Friday, April 26, 2013

New Certificate Programs

The College of Law is pleased to announce two new Certificate Programs:

1) Certificate in Business Law (effective with the Class of 2015)
2) Certificate in International Law (effective with the Class of 2015)

For more information, go to http://www.niu.edu/law/academic/certificate_programs.shtml.

Bar Study Loans

It is time for 3Ls to think about bar study loans. Bar study loans are specifically designed for law students who are about to take the bar exam. A bar loan is a private loan, and a credit check will be performed as part of the application process. The loan helps finance bar exam costs, such as bar review course fees, bar exam deposits and fees, and living expenses.

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

Bar loans allow applicants to borrow a minimum of $1,000 and a maximum of $15,000. You may apply for a bar study loan through your current student loan lender, or you may use a completely different lender. All bar loan applications must be certified and signed by the University Student Financial Aid Office (Swen Parson Room 245). You should begin the application process at least 2-3 weeks before you need to have the first disbursement. The following are some of the private lenders that are still providing bar loans. Research additional lenders and compare their interest rates before you sign.

Research Assistant Needed for Professor Schlam

Professor Schlam is looking for a 2L half-time tuition-waiver research assistant for the 2013-2014 academic year. Research assignments will be mostly regarding constitutional, child law or education law issues. Writing skills, “Bluebook proficiency” and a GPA above 3.0 will be given preference.

To apply please submit the following to lschlam@niu.edu: a letter of interest, a resume (including your first semester or end of year GPA), a writing sample (e.g., a legal memo) and two references (names and contact information), one of which might profitably be your legal writing instructor. Once received, a time for a personal meeting will be arranged. Thank you.

Trial Ad Society Chambers

The Trial Ad Society is still accepting applications for 3L positions for next year’s chambers. Applications, instructions, and position descriptions are now available on TWEN. If you have any questions, please contact Kristin Good.

Announcements from Dean Rosato

It is my pleasure to announce that Karl Pettitt has accepted our offer to become a member of the law library faculty as assistant technical services librarian at the rank of assistant professor. He will officially join us on May 20th. His areas of concentration will be in the law library’s cataloging, acquisitions, serials, interlibrary loan and federal depository program operations. He comes to us from Wheaton College, where he is currently catalog librarian and assistant professor at Buswell Memorial Library.

I am pleased to announce that Professor Kathy Coles will become the new Associate Dean for Student Services, tentatively beginning July 16. Dean Mandell will retire from his duties as dean of students on June 30, but will continue teaching and supervising externships this coming academic year. Professor Coles will teach Corporations in the Fall. I will announce Associate Dean Coles’ office location as soon as it is finalized.

I am also pleased to announce that Terea Turner will be joining NIU College of Law as the new Assistant Director of Admissions. She has served as the Director of Recruitment at North Carolina Central University School of Law since 2012, where she graduated from law school in May 2008. Before serving as the Director of Recruitment, she was a sole practitioner, a compliance officer for the United States Department of Labor, and a grants manager at her law school. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She will begin her work at the law school on May 16.

SBA End-of-the-Year Party

All are invited to join the SBA at its annual End-of-the-Year Party on Monday, April 29th from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. 

1:00--Lunch Served
1:45--Remarks
2:20--3L Hat Toss Photo
2:30--Unveiling of Class Composite
3:00--Party Ends!

ELS Pop Tab Collection Ends This Monday!

The end of the academic year is upon us and the Environmental Law Society wants your pop tabs! If you have been saving pop tabs for ELS’s Pop Tab Campaign for Ronald McDonald House, please drop them off in or near the pop tab container in the Marshall Gallery. We would like to have all of them by April 29th, as we are not sure if next year’s board will continue the drive and so current board members can drop them off at a collection site by the end of the semester. Thanks for all your efforts these last couple of years in collecting them, and we at ELS hope our combined efforts will have contributed to the success of the Ronald McDonald House Charities!

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of April 29th

  • 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.

End-of-Year Budget Office Notices for 3Ls

MAY 2013 GRADUATES:  

1) Caps and gowns may be picked up from the Office of Budget & Records (SP276) beginning 8:30a.m. on MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2013. (NOTE: Office is closed for lunch noon – 1:00 p.m.) The hat toss photo is scheduled for 2:20 p.m. the same day, with the unveiling of the Class of 2013 Composite to follow.

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.

Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice Listening Conference

Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride, Justice Robert R. Thomas, Chief Judge Michael J. Sullivan, and Dean Jennifer L. Rosato cordially invite you to the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice Listening Conference. The conference will be held on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 from 1:30-4:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom (Room #170).  

Additional speakers/panelists for the conference include Justice Mary S. Schostok (2nd Judicial District), Patrick M. Kinnally (Kane County Bar Association), Michele Meyer (Mutual Ground), Mike O’Connor (Prairie State Legal Services), Professor David H. Taylor, and Michelle Rock (Director of Illinois Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health and Justice).

 The Commission on Access to Justice is devoted to doing whatever it possibly can to improve access to justice for everyone, with an emphasis on improving access for low-income and vulnerable people. The purpose of this conference is to hear from people engaged in the judicial system about problems confronting the poor and vulnerable in our communities and to hear about possible solutions.

Please RSVP to IlSupCtATJ@isba.org.

CLS Executive Board

The Christian Legal Society is now accepting nominations for the 2013-3014 CLS Executive Board. The E-Board positions are: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Social Chair, Photographer and 3L Advisor. How to Run:

1) Please send a personal statement of 300 words or less indicating: a) The position you are running for b) Why you think you should be selected for this position c) Your vision and ideas for next year’s CLS
2) Please also indicate if you would consider a general position on the board in lieu of the position you are running for.
3) Please send this information to niu.col.cls@gmail.com by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 3rd.
4) Please keep in mind that you may nominate yourself. If you have any questions, please send your inquiries to Danielle Blanks at danielleyblanks@gmail.com.

April and May Scholarship Deadlines

April

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/

May

Leesfield Scholarship 
Sponsored by Ira Leesfield and AAJ, this scholarship has been established to award $2,500 to a law student for attendance at AAJ's AAJ Annual Convention. This scholarship is available to first and second year AAJ Law Student Members. Applicants must submit a personal statement, a resume, a statement of financial need, up to three letters of recommendation, and completed form verifying your student status. The deadline is May 1, 2013. For more information please visit: http://www.justice.org/cps/rde/justice/hs.xsl/1742.htm.

The Mike Eidson Scholarship Fund - American Association for Justice
The Mike Eidson Scholarship Fund was established by the AAJ Women for Justice Education Fund in 2008, in honor of AAJ Past President Mike Eidson, whose vision and generosity inspired it.  The Scholarship, traditionally in the amount of $5,000.00, is awarded annually to a rising 3L (or rising 4L in a night program) female student who has demonstrated a commitment to a career as a plaintiffs’ lawyer or criminal defense lawyer, along with dedication to upholding and defending the principles of the Constitution, and to the concept of a fair trial, the adversary system, and a just result for the injured, the accused, and those whose rights are jeopardized. Interested applicants must submit an application form, personal statement, and resume. The deadline is May 1, 2013. For more information please visit: http://justice.org/cps/rde/xchg/justice/hs.xsl/8514.htm.

Richard D. Hailey AAJ Law Student Scholarships
These scholarships are open to all incoming first, second, and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian American, Native American and biracial AAJ Law Student Members. Recipients must demonstrate an interest and proficiency of skills in trial advocacy, a desire to represent victims, a commitment to AAJ and dedication to its mission through involvement in an AAJ student chapter and Minority Caucus activities, and show a financial need for the scholarship. Applicants must submit a resume, personal statement, three letters of recommendation, and a completed form verifying your student status. The deadline is May 1, 2013. For more information please visit: http://www.justice.org/cps/rde/justice/hs.xsl/1739.htm

Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition 2013
The National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) has served as an educational forum and active voice for the concerns of women lawyers in this country and abroad. Entrants should submit a paper on an issue concerning women’s rights or the status of women in the law. Essays will be accepted from students enrolled at any law school during the 2012-13 school year. The essays must be the law student author’s own work and must not have been submitted for publication elsewhere. Papers written by students for coursework or independent study during the summer, fall or spring semesters are eligible for submission. The deadline is May 1, 2013. For more information please visit: http://www.law.gonzaga.edu/blog/2013/financial-aid/writing-competition/nawl-2013/

Donald O’Brien Scholarship Award
This scholarship is in honor of Judge Donald O'Brien, Senior Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa. The scholarship was set up by the Judge's law clerks in 1993 to honor his commitment to public service. It provides financial recognition to first- and second-year law students with Iowa ties who have demonstrates an interest and intent to practice law in the area of civil rights, civil liberties, public interest, or other areas benefiting society’s less fortunate. The scholarship is worth $1,000. The deadline is May 13, 2013. For more information and a copy of the application please email the admissions office at lawadm@niu.edu.

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Student Writing Competition
The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law are pleased seeks papers addressing any aspect of public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar. Articles may address U.S. law, international law of relevance to U.S. labor and employment attorneys, or how a legal topic is treated in states across the country, but papers limited to the law of a single state will not be considered. The following prizes may be awarded by the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers: First Place: $1500, Second Place: $1000, Third Place: $500. The first-place winning article will be published in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law. The deadline is May 15, 2013. For more information please visit: http://www.laborandemploymentcollege.org/products/writing%20competition.aspx

NBI African American Law Student Fellowship Program
The NBI awards law student fellowships annually to (a maximum of) three law students. To be eligible, a law student must have been, among other things, carrying a full time class load at a U.S. law school; be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; have at least two consecutive years of full time law student experience and intend to return to the Black community to practice law once legal training is completed. Fellowships range from $1,000 to $10,000, with $2,500 being the generally recommended amount. The deadline is May 15, 2013. For more information please visit: http://www.nationalbar.org/index.php?q=NBI_grants

International Association of Defense Counsel Writing Contest
The International Association of Defense Counsel Legal Writing Contest is open to students who, at the time of submission of their entries, are enrolled as J.D. candidates in accredited law schools. There will be three scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,000. The deadline is May 17, 2013. For more information, visit http://www.iadclaw.org/publications/contest.aspx.

IDEA Annual Student Competition
To be eligible for consideration, the paper must focus on intellectual property law and have been written solely by a student. Submissions should be font size 12 and have one inch margins and follow Bluebook format. Awards include 1st Place $500, 2nd Place $200, and 3rd Place a one-year subscription to IDEA. The deadline for the competition is May 17, 2013. For more information please visit: http://law.unh.edu/ip-law-review/annual-student-competition

American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence Writing Competition
The Tenth Annual Law Student Writing Competition invites law students to submit articles no longer than 7500 words (typically 20-25 pages) addressing domestic violence and the law from a national or international perspective. Awards include publication in the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law, Resolution from the ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence and honorarium as well as public policy. The deadline for the writing competition is May 31, 2013.  For more information please visit: www.americanbar.org/cdsv

Buckfire Diversity Scholarship
The Michigan personal injury lawyers of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. are pleased to announce their first annual 2013 Diversity Scholarship for law students. The scholarship is $2,000 and will be awarded to a student who is currently attending an accredited law school, who is either a member of an ethnic or racial minority or demonstrates commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career. The deadline for this scholarship is May 31, 2013. For more information please visit: www.BuckfireLaw.com

Pro Bono Opportunity

On June 6, 2013, Loyola University School of Law (located at Pearson and Rush streets in downtown Chicago) will be hosting the ISBA Lawyers’ Assistance Program training program for this year. LAP trains lawyers and others in the legal profession to recognize and respond (occasionally by organizing an intervention) to judges, lawyers, and law students encountering problems with depression, mental health, or substance abuse and who have, as a result, become dysfunctional or non-productive in their professional lives.



The program is free, and runs from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. LAP will provide free lunch. There are usually about 150-200 people attending to hear a variety of speakers or panel presentations, experience role-playing, and view videos. It’s a very worthwhile program. If more than 8 or 10 students volunteer, the law school may be able to provide transportation to and from the training.



To volunteer to attend, and for further information, please contact: Sean Trausch, 1L, at sean.trausch@yahoo.com. For additional information from a trained intervener, please contact: Professor Schlam at lschlam@niu.edu.

June and July Scholarship Deadlines

June

ACEBC Employee Benefits Writing Competition
ACEBC Employee Benefits seeks papers that deal with employee benefits topics. As an illustrative example, a paper might address legal issues involving health benefits, pensions, 401(k) plans, severance, executive compensation, claims, appeals, current or former spouses' or domestic partners' benefits, collectively-bargained benefits, benefits in bankruptcy, ERISA litigation, fiduciary obligations or the tax treatment of benefits/contributions. The deadline is June, 1 2013. For more information please visit: http://www.acebc.com/employee-benefits-writing-competition

Leesfield Law Student Scholarship
Sponsored by Ira Leesfield and AAJ, this scholarship has been established to award $2,500 to a law student for attendance at AAJ's AAJ Annual Convention. The 2013 Annual Convention will be held in San Francisco, California on July 20 - July 23. This scholarship is available to first and second year AAJ Law Student Members. Applications must include: a resume, a statement of financial need, 500 word statement of applicants commitment to preserving the civil justice system, up to three letters of recommendation from faculty advisors, trial advocacy professor, dean, AAJ member or trial lawyer, and completed form verifying status as student. The deadline is June 1, 2013. http://www.justice.org/cps/rde/xchg/justice/hs.xsl/1742.htm

National Pathfinder Scholarship
The National Federation of Republican Women established the National Pathfinder Scholarship Fund in 1985 in honor of First Lady Nancy Reagan. The three annual scholarships of $2,500 provide financial assistance and support to women seeking undergraduate or graduate degrees. Undergraduate sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as students enrolled in a master's degree program, are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Recent high school graduates and undergraduate freshmen are not eligible. Scholarship winners may not reapply. The deadline is June 1, 2013. http://www.nfrw.org/programs/scholarships.htm.

Association of American Indian Affairs, Inc. Displaced Homemaker Scholarship
Applicants must be minimally 1⁄4 degree Indian blood from a federally recognized tribe. Please include a certificate of enrollment and blood quantum from your tribe or B.I.A. This scholarship is meant to augment the usual and expected financial sources of educational money to assist those students with child care, transportation and some basic living expenses. There are several requirements that must be met such as submitting a transcript and a household budget. While the number of students awarded per year varies due to funding availability, generally the AAIA awards approximately 10%-12% of students who apply. For more information contact the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid for the Law School or visit www.indian-affairs.org/scholarship/aaia_scholarships.htm. The deadline is June 3, 2013.

American Society for Pharmacy Law Larry Simonsmeier Writing Award
The American Society for Pharmacy Law (ASPL) is a nationwide organization with the purposes of: (i) furthering knowledge in the law related to pharmacists, pharmacies, the provision of pharmaceutical care, the manufacturing and distribution of drugs, and other food, drug, and medical device policy issues ("Pharmacy Law"); (ii) communicating accurate legal educational information; and (iii) providing education opportunities for pharmacists, attorneys, and others who are interested in Pharmacy Law. Papers related to Pharmacy Law, as defined above, published in or accepted for publication in any English-language peer-reviewed journal (including law reviews) during the period from January 2011 through December 2012 are eligible. Interested parties are invited to nominate published papers written by themselves or other authors. Authors may submit manuscripts that are in press. The deadline is June 3, 2013. http://www.aspl.org/larry-m-simonsmeier-award.

American Judges Association 25th Annual Law Student Essay Competition
The AJA announces its annual essay competition open to all full-time law students enrolled in and attending an accredited law school in the US or Canada. The first prize for the contest is $3000, second is $1500 and third is $1000. First, second and third place winners and their law schools will be presented with an award certificate. The winning essay may be published in the AJA’s journal, Court Review. The deadline is June 1, 2013. http://aja.ncsc.dni.us/. Contact Office of Admissions for details.
University of Connecticut School of Law Student Legal Writing Competition
The University of Connecticut School of Law has established a Student Legal Writing Competition to encourage and reward original student writing on legal issues affecting persons struggling with homelessness, mental illness, addiction, or substance abuse. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a student may incorporate professorial feedback as part of a course requirement or supervised writing project. Three cash prizes will be awarded: $750 First Prize, $500 Second Prize, and $250 Third Prize. The deadline is June 3, 2013. For more information please visit: http://www.law.uconn.edu/node/9541

Food and Drug Law Institute H. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Competition
The Food and Drug Law Institute sponsors the H. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Competition to encourage law students interested in the areas of law that affect food, drugs, animal drugs, biologics, cosmetics, diagnostics, dietary supplements, medical devices and tobacco. Winning papers will be considered for publication in the Food and Drug Law Journal. There are two competitions␣one for papers with a maximum of 40 pages, and one for papers between 41-100 pages. Papers longer than 100 pages will not be accepted. First prize receives $4000 and second place receives $1,000. Entrants must be currently enrolled in a JD program at any of the nation's ABA-accredited law schools or a 2012-2013 academic year graduate. The deadline is June 7, 2013. Questions: Attn: Writing Awards Competition, The Food and Drug Law Institute 1155 15th Street, NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20005. See Office of Admissions for additional information.

Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation
The Award is in recognition of Excellence in Legal Writing in American Law Schools. Any law student currently enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States seeking a J.D. or LL.B degree is eligible to receive the Award. The stipend for the winner is $10,000. The deadline is June 7, 2013. See Office of Admissions for guidelines and details.

Cultural Heritage Preservation Student Writing Competition
The competition is open to US law students at schools approved by the American Bar Association. Students enrolled in a JD, LLB, or other first degree program in law at an accredited faculty outside the United States may also participate. Papers must be the work of one student author alone (joint submissions will not be considered). Students may only submit one paper. The paper must have been written after June 2012, and at the time of submission, it cannot have been published or accepted for publication. Students must be in good standing at their institutions. They are encouraged, but not required, to be members of the Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation. Papers may address any aspect of cultural heritage law, such as art, terrestrial and submerged cultural property, historic preservation, indigenous peoples, and intangible cultural heritage (but not intellectual property issues, except as they relate to cultural heritage). The deadline is June 10, 2013. http://www.culturalheritagelaw.org/competition.

James Boskey ADR Writing Competition
The purpose of the competition is to create greater interest in the field of dispute resolution among all law students of the nation, particularly the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association. The essay may address any aspect of dispute resolution practice, theory or research that the contestant chooses. Essays are limited to 15-25 typewritten pages, including footnotes or endnotes. The text of the essay must be double-spaced, with twelve-point font and one-inch margins. First Prize: $1000 to the Competition winner and posting of the winning essay and runner-up online. The deadline is June 14, 2013. http://www.americanbar.org/groups/dispute_resolution/awards_competitions/james_b_boskey_law_stude nt_essay_contest_on_dispute_resolution.html.

Spinoso Masters Scholarship
The Spinoso Masters Scholarship, worth up to $10,000, is available to graduates of DeKalb County high schools who are working on furthering their formal education through a graduate program. Sycamore residents, Vivian and John Spinoso, started the scholarship fund in 2012 because they feel there is a compelling need to build leaders for our future through continued education providing a strong foundation. Recipients are selected by an independent scholarship committee under the guidance of DCCF. The deadline is June 14, 2013. For more information, please visit: www.dekalbccf.org/postsecondaryscholarships.html

Mary Moers Wenig Student Writing Competition
The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Mary Moers Wenig Student Writing Competition was created to encourage and reward scholarly works in the area of trusts and estates. This competition is open to any law student in good standing (full-time or part-time) who is currently enrolled as a J.D. or LL.M. candidate in an ABA-accredited law school within the United States or its possessions. The deadline is June 14, 2013. http://www.actec.org/public/WenigCompetition/WenigCompetitionRules.asp

Asian Pacific American Bar Association Robert T. Matsui Annual Writing Competition
The Robert T. Matsui Annual Writing Competition was established by AEF in 2005 to honor the late Congressman Robert T. Matsui and his many accomplishments. Through this writing competition, AEF seeks to encourage legal scholarship on issues of importance to the Asian Pacific American legal community and, more generally, the publication of law review articles on topics of relevance to racial and ethnic minorities and the law. The winner of the 2013 competition will receive a monetary award of fifteen hundred dollars ($1,500), and the winning entry will be published by the Asian Pacific American Bar Association standard editorial process and copyright policy. For more information contact the Admissions office. The deadline is June 15th, 2013.

Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship
Baker Donelson is committed to fostering an inclusive environment where the individual differences among us are understood, respected and appreciated, recognized as sources of strength of the Firm, and valued as qualities that enrich the environment in which we work. With this in mind, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC will award three scholarships to diverse law students this year. To apply for the Diversity Scholarship, all applications must be submitted via the online application tool. First, you will need to register to use Baker Donelson technology. The deadline is June 21, 2013. For more information please visit: http://www.bakerdonelson.com/diversity-scholarship-diversity-practices/

The Darleen J. and Robert L. Walker Scholarship Fund
The Darleen J. and Robert L. Walker Scholarship Fund was established to provide financial assistance to students studying law or entering law school anywhere in Illinois or Milwaukee, Wisc. or St. Louis, Mo. While scholarships are open to all, strong preference is given to applicants who are Masons, who come from Masonic families or are former residents of the Masonic Children's Home in LaGrange, Ill. The deadline is June 21, 2013. http://walkerscholarship.org/index.html.

California Supreme Court Historical Society Student Writing Competition
The winning author will receive a prize of $2,500 and publication in the Society’s journal, California Legal History. Second and third place winners may also be chosen, and all winning papers will be posted on the Society’s website, www.cschs.org. Original, unpublished scholarly writing on any aspect of California legal history, ranging from the Supreme Court itself, and its justices and decisions, to local events of legal historical importance—including biography, significant cases, independent state interpretation, the California Constitution, and reorganization of the court system, as well as areas of law such as criminal law, civil rights, family law, tort liability, environmental law, and taxation—in any time period from 1846 to the present. The deadline is June 30, 2013. See Office of Admissions for details.

Edward F. Langs Writing Award
Awards will be given to up to three student essays, which in the opinion of the judges make the most significant contribution to the knowledge and understanding of information technology law. Factors to be taken into consideration include: originality; timeliness of the subject; depth of research; accuracy; readability; and the potential for impact on the law. Essay must be original, deemed to be of publishing quality, and must not have been submitted to any other contest within the previous 12 months. A total of $1,500 in US dollars shall be divided between the award winning essays, and all rights to award winning essays shall become the property of the State Bar of Michigan. The deadline is June 30, 2013. http://www.michbar.org/it/news.cfm.

Robert C. Watson Award
AIPLA has sponsored this student competition for many years to encourage interest in intellectual property issues. Students are encouraged to submit articles on a subject relating to the protection of intellectual property. Judges consider the merit of the article as a contribution to the knowledge respecting intellectual property and the extent to which it displays original and creative thought. The deadline is June 30, 2013. For more information please visit: http://www.aipla.org/resources/programs/Pages/default.aspx.

July

George Jay Joseph Education Law Writing Award
The purpose of this national competition is to generate increased interest in and recognition of education law among not only graduate students in education schools but also, in particular, to students in law schools. The winner of the competition will be recognized at the annual conference of the Education Law Association (ELA), and the manuscript will be published in the Journal of Law and Education. Additionally, the winner will be invited to present on the topic of the article at the ELA annual conference and receive a commemorative plaque, a year’s membership in ELA, waiver of the registration fee for the annual conference, and national recognition via an ELA press release. Subject matter: one or more legal issues within any of the various contexts of education, including public and private K-12 schools and institutions of higher education, especially current and emerging issues in elementary and secondary public education. The deadline is July 1, 2013. For more information please visit: http://educationlaw.org/nominations.php

Tannenwald Competition
The Competition is open to (i) law students, undergraduate (J.D.) or graduate (L.L.M. or S.J.D.), enrolled full or part-time in a U.S. law school during the 2012 13 academic year; and (ii) other students enrolled during such academic year in a U.S. law school tax course as part of an MBA or other non-law degree program. Submitted papers must focus primarily upon technical or policy-oriented tax issues relating to any type of existing or proposed U.S. federal or state tax or U.S. federal or state taxation system (including topics relating to tax practice ethical and professional responsibility matters). Cash prizes will be awarded for the winning paper ($5,000), first runner-up ($2,500) and second runner-up ($1,500). The deadline is July 1, 2013. For more information please visit: http://www.tannenwald.org/rules/

Carole Bailey Scholarship
The U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association will award at least one annual law student scholarship of up to $5,000.00, in honor of the Court’s former Chief Deputy Clerk of Administrative Services, Carole Bailey. Students must be; enrolled or enrolling in any law school accredited by the American Bar Association for the 2013/2014 academic year; and, able to demonstrate either an interest in pursuing a public service legal career, or a past or present commitment to public service. An interest in the subject matter jurisdiction of the Court of Federal Claims is beneficial but not necessary for an applicant to be selected. Submissions must be transmitted in PDF format only by email to sandy@cfcbar.org. Please (i) send only one PDF file; (ii) identify each submission by noting “CFC Carole Bailey Scholarship Submission” in the “Subject” line. The deadline is July 15, 2013. For more information please visit: http://www.cfcbar.org/carole-bailey-scholarship

The Warren E. Burger Prize
The Warren E. Burger Prize is a writing competition designed to encourage outstanding scholarship that "promotes the ideals of excellence, civility, ethics and professionalism within the legal profession," the core mission of the American Inns of Court. Authors should address one or more aspects of excellence in legal skills, civility, ethics or professionalism within the legal profession. The selected issue(s) should be of contemporary significance with clear relevance to the legal community at large. The deadline is July 15, 2013. For more information please visit: http://home.innsofcourt.org/about-us/awards/the-warren-e-burger-prize/warren-e-burger-prize-rules.aspx

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Graduation Cords Policy

3L students: Dean Mandell has added an important addendum to the Student Handbook regarding cord policies for Graduation, effective this year.  Please read it on our website.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

SBA Voting Continues this week

SBA ELECTIONS: Elections for class representatives will be held April 22nd through April 26th. Any student may run to be a class representative. Four representatives from next year’s 2L class and four representatives from next year’s 3L class will be elected.

CLASS AGENT and CLASS SPEAKER: 3L students may vote for each of the following: Class Agent and Class Speaker on April 22nd through April 24th. Voting will be held using www.surveymonkey.com. More information will be announced next Monday.

PROFESSOR OF THE YEAR and CLASS GIFT: 3L students may also vote for each of the following: Professor of the Year, Class Gift. 3L students will vote for these categories April 22nd through April 26th. Voting will be held using www.surveymonkey.com. More information will be announced next week.

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of April 22nd

  • 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 Events this week

  • Several Organizations and Departments, including our own Environmental Law Society and the Amnesty International College of Law, are sponsoring an Earth Day lecture on nuclear concerns. The lecture will be given by David Kraft, Director of the Nuclear Energy Information Service (NEIS), and will be titled “Chernobyl, Fukushima & Now North Korea: A Planet is a Terrible Thing to (Rad-) Waste—Proliferation & A Roadmap for U.S. Energy Policy.” The lecture will be held on Monday, April 22, 2013 from 7:15-9:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom. Light refreshments will be served and the event is completely open to the public. Contact Rey Ty (815) 753-1098 or Kevin Zickterman at kzickterman@gmail.com for more information.
  • The end of the academic year is upon us and the Environmental Law Society wants your pop tabs! If you have been saving pop tabs for ELS’s Pop Tab Campaign for Ronald McDonald House, please drop them off in or near the pop tab container in the Marshall Gallery in the coming weeks. We would like to have all of them by April 29th, as we are not sure if next year’s board will continue the drive and so current board members can drop them off at a collection site by the end of the semester. Thanks for all your efforts these last couple of years in collecting them, and we at ELS hope our combined efforts will have contributed to the success of the Ronald McDonald House Charities! 

Registration Meetings for All Students

REGISTRATION MEETING FOR FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS
There will be an open meeting for current first-year students concerning the schedule and registration on Tuesday, (April 23) at 1:00 p.m. in Room 188.

REGISTRATION MEETING FOR UPPER LEVEL STUDENTS
There will be two open meetings for upper level students concerning the schedule and registration. The first will be held on Wednesday (April 24) at noon in Room 173, and the second will be a repeat meeting for current upper division students and will be held on Thursday (April 25) at 2:30 in Room 173.

Externship & Clinical Opportunites Informational Meeting this week

On Wednesday, April 24th at noon in room #188, there will be an informational session describing all of the externship and clinical opportunities available over the summer and in the fall semester. If you would like to learn more about these opportunities, please be sure to attend!!

CLS Religious Freedom Panel

The Christian Legal Society is hosting a panel entitled, “Religious Freedom for the Client and Attorney” on April 24th, from 12:00 - 12:50 p.m. in room 150. Our guest panelists are Stephen Hsu, Solo Practitioner, Law Offices of Stephen Hsu & David Goles, Partner, Swanson, Martin, & Bell, LLP. Food will be provided!!!

David is a partner in the Libertyville office of Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP. He is an experienced litigator who has successfully handled a wide variety of legal matters including: municipal and governmental regulation, land use and zoning, commercial litigation, corporate dissolution, breach of contract, construction defects, mechanic’s liens, landlord/tenant, UCC, replevin, bankruptcy, collections, creditor’s rights and personal injury disputes. He is a member of the firm’s creditors’ rights/bankruptcy, commercial litigation and construction law practice groups, and participates as an arbitrator in the 19th Judicial Circuit Mandatory Arbitration program. David has taught college business law and legal research courses, and lectured on landlord/tenant law issues. He is admitted to practice before Illinois and Wisconsin state courts and is also admitted before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Stephen Hsu began his general practice law firm, The Law Offices of Stephen C. Hsu, in 2005 after practicing at a plaintiff’s litigation firm first-chairing over 20 jury trials followed by a medical malpractice defense firm representing Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He currently handles all types of civil litigation cases, as well as real estate, corporate law, collections, and probate. He became involved with CLS while at law school at NIU (J.D., 1999) and is also a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (B.A., 1995). He currently serves on the board of the Christian Legal Society in Chicago. He has a passion for disciplining & mentoring law students and attorneys. He is happily married to Serina, a psychologist and they are delighted to be the first time parents of their 6 month old daughter, Raya Gloria.

For more information about this event or about the NIU chapter of the Christian Legal Society, please contact Danielle Blanks at danielleyblanks@gmail.com.

Research Assistant Needed for Prof. Rigertas

Professor Rigertas is looking for either one full-time or two part-time research assistants for the 2013-2014 academic years. Research assignments will be mostly regarding regulation of the legal profession and access to legal services. Bluebook proficiency is preferred. To apply, please submit the following to Professor Rigertas (hard copy) by April 24, 2013: A letter of interest (which also states whether you have a preference between a full or part-time position), a resume, an official copy of your NIU College of Law transcript, and two references (names and contact information).

CLS Executive Board Elections

The Christian Legal Society is now accepting nominations for the 2013-3014 CLS Executive Board. The E-Board positions are: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Social Chair, Photographer and 3L Advisor.

How to Run:
1) Please send a personal statement of 300 words or less indicating: a) The position you are running for b) Why you think you should be selected for this position c) Your vision and ideas for next year’s CLS.
2) Please also indicate if you would consider a general position on the board in lieu of the position you are running for.
3) Please send this information to niu.col.cls@gmail.com by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 3rd.
4) Please keep in mind that you may nominate yourself. If you have any questions, please send your inquiries to Danielle Blanks at danielleyblanks@gmail.com.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Externships & Clinics Informational Meeting

1L & 2L Students,

On Wednesday, April 24th at noon in room 188, we will be hosting an informational session describing all of the externship and clinical opportunities available over the summer and in the fall semester. If you would like to learn more about these opportunities, please be sure to attend!

Prof. Maddali

Monday, April 15, 2013

Friday, April 12, 2013

Trial Ad Society Applications Now Being Accepted

The Trial Ad Society is now accepting applications for 3L positions for next year’s chambers. Applications, instructions, and position descriptions are now available on TWEN. If you have any questions, please contact Kristin Good.

Research Assistant Needed for Professor Schlam

Professor Schlam is looking for a 2L half-time tuition-waiver research assistant for the 2013-2014 academic year. Research assignments will be mostly regarding constitutional, child law or education law issues. Writing skills, “Bluebook proficiency” and a GPA above 3.0 will be given preference.

To apply please submit the following to lschalm@niu.edu: a letter of interest, a resume (including your first semester or end of year GPA), a writing sample (e.g., a legal memo) and two references (names and contact information), one of which might profitably be your legal writing instructor. Once received, a time for a personal meeting will be arranged. Thank you.

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of April 15th

  • 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.

SBA Elections Start this week

SBA elections for the Executive Board will be held April 15th through April 19th (Monday through Thursday) on TWEN. Any student may run for an Executive Board position, which is made up of President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and American Bar Association Representative.

Elections for class representatives will be held April 22nd through April 26th. Any student may run to be a class representative. Four representatives from next year’s 2L class and 4 representatives from next year’s 3L class will be elected.

Students who wish to run for any SBA position must submit a one-paragraph statement describing the position desired, why the position is desired and why you are the ideal candidate. Students may only run for one Executive Board position. Please send paragraphs to SBA.NIU@gmail.com. Paragraphs are due by 3pm, April 12th for Executive Board positions and 3pm, April 19th for class representative positions.

3L students may also nominate for each of the following: Professor of the Year, Class Agent, Class Speaker, Class Gift. After nominations are received, the 3L students will vote for the above categories on April 22nd through April 26th. Voting will be held using www.surveymonkey.com. More information will be announced next week.

Safe Passage Charity Drive this week

The Christian Legal Society, The Black Law Students Association, and The Women’s Law Caucus will be joining forces to collect items to donate to the Safe Passage Women’s Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence. We will place a collection box or two in the Marshall Gallery from April 15-19. You can help!! Please consider donating any of the following items to help victims of domestic violence:

Underwear (new, esp. smaller sizes)
Sweatpants/Sweatshirts
Self-care products (e.g. soap, shampoo, conditioner, nail polish for job interviews, etc.)
Household Products (e.g. dish washing liquid, laundry detergent, Comet, etc.)
Food (any type of food-prepared or purchased)
Towels
Blankets
Flip-flops

For more information about Safe Passage, please visit www.safepassage.org.

Business Dining Etiquette event this week

Would you like to enhance your knowledge and confidence in building successful professional relationships through effective business dining etiquette and communication skills? On Thursday, April 18, 2013 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Ellington’s in the Holmes Student Center, we will have a guest speaker, Liz Bockman of Everyday Etiquette to help you do just that. Professional dress is suggested, but not required. The program includes a full meal with choice of beverage (including wine). Exceptional learning experience, door prizes and an approved PILS stamp event…don’t miss it!!

LLSA Networking Night this week

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. For more information, email niu.latino.lawyers@gmail.com.

Law Review Symposium Next Friday!

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 Next Saturday!

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 by April 12 for an early bird discount or register with a team! Register or download the volunteer form from our website or you can pick forms 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. Get your tickets today at www.sba.ticketbud.com/barristers.

Federalist Society Executive Board

Attention 1Ls:  If you are interested in serving on the Federalist Society Executive Board next year, please submit a paragraph to to Samantha Brown at samantha.j.brown27@gmail.com by Friday, April 18th at 5pm. In your paragraph, please state which position you are interested in, why you are qualified for it, and what you would add to the federalist society team. You may list more than one position. The current positions include vice-president, treasurer, secretary, and reception coordinator.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Constitutional Law with Prof. Schlam Class canceled for 4/11/13

Constitutional Law with Professor Schlam has been canceled for Thursday, April 11, 2013. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Research Assistants Needed for Prof. Widman

Professor Widman is looking for one or two research assistants for next year. Applicants should be willing to do some work over the summer (with hours during the academic semester accordingly reduced). This position is especially suited to students who have some experience and/or interest in public law and legislation. Please submit a current resume (including your year, current GPA, and class rank, if known), an official law school transcript, and a brief letter of interest to Professor Widman by noon on Thursday, April 18. Applications must be submitted in hard copy, not electronically.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

CLINICAL COURSES FOR SUMMER 2013 – CHANGES TO CLASS TIMES AND REQUIRED DAYS IN ROCKFORD

CLINICAL COURSES FOR SUMMER 2013 – CHANGES TO CLASS TIMES AND REQUIRED DAYS IN ROCKFORD

There have been a few changes to the Clinical Course schedule for Summer School 2013 to avoid conflicts with other summer school courses being offered this summer.

The Civil Justice Clinic seminar class will meet from 3:15 – 5:00 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Students in the Civil Justice Clinic should plan to spend one full day each week in Rockford at the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic for students to conduct intakes, to participate in court hearings, and to meet with clients, witnesses, and Professor Vaughn. Given the court's scheduling of hearings, students should plan to spend their full day in Rockford on Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays. The additional clinic time may be another full day or two half days. Students may complete some of their work at the Clinical Law Center in Swen Parson. Students' schedules will be arranged in consultation with Professor Vaughn.

The Juvenile Justice Clinic seminar class will meet from 3:15 – 5:00 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays or on Tuesdays and Thursdays, depending on student availability.

Students in the Juvenile Justice Clinic should plan to spend one full day and one half-day in Rockford at the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic for students to conduct intakes, to participate in court hearings, and to meet with clients, witnesses, and Professor Cain. Juvenile Court meets every week day with most initial hearings scheduled at 9:00 a.m. Students may complete some of their work at the Clinical Law Center in Swen Parson. Students' schedules will be arranged in consultation with Professor Cain.

To register for a clinic course you must visit the Clinical Program Student Application Process page at http://www.niu.edu/law/clinical_program/application_process.shtml and follow the instructions for Summer 2013.

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us:
 · Clinical Assistant Professor Wendy Vaughn regarding the Civil Justice Clinic at wvaughn@niu.edu
 · Clinical Associate Professor Paul Cain regarding the Juvenile Justice Clinic at pcain@niu.edu
 · Assistant Professor and Director of Clinics Anita Maddali at amaddali@niu.edu

Summer Registration Now Open

Registration for Summer 2013 courses at the NIU College of Law is now open.  Please visit our website for instructions. 

Research Assistants Needed for Prof. Falkoff

Professor Falkoff is looking for one or two research assistants for next year. Applicants should be willing to do some work over the summer (with hours during the academic semester accordingly reduced). Please submit a current resume (including your year, current GPA, and class rank, if known), an official law school transcript, and a brief letter of interest to Professor Falkoff by noon on Friday, April 26. Applications must be submitted in hard copy, not electronically. Full and timely compliance with these requirements will be a significant factor in the assessment of your suitability for the position.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Bar Review Tables & News, Week of April 8th

  • 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.

Last Chance to Pick Up Graduation Announcements

The Graduation Announcements you requested on your Statement of Candidacy will be available for you to pick up from Julie (SP276) Monday, April 8 through Wednesday, 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.

1L Pancake Breakfast

The SBA is hosting a free pancake breakfast to congratulate the 1Ls on the completion of their appellate briefs. Come to the Marshall Gallery Monday morning, April 8th from 8-9am to be served pancakes by your favorite writing professors after submitting your final appellate brief.

LLSA Networking Event

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. For questions, contact niu.latino.lawyers@gmail.com.

Business Dining Etiquette Event

Would you like to enhance your knowledge and confidence in building successful professional relationships through effective business dining etiquette and communication skills? On Thursday, April 18, 2013 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Ellington’s in the Holmes Student Center, we will have a guest speaker, Liz Bockman of Everyday Etiquette to help you do just that. Professional dress is suggested, but not required. The program includes a full meal with choice of beverage (including wine). Sign up in Room #280 by Monday, April 8, 2013. Check is to be made payable to College of Law for $16.00. Exceptional learning experience, door prizes and an approved PILS stamp event…don’t miss it!!

ELS Pop Tab Collection

The end of the academic year is upon us and the Environmental Law Society wants your pop tabs! If you have been saving pop tabs for ELS’s Pop Tab Campaign for Ronald McDonald House, please drop them off in or near the pop tab container in the Marshall Gallery staring April 8th. We would like to have all of them by April 29th, as we are not sure if next year’s board will continue the drive and so current board members can drop them off at a collection site by the end of the semester. Thanks for all your efforts these last couple of years in collecting them, and we at ELS hope our combined efforts will have contributed to the success of the Ronald McDonald House Charities!

CLS Party

The Christian Legal Society is having a party!! Please join us for cake and other goodies Tuesday, April 9th in Room #188 at noon. Be there or be square!!

Admissions & Financial Aid Assistantship deadline this week

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.

College of Law Student Survey due this week

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 our 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!

Federal Public Defender Office Externship deadline this week

A Federal Public Defender Office Externship is 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. Professor Paul Cain 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

Charity Drive in Gallery

The Christian Legal Society, The Black Law Students Association, and The Women’s Law Caucus will be joining forces to collect items to donate to the Safe Passage Women’s Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence. We will place a collection box or two in the Marshall Gallery from April 15-19. You can help!! Please consider donating any of the following items to help victims of domestic violence:
Underwear (new, esp. smaller sizes)
Sweatpants/Sweatshirts
Self-care products (e.g. soap, shampoo, conditioner, nail polish for job interviews, etc.)
Household Products (e.g. dish washing liquid, laundry detergent, Comet, etc.)
Food (any type of food-prepared or purchased)
Towels
Blankets
Flip-flops

For more information about Safe Passage, please visit www.safepassage.org.

SBA Elections

SBA elections for the Executive Board will be held April 15th through April 19th (Monday through Thursday) on TWEN. Any student may run for an Executive Board position, which is made up of President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and American Bar Association Representative.

Elections for class representatives will be held April 22nd through April 26th. Any student may run to be a class representative. Four representatives from next year’s 2L class and 4 representatives from next year’s 3L class will be elected.

Students who wish to run for any SBA position must submit a one-paragraph statement describing the position desired, why the position is desired and why you are the ideal candidate. Students may only run for one Executive Board position. Please send paragraphs to SBA.NIU@gmail.com. Paragraphs are due by 3pm, April 12th for Executive Board positions and 3pm, April 19th for class representative positions.

3L students may also nominate for each of the following: Professor of the Year, Class Agent, Class Speaker, Class Gift. After nominations are received, the 3L students will vote for the above categories on April 22nd through April 26th. Voting will be held using www.surveymonkey.com. More information will be announced in the weeks to come.

Clinical Student Position

Description:
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.

Law Review Symposium Coming Up Soon!

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 (Click on 'Events' to find the symposium link). 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: Only 2 Weeks Away!

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 our website (click on 'Events' to find the 5K link) or pick them up from outside of Melody Mitchell’s office, Room #285.

Earth Day Environmentalism Lecture

Several Organizations and Departments, including NIU Law's own Environmental Law Society and the Amnesty International College of Law, are sponsoring an Earth Day lecture on nuclear concerns. The lecture will be given by David Kraft, Director of the Nuclear Energy Information Service (NEIS), and will be titled “Chernobyl, Fukushima & Now North Korea: A Planet is a Terrible Thing to (Rad-) Waste—Proliferation & A Roadmap for U.S. Energy Policy.” The lecture will be held on Monday, April 22, 2013 from 7:15-9:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom. Light refreshments will be served and the event is completely open to the public. Contact Rey Ty (815) 753-1098 or Kevin Zickterman at kzickterman@gmail.com for more information

CLS Panel on Religious Freedom

The Christian Legal Society is hosting a panel entitled, “Religious Freedom for the Client and Attorney” on April 24th, from 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm in room 150. Our guest panelists are Stephen Hsu, Solo Practitioner, Law Offices of Stephen Hsu & David Goles, Partner, Swanson, Martin, & Bell, LLP.  Food will be provided!

David is a partner in the Libertyville office of Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP. He is an experienced litigator who has successfully handled a wide variety of legal matters including: municipal and governmental regulation, land use and zoning, commercial litigation, corporate dissolution, breach of contract, construction defects, mechanic’s liens, landlord/tenant, UCC, replevin, bankruptcy, collections, creditor’s rights and personal injury disputes. He is a member of the firm’s creditors’ rights/bankruptcy, commercial litigation and construction law practice groups, and participates as an arbitrator in the 19th Judicial Circuit Mandatory Arbitration program. David has taught college business law and legal research courses, and lectured on landlord/tenant law issues. He is admitted to practice before Illinois and Wisconsin state courts and is also admitted before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Stephen Hsu began his general practice law firm, The Law Offices of Stephen C. Hsu, in 2005 after practicing at a plaintiff’s litigation firm first-chairing over 20 jury trials followed by a medical malpractice defense firm representing Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He currently handles all types of civil litigation cases, as well as real estate, corporate law, collections, and probate. He became involved with CLS while at law school at NIU (J.D., 1999) and is also a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (B.A., 1995). He is currently serves on the board of the Christian Legal Society in Chicago. He has a passion for disciplining & mentoring law students and attorneys. He is happily married to Serina, a psychologist and they are delighted to be the first time parents of their 6 month old daughter, Raya Gloria. For more information about this event or about the NIU chapter of the Christian Legal Society, please contact Danielle Blanks at danielleyblanks@gmail.com.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Research Assistant Needed

Professor Rigertas is looking for either one full-time or two part-time research assistants for the 2013-14 academic-year. Research assignments will be mostly regarding regulation of the legal profession and access to legal services. Bluebook proficiency is preferred.

To apply, please submit the following to Professor Rigertas (hard copy) by April 24, 2013: A letter of interest (which also states whether you have a preference between a full or part-time position), a resume, an official copy of your NIU College of Law transcript, and two references (names and contact information).

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Phil Alpha Delta informational meeting

The NIU Dooley Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta will be holding an informational meeting on Wednesday, April 3rd in Room #150, with lunch provided. Topics include an overview of PAD, plans for next year and officer elections for the 2013-14 school year. Did you know five sitting Supreme Court justices are PAD members? Come find out more about this distinguished legal fraternity and get involved!