Monday, March 31, 2014

Jump Start to the Bar Session for This Week

The last 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 31, in Room 188.

Scholarship Deadlines Coming Up This Week

DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship
Areas of Interest: Open to rising (2014–15) second- and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American students. All rising second- and third year female law students are also eligible, regardless of race or ethnicity.
Criteria: Applicants must submit the application, cover letter, three letters of recommendation (personal reference, law professor, and the dean and/or associate dean)
Award: $10,000 (two scholarships available)
Deadline: March 31, 2014
More Information:  http://www.dri.org/Article/110


Iranian American Bar Association Scholarship
Areas of Interest: Full-time Iranian heritage law students who are not otherwise receiving full educational funding from another organization and who have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of Iranian-American community. 
Criteria: Submit a resume detailing education and work and community experience, official law school and college transcripts, a brief statement articulating why you chose to attend law school, why you would like to become an attorney, and how you believe you will make a difference as an attorney on issues of concern and interest to the Iranian-American community.
Award:   Amount varies, but historically has been between $1,500 and $3,000.
Deadline:  March 31, 2014
More Information:  http://www.iaba.us/iaba-scholarship/


Prize in International Insolvency Studies
Areas of Interest:  International and Domestic Insolvency Issues
Criteria: Seeking unpublished original analysis on topics of international insolvency or analysis of domestic insolvency and restructuring issues and developments (20,000 - 30,000 words).
Award: 1st Prize: $3,000 and expense paid trip to conference in Mexico; 2nd Prize: $2,000; 3rd Prize: $1,000 Runners Up (6 Awards) $500
Deadline:   March 31, 2014
More Information:  http://www.iiiglobal.org/iii-prize-in-insolvency.html


Chief Justice John B. Doolin Writing Competition
Areas of Interest:  Subject can be on any area of the law relating to Native Americans or other indigenous peoples
Criteria:  Entries must be between 30 – 50 pages
Award: 1st Place $750; 2nd Place $500; 3rd Place $250
Deadline:  March 31, 2014
More Information: http://www.justice.org/cps/rde/justice/hs.xsl/1739.htm

Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund
Areas of Interest: Students who are able to do academic work at the college or university level and who are active in the progressive movement.
Criteria:  Personal Statement (1,000 words), two letters of recommendation, financial aid information, living expenses, transcripts, and photograph.
Award:  The maximum grant is $10,000 and may be smaller depending on the applicant’s circumstances and the amount of money available.
Deadline: April 1, 2014 (postmark deadline)
More Information:  http://www.davisputter.org/apply/


George A. Strait Minority Scholarship
Areas of Interest:  Students with law library experience, who are members of a minority group as defined by current U.S. government guidelines, are degree candidates in an accredited library or law school, and who intend to have a career in law librarianship.
Criteria:  Application, personal statement, transcripts, three letters of recommendation, resume, and financial aid information
Award:  Award Varies
Deadline:   April 1, 2014
More Information: http://goo.gl/qKS0sC


Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Law Student Writing Competition
Areas of Interest:  Entrants should submit an essay on a national issue facing Tort Trial & Insurance Practitioners
Criteria:   Essay should not exceed 10,000 words
Award:  $1,500
Deadline:   April 1, 2014
More Information:  http://goo.gl/jRyIvK 


Illinois Government Bar Association Scholarship
Areas of Interest:  Open to all students who are planning a career in Illinois government at the local, state, or federal level. Applicants also must currently have a job or internship in the public sector or by June 2014
Criteria:  Students must submit a resume, letters of recommendation, and an essay (up to two pages).
Award:  $1,000
Deadline:   April 4, 2014
More Information:  Please email lawadm@niu.edu for the application

Enroll for the Agen Program Today - Deadline This Week

  • On the College of Law Home Page, click the Academic tab and then Course Information. From there click Study Abroad in the left-hand menu. This will lead to the Agen Summer Session page which has a link to the Online Application along with the Study Abroad Brochure. Or… 
  • On the College of Law Home Page, search “Agen.” The first hit should be a link to the Study Abroad Brochure. Page 5 of the Brochure has links to the Application Form. Or… 
  • Go directly to niu.studioabroad.com (yes, that’s ‘studioabroad’). Search NIU College of Law or Agen. 

It’s all online. Start your application as soon as possible (you don’t have to complete it with a check all at once!) …but do start the process so we can reserve a place for you in France.  The application deadline is Tuesday, April 1.  See Professor Reynolds with any questions.

Women’s Law Caucus Easter Basket Drive

The Women’s Law Caucus will be holding its annual Easter Basket drive to benefit children living at Safe Passage Domestic Violence shelter. Collection boxes will be available in the Marshall Gallery from April 1 until April 14.

Riley Lecture This Week

NIU Law is reminds you to join us for the 21st annual Riley Lecture, which will be given by NIU Law alumnus Dr. Kenneth C. Chessick, Class of 1984, who will speak on “Professionalism and Ethics in Medicine, Business, and the Law: Are They Different?” The lecture is at 3:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom on Friday, April 4 and will be followed by a reception and then the PILS Auction.

PILS Auction and Reception This Week

Please join us on Thursday, April 3 and Friday, April 4, 2014 for the Annual PILS Auction. The student’s portion of the auction will begin on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. and continue on Friday from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the Law Library. The silent auction, hors d’ oeuvres, and cocktails will begin at 5:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. The live auction portion of the evening will begin at 8:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity to meet alumni and members of NIU Law’s Board of Visitors and enjoy the fun of trying to outbid your classmates (and faculty!).

By simply registering as a bidder for the auction, students will be entered into a Student Door Prize Drawing for a $50 Visa Gift Card. Guests, faculty, and staff will be entered into a separate door prize drawing for a $100 Visa Gift Card.

Volunteers are still needed and sign-up sheets are available on PILS’ TWEN page. For more information, please contact Kait Barclay or Abbey Buckels.

Graduation Announcements - Deadline This Week

If you requested Graduation Announcements on your Statement of Candidacy, they will be available for pickup in the Office of Budget & Records (SP285) until Friday, April 4. Any announcements not claimed by April 4 will be made available to others on a first-come, first-served basis.

Social Impact Summit

The NIU Collegiate Association of Unreasonable Social Entrepreneurs (CAUSE) is hosting its second annual Social Impact Summit on Friday, April 4, 2014 at the Barsema Alumni and Visitor's Center from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. NIU Law students and faculty have been extended a special invitation to attend the 9:30 a.m. opening keynote speech by Marc J. Lane, a nationally recognized business and tax attorney. Mr. Lane has twice been a recipient of the Illinois State Bar Association's Lincoln Award and has been named a “Leading Illinois Attorney” and “Illinois Super Lawyer. ” He is Chairman of the Illinois Task Force on Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Enterprise and is also a Commissioner of the Serve Illinois Commission.

In addition to the keynote speaker, CAUSE has assembled a summit lineup of 11 social entrepreneurs who work in business models that help make the world a better place and make money at the same time. CAUSE is also launching a “Pitch with a CAUSE” competition this year- a short business pitch competition open to anyone – in which the winner will take home a $500 prize. For more information about CAUSE and the summit and for registration information, go to http://www.niucause.com/.

Annual SBA Voting

SBA VOTING STARTS APRIL 7! We are in the midst of election season at NIU COL! Please make your voice heard and share this information with your classmates so they may be informed on how to vote. Voting is on TWEN!

SBA Executive Board Elections: Application paragraphs are due Monday, April 7, by 3:00 p.m.; voting is on Thursday, April 10 through Friday April 11 at 3:00 p.m.

SBA Representative Elections: Application paragraphs are due Monday, April 14, by 3:00 p.m.; voting is on Thursday, April 17 through Friday April 18 at 3:00 p.m.

Class Agent and Class Speaker: Nominations begin Monday, April 7, and end Wednesday, April 16, at 3:00 p.m. Voting is on Thursday April 17 through Friday April 18 at 3:00 p.m. To vote for Class Agent and Class Speaker, please check your NIU email for a survey monkey link.

Professor of the Year Elections: Voting is on Thursday, April 17, and Friday, April 18, by 3:00 p.m. All professors are listed on the ballot.

Pizza With the Deans

Here is your opportunity to ask questions, give suggestions, or just talk with the Deans. On Wednesday, April 9 at 12:00 noon in the Marshall Gallery, there will be an open forum for students to air their views with the Deans while enjoying some pizza!

Federalist Society Debate and Social Outings

The Federalist Society invites you to a night jam-packed with enlightened debate, food, and drink. On  Thursday, April 10th at 5:00 p.m. in Room 186, the Federalist Society All-Star Debate between Ilya Shapiro and J. Christian Adams will take place. The two will go head–to-head arguing whether campaign finance restrictions or gerrymandered legislative districts are worse for our political system.

Immediately following the debate, the first annual Scotch & Cigar Night social will be held at Fanatico from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. We expect appearances by the debate speakers as well as alums and other attorneys. To get your tickets, please fill out an order form e-mailed to you or placed in your student mailbox. Last but not least, head over to Molly’s at 9:00 p.m. for Bar Review! Questions? E-mail fed.soc.niu@gmail.com.

Upcoming Events from the Alumni Office

  • Law Review Symposium: The Law Review Symposium on the Voting Rights Act will discuss the effects of the Shelby County case and what it means for the future of voting rights in Illinois and across the country. The symposium is on Friday, April 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center. All students attend sessions for free. Please register at www.niu.edu/law by clicking on "Events."
  • Annual 5KRun/Walk: All members of the NIU Law Community are invited to the annual 5K Run/Walk & BBQ on Saturday, April 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Proceeds this year are going towards the Bar Scholarship Award for students. This is a great family friendly event with fun, food, and prizes! Faculty, students and staff should all select the student rate of $20. If you missed the early bird discount, just register with Melody Mitchell directly for the $20 rate. Melody is also in need of volunteers if you can assist!

Course Registration Update

The schedule for the NIU College of Law 2014 Summer Session was emailed by Dean Gaebler to all students on March 26. As indicated in the schedule, we will be offering a full range of externships and clinics during the summer. In addition, we will be offering Media Law (2 credits), Advanced Legal Research (1 credit), and Remedies (3 credits). Registration will open for Summer 2014 by mid-April.

The administration also anticipates that a course schedule for Fall 2014 classes will be circulated to students in mid- to late-April. Accompanying the schedule will be information and instructions for how to register for fall classes. Associate Dean Gaebler will also hold a meeting for first-year students to explain the upper-level registration process and answer questions. If you have any questions in the interim, please contact Dean Gaebler in person or at dgaebler@niu.edu.

Certificates in Criminal Practice or Civil Advocacy

The deadline for applications for certificates in Criminal Practice or Civil Advocacy is April 15, 2014. Application forms were e-mailed to all 3Ls on March 26, 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.

Marla Dickerson Lecture on Public Interest

The annual Marla Dickerson lecture will be held on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom. This year’s speaker will be renowned plaintiff’s attorney, Jan R. Schlichtmann. In 1986, Mr. Schlichtmann received national recognition for his representation of eight Woburn, Massachusetts families against W.R. Grace and Beatrice Foods for the contamination of the Woburn City water supply. The groundbreaking nature of the Woburn case has been the subject of a number of national and international television and radio shows, press reports, and magazine stories. Mr. Schlichtmann’s career and involvement in the Woburn case was chronicled in the national best seller, “A Civil Action,” which became a major motion picture starring John Travolta as Mr. Schlichtmann.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Lexis Think Like a Lawyer Training make-up session

Lexis will be providing make up sessions for Lexis' "Think Like A Lawyer" training on Tuesday, April 1st at noon in room 187. Earn up to 800 Lexis Points! Also, you will qualify for the Lexis Certification by attending these training events. Contact your Lexis Reps George Gomez or Jessica Harrill for details.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

ACS Presents: Can Gideon be Saved? - Today

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 for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, and moderated by Prof. Marc Falkoff. The event will be held TODAY, Wednesday, March 26, 2014 from 12 noon-1 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom. Lunch from Rosati’s will be served! For further details, contact Andy Boden at boden917@gmail.com.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Congratulations to NIU Law Students for Recent Achievements

NIU Law is excited to announce that Emily Perkins, 3L, has been selected as one of the winners of the National Law Review's Law Student Writing Competition for the month of February. Her article entitled “Regulating Appearance in the Workplace: An Employer’s Guide to Avoid Employment Discrimination Lawsuits” can be found at http://www.natlawreview.com/NLR-law-student-writing-competition.

In another recent development, Alyssa Freeman, 2L, has been selected to serve as NIU Law’s student liaison to the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. Alyssa will act as the Commission’s ambassador to NIU Law students, will provide input into what the Commission and the Court can do to improve the law student experience, and will work with the Commission staff to develop programming useful to the student body. If you have any ideas to contribute, please contact Alyssa.

And congratulations to Sarah Hagan, who has been named the 2014-2015 Editor-in-Chief for the NIU Law Review.  She was recognized and had the title passed to her by this year's EIC Bailey Standish at Friday night's Law Review Banquet.

Scholarship Deadlines Coming Up Soon



Central Illinois Women’s Bar Association Scholarship Program
Areas of Interest:        Must be a current or aspiring law student who was a resident of a central Illinois county at the time she graduated high school (list of counties available on application)
Criteria:                       Submit a 2-page essay, 2 letters of recommendation, a school transcript, current resume and completed application.
Award:                        $2,000
Deadline:                     March 24, 2014
More Information:      Email lawadm@niu.edu for application

Black Women Lawyers’ Association Essay Scholarship
Areas of Interest:        Race and Police Action
Criteria:                       3-5 page essay on essay-topic scenario provided, cover sheet, resume official or unofficial transcript, and enrolled and in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school. Interviews of top applicants.
Award:                        $2,500 minimum prize for top place. Other awards to be determined.
Deadline:                     March 25, 2014
More Information:      http://www.bwla.org

Northwest Suburban Bar Association Timothy C. Evans Scholarship
Areas of Interest:        Law students who reside in the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division (includes Lake, Kane, DuPage, Cook, Will, Kendall, Grundy and LaSalle counties).

Criteria:                       Students must demonstrate scholastic achievement, leadership, extracurricular involvement, community service, and financial need. Applicants must submit the application form, a letter of intent, two letters of recommendation, transcripts, and driver’s license.  
Award:                        Amount varies
Deadline:                     March 28, 2014 

DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship
Areas of Interest:        Open to rising (2014–15) second- and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American students. All rising second- and third year female law students are also eligible, regardless of race or ethnicity.
Criteria:                       Applicants must submit the application, cover letter, three letters of recommendation (personal reference, law professor, and the dean and/or associate dean)
Award:                        $10,000 (two scholarships available)
Deadline:                     March 31, 2014
More Information:      http://www.dri.org/Article/110

Iranian American Bar Association Scholarship
Areas of Interest:        Full-time Iranian heritage law students who are not otherwise receiving full educational funding from another organization and who have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of Iranian-American community. 
Criteria:                       Submit a resume detailing education and work and community experience, official law school and college transcripts, a brief statement articulating why you chose to attend law school, why you would like to become an attorney, and how you believe you will make a difference as an attorney on issues of concern and interest to the Iranian-American community.
Award:                        Amount varies, but historically has been between $1,500 and $3,000.
Deadline:                      March 31, 2014
More Information:      http://www.iaba.us/iaba-scholarship/

Prize in International Insolvency Studies
Areas of Interest:        International and Domestic Insolvency Issues
Criteria:                       Seeking unpublished original analysis on topics of international insolvency or analysis of domestic insolvency and restructuring issues and developments (20,000 - 30,000 words).
Award:                        1st Prize: $3,000 and expense paid trip to conference in Mexico; 2nd Prize: $2,000; 3rd Prize: $1,000 Runners Up (6 Awards) $500
Deadline:                      March 31, 2014


Chief Justice John B. Doolin Writing Competition
Areas of Interest:        Subject can be on any area of the law relating to Native Americans or other indigenous peoples
Criteria:                       Entries must be between 30 – 50 pages
Award:                        1st Place $750; 2nd Place $500; 3rd Place $250
Deadline:                     March 31, 2014

Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund
Areas of Interest:        Students who are able to do academic work at the college or university level and who are active in the progressive movement.
Criteria:                       Personal Statement (1,000 words), two letters of recommendation, financial aid information, living expenses, transcripts, and photograph.
Award:                        The maximum grant is $10,000 and may be smaller depending on the applicant’s circumstances and the amount of money available.
Deadline:                     April 1, 2014 (postmark deadline)
More Information:      http://www.davisputter.org/apply/

George A. Strait Minority Scholarship
Areas of Interest:        Students with law library experience, who are members of a minority group as defined by current U.S. government guidelines, are degree candidates in an accredited library or law school, and who intend to have a career in law librarianship.
Criteria:                       Application, personal statement, transcripts, three letters of recommendation, resume, and financial aid information
Award:                         Award Varies
Deadline:                     April 1, 2014
More Information:      http://goo.gl/qKS0sC

Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Law Student Writing Competition
Areas of Interest:        Entrants should submit an essay on a national issue facing Tort Trial & Insurance Practitioners
Criteria:                       Essay should not exceed 10,000 words
Award:                         $1,500
Deadline:                     April 1, 2014
More Information:      http://goo.gl/jRyIvK 

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. tonight, Monday, March 24, in Room 188.

BLSA vs. LLSA Cook-Off

BLSA (Black Law Students Association) and LLSA (Latino Law Students Association) are having a BLSA vs. LLSA Cook-Off on Wednesday, March 26th from 12pm to 1:30pm in the Marshall Gallery. Students, faculty and staff will try samples dishes provided by BLSA and LLSA and will vote on which organization made the best dishes. The winning organization will be announced to the law school. Come and try some great tasting dishes! Price is $5 for food.

Think Like A Lawyer Part II: Tips To Impress Your Employer

Make an impression at your summer job with Lexis! At this training, Lexis will show you strategic tools on Lexis that will make you stand out this summer. Start THINKING LIKE A LAWYER by researching faster and smarter. Join us on Wednesday, March 26 at Noon in room 188. Snacks provided.

Final 1L Professionalism Program

Attention 1Ls:  The final professionalism program is a formal dinner banquet on Wednesday, March 26, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Altgeld Hall (located across from the front entrance of Swen Parson). The keynote speaker during the banquet will be Cherilyn Murer (Class of 1978), who is the Chair of the NIU Board of Trustees and the President and CEO of Murer Consultants, Inc. The title of her presentation is “Creative Use of the Legal Toolbox.” The dress code for this banquet is business attire (i.e., dress like you would for a professional job interview). Attendance for 1Ls is mandatory.

SBA Trivia Night This Week!

The SBA will be hosting our annual Trivia Night on Thursday, March 27, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Please note the change of date due to the conflicting Law Ball playoff schedule. This will give you plenty of time to pick which team you would like to support, as this year the rules indicate that student teams may choose one professor/faculty/staff member to be on their team!

Please consider stopping by the Marshall Gallery and sharing some of your knowledge! Snacks, beer
and wine will be provided. Thank you in advance for participating.

Reminder: Student Survey Now Available

Please take about 20 minutes of your time to complete the annual SBA student survey. Your opinions are important. To fill out your survey, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NIULAW. When you are done, print off your submission “thank you” page with your name written on it and put it in 3L Emily Perkins’ mailbox for a chance to win Barrister’s Ball tickets! The survey will end on Friday, March 28th at 3:00 p.m. Thank you for your input in making NIU College of Law a better place!

Registration for Fall Courses Next Month

The administration currently anticipates that a course schedule for Fall 2014 classes will be circulated to students in mid- to late-April. Accompanying the schedule will be information and instructions for how to register for fall classes. Associate Dean Gaebler will also hold a meeting for first-year students to explain the upper-level registration process and answer questions. If you have any questions in the interim, please contact Dean Gaebler in person or at dgaebler@niu.edu.

The PILS Auction is Coming Soon!

Please join us on Friday, April 4, 2014 for the Annual PILS Auction. The silent auction, hors d’ oeuvres, and cocktails will begin at 5:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. The live auction portion of the evening will begin at 8:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity to meet alumni and members of NIU Law’s Board of Visitors and enjoy the fun of trying to outbid your classmates.

By simply registering as a bidder for the auction, students will be entered into a Student Door Prize Drawing for a $50 Visa Gift Card. Guests, faculty, and staff will be entered into a separate door prize drawing for a $100 Visa Gift Card.

Volunteers are still needed and sign-up sheets are available on our TWEN page. For more information, please contact Kait Barclay or Abbey Buckels.

Upcoming Events from the Alumni Office

  • Annual Riley Lecture:  NIU Law is pleased to announce that the 21st annual Riley Lecture will be given by NIU Law alumnus Dr. Kenneth C. Chessick, Class of 1984, who will speak on “Professionalism and Ethics in Medicine, Business, and the Law: Are They Different?” The lecture is at 3:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom on April 4 and will be followed by a reception. 
  • Law Review Symposium:  The Law Review Symposium on the Voting Rights Act will discuss the effects of the Shelby County case and what it means for the future of voting rights in Illinois and across the country. The symposium is on Friday, April 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center. All students attend sessions for free. Please register at www.niu.edu/law by clicking on "Events."
  • Annual 5KRun/Walk:  Registration is open and volunteers are needed for the annual NIU Law 5K Run/Walk on April 12th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m at Swen Parson Hall. Visit www.niu.edu/law and click on "Events" to sign up to run or volunteer. Early bird special ends on March 28.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

ACS Shirts Have Arrived!

If you ordered a College of Law hoodie or shirt from the American Constitution Society, they have arrived and will be distributed on Monday 3/24 from 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM in the Marshall Gallery.

Graduation Announcements Will Be Here Soon!

May 2014 Graduates:

Graduation Announcements-- If you requested Graduation Announcements on your Statement of Candidacy, they will be available for pickup in the Office of Budget & Records (SP285) beginning Monday, March 24 – Friday, April 4. Any Announcements not claimed by end of April 4 will be made available to others on first come, first served basis.

"Ask Me About Agen" Today!

Current students who have taken the Agen Summer Session will again be available today, Thursday March 20th at the noon hour, downstairs in Swen Parson by the Legal Writing Suite and upstairs in the Marshall Gallery, to answer any questions prospective Agen participants might have. Stop by, say hello, pick up application information for this 6-credit summer program in France. Application deadlines are approaching…

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Upcoming Federalist Society Events

The NIU Law Federalist Society invites you to join them for two exciting events coming up on Thursday, April 10th:

  • First a debate that asks the question: What's Worse for Our Political System? The Campaign Finance System or Gerrymandering Voting Rights Act?  Featuring Ilya Shapiro vs. J. Christian Adams, at 5:00 p.m. in Room 186.
  • Then, the first Scotch & Cigar Night.  Whether you already enjoy scotch, would like to try it, or prefer some alternative beverage, enjoy an early evening at Fanatico, 1215 Blackhawk Road in DeKalb, at 6:30 p.m.  Tickets will be available beginning the week of March 24th.  Afterwards, you can end your night with Bar Review.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Open Sessions to Provide Feedback on Academic Success Program

Dear Students,

On Monday and Tuesday, March 17 and 18, the College of Law is pleased to welcome Ruth Ann McKinney, Clinical Professor of Law, Emeritus, from the University of North Carolina School of Law.  Professor McKinney will be visiting us as a consultant to review our Academic Success Program.

To assist Professor McKinney with her review and to enable students to relay their comments about the Academic Success Program, we have scheduled a number of open sessions.  The schedule of student meetings is printed below, and we encourage you all to attend.   There is also an open forum breakfast from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 18, in the Marshall Gallery if you would like to stop by and meet Professor McKinney then.

If you have any questions, please contact me or one of the Legal Writing/ASP Instructors.

Thank you!

Dean Coles


Monday, March 17

2:30 - 3:00 p.m.            Meet with Academic Success Program Tutors, Room 170

4:30 - 5:00 p.m.            Open meeting with 2L and 3L students, Room 187


Tuesday, March 18

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.          Open forum breakfast, Marshall Gallery

10:15 - 10:45 a.m.         Open meeting with 1L students, Section 2, Room 155

10:45 - 11:15 a.m.        Open meeting with 2L and 3L students, Room 155

3:30 - 4:00 p.m.           Open meeting with 1L students, Section 1, Room 150

Friday, March 14, 2014

Student Survey Now Available!

The Student Survey is available NOW! Please take about 20 minutes of your time to fill out the annual student survey. Your opinions are important! Go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NIULAW to fill out your survey. Print off your last page and submit it to the SBA for a chance to win Barrister’s Ball tickets! The survey will end Friday, March 28th at 3pm. Thank you for your input in making NIU COL a better place!

Deans Looking for Suggestions

The Deans want to hear from you! The NIU Law Dean Team (Deans Rosato, Coles and Gaebler) is always trying its best to make the law school a better place for our students, faculty, and staff — and sometimes we do better than others. In advance of the Dean’s 5K on April 12, 2014, we are asking for your suggestions with “race-themed” suggestion boxes that ask you to tell us—

“The NIU Dean Team dropped the baton when it ……” [For examples where we could have done better]
“The NIU Dean Team did its personal best when it ……” [For examples where we did something positive]

All submissions are anonymous, so we hope you will let us know how we can improve the law school even more!

Student Columnists Wanted for The Docket

The Docket is inviting law students to contribute items of interest or concern to the NIU Law community in a guest column to be published weekly. The items may be from 250 to 750 words long. They will be published under the student’s by-line and should be professional in tone and approach. If more than one submission is received, the items will generally be published in the order submitted. Anonymous submissions will not be considered, and the editor retains full discretion to make all editing and publication decisions.

The Docket is published every Monday by Associate Dean Kathleen Coles. Submissions for publication must be given to Barbara Manning in Room 276 or by e-mail to bmanning@niu.edu no later than 4:00 p.m. on Thursdays.

Jump Start to the Bar Session This Week

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 17, in Room 188.

March 17 Illinois Bar Foundation Post-Graduate Fellowship Deadline

NIU College of Law is excited to announce that it has been selected by the Illinois Bar Foundation as one of three Illinois law schools to offer a paid post-graduate fellowship opportunity. The selected student will work for one year at the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic in Rockford. If you are interested in applying, please email the application and supporting documents to Professor Maddali at amaddali@niu.edu by Monday, March 17th at 5:00 p.m. The application forms can be found at http://www.niu.edu/law/audience/current_students.shtml under "Resources."  We hope to have a decision made by the end of March or in early April.

National Law Review Student Writing Contest Deadline This Week

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.

Blood Drive This Week!

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. 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 explored at
http://www.heartlandbc.org/donating_qual.html. Thank you very much for your willingness to save lives!

Breaking Into the Chicago Market

On Thursday, March 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the NIU Alumni Association Office in Chicago, a panel of NIU Law alums will discuss job opportunities in the Chicago market. Bus transportation from Swen Parson to Chicago will be provided, and a free reception will follow the event. 

ISBA Women and the Law Panel Discussion

A panel discussion entitled, Myra Bradwell: The Practice of Law in the Wake of her Legacy, is being co-sponsored and presented by NIU Law and the Illinois State Bar Association’s committee on Women and the Law & Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law. The event will be held on Friday, March 21st from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center’s Sandburg Auditorium and will be followed by a reception in the Marshall Gallery.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the program will include a dramatic rendition of Bradwell’s struggle to gain admittance to the bar, using excerpts of actual court records and other historical documents. The program will end with a discussion on the progress women lawyers have made since Bradwell was denied admission to the Illinois bar because of her gender in 1893. Panelists will include Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita B. Garman; Supreme Court Justices Anne M. Burke and Mary Jane W. Theis; First District Appellate Court Justices Joy V. Cunningham and Shelvin Louise Marie Hall; Second District Appellate Court Justice Susan F. Hutchinson; and Diane P. Wood, chief judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Jennifer K. Gust, a partner in Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP, Chicago, will also participate and ISBA President Paula H. Holderman will moderate the discussion.

A complimentary copy of Myra Bradwell: In the Light of Experience will be provided to attendees. We hope you are able to participate in the event and all students are particularly encouraged to attend. Two hours PMCLE credit has been approved. If you are interested in attending, please register at https://www.isba.org/cle/2014/03/21/myrabradwell.

The American Constitution Society Presents: Can Gideon Be Saved?

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.

SBA Trivia Night

The SBA will be hosting our annual Trivia Night on Thursday, March 27, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Please note the change of date due to the conflicting Law Ball playoff schedule. This will give you plenty of time to pick which team you would like to support, as this year the rules indicate that student teams may choose one professor/faculty/staff member to be on their team!

Please consider stopping by the Marshall Gallery and sharing some of your knowledge! Snacks, beer
and wine will be provided. Thank you in advance for participating.

The PILS Auction is Coming Soon!

You are cordially invited to attend the 19th Annual Public Interest Law Society Auction. The PILS auction will begin with the display and bidding of student auction items in the Marshall Gallery on Thursday, April 3, 2014. Bidding for student auction items will continue throughout the day on Thursday and will close on Friday, April 4, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Law Library.

The main event will be in the Marshall Gallery and the Law Library on Friday, April 4, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. A live auction will follow all silent auctions. For simply attending the auction, students will be entered into a Student Door Prize Drawing! The prize will be a $50 Visa Gift Card. Guests, faculty and staff will be entered into a separate door prize drawing for a $100 Visa Gift Card.

We need volunteers! Volunteer sign-up sheets for the auction will be available on our TWEN page on March 12. Volunteers will receive PILS Outreach Assistantship Hours. For more information, please contact Kait Barclay or Abigail Buckels.

PILS is always in need of donations! For every donation students bring to the Career Office, they will receive an additional entry for the Student Door Prize Drawing! For donation letters and forms, please contact Kait Barclay (Barclay.kaitlin@gmail.com) or Abigail Buckels (Abigail.buckels@gmail.com).

Upcoming Events from the Alumni Office

The following events are coming up soon in the month of April.  Students, faculty, alumni, staff and friends are welcome to attend any and all events, and more information and registration can be found by visiting www.niu.edu/law and clicking on "Events."

  • Annual Riley Lecture:  NIU Law is pleased to announce that the 21st annual Riley Lecture will be given by NIU Law alumnus Dr. Kenneth C. Chessick, Class of 1984, who will speak on “Professionalism and Ethics in Medicine, Business, and the Law: Are They Different?” The lecture is at 3:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom on April 4 and will be followed by a reception and the PILS Auction.
  • Law Review Symposium:  The Law Review Symposium on the Voting Rights Act will discuss the effects of the Shelby County case and what it means for the future of voting rights in Illinois and across the country. The symposium is on Friday, April 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center. All students attend sessions for free.
  • Annual 5KRun/Walk:  Registration is open and volunteers are needed for the annual NIU Law 5K Run/Walk on April 12th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Swen Parson Hall. Visit www.niu.edu/law to sign up to run or volunteer. Early bird special pricing ends on March 21.

Barrister's Ball 2014

Please join us for NIU Law's annual spring formal event to be held at the Kishwaukee Country Club on Saturday night, April 12, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $30 for a single ticket and $50 for a couple. Tickets will be $40/person at the door.

*Please note that there is no expectation that you have a date for this event. In fact, most people don't bring a date at all (or they bring a friend as a date)!

The price of your ticket includes: four hours of complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks; hors d'oeuvres; DJ; and bus transportation to and from Swen Parson Hall. A cash bar will be available for mixed drinks.

Bus picks up from Swen Parson at 6:45 and runs until 11:30.

Go to https://ticketbud.com/events/d3d06586-aafd-11e3-91ac-d3096763fea2  to get your tickets today!

**Most students participate in Race NIjUdicata the same day!**

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Agen Summer Session Applications are Now Open

ATTENTION ALL 1Ls and ALL 2Ls:

Applications for the NIU Summer Session in Agen, Bordeaux and Paris are now available at http://niu.studioabroad.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=24912

Professors Reynolds, Taylor and Dean Gaebler are happy to answer any questions you may have as are the many satisfied alums of the program.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Important Agen Program Meeting TODAY, March 6th

IMPORTANT INFORMATIONAL MEETING 
THE AGEN SUMMER SESSION 2014 
In Agen, Bordeaux and Paris, France 
TODAY, THURSDAY, MARCH 6 - 10:00 A.M. 
ROOM 188 

Please try to attend this meeting for information regarding the the application process for the 6-credit summer session held in Agen and Bordeaux, France, in partnership with the University of Bordeaux. Professors Gaebler, Taylor and Reynolds will be on hand to answer questions.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Moot Court Competition Final Results

Many congratulations to all who participated in the 32nd Annual Lenny Mandell Moot Court Competition.  Jesse Guth and Nick Perrone are the champions of this year's competition.  Steve Hegedus and Jason Jordan were the other finalists and they also wrote the best respondents' brief. Mr. Guth was best oralist in the final round as well as best oralist in the preliminary rounds. Nick Lofgren was second best oralist in the preliminary rounds.   Latoyia Kimbrough and Jason Betke wrote the best petitioners' brief.

A big thanks to all who came out to watch the arguments, those who helped with the competition, and to all the competitors.  See you again next year!