Friday, August 22, 2014

Scholarship Deadlines Coming Up Soon

NAPABA Law Foundation Scholarships 
Description: Scholarships are awarded each fall to law students who demonstrate a commitment to serve or contribute to the Asian Pacific American community as future leaders
Requirements: Application, Essay, Transcript/Letter of Enrollment, Resume, Two Letters of Recommendation, and Financial Aid Documents
Award: Amount Varies (multiple scholarships available)
Deadline: September 1, 2014
More Information:

Waechter Medical-Legal Scholarship 
Description: Writing Competition focusing on the common ground between medicine and law.
Requirements: Essay (150 words or more) on “What doctors don’t know about law, but should; OR Any other novel topic mixing law and medicine.”
Award: $1,000
Deadline: September 1, 2014
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NEW - Rukin Hyland Doria & Tindall Equity and Inclusion Scholarship 
Description: Given to a student who presents solid academic credentials, personal achievement outside the school environment, significant participation in community service, and an interest in employment law. This program is designed to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in the bar, including law students who are economically disadvantaged.
Requirements: 2Ls Only – Essay (750 – 100 words), Resume, Transcripts. Applicants must have maintained a minimum cumulative 3.3 GPA.
Award: $3,000
Deadline: September 1, 2014
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Black Law Students Association & Latino/a Law Students Association

The Black Law Students Association and the Latino Law Students Association will be hosting our annual "Welcome Back Dinner."  All students are invited! The evening will be filled with food, fun, and games. Come out and meet your NIU Law community! The event will be on Sunday, August 24 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Founders Memorial Library.

We are also asking that all upperclassman help by bringing a dish to share. If students are interested in attending please RSVP via e-mail to by 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 22nd!

Juvenile Interest Law Society

Welcome back, or welcome to the COL! Time to start getting involved again. The Juvenile Interest Law Society (JILS) will be working on a project involving law students presenting Constitution-related material to students at local high schools and is in need of interested students who want to lend a hand with planning or presenting materials. Everyone is welcome to participate, regardless of whether you want to be a member of JILS or not. Anyone interested can e-mail Matthew Flores at We will have a short meeting, location TBA, on August 25th after interested people contact us.

Respectfully, Matthew Flores

Student Organization Fair

The annual student organization fair will be held on Tuesday, August 26, from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Please come to see all the Student Organizations offered at the College of Law.  This is your chance to meet leaders and ask any questions you have.

LLSA Guest Speaker

Latino/a Law Student Association (LLSA) will be hosting a presentation by Commissioner Ruiz from the American Bar Association Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities. The mission of the Commission for Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities (Hispanic Commission) is to identify and address the legal challenges an d responsibilities facing Latinos in the United States. The Hispanic Commission held hearings throughout the United States to obtain feedback about Latinos and the United States legal system. From those hearings, the results were compiled in a report released in August of 2013, Latinos in the United States: Overcoming Legal Obstacles, Engaging in Civic Life.

The report reveals the issues this community faces in the areas of employment, housing, education, health status and access to quality health care, criminal justice, voting rights, media images and diversity in the legal profession. It explores the impact of laws and practices on this population which has specific needs that inhibit its access to legal services but it also offers legal frameworks to address the issues raised.

This event will be on Tuesday, August 26th from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom, Room 170. The event is open to all.  Lunch will be provided.

SBA Presents Dean's Picnic

Please come to the annual Dean’s Picnic being held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Glidden Park (the old Oderkirk Property next to the alumni center on Annie Glidden Road) on Tuesday, August 26.

Stop by for free food, drinks, and beer. Bag games and volleyball nets will be set up and music played. Spend some time with your classmates!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Let Us Know About Your Events

Students and Faculty:  If you are a member of a student organization or the faculty and are hosting an event, the College of Law is happy to help you publicize it.  When planning an event, please check the College of Law Events Calendar to make sure the date and time you want to hold your event is open.  Then send an e-mail to Jacob Imm at with the date, time, and location of your event, plus a short description.  We'll add your event to the Events Calendar, the NIU Law events and announcements blog (which also appears on the Current Students section of our website), and the digital signs in the Marshall Gallery and the ground floor of Swen Parson. 

We also welcome information about other law-related events you think students, faculty or alumni might want to attend.

Scholarships and Writing Competitions

Each year, there are a number of opportunities for students to obtain additional financial assistance to help pay for the costs of attending law school. In particular, many scholarships and writing competition prizes are available, and the number of students applying for many of them is often low (increasing the chances of success for individual applicants). For a list of these scholarship and writing competitions, see the file that is being e-mailed along-side this week’s edition of the Docket and is made available in separate copies on tables on the first and second floor of the law school. Do not miss the many opportunities available this Fall, as indicated in those listings. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at 815-753-8595 or or stop by Room 151.

Upcoming Scholarship Deadline:

Peoria County Bar Association Diversity Scholarship
Description: A goal of the Peoria County Bar Association is to diversify its membership by providing financial assistance to law students who show interest in practicing law in the Peoria area and part of a minority group that is historically underrepresented in the legal profession.
Requirements: The applicant must be an entering first-year law student; a second-year law student; or a third-year law student. The applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States of America. Applicants must submit the online application and personal statement.
Award: $5,000.00 in financial assistance annually to the recipient.
Deadline: The scholarship will remain open until the final candidate is chosen.
More Information:

Welcome from Office of Career Opportunities and Development

Welcome all returning and new students! This year's Graduate Assistants in the Office of Career Opportunities & Development are Abigail Buckels, 3L and Rikki Lee Moser, 2L. They will be available to help you with your resumes and cover letters. Stop in to see them if you want to learn more about the benefits of being involved in PILS. Need to meet with the GAs or with Greg? Visit Becky Leneau, the Office Manager in Room 280 to set that appointment up for you.

1Ls will be assigned a mandatory orientation time, based on your class schedule, to familiarize you with our resources and services. We look forward to meeting each one of you! Keep a lookout for that information in your mailbox.

This office also publishes "Career Corner," a weekly newsletter that lists jobs, internships, career advice, upcoming seminars, and other networking opportunities. The newsletter arrives through your email, usually on Mondays (on Tuesdays on a few occasions). Be sure to read it as there is a plethora of information and links at your fingertips — all to assist you in your educational and career goals (and hopefully to make your life a little less stressful). Be sure to adhere to the deadlines listed in this newsletter to avoid missing out on that opportunity!

Important Information from the Office of Budget and Records

Christina L. Raguse, Director Office Budget & Records
Room: SP280A2 (in Student Affairs Suite)
Phone: 815-753-6580

Julie Mahoney-Krzyzek, Office Manager
Room: SP285 (across hall from elevator)
Phone: 815-753-1620

  • If you currently have a locker, that locker will be yours the entire time you are enrolled as a student here in the College of Law.  
  • If you do not have a locker and would like one, you must e-mail your request to Julie Mahoney-Krzyzek at A locker will be assigned to you.  
  • If a locker that is not registered with our office is found to have a lock on it, the lock will be cut off and contents emptied out. Replacing any locks that have to be cut off for this purpose will be your responsibility. 

  • New mailboxes have been created for all students. 
  • These are for correspondence only. Do not put books, DVDs, clothing, etc. in them. There simply is not enough room for extra items, and it is very hard on the hanging files. 
  • If you had books, etc. in them over the summer, you can pick the items up in SP285.
  • Please check your mailbox regularly and do not let items accumulate. 

  • The NIU Z-id e-mail address is the official e-mail for all students. Please check it frequently to ensure receipt of all official notices, especially if you have forwarded the Z-id e-mail to another address. Communications do not always forward as expected and can be lost, dumped into trash or blocked. 

  • Purchases: For purchases on behalf of NIU College of Law events, expenses must be approved by Office of Budget & Records before purchase is made. NIU Accounting reimbursement procedures change occasionally, so to ensure your reimbursement will be able to be processed, please contact us even if you have prior permission of faculty or staff member. 
  • Travel: For reimbursement for travel on behalf of NIU College of Law you must have approval of the Dean before the travel occurs. You must also see Julie (SP285) or Christina (SP280A2) before travel occurs to ensure that your reimbursement will be processed with the appropriate required documentation.

Juvenile Court Externships

The specialized Juvenile Court Externship will be available to students this fall and spring in DeKalb and Kane Counties. If you are interested in family or child law, and wish to enroll in this experiential course, please contact Professor Lawrence Schlam at

Pro Bono Opportunities

Looking for Pro Bono Opportunities in Illinois? If you are looking for pro bono opportunities, please visit On that site, students can download a free app 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!

Law Library News You Can Use

Law Library welcomes two new colleagues
Heidi Frostestad Kuehl joined the NIU College of Law in August as an Associate Professor of Law and Director of the David C. Shapiro Memorial Law Library. Professor Kuehl’s primary research and teaching interests are in foreign, comparative, and international law, international business transactions, law and technology, and basic and advanced legal research. Prior to joining the NIU College of Law, Professor Kuehl was the Associate Director for Research and Reference Services and Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Library at Northwestern University School of Law’s Pritzker Legal Research Center in Chicago.

Clanitra L. Stewart joined the NIU College of Law Library faculty in May. She provides legal reference assistance to faculty, students, and other library users. In addition, she teaches legal research. Prior to joining the Law Library faculty, she practiced law at the South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center, where she provided local and statewide policy advocacy on behalf of low-income communities in the areas of  affordable housing, homelessness, hunger, and community economic development.  Please welcome Heidi & Clanitra to the College of Law community!

The Law Library will be open Monday, August 18, through Tuesday, November 25, 2014 as follows:
Monday - Thursday - 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Friday - 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday - 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday - 12:00 noon - 11:30 p.m.

To all 3Ls — Did you know that as an alum you are able to continue to borrow books from the law library? Stop by the Circulation Desk any time before graduation to set up your alumni account.

To all 1Ls and 2Ls – Please be aware that in the fall semester you will need an NIU One Card that will work with the library’s new key card access system. Under the new entrance system, the keypad that was installed on the law library door this semester will be used to allow limited access to the law library in the evenings beginning in September 2014. Depending upon the NIU One Card you have, you may need to obtain a new card. More information will be forthcoming on obtaining the appropriate card.

Reference Service:
Online Research Center:
Law Library Maps and Collections:
Law Library Policies and Procedures:
Law Library News and Announcements:

Patron Conduct Policy. The Law Library is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for its patrons and staff that is conducive to teaching, learning, study and research. Towards that end, we have revised and reorganized our patron conduct policy. For the full text of the policy, please see

Students should not hesitate to ask the law librarians or staff when they have a research question or any general questions while getting acclimated to law school. Thanks! ~ Heidi

Clinical Law Program Still Accepting Applications

It's not too late to sign up for a clinic.  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,
Paul Cain, Clinical Associate Professor, Juvenile Justice Clinic,
Wendy Vaughn, Clinical Assistant Professor, Civil Justice Clinic,
Colleen Boraca, Clinical Assistant Professor, Health Advocacy Clinic,
Alan Boudreau, Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor, Foreclosure Mediation Clinic,

Friday, August 15, 2014

First Assignments for Contracts, Section 1 w/ Prof. Reynolds

For the first class on Tuesday, August 19, pick up a syllabus and a packet of Introductory Materials from the Handout Shelf.
Prepare the first case in the packet, Hawkins v. McGee.
A seating chart will be prepared during the first class.

First Assignment for Criminal Practice Skills w/ Prof. Cain

For class on Tuesday, August 19, please read chapters one and three of the Criminal Pretrial Advocacy text.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

First Assignment for Constitutional Law w/ Prof. Cordes

Read pp. 523-534 and 536-542 in Chemerinsky, Constitutional Law (3rd. edition) and pp. 1-15 in the professor supplement posted on Blackboard.

First Assignment for Land Use Controls w/ Prof. Cordes

Read pp. 14-33 in Mandelker,, Planning and Control of Land Development (8th edition).

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

First Assignment for "Reinventing the Delivery of Legal Services" Seminar w/ Prof. Rigertas

For the first class read the following law review articles.  For each article bring to class a 1-2 page summary of the article that states the article’s thesis and then outlines the main arguments in support of the thesis.
  • Ray Worthy Campbell, Rethinking Regulation and Innovation in the U.S. Legal Services Market, 9 N.Y.U. J. L. & Bus. 1 (2012)
  • Stephen Gillers, A Profession, If You Can Keep It: How Information Technology and Fading Borders are Reshaping the Law Marketplace and What We Should Do About It, 63 Hastings L.J. 953 (2012).
  •  James E. Moliterno, The Trouble with Lawyer Regulation, 62 Emory L.J. 885 (2013).

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

First Assignments for Criminal Law, Sections 1 & 2 w/ Prof. Falkoff

For our first class, Monday 8/18, we will be debating the pros and cons of cannibalism. Please read Regina v. Dudley and Stephens at pages 82 to 89 of the casebook. In addition, as background material, please read pages 1 to 19 of the casebook (describing the basics of the criminal justice system), as well as Professor Orin S. Kerr's short article How to Read a Legal Opinion: A Guide for New Law Students.

The Kerr piece is part of a small (23-page) coursepack that is now available for you to pick up from the shelves outside of the faculty offices. An electronic copy is also available on the class's TWEN site. You may access it once you register for the site.

For our second class, on Wednesday 8/20, we will be reading pages 31 to 41 of your casebook, on the "beyond a reasonable doubt" standard.

During our third class, on Friday 8/22, we will discuss some of the philosophical justifications that have been offered for punishment; the reading will be pages 89 to 101, and 111 to 124 of your casebook.

A few final notes before our first class: You should know that reading assignments are a bit lengthy this week, but will typically be shorter. I will distribute a complete syllabus on Monday. Laptops and other electronic devices will not be allowed in class. Finally, note that our casebook is the ninth edition of Kadish, Schulhofer, Steiker & Barkow, Criminal Law and Its Processes: Cases and Materials (2012). Don't get rooked into paying a lot of money for an old edition!

First Assignments and Schedule Change for International IP Seminar w/ Prof. King

Wednesday, August 20, 2014:  Class cancelled

Wednesday, August 27, 2014: 

Marci Hamilton, Should U.S. Intellectual Property Rights Change to Fit World Norms?, FindLaw’s WRIT: Legal Commentary, May 24, 2001 
William L. Keefauver, The Need for International Thinking in Intellectual Property Law, 37 IDEA 181 (1996)

 J. Thomas McCarthy, Intellectual Property -- America’s Overlooked Export, 20 U. Dayton L. Rev. 809 (1995)

You can obtain an electronic copy of the syllabus on the course's TWEN site.

First Assignments for Negotiation w/ Prof. Boudreau

For the first Negotiation class on Monday, August 18 from 4:00 to 6:45 pm, please read Chapters 1-4 in Getting to Yes by Roger Fisher, William L. Ury, and Bruce Patton (Note: You can use any addition of Getting to Yes.  There are many used copies available.)

Also, please watch William Ury's TED talk The Walk from "No" to "Yes"

Finally, make sure you have purchased a Turning Technologies clicker or ResponseWare license for mobile devices for this class. You will need to register the clicker or license through BlackBoard before the first class. For more information, see  If you have previously purchased a license for another class, make sure that it will not expire before Thanksgiving. If you have trouble registering your Clicker, please feel free to e-mail me.

Monday, August 11, 2014

First Assignment for Torts with Prof. Rigertas

Read pages 1-7 in Torts by Robertson, et al. for our class on Monday August 18.

First Assignment for Legislation with Prof. Widman

For Tuesday, August 12th's class, please read pages 1-13 in the assigned text and read Prof. Frickey's law review article at 77 Minn. L. Rev. 241.

First Assignments for Torts, Section 2 with Prof. Widman

For Monday, August 18,  please read pages 3-26 in the assigned textbook. For Tuesday the 19th, please read pages 29-34 and brief all cases.