Monday, December 7, 2015

ABA Diversity Clerkship Program

The American Bar Association Business Law Section presents the Diversity Clerkship Program. Apply to be one of nine students placed in the Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship Program for the opportunity to gain invaluable experience, work with accomplished business court judges, and earn a stipend.

The objectives of the Diversity Clerkship include: 
  • To encourage more diverse law students to apply for clerkship positions 
  • To foster relationships between business court judges and diverse law students 
  • To provide students with a foundation in various aspects of business law

Students are placed in clerkships across the country including the Philadelphia Commerce Court or the Delaware Court of Chancery. Applicants must be diverse first or second year students currently enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school, demonstrate financial need, and be a member of the ABA Law Student Division and Business Law Section.

Apply by Friday, January 8, 2016. Learn more about the Diversity Clerkship Program, previous clerks, and how to apply at ambar.org/blclerkship.

Monday, November 23, 2015

ACS Presents No Vacancy: A Look at the Syrian Refugee Situation

Join the NIU Law American Constitutional Society on Tuesday, November 24th at noon in the Riley Courtroom for an informative discussion about the wave of refugees coming from Syria and other parts of the world, the security implications and much more. The panel of experts will be comprised of Professor Anita Maddali, Professor Robert Jones and Dean Marc Falkoff. Food will be provided free of charge.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Examination Rescheduling

Exams are just around the corner! If you have two exams scheduled on the same day or three exams scheduled on three consecutive calendar days, you are entitled to reschedule. To set up the rescheduling, please submit a signed and completed Petition to Reschedule Exam to Associate Dean Coles in Room 276. Except in situations involving extraordinary circumstances, petitions are due by no later than noon on Tuesday, December 1.

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

Goodman Acker Scholarship Program 2015
Description: The law school scholarship contest is open to students across the United States, who meet any of the following requirements--
Requirements: Students who are currently attending or have been accepted to an accredited law school in the United States. Academic achievement as reflected by a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applicant is a U.S. citizen. Applicants will submit a completed application with their essay entry using our online form.
Essay Topic: Applicants will have a choice to write an essay (3 pages long) on one of the two following topics: 1. As a victim, what are the top 10 things you should ask your personal injury lawyer? 2. How would the world be different if there were no personal injury lawyers?
Award: Check of $1,000, must be used to pay for college tuition and education-related expenses.
Deadline: December 1, 2015
More Information: https://goo.gl/cfnChu

American College of Financial Services Lawyers Writing Competition
Description: The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers is pleased to announce awards to be presented for: (a) the best book; (b) the best publishable article, book chapter, or substantial book review; or (c) the best student note or comment, on a topic dealing with consumer financial services law.
Requirements: Entries must have been written or published between November 15, 2014 and December 1, 2015.
Award: Cash payment ($2,500 for books; $2,000 for articles, reviews, or book chapters; $1,000 for student work), a certificate of recognition, and travel expenses to attend the Spring 2016 meeting of the college.
Deadline: December 1, 2015
More Information: http://www.accfsl.org/writing-competition/

Center for Alcohol Policy Writing Competition
Areas of Interest: 21st Amendment, State Alcohol Regulation, Constitutional Law
Criteria: Essay on the following topic--This year marks the 80th anniversary of the 21st Amendment. Has it achieved its intended purpose?
Award: Cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners in the amounts of $5,000, $2,500, and $1,000 respectively.
Deadline: December 5, 2015
More Information: http://www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org/essay-contest/

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

SALDF Presents Finals Anti-Stress Solutions

The SALDF has arranged for a massage therapist to come during finals on Monday, December 7 starting at 10:00 a.m. in the Marshall Gallery.  Fee is $1 a minute. If you would like longer than ten minutes, please contact Nicole O'Connor privately to schedule a time and for how long: noconnor@niu.edu.

SALDF will also be bringing in therapy dogs on Tuesday, December 8 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. They will be accepting charitable donations at this time as well, so please consider giving.

Clinical Program Information Meeting Rescheduled to TODAY

Thinking about taking a clinic this Spring?

The clinical faculty and students will be holding a clinic information meeting today, Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at noon in Room 150. As part of the COL’s experiential learning program, we offer these clinical courses: the Civil Justice Clinic, the Criminal Defense 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. This meeting will provide an overview of each clinic. Current and former clinical students will discuss their clinical experiences, and the faculty will explain the clinic application process for Spring. Lunch will be served.

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, amaddali@niu.edu
Paul Cain, Clinical Professor, Civil Justice Clinic and Juvenile Justice Clinic, pcain@niu.edu
Wendy Vaughn, Clinical Associate 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

1L Mentoring Program Panel today canceled

The panel discussion called "Maximizing the 1L Mentor Program" scheduled for today, Wednesday, November 18 at 3:00 p.m. in the Chessick Courtroom (room 155) is canceled.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Law Library Announcements

  • Check out our new law library exhibit just in time for final exams! We have added a new display of “Mindfulness and the Law” books near the entrance of the law library next to the new journals. Hopefully, this will provide a respite for you while studying for final exams during the next month or will provide ideas for fun reading during the winter break. This “Mindfulness and the Law” display is also virtually available via a LibGuide: http://niu.beta.libguides.com/lawlibdisplays. Enjoy!
  • Be sure to check out the Law Library schedule for updated hours during Thanksgiving Break, the reading period & final exams and the holiday break.

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

2015 Chapman LLC Scholarship for Law Students
Description: As an investment firm, we care constantly fighting to recoup money from people who have wronged the investors we represent. There is no feeling in the world like helping someone win back their retirement or life savings.
Requirements: In 500-750 word essay, tell us about a time in your life where you helped someone and the way that positively impacted your life. Completed Scholarship Application (See website below to access). An acceptance letter from an accredited law school in the U.S. (new students) or an unofficial transcript from an accredited law school in the U.S.
Award: $1,000 check will be made to the scholarship recipient’s law school of choice to cover expenses.
Deadline: November 15, 2015
More Information: www.johnschapman.com/law-school-scholarship/

Henry A. Gentile Memorial Scholarship - South Suburban Bar Association
Description: The South Suburban Bar Association has a $1,000.00 scholarship available to students meeting the criteria set by the Association.
Requirements: Each student interested in being considered for the scholarship must submit a resume accompanied by a brief cover letter for review. The cover letter should highlight something about the student and explain why they want to practice in and around the south suburbs in 200 words or less. Any interested student may forward their resume and cover letter to:
South Suburban Bar Association Scholarship Committee, attn: Daniel D. Hinich
17926 S. Halsted St., Suite 3S
Homewood, IL 60430
Applications will not be accepted by e-mail or fax. Hardcopies of application resume and cover letter of the applicant must be received by the Committee by the close of business on November 19th.
Award: $1,000
Deadline: November 19, 2015
More Information: Email achapman1@niu.edu for application details.

PILS Auction Meeting rescheduled

PILS will be having a meeting to discuss the PILS Auction on Monday, November 16th from 12:00 - 12:30 p.m. in room 188. All PILS members and anyone interested in helping out with the auction should attend. Thanks and see you there!

3L Information Meeting

AN INVITATION TO ALL 3Ls! Please attend a meeting (for all students graduating in May 2016) on Monday, November 16th at noon in room 186 to discuss with the deans the spring course schedule, the July bar exam and arrangements for your graduation. The first portion of the meeting is also open to 1Ls and 2Ls with questions about course scheduling and registration.

SBA Town Hall Meeting

The SBA will hold a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, November 17th at 12:00 p.m. in room 188. Come and hear from our Interim Dean Mark Cordes on issues affecting students at NIU College of Law. This is the perfect place to get your questions answered and raise any issues you might have. LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED!

Retirement Celebration for Professors Reynolds, Gaebler and Arriola

Please join us for a retirement celebration in honor of Professor Dan Reynolds (33 years), Associate Dean Dave Gaebler (31 years), and Professor Elvia Arriola (15 years) on Tuesday, November 17 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. (End time has been extended!) in the Marshall Gallery. Light refreshments will be provided.

3L Composite Pictures

3L Composite pictures will be taken this Tuesday, November 17, from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m, in the old student lounge. Third-year students, it's that fateful occasion: the picture that will live forever on the walls of the College of Law. Dress in your professional best and get your posing muscles ready. Please check your mailbox for order forms for 3L pictures. The SBA will provide a sign-up sheet and you must sign up for a time in order to get your pictures taken. Email the SBA with any questions.

Judicial Clerkship Information Session

INTERESTED IN A JUDICIAL CLERKSHIP? Securing a federal clerkship can be a daunting task for even the best law students. Anyone interested in clerking should not miss this rare opportunity to attend a Demystifying the Judicial Clerkship Application Process and Experience webinar on Wednesday, November 18, at 11:30 a.m. Hear candid advice from prominent federal judges about:

  • Ways to make oneself the most attractive candidate for a clerkship 
  • How judges evaluate law school grades, writing, resumes, recommendation letters, and other less obvious considerations 
  • How to best navigate OSCAR and the increasingly unpredictable clerkship application process 
  • What one might expect during a clerkship interview and how to prepare accordingly 
  • The skills and experiences one might expect to take from a clerkship experience 

Students will also be able to hear about the ABA’s Judicial Clerkship Program and the ABA Section of Litigation’s Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, which are programs to place law students in judge’s chambers. Attendees must register via the registration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3547232688914482689

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Externship Opportunities with U.S. Bankruptcy Court

Qualified law students are invited to complement their legal studies with a spring semester 2016 or summer 2016 judicial externship with United States Bankruptcy Judge Thomas Lynch. The term for the summer position is expected to run from June 2016 to early-August 2016. The closing date for the spring semester externship position is December 4, 2015 and the closing date for the summer externship position is January 15, 2016.

Position Overview: The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Western Division hears bankruptcy and related matters brought by individuals, businesses, family farmers and creditors, among others. The court’s Externship Program provides participants with the opportunity to work with a federal bankruptcy judge and his staff at the U.S. Courthouse at Rockford, Illinois. Externs will observe and participate in the work of the court’s staff reviewing legal submissions, conducting legal research, and assisting with the preparation of legal documents, such as orders. Participants will also assist the court’s staff with various office functions, including editing, proofreading, telephone communications, correspondence and scheduling. Externs are encouraged to frequently observe trials and other courtroom proceedings, attend pretrial settlement and mediation conferences and will be afforded opportunities to participate in the court’s various outreach programs with the bar and community. Judge Lynch also encourages staff and extern interaction with other law clerks posted in Rockford and Chicago.

Minimum Qualifications: To qualify for the position of extern to a federal bankruptcy judge, the applicant must be currently enrolled in a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and have successfully completed her/his first year law school program. In reviewing applications, we look for candidates who demonstrate noteworthy academic accomplishment and qualities of integrity, scholarship, commitment to service, intellectual curiosity, work ethic and congeniality. A healthy sense of humor is always a plus.

Notice to Applicants: This is a NON-SALARIED/ NON-COMPENSATED POSITION. Externs will not be compensated for their time participating or travel or other expenses she/he may incur in connection with the program.

How to Apply: Interested persons should mail, email or hand deliver their letter of interest and personal resume to--
Chambers of Judge Thomas Lynch
United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Stanley J. Roszkowski United States Courthouse, Chambers 4100
Rockford, Illinois 61101
Attn.: John Hardison, Esq.

The submission should contain a short statement (no more than one page) detailing the courses the applicant has taken that might be useful to the work of an extern and explaining why the applicant is interested in participating in the program. Documents submitted by email must be in Adobe PDF format.

The court reserves the right to modify the terms or conditions of this announcement, to withdraw the announcement, or to fill the position sooner than the closing date, any of which actions may occur without prior written notice or other notice.

For more information, contact:
Chambers of Judge Thomas M. Lynch
United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District Illinois
Attn.: Mr. John Hardison, 815‐987‐4366, hardison@ilnb.uscourts.gov

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

ELS Guest Speaker

On Thursday, November 12th at 3:30 p.m. in room 173, join the Environmental Law Society and NIU Law alumnus Steve Siros (‘94) of Jenner & Block as he discusses his work as an environmental law and toxic tort attorney. Snacks will be provided!

Moot Court informational meeting

Please attend the first informational meeting for next spring's Moot Court competition, coming up Thursday, November 19th at noon in room 188. Find out what it takes to compete and how you can get involved with the event.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

The Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago 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 a copy of transcript/letter of good standing and an application demonstrating an unmet financial need and commitment to public service or diversity via email to scholarship@bwla.org.
Award: $1,000
Deadline: November 6, 2015
More Information: Email achapman1@niu.edu for application.

University of Missouri & the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution Writing Competition
Description: A student writing competition is being organized in conjunction with the annual symposium convened by the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution at the University of Missouri School of Law.
Requirements: Submissions should bear some relationship to the history of dispute or conflict resolution, broadly defined. Topics may therefore consider issues relating to the historic development of international or domestic negotiation, mediation, conciliation and/or arbitration, among other things. There is no requirement that papers discuss U.S. law. Papers should be between 15 – 50 pages.
Award: $500
Deadline: November 9, 2015
More Information: http://law.missouri.edu/faculty/event/2015-csdr-writing-competion/

Securities Law Writing Competition
Topic: Any subject in the field of securities law Eligibility: Students enrolled at any accredited law school in the United State for the fall semester of 2015. Unpublished papers, papers published in any law journal or other publication during calendar year 2015, and papers scheduled for publication in 2015 or 2016 are eligible for submission. Co-authored papers are not eligible.
Requirements: All submissions must include author’s name and contact information, including e-mail, postal address, telephone number, law school, and year of anticipated graduation. For submissions which have been published or are scheduled to be published, the name and date of publication should be included.
Award: 1st place: $5,000; 2nd Place: $3,000; 3rd Place: $2,000
Deadline: November 13, 2015
More Information: http://www.secalumni.org/writing-competition

2015 Chapman LLC Scholarship for Law Students
Description: As an investment firm, we care constantly fighting to recoup money from people who have wronged the investors we represent. There is no feeling in the world like helping someone win back their retirement or life savings.
Requirements: In 500-750 word essay, tell us about a time in your life where you helped someone and the way that positively impacted your life. Completed Scholarship Application (See website below to access). An acceptance letter from an accredited law school in the U.S. (new students) or an unofficial transcript from an accredited law school in the U.S.
Award: $1,000 check will be made to the scholarship recipient’s law school of choice to cover expenses.
Deadline: November 15, 2015
More Information: www.johnschapman.com/law-school-scholarship/

PILS Pizza Sale

The Public Interest Law Society is selling pizza in the Marshall Gallery on Monday, November 9th from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please come support our organization and grab a quick, delicious lunch!

Illinois Innocence Project Externship Program panel event

The Illinois Innocence Project, in conjunction with the College of Law, will host an event on Wednesday, November 11th from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom. The event will feature a presentation from Angel Gonzalez, who spent 21 years in prison after being wrongly convicted of rape in 1994. Mr. Gonzalez will talk about his case and how the Innocence Project helped him be exonerated. He will be joined by attorneys from the Innocence Project as well as current NIU Law students who are working with the Project as externs. They'll cover such topics as improper police action, false confessions, "Touch DNA" analysis and the intersection of criminal and immigration law. Finally, they will let you know how you can get involved with the Innocence Project through an externship. Lunch will be served and a reception will follow. All are welcome.

Invitation to Book Discussion

The College of Law and NIU Common Reading Experience invite you to participate in a book discussion group on NIU’s Common Reading for 2015-2017. This year’s book is Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson. The discussion group will meet in Altgeld Hall Room 100 on Thursday, November 12, 4:30-5:30 p.m., (led by NIU Law Professor Daniel McConkie) and Thursday, November 19, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are all welcome.

BLSA Winter Clothing Drive and Thanksgiving Dinner

  • BLSA will be collecting winter clothes for men, women and children. Starting the first week of November there will be a box in the Marshall Gallery that will be delivered during Thanksgiving break to Hope Haven.
  • Join the Black Law Student Association for its annual Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 12 from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Enjoy home-cooked comfort foods and stuff yourself until you need a nap. Perfect for anyone who won't be able to spend Thanksgiving with their family--or who's just really hungry! A portion of the proceeds will go to Hope Haven homeless shelter in DeKalb. Tickets for a plate are available for $10 from any BLSA member in the law school from November 2-9. Limited tickets will be available at the event, but don't wait. This event is hugely popular, so don't miss out!

Support Our Troops Bar Crawl

NIU Law student organizations PAD, JILS and CLS will be sponsoring a bar crawl with proceeds to go towards the U.S. military in honor of Veterans Day. The crawl will take place on Saturday, November 14 starting at 7:30 p.m. in Sycamore, IL with stops at PJ's Courthouse Tavern, MVP Sports Bar, Hink's Bar and Grill and Ski's All-American Pub. T-shirts for the crawl will be available for $15 for sizes small through extra large and $20 for XXL and XXXL. Contact Laura Gaden for more details.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Peggy Browning Fund Fellowship Information Session

There will be an information session on the Peggy Browning Fund Fellowship held on Monday, November 9th from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. at Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., room 510 in Chicago. The Browning Fund program provides funding to law students who dedicate their summer to advancing the cause of workers' rights by working for labor unions, worker centers, the U.S. Department of Labor, union-side law firms and other nonprofit organizations. Come hear Mary Anne Moffa from the Browning Fund along with a former summer fellow discuss the program and application process. Admission is free and food will be provided. Please RSVP to kentcso@kentlaw.iit.edu with the words "Peggy Browning Fund Fellowship" in the subject line.

Monday, November 2, 2015

WCBA Young Lawyers Chili Cook-Off

Please attend the Fifth Annual Winnebago County Bar Association Young Lawyers Chili Cook Off. The event will be held on Friday, November 6th at 5:30 p.m. at Kryptonite Bar, 308 West State Street, Rockford, IL. If you attend, you will get all the chili and dessert you can eat (while supplies last) and beer. We are looking for participants for both the chili and dessert cook off. There will be prizes for the Best Chili, Best Dessert, and People’s Choice Best Chili. This event is free to members of the WCBA. The cost will be $5 for all non- WCBA members unless you submit a chili or dessert, in which case the $5 fee is waived. All are welcome!

If you would like to enter a chili and/or dessert, please email Maryjo Pirages at mpirages@holmstromlaw.com. We request that you have your chili or dessert ready to serve and bring your own crock pot, ladle, other necessary serving utensils, toppings, etc. Bowls, spoons, and napkins will be provided.

(Students: this is a great networking opportunity, as 7 state and federal judges will be there to judge the contest. Please consider attending.)

Agen Summer Session 2016 - Important Informational Meeting

There will be an important meeting regarding the Agen summer session Thursday, November 5 at 12:00 p.m. in room 186. All are welcome to attend this meeting for information regarding this 6-credit summer session held in Agen and Bordeaux, France, in partnership with the University of Bordeaux. We will give an overview of the program and the application process.

Professor O'Malley's Lawyering Skills and Criminal Law classes cancelled for 11/2/15

Lawyering Skills, Section 1, Professor O’Malley – Class has been cancelled for today, November 2, 2015. An email has been sent with Wednesday’s assignment.

Criminal Law, Section 2, Professor O’Malley – Class has been cancelled for today, November 2, 2015.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

Diversity Scholarship Foundation
Description: The Diversity Scholarship Foundation, NFP supports students seeking a career in the legal profession who have maintained a high GPA and are actively participating or supporting diversity related programs.
Requirements: Submit Resume; Transcript; 2 letters of recommendation; Essay explaining your commitment to advocating for diversity in the legal profession or your experience as a diverse student. You may use an additional page to discuss any additional information (financial or otherwise) that you feel is relevant to your application. Individuals who have previously received a scholarship from DSF may not be eligible.
Award: Multiple awards available
Deadline: November 1, 2015
More Information: http://diversitychicago.org/dc/scholarships

The Single Parent Student Scholarship Award
Description: Drug Lawsuit Source understands the challenges of single parents raising children and attending school at the same time. Your commitment to education is a great way to improve your life and to teach your kids important life lessons about goal setting, perseverance, and the importance of education.
Requirements: You must be a single parent helping to raise at least one child. You do not have to have full-time custody but must be involved in raising the child. You must be currently enrolled in a U.S. high school, trade school, apprentice school, junior college, college, university, or graduate school in the United States. You must have a GPA of 2.7 or higher and are required to submit a copy of your transcript indicating your grade point average (GPA). You may submit an unofficial school transcript.
Award: $1,000
Deadline: November 1, 2015
More Information: http://www.druglawsuitsource.com/single-parent-scholarship-2015/

Jack Carey Memorial Scholarship
Description: Scholarship stipend for a law student working at the Cook County Public Defender’s Office
Requirements: Application, Essay, Licensed 711 Intern, and can commit 15 hours a week to the Cook County Public Defender’s Office (for a semester)
Award: $2,500 work stipend
Deadline: November 1, 2015
More Information: http://cookcountypd.org/resources/scholarship/

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
Description: The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is established recognition of the contributions New Americans have made to American life supporting students. Each fellowship supports up to two years of graduate study – in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program – in the United States.
Requirements: A new American (a green card holder or naturalized citizen if born abroad; a child of naturalized citizens if born in this country); not yet 31 years old as of the application deadline; not beyond your second year – if already enrolled – in the graduate degree program for which you request support.
Award: Amount Varies for the 30 fellowship winners (up to $25,000 in maintenance grants and up to $20,000 in tuition)
Deadline: November 1, 2015
More Information: http://www.pdsoros.org/competition/

Michael Weiner Scholarship Application
Description: To be eligible for an award, individuals must demonstrate an interest in, and wish to make a career out of, working in the labor movement and on behalf of workers’ rights.
Requirements: Online application, letter of recommendation, resume, financial aid information, and writing sample demonstrating commitment to the union movement.
Award: $10,000 (five awards available)
Deadline: November 2, 2015
More Information: http://playerstrust.org/programs/michael-weiner-scholarship-application/

University of Missouri & the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution Writing Competition
Description: A student writing competition is being organized in conjunction with the annual symposium convened by the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution at the University of Missouri School of Law.
Requirements: Submissions should bear some relationship to the history of dispute or conflict resolution, broadly defined. Topics may therefore consider issues relating to the historic development of international or domestic negotiation, mediation, conciliation and/or arbitration, among other things. There is no requirement that papers discuss U.S. law. Papers should be between 15 – 50 pages.
Award: $500
Deadline: November 9, 2015
More Information: http://law.missouri.edu/faculty/event/2015-csdr-writing-competion/

LLSA Dia de los Muertos Treats on Sale

LLSA will be selling conchas (mexican sweet bread) and atole (a warm, sweet beverage) on Monday, November 2, from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. for Dia de Los Muertos. Stop by the entrance just outside of Professor Mandell's office and get a taste of seasonal treats.

Research Assistant Wanted by Professor Tan

Professor Tan will be hiring a Research Assistant next semester. If interested, please drop off a resume and letter of interest to the faculty secretary in Room 190 by Monday, November 2.

CLS Guest Speaker

The Christian Legal Society is hosting Judge Robert B. Spence of the Illinois Second District Appellate Court for a discussion and Q&A on Christianity and the Law on Tuesday, November 3rd at noon in room 173. All are welcome.

ISBA Presents "If I Knew Then What I Know Now"

A panel discussion, "If I Knew Then What I Know Now,", will be held on Wednesday, November 4, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom (Room 170). Sponsored by the NIU chapter of the ISBA, this event is an attorney-speaker panel, during which students will hear from working lawyers what advice they would give to their younger selves about law school and working as a new attorney now that they have seen the professional world. Speakers include Anna Sacco-Miller (the Lee County State's Attorney), Michael Wong (civil law attorney from Smith-Amundson in St. Charles), and two attorneys from the Kane County Public Defender's Office. This is a great networking opportunity. Time will be provided at the end for students to mingle with the attorneys. Jimmy John's sandwiches will be provided.

Practice Tracks

Come to this special event featuring practicing attorneys and gain some clarity on a multitude of legal practice areas. Find out what it takes to create a successful career in the legal profession from the people who know! The event will be held on Thursday, November 5th from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Chicago Bar Association's headquarters at 321 S. Plymouth Ct. in Chicago. NIU Law students should sign up for this free event in Room 280 by Tuesday, November 3rd at 1:00 p.m. Free bus transportation to and from the event will be provided, but you have to sign up!

PAD Business Card Sales

Phi Alpha Delta is selling business cards in packages of 500. The price is $14.00 for PAD members and $16.00 for non-PAD members. Flyers showing a sample of the cards and order forms are 3 in the student mailboxes. Order forms and a cash or check payment may be submitted to the manila folder in Monique Perkins' mailbox by Friday, November 6.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

2L Mock Trial Finals

Join us for the finals of the 2015 2L Mock Trial Competition on Thursday, October 29th in the Riley Courtroom at 7:00 p.m. It will see this exciting matchup:

Candice Patrick/Dayshon Wagner (Prosecution) v. Chelsea Selvey/Stephanie Wiggins (Defense)

All are welcome to come and support these students at the top of their game!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Law Library Pumpkin Decorating Contest and Halloween Bingo

The law library is hosting a pumpkin decorating contest. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to enter the contest by dropping off their creations at the library on Monday, October 26th. Ballot boxes will be in the library until noon on the 28th. Cast your vote for the best pumpkin. Pumpkin winners will be announced at the law library Halloween celebration on October 28th (11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.). There will be treats for all. We hope you will join us for the party and submit a pumpkin. Decorated or carved – either is great!

The law library is also sponsoring a Halloween Bingo game. Answer the questions to fill your bingo card (see this week's Docket for the questions and card). Bring correct answers to the reference desk by noon on October 28 to have a box marked off and bring your completed cards to the reference desk . The names of all students who correctly complete cards will be entered into a drawing for a gift card, which will take place at the law library’s Halloween celebration on October 28. Winners need not be present to win, but we would really like to see you there! Take a break and do a bit of spooky research!

ASP Graduate Assistant Wanted

Professors Hunter and Stange are soliciting applications for an open graduate assistant position in Property. We anticipate hiring one current 2L for the Academic Success Program for the Spring 2016 semester; however, current 3L students are also welcome to apply. Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and must have received a grade of “B” or better in the first-year Property course. Details regarding the position and application process are posted outside Professor Hunter’s and Professor Stange’s offices. The deadline for applications is Monday, October 26. Please submit your resume, transcripts, and application letter via email to mstange@niu.edu no later than 3:30 p.m. on that date. If you have any questions, please contact Professor Hunter or Stange.

Externship Informational Session

Are you interested in working on real cases for real clients? Do you want to help free an innocent person who was wrongfully convicted? Would you like to work in a judge's chambers while receiving course credit?

If so, please come to an Externship Informational Session on Mon. Oct. 26th from noon to 1 in room 150. You will hear from professors and students currently enrolled in these classes about what cool things they are doing and how you can seize this opportunity. Free pizza and pop while you listen and ask questions. Please contact Prof. Sheila Maloney at smaloney@niu.edu for more info or if you have questions.

NEW FOR SPRING 2016- New Federal Civil Rights Externship - where you can help represent prisoners in civil claims at the Federal Courthouse in Rockford!

PTSD and Veterans: The Impact on the Criminal System

The NIU Law Health Advocacy Clinic, Public Interest Law Society and Career Opportunities and Development Office present "PTSD and Veterans: The Impact on the Criminal System," a lecture by NIU Law alumna Kelli Childress, Kane County (IL) Public Defender, on Wednesday, October 28th from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in Room 170. Lunch will be provided.

SBA Open Forum

The Student Bar Association would like to invite the members of the NIU College of Law community to an open forum to discuss the governing documents for the SBA. We welcome positive and critical feedback and would like input from the student population as we attempt to improve the SBA for this and future years. The forum will be held on October 28 at 4:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom. Can’t make it to this open forum, but still want to leave us a concern or comment? Just write a note and drop it in Matthew Flores' (3L) mailbox; it does not need to be signed. As a reminder, you can view and download the current Constitution and By-Laws from the SBA page on TWEN.

Shining the Light on Domestic Violence Event

The 17th Judicial Circuit Court Family Violence Coordinating Council, Judge Rosemary Collins, Chairperson, and the NIU Law Clinical Program cordially invite you to attend the 14th Annual Shining the Light on Domestic Violence event on Wednesday, October 28 from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. at Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic, Talcott Building, 319 West State Street in Rockford, Illinois.

The Council celebrates its 21st year of local collaborative efforts. This brief ceremony will recognize and honor the work that has been done to improve safety for victims of domestic violence. There will also be a candle light vigil to mourn, support and celebrate victims and survivors of domestic violence.

With presentations by Judge Rosemary Collins, Chairperson of 17th FVCC Clothesline Project; Jackie Stephenson, Local Musician; and Litesa E. Wallace, Representative of Illinois District 67.

On display will be the Rockford Sexual Assault, Inc. Clothesline Project and the 17th FVCC Silhouette Project.

Also, a Shining the Light on Domestic Violence Award will be presented to one community member in recognition of the work done to help end domestic violence in our Circuit.

Please help us raise awareness about the problem of domestic violence and learn about the resources available in our community by joining us at this event.

For more information contact Andrea Carlson at 815-516-2446 or email acarlson@wincoil.us.

NIU Law Palsgraf

The law school's annual Halloween party will be held at River Heights Golf Course in DeKalb (get your costumes ready!) on Friday, October 30, from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. Tickets will be available from the SBA, and transportation will be provided. Stay tuned for more details on how you can get your tickets.

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

McLean County Bar Association Community Service Scholarship
Description: Applicants for the MCBA Community Service law school scholarship should demonstrate a commitment to McLean County, Bloomington-Normal and/or its surrounding communities through residency in the county, through academic ties to local schools or through past or future employment. Prime candidates will express and demonstrate a commitment to legal aid work, pro bono activities and/or community service.
Requirements: 2Ls/3Ls Only - Submit Online Application, Resume, Transcript, 2 Personal References, and Essay (1 – 2 pages on community service).
Award: $1,500
Deadline: October 30, 2015
More Information: http://www.mcleancountybarassociation.com/mcba-scholarship.html

The Single Parent Student Scholarship Award
Description: Drug Lawsuit Source understands the challenges of single parents raising children and attending school at the same time. Your commitment to education is a great way to improve your life and to teach your kids important life lessons about goal setting, perseverance, and the importance of education.
Requirements: You must be a single parent helping to raise at least one child. You do not have to have full-time custody but must be involved in raising the child.
You must be currently enrolled in a U.S. high school, trade school, apprentice school, junior college, college, university, or graduate school in the United States.
You must have a GPA of 2.7 or higher and are required to submit a copy of your transcript indicating your grade point average (GPA). You may submit an unofficial school transcript.
Award: $1,000
Deadline: November 1, 2015
More Information: http://www.druglawsuitsource.com/single-parent-scholarship-2015/

Jack Carey Memorial Scholarship
Description: Scholarship stipend for a law student working at the Cook County Public Defender’s Office
Requirements: Application, Essay, Licensed 711 Intern, and can commit 15 hours a week to the Cook County Public Defender’s Office (for a semester)
Award: $2,500 work stipend
Deadline: November 1, 2015
More Information: http://cookcountypd.org/resources/scholarship/

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
Description: The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is established recognition of the contributions New Americans have made to American life supporting students. Each fellowship supports up to two years of graduate study – in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program – in the United States.
Requirements: A new American (a green card holder or naturalized citizen if born abroad; a child of naturalized citizens if born in this country); not yet 31 years old as of the application deadline; not beyond your second year – if already enrolled – in the graduate degree program for which you request support.
Award: Amount Varies for the 30 fellowship winners (up to $25,000 in maintenance grants and up to $20,000 in tuition)
Deadline: November 1, 2015
More Information: http://www.pdsoros.org/competition/

Michael Weiner Scholarship Application
Description: To be eligible for an award, individuals must demonstrate an interest in, and wish to make a career out of, working in the labor movement and on behalf of workers’ rights.
Requirements: Online application, letter of recommendation, resume, financial aid information, and writing sample demonstrating commitment to the union movement.
Award: $10,000 (five awards available)
Deadline: November 2, 2015
More Information: http://playerstrust.org/programs/michael-weiner-scholarship-application/

University of Missouri & the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution Writing Competition
Description: A student writing competition is being organized in conjunction with the annual symposium convened by the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution at the University of Missouri School of Law.
Requirements: Submissions should bear some relationship to the history of dispute or conflict resolution, broadly defined. Topics may therefore consider issues relating to the historic development of international or domestic negotiation, mediation, conciliation and/or arbitration, among other things. There is no requirement that papers discuss U.S. law. Papers should be between 15 – 50 pages.
Award: $500
Deadline: November 9, 2015
More Information: http://law.missouri.edu/faculty/event/2015-csdr-writing-competion/

Monday, October 19, 2015

Students Against Violence Everywhere meeting

Please come to an informational meeting for S.A.V.E. on Wednesday, October 21, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in Room 188.

International Law Panel This Week

There will be a panel discussion on international law on Wednesday, October 21 from 12-1 p.m. in the Chessick classroom (room 150). The topic of this panel will be how international law has been impacted or changed through the actions and threat of ISIS, and the subsequent influx of refugees to European countries. Panelists will include NIU Law Professors Tan, Kuehl, Tokic, and Maddali.

SBA Casino Night

Join the NIU Law Student Bar Association as they host their annual gala event. Tickets to this year's Casino Night will include complimentary hors d’oeuvres, gambling chips, and beverages. In addition, there will be a live auction at the end of the evening. All proceeds will go to the SBA to aid in funding student organization activities and causes. Hope to see you all there on Friday, October 23, between 6:30 and 10:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Tickets cost $25 in advance or $30 if purchased at the door. You can email sba.niu@gmail.com to purchase tickets now.

Homecoming Tailgate Party and Football Game

Join our Homecoming Tailgating Party with the Deans on Saturday, October 24 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the College of Law tent in Alumni Village. Then stay and cheer on the Huskies as they take on Eastern Michigan at 2:30 p.m. The College of Law has a block of football tickets for the game.

Please note that students are able to get into the game for free only on the student side (east side) of the stadium with their student ID. The law school’s group tickets are located on the west side of the stadium and are available at a discounted rate of $15.00. You can order tickets online. The law school’s deadline to return unsold tickets is Monday, October 19, so please put in your order as soon as possible.

Once you order, tickets will be placed in your student mailbox or arrangements will be made for you to stop by the alumni affairs office to pick them up sometime next week. Food tickets will be given to guests, which will allow you to receive a choice of sandwich, side, and soft drink. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. We hope to see you there!

Phi Alpha Delta business card sale

PAD is selling business cards in packages of 500. The price is $14.00 for PAD members and $16.00 for non-PAD members. Flyers showing a sample of the cards and order forms are in the student mailboxes. Order forms and a cash or check payment may be submitted to the manila folder in Monique Perkins' mailbox by Friday, November 6.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Judicial Clerkship Panel

There will be a judicial clerkship panel on Monday, October 12 at 4:30 p.m. in the Chessick Courtoom (Room 155). Featured speakers will include: Jamie Esser Noble (‘11) — Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Judge Iain Johnston, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois; Stacey Mandell (‘96) — Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Susan Fayette Hutchinson, Illinois Second District Court; Professor Marc Falkoff and Professor Amy Widman.

Delta Pink Week - This Week!

Delta Theta Phi is holding several special events during their annual Pink Week as fundraisers for breast cancer research:
  • Monday, October 12, 2015, 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Kickoff Bake Sale, location: sidewalk outside Swen Parson (door closest to the main parking garage) 
  • Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Tapas for Tatas, location: Marshall Gallery. Enjoy a delicious tapas lunch for only $5 for Delta members and $7 for Non-members (cash only). Please wear pink to show your support!
  • Saturday, October 17, - Save Second Base Breast Cancer Fundraiser Event. 
  • DATE CHANGE: Saturday, October 17, 2015, 7:30 p.m. - midnight - Bar Crawl, location: Dekalb Area, starting at Lord Stanley's. Cost to attend is $15 for Delta Members, and $18 for Non-members.

Navy JAG Corps informational meeting

Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 15th at noon in the Chessick Classroom (Rm. 150) to meet and hear from Lieutenant Chris Cox. As an NIU College of Law alumnus, he would like to talk to you about the Navy's Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAGC) and how much he has enjoyed his time as a Judge Advocate. The Navy's JAGC is a great place to serve your country and engage in various areas of law throughout the world.Judge Advocates are assigned overseas to places such as Spain, Italy, and Japan, as well as places in the U.S. such as San Diego and Chicago. Judge Advocates practice law in the areas of environmental, ethics, fiscal, criminal justice, law of the sea, and international law, to name a few. Please join him for a candid discussion about the process of becoming a Judge Advocate, as well as the many benefits of joining the Navy. Feel free to bring your lunch with you.

Federalist Society debate

The Federalist Society will hold a debate on Thursday, October 15 at noon in the Riley Courtroom. The debate will be called, “The Power of the Executive: The Constitutional Challenge Over DAPA,” lunch will be served, and it will be between NIU Law Professor Robert Jones and Professor Josh Blackman from South Texas College of Law in Houston.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

PILS Fall Raffle information meeting

PILS is having a Fall Raffle Informational Meeting Tuesday, October 13 from 12:30-1 in room 186. We will be discussing ways to volunteer, prizes, etc. We will also be having a pizza sale the same day in the Marshall Gallery so stop by and grab a slice before the meeting! If you have any further questions please contact Chelsea Selvey.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Criminal Law Society informational meeting

The Criminal Law Society will hold an informational meeting on Monday, October 5th in room 188 at noon. Please join us to find out more about our organization and how you can get involved.

U.N. Chief Ethics Officer to Speak at NIU Law on Tuesday, October 6th

Ms. Joan Dubinsky, the Chief Ethics Officer for the United Nations, will be speaking at Professor Morse Tan’s Public International Law class this Tuesday, October 6, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in Room 173. As the Chief Ethics Officer, Ms. Dubinsky reports directly to the U.N. Secretary General and chairs the Ethics Panel of the United Nations. Prior to her U.N. position, Ms. Dubinsky served as Chief Ethics Officer for the International Monetary Fund and as Associate Counsel and Chief Ethics Officer for the American Red Cross. She is a graduate of the University of Texas Law School. All members of the law school community are invited to attend.

Invitation to Catholic Lawyers's Guild Mass and Reception

NIU Law students have been invited by the Catholic Lawyer’s Guild to attend this year’s Red Mass in Chicago, followed by a reception honoring Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart for his work in helping the mentally ill, encouraging restorative justice and helping eradicate human trafficking. The mass will be held on Tuesday, October 6, at 5:15 p.m. at Holy Name Cathedral, 735 North State Street, and the reception will follow at Loyola University, 111 East Pearson, 16th floor, both in Chicago. For further information or to RSVP to attend, follow the prompts at www.chicagoredmass.org or contact Patti Zimmerman (zimmerman.patricia@gmail.com).

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

AES Engineering Scholarship
Description: AES Engineering is pleased to be able to continue offering scholarships to motivated students to help in the furthering of their education.
Requirements: Students must submit an essay of between 500 and 1000 words in answer to the following question: “When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful? What relationships or accomplishments will be important on this journey?”
Award: $500
Deadline: October 7, 2015
More Information: http://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm

International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Student Writing Competition
Description: The Competition seeks submissions of academic papers on the topic of international humanitarian law (IHL) from students currently enrolled in a law degree program in the United States or abroad. The purpose of the Competition is to enhance scholarship and deepen understanding among students in this important area of international law.
Requirements: Students must choose a legal topic related to this year’s theme, “The Intersection of International Humanitarian Law and Gender.” Papers without a direct focus on this theme will not be reviewed.
Award: $500 cash prize and a one-year ASIL student membership
Deadline: October 7, 2015
More Information: https://www.wcl.american.edu/humright/center/2015ihlstu

Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois Scholarship
Description: Each year the Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois (“HBA”) offers scholarships to second and third year law students of Hellenic descent.
Requirements: 2Ls/3Ls Only - Applicant must be of Hellenic descent. Applicant either must be an Illinois resident or must be attending law school in Illinois. All applicants must submit: a completed application; a law school transcript; a current resume; a current photo; and be available for in-person interview in Chicago.
Award: Unknown
Deadline: October 9, 2015
More Information: http://goo.gl/UiVxlB

Monday, September 28, 2015

National LLSA Conference, co-hosted by NIU Law

The 19th annual National Latino Law Student Association Conference will be hosted by Northwestern University School of Law, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and Northern Illinois University College of Law at Loyola's Campus, 25 E. Pearson St., & Northwestern's Law Campus, 375 E. Chicago from October 1-3, 2015.

Your $50 admission gets you:
  • FREE FOOD and DRINKS at the Welcome Cocktail Reception 
  • Access to the Career Fair 
  • Access to several panels headed by professors, practitioners, judges, elected officials, and prominent community leaders 
  • Networking opportunities 
  • FREE FOOD and DRINKS at the Closing Banquet 
  • Plus, the Closing Banquet will feature a Keynote Address on October 3 from U.S. House of Representative Congressman Luis Gutierrez. 

This year's theme is "Community and Leadership" with an overall goal to remind every person that attends the Conference about how they can be strong, effective leaders, individually and collectively, and leave with ideas on what they can do now to strengthen and empower Latino communities for the better. Students of all backgrounds are encouraged to attend.

Time is running out, so register now!! Deadline is on MONDAY, SEPT. 28TH.
How to Register: http://nllsa.org/conference/
How to Pay: http://nllsa.org/conference/member-reg/

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

September

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, 2015
More Information: http://www.americanbar.org/publications/public_contract_law_jrnl.html

October

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, 2015
More Information: http://www.ccmeonline.org/scholarships

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, 2015
More Information: http://www.kattenlaw.com/minority-scholarship

AES Engineering Scholarship
Description: AES Engineering is pleased to be able to continue offering scholarships to motivated students to help in the furthering of their education.
Requirements: Students must submit an essay of between 500 and 1000 words in answer to the following question: “When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful? What relationships or accomplishments will be important on this journey?”
Award: $500
Deadline: October 7, 2015
More Information: http://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm

International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Student Writing Competition
Description: The Competition seeks submissions of academic papers on the topic of international humanitarian law (IHL) from students currently enrolled in a law degree program in the United States or abroad. The purpose of the Competition is to enhance scholarship and deepen understanding among students in this important area of international law.
Requirements: Students must choose a legal topic related to this year’s theme, “The Intersection of International Humanitarian Law and Gender.” Papers without a direct focus on this theme will not be reviewed.
Award: $500 cash prize and a one-year ASIL student membership
Deadline: October 7, 2015
More Information: https://www.wcl.american.edu/humright/center/2015ihlstu

Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois Scholarship
Description: Each year the Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois (“HBA”) offers scholarships to second and third year law students of Hellenic descent.
Requirements: 2Ls/3Ls Only - Applicant must be of Hellenic descent. Applicant either must be an Illinois resident or must be attending law school in Illinois. All applicants must submit: a completed application; a law school transcript; a current resume; a current photo; and be available for in-person interview in Chicago.
Award: Unknown
Deadline: October 9, 2015
More Information: http://goo.gl/UiVxlB

Lexis Training Session

Lexis will be having a training session Wednesday, September 30th in room 187 at noon. 400 points for those that attend. There will be free lunch as well.

Women's Law Caucus Mentor/Mentee Breakfast

In the Marshall Gallery on Thursday, October 1st from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m., come to our Mentor/ Mentee Breakfast Mixer!  Coffee, juice, doughnuts and pastries will be served!

Elder Law Networking Opportunity

The Illinois Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Naela) invites law students to attend their Unprogram, a twice-annual, one-day informal and very informative program on topics in elder law. Included will be discussions of retirement and other benefits, Medicaid, special needs planning, nursing home contract review, estate planning, guardianships, and legislative developments. The Unprogram will be held on Friday, October 2, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the DePaul O’Hare campus, 8770 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue, Chicago, IL 60631. The student fee for attendance is a special rate of $50, which includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Additional program information and registration materials are available at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eb4zd07q13c4bf58&llr=c9shxsbabon

Public Interest Career Training

The Public Interest Law Initiative will hold "Explore the Possibilities: Public Interest Law Opportunities for Law Students" at Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 West Adams Street in Chicago on Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Looking to secure a legal aid, public interest law or government position during or after law school? This program is for law students who are interested in learning more about placements as volunteers, interns, externs, fellows or staff in the public interest law sector.

For more information and to sign up, go to www.pili.org/explore. Lunch will be provided and business casual attire is highly recommended. Advance registration is required by Wednesday, October 14th.

Required Graduation Documents for December 2015 Graduates

Attention December 2015 Graduates: If you are planning on graduating at the end of the Fall 2015 semester, please contact Julie Mahoney-Krzyzek (SP285) and make an appointment to complete your Statement of Candidacy. Appointments will begin October 1, 2015. This is the first of a two-step process for applying for graduation. You will be given instructions on the second step when you meet with Julie. Both steps must be completed by October 31, 2015.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Bar Prep Talk by Kaplan

A representative from Kaplan bar exam preparation will be in room 150 at noon on Monday, September 28th discussing the bar exam, resources, best practices for study methods and Kaplan products. It's never too early to start getting ready for the bar exam, so please take this opportunity to plan for your preparation.

Update on Externship Informational Meeting - TODAY

A Bridge to Practice Externship (Chicago and Springfield) Informational Meeting will be held on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st from noon to 1 in room 258 with free pizza & pop! Come learn about these unique opportunities on how you can spend a semester in Chicago or Springfield as a 3L while earning all your credit hours and bridging the gap between school and practice!

If you cannot make it but want to participate, there is a dial-in phone number: 641-715-3580. The access code is 609-642.

For questions about this meeting, please contact Prof. Sheila Maloney at smaloney@niu.edu and to learn more about the externships please visit the Externship page on our website.

Friday, September 18, 2015

PES 1L Information Meeting

The Professionalism and Ethics Society will hold a "1L ask-advise meeting" on Tuesday, September 22 at noon in room 188. Bring your professionalism and ethics questions and get them answered from the student perspective.

Public Interest Law Panel

PILS will be hosting a panel discussion on public interest law on Wednesday, September 23rd from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom. Please attend to learn more about this rewarding and vital area of legal practice. The panel will feature representatives from Prairie State Legal Services, World Relief, Administer Justice, and Illinois Legal Aid Online and will feature FREE FOOD provided by Themis.

NEW Judicial Externship Opportunity with Bankruptcy Judge Thomas Lynch of the Federal Bankruptcy Court in Rockford

The Externship Program for the Western Division of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois provides participants with the opportunity to work with a federal bankruptcy judge and his staff at the United States Courthouse in Rockford, Illinois for one or two days a week during the 2015-2016 academic year. Externs will observe and participate in the work of chamber’s staff by reviewing legal submissions, conducting legal research, and assisting with the preparation of legal documents, such as orders. Program participants may also assist chamber’s staff with various office functions, including proofreading, telephone communications, correspondence and scheduling. Externs will be encouraged to observe trials and other courtroom proceedings, and attend pretrial settlement and mediation conferences. For more information, please view the position announcement below. This posting closes on September 24, 2015 for Fall Semester and December 4, 2016 for the Spring 2016 semester. For more information, contact Professor Maloney at smaloney@niu.edu. For more information please see the court's official release regarding the externship

Law Library Circulation Desk Assistant Needed

The law library is currently looking for a law student to work at the circulation desk Saturdays and some weekday hours depending upon schedules and the library’s needs. Interested students should contact Pam Sampson (psampson@niu.edu or 815-753-0507) at the Circulation Desk in the Law Library. Review of applications will begin September 25, 2015. If you have any questions regarding the position, please see Pam or Professor Clarke.

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

September

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, 2015
More Information: http://www.americanbar.org/publications/public_contract_law_jrnl.html

October

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, 2015
More Information: http://www.ccmeonline.org/scholarships

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, 2015
More Information: http://www.kattenlaw.com/minority-scholarship

Elder Law Networking Opportunity

The Illinois Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Naela) invites law students to attend their Unprogram, a twice-annual, one-day informal and very informative program on topics in elder law. Included will be discussions of retirement and other benefits, Medicaid, special needs planning, nursing home contract review, estate planning, guardianships, and legislative developments. The Unprogram will be held on Friday, October 2, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the DePaul O’Hare campus, 8770 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue, Chicago, IL 60631. The student fee for attendance is a special rate of $50, which includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Additional program information and registration materials are available at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eb4zd07q13c4bf58&llr=c9shxsbabon.

Uniform Bar Exam Proposal "Unpublished" - UPDATE

The UBE Sub-Committee of the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar has rescinded its September 10 invitation for comments on a proposal to replace the current Illinois Bar Examination with the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE). No reasons were given for the decision.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

SELS Informational Meeting

The Sports and Entertainment Law Society is having an informational meeting WEDNESDAY Sept. 16 at noon in Room 188 (Pizza Hut pizza can be had by all, of course!). Come learn more about how this great organization will serve NIU and YOU. Students who are interested in mediation, negotiations, intellectual properties, and corporate law will find members and friends here. Additionally, if you like Entertainment, Sports, and FUN this is the place, come and add your insights into our plan. All 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls are welcome. We should wrap up in 20-30 minutes. If you have any questions email MWelsh2@niu.edu.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

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: TODAY, September 14, 2015
More Information: http://www.justinianendowment.org/#!scholarship/c2325

Daniel J. Curtin, Jr. Fellowship
Description: The purpose of the fellowship program is to foster increased interest in the study of land use planning and its interrelationship with the law. This will provide increased participation in the planning profession, and ultimately, greater service to communities across the nation. The term of the fellowship is approximately ten months (the typical length of two semesters or three quarters), from mid-October to mid-August, and will include approximately 100 to 200 total hours of work. The fellow will conduct his/her fellowship duties remotely, i.e., from where he/she lives or attends school.
Requirements: 1L/2L Only – Submit a personal statement, one letter of recommendation, transcripts/proof of enrollment, and resume
Award: $1,500 award and a $1,000 APA membership and Annual Conference stipend.
Deadline: September 15, 2015
More Information: https://www.planning.org/divisions/planningandlaw/fellowship/

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, 2015
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: The submission may address any aspect of Securities Law; Securities Arbitration; The Federal Arbitration Act, Title 9, US Code, Section 1-14; or FINRA Code of Arbitration, effective April 16, 2007 and any changes or proposed changes to that Code. The writing can be based in theory or practice, but should ultimately advocate a position on the topic area chosen (limit 25 pages).
Award: 1st Place $1000, 2nd Place $750, 3rd Place $500
Deadline: September 18, 2015
More Information: http://piabafoundation.org/piabe-bar-journal/beckley-competition

SALDF First Meeting

The College of Law is reviving the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund organization. Please join us on Wednesday September 16, at noon in Room 150, when we will be picking board members and such. Bring your lunch. This will be a great way to get active in the local animal community. Contact Nicole O’Connor if you have any questions. Looking forward to seeing everyone.

Constitution Day Panel Discussion

The College of Law will recognize Constitution Day on Thursday, September 17 at noon in the Riley Courtroom by presenting a panel discussion on recent and upcoming United States Supreme Court cases. Panelists will include NIU College of Law faculty. The entire university community is invited to attend.

Friday, September 11, 2015

BLSA First Meeting

The first meeting for members of BLSA will be held Tuesday, September 15 in room 150 at noon. Lunch will be provided.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

PES Informational Meeting

The Professionalism and Ethics Society will be having a meeting on Tuesday, September 15 in room 188 from 12:30 - 1:00 p.m. It will be an informational session regarding the MPRE.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

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, 2015
More Information: http://www.justinianendowment.org/#!scholarship/c2325

NEW - Daniel J. Curtin, Jr. Fellowship
Description: The purpose of the fellowship program is to foster increased interest in the study of land use planning and its interrelationship with the law. This will provide increased participation in the planning profession, and ultimately, greater service to communities across the nation. The term of the fellowship is approximately ten months (the typical length of two semesters or three quarters), from mid-October to mid-August, and will include approximately 100 to 200 total hours of work. The fellow will conduct his/her fellowship duties remotely, i.e., from where he/she lives or attends school.
Requirements: 1L/2L Only – Submit a personal statement, one letter of recommendation, transcripts/proof of enrollment, and resume
Award: $1,500 award and a $1,000 APA membership and Annual Conference stipend.
Deadline: September 15, 2015
More Information: https://www.planning.org/divisions/planningandlaw/fellowship/

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, 2015
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: The submission may address any aspect of Securities Law; Securities Arbitration; The Federal Arbitration Act, Title 9, US Code, Section 1-14; or FINRA Code of Arbitration, effective April 16, 2007 and any changes or proposed changes to that Code. The writing can be based in theory or practice, but should ultimately advocate a position on the topic area chosen (limit 25 pages)
Award: 1st Place $1000, 2nd Place $750, 3rd Place $500
Deadline: September 18, 2015
More Information: http://piabafoundation.org/piabe-bar-journal/beckley-competition

LLSA First Meeting

Northern Illinois University's Latino Law Student Association will hold its first general meeting of the semester on Thursday, September 10 at noon in Room 150. Join us and meet the executive board, upperclassmen and learn about our plans this year. We will talk about the benefits that LLSA membership includes and discuss an upcoming opportunity to attend the National Latino Law Student Association's Annual Conference which will be held in Chicago this October! Questions and more information can be directed to niu.latino.lawyers@gmail.com.

Student Bar Association 1L Elections & Bar Crawl

Hello 1Ls! The SBA wanted to send a quick reminder to vote for your SBA 1L representatives! The election polls will open starting at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 10, and close at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 12th. In order to vote, please join the SBA group on TWEN (through Westlaw). This will give you access to both the 1L candidates' paragraphs and the voting polls. The link to place your vote will be on the left-hand side of the SBA TWEN page under "Customized Polling."

Two representatives from each section will be elected to represent your class for the 2015-2016 academic year. The results will be announced at the Welcome Back Bar Crawl on Friday, September 18 starting at Lord Stanley's at 7:00. Contact the SBA at sba.niu@gmail.com if you have questions. Best of luck to all candidates!

PILS Reps Needed

Any 1L interested in joining the PILS exec board as a 1L representative should email Kelly at kellymckay10@gmail.com with a short paragraph stating why you are interested in being a rep as well as what, if any, previous experience you have in the area of public interest. (Note that previous experience is not a requirement to be a 1L rep.) Please also include your name and section number. We will be selecting two reps from each section. Paragraphs are due Friday, September 11 by 4:00 p.m.

ABA Networking Opportunity

The Tax Section of the American Bar Association is holding its 2015 meeting in Chicago on September 17, 18 and 19, 2015, and has invited NIU law students who are members of the section to attend. The meeting will take place at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, 301 East North Water Street, Chicago, Illinois 60601. 

ABA membership, section membership and conference registration are all free to current law students, and you are encouraged to participate. More information about joining the ABA and the Tax Section is available on the ABA web site. Registration information and forms are also available online. If you would like copies of the meeting invitation and a description of the benefits of joining the Tax Section, contact Lisa Hoebing in Room 276 (lhoebing@niu.edu).

Monday, August 31, 2015

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

Check out these great scholarship opportunities with application deadlines coming in August and September: Apply Now!

What's New at the Law Library

What's new this Fall? Lots!

Space and Collection Changes: Over the summer, the law library staff — assisted by NIU carpenters, painters, carpet-layers, janitorial staff and a host of others — have worked hard to give the library a fresh new look with improved floor plans, collection layouts, collaborative and quiet study areas, service points, and more. Changes include:


  • New carpet throughout the library o New tables and chairs that can be easily moved for collaborative work o New portable whiteboards 
  • Enlarged study carrels in the South Wing 
  • New informal seating areas near the entrance and in the North Wing o New artwork from the NIU Art Museum's collections o Combined Circulation & Reference desks for "one stop shopping" 
  • New browseable reserves collection: popular study aids and other materials are now out on open shelves instead of kept behind the Circulation Desk 
  • The top 20 U.S. law reviews & practitioner journals are also out on open shelves for easier browsing 
  • IICLEs, the Illinois Practice Series, and Nutshells have their own designated areas instead of being scattered throughout the collection 
  • Foreign, international and comparative law materials are now all in the North Wing 
  • Most large federal sets are now in the North Wing 
  • The South Wing is now designated a Quiet Study area 
  • And last but not least, there is a new (mobile-friendly!) website


Please stop by the library to check out all the changes! We’ll look forward to seeing everyone throughout the Fall 2015 term.

Changes in Law Library Hours: In response to increasing traffic from students during the morning hours, the law library will now be open at 7:30 a.m. (Monday-Friday). The full listing of revised hours is on the law library’s website.

One-Card Access: Having trouble accessing the law library with your OneCard (after 6:00 p.m.)? Please contact Professor Clarke (tclarke@niu.edu) to report your OneCard issue, and she will work on getting it fixed.

Enjoy the start to your fall term and just let the law librarians and staff know if there is anything that we might do to make your studying more comfortable or to assist with your research! ~ Prof. Kuehl

Research Assistant Needed for Professor Kuehl

Professor Heidi Kuehl is seeking an RA (with full tuition waiver) for the fall and spring terms to assist with law faculty research projects. Please email Professor Kuehl at hkuehl@niu.edu if you are interested. Interviews will be conducted with interested candidates in the next week or two.

Research Assistant Needed for Professor Vaughn

Wendy Vaughn, Clinical Associate Professor, seeks a full-time Research Assistant for 2015-2016. The Research Assistant will receive a full-tuition waiver for academic year 2015-2016. The Research Assistant will not be required to come to the clinic in Rockford. Meetings regarding research assignments will be arranged with Professor Vaughn on Mondays on campus, or at other agreed upon times.

To apply, please send the following materials to Professor Vaughn at wvaughn@niu.edu, or fax to 815- 962-9984:
  • a cover letter, 
  • a resume, and 
  • an unofficial transcript
In order to expedite the application process and the tuition waiver, please apply as soon as possible. A decision will be made on a rolling basis as applications are received.

BLSA Informational Meeting

BLSA will hold an informational meeting on Tuesday, September 1st at noon in room 188. Come and find out more about the Black Law Students Association and why you should join us for 2015-2016. Lunch will be provided and all are welcome.

Delta Theta Phi/Public Interest Law Society informational meeting

Come to an informational meeting for Delta and PILS on Wednesday, September 2 at noon in room 188. Find out what these organizations have to offer you and what you can offer them.

KCBA Reception for NIU Law Students

On Thursday, September 3 from 5:00-7:00 p.m., at Eduardo’s Mexican Restaurant, 214 East Lincoln Highway in DeKalb, the Kane County Bar Association will be holding an NIU Law Student Reception. This event is specifically for NIU Law, so please join them for free food, drinks and great networking opportunities with local attorneys. Find out more about joining the KCBA and what benefits they can offer you.

LLSA Sponsors Bar Review

Bienvenidos, 1Ls, to NIU College of Law! LLSA is seeking two 1L Representatives. Anyone interested should submit a paragraph to niu.latino.lawyers@gmail.com by 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 3. The paragraph should tell us a little bit about yourself, why you are interested in being a 1L Representative, and how you can contribute to LLSA. Please, make sure to provide your section number with your paragraph. Afterward, come join us as LLSA will be sponsoring Bar Review at Molly's in DeKalb on Thursday, September 3 at 9:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Presentation on Class Preparation with Lexis Advance

This coming Wednesday, September 2 at 12:00 in room 150, enjoy free pizza on LexisNexis and find out from representative Loryn how Lexis Advance can help get you through law school. Pizza will be served at noon, with the presentation starting at 12:30. Contact Whitney Wilkinson for more details.

Federalist Society informational meeting

The Federalist Society will be holding a 1L informational meeting on Tuesday, September 1st in room 186. Please join us to find out more about our organization and how you can get involved.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Visitng French Law Students Here This Week

If you think you have been hearing French in the halls, it is because 28 French law students from the University of Bordeaux arrived last weekend to spend three weeks with us for an Introduction to the American Legal System. While here, they are having a series of classes with various members of the NIU Law faculty, visiting state and federal courts in Chicago, and exploring Springfield. Next weekend they will enjoy a free weekend in Chicago.

If you see them in the halls, please introduce yourself and say hello. They will also be at the Deans’ Picnic this Thursday. All are eager to meet and get to know American law students, so please take advantage of the opportunity.

Dean's Picnic This Week!

Dean's Picnic - The SBA and Dean Cordes invite you to join them for the annual kickoff to the fall semester. Enjoy free food, drinks and sunshine and welcome back your fellow students to the law school. The picnic will be held on Thursday, August 27th at 4:00 at the Odekirk Property right next to the IHOP on Annie Glidden Road.

Federal Public Defender Office Externship

This full-year externship is available for the 2015-2016 academic year in Rockford, Illinois. It will require a twelve-hour-per-week commitment for three hours of pass/fail credit each semester. A 711 license is not required. Under the supervision on-site by Federal Public Defender Paul Gaziano, the extern will research and write memoranda, motions and briefs for pre-trial and post-conviction issues and sentencing hearings. In addition, he or she will attend and observe various court proceedings.
Clinical Professor Paul Cain will be the faculty supervisor with whom the extern will meet on a regular basis to discuss the externship experience.

In order to apply for this externship, please submit an externship application available on the experiential learning website and the following documents to Paul Cain at pcain@niu.edu by Friday, August 28. Please include the following four items as email attachments in Word or PDF format:

  • a cover letter explaining your interest in this position 
  • an unofficial transcript 
  • a resume, and 
  • a writing sample (maximum length 10 pages) 

After reviewing the submitted documents, Professor Cain will screen the applicants to select the final three candidates. He will then send their names and contact information to Federal Public Defender Gaziano, whose office will contact the three candidates to arrange for an interview and make the final selection. If you have any questions about this process or the externship itself, please do not hesitate to contact Professor Cain at pcain@niu.edu or 815-962- 9980.

Student Ambassadors Needed

Hello and welcome to NIU Law Class of 2018! I wanted to introduce myself. My name is John McWard, and I am a 2L and the Graduate Assistant for the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid for the College of Law. Originally from Springfield, Illinois, I ventured to the Chicago suburbs to play soccer at North Central College and graduated from there in 2014. If you ever want to talk or have any questions about the first year of law school, please come by the Office of Admissions or stop me in the hallway between classes!

Further, I wanted to extend another welcome. Each year, NIU Law brings in a group of talented individuals from all walks of life to diversify and strengthen our NIU Law student body. I am very glad you are a part of the Class of 2018.

With that being said, I am looking for motivated and passionate first-year students who are interested in becoming student ambassadors for NIU Law. As a Student Ambassador, you will be a representative of NIU Law.

Your first goal as a Student Ambassador is to share your story with us. We will ask you a series of questions (three) during a personal one-on-one interview, and you will have your photograph taken. Further, both your story and photograph will be published on NIU Law’s website under Class of 2018 Profiles.

Please see our Class of 2017 Profiles on the NIU Law website for examples and respond by either coming into the Office of Admissions or by emailing me at jmcward1@niu.edu by no later than September 1st, 2015 if this is something of interest to you!

Sincerely,
John H. McWard
Graduate Assistant for the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Research Assistant Needed for Professor Tokic

Professor Genevieve Tokic is seeking a research assistant for the 2015-2016 school year. Professor Tokic's research will be primarily in the area of international tax. No tax background is required; however, an interest in tax and/or comparative or international law is preferred. While any experience conducting tax research or working with OECD materials would be a benefit, Professor Tokic will work with the RA to ensure s/he receives training in the conduct of tax research. Interested students should send an email with a brief statement of interest (including any relevant research experience or other information) to Professor Tokic at gtokic@niu.edu.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Information Regarding 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 emailed 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 lawadm@niu.edu or stop by Room 151.

Upcoming Deadlines:

Judge John R. Brown Award
Description: The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce the twenty-second annual Brown Award. The Award is in recognition of Excellence in Legal Writing in American Law Schools.
Requirements: In order to be considered, two copies of a current legal writing must be submitted. The article must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a law school faculty member or legal professional other than the author of the paper.
Award: $10,000 stipend
Deadline: August 21, 2015
More Information: http://goo.gl/HFa2UI

Baumgartner Law Firm – Law Student Scholarship Application
Description: The Baumgartner Law Firm is pleased to offer an annual law student scholarship to needy individuals to who are enrolled at an accredited Law School in the U.S.
Requirements: Submit an online application, short personal statement, resume, and unofficial transcript.
Award: A one-time award of $3,000.00 will be awarded to one winner to be used for tuition, books and law school expenses.
Deadline: August 31, 2015
More Information: http://goo.gl/lCrlBk

Welcome from the Alumni Office

Welcome to NIU Law! We have an exciting year of events and receptions planned, and we hope to see you at all or some of them. These events are great networking opportunities with our alumni and other professionals, plus there's free food and drinks. We can assist with transportation for students if needed.

Please feel free to stop by our office if you have any questions or just to say “hello.” Melody Mitchell, Director of Alumni Events and Public Relations, Jacob Imm, Assistant Director, and our graduate assistant, Krystle McNeely, are all in Swen Parson 350, at the top of the stairs in the back corner of the Marshall Gallery. Reminder to 1Ls: Please complete and return your Publicity Release Forms to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid.

Information on Career Opportunities & Professional Development

Welcome new students!! Welcome back returning students! This year's Graduate Assistants in the Career Opportunities & Professional Development Office are Rikkilee Moser, 3L, and Christine Beaderstadt, 2L. They will be available to help you with your resumes and cover letters. Also stop in to see them if you want to learn more about the benefits of being involved in the Public Interest Law Society (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.

Attention all 1Ls! You 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 (or 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 a great opportunity!

Information from Office of Budget and Records

Office Locations:

Christina L. Raguse
Director, Office of Budget & Records
Room: SP281A2 (in Student Affairs Suite)
Email: craguse@niu.edu
Phone: 815-753-6580

Julie Mahoney-Krzyzek
Office Manager
Room: SP285 (across hall from elevator)
Email: jmahoney@niu.edu
Phone: 815-753-1620

Lockers: 
  • 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. No locker exchanges without verification of medical necessity. 
  • If you do not have a locker and would like one, you must email your request to Julie Mahoney-Krzyzek at jmahoney@niu.edu. 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 removed. Replacing any locks that have to be cut off for this purpose will be your responsibility. Mailboxes: 
  • New mailboxes have been created for all students. These are found in the front of the Law Library 
  • The mailboxes 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 the mailboxes over the summer, you can pick the items up in SP285 
  • Please check your mailbox regularly and do not let items accumulate.

Email:
  • The NIU Z-email address is the official email for all students. You are responsible for all notices and other communications sent to that address regardless of whether or not you opened and read them. Please check your Z-email frequently to ensure receipt of all official notices, especially if you have forwarded the Z-email to another address. Communications do not always forward as expected and can be lost, dumped into trash or blocked. 
Reimbursement Process: 
  • Purchases: For purchases on behalf of NIU College of Law events: Expenses must be approved by the 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 will need the 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 appropriate required documentation.