Monday, September 30, 2013

Scholarship Deadlines Coming Up This Week

September

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: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_contract_law/awards.html

Puerto Rican Bar Association of Illinois Scholarship
Areas of Interest: Latino Community Involvement
Criteria: Involvement in Latino Community, Financial Need, 2 Page Statement, Application
Award: Not specified
Deadline: September 30, 2013
More Information: http://prbalawil.com/foundation

October 

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:  http://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_services/law_national_security/awards.html

Deadline for Registration for 2L Mock Trial Competition This Week

Please submit your registration for the 2L Mock Trial Competition no later than 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 1 on the sign up sheet located outside of the Trial Ad office in Room 172D (located in the faculty annex). 2L’s must register in either a team of two (2) or as an individual, in which case you will be paired with another individualAdditional information will be available for those who wish to add the Trial Ad Society as a course on TWEN.

Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice to Deliver Murer Series Lecture

You are invited to attend a lecture presented by Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride on Wednesday, October 2nd from 4:00-5:15 p.m. in the NIU Holmes Student Center Regency Room. Chief Justice Kilbride will discuss professionalism issues and challenges as part of the Murer Speaker Series on Professionalism for first-year law students.

Illinois Innocence Project Event Reminder

The Illinois Innocence Project Presents: Bennie Starks, Wednesday, October 2, 2013 from Noon-1:00 p.m. in Room #170 (the Riley Courtroom). Food and drink will be provided! The event will be co-sponsored by the Criminal Law Society and the American Constitution Society.  Bennie Starks was wrongly convicted in Lake County, Illinois, of a 1986 rape and battery that he did not commit. He spent the next 27 years fighting to clear his name, with 21 of those years spent in prison. DNA testing established his innocence in 2001, but Bennie remained in prison until 2006 and was not fully exonerated until 2013 when the newly-elected Lake County State’s Attorney took office and dismissed all of his charges. Bennie spent over a decade fighting for his freedom after DNA proved his innocence. Come meet Bennie, hear his story and learn more about the causes of wrongful conviction.  The event is sponsored by the NIU College of Law Dean’s Office, the NIU Criminal Law Society, and the NIU Constitutional Law Society.

PILS Pizza Sale This Week

PILS will be having pizza sales on the table outside the writing professors’ offices (first floor of Swen Parson). Pizza will be available this Wednesday, October 2. Pizza sales will also be held on October 24 and October 31.

WLC Mentor/Mentee Program

The Women’s Law Caucus would like to extend an invitation to all members of the WLC Mentor/Mentee Program to their Mentor/Mentee Mixer on Thursday, October 3, 2013 from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. The Women’s Law Caucus Executive Board will be providing a variety of snacks, desserts, beer, wine, and other non-alcoholic beverages. Please stop by to mingle with your mentor or mentee and other members of our program. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Pro Bono Opportunity in Rockford This Week

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This year the Rockford Family Violence Council will host an information booth at the Rockford City Market on Friday, October 4, 2013. The Domestic Violence Planning Committee is in need of volunteers to staff the gates and the booth in order to make this opportunity a success. Last year this opportunity proved to be a great way to reach a large number of community members. If you are interested in volunteering, there are two shifts available (or you can do both, if you would like). We need at least six volunteers from 2:45-5:00 p.m. and the same number from 5:00-7:15 p.m. This is a great networking opportunity, especially for students interested in working in Rockford and/or in the field of victim advocacy. For further information, contact Shannon Powell at powell1689@gmail.com.

National Law Review Student Writing Contest

The National Law Review is hosting its October 2013 Law Student Writing Contest, with the winning article to be published on the National Law Review’s website, blog and newsletter. The suggested topic this year is Immigration Law Reform, although entries covering other current issues will also be considered. Articles should be submitted by no later than October 14, 2013 to lawschools@natlawreview.com. For complete contest guidelines, see http://www.natlawreview.com/NLR-law-student-writing-competition.

ACS Coffee and Doughnut Sale

The American Constitution Society will be holding a coffee and doughnut sale in the Marshall Gallery on October 14 from 8:15 to 9:00 a.m.

Notice for December 2013 Graduates

December 2013 Graduation: If you are planning to graduate in December 2013 and have not already done so, please contact the Office of Budget & Records as soon as possible to let us know. Then, between 10/1/13 and 10/31/13, you will need to do the following: 1) See Julie (SP285) to complete a “Statement of Candidacy” 2) Then, apply for graduation online, at which time a $75 fee will be charged to your NIU account.

Friday, September 27, 2013

NIU Law is in the Finals at NLLSA!

The NIU team of Kate Guensburg and Manar Zayed will be arguing Friday at 11 AM against Florida Coastal in the New Mexico Supreme Court in the final round of the NLLSA Moot Court Competition.

21 teams entered the competition. NIU advanced to the finals after defeating Fordham in the quarterfinals and Northwestern in the semi-finals.

The NIU team of George Gomez and Irakere Picon placed 9th, narrowly missing the quarterfinals. Both teams are coached by Prof. Jones.

Good luck to Kate Guensburg and Manar Zayed in the finals!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Congratulations to newly-elected ISBA Representatives

The NIU Law branch of the Illinois State Bar Association Law Student Division welcomes three new representatives this week.  Congratulations to Kaitlin Hargate (1L), Gianna Venticinque (1L) and Danielle Kancherlapalli (2L)!

Scholarship Deadlines Coming Up This Week

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: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_contract_law/awards.html

Puerto Rican Bar Association of Illinois Scholarship
Areas of Interest: Latino Community Involvement
Criteria: Involvement in Latino Community, Financial Need, 2 Page Statement, Application
Award: Not specified.
Deadline: September 30, 2013
More Information: http://prbalawil.com/foundation

#KelStrong Sales This Week

From Monday, September 23, through Friday, September 27, SBA members, 3L Ann Rutherford, and 3L Andrea Eklund will be selling wristbands and bake sale items in the Marshall Gallery during the lunch hour to support Kelvin “Kel” Kakazu, a 3L who is recovering from spinal surgery and is paralyzed from the waist down. Please come out and show your support!

LLSA Food Sale This Week

The Latino Law Student Association will hold their first food sale of the year this week! The lunch will take place on Tuesday, September 24 in the Marshall Gallery from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. A plate comes with quesadillas, rice, salsa, soda or water. The price is $5 for non-members and $4 for members. (It is not too late to turn in your dues if you haven’t done so already!) We hope to see you all there!!

ACS Informational Meeting

The American Constitution Society will be holding a general information meeting on Wednesday, September 25 at noon in Room 188. Swing by the PILS Pizza Sale to get lunch and help PILS raise money, and then come on down to meet other progressive-minded individuals and find out how you can get involved! If you have questions, contact Andy Boden, V.P., American Constitution Society.

PILS Pizza Sales Start This Week

PILS will be having pizza sales on the table outside the writing professors’ offices (on the bottom floor of Swen Parson). Pizza will be available this Wednesday, September 25. Pizza sales will also be held on October 2, October 16, October 30 and November 13.

Pro Bono Opportunity as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This year the Rockford Family Violence Council will host an information booth at the Rockford City Market on Friday, October 4, 2013. The Domestic Violence Planning Committee is in need of volunteers to staff the gates and the booth in order to make this opportunity a success. Last year this opportunity proved to be a great way to reach a large number of community members. If you are interested in volunteering, there are two shifts available (or you can do both, if you would like). We need at least six volunteers from 2:45-5:00 p.m. and the same number from 5:00-7:15 p.m. This is a great networking opportunity, especially for students interested in working in Rockford and/or in the field of victim advocacy. For further information, contact Shannon Powell at powell1689@gmail.com.

ACS Coffee and Doughnuts

The American Constitution Society will be holding a coffee and doughnut sale in the Marshall Gallery on October 14 from 8:15 to 9:00 a.m.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Scholarship Deadlines Coming Up This Week

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: http://www.birthlaw.com/34.html

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: http://piaba.org/law-students/2013-james-e-beckley-student-writing-competition

Employment Verification Forms are due Monday, 9/16

As you know, 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.

To submit the form in a timely manner, you must return it to Barbara Manning in Room 276 by no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 16. For questions about the reporting requirement and the 20-hour-a-week work restriction on which it is based, please see Dean Coles. For those who did not receive the form or need a new one, additional copies are available at the Handout Cabinet.

Admissions and Financial Aid Focus Groups

The Admissions and Financial Aid Office will be holding two 1L Focus Groups to further inquire about your experience with the NIU Law admissions process this past year. The Focus Groups will be hosted by our Graduate Assistant, Morgan Sauder. Morgan is a 3L at NIU Law, and she will facilitate the discussion. Snacks and pop will be served on both evenings. All 1Ls are encouraged to attend one of the following sessions:

  • Monday, September 16th at 5:00 pm, Swen Parson 150 
  • Wednesday, September 18th at 4:00 pm, Swen Parson 150

PILS Raffle Kick-off Meeting

A meeting will be held for all members of PILS and anyone interested in helping out with this year's PILS Raffle on Wednesday, September 18th from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. in Room #186.

Constitution Day panel

In recognition of “Constitution Day”—Tuesday, September 17—the College of Law will present a faculty panel discussion on U.S. Supreme Court cases from both last year and the upcoming term. Professor Falkoff will moderate, with brief presentations from Professors Cordes, Hines, Jones, Oswalt, and Schlam. The event will take place at noon in the Riley Courtroom. The entire law school community is invited to attend.

NIU Law Awards Reception this week

The NIU Law Awards Reception, an event held to honor outstanding alumni and friends of the Law School, will be held this Thursday, September 19th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the University Club of Chicago, 76 East Monroe.  All are welcome to attend and enjoy free hors d'oeuvres and drinks courtesy of NIU Law.  Please contact Melody Mitchell at mmitchell@niu.edu or call (815) 753-1027 to RSVP.  Transportation will be provided to and from the event for students. 

Christian Legal Society meeting

The Christian Legal Society will be meeting in Room #173 on Thursday, September 19, at 12:00 noon. Snacks will be provided! All are welcome to attend! If you are in ASP or have another meeting to attend, please come when you’re done. We hope to see you there. For questions about the NIU chapter of the Christian Legal Society, please contact Jason Jordan at Jason.jordan@me.com.

ISBA 1L Reps Needed - Deadline This Week

Attention 1Ls: ISBA is looking to fill two student representative positions for the class of 2015 at Northern Illinois University. If interested, please send a short paragraph to isba.niu@gmail.com explaining why you would be effective in this position. The Illinois State Bar Association is a volunteer organization whose primary focus is to aide attorneys in the practice of law and to promote improvements to the administration of justice. For more information, e-mail your current reps: Kaitlin Barclay (3L) - Barclay.kaitlin@gmail.com and Lindsey Claeyssen (3L) - lmclaeyssen@gmail.com. Applications are due Friday, September 20, 2013 at 12:00 noon.

LLSA Food Sale

The Latino Law Student Association will soon hold their first food sale of the year! The lunch will take place on Tuesday, September 24 in the Marshall Gallery from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. A plate comes with quesadillas, rice, salsa, soda or water. The price is $5 for non-members and $4 for members. (It is not too late to turn in your dues if you haven’t done so already!) We hope to see you all there!!

ACS Informational Meeting

The ACS will be holding a general information meeting on Wednesday, September 25 at noon in Room 188. Swing by the PILS Pizza Sale (outside the writing professors' offices on the bottom floor of Swen Parson) to get lunch and help PILS raise money, and then come on down to meet other progressive-minded individuals and find out how you can get involved!  If you have questions, contact Andy Boden, V.P., American Constitution Society.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Scholarship Deadlines Coming Up this week

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: http://www.justinianendowment.org/#!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: http://legalscholarshipblog.com/?p=12292

“Name the Unnamed Room in the Law Library” Contest Winner

At the Law Library Open House on August 29, we ran a contest to put a name to the entry area in the library where the Circulation & Reference desks are, as well as the Reference & Illinois collection. The winning entry as voted on by the library staff was “The Reference Wing,” submitted by Rachel Peter. Rachel’s entry earned her a $25 Barnes & Noble gift certificate. Watch for more library open houses (and contests) in the future!

Juvenile Interest Law Society (JILS) Presents: Street Law!

The Juvenile Interest Law Society is gearing up to implement Street Law! We will be traveling to DeKalb High School this fall to present mini-lessons relating to the U.S. Constitution to Ms. Smrz’s Government Class, consisting of mostly Juniors and Seniors. If you are interested, and have availability on Thursdays, please contact Matt Nagy (mnagy2@gmail.com) or any JILS officer for more information about this fun and rewarding experience!

Professor Wendy Vaughn Named New Supervising Attorney at Giorgi Clinic

I am pleased to announce that Assistant Clinical Professor Wendy Vaughn will be assuming the duties of Supervising Attorney at the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic, beginning September 1, 2013. I am very grateful to Associate Clinical Professor Paul Cain for his leadership in supervising the clinic and moving it forward for over ten years. Paul wanted to be able to serve the Winnebago County community full-time as a supervisor, lawyer, and advocate, which he will be able to do in his role as clinical professor.  -Dean Rosato

Important Information for Students Regarding Reimbursement Processes

Purchases: 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 Julie (SP 285) or Christina (SP280A2) before your purchase even if you have prior permission of faculty or staff member.

Travel: For reimbursement for travel on behalf of NIU College of Law, approval of the Dean is required before the travel occurs. You must therefore see Julie (SP 285) or Christina (SP280A2) before travel occurs to ensure that your reimbursement will be processed.

Federalist Society debate this week

The Federalist Society cordially invites you to join us on September 11 at 11:50 a.m. in the Riley Courtroom for a lively debate on a foundational concept of Constitutional Interpretation: Originalism—Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute v. Robert Jones, Associate Professor of Law. This event is free and food will be provided!

Phi Alpha Delta informational meeting

The Legal Fraternity Phi Alpha Delta will be having an informational meeting on Wednesday, September 11 at noon in Room #155. Everyone is welcome to attend and learn the benefits of becoming a member of this national legal fraternity. Lunch will be provided.

SBA "Welcome Back" Bar Crawl

The SBA is hosting the annual “Welcome Back” Bar Crawl on Friday, September 13. The crawl will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. and will start at Lord Stanley’s and end at Molly’s. Students who want to walk over to the bar crawl can meet in the Gallery at 6:45. T-Shirts will be available for pick-up on Thursday, September 12 and Friday, September 13. Your $20 entry fee includes a t-shirt, food and drink specials at all bars and a party bus to the last bar, Molly’s. An itinerary will be posted later this week on the NIU COL SBA Facebook page with specials included.

Employment Verification Forms are due this week!

As you know, 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.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Illinois Innocence Project Presents: Bennie Starks

Bennie Starks was wrongly convicted in Lake County, IL of a 1986 rape and battery that he did not commit. He spent the next 27 years fighting to clear his name, with 21 of those years spent in prison.  DNA testing established his innocence in 2001, but Bennie remained in prison until 2006 and was not fully exonerated until 2013 when the newly-elected Lake County State’s Attorney took office and dismissed all of his charges.  Bennie spent over a decade fighting for his freedom after DNA proved his innocence.  How could this happen in our own backyard?  Come meet Bennie, hear his story and learn more about the causes of wrongful conviction.  Watch Bennie's story.


Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Noon- 1pm
Room 170

Food and soft drinks provided!


Background on Bennie’s case: 
Bennie Starks was wrongly convicted of the 1986 sexual assault and battery of a 68-year old woman in Waukegan, Illinois.  The evidence against Bennie at his trial included faulty “bite mark” science, a misidentification by the victim and expert testimony by a state serologist who testified that the blood type of the semen from the crime matched Bennie’s blood type.  Then, in 2001, DNA testing of semen on the underwear worn by the victim during the crime excluded Bennie and established that he was innocent.  However, the State objected to his release and he remained in prison while his case was appealed.  Soon after, it was discovered that the State’s serology expert falsified her testimony and Bennie was actually excluded through blood typing at the time of trial, yet the State still objected to Bennie’s release and he remained incarcerated. Three years after the first round of DNA testing, the victim’s rape kit was located and DNA testing from internal swabs from the victim again excluded Bennie.  Although the State continued to fight his release, the appellate court in Elgin reversed Bennie’s rape conviction and ordered his release from prison in 2006.  Due to a procedural issue in the filing of his motions, his battery conviction from the same incident was not overturned, and it wasn’t until 2013 that all charges were dismissed by the newly-elected State’s Attorney and Bennie was fully exonerated. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

ISBA 1L Representatives Needed

Attention all 1Ls: ISBA is looking to fill two student representative positions for the class of 2016 at Northern Illinois University. If interested please send a short paragraph explaining why you would be effective in this position to isba.niu@gmail.com. The Illinois State Bar Association is a volunteer organization whose primary focus is to aide attorneys in the practice of law and to promote improvements to the administration of justice. For more information about ISBA visit http://www.isba.org/. For any additional information about responsibilities for the position please email your current reps: Kaitlin Barclay (3L) at barclay.kaitlin@gmail.com and Lindsey Claeyssen (3L) at lmclaeyssen@gmail.com. Applications due Friday, September 20, 2013 at 12:00pm.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Sexuality and the Law w/ Prof. Arriola canceled for 9/3/13

Sexuality and the Law with Professor Arriola is canceled for today, 9/3/13.

Federal Income Tax and Bankruptcy w/ Prof. Schneider cancelled for 9/4/13

Professor Schneider has cancelled the following:

Federal Income Tax for Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Bankruptcy for Wednesday, September 4, 2013