Friday, December 12, 2014

First Assignment (Spring Semester) for Federal Income Tax w/ Prof. Schneider

In Freeland, Lathrope:
-skim pp. 3-10, 16-21, 29-35
-read pp. 39-53, do problems ##1-6 at p. 54
-read pp. 55-56, do problems ##1-2, p. 57
-read pp. 59-69 (in case we get that far)

Thursday, December 4, 2014

New Final Exam Rules and Guidelines

New Examination Rules and Guidelines have been adopted by the College of Law and have been e-mailed to all members of the student body. The rules are effective immediately and will be posted in each exam room. All students are responsible for reading and complying with the new rules, and any violations will constitute academic misconduct subject to disciplinary action. Any questions regarding the new rules or requests for additional copies should be referred to Dean Gaebler or Dean Coles.

Modified Library Hours for Final Exams and Winter Break

Through Wednesday, December 17, the Law Library will be open only to students, faculty and staff of the College of Law after 6:00 p.m. All other patrons will be asked to leave at 6:00 p.m.

Final Exams (Thurs. Dec. 4 - Wed. Dec. 17)--
Through December 5 (Monday – Friday): 7:30 a.m. - Midnight
December 6 (Saturday): 8:30 a.m. - Midnight
December 7 (Sunday): 10:00 a.m. - Midnight
December 8 through December 12 (Monday – Friday): 7:30 a.m. – Midnight
December 13 and December 14 (Saturday – Sunday): 10:00 a.m. – Midnight
December 15 – December 17 (Monday – Wednesday): 7:30 a.m. – Midnight

December 18 (Thursday): 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
December 19 (Friday): 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 20 to Sunday, December 21: Closed
Monday, December 22 to Tuesday, December 23: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Winter Break--
Wednesday, December 24 to Sunday, January 4: Closed
Monday, January 5 to Friday, January 9: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 10: Closed
Sunday, January 11: Noon - 11:30 p.m.

Regular semester hours in the law library resume on Monday, January 12.

Important Library Access Information

If you have not already done so, please obtain your new NIU OneCard in order to have evening access to the law library. To obtain the new card, go to the OneCard office in the lower level of 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. 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. Once you have received your new prox card, please contact Professor Clarke at and provide her with your name and the six-digit number on the back of your card.

Please get the new prox card as soon as possible. The evening library employees should not be regularly interrupted to provide access into the library. This is, among other things, a safety issue. Beginning January 12, 2015, the first day of the spring semester, if a student does not have his or her card, she or he will not be allowed into the library in the evening. If you have any questions regarding these procedures and deadline, please see Professor Clarke.

Sign up now for a spring externship

Externship Applications are now being accepted. Whether you want to extern with a judge, a nonprofit or government agency, or in the criminal court system, we have programs available for you! Students rave about their off-campus experiences, and employers love to see that you have real experience working on real cases.

Please complete the application (available in the Faculty Office and online). Applications are due by MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. Applications may be turned in after that date, but only as space permits. Please contact the externship faculty with any questions:

Sheila Maloney, Civil Externships, Director of Externships,
Lenny Mandell, Criminal Externships,
David Taylor, Judicial Externships, Huskie Athletic Externship,
Paul Cain, Juvenile Courts Externship,
Gwen Jordan, Innocence Project Externship,

Upcoming Scholarships Deadlines for Winter Break


Constangy, Brooks, & Smith Diversity Scholars Award
Description: Constangy, Brooks & Smith initiated its Diversity Scholars Awards program to recognize the achievements of law students who have demonstrated academic achievement, a commitment to diversity in their community, school or work environment, and personal achievements in overcoming challenges to reach goals.
Requirements: Application form, official transcripts, 2Ls only and must have a minimum GPA of 3.0
Award: $2,500
Deadline: December 12, 2014
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American Association for University Women Career and Development Grant
Description: Career development grants provide funding to women who hold a bachelor’s degree and are preparing to advance or change careers or re-enter the workforce. Primary consideration is given to women of color and women pursuing their first advance degree or credentials in nontraditional fields.
Requirements: Eligibility Quiz, Online Application Form, Recommendation
Award: $2,000- $12,000
Deadline: December 15, 2014
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ABA Diversity Clerkship Program
Description: To help address the problem of diversity in business law, the Business Law Section of the ABA sponsors a summer program that provides business law clerkship placements for nine qualified diverse first or second year law students.
Requirements: Resume, transcripts, 2 letters of recommendation, application essay, and a writing sample.
Award: Law students selected to participate in the program will receive a clerkship with a judge in one of several locations, including Pennsylvania, Delaware, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Nevada, California, and Illinois, as well as a stipend of $6,000.
Deadline: December 26, 2014
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Law Offices of Adam D. Perlmutter’s Scholarship Contest
Description: Because George Zimmerman vs. The State of Florida was such an astonishing case, the Offices of Adam D. Perlmutter want to offer a scholarship to the student who creates the best essay addressing whether justice was served or miscarried in the case.
Requirements: Write an 1800 to 2500 word argumentative essay that answers the following questions and is cited correctly. -How is this relevant to your life? - What do you think about the verdict and why? -Do you think justice was served or miscarried by the result? -Anything else you believe to be relevant to your argument.
Award: $3,500
Deadline: December 31, 2014
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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: December 31, 2014
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Dinsmore & Shohl LLP Diversity Scholarship
Description: Dinsmore & Shol LLP is offering a number of scholarships with paid summer associate positions to qualified first-year law students. Scholarship recipients will be summer associates in one of the firm’s offices during the summer and will be assigned a mentor.
Requirements: Application Form, Cover Letter, Resume, Personal Statement, Transcripts
Award: $5,000 - $10,000
Deadline: December 31, 2014
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Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition
Description: Made possible by a generous gift donation from Mollie and Paul Hill, The Florida State University Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law are working to foster the discussion of collaborations between the medical and legal professions. In doing so, the Center will present awards to outstanding papers responding to a question pertaining to such collaborations.
Requirements: Essay between 1,200 and 5,000 words discussing the ways in which the medical and legal professions may work together collaboratively to address the problem of excessive, unnecessary, wasteful, and inefficient provision of medical services in the U.S.
Award: $250
Deadline: January 2, 2015
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Grammy Foundation 17th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition
Description: As a joint effort between the GRAMMY Foundation and the ABA Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries, the Entertainment Law Initiative is offering a writing scholarship with the intent to provide students with opportunities in the field of Entertainment law.
Requirements: Essay that proposes a solution on a compelling legal issue confronting the music industry.
Award: Grand Prize- $5,000; Four Runners-up- $1,500; Winner flown to Los Angeles to be awarded at a Luncheon and also attend GRAMMY week events.
Deadline: January 6, 2015
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The Richmond Law Journal of Law and Technology Student Writing Competition
Description: The University of Richmond Journal of Law and Technology is pleased to announce the 2014-2015 biennial Student Law and Technology Writing Competition. This writing competition allows current students from ABA-accredited law schools to compete for cash prizes as well as the opportunity to have their work published in the University of Richmond’s Journal of Law and Technology.
Requirements: Entry Form and Essay that deals with a topic at the intersection of both law and technology
Award: 1st place-$1,500; 2nd place- $700
Deadline: January 6, 2015
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McAndrews Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship
Description: In furtherance of the goal of promoting diversity in intellectual property law, McAndrews, Held & Malloy Ltd is proud to announce its 2015 Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship Program. This prestigious fellowship is a key component of McAndrews’ recruiting program.
Requirements: Resume, Transcripts, Personal statement, 1L, Degree in science or engineering, and intends to practice patent law in Chicago, Illinois. Award: Paid summer associate position for 10-12 weeks; $5,000 fellowship at the completion of clerkship.
Deadline: January 15, 2015
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ABA Forum on the Construction Industry Writing Competition
Description: After being revived a few years ago, the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry is pleased to introduce their 2015 Law Student Writing Competition. The competition is intended to heighten an interest in Construction law.
Requirements: Paper addressing a topical issue of interest to the construction industry.
Award: 1st place- $2,000, travel expenses and registration to attend 2015 Annual meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana to receive awards plaque, a one year membership in the Forum and public recognition. Runners-up will be determined as a finalist and recognized with a plaque.
Deadline: January 15, 2015
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Thomas Jefferson School of Law Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition
Description: The Crane Writing Competition is designed to encourage outstanding student scholarship at the intersection of law and medicine or law and the social sciences that promotes an understanding, furthers the development of legal rights and protections, and improves the lives of those with disabilities.
Requirements: Write an essay on any topic relating to disability law including, legal issues arising with respect to employment, government services and programs, public accommodations, education, higher education, housing and healthcare.
Award: 1st place- $1,500 and potential publication in the Thomas Jefferson Law Review; 2nd place (2) - $1,000.
Deadline: January 15, 2015
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Pacific Legal Foundation Law Student Writing Competition
Description: In an effort to promote and support scholarly research on topics leading to a greater understanding and appreciation of the institutions of freedom, the Pacific Legal Foundation’s Program for Judicial Awareness invites law students to participate in its Law Student Writing Competition.
Requirements: Write an essay on one of three essay topics.
Award: 1st place- $3,000, recognized at the Annual Pacific Legal Foundation Gala, and a publication in a Law Review; 2nd place- $2,000; 3rd place- $1,000
Deadline: January 16, 2015
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Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law
Description: Created by Jackson Lewis law firm and intended to honor the memory of one of the firm’s founders, Louis Jackson.
Requirements: Write an essay on any topic relating to the law governing the workplace, such as employment law, labor law, employee benefits, or employment discrimination. Also must have taken or are currently taking course work in employment or labor law.
Award: 1st place- $3,000 and publication on the Institute for Law and the Workplace website; 2nd place (2) - $1,000 and publication on the Institute for Law and the Workplace website.
Deadline: January 20, 2015
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American Indian Law Review Writing Competition
Description: Competition seeks papers with originality and timeliness of topic, knowledge and use of applicable legal principles, proper and articulate analysis of the issues, use of authorities and extent of research, logic and reasoning in analysis, ingenuity and ability to argue by analogy, clarity and organization, correctness of format and citations, grammar and writing style, and strength and logic of conclusions.
Requirements: Papers will be accepted on any issue concerning American Indian law or indigenous peoples.  However, topics recently published in the American Indian Law Review will not be favored. The competition is open to students enrolled in J.D. or graduate law programs at accredited law schools in the United States and Canada as of the competition deadline of Friday, January 30, 2015.
Award: 1st place- $1,000 and publication in American Indian Law Review; 2nd place - $500; 3rd Place - $250
Deadline: January 30, 2015
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Pro Bono Opportunities for Winter Break

  • The Campaign Against Indiscriminate Juvenile Shackling: CAIJS is a national organizing campaign seeking the end of the automatic shackling of children in delinquency court. The indiscriminate shackling of youth unnecessarily humiliates, stigmatizes, and traumatizes them. The practice impedes the attorney-client relationship, chills juveniles’ constitutional right to due process, runs counter to the presumption of innocence, and draws into question the rehabilitative ideals of the juvenile court. CAIJS always has memos, policies, and research to be completed. All this work can be done remotely. For example, one memo CAIJS would like to work on would discuss the authority of judges over their own courtrooms. Many judges across the country appear to defer to court security too often. If you are interested please contact Prof. Paul Cain at
  • The Clemency Project 2014: The Clemency Project seeks volunteers to assist federal prisoners in seeking early release from unfairly long sentences for non-violent offenses. The Clemency Project includes lawyers and advocates from the Federal Defenders, the ACLU, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, the ABA and the NACDL. Law students are needed to provide legal research and to assist volunteer attorneys in preparing clemency petitions. To participate, you will be required to view a fivehour training program which is available on the Internet. You may volunteer by visiting their website or by e-mailing
  • Winter Break Student Pro Bono (Volunteer) Opportunities: The holiday season is just around the corner. Get out of the cold and spend your winter break doing good on a volunteer adventure that makes a difference. Experience the true meaning of "it is better to give than receive" by joining one of GoEco's volunteer projects. GoEco has selected some great projects that will take your winter break from ho-hum to life-changing! For example, among many other opportunities, work at a Wild Cat Sanctuary in South Africa; teach and serve the community in Goa, India; “Teach & Beach” in Koh Samui, Thailand; or assist with Sea Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica. For more information, contact:, or go directly to GoEco’s website.

Public Interest and Social Justice Retreat

NIU Law  students are invited to attend the Norman Amaker Midwest Public Interest Law and Social Justice Retreat to be held at the Resurrection Retreat Center in Woodstock, IL from February 27 to March 1, 2015. The 2015 retreat theme is Bulldozing the Road to Change: Law Students As Architects of Social Justice. The aim is to provide concrete examples of the advocacy tools students can employ in their careers, allow for networking opportunities with other students interested in public interest law and practice, and discuss important topics in public interest law.

Last year, approximately one hundred public interest-minded law students, representing fifteen law schools across the Midwest, attended the Amaker Retreat. Loyola expects to host over ninety law students again this year, and hopes that number will include Northern Illinois University students. The NIU College of Law will pay the registration and expenses for two (2) interested students to attend.

To apply for NIU support, or for more information, please contact Professor Schlam at Information is also available at Should you choose to apply for sponsorship, your application letter or email should speak to your: (1) engagement in pro bono activity in the past; (2) previous access to conference funds or other student assistance for pro bono or networking activity in the past; (3) the extent to which you are committed to public interest work in the future; and (4) the extent to which you are committed to creating a positive impression of NIUCOL while networking among similarly highly-motivated "public interest" students. The application deadline is Friday, December 19, 2014, at 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Spring Clinical Law Program Applications Due Wednesday, December 3 at 4:00 p.m.

Still thinking about taking a clinic this summer or fall? Don’t wait.

The COL’s experiential learning program currently offers four clinical courses: the Civil Justice Clinic, the Foreclosure Mediation Clinic, the Health Advocacy Clinic, and the Juvenile Justice Clinic. These clinics offer students 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. Applications are due for Spring Term 2015 by Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis after December 3, if space is available.

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

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,