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.