Friday, February 28, 2014

"Making Tracks" in the Dean's Office

Highlights of activities in the Dean’s office this week include:
  • Working with Associate Deans on issues such as summer school, collaborations across the University, student concerns, and the Academic Success Program
  • Planning Board of Visitors meeting on April 5 addressing changes in legal education and the legal profession and how NIU Law can respond 
  • Preparing for and hosting visit of a reporter writing a feature on the law school for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin 
  • Enjoying Illinois Bar Foundation Benefit -- “Lawyers Rock Legends” -- with law students 
  • Attending the Mandell Moot Court Competition finals and banquet 
  • STUDENT LOUNGE UPDATE: While NIU Law awaits repairs to the student lounge, an alternative space for students has been opened up in Room 290-C in the library. The student lounge furniture, refrigerator, microwaves and other amenities have now been moved to 290-C and will remain there until repairs to the lounge are completed.

Scholarship Deadlines Coming Up This Week

Berkley Technology Law Journal Writing Competition
Areas of Interest: Topics at the intersection of law and technology, including but not limited to: intellectual property, antitrust, First Amendment, entertainment and new media, information privacy/data protection, telecommunications, biotechnology, internet, and cybercrime.
Criteria: Submit a previously unpublished paper no more than 50 pages long with a signed cover sheet that must be printed off the website.
Award: 1st Prize: $2,000 and publication in the Fall 2014 issue of BTLJ, 2nd Prize: $750, 3rd Prize: $500 Deadline: March 1, 2014
More Information: http://btlj.org/2014/01/26/spring-2014-writing-competition-rules/

The National Italian American Foundation John R. Mott Scholarship 
Areas of Interest: Students or parent or guardian of student must be a member of NIAF.
Criteria: Italian American students who demonstrate outstanding potential and high academic achievements in any area of study or level of education. Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate, graduate, post graduate, medical, dental, and legal students.
Award: Scholarship awards range from $2,000-$12,000
Deadline: March 1, 2014
More Information: https://www.niaf.org/scholarships/

2014 Fundamentals of Municipal Bond Law Seminar
Areas of Interest: Demonstrated interest in public finance law and an interest in working with state and local governments
Criteria: Applicants must submit the application, proof of current enrollment, law transcript, and resume. Award: Expense paid trip to the Fundamentals of Municipal Law Seminar in Atlanta Georgia (5 Awards) Deadline: March 3, 2014
More Information: http://www.nabl.org/newsroom/1597

American Bankruptcy Institute Student Writing Competition
Areas of Interest: Bankruptcy jurisdiction, bankruptcy litigation, or evidence in bankruptcy cases or proceedings, bankruptcy sales, plan confirmation and other bankruptcy involved topics.
Criteria: Papers must have been written after March 1, 2013. Papers can have been written as part of legal writing or bankruptcy courses.
Award: First Place: $2,000 and publication of paper in ABI Journal. Second Place: $1,250 plus publication in the ABI committee newsletter. Third Place: $750 and publication in the ABI committee newsletter. All student participants will be provided a one-year ABI membership.
 Deadline: March 3, 2014
More Information: http://papers.abi.org/

William C. Conner Intellectual Property Law Writing Competition
Areas of Interest: Intellectual Property, Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, trade secrets, unfair trade practices and antitrust.
Criteria: 20 page maximum. Entries will be judged on analysis, writing ability and pertinence.
Award: 1st Place: $1,500 and a plaque at the NYIPLA Annual Meeting and Dinner held in New York City on May 20, 2014 at the Princeton Club. Runner-up will receive a cash award of $1,000 and a plaque. Winning paper will be considered for publication by the NYIPLA. Both winner and runner-up should plan to attend the Annual Meeting and Dinner.
Deadline: March 7, 2014 
More Information: http://www.nyipla.org/nyipla/ConnerWritingCompetition.asp

NIU Women’s Studies Austin Sawicki Memorial Scholarship 
Areas of Interest: Upper division and graduate students at NIU who make major contributions to NIU Women’s Studies and/or lives of women at NIU.
Criteria: 2.5 GPA for undergraduate juniors/seniors; 3.0 GPA for graduate students. At least one year completed at NIU.
Award: Not specified
Deadline: March 7, 2014
More Information: https://www.niu.edu/wstudies/scholarships/sawicki_scholarship.shtml

Lenny Mandell Moot Court Competition XXXII Finals

The final round of the Lenny Mandell Moot Court Competition will take place on Saturday, March 1, at 10:30 a.m. in the Riley Courtroom. Students, faculty and family are particularly welcome to attend and observe the arguments. Following the final arguments and a critique by the judges, an awards luncheon will be held in the Sky Room of the Holmes Student Center.

This Week's Jump Start to the Bar Session

The next session of the Jump Start to the Bar program for 3Ls will be held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Monday, March 3, in Room 188.

American Constitution Society Hoodie Sale - Final Reminder

The NIU College of Law chapter of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy is proud to bring you the most affordable hoodie ever offered. Only $25! Sale ends March 3! Don’t wait — you have only three days left to order the hoodie. The shirts only print if we get thirty orders so get yours today. Just follow the link to place your order: www.teespring.com/NIUACS. If you have any questions, please contact John Festa at john.festa@hotmail.com.

The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Needs Interns - Deadline This Week

The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee, located at 100 N. LaSalle St., Ste. 600, Chicago, IL 60602, is seeking law students to serve as unpaid Summer Legal Interns for Summer 2014. Spanish speakers are preferred.

The mission of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee is to promote and protect the civil rights of poor, minority, and disadvantaged people in order to facilitate their participation in the social, economic, and political systems of our community and nation. The committee’s staff engages in both litigation and community advocacy as part of the following areas: (1) the Employment Opportunity Project, (2) the Fair Housing Project, (3) the Hate Crimes Project, (4) the Settlement Assistance Project (dealing with federal court claims), (5) the Educational Equity Project (which promotes equal access to education and addresses the “school-to-prison pipeline”), (6) the Voting Rights Project, and (7) the Northwest Indiana Economic Development Project.

The committee also accepts unpaid Law Clerks during the summer, fall, and spring semesters, allowing law students and new attorneys to gain substantive legal experience while working on the cutting edge of important civil rights issues. The goal of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee’s program is to provide participants with a challenging civil rights learning experience, while obtaining high-quality work product. In addition, interns and fellows will have the opportunity to network and work with attorneys from Chicago firms and other public interest organizations.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume and writing sample to opportunities@clccrul.org. Please indicate if you have an interest in a specific project or area. In the subject line, also please indicate whether you are a law student seeking an internship or a law graduate seeking a fellowship and for which term you are applying. For example, your application might state: “Law student internship application, Summer 2014.” The deadline for summer applications is Monday, March 3, 2014.

HLC Site Visit

NIU Law joins the university in welcoming the Higher Learning Commission site team, which will be visiting campus from March 3 to March 5. Every ten years, NIU engages in a thorough self-study, which includes the preparation of a lengthy report as evidence in support of continuing institutional accreditation by the HLC, the university’s accrediting agency.

HLC site team members, who will be collecting information to prepare a report on the university, will host an Open Forum for Faculty to meet with the team on Monday, March 3, 2014 from 11:00-11:50 in Holmes Student Center 505. There will also be an Open Forum for Staff to meet with the site team on Monday, March 3, 2014 from 11:00-11:50 a.m. in Holmes Student Center’s Illinois Room. The university has authorized release time for employee attendance at these forums, subject to operational requirements.

Delta Theta Phi Annual Chili Cook-Off

The Delta Theta Phi organization will sponsor their annual Chili Cook-Off on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 in the Marshall Gallery from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Cooks, tasters and hungry participants wanted! Tickets are $5 for chili and a beverage, and the price includes samples of all cook-off entries. Proceeds go to AVON Breast Cancer Walk. If you have questions, please e-mail NIUdelta@gmail.com.

1L Professionalism Program This Week

Reminder to All 1Ls:  The second Professionalism Program of the spring semester will be held on Wednesday, March 5 from 4:00 to 6:35 p.m. in the Regency Room of the Holmes Student Center. This program is focused on professionalism and the job search. It is a longer program that will not be followed by a dinner, but snacks will be provided during breaks. Just a reminder that your attendance at all programs is mandatory. If you miss this program, please contact Professor Rigertas to discuss the reason for your absence and any required make-up activity.

National Law Review Student Writing Contest: Media and Communications Law

The National Law Review is hosting its March 2014 Law Student Writing Contest, with the winning article to be published on the National Law Review’s website, on the National Law Forum blog and in the October newsletter. The suggested topic this month is Media and Communications Law, although entries covering other current issues will also be considered. Articles should be submitted by no later than March 17, 2014 to lawschools@natlawreview.com. For complete contest guidelines, see the National Law Review website.

Student Organization Blood Drive

The Christian Legal Society, Black Law Student Association, and Delta Theta Phi are sponsoring a Blood Drive on Wednesday, March 19 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery in Swen Parson Hall. Please consider donating blood to help those in need. The cold weather has reduced the frequency of donations and blood banks are running extremely low. A photo I.D. is required. Walk-in donations are allowed, but everyone is encouraged to sign up on-line by following this link: https://ht.heartlandbc.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/202

Any questions you may have regarding eligibility to donate blood can be answered at http://www.heartlandbc.org/donating_qual.html. Thank you very much for your willingness to save lives!

Panel Discussion — Myra Bradwell: The Practice of Law in the Wake of Her Legacy

The ISBA’s Women and the Law & NIU Law will co-host a panel discussion on Friday, March 21 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center Sandburg Auditorium, followed by a reception at the law school. The panel will include Illinois Supreme Court Justices Rita B. Garman (Chief Justice), Anne M. Burke, and Mary Jane W. Theis; Illinois Appellate Court Justices Joy V. Cunningham, Shelvin Louis Marie Hall, and Susan F. Hutchinson; and Attorney Jennifer K. Gust, Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP. The panel will be moderated by ISBA President Paula H. Holderman, Winston & Strawn, LLP. Please register at www.isba.org/cle/2014/03/21/myrabradwell.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Congratulations to NIU Law Jessup Moot Court Team

The NIU Law Jessup International Moot Court Team had great success at the Midwest Regionals, advancing to the quarter-finals and finishing in 6th Place overall among 21 schools. NIU bested Michigan, Valpariso, Indiana-Bloomington and Chicago Kent in direct meetings before falling to Loyola-Chicago. The Team's brief (called a "Memorial" in International Competitions) was awarded 5th Best Memorial out of the large field, just behind the University of Chicago's 4th place finish. And Morgan Johnson, in his first year of team competition, was named 5th best oralist among the 90-some competitors. A great showing by a hard-working team: Jeremy McCabe, Buri Banerjee, Alyssa Freeman, Weston Sedgwick and Morgan Johnson. Congratulations!

NIU Law Client Counseling Team Places Third in Regional Competition

Congratulations are in order for the 3L team of Samantha Brown and Daniel Kalina, who made the final round and placed third overall in the American Bar Association's 2013-2014 Regional Client Counseling Competition held at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana on Saturday, February 15, 2014. The team was coached by Professor Yolanda M. King, who attended the competition, and by Dean Coles. Samantha and Daniel were ably assisted in practices by alternate team member Tenniecia Williams and by student volunteer Nick Porter.

Looking for Pro Bono Opportunities in Illinois?

If you are looking for pro bono opportunities, please visit www.LawStudents.IllinoisProBono.org. Students can also download a free app from IllinoisProBono.org that offers three tools: (1) legal resources on Illinois law, (2) volunteer postings search, and (3) upcoming legal events, including MCLE training. The app is available for Apple and Android devices and bolsters volunteer work by offering a statewide search for volunteer opportunities, comprehensive manuals, articles, and a calendar of training sessions and events to support those opportunities. Download to your device today!

"Making Tracks in the Dean's Office" Announcements

  • STUDENT LOUNGE UPDATE: University officials have advised the Dean’s office that there is no “quick fix” available for the leaks in the Student Lounge and that the necessary repairs will not be feasible until the weather improves. In the meantime, we are looking for an alternative lounge space for students, which will be announced as soon as a decision has been reached. The IT team is also working to repair the TV in the Student Lounge, which will take a few weeks because of the need to order a new part.
  • STUDENT SURVEY: To address difficulties in engaging the student body, the NIU Experiential Learning Center has a team of students involved in developing strategies to improve student communications engagement. They are asking our students for help in taking a short survey (members of the team spent an average of 2.5 minutes completing it). The survey results will help guide the team’s efforts on your behalf. To help induce you, they are offering NIU swag. For those participating in the survey, there will be several drawings on February 25 and winners will be notified, so please complete the survey by then. The link to the survey is https://niucob.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0rJfSXNYv0mkppP} Thank you for working with this team!

Jump Start to the Bar Session Tonight

The next session of the Jump Start to the Bar program for 3Ls will be held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Monday, February 24, in Room 188.

LiveHelp Training Session Tonight

The Northwestern University School of Law is hosting a LiveHelp training session on February 24, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Informational flyers on this training have been posted in the usual areas. If any students, including 1Ls, are interested in volunteering for LiveHelp (a service of Illinois Legal Aid Online), please contact Viannie Bell at vbell@illinoislegalaid.org.

Federalist Society Panel

The federalist society is having a panel on Wednesday, Feb. 26th at 11:50 a.m. in Room 150. discussing parentage rights and modern reproductive technology. Our guest speaker is Terese Collett, Professor of Law at University of St. Thomas School of Law. Our commenting professors from NIU will be Professors Parness and Boudreau. Food will be provided.

SBA and Sports and Entertainment Law Society Basketball League

The SBA and Sports & Entertainment Law Society have “teamed up” to provide the Law Ball intramural basketball league at the NIU Recreation Center for all law school students. Six teams compete on Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m. and Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. in the month of February. The playoff schedule will be announced next week, February 24. Join us to cheer on your favorite law school team!

The Norman Amaker Midwest Public Interest Law and Social Justice Retreat

All NIU students are invited to apply to attend the Norman Amaker Midwest Public Interest Law and Social Justice Retreat to be held at the Resurrection Retreat Center in Woodstock, IL on March 14 to 16, 2014. The law school will pay the registration and expenses for two interested students to attend. The 2014 retreat theme is Turning Passion into Action: Leadership Training for the Twenty-First Century Social Justice Lawyer. The aim is to provide concrete examples of the advocacy tools students can employ in their career, in addition to discussing important topics in public interest law. Last year, approximately one hundred public interest-minded law students, representing fifteen law schools across the Midwest, attended the Amaker Retreat. Loyola expects to host over one hundred law students again this year.

To apply, or for more information, please contact Professor Schlam as soon as possible at lschlam@niu.edu. Applications are due by no later than Wednesday, February 26, at 4:00 p.m.

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 Thursday, 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.

Admissions and Financial Aid Graduate Assistantship

The NIU Law Office of Admissions & Financial Aid is seeking to hire one graduate assistant for the 2014-2015 academic year. The position will be a full-time, 20-hour per week responsibility. In addition to a full tuition waiver, the position is eligible for a stipend. The GA will join the Director, an 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 (1) a cover letter that describes the applicant’s qualifications for this particular opportunity, (2) a resume, and (3) 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 p.m. on Friday, February 28th. Candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted shortly after the application deadline and interview arrangements will be made. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Terea Turner, Assistant Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, at tturner@niu.edu.

Moot Court Finals This Saturday

The Final Round of the 32nd annual 2L moot court competition will take place on Saturday, March 1, at 10:30 a.m. in the Riley Courtroom. Students, faculty and family are particularly welcome to attend and observe the arguments.

ACS Hoodie Sale

The NIU College of Law Chapter of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy is proud to bring you possibly the most affordable hoodie ever offered. Only $25!! Don’t wait, you only have 2 weeks to order. Just go to www.teespring.com/NIUACS to place your order. The shirts only print if we get 30 orders so get yours today. Any questions contact John Festa, at john.festa@hotmail.com.

Chicago Lawyers' Committee Seeks Summer Interns

The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, 100 N. LaSalle St., Ste. 600, Chicago, IL 60602.

The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee, whose mission is to promote and protect the civil rights of poor, minority, and disadvantaged people in order to facilitate their participation in the social, economic, and political systems of our community and nation, is seeking law students to serve as unpaid Summer Legal Interns for Summer 2014. Spanish speakers are preferred.

The committee’s staff engages in both litigation and community advocacy as part of the following areas: (1) the Employment Opportunity Project, (2) the Fair Housing Project, (3) the Hate Crimes Project, (4) the Settlement Assistance Project (dealing with federal court claims), (5) the Educational Equity Project (which promotes equal access to education and addresses the “school-to-prison pipeline”), (6) the Voting Rights Project, and (7) the Northwest Indiana Economic Development Project.

The committee also accepts unpaid Law Clerks during the summer, fall, and spring semesters, allowing law students and new attorneys to gain substantive legal experience while working on the cutting edge of important civil rights issues. The goal of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee’s program is to provide participants with a challenging civil rights learning experience, while obtaining high-quality work product. In addition, interns and fellows will have the opportunity to network and work with attorneys from Chicago firms and other public interest organizations.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume and writing sample to opportunities@clccrul.org. Please indicate if you have an interest in a specific project or area. In the subject line, also please indicate whether you are a law student seeking an internship or a law graduate seeking a fellowship and for which term you are applying (for example: “Law student internship application, Summer 2014). The deadline for summer applications is Monday, March 3, 2014.

Delta Theta Phi Annual Chili Cook-Off

The Delta Theta Phi organization will sponsor their annual Chili Cook-Off on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 in the Marshall Gallery from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Cooks, tasters and hungry participants wanted! Tickets are $5 for chili and a beverage, and the price includes samples of all cook-off entries. Proceeds go to AVON Breast Cancer Walk. If you have questions, please e-mail NIUdelta@gmail.com.

SBA Trivia Night

The SBA will be hosting our annual Trivia Night on Wednesday, March 5, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. All students would love for a faculty member to be a part of each team! Please consider stopping by the Marshall Gallery and sharing some of your knowledge! Snacks, beer and wine will be provided.

Seeking Student Volunteers for HLC Visit to Campus

The College of Law seeks several student volunteers to assist with the upcoming site visit by the Higher Learning Commission. The HLC is the accrediting body for the university. Every ten years, NIU engages in a thorough self-study, which includes the preparation of a lengthy report as evidence in support of continuing institutional accreditation. In addition, a site team from the HLC will be visiting campus from March 3 to March 5, and team members will need student escorts to bring them to buildings around campus. We would particularly like law students to be part of the student volunteer contingent, because typically the site team members ask their escorts questions about the university and we would like to emphasize the law school’s important role here. If you are interested in volunteering for one or more days, or would like some more information, please let Professor Falkoff know as soon as possible.

ACS Discussion Event

On Wednesday, March 26, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom, the ACS will host a discussion on whether indigent criminal defendants’ “right to counsel” is meaningful in a funding crisis. Edwin C. Yohnka, Director of Communications and Public Policy of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, will head the discussion. Lunch will be served. For further details, please contact Andy Boden at boden917@gmail.com.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Congratulations to NIU Law Client Counseling Team

Congratulations to Samantha Brown and Daniel Kalina, who placed 3rd in the American Bar Association's Regional Client Counseling Competition! They were coached by Professor King and Associate Dean Coles.

ACS Presents Guest Speaker

The American Constitution Society proudly presents: Can Gideon Be Saved?: A Discussion on Whether Indigent Criminal Defendants’ “Right to Counsel” is Meaningful in a Funding Crisis. Featuring Edwin C. Yohnka, Director of Communications and Public Policy, American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois.  The event will be held Wednesday, March 26, 2014 from 12 noon to 1 pm in the Riley Courtroom and moderated by Prof. Marc Falkoff.  Lunch will be served.  For further details, contact Andy Boden, boden917@gmail.com

Monday, February 17, 2014

Higher Learning Commission volunteers needed

The College of Law seeks several student volunteers to assist with the upcoming site visit by the Higher Learning Commission. The HLC is the accrediting body for the university. Every ten years, NIU engages in a thorough self-study, which includes the preparation of a lengthy report as evidence in support of continuing institutional accreditation. In addition, a site team from the HLC will be visiting campus from March 3 to 5, and team members will need student escorts to bring them to buildings around campus. We would particularly like law students to be part of the student volunteer contingent, because typically the site team members ask their escorts questions about the university. If you are interested in volunteering for one or more days, or would like some more information, please let Professor Falkoff know as soon as possible.

ACS Discussion Event coming soon

The American Constitution Society is holding an event on Wednesday, March 26 from 12-1p in the Riley Courtroom. The event will be a discussion on indigent defense and the Gideon v. Wainwright holding.  More details will be coming soon.

Family Law w/ Prof. Arriola canceled for 2/17/2014

Family Law with Professor Arriola has been canceled for Monday, February 17.

This Week's Jump Start to the Bar Session

The third session of the Jump Start to the Bar program for 3Ls will be held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Monday, February 17, in Room 188.

Scholarship and Writing Contest Deadlines for This Week

The National Law Review is hosting its February 2014 Law Student Writing Contest, with the winning article to be published on the National Law Review’s website, on the National Law Forum blog and in the October newsletter. The suggested topic this year is Labor and Employment Law, although entries covering other current issues will also be considered. Articles should be submitted by no later than February 17, 2014 to lawschools@natlawreview.com.

Bert W. Levit Essay Contest
Areas of Interest: Legal Malpractice Law, Professional Liability Insurance, and Loss Prevention.
Criteria: Essay on expanding use of social media by attorneys and law firms and focusing on the legal, ethical and professionalism issues that can arise in those forums.
Award: $5,000 and expense paid trip to National Legal Malpractice Conference.
Deadline: February 21, 2014
More Information: http://tinyurl.com/q53dpnl

Law Ball Plays This Week

The Law Ball SBA Intramural Basketball League will play this week on Tuesday, February 18th at 9:00 and on Wednesday, February 19th at 8:00

Annual Minority Alumni Reception -- FINAL REMINDER

You are cordially invited to join Dean Jennifer Rosato with host Vincent F. Cornelius (’89) at the 11th Annual Minority Alumni Reception on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Carnivale Restaurant, 702 W. Fulton Market in Chicago. Please join us for two special presentations honoring Chicago's 21st Ward Alderman Howard B. Brookins Jr. ('88) with the Excellence in Service and Leadership Award and recognizing Professor Leona Green for her commitment to students, service to the law school, and championship of diversity throughout her career. Enjoy complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and great networking opportunities. For those who signed up previously, there is a bus leaving from the College of Law at 3:15 p.m. on the 19th and returning after the reception. If you have any questions, please call Melody at 815-753-1027.

BLSA Discussion Panel

The Black Law Student Association (BLSA) will be having a discussion panel about Brown v. Board of Education and its impact on minorities in the past and present as the 60th anniversary of this seminal decision approaches. This event will take place on Wednesday, February 19, at 12:00 p.m. in Room 170. Food will be provided.

May 2014 Graduates: Deadline for Application is THIS WEEK!

Graduation Application:

Applying for graduation is a two-step process, which must be completed by February 21, 2014--

  1. First, see Julie in Room 276 to complete a “Statement of Candidacy.” It is preferred that you call ahead or e-mail to make an appointment. 
  2. Then, apply for graduation online, at which time a $75 fee will be charged to your NIU account. 

Again, the deadline for both steps is February 21, 2014!

Lenny B. Mandell Moot Court Competition XXXII

The 32nd annual 2L moot court competition continues this week! The quarter-final and semi-final rounds will be held on Saturday, February 22, at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., respectively in the Riley Courtroom. Students, faculty and family are particularly welcome to attend and observe the arguments.

Pairings for the quarterfinals are as follows:

(4) Jason Betke & Latoyia Kimbrough
v.
(11) Logan Block & Danielle Kancherlapalli
 
(24) Dan Knudsen & Juwuan Sutton
v.
(1) Jesse Guth & Nick Perrone
 
(9) Kevin Borozan & Nik Lofgren
v.
(2) Jane Hanson & Irakere Picon
 
(14) Steve Hegedus & Jason Jordan
v.
(13) Clayton Merschbrock & JD Vanrheeden

All NIU Student Survey

To address difficulties in engaging the student body, the NIU Experiential Learning Center has a team of students involved in developing strategies to improve student communications engagement. They are asking our students for help in taking a short survey (members of the team spent an average of 2.5 minutes completing it). The survey results will help guide the team’s efforts on your behalf. To help entice you, they are offering NIU swag. For those participating in the survey, there will be several drawings February 25 and winners will be notified, so you must complete the survey by then. The link to the survey is https://niucob.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0rJfSXNYv0mkppP} Thank you for working with this team!

Table Talk with BLSA: Diversity and More

BLSA will host a student panel discussion on Wednesday, February 26th from 12-1 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom. The program will feature a recent short, but powerful video made by UCLA Law students of color discussing their experiences of being among only 33 students of color out of 1,100 students. Following the video, the panelists will describe their own experiences as students of color and take questions from the audience. Refreshments will be served.

BLSA Line Dancing & Bar Review

On Thursday, February 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery, BLSA will be hosting a line dancing event where students, staff and faculty can learn moves to the latest line dances including the cupid shuffle, biker’s shuffle, and the wobble. Drinks will be provided.

Later that night, BLSA will also be hosting Bar Review at Molly's in DeKalb starting at 9:00 p.m.

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 Thursday, 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.

The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Needs Interns and Clerks

The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee, whose mission is to promote and protect the civil rights of poor, minority, and disadvantaged people in order to facilitate their participation in the social, economic, and political systems of our community and nation, is seeking law students to serve as unpaid Summer Legal Interns for Summer 2014. Spanish speakers are preferred.

The committee’s staff engages in both litigation and community advocacy as part of the following areas: (1) the Employment Opportunity Project, (2) the Fair Housing Project, (3) the Hate Crimes Project, (4) the Settlement Assistance Project (dealing with federal court claims), (5) the Educational Equity Project (which promotes equal access to education and addresses the “school-to-prison pipeline”), (6) the Voting Rights Project, and (7) the Northwest Indiana Economic Development Project.

The committee also accepts unpaid Law Clerks during the summer, fall, and spring semesters, allowing law students and new attorneys to gain substantive legal experience while working on the cutting edge of important civil rights issues. The goal of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee’s program is to provide participants with a challenging civil rights learning experience, while obtaining high-quality work product. In addition, interns and fellows will have the opportunity to network and work with attorneys from Chicago firms and other public interest organizations.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume and writing sample to opportunities@clccrul.org. Please indicate if you have an interest in a specific project or area. In the subject line, also please indicate whether you are a law student seeking an internship or a law graduate seeking a fellowship and for which term you are applying (for example: “Law student internship application, Summer 2014). The deadline for summer applications is Monday, March 3, 2014.

Delta Theta Phi Annual Chili Cook-Off

The Delta Theta Phi organization will sponsor their annual Chili Cook-Off on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 in the Marshall Gallery from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Cooks, tasters and hungry participants wanted! Tickets are $5 for chili and a beverage, and the price includes samples of all cook-off entries. Proceeds go to AVON Breast Cancer Walk. If you have questions, please e-mail NIUdelta@gmail.com.

SBA Trivia Night

The SBA will be hosting our annual Trivia Night on Wednesday, March 5, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. All students would love for a faculty member to be a part of each team! Please consider stopping by the Marshall Gallery and sharing some of your knowledge! Snacks, beer and wine will be provided.

The Norman Amaker Midwest Public Interest Law and Social Justice Retreat

NIU students are invited to attend the Amaker retreat to be held at the Resurrection Retreat Center in Woodstock, IL on March 14 to 16, 2014. The 2014 retreat theme is Turning Passion into Action: Leadership Training for the Twenty-First Century Social Justice Lawyer. The aim is to provide concrete examples of the advocacy tools students can employ in their career, in addition to discussing important topics in public interest law. Last year, approximately one hundred public interest-minded law students, representing fifteen law schools across the Midwest, attended the Amaker Retreat. Loyola expects to host over one hundred law students again this year, and hopes that number will include Northern Illinois University students. The law school will pay the registration and expenses for two (2) interested students to attend. To apply, or for more information, please contact Professor Schlam at lschlam@niu.edu.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Jump Start to the Bar Session

The second session of the Jump Start to the Bar program for 3Ls will be held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Monday, February 10, in Room 188.

Mandatory 1L Professionalism Series

The first mandatory 1L Professionalism Program will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12 in the Regency Room of Holmes Student Center, 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.

Scholarship Deadlines Coming Up This Week

Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition
Areas of Interest: Constitutional Law and Public Policy
Criteria: Entries with the progressive view on the Constitution, law, and public policy. Entrants are encouraged to view this topic broadly over a variety of substantive areas (25 – 50 pages)
Award: 1st Place $3,000 and travel to the annual conference, 2nd $1,000, 3rd $1,000
Deadline: February 14, 2014 
More Information: http://www.acslaw.org/chapters/studentcompetitions/writing

Global Markets Law Journal Writing Competition 
Areas of Interest: Financial Markets and Law
Criteria: Entries may address any subject that deals with the intersection of financial markets and law and must be between 25 – 30 pages long.
Award: 1st Place $3,000, 2nd Place $1,500, 3rd Place $500
Deadline: February 14, 2014 
More Information: http://globalmarkets.jmls.edu/competition/

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago’s Academic Scholarship Program
Areas of Interest: Available to Jewish college and graduate students in the Chicago metro area in financial need.
Criteria: Application, Career Statement, Financial Summary, tax documents, transcripts, letter of recommendation, etc.
Award: Not Specified
Deadline: February 15, 2014
More Information: http://jvschicago.org/training-education/scholarship-services/

Otto M. Stanfield Law Scholarship
Areas of Interest: Available to Unitarian Universalist students entering or attending law school at the graduate level
Criteria: Application, Essay, Financial Aid Information, Transcripts, Letter of Recommendation, and Recommendation from Church
Award: Award Varies
Deadline: February 15, 2014
More Information: http://www.uua.org/care/scholarships/stanfield/

Friday, February 7, 2014

Upcoming BLSA Events

Be sure to join the Black Law Student Association for these upcoming events and meetings:

  • There will be a BLSA general meeting on February 12th at 12 p.m. in room 173. 
  • BLSA will be having a discussion panel about Brown v. Board of Education and its impact on minorities in the past and present as its 60th anniversary approaches. This event will take place on February 19th at 12 p.m. in room 170. Food will be provided.
  • On February 27th at 6:30 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery, BLSA will be hosting a line dancing event where students, staff and faculty can learn dance moves to the latest line dances. Drinks will be provided.
  • BLSA will also be hosting Bar Review on the same date (Feb. 27) at Molly's starting at 9:00 pm.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

ABA Young Lawyers Division Welcome Reception

You are invited to attend a Welcome Reception hosted by the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division on Thursday, Feb. 6th from 8:30-10:30 p.m. at EPIC Restaurant, located at 112 W. Hubbard Avenue in Chicago. NIU Law is a sponsor of this event, so students and alumni are encouraged to attend. There will be some appetizers and drink tickets available on a first come basis. This is an excellent way to network with attorneys from across the country.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Scholarship Deadlines Coming Up This Week



Aurora Foundation Scholarship Program
Areas of Interest: Residents of Aurora, southern Kane County, and Kendall County
Criteria: Application, Financial Aid Information, Transcripts
Award: Amount Varies (multiple scholarships are available)
Deadline: February 3, 2014

Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law
Areas of Interest:  Regulatory and Administrative Law
Criteria:  Submissions should be related to American regulatory or administrative law, broadly construed (fewer than 25,000 words)
Award: $1,500
Deadline:  February 7, 2014

RESCHEDULED Jump Start to the Bar Kick-Off Session

The postponed first session of the Jump Start to the Bar program will be held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Monday, February 3, 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 6:00 p.m., and attendance will be taken weekly. If you have not yet registered but would like to attend, please contact Jeanna Hunter at jeannah@niu.edu.

Pro Bono Opportunities

There will be a presentation by IllinoisProBono.org in the Riley Courtroom on Wednesday, February 5 at 12:00 Noon. Kevin Zickterman, NIU College of Law alum, will speak about pro bono opportunities. Please bring your own lunch.

PILS Auction Committee Meeting

The planning committee for the annual Public Interest Law Society auction will meet on Thursday, February 6th from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. in Room #186.

Federalist Society/LLSA Presentation on Immigration Policy

The NIU Law Federalist Society will present “Immigration Reform Policy without Political Distortion: Not a Question of if but How our Immigration System Can be Reformed” on Thursday, February 6 at 12:00 Noon 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. E-mail fed.soc.niu@gmail.com with any questions.

Annual Minority Alumni Reception

You are cordially invited to join Dean Jennifer Rosato with host Vincent F. Cornelius (’89) at the 11th Annual Minority Alumni Reception on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Carnivale Restaurant, 702 W. Fulton Market in Chicago. Enjoy complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and great networking opportunities. Transportation to the event will be available; you can sign up at the Career Opportunities desk in Room 280. Please RSVP by February 12 to lawevents@niu.edu or call Melody at 815-753-1027.

Budget and Records Office Announcements: Important Information for Graduating 3Ls

May 2014 Graduates--Graduation Application: Applying for graduation is a two-step process, which must be completed between February 3, 2014 and February 21, 2014.
  1. First, see Julie to complete a “Statement of Candidacy.” It is preferred that you call ahead or e-mail to make an appointment. 
  2. Then, apply for graduation online, at which time a $75 fee will be charged to your NIU account. 
Remember, the deadline for both steps is February 21, 2014!
Certificates in Criminal Practice or Civil Advocacy: Applications for certificates in Criminal Practice or Civil Advocacy are also due by February 21, 2014. Please see Professor Falkoff if you are interested in applying for the Criminal Practice certificate and Professor Taylor if you are interested in applying for the Civil Advocacy certificate. Information concerning certificate requirements may be found on the law school web site under Current Students – Resources.

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.