Friday, January 27, 2012

ELS Pop Tab Campaign

The Environmental Law Society will again be collecting Pop Tabs for the Ronald McDonald House. All you have to do is deposit pop tabs in the collection can located in the Marshall Gallery now until the end of the semester. Help ELS continue to support this great cause while recycling. The Environmental Law Society would also like to thank all those that contributed to last semester and last year’s cell phone drive. The Crisis Center has been very appreciative of all our efforts. As they collect such phones all year round, do not hesitate to find an ELS Board member if you would still like to donate a cell phone that you did not have a chance to drop-off last semester. We will make sure it gets to the Crisis Center. More updates and activities to come this semester. Thanks everyone!!

Pro Bono interest forms

To all students:
Earlier this week, you received letters describing the value and potential of pro bono service and the fact that the law school has now put into place the lawyer/student mentoring program discussed in that letter. Please submit your "pro bono interest forms" as soon as you can so we can plan for this Spring. Thanks.

Prof. Lawrence Schlam, Room #196B
Director of Pro Bono Initiatives

GSA Candygram Sale

The Gay Straight Alliance will be selling candy grams for Valentine’s Day in the Marshall Gallery every day this week beginning on Monday, January 30th from 12:00-1:00 p.m. They will cost $2 each or 3 for $5.

Employment Verification Forms - Final Reminder

This is a reminder that the Employment Verification Form is attached and was also emailed to your Z account. Every student must fill out the form, whether you are working or not, and return it to Barbara in Room 172A by TUESDAY, JANUARY 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.

APALSA Getting Published Seminar

APALSA will be holding a seminar on how to go about getting your legal writings published. If you’ve ever thought about what it would be like to get your writings published, this is your event (and your resume will thank you, too!). The seminar will be featuring student speakers and lunch will be for sale for $3 each. This event is open to all; you do not need to be a member of APALSA to attend. The seminar will be held on Wednesday, February 1, at noon in Room 188. Hope to see you there!!

PILS Auction Kickoff

The Public Interest Law Society will be having their Auction Kick-Off Meeting on Wednesday, February 1st at noon in Room #186. Come learn about this year’s auction and the ways that you can contribute! Free Pizza sponsored by Kaplan!

DCBA Networking Event

Networking Opportunity: 
The Dupage County Bar Association (DCBA) will be at Pizza Villa in DeKalb!! Please join with the DCBA to network and enjoy some free pizza and drinks at Pizza Villa (824 W. Lincoln Hwy. in DeKalb) on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. PLEASE RSVP TO BECKY IN THE CAREER SERVICES OFFICE, ROOM #280.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Contest

The Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Contest is a $5,000 cash award given to the author of the winning essay. The 2012 topic is: Are Factory Farms Hog-Tying People’s Rights? Any student currently enrolled in an accredited American law school may submit a legal essay for the competition. Essays can only be written during the academic year covered by the competition and may not be prepared as part of paid legal work outside of law school. For more information, please visit



Friday, January 20, 2012

Moot Court XXX signup

All 2Ls who intend to participate in Moot Court XXX must sign up by noon on Monday, January 23, 2012 outside the Moot Court Society Office (located in room 172D).

Additionally, we urge all competitors that have already signed up to check their NIU student email accounts (or the email account where you normally receive emails from the school) frequently in the upcoming days. While we were forced to require many of the teams to sign up for the appellee side early on this week, we have now reached a sufficient number of teams to allow a small number of teams the option to alter the side for which they will write their brief. To make this as fair a process as possible, we will be notifying the eligible teams via email based on when the team signed up, utilizing a first-come, first-served basis. Accordingly, only teams that have signed up in the 9th position or later will be eligible to change their chosen brief position, and further, eligible teams will be notified by the board until a new equilibrium is reached. Our goal is to ensure as fair and equitable of a competition as possible, and we believe this process satisfies the objective.

Thank you very much and good luck to all the teams that are participating in this year’s competition. We know it will be one to remember.

NIU Moot Court Society Board

If there are any questions regarding the competition, consult the Moot Court Competition Twen page or direct questions to Good luck 2Ls!

2L Moot Court Competition Training

2L Moot Court Competition Participants Exclusive Training Session! Join LexisNexis for Lunch & Tips for Moot Court Competition Research. Free lunch will be provided and 200 Rewards Points for all attendees! The session will be held on Wednesday, January 25 from 12:15—12:45 p.m. in room #188. This 30 minute session will provide you with time-saving tips specifically for Moot Court Brief and Oral Argument research. Please RSVP to by Tuesday, January 24th!

Moot Court 1L Closing Argument Competition

Attention 1Ls:  The Second Annual 1L Closing Argument Competition will take place on Saturday, February 4th from 10 am to 3 pm. Registration begins this Friday and ends Wednesday, January 25th, at 10 am. Sign up outside of Professor Taylor's office. There are no prerequisites to participate. You will be given a two-page fact pattern and jury instructions and will be asked to write a closing argument for either the prosecution or the defense; sides are decided at random at the close of registration. Each participant will have 5 minutes to present the argument in the first round; those who advance to the second and third rounds will have 6 minutes. There is no written component. Performances will be judged based on constructing and delivering a persuasive theory of the case, as well as presentation, style, and delivery. Knowledge of evidence and trial advocacy is not required.

Bar Exam Application Q & A reminder

A representative from the Illinois Board of Admissions will be here on Wednesday, January 25th to answer your questions about the bar exam application process. She will speak with 1Ls at NOON in the Riley Auditorium and with the 3Ls at 2:30 in Room 186. Please take a look at the forms before coming to the presentation.

SBA Co-ed Intramural Basketball

The SBA will be hosting its annual co-ed intramural basketball league for all law students throughout the month of February! This is a great chance to get away from your studies and go blow off some steam with fellow students.

Players of all skill levels are welcome and encouraged to participate. Teams of at least 7 will be assigned randomly based on skill levels to keep things as competitive as possible. Baskets made by guys will count as 1 point from inside the arc, and 2 points from outside, while baskets made by girls will count as 2 points inside the arc and 3 points outside the arc.

Games will be played during the four weeks at the NIU Rec Center in February. Game times will be Tuesday evenings at 7pm and 9pm and Wednesday evenings at 8pm every week starting on February 6th. Every team will play in one time slot per week. Games will have referees provided by the NIU Rec Services Dept. The playoffs will be in the first week(s) of March.

Each player will be required to pay approximately a $7 intramural fee to play. This league is for law students only. Please SIGN UP ON THE SHEET LOCATED IN THE GLASS SBA DISPLAY CASE BEFORE FRIDAY, JANUARY 27th AT NOON. Please contact Dan Porter at with any questions. Thanks!

Federalist Society meeting

The Federalist Society will hold a meeting on Friday, January 27th from 12:00-12:30 p.m. in Room #186.

PILS Auction Kick-Off Meeting

The Public Interest Law Society will be having their Auction Kick-Off Meeting on Wednesday, February 1st at noon in Room #186. Come learn about this year’s auction and the ways that you can contribute! Free Pizza sponsored by Kaplan!

Institute for Justice Law Student Conference

Founded in 1991, the Institute for Justice engages in cutting-edge litigation and advocacy both in the court of law and in the court of public opinion on behalf of individuals whose most basic rights are denied by the government like the right to earn an honest living, private property rights, the right to free speech and educational choice. The Institute for Justice is now accepting applications for 2012 Law Student Conference. IJ’s annual law student conference is open to first and second year law students and will be held Friday, June 22 to Sunday, June 24, 2012 at the George Washington University in downtown Washington, DC. Law students interested in applying for the annual law student conference can find the online application at The application deadline is Thursday, March 1, 2012. For more information on the Institute for Justice, our cases or our student programs visit or contact Krissy Keys at

Dean's Certificates for May '12 Grads


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

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Important Employment Verification Forms reminder

This is a reminder that the Employment Verification Form will be emailed to your Z account.  It is also available at this link. Every student must fill out the form, whether you are working or not, and return it to Barbara in Swen Parson Room 172A by TUESDAY, JANUARY 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.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

First Assignments for International Intellectual Property Seminar with Prof. King

Monday, January 26, 2012 - Please read the following articles:

Marci Hamilton, Should U.S. Intellectual Property Rights Change to Fit World Norms?, FindLaw’s WRIT: Legal Commentary, May 24, 2001,

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

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

Friday, January 13, 2012

First Assignment for Mediation Theory and Practice with Prof. Green

Please read pages 1-25 for our first class on Tuesday.

Bridge to the Bar Scholarships

The initial Kenneth and Ellen Chessick “Bridge to the Bar Scholarships” will be awarded this Spring to five third-year students, to help these deserving students offset their expenses while they take the bar this summer. Each scholarship is $5000. Details on the application process are forthcoming, and will be e-mailed to all third-year students who are scheduled to graduate in May 2012.

Law Library Computer Lab Hours

The Computer Lab in the Law Library will be closed for use by the Basic Legal Research course, during the days and times listed below during the following weeks:

  • January 23rd 
  • January 30th
  • February 20th 
  • February 27th 
  • March 5th 
  • March 19th 
  • March 26th 
Mondays: 10:00 a.m.-–11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.-–4:00 p.m. 
Tuesdays: 10:00 a.m.—Noon and 1:00 p.m.—2:00 p.m. 
Wednesdays: 2:30 p.m.—3:30 p.m.

Constitutional Litigation Internships

Applications for summer Constitutional Litigation Internships with Americans United for Separation of Church and State are due January 15, 2012. For more information about Americans United and the internships, see Also, see this and other opportunities on the American Constitution Society’s careers webpage. To discuss this further, contact Professor Schlam at

January Deadlines: Scholarships and Writing Competitions

Larry M. Simonsmeier Award
The American Society for Pharmacy Law (ASPL) is a national organization of attorneys, pharmacists, and others interested in pharmacy law. ASPL recognizes outstanding scholarship related to pharmacy law with the Simonsmeier Award sponsored by Pharmacists Mutual Insurance. Papers related to pharmacy law, food and drug law, drug policy, or related areas, published in or accepted for publication in any English-language peer-reviewed journal (including law reviews) during the period from January 2010 through December 2011 are eligible. Deadline for submission is January 15, 2012. For more information, please visit

Ladas Memorial Award
The Ladas Memorial Award was established in memory of Stephen P. Ladas, distinguished practitioner and author. Funded by Ladas & Parry LLP, this yearly award is presented in Student and Professor Categories for a paper on trademark law or a matter that directly relates to or affects trademarks. Award winners receive $2,000 cash award and invitation to the INTA Gala. Papers due by January 20, 2012. For more information, please visit

Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. Health Law Writing Competition
Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., a national firm engaged in the practice of health care and life sciences law, is pleased to announce its Fourteenth Annual Health Law Writing Competition.. Papers may address traditional areas of the law as applied to health care (e.g., antitrust, tax, corporate) or areas of law unique to health care (e.g., fraud and abuse, managed care, Medicare/Medicaid, clinical trials.) First Place: $4,000, Second Place: $2,000, Third Place: $500. Deadline for submission is January 31, 2012. For more information, please visit:

Public Justice Foundation Hogan Smoger Contest
The Public Justice Foundation is proud to announce the 2012 Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Contest. This year’s writing theme is; Are Factory Farms Hog-Tying People’s Rights? The Right to Farm and Ag-Gag Laws. First prize is $5,000 cash prize and free Public Justice Foundation Membership. Deadline for submission is January 31, 2012. For more information please visit

American Indian Law Writing Competition
University of Oklahoma College of Law is pleased to announce the American Indian Law Writing Competition. Papers will be accepted on any issue concerning American Indian Law. However, topics recently published in the American Indian Law Review will not be favored. First place prize is $1,000 and publication of paper in the American Indian Law Review. Deadline for submission is January 31, 2012. For more information, please visit

Bar Application Q & A

A representative from the Illinois Board of Admissions will be here on Wednesday, January 25th to answer your questions about the bar exam application process. She will speak with 1Ls at NOON in the Riley Auditorium and with the 3Ls at 2:30 in Room 186. Please take a look at the forms before coming to the presentation.

Advanced Bar Skills Program

We are pleased to offer an advanced bar skills program to all third-year students during Spring 2012. The eight-week program will meet once a week for two hours beginning on Monday, January 30, at 6 pm (Room TBD). The course will cover both essays and MBE questions in the context of three commonly tested bar subjects. The Deans strongly encourage all third-year students planning to take any bar exam to attend the entire course.

Federalist Society Spring 2012 Events

The Federalist Society has arranged three events (so far) for the spring semester. We are extending an invitation to the faculty to debate or provide opposing commentary on any of the below events. The Federalist Society is a forum for liberals, progressives, conservatives, and libertarians alike. Please contact Mike Meyers at to participate in any events. With 80+ in attendance for each of our prior events, you can be assured there is big demand for discussion on hot legal issues.

Coming February 2012: Occupy the First Amendment: Should Congress Limit $ on Political Messages? Allison Hayward, Vice President of the Center for Competitive Politics and former counsel for the Federal Election Commission will be coming to discuss Citizens United v. FEC which held that the First Amendment prohibits government from censoring political broadcasts in candidate elections that are funded by corporations or unions. A constitutional amendment has been drafted to overturn Citizens United. Did the Supreme Court get it right? Should the Constitution be amended to allow limitations on what businesses can spend on political messages? Is influence by corporations and labor unions over the political process a problem? What’s the fairest way to deal with it? Join the discussion!

Coming March 2012: State v. Your Property: Eminent Domain and Poli¢ing for Profit
Scott Bullock, Institute for Justice lead counsel for Suzette Kelo in Kelo v. City of New London—which held that economic development is a permissible public purpose to justify taking property under the Fifth Amendment—will be discussing property rights under the Constitution. Although Scott lost Kelo, with many rejecting it via legislation and executive orders, the battle for property rights rages on! Scott will also be discussing civil asset forfeiture, where police seize property suspected of involvement in a crime without charging the owner criminally; the owner then must sue the government—prove the property’s innocence—to get it back (i.e. State of Texas v. 1 2004 Chevy Silverado … they really name the cases like this!).

Coming April 2012: Is the PPAC Constitutional?… What Else Can Congress Force You to Buy?
Ilya Shapiro, Constitutional Studies Director at the Cato Institute will be discussing the constitutionality of the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”, commonly referred to as Obamacare. Ilya has debated libertarian legal principles on countless news programs; some of you may have seen him on The Colbert Report. Is the interstate commerce clause a blank check for federal legislative authority? Where can we draw the line? Does Congress have the authority to force you to buy health insurance? Can it mandate expenditures of businesses? Can it force states to expand their Medicaid programs? Will treatment and medicine be more accessible and equitable under the new health care law? What about quality?

Prize Moot Court Competition news

The Moot Court Society is pleased to announce the Final Bench for Moot Court XXX. The Honorable Thomas L. Kilbride, Chief Justice for the Illinois Supreme Court, The Honorable Sharon Johnson Coleman, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and The Honorable Robert M. Dow, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois will serve on the Final Bench.

2Ls: The 30th Annual Prize Moot Court Competition has begun! The problem is available on the Moot Court Competition Twen page and concerns immigration law this year. All 2Ls interested in signing up may do so outside the Moot Court Society Office at any time. Teams must turn in their briefs by February 5 at 3pm to compete. Preliminary oral arguments will take place on February 11 and February 18. The semifinal rounds will take place February 25 and the final round will take place March 3. If there are any questions regarding the competition, consult the Moot Court Competition Twen page or direct questions to Good luck 2Ls!

In-State Tuition Reminder

Residency Requirements: 
If you are planning to apply for in-state tuition rates for the Spring 2012 semester, Illinois residency must have been established by July 17, 2011. Please process the necessary documents by the deadline of February 17, 2012. Residency petitions, requirements and additional information is available at:

February Deadline: Scholarship Essay Contest

The 2012 Bert W. Levit Essay Contest 

The Bert W. Levit Essay Contest is sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability and Long & Levit LLP. This year’s contest hypothetical involves an international law firm and ethics questions concerning how the firm handles engagement letters, office restructuring, and taking on new matters in a cross-jurisdictional scenario. For more information please visit If you have questions call 312-988-5763. The postmark deadline is February 17, 2012.

Composite pictures from Digital Pix

3Ls: If you have not had your picture taken by Digital Pix for the composite, you MUST contact them (Production Manager, or 815-363-2800, ext. 206) to make arrangements to have your photo taken by MARCH 1, 2012.

1Ls and 2Ls FAFSA Reminder

It’s that time of year again… if you plan on obtaining federal student loans for the 2012-2013 academic year, a FAFSA application should be completed by the University priority deadline of March 1, 2012. Remember that when you fill out the FAFSA all law students are considered independent and you do not need your parent’s tax information. We encourage all of you to complete your income tax forms so that you may complete your online FAFSA application prior to March 1. You may access the online form at

First Assignment for Lawyering Skills, Section 4 with Prof. Walton

Lawyering Skills, Section 4
Professor Walton

 Read the 1st Chapter of Mauet.

First Assignment for Agency & Unincorporated Business Association with Prof. Walton

Agency & Unincorporated Business Association
Professor Walton

First Assignment: Read pages 1-41.

First Assignment for Professional Responsibility with Dean Rosato

Gillers Casebook, pp. 1-32
Statutory Supplement
   Preamble (pp. 10-12)
   Scope (pp. 12-14)

Problem: Read ABA Formal Opinion 08-451, “Lawyer’s Obligations When Outsourcing Legal and Nonlegal Support Services,” Ameet Sachden, “Growth of legal outsourcing may herald era of cheaper lawyering, ” Heather Timmons, “Legal Outsourcing Firms Creating Jobs for American Lawyers” (on the handout shelf Tuesday Jan. 17), and skim Model Rules 1.1, 5.1, 5.3, and 5.5. Please be prepared to discuss whether the ABA Model Rules should permit outsourcing of legal services, and the underlying reasons for your determination.

First Assignment for International Human Rights with Prof. Tan

For the first class, you need to register for this course on Blackboard and please read Hannum, p. 1-31.

First Assignments for Property with Prof. Cordes

For the first assignment on Wednesday, January 18, please read pp. 18-26 and 30-35 in Dukeminier 7th edition. For the second assignment on Thursday, January 19, please read pp. 36-55.

First Assignments for First Amendment with Prof. Cordes

For the first class on Tuesday, January 17, please read pp. 3-36 in the Stone casebook (3rd. edition). For the second class on Thursday, January 19, please read pp. 36-64.

First Assignment for Contracts II with Prof. Reynolds

Happy New Year, etc. The first class will be devoted to going over the exam. Subsequent classes will begin with Chapter 5 and proceed, as usual, keeping some 3 leading cases ahead, including all textual material. dsr.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

First Assignment for Basic Legal Research with Profs. Clarke and Carlson

For Basic Legal Research you will need to complete the on-your-own workshop relating to Formbooks before our first in person meeting. The workshop and instructions can be found on the Blackboard site for your course, under the Assignments tab. It is due by 8:55am, Monday, January 23, 2012. Also please note that there are no workshops the week of January 16th.

First Assignment for Legal Writing with Prof. Stange

Legal Writing Section 1
Professor Stange

First Class Reading Assignment: **Please note the required textbook for my section is different than that for Prof. Hunter and Miller's classes** Read Legal Writing, Chapter 27, pp. 199-205 and Chapter 28, pp. 207-13; Law School Without Fear, Chapter 5, at pages 49-58.

First Assignment for Federal Courts with Prof. Falkoff

For our first Federal Courts class on Tuesday, please read Marbury v. Madison and the notes following the case (pages 1 to 12 of your casebook).

First Assignment for Criminal Procedure with Prof. Falkoff

In advance of our first class, I would like you to review some background material in criminal procedure. Please skim pages 3 to 26 of the Allen, et al., casebook (providing a statistical overview of the criminal justice system), and read pages 26-27, 37-40, and 70-76 (excerpting essays by Packer, Stuntz, Dershowitz, and Amsterdam).

Also, note that we are using a new (second) edition of your casebook. I recommend that you purchase this new edition, but I also understand that these casebooks are expensive. Some of you may choose to use the old (first) edition of the casebook, which presumably you can find second-hand and cheaper. Think twice before doing so, however. You will be responsible for all of the material that I assign during the semester, whether it's in the old edition or not -- and I will not be "translating" assignment page numbers to the old edition. Consider also that, moving forward, the resale value of the first edition will probably be zero.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

First Assignment for Copyright Law with Prof. King

Wednesday, January 18: 
Chapter 1, pages 3-21 in the casebook "Copyright in a Global Information Economy," Julie E. Cohen, Lydia Pallas Loren, Ruth L. Okediji, Maureen A. O'Rourke, Third Edition

Monday, January 9, 2012

First Assignment for Advanced Torts with Prof. Rigertas

For the first class, read Advanced Torts, Pages 1-8; Moorman Mfg. Co. v. National Tank Co., 91 Ill.2d 69 (1982) (TWEN link); The Moorman Doctrine Today: A Look At Illinois' Economic-Loss Rule, Illinois Bar Journal , August, 2001 (TWEN link). Register on TWEN to get a copy of the syllabus and to access the links for the reading assignments.

First Assignment for Intro. to Lawyering Skills with Prof. Rigertas

For the first class reading you need to register for this course on Blackboard to obtain copies of the Taylor materials, which are under the “Course Documents” tab. Read all of the materials in the following three folders: (1) the Table of Contents Tab (Introduction to Materials) (2) all of the materials under the Day One Tab (“Welcome to Litigation.”) and (3) all of the materials under the Day Two Tab (Interviewing).

First Assignment for Legislation with Prof. Widman

Please read the Introduction and pages 3-12 (up to Problem 1-1) in the casebook "Modern Statutory Interpretation: Problems, Theories, and Lawyering Strategies," Linda Jellum and David Charles Hricik, 2nd Edition.

First Assignment for Administrative Law with Prof. Widman

Please read pages 1-8, pages 115-118, and pages 30-35 in the casebook "Federal Administrative Law," Gary Lawson, 5th Edition.

First Assignment for Illinois Civil Procedure with Profs. O'Malley and Classen

Please be prepared to discuss Introduction Problem 1, The Reading on the Structure of the Illinois Court System, The Reading on Circuit Court Jurisdiction through Subject Matter Jurisdiction (pages 1 - 10), and Circuit Court Jurisdiction Problems 1 and 2.

First Assignment for White Collar Crime with Professors Classen & O’Malley

Please be prepared to discuss Chapters 1 and 2, including the three problems on pages 47, 49, and 50.

First Assignments for Contracts II with Prof. Hines

Contracts II (Spring 2012) Initial Reading Assignments 
[N.B. Course Materials remain the same from last term; most recent draft of the Contracts II syllabus is now available for download on the class TWEN site.]

Tuesday, January 17 (Principles of Enforceability)
Casebook: 585-611

Wednesday, January 18 (Principles of Enforceability)
Casebook: 612-622

Friday, January 6, 2012

First Assignment for Business Bankruptcy

Business bankruptcy - for Wednesday, 1/18, skim pp. 3-8, 33-42, 45-47, 54-55, 71-74, read pp. 107-111, 116-130, 131

First Assignment for Business Tax

Business tax - for Wednesday, 1/18, read pp. 2-15, 24-31, 32-37, 40-46