Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Lawyering Skills with Prof. O'Brien cancelled for 2/26/13

Lawyering Skills with Professor O'Brien has been cancelled for tonight, Tuesday, February 26.

Gender and the Constitution Seminar with Prof. Arriola cancelled for 2/26/13

Gender and the Constitution Seminar with Professor Arriola is cancelled for tonight, Tuesday, February 26.

Law 650 with Greg Anderson canceled for 2/26/13

Law 650 students -- class has been canceled for this evening due to instructor illness. 

No further directions or instructions have been given ... so enjoy your time off (or make it productive)!!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Welcoming Professor Michael Oswalt

The Deans and Faculty are pleased to announce the hiring of our newest faculty member, Michael Oswalt. Professor Oswalt is an expert in labor law, and will be coming to the College of Law from a position as law fellow at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in Washington, D.C. He is a 2008 graduate of Duke Law School, where he won the Labor Law Award and was editor for both the Duke Law Journal and the Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy. He also holds a Master’s degree from the Duke School of Divinity.

Prior to joining the SEIU, Professor Oswalt clerked for Supreme Court Justice (then Judge) Sonia Sotomayor on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. His publications include Steeple Solidarity: Mainline Church Renewal and the Union Corporate Campaign, and Preemption and Civic Democracy in the Battle over Wal-Mart (with Catherine Fisk). His current project analyzes law and social movements through the prism of optimal institutional design.

Professor Oswalt will be teaching courses primarily in employment and labor law.

Law Review Board of Editors 2013-2014

The following are the new Law Review Board of Editors:

Editor in Chief - Bailey Standish
Online Articles Editor - Sara Emme
Managing Editor - Alyssa Harmon
Symposium Editor - Emily Fitch
Research Editor - Catherine Lerum
External Publications - Emily O’Connor
Lead Articles Editors - Matthew Broucek, Megan Ditzler, Jessica Harrill
Notes and Comments Editors - Kaitlin Barclay, Noah Menold, Lars Okmark

Moot Court Semi-Finals Tomorrow

CONGRATULATIONS to the semi-finalists!! The following teams will argue on Saturday, February 23 at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom: Kate Guensburg & Manar Zayed vs. Elizabeth Weir & Megan Ditzler; Anthony Gough & Amanda Wielgus vs. Alexis Simmons & James Lindstrom.

The 31st Annual Prize Moot Court Competition ends next Saturday, March 2nd with the Final Argument in the Riley Courtroom at 10:30 a.m. Students and family are invited to attend. Please call your R.S.V.P. in for the Luncheon if you have not already done so!!

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 week of February 25th 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 February 25th

  • 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.

BLSA Events this week

  • The Black Law Student Association is selling t-shirts. The order forms are in your mailboxes and the date to turn them in has been extended to Monday, February 25th. The price is $12 and yes, you can order more than one. Turn the form and your money in to Amber Ware (3L) or Marishonta Wilkerson (1L). The front has the scales of justice and says “Keep Calm and Date a Future Lawyer.”
  • The Black Law Student Association will be hosting a round table discussion on affirmative action on Wednesday, February 27th at noon in Room #173. All are welcome to attend this event! Snacks and beverages will be provided. If you have questions about this event, please contact Isioma Ebiringah at iebiringah@yahoo.com. Also, check out our facebook page at www.facebook.com/niu.col.blsa.

CLS Meeting this week

The Christian Legal Society will be meeting on Tuesday, February 26th at noon in Room 188.

DCBA/College of Law Pizza Party

PLEASE JOIN THE DEKALB COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION for the DCBA/NIU COL Pizza Party on Thursday, February 28th at Pizza Villa, 824 W. Lincoln Highway, at 5:30 p.m. Free beer, nuggets and soda will be provided. OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS. RSVP is not necessary but we ask that you sign up in the Career Services office by Wednesday so that we can give them an accurate count.

Lawyers Feeding Illinois - All This Week

  • Lawyers Feeding Illinois is a competitive food and fundraising campaign among lawyers, legal organizations and law schools across Illinois. 100% of the donations will go to local food banks to support our local community. 
  • Help NIU COL compete with other law schools for the title of "Best Law School" based on donations per student! 
  • We get 1 point for each pound of food donated and 5 points for each $1 raised. 
  • SBA and Delta will be collecting food and monetary donations February 18-March 1 in the Marshall Gallery. 
  • You may also donate online to help reach the goal of $200 in donations by visiting http://www.crowdrise.com/NorthernIllinoisUniversityColl/fundraiser/northernillinoisuniv 
  • Enter to win a "Barrister's VIP Package" including: 2 free tickets to Barrister's Ball, 2 song requests, 5 free mixed drinks, and a "recovery" package for the next day. You will receive 1 raffle ticket for every 5 food items donated.

FAFSA Reminder

1Ls and 2Ls FAFSA Reminder: It’s that time of year again... if you plan on obtaining federal student loans for the 2013 - 2014 academic year, a FAFSA application should be completed by the University priority deadline of March 1, 2013. Remember that when you fill out the FAFSA all law students are considered independent and you do not need your parent’s tax information. We encourage all of you to complete your income tax forms so that you may complete your online FAFSA application prior to March 1.

Upcoming Events from the Alumni Office

  • THE ILLINOIS APPELLATE COURT - The Illinois Appellate Court for the Second District will hear two oral arguments at Swen Parson Hall on Wednesday, March 6 at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. in the Riley Courtroom. Arguments are expected to last until approximately 11:30 a.m. and will be followed by a brief Q & A with the students. A reception will then be held in the Marshall Gallery. 
  • DEKALB COUNTY RECEPTION - You are cordially invited to join Dean Jennifer Rosato for a reception to celebrate the new 23rd Judicial Circuit and honor Maureen Josh, DeKalb County Circuit Clerk with the Public Service Award. The reception will be held on Wednesday, March 6 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the DeKalb County Courthouse. RSVP to lawevents@niu.edu or 815-753-9655.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Tax Policy seminar with Prof. Schneider cancelled for 2/19/13

Tax Policy Seminar
Professor Schneider

Class is cancelled for today Tuesday, February 19, 2013.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Client Counseling Competition

Dean Rosato would like to thank all who participated in making the Regional sounds of the Client Counseling Competition, held at the College of Law, such a success on Saturday, February 9; especially Professors Taylor and Rigertas, who organized and hosted the competition. Melody Mitchell, as well as student volunteers, ensured that the competition went smoothly and showed our NIU pride.

NIU Law hosted eight teams in preliminary, semi-final, and final rounds involving 39 judges (including one non-lawyer judge on each panel with a counseling background). Students from the College of Visual and Performing Arts acted as the clients: Notre Dame won the finals of the regional round; our NIU team, coached by Professors Yolanda King and Kathy Coles, reached the semi-final round.

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 this week 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 February 18th

  • 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 Wednesday 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 Thursday in the Marshall Gallery from 11:00-2:00 p.m. for students to get their questions answered regarding BAR Review.

Important Graduation Requirement Deadlines this week

ATTENTION MAY 2013 GRADUATES:

  • 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 be 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.

Pre-Law Bake Sale

There will be a Pre-Law bake sale held in the Marshall Gallery from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Monday, February 18.  Please come and get some sweet treats!

Minority Reception this week

Please join Dean Rosato with host Vincent F. Cornelius (’89) at the 10th Annual Minority Reception on Tuesday, February 19 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The reception will be held at Carnivale Restaurant located at 702 W. Fulton Market in Chicago. Complimentary appetizers and cocktails will be available.

There will be a special “Breaking New Ground” awards presentation honoring Judge Chrystel Gavlin (’96) and Judge Rene’ Cruz (‘95). RSVP to lawevents@niu.edu or 815.753.9655. Bus transportation will be available for students. Sign up in Room #280.

Moot Court Society news

  • The 31st Annual Prize Moot Court Competition continues this week. Semi-final arguments will take place on Saturday, February 23rd at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom. Students and family are invited to attend the arguments. 
  • A Gavel Presentation Ceremony will be held in the Marshall Gallery on Wednesday, February 20 at 12:00 noon. Lunch will be provided.

LiveHelp Training Pro Bono Opportunity

There will be a LiveHelp Training at Loyola University Chicago School of Law on February 23, from 11:00-1:00 p.m. Feel free to attend if you can. For information about this specific training, contact:

Jacob Gilbert
Interim LiveHelp Program Coordinator
Illinois Legal Aid Online
(312) 977-9047 Ext. 22

Legal Studies Institute Internship

Legal Studies Institute - Washington, DC, May 18 – July 27, 2013
Sponsored by the Fund for American Studies
Scholarship Funding Available
www.dcinternships/LSI

Do you have plans yet for this summer? Have you thought about spending it in Washington, DC completing a legal internship and earning academic credit? The final application deadline for the Legal Studies Institute in Washington, DC is March 15. It’s not too late to apply and there is generous scholarship funding available!

Top 5 Reasons to Intern with LSI this Summer:
(1) Gain real world experience to make yourself more attractive to future employers.
(2) Develop your legal research and writing skills.
(3) Expand your knowledge of the areas of law that you may one day want to practice.
(4) Develop professional relationships with contacts in the legal field.
(5) Hear from distinguished speakers including: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, D.C. Federal Court of Appeals Judge Douglas Ginsburg and former Attorney General Michael Mukasey.

Sample Placements - Law Firm
Vorys Sater Seymour & Pease
Graves, Horton, Askew, & Johns
Hannon Law Group

Sample Placements - Government
National Science Foundation
D.C. Administrative Hearings
D.C. Attorney General

Sample Placements - Nonprofit/Public Interest
Electronic Privacy Information Center
National Immigration Law Center
Washington Legal Foundation
Legal Services Corporation
International Law Institute

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until March 15. To learn more about the Legal Studies Institute and to begin an online application, please visit www.dcinternships/LSI. Questions may be directed to the Legal Studies Institute Manager, Stacie Allen, at 202.986.0384 or LEGAL@tfas.org.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Professional Responsibility with Prof. Rigertas cancelled for 2/14/13

PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY
Prof. Rigertas

Class is cancelled for today, Thursday, February 14, 2013.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Research Assistants Needed for Professor Tan

Professor Tan is looking for two part-time research assistants for the 2013-2014 academic year. The research assistants will be in regular communication with Professor Tan about current and upcoming projects. Assignments will mostly be in the areas of Public International Law, International Human rights, International Criminal Law, or Bioethics.

To apply, please submit the following to proftan.ra@gmail.com by March 8, 2013: A letter of interest; a resume; an unofficial NIU COL transcript and two references (name and email address).

Monday, February 11, 2013

Important Informational Meeting - Agen Program

There will be an important informational meeting for anyone interested in the College of Law summer session in Agen, France this Friday, February 15 at 12:30 in room #188.  Applications will be available at this meeting.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Announcing this year's Riley Speaker

The College of Law is pleased to announce that Carole Silver will be our Francis X. Riley Speaker for 2013. She is an expert in ethics, and a member of the ABA Ethics 20/20 commission. She is a professor at Indiana University (Bloomington) Maurer School of Law, and specializes in the effects of globalization and technology on ethics. She also serves as the Director of the Law School Survey of Student Engagement, which provides national data on the engagement of law students in their law schools. Before joining the faculty at Indiana, she was the Executive Director of the Center for the Study of the Legal Profession at Georgetown University Law Center. She also taught at Northwestern University School of Law and IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. She is a graduate of Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington, and the University of Michigan. The Riley lecture will be held on Friday, April 5 at 3:00 pm.

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of February 11th

  • Themis Bar Review presents Character and Fitness Review on Monday, February 11th
    at 12:15 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom
    .  Come learn about the application process as well as character and fitness for the Illinois bar exam.  ALL ARE WELCOME!!  Potbelly lunch will be served.
  • 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.

Moot Court Announcements

  • On Monday, February 11, there will be a Moot Court Oral Argument Informational Meeting at 12:00 noon in Room #186
  • The 31 st Annual Prize Moot Court Competition begins this week! On Saturday, February 16th the Preliminary Rounds will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., followed by a reception in the Marshall Gallery. Students and family are invited to attend the arguments and reception. 
  • 3Ls: Bailiffs are still needed for the preliminary rounds. Please contact niumootcourt@gmail.com if you are interested in participating. This is a great networking opportunity. Also, breakfast and lunch will be provided!

CLS Upcoming Events

  • Christian Legal Society will have their weekly general meeting on Tuesday, February 12th  in room #188 at noon.
  • The Christian Legal Society will be hosting a Valentine’s Day Bake Sale, on Thursday, February 14th in the Marshall Gallery from 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. There will be an assortment of yummy cookies, cupcakes, brownies, and other delectable treats for you to enjoy and share! We hope to see you there!! (Please see our TWEN page if you’d like to sign up to bake a dish! The password is NIUCLS).
  • Also, a group will be attending the larger Christian Campus Ministry, Intervarsity on Tuesday nights this semester at 8:30 p.m. in the Diversions Lounge of the Holmes Student Center. All are invited to join us as we make our way over there. For questions about either of these events or the Christian Legal Society in general, please contact Danielle Blanks via email: danielleyblanks@gmail.com. Also, please check out our facebook page: www.facebook.com/niucls.

BLSA Black History Month film screening

Please join BLSA on Wednesday, February 13th at noon in room 173 as we present the second documentary in our Black History Month series.  This time we will explore the rise and fall of Tulsa,  Oklahoma, otherwise known as Black Wall Street.    Popcorn will be provided!    All are welcome to attend
this event, hope to see you there! For questions about this event or BLSA in general, please contact Isioma Ebiringah via email:  iebiringah@yahoo.com.  Also, please check out our facebook page, www.facebook.com/niu.col.blsa.

CLS Hosts Panel on Wrongful Convictions

On Wednesday, February 13th from 12:00-1:00 in the Riley Courtroom the Criminal Law Society will be hosting with the Illinois Innocence Project a panel on wrongful convictions. Two former inmates, John Grayson and Anthony Murray, were wrongfully convicted of murder and subsequently exonerated with the help of the Illinois Innocence Project. Come listen to their experiences of serving over a decade in prison and how they feel about the system that put them there. Additionally, the Illinois Innocence Project will be answering questions and providing details about their externship program. Lunch will be provided free of charge. We expect to have quite a turnout (upwards of 100 attendees), so get to the Riley Courtroom promptly at noon, grab some food, and take a seat for an experience you’ll not soon forget.

Admissions and Financial Aid Important Dates

  • 1Ls and 2Ls FAFSA Reminder: It’s that time of year again… if you plan on obtaining federal student loans for the 2013-2014 academic year, a FAFSA application should be completed by the University priority deadline of March 1, 2013. Remember that when you fill out the FAFSA all law students are considered independent and you do not need your parent’s tax information. We encourage all of you to complete your income tax forms so that you may complete your online FAFSA application prior to March 1. 
  • Residency Requirements: If you are planning to apply for in-state tuition rates for the Spring 2013 semester, Illinois residency must have been established by July 14, 2012. Please process the necessary documents by the deadline of February 14, 2013. Residency petitions, requirements and additional information is available at: http://www.reg.niu.edu/regrec/residency/index.shtml

Notices 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, 2012. 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 be 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, then you will need to provide a copy of that form to the Office of Budget & Records.

3) If you have not had your picture taken by Digital Pix for the composite, and want to be included, you MUST contact them (Production Manager, bdrake@dpcpix.com, 815-363-2800, ext. 206) to make arrangements to have your photo taken.

Minority Reception

Please join Dean Rosato with host Vincent F. Cornelius (’89) at the 10th Annual Minority Reception on Tuesday, February 19 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The reception will be held at Carnivale Restaurant located at 702 W. Fulton Market in Chicago. Complimentary appetizers and cocktails will be available.

There will be a special “Breaking New Ground” awards presentation honoring Judge Chrystel Gavlin (’96) and Judge Rene’ Cruz (‘95). RSVP to lawevents@niu.edu or 815.753.9655. Bus transportation will be available for students. Sign up in Room #280.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Intro to Lawyering Skills with Prof. O'Brien canceled for 2/7/13

Intro to Lawyering Skills
Professor O’Brien
February 7, 2013

Intro to Lawyering Skills has been canceled for tonight.

Professor O’Brien has also canceled any meetings/conferences.

1L Closing Argument Competition Results

The Trial Ad Society's Annual 1L Closing Argument Competition was held last Saturday.

CONGRATULATIONS to the 2013 1L Closing Argument Competition Champions: Jesse Guth (Best Prosecution) and Alton Bradley (Best Defense)!
CONGRATULATIONS to the 2013 1L Closing Argument Competition Finalists: Shantae Stevenson (Prosecution Finalist) and Alyssa Freeman (Defense Finalist)!
THANK YOU to all of the 2Ls, 3Ls, and attorneys who served as jurors for the event.

Mediation Theory & Practice is cancelled for 2/7/2013

Mediation Theory & Practice is cancelled for today, Thursday, February 7, 2013.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Monday, February 4, 2013

Congratulations to NIU Law Jessup Moot Court Team

The NIU COL Jessup Cup team, represented by 3Ls Matt De Paz, Spencer Langford, Lindsay Vanek, and 2Ls  Sarmistha Banerjee and Jeremy McCabe and coached by Professor Dan Reynolds won three awards at the competition this past weekend. In addition to earning Third Best Memorial honors out of 21 teams, Lindsay Vanek was ranked Fifth Best Oralist and Sarmistha Banerjee was ranked Second Best Oralist out of 90 oral competitors.

Coach and Professor Dan Reynolds noted, "This was an impressive performance by some highly self-motivated, self-starting individuals who knew how to work together as a team. They represent the very best of what NIU offers." Congratulations to this year's team for an outstanding performance.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Law Library Computer Lab Hours for This Week

The computer lab in the law library will be closed for use by the Basic Legal Research class during the week of February 4th 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 February 4th

  • 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.

Federalist Society Lecture on Obamacare

The Federalist Society will sponsor a guest speaker, Prof. Randy Barnett from Georgetown, and Prof. Chris Hines from NIU Law to discusses Barnett's role as the legal architect of the NFIB v. Sebelius (the Obamacare suit) and Gonzales v. Raich (the home grown marijuana suit) cases and how legal academia’s support of a “national problems clause” interpretation for the U.S. Constitution has failed.  The event will be held Monday, February 4th at 12:00 noon in the Riley Courtroom.  Lunch will be provided.

JILS Panel Discussion on School Bullying

On Wednesday, February 6th in the Riley courtroom from 12:00-1:00 p.m., the Juvenile Interest Law Society will be hosting a panel discussion on the important topic of school bullying.  The event will take place  Panelists will include two professors from NIU COL, an assistant principal from Clinton Rosette Middle School in DeKalb, and our very own child law guru Professor Schlam.  Jimmy John’s will be provided for all who attend.  We will also have a Q&A session at the completion of the panel, so bring your appetites, your curiosity, and your questions!

BLSA Documentary Screening

Please join BLSA on Wednesday, February 6th at noon in room 173 as we present the second documentary in our Black History Month series.  This time we will explore the effects of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade on the Americas with, “Black in Latin America:  Mexico & Peru,” hosted by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.  All are welcome to attend this event.  Popcorn will be provided!  Hope to see you there! For questions about this event or BLSA in general, please contact Isioma Ebiringah via email: iebiringah@yahoo.com.  Also, please check out our facebook page, www.facebook.com/niu.col.blsa.

Volunteer Opportunity - Upcoming Training Webinar Session

Interested in getting some volunteer hours and adding some basic legal experience to add to your resume? Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO) provides a tremendous service to people seeking information and assistance for their legal problems through their vast online database at their website www.illinoislegalaid.org.  ILAO needs volunteers to work as on-line operators, who answer questions through a “chat” window communicating with people using their website.  The best part is the flexibility, you can volunteer from anywhere you have a computer and an internet connection and anytime you have a free hour (or more) during their scheduled hours which are Mon – Thurs 9 a.m.-9 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m.-5p.m.  ILAO will have a training webinar on February 6th at 3:00 p.m.  It will last about an hour.  To register contact Jacob Gilbert at ILAO:

Jacob Gilbert
Interim LiveHelp Program Coordinator/Attorney at Law
Illinois Legal Aid Online
(312) 977-9047 ext. 22

Lisa Knauf, NIU COL 3L, is a current volunteer; contact her if you have any questions or need more information at lknauf@niu.edu.  ILAO is also working on a date to hold a live training session here at NIU COL this semester.

Reminder: Summer 2013 Legal Studies Internship

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 Briefs Due

Reminder to Moot Court participants: 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.

CLS Valentine's Day Bake Sale & Ministry Events

The Christian Legal Society will be hosting a Valentine’s Day Bake Sale, on Thursday, February 14th in the Marshall Gallery from 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  There will be an assortment of yummy cookies, cupcakes, brownies, and other delectable treats for you to enjoy and share!  We hope to see you there!!  

Also, a group will be attending the larger Christian Campus Ministry, Intervarsity, on Tuesday nights this semester at 8:30 p.m. in the Diversions Lounge of the Holmes Student Center.  All are invited to join us as we make our way over there.  For questions about either of these events or the Christian Legal Society in general, please contact Danielle Blanks via email: danielleyblanks@gmail.com.