Thursday, March 29, 2012

First Amendment with Prof. Cordes canceled for 3/29/12

First Amendment with Professor Cordes has been canceled for today, Thursday, March 29. Please check MyNIU for a notice from Professor Cordes.

Property with Prof. Cordes canceled for 3/29/12

Property with Professor Cordes has been canceled for today, Thursday, March 29.  Please check MyNIU for a notice from Professor Cordes. 

Friday, March 23, 2012

EARLA Pro Bono Opportunity

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. 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, assisting in fundraising, attending conferences on behalf of EARLA, and preparing for and attending high profile public policy panels at leading think tanks.

Interested law students should send a cover letter, resume and a writing sample via email to EARLAEgypt@gmail.com

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of March 26th

  • Monday, March 26 - Themis Table, Marshall Gallery 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, March 27 - BarBri Table, Marshall Gallery 10:00a.m.-2:00 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, March 28 - Kaplan PMBR Table, Library Hallway 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Law Library Computer Lab Hours This Week

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 this coming week (March 26th-30th):
 
Monday: 10:00 a.m.-–11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.-–4:00 p.m. 
Tuesday: 10:00 a.m.—Noon and 1:00 p.m.—2:00 p.m. 
Wednesday: 2:30 p.m.—3:30 p.m.

Trial Ad Chambers Interviews

The Trial Advocacy Society will soon be selecting students for next year’s Chambers positions. Interviews for the Head of Chambers will be conducted on Monday, March 26 from 7-9 p.m. Interviews for the remaining Barrister positions will be on Monday, April 2 from 7-9 p.m.

Federalist Society Debate

The NIU Federalist Society will sponsor a debate on Eminent Domain on Tuesday, March 27th at 4:40 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom. Professor Cordes v. Scott Bullock, lead counsel in Kelo v. City of New London.

PILS Auctions This Week

The 17th Annual Public Interest Law Society Auction will be held Friday, March 30th from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. The Student Auction will be held Wednesday, March 28th, and Thursday, March 29th from 10:00 a.m. to 3: p.m. on both days. All the proceeds from the Auction fund Outreach Assistantships for students who volunteer in public interest legal positions, assisting individuals who cannot afford legal services through conventional methods. There are plenty of ways to volunteer at the event – check out the sign-up sheets on TWEN. Come and bid big!!

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

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

American Association of Law Libraries & Thomson West, George A. Strait Minority Scholarship Endowment
Individuals eligible for the AALL & West- George A. Strait Minority Scholarship Endowment are college graduates with meaningful law library experience who are members of a minority group and who intend to have a career in law librarianship. Applicants must have at least one quarter/ semester remaining after the scholarship is awarded. The deadline is April 1, 2012. For information visit: http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Member-Resources/scholarships/George-Strait-Minority-Scholarship.

Bohemian Lawyers Associated of Chicago 
The Bohemian Lawyers Association of Chicago is offering this scholarship to all persons of Czech, Moravian, Ruthenian, Silesian, or Slovak ancestry enrolled in an accredited law school in the greater Chicagoland. Please attach an essay (limit 250 words) indicating: (a) how your ancestry influenced the person you are today; (2) how you expect to use your law degree; (3) how you have been active in the community; and (4) how you expect to contribute to the community as a lawyer. Applications must be postmarked or e-mailed on or before April 2, 2012. For more information, please visit http://www.bohemianlawyers.org/scholarships.html.

CLS Panel

Criminal Law Society will be hosting a Panel on April 3 at 3:00 PM in the Riley Courtroom. The event will discuss the case of Juan Rivera, who spent nearly 20 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections wrongfully convicted for the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl. Mr. Rivera was convicted in 3 separate jury trials, but with the aid of the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University, his conviction was overturned in December 2011 by the Second District Appellate Court based on crime scene evidence and DNA recovered that did not match Mr. Rivera. In January 2012, Mr. Rivera was released from prison. The appellate court opinion can be found on Westlaw at 2011 IL App (2d) 091060 and more information, including a video of his release, can be found at http://newssun.suntimes.com/news/9853037-418/juan-rivera-set-free.html. A reception in the Marshall Gallery will follow the event.

NIU Law 5K Coming Up Soon

Calling all runners, walkers, and volunteers for our 3rd Annual Race NIjUdicata on Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Get your teams together and sign up for a great day of fun, prizes, and don’t forget the BBQ by Inbodens! Register online or download the registration and volunteer forms from our website or stop by Melody Mitchell’s office, Room #285. Faculty, staff, student and team discounts available. Early registration ends on April 6th.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Contracts II Lecture w/ Prof. Hines cancelled for 3/20/12

Further to the mandatory attendance of students at tomorrow's hearing of the Court of Appeals Second District, please note that the regularly scheduled Contracts II lecture will be cancelled.

N.B. reading assignments for the Wednesday, March 21st Contracts II lecture shall be as follows: Casebook 905-917, and problem on 917-918.

Property with Prof. Luna canceled for 3/20/12

Property Scholars:

Because I believe such opportunities are extremely valuable attendance is mandatory tomorrow for the Court of Appeals Second District visit during our regularly scheduled class session. Accordingly we will not have our regular class session this Tuesday the 20th.

Please make sure you sign the attendance sheet and please remember that the Honor Code remains in full force.

See you Thursday.

Professor Luna

Prof. Widman Looking for Research Assistant

Professor Widman is currently accepting applications for a part-time research assistantship for the 2012-2013 school year. Projects will include blue-booking, legal (and extra-legal) research, and writing memos - mostly in areas of statutory interpretation, administrative law, and access to civil justice. There may be some citation work beginning mid-late summer if RA is available (this work can all be done remotely, and any work over the summer will reduce working hours during the school year). Other projects still to be determined, possibly some empirical work on tort reform issues. Interested students should email a resume and short statement of interest to Professor Widman at awidman@niu.edu by April 11th.

Payment Systems with Prof. Coles cancelled for today, 3/19/12

Payment Systems
Professor Coles
3/19/12

Payment Systems has been cancelled for today.

Moot Court XXX Congratulations

The winners of the 30th Annual Moot Court Competition were Nicole Anderson and Arielle Denis! Best Oralist went to Karen Levin, Carolyn Nevin and Karen Levin won Best Petitioner’s Brief and Nicole Anderson and Arielle Denis won Best Respondent’s Brief. Congratulations to all on a job well done!

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of March 19th


  • Tuesday, March 20 - BarBri Table, Marshall Gallery, 10:00a.m.-2:00 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, March 21 - Themis Table, Marshall Gallery, 11:30a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 
  • Thursday, March 22 - Kaplan PMBR Table, Marshall Gallery, 11:00-2:00 p.m.

Law Library Computer Lab Hours for this week

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:

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.

Trial Ad Society Chambers applications available this week

The Trial Advocacy Society will soon be selecting students for next year’s Chambers positions. Applications and instructions will be posted on both the Trial Ad school website as well as outside of Professor Taylor’s office starting Monday, March 19. Applications will be accepted until midnight on Friday, March 23. The application will need to be emailed to Travis Lutz (LutzTravisR@gmail.com) and the applicant will need to sign up for an interview time. Interviews for the Head of Chambers will be conducted on Monday, March 26 from 7-9 p.m. Interviews for the remaining Barrister positions will be on Monday, April 2 from 7-9 p.m.

LLSA Event Tomorrow Night

The Latino Law Student Association presents “Our Dream Can’t Wait, Act Now!” on March 20, 2012 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom. There will be a reception following in the Marshall Gallery. Please RSVP at niu.latino.lawyers@gmail.com. Space is limited.

Illinois Appellate Court Visit Tomorrow

The Illinois Appellate Court for the Second District will hear oral arguments in the Riley Courtroom on Tuesday, March 20 from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., followed by a brief Q&A with students. A reception will then be held in the Marshall Gallery.

Discussion on North Korea

The Federalist Society and Amnesty International are teaming up to host an event about North Korea. And as you probably guessed, there will be free food! On Wednesday, March 21st, at Noon in the Riley Courtroom, NIU College of Law’s very own Professor Morse Tan will be giving a lunchtime presentation about the gross, systematic human rights violations happening right now in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. With the recent death of Kim Jong-Il and with his youngest son now at the reigns of a dangerous regime harboring nuclear weapons and numerous concentration camps, the case of North Korea is both timely and egregious. Will there be justice for the victims of this horrible regime? We hope to see you there! Bring an empty stomach, an open mind, and plenty of questions!

Lombard Reception This Week

Join Dean Rosato for a NIU Law reception on Thursday, March 22 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Harry Caray's in Lombard, IL (70 Yorktown Shopping Center). RSVP to lawevents@niu.edu or 815-753-9655.

CLS Panel Discussion

SAVE THE DATE!! The Criminal Law Society is sponsoring a Panel Discussion on April 3rd at 3:00 p.m. in the Riley CourtroomPeople v. Rivera.

PAD Chili Cook-Off

SAVE THE DATE!! Phi Alpha Delta will be hosting their annual Chili Cook-Off on Wednesday, April 4, 2011 in the Marshall Gallery. So come hungry and ready to try a number of different types of chili. If you are interested in entering your chili, please see a PAD member or e-mail NIUPAD@gmail.com. We are always looking for new types of chili including traditional, turkey, vegetarian and vegan. A prize will be given to the chef of the best chili!

ELS Guest Speaker

The Environmental Law Society will be welcoming a guest speaker on Wednesday, April 11th at Noon in Room #188. Julie Anderson-Kulovits, the Valedictorian of her 2006 graduating class here at NIU COL, is an environmental and personal injury lawyer at The Collins Law Firm in Naperville. She will be presenting 5 lessons that she has learned as an Environmental and Personal Injury Lawyer, along with some of the things that she wished she knew while in law school. This lunchtime presentation will have FREE FOOD and will be a great opportunity for law students to come with questions about practicing in these fields of law and what things they should be focusing on while in law school to successfully practice in the future. Come with an empty stomach and plenty of questions!

Race NIjUdicata 5K Signup Now Available

Calling all runners, walkers, and volunteers for our 3rd Annual Race NIjUdicata on Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Get your teams together and sign up for a great day of fun, prizes, and don’t forget the BBQ by Inboden's! Register online or download the registration and volunteer forms from our website or stop by Melody Mitchell’s office, Room #285. Faculty, staff, student and team discounts available. Early registration ends on April 6th.

Pro Bono certification forms for 3Ls

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!

Friday, March 2, 2012

MOOT COURT XXX FINALS

The Final Argument of the 30th Annual Prize Moot Court Competition takes place tomorrow, Saturday, March 3 at 10:30 a.m. in the Riley Courtroom. All are welcome to attend.

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:

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 March 5th


  • Tuesday, March 6 -  BarBri Table, Marshall Gallery, 10:00a.m.-2:00 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, March 7 - Themis Table, Marshall Gallery, 11:30a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 
  • Thursday, March 8 - Kaplan PMBR Table, Marshall Gallery, 11:00-2:00 p.m.

State's Attorney Candidates Open Forum

On Tuesday, March 6th, 2012, there will be an Open Forum between current State’s Attorney Clay Campbell and candidate Sean Smith. It will be held at 4:30 p.m. in Room 188. There will be a reception afterwards with the candidates. This will be an exciting, interesting, and great networking opportunity to meet two of the biggest players in the local legal community. Any questions or suggestions please email morgan.sauder@hotmail.com. Hope to see you there!!

LLSA Moot Court Competition

ATTENTION STUDENTS: Announcing the 1st Annual NIU Latino Law Student Association internal moot court competition. This competition will serve as the moot court team selection process for NLLSA's competition in the fall of 2012. The national competition is to take place at UCLA School of Law in Los Angeles, California. All students who are members of NIU LLSA are welcome to participate in the competition; this will be a closed library competition. Membership to LLSA is open to all students at NIU Law for just $5. Those who wish to join LLSA and participate in the selection process will be handed all materials (researched cases and statutes) needed to formulate their arguments. An informational meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 7 at noon, Room # 186. The problem will then be handed out before spring break. Finally, the date of the competition will be announced at the informational meeting on Wednesday.

Etiquette Dinner

ATTENTION STUDENTS: Announcing that the 1st Annual NIU COL Etiquette Dinner will be held on March 8th from 6-9:00 p.m. in the Ellington Ball Room in the Holmes Student Center. 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.

2nd District Court Visit

The Illinois Appellate Court for the Second District will hear oral arguments in the Riley Courtroom on Tuesday, March 20 from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. followed by a brief Q&A with students. A reception will then be held in the Marshall Gallery. Additional details to come.

NIU Law Reception in Lombard

Join Dean Rosato for an NIU Law reception on Thursday, March 22 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Harry Caray's in Lombard, IL (70 Yorktown Shopping Center). RSVP to lawevents@niu.edu or 815-753-9655 by March 15.

Upcoming March Scholarship Deadlines

Sarah Weddington Writing Competition in Reproductive Rights Law
Law Students For Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) annually awards two student authors the Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights Law. This year’s theme is "Legislating Stereotypes: Reproductive Rights Rollback in the States." For information about the application and selection process, please download the 2012 Call for Submissions at http://lsrj.org/documents/awardsgrants/12%20Writing%20Prize%20Call%20for%20Submissions.pdf. The deadline is March 5, 2012.

Cook County Bar Association Barrister's Ball 2011 Scholarship
The Cook County Bar Association Foundation announces its 2011 Barrister's Ball Scholarship. The Foundation is the charitable arm of the Cook County Bar Association which is the Nation’s oldest association of black lawyers and judges. To apply, applicants must submit a scholarship essay, application and law school transcript. The deadline is March 9, 2012. You may submit it via email to ccbafoundation@ymail.com or via fax to 312/759/2240. You may pick up an application in the Office of Admissions & Financial Aid or email us at jbranson@niu.edu.

Central Illinois Women’s Bar Association Scholarship 
One $1,500 scholarship will be awarded in 2012. This scholarship is non-renewable and is 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, to prepare an essay on the chosen topic, to provide two letters of reference, and to provide a transcript of grades. The deadline is March 9, 2012. You may pick up an application in the Office of Admissions & Financial Aid. For more information, please email rgrischow@hinshawlaw.com or visit www.ciwba.com.

NIU Martha D. Cooper Journalism Award 
In April 1997, the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women established the annual award for outstanding writing on women's issues at NIU. 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 efforts that contribute to a greater awareness of women's issues on campus. In 2010, the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women recognized the growing diversity of the media in which women’s issues are presented, and it expanded award eligibility to include film, television, video, and the web. Please see http://www.niu.edu/pcsw/awards/cooper.shtml. Applications should be submitted to pcsw@niu.edu by March 9, 2012 at 4:30 p.m.

Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Intellectual Property Law School Scholarship 
Since April 2002, the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation (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 energy to influence minority students looking for futures in science and engineering to pursue law school and intellectual property law. He is a role model for all young lawyers. The deadline is March 15, 2012. Please see 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 of the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Timothy C. Evans, to the Northwest Suburban Bar Association (NWSBA) and to the community of Cook County. Judge Evans’s example, passion, and integrity are guiding lights for the NWSBA membership and for the worthy recipient of this endowment. Applicants will need to submit personal statements and letters of intent. The deadline is March 23, 2012. Please see www.nwsba.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=61.

Robert Masur Fellowship 
The Robert Masur Fellowship competition is open to first-year law students who intend to carry out significant activities during the summer in between their first and second years in the areas of civil rights and/or civil liberties. Proposed activities may include writing or research projects, work with a public interest organization in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties, work on a civil rights or civil liberties law case under the supervision of a faculty member or lawyer, or any other work in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties. The fellowship recipient receives a $1,000 honorarium. The deadline is March 23, 2012. Please see http://www.nationinstitute.org/prizes/1068/the_robert_masur_fellowship_in_civil_liberties/

DuPage County Bar Foundation Ambassador Scholarship
This scholarship is limited to DuPage County, IL residents beginning their second, third or fourth years of law school. Interviews with the Selection Committee will take place on a Saturday in April. The scholarship will be presented at the Board Installation Dinner in early June. The recipient (or his/her parent or other representative) must attend; otherwise, the scholarship will not be awarded. Previous recipients of this scholarship are not eligible. The deadline is March 25, 2012. Please see http://www.dcba.org/content/documents/ambassador_application_for_website.pdf.

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

PAD Chili Cook-Off is Coming!

SAVE THE DATE!! Phi Alpha Delta will be hosting their annual Chili Cook-Off on Wednesday, April 4, 2011 in the Marshall Gallery. So come hungry and ready to try a number of different types of chili. If you are interested in entering your chili, please see a PAD member or e-mail NIUPAD@gmail.com. We are always looking for new types of chili including traditional, turkey, vegetarian and vegan. A prize will be given to the chef of the best chili!

Race NIjUdicata 5K Run/Walk & BBQ

Calling all runners, walkers, and volunteers for our 3rd Annual Race NIjUdicata on Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Get your teams together and sign up for a great day of fun, prizes, and don’t forget the BBQ by Inbodens! Register online or download the registration and volunteer forms from our website or stop by Melody Mitchell’s office, Room #285. Faculty, staff, student and team discounts available. Early registration ends on April 6th.