Friday, August 30, 2013

Pro Bono Opportunity Working on Online Legal Guide for Veterans

The Northern Illinois Veteran Justice Task Force, a coalition of agencies and entities that serve veterans, wishes to develop and post online a resource guide for veterans that will contain detailed information about agencies in northern Illinois and the services they provide veterans. Any students interested in working on this project, which qualifies as counting toward hours toward pro bono certification, should contact Professor Paul Cain at:

Authors Wanted for WCBA Newsletter

On behalf of the Will County Bar Association, Judge Ray Rossi invites the students of Northern Illinois University School of Law to submit articles for possible publication in their newsletter. They will accept submissions covering a wide range of topics such as legal news and events, legislative activity, short stories, "war stories," and letters to the editor. Of course articles on law practice management, ethical considerations and recent changes in the law are also certainly encouraged and emphasized.

Students may submit material to Submissions should be between 250 and 1500 words including any footnotes and reference list. Articles will be scheduled for publication at the discretion of the Editor. Other requirements and restrictions are conveyed upon submission or request.

Publication through the Will County Bar Association can provide students with vital contacts and prominence. If there are any questions please e-mail Judge Rossi at

Delta Theta Phi general meeting

Delta Theta Phil will have a general meeting on Wednesday, September 4 from Noon to 1:00 p.m. in Room 188.

PILS General Meeting

The Public Interest Law Society will have a general meeting on Wednesday, September 4 from Noon to 1:00 p.m. in Room 186.

American Constitution Society Presents: Modeling Progressive Law for States and Cities -- Nate Ela Introduces ALICE

Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 
12:15-1 pm 
Riley Courtroom (Room 170) 
Lunch will be provided! 

ALICE, or the American Legislative and Issue Campaign Exchange, is a vital piece of the infrastructure that is working to revitalize progressive legislation. ALICE brings together both “exemplary” laws (those introduced or enacted somewhere and worthy of replication) as well as “model” laws (those with suggested general language, ready to be tailored to a particular jurisdiction).

Nate Ela, J.D., Harvard Law School, will speak about how ALICE fits into a progressive strategy at the state and local level, and ways that students and faculty can get involved. Mr. Ela has worked on ALICE since it was founded in late 2011, in addition to various other projects at COWS (the Center on Wisconsin Strategy), where ALICE is based. Following law school, where he focused on human rights law, Mr. Ela worked on litigation under the Alien Tort Statute, and with food sovereignty activists in Colombia. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is conducting dissertation research on land policy and urban agriculture in Chicago.

Happy Hour with LLSA

The Latino Law Students Association will be hosting a happy hour on Thursday, September 5th, 2013, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. This event is free and open to everyone. Join us for the opportunity to meet the LLSA board and faculty adviser Professor Jones and sign up for LLSA if you would like. This is a great networking opportunity as the 1L, 2L, 3L class and some Alumni will be joining us. We hope to see you there!

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines - End of August

Peoria County Bar Association Diversity Scholarship 
Areas of Interest: Peoria Area, Diversity, Financial Need
Criteria: Online Application and Essay
Award: $5,000
Deadline: The scholarship will remain open until the final candidate is chosen.
More Information:

Commerce Bank Scholarship Sweepstakes
Areas of Interest: General Scholarship
Criteria: Online Application
Award: $1,000
Deadline: August 31, 2013 
More Information:

SBA 1L Election Paragraphs Due Next Friday

Don't forget that all interested in running in the Student Bar Association 1L elections must submit their paragraphs by Friday, September 6 at 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

New Events Calendar on College of Law website

Attention College of Law: we have a simple new way for you to inform one another of your upcoming events as well as to find out what there is to do at NIU Law.  The new College of Law Events Calendar can be found on our website, either by going to this link, by clicking on "Current Students" from any page on our site and looking under "Calendars" in the center column, or by clicking the link on the right side of this very blog. 

You'll see that there is a main calendar made up of 3 smaller calendars, for Student Events, Alumni Events, and School Events.  Be sure to check out all 3, and use them to inform your scheduling decisions (Particularly student organizations!).

If you have an event coming up, please send the name of the event and your sponsoring organization, its date, time, and location, and a brief description to Jacob Imm at, or give him a call at (815) 753-9486.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Bankruptcy and Federal Income Tax w/ Prof. Schneider cancelled for 8/28/13

Professor Schneider has cancelled Bankruptcy for Wednesday, August 28, 2013 and Federal Income Tax for Wednesday, August 28, 2013.

Monday, August 26, 2013

News from the Associate Dean for Student Affairs

The new offices of the Associate Dean of Student Affairs in Room 276A are now open, and all students are invited to stop by with any questions or concerns they may have. You may also contact Dean Coles by e-mail at, or by phone at 815-753-0668. Messages may be left with Office Manager Barbara Manning in Room 276. Barb is available to help students obtain forms, reserve space in the Marshall Gallery, post items in the Docket and take care of other matters. Barb can be reached at 815-753- 9488 or

Civil Externship Seminar invitation

A Special Invitation to Upper-Level Students:

Hello NIU Law Students,

Are you tired of legal theory and heavy text books? Are you eager to engage with and help real clients? Then sign up today for the Civil Externship Seminar. In this course, you will have the opportunity to discuss relevant issues with lawyers, professors and classmates such as:

How do lawyers really strike a work-life balance? What unique skills do millennial lawyers bring to the table? What is it like to appear in court and/or participate in a settlement? What real ethical issues do practicing lawyers and judges face every day? What does it feel like to practice law?

My name is Sheila Maloney, and I have been a lawyer, mediator, and arbitrator and currently I am an administrative law judge. I've taught law students in the clinical setting for 7 years, and I am new to NIU College of Law. I will be teaching the Civil Externship Course and I want to encourage you to sign up as there are still some openings. I can attest to the best experiences I had in law school as being involved with actual clients in my own externship.

If you are concerned about finding an externship placement - I can help you. Some placement sites that you are very likely to secure are:

Prairie State Legal Services
The City of Naperville Legal Department
Chicago Housing Authority Legal Department

Please contact me at or at 773-407-6373.

Federalist Society new member info meeting

A Federalist Society new member informational meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 28 at noon in the Riley Courtroom. The Federalist Society provides you with unique opportunities to see renowned scholars, elected officials, and other experts go head to head on legal and public policy issues during your lunch break! You are invited to enjoy great food, meet the NIU COL Federalist Society executive board, and learn more about how you can become involved in varying degrees. Do you want to join our chapter? Become involved? Learn more about what we do as an organization? Show up for a free lunch and listen reluctantly? All are welcome! Attend the meeting and learn how you can become more involved with the Federalist Society as a member of the executive board or the committee. See you on Wednesday for the best food you'll find at a student organization meeting.

Employment Verification Forms due from all students

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

If you have any questions about the reporting requirement and the 20-hour-a-week work restriction on which it is based, please see Dean Coles. The deadline for submission of the form is September 15. Please return it to Barbara Manning in Room 276. For those who did not receive the form or need another one, additional copies are available at the Handout Cabinet.

Upcoming Events for Students

  • Student Organization Fair: An activities information program will be held on Tuesday, August 27, in the Marshall Gallery at 10:00 a.m. The fair will give students the opportunity to explore the student organizations and speak with their representatives. 
  • Dean’s Picnic: Save the date! The annual Dean’s Picnic will be held on Thursday, August 29th, at 4:00 p.m. at the Oderkirk Property on Annie Glidden Road, next to the IHOP
  • Law Library: Stop by the law library on Thursday, August 29th between noon and 1:00 p.m. to see what is new. Meet the new law library faculty, check out the new look of the computer lab, have some treats and more. 
  • PILS Pizza: PILS will be having pizza sales on the table outside the writing professors’ offices. Pizza will be available on September 25, October 2, October 16, October 30 and November 13.

Alternative Dispute Resolution w/ Prof. Green cancelled for 8/28/13

Professor Green has cancelled Alternative Dispute Resolution for Wednesday, August 28, 2013.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Sales with Dean Gaebler cancelled for Friday, 8/30/13

Class is canceled for next week, Friday, August 30, 2013.

PILS Upcoming Fall Events

The Public Interest Law Society has exciting things planned for the fall.  Mark your calendars and save the date for these events coming up this semester, and PILS will provide more details as each one approaches:

  • First General Meeting: Wednesday, September 4 at noon in room 186. 
  • PILS Raffle kick-off meeting: Wednesday, September 18 at noon in room 186
  • Fall PILS Raffle: Thursday, October 24th in the Marshall Gallery. 
  • Pizza Sales will now be held outside the writing professor's offices and are going to be held on September 25, October 2, October 16, October 25, and November 13
Thanks and hope to see everyone there!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

No 1L Professionalism Program This Week

Dear 1Ls:

I hope your second week of the semester is going well! The Professionalism Program will not meet this week. I will send out an email announcing the schedule for the first sessions very soon.

All the best,
Dean Rosato

First Assignment and Information for Professional Responsibility w/ Prof. Reynolds

From the Handout Shelf, pick up a Syllabus and a copy of “Ethics on Trial.”

From the Faculty Secretary, pick up a copy of the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct.

For the first class, as noted in the Syllabus, prepare Chapter 7 of the Schwartz & Wydick text.

A seating chart will be developed during the first class meeting.

First Assignment and Information for Public Sector Labor Law w/ Prof. Green

Text: Edwards, Labor Relations Law in Public Sector (4th edition)

Professor Leona Green
Room 195C

Class meets on Fridays at 2-3:45pm. Attendance is mandatory. After two unexcused absences, I reserve the right to lower grades accordingly.

Readings should be completed BEFORE class. They are as follows:
Week 1
Friday, Aug. 23
Public Sector Unionism, Origins and Perspectives, pgs. 1-87

First Assignments and Information for Alternative Dispute Resolution w/ Prof. Green

Text: Edwards, Labor Relations Law in Public Sector (4th edition)

Professor Leona Green
Room 195C

Class meets on Fridays at 2-3:45pm. Attendance is mandatory. After two unexcused absences, I reserve the right to lower grades accordingly.

Readings should be completed BEFORE class. They are as follows:

Week 1
Wednesday, 8-21-13
Overview of Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management, pp. 1-47

Friday, 8-23-13
Institutionalization in Administrative Agencies, pp. 48-84

Free Chicago Daily Law Bulletin for Students - Help NIU Law Win!

The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin is offering free online access (for law students only) to the Bulletin for the upcoming school year. Sign up at The law school with the highest percentage of students that subscribe by October 7th will receive a trophy and picture in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.

Civil Externships are Still Available

If you are still interested in a civil externship, PLEASE contact Sheila Maloney at, at 773-407-6373, or, stop by and see her on Monday, August 26th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. here at the law school in Office 170A (Professor Maddali's office). She can discuss with you your questions and concerns and whether enrollment is a good fit for you.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Welcome Message from Dean Rosato

I am thrilled to welcome the 103 members of the class of 2016, and welcome back the second and third years!

The staff and faculty have been busily preparing for the year ahead, including new clinics and new certificate programs offered. I hope you enjoy the new computers in the computer lab, and upgraded printer in the library.

When you come back you may be missing some familiar faces, and seeing new faces in and around the law school.
  • In the library, Library Director John Austin retired over the summer and Assistant Professor Carla Wale headed to Washington, D.C. for a position at Georgetown Law School. Two new assistant professors have joined the library faculty, Karl Pettitt and Annie Mentkowski. Associate Directors (and Professors) Arado and Nelson will be taking on the library director’s duties until a new director is hired (a search will begin this Fall).
  • Assistant Professor Michael Oswalt is starting this Fall and will be teaching primarily courses in the labor and employment area.
  • Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor Alan Boudreau will be starting a Foreclosure Mediation Clinic, while Professor Maddali will be setting up the NIU Law/Hesed House Community Law Center in Aurora. Sheila Maloney will be supervising civil externships this Fall. All of the clinics have openings and externships are available—so please see the faculty in charge if you are interested in a wonderful hands-on learning experience!
  • Associate Dean Coles has taken over as Associate Dean for Student Affairs following the retirement of Dean Mandell in July. Former Dean Mandell is still actively involved in the Criminal Externship and Appellate Advocacy courses. Professor and Skills Director Taylor will be serving as moot court advisor (in addition to trial ad advisor).
I look forward to seeing all of you at the Dean’s Picnic on Thursday, August 29, 2013.

All my best,
Dean Rosato

Upcoming Student Events

  • Student Organization Fair: An activities information program will be held on Tuesday, August 27, in the Marshall Gallery at 10:00 a.m. The fair will give students the opportunity to explore the student organizations and speak with their representatives.
  • Dean’s Picnic: Save the date! The annual Dean’s Picnic will be held on Thursday, August 29th, at 4:00 p.m. at the Oderkirk Property on Annie Glidden Road, next to the IHOP.

Office of Budget and Records News

Welcome to NIU on behalf of the Office of Budget and Records!

-Office Locations:
Christina L.Raguse, Director, Office Budget & Records
Room: SP281A2 (in Student Affairs Suite)
Phone: 815-753-6580

Julie Mahoney-Krzyzek, Office Manager
Room: SP285 (across hall from elevator)
Phone: 815-753-1620

If you currently have a locker, that locker will be yours the entire time you are enrolled as a student here. If you do not have a locker and would like one, you must e-mail your request to Julie Mahoney-Krzyzek at A locker will be assigned to you. If a locker that is not registered with our office is found to have a lock on it, the lock will be cut off and contents emptied out. Replacing any locks that have to be cut off for this purpose will be your responsibility.

New mailboxes have been created for all students. These are for correspondence only. Please do not put books, DVDs, clothing, etc. in them. There simply is not enough room for extra items, and it is very hard on the hanging files. If you had books, etc. in them over the summer, you can pick the items up in SP285. Please check your mailbox regularly and do not let items accumulate.

The NIU Z-e-mail address is the official e-mail for all students. Please check your Z-e-mail frequently, especially if you have forwarded the Z-e-mail to another address. Communications do not always forward as expected and can be lost, dumped into trash or blocked. You are responsible for checking all Z-e-mail from faculty, staff and administration on a regular basis.

-Reimbursement Process:
For purchases on behalf of NIU College of Law events: Expenses must be approved by the Office of Budget & Records before purchase is made. NIU Accounting reimbursement procedures change occasionally, so to ensure your reimbursement will be able to be processed, please contact us even if you have prior permission of faculty or staff member.

Career Opportunities and Development News

Welcome back all returning and new students! This year's Graduate Assistants in the Office of Career Opportunities & Development are Kaitlin Barclay, 3L and Abigail Buckels, 2L. They will be available to help you with your resumes and cover letters. Stop in to see them if you want to learn more about the benefits of being involved in PILS. Need to meet with the GAs or with Greg? Visit Becky Leneau, the Office Manager in Room 280 to set that appointment up for you.

The 1Ls will be assigned a mandatory orientation time, based on your class schedule, to familiarize you with our resources and services. We look forward to meeting each one of you! Keep a lookout for that information in your mailbox.

This office also publishes "Career Corner," a weekly newsletter that lists jobs, internships, career advice, upcoming seminars, and other networking opportunities. The newsletter arrives through your e-mail, usually on Mondays (on Tuesdays on a few occasions). Be sure to read it as there is a plethora of information and links at your fingertips — all to assist you in your educational and career goals (and hopefully to make your life a little less stressful). Be sure to adhere to the deadlines listed in this newsletter to avoid missing out on that opportunity!

Alumni Office News

  • Welcome to NIU Law! We have an exciting year of events and receptions planned, and we hope to see you at all or some of them. These events are great networking opportunities with our alumni and other professionals, plus there's free food and drinks. We can assist with transportation for students if needed.  Please feel free to stop by our offices if you have any questions or just to say “hello.” Melody Mitchell, Director of Alumni Events and Public Relations, is in Room 172A; Jacob Imm, Assistant Director, is in Room 350 (down the hall from the ITS office); and our graduate assistant is Isioma Ebiringah (’14).
  • Reminder to 1Ls: Please complete and return your Publicity Release Forms to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid.
  • Upcoming Events:
    • 9/19/13 - NIU Law Awards Reception to be held at the University Club of Chicago from 5:30-7:30 p.m. 
    • 10/12/13 - Homecoming. Stop by the NIU Law tent in Alumni Village and tailgate with the Dean, staff, fellow students, alumni, and friends. Tailgating time: 1:00-3:30 – Game time: 4:00 p.m. You may also purchase game tickets from us if you would like to sit in the “College of Law Section” on the stadium’s West Side (free seating for students is on the East Side).
    • Other events to be announced! Have a great year!

Poverty Law Internship & Externship Opportunity

Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law — 2013-2014 Expanded Fall and Spring Legal Internship/Practicum/Externship Program:

The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law is pleased to announce its expanded legal internship/practicum/externship program for the fall and spring semester of 2013-14. Selecting three to five law students each semester, our program will include significant opportunities for students to attend partner/coalition meetings with our advocates and check-in meetings with Shriver Center Vice President of Advocacy Carol Ashley focusing on the relationship between anti-poverty policies and current issues in the news, discussion of assigned projects, and planning for post-law school public interest careers or pro bono practices.

Of particular note and interest to law students, in 2013 and 2014, the Shriver Center will launch activities celebrating and commemorating the 50th Anniversaries of the Civil Rights Movement (2013 and 2014) and the War on Poverty (2014), including a Racial Justice Training Institute and a Special Clearinghouse Review Issue on Racial Justice. Additionally, Shriver Center healthcare advocates will work on the front line of the Affordable Care Act expansion of Medicaid in Illinois, providing a unique opportunity for law students to research issues related to one of the most significant public policy advances in decades. The Shriver Center is also in the process of developing an expanded education agenda, which will provide several project opportunities for 2013-14 program participants. Of course, participants will continue to have opportunities to work in the other Shriver advocacy areas of asset opportunity, budget and tax justice, economic justice, criminal justice, housing justice, employment, and the Women’s Law and Policy Project.

Students interested in 2013-14 legal internship should contact Carol Ashley at

Office of Admissions & Financial Aid News

  • Welcome back all returning and new students! We are excited to welcome our new 1Ls and our new transfer students to Swen Parson Hall. We have truly enjoyed getting to know many of you throughout the admissions process, and we hope that you will pay us a visit. Periodically, we will post notices in the Docket, including scholarship opportunities and writing competitions. We also collaborate with the University’s Office of Student Financial Aid and will be happy to assist you.
    - Director, Sarah Scarpelli (
    - Assistant Director, Terea Turner (
    - Admissions Records Specialist, Alex Chapman (
    - Graduate Assistant, Morgan Sauder (Class of 2014)
  • Residency Requirements:
    If you are planning to apply for in-state tuition rates for the Spring 2014 semester, Illinois residency must have been established by July 13, 2013. Please process the necessary documents by the deadline of February 13, 2014. Residency petitions, requirements and additional information are available at:

Upcoming Scholarships and Writing Competitions for Fall 2013

Peoria County Bar Association Diversity Scholarship
Areas of Interest: Peoria Area, Diversity, Financial Need
Criteria: Online Application and Essay
Award: $5,000
Deadline: The scholarship will remain open until the final candidate is chosen.
More Information:

Commerce Bank Scholarship Sweepstakes
Areas of Interest: General Scholarship
Criteria: Online Application
Award: $1,000
Deadline: August 31, 2013
More Information:

NAPABA Law Foundation Scholarships
Areas of Interest: APALSA, Asian-Pacific-American Students, Leadership, Community, Financial Need
Criteria: Application, Essay, Transcript/Letter of Enrollment, Resume, Letters of Recommendation (2), and Financial Aid Documents
Award: Amount Varies (multiple scholarships available)
Deadline: September 2, 2013
More Information:

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

Justinian Society of Lawyers Endowment Fund
Areas of Interest: Justinian Society, Leadership, Community, Financial Need
Criteria: Application, Essay, Transcripts, Financial Aid Documents, and Photograph
Award: Amount Varies (multiple scholarships available)
Deadline: September 14, 2013
More Information:!scholarship/c2325

PHRGE Student Writing Competition on Human Rights
Areas of Interest: Human Rights, International Law, Social Justice, Economic Justice, Domestic Violence
Criteria: Essay on Human Rights (between 8,000 and 12,000 words) Award: $500 cash prize and travel expenses to annual conference in Boston.
Deadline: September 15, 2013
More Information:

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

ABA Section of Public Contract Law Writing Competition
Areas of Interest: Public Contract Law, Grant Law
Criteria: Essay on Public Contract Law
Award: 1st Place $5,000 2nd Place $2,500, 3rd Place $1,000
Deadline: September 30, 2013
More Information:

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Richard Linn American Inn of Court Mark T. Banner Scholarship for Law Students

Areas of Interest: Intellectual Property Law, Academic Merit, Leadership Qualities, Member of a historically under represented group in IP law (including race, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and disability).
Criteria: Application Form, Resume, Transcripts, References, Essay
Award: $5,000
Deadline: November 16, 2013
More Information:

Victoria Fisher Memorial Prize Writing Competition
Areas of Interest: Women and the Law
Criteria: Essay on a topic related to women and the law. Entries are encouraged from people regardless of age, experience, qualifications, or place of residence. The only requirement is that candidates should never have had their essays published in journals or as non-fiction books.
Award: £250
Deadline: November 20, 2013
More Information:

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

It's Not Too Late to Register for a Clinic for Fall 2013

We still have openings in our clinical courses and will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis. Information about the clinical courses and the application materials can be found at

If you are interested in enrolling in a clinic, please contact Professor Maddali, Clinic Director, or any of the clinical professors listed below:

Civil Justice Clinic
Wendy Vaughn, Clinical Assistant Professor

Foreclosure Mediation Clinic
Alan Boudreau, Visiting Clinical Professor

Juvenile Justice Clinic
Paul Cain, Clinical Associate Professor

Medical-legal Partnership Clinic
Anita Maddali, Clinic Director

First Assignment for Section 3 of Lawyering Skills w/ Prof. O'Brien

Please register in Blackboard for the class, and read "Table of Contents," and the "Welcome to Litigation" article by Jerold Auerbach," in "Day One," from the Course Documents.

Habeas Talk by Professor Falkoff

On Friday August 23, Professor Falkoff will give a talk on the nuts and bolts of habeas corpus, the set of procedures by which a prisoner asks a federal court to review the constitutionality of his state court criminal conviction. In particular, anyone who anticipates doing work in criminal law, or who thinks they might clerk for a judge, would likely find it of interest. The lecture will be in Room 170 at noon. All students and faculty are invited, but you'll have to bring your own lunch.

First Assignments for Corporate Finance w/ Prof. Hines

Wednesday, August 21st --

Casebook 1-23

Thursday, August 22nd --

Casebook 42-57, 75-83

First Assignment for Comparative Law w/ Prof. Hines

Wednesday, August 21st

Please download and review the Hart and Fuller pdf files from the class TWEN site.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Foreclosure Mediation Clinic Meet and Greet

There are still spaces available for Fall in the new Foreclosure Mediation Clinic. To learn more about the Clinic, stop by the Meet and Greet for Professor Boudreau from 11:00 am to 1:00 PM on Tuesday, August 20 at the Clinical Legal Center or contact Professor Boudreau at

Updated First Assignments for Public International Law w/ Prof. Tan

Aug. 19th –

50 St. Louis University Law Journal 2, The North Korean Nuclear Crisis: Past Failures, Present Solutions, 517-554 (Winter 2006)

UN Security Council 1718

UN Security Council Resolution 1874 

Video for in-class discussion

Aug. 26th –

SMU Law Review 4, Finding a Forum for North Korea. P. 765-812 (Fall 2012)

UN Security Council Resolution 2087 (2013)

First Assignment for Advanced Trial Advocacy w/ Ms. Schaefer

Please read pg. 71-110 of The Art & Science of Trial Advocacy.

First Assignment for Section 1 of Contracts w/ Prof. Reynolds (1L course)

1. Pick up two items from the handout shelf (near the faculty offices in Swen Parson). One is a syllabus. The other is a packet of Introductory Materials. For the first class prepare the first item in the Introductory Materials packet. It is an unedited version of the case Hawkins v. McGee, which is also the first case in the casebook.
2. Please note that laptops, recording devices and anything else of that ilk are not permitted in my first year classes.
3. A seating chart will be created during the first class meeting.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

First Assignment for Environmental Law w/ Prof. Cordes

The assignment for the first class session on Tuesday, August 20 is pages 1-6; 10-15; 25-27; and 31-36 in Johnston, Funk, and Flatt, Legal Protection of the Environment (3rd. ed.).  A Blackboard site has been created for the course, and the course syllabus can be found under "Information" on that site.

First Assignment for Constitutional Law II w/ Prof. Cordes

The assignment for the first class session on Monday, August 19 is pages 523-534 and 536-542 in Chemerinsky, Constitutional Law (3rd ed.) Also read pages 1-15 in the course supplement. Hardcopies of the supplement will not be available until Monday, but the supplement is also posted on the class Blackboard site. So the 15 pages from the supplement assigned for Monday can be accessed via Blackboard. The course syllabus is also posted on Blackboard. Both the syllabus and the supplement can be found under "Content."

First Assignments for International Human Rights w/ Prof. Tan

WEEK 1: Abolition of Slavery
8/21 Introduction to Slavery Hannum, p. 1-31 and watch movie Amazing Grace

WEEK 2: The Holocaust and Nuremberg
8/28 Nuremberg Supplemental Reader: Justice Jackson’s Opening Statement; Watch Movie: Judgment at Nuremberg

First Assignments for International Intellectual Property Seminar w/ Prof. King

Marci Hamilton, Should U.S. Intellectual Property Rights Change to Fit World Norms?, FindLaw’s WRIT: Legal Commentary, May 24, 2001 (link)

William L. Keefauver, The Need for International Thinking in Intellectual Property Law, 37 IDEA 181 (1996)

J. Thomas McCarthy, Intellectual Property -- America’s Overlooked Export, 20 U. Dayton L. Rev. 809 (1995)

First Assignments for Entertainment Law w/ Prof. King

Monday, August 19, 2013 –

Melvin Simensky, Defining Entertainment Law, 4 Ent. & Sports Law 1, 13-18 (1985-1986) (Available on HeinOnline)

Jon M. Garon, ENTERTAINMENT LAW & PRACTICE (Carolina Academic Press 2005), Chapter 1, pp. 3-13

Please also read the corresponding sections in the Garon 2012 Supplement (p. 1)

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

First Assignment for Lawyering Skills w/ Prof. Rigertas

For our first class on Monday, August 19 read Pages 1-26 in The Pretrial Process by Tanford & Keele. Also, register for the course on Blackboard (it may not be available until the weekend) and read “Welcome to Litigation” by Jerold Auerbach under “Day 1.”

First Assignment for Criminal Procedure: Investigation w/ Justice O'Malley

First assignment is to read pages 3-9, 40-42, and 97-104 (but skip notes 1-2 on Duncan on pages 101-102).

First Assignment for Section 2 of Lawyering Skills w/ Justice O' Malley

First assignment is to read the Day 1 materials on the course BlackBoard page.

First Assignment for Trial Advocacy w/ Engelsma & Martinez

Please pick up a packet of course materials and prepare the assignment for Week One.

First Assignment for Evidence w/ Prof. Taylor

Assignments and course materials are available on TWEN.

First Assignment for Section 1 of Civil Procedure w/ Prof. Taylor (1L course)

For Tuesday, August 20, please pick up a Syllabus on the handout shelves (near the faculty offices on the bottom floor of Swen Parson) and review it. Also, please read pages 1-4, 57-58, 275-277 in the casebook.

First Assignment for Criminal Practice Skills w/ Dan Cain

For class on Tuesday, August 20, please read pages 3-10 and all of chapter 3 in the Criminal Pretrial Advocacy text.

First Assignment for Torts w/ Prof. Rigertas (1L course)

Read pages 1-13 in Torts by Robertson, et al. for our class on Monday, August 19.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

First Assignments for Sections 3, 4, 5 & 6 of Legal Writing and Advocacy w/ Profs. Hunter and Miller (1L course)

Writing and Analysis in the Law (6th Edition) -  Read: Chapters 1 and 2

Law School Without Fear (3rd Edition) - Read: Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 17

Law School Without Fear (3rd Edition) is on reserve in the Law Library.

Monday, August 12, 2013

First Assignment and Letter for 1L Students in Civil Procedure w/ Professor Jones

Hello! Welcome to law school! I am Professor Robert Jones and I’ll be your teacher for both semesters of Civil Procedure. I am very excited to meet you! The Fall semester starts in a little more than a week, so I thought I would give you some information about your textbooks and give you the first assignment.

The first assignment is to select a person that you feel exemplifies the qualities of a good lawyer. The person does not have to be a lawyer (e.g., they can be someone from history, sports, entertainment, etc.) and the person does not have to be real (i.e., they can be a fictional character from a book or movie). The only requirement is that you are able to articulate for others why you believe that person represents the qualities and characteristics of a good lawyer.

In addition to the first assignment, you should begin reading the book, "A Civil Action." We will be using this book throughout the year. The author is Jonathan Harr. The best version for our purposes would be the edition by Vintage Press (ISBN-13:978-0679772675) but any edition will be fine. There are many copies on Amazon and you can find it pretty much anywhere (including the NIU bookstore). I will expect you to have finished the book by Labor Day, so it would be easier for you (and more enjoyable) if you start before the semester begins.

In terms of the other books, the NIU bookstore should have them all and you can find them elsewhere if you prefer. Here they are:

A Documentary Companion to A Civil Action (Fourth Edition, 2008). The authors are Lewis A. Grossman and Robert G. Vaughn. The publisher is Foundation Press and the ISBN is 978-1-59941-558-1.

Civil Procedure: Cases and Materials, COMPACT Eleventh Edition for Shorter Courses, by Jack H. Friedenthal, Arthur R. Miller, John E. Sexton, and Helen Herschkoff ( 2013). West is the publisher. The ISBN is 978-0-314-28020-6.

The 2013-2014 Supplement for the Friedenthal, Miller, Sexton, and Hershkoff textbook. The ISBN is 978-0-314-28844-8. West is the Publisher.

Civil Procedure Simulations, Bridge to Practice Series, by Michael Vitiello (2012). West is the publisher. The ISBN 978-0-314-27642-1.

We will also be using clickers in the class. You can buy a clicker manufactured from Turning Point Technologies (the bookstore has them) OR you can use your cell phone as a clicker if you have a smartphone. I’ll explain how to use your cell phone on the first day of class (you will have to download a free app and pay $15 to register the phone).

I know this is a lot of things to buy. It is a year long course, though, and I don’t think you will have to buy anything for the course during the Spring. You will also be able to use the clickers in the future if you take any other classes with me as a 2L or 3L.

That’s it for now. I look forward to seeing you in class! Let me know if you have any questions.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

First Assignments for Advanced Statutory Interpretation Seminar w/ Professor Widman

I have posted the syllabus and the assignments for our first class on TWEN. Check your email for the TWEN password.

First Assignments for Torts, Section 2 w/ Professor Widman (1L course)

In preparation for our first class, please read and be prepared to discuss pgs. 3-26 in the required textbook (Dobbs & Hayden, Torts and Compensation, CONCISE EDITION, 7th Edition). The remainder of the week's assignments will be as follows:

8/22: Intentional Torts, battery (pgs. 29-33 - to the notes section)

8/23: Battery, cont. (pgs. 33-39).

Monday, August 5, 2013

First Assignments for Federal Income Tax w/ Prof. Schneider

The syllabus and other material are and will continue to be posted on Blackboard. Because the 17th edition is unlikely to arrive in time for class, I have set forth photocopies of four different attachments in the "content" section of the course material on blackboard, each of which reproduces material from the 16th edition of the book.

The assignments for the first week of classes are:

Monday - read pp. 17-22 (17 appears as 1), 29-35 (29 appears as 2), 48-50, 52-58

Wednesday - read pp. 58-69, at p. 69, do problems #1-6

First Assignments for Bankruptcy w/ Prof. Schneider

The syllabus and other material are and will continue to be posted on Blackboard.

Monday - read pp. 3-10, skim pp. 10-20, read pp. 33-42, 45-53

Wednesday - read pp. 54-59, 71-79, 92-95, 107-11, 113-28

First Assignments for Professor Falkoff's Criminal Law Class (1L course)

For our first class, Monday 8/19, we will be debating the pros and cons of cannibalism. Please read Regina v. Dudley and Stephens at pages 82 to 89 of the casebook. In addition, as background material please read pages 1 to 19 of the casebook, as well as Orin S. Kerr's short article How to Read a Legal Opinion. Photocopies of the Kerr piece will soon be available on the shelves outside of the faculty offices.

For our second class, on Wednesday 8/21, we will be reading pages 31 to 41 of your casebook, on the "beyond a reasonable doubt" standard.

During our third class, we will discuss some of the philosophical justifications that have been offered for punishment; the reading will be pages 89 to 101, and 111 to 124 of your casebook. Readings will be somewhat shorter once we get past the first week of classes.

Finally, note that our casebook is the ninth edition of Kadish, Schulhofer, Steiker & Barkow, Criminal Law and Its Processes: Cases and Materials (2012). I prefer that you get this edition, but I will not demand that you use it instead of the eighth. Think carefully, however, before deciding to go with the eighth edition. In particular, consider that (1) regardless of which edition you use, you will be responsible for all of the material I assign from the ninth edition, (2) I will not be "translating" page numbers from the ninth edition for you, (3) your final exam will be open book and may include a question in which I refer to specific pages in the ninth edition of the casebook, and (4) unlike with the ninth edition, there is likely to be no used-book market in which you might re-sell your eighth edition casebook. None of these is an insuperable hurdle to using the eighth edition, but for what it's worth, I'd recommend against it.