SBA Casino Night in the Marshall Gallery from 6-9:30 p.m. Contact sba.niu@gmail.com for tickets. $20 in advance/$30 at the door. 

Saturday, October 15 

  • Tailgate with the Dean from 11 a.m. - 2:00 p.m at the College of Law Tent (in Alumni Village near Huskie Stadium). Free food and drinks. 
  • Huskie Football kicks off at 2:30 p.m. Please let me know asap if you would like tickets in the NIU Law section. Faculty and staff will receive one free ticket. Additional tickets are only $8. 
  • Class of 1991, 1996, 2001, and 2006 Reunions will take place from 6-8 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Complimentary appetizers and cocktails. Please rsvp.

ELS Pop Tab donation

Help support ELS’s Pop Tab Campaign!! All you have to do is deposit pop tabs in the collection can located in the Marshall Gallery now until the end of the semester. All tabs will go to Ronald McDonald House locations to be recycled and help make a difference for families and children in the Chicagoland area. Help ELS support a great cause while recycling!

Important notices from the Office of Budget and Records

LOCKERS: If you have a locker registered, you should have received an email this week to confirm the locker you are using and also to give you the details about the NEW locker procedures that will be used from here on.

NEW LOCKER PROCEDURES are as follows:

  • The locker you are in will be your locker until you graduate or leave NIU College of Law for any reason. 
  • We will not be reassigning lockers each year as has been the process in the past. No locker exchanges will be done unless there is a proven physical need for such. 
  • Do NOT change lockers. We will be monitoring locker usage. If a locker is being used that is NOT registered with us, the lock will be cut off and contents removed. 
  • 3L’s graduating May 2012: You may keep your locker until August 1, 2012. At that time, the locker that was registered to you will be emptied out if you have not already done so. 
  • Lockers for incoming Fall 2012 1L’s (or any returning / visiting NIU COL student who does not have a registered locker, and would like to apply for one for Fall 2012 – Spring 2013) will be assigned as they notify Julie by email (jmahoney@niu.edu) that they wish to have one. 


Last call for all 3Ls planning to graduate in December 2011, please see Julie (SP276) in the Office of Budget & Records immediately… if you have not already done so.

REMINDER: Please check your MAILBOX regularly and empty it out as much as possible.

Bar Review Tables and News, Week of October 10th


  • BARBRI will have a table in the Gallery on Monday, October 10, from 10:00-2:00 p.m. 
  • THEMIS will have a bar review table in the Gallery on Tuesday, October 11, from 11:00-2:00 p.m. 
  • KAPLAN PMBR will have a table in the Gallery on Wednesday, October 12, from 11:00—2:00p.m.

Law Library Computer Lab closings for this week

The Computer Lab in the Law Library will be closed, for use by the Basic Legal Research course, during the days and times listed below, the weeks of October 10th and October 17th.

Mondays: 2:00-4:00 p.m. 
Tuesdays: 10:00-11:00 a.m., and 2:00-3:00 p.m. 
Wednesdays: 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m.-Noon, and 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

ELS and Amnesty International used cell phone drive

ELS and Amnesty International are sponsoring another used cell phone drive in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Any student that has an unwanted cell phone, charger or battery can donate it to the club for recycling. All phones that are collected will be donated to the Crisis Center for South Suburbia, a non-profit community organization that provides emergency shelter and other essential services for individuals and families victimized by domestic violence in Chicago’s South Suburbs. A drop-off location for the cell phones will be located in the Marshall Gallery starting October 10th. For more information, e-mail Kevin Zickterman at kzickterman@gmail.com, ask an ELS officer or Representative, or locate one of the many fliers around campus. Thanks for all your donations!

WLC Tapas for Tatas & Bar Review

Attention all law students! The Women’s Law Caucus has many exciting upcoming events for the month of October. WLC is proud to present Tapas for Tatas, which will be held on October 12, at noon in the Marshall Gallery. The event will consist of a cook-off of your Mama’s Favorite Dishes. The dish categories include: salad, starter, side, meat dish, and dessert. In order to sign up to cook something please do so on the WLC bulletin board outside the bathrooms on the first floor near room #170 or email us at wlc.niu@gmail.com. There are limited spots as to what dishes can be made so it is best to sign up early! Tickets will be on sale as of September 23 until the event and are $5. Contact any WLC member in order to buy tickets. WLC members please contact either in person or through e-mail any exec member in order to get tickets to sell.

The WLC will also be hosting Bar Review on October 13th at 9:00 p.m. at Molly’s. If there are any questions or concerns regarding Tapas for Tatas, or Bar Review feel free to email us at wlc.niu@gmail.com. Thanks! The WLC Board.

PILS Raffle Ticket sales

The Public Interest Law Society will be selling raffle tickets on Thursday at noon in the Marshall Gallery! $5 per ticket or 5 for $20! Our grand prizes this year are a 42” Vizio LCD TV and an IPAD2. PILS will also be having a pizza sale on Monday at noon in the Marshall Gallery sponsored by BARBRI. $1 per slice and soda is $.50. PILS will also be selling raffle tickets during the pizza sale!

This Week's Lecture on Professionalism

The next presentation in the Professionalism Series (open to all, mandatory for 1Ls, expected of students in my Professional Responsibility class) will be held this coming Thursday, October 13, at 4:00 p.m. in the Capitol Room at the Holmes Student Center. It will be a Master Class in Legal Ethics given by Professor Geoffrey C. Hazard, Jr., the principal author of the ABA’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct, the document governing the conduct of lawyers in the United States. Professor Hazard is the Miller Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California, Hastings College of Law; Trustee Professor of Law, Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania Law School; Sterling Professor of Law, Emeritus, Yale University and Director Emeritus of the American Law Institute. Professor Hazard’s presentation, entitled Competence, Conflict of Interest, and Conscience in Law Practice, will use the case of Spaulding v. Zimmerman, 263 Minn. 346, 116 NW2d 702 (1998) as the basic text for the class. Students should have read and prepared the case prior to the Master Class meeting.

SBA Casino Night

On Friday, October 14, the SBA is hosting the second annual Casino Night, an invitation for a night of fun and networking for current law students, alumni and the local business community. The event will be held in the Marshall Gallery from 6:00-9:30 p.m. This event is in support of fundraising efforts for the various NIU College of Law student organizations. Tickets are $20.00 in advance ($30.00 at the door) and include live music, complimentary hors d'oeuvres, gambling chips, soda/beer and wine. In addition, there will be a raffle at the end of the evening for attendees to win great prizes! Tickets for Casino Night go on sale Monday, October 10th. Look for the SBA table in the Marshall Gallery or ask any SBA representative!

Phi Alpha Delta Homecoming Bags tournament

Phi Alpha Delta is hosting a bags tournament at the Alumni Tent for the NIU Homecoming Game on Saturday, October 15. Entry will be $5 per team payable 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 signup 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 or see your rep for more information!

1L Mentoring Program kickoff

1L Mentor Program Kickoff will be held on Saturday, October 15th from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Invite your mentor or mentee to the event! Meet other program participants and get ideas for the coming year! The NIU COL Homecoming Tailgate Party will start right after the Kickoff! RSVP to Greg Anderson at ganderson@niu.edu.

Delta Theta Phi upcoming events

Delta Theta Phi will be pre-selling t-shirts for Breast Cancer Awareness Week. The t-shirts are for the Barcrawl on Friday, October 21, as well as to raise money for Breast Cancer research. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Some Delta Upcoming Events!

Monday, October 10: LaBowlski at Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb from 7-9:00 p.m. for all 1L Delta members. Come out and celebrate the completion of your first Memo with us! Games and food provided.

Wednesday, October 12: Initiation for all new members will be held at the DeKalb County Courthouse in Sycamore. Initiation begins at 7:00 p.m. with a reception to follow at PJs in Sycamore for all newly initiated members. Initiation is MANDATORY!

Week of October 17-21: Breast Cancer Awareness Week. Please be looking out for more information about specific events for each day.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Road to Law School Admission

The NIU College of Law Office of Admission and Financial Aid will be holding a presentation designed to answer any and all admission-related questions for anyone thinking of going to law school.  The event will be held Tuesday, October 11th at 6:00 p.m. in Swen Parson Hall, room 186 and admission is free.  The Office is requesting RSVP by October 11th.  You can view the flyer for this event here.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Environmental Law with Prof. Cordes moved for 10/3/11

Environmental Law
Professor Cordes
October 3, 2011

Environmental Law has been moved to Room 155 (Chessick Courtroom) for today.

Corporations with Prof. Cole cancelled for Today, 10/3

Corporations
Professor Cole
October 3, 2011

Due to the power outage, Corporations has been cancelled for today.

Notice Regarding Power Outage in Swen Parson Hall

Power outage affects portion of Swen Parson Hall

Technicians from the Division of Finance and Facilities are working to restore power to the central portion of Swen Parson Hall.

According to the NIU technicians an early morning glitch in the power transmission feed from Com Ed to the building required power to be shut down shortly after 9:10 a.m.

Three College of Law classrooms, the David C. Shapiro Memorial Law Library and several College of Law administrative offices are affected by the power shutdown. However, classes are still in session and the Library is open and providing all services. 

North and south portions of Swen Parson, including the Office of the Bursar and an ITS computer room are unaffected by the power shutdown.

Administrators from the College of Law and the Provost office are working to adjust class times and accommodations for classes currently scheduled for classrooms affected by the power shutdown.

College of Law students with questions about potential changes in the Monday class schedule are asked to contact the Dean’s Office at 815-753-1068.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of October 3rd


  • BARBRI will have a table in the Gallery on Monday, October 3, from 10:00-2:00 p.m. 
  • THEMIS will have a bar review table in the Gallery on Tuesday, October 4, from 11:00-2:00 p.m. 
  • KAPLAN PMBR will have a table in the Gallery on Wednesday, October 5, from 11:00—2:00p.m.

This Week's Lecture on Professionalism

The next lecture in the Professionalism Program for 1Ls will take place next Wednesday, October 5, at 4:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom. Our guest speaker will be Professor Randall Coyne, from the University of Oklahoma, College of Law. He will be discussing his representation of unpopular clients, including Timothy McVeigh (executed for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing), Fred Macias (released from Texas’s death row following a wrongful murder conviction), and Roger Dale Stafford (executed by Oklahoma state officials after conviction for multiple murders). The title of Professor Coyne’s talk will be, “Collateral Consequences of Defending the Damned.”

PILS Upcoming Events

The Public Interest Law Society is having a raffle kick-off meeting on Wednesday, October 5, at noon in Room #188. The meeting will be sponsored by KAPLAN PMBR.

The SBA and PILS together are sponsoring “Bar Review” at Molly’s on Thursday, October 6, at 9:00 p.m. 

PILS is also having a pizza sale sponsored by BARBRI on Monday, October 10, in the Marshall Gallery at 12:00 noon. Each slice is $1 and pop is 50 cents.

Christian Legal Society meeting

The Christian Legal Society would like to invite all members of the College of Law to participate in our bi-weekly meeting. Our meeting format includes a Bible study, discussion and prayer. We will assemble in Room #173 at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5th. Feel free to bring your lunch as you join us to reflect upon our faith and God’s purpose in our lives, and our chosen profession.

Phi Alpha Delta Upcoming Events

Phi Alpha Delta presents seminar writing tips with Professor Clarke on Thursday, October 6th at 2:30 in Room #186.

The Phi Alpha Boat Cruise is this Friday! Join Dooley and Lincoln Chapters on Friday, October 7, for an evening of dinner, dancing and fun aboard the Mystic Blue! Tickets are $65 per person. For Questions e-mail niupad@gmail.com or see a P.A.D. representative.

Women's Law Caucus Upcoming Events

Attention all law students! The Women’s Law Caucus has many exciting upcoming events for the month of October. Our October meeting will be held on October 7 at noon in Room #186.

WLC is proud to present Tapas for Tatas, which will be held on October 12, at noon in the Marshall Gallery. The event will consist of a cook off of your Mama’s Favorite Dishes. The dish categories include: salad, starter, side, meat dish, and dessert. In order to sign up to cook something please do so on the WLC bulletin board outside the bathrooms on the first floor near room #170 or email us at wlc.niu@gmail.com. There are limited spots as to what dishes can be made so it is best to sign up early! Tickets will be on sale as of September 23 until the event and are $5. Contact any WLC member in order to buy tickets. WLC members please contact either in person or through e-mail any exec member in order to get tickets to sell.

The WLC will also be hosting Bar Review on October 13th at 9:00 p.m. at Molly’s. If there are any questions or concerns regarding the October meeting, Tapas for Tatas, or Bar Review feel free to e-mail us at wlc.niu@gmail.com. Thanks! The WLC Board.

Delta Theta Phi Upcoming Events

Delta Theta Phi will be pre-selling t-shirts for Breast Cancer Awareness Week. The t-shirts are for the Barcrawl on Friday, October 21, as well as to raise money for Breast Cancer research. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Please help us support Breast Cancer Research by purchasing a shirt! Order forms are in mailboxes and are due October 5. Please put your order and $ in Mallory Sanzeri’s mailbox.

Some Delta Upcoming Events!
Monday, October 10, LaBowlski at Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb from 7-9:00 p.m. for all 1L Delta members. Come out and celebrate the completion of your first Memo with us! Games and food provided.
Wednesday, October 12, Initiation for all new members will be held at the DeKalb County Courthouse in Sycamore. Initiation begins at 7:00 p.m. with a reception to follow at PJs in Sycamore for all newly initiated members. Initiation is MANDATORY!
Week of October 17-21: Breast Cancer Awareness Week. Please be looking out for more information about specific events for each day.

Law Library Computer Lab Hours

The Computer Lab in the Law Library will be closed, for use by the Basic Legal Research course, during the days and times listed below, the weeks of October 3rd, October 10th and October 17th:

  • Mondays: 2:00-4:00 p.m. 
  • Tuesdays: 10:00-11:00 a.m., and 2:00-3:00 p.m. 
  • Wednesdays: 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m.-Noon, and 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Shining the Light on Domestic Violence

The Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic is hosting the 10th Annual Shining the Light on Domestic Violence event next Tuesday, October 4, 2011 from 5:30 - 6:15. A flyer with more information can be found here.

Criminal Law with Prof. Falkoff cancelled for Thurs., 9/29

Professor Falkoff's - Criminal Law, §1 has been cancelled for today, September 29.

Monday, September 26, 2011

SBA Upcoming Events

On Friday, September 30, the NIU COL Student Bar Association joins the DeKalb, Kane and Kendall Counties Prairie State Legal Services in Presenting Band Together for Prairie State. This event will be held at the Batavia VFW (645 S River Street, Batavia). The event is from 6p - 11p. Presale tickets are $20. There will be free food, live music and entertainment with bands comprised of local judges and attorneys from the participating counties. This is a great opportunity to network! We are in need of law student volunteers to assist the night of the event. To volunteer, or to purchase tickets, please contact Greg Anderson, Career Services.

CASINO NIGHT: On Friday, October 14, SBA is hosting the second annual Casino Night, an invitation for a night of fun and networking for current law students, alumni and the local business community. This event is in support of fundraising efforts for the various NIU College of Law student organizations. Tickets are $20.00 in advance ($30.00 at the door) and include live music, complimentary hors d'oeuvres, gambling chips, soda/beer and wine. In addition, there will be a raffle at the end of the evening for attendees to win great prizes!

Friday, September 23, 2011

ELS Pop Tab Campaign

Help support ELS’s Pop Tab Campaign!! All you have to do is deposit pop tabs in the collection can located in the Marshall Gallery now until the end of the semester. All tabs will go to Ronald McDonald House locations to be recycled and help make a difference for families and children in the Chicagoland area. Help ELS support a great cause while recycling!

The Illinois Guardianship & Advocacy Commission

The Illinois Guardianship & Advocacy Commission protects and enforces the rights of individuals with mental illness, developmental disability, or physical disability through three separate divisions, the Office of State Guardians, Legal Advocacy Services (LAS) and the Human Rights Authority. The staff attorneys of LAS provide advice and representation to thousands of persons with disabilities, including minors and adults as well as residents of the community and treatment facilities. Our services include but are not limited to: 1) serving as court-appointed counsel, in the trial and reviewing courts, in hearings for involuntary mental health commitment and treatment; 2) responding to requests for information regarding the legal rights of persons with disabilities: and 3) investigating alleged violations of those legal rights and providing advocacy to remedy substantiated violations.

Volunteer Law Students would have the opportunity to assist a senior LAS attorney representing respondents in civil commitment and/or treatment hearings and to assist senior attorneys in research and writing appellate briefs from an order for civil commitment or involuntary psychotropic medication. Prior LAS volunteers have conducted research, handled involuntary civil commitment and treatment hearings, participated in mental health law training and provide information to persons in treatment facilities who have questions about their legal rights. They have also assisted in drafting Advanced Directives for healthcare, property and mental health treatment.

The Illinois Guardianship & Advocacy Commission has 9 offices located around the State of Illinois including Chicago, Des Plaines, Peoria, Rockford, and Maywood, and three satellite offices in Tinley Park Mental Health center, Read Mental Health Center and Elgin Mental Health Center.

Legal Advocacy Services would prefer 3Ls and 2Ls but would not rule out any competent, dedicated and hard working 1L. If you need any additional information or have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact:.

Veronique Baker,
Director Legal Advocacy Services Illinois Guardianship & Advocacy Commission
(312) 793-5914

The KENDALL COUNTY STATE’S ATTORNEY has positions, paid and unpaid, for interns or SCR 711 students in his office. Please contact: Eric C. Weis, Esq., State’s Attorney, Kendall County, Illinois, 807 W. John Street, Yorkville, IL 60560, at (630) 553-4157.

For additional information, contact: Prof. Lawrence Schlam: lschlam@niu.edu.

Bar Review News & Tables, Week of September 26th

  • BARBRI will have a table in the Gallery on Monday, September 26, from 10:00-2:00 p.m. 
  • THEMIS will have a bar review table in the Gallery on Tuesday, September 27, from 11:00-2:00 p.m. 
  • KAPLAN PMBR will have a table in the Gallery on Wednesday, September 28, from 11:00—2:00p.m.

Delta Theta Phi networking event

On Monday September 26, Delta Theta Phi will be hosting a networking event in room 188. At 4:30 a panel of 3 attorneys will be discussing goal setting and career development. Immediately following the panel discussion, Delta will host a reception in the Marshall Gallery and provide the opportunity for attendees to meet and network with our guests. The attorneys have experience practicing in Chicago, Milwaukee, Springfield, and Sycamore/DeKalb. This event is open to students and faculty alike. We hope to see you there.

PILS Pizza Sale

The Public Interest Law Society is having a pizza sale on September 27th in the Marshall Gallery at 12:00 noon. Themis will sponsor the event. Each slice is $1 and pop is 50 cents.

WLC Events and Announcements

Attention all law students! The Women’s Law Caucus has many exciting upcoming events for the month of October. Our October meeting will be held on October 7 at noon in Room #186.

WLC is proud to present Tapas for Tatas, which will be held on October 12, at noon in the Marshall Gallery. The event will consist of a cook off of your Mama’s Favorite Dishes. The dish categories include: salad, starter, side, meat dish, and dessert. In order to sign up to cook something please do so on the WLC bulletin board outside the bathrooms on the first floor near room #170 or email us at wlc.niu@gmail.com. There are limited spots as to what dishes can be made so it is best to sign up early! Tickets will be on sale as of September 23 until the event and are $5. Contact any WLC member in order to buy tickets. WLC members please contact either in person or through e-mail any exec member in order to get tickets to sell.

The WLC will also be hosting Bar Review on October 13th at 9:00 p.m. at Molly’s. If there are any questions or concerns regarding the October meeting, Tapas for Tatas, or Bar Review feel free to e-mail us at wlc.niu@gmail.com. Thanks! The WLC Board.

Prize Moot Court competition announcements

The first informational meeting for the 30th Annual Prize Moot Court Competition will be held at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 (room TBA) for all those 2Ls interested in competing. Watch the Moot Court Society Board outside Dean Mandell’s office for additional updates.

Additionally, we are pleased to announce that we have secured our first judge for the final round of the Prize Moot Court Competition: Hon. Robert M. Dow of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

DCBA Basic Skills Course

The DuPage County Bar Association is offering a series of basic skills courses designed for new attorneys.  The sessions will be held on November 18, December 2, and December 9, 2011 at the Attorney Resource Center in the DuPage County Judicial Building in Wheaton, IL.  The registration form can be found here.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Hon. Robert M. Dow added to Moot Court XXX Final Bench

The Moot Court Society is pleased to announce that the Honorable Robert M. Dow has agreed to serve on the Final Bench for Moot Court XXX. Judge Dow, Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, earned his B.A. from Yale University, a PhD. from Oxford University, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Judge Dow clerked with the Honorable Gary S. Feinerman, (Moot Court XXIX) for Judge Joel Flaum on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit before entering private practice and became a Partner with the law firm of Mayer Brown. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2007.

APALSA Seeks Board Members

The Asian and Pacific American Law Student Association are currently recruiting Board Members for the 2011-2012 school years. APALSA has been on the forefront of social advocacy and Asian-American awareness issues at the NIU College of Law, has spearheaded such community outreach events as Be the Change: A Day of Community Service, and is a budding organization with exciting possibilities.

If you are interested in running for a Board Position of President, Vice-President, Secretary, or Treasurer for the current school year, please contact Greg Hammond, 3L, at ghammon2@gmail.com with your name, year, contact information, and the position for which you would like to be considered. We will then get back to you shortly with information about elections. Any questions can also be directed to the same email address. We look forward to hearing from you.

Bar Review News & Tables, Week of September 19


  • BARBRI will have a table in the Gallery on Monday, September 19. From 10:00-2:00 p.m. 
  • THEMIS will have a bar review table in the Gallery on Tuesday, September 20, from 11:00-2:00 p.m. 
  • KAPLAN PMBR will have a table in the Gallery on Wednesday, September 21, from 11:00-2:00p.m.

SBA Announcements

Congratulations to our newly elected 1L SBA Reps: Bailey Standish and Manar Zayed from Section 1 and Emily Perkins and David Courtright from Section 2!!!

The next SBA meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 21 at noon. SBA meetings are open to all students and everyone is encouraged to attend.

Additionally, SBA is helping sponsor a fundraiser for Prairie State Legal Services on September 30, 2011. Please save the date; more information is soon to come.

CLS Meeting

The Christian Legal Society would like to invite all members of the College of Law to participate in our bi-weekly meeting. Our meeting format includes a Bible study, discussion and prayer. We will assemble in Room #173 at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21st . Feel free to bring your lunch as you join us to reflect upon our faith and God’s purpose in our lives, and our chosen profession

Delta Theta Phi Networking Event

On Monday, September 26, Delta Theta Phi will be hosting a networking event in room 188. At 4:30 a panel of 3 attorneys will be discussing goal setting and career development. Immediately following the panel discussion, Delta will host a reception in the Marshall Gallery and provide the opportunity for attendees to meet and network with our guests. The attorneys have experience practicing in Chicago, Milwaukee, Springfield, and Sycamore/DeKalb. This event is open to students and faculty alike. We hope to see you there

Law Library Computer Lab Hours

The Computer Lab in the Law Library will be closed, for use by the Basic Legal Research course, during the days and times listed below, the weeks of September 26th , October 3rd , October 10th and October 17th.
Mondays: 2:00-4:00 p.m. 
Tuesdays: 10:00-11:00 a.m., and 2:00-3:00 p.m. 
Wednesdays: 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m.-Noon, and 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Reminder for December 2011 Graduates

All 3Ls planning to graduate in December 2011, please see Julie (SP276) in the Office of Budget & Records by September 30, 2011.

Homecoming Football Game

10/15 - Homecoming: Stop by the NIU Law tent and tailgate with the Dean, staff, fellow students, alumni, and friends. Tailgating time: Noon – Game time: 2:30 p.m. 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).  Please contact Melody Mitchell for details.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Entertainment Law with Prof. King cancelled for today, 9/14/11

Class is canceled for today, Wednesday, 9/14/11. Please check TWEN for postings of PowerPoint presentations and revised reading assignments.

Intellectual Property with Prof. King cancelled for today, 9/14/11

Class is canceled for today, Wednesday, 9/14/11. Please check TWEN for postings of PowerPoint presentations and revised reading assignments.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Band Together for Prairie State reminder

Prairie State Legal Services has created a Facebook event for their Band Together fundraiser.  If you are on Facebook, please visit their page and “like” it if you haven’t already.  The link to the event is: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=213280788724224.  To promote the event, you can click the share button under the event title and this will post the event information to your wall.

The event is also up on their website: http://www.pslegal.org/caldetail.asp?eventID=228

Trial Advocacy Mock Trial Competition

If you are interested in gaining some trial-type experience please consider participating in this year’s 2L Mock Trial Competition, held by the Trial Advocacy Society. Teams will consist of two 2Ls. Initially, teams will compete twice and be judged by members of the 1L class. The teams with the best scores will continue advancing in the competition. During later rounds, the judges will consist of 3Ls and legal professionals. The format of the competition is that each team will perform an opening argument, a direct-examination of a witness, a cross-examination of a witness, and a closing argument. The case file, as well as any other applicable rules, will be provided after sign-up has concluded. Registration ends Monday, September 12 at noon. Registration sheets are available outside of the Trial Advocacy Society Office (172D). An informational meeting will follow sometime after registration. Please help us continue our record turnout tradition while gaining some valuable experience!!

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of September 12

  • BARBRI will have a table in the Gallery on Monday, September 12 from 10:00-2:00 p.m. 
  • KAPLAN PMBR will have a table in the Gallery on Wednesday, September 14, from 11:00—2:00p.m. 
  • THEMIS will have a bar review table in the Gallery on Thursday, September 15, from 11:00-2:00 p.m.

Delta Theta Phi events & announcements

  • September 12 at Noon there will be a "How to Outline" session for 1L Delta members. 
  • September 16 is the last day to get dues in for New Members. All 2L and 3L dues can be turned in to Joe Sanchez. 
  • The new merchandise form is in everyone’s mailbox, and a color copy will be sent out via email.  Please contact Mallory Sanzeri if you have any questions.

2nd Amendment Society FOID Drive

NIU Law’s Second Amendment Society will be hosting its annual FOID Drive. We will be in the Marshall Gallery in Swen Parson Hall on Tuesday, September 13 through Thursday, September 15 from 12:00-3:00 p.m. Bring $10 cash or check, and we will provide you with an application, take your picture and mail off the application for you.

Federalist Society meeting and celebration

  • The Federalist Society will hold a meeting on Wednesday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m. at room 290C in the law library. For those interested in joining and/or assisting the Federalist Society with event planning, a meeting will be held at 5:00 p.m. at 290C in the law library. 
  • The Federalist Society will have a Constitution Day Celebration on Friday, September 16 @ Molly’s at 8:00 p.m. Newly registered members of the Federalist Society, get your first drink on us. Register at www.fed-soc.org/membership and e-mail Mike Meyers at mmeyers22@yahoo.com for your confirmation for the free drink.

PAD Meet and Greet

ATTENTION ALL PHI ALPHA DELTA MEMBERS AND PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS!! Please join us at Tapa La Luna this Wednesday, September 14 at 6:00 p.m. for a Meet and Greet with PAD alumni. Tapa La Luna is located at 226 East Lincoln Highway in DeKalb. RSVP to niupad@gmail.com.

Alumni Office Events this week

  • 9/16 - Alumni Reception, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Park Grill, 11 N. Michigan, Chicago, IL 
  • 9/16 – NIU and The John Marshall Law School present ―Breaking In: How to Become a Law Professor or Law School Administrator‖ on Friday September 16 at the John Marshall Law School, 315 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL. Registration is at 9:30 a.m. The event is free for anyone interested in teaching law. 
  • 9/17 - NIU vs Wisconsin, Soldier Field, Chicago, IL - See Melody for tickets

Illinois Legal Aid Online LiveHelp

As a follow-up to last week’s Career Corner posting about Illinois Legal Aid Online, please note that the next Illinois Legal Aid Online LiveHelp Operator Training will be held at the Northwestern University School of Law Tuesday, September 20th from 12:00 – 1:30 pm. There will also be a LiveHelp Training at the DePaul University College of Law on Thursday, October 27th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. 

They have also expressed willingness to do a training at NIU if there is a critical mass of students who are willing to attend. If ten or more students email Professor Schlam that they are interested in becoming volunteers and would commit to attending a training session at NIU, they will set a training date at our school. They can also travel to NIU to do "tabling" in order to directly and personally recruit volunteers for these trainings.

To find out more about the LiveHelp Program or to sign up for a training, please contact Jane Lombardi, LiveHelp Program Coordinator, Illinois Legal Aid Online, 312.977.9047 ext. 22. Flyers describing this organization are also posted at the law school. For further information, feel free to contact: Prof. Lawrence Schlam at: lschlam@niu.edu.

Budget and Records News

  • All 3Ls planning to graduate in December 2011, please see Julie (SP276) in the Office of Budget & Records by September 30, 2011
  • 1L, 2L & 3L: 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 email Julie at jmahoney@niu.edu or stop in the Office of Budget and Records, Room #276. 
  • REMINDER: The NIU Z-Email address is the OFFICIAL email for all students. Please check it frequently to ensure receipt of all official notices, especially if you have forwarded the Z-email to another address. Communications do not always forward as expected and can be lost, dumped into trash or blocked. 
  • REMINDER: Mailboxes are not to be used for books, 3 ring binders, or any other large items! There is limited space available, so please be considerate of others. 
  • REMINDER: Please check your MAILBOX regularly and empty it out as much as possible.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Professionalism Lecture continues Sept. 7

Part Two of the session led by Professor Rigertas will be held tonight (Wednesday), September 7 at 4:00-5:15 pm in Room 170 with a "Continue the Conversation" dinner from 5:30-6:30 pm. Please note, this is a continuation of the First session. Part 1 & Part 2 are considered to be one session, not two separate sessions.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Prof. Walton seeking research assistant

Professor Walton is looking for a research assistant for 2011/2012. Please submit (to the faculty secretaries) a letter of interest and a resume before Tuesday, September 13, 2011.

Work Certification Forms deadline


WORK CERTIFICATION FORMS
EVERY STUDENT MUST FILE A WORK CERTIFICATION FORM BY TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, WITH BARBARA IN ROOM 172A.

ILS Wine and Cheese Party

The International Law Society will be hosting the annual Agen program wine and cheese party in the Marshall Gallery this Tuesday, September 6, from 4:30—6:00 p.m. If you haven’t had the opportunity to meet any of the French students, this is a great opportunity to come out and introduce yourself before they leave on Thursday. The event is free for all students and we highly encourage everyone to stop in and say hello. Any questions, email Torrey Grenda at tgrenda27@gmail.com.

Professionalism Program

The Illinois Professionalism Program continues on Wednesday, September 7, at 4:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Attorney Dale Coventry will be the guest speaker. A "Continuing the Conversation" dinner will follow at 5:30 in the Marshall Gallery.

Phi Alpha Delta informational meeting

Phi Alpha Delta will hold an informational meeting on Wednesday, September 7, in Room #187 at 12:00 noon. LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED! Come learn about opportunities available to law fraternity members and upcoming PAD activities. If you have any questions please e-mail NIUPAD@GMAIL.COM.

Federalist Society Seeks 1L Section Reps

The NIU Federalist Society is now recruiting 1L section reps. Please e-mail a brief statement on why you are interested in becoming a section rep to Mike Meyers at mmeyers22@yahoo.com.   Reply by Wednesday, September 7 at 5:00 p.m.

The Schlam-Tones

THE SCHLAM-TONES RETURN!
This student a cappella singing group has entertained the NIU College of Law, off and on, for more than twenty years. Students members find it to be a weekly diversion from the rigors and stress of law school. It involves meeting briefly each week with fellow vocal musicians (students) and renewing old skills (usually developed in earlier high school or college choirs, glee clubs, or through mastery of instrumental music). It is also a fulfilling opportunity to entertain fellow students or faculty at school functions.

Practice sessions usually involve an average of an hour and a half each week during which we work together to develop "doo-wop" "head arrangements" of classics in that or other more modern genres. No "reading" is necessary. Our music will tend to be similar to that of professional a cappella groups such as "AC Rock," "Rockapella" or "The Alley Cats."

Last May, three of the five members of the current group graduated. The remaining student member from last year and I would like to rebuild this group. Some current students have already expressed interest.

If you feel you have a decent sense of pitch and vocal harmony and would like more information or to audition for the group, please email me at lschlam@niu.edu. Auditions are open to 1Ls and 2Ls (basses, baritones, tenors and sopranos welcome!). Thanks.

Professor Lawrence Schlam

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of September 5


  • THEMIS will have a table in the Gallery on Tuesday, September 6, from 11:00-2:00 p.m. 
  • KAPLAN PMBR will have a table in the Gallery on Wednesday, September 7, from 11:00—2:00p.m.

Upcoming Events from the Alumni Office


  • 9/16 – NIU and The John Marshall Law School present ―"Breaking In: How to Become a Law Professor or Law School Administrator" on Friday, September 16 at the John Marshall Law School, 315 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL. Registration is at 9:30 a.m. The event is free for anyone interested in teaching law. 
  • 9/17 - NIU vs Wisconsin, Soldier Field, Chicago, IL - See Melody for tickets 
  • 10/15 - Homecoming. Stop by the NIU Law tent and tailgate with the Dean, staff, fellow students, alumni, and friends. Tailgating time --  Noon to Game time: 2:30 p.m. 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).

Friday, September 2, 2011

Upcoming Assignments for Criminal Law with Prof. Schmall


  • September 2 – The Act Requirement, P v. Newton, pp. 141-150, especially p. 145, n. 3; MPC Sections 1.13, 2.01; Omissions, Jones v. U.S. Status crimes, Robinson v. California, pp. 163-167, nn. 1-3. 
  • September 6 – Possession, Wheeler v. U.S., pp. 156-159; People v. Jones, 2011 Ill. App. Unpub. LEXIS 1496; Dickson v. State, 2011 Tex. App. LEXIS 3999. 
  • September 8 – Mens Rea, MPC 2.02; State v. Peery, pp. 171-179; U.S. v. Villegas, pp. 184-188; Rollins v. State, 2009 Ark. App. LEXIS 419 (Ark. Ct. App. Feb. 25, 2009); Taylor v. State, 293 Ga. App. 551, 555 (Ga. Ct. App. 2008).

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Intro to the Legal Profession lectures

The first "Introduction to the Legal Profession: History, Culture, and Values" class will be held September 1 at 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. in Room 170 (Riley lecture hall).

 Please note: this is the first part of a two-part session. The second session will be held Wednesday, September 7, 4:00-5:15 p.m. in Room 170 (Riley lecture hall).

Monday, August 29, 2011

Upcoming SBA Events for Fall 2011

September 1, 2011: Thursday night BAR REVIEW begins (co-sponsored with another student organization each week)
September 9, 2011: SBA Back to School Bar Crawl
September 12-14, 2011: SBA 1L Elections
September 17, 2011: NIU v. UW Madison (Tailgate at noon; game at 2:30)
September 30, 2011: Prarie State Legal Services Fundraiser
October 14, 2011: SBA Fall Fundraiser
October 15, 2011: Homecoming
October 28, 2011: Palsgraf

Friday, August 26, 2011

ELS Organizational Meeting

The Environmental Law Society will have an organizational meeting on Monday, August 29 in Room #188 at 12:00 noon. Lunch and refreshments will be served.

Reception at Acquaviva Winery this Wednesday

8/31 - NIU Law Reception, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Aquaviva Winery, 47W 614 Rt. 38, Maple Park, IL. Please join us for a relaxed evening in the country with students, alumni, faculty and friends. All are welcome!

Women's Law Caucus mentoring program

The Women’s Law Caucus annual mentor/mentee program has now started. If anyone is still seeking to become either a mentor or a mentee there are still spaces available. 1Ls, this is a great opportunity to meet older law students in order to get advice on things like classes, teachers, and events on campus, etc. 2 & 3Ls, this is a great opportunity to meet and get to know the new 1Ls.

You do not have to be a female in order to join and the program is open to everyone. Our event to kick off this program will be this week, August 31, at 5:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. If you are interested please send an e-mail to wlc.niu@gmail.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

BLSA Organizational Meeting

The Black Law Student Association will hold an organizational meeting for the upcoming year at 12:00 noon in Room #173 on Wednesday, August 31. Lunch will be provided.

Bar Review Table, Week of August 29

KAPLAN PMBR will have a table in the Gallery on Wednesday, August 31, from 11:00—2:00.

Criminal Law Society upcoming events

  • Please join the Criminal Law Society on August 31st in room 188 at 12:00pm for our first Criminal Law Society general meeting! We will discuss our upcoming events and have a free raffle giveaway.
  • Take a study break with the Criminal Law Society on September 1st in room 186 at 7:00pm for Movie Night! We will be showing "My Cousin Vinny" and have free popcorn and refreshments.
  • Interested in joining the NIU Police for a ride-along? A waiver flyer will be placed in your mailbox soon. If you are interested fill out the waiver and return it to Kristin Stone’s mailbox. Leave the time and date blank so that we can schedule the ride-alongs to your availability. The ride-along is completely free for students!
  • Looking for 1L Representatives! If you are interested in helping the Criminal Law Society with planning events, promoting upcoming events, and serving as a liaison to your class write a short paragraph about yourself, which section you are in, your interest in Criminal Law, and why you would be a good representative.
  • Add ―"NIU Criminal Law Society" on Facebook for updates on upcoming events.

LOCKERS

Last call for lockers! If you have not turned in a locker tag or talked to Julie about reserving a locker for this year, please do so by Wednesday, August 31, 2011.

NOTE: Locks have been cut off of lockers that were not registered this year. If you are missing items that were in your locker, please see Julie by Friday, September 2, 2011. Any items not claimed by 4:30pm September 2 will be disposed of.

Phi Alpha Delta Informational Meeting

Phi Alpha Delta will hold an informational meeting on Wednesday, September 7, in Room #187 at 12:00 noon. LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED! Come learn about opportunities available to law fraternity members and upcoming PAD activities. If you have any questions please e-mail NIUPAD@GMAIL.COM.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Scholarships and Writing Competitions

For extensive information on scholarship applications and other writing competitions, please check the written version of The Docket, available on tables outside the Law Library and Dean Mandell's office, and also available online here.

Pro Bono Opportunities

Interested in Pro Bono work? Please see Professor Lawrence Schlam, Director of Pro Bono Initiatives, Room #196B.

Student Bar Association location

The SBA is not in SP172B. If you need to contact the organization, please do so by emailing one of the officers (Carmen Rossi, Sarah Adamski, Monica Fazekas, Steven Anderson).

Lockers

LOCKERS:
  • Tags have been put on the lockers.
  • If you plan to use a locker this year, you must turn in a locker tag to the box in Room #276 by end of Friday, August 19, 2011. Please do so whether you are new to the college, or a returning user of the locker.
  • You are limited to one locker.
  • Beginning August 22, 2011, you jeopardize having the lock cut and contents removed from a locker if it is NOT registered with our office. Replacing any locks that have to be cut off for this purpose will be your responsibility.
  • Please DO NOT change lockers once you have turned in your slip without notifying Julie in the Budget & Records Office (SP276).

Activities Information Fair Reminder

An activities information program will be held on Tuesday, August 23, in the Marshall Gallery at 10:00 a.m. The fair will give students the opportunity to explore the student organizations and speak with their representatives.

Dean's Picnic Reminder

The Annual Dean’s Picnic will be held on Thursday, August 25th at 4:00 p.m. at the Oderkirk Property on Annie Glidden Road, next to the IHOP.

Research Assistant Needed for Dean Rosato

Dean Rosato is seeking a research assistant for 10 hours per week for the 2011-2012 academic year. A 2L or 3L student is needed to assist Dean Rosato on special projects relating to legal education, the legal profession, and health law. Strong writing and research skills are desired. Interested students should send a resume and cover letter to Tita Kaus, Administrator, Office of the Dean, Swen Parson Hall, Room 270. The submission must be received on or before August 26, 2011.

BLSA Organizational Meeting

The Black Law Student Association will hold an organizational meeting for the upcoming year at 12:00 noon in Room #173 on Wednesday, August 31. Lunch will be provided.

Friday, August 12, 2011

New Student Space

We are pleased to announce that the College of Law has acquired additional space in Swen Parson Hall. The Moot Court Society, Trial Advocacy Society, SBA, and the Law Review will be located there. In addition, there will be areas for other student groups to work and have storage space available. For now, the Moot Court Society and Law Review will stay where they are. The Trial Advocacy Society will be able to use the Moot Court Office. The SBA will relocate to 172B. The remaining organizations will be moved up to Street Law and another area to be determined. There is not enough room in Street Law for all of the items.

It is a work in progress; your patience is appreciated.

Law Library Hours for the Fall Semester

SCHEDULE OF HOURS
AUGUST 15 - NOVEMBER 28, 2011
The Law Library will be open
Monday, August 15 through Sunday, November 27, 2011
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 3, 2011 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 4, 2011 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Monday, September 5, 2011 2:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
THANKSGIVING RECESS:
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 24, 2011 CLOSED
Friday, November 25, 2011 CLOSED
Saturday, November 26, 2011 CLOSED
Sunday, November 27, 2011 12 Noon - 11:30 p.m.
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Reference Service will be 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.
Sunday 12:00 noon - 8:00 p.m.

The extended schedule for the College of Law
reading/final examination periods will begin on
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2011.

Career Opportunities and Development News

Welcome everyone. Stop by the Career Opportunities Office, Room 280, and meet the Director, Greg Anderson. This year's graduate assistants are: William Obuchowski 2L and Trisha Chokshi 3L.

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.

Budget & Records News

LOCKERS:
  • Tags have been put on the lockers.
  • If you plan to use a locker this year, you must turn in a locker tag to the box in Room #276 by end of Friday, August 19, 2011. Please do so whether you are new to the college, or a returning user of the locker.
  • You are limited to one locker.
  • Beginning August 22, 2011, you jeopardize having the lock cut and contents removed from a locker if it is NOT registered with our office. Replacing any locks that have to be cut off for this purpose will be your responsibility.
  • Please DO NOT change lockers once you have turned in your slip without notifying Julie in the Budget & Records Office (SP276).
MAILBOXES:
  • New mailboxes have been created for all students.
  • These are for correspondence only. DO NOT put books, DVDs, Clothing, etc. in them. There simply is not enough room for extra items, and it is very hard on the hanging files.
  • If you had books, etc. in them over the summer, you can pick the items up in SP276.