Monday, January 31, 2011

Message from the Dean regarding weather closing information

Dear Students:
The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for DeKalb and surrounding areas, beginning Tuesday afternoon (February 1) extending through Wednesday afternoon (February 2). 
In an effort to provide information regarding College of Law course cancellations, there will be a Weather Information link on our website www.niu.edu/law.  Please be sure to check this often over the next few days.  In addition, please continue to check your University email for messages that may be sent from your professor regarding their course.
 
The University's Emergency Information website should be the primary source of information on campus-wide class cancellations or closure and can be accessed at http://www.niu.edu/emergencyinfo/weather/index.shtml.  We also have this link under the College of Law's Weather Information link on our website.

As a reminder, all students are urged to use caution and personal judgment in their travels to and from campus and to dress appropriately for protection against cold temperatures and wind chills. 
Stay safe and warm during the impending storm. 

All the best,
Dean Rosato

Consumer Law with Prof. David Sorkin canceled for 2/2/2011

Consumer Law class has been canceled for Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 2 due to weather.

Estate Planning with Prof. Morris canceled for 2/1/2011


Due the weather forecast, I have decided to cancel tomorrow's class.
-Professor Morris

Immigration Law with Prof. Kinnally canceled for 2/2/2011

Immigration Law has been canceled  for Wednesday, February 2, 2011.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Employment Verification Forms reminder


All Students: The Employment Verification Form is again attached to the Docket. You will need to fill out the form, whether you are working or not, and return it to Barbara in Room 172A. This is an ABA requirement and it will be collected EACH semester.

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of January 31



  • THEMIS - Themis will be in the Marshall Gallery on Monday, January 31st from 12-1:15 p.m. Stop by to learn about the Themis Plus Program and the upcoming release of the Themis Mobile App.
  • BARBRI - BARBRI will have a table in the Marshall Gallery on Tuesday, February 1st from 10:00-3:00 p.m.
  • LEXIS NEXIS - Join LexisNexis on Wednesday, February 2nd in the Marshall Gallery, from 11:00a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Learn how you can earn up to 10,000 Rewards Points this semester, check out our new Facebook page (LexisNexis at Northern Illinois University) and learn about Lexis Nexis for Microsoft Office, now available for the Mac!!
  • PMBR - Kaplan PMBR will have a table in the Gallery on Thursday, February 3rd from 11:00–2:00.

Moot Court announcements


ATTN: 2Ls
2Ls, we hope your research and writing is progressing well. There will be a meeting this coming Monday,
January 31 in room 187 at noon; one representative from each team must be present. The meeting will be
brief (10-15 minutes) and related to the briefs, requirements, and upcoming oral arguments. Remember,
all forms and copies of your briefs are due by 3 p.m. Sunday, February 6 to the Moot Court Society office
(Room 172D). Thank you for the inquiries and clarifications thus far, and as usual you may contact us at
niumootcourt@gmail.com or stop by the office during office hours (posted outside the office and in the
glass case).

ATTN: 3Ls
We are looking for bailiffs for the upcoming oral arguments. Please contact one of the Board members if
you are able to assist. Thanks and good luck!

Appellate Court Visit this coming week


The State of Illinois Appellate Court for the Second District will convene and hear oral arguments in the Riley Court Room on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 from 9:30 a.m. until approximately 11:15 a.m.  The arguments will be followed by an informal question-and-answer session.  A reception will then be held in the Marshall Gallery.

Dean's Certificates and Statements of Candidacy for Degree


MAY 2011 GRADUATES: The standard policy at NIU COL is that a Dean’s Certificate is prepared for
all graduates by the Office of Budget & Records (Christina and Julie) and sent to IBABY. They will do
this in May after verifying that you have fulfilled all requirements for graduation.  However, if you are applying to take the bar exam in a state other than Illinois and that state requires a form similar to the Dean’s Certificate then you will need to provide a copy of that form to the Office of Budget & Records.

The Statement of Candidacy for Degree deadline is Thursday, February 17, 2011 and should be
submitted to the Office of Budget & Records (SP276). For your convenience, forms will be distributed
in your mailboxes. If you do not receive one, please come to the Office of Budget & Records and ask for
one.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of January 24



  • KAPLAN PMBR - Kaplan PMBR will have a table in the Gallery on Thursday, January 27th from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Please stop by to get information on a special bar prep class that PMBR will be teaching starting January 31st.
  • LEXIS NEXIS - Join LexisNexis on Wednesday, January 26th in the Marshall Gallery, from 11:00a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Learn how you can earn up to 10,000 Rewards Points this semester, check outour new Facebook page (LexisNexis at Northern Illinois University) and learn about Lexis Nexis for Microsoft Office, now available for the Mac!!
  • BARBRI - will have a table in the Marshall Gallery on Tuesday, January 25th from 10:00-3:00 p.m.

DCBA Meet & Greet


ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS: The DuPage County Bar Association will host a “Meet & Greet” on Wednesday, January 26th at Pizza Villa from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Pizza, Munchies, Beer and Soda will be provided. This will be a great opportunity to meet and network with DuPage attorneys.

SELS/ABA Webinar Event


The Sports & Entertainment Law Society will host a live audio webinar and teleconference presented by the ABA entitled “Beginner’s Guide to Entertainment Law” on January 27, 2011 from 12:00-1:30 p.m. in Room #173. This program will discuss the significant challenges and the rewards for entering into the field of entertainment law. Seasoned entertainment lawyers will present a lively discussion for beginning entertainment lawyers. Get an insiders’ view of the basic considerations in starting an entertainment practice; where to find clients; gaining knowledge and experience in the various fields of entertainment law: an overview of ethical and professional responsibility issues especially important for entertainment lawyers; and common mistakes for would-be entertainment lawyers. A question and answer session will conclude the event.

Reception for Sandra Polanco


Please join us on wishing Sandy Polanco, our former Assistant Director of Admissions, the best on her new endeavors at NIU Human Resources:

Date: Friday, January 28, 2011
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Pizza Villa, 824 West Lincoln Highway; DeKalb, IL 60115

Enjoy an evening of pizza and beverages with classmates.  For more information, email  niu.latino.lawyers@gmail.com

Sponsored by LLSA, BLSA, and office of the Dean

Moot Court Reminder


Thank you to all of this year's Moot Court competitors, it's looking to be an exciting competition! As you
begin research and writing the brief please remember that you may only rely on your teammate for assistance. Again, a few of last year's briefs are on reserve at the library circulation desk for your convenience.

Office hours for the Moot Court Society Board will be posted in the glass case and on the door of the MCS office; stop in if you have questions. In addition, continue posting questions on the TWEN discussion board and sending questions to niumootcourt@gmail.com. Have fun with the problem, and keep in mind that briefs are due Sunday, February 6th by 3 p.m. Thanks and good luck!

Reminder for Student Ambassadors


The Office of Admissions is looking for volunteers for the following Admissions events:
Saturday, January 29, 2011-CLEO/NIU Law “Test In-Test Out” Considerations
Before You Attend Law School 10:00am – 3:00pm
• Saturday, February 5, 2011-Women’s Law Day 10:00am-2:00pm
If you are interested in becoming a student ambassador and would like to volunteer on either of the above
events, please email the Admissions Office at lawadm@niu.edu or stop by Room 151 to let us know
you’re interested. Thank you to those Ambassadors who have participated in the previous events!

Law Library Announcements


The Computer Lab in the law library will be closed on the following days and times of the specified weeks of the spring 2011 semester, for the Basic Legal Research class.
Days and Times:
Mondays: 10:00-10:50, 1:00-1:50 and 2:00-2:50
Tuesdays: 10:00-10:50, 11:00-11:50, 1:00-1:50 and 3:000-3:50
Wednesdays: 10:00-10:50, 2:00-2:50 and 3:00-3:50
Thursdays: 10:00-10:50 and 1:00-1:50
Weeks of:
January 24th
January 31st
February 14th
March 7th
March 21st
March 28th

Mobile version of NIU Libraries catalog available – A version of the VuFind catalog optimized for mobile devices is now available at http://m.carli.illinois.edu/vf-niu/. The mobile version supports searching, requesting, and access to My Account settings. The “Exit” link on the bottom of each screen connects to the regular (non-mobile) VuFind interface.

Preferences in VuFind “My Account” – The VuFind interface to the NIU Libraries’ catalog features a new “Preferences” option within My Account that allows users to designate a default pick-up location (for requests) and a default cell phone number (for the “text me this call number” feature). These preferences will appear as the defaults during future transactions but can be overridden.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Assignments for Prof. King's International Intellectual Property Seminar


Monday, January 24 – Please read the following articles:

Marci Hamilton, Should U.S. Intellectual Property Rights Change to Fit World Norms?, FindLaw’s WRIT: Legal Commentary, May 24, 2001
http://writ.news.findlaw.com/hamilton/20010524.html

William L. Keefauver, The Need for International Thinking in Intellectual Property Law, 37 IDEA 181 (1996)

J. Thomas McCarthy, Intellectual Property -- America’s Overlooked Export, 20 U. Dayton L. Rev. 809 (1995)

First Assignment for Contracts II, Section I with Prof. Reynolds


FOR WEDNESDAY (1-19-11): We will go over some of the final examination.

FOR THURSDAY (1-20-11): Begin Chapter 5, p. 365 et seq.  Stay 2-3 leading cases ahead; prepare to present the leading cases; study the notes.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Scholarships and Writing Competitions


For information on available scholarships and writing competitions, stop by the Office of Admission and Financial Aid, Room 151, or check out the online Docket at www.niu.edu/law/calendar/docket/index.shtml.

Employment Verification Forms


This is a reminder that the Employment Verification Forms will be sent out again soon. You will need to fill out the form, whether you are working or not, and return it to Barbara in Room 172A.  This is an ABA requirement and will be done EACH semester.

Student Ambassadors needed


The Office of Admissions is looking for volunteers for the following Admissions events:
• Saturday, January 29, 2011-CLEO/NIU Law “Test In-Test Out” Considerations
Before You Attend Law School 10:00am – 3:00pm
• Saturday, February 5, 2011-Women’s Law Day 10:00am-2:00pm

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

Prize Moot Court Competition


ATTN: 2Ls
The 29th Annual NIU College of Law Prize Moot Court Competition is under way!
2Ls, the Record and Rules are available on the Moot Court TWEN page, please be sure to sign your team up at the MCS office by noon on Friday, January 21! The MCS Board is excited for this year's competition and we hope everyone enjoys the problem. Please note that all briefs are due Sunday, February 6 by 3 p.m. Check out the MCS board and TWEN page for upcoming announcements, dates, and information.

3Ls, those of you who participated in last year's competition, please consider acting as bailiffs for this year's competition. If you're interested please contact one of the MCS Board or email niumootcourt@gmail.com Thanks and good luck!

Upcoming NIU Law Events



  • The State of Illinois Appellate Court for the Second District will convene and hear oral arguments in the Riley Court Room on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 from 9:30 a.m. until approximately 11:15 a.m. The arguments will be followed by an informal question-and-answer session. A reception will then be held in the Marshall  Gallery.
  • Join Dean Jennifer Rosato with host Vincent F. Cornelius ('89) for the 8th Annual Minority Alumni Reception on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at CARNIVALE (located 702 W. Fulton Market, Chicago). Complimentary Cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres. Please RSVP by February 16 to lawevents@niu.edu.  Please indicate if you will need transportation (space is limited).

FAFSA Applications


1Ls and 2Ls:
It’s that time of year again… if you plan on obtaining federal student loans for the 2011-2012 academic year, a FAFSA application should be completed by the University priority deadline of March 1, 2011.  Remember that when you fill out the FAFSA all law students are considered independent and you do not need your parent’s tax information. We encourage all of you to complete your income tax forms so that you may complete your online FAFSA application prior to March 1. You may access the online form at fafsa.ed.gov.

Residency Requirements

If you are planning to apply for in-state tuition rates for the Spring 2011 semester, Illinois residency must have been established by July 18, 2011. Residency petitions, requirements and additional information is available at: http://www.reg.niu.edu/regree/residency/index.shtml

First Assignment for State and Local Government Law with Prof. Green

Please read pages 1-50 for our first day of class.

First Assignment for Public Sector Labor Law with Prof. Green

Please read pages 1-45 for our first day of class.

First Assignments for Trial Advocacy with Prof. Taylor


For class on Tuesday, January 18th:
Read: In Trial Techniques:
Chapter 1 – The Trial Process, pages 1-11;
Chapter 2 – The Psychology of Persuasion, pages 13-29;
Excerpt from Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury: Greatest Closing Arguments In Modern Law (Discussion of Gerry’s Spence’s closing argument in the Karen Silkwood case, often regarded as one of the greatest closing arguments delivered. ) (included in course materials available from faculty secretaries.)
In Materials in Trial Advocacy: Problems and Cases:
Problem 7.2 - Garcia v. Richards, pages 445-457

First Assignment and Syllabus for Health Law with Prof. Naftzger


A syllabus for the first eight weeks of class has been posted to TWEN. Please register for the class on TWEN and get your first assignment.

There has been some confusion over the casebook. The correct version of the casebook is the ABRIDGED version.

First Assignment for Civil Procedure, Section One with Prof. Taylor

For class on Tuesday, January 18th, please read pages 257 - 268 in the casebook.

First Assignment for Evidence with Prof. Taylor


For class on Tuesday, January 18th:
Please read pages 1-7 in Green, Nesson & Murray; and pages 1-25 in Imwinkelried.

First Assignments for Property with Prof. Cordes


Assignment for Tues. 1/18 is pages 18-25 and pages 30-35 in the assigned casebook.
The assignment for Wednesday is pages 36-55.

First Assignment for First Amendment with Prof. Cordes

Reading assignment for Tues. 1/18 is pages 3-36 in the assigned casebook.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

First Assignment for Professional Responsibility with Dean Rosato


Gillers Casebook, pp. 1-32

Statutory Supplement

Preamble (pp. 10-12)

Scope (pp. 12-14)

Problem:  Read ABA Formal Opinion 08-451, “Lawyer’s Obligations When Outsourcing Legal and Nonlegal Support Services,” and Ameet Sachden, “Growth of legal outsourcing may herald era of cheaper lawyering”  (on the handout shelf), and skim Model Rules 1.1, 5.1, 5.3, and 5.5.    Please be prepared to discuss whether the ABA Model Rules should permit outsourcing of legal services, and the underlying reasons for your determination.

First Assignments for Illinois Civil Procedure with Prof. Classen & Judge O'Malley

Please review the following material prior to our first class session on Tuesday, January 18. We will cover the material over our first two class sessions.
 
Introduction Problem 1;
Illinois Constitution Article VI, sections 1-12;
Parness sections 1.01 and 1.02 (pages 1-5);
Structure of the Illinois Court System Problems 1 and 2;
Circuit Court Jurisdiction Supplemental Reading;
Parness sections 2.03[1][b] through 2.03[1][c], but omit section 2.03[1][b][v] (pages 54-68, but omit pages 65-66);
Circuit Court Jurisdiction Problems 1-7.
 
The Supplemental Readings and Problems, as well as the Course Syllabus, may be picked up from LeAnn Baie or Lisa Hoebing in SP 190 any time after 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 12.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

First Assignment for Estate Planning with Prof. Morris


At our first class meeting we will discuss Chapters 1 and 2.  Please do not fret, this is a total assignment of about 30 pages.

We will discuss future assignments during our first class.  Hopefully by then I will have created a Blackboard account.

First Assignment for Advanced Torts with Prof. Rigertas

For the first class, read Advanced Torts, Pages 1-7; Moorman Mfg. Co. v. National Tank Co., 91 Ill.2d 69 (1982) (TWEN link); The Moorman Doctrine Today: A Look At Illinois' Economic-Loss Rule, Illinois Bar Journal , August, 2001 (TWEN link).  Register on TWEN to get a copy of the syllabus and to access the links for the reading assignments.

First Assignment for Intro to Lawyering Skills with Prof. Rigertas

For the first class please read the materials under Tab 1 (Introduction and “Welcome to Litigation”) in Taylor, Materials and Exercises for Introduction to Lawyering Skills (updated 2010).

Also register on TWEN to get a copy of the syllabus and review it prior to the first class.

First Assignments for Criminal Procedure with Prof. Falkoff


For our first class, on Tuesday, January 18, we will be discussing some background materials on the Criminal Justice "System" (italics are the casebook authors').  Please read pages 3-24, 32-35, and 65-71 in your casebook.

For our second class, on Thursday, January 20, we will be discussing due process (Hurtado v. California) and incorporation doctrine (Duncan v. Louisiana).  The reading assignment will be pages 77-85 and 93-100 in your casebook.

First Assignments for Federal Courts with Prof. Falkoff


For our first class, on Tuesday, January 18, please read the venerable Marbury v. Madison, pages 1-12 in your casebook.

For our second class, on Friday, January 21, we will discuss Section 1983 and Monroe v. Pape, pages 13-26 and 30-33 in the casebook.  We will also begin to address immunity doctrines and Forrester v. White, pages 35-46 in the casebook.  That's a fair amount of reading for Friday, but ...

For our third class, on Monday, January 24, we will complete our discussion of absolute immunity, so there will be no further reading assignment.

First Assignment and Text for Property with Prof. Luna


Property (Spring 2011)
Professor Luna

For our first class session please obtain a copy of State v. Nelson (on the distribution bookcase).  Please come prepared to discuss the instant case and its attached questions.

First Assignments and Texts for International Business with Prof. Hines

International Business Transactions
 
Chow, Daniel C.K., Schoenbaum, Thomas J., International Business Transactions: Problems, Cases, and Materials, Second Edition, Aspen Publishers (ISBN 978-0-7355-7065-8) [CASEBOOK]
Chow, Daniel C.K., Schoenbaum, Thomas J., International Business Transactions: Problems, Cases, and Materials, Second Edition, Documents Supplement, 2010-2011 Edition, Aspen Publishers (ISBN 978-0-7355-8742-7) [SUPPLEMENT]
 
1/19
 
Casebook 1-23
 
Please sign up for course web site on TWEN, which provides the most recent copy of the syllabus.
 
 

First Assignments and Texts for Contracts II with Prof. Hines

Contracts II

Barnett, Randy E., Contracts: Cases and Doctrine, Fourth Edition, Aspen Publishers (ISBN 978-0-7355-6346-9) [CASEBOOK]
Barnett, Randy E., Perspectives on Contract Law, Fourth Edition, Aspen Publishers (ISBN 978-0-7355-8297-2) [PCL]
 
1/18
 
Casebook 585-604
 
1/19
 
Casebook 604-614
PCL 187-200
 
Please sign up for course web site on TWEN, which provides the most recent copy of the syllabus.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Law Library Closed Saturday, Jan. 8


Law Library will be closed Sat. Jan. 8
Due to electrical work in Swen Parson, the Law Library will be closed Saturday, Jan. 8. Holiday hours will resume Sunday, Jan. 9. See our Hours page at http://law.niu.edu/law/library/hours.shtml for a complete schedule.

First Assignments for Civil Procedure II with Prof. Parness


Civil Procedure II

Professor Parness

For the first class on Wednesday, Jan. 19, students should read pages 333-344 in the text.  The syllabus for Spring, 2011 is posted on TWEN.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Federal Criminal Law with Prof. Schwartz first assignment


FEDERAL CRIMINAL LAW
Prof. Justin Schwartz

Please read for our first class:
The Nature of Federal Criminal Law and Law Enforcement Resources, CB Chaps. 1-2, pp. 1-17