Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Legislation with Prof. Widman canceled for 2/29/12

Legislation with Professor Amy Widman has been canceled for Wednesday, February 29.

Administrative Law with Prof. Widman canceled for 2/29/12

Administrative Law with Professor Amy Widman has been canceled for Wednesday, February 29.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Moot Court Semi-Finals This Weekend

The semi-final round of the 30th Annual Moot Court Competition takes place tomorrow, Saturday, February 25th at 1:00 and 2:45 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom. All are welcome to attend.

The Final Argument for the competition will be held on March 3rd, at 10:30 a.m. in the Riley Courtroom.

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

Be sure to check the weekly edition of The Docket to read about upcoming scholarship and writing competition deadlines.  Help give yourself a financial break for your future, and apply for these great opportunities now!

Law Library Computer Lab Hours Reminder

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:
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.

BarBri 3L Presentation

Attention 3Ls: On Monday, February 27th at 1:00–2:00 p.m. in Room 170, BARBRI will be giving a 3L bar course presentation. Lunch (NOT PIZZA) will be provided.

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of February 27th


  • Tuesday, Feb 28 - Themis Table, Marshall Gallery, 11:45-1:00 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, Feb 29 - BarBri Table, Marshall Gallery, 11:45 – 2:00 p.m. 
  • Thursday, March 1 - Kaplan PMBR Table, Marshall Gallery, 11:00-2:00 p.m.

External Moot Court Teams Gavel Luncheon

EXTERNAL MOOT COURT TEAMS will be honored with gavel presentations and a luncheon sponsored by BarBri in the Marshall Gallery on February 29th at noon. All are welcome to attend.

CLS Youth Justice Panel

The Criminal Law Society is hosting a Youth Justice Panel on Wednesday, February 29th in the Riley Courtroom at 4:30 p.m. Distinguished speakers include Juvenile Justice Judge Kathleen Kauffmann, Ogle County State’s Attorney Ben Roe and Attorney Karen Wilkerson. A reception will follow in the Marshall Gallery.

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 www.ij.org/students. The application deadline is Thursday, March 1, 2012. For more information on the Institute for Justice, our cases or our student programs visit www.ij.org/students or contact Krissy Keys at kkeys@ij.org.

Reminders for 3Ls Graduating in May


  • The standard policy at NIU COL is that a Dean’s Certificate is prepared for all graduates by the Office of Budget & Records (SP276) and sent to IBABY. They (Christina and Julie) 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. 
  • If you have not had your picture taken by Digital Pix for the composite, you MUST contact them (Production Manager, bdrake@dpcpix.com, 815-363-2800, ext. 206) to make arrangements to have your photo taken by MARCH 1, 2012.

Youth Justice Symposium this Thursday

NIU Law will host Youth Justice: “Young and in Trouble” on Thursday, March 1, 2012 from 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m. at the NIU College of Law in the Francis X. Riley Courtroom. This Symposium will address the issue of youth justice against the backdrop of the United States Supreme Court, J.D.B. v. North Carolina (2011) decision and the concerns of educational institutions in protecting youth while maintaining a safe environment for all students. This event is FREE, however, registration is required. Lunch will be provided following the program. Visit www.niu.edu/law for additional details and registration.

Law Student Opportunities - Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Illinois, Sheila Simon

The Office of Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon offers clerkship and externship opportunities for a limited number of 2L and 3L law students throughout the calendar year. Students will work within the unit headed by the General Counsel/Legislative Deputy Chief of Staff. Assignments will include legal research and writing, including policy research memos, policy proposals, legislative initiatives, compliance memos, legislative history memos, or other assignments as required. The Lieutenant Governor derives her duties from the Illinois State Constitution, Illinois statute and personal initiative. These areas include, but are not limited to, budgeting for results, domestic violence, education reform, government ethics, military community support and economic development, rivers and water, and rural affairs. Processes are used and it is the practice of the office to attempt to match student work assignments with individual areas of interest, when practicable. 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 summer 2012, interested student should email the following material no later than March 2, 2012 to Delio Calzolari at Delio.Calzolari@Illinois.gov. Application material will be reviewed and 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.

• A cover letter, addressed as follows: Delio A. Calzolari, Esq. Senior Policy Advisor Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Sheila Simon 100 W. Randolph Street, Suite 15-200 Chicago, Illinois 60601
• A résumé with two references, and
• An unofficial transcript.

Etiquette Dinner

ATTENTION STUDENTS: Announcing the 1st Annual NIU COL Etiquette Dinner will be held on March 8th from 6-9:00 p.m. This night will consist of 1 hour of speed networking (inclusive of hors’d oeuvres & 2 free drinks) followed by the etiquette dinner (four course meal, vegetarian option available) with entertainment through a “What Not to Wear Fashion Show” (featuring faculty and staff) and a key note speaker, speaking on the topic of “How to Make Important First Impressions”. Tickets are $15. See a PAD, WLC or BLSA rep. Space is limited.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Student Handbook - February Addendum

Please note that a February 2012 Addendum to the Student Handbook has been posted on the NIU COL website. The addendum contains new policies on confidentiality for GAs and student workers, guests in Law School classes, academic standing, and the Academic Support Program.  You can find the addendum on the current students page under Resources, as well as under Publications on the COL homepage. 

Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition

The College of Law's own Kehinde Durowade and Jerry Connor advanced to the second round of the regional competition in Ohio! The judges in the three preliminary rounds were very impressed. Congratulations!

Law Library Computer Lab Hours reminder

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:

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.

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of February 20th


  • Tuesday, Feb 21: BarBri Table, Marshall Gallery, 10:00—2:00 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, Feb 22: Themis Table, Marshall Gallery, 11:45 – 1:00 p.m. 
  • Thursday, Feb 23: Kaplan PMBR Table, Marshall Gallery, 11:00—2:00 p.m.

Moot Court Banquet Reminder

All Moot Court XXX participants, please get your luncheon RSVP with your food choice turned in by Wednesday,  February 22nd. Thanks!!

Federalist Society Lunch Event

The Federalist Society is hosting a lunch event: “Compromising” the Free Exercise Clause: Is There an Onslaught on Religious Liberty? The event will take place on Wednesday, February 22 from 12:00-12:50 p.m. in Room #188. Pizza will be served. Bring your own beverages.

Our speaker, David Forte, was the Chief Counsel to the United States delegations to the United Nations, Consultor to the Pontifical Council for the Family under Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, and Cleveland-Marshall Law Professor. He will be speaking on religious liberty.

Pro Bono Opportunity: Legal Aid On-Line LiveHelp

The next Illinois Legal Aid On-Line LiveHelp Operator Training which will be held at the University of Chicago Law School Wednesday, February 22 from 4pm – 6pm. For more information please see the flyer, posted on the student bulletin board, detailing the volunteer opportunity description and specifics for the training. In the alternative, feel free to contact the Coordinator, Jane Lombardi, at jlombardi@illinoislegalaid.org to RSVP to the training and/or if you would like more information. Also, for information, you can contact Professor Schlam at lschlam@niu.edu.

To all students: You have 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

SBA Bar Review

Student Bar Association will resume Bar Review on February 23, with Delta as a sponsor at Fatty's. 
 -Carmen Rossi -- President, Student Bar Association

Minority Reception this Thursday

The 9th Annual Minority Reception hosted by Dean Rosato and Vincent Cornelius (’89) will be held on February 23rd from 5:30—7:30 p.m. at Carnivale (702 W. Fulton Market, Chicago). Transportation will be available. Seating is limited and is on a first-come, first-serve basis. The bus will be leaving at 3:00 p.m. and will return about 9:00 p.m.

Moot Court XXX Semi-Finals

Reminder: the 2L Moot Court Semi-Final Round will be held in the Riley Courtroom at 1:00 & 2:45 p.m. this coming Saturday, February 25th.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend.  And don't forget the final round on Saturday, March 3rd at 10:30 a.m. in the Riley Courtroom!

External Moot Court luncheon

EXTERNAL MOOT COURT TEAMS will be honored with gavel presentations and a luncheon sponsored by BarBri in the Marshall Gallery on February 29th at noon. All are welcome to attend.

Monday, February 13, 2012

URGENT: Health Law with Prof. Naftzger cancelled for Wednesday, 1/15/12


Health Law with Professor Naftzger has been cancelled for Wednesday, 1/15/12.

URGENT: Trusts & Estates with Prof. Lewis cancelled for today, 1/13/12.


Trusts & Estates with Professor Lewis has been cancelled for today, 1/13/12.

Congratulations to Jessup Moot Court Team

Congratulations to the NIU College of Law Jessup Moot Court Team for their winning performance at the Midwest Regionals in Chicago. Judy Soto, Ed Boula, Eric Poplonski, Lindsay Vanek, and Spencer Langford bested three of the four schools they went up against in the two-day competition (Valpariso, Indiana/Indianapolis and the University of Illinois) dropping only by a narrow margin to the University of Buffalo. Thanks also to all who assisted the team in getting ready for this important competition.

Friday, February 10, 2012

First Round of Moot Court XXX

The first round of the 30th Annual Moot Court Competition begins tomorrow, Saturday, February 11th at 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 1:00 p.m. in the Riley and Chessick Court Rooms. All are welcome to attend.

Bar Review Tables for the Week of February 13th


  • BarBri - Marshall Gallery, 10:00—2:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 14th 
  • Themis - Marshall Gallery, 11:45 – 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, Feb 15th

PILS Pizza Sale "Wine Drive"

The Public Interest Law Society will be having a Pizza Sale “Wine Drive” sponsored by BarBri on Tuesday, February 14th at noon in the Marshall Gallery. Help PILS by donating wine to the auction. Bring a bottle of wine to the pizza sale to donate to the Auction and receive two free pieces of pizza! If you don’t bring a bottle of wine, pizza will be $1 per slice and soda is $.50.

Chicago Career Networking Events This Thursday

1L's, 2L's & 3L's:
On Thursday, February 16, there will be two networking events in Chicago organized by the Career Services office. These events present the opportunity to both ask questions and network amongst various Chicago employers. "Practice Tracks" is hosted by the Chicago Bar Association from 5:00 - 6:30 at 321 S. Plymouth Court. "Resume Review" immediately follows and will take place at 300 S. Wacker Drive, hosted by Lawrence, Kamin, Saunders & Uhlenhop.

For TRANSPORTATION, the Career Services office has a sign-up sheet offering bus transportation. The bus will leave at 3 p.m. on Thursday and will take students to both events - then back to campus. If you plan on attending the event, whether you are driving yourself or taking the bus, you must sign up in the Career Services office. 

As a result, the Student Bar Association is canceling Bar Review next Thursday - encouraging students to attend these Chicago networking events. Bar Review will resume on February 23, with Delta as a sponsor at Fatty's. Bar Reviews are a great opportunity to socialize amongst classmates outside of room 170 (misery loves company!) and meet the various representatives of student organizations here within the NIU COL. As well, stay tuned for more information regarding the SBA Sponsored FAT TUESDAY event at Molly's.

xoxo, Carmen Rossi
President, Student Bar Association

Statement of Candidacy deadline

May 2012 Graduates:
Deadline is quickly approaching for filing your Statement of Candidacy for Degree. Deadline is Friday, February 17, 2012. Please see Julie in Office of Budget & Records (SP276) to pick up your Statement of Candidacy for Degree form. You will then need to fill it out and return it to Julie, along with $75 check (made out to NIU) by the deadline. This form MUST be completed, and $75 paid in order to graduate (regardless of whether you plan to participate in graduation ceremony or not).

Free FAFSA Help

Would you like free help applying for FAFSA? The Student Financial Aid Office is holding FAFSA Completion Workshops which will take place every Friday from 10am to 2pm starting February 18th through May 6th in 245 Swen Parson Hall. There will be a kick-off event called FAFSA Fun Fest on Friday, February 18th which will include food, fun, and donated prizes to encourage students to file the FAFSA early.

Pro Bono Certification Forms

MAY 2012 GRADUATES:
Graduation is quickly approaching. Pro Bono forms for certification are available in our office (Rm. 280) or you can request an electronic copy from Becky at rleneau@niu.edu. Remember to sign your name AND get the employer’s signature; then turn the forms into Becky. She will forward them on to Professor Schlam, Director of Pro Bono Initiatives, for his approval and signature. These forms ensure that you receive credit and ultimately get recognized at graduation. Please turn them in by the end of classes (Friday, April 30th). THANK YOU!

Bar Study Loans

3Ls it is time to think about your bar study loans. The bar loan is a private loan, and a credit check will be performed. The loan helps finance bar exam costs, such as bar review course fees, bar exam deposits and fees, as well as living expenses. You may borrow bar study loans from a minimum of $1,000 to 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 from your undergraduate loan lender. If you have not borrowed the maximum on your Federal Stafford Loans, you may want to use the balance to fund your bar exam preparation. Start your research on the bar loans early so that you get the best interest rate possible since the bar loan cannot be consolidated with your current Stafford Loans. All bar loan applications must receive a school certification signed by the University Student Financial Aid Office, 2nd floor of Swen Parson Hall. The following are some of the private lenders that are still providing bar loans. Research any additional lenders and compare their interest rates before you sign.


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

1L Closing Argument Competition results

The Trial Advocacy Society extends its sincere congratulations to the 1L Closing Argument Competition Champions: Ryan Piechocinski (Best Prosecution) and Robin Babcox-Poole (Best Defense)! Congratulations also to Finalists Christina DiBrita (Prosecution) and Matthew Earl (Defense)! Thank you to all of the 1L participants and 2L and 3L judges, as well as our final round judges. Because of you the competition was a great success.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of February 6th


  • BARBRI - Marshall Gallery, 10:00—2:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 7
  • THEMIS - Marshall Gallery, 11:45 – 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, Feb 8 
  • KAPLAN PMBR - Marshall Gallery, 11:00—2:00 p.m., Thursday, Feb 9 

Important Student Organization Meeting

The presence of an officer or a designated representative of each student organization is requested to be at a meeting to be held on Tuesday, February 7th in Room #188 at 12:00 noon. The purpose of this meeting is to provide information to make planning events and meetings for your organization go more smoothly. Topics covered will include room requests, food, finances and equipment needs. It is important that someone from each group attends this meeting. There are a number of things that go into planning an event or meeting; we want to help ensure your event or meeting is successful. Christina Raguse, Director of Budget & Records; Melody Mitchell, Director of Alumni Events; and Prof. Therese Clarke, Law Library, will be present to answer questions. If you have any questions please contact Prof. Clarke at tclarke@niu.edu.

Federalist Society event

Tuesday, February 7, 5:00-6:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom
Citizens Divided: Should Congress Limit $ On Political Messages?
Allison Hayward, Vice President of the Center for Competitive Politics 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. An amendment has been proposed 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?

4:45-5:00 p.m. Dinner, dessert, drinks & a showing of What Citizens United Didn’t Say? 
5:00-6:00 p.m. Debate between Allison Hayward & Professor Cordes
6:00-6:30 p.m. Reception in the Marshall Gallery, dessert and beverages served

9th Annual Minority Reception

The 9th Annual Minority Reception hosted by Dean Rosato and Vincent Cornelius (’89) will be held on February 23rd from 5:30—7:30 p.m. at Carnivale (702 W. Fulton Market, Chicago). Transportation will be available. Seating is limited and is on a first-come, first-serve basis. The bus will be leaving at 3:00 p.m. and will return about 9:00 p.m

FAFSA News for 1Ls and 2Ls


  • 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 fafsa.ed.gov. 
  • Would you like free help applying for FAFSA? The Student Financial Aid Office is holding FAFSA Completion Workshop which will be taking place every Friday from 10am to 2pm starting February 18th through May 6th in 245 Swen Parson Hall. There will be a kick-off event called FAFSA Fun Fest on Friday, February 18th which will include food, fun, and donated prizes to encourage students to file the FAFSA early.

Upcoming February Scholarship Deadlines

Richard D Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law 
The Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law is open to a wide array of participants. Practicing lawyers, policymakers, academics, and law students all are encouraged to take part. The judging committee will include federal judges and leading academics. A winner will be selected in both the lawyer and student categories. The author of the winning paper in each category will receive a cash prize of $1,500. The winning papers will receive special recognition at the ACS National Convention, on the ACS website, and potentially through other means agreed upon by the authors and ACS. Participants are encouraged to view this topic broadly and submissions are welcome on a variety of substantive areas. Deadline is February 10, 2012.  http://www.acslaw.org/cudahycompetition

American Historical Association, Littleton-Griswold Research Grant for Research in U.S. Legal History
Only members of the Association are eligible to apply. The grants are intended to further research in progress and may be used for travel to a library or archive, for microfilms, photographs, or photocopying. Preference will be given to those with specific research needs, such as the completion of a project or completion of a discrete segment thereof. Deadline is February 15, 2012. Go to http://www.historians.org/prizes/Littleton-GriswaldGrantInfo.htm

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago Academic Scholarship Program
Approximately $500,000 is available for Jewish college and graduate students who are identified as having promise for significant contributions in their chosen careers, and are in need of financial assistance for full-time academic programs primarily in the helping professions. Application deadline is February 15, 2012. Go to http://www.jvschicago.org/scholarship/ for more information.

International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition
The Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law at the American University Washington College of Law and the American Society of International Law’s (ASIL) Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict seek submissions for the second annual International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition. The Competition seeks submissions of academic papers on the topic of international humanitarian law (IHL). Last year the Competition received nearly 50 submissions from 17 different countries. The deadline is Wednesday, February 15, 2012. For detailed rules and submission guidelines, please visit www.wcl.american.edu/humright/center/student_ihl_writing_competition.cfm

American Constitution Society for Law and Policy
Possible topics: civil liberties, consumer rights, disability rights, freedom of speech, GLBT rights, human rights, immigration, labor law, voting and the political process, privacy, protection of health, safety, and the environment, racial equality, religion, separation of powers and federalism, and women’s reproductive rights and reproductive freedom. The student authors of the top three papers will receive special recognition at the ACS National Convention in the summer of 2012 and a cash prize for their work. The winner will be awarded $3000. Each of the two runners-up will receive $1000. Deadline for submissions is February 17, 2012. http://www.acslaw.org/chapters/studentcompetitions/writing

The NIU Women Studies Program: Mothers Memorial Scholarship Fund 
The Mothers Memorial Scholarship Fund honors those who are or act as mothers to members of the NIU community by providing scholarships to upper division and graduate students at NIU whose current activities and career goals include improving the lives of women. Application deadline: 4:00 p.m., Friday, February 17, 2012. Go to http://www.niu.edu/wstudies/mothers_fund/index.shtml for details on qualifications and directions on how to apply.

Austin Sawicki Memorial Scholarship 
The Austin Sawicki Memorial Scholarship Fund is established to provide scholarships to upper division and graduate students at NIU who make major contributions to NIU Women’s Studies and/or lives of women at NIU and to honor the memory of Austin Sawicki. Deadline is Friday, February 17, 2012. Please visit www.niu.edu/wstudies/initiatives/sawicki_scholarship.shtml.

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. Please visit http://bit.ly/Levit2012. Deadline is February 17, 2012. 

4th Annual Law Student Symposium, Saint Louis University School of Law
Following a blind grading of all submitted papers by SLU LAW faculty, six finalists will be chosen to present their papers before students, faculty, and practicing attorneys in the SLU LAW Courtroom. The student with the best paper will receive a $500 cash prize while the student who gives the best oral defense of their paper will receive a $200 cash prize. The competition is open to all current 2L and 3L students and is not restricted to one area of law. Therefore, any unpublished case note, comment, or seminar paper would be eligible. Submissions must be postmarked by Wednesday, February 22nd at 5pm. For more information, see http://www.facebook.com/pages/Saint-Louis-University-2012-Law-Student-Symposium/194145314016247.

Berkeley Technology Law Journal 2012 Writing Competition
Topics include but not limited to: intellectual property, antitrust, First Amendment, entertainment and new media, telecommunications, biotechnology, internet and cybercrime. Deadline for submission is February 24, 2012. For more information, see http://btlj.org/2012/01/17/spring-2012-writing-competition/

The National Law Review Student Writing Competition 
Just a reminder that submissions are now being accepted for consideration for publication in the March issue of the National Law Review (NLR). Please see http://www.natlawreview.com/NLR-law-studentwriting-competition. Please note that although students are encouraged to submit articles Environmental and Energy, Insurance and Intellectual Property Law, they may also submit entries covering current issues related to other areas of the law. The deadline for entries is Tuesday, February 21, 2012. If you have any questions regarding this competition, please contact lawschools@natlawreview.com

Upcoming March Scholarship Deadlines

Trandafir Writing Competition 
Each year, Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems, in conjunction with the University of Iowa College of Law International and Comparative Law Program, conducts an annual world affairs student writing competition. Any topic of contemporary international business or economic concern with a legal nexus is eligible. Publication and prize of $2,000. Deadline is March 1, 2012. For details please visit: http://www.uiowa.edu/~tlcp/trandafir_competition.html

ALDF ADVANCEMENT OF ANIMAL LAW SCHOLARSHIPS 
The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) Advancement of Animal Law Scholarships are available to second- and third-year law student members of our student chapters and will be awarded based upon demonstrated commitment to ALDF’s mission, "to advance the interests and protect the lives of animals through the legal system." Applicants should be committed to the advancement of animal law through active involvement with their Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) chapter while in law school and anticipated participation in the field after graduation. Deadline is March 2, 2012. For details visit: http://aldf.org/article.php?id=718

Affordable Housing and Community Development Law Writing Competition
Papers should address any legal issue regarding affordable housing and/or community development law. Winner receives a prize of $1,000, publication, and a trip to attend the annual conference in Washington DC. Deadline is March 2, 2012. For details visit: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/affordable_housing.html

Sarah Weddington Writing Competition in Reproductive Rights Law
LSRJ annually awards two student authors the Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights Law. This year’s them is: "Legislating Stereotypes: Reproductive Rights Rollback in the States." For information about the application and selection process, please download the 2012 Call for Submissions. Deadline is March 5, 2012.

Central Illinois Women’s Bar Association Scholarship
One $1,500 Scholarship will be awarded in 2012. This scholarship is a non-renewable and funded by the Central Illinois Women’s Bar Association (CIWBA) and the Sangamon County Bar Association (SCBA). Candidates are required to complete a scholarship application, prepare an essay on the chosen topic, provide two letters of reference, and a transcript of grades.    Deadline is March 9, 2012. You may pick up an application in the admissions office. For information please email rgrischow@hinshawlaw.com or visit www.ciwba.com.

Prize in International Insolvency Studies, 2012
The International Insolvency Institute is pleased to announce its Prize in International Insolvency Studies. Prize is awarded for original legal research, commentary or analysis on topics of international insolvency and restructuring significance and on comparative international analysis of domestic insolvency and restructuring issues and developments. Deadline is March 31, 2012. For more information visit: http://www.iiiglobal.org/iii-prize-in-insolvency.html.

The National Italian American Foundation Scholarship Program
The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) will award scholarships and grants to outstanding students in the summer of 2012 for use during the following academic year. Scholarships are open to Italian American students who demonstrate outstanding potential and high academic achievements or students from any ethnic background majoring or minoring in Italian language, Italian studies, Italian American studies or a related field, who demonstrate outstanding potential and high academic achievements. Scholarship awards range from $2,000-$12,000. Deadline is March 2, 2012. For more information visit: www.niaf.org/scholarships/.

NIU Martha D. Cooper Journalism Award
The Presidential Commission on the Status of Women established the annual award for outstanding writing on women's issues at NIU in April 1997. In October 2000 the award was named for Dr. Martha Cooper an alumna and distinguished faculty member of NIU‘s Department of Communication. The purpose of the award is to recognize journalistic effort contributing to greater awareness of women's issues on campus. In 2010, the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women recognized the growing diversity of media in which women’s issues are presented and expanded award eligibility to include journalism for film, television, video, and the web. http://www.niu.edu/pcsw/awards/cooper.shtml. Applications are online and should be submitted to pcsw@niu.edu by March 9, 2012 at 4:30 pm.

Sidney b. Williams, Jr. Intellectual Property Law School Scholarship 
Therefore, the AIPLEF Board decided to take as one of its central missions, activities which would help to increase diversity in the IP bar. The goal of these scholarships is to increase the number of underrepresented minority groups serving as intellectual property law practitioners in law firms and the intellectual property law departments in corporations. Since April 2002, the AIPLEF has been awarding a number of $10,000 Scholarships for Minority Scholars as well as arranging internships and mentorships to assist under-represented minority law school students intending practice intellectual property law. The scholarships are named in honor of Sidney B. Williams, Jr. who was the first African-American to hold major leadership roles in both the AIPLA and the ABA-IPL Section and who has and continues to give countless hours and boundless energies to influence minority students looking for a future in science and engineering to pursue law school and intellectual property law. He is a role model for all young lawyers. Deadline is March 15, 2012. Please visit http://www.aiplef.org/scholarships/

The Honorable Timothy C. Evans Scholarship 
“The Honorable Timothy C. Evans Scholarship” was established to honor the commitment and dedication that the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Timothy C. Evans, has devoted to the Northwest Suburban Bar Association (NWSBA) and to the community of Cook County. Judge Evans’s example, passion, and integrity are a guiding light for the NWSBA membership and the worthy recipient of this endowment. Applicants will need to submit a personal statement and a letter of intent. Deadline is March 23, 2012. www.nwsba.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=61

DUPAGE COUNTY BAR FOUNDATION AMBASSADOR SCHOLARSHIP
Criteria: Limited to DuPage County, IL residents beginning their second, third or fourth year of law school. Interviews with the Selection Committee will take place on a Saturday each April. Scholarship will be presented at the Board Installation Dinner in early June. Recipient [or his/her parent or other representative] must attend; otherwise, scholarship will not be awarded. Previous recipients of this scholarship are not eligible. Deadline is March 25, 2012.  http://www.dcba.org/content/documents/ambassador_application_for_website.pdf