Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Juvenile Justice Clinic openings available

The Juvenile Justice Clinic still has openings for the Spring 2013 semester. Students represent juveniles accused of crimes in the Winnebago County Juvenile Court. Typical crimes that are charged include Aggravated Battery, Battery, Theft, Retail Theft, Burglary, Damage to Property, Disorderly Conduct, Mob Action and Probation Violation. The Juvenile Justice Clinic is four credits and located at the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic in Rockford. Common hearings include arraignments and detention hearings, as well as motion hearings. If you have questions, contact Clinical Associate Professor Paul J. Cain at pcain@niu.edu or 815-962-9980.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Reminder: Clinic Information Session Today

The CLINICAL PROGRAM will be hosting a Clinic Information Session on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at Noon in Room 187 about our clinic offerings for the spring semester. Clinical Associate Professor Paul Cain will discuss the College of Law's new Juvenile Justice Clinic, which represents juveniles charged with crimes in Winnebago County Juvenile Court. Clinical Assistant Professor Wendy Vaughn will discuss opportunities in the Civil Justice Clinic, which prioritizes domestic violence and elder law cases. Current and former students will be present to talk about their experiences in the clinic and to answer your questions. Please feel free to purchase your tamale lunch in the Marshall Gallery from LLSA and bring it with you to Room 187.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Bankruptcy and Federal Income Tax w/ Prof. Schneider Canceled for Monday, 11/26

Both Bankruptcy & Federal Income Tax with Professor Schneider have been canceled for today, Monday, November 26.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of November 19th

  • THEMIS - There will be a THEMIS Bar Review table on Monday in the Marshall Gallery from 11:00-2:00 p.m. for students to get their questions answered regarding BAR Review. 
  • BARBRI - There will be a BARBRI Bar Review table on Tuesday in the Marshall Gallery from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Students can get their questions answered regarding BAR Review.

Breakfast with the Deans

To celebrate the end of the Fall semester, the Deans are hosting a breakfast buffet in the Marshall Gallery on Tuesday, November 27, from 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 

Bring your appetite and your questions / suggestions for the Deans!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Clinical Program Information Session

The CLINICAL PROGRAM will be hosting a Clinic Information Session on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at Noon in Room 187 about our clinic offerings for the spring semester. Clinical Associate Professor Paul Cain will discuss the College of Law's new Juvenile Justice Clinic, which represents juveniles charged with crimes in Winnebago County Juvenile Court. Clinical Assistant Professor Wendy Vaughn will discuss opportunities in the Civil Justice Clinic, which prioritizes domestic violence and elder law cases. Current and former students will be present to talk about their experiences in the clinic and to answer your questions. Please feel free to purchase your tamale lunch in the Marshall Gallery from LLSA and bring it with you to Room 187.

Agen/Bordeaux Summer Session Informational Meeting Update

Planning for the 2013 Summer Session in Agen/Bordeaux, France, is underway. Students interested in learning more about this 6-credit summer opportunity are invited to attend an information meeting on THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, AT 2:15 P.M. IN ROOM #188.  Dean Gaebler, Professors Reynolds and Taylor and student-graduates of the NIU Summer School in France will be on hand so come with questions, bring a friend….

Friday, November 9, 2012

Bar Loan Applications for December Graduates

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. A bar loan is a private loan, and a credit check will be performed as part of the application process. The loan helps finance bar exam costs, such as bar review course fees, bar exam deposits and fees, and living expenses.

If you have not borrowed the maximum amount of Federal Stafford Loans, you may want to use the balance to fund your bar exam preparation. Start your research on bar loans early, so that you get the best interest rate possible, because a bar loan cannot be consolidated with your current Stafford Loans.

Bar loans allow applicants to borrow a minimum of $1,000 and a maximum of $15,000. You may apply for a bar study loan through your current student loan lender, or you may use a completely different lender. All bar loan applications must be certified and signed by the University Student Financial Aid Office (Swen Parson Room 245). The following are some of the private lenders that are still providing bar loans. Research additional lenders and compare their interest rates before you sign:

Sallie Mae Law Student Loan Program
Graduate Leverage Bar Loan
Citibank Law Student Loans
Wells Fargo Bar Exam Loan
Fifth Third Bar Study Loan
PNC Bar Study Loan

PILS Raffle This Week

PILS will be selling tickets for their Fall Raffle over the lunch hour in the Marshall Gallery on the following dates: Monday, November 12; Tuesday, November 13 and Wednesday, November 14. Tickets will also be available on the day of the raffle, Thursday, November 15th at 4:00 in the Gallery! See you all there!

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of November 12th

  • THEMIS - There will be a THEMIS Bar Review table on Monday in the Marshall Gallery from 11:00-2:00 p.m. for students to get their questions answered regarding BAR Review. 
  • BARBRI - There will be a BARBRI Bar Review table on Tuesday in the Marshall Gallery from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Students can get their questions answered regarding BAR Review. 
  • KAPLAN BAR REVIEW - There will be a Kaplan Bar Review table on Wednesday in the Marshall Gallery from 11:00-2:00 p.m. for students to get their questions answered regarding BAR Review.

WLC/LLSA Special Presentation Event

The Women’s Law Caucus and LLSA are holding an event entitled Latina Women: The Hidden Struggle. It will be in the Riley Courtroom, November 12th at 6:00 p.m. There will be a reception to follow.

3L and Faculty Composite Pictures

Attention all 3Ls and Faculty Members!! Graduation pictures will be taken on November 13th from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Please sign up for a time slot to have your picture taken. The signup sheet is posted in the SBA glass case. Order forms with special offers available only on November 13th are in your mailboxes. Please come to your session with your participation fee and payment for the photography package of your choice.

Clinic Informational Session

There will be an informational session regarding externship and clinical opportunities on Tuesday, November 13th at 2:00 p.m. in Room #187. We will discuss the various offerings and answer any questions that you may have about externships and clinics.

Amnesty International Sri Lanka Event

On Tuesday, November 13th from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Swen Parson Room #186, NIU’s College of Law Amnesty Chapter and NIU’s newly-forming campus-wide NIU Amnesty Chapter are co-sponsoring an event on the current human rights situation in Sri Lanka. The event, titled “International Crimes Gone Unpunished: The Brutal Reality that is Sri Lanka,” will be hosted by Amnesty International’s Sri Lanka Specialist Jim McDonald and Amnesty International’s new Student Activist Coordinator Ansou Diallo. FOOD will be served at the event! Attendees are highly encouraged to watch the documentary “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields” at http://www.youtube.com/verify_age?next_url=/watch%3DRz_eCLcp1Mc before attending. Please contact AI NIU COL at ainiucol@gmail.com or Kevin Zickterman at kzickterman@gmail.com for more information.

BLSA Thanksgiving Dinner

The Black Law Student Association will hold their annual Thanksgiving Dinner on Wednesday, November 14th in the Marshall Gallery from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 and available from any BLSA member and also on the day of the event.

Scholarship Deadlines Coming Up This Week

ASECA Annual Securities Writing Competition 
The Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni, Inc. ("ASECA") calls for papers on any subject in the field of securities law. Unpublished papers, papers published in any law journal or other publication during calendar year 2012, and papers scheduled for publication in 2012 or 2013 are eligible for submission. There is no specific length requirement. Most papers submitted are between 40 and 60 pages. Co-authored papers are not eligible. Award winners will be invited to attend the ASECA annual dinner. The deadline is November 16, 2012. For more information, please visit http://www.secalumni.org/content.asp?contentid=4.

Richard Linn American Inn of Court Mark T. Banner Scholarship 
The Mark T. Banner Scholarship is a $5,000 award given to foster the development of diverse intellectual property lawyers of high ethics, civility, and professionalism. Applicants must submit a personal statement, application, resume, and academic transcripts. The deadline is November 16, 2012. For more information, please visit http://www.linninn.org/marktbanner.htm.

Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship 
The Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program (WLPPFP) offers Fellowships for public interest lawyers from the United States who are committed to advancing women's rights throughout their careers. Throughout the Fellowship year, participants gain invaluable experience by working on women's issues in Washington, D.C. with a public interest organization or governmental agency, and by participating in educational and professional development opportunities organized by WLPPFP. The deadline is November 16, 2012. For more information, please visit http://www.law.georgetown.edu/wlppfp/.

Monday, November 5, 2012

3L and Faculty Graduation Picture Day

Attention All 3Ls and Faculty Members:
Graduation Pictures will be taken on Tuesday, November 13th from 9am until 3pm in Marshall Gallery. Please sign up for a time slot to have your picture taken. The signup sheet is posted in the SBA glass case. Order Forms with special offers available only on November 13th are in your mailboxes. Please come to your session with your participation fee and payment for the photography package of your choice.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of November 5th

  • THEMIS - There will be a THEMIS Bar Review table on Monday in the Marshall Gallery from 11:00-2:00 p.m. for students to get their questions answered regarding BAR Review. 
  • BARBRI - There will be a BARBRI Bar Review table on Tuesday in the Marshall Gallery from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Students can get their questions answered regarding BAR Review. 
  • KAPLAN BAR REVIEW - There will be a Kaplan Bar Review table on Wednesday in the Marshall Gallery from 11:00-2:00 p.m. for students to get their questions answered regarding BAR Review.

SALDF Bake Sale

NIU Student Animal Legal Defense Fund will hold a Bake Sale on Monday, November 5 from 10:00-4:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery.

RELS Guest Speaker

The Real Estate Law Society (RELS) will be hosting a guest speaker, DuPage County real estate attorney Len Monson, on Tuesday, November 6th at 12:00 noon in the Faculty Conference Room. This is a Brown Bag Lunch event. All are welcome to attend!

Upcoming Events from the Alumni Office

  • A Judges’ Reception will be held at Gibsons Steakhouse in Chicago on Wednesday, November 7th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Please RSVP by November 2. 
  • On Friday, December 14, there will be a NIU Law Reception hosted by the Board of Visitors. The event will take place at the Chicago Sheraton from 4:30-6:00 p.m. Please RSVP by December 7.

SBA Academic Excellence Fee meeting

The Student Bar Association is hosting a meeting to discuss the Academic Excellence Fee, its purpose and future at NIU Law. All students are encouraged to attend. A presentation on past fee allocations will highlight the event with ample time for questions, comments and concerns to follow. The meeting will be held Wednesday, November 7th in Room #186 from 12-12:50 p.m.

PILS Raffle Ticket Sale This Week

PILS will be selling tickets for their Fall Raffle over the lunch hour in the Marshall Gallery on Wednesday, November 7.   See you all there!

Scholarship Deadline Coming Up This Week

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans 
30 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans will be awarded in 2013 on the basis of a single national competition. An interested applicant who was born outside of the United States must be either a naturalized citizen or be in possession of a green card (i.e., be a resident alien). Applicants born inside the United States must show proof that their parents were born outside the United States, and at least one of the parents must be a naturalized citizen of this country. Each fellowship supports up to two years of graduate study. Each award is for up to $25,000 in maintenance grants and up to $20,000 in tuition support for each year of graduate study supported. The deadline is November 9, 2012. For more information, please visit http://www.pdsoros.org/overview/.

WLC/LLSA Latina Women Event

The Women’s Law Caucus and LLSA are holding an event entitled Latina Women: The Hidden Struggle. It will be in the Riley Courtroom, November 12th at 6:00 p.m. There will be a reception to follow.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Clinical Program and Externship Info Session

Students: The NIU Law Clinical faculty will hold an informational session regarding externship and clinical opportunities on Tuesday, November 13th at 2:00 p.m. in room 187. We will discuss the various offerings and answer any questions that you may have about externships and clinics.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Congratulations to NIU Law International Moot Court Team

The International Moot Court Competition in Information Technology and Privacy Law took place October 25-27, 2012 in Chicago. Congratulations to Karen Levin, Carolyn Nevin and Richard Harris. NIUCOL had 5th Best Brief and advanced to the Octofinal Round. They were seeded 8th and lost to Villanova, seeded 9th.

Scores:
Judge 1---86-83 NIU
Judge 2---91-90 NIU
Judge 3---88-79 Villanova
TOTAL---171-169.33 Villanova

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of October 29th

  • BARBRI - There will be a BARBRI Bar Review table on Tuesday in the Marshall Gallery from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Students can get their questions answered regarding BAR Review. 
  • KAPLAN BAR REVIEW - There will be a Kaplan Bar Review table on Wednesday in the Marshall Gallery from 11:00-2:00 p.m. for students to get their questions answered regarding BAR Review.

Scholarship Deadlines Coming Up This Week

Helen C. Kinney Scholarship 
DuPage County Association of Women Lawyers established a scholarship in memory of Hon. Helen Kinney, DuPage's first woman judge. All second- or third-year female law students who have DuPage County connections and who are enrolled in ABA-accredited law schools in Illinois are eligible for the scholarship. The Foundation anticipates awarding scholarships of at least $1,000 to deserving students. The deadline is October 31, 2012. For more information, please visit http://dawl.celect.org/helen-c-kinney-scholarship.

Jack Carey Memorial Scholarship 
The Cook County Public Defenders Association established the Jack Carey Scholarship in memory of John Thomas (Jack) Carey. The scholarship, which is for $2,500, is intended for law students who clerk at the Cook County Public Defender's office.  An applicant must be eligible for a 711 license, must submit a short application, and must commit 15 hours a week to the office for one semester.  The deadline is November 1, 2012.  For more information, please visit http://www.cookcountypd.org/resources/scholarship/.

PILS Raffle Tickets on Sale This Week

PILS will be selling tickets for their Fall Raffle over the lunch hour in the Marshall Gallery on Wednesday, October 31. See you all there!

CLS/Delta Blood Drive

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the Christian Legal Society and Delta Theta Phi are hosting a blood drive this Wednesday, October 31st. The blood drive will take place from 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm in the Marshall Gallery.

Walk-ins are  welcomed! Each donor will receive a free Breast Cancer Awareness t-shirt as well as yummy treats, such as juice and snacks following their donation. Each year, in the United States, there are an estimated 229,060 new cases, of which 39,920 become fatal. Be a part of the cure to help beat this deadly disease! Thank you to all who choose to donate!

Federalist Society Event on Polygraphs

The Federalist Society will hold an event on November 1, 2012 in the Riley Courtroom from 12:00-1:00 p.m. that will focus on the use of polygraphs as it pertains to police investigations and court admissibility. The panelists for this event will include Brian Morris-polygraph examiner and nationally certified instructor of polygraph, Paul Cain-Clinical Professor at Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic, and Daniel Cain-Attorney at Sreenan & Cain, P.C. Lunch will be provided for all those in attendance.

SALDF Bake Sale

NIU Student Animal Legal Defense Fund will hold a Bake Sale on Monday, November 5 from 10:00-4:00p.m. in the Marshall Gallery.

Amnesty International Sri Lanka Discussion Event

On Tuesday, November 13th from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Swen Parson Room #186, NIU's College of Law Amnesty Chapter and NIU's newly-forming campus-wide NIU Amnesty chapter are co-sponsoring an event on the current human rights situation in Sri Lanka.    The event, titled "International Crimes Gone Unpunished: The Brutal Reality that is Sri Lanka," will be hosted by Amnesty International's Sri Lanka Specialist, Jim McDonald, and Amnesty International's new Student Activist Coordinator, Ansou Diallo.   FOOD will be served at the event!    Attendees are highly encouraged to watch the documentary "Sri Lanka's Killing Fields" at http://www.youtube.com/verify_age?next_url=/watch%3DRz_eCLcp1Mc before attending.    Please contact AI NIU COL at ainiucol@gmail.com or Kevin Zickterman at kzickterman@gmail.com for more information.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

2L Mock Trial Competition Final Results

CONGRATULATIONS to the 2012 2L Mock Trial Competition Champions: Kelvin Kakazu and Matt Nagy!

CONGRATULATIONS also to the Finalists: Ryan Piechocinski and Sarmistha Banerjee!

THANK YOU to all who volunteered to be Jurors and Judges - we couldn't have done it without you.

THANK YOU also to all the competitors - it was a great competition, and you all did well.

Monday, October 22, 2012

2L Mock Trial Finals This Wednesday

Don't miss the final round of the 2L Mock Trial Competition, brought to you by the Trial Ad Society!  After a grueling tournament, it's come down to this:

Ryan Piechocinski and Sarmistha Banerjee (Prosecution) vs. Matt Nagy and Kelvin Kakazu (Defense)
 
The final round is Wednesday, October 24th at 6pm in the Riley Courtroom. It is open to the public - we hope to see everyone there!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Petition for Special Consideration

IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you are taking more than 16 hours or less than 12 hours and have not completed an Individual Petition for Special Consideration, you must do so as soon as possible. The form can be obtained from Barb Manning or Julie Mahoney-Krzyzek and must be approved by Dean Mandell. If you did not submit the approved form by October 12, 2012, a hold preventing you from registering for spring classes and obtaining an official transcript may be placed on your MyNIU account. If you have questions, please see Julie in the Office of Budget & Records (SP276).

Certificate in Law & Women's Studies

Law students who are interested in enhancing the interdisciplinary aspect to their law studies should consider the Graduate Certificate in Law & Women Studies brochures available in the Faculty Support office. Look for details on the bulletin board or see Professor Arriola.

Office of the Lt. Governor Externship Opportunity

The Office of Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon offers externship opportunities for a limited number of 2L and 3L law students throughout the calendar year.

The application material for the Spring 2013 externship program with the Lieutenant Governor Shelia Simon is now available online.  The application can be found at the following link: http://www2.illinois.gov/ltgov/Pages/LegalExternships.aspx. Applicants should be prepared to consent to and cooperate with an Illinois State Police noncredit background check.

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of October 22nd

  • THEMIS - There will be a THEMIS Bar Review table on Monday in the Marshall Gallery from 11:00-2:00 p.m. for students to get their questions answered regarding BAR Review. 
  • BARBRI - There will be a BARBRI Bar Review table on Tuesday in the Marshall Gallery from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Students can get their questions answered regarding BAR Review. 
  • KAPLAN BAR REVIEW - There will be a Kaplan Bar Review table on Wednesday in the Marshall Gallery from 11:00-2:00 p.m. for students to get their questions answered regarding BAR Review. 
  • A KAPLAN Bar Review video will be shown in Room #186 from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 24th. Pizza will be served.

Delta Fundraiser Week

Delta Theta Phi law fraternity will hold a fund raiser in the Marshall Gallery from 11:00-2:00 p.m. the week of October 22nd thru October 25th. There will be a different type of fundraiser each day and the proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

2AS FOID Card Drive

The Second Amendment Society will hold a FOID Card Drive in the Marshall Gallery from 11:00-1:00 p.m. October 22nd thru Oct 26th. The SAS will be taking pictures and helping to fill out the forms necessary to obtain a FOID card. The cost is $10 and the SAS will take care of developing pictures and mailing the applications to the Illinois State Police.

2AS/Federalist Society Guest Speaker

The Second Amendment Society and The Federalist Society are co-sponsoring a speaker, Clark Neily of the Institute for Justice. He will give a presentation about his role in the landmark decision Heller v. District of Columbia, where he advocated for the right to bear arms. The event will be on Monday, October 22nd in Room #188 at 4:30 p.m. Refreshments from Rammy’s Subs will be served.

PILS Raffle Ticket Sale

PILS will be selling tickets for their Fall raffle over the lunch hour in the Marshall Gallery on Wednesday, October 24. See you all there!

Christian Legal Society event

The Christian Legal Society will be hosting a panel event at noon on Wednesday, October 24th in Room #173. Guest speaker Bruce Strom, executive director of Administer Justice, will be speaking about justice and the poor. Food will be provided!

RELS General Meeting

The Real Estate Law Society will be holding its first general member meeting on Wednesday, October 24th at 12:00 p.m. in Room #187. We will discuss our fall speaker, ways to get involved, and our spring activities. All students are invited!

DVP Brown Bag Career Event

Mark your calendars and plan to attend the Domestic Violence Project Brown Bag Event (bring your own lunch) on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the Faculty Conference Room (258). Jessica Maveus (’05), Winnebago County Project Director, will discuss volunteer opportunities and externships with the Domestic Violence Coordinated Courts Program in Winnebago County.

Alumni Events Coming Up

Upcoming Events:
  • On Friday, October 26 Class Reunions for 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, and 2007 will be held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Harry Caray’s in Lombard. Please RSVP by October 22. 
  • We are looking for 2 student volunteers to assist at a Health Care Policy conference co-hosted by the College of Law on Monday, October 29 from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the NIU-Naperville campus (1120 E. Diehl Road). Volunteers will assist with registration; have the opportunity to sit in on sessions, and network with area health law attorneys and professionals. Please contact Melody Mitchell ASAP at mmitchell@niu.edu. 
  • A Judges’ Reception will be held at Gibsons Steakhouse in Chicago on Wednesday, November 7th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Please RSVP by November 2.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

2L Mock Trial Semi-Finals

The Trial Ad Society's 2L Mock Trial Competition is heating up!  The teams moving forward to the Semi Final Round this Friday, October 19th are: At 5:00 pm in Riley Courtroom: Emily Perkins & Alexandra Wisner (P) v. Kelvin Kakazu & Matt Nagy (D), and at 6:30 pm in Riley Courtroom: Britt Anderson & Paul Koukouvanis (P) v. Ryan Piechocinski & Sarmistha Banerjee (D). The Semi Final and Final Rounds are open to the public - all are welcome to attend!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Petition for Special Consideration Deadline Today!

IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you are taking more than 16 hours or less than 12 hours and have not completed an Individual Petition for Special Consideration, you must do so as soon as possible. The form can be obtained from Barb Manning or Julie Mahoney-Krzyzek and must be approved by Dean Mandell. If you do not submit the approved form by October 12, 2012, a hold preventing you from registering for spring classes and obtaining an official transcript may be placed on your MyNIU account. If you have questions, please see Julie in the Office of Budget & Records (SP276).

Homecoming Saturday!

Stop by the NIU Law tent and tailgate with Deans, staff, fellow students, alumni, and friends. Tailgating time: 11:00 a.m. – Game time: 2:30 p.m.

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of October 15th

  • THEMIS - There will be a THEMIS Bar Review table on Monday in the Marshall Gallery from 11:00-2:00 p.m. for students to get their questions answered regarding BAR Review. ]
  • BARBRI - There will be a BARBRI Bar Review table on Tuesday in the Marshall Gallery from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Students can get their questions answered regarding BAR Review. 
  • KAPLAN BAR REVIEW - There will be a Kaplan Bar Review table on Wednesday in the Marshall Gallery from 11:00-2:00 p.m. for students to get their questions answered regarding BAR Review.

Events Update from the Alumni Office

  • The College of Law has a couple of tickets available for students interested in attending the Peoria County Bar Diversity Luncheon in Peoria on Tuesday, October 16 from 12-1 p.m. The keynote speaker is the Honorable Diane Woods, U.S. Court of Appeals, and Seventh Circuit. This is a great networking opportunity for students interested in working in or near the Peoria area. Contact Melody Mitchell ASAP at mmitchell@niu.edu, 753-1027, or stop by Room #285. 
  • You are invited to join Dean Rosato for an NIU Law Reception on Tuesday, October 16 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Jim's Steakhouse in Peoria, IL. RSVP by October 11 to lawevents@niu.edu
  • We are looking for 2 student volunteers to assist at a Health Care Policy conference co-hosted by the College of Law on Monday, October 29 from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the NIU-Naperville campus (1120 E. Diehl Road). Volunteers will assist with registration; have the opportunity to sit in on sessions, and network with area health law attorneys and professionals. Please contact Melody Mitchell ASAP at mmitchell@niu.edu
  • A Judges’ Reception will be held at Gibsons Steakhouse in Chicago on Wednesday, November 7th from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

ACS Presentation: "The War on Voting"

The American Constitution Society (ACS) is proud to present: “THE WAR ON VOTING: Voter ID Laws and our increasingly democratic Constitution” on Tuesday, October 16th from 12-1:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom. Lunch will be provided! The featured speaker is Dan Johnson, a Chicago-based election law attorney, lobbyist, and president of the advocacy firm, Progressive Public Affairs. Mr. Johnson is also an adjunct professor at John Marshall Law School and is a frequent guest on the nationally-syndicated radio talk show Beyond the Beltway. We encourage everyone to hear more about this timely issue and enjoy a free lunch on ACS!

CLS Meeting This Week

The Christian Legal Society will hold a general meeting at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, October 16 in Room #188.

PILS Raffle Ticket Sale This Week

PILS will be selling tickets for their Fall raffle over the lunch hour in the Marshall Gallery on Wednesday, October 17.  See you all there!

Moot Court Competition Informational Meeting

The first informational meeting for the 31st Annual Prize Moot Court Competition will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 in the Riley Courtroom. All 2Ls interested in competing should attend. Lunch will be provided. Updates will be posted on the Moot Court Society Board outside Dean Mandell's office and on TWEN.

GSA Brew and View

The Gay Straight Alliance will hold a Brew and View to watch a TBD movie with refreshments served. It will be held in the Marshall Gallery on Thursday, October 18 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. The cost is $6.

Scholarship Deadlines Coming Up This Week

The Black Women Lawyers’ Association Scholarship Fund 
The Black Women Lawyers’ Association endeavors to encourage African-American women in the law through support in their legal education and to promote diversity in the legal profession. The 2012 Fall Book Scholarship fund is designed to help students pay for the cost of books. An interested student must demonstrate a commitment to public service or diversity, have unmet financial needs, and supply a letter of good standing from his/her law school. This year, BWLA-SF will award three $1,000 book scholarships. The deadline is October 19, 2012. For more information, please visit http://www.bwla.org/Scholarship_Fund/Fall_Book_Scholarship.aspx.

McLean County Bar Association Community Service Scholarship 
The McLean County Bar Association is pleased to offer a $1,000 community service scholarship to eligible second and third year law students. Preference will be given to applicants who have lived in, resided in, received their undergraduate education in or who have firm plans to practice in McLean County upon graduation from law school. Interested students must submit an application, personal statement, and references to judge.fitzgerald@mcleancountyil.gov. The deadline is October 20, 2012. For more information, please contact the Admissions office at lawadm@niu.edu.

WBA of Illinois Mentoring Program

The program seeks to assist law students in their legal education and professional careers through informal relationships. Mentors/Mentees are required to meet with their mentees every four to six weeks throughout the year, either in person or by phone. Mentors should also allow their mentees to shadow them for one day during the year.

If you are interested in participating as a mentee, please email Bridget Liccardi at bliccardi@mrvlaw.com.

Please include your school year and area(s) of interest, so that we may attempt to match you with a mentor in that area. Please save the date for the Law Student Mentoring Program Kickoff on October 22, 2012, at the Paris Club on Hubbard Street.

Delta Fundraiser Week

Delta Theta Phi law fraternity will hold a fund raiser in the Marshall Gallery from 11:00-2:00 p.m. the week of October 22nd thru October 25th. There will be a different type of fundraiser each day and the proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

SAS FOID Card Drive

The Second Amendment Society will hold a FOID Card Drive in the Marshall Gallery from 11:00-1:00 p.m. October 22nd thru Oct 26th. The SAS will be taking pictures and helping to fill out the forms necessary to obtain a FOID card. The cost is $10 and the SAS will take care of developing pictures and mailing the applications to the Illinois State Police.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

2L Mock Trial Competition Schedule

Please come and support your fellow classmates during the Trial Advocacy Society's annual 2L Mock Trial Competition, beginning next week.  This exciting contest is a great chance to put legal education into action in a simulated court setting.   Watch this space for updates on the results, and be sure to attend the semi-finals and finals.
Quarter Final Round Schedule:
Tuesday, October 16th at 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm
6:00 p.m., Chessick Courtroom - Prosecution (Team 17) Kelvin Kakazu & Matt Nagy vs. Defense (Team 5) Michael Crowe & Mike Pingaj
6:00 p.m., Riley Courtroom - Prosecution (Team 6) Emily Perkins & Alexandra Wisner vs. Defense (Team 9) Claeyssen & Babcox-Poole
7:30 p.m., Chessick Courtroom - Prosecution (Team 12) Anderson & Koukouvanis vs. Defense (Team 16) Andrew Wilt & Jake Beechy
7:30 p.m., Riley Courtroom - Prosecution (Team 1) Ryan Piechochinski & Sarmistha Banerjee vs. Defense (Team 13) Tom O'Grady & Jeremy McCabe
Semi Final Rounds:
Friday, October 19th at 5:00 pm and 6:30 pm (open to the public - all are welcome to attend)
Final Round:
Wednesday, October 24th at 6:00pm (open to the public - all are welcome to attend)

Monday, October 8, 2012

Casino Night This Friday!

The Student Bar Association presents the 3rd Annual Casino Night! Go all in with the SBA by joining us on Friday, October 12th from 6-10pm in the Marshall Gallery for this evening of fun. A host of your favorite professors will be celebrity dealers at the event, including Professors Anderson, Jones, Parness, Taylor, and Walton!

Tickets are $30 per person at the door or $25 presale and include complimentary hors d’oeuvres, gambling chips, soda/beer and wine. Chips can be redeemed for raffle tickets and lots of great prizes will be raffled off at the end of the event.

See any SBA board member to purchase your ticket. Checks are payable to the NIU Student Bar Association.

Updated Lt. Governor's Office Externship Information

The Office of Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon offers externship opportunities for a limited number of 2L and 3L law students throughout the calendar year. We would appreciate your assistance promoting this opportunity to students at your law school. The application process is described in more detail on the attachment.

The Lieutenant Governor derives her duties from the Illinois State Constitution, executive authority, statute and personal initiative. These areas include, but are not limited to, government ethics and transparency, education reform, economic development support, rivers and water issues, rural affairs, budgeting for results initiatives, domestic violence prevention and policy, and military community and military host community support. Processes are used and it is the practice of the office to attempt to match student work assignments with individual areas of interest.

Externs work within the unit headed by the General Counsel and Legislative Deputy Chief of Staff. Externs are supervised by licensed attorneys. Assignments consist of legal research and writing likely including policy research memos, policy proposals, legislative initiatives, compliance memos, drafting legislation, and legislative history memos. Students can apply to work in the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago, the William G. Stratton Building in Springfield, or remotely. Time commitments or other requirements (e.g., work location) can accommodate existing programs or processes at participating law schools. Terms can be agreed up based on each law schools’ academic calendar.  Applications can be found at http://www2.illinois.gov/ltgov/Pages/LegalExternships.aspx.  For the spring 2013 semester, all applications received before Monday, November 5, 2012 will be reviewed. A limited number of applicants will be offered interviews. Applicants should be prepared to consent to and cooperate with an Illinois State Police noncredit background check.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Hellenic Bar Association Scholarship Deadline Extended

The Hellenic Bar Association is currently accepting applications from 2nd and 3rd year law students of Greek descent. The deadline for submitting applications has been extended until today,  Friday, October 5, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. Applications should be sent via e-mail to Maria Z. Vathis at vathism@bryancave.com.

Upcoming Events from the Alumni Office

  • 10/13/12 - Homecoming. Stop by the NIU Law tent and tailgate with the Dean, staff, fellow students, alumni, and friends. Tailgating time: Noon – Game time: 2:30 p.m. You may also purchase game tickets from us if you would like to sit in the “College of Law Section” on the stadium’s West Side (free seating for students is on the East Side). 
  • The College of Law has a couple of tickets available for students interested in attending the Peoria County Bar Diversity Luncheon in Peoria on Tuesday, October 16 from 12-1 p.m. The keynote speaker is the Honorable Diane Woods, U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit. This is a great networking opportunity for students interested in working in or near the Peoria area. Contact Melody Mitchell ASAP at mmitchell@niu.edu, 753-1027, or stop by Room #285. 
  • You are invited to join Dean Rosato for an NIU Law Reception on Tuesday, October 16 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Jim's Steakhouse in Peoria, IL. RSVP by October 11 to lawevents@niu.edu. 
  • We are looking for 2 student volunteers to assist at a Health Care Policy conference co-hosted by the College of Law on Monday, October 29 from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the NIU-Naperville campus (1120 E. Diehl Road). Volunteers will assist with registration, have the opportunity to sit in on sessions, and network with area health law attorneys and professionals. Please contact Melody Mitchell ASAP at mmitchell@niu.edu. 
  • A Judges’ Reception will be held at Gibsons Steakhouse in Chicago on Wednesday, November 7 th from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of October 8th

  • THEMIS - There will be a THEMIS Bar Review table on Monday in the Marshall Gallery from 11:00-2:00 p.m. for students to get their questions answered regarding BAR Review. 
  • BARBRI - There will be a BARBRI Bar Review table on Tuesday in the Marshall Gallery from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Students can get their questions answered regarding BAR Review. 
  • KAPLAN BAR REVIEW - There will be a Kaplan Bar Review table on Wednesday in the Marshall Gallery from 11:00-2:00 p.m. for students to get their questions answered regarding BAR Review.

BLSA Bake Sale

The Black Law Student Association will be holding a bake sale in the Holmes Student Center, right outside of TCF Bank, on Monday, October 8th from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  Come on over and get your sweet on!

Federalist Society Speaker on Obamacare

Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute returns to discuss the ramifications of the Supreme Court’s decision in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius. DINNER is ON US!

Was the Supreme Court right in ruling the PPACA Federal healthcare law a constitutional use of the federal government's tax powers? Will the decision functionally limit federal power to regulate commerce as articulated in the opinion, or has the court merely enforced one limitation while expanding another? What are the 10th Amendment implications on state coercion? Join us in an exciting discussion! Note that Ilya Shapiro is a libertarian constitutional studies analyst at the Cato Insitute.

We encourage those who strongly support the Supreme Court's decision or a more liberal view on application of the commerce clause to challenge Ilya with questions! We look forward to some spirited debate!  Join us this Wednesday, October 9 at 5:00 in the Riley Courtroom.

CLS Meeting

The Christian Legal Society will meet on Wednesday, October 10 at noon in Room #173

Scholarship Deadline Coming Up this Week

The DISH “Best in Class” eDiscovery Legal Research and Writing Competition 
The DISH “Best in Class” eDiscovery Legal Research and Writing Competition encourages law students to develop a thorough understanding of the evolution and practice of information governance and discovery in civil litigation. Submissions must address the following question: “Under what standard should a court subject an employee's non-business personal computing activities (e.g., social media, documents stored on a personal computer, and/or personal email accounts) to civil discovery involving her or his employer?1” Papers must contain original work and cannot exceed 5,000 words. The first-place selection will receive a $2,500 cash award. The deadline is October 13, 2012. For more information, please visit http://www.dishediscovery.com/.

Petition for Special Consideration

IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you are taking more than 16 hours or fewer than 12 hours and have not completed an Individual Petition for Special Consideration, you must do so as soon as possible. The form can be obtained from Barb Manning or Julie Mahoney-Krzyzek and must be approved by Dean Mandell. If you do not submit the approved form by October 12, 2012, a hold preventing you from registering for spring classes and obtaining an official transcript may be placed on your MyNIU account. If you have questions, please see Julie in the Office of Budget & Records (SP276).

Prize Moot Court Competition informational meeting

The first informational meeting for the 31st Annual Prize Moot Court Competition will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 in the Riley Courtroom. All 2Ls interested in competing should attend. Lunch will be provided. Updates will be posted on the Moot Court Society Board outside Dean Mandell's office and on TWEN.

PILS Raffle Ticket Sales

PILS will be selling tickets for their Fall raffle over the lunch hour in the Marshall Gallery on the following dates: Wednesday, October 17; Wednesday, October 31; Wednesday, November 7; Monday, November 12; Tuesday, November 13 and Wednesday, November 14. Tickets will also be available on the day of the raffle, Thursday, November 15th at 4:00 in the Gallery! See you all there!

Delta Fundraiser Week

Delta Theta Phi law fraternity will hold a fund raiser in the Marshall Gallery every day from 11:00-2:00 p.m. the week of October 22nd thru October 25th. There will be a different type of fundraiser each day and the proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

2AS FOID Card Drive

The Second Amendment Society will hold a FOID Card Drive in the Marshall Gallery from 11:00-1:00 p.m. October 22nd thru Oct 26th. The SAS will be taking pictures and helping to fill out the forms necessary to obtain a FOID card. The cost is $10 and the SAS will take care of developing pictures and mailing the applications to the Illinois State Police.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Scholarship Deadlines Coming Up this Week

Boone County Bar Association Scholarship 
The Boone County Bar Association is awarding $1,000 to a student who is attending an ABA accredited law school, who is a resident of Boone County or who was a resident at the time they graduated high school. The deadline is October 1, 2012. For more information, please contact the Admissions office at lawadm@niu.edu.

National Security Law Student Writing Competition 
The American Bar Association’s Committee on Law and National Security calls for papers on any aspect of nuclear issues and national security law. Essays may not exceed 5,000 words, including title, citations, and footnotes. The winning essay writer will receive a cash prize of $500 and will receive free registration for the Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law Conference, held in Washington, DC. The deadline is October 1, 2012. For more information, please visit http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/events/law_national_security/Student_Writing_Comp_2013.authcheckdam.pdf.

Hellenic Bar Association Scholarship 
The Hellenic Bar Association is currently accepting applications from 2nd and 3rd year law students of Greek descent. Several scholarships are awarded each year. The deadline is October 3, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. For more information, please contact the Admissions office at lawadm@niu.edu.

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of October 1st

  • THEMIS - There will be a THEMIS Bar Review table on Monday in the Marshall Gallery from 11:00-2:00 p.m. for students to get their questions answered regarding BAR Review. 
  • BARBRI - There will be a BARBRI Bar Review table on Tuesday in the Marshall Gallery from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Students can get their questions answered regarding BAR Review. 
  • KAPLAN BAR REVIEW - There will be a Kaplan Bar Review table on Wednesday in the Marshall Gallery from 11:00-2:00 p.m. for students to get their questions answered regarding BAR Review.

Women's Law Caucus general meeting

The Women’s Law Caucus will hold their next general meeting on October 3, 2012, at noon in the Riley Courtroom. The meeting is open to all members of WLC.

2012 WBAI Law Student Mentoring Program

2012 Women's Bar Association of Illinois Law Student Mentoring Program Seeks interested Mentees- Law Students Only- 3L’s will be given priority 

The program seeks to assist law students in their legal education and professional careers through informal relationships

Mentors/Mentees are required to meet with their mentees every four to six weeks throughout the year, either in person or by phone. Mentors should also allow their mentees to shadow them for one day during the year.

If you are interested in participating as a mentee, please email Bridget Liccardi at bliccardi@mrvlaw.com. Please include your school year and area(s) of interest, so that we may attempt to match you with a mentor in that area.  Deadline to sign up is Thursday, October 4.

Please save the date for the Law Student Mentoring Program Kickoff on October 22, 2012, at the Paris Club on Hubbard Street in Chicago.

Budget and Records Notices for December 2012 Graduates

DECEMBER 2012 GRADUATES:
  • Statement of Candidacy for Degree deadline is Wednesday, October 31, 2012. Please see Julie in the Office of Budget & Records (SP276) to pick up your Statement of Candidacy for Degree form. You will need to return it to Julie by the deadline. You must also apply for graduation online in MyNIU. 
  • Online Application for Graduation in MyNIU deadline is Wednesday, October 31, 2012. You will need to apply online for graduation in MyNIU by logging into your account and selecting graduation. The only option to select for graduation in the drop-down menu will be December 2012. Once you have selected and submitted this option, your Bursar's account will automatically be charged the required $75 graduation fee. Do not apply for graduation this term if you plan to graduate May 2013.

Pro Bono Law Clerk Position

The Egyptian-American Rule of Law Association (EARLA) seeks a second or third year law student to serve as a pro bono law clerk for ten weeks. EARLA is a non-profit organization that provides technical legal assistance to promote the rule of law in Egypt. For more information about EARLA, visit www.earla.org 

Law clerks work virtually from home or in EARLA’s Washington, DC office on various substantive projects, including but not limited to, drafting policy papers on various aspects of Egyptian law, analyzing ongoing changes in Egypt’s legal system and politics, raising public awareness about rule of law in Egypt through social media, attending conferences on behalf of EARLA, and preparing for and attending high profile public policy panels at leading think tanks.

EARLA will consider the following criteria when making its hiring decisions: 
  • Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision 
  • Excellent legal writing skills 
  • Strong legal research skills 
  • Ability to multi-task under short deadlines 
  • Willingness to perform administrative tasks 
  • Fluency in Arabic speaking or reading is preferred but not required 
  • Ability to commit a minimum of 10 hours per week during the semester and 20 hours per week during the summers or winter break
Interested law students should send a resume, a transcript, a writing sample, and a brief statement of interest to EARLAEgypt@gmail.com.

Winter Break Applications Deadline: November 1 
Spring Applications Deadline: December 5 
Summer Applications Deadline: April 10

Office of the Lt. Governor Externship Opportunity

The Office of Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon offers externship opportunities for a limited number of 2L and 3L law students throughout the calendar year. We would appreciate your assistance promoting this opportunity to students at your law school. The application process is described in more detail on the attachment.

The Lieutenant Governor derives her duties from the Illinois State Constitution, executive authority, statute and personal initiative. These areas include, but are not limited to, government ethics and transparency, education reform, economic development support, rivers and water issues, rural affairs, budgeting for results initiatives, domestic violence prevention and policy, and military community and military host community support. Processes are used and it is the practice of the office to attempt to match student work assignments with individual areas of interest.

Externs work within the unit headed by the General Counsel and Legislative Deputy Chief of Staff. Externs are supervised by licensed attorneys. Assignments consist of legal research and writing likely including policy research memos, policy proposals, legislative initiatives, compliance memos, drafting legislation, and legislative history memos. Students can apply to work in the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago, the William G. Stratton Building in Springfield, or remotely. Time commitments or other requirements (e.g., work location) can accommodate existing programs or processes at participating law schools. Terms can be agreed up based on each law schools’ academic calendar. For the spring 2013 semester, all applications received before Monday, November 5, 2012 will be reviewed. A limited number of applicants will be offered interviews. Applicants should be prepared to consent to and cooperate with an Illinois State Police noncredit background check.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Plugging National Security Leaks While Preserving Free Speech

In recognition of Constitution Day, which was September 17, a program entitled Plugging National Security Leaks While Preserving Free Speech will be shown in Room 150 this Wednesday, September 26, from 2:30-4:45. This program was produced by The Constitution Project in partnership with Georgetown’s Center on National Security and Law and the Center for the Constitution at James Madison’s Montpelier. Their description of the program follows:

"As you know, recent disclosures of information the government maintains is classified have generated harsh criticism – of both the 'leakers' and of the media outlets that made the information public – from some policymakers and commentators. Congressional and Department of Justice inquiries are underway, and it is possible that criminal charges could follow. With the number of 'leak'-related cases on the rise, such investigations and prosecutions highlight important questions about the relationship between investigative journalism, national security disclosures, and the First Amendment.

Please join us and watch our panel of experts debate important questions, such as – Who is a 'leaker,' and who is a 'whistleblower?' When do leaks endanger our national security versus preserve our constitutional integrity? Is there a reporter’s privilege under the First Amendment when a journalist receives an illegal leak of national security secrets? When are 'leak'-related prosecutions appropriate, against whom, and what are the implications for speech rights and the public’s right to know?"

Please feel free to stop by for all, or any portion, of this interesting and important program.

Externships Opportunities with the Lt. Governor (2Ls and 3Ls)

The Office of Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon is offering externship opportunities for a limited number of 2L and 3L law students to be done this coming Spring semester. Please see the attached announcement for details. The deadline to apply is Monday, November 5.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Mandatory Career Services orientation

By now, several of you have attended your mandatory orientation meeting (we hope you will utilize the information/resources you were given), and the rest of you will be attending your meeting within the next few weeks; we look forward to meeting you! If you missed your meeting or don't remember your day/time slot, visit Becky Leneau, the Office Manager in Rm. 280.

Important Pro Bono Opportunity

A major, growing Kane County social service agency is looking for a 2L to act as Volunteer Coordinator for their Pro Bono Legal Services Program. The program is already in operation. It involves NIU students being paired with attorney/mentors (some alums) from the local legal community to provide a variety of legal services to the agency’s under-served constituency The lawyers and law students share responsibility for providing on-site assistance on a regular basis as necessary.

Potential clients will have questions and concerns typical of those found in most legal services programs, such as immigration, domestic relations, consumer and landlord-tenant problems, questions about the criminal process and the like. The volunteer attorneys supervise law students (preferably with 711 licenses) in intake, interviewing, counseling, litigation research and representation (or referral where appropriate).

The pro bono position of Volunteer Coordinator involves (a) managing the scheduling of volunteer attorneys, law students and clients for on site meetings, (b) facilitating the work of current volunteer lawyers and students by, among other things, assuring that appointments are kept, and (c) assisting Professor Schlam in organizing and recruiting additional volunteer attorneys and students from the Kane County legal community to participate in this program.

Effective management and personal skills are important as you will be required to interact successfully with a variety of attorneys in Kane County. Residence in Kane County would be helpful as well. Obviously, experience coordinating a Legal Services program provides a student with a strong sense of the nature of law practice, respected and significant experience for purposes of one’s resume, and networking possibilities within Kane County.

If you are interested in discussing this position please contact Professor Schlam at lschlam@niu.edu. The ultimate hiring decision will be that of Director of the agency. Thank you.

Professor Lawrence Schlam
Director of Pro Bono Initiatives
lschlam@niu.edu

Law Library Computer Lab hours this week

The computer lab in the law library will be closed for use by the Basic Legal Research classes on the following days and time the week of September 24th:

  • Monday (9/24): 1:00pm-1:50pm and 3:00pm-3:50pm 
  • Tuesday (9/25): 9:00am-10:50am, 2:30pm-4:20pm 
  • Wednesday (9/26): 10:00am-10:50am, 2:00pm-3:50pm 
  • Thursday (9/27): 9:00am-9:50am

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of September 24th

  • THEMIS - There will be a THEMIS Bar Review table on Monday in the Marshall Gallery from 11:00-2:00 p.m. for students to get their questions answered regarding BAR Review. 
  • BARBRI - There will be a BARBRI Bar Review table on Tuesday in the Marshall Gallery from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Students can get their questions answered regarding BAR Review. 
  • KAPLAN BAR REVIEW - There will be a Kaplan Bar Review table on Wednesday in the Marshall Gallery from 11:00-2:00 p.m. for students to get their questions answered regarding BAR Review.

Illinois Legal Aid Online training session

Illinois Legal Aid On-Line has scheduled a Training Session at: Chicago-Kent University College of Law, Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 11:45 A.M. – 1:15 P.M., Location: 565 West Adams Street, Chicago, IL 60661. If you have the time to attend and can get to the City, please feel free. For information about this agency, see the law school website, or contact me at lschlam@niu.edu.

BLSA Career Discussion Panel

The Black Law Student Association is sponsoring a discussion panel of law graduates working in the public and private sector of law and non-legal professions. The topic is “What can I do with my law degree?” It will be held on September 26th in room #188 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Food will be served!

Christian Legal Society meeting this week

The Christian Legal Society will hold a meeting on Wednesday, September 26th in Room #173 at 12:00 noon.

John Locallo Presentation this week

John Locallo, Immediate Past President of the ISBA, will present “Law and Technology,” on Thursday, September 27 from 4-5 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom followed by a reception in the Gallery. His presentation on technology and the delivery of legal services will detail how, in a legal world where e-filing and e-discovery are heated topics, lawyers must embrace these technologies in order for their practices to succeed.

Scholarship Deadline Coming Up This Week

ABA Section of Public Contract Law Writing Competition 
The ABA Section of Public Contract Law calls for papers addressing public contract law and grant law. Papers prepared for law school credit are eligible for entry in the competition. Articles prepared for law review or for publication elsewhere are eligible for the competition provided they are not published prior to January 15, 2013. The first place winner will receive a cash reward of $5,000. The deadline is September 30, 2012. For more information, please visit http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/publications/public_contract_law_journal/pcl_journal_writing_competition_rules/2012_pclj_writing_competition_rules_revd.authcheckdam.pdf.

Liberty University National Negotiation Competition

Liberty University School of Law will be hosting its Annual National Negotiation Competition on January 26th and 27th, 2013. The emphasis of this competition will be Government Contracts. This competition will provide a great opportunity to learn about the new and rapidly growing areas of law concerning government contracts. At the conclusion of Saturday the 27th’s events, a catered dinner will be provided. The deadline to register is October 26, 2012. If you would like more information please contact the tournament coordinator, Kristen Pettibone, at kpettibone@liberty.edu. If you would like an invitation and registration form, please email Monica Fazekas at monica.fazekas2@gmail.com.

Newly Announced December Scholarship Deadlines

American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers Writing Competition 
The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers is currently accepting submissions for its 2012 Writing Competition on a topic dealing with consumer financial services law. The awards include cash payments of $2500, $2000, and $1000, a Certificate of Recognition from the College and travel expenses to attend the Spring 2012 meeting of the College. The deadline is December 1, 2012. For more information, please visit http://www.accfsl.org/writing-competition/.

Center for Alcohol Policy Writing Contest 
The Center for Alcohol Policy sponsors an annual national essay contest to foster debate, analysis, and examination of the importance of state-based alcohol regulation. The topic for this year’s contest is: “If a country were starting alcohol regulation from scratch, what regulatory framework would you advise it to create and why?” The top three winning entrants will receive prizes of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 respectively. The deadline is December 14, 2012. For more information, please visit http://www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org/essay-contest/.

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 first-year law students. 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. The deadline is December 31, 2012. For more information, please visit http://www.dinslaw.com/ or http://www.dinslaw.com/files/upload/DSScholarship.pdf.

Friday, September 14, 2012

2012 Mock Trial Competition Sign-up

Attention 2Ls: The 2012 Mock Trial Competition sign up is now posted on the bulletin board outside of the Trial Ad/Moot Court office (Room 172D). Sign up through Monday, September 17th at 3:00 p.m. Documents related to the competition are posted on TWEN. Join the TWEN course and Facebook group to receive all the TAS announcements.

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of September 17th

  • THEMIS - There will be a THEMIS Bar Review table on Monday in the Marshall Gallery from 11:00-2:00 p.m. for students to get their questions answered regarding BAR Review. 
  • BARBRI - There will be a BARBRI table on Tuesday in the Marshall Gallery from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Students can get their questions answered regarding BAR Review. 
  • KAPLAN BAR REVIEW - There will be a Kaplan Bar Review table on Wednesday in the Marshall Gallery from 11:00-2:00 p.m. for students to get their questions answered regarding BAR Review.

Christian Legal Society meeting this week

The Christian Legal Society will hold a meeting Tuesday, September 18th at 12:00 noon in Room #188.

Meet Entertainment Law Alumnus Jeffrey Lenkov

All students: Please join us in welcoming back alumnus Jeffrey Lenkov ('91). Jeffrey will be giving a special presentation to the student body on "Using Your NIU Law Degree for Success" on Wednesday, September 19th from 3-4 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom followed by a reception in the Marshall Gallery. He is a partner at the Los Angeles firm of Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP and chairs the firm's retail, restaurant, and hospitality practice. He represents prominent national and international clients along with professional sports franchises and athletes on litigation and transactional matters including the LA Lakers, LA Sparks, and St. Louis Cardinals.

BLSA meeting this week

The Black Law Students Association will hold a meeting on Wednesday, September 19th at 12:00 noon in Room #188.

Criminal Law Society meeting this week

The Criminal Law Society’s first general meeting will take place on September 19th at 12:00pm in Room 186. Free pizza will be provided. At the meeting, we will discuss upcoming events and give you a general idea of the aims of the organization. Additionally, we will name the new 1L Representatives for Sections 1 and 2. Therefore, if you are a 1L interested in being a 1L Rep. for your section, please make sure to submit a paragraph including your section number, why you are interested and what you believe you can bring to the society. These emails need not be more than half a page and should be sent to NIUCriminalLaw@gmail.com before September 16th to allow time for consideration.

Reminder: Farewell Party for Prof. Carlson

Please join us in saying good-bye to Professor Ben Carlson at a farewell party in his honor on Friday, September 21st from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Light refreshments will be served. Professor Ben Carlson will leave his position at the law library to assume the position of Emerging Technologies Librarian at Villanova University School of Law. He is a Philadelphia native and this move will enable him to be closer to his family. Professors John Austin and Therese Clarke will assume Professor Carlson’s teaching duties.

Pro Bono Opportunity in Chicago

Illinois Legal Aid On-Line has scheduled a Training Session at: Chicago-Kent University College of Law, Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 11:45 A.M. – 1:15 P.M., Location: 565 West Adams Street, Chicago, IL 60661. If you have the time to attend and can get to the City, please feel free. For information about this agency, see the law school web-site, or contact me at lschlam@niu.edu.

-Professor Schlam

Events Update from the Alumni Office

Upcoming Events:
  • All students: Please join us to welcome John Locallo, Immediate Past President of the Illinois State Bar Association. He will give a presentation on Law and Technology to the student body on Thursday, September 27th from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom, followed by a reception in the Marshall Gallery. 
  • 10/13/12 - Homecoming. Stop by the NIU Law tent and tailgate with the Dean, staff, fellow students, alumni, and friends. Tailgating time: Noon – Game time: 2:30 p.m. You may also purchase game tickets from us if you would like to sit in the “College of Law Section” on the stadium’s West Side (free seating for students is on the East Side). 
 Other events to be announced! Have a great year!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Pro Bono Opportunities

(1) The staff of Legal Aid On-line (LiveHelp) would like come to our campus sometime in October to train potential volunteer students for their program. This is good opportunity to begin developing skills necessary to interview and assist those in need of legal advice or referral. 1Ls can train and volunteer as well as 2Ls and 3Ls. Your can participate from wherever you have a computer. For more detailed information about how their program operates, please see the law school web-site’s pro bono listings.

Most important, let me know of your interest as soon as you can so I can get a sense of student interest and begin planning a training session here at NIU for next month. Thanks.

(2) The T. Jordan Gallagher Legal Services Program at Hope Haven (Homeless Shelter, DeKalb IL) is looking for 2L or 3L Volunteers for this academic year. As part of the program, NIU students are paired up with attorneys (some alums) from the area to help them with their pro bono work among the residents of the shelter. The attorneys lessen their workload with the assistance of volunteer pro bono students, those in need are given services, and NIU students get some practical experience.

Student experiences will involve a variety of substantive legal areas of concern to their target population, which will be the shelter constituencies as well as those under-represented and qualified persons in the surrounding community. Clients have questions and concerns typical of those found in most legal services programs, such as immigration, domestic relations, consumer and landlord-tenant problems and the like. To apply for this pro bono internship please contact: Tait J. Lundgren, Esq., Volunteer Legal Services Coordinator, at 815.758.6616.

Professor Lawrence Schlam
Director of Pro Bono Initiatives
lschlam@niu.edu

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of September 10th

  • BARBRI - There will be a BARBRI table on Tuesday in the Marshall Gallery from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Students can get their questions answered regarding BAR Review. 
  • KAPLAN BAR REVIEW - There will be a Kaplan Bar Review table on Wednesday in the Marshall Gallery from 11:00-2:00 p.m. for students to get their questions answered regarding BAR Review. 
  • THEMIS - There will be a THEMIS Bar Review table on Thursday in the Marshall Gallery from 11:00-2:30 p.m. for students to get their questions answered regarding BAR Review.

SBA 1L elections

Attention 1L students - The Student Bar Association is holding elections for four qualified 1L representatives to serve on the board for the upcoming year! The SBA is an umbrella organization which disperses funds to other student orgs for events, plans social and academic events, and serves as the general liaison between the administration/faculty and the student body here at the College of Law. It is an amazing way to get involved with all facets of the law school and have influence to make real changes for a better student experience. Also, a 1L representative is an ideal position to become a board member after 1L year. As a representative, you should expect to come to every SBA meeting (held once a month) and to be actively involved with all SBA and student events. Plus, it can be put on your resume!

The elections will take place through Westlaw's TWEN system. Each section of the 1L class will elect two representatives. We ask each interested 1L to nominate themselves by submitting a one paragraph candidate statement describing why the position is desired and why you are the ideal candidate. Please submit these paragraphs by email to manarzayed22@gmail.com by 5:00pm on Tuesday, September 11th. The paragraphs will then be placed on the SBA TWEN page for voting starting at 8:00am on Wednesday, September 12th through 8:00pm Thursday, September 13th. Only the 1L votes count in this election. The winning candidates will be announced on Friday, September 14th.

If you are not running, please take the time to add the Student Bar Association TWEN course, read the candidate paragraphs for your section, and vote on the 12th and 13th for your classmates. Any questions - feel free to contact the SBA Secretary Manar Zayed at the above email address. Hope to see you all at the polls!

CLS Meeting this week

The Christian Legal Society will hold a meeting Wednesday, September 12th at 12:00 noon in Room #173.

SBA Red Friday this week!

The Student Bar Association will be starting “Red Fridays.”  This Friday, September 14th--and every Friday--a 1L from each section will be randomly selected and if the 1L chosen is wearing red they will be given a prize.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Professor Ben Carlson Moving on From NIU Law

Professor Ben Carlson will leave his position at the law library to assume the position of Emerging Technologies Librarian at Villanova University School of Law. His last day at NIU will be Friday, September 21st. He is a Philadelphia native and this move will enable him to be closer to his family. Professors John Austin and Therese Clarke will assume Professor Carlson’s teaching duties.

Employment Verification Form - FINAL REMINDER

EVERY student must fill out the employment verification form, whether you are working or not, and return it to Barbara in Room 172A by FRIDAY, AUGUST 31. Students failing to file will be reported to Dean Rosato for further action. There are no exceptions to this requirement: this is an ABA accreditation requirement and needs to be completed EACH semester. Copies of the Work Certification Form can be picked up from the table outside Dean Mandell’s office. Thank you.

SBA Red Fridays

This Friday, August 31st, the Student Bar Association will be starting “Red Fridays”. Every Friday a 1L from each section will be randomly selected and if the 1L chosen is wearing red they will be given a prize.

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of September 3rd

  • BARBRI - There will be a BARBRI table on Tuesday in the Marshall Gallery from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Students can get their questions answered regarding BAR Review. 
  • KAPLAN BAR REVIEW - There will be a Kaplan Bar Review table on Wednesday in the Marshall Gallery from 11:00-2:00p.m. for students to get their questions answered regarding BAR Review. 
  • THEMIS - There will be a THEMIS Bar Review table on Thursday in the Marshall Gallery from 11:00-2:30 p.m. for students to get their questions answered regarding BAR Review.

CLS Meeting this week

The Christian Legal Society will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, September 4th at 12:00 noon in Room #188.

BLSA Meeting this week

The Black Law Student Assocation (BLSA) will hold a meeting in Swen Parson Room 173 at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, September 5

ABA Arbitration Competition

Are you interested in alternative dispute resolution? Do you want to learn more about it? Registration is now open for the ABA Law Student Division’s 2012-2013 Arbitration Competition! The entry deadline is September 14, 2012. The Arbitration Competition promotes greater knowledge in arbitration by simulating a realistic arbitration hearing. Participants experience what it is to be a professional, competent, and ethical advocate by preparing and presenting an arbitration case, including opening statements, WITNESS EXAMINATIONS exhibit introductions, evidentiary presentations, and summations. A team consists of four JD candidates, including 1Ls, enrolled at the same ABA-approved law school. Schools may register up to two teams by the September 14, 2012 deadline. Visit www.ambar.org/lsdac for more information.

November Scholarship Deadlines

Jack Carey Memorial Scholarship 
The Cook County Public Defenders Association established the Jack Carey Scholarship in memory of John Thomas (Jack) Carey. The scholarship, which is for $2500, is intended for law students who clerk at the Cook County Public Defender’s Office. An applicant must be eligible for a 711 license, must submit a short application, and must commit 15 hours a week to the office for one semester. The deadline is November 1, 2012. For more information, please visit http://cookcountypd.org/resources/scholarship/.

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans 
30 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans will be awarded in 2013 on the basis of a single national competition. An interested applicant who was born outside of the United States must be either a naturalized citizen or be in possession of a green card (i.e., be a resident alien). Applicants born inside the United States must show proof that their parents were born outside the United States, and at least one of the parents must be a naturalized citizen of this country. Each fellowship supports up to two years of graduate study. Each award is for up to $25,000 in maintenance grants and up to $20,000 in tuition support for each year of graduate study supported. The deadline is November 9, 2012. For more information, please visit http://www.pdsoros.org/overview/.

ASECA Annual Securities Writing Competition 
The Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni, Inc. ("ASECA") calls for papers on any subject in the field of securities law. Unpublished papers, papers published in any law journal or other publication during calendar year 2012, and papers scheduled for publication in 2012 or 2013 are eligible for submission. There is no specific length requirement. Most papers submitted are between 40 and 60 pages. Co-authored papers are not eligible. Award winners will be invited to attend the ASECA annual dinner. The deadline is November 16, 2012. For more information, please visit http://www.secalumni.org/content.asp?contentid=4.

Victoria Fisher Memorial Prize Scholarship 
A prize of £250 is offered annually to the best essay submitted on a topic related to women and the law. Entries are encouraged from people regardless of age, experience, qualifications, or place of residence. The only requirement is that candidates should never have had their essays published in journals or as non-fiction books. The deadline is November 30, 2012. For more information, please visit http://www.vub.ac.be/RG/Divers/women%20&%20the%20law%20poster.pdf.

Steven Knezevich Trust Scholarship 
The Steven Knezevich Trust Scholarship is a scholarship sponsored by the Steven Knezevich Trust. Each applicant must email Jill Brodkey at jbrodkey@hotmail.com for an application. The applicant must be a current law school student at an ABA-accredited law school and must be of Serbian descent to be eligible. The deadline is November 30, 2012. For more information, please visit http://www.scholarships4school.com/scholarships/steven-knezevich-trust-scholarship.html.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Clinical Program Announcements

Welcome Back! There is still time to enroll in the clinic for the fall semester. We are offering two new clinics: a Civil Justice Clinic and a Juvenile Justice Clinic. You can also read about these new courses on the website. We recently redesigned the clinic portion of the website, which you can access by following this link: http://law.niu.edu/law/clinical_program/index.shtml. Please note that there is also a section entitled, “Student Application Process,” which provides details on how you can apply. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me at amaddali@niu.edu. You can also contact Professor Paul Cain, pcain@niu.edu, or Professor Wendy Vaughn, wvaughn@niu.edu, if you have specific questions about the courses that they teach.

Also, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services is seeking an extern this fall semester to work in their mortgage foreclosure division. A 711 License is required. If you are interested, please contact Professor Maddali at amaddali@niu.edu as soon as possible.

Jessup Cup Team for 2012-2013

JESSUP CUP TEAM 

The 2012/13 Jessup Cup Team has been selected.
2Ls: Sarmistha (Buri) Banerjee and Jeremy McCabe
3Ls: Spencer Langford, Lindsay Vanek and Matt DePaz
Advisor/Coach: Professor Dan Reynolds and Professor Morse Tan

The 2Ls were selected based on their legal writing, legal research, and overall academic performance.

Events Coming This Week!

ORGANIZATION FAIR 
The Student Activities Fair will be held on Tuesday, August 28, in the Marshall Gallery. Setup will begin at 10:00 a.m. and the fair will run from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The fair will give student organizations a chance to introduce the incoming 1L students to all the organizations the NIU COL has to offer. If your student organization wants a table for the fair, please reserve it by emailing SBA Secretary Manar Zayed at manarzayed22@gmail.com.

DEAN’S PICNIC 
The Annual Dean’s Picnic will be held on Thursday, August 30th at 4:00 p.m. at the Oderkirk Property on Annie Glidden Road, next to the IHOP. Food and Beer will be provided.

Work Certification Form

EVERY student must fill out a work certification form, whether you are working or not, and return it to Barbara in Room 172A by FRIDAY, AUGUST 31. Students failing to file will be reported to Dean Rosato for further action. There are no exceptions to this requirement: this is an ABA accreditation requirement and needs to be completed EACH semester. Copies of the Work Certification Form can be picked up from the table outside Dean Mandell’s office. Thank you.

Upcoming Events from the Alumni Office

Upcoming Events:

  • 9/1/12 - HUSKIES vs. HAWKEYES at Soldier Field, Chicago, IL - See Melody for tickets (Section 141, Rows 2-8). The deadline is Monday, August 27.
  • 9/25/12 – Judges’ Reception at Gibsons Steakhouse, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Chicago. 
  • 10/13/12 - Homecoming. Stop by the NIU Law tent and tailgate with the Dean, staff, fellow students, alumni, and friends. Tailgating time: Noon – Game time: 2:30 p.m. You may also purchase game tickets from us if you would like to sit in the “College of Law Section” on the stadium’s West Side (free seating for students is on the East Side). Other events to be announced! Have a great year!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

NIU Law Review Calls for Writers and Speakers on 2013 Symposium on Eavesdropping

The Northern Illinois University Law Review is looking for speakers and writers for its April 2013 Symposium. This year’s topic will be “Eavesdropping and Wiretapping in Illinois.” Concerns related to the future of eavesdropping and wiretapping in Illinois, including the Illinois Eavesdropping Act, will be addressed. Other related topics that are likely to be explored are the ethical implications of recording clients, attorneys, and judges, the surveillance implications of US v. Jones in Illinois, and drone usage in Illinois. If you have any interest in writing or participating in the Symposium, or have a contact that may be interested in doing so, please contact the Symposium Editor, Kevin Zickterman, at kzickterman@gmail.com.

No Professionalism Program this week

From the Dean:

No Professionalism Program this week. Dean Rosato will e-mail you when the series begins.

First Assignment for International Human Rights w/ Prof. Tan

Read: Introduction to Slavery, Hannum, p. 1-31
Watch the movie Amazing Grace.

Friday, August 17, 2012

First Assignment for Federal Courts w/ Prof. Falkoff

I have created a TWEN site for our Federal Courts class. Please sign onto it in advance of our first class. On the site you will find a copy of the syllabus. Hard copies are also available on the shelves outside the faculty offices.

First Assignment for Criminal Procedure: Adjudication w/ Prof. Falkoff

I have created a TWEN site for our Criminal Procedure class. Please sign onto it in advance of our first class. On the site you will find a copy of the syllabus. Hard copies are also available on the shelves outside the faculty offices.

College of Law Student Handbook

Please pick up your copy of the Handbook from the table across from Dean Mandell’s office, room 181..

Office of Budget and Records Announcements

LOCKERS:
  • If you currently have a locker, that locker will be yours the entire time you are enrolled as a student here. 
  • If you do not have a locker and would like one, you must email your request to Julie Mahoney- Krzyzek at jmahoney@niu.edu
  • If a locker that is not registered with our office is found to have a lock on it, the lock will be cut off and contents emptied out. Replacing any locks that have to be cut off for this purpose will be your responsibility. 

MAILBOXES:
  • New mailboxes have been created for all students. 
  • These are for correspondence only. DO NOT put books, DVDs, Clothing, etc. in them. There simply is not enough room for extra items, and it is very hard on the hanging files. 
  • If you had books, etc. in them over the summer, you can pick the items up in SP276a. 
  • Please check your mailbox regularly and do not let items accumulate. 

EMAIL:
  • The NIU Z-Email address is the OFFICIAL email for all students. Please check it frequently to ensure receipt of all official notices, especially if you have forwarded the Z-email to another address. Communications do not always forward as expected and can be lost, dumped into trash or blocked.

Career Opportunities & Development Announcements

Welcome back all returning and new students!! If you haven't met Mr. Anderson, the Director of Career Opportunities and Development, you might want to stop by Room 280. This year's Graduate Assistants are Kaitlin Barclay, 2L and William Obuchowski, 3L. They will be available to help you with your resumes and cover letters. Stop in to see them if you want to learn more about the benefits of being involved in PILS. Need to meet with the GAs or with Greg? Contact Becky Leneau, the Office Manager, at 815.753.0589 or rleneau@niu.edu and she will set that appointment up for you.

The 1Ls will be assigned a mandatory orientation time, based on your class schedule, to familiarize you with our resources and services. We look forward to meeting each one of you!!

This office also publishes "Career Corner," a weekly newsletter that lists jobs, internships, career advice, upcoming seminars, and other networking opportunities. This arrives through your email usually on Mondays (on Tuesdays on a few occasions). Be sure to read this newsletter as there is a plethora of information and links at your fingertips - all to assist you in your educational and career goals and make your life a little less stressful. Be sure to adhere to the deadlines listed in this newsletter to avoid missing out on that opportunity.

Admissions and Financial Aid Announcements

Financial Aid 
If you still need student loans in amounts above the guaranteed Direct Stafford Loan amount of $20,500, you should apply for a Direct Graduate PLUS Loan. The Direct Graduate PLUS Loan Application Form is available on the main university Student Financial Aid Office website: http://www.niu.edu/fa/forms/Forms%202012-2013/index.shtml.

Residency Requirements
If you are planning to apply for in-state tuition rates for the Spring 2013 semester, you must have established Illinois residency by July 14, 2012, and you must process the necessary documents by February 14, 2013. Residency petitions, requirements, and additional information are available at: http://www.niu.edu/regrec/residency/index.shtml.

Important Upcoming Events

  • An activities information program will be held on Tuesday, August 28, in the Marshall Gallery at 10:00 a.m. The fair will give you the opportunity to explore the student organizations and speak with their representatives. 
  • Save the date! The Annual Dean’s Picnic will be held on Thursday, August 30th at 4:00 p.m. at the Oderkirk Property on Annie Glidden Road, next to the IHOP.

August Scholarship Deadlines

Peoria County Bar Association Diversity Scholarship
A goal of the Peoria County Bar Association (PCBA) is to diversify its membership by providing financial assistance to law students who show interest in practicing law in the Peoria area and who are part of minority groups that are historically underrepresented in the legal profession. The PCBA will award $5,000 annually to the recipient. Each applicant should submit an online application and a personal statement. The extended deadline is August 24, 2012 at 5p.m. For more information, please visit http://peoriabar.org/about/diversity/application.

Benjamin B. Ferencz Essay Competition 
This competition addresses the very difficult issue of the relationship between crimes against humanity and the crime of aggression, both as a matter of substantive law and jurisdiction. The essay must address the following question: “Under what conditions may acts that constitute illegal use of armed force and that result in the widespread or systematic attack upon a civilian population be prosecuted as crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court, pursuant to the Rome Statute.” The essay must be original, must be written solely by the candidate, and must be under 6,000 words. The first-place winner will receive an award of $10,000. The deadline is August 31, 2012. For more information, please visit http://law.wustl.edu/harris/pages.aspx?id=9126.

Welcome and Upcoming Events from the Alumni Office

Welcome to NIU Law! We have an exciting year of events and receptions planned, and we hope to see you at all or some of them. These events are great networking opportunities with our alumni and other professionals, plus there's free food and drinks. We can assist with transportation for students if needed.

Please feel free to stop by our offices if you have any questions or just to say “hello.” Melody Mitchell, Director of Alumni Events and Public Relations, is in Room 285; Jacob Imm, Assistant Director, is in Room 356; and our graduate assistants are Anum Muhiuddin ('13) and Isioma Ebriringah (’14).

Reminder to 1Ls: Please complete and return your Publicity Release Forms to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid.

Upcoming Events:
9/1/12 - HUSKIES vs. HAWKEYES at Soldier Field, Chicago, IL - See Melody for tickets (Section 141, Rows 2-8).

9/25/12 – Judges’ Reception at Gibsons Steakhouse, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Chicago.

10/13/12 - Homecoming. Stop by the NIU Law tent and tailgate with the Dean, staff, fellow students, alumni, and friends. Tailgating time: Noon – Game time: 2:30 p.m. You may also purchase game tickets from us if you would like to sit in the “College of Law Section” on the stadium’s West Side (free seating for students is on the East Side). Other events to be announced! Have a great year!

September Scholarship Deadlines

PHRGE Student Writing Competition on Human Rights 
The Annual Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE) at Northeastern University calls for papers that address a topic within the fields of economic, social, and cultural rights or human rights-based approaches to economic and social justice. Submissions must be 8,000 to 12,000 words and must not have been previously published. The first place winner will receive a $500 cash prize and will be paid to attend the annual conference in Boston. The deadline is September 1, 2012. For more information, please visit http://www.northeastern.edu/law/pdfs/academics/phrge-12-studentwriting.pdf.

NAPABA Law Foundation Scholarships 
The NAPABA Law Foundation Scholarships are awarded each fall to law students who demonstrate a commitment to serve or contribute to the Asian-Pacific-American community as future leaders. Since 1995, the first year in which Foundation Scholarships were granted, 75 students have received scholarships, totaling over $615,000. Each interested applicant should submit a short essay, a resume, 2 letters of recommendation, and an optional copy of his/her financial aid report that contains the EFC (Expected Family Contribution). The deadline is September 3, 2012. For more information, please visit http://www.napaba.org/napaba/showpage.asp?code=scholarships.

Justinian Society of Lawyers of Cook County Scholarship Program
The Justinian Society of Lawyers provides annual scholarships to needy Italian-American law students attending area law schools. Last year, the society was able to afforded 20 scholarships, totaling in excess of $37,000. Each applicant must submit an application, a personal statement, a photograph, a law school transcript, and financial aid information. The deadline is September 14, 2012. For more information, please visit http://www.justinians.org/scholarship-programs.

Diversity Scholarship Foundation 
The Diversity Scholarship Foundation seeks to financially assist underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, and other diverse students seeking careers in the legal profession. Awardees must maintain high GPAs and must actively participate in or support diversity-related programs. This year, the Foundation will award four different scholarships to law students in the Chicago area. Each applicant must submit an application, an essay, a resume, a transcript, and two letters of recommendation. The deadline is September 15, 2012. For more information, please visit http://www.diversitychicago.org/dc/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Scholarship-12.pdf.

James E. Beckley Student Writing Competition 
The Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association calls for papers on any aspect of securities laws or securities arbitration; The Federal Arbitration Act, Title 9, US Code Section 1-14; or FINRA Code of Arbitration (effective April 16, 2007) and any changes or proposed changes to that Code. The writing can be based on theory or practice but should ultimately advocate a position on the chosen topic. Papers should not exceed 25 pages. First prize is $1000, second prize is $750, and third prize is $500. The deadline is September 21, 2012. For more information, please visit  https://piaba.org/law-students/2012-student-writing-competition.

ABA Section of Public Contract Law Writing Competition 
The ABA Section of Public Contract Law calls for papers addressing public contract law and grant law. Papers prepared for law school credit are eligible for entry in the competition. Articles prepared for law review or for publication elsewhere are eligible for the competition provided they are not published prior to January 15, 2013. The first place winner will receive a cash reward of $5,000. The deadline is September 30, 2012. For more information, please visit http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/publications/public_contract_law_journal/pcl_journal_writing_competition_rules/2012_pclj_writing_competition_rules_revd.authcheckdam.pdf.

October Scholarship Deadlines

National Security Law Student Writing Competition 
The American Bar Association’s Committee on Law and National Security calls for papers on any aspect of nuclear issues and national security law. Essays may not exceed 5,000 words, including title, citations, and footnotes. The winning essay writer will receive a cash prize of $500 and will receive free registration for the Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law Conference, held in Washington, DC. The deadline is October 1, 2012. For more information, please visit http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/events/law_national_security/Student_Writing_Comp_2013.authcheckdam.pdf.

The DISH “Best in Class” eDiscovery Legal Research and Writing Competition
The DISH “Best in Class” eDiscovery Legal Research and Writing Competition encourages law students to develop a thorough understanding of the evolution and practice of information governance and discovery in civil litigation. Submissions must address the following question: “Under what standard should a court subject an employee's non-business personal computing activities (e.g., social media, documents stored on a personal computer, and/or personal email accounts) to civil discovery involving her or his employer?” Papers must contain original work and cannot exceed 5,000 words. The first-place selection will receive a $2,500 cash award. The deadline is October 13, 2012. For more information, please visit http://www.dishediscovery.com/.

Serbian Bar Association of America Scholarship 
All persons who are of Serbian birth or ancestry who are enrolled in accredited law schools, and their spouses who are enrolled in accredited law schools, are eligible for the SBAA's annual scholarships. An interested applicant should submit an application, an official law school transcript, and a short personal statement. There will be two $2,000 scholarships, one $1,000 scholarship, and one $500 scholarship. The deadline is October 15, 2012. For more information, please visit http://www.serbbar.org/scholarship/.

Helen C. Kinney Scholarship 
DuPage County Association of Women Lawyers established a scholarship in memory of Hon. Helen Kinney, DuPage's first woman judge. All second- or third-year female law students who have DuPage County connections and who are enrolled in ABA-accredited law schools in Illinois are eligible for the scholarship. The Foundation anticipates awarding scholarships of at least $1,000 to deserving students. The deadline is October 31, 2012. For more information, please visit http://dawl.celect.org/helen-c-kinney-scholarship.

Naperville Externship opportunity

The City of Naperville's Legal Department is looking for externs this semester. If you are accepted as an extern, you will receive 4 credit hours as part of the civil externship course. You will be required to attend the weekly civil externship seminar that meets every Monday at 2:30 at the law school. If you are interested, please send me a cover letter and resume by 5 p.m. Tuesday, August 21st. Please address the cover letter to Ms. Kristen Foley, Senior Assistant City Attorney. If you have questions, please contact me at amaddali@niu.edu.

Professor Maddali

First Assignment for Contracts w/ Prof. Reynolds

1. Pick up a Syllabus and Introductory Materials from the Handout Shelf.

2. Prepare the case Hawkins v. McGee (the first document in the Introductory Materials) for the first class.

3. Please note that laptops, recording devices and their ilk are not allowed in my first-year classes.

4. A seating chart will be prepared during the first class meeting.

17th Judicial Circuit Court Externship opportunity

The Domestic Violence Coordinated Courts' Division of the 17th Judicial Circuit Court, Winnebago County (in Rockford) is seeking an extern this semester. Please read the description of the project in the attached document. If you are interested, please respond by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 21st. Please email me a cover letter describing your interest and a copy of your resume. You will be required to work 12 hours per week at the court in Rockford, and you will be required to attend the weekly civil externship seminar, which is held on Mondays at 2:30 at the law school. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to email me at amaddali@niu.edu.

Professor Maddali

First Assignment for Property w/ Prof. Cordes

For the first class on Monday, August 20, please read pp. 18-26 in Dukeminier, et. al., Property. A syllabus for the course, including reading assignments for the semester, is available for pickup on the handout shelf outside the faculty offices. A copy of the syllabus is also posted on the course’s Blackboard site under “Content.”

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Rockford Externship Open for Applications

FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER OFFICE EXTERNSHIP available in Rockford, Illinois. This is a full year externship. It will require a twelve hour per week commitment for three hours of pass/fail credit each semester. This externship does not require a 711 license. The extern will be supervised on-site by Federal Public Defenders Paul Gaziano and Kristin Carpenter. You will research and write memoranda, motions and briefs for pre-trial and post-conviction issues and sentencing hearings. In addition, you will attend and observe various court proceedings. I, Professor Paul Cain, will be the faculty supervisor with whom you will meet on a regular basis to discuss your experience.

In order to apply for this externship, please submit the following documents to me (please submit as attachments to email in Word or PDF format) by Friday, August 24:

1. cover letter explaining your interest in this position
2. unofficial transcript
3. resume
4. writing sample (max. length 10 pages)

After reviewing the documents, I will screen the applicants to the final three candidates and will then submit the names and contact information of the final three candidates to Fed. Public Defender Gaziano. His office will contact you to arrange for an interview and his office will make the final selection. If you have any questions about this process or the externship itself, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Paul Cain