Thursday, January 30, 2014

Federalist Society Presentation on Immigration Reform

The NIU Law Federalist Society presents "Immigration Reform Policy Without Political Distortion: Not a Question of If but How our Immigration System Can be Reformed" on Thursday, February 6th at 12:00 p.m. in Room 188.  The event features Stuart Anderson, an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute and executive director of the National Foundation for American Policy.  The event is co-sponsored by the Latino Law Students Association.  Free lunch from Jersey Mike's Subs will be provided.  Email with any questions. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Street Law is Back!

JILS will be running the Street Law program this spring at DeKalb High School. We will be delivering five weekly lessons to Ms. Smrz's Government Class, comprised of mostly seniors. Our lessons will focus on the First and Fourth Amendments and how they apply both inside and outside of the public schools.

The class runs from 12:54-1:35. To participate, you must be available on Wednesdays from 12:30-1:45. Transportation is provided. If you're interested, please email Matt Nagy at

Friday, January 24, 2014

Welcome Professor Boraca!

We are pleased to welcome our new clinical faculty member, Professor Colleen Boraca. Before joining NIU, Professor Boraca worked as the supervising attorney at AIDS Legal Council of Chicago and served as an adjunct professor for Loyola University College of Law’s medical legal partnership clinic. She also worked for five years as an Assistant State’s Attorney for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office. Professor Boraca will be teaching NIU College of Law’s new medical-legal partnership clinical course, and, as part of the clinic, will initially be handling public benefits cases. Her office is located in Aurora at Hesed House’s Community Resource Center. We are thrilled to have Professor Boraca and hope you will enroll in her clinical course!

NIU Law Jump Start Bar Review Kickoff Session

Attention all 3Ls:  The first session of the Jump Start to the Bar program will be held on from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Monday, January 27, in Room 188. As previously announced, NIU College of Law is partnering with BarBri to offer a free, eight-week Jump Start to the Bar session for all third-year students. In addition to general bar studies discussions, the weekly sessions will include review of selected topics in Property, Constitutional Law and Torts. Participants will receive feedback on bar-exam-style essays and multiple choice exams and will also have access to selected modules of the BarBri AMP program materials. This Jeopardy-style law game is a fun way to review black-letter law. A light supper will be served free-of-charge each week at 6 p.m., and attendance will be taken weekly.

If you have not yet registered but would like to attend, please contact Jeanna Hunter at

RA and GA Informational Panel

All 1Ls are invited to join us for an informational panel regarding research assistant and graduate assistant positions. The Panel will be held on Wednesday, January 29 at 12:00 Noon in the Riley Courtroom. Current graduate and research assistants will be present to answer any questions as well as give tips and advice on applying and the type of work they do at their position. Don’t miss the chance to learn about employment opportunities for next year, not to mention lower tuition! Feel free to eat your lunch during this meeting.

Hope Haven Donation Drive

Christian Legal Society is heading up an effort to gather donations for Hope Haven, a homeless shelter in DeKalb. Donations can be dropped off in the Career Development Office room 280. The drive will run until Friday, January 31.

Hope Haven is in need of several items. We would like to collect: cereal and breakfast foods; cleaning supplies (Pine Sol, Windex, Bathroom Cleaner); Swiffer and sheets; napkins; toilet paper and paper towels; dish and laundry detergent; trash bags (13, 33 & 45 gallon); lunch and sandwich bags; coffee, sugar and creamer; sponges; shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes; freezer bags (gallon); serving gloves (food); foil; and office supplies (pens, copy paper, legal pads, staplers, sticky notes).

Scholarship Deadlines Coming Up This Week

American Indian Law Review Writing Competition by University of Oklahoma
Areas of Interest: 3Ls only, American Indian Law/Indigenous Peoples
Criteria: Papers will be accepted on any issue concerning American Indian law or indigenous peoples (20 – 50 pages).
Award: 1st Place $1,000 and publication; 2nd Place $500; 3rd Place $250.
Deadline: January 31, 2014 
More Information:

Harold Sullivan Scholarship
Areas of Interest: 1L’s or 2L’s only – Applicants must have graduated from an Illinois high school, do not have family member that is a judge, and have experience in pro bono or community service work.
Criteria: Application, Essay, and Financial Aid Information
Award: $1,000 - $5,000
Deadline: January 31, 2014
More Information: Email for application

Employment Verification Forms Due This Week

Verification forms have been distributed to all students by e-mail. 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 January 31. 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 in Room 276 and on the table outside Room 187.

Have You Lost Any Books?

The Lost-and-Found bins in the Law Library are over-flowing. If you have lost any casebooks or other materials, please check these bins as soon as possible. Any books or materials that have not been claimed by January 31 will be placed downstairs for others to claim or will be discarded.

1L Professionalism Lecture

The first mandatory 1L professionalism program will be on Wednesday February 12, 2014 from 4:00-5:15 p.m. with a complimentary optional dinner following the program. This program is jointly presented with the Illinois Supreme Court's Commission on Professionalism. More details will follow shortly on this program and the other programs this semester.

Important Notices Regarding Graduation

Graduation Application:

Applying for graduation is a 2 step process, which must be completed between February 3, 2014 and February 21, 2014:
  1. See Julie (in Swen Parson 285) to complete a “Statement of Candidacy.” It is preferred that you call ahead or email  to make an appointment. 
  2. THEN, apply for graduation online, at which time $75 fee will be charged to your NIU account. 
Deadline for both steps is February 21, 2014!

Dean's Certificates:

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 the Illinois Bar. 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 state’s form to the Office of Budget & Records for completion.

DuPage County Bar Association and NIU Law Student Pizza Party

The DuPage County Bar Association is sponsoring a Pizza Party for NIU Law Students at Pizza Villa, 824 W. Lincoln Highway, on Monday, February 27, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free pizza, beer and wine will be available. This provides a good opportunity to network with lawyers, judges, and fellow students. All law students, alumni and lawyers are welcome.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Scholarship Deadline Coming Up This Week

Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law
Areas of Interest: Employment and Labor Law, Employee Benefits, or Employment Discrimination
Criteria: Paper on Employment Law such as labor law, employee benefits, or employment discrimination (under 35 pages).
Award: 1st Place $3000; 2nd Place $1,000 (two awards)
Deadline: January 21, 2014
More Information:

Alumni Office Relocates

The NIU Law Office of Alumni Events and Public Relations has moved! Please come and visit us in our new office space at Swen Parson Hall, Room 350. You can find it by climbing up the staircase in the back of the Marshall Gallery; we're down the hall from the IT Office. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Melody Mitchell at or Jacob Imm at or call (815) 753-1027.

Administrative Announcements

  • Part-time Schedules and Overloads: Students are reminded that course loads of fewer than 12 hours or more than 16 hours require the approval of Dean Coles, which can be obtained by filing a Petition for Special Consideration. Petition forms are available from Barbara Manning in Room 276 or on the law school website under “Current Students – Forms.”
  • Employment Verification Forms: Employment Verification Forms have been distributed to all students by e-mail. 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 January 31. 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 in Room 276 and on the table outside Room 187.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

First Assignment for Bioethics Seminar w/ Dean Rosato (next week)

For the first class on January 21, please read Beauchamp and Childress Chapter 1; and Furrow, et al., Chapter 1.

In addition, based on these readings write a short essay/reflection paper (2-3 pages) showing how bioethics principles apply to the recent case of a pregnant Texas woman being kept on life support against the wishes of her family (and her wishes as well, expressed orally before her collapse). Your analysis should be based on ethical principles, not law. A summary of the case is available at We will discuss the readings and their relevance to this case during class. Please submit the essay/reflection paper by 8 pm on Monday, January 20 by email to

Disability Law Seminar w/ Prof. Green CANCELED for Wednesday, 1/15

The Disability Law Seminar class has been canceled for this week.  Our first class will meet next Wednesday, January 22, 2014.

Bioethics Seminar w/ Dean Rosato CANCELED for Tuesday, 1/14

Bioethics seminar class has been canceled for this week.  Our first class will meet Tuesday, January 21, 2014.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Scholarship Deadlines for This Week

The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Writing Competition 
Areas of Interest: Workers’ Compensation, Public Policy
Criteria: Paper on any aspect of worker’s comp law such as a public policy issue, a critique of a leading case or doctrine, or a comment on a statute or the need for a statutory modification in worker’s compensation law (10–20 pages)
Award: 1st Place $1,500, plus $1,000 to winner’s law school scholarship fund; 2nd Place $1,000; 3rd Place $500.
Deadline: January 15, 2014 
More Information:

Brand Names Education Foundation: Ladas Memorial Award 
Areas of Interest: Trademark Law
Criteria: Paper on trademark law or a matter that directly relates to, or affects, trademarks (under 25 pages).
Award: $2,000 cash award, publication, and an invitation to attend INTA’s Gala.
Deadline: January 17, 2014
More Information:

Dukeminier Awards Student Writing Competition
Areas of Interest: Cutting-edge legal issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender communities
Criteria: Paper relating to sexual orientation and gender identity in the law (under 40 pages).
Award: $1,000
Deadline: January 17, 2014 
More Information:

Bar Exam Q & A

Attention all 3Ls:
On Wednesday, January 15th at Noon in Room 170 (Riley Courtroom) there will be a Q&A session regarding the Illinois Bar Exam Registration with the Illinois Board of Admissions. Please also mark your calendars and clear your schedule for the NIU Law Jump Start Bar Review sessions this semester. As explained in an e-mail sent on January 9, this free, eight-session bar studies preview will begin on Monday, January 27. The sessions are scheduled from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and a light dinner will be served free-of-charge each week at the start of class. Registration for JumpStart will begin next week, and you will receive instructions for how to register from Professor Jeanna Hunter soon. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact her at

Friday, January 10, 2014

First Week Assignment for Legal History (Law 715) w/ Prof. Reynolds

Before the first class please familiarize yourself with the Coquillette book. Take a look at its content, structure and overall coverage. Read in particular Chapter I on the Roman law background and begin grazing in the Johnson paperback on Roman law.

First Week Assignment for Advanced Torts w/ Prof. Rigertas

Register for the course on TWEN to get a copy of the syllabus. The assignment for the first class is Pages 1-8 in Vincent R. Johnson, Advanced Tort Law: A Problem Approach (LexisNexis 2010) and Moorman Mfg. Co. v. National Tank Co., 91 Ill.2d 69 (1982) (a link to this case can be found on TWEN under Course Materials).

First Week Assignment for Contracts, Section One w/ Prof. Reynolds

Most of the first class will be devoted to a review of the Winter examination. We will then start Ch. 5, Sec. 1 and, by week's end, cover up to p. 421.

First 2 Weeks' Assignments for North Korea Seminar w/ Prof. Tan

Week 1 (1/14/2014): Blaine Harden, Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West (2012).

Week 2 (1/21/2014) Mike Kim, Escaping North Korea: Defiance and Hope in the World's Most Repressive Country (2010). Watch movie “The Crossing:”

First Week Assignment for Health Law w/ Prof. Naftzger

Welcome back everyone. For the first two class days please read pages 1 - 43 for Tuesday, then 43 - 85 for Thursday.

First Week Assignment for Professional Responsibility w/ Prof. Rigertas

For the first class read Chapter One of Russell G. Pearce, et al., PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY: A CONTEMPORARY APPROACH, 2d ed. (West 2014). Answer all the quiz questions in Chapter One before class. These questions have no “correct” answer. They are intended to survey your opinions of what professional responsibility means.

First Week Assignment for Property (both sections) w/ Prof. Cordes

For the first class session on Monday, January 13 please read pp. 18-26 and 30-35 in the text, Dukeminier,, PROPERTY (Aspen, 7th edition).

For the second class on Wednesday, January 15 please read pp. 3-18.

For the third class on Thursday, January 16 please read pp. 56-70.

First Week Assignment for Mediation Theory and Practice w/ Prof. Boudreau

Required Text:
Mediation: The Roles of Advocate and Neutral, Second Edition (2010), Dwight Golann and Jay Folberg

Suggested Text:
Getting to Yes, Fisher, Ury, Patton
(You may use any version of this book and do not need the latest one. There is a copy on reserve in the law library.)

Please read Getting to Yes, Chapter 1, and Golann and Folberg, Chapter 5 (pages 89-98, 107-125) for the first class.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

First Week Assignment for Trademark Law w/ Prof. King

Monday, January 13, 2014 – Graeme B. Dinwoodie and Mark D. Janis, TRADEMARKS AND UNFAIR COMPETITION: LAW AND POLICY, Fourth Edition, Chapter 1, pp. 3-28, 37 (note 8 only) - 41

First Week Assignment for Copyright Law w/ Prof. King

Monday, January 13, 2014 – Julie E. Cohen, Lydia Pallas Loren, Ruth L. Okediji, Maureen A. O'Rourke, COPYRIGHT IN A GLOBAL INFORMATION ECONOMY, Third Edition, Chapter 1, pp. 3-21

First Week Assignment for First Amendment w/ Prof. Cordes

For the first class session on Tuesday, January 14, please read pp. 3-37 in the assigned text, Stone,, THE FIRST AMENDMENT (Aspen, 4th edition, 2012). For the second class on Thursday, January 16, please read pp. 38-75. A syllabus with all assignments for the semester will be distributed on Tuesday.

I look forward to seeing you next week.

First Week Assignment for Section 3 of Legal Writing and Advocacy w/ Prof. Miller

Writing and Analysis in the Law (6th Edition)
Read: Chapter 15, at pages 349-75

Law School Without Fear (3d Edition)
Read: Chapter 5

First Week Assignment for Administrative Law w/ Prof. Widman

For our first class next Tuesday, please read pgs. 1-8 AND pgs. 30-35 in the assigned textbook: Gary Lawson, Federal Administrative Law, Fifth Edition. Thursday's assignment will be pages 8-30.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Clinic Spots Available for Spring 2014

There are still some spots available in all four Legal Clinics for Spring 2014. Please submit completed applications to Julie Mahoney-Kryzyek, Office of Budget and Records, Swen Parson Hall, Room 285. Clinic Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis while space is available. Information about the clinical courses and the updated application materials can be found at

If you have questions about 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 Assistant Professor

Juvenile Justice Clinic
Paul Cain, Clinical Associate Professor

Medical-legal Partnership Clinic
Anita Maddali, Clinic Director

First Week Assignment for Sports Law w/ Prof. Torain

First week assignment: read Introduction to the Study of Sports Law – Chapter 1, Pages 1-22.

Casebook and First Week Assignment for Education and the Law w/ Prof. Kiracofe

Kern Alexander & M. David Alexander, American Public School Law (8th ed. 2012). [Note: This text will be referred to as CB throughout the syllabus]

January 16: Overview of the Law Related to Public School Governance Come to class prepared to discuss CB Chapters 2 and 4 (pgs. 27-75 and 118-175).

First Week Assignment for Contracts II, Section 2 w/ Prof. Naftzger

For the first week, please read pages 405-420 from the casebook and Restatement sections 209 - 218 plus UCC 2-202. A full syllabus will be posted to TWEN next week.