Thursday, January 31, 2013

Judge added to Moot Court XXXI Final Bench

The Moot Court Society is please to announce that Michael A. Scodro, Esq., Solicitor General, Office of the Illinois Attorney General, has been added to the Final Bench for Moot Court XXXI.

Mr. Scodro is a former partner at Mayer Brown and served as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and for the Honorable Sandra Day O'Connor on the United States Supreme Court.

Business Tax with Prof. Schneider canceled for 1/31/13

Business Tax with Professor Schneider (9:00 in room 187) has been canceled for Thursday, January 31.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Upcoming ACS Events

The Chicago Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society is offering several upcoming events of interest to NIU Law students.  These events are free to attend, but please RSVP by going to the ACS website and clicking the event you'd like to attend:

  • Happy Hour with Distinguished Guests Featuring: Geoffrey R. Stone, Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor, The University of Chicago Law School, Member, Board of Directors, American Constitution Society; Camilla Taylor, Marriage Project Director, Midwest Regional Office, Lambda Legal, Member, Board of Advisors, ACS Chicago Lawyer Chapter;  & Sarah Knight, Vice President of Network Advancement, American Constitution Society. 
    Please join us to network and mingle with progressive colleagues and learn more about the American Constitution Society. Professor Geoffrey R. Stone and Sarah Knight will discuss ACS's goals and achievements. Camilla Taylor of Lambda Legal will provide remarks about the state of marriage equality in Illinois. Thursday, January 31, 2013, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Exchequer Restaurant & Pub, 226 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL
  • Forum on the Forgotten Guantanamo Detainees Featuring: Marc D. Falkoff, Associate Professor of Law, Northern Illinois University College of Law; Omar Farah, Staff Attorney, Guantanamo Global Justice Initiative, Center for Constitutional Rights; and moderated by: Patricia A. Bronte, Attorney, Bronte Law LLC. 
    This program will focus on half of the men still detained at Guantánamo. For at least three years, these eighty-six men have been cleared for release by unanimous agreement of the nation’s top intelligence, national security, law enforcement and military officials, yet taxpayers continue to spend $70 million per year to keep the detainees imprisoned. The panelists will also address the detainees’ efforts to obtain habeas corpus relief in the federal courts and Congressional restrictions on the release of these men. A question and answer session will follow the discussion. Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Union League Club of Chicago, 65 West Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 1.5 hours of MCLE credit will be provided.
  • State of the Union Social Event
    Come hear about the state of our union over food and drinks with fellow ACS members. We will be gathering to watch the State of the Union speech and to kick off another year of regular social gatherings. Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 7:00 p.m., English Bar and Restaurant, 444 N. LaSalle Blvd., Chicago, IL


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Business Tax with Prof. Schneider canceled for 1/29/13

Business Tax with Professor Schneider (at 9:00 a.m.) has been canceled for today, Tuesday, January 29th.

Prof. Schneider Seminar canceled for 1/29/13

Professor Schneider's 2:30 seminar has been canceled for today, Tuesday, January 29.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Law Library Computer Lab Hours This Week

The computer lab in the law library will be closed for use by the Basic Legal Research class during the the week of January 28th at the times listed below:

Monday: 11:00-11:50 and 2:30-3:20
Tuesday: 9:00-9:50, 1:00-1:50 and 3:00-3:50
Wednesday: 9:00-9:50, 1:00-1:50 and 2:30-3:20

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of January 28th

  • 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 10:00-2:00 p.m. for students to 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.

CLS Meeting this Week

The Christian Legal Society will hold a meeting in Room #187 at 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, January 30th.

BLSA Documentary in Honor of Black History Month

The Black Law Student Association will host a special documentary screening in honor of Black History Month in Room #187 from 4-5:50 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30th.

Employment Verification Forms - Final Reminder!

This is a reminder that the Employment Verification Form will be emailed to your Z account and a copy is also attached to the Docket. EVERY student must fill out the form, whether you are working or not, and return it to Barbara in Room 172A (directly across from the legal writing instructors' offices and through the doorway) by THURSDAY, JANUARY 31. Students failing to file will be reported to Dean Rosato for further action. There are no exceptions to this requirement: this is an ABA accreditation requirement and needs to be completed EACH semester.

Summer 2013 Legal Studies Institute in Washington, D.C.

The Legal Studies Institute, sponsored by The Fund for American Studies, provides the opportunity for first and second year law students to gain a first-hand look at the American legal system through guaranteed legal internships, a constitutional law course, guest speakers and briefings, and professional development activities through a 9-week internship (May 18-July 27, 2013). Students will live in fully-furnished apartments in downtown Washington, DC and are matched with other Institute participants. The apartments provide easy access to the DC metro transportation system. Visit www.DCinternships.org/LSI for more details and to begin the application process. Applications will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis. You are encouraged to apply by the early deadline of Friday, February 8, 2013 to receive priority admissions consideration and a 5% discount on your tuition balance. Many legal internship sites request resumes early in the year for their upcoming summer positions, so applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Moot Court Society reminder

Briefs must be submitted by NOON on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH. NOTE CHANGE.  Please check the Moot Court Society TWEN and Facebook pages for updates. If you have any questions or concerns, please stop by 172D during office hours or e-mail the Moot Court Society Board at niumootcourt@gmail.com.

Graduation Requirements

ATTENTION MAY 2013 GRADUATES:
1) Statement of Candidacy for Degree deadline is Monday, February 18, 2013. Please see Julie in the Office of Budget & Records (SP276) to complete and sign your Statement of Candidacy for Degree form. You must then apply for graduation online in MyNIU. Do not do this until you have met with Julie.

Online Application for Graduation in MyNIU deadline is Monday, February 18, 2013. After completing your Statement of Candidacy form, 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 by May 2013. 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 at a later date.

2) The standard policy at NIU COL is that a Dean’s Certificate is prepared for all graduates by the Office of Budget & Records (Christina and Julie), signed by Dean Rosato, and sent to IBABY. They will do this in early June, after verifying that you have fulfilled all requirements for graduation. However, if you are applying to take the bar exam in a state other than Illinois and that state requires a form similar to the Dean’s Certificate; you will need to provide a copy of that form to the Office of Budget & Records.

January & February Deadline Scholarships

California State Bar International Law Section Writing Competition
The International Law Section invites papers for possible publication in The California International Law Journal. The paper must be between 5,000 and 15,000 words and may be on any subject that would be of interest to an international law practitioner. The paper may be specifically prepared for this contest or based on a paper
submitted in a class, seminar, or as an independent study program. The first place prize is $2,000. The deadline is January 31, 2013. For more information, please visit: http://international.calbar.ca.gov/InternationalLaw/LawStudents.aspx#writing

Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Contest
The Public Justice Foundation is holding its annual Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Contest. The topic for this year’s contest is: “Is Democracy for Sale? Have Citizens United’s holdings run amok? Legal challenges left to Super Pacs? Can funding disclosure be required?” The first place winner receives $5,000 and their essay will be featured on the Public Justice website. The intent to enter deadline is January 31, 2013. The essay submission deadline is March 31, 2013. For more information, please visit http://publicjustice.net/news-events/awards/hogansmoger-essay-contest.

International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Student Writing Competition
The Competition seeks submissions of academic papers on the topic of international humanitarian law. Submissions must be unpublished papers written solely by the candidate in English. The two winning authors will present their papers at an expert conference in Spring 2013 at American University Washington College of Law in Washington, DC, with travel and accommodation expenses covered. The deadline is January 31, 2013. For more information, please visit: http://www.wcl.american.edu/humright/center/student_ihl_writing_competition.cfm

University of Oklahoma American Indian Law Review Writing Competition
The American Indian Law Review calls for papers on any issue concerning American Indian law or indigenous peoples. The first place winner receives $1,000 and publication in the American Indian Law Review. The second place winner receives $500 and third place receives $250. The deadline is January 31, 2013. For more information, please visit: http://www.law.ou.edu/content/writing-competition.

ABA Antitrust Writing Competition
The ABA Antitrust Writing Competition encourages and rewards student written articles in the area of antitrust law, competition policy, and consumer protection law. Students may submit published articles of general interest to the antitrust community, including civil and criminal antitrust law, competition policy, consumer protection, and international competition law. Eligible articles must be published in a schools’ law review or journals between January 1, 2012 and March 1, 2013. The winner will receive $2,000 and an invitation to the Antitrust Section’s Spring Meeting in Washington D.C. The deadline is February 1, 2013. For more information please visit: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/antitrust_law/awards_fellowships/l_student_writing_competition.html

Aurora Foundation Scholarship Program
The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley offers multiple scholarships based on academic ability and/or financial need. With few exceptions, students must have their permanent address within the Community Foundation service area which includes the City of Aurora, southern Kane County, and Kendall County within the State of Illinois. Eligible graduate students must have attained a bachelor’s degree and are undertaking advanced studies at the graduate level at the beginning of the 2013-2014 academic year. The deadline is February 4, 2013. For more information please visit: http://www.communityfoundationfrv.org/scholarshipprogram.asp

Health Law Student Scholarship
The Healthcare Compliance Certification Program is a multi-day educational program that addresses the myriad of legal and compliance issues faced by the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. Each nominee must be either a 2L or part-time 3L student who through their law school and clinical work demonstrates an aptitude for and commitment to a legal career in health care law within the pharmaceutical, biotech, and/or medical technology industries. The recipient must attend the Health Compliance Certification Program June 10-13, 2013. The deadline is February 8, 2013. For more information, please email sara.simon@shu.edu.

Unitarian Universalist Association Standfield Law Scholarship
Applicants for this scholarship will have to submit a sample of their best art works, demonstrate financial need, and promote Unitarian Universalist values. The selection committee will take into consideration “not only the intellectual attainments and potentialities of the beneficiaries but that they consider whether in character and constructive spiritual philosophy the beneficiaries are most likely to use their legal training and their training in art for the betterment of humankind.” The deadline is February 15, 2013. For more information, please visit uua.org/care/scholarships/standfield/8789.shtml.

American Historical Association, Littleton-Griswald Research Grant for Research in U.S. Legal History
Only members of the American Historical Association are eligible to apply for this grant in research in U.S. Legal History and in the general field of law and society. Grant may be used for travel to a library or archive, for microfilms, photographs, or photocopying…This list of purposes that is meant to be merely illustrative, not exhaustive (other expenses, such as child care, can be included). Preference will be given to those with specific research needs, such as the completing of a project or a discrete segment thereof. Preference will be given to Ph.D. candidates and junior scholars. The deadline is February 15, 2013. For more information please visit: www.historians.org/prizes/Littleton-GriswaldGrantInfo.htm

Jewish Federation Academic Scholarship Program
Educational scholarship funds from grants administered by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago are available for Jewish college and graduate students with ties to the Chicagoland area. Approximately $500,000 is available each year. The primary criteria for an award are career promise and financial need. The deadline is February 15, 2013. For more information please visit: http://jvschicago.org/training-education/scholarship-services

The Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law
The Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law calls for papers for papers related to regulatory or administrative law. The author of the winning will receive a cash prize of $1,500 and will receive special recognition at the ACS National Convention. The deadline is February 11, 2013. For more information, please visit: http://www.acslaw.org/cudahycompetition

ABA Spring Conference Scholarship
A limited number of scholarships are available to law students interested 42nd ABA Spring Conference in Salt Lake City. To be considered, you must be a member of the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources. The deadline is February 19, 2013. For more information please visit: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/environment_energy_resources/membership/law_student_resources.html

Bert W. Levit Essay Contest
The Bert W. Levit Essay Contest is conducted by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability and the San Francisco law firm of Long & Levit LLP. This year’s contest hypothetical involves questions about a law firm’s potential malpractice exposure when it relied upon a third-party vendor to provide document review services for a client, which ultimately resulted in the release of privileged documents. The winning submission will receive a $5,000 cash prize and a trip to New Orleans. The deadline is February 22, 2013. For more information, please visit: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/lawyers_professional_liability/awards.html

Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition
The American Constitution Society (ACS) and the University of Pennsylvania Law School ACS Chapter host an annual national student writing competition in honor of Constance Baker Motley's legacy. ACS welcomes all student papers furthering and promoting a progressive vision of the Constitution, law, and public policy. Entrants are encouraged to view this topic broadly, and welcome submissions on a variety of substantive areas. The deadline is February 22, 2013. For more information please visit: http://www.acslaw.org/chapters/studentcompetitions/writing

Michael Curry Internship Program
The Michael Curry Summer Internship program offers college juniors, seniors and graduate students in all disciplines (including law) an opportunity to work in one of the agencies under the jurisdiction of the Governor full-time during the summer. This ten‐week program carries a stipend of $1,346 per month and begins approximately June 1. Positions are available in Springfield and Chicago. The deadline is February 27, 2013.
For more information please visit: http://www2.illinois.gov/gov/Documents/employment/Curry%20Application%202013.pdf

March Deadline Scholarships

American Bankruptcy Institute Student Writing Competition
The American Bankruptcy Institute is pleased to invite students to participate in its Fifth Annual ABI Bankruptcy Law Student Writing Competition. First, Second and Third Place prizes will be awarded. Papers may cover current issues regarding bankruptcy jurisdiction, bankruptcy litigation, or evidence in bankruptcy cases or proceedings. The paper may address business or consumer cases and may include matters such as bankruptcy sales, plan confirmation and other topics that involve jurisdiction, litigation or evidence in the bankruptcy courts. The deadline is March 1, 2013. For more information please visit: http://papers.abi.org/

Asian American Bar Association Scholarship 
Each year the AABA Law Foundation awards scholarships to law students who have demonstrated a commitment to serving the needs of the Asian Pacific American community, and who will continue to serve the needs of the Asian Pacific American community through pro bono, public interest, and/or public service legal work. A connection to the Chicago area is preferred. To apply for the AABA Law Foundation’s Scholarship, please submit the application as well as the following materials: 1. Your resume, 2. A copy of your most recent law school transcript, 3. Two (2) letters of recommendations, 4. An essay (not to exceed 500 words), and 5. A copy of your application to your law school for financial assistance (Optional). The deadline is March 1, 2013. For more information please visit: http://www.aabachicago.org/foundation

Justinian Society of Lawyers of DuPage County

The DuPage County Chapter of Justinian Society of Lawyers will award a scholarship to a student of Italian extraction. Applicants must submit the application, a letter of recommendation, personal statement, and financial aid information. The deadline is March 1, 2013. For more information please email lawadm@niu.edu.

The Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago Summer Scholarship Grant
The Foundation will award scholarship grants ranging from $3,000 to $4,000 to support full time, summer employment with a qualified public interest organization. Scholarship recipients will be required to complete 300-400 hours over a minimum 10 week period. Grants may be used to supplement other funding sources received for the above work. Applicants must submit a resume, short personal statement, a short essay, and a letter verifying summer employment. The deadline is March 1, 2013. For more information please visit: http://www.lagbac.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/2013-LAGBAC-foundation-application.pdf.

National Italian American Foundation John R. Mott Scholarship Foundation
The NIAF annually awards scholarships to outstanding students in the summer of 2013 for use during the following academic year. The awards will be made on the basis of academic merit and divided between two groups of students. Category I: Italian American students who demonstrate outstanding potential and high academic achievements and; Category II: Students from any ethnic background majoring or minoring in Italian language, Italian studies, Italian American studies or a related field, who demonstrate outstanding potential and high academic achievements. The deadline is March 1, 2013. For more information please visit: www.niaf.org/scholarships/

Trandafir Writing Competition
Each year, Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems, in conjunction with the University of Iowa College of Law International and Comparative Law Program, conducts an annual world affairs student writing competition. The competition is open to law students and to graduate students in all disciplines. The winning essay will be published in Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems. The deadline is March 1, 2013. For more information please visit: http://www.law.du.edu/forms/writing-competitions/documents/103.pdf

Sarah Weddington Writing Prize
Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ), in collaboration with the Center for Reproductive Rights, is seeking submissions for the eighth annual Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in
Reproductive Rights. Winning authors will receive cash prizes: $750 (1st place), $500 (2nd place), or $250 (3rd place). This year's theme is "Economic (in) Justice of Reproductive Regulation." The deadline is March 4, 2013. For more information please download the “2013 Call for Submissions” from: http://lsrj.org/awards

ABA Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law- Writing Competition
Open to all students currently enrolled in an ABA Accredited Law School. Papers should address any legal issue regarding affordable housing and/or community development law. The paper as judged by the selection committee will be awarded a prize of $1,000 and a trip to attend the Forum’s Annual Conference May 22-24, 2013 in Washington, D.C., airfare and lodging included. The winning essay may be published in the Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law. The deadline is March 8, 2013. For more information please visit: www.americanbar.org/groups/affordable_housing.html

William C. Conner Intellectual Property Law Writing Competition
The New York Intellectual Property Law Association calls for submissions for the annual“The William C. Conner Intellectual Property Law Writing Competition”. An entry must be directed to any of the traditional subject areas of intellectual property, i.e., patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair trade practices and antitrust. There is a twenty (20) page limit for all entries. The deadline is March 8, 2013. For more information please visit: http://www.nyipla.org/nyipla/ConnerWritingCompetition.asp

Sidney B. Williams Jr. Scholarship
Applicants for this scholarship will write an essay of no more than 250 words explaining how the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s Sidney B. Williams Jr. Scholarship/Thurgood Marshall College Fund will help make a difference in meeting your goal of engaging in the full time practice of Intellectual Property law. The deadline is March 15, 2013. For more information please visit: www.thurgoodmarshallcollegefund.org

Prize in International Insolvency Studies
The International Insolvency Institute is pleased to announce its 2013 Prize in International Insolvency Studies. The prize is awarded for original legal research, commentary or analysis on topics of international insolvency, the comparative international analysis of domestic insolvency, and the restructuring issues and developments. Entries must not have been published prior to October 2012. The deadline is March 15, 2013. For more information please visit: http://www.iiiglobal.org/iii-prize-in-insolvency.html

Northwest Suburban Bar Association Timothy C. Evans Scholarship
THE NWSBA offers this annual scholarship for eligible students residing in the Northern District of Illinois (including Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, LaSalle, Lake, and Will counties). Factors that will be considered include scholastic achievement, extracurricular activities, and financial need. Applicants must submit the scholarship application, two letters of recommendation, an official transcript, and a letter of intent. The deadline is March 15, 2013. For more information please visit: http://nwsba.org/.

Bohemian Lawyers' Association of Chicago Scholarship
The Bohemian Lawyers’ Association is the oldest ethnic Bar Association in Illinois. All persons of Czech, Moravian, Ruthenian, Silesian or Slovak ancestry enrolled in an accredited law school in the greater Chicagoland area are eligible for a Bohemian Lawyers’ Association of Chicago (BLAC) annual scholarship. Recipients will receive a $2,000 scholarship. Applicants must submit an application form, transcript, resume, and personal statement. The deadline is March 31, 2013. For more information please visit: http://www.bohemianlawyers.org/scholarships.html.

SBA Intramural Basketball League

Attention NIU COL students:

Basketball season is upon us, which means its time for the law students to lace up their sneakers, throw on their headbands, and pull up their high socks to compete in the SBA Intramural Basketball League.

The SBA Intramural Basketball League consists of a 4 game season, beginning February 11 and ending March 7 (not including playoffs), in which teams will be scheduled to play either Tuesday at 10:00 pm or Wednesday at 8 pm.

The teams will consist of both males and females (strictly law students) and all talent levels are invited and welcome to play.  The cost for each participating student is $ 5 with the remaining charge being covered by the SBA.

A sign up sheet for the SBA Law League will be located in the glass cases outside of the writing professors' office. When signing up, please include your name, Z- ID number, Height, and Skill Level from 1-5 (1 being the lowest and 5 being the Highest). Sign-up will be available until Wednesday, January 30.

If you have any questions please contact Nate Tate at natetate10@gmail.com or any other SBA representative.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Law Review Banquet 2013

SAVE THE DATE!!

The Law Review Banquet is set to be on the last Saturday of April. (4/27/2013) Details will follow.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Announcing the NIU Law Client Counseling champions

CONGRATULATIONS TO MATTHEW SCHUCK AND EMMET FAIRFIELD who were the First-Place team in the 2012-2013 NIU-COL Internal Client Counseling Competition. The winning team will represent the College of Law at the ABA Regional Client Counseling Competition at NIU COL on February 9, 2013. Congratulations and thanks to all whom participated in the competition.

Join Street Law!

The Juvenile Interest Law Society is preparing to start up Street Law for the Spring semester! If you are interested in participating, please email Matt Nagy at mnagy@niu.edu with when you would be available to participate and whether or not you require transportation. For more general information about Street Law, please also email Matt.

Employment Verification Forms

This is a reminder that the Employment Verification Form will be emailed to your Z account and a copy is also attached to the Docket. Every student must fill out the form, whether you are working or not, and return it to Barbara in Room 172A by THURSDAY, JANUARY 31. Students failing to file will be reported to Dean Rosato for further action. There are no exceptions to this requirement: this is an ABA accreditation requirement and needs to be completed EACH semester.

Important Information for May 2013 Graduates

ATTENTION MAY 2013 GRADUATES:
1) Statement of Candidacy for Degree deadline is Monday, February 18, 2013. Please see Julie in the Office of Budget & Records (SP276) to complete and sign your Statement of Candidacy for Degree form. You must then apply for graduation online in MyNIU. Do not do this until you have met with Julie. Online Application for Graduation in MyNIU deadline is Monday, February 18, 2013. After completing your Statement of Candidacy form, 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 by May 2013. 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 at a later date.

2) The standard policy at NIU COL is that a Dean’s Certificate is prepared for all graduates by the Office of Budget & Records (Christina and Julie), signed by Dean Rosato, and sent to IBABY. They will do this in early June, after verifying that you have fulfilled all requirements for graduation. However, if you are applying to take the bar exam in a state other than Illinois and that state requires a form similar to the Dean’s Certificate; you will need to provide a copy of that form to the Office of Budget & Records.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Administrative Law with Prof. Widman canceled for 1/17/13

Administrative Law with Professor Widman has been canceled for today, Thursday, January 17th.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Women's Bar Association of Illinois looking for new members

The Women's Bar Association of Illinois is looking for new members that are law students in order to expand membership and to provide better access to networking events for law students. The WBAI is a FREE organization for all law students and membership serves as a great networking tool. Additionally, there are a lot of exciting events coming up in the spring. There will be a Spring Round Table Event on networking and a Young Lawyers networking event. Dates for both events have not been set, but in the past have served as great networking events. Attached is the New Member application. Fill it out and e-mail it to the address on the flyer indicating that you are a law student at Northern Illinois University. Additionally, you may fill out the application and put it in Carolyn Nevin's mailbox or email it to her at Carolynmarienevin@gmail.com. If you have any questions or concerns you may contact the WBAI representative, Carolyn Nevin.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

Scholarship and writing competition descriptions and deadlines can be found in the latest edition of The Docket.

Employment Verification Forms

This is a reminder that the Employment Verification Form will also be emailed to your Z account. Every student must fill out the form, whether you are working or not, and return it to Barbara in Room 172A by THURSDAY, JANUARY 31. Students failing to file will be reported to Dean Rosato for further action. There are no exceptions to this requirement: this is an ABA accreditation requirement and needs to be completed EACH semester.

Moot Court XXXI Final Bench & Announcements

The Moot Court Society is pleased to announce the Final Bench for Moot Court XXXI. The Honorable Michael P. McCuskey, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois, and Magistrate P. Michael Mahoney, United States District Court, for the Northern District of Illinois, will serve on the Final Bench.

Moot Court Reminders: The record for the 31st Annual Prize Moot Court Competition is now available on TWEN.

Team sign-up deadline is Friday 1/18/2013 by 3:00 p.m. on the sign-up sheet located on the Moot Court office door (172D) Briefs must be submitted by 3:00 p.m. on Sunday February 10th. Please check the Moot Court Society TWEN and Facebook pages for updates. If you have any questions or concerns, please stop by 172D during office hours or e-mail the Moot Court Society Board at niumootcourt@gmail.com.

Friday, January 11, 2013

First Assignment for Trademark Law with Prof. King

Monday, January 14, 2013 – Graeme B. Dinwoodie and Mark D. Janis, TRADEMARKS AND UNFAIR COMPETITION: LAW AND POLICY, Third Edition, Chapter 1, pp. 3-41

First Assignment for Copyright Law with Prof. King

Monday, January 14, 2013 – Julie E. Cohen, Lydia Pallas Loren, Ruth L. Okediji, Maureen A. O'Rourke, COPYRIGHT IN A GLOBAL INFORMATION ECONOMY, Third Edition, Chapter 1, pp. 3-21

Thursday, January 10, 2013

First Assignment for Professional Responsibility with Prof. Rigertas

For the first class read Chapter 1 in Schwartz, Problems in Legal Ethics and ABA Model Rule of Professional Conduct 4.4(b) in Morgan. Register on TWEN to get a copy of the syllabus before the first class.

First Assignment for Remedies with Prof. O'Malley

A Syllabus may be picked up from the Handout shelf. 

Skim Pages 1-15, Read pages 15-27, 141-170 (Skip problems)

First Assignment for Bioethics with Prof. Tan

A Syllabus may be picked up from the Handout shelf.

First Assignment for Criminal International Law with Prof. Tan

A Syllabus may be picked up from the Handout shelf.

Week 1 - Read Aquariums of Pyongyang I: Chapters 1-11

First Assignment for Advanced Torts with Prof. Rigertas

For the first class, read Advanced Torts, Pages 1-8; Moorman Mfg. Co. v. National Tank Co., 91 Ill.2d 69 (1982) (TWEN link); The Moorman Doctrine Today: A Look At Illinois' Economic-Loss Rule, Illinois Bar Journal , August, 2001 (TWEN link). Register on TWEN to get a copy of the syllabus and to access the links for the reading assignments.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

First Assignments for Criminal Law with Prof. Schmall

Please read the assigned material before class and be prepared to discuss the material on the date assigned.   Supplemental material is available on hyperlinks.
Attendance is mandatory; more than three unexcused absences can result in a lower grade. Please advise me before planned absences.
Text:  Saltzburg, et. al., Criminal Law Cases and Materials, Third Edition (2008). 
January 15, 2013: Chapter 1, The Nature and Structure of Criminal Law
            pp. 1-9; The Queen v Dudley and Stephens
            Questions to consider:
                        Are there universally agreed-upon evils that every civilized society must disallow? 
                        Why must those who commit these evils be punished?
                        What does society consider in allocating punishment? 
                        Is it only the harm? 
                        The intent?
                        The other things it knows about the defendant?
                       
 
            pp. 17-34; The Functional and Procedural Bases of Criminal Law
            Questions to consider:
                        Against what do constitutional safeguards protect?
                        Why does the constitution apply in criminal prosecutions?
                        What is meant by the 14th Amendment’s protection against unreasonable searches and seizures?
                        What are warrants? What does the 14th Amendment guarantee?
                        What is a grand jury?  What are infamous crimes?
                        What procedural protections exist in the 5th Amendment?
                        What does the constitutional mean by “life, liberty and property”?
                        What does it mean to place a defendant “twice in jeopardy”?
                        What does it mean to “plead the 5th”?
                        What is due process?
                        Does the 6th Amendment place limits on how the government can prosecute a crime?
                        Against what does the 8th Amendment protect?
            pp. Appendix, A-7 to A-8; MPC 1.02
                        Does the Model Penal Code, Section 1.02, address the constitutional guarantees?
                       
            pp. 45-51; Specificity and Discretion in Criminal Law
            pp. 56-59; Basic Elements of Criminal Law
            Questions to consider:
                        With what crime was the defendant charged?
                        For what crime was her boyfriend sentenced?
                        What was his punishment?
                        What was the harmful act he committed?
                        What was the harmful act she committed?
                        Why were they not charged with the same crimes?
                        Was the same act the basis for each of the separate crimes for which she was charged?
                        Was criminal intent the factor that differentiated between the lesser and the more serious crimes?
                        Did the jury decide that certain facts established (proved) certain levels of intent?
            This case shows that:
                        Crime does not equal ACT
                        Crime equals Act plus INTENT.
Intent means more than just “on” purpose. 
Intent means to cause harm either:
            PURPOSELY; or
            KNOWING (that you might cause harm); or
            Acting so RECKLESSLY that you take chances even though you can guess it’s harmful; or
            Being so NEGLIGENT you don’t even bother think of harmful consequences.
            pp. Appendix A-17 to A-18, Model Penal Code Section 2.02, General Requirements of Culpability
            Culpability means ACT + INTENT + CAUSATION + ATTENDANT CIRCUMSTANCES(if stipulated in the statute); e.g., willful murder of a first responder.

First Assignments for Contracts II, Section 2 with Prof. Naftzger

1/14  Review Final Exam

1/16  The Parol Evidence Rule
365 – 377
R.209 – 218 (p.95 – 98)

1/17  The Parol Evidence Rule
377 – 381
2-202 (p.250 – 251)

First Assignment for Criminal Law, Section 1 with Prof. Falkoff

For our first class, in which we will be debating the pros and cons of cannibalism, please read Regina v. Dudley and Stephens at pages 82 to 89 of the casebook. In addition, as background material please read pages 1 to 19 of the casebook, as well as Orin S. Kerr's short article How to Read a Legal Opinion. Photocopies of the Kerr piece are available on the shelves outside of the faculty offices.

First Assignments for Criminal Procedure: Police Investigations Course with Prof. Falkoff

For our first class, please read pages 26-39 and 70-77 in your casebook. Although we won't be discussing this material at any length in class, it will provide some useful background for the course. In addition please read pages 81-87 and 97-104, on the history of due process in criminal cases and the "incorporation" doctrine, which we will be discussing.

First Assignments for Health Law with Prof. Naftzger

Here are your first week's reading assignments. The page references are to HEALTH LAW, Cases, Materials and Problems, Sixth Edition, Furrow, Greaney, et al.

1/14 Introduction pgs 1-26.

1/16 Introduction pgs 41-67.

Juvenile Justice Clinic openings for Spring 2013

The Juvenile Justice Clinic still has openings for the Spring 2013 semester. Students represent juveniles accused of crimes in the Winnebago County Juvenile Court. Typical crimes that are charged include Aggravated Battery, Battery, Theft, Retail Theft, Burglary, Criminal Damage to Property, Disorderly Conduct, Mob Action and Probation Violation. The Juvenile Justice Clinic is four credits and located at the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic in Rockford. Students may represent juveniles in arraignments, detention hearings, motion hearings, trial and sentencing. If you have questions, contact Clinical Associate Professor Paul J. Cain at pcain@niu.edu or 815-962-9980.

First Assignment for Administration Law with Prof. Widman

Please read pgs. 1-8 and 30-35 in Lawson, Federal Administrative Law, 5th Edition, for class on Tuesday.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

First Assignments for Securities Regulation with Prof. Hines

Monday, January 14th:
Casebook 1-18

Wednesday, January 16th:
Casebook 19-28; Supplement 1-5
[N.B. the most recent draft of the course syllabus is available for download on the class TWEN site.]

First Assignments for International Business Transactions with Prof. Hines

Monday, January 14th:
Casebook 1-12

Wednesday, January 16th:
Casebook 12-29
 [N.B. the most recent draft of the course syllabus is available for download on the class TWEN site.]

First Assignment for Lawyering Skills, Section 2 with Prof. O'Malley

Please complete BlackBoard Day 1 for your first assignment.

First Assignment for Remedies with Prof. O'Malley

Skim Pages 1-15, Read pages 15-27, 141-170 (Skip problems)

First Assignment for Sports Law with Prof. Torain

The first assignment will be to read Introduction to the Study of Sports Law in the casebook (Chapter 1; pages 1-21).

Monday, January 7, 2013

Seminars and Descriptions for Spring 2013

Law 900.2 - BIOETHICS - Professor Morse Tan
Bioethics addresses the critically important issues at the intersection of law, medicine, biology and ethics. In this time of proliferation of biomedical knowledge and biotechnologies, and in a society that regulates the healthcare area more than any other, it is vital to learn about these crucial matters. Particular issues covered may include the following: allocation of healthcare resources, euthanasia/physician assisted suicide, ethical theories, human genetics (such as genetic non-discrimination), human research ethics, cloning, stem cell research, abortion, and models of the physician-patient relationship, for examples. The seminar will have ample opportunity for discussion, student presentations and student research in that each student will write a substantial paper and present their research to the class.

Law 900.1 - DISABILITY LAW – Professor Leona Green
The Disability Law seminar will explore the rights provided employees who are covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In addition, the students will explore various municipal state and federal laws that cover employees who would otherwise experience discrimination due to their disabilities. This is a writing seminar, and students will be responsible for writing a paper that satisfies the upper-division writing requirement.

Law 900.4 - GENDER & THE CONSTITUTION – Professor Elvia Arriola
This seminar will examine the historical and contemporary approaches to gender issues in constitutional interpretation, in common law and civil law systems. The term “gender” as a category of analysis focuses on how law and society define the expectations, privileges, limits and opportunities for men and women based on a set of values about femininity, masculinity and about presumed and real differences between the biological sexes. Among the traditional topics to be covered would be issues of discrimination on the basis of gender in the workplace, regulation of sexuality, voting, legislative representation, abortion rights and restrictions, gender and the family, etc. Readings will include analysis of these issues as experienced in other countries. This is a scholarship seminar. Constitutional Law I and II are helpful but not required to complete the primary course expectation for producing an independently researched topic paper, approved by the instructor, which meets the graduation writing requirement for the College of Law.

Law 900.3 - TAX POLICY – Professor Dan Schneider
This seminar focuses on U.S. federal tax policy, exploring legal, political, economic and social aspects of various policies. While a number of topics may be examined, issues explored in the past have included the equity of the progressive tax and the proper units for imposition of tax. The course is intended to encourage discussion and understanding of questions about tax policies and to provide a thorough platform for researching federal tax matters and for writing about federal income tax.

CROSS-LISTED SEMINARS
In addition to the four seminars above, the following seminars from the NIU Department of Political Science are cross-listed in the College of Law. This means you can sign up for them as a law school course in MyNiu and they will automatically count toward the 90 hours required for a law degree (subject to the limit that students may count only 6 hours of non-law courses toward the J.D. degree). Moreover, cross-listed seminars will satisfy the College of Law upper-division writing requirement only with the approval of the seminar instructor and the Associate Dean of the College of Law.

Law 900.5 - U.S. Regulatory Politics in Comparative Perspective – Professor Brendon Swedlow, NIU Dep’t of Political Science
Seminar Overview: This seminar will immerse you in scientific and political controversies at the interface of science, public policy, and law as a way of introducing you to how our government, regulatory agencies, and non-governmental organizations use science to assess and regulate environmental, health, and safety risks. The distinctiveness of U.S. approaches to risk assessment and regulation will be highlighted by comparison to the approaches of selected other countries. We will examine the extent to which differences in institutions, political culture, and other factors explain differences in risk assessment and regulation both within the U.S. and across countries. You will learn how to analyze disputes among scientists and other experts. You will learn some of what is known about how risks are assessed and regulated in the U.S. and other countries. And you will have the opportunity to research further how environmental, health, and safety risks are assessed and regulated in the U.S. and Illinois.

Seminar Requirements and Participation: As you know, in graduate seminars learning is advanced by critically reflecting upon our readings and sharing your thoughts with seminar colleagues. In this seminar, we will do this in two ways. First, you will be expected to read assigned materials and to write short papers (usually 2-3 pages) discussing the readings (for 25% of seminar grade). Second, you will be asked to lead discussion of some aspect of the weeks readings, and when you’re not leading discussion to participate in it (for 20% of seminar grade). You will also be asked to present research results from your research paper to the seminar. Almost half (45%) of your seminar grade will be determined by actively participating in the seminar in these ways. As you also know, most graduate seminars also seek to advance learning by requiring you to research and write longer analytical papers. In this seminar, you will be expected to research and write a paper of 25 or more pages that seeks to contribute to scholarly understandings of a topic related to this seminar. If you are interested, we can discuss how your research paper may be designed to contribute to a research project on risk assessment and regulation that I am undertaking with students. This project will be described in seminar. Research papers will be written in two installments: a five page down-payment allowing me to give you direction (worth 15% of your seminar grade) and a 25 page or more final paper incorporating that direction and expanding upon it (worth 40% of your seminar grade). Consequently, more than half (55%) of your seminar grade will be determined by your research paper.

Law 900.6 – Constitutional Politics – Professor Mitch Pickerill, NIU Dep’t of Political Science
This seminar focuses on the nature of constitutionalism and the role of judicial review in a democratic political system. The course will focus on the American case, but will also address and raise questions that have implications for constitutionalism beyond the United States. The course assumes a basic knowledge of constitutional law and judicial review in the United States, but it is not simply an advanced course in constitutional law. Rather, we will examine what makes a constitution a Constitution as well as its function in a political and legal system. We will consider how constitutions are interpreted over time, how constitutional change occurs and what conditions make it more likely a constitution will produce political stability. Accordingly, the various political and intellectual controversies over the role of judicial review in a democracy must be addressed. Much of the course will draw from social science and law and society scholarship and empirical research on the relationship between judicial behavior, the other branches of government and broader political and social forces. But this literature also raises important normative questions that will be discussed and debated in the class. There will be a seminar paper (article length) on constitutionalism and or theories of judicial review required and due by of the end of the semester.