Friday, December 13, 2013

Reminder: Clinic Applications for Spring 2014 Due Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.


Clinic Applications for Spring 2014 are due Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at 4:00 p.m. Please submit completed applications to Julie Mahoney-Kryzyek, Office of Budget and Records, Swen Parson Hall, Room 285. After 12/18/2013, Clinic Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis if space is available. Information about the clinical courses and the updated application materials can be found at http://law.niu.edu/law/clinical_program/application_process.shtml

If you have questions about a clinic, please contact Professor Maddali, Clinic Director, or any of the clinical professors listed below:

Civil Justice Clinic
Wendy Vaughn, Clinical Assistant Professor
wvaughn@niu.edu

Foreclosure Mediation Clinic
Alan Boudreau, Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor
alan@alanboudreaulaw.com

Juvenile Justice Clinic
Paul Cain, Clinical Associate Professor
pcain@niu.edu

Medical-legal Partnership Clinic
Anita Maddali, Clinic Director
amaddali@niu.edu

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Registration for Spring 2014

Registration for Spring 2014 will open on MyNiu on Monday, November 25, at 7:00 a.m. for all students who will have completed at least 72 hours by the end of this fall semester. Registration will open on MyNiu at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 26, for all other students who will have completed at least 20 hours by the end of this semester. Part-time students who have not yet completed all first-year courses must do so by the end of their fourth semester. If you are a part-time student and still need to take one or more first-year courses, you must see Dean Coles to get registered in those courses because you cannot register yourself for first-year courses in MyNiu. However, part-time students must register for their upper-level courses in MyNiu. A course schedule was e-mailed to all upper-level students on November 20, 2013. If you did not receive the e-mail, please contact the faculty secretaries.

Law Library Hours for Finals and the End of the Semester

NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY DAVID C. SHAPIRO MEMORIAL LAW LIBRARY 
Schedule of Hours 
December 2, 2013 – January 12, 2014 

The Law Library will be open Monday, December 2 through Tuesday, December 17, 2013 as follows: Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 1:00 a. m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. - midnight.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - midnight
Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 19, 2013 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday, December 20, 2013 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 21, 2013 Through Wednesday, January 1, 2014 CLOSED

Thursday, January 2, 2014 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday, January 3, 2014 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 4, 2014 CLOSED
Sunday, January 5, 2014 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday, January 6 to Friday, January 10, 2014 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 11, 2014 CLOSED
Sunday, January 12, 2014 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

CHANGES IN LAW LIBRARY ACCESS DURING THE FINAL EXAM PERIOD 
December 2, 2013 - December 17, 2013 
The Law Library will be open to university and community patrons from opening until 6:00 p.m. each day beginning December 2, 2013 through December 17, 2013. Each night at 6:00 p.m., access to the law library will be available only for College of Law St udents, Faculty and Staff. At 6:00 p.m., non-College of Law patrons will be asked to leave.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Subjects That May Be Tested on the Illinois Bar Examination

Subjects That May Be Tested on the Illinois Bar Examination 
(See Illinois Supreme Court Rule 704(e) ):

Administrative law
Agency
Business organization
Commercial paper
Conflict of laws
Contracts*
Criminal law & procedure*
Domestic relations
Equity jurisprudence, including trusts and mortgages
Evidence*
Federal constitutional law*
Federal jurisdiction & procedure
Federal taxation
Illinois procedure
Personal property, including sales and bailments
Real property*
Secured transactions
State constitutional law
Suretyship Torts*
Wills & administration of estates

* Currently tested on the multi-state multiple choice exam (MBE). Federal jurisdiction and civil procedure will be added to this group effective in 2015. All MBE subjects may also be tested on the essay portion of the Illinois bar examination.

Administrative Announcements from the Dean's Office

  • Evening and Weekend Student Lounge Access: The external door to the student lounge is locked each weekday evening at 6:30 p.m. The lounge door into the law library is unlocked at that time. Students seeking lounge access after 6:30 p.m. should go through the north wing of the library. From Friday evening until Monday morning, access to the lounge is only through the north wing of the library. Please note that during finals the lounge doors may be locked or unlocked later due to a modified schedule. 
  • Library Hours: The schedule of hours for the law library is posted on the last page of this week's edition of the Docket. There has also been a change in policy regarding access to the library during the exam period. Under that policy, the law library will be open to university and community patrons from opening until 6:00 p.m. each day beginning December 2, 2013 through December 17, 2013. Each night at 6:00 p.m., access to the law library will be available only for College of Law students, faculty and staff. At 6:00 p.m., non-College of Law patrons will be asked to leave. 
  • Course Selection and Loads: Any students who would like to discuss course selection or their schedules should contact Dean Coles to set up an appointment. Students are also reminded that course loads of fewer than 12 hours or more than 16 hours require the approval of Dean Coles, which can be obtained by filing a Petition for Special Consideration. Petition forms are available from Barbara Manning in Room 276 or on the law school website under “Current Students – Forms”. 
  • Graduating 3Ls: Any 3Ls planning to graduate in December should check the information concerning bar loans and graduation e-mails described in the announcements from the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid and the Office of Budget and Records contained later in this edition of the Docket. 
  • Handbook and Student Code: The Student Handbook is currently undergoing extensive revisions. Until those revisions are completed, all academic policies in the 2012 Student Handbook continue to remain in effect, as modified or expanded in addenda posted in August 2012 and April 2012. The new edition of the Student Handbook will be issued in January 2014. The University’s Student Code of Conduct, which is applicable to all students at the College of Law, is no longer being published in booklet form. You can visit the NIU website for a copy of the current code

BLSA/ACS Exam Writing Workshop

On Tuesday, November 26, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Room 188, the Black Law Students Association and the American Constitution Society are co-hosting an exam-writing workshop designed to help 1Ls learn how to write a high quality exam answer. The featured presenter, Craig Boston,’09, is a BLSA alumnus and an Assistant State’s Attorney for DuPage County. Although it is a brown bag event, desserts and drinks will be provided! All are welcome to attend this event.

ACS Gift Card Raffle

Just in time to buy books for Spring! The American Constitution Society is raffling off a $200 Visa gift card from skyo.com! Use the card on skyo.com or anywhere else to make your Spring semester purchases easier on your wallet!

Ticket prices are:
$1 for 1 ticket
$5 for 6 tickets
$7 for 10 tickets

Those purchasing multiple tickets (for $5 or $7) will be entered into a separate drawing for skyo.com gifts, including t-shirts, towels, pizza cutters and a zip-up hoodie! The raffle will be held on Tuesday, 11/26 at 1 pm in Room 188, after the Exam Writing Workshop co-sponsored by the ACS and BLSA. You do not have to be present to win. Contact any of the ACS Board members to purchase tickets.

We will be selling tickets in the Marshall Gallery at these times:

Monday, 11/18 (today!), noon-1 pm
Wednesday, 11/20, noon-1 pm and 2-3 pm
Thursday, 11/21, noon-1 pm

To check out great deals on textbook purchases and rentals, go to http://www.skyo.com/.

Upcoming Scholarship Deadline for This Week

The Leadership Institute for Women of Color Attorneys in Law and Business Scholarship 
Areas of Interest: Women of Color, Business Law, Financial Need, Academic Merit, Community Service
Criteria: Application, Short Essay, 2.5 minimum GPA, transcript, and can provide a demonstrated commitment to community. Restricted to second and third year law students.
Award: $3,000 (five scholarships available)
Deadline: November 28, 2013
More Information: http://leadingwomenofcolor.org/scholarships/

Friday, November 22, 2013

Mental Health Day

The SBA invites all faculty and students to stop by the Marshall Gallery on December 3rd from 9am-3pm to get some free healthy snacks, *pet some therapy dogs, pick up some extra highlighters/pens/post-its, and learn some yoga moves all in an effort to reduce the stress that comes along with final exams.

Note that everything is FREE, so you might as well take a break from studying and see what can benefit you:)

*Extra thanks to NIU COL SALDF for bringing in the animals for this event!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

New Externship Opportunity for Spring 2014

Interested in working in state and local government and/or legislation? Apply for the new Chicago-based legislative externship and spend Spring semester with the Chicago Progressive Reform Caucus, a group of Chicago aldermen including Ald. John Arena (45); Ald. Bob Fioretti (2); Ald. Toni Foukes (15); Ald. Leslie Hairston (5); Ald. Ricardo Munoz (22); Ald. Ameya Pawar (47); Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6); Ald. Nick Sposato (36); and Ald. Scott Waguespack (32). The extern(s) will be expected to be in Chicago for 12 hours a week, and participate in a weekly civil externship seminar. Possible projects include writing research and policy memos on issues affecting Chicago, examining and cataloging how other cities have approached areas of interest to the aldermen, drafting model language for possible bills, attending committee meetings and working with the aldermen on other aspects of ongoing projects. Possible policy areas include voting rights, privacy rights, land use, education, and more. To be eligible to apply, students must have taken Professional Responsibility or be concurrently enrolled in it. Applications are available in the office of the faculty secretaries, Swen Parson 190.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Agen Program Informational Meeting RESCHEDULED

AGEN (FRANCE) SUMMER SESSION INFORMATION MEETING:  Because of the conflict with the ASP meeting, the INFORMATION MEETING has been rescheduled for Tuesday, NOV. 19, at 12:15 in Room 188.  All interested 1Ls and 2Ls are encouraged to attend to learn about this 6-credit summer offering from the College of Law.

Deadline Extended for Client Counseling Competition

As previously announced, the NIU College of Law will sponsor a team of two students at the regional competition of the American Bar Association Client Counseling Competition to be held on February 15, 2014 at the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign, IL. To select the team to represent NIU, we are holding an internal competition for which all second and third year students are eligible and invited to participate. The competition will be conducted through the submission of a recorded client consultation, which will be reviewed by a panel of from two to three judges.

The topic of the counseling competition this year is the First Amendment. Upon registration, each team will be given a one- or two-sentence description of a prospective client and the basic nature of the client’s matter. Teams will also be given the name and contact information of the person who will play their “client”. Each team is responsible for making their own arrangements for recording the interview session, which must be completed and submitted by Monday, December 2, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.

Additional information concerning the conduct of the competition is contained in the Internal Client Counseling Competition Rules, a revised edition of which was sent to students by e-mail on November 5, along with a registration form. For guidance, you may also watch recordings of client consultation sessions from the championship rounds of the National Client Counseling Competition, several copies of which are on reserve in the library.

If you and a teammate are interested in participating in the competition, there is still time to register. As announced in an e-mail to 2Ls and 3Ls on November 5, the deadline has been extended to Monday, November 18, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. Please submit a registration form to Professor King or the faculty secretaries on or before that date. If you would like additional information about the internal competition, please contact Professor King at yking@niu.edu.

International Law Society Panel Discussion

The International Law Society has collaborated with Chicago-area law schools to present a panel discussion entitled “Crisis in Syria: An International Perspective” on Tuesday, November 19, at 5:00 p.m. in Ogilvie Auditorium, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams, Chicago, IL. Professors from the law schools will discuss international human rights, trade, sanctions and ramifications in Syria. Schools participating in the event include Northwestern University, University of Chicago, Chicago-Kent, Valparaiso, Northern Illinois University and DePaul University. This is a great opportunity to hear experts discuss timely and relevant international issues and also socialize with a diverse group of law students similarly interested in international law. There is a catered reception following the panel discussion.

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines for This Week

Victoria Fisher Memorial Prize Writing Competition 
Areas of Interest: Women and the Law
Criteria: Essay 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.
Award: £250
Deadline: November 20, 2013 
More Information: http://tinyurl.com/k9zx687

Albert S. Pergam International Law Writing Competition 
Areas of Interest: International Law
Criteria: Write on any area of public or private international law.
Award: $2,000 and publication of the article (subject to editorial approval) in the New York State Bar Journal, the New York International Law and Review, and/or the International Law Practicum.
Deadline: November 22, 2013 
More Information: http://tinyurl.com/m7lszco

BLSA Thanksgiving Dinner

The Black Law Students Association will host their annual Thanksgiving dinner on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. They will serve ham, turkey, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, greens, dressing, corn, corn bread, dessert and a drink. This event is a chance for BLSA to educate and inform students, faculty and staff about the African-American culture through food, fellowship, and informative talk. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Hesed House Homeless Shelter. We encourage everyone to attend. Tickets will be $10 and are available from any BLSA member, although walk-ups are also welcome.

Marriage in Wonderland: The Curiouser and Curiouser State of Marriage Equality in the U.S.

Did you ever feel like Alice in the rabbit hole when you try to figure out what is going on with same sex marriage in the United States and around the world? Even the simple question “Are you married?” can have different answers and meanings depending on context. Join us as we discuss the legal aspects of marriage for same sex couples and sort out this wonderful, confusing and evolving new world of marriage equality. Professor Boudreau will be speaking on “Marriage in Wonderland: The Curiouser and Curiouser State of Marriage Equality in the U.S.” at the LGBT Studies Third Thursday Lunch Series on Thursday, November 21, at 12:00 noon in the Blackhawk Cafeteria Annex of the Holmes Student Center. The event will be sponsored by the NIU LGBT Studies Program.

Latino Law Student Association Salsa Night

LLSA will be hosting a Salsa Night in the Marshall Gallery on Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tapas and beverages will be served. Board members will be selling tickets until right before the event and the cost will be $10 for members, $12 for non-members and $13 at the door.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

LLSA Salsa Night

Enjoy dancing, drinks and tapas with the Latino Law Student Association on Thursday night, November 21, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Don't forget to join us for Bar Review right afterwards! Tickets are $10 for LLSA members, $12 in advance for non-members, and $13 at the door.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Clinic Students Highlight Benefits of Clinic Experience - Applications for Spring Clinics Being Accepted Now

On November 6, 2013, students who have taken a clinical course at the NIU College of Law discussed the benefits of participating in a clinic and shared how their work in the clinic has provided them with valuable experience representing clients and acting as lead counsel in their cases. Clinical faculty provided information about each of their clinics and answered questions about the application process.

To learn more about the College of Law's clinical program and to hear what NIU law students are saying about their clinic experience, you can watch video of the event.

This Fall, the College of Law has doubled its clinical offerings and allows students to begin their clinical education in the second year of law school. Students who have completed 45 credit hours are eligible to apply for a Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711 Student License, with the Dean's approval. Although a 711 license is required for three of the clinics, it is not required to participate in the Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic.

The College of Law offers the following four clinics:

Civil Justice Clinic
711 License, Lawyering Skills, and Professional Responsibility Required

Foreclosure Mediation Clinic
711 License and Professional Responsibility Required

Juvenile Justice Clinic
711 License, Lawyering Skills, and Professional Responsibility Required

NIU College of Law Medical-Legal Partnership
711 License Not Required
Professional Responsibility Required

More information about each of NIU's four clinics can be found at on the NIU Law Clinical Program website.

The clinic application and related 711 license forms are also available online.

Clinic applications for the Spring 2014 semester are due on December 18, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis after December 18th, if space is still available.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Administrative Announcements from the Dean's Office

  • Work on the course and exam schedule for Spring 2014 is underway, but for logistical reasons it is anticipated that the schedule will not be available until the last few days of classes. Any students who would like to discuss course selection or their schedules should contact Dean Coles to set up an appointment. Students are also reminded that course loads of fewer than 12 hours or more than 16 hours require the approval of Dean Coles, which can be obtained by filing a Petition for Special Consideration. Petition forms are available from Barbara Manning in Room 276 or on the law school website under “Current Students – Forms."
  • Any 3Ls planning to graduate in December should check the information concerning bar loans and graduation e-mails described in the announcements from the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid and the Office of Budget and Records contained in this week's edition of the Docket
  • The Student Handbook is currently undergoing extensive revisions. Until those revisions are completed, all academic policies in the 2012 Student Handbook continue to remain in effect, as modified or expanded in addenda posted in August 2012 and April 2012. The new edition of the Student Handbook will be issued in January 2014. 
  • The University’s Student Code of Conduct, which is applicable to all students at the College of Law, is no longer being published in booklet form. You can visit the NIU website for a copy of the current code.

Civil and Criminal Externship Program Informational Session

On Monday, November 11, from noon to 1:00 p.m. in Room 188, the College of Law will host an informational session on civil and criminal externships. With registration for spring classes coming up, this is your opportunity to come learn about the process of enrolling in the externship programs and how to secure an externship placement site. Lunch will be provided!

Class Composite Pictures This Week!

Attention 3Ls! Our class composite pictures will be taken on Tuesday, November 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. A sign-up sheet is in the SBA glass case. There will be a sitting fee of $25. Please dress in business-professional attire. If you have any questions, please let Emily Perkins or Emily O’Connor know. Thank you.

Springfield Legislative Externship information session

Interested in spending spring semester in Springfield as a full-time legislative extern? Come hear Professors Maddali and Widman discuss this exciting new opportunity for students (3Ls, although 2Ls are welcome to come learn about it and plan ahead!) to gain experience drafting laws, working with legislators and other state policy-makers, attending legislative sessions and other committee meetings, and generally learning about the world of legislative lawyering. Even if you think you want to go into criminal law or other trial work, an experience drafting criminal laws and learning the policy implications behind the laws is invaluable. Applications, requirements, and more general info to be discussed Tuesday, November 12th, at 12:15, in Room 186. LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED!

SBA Town Hall Meeting

The SBA will hold a Town Hall Meeting for all students on Wednesday, November 13, from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom. At the meeting, there will be a presentation on the Academic Excellence Fee and how it benefits the students, as well as an opportunity to ask questions. Bring a brown bag or buy pizza from PILS for lunch and come to the meeting!

PILS Pizza Sale This Week

PILS will be having pizza sales on the table outside the writing professors’ offices (bottom floor of Swen Parson) on Wednesday, November 13, during the noon hour.

President Baker's Inauguration

The SBA would like to encourage all to attend President Baker’s Inauguration on Wednesday, November 13, at 3:00 p.m. in the Carl Sandburg Auditorium in the Holmes Student Center. The ceremony will be followed by a reception (food provided), and then students and staff are invited to head over to the football game at 7:00 p.m. against Ball State. The game will be aired on ESPN, so the school really wants to encourage students to come and fill the stands. We hope to see you all there — Go Huskies!

First Year Professionalism Series: Reminder

Attorney Jeffrey Colman will give the final lecture of the Murer Professionalism Series for the fall semester from 4:00 to 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13, in the Holmes Student Center Heritage Room. Attendance is mandatory for all first year law students. The lecture is entitled "Guantanamo:  Representing the Unseen Client."  Mr. Colman is a partner at the Chicago law firm of Jenner & Block. He has spent 38 years litigating civil and criminal cases, and he is the co-chair of Jenner & Block’s Professional Responsibility Practice. Mr. Colman has also received numerous awards for his extensive pro bono and public service activities. As a result of his commitment to reforming the law, he was selected to chair the Illinois Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission in 2012. Immediately following the lecture, 1Ls are also invited to a “Continue the Conversation” over dinner in the Marshall Gallery at the law school.

CLS Meeting

The Christian Legal Society will be holding a meeting on Thursday, November 14, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Room 188. The meeting will include a general discussion on topics relevant to Christian and non-Christian law students. All are welcome to attend this meeting! People of different faiths are especially encouraged to attend.

GSA Brew & View

Come join the NIU Law Gay Straight Alliance and watch the 2008 documentary "Trinidad," an exploration of what it means to be transsexual, on Thursday, November 14 at 4:30 p.m. in Room 188. Enjoy free beer, wine, and food, provided by GSA. All are welcome.

Upcoming Scholarship and Writing Contest Deadlines

ASECA Annual Securities Writing Competition
Areas of Interest: Securities Law
Criteria: Essay on any subject within Securities Law (no length requirement)
Award: 1st Place $5,000, 2nd Place $3,000, 3rd Place $2,000
Deadline: November 15, 2013
More Information: http://www.vermontlaw.edu/STUDENTS/x15562.xml

ABA Haiku Contest for Law Students
Areas of Interest: All Students/Poets Interested In Con Law
Criteria: Take a break from your studies and write a haiku for a chance to win prizes. Each entry must address a recent U.S. Supreme Court Decision (2012-2013 or 2013-2014 terms) or the U.S. Constitution. Entrants may submit up to three unpublished poems.
Award: 1st Place $300 Apple Store Gift Card; Runners-Up $100 Apple Gift Card
Deadline: November 15, 2013 
More Information: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/young_lawyers/awards_scholarships/haiku_contest_for_law_students.html

Marine Corps Judge Advocate General Informational Session

All NIU Law students are invited to an informational session with information pertaining to serving in the Marine Corps as a Military Judge Advocate.  The session will be held Friday, November 15 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chessick Classroom (Swen Parson 150) (Please note: The date for this event has been changed from Monday, November 11).  For more information, please contact Captain Frank Swan at (847) 354-9857 or go to www.MarineOfficer.com

International Law Society Panel Discussion

The International Law Society has collaborated with Chicago-area law schools to present a panel discussion entitled “Crisis in Syria: An International Perspective” on Tuesday, November 19, at 5:00 p.m. Professors from the law schools will discuss international human rights, trade, sanctions and ramifications in Syria. The program will be held in Ogilvie Auditorium, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams, Chicago, IL. Schools participating in the event include Northwestern University, University of Chicago, Chicago-Kent, Valparaiso, Northern Illinois University and DePaul University. This is a great opportunity to hear experts discuss timely and relevant international issues and also socialize with a diverse group of law students similarly interested in international law. There is a catered reception following the panel discussion.

BLSA/ACS Exam Writing Workshop

On Tuesday, November 26, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Room 188, the Black Law Students Association and the American Constitution Society are co-hosting an exam-writing workshop designed to help 1Ls learn how to write a high quality exam answer. The featured presenter, Craig Boston (’09), is a BLSA alumnus and an Assistant State’s Attorney for DuPage County. Although it is a brown bag event, desserts and drinks will be provided! All are welcome to attend this event.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Marriage Equality Presentation by Prof. Boudreau

Ever feel like Alice in the rabbit hole when you try to figure out what is going on with same sex marriage in the U.S. and around the world? Even the simple question "Are you married?" can have different answers and meanings depending on context. Join us as we discuss the legal aspects of marriage for same sex couples and sort out this wonderful, confusing and evolving new world of marriage equality.

Professor Boudreau will be speaking on "Marriage in Wonderland: The Curiouser and Curiouser State of Marriage Equality in the U.S." at the LGBT Studies Third Thursday Lunch Series on Thursday, November 21 at Noon in the Blackhawk Cafeteria Annex of the Holmes Student Center. Sponsored by the NIU LGBT Studies Program.

Events Calendar Reminder

The College of Law Events Calendar can be found on our website, by clicking on "Current Students" from any page on the site and looking under "Calendars" in the center column. There you will see a main calendar made up of three smaller calendars: one each for Student Events, Alumni Events, and School Events. Be sure to check out all three and use them to inform your scheduling decisions (particularly student organizations!). If you have an event coming up, please send the name of the event and your sponsoring organization, its date, time, and location, and a brief description to Jacob Imm at jimm@niu.edu, or give him a call at 815- 753-9486. Postings on the website calendar will also be included in the Docket.

Congratulations to Becky Leneau!

Rebecca Leneau of the Office of Career Opportunities has been voted Employee of the Season in appreciation for her dedication to students and the NIU Law Community. Becky is the first recipient of this award, which was voted on by the NIU Law staff. Please stop by and congratulate Becky for her outstanding contributions to the law school.

Client Counseling Competition - Deadline to Sign Up Monday, November 4th!

The NIU College of Law will sponsor a team of two students at the regional competition of the American Bar Association Client Counseling Competition to be held on February 15, 2014 at the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign, IL. To select the team to represent NIU, we are holding an internal competition for which all second and third year students are eligible and invited to participate. The competition will be conducted through the submission of a recorded client consultation, which will be reviewed by a panel of from two to three judges.

The topic of the counseling competition this year is the First Amendment. Upon registration, each team will be given a one- or two-sentence description of a prospective client and the basic nature of the client’s matter. Teams will also be given the name and contact information of the person who will play their “client”. Each team is responsible for making their own arrangements for recording the interview session, which must be completed and submitted by Monday, November 18, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.

Additional information concerning the conduct of the competition is contained in the Internal Client Counseling Competition Rules, which were sent to students by e-mail on October 21, along with a registration form. For guidance, you may also watch recordings of client consultation sessions from the championship rounds of the National Client Counseling Competition, several copies of which are on reserve in the library.

If you and a teammate are interested in participating in the competition, please register by or before Monday, November 4, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. by submitting a registration form to the Professor King or the faculty secretaries.

If you would like additional information about the internal competition, please contact Professor King at yking@niu.edu.

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

The Richard Linn American Inn of Court Mark T. Banner Scholarship for Law Students 
Areas of Interest: Intellectual Property Law, Academic Merit, Leadership Qualities, Member of a historically under-represented group in IP law (including race, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and disability).
Criteria: Application Form, Resume, Transcripts, References, Essay
Award: $5,000
Deadline: November 6, 2013 
More Information:   http://www.linninn.org/marktbanner.htm

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans 
Areas of Interest: Naturalized Citizens, Recent Immigrants
Criteria: A New American (a green card holder or naturalized citizen if born abroad; a child of naturalized citizens if born in this country); Not yet 31 years old, as of the application deadline; Not beyond your second year – if already enrolled – in the graduate degree program for which you request support
Award: Amount Varies for the 30 fellowship winners (up to $25,000 in maintenance grants and up to $20,000 in tuition)
Deadline: November 8, 2013 
More Information:  http://www.pdsoros.org/

Coffee with the Deans

Deans Rosato, Gaebler and Coles invite all law students to enjoy “Coffee with the Deans” on the morning of November 6 between 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Please come by for coffee, breakfast treats, and conversation on your way to and from class.

Federalist Society Debate

On Wednesday, November 6, beginning at 11:50 a.m., please join the Federalist Society for a complimentary lunch and debate featuring a live demonstration. Brian Morris will argue in favor of admissibility of polygraph results while Professor Cain will argue against it. The event will be held in the Riley Courtroom (170) in Swen Parson Hall at the law school.

BLSA General Meeting

The Black Law Students Association will hold a general meeting on Wednesday, November 6th at 12:00 noon in Room 187.

Clinic Informational Session

The clinic will be holding an informational session on Wednesday, November 6th at noon in Room 290 C in the Library. Come learn about all of our clinical offerings and hear about the experiences of clinical students who are currently enrolled in one of the clinics. Lunch will be provided.

Moot Court Society meeting

The Moot Court Society will hold an informational meeting on November 6 at 12:00 noon in Room #188. Barbri will be sponsoring the event and lunch will be provided. For all 2Ls who are interested in competing in the Lenny B. Mandell Moot Court Competition in the spring semester, this is the meeting to attend. General information will be discussed, as well as important upcoming dates.

Presentation by Judge Judith Brawka

Judge Judith Brawka, the Chief Judge of Illinois' 16th Judicial Circuit, will be speaking on "Public Service and the Changing Landscape of the Law and Courts" in the Riley Courtroom on Thursday, November 7, 2013, at noon. Judge Brawka is the first female Chief Judge in the 16th Judicial Circuit. Recently, she has been instrumental in developing the Kane County Foreclosure Mediation Program, where law students in the NIU Foreclosure Mediation Clinic will be providing mediation advocacy for pro se homeowners. Judge Brawka's presentation is sponsored by the College of Law Clinical Programs. Lunch will be provided.

Presentation on Future of Public Sector Labor Law

Please join us on Friday, November 8 at 2:00 p.m. in Room 186 as two NIU Law graduates, Khristian Parker and Alice Johnson, lecture on the future of public sector labor law. Ms. Parker and Ms. Johnson both work for the Illinois Nurses' Association, where Ms. Johnson is former General Counsel and current Executive Director. Following their talk, there will be a reception in the Thurgood Marshall Gallery.

Externship Informational Program

On November 11th from noon to 1:00 p.m. in Room 188, the College of Law will host an informational session on civil and criminal externships. With registration for spring classes coming up, this is your opportunity to come learn about the process of enrolling in the externship programs and how to secure an externship placement site. Lunch will be provided. (Please note that this date has been changed from that previously announced.)

3L Class Composite Pictures

Attention 3Ls! Our class composite pictures will be Tuesday, November 12th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. A sign-up sheet will be in the SBA glass case this week. There will be a sitting fee of $25. Please dress in business-professional attire. If you have any other questions, please let Emily Perkins or Emily O’Connor know. Thank you.

International Law Society Panel Discussion

The International Law Society has collaborated with Chicago-area law schools to present a panel discussion entitled “Crisis in Syria: An International Perspective” on Tuesday, November 19 at 5:00 p.m. Professors from the law schools will discuss international human rights, trade, sanctions and ramifications in Syria. The program will be held in Ogilvie Auditorium, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams, Chicago, IL. Schools participating in the event include Northwestern University, University of Chicago, Chicago-Kent, Valparaiso, Northern Illinois University and DePaul University. This is a great opportunity to hear experts discuss timely and relevant international issues and also socialize with a diverse group of law students similarly interested in international law. There is a catered reception following the panel discussion.

Bar Loan Applications for December Grads

December Graduates: If you are planning on graduating in December and taking the February bar, bar loan applications are available on-line. Bar study loans are specifically designed for law students who are about to take the bar exam. A bar loan is a private loan, and a credit check will be performed as part of the application process. The loan helps finance bar exam costs, such as bar review course fees, bar exam deposits and fees, and living expenses.

If you have not borrowed the maximum amount of Federal Stafford Loans, you may want to use the balance to fund your bar exam preparation. Start your research on bar loans early, so that you get the best interest rate possible, because a bar loan cannot be consolidated with your current Stafford Loans.

Bar loans allow applicants to borrow a minimum of $1,000 and a maximum of $15,000. You may apply for a bar study loan through your current student loan lender, or you may use a completely different lender. You may begin the bar loan application process online and submit your application directly to your lender. Bar loan applications will be certified by the University Student Financial Aid Office (Swen Parson Room 245). Most lenders have moved to an electronic certification process and will contact SFAO on your behalf to certify your enrollment status. You should contact your lender with specific questions regarding their certification process and inquire whether they have any additional paperwork to complete.

You should begin the application process at least 2-3 weeks before you need to have the first disbursement. The following are some of the private lenders that are still providing bar loans. As you do research, consider the following: loan eligibility, interest rates, co-signers, origination fees, length of grace period, length of repayment, cumulative debt limit, borrowing maximum and other incentives your lender may offer. Research additional lenders via the web and compare their interest rates before you sign. 

  • Sallie Mae Law Student Loan Program
  • Wells Fargo Bar Exam Loan 
  • Fifth Third Bar Study Loan 
  • PNC Bar Study Loan 
  • Discover Bar Exam Loan

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Moot Court Society 2L General Information Meeting

The Moot Court Society is having a 2L General Information Meeting on Wednesday, November 6th in Room 188 at Noon. This event is sponsored by Barbri and lunch will be provided. We will be discussing the upcoming competition, how 2Ls can participate, and what is required.

SBA Town Hall Meeting on Academic Excellence Fee

On Wednesday, November 13th from 12:00pm-12:50pm in the Riley Courtroom, Rm 170, hear a presentation on the Academic Excellence Fee and how it benefits you.  Be sure to attend and ask any questions you may have.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Federalist Society Debate on Polygraph Admissibility

Join the Federalist Society for our final, and perhaps most interesting, debate of the semester, a debate on Admissibility of Polygraph Tests between polygraph examiner Brian Morris and Professor Dan Cain. Co-hosted by the Criminal Law Society, the debate will take place Wednesday, November 6th from 11:50-12:50 in the Riley Courtroom.  Lunch will be provided for the debate audience, compliments of the Federalist Society.

Contracts w/ Prof. Reynolds cancelled for 10/29/13

Professor Reynolds' Contracts class is cancelled for today, Tuesday 10/29/13.

Monday, October 28, 2013

3L Composite Pictures

Attention 3L's:  Our class composite pictures will be Tuesday, November 12th from 9am-2pm in the Marshall Gallery. A sign up sheet will be in the SBA glass case this week. There will be a sitting fee of $25. Please dress business professional. If you have any other questions please let Emily Perkins or Emily O'Connor know. Thank you.

Talk on Public Sector Labor Law

Please join us on Friday, November 8 at 2:00, in Room 186, as two NIU Law graduates, Khristian Parker and Alice Johnson, lecture on the future of public sector labor law. Ms. Parker and Ms. Johnson both work for the Illinois Nurses' Association, where Ms Johnson is former General Counsel and current Executive Director. Following their talk, there will be a reception in the Thurgood Marshall Gallery.

Friday, October 25, 2013

A Commitment to Public Service at NIU Law - Upcoming Programs

The Deans encourage you to participate in the following programs:

October 29, 2013 - Meet the Public Interest Employers – presented by the Chicago Area Law School Consortium 5:30-7:30 [at Loyola University Chicago, School of Law] (transportation provided to NIU Law Students)

October 30, 2013 - Illinois Migrant Legal Assistance Project presentation – 12:00 (Rm. 170)

October 31, 2013 - “Pro Bono Service? Why?” 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom, with a reception afterwards.

November 13, 2013 - Murer 1L Professionalism Lecture - Attorney Jeffrey Colman, Jenner & Block 4:00- 5:15 p.m. (required for 1L students)

May 2014 grads: Watch for graduation e-mail!

Please check your Z# e-mail for important graduation information from the Office of Budget & Records, which was sent out to students recently, subject matter “May 2014 Graduation credit check / info.” If you did not receive this e-mail, please contact Julie or Christina as soon as possible. If you did receive the e-mail, please respond back to Julie promptly, as requested.

Law Library Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Take a study break, and join in the fun! The library is hosting a pumpkin decorating contest. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to enter the contest by dropping off their creations at the library on Monday October 28th. Ballot boxes will be in the library until 12 p.m. on the 30th. Cast your vote for the best pumpkin. Then join the library staff for a party revealing the winners at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, the 30th of October. There will be treats for all, and prizes for the big winners:

1st place -- a reserved study table in the law library during fall finals
2nd place -- a trip onto the bridge over Normal Road and more…
3rd place -- a trip to the scary stacks and more….

2L Mock Trial Finals

The Final Round of the 2L Mock Trial Competition will be at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, October 28th in the Riley Courtroom. Family, friends, students and professors are encouraged to attend the final trial.

The 2L Mock Trial Competition started with 18 teams. Two teams have now advanced through the preliminary round, quarterfinals, and semi-finals. Come support your fellow classmates and enjoy this final trial!

Gay Straight Alliance events this week

GSA will have a Donut Sale fundraiser on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to noon outside Room #187. The theme is “Start Your Day With GSA”. We will have donuts, coffee and more!

Additionally, we will be having an open discussion about marriage equality on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 from noon to 1:00 p.m. in Room 188. Lunch will be provided and Professors Boudreau and Arriola will facilitate the discussion.

Lunch con LLSA!

LLSA is sponsoring “Lunch con LLSA” comprised of Tamales and Puerto Rican rice (arroz con gandules) plus a drink. The cost is $5 for members and $6 for non-members. The event will be held on Tuesday, October 29 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery.

Illinois Migrant Legal Assistance Project presentation

The IMLAP will come to NIU College of Law on October 30th at noon, in room 170 to share information about the upcoming Spring 2014 Farmworker Advocacy Project externship. Food and beverages will be provided to those who attend.

As low-wage workers, farmworkers face many challenges, and as an intern, you could be working on the most cutting-edge legal issues, representing farmworkers in labor law, immigration law, and more.

Come hear from former interns about the program. The panel will include George Gomez, an NIU 3L former intern; Chelsea Wintersteen, an NIU alum, attorney, and former intern; and Andrea Zambrano, a current intern and 2L at DePaul University. Both Karla Altmayer and Miguel Keberlein will be present to answer any questions. Come out and learn more!

Opportunity for University Service

There is currently an opening for a student representative from the law school to serve on the university’s Academic Planning Council (“APC”). The APC is composed of representatives of the university’s faculty, student body and administration. The council is charged with updating the university’s academic mission statement, developing plans and strategies for achieving that mission, advising the administration on academic priorities, and performing other important academic planning tasks. The APC meets approximately two to three times a month and provides a valuable opportunity to meet and work with people from other colleges and departments around the university.

For more information about the APC and its mission, see http://www.niu.edu/u_council/committees/2010-11/APC.shtml or contact Associate Dean Coles. Any law student interested in volunteering for this important work should contact Associate Dean Coles as soon as possible, as the deadline for submitting a student name to the university is Wednesday, October 30, at 4:30 p.m.

PILS Pizza Sale This Week

PILS will be having pizza sales on the table outside the writing professors’ offices (on the bottom floor of Swen Parson) on Thursday, October 31, during the noon hour. Pizza sales will also be held on November 13.

Blood Drive This Week

The Christian Legal Society will sponsor a Blood Drive on October 31 from noon to 4:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. The event is cosponsored by Delta Theta Phi and BLSA.

Scholarship Deadline Coming Up This Week

Jack Carey Memorial Scholarship
Areas of Interest: Public Defender’s Office, Internship Opportunities, Cook County, Financial Need
Criteria: Application, Essay, Licensed 711 Intern, and can commit 15 hours a week to the Cook County Public Defender’s Office (for a semester)
Award: $2,500 stipend for a law student working at the Cook County Public Defender’s Office
Deadline: November 1, 2013
More Information: http://cookcountypd.org/resources/scholarship/

Moot Court Society informational meeting

The Moot Court Society will hold an informational meeting on November 6 at 12:00 noon in Room #188. Barbri will be sponsoring the event and lunch will be provided. For all 2Ls who are interested in competing in the Lenny B. Mandell Moot Court Competition in the spring semester, this is the meeting to attend as general information will be discussed, as well as important upcoming dates.

National Law Review Student Writing Contest

The National Law Review is hosting its November 2013 Law Student Writing Contest, with the winning article to be published on the National Law Review’s website, blog and newsletter. The suggested topic this year is Environmental Law, although entries covering other current issues will also be considered. Articles should be submitted by no later than November 11, 2013 to lawschools@natlawreview.com. For complete contest guidelines, see http://www.natlawreview.com/NLR-law-student-writing-competition.

Client Counseling Competition

The NIU College of Law will sponsor a team of two students at the regional competition of the American Bar Association Client Counseling Competition to be held on February 15, 2014 at the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign, IL. To select the team to represent NIU, we are holding an internal competition for which all second and third year students are eligible and invited to participate.

The competition will be conducted through the submission of a recorded client consultation, which will be reviewed by a panel of from two to three judges.

The topic of the counseling competition this year is the First Amendment. Upon registration, each team will be given a one- or two-sentence description of a prospective client and the basic nature of the client’s matter. Teams will also be given the name and contact information of the person who will play their “client”. Each team is responsible for making their own arrangements for recording the interview session, which must be completed and submitted by Monday, November 18, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.

Additional information concerning the conduct of the competition is contained in the Internal Client Counseling Competition Rules, which were sent to students by e-mail on October 21, along with a registration form. For guidance, you may also watch recordings of client consultation sessions from the championship rounds of the National Client Counseling Competition, several copies of which are on reserve in the library.

If you and a teammate are interested in participating in the competition, please register by or before Monday, November 4, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. by submitting a registration form to the Professor King or the faculty secretaries. If you are interested in participating but do not have a teammate in mind, you may leave your name and contact information with Professor King or the faculty secretaries on or before Monday, October 28, 2013 at 4:00 p.m., and you will be sent the names of any other individual students who have expressed an interest in competing.

If you would like additional information about the internal competition, please contact Professor King at yking@niu.edu.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Judge Judith Brawka Presentation

Judge Judith Brawka, the Chief Judge of Illinois' 16th Judicial Circuit, will be speaking on "Public Service and the Changing Landscape of the Law and Courts" in the Riley Courtroom on Thursday, November 7, 2013, at Noon. Judge Brawka is the first female Chief Judge in the 16th Judicial Circuit. Recently, she has been instrumental in developing the Kane County Foreclosure Mediation Program, where law students in the NIU Foreclosure Mediation Clinic will be providing mediation advocacy for pro se homeowners. Judge Brawka's presentation is sponsored by the College of Law Clinical Programs. Lunch will be provided.

Monday, October 21, 2013

PILS Raffle This Week - Buy Your Tickets Now!

Tickets will be on sale this week for the annual PILS raffle.  They will be available in the Marshall Gallery from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Monday, October 21 - Thursday, October 24, with the final drawing for the raffle taking place in the Gallery at 4:00 on Thursday.  Don't miss your chance to win big!

Delta Theta Phi raffle tickets on sale this week

Delta Theta Phi will be selling raffle tickets on Tuesday, October 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery.

Federalist Society Debate

The Federalist Society presents a debate between Professors David Forte and Mitch Pickerill on the Roberts Court and State Sovereignty Rights on Wednesday, October 23rd at 11:50 a.m. in the Riley Courtroom. Food other than pizza will be served compliments of the Federalist Society.

Access to Justice Conference

The Illinois Supreme Court’s Commission on Access to Justice invites you to attend its second annual conference on the topic of Pro Bono: Closing the Justice Gap in Illinois Courts. The conference will be held on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the James R. Thompson Center, Assembly Hall Auditorium, Concourse Level, 100 W. Randolph, Chicago, Illinois. The Keynote Speaker will be Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director for the Equal Justice Initiative. Other speakers include Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride, Illinois Supreme Court, Chief Judge Ruben Castillo, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and Chief Judge Elizabeth A. Robb, 11th Judicial Circuit. To attend, please RSVP to atjconference@Illinoiscourts.gov. CLE credits will be available.

PILS Pizza Sale This Week

PILS will be having pizza sales on the table outside the writing professors’ offices (bottom floor of Swen Parson) on Thursday, October 24, during the noon hour. Pizza sales will also be held on October 31 and November 13.

Palsgraf

Please join us for “Palsgraf,” the annual Halloween Party sponsored by the SBA. Palsgraf will be held at River Heights Golf Course in DeKalb on Friday, October 25 from 8:00-12:00 p.m. Tickets will be sold for $25 a person if purchased in advance, and $30 at the door. Your ticket will include admission and access to an open bar. Contact an SBA representative or board member to purchase tickets and sign a waiver form. Tickets will be sold until Thursday the 24th in the Marshall Gallery. Free transportation will be provided to and from Swen Parson to River Heights from 7:45 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on the 25th. Come join the fun with your classmates and professors!

Pro Bono Panel Speakers and Discussion

All students, faculty and other interested persons are invited to attend a panel discussion on Pro Bono Service? Why? -- Greater Success and Satisfaction in Your Professional and Personal Life. The program will be held on October 31, 2013 from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom, with a reception afterwards.

Please join us for this exciting and provocative discussion about the importance of “giving back” through volunteer pro bono service to your professional advancement and personal satisfaction. The Keynote Speaker, Jonathan K. Baum, a prominent attorney who was the first Director of Pro Bono Programs at a major Chicago law firm, will be joined by a panel that includes attorney Joseph A. Dailing, Consultant, Illinois Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission; Ruth Barnes, Staff Attorney, “World Relief” DuPage/Aurora, Immigrant Legal Services (NIU Law ‘09); and current 3L, Erin Novak, Co-coordinator, Hope Legal Clinic at Hesed House (Homeless Shelter), Aurora, Illinois. Professor Lawrence Schlam will be moderating the discussion.

These dedicated attorneys, all of whom have significant experience with integrating pro bono legal services into their lives and practices, will discuss:

  • their professional work and experience; 
  • how and why they integrated pro bono service into their professional lives; and 
  • their thoughts and insights about their practice and how pro bono service might improve opportunities for professional success and personal fulfillment. 

Please join us for this intriguing discussion and reception. You will have an opportunity to resolve questions or concerns you may have about adding pro bono service to your professional lives while maintaining a professional practice, and meet several knowledgeable attorneys who have greatly impacted the lives of the under-represented and disadvantaged members of our society.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Civil Externship Informational Session

On November 4th from 12-1 p.m. in Room 188, Professor Maddali will be hosting a Civil Externship Informational session. Come learn about the process of enrolling in the civil externship program and how to secure an externship placement site. Lunch will be provided.

Illinois Migrant Legal Assistance Project presentation

On Wednesday, October 30th at noon, in room 170, the Illinois Migrant Legal Assistance Project (IMLAP) of LAF will come to NIU to share information about the upcoming Spring 2014 Farmworker Advocacy Project externship. Food and beverages will be provided to those who attend.

Farmworkers, as low-wage workers, face many challenges and as an intern, you could be working on the most cutting-edge legal issues representing farmworkers in labor law, immigration law, and more. Come to learn from former interns about the program. The panel will include George Gomez, an NIU 3L and former intern; Chelsea Wintersteen, an NIU alum, attorney, and former intern; and Andrea Zambrano, a current intern and 2L at DePaul University. Both Karla Altmayer and Miguel Keberlein will be present to answer any questions. Come out and learn more!

12th Annual Shining the Light on Domestic Violence Vigil

The 17th Judicial Circuit Court Family Violence Coordinating Council, Judge Rosemary Collins, Chairperson, cordially invites you to attend the 12th Annual Shining the Light on Domestic Violence on Thursday, October 24 from 5:15 to 6:00 p.m. at the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic in Rockford, IL.

This brief ceremony will recognize and honor the work that has been done to improve safety for victims of domestic violence during the past year. There will also be a candlelight vigil to mourn, support and celebrate victims and survivors of domestic violence. Please help us continue to raise awareness about the problem of domestic violence and learn about the resources available by joining us at this event.  

The event will feature presentations by: Judge Rosemary Collins, Chairperson of 17th FVCC; Jackie Stephenson, local musician; and David Peterson, Winnebago County Chief Operating Officer. Winnebago County Sheriff Richard Meyers will be present to receive special recognition of his continued support of projects that help increase safety for victims and their families in our community.  The Rockford Sexual Assault Clothesline Project and the 17th FVCC Silhouette Project will also be on display.

For more information contact Andrea Carlson at 815-516-2446 or email to acarlson@wincoil.us

Sales w/ Dean Gaebler cancelled for 10/18/13

SALES
Dean Gaebler

Class is cancelled for today 10/18/13.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

ABA Presents: Tailor Your Career to Fit Your Strengths

The ABA is launching Career Advice Live!, a FREE monthly webinar series offering practical tips on career-related topics. The inaugural program, "Tailor Your Career to Fit Your Strengths," will take place on Friday, October 18 at 12:00 p.m. and is free for ABA members. Register today and learn more about the series at www.ambar.org/4tips!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Federalist Society Presents "Bar Review"

Join the Federalist Society for "Bar Review," a night of real-world study and socializing for law students, at Molly's in DeKalb starting at 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 17.

Delta Theta Phi's Annual Pink Week for Breast Cancer Awareness is this week!

Please join Delta Theta Phi this week for activities to support Breast Cancer Awareness:

Oct. 14: Bake Sale in Marshall Gallery 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Oct. 15: 50/50 Raffle Tickets for Sale in Gallery 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Oct. 16: Tapas for Tatas in Marshall Gallery 12-2 p.m. sponsored by Delta and Women's Law Caucus
Oct. 17: 50/50 Raffle Tickets for Sale in Gallery 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Bar Crawl T-shirt pick up 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Gallery
Oct. 18: Bar Crawl T-shirt pick up 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Gallery
Delta Pink Week Bar Crawl 6 p.m. at Lord Stanley's

WLC Tapas for Tatas

Women's Law Caucus would like to invite you to attend Tapas for Tatas on Wednesday, October 16 in the Marshall Gallery from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tapas for Tatas is an event where students donate a prepared dish (appetizers, main entrees, side dishes, and desserts) which are then served tapas style (in small portions) to anyone interested in attending the event. The price to eat at this event is $5.00 for WLC members/faculty/staff and $6.00 for non-members. All event proceeds benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. If you are interested in purchasing a ticket or donating a dish (students who donate a dish for the event will receive a FREE ticket to attend), please contact a WLC Board Member-- Shannon Powell, Elizabeth Weir, Amanda Bonanotte, Helen Mellas, Megan Lafata, Caitlin Paluska, Rachel Peter, Michael Mehlick, Maggie O'Brien

PILS Pizza Sale This Week

PILS will be having pizza sales on the table outside the writing professors’ offices (bottom floor of Swen Parson) on Wednesday, October 16, during the noon hour. Pizza sales will also be held on October 24, October 31 and November 13.

CLS Meeting This Week

The Christian Legal Society (CLS) will be meeting on Thursday, October 17th in room 173 from 12:00 -1:00 for fun, snacks, and fellowship. All are welcome to attend! Hope to see you there! For questions about the NIU chapter of CLS, please contact Jason Jordan at jason.jordan@me.com.

Upcoming Scholarship Deadline for This Week

The DISH “Best in Class” eDiscovery Legal Research and Writing Competition 
Areas of Interest: Civil Litigation, Information Governance
Criteria: Essay (fewer than 5,000 words) - "What changes should be made to the civil discovery rules to better facilitate the just, speedy, and inexpensive resolution of matters?”
Award: $3,500 cash prize
Deadline: October 18, 2013
More Information: http://www.dishediscovery.com/

Federalist Society Debate

The Federalist Society presents a debate on the Roberts Court and State Sovereignty Rights between Professors David Forte and Mitch Pickerill on Wednesday, October 23rd at 11:50 in the Riley Courtroom. Food other than pizza will be served compliments of the Federalist Society.

Law Library Pumpkin Decorating Contest

The library is hosting a pumpkin decortating contest. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to enter the contest, by dropping off their creations at the library on Monday October 28th. Ballot boxes will be in the library until 12 p.m. on the 30th. Cast your vote for the best pumpkin. Then join the library staff for a party revealing the winners at 1 p.m. on the 30th of October. There will be treats for all, and prizes for the big winners:

1st place -- a reserved study table in the law library during fall finals
2nd place -- a trip onto the bridge over Normal Road and more…
3rd place -- a trip to the scary stacks and more….

Take a study break, and join in the fun!

CLS Blood Drive

The Christian Legal Society will sponsor a Blood Drive on October 31 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. The event is cosponsored by Delta Theta Phi and BLSA.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Clerkships: Should I Apply?

Are you thinking about clerking for a judge after you graduate? Interested in what the job entails? Wondering if you'd be a good candidate? Clueless about the application process? Don't worry, you're in luck! Professors Falkoff and Widman will hold a Q&A session on post-graduate clerking on Thursday, October 17, at 12:15 in Room 186. Everyone is invited, from 1Ls who'd like to learn how to start building a competitive resume to 3Ls who could (and should) get their applications ready straight away.

Monday, October 7, 2013

JILS Does Street Law!

Street Law, sponsored by the Juvenile Interest Law Society (JILS), just wrapped up its first lesson! We discussed gerrymandering, or the act of drawing district lines in order to favor/disfavor a certain political group. It was a great success! Thank you to JILS members Matt Nagy, Alexis Aranda, and Eric Bornerman (as well as Ms. Smrz and her wonderful Government Class) for such a great lesson.

We have three Street Law classes left (10/10, 10/17, and 10/24). If you would like to participate and are free from 1:30-3pm on Thursdays, please email Matt Nagy (mnagy2@gmail.com).

Friday, October 4, 2013

Public Interest Law Initiative Presentation

This session will provide you with insights to the PILI Law Student Internship and Graduate Fellowship Programs. You will hear about these opportunities and the application process, as well as insights from former PILI Interns or Fellows and a supervisor from a host agency. Though the focus will be on PILI’s programs, many of the insights and suggestions will be applicable to your search for other public interest law internships.  Speakers include:
  • Michael Bergmann, Executive Director, Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) 
  • Phillip Mohr, Deputy Director, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services 
  • Kevin Zickterman (’13), 2012 PILI Law Student Intern, AmeriCorps VISTA Fellowship at Illinois Legal Aid Online 
The event will take place on Monday, October 7, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom.

CLS Welcomes Guest Speaker Bruce Strom from Administer Justice

The Christian Legal Society is proud to welcome back guest speaker Bruce Strom, Executive Director of Administer Justice, on Wednesday, October 9th at noon in the Riley Courtroom. Bruce recently published his first book, entitled “Gospel Justice,” which passionately discusses how church leaders, Christian lawyers, business people, and entrepreneurs can join the movement to help those oppressed by legal injustice. Food will be provided, and all are welcome to attend this event. Bruce is an excellent speaker who looks forward to joining us again this year!

Delta Theta Phi Apparel Sale

Delta Theta Phi will be selling College of Law apparel on Wednesday and Thursday, October 9-10, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery.  Wear your NIU Law pride for the world to see!

Scholarship Deadline Coming Up This Week

Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois Scholarship 
Areas of Interest: Hellenic Bar Association, Academic Achievement, Financial Need, Community Service
Criteria: Online Application, Essay, Interview, Transcript, Resume, and Photo. Restricted to second and third year law students only.
Award: $2,500
Deadline: October 11, 2013 
More Information: http://www.hellenicbar.org/

SBA Casino Night

Join the NIU Law Student Bar Association as they host their annual gala event Friday, October 11 from 6:30 - 10:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. This year's Casino Night will feature popular casino games with the law students' favorite professors dealing at the tables. Admission includes hors d'oeurves, gaming chips, and free soda, beer and wine. Tickets are $25 if bought in advance and $30 at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets, please see an SBA member or contact the SBA at sba.niu@gmail.com!

Homecoming with NIU Law - Next Saturday!

Homecoming is October 12, 2013! Stop by the NIU Law tent and tailgate with the Dean, staff, fellow students, alumni, and friends. Tailgating time is from 12:30- 3:30 p.m., and game time is 4:00 p.m. Please R.S.V.P. to mmitchell@niu.edu.

ACS Doughnut Sale reminder

The American Constitution Society will be holding a coffee and doughnut sale in the Marshall Gallery on October 14 from 8:15 to 9:00 a.m.

National Law Review Writing Contest reminder

The National Law Review is hosting its October 2013 Law Student Writing Contest, with the winning article to be published on the National Law Review’s website, blog and newsletter. The suggested topic this year is Immigration Law Reform, although entries covering other current issues will also be considered. Articles should be submitted by no later than October 14, 2013 to lawschools@natlawreview.com. For complete contest guidelines, see http://www.natlawreview.com/NLR-law-student-writing-competition.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Scholarship Deadlines Coming Up This Week

September

ABA Section of Public Contract Law Writing Competition 
Areas of Interest: Public Contract Law, Grant Law
Criteria: Essay on Public Contract Law
Award: 1st Place $5,000 2nd Place $2,500, 3rd Place $1,000
Deadline: September 30, 2013
More Information: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_contract_law/awards.html

Puerto Rican Bar Association of Illinois Scholarship
Areas of Interest: Latino Community Involvement
Criteria: Involvement in Latino Community, Financial Need, 2 Page Statement, Application
Award: Not specified
Deadline: September 30, 2013
More Information: http://prbalawil.com/foundation

October 

National Security Law Student Writing Competition
Areas of Interest: National Security Law, Nuclear Power, Nuclear Proliferation
Criteria: Essay on Nuclear Issues and National Security Law (under 5,000 words).
Award: $500 (cash prize) and travel expenses to annual conference in Washington D.C.
Deadline: October 1, 2013
More Information:  http://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_services/law_national_security/awards.html

Deadline for Registration for 2L Mock Trial Competition This Week

Please submit your registration for the 2L Mock Trial Competition no later than 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 1 on the sign up sheet located outside of the Trial Ad office in Room 172D (located in the faculty annex). 2L’s must register in either a team of two (2) or as an individual, in which case you will be paired with another individualAdditional information will be available for those who wish to add the Trial Ad Society as a course on TWEN.

Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice to Deliver Murer Series Lecture

You are invited to attend a lecture presented by Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride on Wednesday, October 2nd from 4:00-5:15 p.m. in the NIU Holmes Student Center Regency Room. Chief Justice Kilbride will discuss professionalism issues and challenges as part of the Murer Speaker Series on Professionalism for first-year law students.

Illinois Innocence Project Event Reminder

The Illinois Innocence Project Presents: Bennie Starks, Wednesday, October 2, 2013 from Noon-1:00 p.m. in Room #170 (the Riley Courtroom). Food and drink will be provided! The event will be co-sponsored by the Criminal Law Society and the American Constitution Society.  Bennie Starks was wrongly convicted in Lake County, Illinois, of a 1986 rape and battery that he did not commit. He spent the next 27 years fighting to clear his name, with 21 of those years spent in prison. DNA testing established his innocence in 2001, but Bennie remained in prison until 2006 and was not fully exonerated until 2013 when the newly-elected Lake County State’s Attorney took office and dismissed all of his charges. Bennie spent over a decade fighting for his freedom after DNA proved his innocence. Come meet Bennie, hear his story and learn more about the causes of wrongful conviction.  The event is sponsored by the NIU College of Law Dean’s Office, the NIU Criminal Law Society, and the NIU Constitutional Law Society.

PILS Pizza Sale This Week

PILS will be having pizza sales on the table outside the writing professors’ offices (first floor of Swen Parson). Pizza will be available this Wednesday, October 2. Pizza sales will also be held on October 24 and October 31.

WLC Mentor/Mentee Program

The Women’s Law Caucus would like to extend an invitation to all members of the WLC Mentor/Mentee Program to their Mentor/Mentee Mixer on Thursday, October 3, 2013 from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. The Women’s Law Caucus Executive Board will be providing a variety of snacks, desserts, beer, wine, and other non-alcoholic beverages. Please stop by to mingle with your mentor or mentee and other members of our program. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Pro Bono Opportunity in Rockford This Week

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This year the Rockford Family Violence Council will host an information booth at the Rockford City Market on Friday, October 4, 2013. The Domestic Violence Planning Committee is in need of volunteers to staff the gates and the booth in order to make this opportunity a success. Last year this opportunity proved to be a great way to reach a large number of community members. If you are interested in volunteering, there are two shifts available (or you can do both, if you would like). We need at least six volunteers from 2:45-5:00 p.m. and the same number from 5:00-7:15 p.m. This is a great networking opportunity, especially for students interested in working in Rockford and/or in the field of victim advocacy. For further information, contact Shannon Powell at powell1689@gmail.com.

National Law Review Student Writing Contest

The National Law Review is hosting its October 2013 Law Student Writing Contest, with the winning article to be published on the National Law Review’s website, blog and newsletter. The suggested topic this year is Immigration Law Reform, although entries covering other current issues will also be considered. Articles should be submitted by no later than October 14, 2013 to lawschools@natlawreview.com. For complete contest guidelines, see http://www.natlawreview.com/NLR-law-student-writing-competition.

ACS Coffee and Doughnut Sale

The American Constitution Society will be holding a coffee and doughnut sale in the Marshall Gallery on October 14 from 8:15 to 9:00 a.m.

Notice for December 2013 Graduates

December 2013 Graduation: If you are planning to graduate in December 2013 and have not already done so, please contact the Office of Budget & Records as soon as possible to let us know. Then, between 10/1/13 and 10/31/13, you will need to do the following: 1) See Julie (SP285) to complete a “Statement of Candidacy” 2) Then, apply for graduation online, at which time a $75 fee will be charged to your NIU account.

Friday, September 27, 2013

NIU Law is in the Finals at NLLSA!

The NIU team of Kate Guensburg and Manar Zayed will be arguing Friday at 11 AM against Florida Coastal in the New Mexico Supreme Court in the final round of the NLLSA Moot Court Competition.

21 teams entered the competition. NIU advanced to the finals after defeating Fordham in the quarterfinals and Northwestern in the semi-finals.

The NIU team of George Gomez and Irakere Picon placed 9th, narrowly missing the quarterfinals. Both teams are coached by Prof. Jones.

Good luck to Kate Guensburg and Manar Zayed in the finals!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Congratulations to newly-elected ISBA Representatives

The NIU Law branch of the Illinois State Bar Association Law Student Division welcomes three new representatives this week.  Congratulations to Kaitlin Hargate (1L), Gianna Venticinque (1L) and Danielle Kancherlapalli (2L)!

Scholarship Deadlines Coming Up This Week

ABA Section of Public Contract Law Writing Competition 
Areas of Interest: Public Contract Law, Grant Law
Criteria: Essay on Public Contract Law
Award: 1st Place $5,000 2nd Place $2,500, 3rd Place $1,000
Deadline: September 30, 2013 
More Information: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_contract_law/awards.html

Puerto Rican Bar Association of Illinois Scholarship
Areas of Interest: Latino Community Involvement
Criteria: Involvement in Latino Community, Financial Need, 2 Page Statement, Application
Award: Not specified.
Deadline: September 30, 2013
More Information: http://prbalawil.com/foundation

#KelStrong Sales This Week

From Monday, September 23, through Friday, September 27, SBA members, 3L Ann Rutherford, and 3L Andrea Eklund will be selling wristbands and bake sale items in the Marshall Gallery during the lunch hour to support Kelvin “Kel” Kakazu, a 3L who is recovering from spinal surgery and is paralyzed from the waist down. Please come out and show your support!

LLSA Food Sale This Week

The Latino Law Student Association will hold their first food sale of the year this week! The lunch will take place on Tuesday, September 24 in the Marshall Gallery from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. A plate comes with quesadillas, rice, salsa, soda or water. The price is $5 for non-members and $4 for members. (It is not too late to turn in your dues if you haven’t done so already!) We hope to see you all there!!

ACS Informational Meeting

The American Constitution Society will be holding a general information meeting on Wednesday, September 25 at noon in Room 188. Swing by the PILS Pizza Sale to get lunch and help PILS raise money, and then come on down to meet other progressive-minded individuals and find out how you can get involved! If you have questions, contact Andy Boden, V.P., American Constitution Society.

PILS Pizza Sales Start This Week

PILS will be having pizza sales on the table outside the writing professors’ offices (on the bottom floor of Swen Parson). Pizza will be available this Wednesday, September 25. Pizza sales will also be held on October 2, October 16, October 30 and November 13.

Pro Bono Opportunity as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This year the Rockford Family Violence Council will host an information booth at the Rockford City Market on Friday, October 4, 2013. The Domestic Violence Planning Committee is in need of volunteers to staff the gates and the booth in order to make this opportunity a success. Last year this opportunity proved to be a great way to reach a large number of community members. If you are interested in volunteering, there are two shifts available (or you can do both, if you would like). We need at least six volunteers from 2:45-5:00 p.m. and the same number from 5:00-7:15 p.m. This is a great networking opportunity, especially for students interested in working in Rockford and/or in the field of victim advocacy. For further information, contact Shannon Powell at powell1689@gmail.com.

ACS Coffee and Doughnuts

The American Constitution Society will be holding a coffee and doughnut sale in the Marshall Gallery on October 14 from 8:15 to 9:00 a.m.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Scholarship Deadlines Coming Up This Week

Waechter Medical-Legal Scholarship 
Areas of Interest: Medicine, Law
Criteria: Essay with emphasis on common ground in law and medicine (150 words or more)
Award: $1,000
Deadline: September 16, 2013 
More Information: http://www.birthlaw.com/34.html

James E. Beckley Student Writing Competition 
Areas of Interest: Securities Law; Securities Arbitration; Federal Arbitration Act, Title 9, US Code, Section 1-14; or FINRA Code of Arbitration
Criteria: Essay on Securities Law (25 page limit)
Award: 1st Place $1000, 2nd Place $750, 3rd Place $500
Deadline: September 20, 2013
More Information: http://piaba.org/law-students/2013-james-e-beckley-student-writing-competition

Employment Verification Forms are due Monday, 9/16

As you know, Employment Verification Forms have been distributed to all students by e-mail or by hand. Each student in the law school must complete, sign and submit a form, verifying compliance with the ABA and College of Law work restrictions. There are no exceptions to this rule. Students failing to submit the form in a timely manner will be reported to Dean Rosato for further action.

To submit the form in a timely manner, you must return it to Barbara Manning in Room 276 by no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 16. For questions about the reporting requirement and the 20-hour-a-week work restriction on which it is based, please see Dean Coles. For those who did not receive the form or need a new one, additional copies are available at the Handout Cabinet.