Friday, April 27, 2012

SBA End of Classes Party

Students, please enjoy an End of Classes Party on Monday, April 30 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery, brought to you by the Student Bar Association.  Unwind with your classmates with some refreshments.  Good luck on finals!

3L Pro Bono Certification Forms - Final Reminder

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 (Monday, April 30th). THANK YOU!

Lockers Reminders

Lockers:
  • 3L Graduates: If you have a locker registered with our office, you may keep that locker up to August 1, 2012. At that time all lockers registered to 3L grads will be cleaned out to prepare for incoming students.
  • Reminder to all other COL students: If you have locker registered with our office, you will be keeping that same locker your entire time as a student at NIU College of Law. Please keep a lock on your locker.
  • If you do not have a locker registered with our office, and want one, please contact Julie (SP276).

Reminders for May Graduates

MAY 2012 GRADUATES: For those who have NOT picked up your graduation announcements, they are in your mailbox.

Please read the Graduation Information Memo which was emailed and also distributed in your mailboxes this week. It has very important information regarding events before graduation and the graduation itself.

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.

ELS Pop Tab Drive

The end of the semester is approaching! Now it’s time to hand in all the pop tabs you have been saving the last couple semesters! For those of you who have been collecting on your own, please place the tabs either in or around the container in the Marshall Gallery or find an ELS Board Member to give to. Please try to drop them off by the end of the semester (May 1st). If for some reason you forget, I (Kevin Zickterman) will be on campus until May 15th, so feel free to find me to hand them over any time before then. The ELS Board truly appreciates all your efforts on behalf of the Ronald McDonald Foundation! Thanks and good luck on finals everyone!

Alumni Office Event Reminders

  • Please join Dean Jennifer Rosato for an NIU Law reception. The reception will be held on Wednesday, May 2 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Department Restaurant located at 205 N. Chicago Street, Joliet, IL. Complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Please RSVP by April 27 to lawevents@niu.edu
  • NIU Law will host a reception on Sunday, May 20 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn-Capitol in Washington, D.C. Complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Please RSVP by 5/16 to lawevents@niu.edu
  • The NIU Law Golf Outing will be held on Saturday, June 8 from Noon until 7:30 p.m. at River Heights Golf Course in DeKalb. It will provide a great opportunity to meet alumni and friends. Register online by going to www.niu.edu/law and clicking "Events."

City of Chicago Department of Law Post-Graduate Fellowship Program

The City of Chicago Department of Law invites applications from graduating law students seeking full-time or part-time placements for law school funded post-graduate fellowships.

Fellows will work on interesting cases with an unusually high degree of responsibility and independence. Our supervisors have extensive experience guiding recent graduates through the transition from school to legal practice.

Application Process:

Applications are accepted year round, but we place most of our post-graduate fellows in August and September.

In order to begin the application process, a hard copy of your materials must be mailed or hand delivered to the address below. E-mail applications will not be accepted.

NOTE: Failure to submit all materials may result in your application not being considered.
  • Cover letter (In addition to identifying your Division preference, please indicate that your application is for the Externship Program)
  • Resume
  • Law School Transcript
  • One writing sample (Writing Sample Policy
Forward Application Materials to:
Legal Recruiter
City of Chicago
Department of Law
30 N. La Salle - 1640
Chicago, IL 60602


Division Placements:

The Department of Law is made up of 14 divisions that handle affirmative and defense litigation, transactional projects and legislative projects. Divisions consider hosting fellows on a case-by-case basis.  The following is a brief description of the available Divisions:

Appeals
The participant would be responsible for research, reading the record, and drafting the brief, and would receive detailed feedback on the draft. If oral argument is set, and it is appropriate for the participant, we would provide further supervision and support through a moot court and at oral argument.

Aviation, Environmental, Regulatory and Contracts (AERC)
Working in AERC would offer the participant the opportunity to work on a broad range of projects including advice and counsel, transactional, and litigation projects. Some of the work would include: observing and supporting attorney court appearances, preparing and offering legal opinions in response to clients' requests, research and drafting (motions, briefs, substantive legal correspondence). Work on The O'Hare Modernization Program (OMP) would introduce the participant to a broad range of issues including contract negotiation, municipal procurement issues, and sustainable design and would involve working with federal and other local agencies, as well as construction litigation. Participants would also gain first-hand experience in every phase of the preparation and drafting of contracts, including the following: (1) discussion with a client department about how to structure a transaction to meet the client's objectives, (2) identification of business risks for the client's consideration, (3) contract drafting, and (4) negotiation with counsel for the City's contractors.

Building and License Enforcement (BLE)
Participants in the BLE Division would have the opportunity to try cases in the Circuit Court of Cook County (Criminal, Civil and Chancery Divisions) as well as in the Department of Administrative Hearings and in the Department of Business Affairs and Licensing. A participant would be assigned a case to handle from start to finish which would include discovery, trial strategy, negotiations and trial/settlement. The matters would include prosecution of the following areas: Conservation/Code Enforcement; Licensing; Zoning; Demolition; and Drug and Gang House Enforcement. The participant would also be involved in policy meetings with various Departments to streamline processes used to enforce the Building and Zoning Code of Chicago.

Collections, Ownership and Administrative Litigation (COAL)
Participants in COAL would have the opportunity to draft memos and negotiate settlement agreements, file and take citations to discover assets at the circuit court and argue motions at the Department of Administrative Hearings. Participants may also get hands-on experience conducting hearings before Administrative Law Officers and dealing with a wide variety of cases, including vehicle impoundments, gun registration denials and revocations, animal control issues, and myriad other Municipal Code violations, plus experience in dealing with police witnesses.

Constitutional & Commercial Litigation
Participants would have the opportunity to work on complex legal issues, including constitutional law issues. They will draft arguments for motions, participate in court hearings and both answer and draft discovery.

Employment Litigation (ELIT)
Participants in ELIT would practice in state and federal courts and handle employment cases that involve extensive motion practice, intensive discovery, depositions, settlement negotiations and trials. A participant may be able to answer complaints, file motions to dismiss, answer discovery, take depositions, and actively participate in all stages of the litigation. All participants would be assigned to a case with a partner and a supervisor who would supervise all aspects of the case.

Federal Civil Rights Litigation (FCRL)
FCRL, the Division that defends the City and police officers sued in federal court for alleged misconduct pursuant to Section 1983 as well as state law claims, offers participants the opportunity to manage a case in federal court from its inception. They would be responsible, under the supervision of an experienced attorney, for answering complaints, drafting and answering written discovery, motion practice, taking and defending depositions, preparing pretrial orders, engaging in settlement negotiations and trying cases.

Finance and Economic Development
Participants would have an opportunity to work in a Division that handles a variety of types of transactions that advance, among others, economic development, affordable housing, and the removal of blight. Many economic development transactions utilize the tool of tax increment financing (“TIF”). Participants will be given training in understanding the TIF Act, both as relate to the establishment of TIF Areas and the implementation of TIF plans through negotiated redevelopment agreements. Other learning opportunities in the area of economic development will come from assisting Division attorneys regarding other tax incentive programs involving Enterprise Zones, Special Service Areas and the Cook County Classification Ordinance. Affordable housing projects also rely on tax incentive programs as well as loans, grants, and allocations of tax credits to raise capital. Opportunities will be made available to learn how housing deals are structured and various funding sources are needed and brought to the table. Another core area of the Division’s practice is public finance. This Division acts as issuer’s counsel on various bond transactions of the City, the proceeds of which allow for the City to address operating and capital costs and to operate certain enterprises involving water and wastewater facilities. There are significant contracts and documents required that the Division prepares, such as redevelopment agreements, loan and grant documents, bond documents and intergovernmental agreements. Participants will also be involved in due diligence reviews and researching important issues. The City generally acts through its corporate authorities, i.e. the Aldermen comprising the City Council. The Division prepares authorizing ordinances for City Council approval of the relevant transactions. Participants can assist with preparing drafts of ordinances and will be able to see City Council and relevant committees thereof in action.

Labor
Participants will assist with investigating and defending charges filed at the administrative level in employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation and, in doing so, gain knowledge and experience in a broad range of employment-related issues, including compliance with the ADA, FMLA, and the City's Sexual Harassment Policy. Participants will also have the opportunity to second chair grievance arbitration hearings and disciplinary proceedings before the Police Board and the Human Resources Board.

Legal Counsel
Participants will help attorneys prepare ordinances for introduction at City Council meetings, and help research and provide advice in response to requests by City departments and officials. Accompanied by division attorneys, participants will have the opportunity to attend City Council Committee meetings where proposed ordinances are debated, as well as meetings of the full City Council. Working with division attorneys, participants write ordinance drafts, research memoranda, and ceremonial resolutions for introduction at City Council meetings.

Legal Information, Investigations and Prosecutions (LIIP)
Participants will be immersed in electronic discovery issues and will track and respond to preservation requests received by the City and issue legal holds on electronic public records. The participants may have the opportunity to research and advise on electronic discovery issues. Participants will also provide legal advice concerning the new Freedom of Information Act, and act as counsel for the City for FOIA appeals filed with the Attorney General’s office. It is anticipated that the participants would be able to independently handle appeals with supervision from more senior staff. Participants will be responsible for locating documents, preparing appropriate responses to subpoenas and arguing motions to quash, or motions to show cause for failure to produce. Additionally, participants would get a wide variety of practical experience prosecuting violations of the Municipal Code in several different forums. Participants in the Traffic Unit would get experience trying cases before circuit court judges and handling a high-volume practice. Participants in the Branch Courts Unit would get experience handling a variety of Municipal Code violations, including city misdemeanor charges before judges in various branch courts, plea-bargaining and trying cases, dealing with police witnesses, and working with the State's Attorney's office.

Real Estate
Service in the Real Estate Division would provide the participant with experience in the City's purchase, sale, leasing, condemnation and zoning of land, the management of the public way and public open spaces, "green" initiatives, and the execution of the City's affordable housing and urban redevelopment programs. Participation would include drafting redevelopment agreements, attending negotiating sessions, preparing ordinances and assisting at closings.

Revenue Litigation
A participant in this division could expect to draft petitions; attend court calls and administrative calls; interact with taxpayers regarding tax assessments; review discovery; engage in settlement negotiations; perform factual investigations; draft memoranda, briefs and settlement agreements; perform legal research; and perform other duties related to tax litigation and advising the Department of Finance.

Torts
Participants in the Torts Division will receive their own docket of personal injury cases. Participants will answer pleadings, draft, file, and argue contested motions, propound and answer written discovery, depose witnesses, conduct Rule 90 arbitrations, and try cases in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

City of Chicago Department of Law Law Student Extern Program

The Department of Law invites law students to apply for its Extern Program. This program is designed to provide students with a challenging externship that reflects the demands and rewards of public service. Participants in the Extern Program are not compensated however course credit is available pursuant to your school’s externship program. Work schedules will be determined in accordance with your school’s externship requirements and your Department of Law supervisor. Please consult with the director or coordinator of the externship program at your school.

The participant will be assigned to one of the practice divisions within the law department. He or she will be assigned a supervisor who will coordinate assignments. Together, the chosen participant and the supervisor will determine the start date, the hours to be worked and the date on which the program will end for the individual.

Please note that residency is not required for these unpaid positions.

Application Process:

In order to begin the application process, a hard copy of your materials must be mailed or hand delivered to the address below. E-mail applications will not be accepted
  • Cover letter (In addition to identifying your Division preference, please indicate that your application is for the Externship Program)
  • Resume
  • Law School Transcript
  • One writing sample (Writing Sample Policy
Forward Application Materials to:
Legal Recruiter
City of Chicago
Department of Law
30 N. La Salle - 1640
Chicago, IL 60602
NOTE: Failure to submit all materials may result in your application not being considered. The following is a brief description of the available Divisions:

Appeals
The participant would be responsible for research, reading the record, and drafting the brief, and would receive detailed feedback on the draft. If oral argument is set, and it is appropriate for the participant, we would provide further supervision and support through a moot court and at oral argument.

Aviation, Environmental, Regulatory and Contracts (AERC)
Working in AERC would offer the participant the opportunity to work on a broad range of projects including advice and counsel, transactional, and litigation projects. Some of the work would include: observing and supporting attorney court appearances, preparing and offering legal opinions in response to clients' requests, research and drafting (motions, briefs, substantive legal correspondence). Work on The O'Hare Modernization Program (OMP) would introduce the participant to a broad range of issues including contract negotiation, municipal procurement issues, and sustainable design and would involve working with federal and other local agencies, as well as construction litigation. Participants would also gain first-hand experience in every phase of the preparation and drafting of contracts, including the following: (1) discussion with a client department about how to structure a transaction to meet the client's objectives, (2) identification of business risks for the client's consideration, (3) contract drafting, and (4) negotiation with counsel for the City's contractors.

Building and License Enforcement (BLE)
Participants in the BLE Division would have the opportunity to try cases in the Circuit Court of Cook County (Criminal, Civil and Chancery Divisions) as well as in the Department of Administrative Hearings and in the Department of Business Affairs and Licensing. A participant would be assigned a case to handle from start to finish which would include discovery, trial strategy, negotiations and trial/settlement. The matters would include prosecution of the following areas: Conservation/Code Enforcement; Licensing; Zoning; Demolition; and Drug and Gang House Enforcement. The participant would also be involved in policy meetings with various Departments to streamline processes used to enforce the Building and Zoning Code of Chicago.

Collections, Ownership and Administrative Litigation (COAL)
Participants in COAL would have the opportunity to draft memos and negotiate settlement agreements, file and take citations to discover assets at the circuit court and argue motions at the Department of Administrative Hearings. Participants may also get hands-on experience conducting hearings before Administrative Law Officers and dealing with a wide variety of cases, including vehicle impoundments, gun registration denials and revocations, animal control issues, and myriad other Municipal Code violations, plus experience in dealing with police witnesses.

Constitutional & Commercial Litigation
Participants would have the opportunity to work on complex legal issues, including constitutional law issues. They will draft arguments for motions, participate in court hearings and both answer and draft discovery.

Employment Litigation (ELIT)
Participants in ELIT would practice in state and federal courts and handle employment cases that involve extensive motion practice, intensive discovery, depositions, settlement negotiations and trials. A participant may be able to answer complaints, file motions to dismiss, answer discovery, take depositions, and actively participate in all stages of the litigation. All participants would be assigned to a case with a partner and a supervisor who would supervise all aspects of the case.

Federal Civil Rights Litigation (FCRL)
FCRL, the Division that defends the City and police officers sued in federal court for alleged misconduct pursuant to Section 1983 as well as state law claims, offers participants the opportunity to manage a case in federal court from its inception. They would be responsible, under the supervision of an experienced attorney, for answering complaints, drafting and answering written discovery, motion practice, taking and defending depositions, preparing pretrial orders, engaging in settlement negotiations and trying cases.

Finance and Economic Development
Participants would have an opportunity to work in a Division that handles a variety of types of transactions that advance, among others, economic development, affordable housing, and the removal of blight. Many economic development transactions utilize the tool of tax increment financing (“TIF”). Participants will be given training in understanding the TIF Act, both as relate to the establishment of TIF Areas and the implementation of TIF plans through negotiated redevelopment agreements. Other learning opportunities in the area of economic development will come from assisting Division attorneys regarding other tax incentive programs involving Enterprise Zones, Special Service Areas and the Cook County Classification Ordinance. Affordable housing projects also rely on tax incentive programs as well as loans, grants, and allocations of tax credits to raise capital. Opportunities will be made available to learn how housing deals are structured and various funding sources are needed and brought to the table. Another core area of the Division’s practice is public finance. This Division acts as issuer’s counsel on various bond transactions of the City, the proceeds of which allow for the City to address operating and capital costs and to operate certain enterprises involving water and wastewater facilities. There are significant contracts and documents required that the Division prepares, such as redevelopment agreements, loan and grant documents, bond documents and intergovernmental agreements. Participants will also be involved in due diligence reviews and researching important issues. The City generally acts through its corporate authorities, i.e. the Aldermen comprising the City Council. The Division prepares authorizing ordinances for City Council approval of the relevant transactions. Participants can assist with preparing drafts of ordinances and will be able to see City Council and relevant committees thereof in action.

Labor
Participants will assist with investigating and defending charges filed at the administrative level in employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation and, in doing so, gain knowledge and experience in a broad range of employment-related issues, including compliance with the ADA, FMLA, and the City's Sexual Harassment Policy. Participants will also have the opportunity to second chair grievance arbitration hearings and disciplinary proceedings before the Police Board and the Human Resources Board.

Legal Counsel
Participants will help attorneys prepare ordinances for introduction at City Council meetings, and help research and provide advice in response to requests by City departments and officials. Accompanied by division attorneys, participants will have the opportunity to attend City Council Committee meetings where proposed ordinances are debated, as well as meetings of the full City Council. Working with division attorneys, participants write ordinance drafts, research memoranda, and ceremonial resolutions for introduction at City Council meetings.

Legal Information, Investigations and Prosecutions (LIIP)
Participants will be immersed in electronic discovery issues and will track and respond to preservation requests received by the City and issue legal holds on electronic public records. The participants may have the opportunity to research and advise on electronic discovery issues. Participants will also provide legal advice concerning the new Freedom of Information Act, and act as counsel for the City for FOIA appeals filed with the Attorney General’s office. It is anticipated that the participants would be able to independently handle appeals with supervision from more senior staff. Participants will be responsible for locating documents, preparing appropriate responses to subpoenas and arguing motions to quash, or motions to show cause for failure to produce. Additionally, participants would get a wide variety of practical experience prosecuting violations of the Municipal Code in several different forums. Participants in the Traffic Unit would get experience trying cases before circuit court judges and handling a high-volume practice. Participants in the Branch Courts Unit would get experience handling a variety of Municipal Code violations, including city misdemeanor charges before judges in various branch courts, plea-bargaining and trying cases, dealing with police witnesses, and working with the State's Attorney's office.

Real Estate
Service in the Real Estate Division would provide the participant with experience in the City's purchase, sale, leasing, condemnation and zoning of land, the management of the public way and public open spaces, "green" initiatives, and the execution of the City's affordable housing and urban redevelopment programs. Participation would include drafting redevelopment agreements, attending negotiating sessions, preparing ordinances and assisting at closings.

Revenue Litigation
A participant in this division could expect to draft petitions; attend court calls and administrative calls; interact with taxpayers regarding tax assessments; review discovery; engage in settlement negotiations; perform factual investigations; draft memoranda, briefs and settlement agreements; perform legal research; and perform other duties related to tax litigation and advising the Department of Finance.

Torts
Participants in the Torts Division will receive their own docket of personal injury cases. Participants will answer pleadings, draft, file, and argue contested motions, propound and answer written discovery, depose witnesses, conduct Rule 90 arbitrations, and try cases in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Moot Court Society Justices for 2012-2013

MOOT COURT SOCIETY
We are pleased to announce the Associate Justices of the NIU Moot Court Society for the 2012-2013 school year! Congratulations to:
Carolyn Nevin
Nicole Anderson
Anne McLean
Mike Meyers
Karen Levin – Chief Justice

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of April 23rd

  • Tuesday, April 24 - BarBri Table, Marshall Gallery, 10:00a.m.-2:00 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, April 25 - Themis Table, Marshall Gallery, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. 
  • Thursday, April 26 - Kaplan PMBR Table, Marshall Gallery, 11:00-2:00 p.m.

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines for April - June

APRIL
2012 Alumni Council Scholarship
Attention 3Ls: The NIU Law Alumni Council is pleased to announce its 2012 Alumni Council Scholarship Award. The application is due by Friday, April 27 (before midnight). The winner of the $1,000 award will be announced at commencement. Details were previously emailed to you. Please contact Melody Mitchell at mmitchell@niu.edu or 815-753-1027 for the application or with any questions.

Kane County Bar Foundation
Through the generosity of KCBA members in previous years, the Kane County Bar Foundation has been able to award multiple scholarships. The Foundation has awarded at least two scholarships of $1,000 each to deserving Kane County resident law students each year in the past. The Honorable Patrick Dixon (Retired) Scholarship will also be awarded. The deadline is April 27, 2012. For more information, please visit: http://www.kanecountybar.org/upload/KCBFScholarshipApplication2012-13.pdf.

MAY 
Edward Arthur Mellinger Educational Foundation Scholarship 
This scholarship is to recognize academic achievement and financial need. Applicants must be residents of the following counties: Fulton, Henderson, Knox, McDonough, Mercer, and Warren. The deadline is May 1, 2012. For more information visit: http://www.mellinger.org/index.html. Richard D. Hailey AAJ Law Student Scholarship The American Association for Justice’s Richard D. Hailey Law Student Scholarship is open to all AAJ Law Student Members who are involved with Minority Caucus activities. Up to six $1,000 tuition assistance scholarships will be awarded. The deadline is May 1, 2012. For more information, visit http://www.justice.org/cps/rde/xchg/justice/hs.xsl/1739.htm.

Trial Advocacy Scholarship
The American Association for Justice’s Trial Advocacy Scholarship is open to all second and third-year AAJ Law Student Members who are committed to the AAJ mission. A $2,500 scholarship will be awarded. The deadline is May 1, 2012. For more information, visit www.justice.org/cps/rde/xchg/justice/hs.xsl/1741.htm.

Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Public Interest Law Scholarship 
The Chicago Bar Association awards a $40,000 scholarship over a three-year period to a student entering one of Illinois’ nine law schools. Applicants should included two recommendation letters, a resume, official transcripts, and a brief essay. The deadline is May 11, 2012. For more information, visit http://www.chicagobarfoundation.org/marovitz-scholarship/how-to-apply.

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Writing Competition 
The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers are accepting submissions for its writing competition on any aspect of public or private labor or employment law. Students are encouraged to present: a) a public policy issue, b) a critique of a leading case or doctrine, c) a comment on a statute or the need for a statutory modification, d) a comment on a common law doctrine. Prizes include: 1st prize $1,500, 2nd prize $1,000 and 3rd prize $500.00. The deadline is May 15, 2012 at 5:00pm. For more information, please visit: http://www.laborandemploymentcollege.org/products/Writing%20Competition.aspx.

International Association of Defense Counsel
The International Association of Defense Counsel Legal Writing Contest is open to students who, at the time of submission of their entries, are enrolled as J.D. candidates in accredited law schools. There will be three scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,000. The deadline is May 18, 2012. For more information, visit http://www.iadclaw.org/publications/contest.aspx.

MCCA Lloyd M. Johnson Jr. Scholarship
The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) is offering scholarships, ranging from $10,000 to $30,000 to newly entering first year law students pursuing a Juris Doctor. The deadline is May 31, 2012. Please visit: http://www.mcca.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=Page.viewPage&pageId=477.

H. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Competitions 
The Food and Drug Law Institute sponsors the H. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Competitions to encourage law students interested in the areas of law that affect food, drugs, animal drugs, biologics, cosmetics, diagnostics, dietary supplements, medicine, and tobacco. Winning papers will be considered for publication in the Food and Drug Law Journal. The deadline is May 31, 2012. For more information, please visit: http://www.fdli.org/academic/hthomas.html.

The AAJ Women for Justice Education Fund’s Mike Eidson Scholarship 2012
The Mike Eidson Scholarship Fund was established by the AAJ Women for Justice Education Fund in 2008, in honor of AAJ Past President Mike Eidson, whose vision and generosity inspired it. The scholarship, traditionally in the amount of $5,000, is awarded to a rising 3L female student who has demonstrated a commitment to a career as a plaintiffs’ lawyer or criminal defense lawyer, along with dedication to upholding and defending the principles of the Constitution, and to the concept of fair trials; the adversary system; and a just result for the injured, the accused, and those whose rights are jeopardized. The deadline is May 31, 2012. For more information visit http://www.justice.org/cps/rde/xchg/justice/hs.xsl/8514.htm.

JUNE 
Mary Moers Wenig 2012 Student Writing Competition 
The American College of Trust and Estates Counsel is a professional association consisting of approximately 2,700 lawyers from throughout the United States, Canada, and other parts of the world who are elected as Fellows of the College. This competition is open to any law student in good standing (full-time or part-time) who is currently enrolled as a J.D. or LL.M. candidate in an ABA-accredited law school within the U.S. or its possessions. 1st Prize is $5,000 and publication in the ACTEC journal, 2nd Prize is $3,000 and online publication on ACTEC’s website and possible publication in the ACTEC journal, 3rd Prize is $1,000 and online publication on ACTEC’s website and possible publication in the ACTEC journal. The deadline is June 1, 2012. For more information, visit www.actec.org/public/WenigCompetition.asp.

American Judges Association Law Student Essay Competition
The American Judges Association (AJA) annual essay competition is open to all full-time law students enrolled in and attending an accredited law school in the United States or Canada. 1st Prize is $3,000, 2nd Prize is $1,500, and 3rd Prize is $1,000. First, second, and third place winners and their law schools will be presented with award certificates. The winning essay will be published in AJA’s journal, Court Review. The deadline is June 1, 2012. For more information, visit http://aja.ncsc.dni.us/htdocs/essaycontest.htm.

AEF Robert T. Matsui Annual Writing Competition 
The Asian Pacific American Bar Association Education Fund is accepting submissions for its writing competition. A submission may address any topic of interest to the applicant, so long as it reasonably relates to Asian Pacific Americans and the law. The winner will receive a monetary award of $1,500 and will be published by UCLA’s Asian Pacific American Law Journal. The deadline is June 1, 2012. For more information, visit http://www.aefdc.com.

Warren E. Burger Prize
The Warren E. Burger Writing Competition is designed to encourage outstanding scholarship that “promotes the ideals of excellence, civility, ethics and professionalism within the legal profession,” the core mission of the American Inns of Court. The deadline is June 1, 2012. For more information, visit http://www.innsofcourt.org/Content/Default.aspx?Id=309.

The Judge John R. Brown Foundation Scholarship
The Foundation is offering an award of $10,000, for excellence in legal writing. In order to be considered, four copies of a piece of current legal writing must be submitted, along with a letter of recommendation by a law school faculty member or legal professional other than the author of the paper, to the Foundation c/o Kenneth G. Engerrand, Brown Sims, P.C., Tenth Floor, 1177 West Loop South, Houston, Texas 770027-9007. The package must contain a separate sheet containing the title of the paper; the name, physical address, telephone number, and e-mail address of the student; and the name of the faculty member or legal professional who is sponsoring the paper. The postmark deadline is June 4, 2012. For more information visit www.brownsims.com/judgebrownaward.htm.

2012 Student Writing Competition in Cultural Heritage Preservation Law 
The Lawyers Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation is pleased to announce its 2012 Student Writing Competition. The competition is open to US law students at schools approved by the American Bar Association. A paper must be the work of one student author alone. A student may only submit one paper, which must have been written after June 2011 and cannot have been published or accepted for publication. Papers may address any aspect of cultural heritage law, including art, cultural property, historic preservation, indigenous peoples, and intangible cultural heritage. Papers must be between 20 and 45 pages in length and in 12-point Times New Roman font. The first place winner will receive a cash award of $1,000. The deadline is June 8, 2012. For more information visit www.culturalheritagelaw.org/competition.

Smith-Babcock-Williams Writing Competition 
The Planning & Law Division of the American Planning Association announces its twenty-ninth annual writing competition. The competition is open to law students and planning students writing on a question of significance in planning, planning law, land use law, local government law or environmental law. The winning entry will be awarded a prize of $2,500 and will be submitted for publication in The Urban Lawyer. The deadline is June 8, 2012. For more information, visit www.planning.org/divisions/planningandlaw/writingcompetition.

James B. Boskey Law Student Essay Contest on Dispute Resolution
Sponsored by the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, this competition is intended to create greater interest in the field of dispute resolution among all law students of the nation. The essay may address any aspect of dispute resolution practice, theory, or research that the contestant chooses. Essays are limited to 15-25 typewritten double-spaced pages in 12-point font, including footnotes or endnotes. The deadline is June 15, 2012. For more information, please visit www.americanbar.org/groups/dispute_resolution/awards_competition.

ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law 2012 Law Student Writing Contest
The ABA Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Student Writing Contest is intended to encourage and reward law student writings on real property, trust and estate law subjects of general and current interest. The contest is open to any law school student in good standing, over the age of 18, who is currently attending an ABA-accredited law school within the United States and its possessions. The deadline is June 15, 2012. For more information, please visit www.americanbar.org/goups/law_students.html.

The Darleen J. and Robert L. Walker Scholarship Fund
The Walker Scholarship Fund is established to provide assistance to law students in Illinois, Milwaukee, and St. Louis. Scholarships are open to current and incoming students. The deadline is June 25, 2012. For more information, please visit www.walkerscholarship.org/online_app.asp.

Federal Claims Bar Association 2012 Law Student Writing Competition 
The U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association is pleased to announce its 2011-2012 Law Student Writing Competition. Entries to the contest may discuss any topic that deals with the procedure, substance, or scope of the jurisdiction of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Any law student in good standing currently enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school may enter the competition. Students are permitted and encouraged to use papers they prepared for law school courses and seminars during the 2011-2012 academic year as their entries. The deadline is June 29, 2012. For more information, please visit www.cfcbar.org/index.php/news.

2012 New York State Bar Association Committee On Animals And The Law Student Writing Competition
The Committee on Animals and the Law of the New York State Bar Association is very pleased to announce the Fifth Annual Student Writing Competition. This competition seeks to foster legal scholarship among law students in the area of animals and the law. Law students are invited to submit to the Committee on Animals and the Law an article concerning any area of animal law. The first place winner will receive $1,000 and a certificate of achievement. The second place winner will receive $500 and a certificate of achievement. The deadline is June 29, 2012. For more information, please visit www.nysb.org.

PAD - Hope Haven Spring Donation Drive reminder

Hope Haven is in need of:
Diapers (all sizes);
Baby wipes;
Toiletries (toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, etc.);
Cleaning supplies and linens.

This will be the last community support drive of the school year, so let's make it a good one! Please bring donations to the Marshall Gallery anytime before April 27th.

Last Week for Pro Bono Certification Forms

MAY 2012 GRADUATES: Graduation is quickly approaching. Pro Bono forms for certification are available in the Career Opportunities 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 (Monday, April 30th). THANK YOU!

ELS Pop Tab Drive reminder

The end of the semester is approaching! Now it’s time to hand in all the pop tabs you have been saving the last couple semesters! For those of you who have been collecting on your own, please place the tabs either in or around the container in the Marshall Gallery or find an ELS Board Member to give to. Please try to drop them off by the end of the semester (May 1st). If for some reason you forget, I (Kevin Zickterman) will be on campus until May 15th, so feel free to find me to hand them over any time before then. The ELS Board truly appreciates all your efforts on behalf of the Ronald McDonald Foundation! Thanks and good luck on finals everyone!

Upcoming Events from the Alumni Office

  • Please join Dean Jennifer Rosato for an NIU Law reception. The reception will be held on Wednesday, May 2 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Department Restaurant located 205 N. Chicago Street, Joliet, IL. Complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Please RSVP by April 27 to lawevents@niu.edu
  • NIU Law will host a reception on Sunday, May 20 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn-Capitol in Washington, D.C. Complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Please RSVP by 5/16 to lawevents@niu.edu
  • The NIU Law Golf Outing will be held on Saturday, June 8 from Noon until 7:30 p.m. at River Heights Golf Course in DeKalb. It will provide a great opportunity to meet alumni and friends. Register online at www.niu.edu/law.

Friday, April 20, 2012

College of Law 5K Run Tomorrow!

Calling all runners, walkers, and volunteers for our 3rd Annual Race NIjUdicata on Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. The 5K Run/Walk is only one week away!! Get your teams together and sign up for a great day of fun, prizes, and don’t forget the BBQ by Inboden's! Registration starts tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m. at the Law School.  Please come, sign up, and run your shoes off!

Barristers Ball Tomorrow Night!

Barristers. A formal event for those to act quite informally. More than that, it is a living and breathing year-book that will take place in a single night to recap a piece of our lives during the 2011-2012 academic year. A night to share amongst faculty and friends, uninterrupted by those that haven’t shared the journey with us (of course spouses and significant others are welcomed as your guests, since they most certainly have had their share of this journey, and your unpleasantness along the way). This is not a date function necessarily, as most students travel in groups. It is at the Stratford Inn and Hotel, in Sycamore. There will be a bus taking students to and from Swen Parson. Tickets include a 4-hour open bar (beer/mixed drinks/wine/soda) with heavy hors d'oeuvres served. Tickets are $40, as we are charged for additional purchases. Barristers is Saturday, April 21 from 7p-11p.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Research Assistance Needed for Prof. Falkoff

Professor Falkoff is looking for one or two research assistants for next year. Applicants should be willing to do some work over the summer (with hours during the academic semester accordingly reduced). Please submit a current resume (including your year, current GPA, and class rank, if known), an official law school transcript, and a brief letter of interest to Professor Falkoff by noon on Friday, April 27. Applications must be submitted in hard copy, not electronically. Full and timely compliance with these requirements will be a significant factor in the assessment of your suitability for the position.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Reminders for May 2012 Graduates

MAY 2012 GRADUATES:
Graduation Announcements -- for those who have NOT picked them up, they will be distributed to your individual mailboxes as of Monday, April 16. 

Please read the Graduation Information Memo which was emailed and also distributed in your mailboxes this week. It has very important information regarding events before graduation and the graduation itself.

PAD - Hope Haven Spring Donation Drive

Hope Haven is in need of:
Diapers (all sizes);
Baby wipes;
Toiletries (toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, ect);
Cleaning supplies and linens.

This will be the last community support drive of the school year, so let's make it a good one! Please bring donations to the Marshall Gallery, starting Monday, April 16th and anytime before April 27th.

Dickerson Lecture

The Dickerson Lecture on Public Interest is on Monday, April 16 from 3-4 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom. Prof. Michael Olivas will address comprehensive immigration reform issues, a public interest topic often considered too sensitive and too political for genuine discussion. A reception will follow in the Gallery.

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of April 16th

  • Tuesday, April 17 - BarBri Table, Marshall Gallery, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, April 18 - Themis Table, Marshall Gallery, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. 
  • Thursday, April 19 - Kaplan PMBR Table, Marshall Gallery, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

SBA Trivia Night This Week

The Student Bar Association Trivia Night will be held on Tuesday, April 17 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Bring a team of up to 6 people to compete for great prizes and a night of fun with your fellow students The event is FREE and there will be beer, wine, and snacks provided. No sign up required. Hope to see you all there on the 17th!!

ILS Wine Tasting

The International Law Society will be having a Beer and Wine Tasting Event open to ALL students on Wednesday, April 18th at 6:00 p.m. until about 8:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. There will be beer and wine from various places around the world to taste along with various snacks. Also Professor Reynolds and possibly Dean Gaebler will be attending and having an informal discussion on the differences between civil law systems as compared to common law systems. Please come with any questions you may have and also please RSVP to any board member, Jenna Fredrick, Amanda Ptito, and William Obuchowski. Hope to see you all there!

Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic Information Fair

Zeke Giorgi Clinic will be hosting an Information Fair on Thursday, April 19 at noon in Room 150 (Chessick Classroom) about our clinic offerings for the summer and fall semesters. Learn about changes in our clinical program including a Civil Clinic with a mix of both domestic abuse and elder law clients, and the Criminal Clinic focusing on representing juveniles accused of delinquency criminal offenses in Juvenile Court. Food will be provided.

Law Review Symposium

The Law Review Symposium on the Mortgage Foreclosure Crisis will be held on Friday, April 20 from 9:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom. The program and luncheon are FREE for NIU Law faculty/staff. Please let Melody Mitchell know by Monday, April 16 if you plan to attend the luncheon (11:35 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) so we can include you in the count. You are welcome to attend all or parts of the program.

College of Law 5K Next Saturday!

Calling all runners, walkers, and volunteers for our 3rd Annual Race NIjUdicata on Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. The 5K Run/Walk is only one week away!! Get your teams together and sign up for a great day of fun, prizes, and don’t forget the BBQ by Inboden's! NIU Law faculty and staff are being offered a special rate of $15. It is the same rate as the students (so you can just check that option online). Monday, April 16 is the last day for early registration online, which means that the rates will go up $5 to the general public. After Monday, please submit your registration form to Melody in room 285 and she will still honor the special $15 rate. Register online at our website. If you are not able to run or walk, we are also looking for volunteers. See Melody if you have any questions.

More Information on Clerking and Externships for Lt. Gov. Simon

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

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 to match student work assignments with individual areas of interest, when practicable.

Students work within the unit headed by the Legislative Deputy Chief of Staff & General Counsel. Assignments include legal research and writing: policy research memos, drafting legislation, policy proposals, legislative initiatives, compliance memos, legislative history memos, or other assignments as required. We support pursuit of academic credit and opportunities are unpaid.

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 may accommodate existing programs or processes at participating law schools. Dates are agreed up based on academic calendars.

For the fall 2012, interested students should email the following material no later than April 25, 2012 to Delio Calzolari at Delio.Calzolari@Illinois.gov. Interviews may start as early as April 23 for early applicants:

-A cover letter, addressed to:
Delio A. Calzolari, Esq.
Senior Policy Advisor
Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Sheila Simon
100 W. Randolph Street, Suite 15-200
Chicago, Illinois 60601

Cover letters must specify the following.
 (1) Setting preference or requirement. Whether applicants are seeking an office clerkship or remote externship, and whether either is prohibitive to participation. Our program can also accommodate or may require a mix of office and remote work experience.
 (2) Office location preference for onsite clerkships: Springfield, Chicago, or either.

-A résumé with two references, and
-An unofficial transcript.

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.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Trial Advocacy Society Awards Party

Please join us at O’Leary’s Pub and Grill on Friday, April 20, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to honor this year’s 2L Mock Trial and 1L Closing Argument finalists as well as the 3L external trial teams. TAS has invited all of this year’s competitors and judges to join in the celebration and will provide heavy appetizers, beer, and wine for the occasion. Awards and recognition will be given to this year’s competitors. Please attend to receive your award and/or congratulate the recipients. In addition, we will be officially announcing the members of next year’s Trial Advocacy Society Chambers. If you are able to attend please RSVP to Travis Lutz at lutztravisr@gmail.com by 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17. Hope to see you there!

TAS Chambers

Office of the Lt. Governor Externship

Students: Please see the attached application instructions for a fall civil externship with the Office of the Lieutenant Governor Shelia Simon. The application deadline is April 25th. If you have any questions, please contact Professor Maddali at amaddali@niu.edu.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Illinois Innocence Project

Students, I am pleased to announce a new criminal externship opportunity with the Illinois Innocence Project. The innocence project assists the wrongfully convicted by providing resources for investigation and research to those who are in prison but who are actually innocent of the crime(s) for which they were convicted, and to develop policy proposals to prevent the conviction of innocent persons in the future. Law students have the unique opportunity to engage in legal research and even court appearances with lawyers working on a case and/or to engage in investigation with the Project Investigator on active cases the Project is reviewing.

We will be offering the project in the summer and during the academic year. If you are interested in enrolling in the externship this summer, you must complete two applications. The first application goes to the supervisors of the innocence project to determine your eligibility to participate. The second one is NIU's externship application. Both applications are available in the office of the secretary. You must have completed your 2L year to be eligible for this externship.If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, Professor Maddali, at amaddali@niu.edu. While you will be directly supervised by a professor with the innocence project, I will be the NIU faculty member overseeing the project.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Barristers Ball

Barristers. A formal event for those to act quite informally. More than that, it is a living and breathing year-book that will take place in a single night to recap a piece of our lives during the 2011-2012 academic year. A night to share amongst faculty and friends, uninterrupted by those that haven’t shared the journey with us (of course spouses and significant others are welcomed as your guests, since they most certainly have had their share of this journey, and your unpleasantness along the way). This is not a date function necessarily, as most students travel in groups. It is at the Stratford Inn and Hotel, in Sycamore. There will be a bus taking students to and from Swen Parson. Tickets are $30 and include a 4-hour open bar (beer/mixed drinks/wine/soda) with heavy hors d'oeuvres served. You can purchase tickets online up to Wednesday, April 18 @ www.NIUBarristers.com. Tickets thereafter will be $40, as we are charged for additional purchases. Barristers is Saturday, April 21 from 7p-11p.

Monday, April 9, 2012

2012-2013 Trial Ad Society Chambers

Congratulations to the newly-elected 2012-2013 Trial Ad Society Chambers:

Head of Chambers - Kristin Good
Masters of the Bench - Jason Borg and Mallory Sanzeri
Barristers - Sam Hardt, Nate Tate, Seth McClure, and Mike Meyers

Saturday, April 7, 2012

SBA Pancake Breakfast for 1Ls

The Student Bar Association will hold a free pancake breakfast for 1Ls on Monday, April 9 from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. in the Marshall Gallery.  Please come and have breakfast on us!

Rhoten A. Smith / Office of Admissions & Financial Aid Graduate Assistantship

The NIU Law Office of Admissions & Financial Aid is seeking one graduate assistant for the 2012-2013 academic year. Our Graduate Assistants perform important administrative projects as we continuously seek to recruit and enroll talented students. These projects include designing, organizing, and running a large number of recruitment programs; attending recruitment events on behalf of the law school; and meeting one-on-one with both applicants and admitted students. Strong organizational skills, the ability to manage large-scale projects and competing priorities, and superior presentation and interpersonal skills are critical.

Interested applicants must submit cover letters that describe their qualifications for the opportunity, resumes, and Applications for a Graduate Assistantship, available at www.niu.edu/grad/diversity/assistantship_application.pdf. Applications must be submitted to the Office of Admissions, Room 151 Swen Parson Hall, no later than 4:00 pm on Tuesday, April 10th. In addition to the paper materials listed above, please be prepared to share your availability for a possible interview. Interviews will take place on Thursday, April 12th and Friday, April 13th.

This opportunity would not be available without the assistance of the Rhoten A. Smith Assistantship Program (RAS). RAS was established at NIU to provide graduate assistantships to minorities and women who are enrolled in graduate programs. Furthermore, the goal is to assist those graduate students who are underrepresented in particular programs. RAS was named in honor of the university's sixth president, and the program represents the University’s commitment to increasing access to graduate education. A Rhoten A. Smith Assistantship typically pays a stipend and provides a full tuition waiver. Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible.

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of April 9th

  • Tuesday, April 10 - BarBri Table, Marshall Gallery, 10:00a.m.-2:00 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, April 11 - Themis Table, Marshall Gallery, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. 
  • Thursday, April 12 - Kaplan PMBR Table, Marshall Gallery, 11:00-2:00 p.m.

BLSA Chicken & Ribs Luncheon

The Black Law Student Association will be holding a chicken & ribs luncheon on Wednesday, April 11 from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery.  Chicken lunches, ribs lunches, combination lunches, and vegetarian options will all be available.  Tickets for the lunch are $10 and under.  See any BLSA member for tickets. 

Federalist Society Debate on Affordable Care Act

The NIU Federalist Society invites you to the Francis X. Riley Courtroom on Tuesday, April 10 from 5 - 6 p.m. to watch a debate on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). At 4:40 p.m., prior to arguments, we will be serving dinner from Chipotle and Rammy's, including drinks and desserts. Ilya Shapiro, senior fellow in Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute, will argue against the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act while NIU COL's very own Professor Jones will argue in support of it. Once our speakers have stated their cases, the audience will ask its own questions and become our panel of mock Supreme Court Justices.

GSA Special Screening

COL Gay-Straight Alliance:  Please join us on Tuesday, April 10, at 3:00 p.m., in the Riley Courtroom, for a showing of "8", a play featuring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Martin Sheen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jane Lynch, Kevin Bacon and others. "8" provides a powerful account of the 2010 case filed in the U.S. District Court to overturn Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment that eliminated the rights of same-sex couples to marry in the state of California. Food and drink provided.

Externship Information Forum

The Externship Information Forum will be held on April 11th from 12:00-12:30 p.m. in room #173. Learn about clinical offerings for the summer and fall including the Zeke Giorgi Civil Clinic focusing on both domestic abuse and elder law clients and the Criminal Defense Clinic focusing on representing juveniles in delinquency cases. Find out about Externship opportunities available in civil, judicial and criminal placements, including the Huskie Athletic Department Externship.

ELS Guest Speaker Presentation

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!

3L Financial Aid Exit Workshop

Please save the date for a 3L Financial Aid Presentation, brought to you by the Office of Admissions & Financial Aid. The presentation will be held on April 11, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the Chessick Classroom (Room 150). We will discuss bar loans; options for student loan payback, including consolidations, deferrals, and forbearance; and public service loan forgiveness. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office at 815-753-9485.

Research Assistant to Professor Stange Needed

Professor Stange is seeking applications for a research assistant for the 2012-2013 Academic Year. 1Ls and 2Ls are welcome to apply. Applicants must have completed the first year of law school prior to the start of the 2012 academic year. Information about the position and the application requirements are posted on the bulletin board outside Prof. Miller’s and Prof. Stange’s offices. The deadline for applications is April 13, 2012. Please submit your resume and application letter via email to Professor Stange at mstange@niu.edu no later than 3pm on that date. If you have any questions, please contact Professor Stange.

Job Opening: ASP Tutor

Professors Hunter, Miller and Stange are soliciting applications for tutors we anticipate hiring for the Academic Support Program for the 2012-2013 Academic Year. We anticipate hiring two rising 2Ls so only 1Ls should apply. Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.7 or better and must have completed the first year of law school. Details regarding the position and application process are posted outside Professor Hunter’s office and Professor Miller and Stange’s offices.

The deadline for applications is Friday, April 13th, 2012. Please submit your resume, fall semester grades and application letter to Barbara Manning’s office, Room 172A, by no later than 3:30 p.m. on that date. If you have any questions, please contact Professor Stange, Hunter or Miller.

SBA Trivia Night

The Student Bar Association Trivia Night will be held on Tuesday, April 17th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Bring a team of up to 6 people to compete for great prizes and a night of fun with your fellow students The event is FREE and there will be beer, wine, and snacks provided. No sign up required. Hope to see you all there on the 17th!!

College of Law 5K Registration Available Now

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.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Monday, April 2, 2012

Congratulations to APPLE Assistants

From the Dean:  The APPLE Program (Applied Professional Practice Learning Experience) offers our students a wonderful opportunity to serve as a volunteer judicial law clerk this summer. APPLE assistants will learn about the judicial system, the roles of judges and lawyers within that system, and professionalism. We had a sizable number of applications which made for a very competitive selection process. I am happy to announce the following students have been selected as 2012 APPLE Assistants:

Class of 2013:
  • Steve Varel 
  • Dan Porter 
  • Paul Weaver
Class of 2014: 
  • Bailey Standish 
  • Corey Hickman 
  • Jennifer Germain

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines (April and May)

APRIL
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.

Paul Faherty Law Writing Competition
The Center for Tax Law and Employee Benefits at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago is pleased to announce the 2012 Paul Flaherty Tax Law Writing Competition. All entries must be between 25-30 pages long and must address any aspect of tax law, but are encouraged to address a public policy issue, a critique of a leading case or doctrine, a comment on a statute or the need for statutory modification, or a comment on a common law doctrine. The deadline is April 15, 2012. Please see http://www.jmls.edu/academics/taxeb/pdf/2012_Faherty_Flyer.pdf.

The NLR Law Student Writing Competition 
The National Law Review Law Student Writing Competition offers law students the opportunity to submit articles for publication consideration. No entry fee is required. Applicants can submit an unlimited number of entries each month. Please note that although students are encouraged to submit articles addressing intellectual property law, they may also submit entries covering current issues related to other areas of the law. The deadline is April 16, 2012. For more information, please visit http://www.natlawreview.com/nlr-writing-competition.

Kane County Bar Foundation
Through the generosity of KCBA members in previous years, the Kane County Bar Foundation has been able to award multiple scholarships. The Foundation has awarded at least two scholarships of $1,000 each to deserving Kane County resident law students each year in the past. The Honorable Patrick Dixon (Retired) Scholarship will also be awarded. The deadline is April 27, 2012. For more information, please visit: http://www.kanecountybar.org/upload/KCBFScholarshipApplication2012-13.pdf.

MAY 
Edward Arthur Mellinger Educational Foundation Scholarship
This scholarship is to recognize academic achievement and financial need. Applicants must be residents of the following counties: Fulton, Henderson, Knox, McDonough, Mercer, and Warren. The deadline is May 1, 2012. For more information visit: http://www.mellinger.org/index.html.

Richard D. Hailey AAJ Law Student Scholarship 
The American Association for Justice’s Richard D. Hailey Law Student Scholarship is open to all AAJ Law Student Members who are involved with Minority Caucus activities. Up to six $1,000 tuition assistance scholarships will be awarded. The deadline is May 1, 2012. For more information, visit http://www.justice.org/cps/rde/xchg/justice/hs.xsl/1739.htm.

Trial Advocacy Scholarship
The American Association for Justice’s Trial Advocacy Scholarship is open to all second and third-year AAJ Law Student Members who are committed to the AAJ mission. A $2,500 scholarship will be awarded. The deadline is May 1, 2012. For more information, visit www.justice.org/cps/rde/xchg/justice/hs.xsl/1741.htm.

Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Public Interest Law Scholarship
The Chicago Bar Association awards a $40,000 scholarship over a three-year period to a student entering one of Illinois’ nine law schools. Applicants should included two recommendation letters, a resume, official transcripts, and a brief essay. The deadline is May 11, 2012. For more information, visit http://www.chicagobarfoundation.org/marovitz-scholarship/how-to-apply.

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Writing Competition
The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers are accepting submissions for its writing competition on any aspect of public or private labor or employment law. Students are encouraged to present: a) a public policy issue, b) a critique of a leading case or doctrine, c) a comment on a statute or the need for a statutory modification, d) a comment on a common law doctrine. Prizes include: 1st prize $1,500, 2nd prize $1,000 and 3rd prize $500.00. The deadline is May 15, 2012 at 5:00pm. For more information, please visit: http://www.laborandemploymentcollege.org/products/Writing%20Competition.aspx

International Association of Defense Counsel 
The International Association of Defense Counsel Legal Writing Contest is open to students who, at the time of submission of their entries, are enrolled as J.D. candidates in accredited law schools. There will be three scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,000. The deadline is May 18, 2012. For more information, visit http://www.iadclaw.org/publications/contest.aspx.
 
MCCA Lloyd M. Johnson Jr. Scholarship
The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) is offering scholarships, ranging from $10,000 to $30,000 to newly entering first year law students pursuing a Juris Doctor. The deadline is May 31, 2012. Please visit: http://www.mcca.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=Page.viewPage&pageId=477.

H. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Competitions
The Food and Drug Law Institute sponsors the H. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Competitions to encourage law students interested in the areas of law that affect food, drugs, animal drugs, biologics, cosmetics, diagnostics, dietary supplements, medicine, and tobacco. Winning papers will be considered for publication in the Food and Drug Law Journal. The deadline is May 31, 2012. For more information, please visit: http://www.fdli.org/academic/hthomas.html.

The AAJ Women for Justice Education Fund’s Mike Eidson Scholarship 2012
The Mike Eidson Scholarship Fund was established by the AAJ Women for Justice Education Fund in 2008, in honor of AAJ Past President Mike Eidson, whose vision and generosity inspired it. The scholarship, traditionally in the amount of $5,000, is awarded to a rising 3L female student who has demonstrated a commitment to a career as a plaintiffs’ lawyer or criminal defense lawyer, along with dedication to upholding and defending the principles of the Constitution, and to the concept of fair trials; the adversary system; and a just result for the injured, the accused, and those whose rights are jeopardized. The deadline is May 31, 2012. For more information visit http://www.justice.org/cps/rde/xchg/justice/hs.xsl/8514.htm.

Trial Ad Society Barrister Interviews

The Trial Advocacy Society is in the process of selecting students for next year’s Chambers positions. Interviews for the Barrister positions will be on Monday, April 2 from 7-9 p.m.

Bar Review Tables & News for the Week of April 2nd

  • Tuesday, April 3 - BarBri Table, Marshall Gallery, 10:00a.m.-2:00 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, April 4 - Themis Table, Marshall Gallery, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. 
  • Thursday, April 5 - Kaplan PMBR Table, Marshall Gallery, 11:00-2:00 p.m.

Criminal Law Society Panel

CRIMINAL LAW SOCIETY WILL BE HOSTING A PANEL ON APRIL 3 AT 3:00 P.M. 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 Illinois Appellate Court, Second District based on crime scene evidence and DNA recovered that did not match Mr. Rivera. In January 2012, Mr. Rivera was released from prison.

Joining us on April 3rd will be Juan A. Rivera, Jr., Jane Raley, Esq. – Senior Staff Attorney for Northwestern’s Center on Wrongful Convictions, the Honorable Justice Susan F. Hutchinson of the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, and Stacey Mandell (’96) – Senior Law Clerk to Justice Hutchinson.

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/juanrivera-set-free.html. A reception in the Marshall Gallery will follow the event.

Illinois Legal Aid Online LiveHelp

Illinois Legal Aid Online is seeking law student volunteers for its ‘LiveHelp’ program. LiveHelp is an innovative counseling service that allows people looking for legal information and self-help resources on www.IllinoisLegalAid.org to ask a remotely located LiveHelp operator for assistance in navigating the website. More importantly, student LiveHelp volunteers will provide direct person-to-person online help so that people in need of legal assistance can obtain the information they need to achieve more positive outcomes for their legal problems.

Volunteers can participate from any computer with internet access, making this a flexible volunteer opportunity for busy law students. You do not need to have any prior legal knowledge or experience, and you will receive training, supervision, and support from Illinois Legal Aid Online. Volunteers are expected to take one, two-hour shift per week for six months (50 hours).

Illinois Legal Aid Online coordinators Jane Lombardi and Stacie Colson will be webcasting a webinar LiveHelp training on Tuesday, April 3 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. To register to participate, please call Jane Lombardi, LiveHelp Program Coordinator, at 312.977.9047 ext. 22, or at: jlombardi@illinoislegalaid.org. Thanks.

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

PAD Chili Cook-Off This Week

Phi Alpha Delta will be hosting their annual Chili Cook-Off on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 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!

Gay-Straight Alliance Special Screening

Please join us on Tuesday, April 10, at 3:00 p.m., in the Riley Courtroom, for a showing of "8", a play featuring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Martin Sheen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jane Lynch, Kevin Bacon and others. "8" provides a powerful account of the 2010 case filed in the U.S. District Court to overturn Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment that eliminated the rights of same-sex couples to marry in the state of California. Food and drink provided.

ELS Guest Speaker Reminder

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!

3L Financial Aid Exit Workshop

Please save the date for a 3L Financial Aid Presentation, brought to you by the Office of Admissions & Financial Aid. The presentation will be held on April 11, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the Chessick Classroom (Room 150). We will discuss bar loans; options for student loan payback, including consolidations, deferrals, and forbearance; and public service loan forgiveness. We will send a reminder the week of the event, but we wanted to get the event on your calendars! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office at 815-753-9485.

NIU College of Law 5K Signup Available Now

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.