Friday, April 29, 2011

LLSA "Ask a Lawyer" Day reminder

The Latino Law Student Association is looking for volunteers to help us during our next event: “Ask a Lawyer Day,” tomorrow, April 30, 2011. Local attorneys will be volunteering their time and lending their expertise to our community. We will need volunteers to help us welcome our guests, match them with one of our attorneys, and help us run the event smoothly. There will be 2 shifts available (10-1pm and 1-2pm) and these hours will count as pro-bono hours. If you have any further questions, please contact Omar Salguero at omaichi@hotmail.com.

SBA End-of-Year Announcements

NIU COL Students: Happy Friday! A few announcements regarding election results and Barristers.

First off, congratulations to the following 2L Representatives recently elected for next years’ SBA board: Dan Sanchez, Nathaniel Tate, and Mallory Sanzeri. There was a tie for the fourth spot which will call for a run-off. On Monday, May 2 from 8am to 8pm there will be a run-off between Anum Muhiuddin and Lindsay Vanek. You can vote via TWEN with similar procedures as the previous elections.

In addition to the 2L run-off voting on Monday, there will be an election for the fourth 3L Representative slot which too will take place on Monday via TWEN. If you would like to be considered, please email SBA.NIU@GMAIL.COM by Sunday, May 1, @ 5pm. While on the subject, congratulations to Dennis Collins, Preston Brown and Gabe Zunino for their being elected 3L Representatives on the SBA. They will join the executive board President Carmen Rossi, Vice President Sarah Adamski, Treasurer Steve Anderson, and Secretary Monika Fazekas.

For the voting on Monday, please remember, for both the 2L and 3L elections, you can only vote for your respective classmates.

Copies of the Barristers video may be purchased for $5 with the profits being given to PILS for Outreach Assistant Awards. Please see Josh Ladwig or Jason Meares to order your copy. Congratulations and good luck with the remainder of your last semester!

Summer and Fall Courses Open at Zeke Giorgi Clinic

ZEKE GIORGI CLINIC
• Wondering how to get legal experience this summer?
• Still trying to figure out what courses to take next year?
• Feeling like you want to practice what you’ve been learning in the classroom and give back to the
community?

The deadline has been EXTENDED to apply for Summer and Fall Clinical Courses. It’s not too late to consider if a clinical experience is right for you. Applications are available on the Clinic bulletin board, and in the faculty secretaries’ office. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the registration period until all clinical spots are filled.

Budget & Records End-of-Year Reminders

3Ls Graduating May 2011:
We have extra Graduation Announcements. If you want some please see Julie or Christina in the Office of Budget & Records, (SP276).

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, you will need to provide a copy of that form to the Office of Budget & Records.

Law Library End-of-Year Announcements

3Ls: Congratulations on earning your JD! With everything you need to do to wrap up your final few days at NIU, a few things are bound to fall through the cracks. This is just a friendly reminder to return any items you’ve checked out from the Law Library and to also check your Bursar account to make sure any library fines or fees you may have incurred have been paid. (You can check your MyNIU account online at http://www.niu.edu/myniu/. If you need additional information about a specific library-related charge on your Bursar account, please stop by the Circulation Desk or call us at 815-753-0507.

Please note all alumni are eligible for continued borrowing privileges at the Law Library. Please
stop by the Circulation Desk and we will be happy to assist you with setting up your alumni
account.

ISBA Law Student Committee: last notice

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.

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of May 2

  • THEMIS - Themis will have a table in the Marshall Gallery on Monday, May 2nd from 11:30-1:00.
  • BARBRI - BARBRI will have a table in the Marshall Gallery on Tuesday, May 3rd from 10— 2:00.
  • PMBR - KAPLAN PMBR will have a table in the Marshall Gallery on Wednesday, May 4th from 11—2:00 p.m.

BLSA Hosts "Depositions" with Professor Jones

The Black Law Student Association will host a discussion with 2011 Professor of the Year Professor Jones on Depositions. The session will occur on Monday, May 2nd from 12-1:00 p.m. in Room #188. All are encouraged to attend. Seating is limited so plan to arrive early. This is a discussion session that you will not want to miss.

1L Moot Court Judge Pizza Luncheon

Thank You 1L Moot Court Judges: The College of Law will host a special thank you pizza lunch at Noon, Monday, May 2 for all 2L and 3L students who helped judge the First Year Moot Court final oral arguments in April. Drop in the Faculty Conference Room, Room 258 for lunch. We will be serving pizza from noon until it is gone.

ELS Cell Phone Battery Drive extended

The Environmental Law Society’s cell phone drive has been extended thru May 18th. Any student that has an old cell phone and would like to discard it can donate it to the club no questions asked. Phones that are collected and in working condition 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. Any batteries not in a phone or other phone accessories collected will not be donated to the Crisis Center but will be recycled. For more information, e-mail Katrina Plonczynski at kjplonz42@comcast.net or Kevin Zickterman at kzickterman@gmail.com.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Message from the Dean

“Making Success Happen”

I am proud to serve as Dean of the College of Law during a transformational time at the law school. The faculty, students, alumni, administration, and University are working collaboratively to “make success happen” for all of our students, in any career path they choose. Even as we move the law school forward in important ways, we remain true to our core values, including excellence, access, diversity, public service, and community.

Highlights of our successes this year include:

Student Successes

• Used Academic Excellence Fee to sustain the law library collection, offer additional courses in upper-class curriculum, support intermural moot court and trial advocacy competitions, expand experiential learning opportunities, strengthen programs that build bar exam skills, and allow students to attend professional development conferences;
• Built Academic Support Program and other initiatives to maximize student success;
• Expanded summer opportunities, including courses, externships, and APPLE assistantships in judicial placements;
• Approved Director of Pro Bono Initiatives, expanding pro bono opportunities for students throughout the region;
• Secured additional scholarships, including a Chessick Scholarship in evidence law and a $20,000 gift to establish the George M. Shur Student Scholarship.

Faculty Successes

• Hosted Symposium on Immigration and Homeland Security Law with distinguished speakers and over 150 attendees;
• Hired new faculty: Professors Morse Tan (international law, health law) and Amy Widman (torts, legislation, environmental law);
• Approved Clinical Faculty track, as part of building of experiential learning program;
• Engaging in search for Director of Clinics.

Alumni Successes

• BOV Chair John Monical and committee developed a Mentoring Program for first-year law students that began in Fall 2010. Ninety-three students are participating in the program;
• BOV initiating working groups in Fundraising, Career Development, and Outreach/Reputation.

University Collaborations

• Environmental Policy Institute;
• Healthcare Policy & Management certificate program;
• Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs);
• Certificate in women’s studies.

College of Law Successes

• NIU Law ranked thirteenth among the Top 20 law schools in the nation based on value by preLaw Magazine in its 2010 Best Value Law Schools study;
• NIU Law ranked ninth among the Top 10 law schools in the nation for having the most diverse faculty by the Princeton Review in its 2011 edition of Best 172 Law Schools;
• NIU Law was named one of the most diverse law schools in the nation in the March 2011 issue of the National Jurist.


Enjoy the rest of the semester!

Dean Rosato

Monday, April 25, 2011

Memo from Dean Gaebler Regarding Fall Registration

April 25, 2011
To: All Continuing Students
Fr: David Gaebler, Associate Dean
Re: Registration for Fall 2011

Registration Schedule
All continuing students must register on MyNiu. Instructions regarding the use of MyNiu can be found at http://www.niu.edu/myniutraining/training/student_training.shtml. Registration will open on MyNiu tomorrow morning, April 26, 2011, at 7:00 a.m. for all students who will have completed at least 58 hours by the end of the current Spring 2011 semester. Registration will open at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 27 for all other continuing students. Part-time students who need to register for first-year courses next fall must see Dean Mandell to get registered in first-year courses.

Seminars, Lawyering Skills, Trial Advocacy
Seminars, Lawyering Skills, and Trial Advocacy will be available on MyNiu on a first-come-first-served basis. Third year students will have priority because they will have access to registration for 24 hours before registration opens for second year students. The College of Law will keep waitlists for these courses if they are oversubscribed. The ONLY WAY to get your name on the waitlist will be to email Christina Raguse, the College of Law Director of Budget and Records craguse@niu.edu stating that you wish to be on the wait list for a particular course or section. DO NOT SEND AN EMAIL REQUESTING TO BE PLACED ON THE WAITLIST FOR ANY COURSE UNLESS AND UNTIL THAT COURSE IS CLOSED. Students will be placed into these courses from the waitlist in the order their email requests were received beginning with the first email received after the course is closed.

New Federalist Society and Second Amendment Society Officers

Congratulations to the newly elected officers of the Federalist Society for 2011-2012! They are:

President: Mike Meyers
Vice-President: Prat Kata
Secretary: Jerry Dombrowski
Treasurer: Brian Witt
3L Advisor to the Administration: Phil Lee

And also to the officers of the Second Amendment Society, who have been re-elected for a second term in 2011-2012:

President: Phil Lee
Vice-President: Chris Allendorf
Secretary: Justin Byrd
Treasurer: Glenn Stevenson

Friday, April 22, 2011

ELS Cell Phone Drive: final week!

The Environmental Law Society is sponsoring a used cell phone drive . Any student that has an old cell phone and would like to discard it can donate it to the club no questions asked. All phones that are collected and in working condition 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 throughout the month of April. Any batteries not in a phone or other phone accessories collected will not be donated to the Crisis Center but will be recycled. For more information, e-mail Katrina Plonczynski at kjplonz42@comcast.net or Kevin Zickterman at kzickterman@gmail.com.

Important Law Library Notices for 3Ls

Congratulations on earning your JD! With everything you need to do to wrap up your final few days at NIU, a few things are bound to fall through the cracks. This is just a friendly reminder to return any items you’ve checked out from the Law Library and to also check your Bursar account to make sure any library fines or fees you may have incurred have been paid. (You can check your MyNIU account online at http://www.niu.edu/myniu/.) If you need additional information about a specific library-related charge on your Bursar account, please stop by the Circulation Desk or call us at 815-753-0507.

Please note all alumni are eligible for continued borrowing privileges at the Law Library. Please stop by the Circulation Desk and we will be happy to assist you with setting up your alumni account.

Barristers Ball Video

Copies of the Barristers video may be purchased for $5 with the profits being given to PILS for Outreach Assistant Awards. Please see Josh Ladwig or Jason Meares to order your copy. Congratulations and good luck with the remainder of your last semester!

2011-12 TAS Officers

Congratulations to the new 2011-2012 Trial Advocacy Society Officers!

Head of Chambers: Travis Lutz

Masters of the Bench: Jay McCarron and Chris Allendorf

Public Relations Barrister: Jason Borg

Closing Argument Barrister: Kristin Good

Barristers: Karla Altmayer, Mike Earl, Erica Snyder and Nate Tate

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of April 25

  • THEMIS - Themis will have a table in the Marshall Gallery on Monday, April 25th from 11:30-1:00.
  • BARBRI - BARBRI will have a table in the Marshall Gallery on Tuesday, April 26th from 10—2:00.
  • PMBR - KAPLAN PMBR will have a table in the Marshall Gallery on Wednesday, April 27th from 11—2:00 p.m.

Law Review Write-On Competition

Law Review will be holding an informational meeting for the 2011 Write-On Competition for all interested 1Ls on Monday, April 25th at 12:00 in Room #170. The Law Review Write-On Committee will be giving 1Ls information about the competition and answering any questions applicants may have. There will not be another meeting about the competition, so any 1L who is interested in writing onto Law Review should attend the meeting. Lunch will be provided by
Themis.

SBA Runoff Elections

SBA ELECTIONS! Elections for the 2011—2012 Student Bar Association were held on April 20th and 21st. Runoff elections and representative elections will take place April 27th and 28th.

3L elections, including professor of the year and class speaker, will also be held on April 27th and 28th. More information will be provided to 3Ls via email.

Summer and Fall Classes at Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic

  • Wondering how to get legal experience this summer?
  • Still trying to figure out what courses to take next year?
  • Feeling like you want to practice what you’ve been learning in the classroom and give back to the community?
The deadline has been EXTENDED to apply for Summer and Fall Clinical Courses. It’s not too late to consider if a clinical experience is right for you.

Clinic Presentation:
To learn more about the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic and clinical opportunities this Summer and next Fall, please come for pizza and a presentation in the Faculty Conference Room #258 on
Wednesday, April 27 at Noon. Wendy Vaughn will provide a brief presentation about the
Elder Law Clinic and Domestic Abuse Clinic, discuss clinic requirements, and answer your
questions.

Clinic Information Table:
If you can’t make it to the presentation, feel free to drop by the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic
information table in the Marshall Gallery to ask questions, get information, and talk to a clinical
supervisor at the following times:

  • Wednesday, April 27, 2011 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery, with Wendy Vaughn, Supervising Attorney, Domestic Abuse Clinic, or
  • Thursday, April 28, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Marshall Gallery, with Paul Cain, Managing Attorney, Elder Law Clinic.

Applications will be available at the presentation, in the Marshall Gallery at the information table, on the Clinic bulletin board, and from the faculty secretaries’ office. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the registration period until all clinical spots are filled.
3Ls Graduating May 2011:
We have extra Graduation Announcements. If you want some please see Julie or Christina in the Office of Budget & Records, (SP276).

Caps and gowns can be picked up from the Budget & Records Office (SP 276) beginning 1:30
p.m. on Friday, April 29, 2011. The hat toss photo is scheduled for 3:20 p.m. on April 29, 2011, followed by the unveiling of the Class of 2011 Composite.

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, you will need to provide a copy of that form to the Office of Budget & Records.

LLSA Ask a Lawyer Day

LLSA is looking for volunteers to help us during our next event: “Ask a Lawyer Day” April 30, 2011. Local attorneys will be volunteering their time and lending their expertise to our community. We will need volunteers to help us welcome our guests, match them with one of our attorneys, and help us run the event smoothly. There will be 2 shifts available (10-1pm and 1-2pm) and these hours will count as pro-bono hours. If you have any further questions, please contact Omar Salguero at omaichi@hotmail.com.

ISBA Law Student Committee

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.

Research Assistant Needed for Professor Arriola

Title: Research Assistant to Professor Elvia R. Arriola

Opening Summer 2011 and Fall 2011

Application Deadline: May 5, 2011


Qualifications: Law Student who is a good writer, researcher and editor and who also possesses computer editing skills. (e.g., familiarity with web design or use of ADOBE contribute and similar website editing software). The latter is not an essential qualification but is a strong preference as instructor is responsible for website editing for the nonprofit Women on the Border, Inc. (www.womenontheborder.org).

Must provide a writing sample. If currently enrolled in Constitutional Law I with professor Arriola the student should have demonstrated superior performance on Midterm Examination, Fall 2011.

The research assistant is in regular communication with professor about current or upcoming projects. Sometimes quick deadlines require turnaround assignments within a day or two. Other assignment may be ongoing and may require a commitment of 5-10 hours per week of research or study.

Topics of research include – women, children and the law, sexuality and the law, civil and human rights, globalization, immigration and free trade, corporate accountability, labor and employment law, U.S. and world history, politics, legislation, etc.

Friday, April 15, 2011

2011-2012 Moot Court Society Board

Congratulations to the new 2011-2012 Moot Court Society Board!

Chief Justice
Robert Kosic
Associate Justices
Abe Ali
Adam Kaplan
Eric Poplonski
Jennifer Weston

To All Heads of Student Organizations

ATTENTION HEADS OF STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS!! PLEASE GIVE THE RESULTS OF YOUR NEW OFFICER ELECTIONS FOR 2011/2012 TO BARBARA IN ROOM 172A!

Race NIjUdicata: NIU Law 5K Run/Walk – last notice!

We would like to once again invite you to participate in the 2nd Annual Race NIjUdicata: NIU Law 5K Run/Walk & BBQ to be held on Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 9:45 a.m. until Noon. The event includes a BBQ lunch (catered by Inboden’s), awards ceremony, and raffle. Whether you run, walk, or volunteer, your participation is sincerely appreciated. NIU Law Faculty and staff and family members will receive the lowest rate of $15 for the walk/run. Please report to Swen Parson Hall at 8:00 a.m. to register for the race or to help out with race setup.

SBA Barrister's Ball 2011

The SBA presents the 2011 Barrister’s Ball!! It will be held on Saturday, April 16th from 7:00—11:00 p.m. at the Barsema Visitor’s Center. As the academic year comes to an end, we can count on two truths: finals, and the Barrister’s Ball. Tickets can be purchased from an SBA Representative. Presale tickets will cost $20 ($25 at the door). The price includes admission, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and two drink tickets for call liquor, live entertainment, and professional photography. The price also includes a drink package and entry into the official after hours party. If you have any questions, please feel free to email SBA.NIU@gmail.com. Barrister’s is open to all NIU Law Students, faculty and administrators. We hope you can all attend what will surely be a great night!

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of April 18

  • THEMIS - Themis will have a table in the Marshall Gallery on Monday, April 18th from 11:30-1:00.
  • BARBRI - BARBRI will have a table in the Marshall Gallery on Tuesday, April 19th from 10—2:00.
  • PMBR - KAPLAN PMBR will have a table in the Marshall Gallery on Wednesday, April 20th from 11—2:00 p.m.

SBA Elections start this week

SBA ELECTIONS! Elections for the 2011—2012 Student Bar Association will take place on April 20th and 21st. Runoff elections and representative elections will take place April 27th and 28th. Students may run for the following positions:

President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, ABA Representative, Four(4) positions for 2L representative and Four (4) positions for 3L representative.

In order to run for any of the positions listed above, a one paragraph statement must be submitted that describes why the position is desired and why you are the ideal candidate. Please send paragraphs to SBA.NIU@gmail.com The paragraphs will be due by April 19th by 3:00 p.m. and will be posted on TWEN later that night. The elections will take place on April 20th and 21st.

Elections will be done via online polling through the SBA page on TWEN. Please submit your
paragraph to sba.niu@gmail.com. 3L elections, including professor of the year and class speaker, will also be held on April 20th and 21st and 27th and 28th. More information will be provided to 3Ls via email.

Delta Theta Phi: COL Apparel on Sale

Delta Theta Phi will be selling NIU LAW Apparel through April 22nd. “Alumni” designs are now available! The order forms were placed in each student’s mailbox and there are order forms in the glass case in the law school. Order forms and payment should be put in Laura Alm’s mailbox before the 22nd.

Important Budget & Records Announcements

3Ls Graduating May 2011:
We have extra Graduation Announcements. If you want some please see Julie or Christina in the Office of Budget & Records, (SP276).

Caps and gowns can be picked up from the Budget & Records Office (SP 276) beginning 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 29, 2011. The hat toss photo is scheduled for 3:20 p.m. on April 29, 2011, followed by the unveiling of the Class of 2011 Composite.

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.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Notice Regarding Summer Registration

To All Students,

Please note that summer offerings now include Clinic Courses as well as Externships, Land Use Control and Corporations. You may register for Land Use Control and/or Corporations through MyNiu anytime after 9:00 a.m. today (April 13, 2011). For those of you who have never registered with MyNiu, please see the instructions at http://www.niu.edu/myniutraining/training/student_training.shtml.

For the Externships and Clinic Courses, you will not be able to register in MyNiu. Instead, you must see the instructor and complete an application form. Please note that you may register for a maximum of seven hours of credit during the summer session.

Dean Gaebler

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Research Assistants Needed for Professor Falkoff

Professor Falkoff is looking for either one full-time or two half-time research assistants for the upcoming academic year.
To apply, please submit the following to Professor Falkoff (by hard copy or email) by April 20, 2011: A letter of interest, which also states whether you have a preference between a full or half-time position; a resume; an official copy of your NIU College of Law transcript; and two references (names and contact information).

Monday, April 11, 2011

Research Assistant Needed for Professor Rigertas

RESEARCH ASSISTANT POSITION

Professor Rigertas is looking for either one full-time or two part-time research assistants for the 2011-12 academic year. Research assignments will be mostly in the areas of professional responsibility and access to the legal system. Bluebook proficiency is preferred.

To apply, please submit the following to Professor Rigertas (by hard copy or e-mail) by April 15, 2011: A letter of interest, which also states whether you have a preference between a full or part-time position; a resume; an official copy of your NIU College of Law transcript; and two references (names and contact information).

Friday, April 8, 2011

Scholarships and Writing Competitions

Be sure to check the Docket for a full list of Scholarship and Writing Competition opportunities.

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of April 11

  • BARBRI - BARBRI will have a table in the Marshall Gallery on Tuesday, April 12th from 10—2:00.
  • PMBR KAPLAN - PMBR will have a table in the Marshall Gallery on Wednesday, April 13th from 11—2:00 p.m.
  • THEMIS - Themis will have a table in the Marshall Gallery on Thursday, April 14th at 2:30 p.m.

ELS Used Cell Phone Drive

The Environmental Law Society is sponsoring a used cell phone drive . Any student that has an old cell phone and would like to discard it can donate it to the club no questions asked. All phones that are collected and in working condition 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 throughout the month of April. Any batteries not in a phone or other phone accessories collected will not be donated to the Crisis Center but will be recycled. For more information, e-mail Katrina Plonczynski at kjplonz42@comcast.net or Kevin Zickterman at kzickterman@gmail.com.

Zeke Giorgi Clinic Information Fair

Want to help real people and really do something?! Come to the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic Information Fair on Monday, April 11 at Noon in Room #188. A panel of current students and former clinic student alumni will discuss their clinical experiences and answer questions. In addition, supervising attorneys Paul Cain and Wendy Vaughn will provide information about the Domestic Abuse Clinic, the Elder Law Clinic and the Mediation Clinic. Applications will be available. Come learn about the Clinic before registration! Pizza will be provided.

SALDF Animal Friendly Cook-off

The cook-off will be held on Wednesday, April 13th from 11:30—1:30 p.m. (or while food lasts) in the Marshall Gallery. Come and sample five vegetarian noodle dishes and five vegan salad dishes, for a healthy and delicious hump day lunch. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advance or at the door. Some of our menu Items include: Triple Pepper Pasta, Lemon Capellini Salad, and
Cranberry and Wild Rice Salad.

SALDF T.A.I.L.S. 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.

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.

Job Opening for ASP Tutors

Professors Hunter, Miller and Stange are soliciting applications for tutors they anticipate hiring for the Academic Support Program for the 2011-2012 Academic Year. They anticipate hiring two rising 2Ls and one rising 3L so both 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.
To apply for a position as a tutor, please submit a resume along with a copy of your fall semester grades and a letter describing your qualifications and explaining why you would like to be a tutor. In your application letter, please state what first year courses you would like to tutor and what grade(s) you received in those courses first semester. Each tutor will be tutoring two courses each semester. To be selected as a tutor for any particular course, you must have received a grade of “B” or better during each semester that you took that course. Exceptions to this requirement will be made only if there are no acceptable qualified candidates available to tutor a particular course or courses. Applicants for a tutorial position must be prepared to carry out the duties listed in the job description posted outside Professor Hunter’s office. In particular, please note the limit on outside work commitments in paragraph 6 of the job description. Also note that tutors are required to hold office hours during the semester, as explained in paragraph 5 of the job description, and they are required to participate in regular meetings with the coordinators of the program. The position carries a full tuition waiver plus a small monthly stipend.

The deadline for applications is Friday, April 15th, 2011. Please submit your resume, transcript and application letter to Barbara Manning’s office, Room 172A, by no later than 3:30 p.m. on that date. If you have any questions, please contact Professor Stange, Hunter or Miller.

GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP FOR THE OFFICE OF ALUMNI EVENTS & PUBLIC RELATIONS

The Office of Alumni Events and Public Relations announces one graduate assistantship for the Fall 2011 semester, with tuition waiver and monthly stipend. Duties include, but are not limited to: Data entry, writing, assisting with NIU Law events, and general office work. The assistant will interact with faculty and staff, students, and alumni and will be expected to do so in a professional manner. There will be some evening and/or weekend work. Assistants must have excellent written, communication, and computer skills and be self-motivated. Preference will be given to students who will be entering their second year in the fall semester and express interest in working the 2012-2013 academic year. Candidates should submit an initial letter of interest and resume to Melody Mitchell at mmitchell@niu.edu no later than Friday, April 15.

Law Review Symposium

The NIU Law Symposium will be held April 14-15, 2011. On Thursday, April 14, there will be a special showing of the Oscar-Nominated Documentary “Which Way Home” followed by a Q&A with Attorney Sara McDowell, who represented the children in the film. The film will be shown at the Egyptian Theatre located at 135 N. Second Street, DeKalb, IL at 7:30 p.m.

On Friday, April 15, the day-long Symposium (from 9:00a.m.-4:45 p.m. at the Student Center) will identify key areas of human trafficking, working within the U.S. court system against trafficking, and future policy regarding trafficking. 6.5 MCLE credit hours will be given.

Dean Rosato is sponsoring NIU Law faculty/staff interested in attending, so there will be no charge. In order to plan appropriately, please let Melody know if you will join us for the program and/or lunch.

Race NIjUdicata: NIU Law 5K Reminder

NIjUdicata: NIU Law 5K Run/Walk – April 16, 2011:
We would like to once again invite you to participate in the 2nd Annual Race NIjUdicata: NIU Law 5K Run/Walk & BBQ to be held on Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 9:45 a.m. until Noon. The event includes a BBQ lunch (catered by Inboden’s), awards ceremony, and raffle. Whether you run, walk, or volunteer, your participation is sincerely appreciated.

NIU Law Faculty and staff and family members will receive the lowest rate of $15 for the walk/run. Please turn in your registration or volunteer form to Melody asap. See Melody for your signup forms!

SBA Pancake Breakfast and Barrister's Ball

The SBA will sponsor a 1L pancake breakfast on Monday, April 11 from 8:00—9:00 am in the Marshall Gallery. Please join us for a breakfast of champions!!
The SBA presents the 2011 Barrister’s Ball!! It will be held on Saturday, April 16th from7:00—11:00 p.m. at the Barsema Visitor’s Center. As the
academic year comes to an end, we can count on two truths: finals, and the Barrister’s Ball. Tickets will go on sale this week and canbe purchased in either the Marshall Gallery or from an SBA Representative. Presale tickets will cost $20 ($25 at the door). The price includes admission, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and two drinktickets for call liquor, live entertainment, and professional photography. The price also includes a drink package and entry into the official after hours party. If you have any questions, please feelfree to email SBA.NIU@gmail.com. Barrister’s is open to all NIU Law Students, faculty and administrators. We hope you can all attend what will surely be a great night!

And check out the flyer!

SBA ELECTIONS!

Elections for the 2011—2012 Student Bar Association will take place on April 20th and 21st. Runoff elections and representative elections will take place April 27th and 28th. Students may run for the following positions:

President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, ABA Representative, Four(4) positions for 2L representative and Four (4) positions for 3L representative.

In order to run for any of the positions listed above, a one paragraph statement must be submitted that describes why the position is desired and why you are the ideal candidate. Please send paragraphs to SBA.NIU\2gmail.com The paragraphs will be due by April 19th by 3:00 p.m. and will be posted on TWEN later that night. The elections will take place on April 20th and 21st. Elections will be done via online polling through the SBA age on TWEN.

Please submit your paragraph to sba.niu@gmail.com.
3L elections, including professor of the year and class speaker, will also be held on April 20th and
21st and 27th and 28th. More information will be provided to 3Ls via email.

Illinois Civil Union Law Presentation

IL Civil Union Law, hosted by the COL Gay-Straight Alliance:
Representative Greg Harris, who authored and sponsored the Civil Union law that goes into effect in Illinois on June 1st, will speak at NIU COL about the law’s history, what the law will and will not do for couples, and more. A general discussion on marriage and civil union laws across the United States will be given by Professor Arriola. The event will be held in the Riley Courtroom on Tuesday, April 19 from 5-7:00 p.m. A reception will follow. Please join us!

Budget & Records News

3Ls Graduating May 2011:
We have extra Graduation Announcements. If you want some please see Julie or Christina in the Office of Budget & Records, (SP276).

Caps and gowns can be picked up from the Budget & Records Office (SP 276) beginning 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 29, 2011. The hat toss photo is scheduled for 3:20 p.m. on April 29, 2011, followed by the unveiling of the Class of 2011 Composite.

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.

LLSA "Ask a Lawyer" Day

LLSA is looking for volunteers to help us during our next event: “Ask a lawyer day” April 30, 2011. Local attorneys will be volunteering their time and lending their expertise to our community. We will need volunteers to help us welcome our guests, match them with one of our attorneys, and help us run the event smoothly. There will be 2 shifts available (10-1pm and 1-2pm) and these hours will count as pro-bono hours. If you have any further questions, please contact Omar Salguero at omaichi@hotmail.com.

ISBA Law Student Committee

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, April 4, 2011

3Ls Graduating May 2011

We have extra Graduation Announcements. If you want some please see Julie or Christina in the office of Budget & Records, (SP276).

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.

SALDF T.A.I.L.S. 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.

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 secretary’s office. Deadline to apply is Monday, April 4.

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of April 4

  • THEMIS - Themis will have a table in the Marshall Gallery on Monday, April 4th from 12—1:30.
  • BARBRI - BARBRI will have a table in the Marshall Gallery on Tuesday, April 5th from 10—2:00.
  • PMBR - KAPLAN PMBR will have a table in the Marshall Gallery on Wednesday, April 6th from 11—2:00 p.m.

PAD Chili Cook-off - Reminder

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 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: 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 oneon-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

WBAI 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.

Zeke Giorgi Clinic Information Fair

Want to help real people and really do something?! Come to the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic Information Fair on Monday, April 11 at Noon in Room #188. A panel of current students and former clinic student alumni will discuss their clinical experiences and answer questions. In addition, supervising attorneys Paul Cain and Wendy Vaughn will provide information about the Domestic Abuse Clinic, the Elder Law Clinic and the Mediation Clinic. Applications will be available. Come learn about the Clinic before registration! Pizza will be provided.

Race NIjUdicata: Less than 2 weeks away!

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 Inboden's! Download the registration and volunteer forms from our website or pick them up from outside of Melody Mitchell’s office, Room #285.

IL Civil Union Law, hosted by the COL Gay-Straight Alliance:

Representative Greg Harris, who authored and sponsored the Civil Union law that goes into effect in Illinois on June 1st, will speak at NIU COL about the law’s history, what the law will and will not do for couples, and more. A general discussion on marriage and civil union laws across the United States will be given by Professor Arriola. The event will be held in the Riley Courtroom on Tuesday, April 19 from 5-7:00 p.m. A reception will follow. Please join us!