Friday, April 25, 2014

COURSE REGISTRATION & Final Exam Information

The schedule for the NIU College of Law Summer Session 2014 is now up and visible on MyNIU. Registration will open in MyNIU at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, April 21, 2014 for all students who will have 25 or more hours by the end of this spring semester. Current first-year students who wish to register for summer school will need to familiarize themselves with the registration process in MyNIU. Instructions are available at http://erptraining.niu.edu/erptraining/myniu-sa/studentcenter.shtml.

Part-time, first-year students who will have less than 25 hours at the end of this semester will need to see Dean Coles to register for summer classes. Please remember that no students can register themselves for clinics or externships — you need to contact the supervising faculty member.

If you have any questions, please contact Dean Gaebler in person or at dgaebler@niu.edu.

Fall Schedule Available Soon: Unfortunately, the fall course schedule has been delayed this year due to staffing uncertainties arising from recent legislative changes to the Illinois pension system. Nevertheless, it is expected that the fall schedule will be available by Monday, April 28.   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 on Friday, April 25, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Room 188 to explain the upper-level registration process and answer questions. If you have any questions in the interim, please contact Dean Gaebler.


Rescheduling Examinations: Upper-level students who have three examinations scheduled on three consecutive calendar days or who have two examinations scheduled on the same day may petition to reschedule one of the examinations. All such petitions must be filed with Dean Coles by no later than noon on Thursday, May 1. After that date, exams will only be rescheduled upon the filing of a petition demonstrating “extraordinary circumstances.” Petition forms are available on the NIU Law “Current Students” webpage under "Forms" or from Barbara Manning in Room 276.

Last Day of Class Party!

Join the 3Ls as they celebrate their very last day of law school classes! The party will be in the Marshall Gallery from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Monday, April 28, 2014. There will be free lunch, soda, water, beer and wine. 
The schedule is as follows:

12:20 p.m. -- Announcements (Professor of the Year, Class Speaker, Class Agent and presentation of the 2014 Class Gift)
12:45 p.m. -- Class of 2014 Hat Toss Photo
1:00 p.m. -- Class Composite unveiling

This is also the time to pick up your graduation gowns. Please note that all NIU Law students are welcome!  Come congratulate the members of the graduating class of 2014.

Important Information for Graduating 3Ls

May 2014 Graduates--

Regalia: Regalia (caps and gowns) may be picked up from the Career Office in Room 280 beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, April 28, 2014. The hat toss photo is scheduled for 12:45 p.m. the same day, with the unveiling of the Class of 2014 Composite to follow. After April 29, 2014, regalia may be picked up in Room 285 (Office of Budget & Records). Please pick up your regalia by May 2, 2014, and try it on right away so we have time to reorder, if necessary.


Dean 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. This will be done 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 form to the Office of Budget & Records for completion.

BIG Scholarship Deadline Update

Smith-Dohenly Legal Ethics Writing Competition
Areas of Interest: Any legal ethics topic
Criteria: Submit an essay, 50-page maximum
Award: $2,500
Deadline: April 25, 2014
More Information: http://www3.nd.edu/~ndlaw/writing_competitions/smith_doheny.pdf

Illinois Judicial Council Scholarship
Areas of Interest: Each year the IJC awards scholarships to minority and other deserving law students throughout Illinois and beyond. The committee will use the following criteria in awarding the scholarships: need, community involvement, academic achievement, communications skills, and ability to overcome obstacles.
Criteria: Applicants must submit the scholarship application, personal statement, resume, two letters of recommendations, transcripts, and current family financial aid statement, and submit to a personal interview
Award: Award varies
Deadline: April 25, 2014
More Information: Email lawadm@niu.edu for application

Georgia State University College of Law Intellectual Property Student Writing Competition
Areas of Interest: Papers should address legal issues and challenges in the intellectual property field.
Criteria: Papers should be 30 to 50 double-spaced pages with footnotes.
Award: $3,000 (1st place); $2,000 (2nd place); or $1,000 (3rd place)
Deadline: April 30, 2014
More Information: http://law.gsu.edu/centers/7370.html

Kane County Bar Foundation
Areas of Interest: Scholarships are awarded to deserving law students, including those whose permanent address, or the permanent address of at least one of their parent/guardians is in Kane County. Although the Foundation may take into consideration whether the applying individual intends to practice law in the 16th Judicial Circuit, this is not a requirement for eligibility.
Criteria: Students must submit the application form, Financial Aid Information, and proof of residency.
Award: $1,500 (two scholarships available)
Deadline: April 30, 2014
More Information: http://www.kanecountybar.org/scholarship-information

National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees Law Student Writing Competition
Areas of Interest: Entrants should submit an essay, article, or comment on an issue under Chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code
Criteria: Entries must not exceed fifteen pages
Award: $1,000
Deadline: April 30, 2014
More Information: http://goo.gl/QB1C40

May

Gellhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Competition
Areas of Interest: Essay discussing any topic relating to administrative law.
Criteria: Submissions may not exceed 40 double-spaced pages exclusive of footnotes and end-notes
Award: $5,000 cash prize and round-trip airfare and accommodation to attend the Section’s Fall Conference in Washington, DC
Deadline: May 1, 2014
More Information: http://goo.gl/WsVdxn

Leesfield Scholarship AAJ Law Student Scholarship
Areas of Interest: First- and second-year students who express an interest in trial law
Criteria: Applicants must submit resume, financial aid statement, essay, two letters of recommendation, and the application form. Law Students can join AAJ at the rate of $15 for one year.
Award: $2,500 scholarship to attend the AAJ Annual Convention in Baltimore
Deadline: May 1, 2014
More Information: http://www.justice.org/cps/rde/justice/hs.xsl/1742.htm

LSAC Diversity Committee Writing Competition
Areas of Interest: This writing competition is designed to reinvigorate the dialogue about the recruitment and retention strategies that law schools should deploy to yield a more diverse class of graduates that will enter the legal profession.
Criteria: Essay on diversity recruitment/retention strategies that (up to 20 pages or 5000 words)
Award: $5,000 cash prize (3 awards available)
Deadline: May 1, 2014
More Information: http://goo.gl/QIaMzy

Mike Eidson Scholarship AAJ Law Student Scholarship
Areas of Interest: Awarded annually to a rising 3L female student who has demonstrated a commitment to a career as a plaintiffs’ lawyer or criminal defense lawyer, along with dedication to upholding and defending the principles of the Constitution, and to the concept of a fair trial, the adversary system, and a just result for the injured, the accused, and those whose rights are jeopardized.
Criteria: Applicants must submit an application, short essay, and resume
Award: $5,000
Deadline: May 1, 2014
More Information: http://www.justice.org/cps/rde/xchg/justice/hs.xsl/8514.htm

NAWL 2014 Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition
Areas of Interest: Entrants should submit a paper on an issue concerning women's rights or the status of women in the law.
Criteria: Essays longer than 15 pages of text, excluding notes and endnotes
Award: $500 and publication in NAWL’s Women’s Lawyers Journal
Deadline: May 1, 2014
More Information: http://www.nawl.org/p/bl/et/blogaid=34&source=1

Richard D. Hailey AAJ Law Student Scholarships
Areas of Interest: Open to all incoming first, second, and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian American, Native American and biracial AAJ Law Student Members.
Criteria: Resume, essay (500 words), two letters of recommendation, and application form. Law Students can join AAJ at the rate of $15 for one year.
Award: $1,000 (six awards available)
Deadline: May 1, 2014
More Information: http://www.justice.org/cps/rde/justice/hs.xsl/1739.htm

Trial Advocacy Scholarship AAJ Law Student Scholarship
Areas of Interest: Open to all AAJ Law Student Members who are entering their second or third-year of law school who have demonstrated an interest in trial advocacy, a desire to represent victims, and a financial need for scholarship assistance.
Criteria: Resume, essay (500 words), three letters of recommendation, and application form. Law Students can join AAJ at the rate of $15 for one year.
Award: $3,000
Deadline: May 1, 2014
More Information: http://www.justice.org/cps/rde/xchg/justice/hs.xsl/1741.htm

Law Library Extended Exam Hours

The law library’s final exam extended hours will run from Monday, April 28, 2014 through Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The hours during which the library will be open during this time period are as follows:

Sundays: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. 
Mondays through Thursdays: 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. 
Fridays: 7:30 a.m. – midnight 
Saturdays: 8:30 a.m. – midnight 

As occurred in the fall with the start of extended hours, access to the law library will be available only for College of Law students, faculty and staff each evening. Beginning at 6:00 p.m., all non-College of Law patrons will be asked to leave. Be certain to carry your student ID with you during finals as you may be asked to present it if you enter or remain in the law library after 6:00 p.m.

Please Complete Your LSSSE Survey

Attention: All Students

If you have not completed your Law School Survey of Student Engagement, please do so as soon as possible. There will be one more e-mail reminder on Monday, April 28, and then the survey will wind to a close. This is your chance to participate in a national survey by an independent research organization assessing how law students spend their time and what they gain from law school. The survey takes about 15 minutes and asks questions about classroom experience, student-faculty interaction, assessments, time allocation and other factors relating to your law school education.

NIU Law hopes to use the results to improve your experience and quality of education by helping identify what is going well and what could benefit from more attention or a different approach.

If you have not received any e-mails with the link to the survey, please contact Associate Dean Coles. Thank you!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Office of Alumni Events and Public Relations Seeking Graduate Assistant

The Office of Alumni Events and Public Relations is looking for a graduate assistant that will begin in Fall 2014. The graduate assistant will report to the Director, who is responsible for the public affairs, publications, alumni events, and external programs of the College of Law. Duties include, but are not limited to: assisting with NIU Law events, data entry, writing, general office work, and web updates. In addition, graduate assistants must be proficient in social networking media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.) and be self-motivated.

The graduate assistant will interact with faculty/staff, students, and alumni and will be expected to do so in a professional manner. There will be some required evening and/or weekend work at events including NIU Law receptions, reunions, lectures, 5K Run/Walk, and Homecoming. Graduate assistants must have excellent written, communication, and computer skills.

Please e-mail your resume and letter of interest to Melody Mitchell at mmitchell@niu.edu by Thursday, May 1, 2014.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Career Opportunities Office Town Hall Meeting & Panel Tonight

The Office of Career Opportunities will be hosting a town hall meeting to discuss all manner of career-related issues and follow up on the year-end survey.  This will be followed by an alumni panel discussion hosted by NIU Law alumna Janet Pioli ('84)Both events will take place tonight, Wednesday, April 23 at Swen Parson Hall.  The town hall meeting begins at 4:00 in Room 187, and the panel discussion starts at 5:00 in Room 188.

Janet A. Pioli is a shareholder in Brinks Gilson & Lione's Chicago office. She has a large practice of appeals before the U.S. Patent Office Patent Appeals Board and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, including oral arguments before both. Her practice also includes pro bono appeals to obtain disability benefits for United States veterans.

Congrats to the Newly-Elected SBA Reps!

Congratulations to the following individuals who have been elected as 2014-2015 SBA Representatives:

3L Class Representatives 
  • Amanda Beveroth 
  • Sarah Hagan 
  • Nik Lofgren 
  • Clayton Merschbrock 

2L Class Representatives 
  • Cole DeBlaey 
  • Patti Donahue 
  • Michael Hulvey 
  • Krystle McNeely

Monday, April 21, 2014

Scholarship Deadlines Coming Up This Week

Smith-Dohenly Legal Ethics Writing Competition 
Areas of Interest: Any legal ethics topic
Criteria: Submit an essay, 50-page maximum
Award: $2,500
Deadline: April 25, 2014
More Information: http://www3.nd.edu/~ndlaw/writing_competitions/smith_doheny.pdf

Illinois Judicial Council Scholarship
Areas of Interest: Each year the IJC awards scholarships to minority and other deserving law students throughout Illinois and beyond. The committee will use the following criteria in awarding the scholarships: need, community involvement, academic achievement, communications skills, and ability to overcome obstacles.
Criteria: Applicants must submit the scholarship application, personal statement, resume, two letters of recommendations, transcripts, and current family financial aid statement, and submit to a personal interview
Award: Award Varies
Deadline: April 25, 2014 
More Information: Email lawadm@niu.edu for application

Congratulations to the newly elected 2014-2015 SBA Executive Board!

President: Alyssa Freeman
Vice President: Sam Perkins
Treasurer: Mas Patel
Secretary: Justin Hastings
ABA Representative: Jesse Guth

1L Law Review Write-On Competition Meeting

Law Review will hold an informational meeting on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. in Room 188. You’ve heard the reasons for joining Law Review, now it is time to learn exactly what needs to be done in order to be on the review. This is a meeting you don’t want to miss as we will be discussing how to access Westlaw over the summer and giving tips on how to compose a successful write-on memo and cite check. Jimmy John’s lunch will be provided by Kaplan.

Juvenile Interest Law Society Board Nominations

The Juvenile Interest Law Society is now accepting nominations for the 2014-2015 JILS Executive Board (President, Vice President, Administrative Officer, Public Relations Officer, Chief Marketing Officer, and 3L Advisor). Students may nominate themselves or others by sending a personal statement of 500 words or less to Matt Nagy (mnagy2@gmail.com) by Friday, April 25, 2014. Further information concerning the nomination process will be e-mailed to first- and second-year students.

Federal Public Defender Office Externship

A full-year externship is available for the 2014-2015 academic year in Rockford, Illinois. This externship requires a twelve-hour-per-week commitment for three hours of pass/fail credit each semester, but does not require a 711 license. The extern will be supervised on-site by Federal Public Defenders Paul Gaziano and Kristin Carpenter. Students will research and write memoranda, motions and briefs for pre-trial and post-conviction issues and sentencing hearings. In addition, they will attend and observe various court proceedings. Professor Paul Cain will be the faculty supervisor with whom the extern will meet on a regular basis to discuss his or her experience.

In order to apply for this externship, please submit the following documents to Paul Cain (as attachments to email in Word or PDF format) by Monday, May 5: Cover letter explaining your interest in this position; unofficial transcript; resume; and writing sample (maximum length 10 pages).

After reviewing the application documents, Paul will screen the applicants to determine the final three candidates and will then submit the names and contact information of those candidates to Federal Public Defender Gaziano. Mr. Gaziano’s office will contact student finalists to arrange for an interview, and his office will make the final selection. If you have any questions about this process or the externship itself, please do not hesitate to contact Paul Cain, Clinical Associate Professor, at 815-962-9980 or pcain@niu.edu.

National Law Review Student Writing Contest for May 2014

The National Law Review is hosting its monthly 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 publication’s newsletter. The suggested topic this month is Construction and Real Estate Law, although entries covering other current issues will also be considered. Articles should be submitted by no later than May 12, 2014 to lawschools@natlawreview.com. For complete contest guidelines, see the National Law Review website.

NIU Law 10th Annual Golf Outing

The Tenth Annual Golf Outing will be held on Friday, June 6, 2014, at the River Heights Golf Course in DeKalb. For more information visit: http://www.niu.edu/law/calendar/events/2014/golf_2014.shtml.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Scholarship Deadlines Coming Up This Week

National Law Review Student Writing Contest : Supreme Court Decisions
The National Law Review is hosting its monthly Law Student Writing Contest, with the winning article to be published on the National Law Review’s website, the National Law Forum blog and in the publication’s newsletter.  This month's suggested topic is Supreme Court Case Decisions from 2012 to Present, although entries covering other current issues will also be considered. Articles should be submitted by no later than April 14, 2014 to lawschools@natlawreview.com. For complete contest guidelines, see http://www.natlawreview.com/NLR-law-student-writing-competition.

Women’s Bar Association of Illinois Scholarship 
The WBAI will award two scholarships to second-year female law students at this year’s Annual Black Tie Dinner Event on Friday, June 6, 2014 at Navy Pier. Two $1000 scholarships will be issued in honor of Chief Justice Rita B Garman of the Illinois Supreme Court and Chief Judge Diane Wood of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. A subcommittee will review applications, interview the candidates, and select those who represent the best in academic excellence and community involvement with WBAI. Applicants must send PDF versions of their most recent law school transcript and a completed scholarship form by no later than April 15, 2014. Forms may be picked up from Barbara in Room 276.

Donald O'Brien Scholarship
Areas of Interest: Open to any first or second-year law student with ties to the State of Iowa who expresses an interest and intent to practice law in the area of civil rights, civil liberties, public interest or other areas benefiting society’s less fortunate.
Criteria: Short Application and Essay
Award: $1,000
Deadline: April 15, 2014
More Information: Please email lawadm@niu.edu for the application

DuPage Association of Women Lawyers Judge Helen C. Kinney Scholarship
Areas of Interest: All first, second and third year women law students, with a DuPage County connection.
Criteria: Students must submit essay, transcript, and scholarship application.
Award: $500 to one or more recipients
Deadline: April 15, 2014
More Information: Please email lawadm@niu.edu for the application

Federal Circuit Bar Association Scholarships 
Areas of Interest: Students with financial need who have an interest in the scope of the jurisdiction of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (e.g., international trade, government contracts, patents, trademarks, certain money claims against the United States government, federal personnel, and veterans’ benefits).
Criteria: 1L and 2 L students only. Students must submit curriculum vitae, undergraduate and law transcripts, and an original essay (no more than 450 words).
Award: Multiple need-based awards available ranging upwards of $5,000
Deadline: April 15, 2014 
More Information: https://www.fedcirbar.org/olc/pub/LVFC/cpages/misc/scholar.jsp

Naval War College Award for Research
Areas of Interest: Essay topic related to women and conflict outcomes.
Criteria: Papers should be approximately 6,000 words long and suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
Award: $10,000
Deadline: April 15, 2014
More Information: http://1.usa.gov/1gaA1wf

The Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties 
Areas of Interest: First-year law students who intend to carry out significant activities during the summer (in between their first and second year) in the areas of civil rights and/or civil liberties.
Criteria: Applicants should send a proposal, no more than two pages, describing their intended summer project, along with a resume, a brief letter of recommendation, and the name of their faculty or organizational sponsor.
Award: Varies
Deadline: April 15, 2014 
More Information: http://goo.gl/8dr3wq

Clinical Law Program Summer Applications Due Tuesday, April 15

Thinking about taking a clinic this summer?

The COL’s experiential learning program currently offers four clinical courses: the Civil Justice Clinic in Rockford, the Foreclosure Mediation Clinic in Kane County, the Health Advocacy Clinic in Aurora, and the Juvenile Justice Clinic in Rockford. These clinics offer the chance to work with actual clients in a variety of settings on litigation, transactional and alternative dispute resolution matters.

The Clinic Application Form is now available online and in the Faculty Office. For Summer Semester 2014, applications are due by Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. to Julie in Swen Parson Room 285.

Please do not hesitate to contact a member of the clinical faculty if you need any additional information.

Anita Maddali, Assistant Professor of Law and Director of Clinics, amaddali@niu.edu
Paul Cain, Clinical Associate Professor, Juvenile Justice Clinic, pcain@niu.edu
Wendy Vaughn, Clinical Assistant Professor, Civil Justice Clinic, wvaughn@niu.edu
Colleen Boraca, Clinical Assistant Professor, Health Advocacy Clinic, cboraca@niu.edu
Alan Boudreau, Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor, Foreclosure Mediation Clinic, aboudreau@niu.edu

Black Law Students Association Chicken & Rib BBQ

BLSA will be having a BBQ in the Marshall Gallery from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16. Students, faculty and staff can come and enjoy a taste of summer as BLSA provides BBQ chicken, BBQ ribs and a variety of seasonal sides. There is even a vegetarian option for the veggie lovers! Prices are $8 for a veggie plate, $9 for a chicken plate, $10 for a rib plate and $12 for a chicken and rib plate. First-come, first-served!

ACS Panel Discussion

"Who Cares About Race Anymore?: 60 Years After Brown v. Board of Education" will be held on Wednesday, April 16 at Noon in the Riley Courtroom. This will be an interdisciplinary panel featuring NIU Law's own Professor Eliva Arriola, NIU Women's Studies and Sociology Professor Kristen Myers, and NIU Political Science Professor J. Mitch Pickerill. Lunch from Rosati's Italian restaurant will be served!

SELS Panel Discussion

The NIU Law Sports and Entertainment Law Society is hosting a panel discussion called "Alternative Career Choices: Using Your Law Degree in Sports."  The panel will feature 4 NIU Law alumni:

Paul Anderson, J.D. - Associate Director, National Sports Law Institute, Marquette University Law School
Matt Jakobsze, J.D. - Associate Athletic Director, Eastern Michigan University
Jaime McGaver, J.D. - Director of Compliance, Marquette University
Christian Spears, J.D. - Deputy Director of Athletics, Northern Illinois University

The event will be held on Wednesday, April 16 at Noon in Room 188.  Lunch from Potbelly will be served. All are welcome!

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 lecture features 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.

Insecure Communities: Addressing Immigration Issues in Illinois

On Wednesday, April 16, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at DePaul University (DePaul Center, 1 East Jackson Boulevard, Room 8005, Chicago, IL), join the DePaul Center for Public Interest as they identify various detention and removal issues faced by undocumented residents in Illinois and how efforts are being made on the state level to address those issues.

Featuring Fred Tsao, Policy Director, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights; Mark Fleming, National Litigation Coordinator, National Immigrant Justice Center; Andrew Kang, Legal Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice- Chicago; Viviana Martinez, Assistant Special Legal Counsel, Office of PresidentToni Preckwinkle; and Mary Meg McCarthy, Executive Director, National Immigrant Justice Center (Moderator).

PLEASE RSVP AT: http://cpilforuminsecurecommunities.eventbrite.com.  Registration is required.

Why Lawyers Should Talk to the Media

On Thursday, April 17 at 5:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom, attorney Karen Conti will present "Why Lawyers Should Talk to the Media."  Conti is a litigation partner at Beerman, Pritikin, Mirabelli, Swerdlove LLP.  She has litigated noteworthy cases both in Illinois and across the country in a wide variety of practice areas.  For 15 years, she has been the designated local Chicago Fox affiliate legal expert, and she has a weekly segment on WGN-Radio.  She is also regular on Nancy Grace and has a weekly segment on CNN Newsroom with Don Lemon.  The event is sponsored by the Career Opportunities and Development office and the NIU Law Women's Law Caucus.

GSA Presents Discussion on Transgender Issues with Attorney Paula Kohut

The NIU Gay Straight Law Student Alliance will host a discussion on Transgender issues facilitated by Attorney Paula Kohut. The event will be held Thursday, April 17th, 2014 from noon-1 p.m. in Room 187.  Lunch from Rosati's Italian restaurant will be provided for all who attend.

Research Assistant Needed for Professor Widman

Professor Widman is looking for a research assistant for next year. Applicants should be willing to do some work over the summer (with hours during the academic semester accordingly reduced). This position is especially suited to students who have some experience and/or interest in administrative law and legislation. I expect some of the work to also require knowledge and experience with the Bluebook Citation form. Please submit a current resume (including your year, current GPA, and class rank, if known), a law school transcript (unofficial is fine), and a brief letter of interest to Professor Widman by noon on Thursday, April 17. Applications must be submitted in hard copy, not electronically.

Research Assistants Needed for Professor Falkoff

Professor Falkoff is looking for two research assistants for the 2014-2015 academic year to assist him with projects relating to criminal law -- likely including topics on the Illinois eavesdropping act, habeas corpus, and neurolaw. The assistants will be expected to gather books and articles, proofread drafts, and take care of spot legal research assignments. No criminal law or procedure courses are prerequisites, but strong organization skills, an eye for detail, and enthusiasm are. Preference will be given to 3L students, but 2L students may apply. Each assistant will be entitled to a half-tuition waiver. To apply, please submit in hard copy a short cover letter explaining your interest, along with a current resume and an official law school transcript. The deadline for applications is Monday, April 21 at noon. Late applications will not be accepted for any reason, so consider handing in your application early. Failure to comply with any of these requirements will make it unlikely your candidacy will be successful.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Workers' Compensation with Prof. Oswalt cancelled for 4/8/14

Professor Oswalt has cancelled his Workers' Compensation class for today, Tuesday, April 8th.  He will e-mail students through Blackboard regarding the class.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Important Memo to 3L Students Regarding Graduation

May 2014 Graduates:

The Office of Budget and Records has important information for you regarding Graduation Announcements, Cap and Gown Pickup, Photos and Video at the Graduation Ceremony, and the Schedule for Graduation Day.  This is all must-know information, so read it soon and read it twice.  The document will be e-mailed to you, placed in your mailbox, and can be seen here

Scholarship Deadlines Coming Up This Week

Beveridge & Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition 
Areas of Interest: Students may develop their own constitutional environmental law topic or submit a piece exploring a suggested topic provided
Criteria: Submissions may be of any length up to a maximum of 50 pages
Award: $2000 cash, an offer of publication in the Environmental Law Reporter, and a one-year individual membership to ELI
Deadline: April 7, 2014
More Information: http://goo.gl/XYN6Yk

Admiralty & Maritime Law Committee Law Student Writing Competition 
Areas of Interest: Essays should address a recent development in admiralty and maritime law.
Criteria: Essays must not exceed 20 pages of double-spaced typed text
Award: $500 Prize; a $500 in reimbursement for attending the TIPS Spring Meeting in Boca Raton, FL or the ABA Annual Meeting in Boston, MA; and, publication in a 2014 edition of the Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee newsletter.
Deadline: April 11, 2014
More Information: http://goo.gl/gY0nyC

Pizza With the Deans This Wednesday

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! All students are encouraged to attend.

CLS Panel Discussion This Thursday

Christian Legal Society presents a panel discussion on “The Integration of Faith and the Practice of Law.” With Guest Panelists: David Goles, Partner, Swanson, Martin, & Bell, LLP; and Stephen Hsu, Solo Practitioner, Law Offices of Stephen Hsu.  Thursday, April 10th from 3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. in Room 186. Light snacks will be provided!

Federalist Society Debate and Social Events This Week

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. The position Ilya Shapiro is arguing was just addressed by the Supreme Court, in an opinion that came out this week. This will be a unique opportunity to hear Shapiro speak on such a fresh opinion. The link to the opinion is here: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/13pdf/12-536_e1pf.pdf

Immediately following the debate, the first annual Scotch & Cigar Night social will be held at Fanatico in DeKalb 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.

Law Review Symposium This Friday

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."

Race NIjUdicata Annual 5KRun/Walk - Coming Up This Saturday

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. at Swen Parson Hall. Proceeds this year are going towards the Bar Scholarship Award for students. This is a great family friendly event with fun, food, and prizes! Discounted registration ends April 9th. Faculty, students and staff should all select the student rate of $20. If you miss 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!

Barrister’s Ball 2014 This Saturday!

Please join us for NIU Law’s annual spring formal event to be held at the Kishwaukee Country Club on Saturday, April 12 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Tickets are $30 for a single ticket and $50 for a couple. Tickets will be $40 per 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. The bus picks up from Swen Parson at 6:45 p.m. and runs until 11:30 p.m. 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!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014