Friday, August 31, 2012

Professor Ben Carlson Moving on From NIU Law

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

Employment Verification Form - FINAL REMINDER

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

SBA Red Fridays

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

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of September 3rd

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

CLS Meeting this week

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

BLSA Meeting this week

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

ABA Arbitration Competition

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

November Scholarship Deadlines

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, August 24, 2012

Clinical Program Announcements

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

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

Jessup Cup Team for 2012-2013

JESSUP CUP TEAM 

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

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

Events Coming This Week!

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

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

Work Certification Form

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

Upcoming Events from the Alumni Office

Upcoming Events:

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

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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

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

No Professionalism Program this week

From the Dean:

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

First Assignment for International Human Rights w/ Prof. Tan

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

Friday, August 17, 2012

First Assignment for Federal Courts w/ Prof. Falkoff

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

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

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

College of Law Student Handbook

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

Office of Budget and Records Announcements

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

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

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

Career Opportunities & Development Announcements

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

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

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

Admissions and Financial Aid Announcements

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

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

Important Upcoming Events

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

August Scholarship Deadlines

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

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

Welcome and Upcoming Events from the Alumni Office

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

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

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

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

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

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

September Scholarship Deadlines

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

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

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

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

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

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

October Scholarship Deadlines

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

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

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

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

Naperville Externship opportunity

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

Professor Maddali

First Assignment for Contracts w/ Prof. Reynolds

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

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

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

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

17th Judicial Circuit Court Externship opportunity

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

Professor Maddali

First Assignment for Property w/ Prof. Cordes

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

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Rockford Externship Open for Applications

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

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

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

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

Paul Cain

First Assignment for Intellectual Property Law w/ Prof. King

Monday, August 20, 2012 –

Margreth Barrett, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: CASES AND MATERIALS (West: 4th ed. 2011), Chapter 1, pp. 2-30

First Assignments for Entertainment Law w/ Prof. King

Monday, August 20, 2012 –

Melvin Simensky, Defining Entertainment Law, 4 Ent. & Sports Law 1, 13-18 (1985-1986) (Available on HeinOnline)

Jon M. Garon, ENTERTAINMENT LAW & PRACTICE (Carolina Academic Press 2005), Chapter 1, pp. 3-13

Please also read the corresponding sections in the Garon 2012 Supplement (p. 1)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Still Time to Register for a Clinic

Dear Students,

Welcome back! I am writing to let you know that there is still time to enroll in the clinic for the fall semester, and that they are open to any student who is 711 eligible, 2Ls included. We are offering two new clinics: a Civil Justice Clinic and a Juvenile Justice Clinic. You can also read about these new courses on the website. We recently redesigned the clinic portion of the website, which you can access by following this link: http://law.niu.edu/law/clinical_program/index.shtml Please note that there is also a section entitled, "Student Application Process," which provides details on how you can apply. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me at amaddali@niu.edu. You can also contact Professor Cain, pcain@niu.edu, or Wendy Vaughn, wvaughn@niu.edu, if you have specific questions about the courses that they teach.

Professor Maddali

First Assignment for Intro to Lawyering Skills w/ Prof. Rigertas

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

First Assignment for Torts, Section 2 w/ Prof. Rigertas

First assignment: Read pages 1-13 in Torts by Robertson, et al. for our class on Monday August 20.

Also, before our first class, you should register on TWEN to obtain a copy of the syllabus.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

First Assignments for Legal Writing and Advocacy w/ Profs. Hunter and Miller

Writing and Analysis in the Law (Fifth Edition)

   Read: Chapter 1 (all) and Chapter 2 (all)

Law School Without Fear (Third Edition)

   Read: Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 17

Law School Without Fear, First Edition and Second Edition, are on reserve in the Law Library. The First Edition is substantially the same as the Second, but the Second Edition added a chapter on law school classes (Ch. 3). The Third Edition added some new material throughout the book, as well as a new chapter titled "Lawyers Reflect on Law School" (Ch. 17). The Third Edition will soon be available in the Law Library.

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Externship

Students,

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services is seeking an extern this fall semester to work in their mortgage foreclosure division. If you are interested, please contact me as soon as possible.

Professor Maddali
amaddali@niu.edu

First Assignments for Insurance Law w/ Prof. Naftzger

Here is your reading assignment for the first week of classes:

Week 1

Aug. 20 Introduction to risk and insurance: Text 1-27.

Aug. 22 Insurance contract interpretation: Text 27-57.

The syllabus for the entire semester is available on TWEN.

First Assignments for Contracts I w/ Prof. Naftzger

Here is your reading assignment for the first week of classes:
Date
Topic
Casebook
Selections
8/20
Introduction: Enforceable Promises
1 - 8

8/22
Introduction: Enforceable Promises

2-314, 2-315  ( p.264)
8/24
Remedying Breach
8 – 29
R.344, R.359  (p.175-6, 193-4)

The syllabus for the entire semester is available on TWEN.

Monday, August 13, 2012

First Assignment for Trial Advocacy

Please pick up a packet of course materials from the faculty secretaries and prepare the Large Group Assignment for 8/21.

First Assignments for Evidence w/ Prof. Taylor

For class on Tuesday, please read the Preface to the casebook. A TWEN site has been established for the course, which contains supporting materials.

Assignments for the remainder of the first week are:

Thursday (8/23): pages 3-8
Friday (8/24): pages 9-15

Please work out answers to the problems and be prepared to discuss them in class.

First Assignment for Civil Procedure w/ Prof. Taylor

Please pick up a Syllabus from the handout shelves and review it.

For class on Tuesday, 8-21, please read pages 1-4, 57-58, 275-277.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Student Events coming in two weeks

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

Office of Budget and Records announcements

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

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

EMAIL:
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Upcoming College of Law Events

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

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

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

Other events to be announced! Have a great year!

Office of Admissions and Financial Aid announcements

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

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

Thursday, August 9, 2012

First Assignment for Civil Claim Settlement Law w/ Prof. Parness

For Monday, Aug. 20, please read Chapter 1, Sections A-F. A course syllabus and the first five chapters of the reading materials are now posted on TWEN.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

First Assignment for Torts w/ Prof. Widman

For the first class, please read pgs. 1-24 in the assigned casebook.

First Assignment for Legislation w/ Prof. Widman

For the first class, please read pgs. 3-24 of the assigned textbook, and prepare prob. 1-1 on p. 12. Also, please watch the debate between Justice Scalia and Justice Breyer on-line, up to the 24 minute mark:
http://fora.tv/2006/12/05/Justices_Stephen_Breyer_and_Antonin_Scalia#fullprogram

First Assignment for Lawyering Skills w/ Prof. O'Malley

In advance of the first class meeting, prepare the "Day 1" assignment on the course's Blackboard page.

First Assignment for Adjudication w/ Prof. Falkoff

For our first Criminal Procedure class on Wednesday, August 22, please read pages 1-21 and 29-31 of the casebook, and come to class prepared to discuss Gideon, Shelton, and the other materials on state-provision of defense counsel. You may skip the "problems" in the readings.

First Assignment for Federal Courts w/ Prof. Falkoff

For our first Federal Courts class on Tuesday, August 21, please read pages 1-12 of the casebook, and come to class prepared to discuss the hoary but always interesting case of Marbury v. Madison. The assignment for our second class, on Thursday, August 23, will be pages 13-26, 30-33 and 35-46 of the casebook, on the topic of official immunity.

Monday, August 6, 2012

First Assignments for Federal Income Tax w/ Prof. Schneider

-Monday, 8/20 - skim pp. 17-29, pp. 29-44; read pp. 46-63

-Wednesday 8/22 - do p. 63, problems #1-6; read pp. 64-66; do p. 66, problems #1, 2; read pp. 67-78, 78-80, Olk

First Assignments for Bankruptcy w/ Prof. Schneider

-Monday, 8/20 - read pp. 3-13; skim pp. 13-23; at p. 28, do problems #1.1, 1.2

 -Wednesday 8/22 - read pp. 33-53; at p. 53, do problems #2.1, 2.2

Thursday, August 2, 2012

First Assignments for Corporate Finance w/ Prof. Hines

Corporate Finance

[N.B. most recent draft of Corporate Finance syllabus is now available for download on the class TWEN site.]

Tuesday, August 21 (Market Value and Fundamental Value)
Casebook: 1-42

Thursday, August 23 (Elements of Fundamental Value: Time Value of Money; Expected Returns; Risk and the Capitalization Rate; P/E Ratio)
Casebook: 42-87

First Assignment for Comparative Law w/ Prof. Hines

Comparative Law

[N.B. most recent draft of Comparative Law syllabus is now available for download on the class TWEN site.]

Tuesday, August 21 (Introduction to the Comparative Approach; Natural Law vs. Legal Positivism)
TWEN: Hart, Fuller

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

First Assignment for White Collar Crime w/ Judge O' Malley

White Collar Crime (Fall 2012)
Judge O’Malley

For the first assignment please read MPC 2.07(1) and Pages 1-50 of the text, but skip all problems and ethical exercises.