Friday, March 29, 2013

LLSA Networking Night

The Latino/A Law Student Association is having an event to honor Rene Cruz on Thursday, April 18th from 5:30–7:30 p.m. at The Gil Law Group, 605 N. Broadway Ave. in Aurora. Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP by April 1st to niu.latino.lawyers@gmail.com.

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of April 1st

  • THEMIS BAR REVIEW - 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 BAR REVIEW - 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.

ELS Guest Lecture

On April 3rd at 5:00 p.m. in Room #188 the Environmental Law Society is having distinguished speaker Dr. Ernest Chiodo for an exciting discussion on the legal area of personal injury known as Toxic Tort Law. Come find out what Toxic Tort is and how you can become involved. Free Jimmy John’s sandwiches will be provided!

PILS Auction This Week

The 18th Annual PILS Auction takes place this week, starting with the Student Auction in the Marshall Gallery from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, April 3 & 4.  That will be followed by the PILS Silent and Live Auction on Friday night, April 5 in the Gallery from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.  Be sure to come and bid big for some great prizes, all to benefit your fellow students as they pursue public interest jobs.  Find more details at www.niu.edu/law by clicking on "Events." 

Riley Lecture This Coming Friday

You are cordially invited to attend the Riley Lecture on Professionalism on Friday, April 5th at 3:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom. Professor Carole Silver, Indiana University School of Law, will present “Re-contextualizing Professionalism.” Her lecture will consider the notion of professionalism from several frameworks as context may influence its meaning. Among the contexts considered will be globalization and changes brought about by advances in technology, two forces considered recently by the American Bar Association’s Ethics 20/20 Commission in its review of the existing Model Rules of Professional Conduct.

Delta Theta Phi Appellate Brief Binding

ATTENTION ALL 1LS! Appellate Brief got you in a bind? Delta Theta Phi is here to help! Delta will be binding briefs on the following days:

Saturday, April 6th from 12:00-6:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery 
Sunday, April 7th 4:00-10:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery 
Monday, April 8th from 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. in room 290F in the Library

The cost is $12 for Members and $15 for non-members and includes binding of 3 briefs and the red or blue cardstock, if needed. Any questions? Email niudelta@gmail.com.

Important Information for Graduating 3Ls

MAY 2013 GRADUATES:

1) Important graduation information has been emailed to you and also put in your mailboxes. Please take the time to read this important memo.
2) The Graduation Announcements you requested on your Statement of Candidacy will be available for you to pick up from Julie (SP276) March 27, 2013 through April 10, 2013. The announcements that have not been picked up by end of the day April 10 will then be available for others to use. Details on how they will be disbursed will be forthcoming.
3) 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.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF LAW CORDS POLICY
Honor Cords Students who receive honors awarded by NIU COL based on GPA will be listed in the Commencement program and may wear an approved gold cord during Commencement ceremonies, which the school will provide. These honors include: Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude and Cum Laude. Racial or Ethnic Stoles/Sashes Students who wish to represent their racial/ethnic background may wear the appropriate stole/sash during the Commencement ceremony. Student Organization Cords Students who are members of a recognized NIU COL student organization during their studies at NIU COL may choose to wear one (1) approved cord representing that organization during the Commencement ceremony.

GUIDELINES:
1) Student organizations must be officially recognized by NIU COL
2) The school will provide student organizations with the appropriate colored cord for their organization’s members to be represented during Commencement ceremonies.
3) No more than one (1) student organization cord, one (1) honor cord, and one (1) racial or ethnic stole/sash may be worn during the Commencement ceremony.

Qualifying organizations:
Law Review
Moot Court Society
Student Bar Association
Trial Advocacy Society
American Constitution Society
Amnesty International
Asian and Pacific American Law Student Association
Black Law Student Association
Christian Legal Society
Community Life Committee
Criminal Law Society
Delta Theta Phi
Entertainment & Sports Law Society
Environmental Law Society
Federalist Society
Gay-Straight Alliance
Illinois State Bar Association
International Law Society
Justinian Society
Juvenile Interest Law Society
Latino/a Law Student Association
Phi Alpha Delta
Public Interest Law Society
Real Estate Law Society
Second Amendment Society
Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
Women’s Law Caucus

Law Review Symposium

NIU’s Law Review Symposium is almost here! This year’s topic is Eavesdropping and Wiretapping in Illinois and the event is scheduled for Friday, April 19, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center. Topics include constitutional concerns of the Illinois Eavesdropping Act and the nation’s various eavesdropping/wiretapping statutes, unmanned drone usage in Illinois, and the impact of United States v. Jones in Illinois. The Symposium presenters include Jesse Alderman, Stephen Baker, Andrew Bashi, Prof. Steven Helle, Robert Loeb, Dr. Saby Ghoshray, State’s Attorney Joe McMahon, David Milton, Prof. Jeffrey Parness, Hon. Stanley Sacks, Karen Sheley, Babak Siavoshy, Trevor Timm, and featured speaker Dan Collins. MCLE is 5.5 hours and details, online registration and pricing are at www.niu.edu/law. All students, faculty, staff and the general public are welcome. Contact Kevin Zickterman at kzickterman@gmail.com for more details or questions.

Race NIjUdicata: 5K Run/Walk

Calling all runners, walkers, and volunteers for our 4th Annual Race NIjUdicata on Saturday, April 20. Get your teams together and sign up for a great day of fun, prizes, and don’t forget the BBQ! Register online now for an early bird discount or register with a team! Download the volunteer form or register to volunteer on our website (click on 'Events' to find the 5K link) or pick a form up from outside of Melody Mitchell’s office, Room #285.

April Scholarship and Writing Competition Deadlines

ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Writing Competition 
The Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) has established an annual Law Student Writing Competition. The winning submission will receive $1,500 cash, plus paid air and hotel accommodations to the ABA Annual Meeting awarded to the first place winner and $500 cash awarded to the second place winner. The deadline is April 1, 2013. For more information please visit: http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/migrated/tips/market/11AdmiraltyLawStudentWriting.authcheckdam.pdf.

George A. Strait Minority Scholarship Endowment 
The George A. Strait Minority Scholarship is awarded to college graduates with law library experience who are members of a minority group as defined by current US government guidelines and are degree candidates in accredited library or law schools and who intend to have a career in law librarianship. Applicants must have at least one quarter/semester remaining after the scholarship is awarded. Please come to the Office of Admissions for more information. Deadline is April 1, 2013. For more information please visit: http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Member-Resources/scholarships/George-A-Strait-Minority-Scholarship.

Japanese American Citizens League Sho Sato Memorial Scholarship 
Applicants must be a member of JACL. Selection is based upon personal statement, letters of recommendation, transcripts, work experience, and community involvement. JACL Membership is open to everyone of any ethnic background. All who meet eligibility criteria are welcomed and encouraged to apply. The deadline is April 1, 2013. For more information please visit: http://www.jacl.org/edu/scholar.htm.

Illinois Government Bar Association Scholarship
The Illinois Government Bar Association serves public interest attorneys throughout the state of Illinois. The organization is accepting applications for its annual scholarship of $750.00. This scholarship is designed to recognize outstanding commitment and achievement in public interest law. Applicant must be a law student and planning a career in Illinois government. The applicant must also have a job or internship in Illinois in the public sector. Send current resume, two letters of recommendation and an essay expressing interest. The deadline is April 1, 2013. For more information stop by the Office of Admissions for a copy of the scholarship guidelines or contact Michael Delcomyn at (217) 782-3654, or via email at Michael.delcomyn@osad.state.il.us.

DuPage County Bar Foundation Scholarships 
The DCBF awards several scholarships each year to deserving students. Eligible students must demonstrate financial need and academic achievement. Applicants must submit a personal statement, official transcript, resume, financial aid notice, and a tax form. The scholarship is awarded at the Installation dinner in early June. Winner(s) or their representative must be able to personally attend this dinner. The deadline is April 5, 2013. For more information please visit: http://www.dcba.org/legal-community/about/foundation.

The Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties 
The fellowship competition is open to first year law students who intend to carry out significant activities during the summer in the areas of civil rights and/or civil liberties. Proposed activities may include writing or research project, work with a public interest organization in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties, work on a civil rights or civil liberties law case under the supervision of a faculty member or lawyer, or any other work in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties. The fellowship recipient receives a $1000 honorarium. Applicants should send a proposal, no more than 2 pages, describing his or her intended summer project, along with a resume, a brief letter of recommendation, and the name of their faculty or organizational sponsor. The deadline is April, 5 2013. For more information please visit: http://www.nationinstitute.org/prizes/1068/the_robert_masur_fellowship_in_civil_liberties/.

ISBA Law Student Division Public Service Award
The ISBA Law Student Division Public Service Award is awarded annually to a law student participating in activities that enhance professional responsibility and provide service to the public. The award is based on extracurricular accomplishments and service related activities during the law school career. Deadline is April 5, 2013. For more information please visit: www.isba.org/awards/lawstudent.

Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee Student Writing Competition
Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee calls for papers addressing recent developments in admiralty and maritime law. Entrants are encouraged to write on subjects of national interest, rather than state-specific issues. Entrants must submit their own original essay. The deadline is April 5, 2013. For more information please visit: http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/migrated/tips/market/11AdmiraltyLawStudentWriting.authcheckdam.pdf.

Eighth Annual Constitutional Environmental Law Student Writing Competition
NAELS invites law students to submit papers exploring current issues of constitutional environmental law. Students currently enrolled in law school (in the U.S. or abroad) are eligible, including students who will graduate in the spring or summer of 2013. Any relevant article, case comment, note, or essay may be submitted, including writing submitted for academic credit. Jointly authored pieces are eligible only if all authors are students and consent to submit. Previously published pieces, or pieces that are already slated for publication, are ineligible. Students may select a topic provided on the website or choose their own. The deadline is April 12, 2013. For more information please visit: http://www.eli.org/writing_contest.cfm.

Federal Circuit Bar Association’s Scholarship
The Federal Circuit Bar Association is seeking students who are: (a) pursuing a juris doctor degree, (b) enrolling for the upcoming academic, (c) having financial need, and (d) showing a demonstrable interest in one of the many topics that lie within the procedure, substance, or scope of the jurisdiction of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (e.g., international trade, government contracts, patents, trademarks, certain money claims against the United States government, federal personnel, and veterans’ benefits). The deadline is April 15, 2013. For more information please visit: http://www.fedcirbar.org/olc/pub/LVFC/cpages/misc/scholar.jsp.

DRI 2013 Law Student Diversity Scholarship 
DRI announces its annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship program open to incoming second and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American students. Incoming second and third-year female law students are also eligible, regardless of race or ethnicity. Incoming second and third-year law students who also come from backgrounds that would add to the cause of diversity, regardless of race or gender are eligible to apply. Two scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded to applicants who best meet the following criteria: Demonstrated academic excellence, service to the profession, service to the community, service to the cause of diversity. The deadline is April 19, 2013. For more information please visit: http://www.dri.org/Article/61.

Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest
The purpose of the contest is to create greater interest in the field of family law among all law students, and particularly the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association. The subject may be any aspect of family law. The primary focus of each essay should be an issue of law, although some interdisciplinary material may be useful in addressing a legal issue. Family law includes dissolution of marriage and other intimate relationships, relationships of persons of the same sex, parentage, custody, child support, division of property, alimony (maintenance), attorney's fees, adoption, dependency, termination of parental rights, rights pertaining to procreation, and alternative dispute resolution of Family Law issues. The deadline is April 26, 2013. For more information please visit: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/family_law/resources/essay_contest.html.

Notre Dame Law School Smith Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition
Notre Dame Law School sponsors an annual writing competition on the topic of legal ethics. All students with an interest in legal ethics are invited and encouraged to participate. Entries should concern any issue within the general category of legal ethics. A prize of $2,500 will be awarded for one winning entry. The deadline is April 26, 2013. For more information please visit: http://www3.nd.edu/~ndlaw/writing_competitions/smith_doheny.pdf.

GSU Intellectual Property Student Writing Competition
Georgia State University College of Law is accepting submissions for its second annual Intellectual Property Student Writing Competition in 2013. Papers should address legal issues and challenges in the intellectual property field. Winning papers will be published in the conference materials for the 2013 Corporate IP Institute, an annual two-day event with about 200 IP professionals discussing intellectual property issues, stories and strategies of corporations at Georgia State University College of Law. In addition, the first place winner may present her or his paper at the conference. The deadline is April 30, 2013. For more information please visit: http://law.gsu.edu/centers/7370.html.

Kane County Bar Foundation Law School Scholarships
Through the generosity of the Kane County Bar Association members scholarships are awarded to deserving law students including those whose permanent address, or the permanent address of at least one of their parent/guardians is in Kane County. Although the Foundation may take into consideration whether the applying individual intends to practice law in the 16th Judicial Circuit, this is not a requirement for eligibility. Historically, the Foundation has awarded at least two $1,500 scholarships a year to deserving Kane County resident law students. The deadline is April 30, 2013. For more information please visit: http://www.kanecountybar.org/scholarship-information.

National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees Fifth Annual Law Student Writing Competition
The National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees has established an annual student writing competition to encourage and reward original law student writing on issues concerning consumer bankruptcy and the law. Entrants should submit an essay, article, or comment on an issue concerning Chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code. The author of the first-place essay will receive a $1000.00 cash prize. The deadline is April 30, 2013. For more information please visit: http://www.nactt.com/.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Federal Public Defender Externship Opening for 2013 - 2014 academic year

FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER OFFICE EXTERNSHIP available for the 2013 -2014 academic year in Rockford, Illinois. This is a full year externship. It will require a twelve hour per week commitment for three hours of pass/fail credit each semester. This externship does not require a 711 license. The extern will be supervised on-site by Federal Public Defenders Paul Gaziano and Kristin Carpenter. You will research and write memoranda, motions and briefs for pre-trial and post-conviction issues and sentencing hearings. In addition, you will attend and observe various court proceedings. I will be the faculty supervisor with whom you will meet on a regular basis to discuss your experience. In order to apply for this externship, please submit the following documents to me (please submit as attachments to email in Word or PDF format) by Friday, April 12:

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

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

-Paul J. Cain
Clinical Associate Professor and Managing Attorney
Northern Illinois University College of Law
Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic
815-962-9980
pcain@niu.edu

Monday, March 25, 2013

SBA Student Survey Now Available!

The annual survey was created by the Student Bar Association in conjunction with the College of Law Administration. This survey is intended to gather information about your NIU College of Law experience. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey thoughtfully, as the goal is to improve your educational and social experience in addition to capitalizing on suggested improvements to advance the law school. The survey is available on Survey Monkey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NIULAW. Students who submit completed surveys are eligible to receive a Starbucks gift card while supplies last. However, please note that the results of the survey will remain anonymous. Please submit your survey by Friday, April 12th.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of March 25th

  • THEMIS BAR REVIEW - 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 BAR REVIEW - 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.

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 March 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

ACS Documentary Screening

The American Constitution Society proudly presents a screening of the acclaimed documentary “Hot Coffee” with comments from Professors Jones and Widman on Tuesday, March 26, at 2:30 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom. Everyone knows the McDonald’s coffee case. It has been routinely cited as an example of how citizens have taken advantage of America’s legal system, but is that a fair rendition of the facts? "Hot Coffee" reveals what really happened to Stella Liebeck, the Albuquerque woman who spilled coffee on herself and sued McDonald’s, while exploring how and why the case garnered so much media attention, who funded the effort and to what end. After seeing this film, you will decide who really profited from spilling hot coffee.

CLS Meeting this week

The Christian Legal Society will hold a meeting on Tuesday, March 26 from 12:00-12:50 p.m. in Room #188.

Law Review Informational Meeting this week

There will be an informational meeting on March 27th at Noon in Room #150 for 1Ls interested in Law Review. Come learn about the benefits of being part of Law Review and the process of writing on, even if you are slightly interested!

BLSA Public Sector Panel

The Black Law Student Association will hold an event “Public Sector Panel” on Thursday, March 28, at 4:00 p.m. in Room #188. There will be four speakers including a judge.

NIU Law Office of Admissions & Financial Aid Graduate Assistantship

The NIU Law Office of Admissions & Financial Aid is seeking to hire one graduate assistant for the 2013-2014 academic year. The position will be a full-time, 20 hour/week responsibility. In addition to a full tuition waiver, the position is eligible for a stipend. The GA will join the Director, a soon-to-be hired Assistant Director, and our office’s Admissions Records Specialist.

Our Graduate Assistant will perform important administrative projects as we continuously seek to recruit and enroll talented students. These projects include designing, organizing, and running a large number of recruitment programs, attending recruitment events on behalf of the law school, and meeting one-on-one with both applicants and admitted students. We also hope to build our social media presence. Strong organizational skills, excellent writing ability, demonstrated ability to manage large-scale projects and competing priorities, and superior presentation and interpersonal skills are critical. We are also looking for candidates who are self-directed and are willing to “go the extra mile” for the betterment of the entire admission process and, in turn, for the entire NIU Law community.

Motivated and qualified applicants must submit a cover letter that describes one’s qualifications for this particular opportunity, a resume, and an Application for a Graduate Assistantship, available at: http://www.grad.niu.edu/diversity/assistantship.pdf.

In addition to the cover letter and resume requirements, we are very interested in learning more about your potential recruiting skills. To that end, we also request that applicants submit a one-page document entitled “Why NIU Law?” A large percentage of the Graduate Assistant’s time will be spent speaking one-on-one with prospective applicants as well as students who have been admitted to NIU Law. Please develop a so-called “Elevator Speech” for this assignment that exemplifies the kind of discussion you would have with a prospective student who asks you, “Why should I attend NIU Law?” We recommend that you discuss the various compelling aspects of the NIU Law community, curriculum, our clinical offerings, and certainly, our value. We also recommend that you reflect upon your own personal experience with the Office of Admissions, as well as your perspective as a current student. Your insight will be very relevant to incoming students. The bottom line is this: we are interested in learning about how you will be able to best represent NIU Law to our prospective students.

Applications must be submitted to the Office of Admissions, Room 151 Swen Parson Hall, no later than 4:30 pm on Wednesday, April 10th. In addition to the paper materials listed above, please be prepared to share your availability for a possible interview when you submit your application. Interviews will tentatively take place on Monday, April 15th and Tuesday, April 16th.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Sarah Scarpelli, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, at sscarpelli@niu.edu.

Law Review Symposium

NIU’s Law Review Symposium is almost here! This year’s topic is Eavesdropping and Wiretapping in Illinois and the event is scheduled for Friday, April 19, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center. Topics include constitutional concerns of the Illinois Eavesdropping Act and the nation’s various eavesdropping/wiretapping statutes, unmanned drone usage in Illinois, and the impact of United States v. Jones in Illinois. The Symposium presenters include Jesse Alderman, Stephen Baker, Andrew Bashi, Prof. Steven Helle, Robert Loeb, Dr. Saby Ghoshray, State’s Attorney Joe McMahon, David Milton, Prof. Jeffrey Parness, Hon. Stanley Sacks, Karen Sheley, Babak Siavoshy, Trevor Timm, and featured speaker Dan Collins. MCLE is 5.5 hours and details, online registration and pricing are at www.niu.edu/law. All students, faculty, staff and the general public are welcome. Contact Kevin Zickterman at kzickterman@gmail.com for more details or questions.

Race NIjUdicata: 5K Run/Walk

Calling all runners, walkers, and volunteers for our 4th Annual Race NIjUdicata on Saturday, April 20. Get your teams together and sign up for a great day of fun, prizes, and don’t forget the BBQ! Register online now for an early bird discount or register with a team! Download the volunteer form from www.niu.edu/law (click on "Events") or pick them up from outside of Melody Mitchell’s office, Room #285.

SBA Barristers Ball

Please join NIU Law’s Student Bar Association for its annual spring formal event (Barristers Ball) to be held at the Kishwaukee Country Club on April 20, 2013 from 7-11 p.m. Tickets are $30 for a single ticket and $50 for a couple. Tickets will be $40 per person at the door. THERE IS NO EXPECTATION THAT YOU HAVE A DATE. IN FACT, MOST PEOPLE DON’T BRING A DATE. The price of your ticket includes: four hours of complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks; hors d’oeuvres; live music and DJ; and bus transportation to and from Swen Parson Hall. A cash bar will be available for mixed drinks. Tickets are available at www.sba.ticketbud.com/barristers.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Graduation Announcements

The Graduation Announcements you requested on your Statement of Candidacy will be available for you to pick up from Julie (SP276) March 27, 2013 through April 10, 2013. The announcements that have not been picked up by end of the day April 10 will then be available for others to use. Details on how they will be disbursed will be forthcoming.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Research Assistants Needed for Professor Tan

Professor Tan is looking for two part-time research assistants for the 2013-2014 academic year. Each person hired will receive a half-tuition waiver. 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 31, 2013: A letter of interest; a resume; and an unofficial NIU COL transcript.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

An Exploration of Careers in Labor and Employment Law

NIU Law students are invited to attend “An Exploration of Careers in Labor and Employment Law” luncheon panel hosted by the ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law on Wednesday, March 27, at noon in the Riley Courtroom. Come meet, talk and lunch with regional labor/employment lawyers who will share their diverse perspectives and real-life experiences practicing on behalf of management, unions and plaintiffs, or serving as government attorneys or neutrals. Join us for an interesting and informative panel, who will answer your questions regarding career opportunities in the busy field of labor and employment law. Panelists will be Gary Bailey, Aaron Janik and Roxanne Sosnowski.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic

The John Marshall Law School’s Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic is now accepting applications for Clinical Student positions for Summer 2013. Below, please find a brief description of the position:

Clinical Student
Each clinical student is assigned their own cases and works directly with Veterans to obtain benefits from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Clinical students investigate and research specific claims on behalf of their clients. Clinical students gather documents, interview clients, write legal memorandum, maintain case files, and file claims on behalf of clients when appropriate. Tasks may include light administrative work, including copying & scanning.

Clinical students may receive course credit.

Practice Area: - Administrative - Appellate

How to Apply:
Please send a resume and cover letter to the attention of Yelena Duterte, staff attorney at the John Marshall Law School Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic, by April 19, 2013. We are accepting applications on a rolling basis.

Disability Law seminar with Prof. Green cancelled for 3/19/13

Professor Green has cancelled the Disability Law seminar for today, March 19, 2013.

Mediation with Prof. Green cancelled for 3/19/13

Professor Green has cancelled Mediation class for today, March 19, 2013.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Contracts II with Prof. Naftzger cancelled for 3/18/13

Professor Naftzger has cancelled Contracts II, section 2 for today, March 18, 2013.

Sunday, March 17, 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 week of March 18th 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 March 18th

  • THEMIS BAR REVIEW - 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 BAR REVIEW - 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.

Amnesty International panel discussion

The Department of Counseling, Adult & Higher Education, the DeKalb Interfaith Network for Peace & Justice, Amnesty International-Northern Illinois University (NIU) Law & Amnesty International-NIU are sponsoring a panel discussion on the International, Human Rights, & Moral Concerns over the use of armed and unarmed drones. The panelists will include Prof. Morse Tan, Law Professor, NIU College of Law; Dawood Ahmed, Esq., University of Chicago; Dr. Howard Solomon, City Colleges of Chicago Center for Distance Learning; Dr. Joy First, Wisconsin Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars; Veteran and NIU Sociology Student Jon Hohnstadt; and Ric Amesquita, published poet. It will take place on Monday, March 18, 2013 from 7:30—9 PM in Room 170, the Riley Courtroom, NIU College of Law, Swen Parson Hall. The presentation will have free admission, free food and be completely open to the public. Community members, faculty, students & colleagues are all welcome. Contact Dan Kenney at 815-793-0950 or Kevin Zickterman at kzickterman@gmail.com for more information.

CLS Blood Drive this week

It's that time again! The Christian Legal Society will be hosting a blood drive March 20th, from 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Please see a group member to schedule your donation or sign up online at www.heartlandbc.org. Walk-ins are welcomed! Photo id is required. As a way of saying thank you, all donors will receive a free pair of cotton lounge pants!

Illinois Innocence Project informational meeting

An informational meeting regarding working with the Illinois Innocence Project (IIP) will be held on March 27, 2013 in Room 186, 12:00 – 1:00. Students work with the IIP to help exonerate wrongfully convicted prisoners. Students will work under the direction of IIP attorneys on active cases. They will engage in the review of evidence for causes of wrongful conviction, investigation of scientific and nonscientific evidence, and the drafting of post-conviction motions. Students may conduct most of this work from NIU, although they maybe required to travel for prison visits with clients, to interview witnesses, and to gather documents and other evidence.

Law Review Upcoming Events

  • NIU’s Law Review Symposium is almost here! This year’s topic is Eavesdropping and Wiretapping in Illinois and the event is scheduled for Friday, April 19, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center. Topics include constitutional concerns of the Illinois Eavesdropping Act and the nation’s various eavesdropping/wiretapping statutes, unmanned drone usage in Illinois, and the impact of United States v. Jones in Illinois. The Symposium presenters include Jesse Alderman, Stephen Baker, Andrew Bashi, Prof. Steven Helle, Robert Loeb, Dr. Saby Ghoshray, State’s Attorney Joe McMahon, David Milton, Prof. Jeffrey Parness, Hon. Stanley Sacks, Karen Sheley, Babak Siavoshy, Trevor Timm, and featured speaker Dan Collins. MCLE is 5.5 hours and details, online registration and pricing are at www.niu.edu/law. All students, faculty, staff and the general public are welcome. Contact Kevin Zickterman at kzickterman@gmail.com for more details or questions. 
  • There will be an informational meeting on March 27th at Noon in Room #150 for 1Ls interested in Law Review. Come learn about the benefits of being part of Law Review and the process of writing on, even if you are slightly interested!

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

March 
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.

Paul Faherty Tax Law Writing Competition 
The Center for Tax Law and Employee Benefits at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago is pleased to announce the 2013 Paul Faherty Tax Law Writing Competition. Awards include one grand prize of $3,000 and two honorable mentions, each $1,000. Any student currently enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school in the U.S. may enter. Topics may include any aspect of tax law. Submit papers by email to aberkow@jmls.edu. The deadline is March 31, 2013. For more information contact Professor Kathryn J. Kennedy, Director of the Center for Tax Law & Employee Benefits, at 7kennedy@jmls.edu.

April
ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Writing Competition 
The Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) has established an annual Law Student Writing Competition. The winning submission will receive $1,500 cash, plus paid air and hotel accommodations to the ABA Annual Meeting awarded to the first place winner and $500 cash awarded to the second place winner. The deadline is April 1, 2013. For more information please visit: http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/migrated/tips/market/11AdmiraltyLawStudentWriting.authcheckdam.pdf.

George A. Strait Minority Scholarship Endowment 
The George A. Strait Minority Scholarship is awarded to college graduates with law library experience who are members of a minority group as defined by current US government guidelines and are degree candidates in accredited library or law schools and who intend to have a career in law librarianship. Applicants must have at least one quarter/semester remaining after the scholarship is awarded. Please come to the Office of Admissions for more information. Deadline is April 1, 2013. For more information please visit: http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Member-Resources/scholarships/George-A-Strait-Minority-Scholarship

Japanese American Citizens League Sho Sato Memorial Scholarship 
Applicants must be a member of JACL. Selection is based upon personal statement, letters of recommendation, transcripts, work experience, and community involvement. JACL Membership is open to everyone of any ethnic background. All who meet eligibility criteria are welcomed and encouraged to apply. The deadline is April 1, 2013. For more information please visit: http://www.jacl.org/edu/scholar.htm

Illinois Government Bar Association Scholarship
The Illinois Government Bar Association serves public interest attorneys throughout the state of Illinois. The organization is accepting applications for its annual scholarship of $750.00. This scholarship is designed to recognize outstanding commitment and achievement in public interest law. Applicant must be a law student and planning a career in Illinois government. The applicant must also have a job or internship in Illinois in the public sector. Send current resume, two letters of recommendation and an essay expressing interest. The deadline is April 1, 2013. For more information stop by the Office of Admissions for a copy of the scholarship guidelines or contact Michael Delcomyn at (217) 782-3654, or via email at Michael.delcomyn@osad.state.il.us.

DuPage County Bar Foundation Scholarships 
The DCBF awards several scholarships each year to deserving students. Eligible students must demonstrate financial need and academic achievement. Applicants must submit a personal statement, official transcript, resume, financial aid notice, and a tax form. The scholarship is awarded at the Installation dinner in early June. Winner(s) or their representative must be able to personally attend this dinner. The deadline is April 5, 2013. For more information please visit: http://www.dcba.org/legal-community/about/foundation

The Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties 
The fellowship competition is open to first year law students who intend to carry out significant activities during the summer in the areas of civil rights and/or civil liberties. Proposed activities may include writing or research project, work with a public interest organization in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties, work on a civil rights or civil liberties law case under the supervision of a faculty member or lawyer, or any other work in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties. The fellowship recipient receives a $1000 honorarium. Applicants should send a proposal, no more than 2 pages, describing his or her intended summer project, along with a resume, a brief letter of recommendation, and the name of their faculty or organizational sponsor. The deadline is April, 5 2013. For more information please visit: http://www.nationinstitute.org/prizes/1068/the_robert_masur_fellowship_in_civil_liberties/.

ISBA Law Student Division Public Service Award 
The ISBA Law Student Division Public Service Award is awarded annually to a law student participating in activities that enhance professional responsibility and provide service to the public. The award is based on extracurricular accomplishments and service related activities during the law school career. Deadline is April 5, 2013. For more information please visit: www.isba.org/awards/lawstudent.

Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee Student Writing Competition 
Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee calls for papers addressing recent developments in admiralty and maritime law. Entrants are encouraged to write on subjects of national interest, rather than state-specific issues. ntrants must submit their own original essay. The deadline is April 5, 2013. For more information please visit: http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/migrated/tips/market/11AdmiraltyLawStudentWriting.authcheckdam.pdf

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

All classes cancelled beginning at 12:30 p.m. 3/5/13

All NIU classes are cancelled beginning at 12:30 p.m. today. Campus offices and facilities remain operational. All NIU classes are scheduled to resume at 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 6.  For more information, please visit the NIU Weather page

Class Cancellations for 3/5/13

The following classes have been canceled for today, Tuesday, March 5:
Prof. Coles - Payment Systems
Prof. Miller - Legal Writing
Prof. Rigertas - Professional Responsibility
Prof. Stange - Legal Writing
Prof. Walton - Corporations & Patent Law
Prof. Widman - Administrative Law
Prof. Jones - Evidence
Judge O'Malley - Lawyering Skills
Prof. Schneider - Business Tax & Tax Policy Seminar
Prof. Arriola - Family Law & Gender & the Constitution Seminar
Dean Mandell - Criminal Externship

Monday, March 4, 2013

Leonard Mandell scholarship

Dear COL Community:

Thanks so much to everyone who assisted in making the 31st Annual Prize Moot Court Competition such a success. The bench was accomplished and engaged, and the student advocates gave excellent performances that made us all proud.

Special appreciation goes to Associate Dean Lenny Mandell, who has organized the competition with the Moot Court Society every year since its inception. He saved his best for last! In honor of the dedication and mentorship he has provided to all of his students, over the years, alumni Bob Meltzer (’85) and Austin Bartlett (’00) have agreed to be lead donors of a Leonard Mandell scholarship, to sponsor a student $5,000 a year for three years. This award was announced at the moot court banquet, and we hope it will be the beginning of a number of privately-funded scholarships for incoming students.

Moot Court XXXI Results

Congratulations to all who competed in the 31st Annual Prize Moot Court Competition, completed this past Saturday, March 2. Here are the final results & award winners:

1ST PLACE
AMANDA WIELGUS & ANTHONY GOUGH

2ND PLACE
KATE GUENSBURG & MANAR ZAYED

BEST ORALIST, FINAL ROUND
KATE GUENSBURG

BEST PETITIONER’S BRIEF
ALEXIS SIMMONS & JAMES LINDSTROM

BEST RESPONDENT’S BRIEF
KATE GUENSBURG & MANAR ZAYED

BEST ORALIST, PRELIMINARY ROUNDS
BARBARA RUSSELL

SECOND BEST ORALIST, PRELIMINARY ROUNDS
MATTHEW NAGY

Friday, March 1, 2013

Moot Court XXXI Finals This Weekend

The 31st Annual Prize Moot Court Competition ends this Saturday, March 2nd with the Final Argument in the Riley Courtroom at 10:30 a.m. Students and family are invited to attend.

CONGRATULATIONS to the finalists!!--
Kate Guensburg & Manar Zayed vs. Anthony Gough & Amanda Wielgus

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of March 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.

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 March 4th at the following times:

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

Illinois Appellate Court Visit

The Illinois Appellate Court for the Second District will hear two oral arguments at the Law School 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.

SBA Trivia Night

The SBA will be hosting its annual Trivia Night on Wednesday, March 6, at 6:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Assemble your teams of 5 and brush up on your pop culture, sports and all other kinds of trivia. Beer, wine and snacks will be provided…and it’s all FREE! There is no better way to kick start your spring break. See you there!

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.

Amnesty International Panel Discussion

The Department of Counseling, Adult & Higher Education, the DeKalb Interfaith Network for Peace & Justice, Amnesty International-Northern Illinois University (NIU) Law & Amnesty International-NIU are sponsoring a panel discussion on the International, Human Rights, & Moral Concerns over the use of armed and unarmed drones. The panelists will include Prof. Morse Tan, Law Professor, NIU College of Law; Dawood Ahmed, Esq., University of Chicago; Dr. Howard Solomon, City Colleges of Chicago Center for Distance Learning; Dr. Joy First, Wisconsin Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars; Veteran and NIU Sociology Student Jon Hohnstadt; and Ric Amesquita, Published Poet. It will take place on Monday, March 18, 2013 from 7:30—9 PM in Room 170, the Riley Courtroom, NIU College of Law, Swen Parson Hall. Free admission, free food and completely open to the public. Community members, faculty, students & colleagues are all welcome. Contact Dan Kenney at 815-793-0950 or Kevin Zickterman at kzickterman@gmail.com for more information.