Monday, September 29, 2014

Upcoming Scholarship and Writing Competition Deadlines - big update this week!

ABA Section of Public Contract Law Writing Competition
Description:                 Writing competition addressing a topical issue of interest to the public contract and grant law community
Requirements:             Papers shall conform to the most recent edition of The Bluebook and the Public Contract Law Journal.
Award:                        1st Place $5,000 2nd Place $2,500, 3rd Place $1,000 
Deadline:                     September 30, 2014

Ashley Rose Honorary Diabetes Law Student Scholarship Award
Description:                 Katz & Phillips will be sponsor an annual scholarship for a law school student whose life has been impacted by diabetes
Requirements:             Applicants must have a minimum 2.8 GPA, submit an electronic application, unofficial transcript, and essay (500-100 words)
Award:                        $1,000
Deadline:                     September 30, 2014

Howell & Christmas, LLC Visionary Scholarship
Description:                 Visionary Scholarship will be awarded to a high-achieving, bright student who intends to pursue a career in law.
Requirements:             Applicants must have a minimum 2.8 GPA, submit an electronic application, unofficial transcript, and essay (500-100 words).
Award:                        $1,000
Deadline:                     September 30, 2014

Katz & Phillips Single-Parent Scholarship
Description:                 Scholarship awarded to one high-achieving, bright student intending to pursue a career in law who is also a single parent.
Requirements:             Applicants must have a minimum 2.8 GPA, submit an electronic application, unofficial transcript, and essay (500-100 words)
Award:                        $1,000
Deadline:                     September 30, 2014

Tix Team Law Scholarship for Veterans
Description:                 The Military Veterans Scholarship is awarded to a student who is either active military or retired from military service (any branch).
Requirements:             Applicants must have a minimum 2.8 GPA, submit an electronic application, unofficial transcript, and essay (500-100 words)
Award:                        $1,000
Deadline:                     September 30, 2014

StraightForward Media's Law School Scholarship
Description:                 The Straightforward Media Law School Scholarship Program awards four scholarships a year (one every three months) exclusively to law students to help the lawyers of tomorrow complete schooling.
Requirements:             Applicants must submit an online application and essay.
Award:                        $500
Deadline:                     September 30, 2014

Boone County Bar Association Scholarship 
Description:  Scholarship is awarded to qualified applicants who resides in Boone County or resided in Boone County at the time of their high school graduation. 
Requirements:  Applicants must submit the application and one page essay on the following topic: “What do you think constitutes a good attorney, and what qualities do you possess that would make you a good attorney?” 
Award:                      $1,000 
Deadline:                  October 1, 2014 
More Information:     http://boonecountybar.com/ 

Council of College and Military Educators Scholarship
Description:                 The Council of College and Military Educators (CCME) is pleased to offer $1000 scholarships each year to United States Service members (active duty/veterans) and spouses of Service members who are working towards the completion of higher education degrees.
Requirements:             All applicants must submit the CCME Scholarship Application, transcripts, and two recommendation forms.
Award:                        $1,000
Deadline:                     October 1, 2014
More Information:      http://www.ccmeonline.org/scholarships 

National Security Law Student Writing Competition

Description:                 Students are encouraged to debate on issues involving surveillance, privacy, and national security law. Papers should address the issues surrounding the intersection of law and national security.
Requirements:             Essays may not exceed 5,000 words, including title, citations, and footnotes.
Award:                        $500 Cash and travel expenses to annual conference in Washington D.C.
Deadline:                     October 1, 2014
More Information:      http://goo.gl/Kx7BEK

Katten's Minority Scholarship Program
Description:                 Scholarships will be awarded to students participating in the Katten Muchin Rosenman  Summer Associate Program—one in the Chicago office and one in the New York office. The recipients will be selected based on several criteria, including superior academic achievement, leadership experience and personal qualities that reflect the potential for outstanding contributions to Katten and to the legal profession.
Requirements:             1Ls Only – Students are applying for the associate program. Students must submit their application, resume, transcript, and short essay.
Award:                        $15,000
Deadline:                     October 1, 2014

NEW! BWLA Fall Book Scholarship
Description:                 This year, the Black Women Lawyers’ Association Scholarship Fund (BWLA-SF) will distribute four $1,000 book scholarships to deserving students to help ease the financial demands of law school. Winners will be announced in early November 2014.
Requirements:             Submit an application demonstrating an unmet financial need and commitment to public service or diversity via email to scholarship@bwla.org.
Award:                        $1,000
Deadline:                     October 3, 2014

Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois Scholarship
Description:                 Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois Scholarship is pleased to be able to continue offering scholarships to law students of Hellenic descent.
Requirements:             2L/3L Only - Students must submit an online application, unofficial law school transcript, resume, and headshot. All scholarship applicants attending law school outside of Chicago must be available for an interview by telephone.
Award:                        Varies
Deadline:                     October 3, 2014
More Information:      http://www.hellenicbar.org/page-1664526 

Signs for Student Groups in the Law Library

Have a sign for your student group? We are glad to help with marketing your event. Please inquire at the Circulation Desk in the law library — you will need to have your sign approved by Heidi Frostestad Kuehl (hkuehl@niu.edu or 753-9493) or Therese Clarke Arado (tclarke@niu.edu or 753-9497). Please feel free to send a .PDF of the sign via email or drop it by the law library for approval. We will place the sign near the computer lab in most instances (unless you have a special request). Thanks!

Graduate & Professional School Fair 2014

Northern Illinois University is holding its sixth annual Graduate & Professional School Fair on Tuesday, September 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Duke Ellington Ballroom at the Holmes Student Center. For further information, see the Career Services website.

1L Professionalism Program Begins This Week

Attention 1Ls: The initial program in the first-year professionalism program will be on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom (Room 170). Professor Reynolds will be conducting the first presentation, which will be an introduction to the legal profession’s history and rules. The program will run from 4:00 - 5:15 p.m. Attendance is mandatory for all 1L students.

Prior to the date of this program please go to the Faculty Secretaries’ Office in the faculty office suite (Room 190) and pick up a copy of the American Bar Association’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct that the College of Law has purchased for each first-year student. Before the program, students should take a look through the Model Rules and get a sense of their structure and content. Look more closely at the Preamble and Scope (starts at Page 1) and Rules 1.1, 1.2(b) and (d),1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 8.3 and 8.4 (Focus your reading on the “black letter” rules that are in bold and precede the comments to each rule).

IL Innocence Project Panel on Wrongful Convictions

The Illinois Innocence project -- along with the Criminal Law Society, BLSA, and PILS -- is hosting a panel on wrongful convictions, with a featured guest exoneree, Jarrett Adams, on October 1 at noon in the Riley courtroom (Room 170). Adams, a current Loyola University Chicago Law student, was wrongfully convicted when he was 17 years old and sentenced to 28 years in prison. He will talk about his experience serving nearly 10 years of his sentence and his life post-release.  You will also learn about criminal externship opportunities with the Illinois Innocence Project.

Delta Theta Phi Pink Week for Breast Cancer Research

  • Delta Theta Phi will be having Tapas for Tatas on Wednesday, October 1, at noon in the Marshall Gallery. The cost is $5.00 per person for a buffet of tapas and a beverage. 
  • On Thursday, October 2, we will be having a bake/coffee sale from 7:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m. outside the South entrance of Swen Parson and will be selling NIU College of Law cookies for homecoming preparation. 
  • On Friday, October 3, we will be having a bar crawl titled "Fill our Mugs, Save the Jugs." Shirts are $10.00 for members and $12.00 for nonmembers. All proceeds for this event will go to the Breast Cancer Research Fund! Meet at O’Leary’s 7:00 p.m.

Phi Alpha Delta Meeting This Week

Our next meeting is Wednesday, October 1, at noon in Room 150. Lunch will be provided. Dooley Chapter dues of $10.00 will be due on that date. Please have national dues paid by that date so an initiation can be scheduled. Registration and the national dues can be completed online at www.pad.org. Also, the winning raffle ticket for the Bears jersey will be drawn then. Thank you to all who have purchased raffle tickets.

PILS Raffle Kick-Off Meeting

Come learn about the PILS fall raffle, and how you can get involved selling tickets (which could be hours used toward an Outreach Assistantship)! This year's prizes include a $600 cash prize, an iPad mini, and various bar prep discounts. The meeting will be held on Thursday, October 2, at noon in Room 186. See you there!

Domestic Violence Awareness Event: Volunteers Needed

The Family Violence Coordinating Council is seeking volunteers for Domestic Violence Awareness Month at the Rockford City Markets on Friday, October 3, 2014. They need volunteers for two shifts, 2:45 to 5:00 and 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Last year this opportunity proved to be a great way to reach a large number of community members (over 500) and they had fun doing it! This is also a great networking opportunity for those interested in domestic violence or family law. Please email Michael Mehlick at michael.mehlick@gmail.com or Andrea M. Carlson, Coordinator of 17th Judicial Circuit Court Family Violence Coordinating Council, at acarlson@wincoil.us for more information.

SBA Casino Night

Mark your calendars for CASINO NIGHT hosted by the SBA, Friday, October 10, 2014 from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Come join us for hors d'oeuvres, soda, water, wine/beer, and of course, Blackjack, craps, roulette, and poker. We will have a variety of both professional dealers and our beloved professors dealing. Don't miss out on a fun evening! In addition to food/beverages, your ticket provides you with chips. At the end of the night trade in your chips for raffle tickets to win a variety of prizes from gift cards to jewelry. Watch for an email with a link . . . tickets can be purchased online before the event for $25. Tickets at the door are $30.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Shining the Light on Domestic Violence Ceremony

Please SAVE THE DATE: On Wednesday, October, 1, 2014 from 5:15- 6:00 pm at the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic in Rockford, IL, the 17th Judicial Circuit's Domestic Violence Coordinating Council will host the 13th Annual Shining the Light on Domestic Violence Ceremony.  All are welcome to attend this brief ceremony designed to honor victims, survivors and those who work tirelessly to end domestic violence in our community. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

SELS Paragraphs Due Today!

Attention all 1L and 2L students — the Sports and Entertainment Law Society (SELS) is looking for 1L and 2L representatives to help serve on the SELS board. SELS is a newer, active organization that tries to connect the student body with areas of law that coincide with both the sports and the entertainment industries. Please submit a paragraph expressing your interest and availability to SELS President, Nik Lofgren , or e-mail him at Niklas.lofgren22@gmail.com by TODAY, Monday, September 22.

2L Mock Trial Competition Begins This Week

The preliminary rounds of the 2L Mock Trial Competition will be held on Friday, September 26th from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. in both the Chessick and Riley Courtrooms.  All are welcome to come and observe the arguments. 

Tailgate with the Deans during Homecoming Weekend

On Saturday, October 11 from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. before the NIU Homecoming football game, the College of Law will have a tent in Alumni Village (just off Annie Glidden Road and Stadium Drive) with free food and drinks. Afterwards, cheer on the Huskies as they take on Central Michigan at 4:00 p.m. Student tickets on the east side of the stadium are free. To sit in the College of Law section on the west side of the stadium, tickets are $14.00. Visit www.niu.edu/law and click on the Events tab to purchase tickets online. Please RSVP to lawevents@niu.edu if you plan to attend the tailgate party. Wristbands will be required for drinks.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Adopt-a-Highway Service Project

LLSA and Environmental Law Society (ELS) will be conducting an Adopt-A-Highway service event on Saturday, September 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Olde State Road (off Glidden Road, north of the NIU campus). Please contact either group for more information.

Scholarship Deadlines Coming Up This Week

Justinian Society of Lawyers Endowment Fund
Description: Scholarships are awarded to qualified applicants of Italian ancestry who demonstrate financial need
Requirements: Application, essay (500 words), transcripts, financial aid info, and photograph
Award: Amount varies (multiple scholarships available)
Deadline: September 14, 2014
More Information: http://www.justinianendowment.org/#!scholarship/c2325

Zatuchni Law Scholarship
Description: A one-time award for a law student who intends to pursue a career in employment law.
Requirements: 2L/3L Only - Applicants must have maintained a minimum cumulative 3.3 GPA.
Award: $2,500
Deadline: September 15, 2014
More Information: http://www.zatlaw.com/

James E. Beckley Securities Arbitration and Law Writing Competition
Description: Writing contest for law students interested in Securities Arbitration and Securities Law.
Requirements: Essay addressing a topical issue of interest to the public contract or grant law (limit 25 pages)
Award: 1st Place $1000, 2nd Place $750, 3rd Place $500
Deadline: September 19, 2014
More Information:  http://piabafoundation.org/piabe-bar-journal/beckley-competition 

International Law Student Association Meeting

Attention all students! Please join the International Law Student Association (ILSA) for an informational meeting on Monday, September 15, at noon, in Room 150. Refreshments will be provided! Thank you! -Kinga Chucherko, President

ISBA Needs 1L Reps

The Illinois State Bar Association is looking for two 1Ls to volunteer as representatives for NIU College of Law. Applicants must submit an application paragraph explaining why they would like to be a representative for the ISBA at NIU. Paragraphs are due by September 15 and may be sent to Kaitlin Hargate at kaitlinhargate@gmail.com. Questions regarding the position may be directed to Kaitlin as well.

2L and 3L Volunteers Needed!

On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, the Winnebago County Bar Association (WCBA) will staff a booth at Academy Expo at the BMO Harris Center in Rockford, Illinois. The purpose of the Expo is to expose Rockford and Belvidere 9th grade students to a wide variety of career possibilities. Law student volunteers are needed to share their path to law school and answer questions from the students that visit the WCBA booth.

Time Slots for Volunteers: 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.; 10:45 a.m. to 12:06 p.m.; 12:06 pm. to 1:54 p.m.; and 1:54 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. If you are able to volunteer, please call the Office of Admissions at 815-753-8595 or e-mail Terea Turner at tturner@niu.edu.

Federalist Society Debate and Members Needed

  • Debate: Save the date for our first debate of the semester on Tuesday, September 16 at noon in Room 188. Topic and opponent will be announced soon. Lunch will be provided for guests at the event! 
  • Apply for a Position: Anyone who is interested in a Federalist Society board position and would like to be considered, please become a member by filling out a paper membership application or by signing up online by visiting www.fed-soc.org. Then submit a Word document addressing why you would make a good addition to the Federalist Society at NIU COL based on experience, knowledge, ability, or anything else you deem relevant. In simple terms, tell us why you “want” to be on the board and why you should be on the board. You can email NIUFederalists@gmail.com with the above document and your schedule in an attachment (for purposes of arranging an interview). The opportunity for a board position is available to students in all classes, not just 1Ls.

Career Services Webinar

Please join us for a free Webinar! Watch the“Top 10 Interview Mistakes Law School Graduates Make,” featuring NIU Law Alumni Rich Lenkov and Michael Cklamovski, Esq. Come to the Chessick Classoom (Rm. 150) at noon on Tuesday, September 16. Bring your lunch!!

Criminal Law Society announcements

  • Apply to be a 1L Representative: 1L Representative paragraphs are due September 15 by 5:00 p.m. Please e-mail to NIUCriminalLaw@gmail.com. Good luck! 
  • Purchase a T-Shirt for $12: Criminal Law Society T-shirt order forms are due September 15. Please place your order form and $12 cash in the envelope in Erin George's mailbox (2L). 
  • Informational Meeting: The first meeting of the Criminal Law Society will be held at noon on Wednesday, September 17, in Room 186. The 1L Representatives will be announced at this meeting so attendance is encouraged. Snacks will be provided by the Criminal Law Society. All are invited— as we will be announcing some really interesting events!! Thanks to all for supporting the Criminal Law Society.

BARBRI 2L and 3L Meeting

Attention Upper-Classmen: Come join BARBRI for lunch on Wednesday, September 17 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in Room 188, as we discuss our new payment match program and how to prepare for the MPRE. We will also answer all of your 2L and 3L bar prep questions. While the meeting will specifically address upperclassmen bar prep topics, all students are invited to attend. Food will be provided, and we hope to see you there!

Constitution Day Panel — The Supreme Court: Recent and Upcoming Cases

In recognition of Constitution Day on September 17, the College of Law will present a faculty panel discussion of U.S. Supreme Court cases from both last year and the upcoming term. Professor Falkoff will moderate, with brief presentations from several members of the faculty. The event will take place at noon on Wednesday, September 17 in the Riley Courtroom. All members of the law school and university community are invited to attend.

PILS 1L Reps Needed!

Anyone interested in becoming a 1L representative for the Public Interest Law Society should submit a paragraph explaining why you want to be involved and what experience you have with public service. Two reps from each section will be selected. Please be sure to include your name and section number on your submission. Paragraphs are due to Rikkilee at rmoser117@gmail.com by Friday, September 19th at 4:00 p.m.

SBA Bar Crawl

Join us for SBA's annual Welcome Back bar crawl. The bar crawl will be held on September 19, 2014. The final lineup is set: from 6:00 to 7:45 p.m. — Stanley's; 8:00 to 9:45 p.m. — O'Leary's (bus provided to Fatty's); 10:00-11:45 p.m. — Fatty's (bus provided to Molly's); and 12:00 a.m. to close — Molly's.

Don't miss out! It's one of the best events of the year! 1L SBA election results will be announced!!!

Hellenic Bar Association: Career Corner Coming Up

Each year the Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois (“HBA”) hosts Career Corner for students of Hellenic descent. This year’s event will take place on Thursday, October 9, at 6:00 p.m. at the law offices of Bryan Cave LLP, 161 N. Clark, Suite 4300, Chicago, Illinois. The program is designed as both a networking opportunity for law students of Hellenic descent and for them to hear what it’s like to practice from attorneys in private practice, corporate counsel, government and the judiciary. For further information or to RSVP for the event, contact the HBA at http://www.hellenicbar.org.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Insurance Law w/ Naftzger Cancelled for 9/11/14

Insurance Law, with Professor Naftzger, has been cancelled for today, 9/11/14.

Friday, September 5, 2014

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 lschlam@niu.edu.

Door-Locking Change at Law Library

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls: Beginning at the end of September, evening access to the law library will be by NIU OneCard in order to provide a law student, faculty and staff-only environment in the evenings. The door on the right as you enter the law library has been modified to provide this access. The door to the left will be locked at 6:00 p.m. each night; thus you will need your NIU OneCard to enter.  

All students with the old NIU OneCard will need to get a new prox card. As long as you have your current working NIU OneCard there should be no charge associated with upgrading to a new prox card.  If you do not have your NIU OneCard, the OneCard office will charge you a $25 lost card fee. Over the next couple of weeks, bring your current NIU OneCard to the OneCard office in the Holmes Student Center, identify yourself as a law student and ask for the prox card. The office is aware of this upgrade and has a list of all students. If you have a card that provides access to the student space on the north end of the building, you do not need to get a new card. If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact Professor Clarke at tclarke@niu.edu.

2L Mock Trial Competition

Attention all 2L Students! Are you interested in competing in the annual 2L Mock Trial Competition this fall? There will be an informational meeting on Monday, September 8, at Noon, in the Riley Courtroom. The  Mock Trial Competition is a great opportunity to hone your trial skills while competing against your peers.  No prior experience is required. Important announcements about dates and competition rules will be revealed at the meeting so make sure you are there. We will field all questions and concerns. If you cannot make the meeting but are still interested in the Mock Trial Competition, please contact either Alexis Aranda at alexisvaranda@gmail.com or Nik Lofgren at Niklas.lofgren22@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing all 2Ls on September 8!

SBA Bar Crawl

Attention all Students: The SBA Bar Crawl will be on Friday, September 19, 2014 from 9:00 p.m. to midnight. T-Shirt order forms are due by Tuesday, September 9, 2014. The T-Shirts are $20.00 and will come with food specials, some free appetizers, and drink specials. If you don't have a T-Shirt...you don't get the specials! Official Bar order is still forthcoming. Deliver T-Shirt orders (you received a form in your mailbox) to any SBA Rep or to the Lock Box (which is located in the hallway to the North Wing of Library). Be sure to write your name on the order form. T-Shirts will be distributed the week of the Bar Crawl. 1L Election results will be announced at the Bar Crawl, so don't miss out!

Public Interest Law Society Informational Meeting

The Public Interest Law Society (PILS) will be holding an informational meeting for all students interested in joining on Wednesday, September 10th, at noon in Room 188.  Lunch will be provided! This meeting will be in conjunction with Delta Theta Phi which will also be presenting information. We look forward to seeing you there! For more information, contact Rikkilee Moser.

LLSA 1L Section Representatives

1Ls--a paragraph discussing your interest in LLSA and why you feel fit for the position of section representative should be e-mailed to niu.latino.lawyers@gmail.com by Wednesday, September 10. The representatives will be announced on September 11 at the Bar Review.

Election of 1L SBA Representatives

Attention 1Ls -- Please add SBA to your TWEN Account so you can vote in the upcoming1L Elections. Voting begins on Thursday, September 11 at 8:00 a.m. and ends on Saturday, September 13 at 8:00 a.m. On TWEN, you will be able to click on "Customized Polling" to vote. You can view candidate paragraphs on TWEN as well under "Forums." If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to sba.niu@gmail.com. It is important to vote as these students will represent you all year! Election results will be announced at the Bar Crawl on September 19, 2014.

LLSA Bar Review

LLSA will be sponsoring Bar Review on Thursday, September 11 at Molly’s beginning at 9:00 p.m. LLSA members are encouraged to wear LLSA T-Shirts. As a reminder, LLSA membership is $15 and it's $20 to also receive a T-Shirt. If you have questions please contact Danesa Tamayo at danesatamayo@hotmail.com.

Criminal Law Society 1L Reps

Interested in becoming a 1L Representative for the NIU Law Criminal Law Society? One representative from each section will be chosen. Applications are due Friday, September 12 by 5:00 p.m. to NIUcriminallaw@gmail.com. Late applications will not be accepted.

If interested, please type a short paragraph to the Executive Board and include your name and section, why you are interested in being a 1L Representative, what you feel that you can contribute to the organization, which social media networks you belong to, one fundraising idea for the organization, any background you have regarding criminal law (please refrain from discussing personal legal matters), and any other information you find necessary to provide that elaborates on your qualifications for being a section representative. The individuals selected will be notified by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 17. Please direct any questions regarding the application to the Gmail account listed above or contact a board member! Good luck!

The Federalist Society Welcoming New Members

Save the date for the first Federalist Society debate of the semester on Tuesday, September 16 at noon in Room 188. Topic and opponent will be announced soon. Of course lunch will be provided for guests at the event!

Anyone who is interested in a Federalist Society board position and would like to be considered, please become a member by filling out a paper membership application or by signing up on-line by visiting www.fed-soc.org. Then submit a Word document addressing why you would make a good addition to the Federalist Society at NIU COL based on experience, knowledge, ability, or anything else you deem relevant. In simple terms, tell us why you “want” to be on the board and why you should be on the board. You can email NIUFederalists@gmail.com with the above document and your schedule in an attachment (for purposes of arranging an interview). The opportunity for a board position is available to students in all classes, not just 1Ls.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Phi Alpha Delta meeting

Phi Alpha Delta will hold its first meeting in Room 187 at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 10, 2014.  Lunch will be provided.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

NIU College of Law Apparel Sales Start Today

Prices:
$25 Hoodies in Grey, Navy, Red, and White
$15 Long Sleeved Tee in Grey, Navy, and Red
$15 T-Shirt in Grey, Navy, and Red

Flyer

Starting September 2nd @ 9 AM go to www.teespring.com/NIUHoodies and you will be able to order College of Law apparel. You will only be charged if we get 50 orders. Once the campaign is over, we'll receive the shirts in about 3 weeks so you will have them in time for homecoming. Want it sent to you?  Just pay shipping and handling and the company will ship it to you, or you can pick it up from ACS in the Marshall Gallery as soon as they arrive.

IMPORTANT: Changes in Employment and Course Overload Policies

Over the past few months, there have been some important changes in College of Law policy that increase the freedom of law students to make decisions with respect to outside employment and course selection. These changes have the accompanying (and presumably welcome) effect of reducing the paperwork required to be submitted by College of Law students.
 

The most important development is the abolition of the 20-hour-per-week employment restriction. As explained in an e-mail to all students on August 25, 2014, the faculty voted to rescind the 20-hour rule following an August 11 vote by the American Bar Association House of Delegates to remove the restriction from the ABA accreditation standards. Law students will therefore no longer be required to file employment certification forms each semester. As noted in the e-mail, however, the faculty strongly recommends that all students place primary emphasis on their law school classes and studies to maximize their academic success in law school and on the bar exam (particularly in view of plans to increase the Illinois bar cut score by eight points beginning July 2015). First-year students in particular are urged to treat the study of law as a full-time job, keeping all outside distractions such as employment and participation in student organizations and other outside activities to the minimum necessary to maintain financial viability and social and emotional health and balance.
 

Last winter, the faculty also voted to approve a change in the requirements for upper-level students taking more than 16 credit hours during a semester. Under the new policy, only students whose cumulative grade point average is below 2.4 will be required to submit a petition to Associate Dean Coles for approval to take more than 16 hours. All students will, however, continue to be subject to the rule prohibiting registration for more than 18 hours a semester, for which no exceptions will be made. Any questions regarding the above changes should be directed to Dean Coles.

Federalist Society Informational Meeting

Have lunch on us! You are invited to an informational meeting for the Federalist Society on Wednesday, September 3, at 12:00 p.m. in Room 188. Also save the date for our first debate (topic TBA) on Tuesday, September 16th at 12:00 p.m.

Christian Legal Society informational meeting

The Christian Legal Society (CLS) will be holding an informational meeting on Thursday, September 4th at noon in Room 186.  All are welcome to come and find out more about our organization and how you can get involved.

KCBA NIU Law Student Reception

The Kane County Bar Association is hosting a networking reception for Northern Illinois University Law students. Free food and drinks!! Mexican appetizer buffet and cold beverages will be provided. Come join us on Thursday, September 4, 2014, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Eduardo’s in DeKalb (214 E. Lincoln Highway).

SBA 1L Representative Paragraphs Due

Student Bar Association 1L Representative Elections Are Approaching! To all 1Ls — Are you interested in joining SBA this year? The Student Bar Association is the umbrella student organization at NIU. In addition to hosting a number of events for the Student Body (Casino Night, Palsgraf, Barristers), we also aim to execute many charity events throughout the academic year. In September, we are electing four 1L representatives, two from each section. If you are interested in running, please submit a paragraph describing your candidacy to our e-mail at sba.niu@gmail.com by Friday, September 5 at 3:00 p.m. 

These paragraphs will be posted to SBA's TWEN page, and voting will take place next Thursday (September 11). You can learn more about SBA by visiting our TWEN site and reviewing our Constitution and Bylaws or by finding an SBA member and asking questions.

BLSA Monthly Meeting

The Black Law Student Association (BLSA) will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 9th at 4:00 p.m. in Room 186.

Sports and Entertainment Law Society Looking for Board Members

Attention all 1L and 2L students: the Sports and Entertainment Law Society (SELS) is looking for 1L and 2L representatives to help serve on the SELS board. SELS is a newer, active organization that tries to connect the student body with areas of law that coincide with both the sports and the entertainment industries. Please submit a paragraph expressing your interest and availability to SELS President, Nik Lofgren, or e-mail him at Niklas.lofgren22@gmail.com by September 22nd.