Friday, March 25, 2011

Important Budget & Records Announcements

ALL STUDENTS:
The grade distribution for the Fall 2010 semester College of Law is posted in the glass case next to
he elevator on the 2nd floor across from Melody Mitchell’s office.

3Ls Graduating May 2011:
Graduation announcements are in. Ten announcements have been put in each graduate’s
mailbox. If you want extra, please see either Julie or Christina (SP 276).

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.

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of March 28

  • THEMIS - Themis will have a table in the Marshall Gallery on Monday, March 28th from 12—1:30.
  • BARBRI - BARBRI will have a table in the Marshall Gallery on Tuesday, March 29th from 10—2:00.
  • PMBR - KAPLAN PMBR will have a table in the Marshall Gallery on Wednesday, March 30th from 11—2:00 p.m.

Law Library Computer Lab closing time

The Computer Lab in the law library will be closed on the following days and times of the
specified week of the spring 2011 semester, for the Basic Legal Research class.

Days and Times:
Monday: 10:00-10:50, 1:00-1:50 and 2:00-2:50
Tuesday: 10:00-10:50, 11:00-11:50, 1:00-1:50 and 3:00-3:50
Wednesday: 10:00-10:50, 2:00-2:50 and 3:00-3:50
Thursday: 10:00-10:50 and 1:00-1:50
Week of:
March 28th

WLC Drive for Safe Passage

As part of Women's Month, the Women's Law Caucus will be hosting a supply drive for Safe Passage March 23, 2011 through March 30, 2011. A donation box will be in the library and a table will be set up in Marshall Gallery Monday, March 28, 2011, 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Safe Passage is a shelter for women and children that provides services for domestic violence and sexual violence victims and their children. You can check out more information about their organization at http://www.safepassagedv.org.

Safe Passage Wish List:
Gift cards to Wal-Mart, grocery stores, movie theatres, fast food restaurants, etc. (in denominations of
$10, $20, $25)
Pillows
Towels and washcloths
Bed linens for twin beds
Women’s combs and hairbrushes
Gender-free diapers – especially large and extra large sizes
Gender-free pull-ups
Baby wipes
Diaper rash ointment
Paper towels, toilet paper, & Kleenex
Batter operated alarm clocks
Sweat suits
Women’s underwear (bra & panties)
Deodorant
Hairspray
Plastic zip lock bags, saran wrap
Dish soap, spray disinfectant
Dishwasher soap
Laundry soap
Large and small plastic storage containers

PILS Student Auction

The 16th Annual Public Interest Law Society Auction will be held on Friday, April 1st from 5:00
p.m. to 9:00 p.m. We will begin the event with a silent auction and then take hotly contested
items to a live auction! Among this year’s auction items are a Wii and Wii Fit, a signed Brian
Urlacher jersey, a VIP night in downtown Chicago, and a variety of gift baskets. We will kick off
this year’s auction with a Student Auction on March 30th and March 31st from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day.

Students may bid on a variety of items, including gift certificates and dinners with professors. Both events raise money for summer volunteer opportunities for innovative,
enthusiastic, and dedicated students of the NIU College of Law who work in public interest legal
positions, assisting individuals who cannot afford legal services through conventional methods.

We still need volunteers for the auction!! Please contact Josh or Trisha in the Career
Opportunities Office ASAP to see how you can help out. The event is attended by hundreds of
alumni and practitioners – great networking opportunity.

TAILS Donation Drive

SALDF is also sponsoring a T.A.I.L.S. Donation Drive from March 31, 2011 – April 14, 2011.
T.A.I.L.S. is a non-profit no-kill shelter in DeKalb, IL that depends on donations to continue their
mission to medically treat, feed, and house stray animals. Basic needs include:

Paper Towels
Newspapers
Kitty Litter
Cat and Dog Toys
Cat and Dog Food (wet and dry)

A full list will be displayed near the donation box on the table outside Room #177. The list will
also be distributed in 1L classes.

Francis X. Riley Lecture

Please join us on Friday, April 1 at 3:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom as Alumna and former Board of Trustee Chair Cherilyn Murer (’78) presents the Francis X. Riley Lecture on Professionalism.

PAD Chili Cook-off - New Date

Please note change of date! Phi Alpha Delta will be hosting their annual Chili Cook-Off on
Monday, April 4, 2011 in the Marshall Gallery. If you are interested in entering your chili, please see a PAD member or e-mail NIUPAD@gmail.com. Prizes will be given to the top three entries. The cost to judge-taste the chili is $5.00 on a first come, first serve basis.

SALDF - Chefs Wanted!

A $50 prize will be given for the best vegetarian noodle dish and best vegan salad! The Student
Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) is looking for students, faculty, and staff who are
interested in competing in our Animal Friendly Cook-Off, on Wednesday, April 13th in the
Marshall Gallery. Chefs will prepare a vegetarian (meatless) noodle dish or a vegan (free of any
animal by products) salad dish, and the winner in each category will receive a $50 Visa Gift Card,
furnished by Themis.

Chefs with creative and traditional animal friendly recipes are encouraged to participate. So
tweak mom’s recipe, reproduce your favorite restaurant dish, and remember a salad can be more
than just lettuce (potato salad, bean salad, broccoli salad). If you are interested in participating
or have any questions please e-mail Kathryn Williams, at k.williams507@gmail.com by Monday,
April 4th.

Pro Bono Initiatives and Pro Bono Certification

If you have thought about volunteering to provide legal advice or assistance to callers to the LiveHelp phone lines (under the supervision of an attorney and after training by LiveHelp), please note that there are currently two training sessions scheduled (see flyers posted at the law school for more information about the organization and its purposes):

University of Chicago Law School (Wednesday, April 6th from 4-6 p.m.).
For more information, feel free to directly contact: Laura Emory, Director, at:
mory@illinoislegalaid.org.

The Exchange Community Network is having an “expungement event” on April 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Resource Intervention Center in downtown Rockford. Students would provide one-on-one counseling to participants. Professor Paul Cain is willing to provide a tutorial on sealing and expunging criminal records if students are interested. If you are willing to provide assistance, please contact Professor Cain directly at pcain@niu.edu.

Professor Lawrence Schlam, Director, Pro Bono Initiatives

Race NIjUdicata: NIU Law 5K Run/Walk & BBQ

Calling all runners, walkers, and volunteers for our 2nd Annual Race NIjUdicata on Saturday, April 16. Get your teams together and sign up for a great day of fun, prizes, and don’t forget the BBQ by Inbodens! Download the registration and volunteer forms from our website or pick them up from outside of Melody Mitchell’s office, Room #285.

Research Assistant for Professor Stange Needed

Professor Stange is seeking applications for a research assistant for the 2011-2012 Academic Year. 1Ls and 2Ls are welcome to apply. Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.7 or better and must have completed the first year of law school prior to the start of the 2011 academic year.

Prof. Stange’s research assistant is designed to provide support during the implementation of the first year legal writing program. Duties include, but are not limited to: assisting in researching the first year legal writing problems during both first and second semesters; serving as clients for the first year legal writing problem during the fall semester and being available for in-class client interviewing and counseling sessions; coordinating the process of signing up upper-level students to serve on the final benches for the 1L final oral arguments; and otherwise assisting with the research and creation of the 1L appellate brief problem. The position of research assistant requires that the student be able to work independently and have strong writing and interpersonal skills.

To apply for the research assistant position, please submit a resume along with a short letter describing your qualifications and explaining why you would like to be a research assistant. The deadline for applications is April 15, 2011. Please submit your resume and application letter via email to Professor Stange at mstange@niu.edu no later than 3pm on that date. (Note: This will also be the date and time that the applications for the Academic Support Program tutor applications are due. More information on those positions will follow at a later date). If you have any questions, please contact Professor Stange.

Deans' Town Hall Meeting reminder

The Spring 2011 Deans' town hall meeting will be held this coming Monday, March 28, at noon in Room 170, (Riley Courtroom). Dean Rosato will provide a brief report on this year's successes in the College of Law, and all the deans will be available to answer your questions.

Please let Dean Rosato know if you would like the deans to address any particular issues during the town meeting by emailing her at jrosato@niu.edu.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Law Review Informational Meeting

The NIU Law Review will hold an informational meeting for 1Ls on Monday, March 21st at Noon in Room #170. LexisNexis will be providing lunch. Find out what Law Review is all about and how to become a member!

Law Library Computer Lab Hours Reminder

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:
March 21st
March 28th

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of March 21

  • THEMIS - Themis will have a table in the Marshall Gallery on Monday, March 21st from 12—1:30.
  • BARBRI -  BARBRI will have a table in the Marshall Gallery on Tuesday, March 22nd from 10—2:00.
  • PMBR - KAPLAN PMBR will have a table in the Marshall Gallery on Wednesday, March 23rd from 11—2:00 p.m.

PAD Chili Cook-Off

Phi Alpha Delta will be hosting their annual Chili Cook-Off on Monday, March 28, 2011 in the Marshall Gallery. If you are interested in entering your chili, please see a PAD member or e-mail NIUPAD@gmail.com. Prizes will be given to the top three entries. The cost to judge-taste the chili is $5.00 on a first come, first serve basis.

Riley Lecture on Professionalism

Please join us as Alumna and former Board of Trustee Chair Cherilyn Murer (’78) will present the Francis X. Riley Lecture on Professionalism on Friday, April 1 at 3 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom.

Summer Law Clerk Positions

Summer Law Clerk Positions:
The NIU College of Law Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic located in Rockford seeks to hire two summer law
clerks. Law Clerks work 30 hours per week for ten weeks at a commensurate hourly rate. Law clerks
must be eligible for their 711 student practice license. An interest in public interest law is preferred.
Starting date is approximately June 1, 2011.

The Clinic represents persons of limited means primarily in the areas of Elder Law, Domestic Abuse and
Mediation. Students will be expected to provide direct representation to clients and appear in court under
the direct supervision of Clinic attorneys. Successful applicants also will be expected to work on projects
designed to further clinical programs and enhance community relations.

Please send cover letter, resume and unofficial transcript to Paul Cain, Managing Attorney, at
pcain@niu.edu or leave at the faculty secretaries office. Deadline to apply is Monday, April 4.

Pro Bono Initiatives and Certification

If you have thought about volunteering to provide legal advice or assistance to callers to the LiveHelp
phone lines (under the supervision of an attorney and after training by LiveHelp), please note that there are
currently two training sessions scheduled (see flyers posted at the law school for more information about
the organization and its purposes):

The John Marshall Law School (Friday, March 25th from 3-5 p.m. in Room 503).
University of Chicago Law School (Wednesday, April 6th from 4-6 p.m.).

For more information, feel free to directly contact: Laura Emory, Director, at:
emory@illinoislegalaid.org.
The Exchange Community Network is having an “expungement event” on April 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Resource Intervention Center in downtown Rockford. Students would provide one-on-one counseling to participants. Professor Paul Cain is willing to provide a tutorial on sealing and expunging criminal records if students are interested. If you are willing to provide assistance, please contact Professor Cain directly at pcain@niu.edu.
Professor Lawrence Schlam, Director, Pro Bono Initiatives

Race NIjUdicata 2011

Calling all runners, walkers, and volunteers for our 2nd Annual Race NIjUdicata on Saturday, April 16. Get your teams together and sign up for a great day of fun, prizes, and don’t forget the BBQ by Inbodens! Download the registration and volunteer forms from our website or pick them up from outside of Melody Mitchell’s office, Room #285.

ISBA Law Student Committee

ATTN: 1Ls & 2Ls
Want to start developing a successful legal career by networking with young Illinois lawyers? You may be perfect for the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) Law Student Committee. We are looking to appoint 2 new NIU Law Student Committee representatives for the 2011-2012 school year. If you’re interested in representing NIU please write a brief letter stating your interests in joining the Committee, what makes you an ideal candidate, and your contact information. Put your letter in the mailbox of Katrina Plonczynski (Current 2L Representative) by April 30, 2011.  Late letters will not be considered. For more information about the ISBA and the Law Student Committee, please view our bulletin board in the glass case outside of the legal writing instructors’ offices in Swen Parson Hall or contact Katrina at: kjplonz42@comcast.net.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Deans' Town Hall Meeting


The Spring 2011 Deans' town hall meeting will be held on Monday, March 28, at noon in Room 170, (Riley Courtroom).   Dean Rosato will provide a brief report on this year's successes in the College of Law, and all the deans will be available to answer your questions.

Please let Dean Rosato know if you would like the deans to address any particular issues during the town meeting by emailing her at jrosato@niu.edu.

Moot Court XXIX Results and Awards

Congratulations to all who participated in the 29th Annual Prize Moot Court Competition.  Special recognition goes to the following individuals, who were recognized at the Awards Banquet following the final argument:

1st Place Team
Ibrahim Ali & Robert Kosic

Runner-Up
Brad Stewart & Daniel Nunney

Semi-Finalists
Trisha Chokshi & Stephen Sotelo
Kathryn Williams & Colby Hathaway

Best Oralist Final Round
Ibrahim Ali

Best Oralist Preliminary Rounds
Eric Poplonski

Second Best Oralist Preliminary Rounds
Jerry Connor

Best Petitioner Brief
Kehinde Durowade & Pavielle Walker

Best Respondents Brief
Stephanie Mann & Becca Kopps

Friday, March 4, 2011

Graduation Announcement Charge


To 3Ls Graduating in May-
Notice of change:
There will be no charge for additional graduation announcements. You will be able to request extra when
we have them available for distribution. If you have already paid for additional announcements, and
would like a refund, please come to our office (SP276).

Moot Court XXIX Final Argument


The Final Moot Court Argument will take place Saturday, March 5 at 10:30 a.m. in the Riley Courtroom.  The presiding bench for the final argument will include Hon. Michael S. Kanne from the 7th Circuit, Hon. John W. Darrah from the Northern District of Illinois, and Hon. Gary S. Feinerman from the Northern District of Illinois. The final argument is a great opportunity for 1Ls to preview moot court arguments prior to their own 1L appellate oral arguments. Please feel welcome to attend the argument and congratulate the final teams.

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of March 7

  • LEXIS - Lexis will have a table in the Marshall Gallery on Tuesday, March 8th from 11:00-1:00p.m.
  • THEMIS - Themis will have a table in the Marshall Gallery on Monday, March 7th from 12—1:30.

Law Library Computer Lab closing time

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 3:00-3:50
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:
March 7th
March 21st
March 28th

Women's Law Caucus bake sale


The Women’s Law Caucus is having a bake sale from Monday, March 7th through Thursday, March 10th in honor of Women’s History Month. Stop by the Marshall Gallery to purchase your treat for $1 anytime between 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

SBA Bar Crawl; New Date and Time


Join the SBA for our upcoming bar crawl on March 11th at 7:00 p.m.! Please note the change of date. Come out and celebrate this Mardi Gras-themed event with your classmates! The lineup is: Andy’s, Stanley’s, Otto’s, and Molly’s. Hope to see you all there!

Women's Bar Association of Illinois Networking Night


The WBAI is hosting the following women’s networking night:
“For Your Summer, For Your Career, Making the Most of Your Law Degree”.
WHEN: Thursday, April 7, 2011
TIME: 5:30 p.m.—8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams

There will be a Panel Discussion (located at 1st Floor, Auditorium) from 5:30 p.m.—6:30 p.m.  Afterwards there will be a hosted cocktail reception (located at 1st Floor, Lobby), which includes appetizers, from 6:30 p.m.—8:00 p.m.

If you plan on attending this event please RSVP by emailing the Women’s Law Caucus at wlc.niu@gmail.com. Additionally, for those attending the event, please notify WLC in order to coordinate transportation to and from the event.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

State & Local Government canceled for March 2


State & Local Government
Professor Green

Class is canceled for Wednesday, 3/2/11.

Public Sector Labor Law canceled for March 2


Public Sector Labor Law
Professor Green

Class is canceled for Wednesday, 3/2/11.