Friday, September 28, 2012

Scholarship Deadlines Coming Up this Week

Boone County Bar Association Scholarship 
The Boone County Bar Association is awarding $1,000 to a student who is attending an ABA accredited law school, who is a resident of Boone County or who was a resident at the time they graduated high school. The deadline is October 1, 2012. For more information, please contact the Admissions office at lawadm@niu.edu.

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.

Hellenic Bar Association Scholarship 
The Hellenic Bar Association is currently accepting applications from 2nd and 3rd year law students of Greek descent. Several scholarships are awarded each year. The deadline is October 3, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. For more information, please contact the Admissions office at lawadm@niu.edu.

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of October 1st

  • THEMIS - There will be a THEMIS Bar Review table on Monday in the Marshall Gallery from 11:00-2:00 p.m. for students to get their questions answered regarding BAR Review. 
  • BARBRI - There will be a BARBRI Bar Review 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 11:00-2:00 p.m. for students to get their questions answered regarding BAR Review.

Women's Law Caucus general meeting

The Women’s Law Caucus will hold their next general meeting on October 3, 2012, at noon in the Riley Courtroom. The meeting is open to all members of WLC.

2012 WBAI Law Student Mentoring Program

2012 Women's Bar Association of Illinois Law Student Mentoring Program Seeks interested Mentees- Law Students Only- 3L’s will be given priority 

The program seeks to assist law students in their legal education and professional careers through informal relationships

Mentors/Mentees are required to meet with their mentees every four to six weeks throughout the year, either in person or by phone. Mentors should also allow their mentees to shadow them for one day during the year.

If you are interested in participating as a mentee, please email Bridget Liccardi at bliccardi@mrvlaw.com. Please include your school year and area(s) of interest, so that we may attempt to match you with a mentor in that area.  Deadline to sign up is Thursday, October 4.

Please save the date for the Law Student Mentoring Program Kickoff on October 22, 2012, at the Paris Club on Hubbard Street in Chicago.

Budget and Records Notices for December 2012 Graduates

DECEMBER 2012 GRADUATES:
  • Statement of Candidacy for Degree deadline is Wednesday, October 31, 2012. Please see Julie in the Office of Budget & Records (SP276) to pick up your Statement of Candidacy for Degree form. You will need to return it to Julie by the deadline. You must also apply for graduation online in MyNIU. 
  • Online Application for Graduation in MyNIU deadline is Wednesday, October 31, 2012. You will need to apply online for graduation in MyNIU by logging into your account and selecting graduation. The only option to select for graduation in the drop-down menu will be December 2012. Once you have selected and submitted this option, your Bursar's account will automatically be charged the required $75 graduation fee. Do not apply for graduation this term if you plan to graduate May 2013.

Pro Bono Law Clerk Position

The Egyptian-American Rule of Law Association (EARLA) seeks a second or third year law student to serve as a pro bono law clerk for ten weeks. EARLA is a non-profit organization that provides technical legal assistance to promote the rule of law in Egypt. For more information about EARLA, visit www.earla.org 

Law clerks work virtually from home or in EARLA’s Washington, DC office on various substantive projects, including but not limited to, drafting policy papers on various aspects of Egyptian law, analyzing ongoing changes in Egypt’s legal system and politics, raising public awareness about rule of law in Egypt through social media, attending conferences on behalf of EARLA, and preparing for and attending high profile public policy panels at leading think tanks.

EARLA will consider the following criteria when making its hiring decisions: 
  • Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision 
  • Excellent legal writing skills 
  • Strong legal research skills 
  • Ability to multi-task under short deadlines 
  • Willingness to perform administrative tasks 
  • Fluency in Arabic speaking or reading is preferred but not required 
  • Ability to commit a minimum of 10 hours per week during the semester and 20 hours per week during the summers or winter break
Interested law students should send a resume, a transcript, a writing sample, and a brief statement of interest to EARLAEgypt@gmail.com.

Winter Break Applications Deadline: November 1 
Spring Applications Deadline: December 5 
Summer Applications Deadline: April 10

Office of the Lt. Governor Externship Opportunity

The Office of Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon offers externship opportunities for a limited number of 2L and 3L law students throughout the calendar year. We would appreciate your assistance promoting this opportunity to students at your law school. The application process is described in more detail on the attachment.

The Lieutenant Governor derives her duties from the Illinois State Constitution, executive authority, statute and personal initiative. These areas include, but are not limited to, government ethics and transparency, education reform, economic development support, rivers and water issues, rural affairs, budgeting for results initiatives, domestic violence prevention and policy, and military community and military host community support. Processes are used and it is the practice of the office to attempt to match student work assignments with individual areas of interest.

Externs work within the unit headed by the General Counsel and Legislative Deputy Chief of Staff. Externs are supervised by licensed attorneys. Assignments consist of legal research and writing likely including policy research memos, policy proposals, legislative initiatives, compliance memos, drafting legislation, and legislative history memos. Students can apply to work in the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago, the William G. Stratton Building in Springfield, or remotely. Time commitments or other requirements (e.g., work location) can accommodate existing programs or processes at participating law schools. Terms can be agreed up based on each law schools’ academic calendar. For the spring 2013 semester, all applications received before Monday, November 5, 2012 will be reviewed. 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.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Plugging National Security Leaks While Preserving Free Speech

In recognition of Constitution Day, which was September 17, a program entitled Plugging National Security Leaks While Preserving Free Speech will be shown in Room 150 this Wednesday, September 26, from 2:30-4:45. This program was produced by The Constitution Project in partnership with Georgetown’s Center on National Security and Law and the Center for the Constitution at James Madison’s Montpelier. Their description of the program follows:

"As you know, recent disclosures of information the government maintains is classified have generated harsh criticism – of both the 'leakers' and of the media outlets that made the information public – from some policymakers and commentators. Congressional and Department of Justice inquiries are underway, and it is possible that criminal charges could follow. With the number of 'leak'-related cases on the rise, such investigations and prosecutions highlight important questions about the relationship between investigative journalism, national security disclosures, and the First Amendment.

Please join us and watch our panel of experts debate important questions, such as – Who is a 'leaker,' and who is a 'whistleblower?' When do leaks endanger our national security versus preserve our constitutional integrity? Is there a reporter’s privilege under the First Amendment when a journalist receives an illegal leak of national security secrets? When are 'leak'-related prosecutions appropriate, against whom, and what are the implications for speech rights and the public’s right to know?"

Please feel free to stop by for all, or any portion, of this interesting and important program.

Externships Opportunities with the Lt. Governor (2Ls and 3Ls)

The Office of Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon is offering externship opportunities for a limited number of 2L and 3L law students to be done this coming Spring semester. Please see the attached announcement for details. The deadline to apply is Monday, November 5.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Mandatory Career Services orientation

By now, several of you have attended your mandatory orientation meeting (we hope you will utilize the information/resources you were given), and the rest of you will be attending your meeting within the next few weeks; we look forward to meeting you! If you missed your meeting or don't remember your day/time slot, visit Becky Leneau, the Office Manager in Rm. 280.

Important Pro Bono Opportunity

A major, growing Kane County social service agency is looking for a 2L to act as Volunteer Coordinator for their Pro Bono Legal Services Program. The program is already in operation. It involves NIU students being paired with attorney/mentors (some alums) from the local legal community to provide a variety of legal services to the agency’s under-served constituency The lawyers and law students share responsibility for providing on-site assistance on a regular basis as necessary.

Potential clients will have questions and concerns typical of those found in most legal services programs, such as immigration, domestic relations, consumer and landlord-tenant problems, questions about the criminal process and the like. The volunteer attorneys supervise law students (preferably with 711 licenses) in intake, interviewing, counseling, litigation research and representation (or referral where appropriate).

The pro bono position of Volunteer Coordinator involves (a) managing the scheduling of volunteer attorneys, law students and clients for on site meetings, (b) facilitating the work of current volunteer lawyers and students by, among other things, assuring that appointments are kept, and (c) assisting Professor Schlam in organizing and recruiting additional volunteer attorneys and students from the Kane County legal community to participate in this program.

Effective management and personal skills are important as you will be required to interact successfully with a variety of attorneys in Kane County. Residence in Kane County would be helpful as well. Obviously, experience coordinating a Legal Services program provides a student with a strong sense of the nature of law practice, respected and significant experience for purposes of one’s resume, and networking possibilities within Kane County.

If you are interested in discussing this position please contact Professor Schlam at lschlam@niu.edu. The ultimate hiring decision will be that of Director of the agency. Thank you.

Professor Lawrence Schlam
Director of Pro Bono Initiatives
lschlam@niu.edu

Law Library Computer Lab hours this week

The computer lab in the law library will be closed for use by the Basic Legal Research classes on the following days and time the week of September 24th:

  • Monday (9/24): 1:00pm-1:50pm and 3:00pm-3:50pm 
  • Tuesday (9/25): 9:00am-10:50am, 2:30pm-4:20pm 
  • Wednesday (9/26): 10:00am-10:50am, 2:00pm-3:50pm 
  • Thursday (9/27): 9:00am-9:50am

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of September 24th

  • THEMIS - There will be a THEMIS Bar Review table on Monday in the Marshall Gallery from 11:00-2:00 p.m. for students to get their questions answered regarding BAR Review. 
  • BARBRI - There will be a BARBRI Bar Review 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 11:00-2:00 p.m. for students to get their questions answered regarding BAR Review.

Illinois Legal Aid Online training session

Illinois Legal Aid On-Line has scheduled a Training Session at: Chicago-Kent University College of Law, Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 11:45 A.M. – 1:15 P.M., Location: 565 West Adams Street, Chicago, IL 60661. If you have the time to attend and can get to the City, please feel free. For information about this agency, see the law school website, or contact me at lschlam@niu.edu.

BLSA Career Discussion Panel

The Black Law Student Association is sponsoring a discussion panel of law graduates working in the public and private sector of law and non-legal professions. The topic is “What can I do with my law degree?” It will be held on September 26th in room #188 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Food will be served!

Christian Legal Society meeting this week

The Christian Legal Society will hold a meeting on Wednesday, September 26th in Room #173 at 12:00 noon.

John Locallo Presentation this week

John Locallo, Immediate Past President of the ISBA, will present “Law and Technology,” on Thursday, September 27 from 4-5 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom followed by a reception in the Gallery. His presentation on technology and the delivery of legal services will detail how, in a legal world where e-filing and e-discovery are heated topics, lawyers must embrace these technologies in order for their practices to succeed.

Scholarship Deadline Coming Up This Week

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.

Liberty University National Negotiation Competition

Liberty University School of Law will be hosting its Annual National Negotiation Competition on January 26th and 27th, 2013. The emphasis of this competition will be Government Contracts. This competition will provide a great opportunity to learn about the new and rapidly growing areas of law concerning government contracts. At the conclusion of Saturday the 27th’s events, a catered dinner will be provided. The deadline to register is October 26, 2012. If you would like more information please contact the tournament coordinator, Kristen Pettibone, at kpettibone@liberty.edu. If you would like an invitation and registration form, please email Monica Fazekas at monica.fazekas2@gmail.com.

Newly Announced December Scholarship Deadlines

American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers Writing Competition 
The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers is currently accepting submissions for its 2012 Writing Competition on a topic dealing with consumer financial services law. The awards include cash payments of $2500, $2000, and $1000, a Certificate of Recognition from the College and travel expenses to attend the Spring 2012 meeting of the College. The deadline is December 1, 2012. For more information, please visit http://www.accfsl.org/writing-competition/.

Center for Alcohol Policy Writing Contest 
The Center for Alcohol Policy sponsors an annual national essay contest to foster debate, analysis, and examination of the importance of state-based alcohol regulation. The topic for this year’s contest is: “If a country were starting alcohol regulation from scratch, what regulatory framework would you advise it to create and why?” The top three winning entrants will receive prizes of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 respectively. The deadline is December 14, 2012. For more information, please visit http://www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org/essay-contest/.

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP Diversity Scholarships 
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP is offering a number of scholarships of up to $10,000 with paid summer associate positions to qualified first-year law students. Scholarship recipients will be Summer Associates in one of the firm’s offices during the summer and will be assigned a mentor - a Dinsmore & Shohl LLP lawyer - at the time the scholarship is awarded. The mentor will be available to the Scholar as a dedicated resource to assist with professional development. The deadline is December 31, 2012. For more information, please visit http://www.dinslaw.com/ or http://www.dinslaw.com/files/upload/DSScholarship.pdf.

Friday, September 14, 2012

2012 Mock Trial Competition Sign-up

Attention 2Ls: The 2012 Mock Trial Competition sign up is now posted on the bulletin board outside of the Trial Ad/Moot Court office (Room 172D). Sign up through Monday, September 17th at 3:00 p.m. Documents related to the competition are posted on TWEN. Join the TWEN course and Facebook group to receive all the TAS announcements.

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of September 17th

  • THEMIS - There will be a THEMIS Bar Review table on Monday in the Marshall Gallery from 11:00-2:00 p.m. for students to get their questions answered regarding BAR Review. 
  • 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 11:00-2:00 p.m. for students to get their questions answered regarding BAR Review.

Christian Legal Society meeting this week

The Christian Legal Society will hold a meeting Tuesday, September 18th at 12:00 noon in Room #188.

Meet Entertainment Law Alumnus Jeffrey Lenkov

All students: Please join us in welcoming back alumnus Jeffrey Lenkov ('91). Jeffrey will be giving a special presentation to the student body on "Using Your NIU Law Degree for Success" on Wednesday, September 19th from 3-4 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom followed by a reception in the Marshall Gallery. He is a partner at the Los Angeles firm of Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP and chairs the firm's retail, restaurant, and hospitality practice. He represents prominent national and international clients along with professional sports franchises and athletes on litigation and transactional matters including the LA Lakers, LA Sparks, and St. Louis Cardinals.

BLSA meeting this week

The Black Law Students Association will hold a meeting on Wednesday, September 19th at 12:00 noon in Room #188.

Criminal Law Society meeting this week

The Criminal Law Society’s first general meeting will take place on September 19th at 12:00pm in Room 186. Free pizza will be provided. At the meeting, we will discuss upcoming events and give you a general idea of the aims of the organization. Additionally, we will name the new 1L Representatives for Sections 1 and 2. Therefore, if you are a 1L interested in being a 1L Rep. for your section, please make sure to submit a paragraph including your section number, why you are interested and what you believe you can bring to the society. These emails need not be more than half a page and should be sent to NIUCriminalLaw@gmail.com before September 16th to allow time for consideration.

Reminder: Farewell Party for Prof. Carlson

Please join us in saying good-bye to Professor Ben Carlson at a farewell party in his honor on Friday, September 21st from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Light refreshments will be served. 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. 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.

Pro Bono Opportunity in Chicago

Illinois Legal Aid On-Line has scheduled a Training Session at: Chicago-Kent University College of Law, Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 11:45 A.M. – 1:15 P.M., Location: 565 West Adams Street, Chicago, IL 60661. If you have the time to attend and can get to the City, please feel free. For information about this agency, see the law school web-site, or contact me at lschlam@niu.edu.

-Professor Schlam

Events Update from the Alumni Office

Upcoming Events:
  • All students: Please join us to welcome John Locallo, Immediate Past President of the Illinois State Bar Association. He will give a presentation on Law and Technology to the student body on Thursday, September 27th from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom, followed by a reception in the Marshall Gallery. 
  • 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!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Pro Bono Opportunities

(1) The staff of Legal Aid On-line (LiveHelp) would like come to our campus sometime in October to train potential volunteer students for their program. This is good opportunity to begin developing skills necessary to interview and assist those in need of legal advice or referral. 1Ls can train and volunteer as well as 2Ls and 3Ls. Your can participate from wherever you have a computer. For more detailed information about how their program operates, please see the law school web-site’s pro bono listings.

Most important, let me know of your interest as soon as you can so I can get a sense of student interest and begin planning a training session here at NIU for next month. Thanks.

(2) The T. Jordan Gallagher Legal Services Program at Hope Haven (Homeless Shelter, DeKalb IL) is looking for 2L or 3L Volunteers for this academic year. As part of the program, NIU students are paired up with attorneys (some alums) from the area to help them with their pro bono work among the residents of the shelter. The attorneys lessen their workload with the assistance of volunteer pro bono students, those in need are given services, and NIU students get some practical experience.

Student experiences will involve a variety of substantive legal areas of concern to their target population, which will be the shelter constituencies as well as those under-represented and qualified persons in the surrounding community. Clients have questions and concerns typical of those found in most legal services programs, such as immigration, domestic relations, consumer and landlord-tenant problems and the like. To apply for this pro bono internship please contact: Tait J. Lundgren, Esq., Volunteer Legal Services Coordinator, at 815.758.6616.

Professor Lawrence Schlam
Director of Pro Bono Initiatives
lschlam@niu.edu

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of September 10th

  • 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 11:00-2:00 p.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.

SBA 1L elections

Attention 1L students - The Student Bar Association is holding elections for four qualified 1L representatives to serve on the board for the upcoming year! The SBA is an umbrella organization which disperses funds to other student orgs for events, plans social and academic events, and serves as the general liaison between the administration/faculty and the student body here at the College of Law. It is an amazing way to get involved with all facets of the law school and have influence to make real changes for a better student experience. Also, a 1L representative is an ideal position to become a board member after 1L year. As a representative, you should expect to come to every SBA meeting (held once a month) and to be actively involved with all SBA and student events. Plus, it can be put on your resume!

The elections will take place through Westlaw's TWEN system. Each section of the 1L class will elect two representatives. We ask each interested 1L to nominate themselves by submitting a one paragraph candidate statement describing why the position is desired and why you are the ideal candidate. Please submit these paragraphs by email to manarzayed22@gmail.com by 5:00pm on Tuesday, September 11th. The paragraphs will then be placed on the SBA TWEN page for voting starting at 8:00am on Wednesday, September 12th through 8:00pm Thursday, September 13th. Only the 1L votes count in this election. The winning candidates will be announced on Friday, September 14th.

If you are not running, please take the time to add the Student Bar Association TWEN course, read the candidate paragraphs for your section, and vote on the 12th and 13th for your classmates. Any questions - feel free to contact the SBA Secretary Manar Zayed at the above email address. Hope to see you all at the polls!

CLS Meeting this week

The Christian Legal Society will hold a meeting Wednesday, September 12th at 12:00 noon in Room #173.

SBA Red Friday this week!

The Student Bar Association will be starting “Red Fridays.”  This Friday, September 14th--and 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.