Thursday, February 26, 2015

Moot Court Finals This Saturday

All are welcome to attend the Final Round of the 33rd Annual Lenny Mandell Moot Court Competition this Saturday, February 28 at 10:30 a.m. in the Riley Courtroom. The finals will see Brian Cunningham & Patti Donahue v. Danielle D’Ambrose & Cole DeBlaey.

Monday, February 23, 2015

NIU Summer Program in Agen, France: Early Bird Deadline Today!

Applications for the 2015 NIU Summer Program in Agen, France are now available to be completed online. The first 16 students to apply prior to 5:00 p.m.on Monday, February 23 will receive a $200 early bird discount courtesy of the Rudy DeSeife Fund. The summer program is contingent on a minimum of 12 participants. Your early application will both assist us and earn you the $200 early bird discount. If you have any questions, please contact Dean Gaebler at dgaebler@niu.edu, Professor Reynolds at danreynolds@niu.edu or Professor Taylor at dtaylor@niu.edu.

2L Over-the-Hump Party

An Over-the-Hump Party will be held for 2Ls on Wednesday, February 25, from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery to celebrate their being over half way through with law school. Pizza and beverages will be provided. The party is sponsored by the SBA and Dean Rosato Perea.

12th Annual Minority Reception This Week!

Dean Rosato Perea and alumnus Vincent Cornelius ('89) will host the 12th Annual Minority Reception on Wednesday, February 25, at Cantina Laredo (508 N. State Street, Chicago) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. During this year's reception, the Honorable Thaddeus Wilson ('94) and NIU Law Alumni Director Melody Mitchell will receive the Excellence in Service and Leadership Award. Please contact Melody at mmitchell@niu.edu or (815) 753-1027 if you plan on attending and need transportation; all are welcome!

Scholarship Deadlines Coming Up This Week

Michael Curry Summer Internship
Description: The Governor’s Office encourages incoming college juniors and seniors, recent graduates, and graduate students from all disciplines to apply for a summer internship. Michael Curry Interns work in the Governor’s Office and at various agencies under the Governor’s jurisdiction, learning firsthand, the operations of Illinois State Government.
Requirements: Application, Essay answers, official transcripts
Award: $1,346 per month stipend
Deadline: February 28, 2015
More Information: https://www2.illinois.gov/gov/Pages/application1.aspx

American Bankruptcy Institute Student Writing Competition
Description: The American Bankruptcy Institute is pleased to invite students to participate in its Seventh Annual ABI Bankruptcy Law Student Writing Competition and submit papers on current issues regarding bankruptcy jurisdiction, bankruptcy litigation, or evidence in bankruptcy cases or proceedings.
Requirements: Write a paper addressing any business or consumer case, such as bankruptcy sales, plan confirmation and other topics that involve jurisdiction, litigation or evidence in the bankruptcy courts.
Award: 1st place--$2,000, publication in the ABI Journal and one-year ABI membership; 2nd place--$1,250, publication in an ABI committee newsletter and a one-year ABI membership; 3rd place--$750, publication in an ABI committee newsletter and a one-year ABI membership.
Deadline: March 2, 2015
More Information: https://papers.abi.org

William C. Connor Intellectual Property Law Writing Competition
Description: The New York Intellectual Property Law Association created a writing competition for law students in recognition of Honorable William C. Connor for his significant contributions to the field of Intellectual property.
Requirements: Write an essay directed to any of the traditional subject areas of intellectual property, i.e., patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair trade practices and antitrust.
Award: 1st place--$1,500 and plaque at the NYIPLA Annual Meeting and Dinner to be held in New York City on May 19, 2015; Runner up--$1,000 and a plaque at the Annual Meeting and Dinner.
Deadline: March 4, 2015
More Information: http://goo.gl/AQF9pi

SBA Trivia Night

Trivia Night will be held on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Everyone is encouraged to participate and to team up with faculty. We will also provide drinks and snacks! The winning team members will receive tickets to Barristers' Ball.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Scholarship Deadlines Coming Up This Week

American Constitution Society for Law and Policy Writing Competition 
Description: The American Constitution Society (ACS) and the University of Pennsylvania Law School ACS Chapter host an annual national student writing competition in honor of Constance Baker Motley's legacy. As a civil rights attorney, first woman elected President of the Borough of Manhattan, and the first African-American woman appointed to the federal bench. Motley’s life-long commitment to equality for all aligns with ACS's mission to ensure that law is a force to improve the lives of all people.
Requirements: Write an essay on two of the given prompts found on the AVMA website
Award: 1st place- $3,000 and an offer of publication in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law; Runner Up (2)- $1,000
Deadline: February 13, 2015
More Information: https://www.acslaw.org/chapters/studentcompetitions/writing

Animal Law Writing Contest
Description: The American Veterinary Medical Association, American Kennel Club, Cat Fanciers; Association and Animal Health Institute offer law students an opportunity to engage in a scholarly discussion and debate of legal issues related to animals and animal law.
Requirements: Write an essay on two of the given prompts found on the AVMA website
Award: 1st place- $2,500 cash prize (plus round-trip airfare, one-night accommodation and ground transportation) to attend the American Veterinary Medical Law Association's Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts in July 2015 and a complimentary registration to the 2015 Annual Meeting; 2nd place- $1,000 cash prize
Deadline: February 15, 2015
More Information: http://goo.gl/DXdLht

Stanfield & D’Orlando Scholarship
Description: The Stanfield Scholarships Program is funded by a trust created by Mrs. Marion Barr Stanfield for Unitarian Universalists studying the fields of art and law. Mrs. Stanfield stated that the Stanfield Scholarship committee should take into consideration, "Not only the intellectual attainments and potentialities of the beneficiaries but that they consider whether in 2 character and constructive spiritual philosophy the beneficiaries are most likely to use their legal training and their training in art for the betterment of humankind."
Requirements: Application, Essay, Financial information, Transcripts, Two recommendation letters
Award: Varies
Deadline: February 15, 2015
More Information: http://www.uua.org/care/scholarships/stanfield/

Dukeminier Awards Student Writing Competition 
Description: The Dukeminier Awards Student Writing Competition annually recognizes the best student note on issues relating to sexual orientation and gender identity in the law.
Requirements: Write an essay focusing on a cutting-edge legal issue affecting gay, bisexual, and/or transgender communities.
Award: $1,000
Deadline: February 17, 2015 
More Information: http://goo.gl/CKjm4h

Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest
Description: The Lawyers’ Professional Liability Committee of the American Bar Association invites legal ethics law students to participate in the 2015 Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest. The LPL Committee sponsors the contest annually to generate interest and ideas among law students and young lawyers on the topics of interest in the area of lawyers’ professional liability.
Requirements: Write an essay on a hypothetical topic involving liability issues arising from the breach of a law firm’s computer network and the subsequent leaking of a client’s confidential information.
Award: $5,000 cash prize and an all-expense paid trip to the Spring 2015 National Legal Malpractice Conference in Washington, DC, April 8-10, 2015.
Deadline: February 20, 2015
More Information: http://goo.gl/Mkwy1f

Elliot A. Spoon Business Law Writing Competition
Description: The Journal of Business & Securities Law announces the release of the 2015 Elliot A. Spoon Business Law Writing Competition. Eligible students are invited to submit a business or securities law article in law review format.
Requirements: Write an essay on any topic regarding business or securities law.
Award: $500 and publication in the Journal of Business & Securities Law
Deadline: February 20, 2015
More Information: http://goo.gl/Oye6S3

Appellate Court Arguments This Week

The Illinois Appellate Court for the Second District will convene and hear oral arguments in the Riley Courtroom on Tuesday, February 17, at 9:30 a.m. and at 10:30 a.m. The arguments will be followed by an informal question-and-answer session and then a reception at about 12:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Case summaries and briefs are available at the front desk of the law library.

BLSA Diversity & Inclusion Panel Discussion

The Black Law Students Association will present a diversity and inclusion panel discussion on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 12:00 noon in the Riley Courtroom (Room 170). All are invited to come enjoy a riveting discussion on various topics related to diversity and inclusion. The program will be led by our guest moderator Dr. Katrina Caldwell, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs. You will also hear from some of NIU COL’s finest professors and students. Let us fill your belly with Rosati’s pizza as well as your mind! First come, first served!

Criminal Law Movie Night (re-scheduled)

Everyone is invited to attend our next Criminal Law Movie Night this Thursday (2/19) at 6:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom. The film this month is The Thin Blue Line, about the wrongful conviction of a man who was sent to death row for the murder of a police officer Robert Wood (We were originally going to screen this movie earlier in the month, but postponed it because of a conflict).

Pizza and cheap beer will be provided in limited quantities. Please RSVP to Professor Falkoff (mfalkoff@niu.edu) if you think there's a decent chance you'll attend.

Required Documents for Graduation Due This Week!

May 2015 Graduates: Applying for graduation is a two-step process, which must be completed by February 20, 2015. First, you must see Julie (SP285) to complete a “Statement of Candidacy.” It is preferred that you call ahead (753-1620) or email (jmahoney@niu.edu) to make an appointment. At your appointment, you will be given instructions on the second step that must be completed for graduation.

Remember: the deadline for both required steps is February 20, 2015!

Federalist Society 2015 Annual Student Symposium

The University of Chicago Law School's Federalist Society Student Chapter will host the 34th National Federalist Society Student Symposium on February 20 and February 21, 2015. A banquet will be held on the eve of February 21, 2015. The theme for the Symposium is "Law and Innovation." The registration fee for members is $10 for the symposia and $40 for the banquet. If you are interested in attending or would like more information, please contact the Federalist Society at NIUFederalists@gmail.com or visit http://www.fed-soc.org/events/detail/2015-annual-student-symposium.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Applications for Agen Program 2015 Now Available

Applications for the 2015 NIU Summer Program in Agen, France are now available to be completed online at the following link:


The first 16 students to apply prior to 5:00 PM on Monday, Feb. 23rd will receive a $200 early bird discount courtesy of the Rudy DeSeife Fund. 

The Summer program is contingent on a minimum of 12 participants.  Your early application will both assist us and earn you the $200 early bird discount.

If you have any questions, please let us know.

Dean Gaebler  dgaebler@niu.edu
Prof. Reynolds danreynolds@niu.edu
Prof. Taylor dtaylor@niu.edu

Monday, February 9, 2015

Student Bar Association Clothing and Toy Drive

Give a Little Bit of Love this Valentine’s Day! The SBA is having its first Annual Clothing and Toy Drive to benefit Hope Haven and Goodwill. Clean out your closets of clothes and toys you don’t use and donate them! As part of the drive, the SBA is creating customized baskets for each resident of Hope Haven. The rest will be donated to Goodwill. Our goal is to donate 500 items, and each item is one point towards our goal. Progress toward the 500-item goal will be announced via posters outside the classrooms and in the Marshall Gallery. Once we meet our goal, everyone that donated gets free pizza!

To get your free pizza, make sure that you write your name and year on a piece of paper and place it in the bag with your donations. The donation box is in the Marshall Gallery and will be open from now until Friday, February 13. Please do not include used undergarments (underwear, bras, or socks), and make sure items of clothing are washed or dry-cleaned. Thank you in advance for your donation!

Required Documents for Graduation Due Soon

May 2015 Graduates:

Applying for graduation is a two-step process, which must be completed between now and February 20, 2015. First, you must see Julie (SP285) to complete a “Statement of Candidacy.” It is preferred that you call ahead (753-1620) or email ( jmahoney@niu.edu ) to make an appointment. At your appointment, you will be given instructions on the second step that must be completed for graduation. Remember: the deadline for both required steps is February 20, 2015!

Law Library Computer Lab Hours

The computer lab will be unavailable at the following times this week while the Basic Legal Research workshops are in session--

February 10: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. 
February 11: 9:00 - 9:50 a.m., 11:00 - 11:50 a.m., 2:00 - 2:50 p.m. 
February 12: 1:00 - 1:50 p.m.

Student Portal Meeting This Week

Attention all Student Leaders: This is a reminder that Ivan Matosevic, NIU Law’s IT Coordinator, will be holding a series of committee meetings for the new Student Portal. A meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 11 at 12:00 p.m. in the Chessick Courtroom. Further meetings will also be held on February 18 and 25.

If you wish to provide input on the operation and features of the portal on behalf of your organization and its members before it’s too late, please make time to attend!

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines for This Week

American Constitution Society for Law and Policy Writing Competition
Description: The American Constitution Society (ACS) and the University of Pennsylvania Law School ACS Chapter host an annual national student writing competition in honor of Constance Baker Motley's legacy. As a civil rights attorney, first woman elected President of the Borough of Manhattan, and the first African-American woman appointed to the federal bench. Motley’s life-long commitment to equality for all aligns with ACS's mission to ensure that law is a force to improve the lives of all people.
Requirements: Write an essay on two of the given prompts found on the AVMA website
Award: 1st place- $3,000 and an offer of publication in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law; Runner Up (2)- $1,000
Deadline: February 13, 2015
More Information: https://www.acslaw.org/chapters/studentcompetitions/writing

Animal Law Writing Contest
Description: The American Veterinary Medical Association, American Kennel Club, Cat Fanciers; Association and Animal Health Institute offer law students an opportunity to engage in a scholarly discussion and debate of legal issues related to animals and animal law.
Requirements: Write an essay on two of the given prompts found on the AVMA website
Award: 1st place- $2,500 cash prize (plus round-trip airfare, one-night accommodation and ground transportation) to attend the American Veterinary Medical Law Association's Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts in July 2015 (subject to change) and a complimentary registration to the 2015 Annual Meeting; 2nd place- $1,000 cash prize
Deadline: February 15, 2015
More Information: http://goo.gl/DXdLht

Stanfield & D’Orlando Scholarship
Description: The Stanfield Scholarships Program is funded by a trust created by Mrs. Marion Barr Stanfield for Unitarian Universalists studying the fields of art and law. Mrs. Stanfield stated that the Stanfield Scholarship committee should take into consideration, "Not only the intellectual attainments and potentialities of the beneficiaries but that they consider whether in character and constructive spiritual philosophy the beneficiaries are most likely to use their legal training and their training in art for the betterment of humankind."
Requirements: Application, Essay, Financial information, Transcripts, Two recommendation letters
Award: Varies
Deadline: February 15, 2015
More Information: http://www.uua.org/care/scholarships/stanfield/

Dukeminier Awards Student Writing Competition
Description: The Dukeminier Awards Student Writing Competition annually recognizes the best student note on issues relating to sexual orientation and gender identity in the law.
Requirements: Write an essay focusing on a cutting-edge legal issue affecting gay, bisexual, and/or transgender communities.
Award: $1,000
Deadline: February 17, 2015
More Information: http://goo.gl/CKjm4h

Pro Bono Writing Competition - Deadline Updated to This Week

Express yourself on the issue of resolving the tension between minority communities and the police. Be part of the solution! The University of Missouri is sponsoring a writing competition for students that looks at the events in Ferguson (and elsewhere) from a dispute resolution/conflicts resolution perspective. Submissions must bear some relationship to the upcoming Missouri Law School symposium entitled “Policing, Protesting, and Perceptions: A Critical Examination of the Events in Ferguson” from the perspective of civil rights, police-community relationships, police perceptions of individuals, protests and/or civil disobedience. Although the deadline is relatively soon, the submissions themselves can be quite short, as indicated below and on the competition website. The prize money is also substantial, which you may appreciate!

Submissions must be in English and should be between 2,500 and 3,500 words in length. The style of the paper will be that of a long “op-ed ” (opinion editorial) piece. However, the strongest submissions will include references to legal authorities as necessary. Any citations should appear in the body of the submission and will be included in the total word count. If you are interested, and would like more extensive details on (1) the nature of the topics requested for the competition, (2) further details of style and content, and (3) the submission addressee, please contact Professor Schlam at lschlam@niu.edu. Papers must be received no later than 11:59 p.m., Central time, on February 13, 2015.

Upcoming Events from the Alumni Office

  • Appellate Court Arguments: The Illinois Appellate Court for the Second District will convene and hear oral arguments in the Riley Courtroom on Tuesday, February 17, at 9:30 a.m. and at 10:30 a.m. Oral arguments will be followed by an informal question-and-answer session. A reception will then be held at about 12:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Case summaries and briefs are available at the front desk of the law library. 
  • 12th Annual Minority Reception: Dean Rosato Perea and alumnus Vincent Cornelius ('89) will host the 12th Annual Minority Reception on Wednesday, February 25, at Cantina Laredo (508 N. State Street, Chicago) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. During this year's reception, the Honorable Thaddeus Wilson ('94) will receive the Excellence in Service and Leadership Award. Bus transportation will be provided with enough student interest. Please RSVP to Melody Mitchell (mmitchell@niu.edu) by February 18 if you plan to attend and need transportation.

1L Professionalism Program

Please save the date for the following sessions in the 1L professionalism program, which are mandatory for all first-year students
  • Wednesday, March 4, 2015: Margaret Benson, Executive Director of Chicago Volunteer Legal Services will be talking about pro bono work. This program will be held in the Riley Courtroom and will be followed by a reception with drinks and appetizers. 
  • Thursday April 9, 2015: Professor Nancy Levit, one of the authors of “The Happy Lawyer: Making a Good Life in the Law” will be speaking. Please note that this program is on a Thursday instead of a Wednesday in order to accommodate the speaker’s schedule. The program will be followed by a dinner. 
  • Wednesday April 15, 2015: Cherilyn Murer (’78), President and CEO of Murer Consultants, Inc., will be speaking. Cherilyn, along with her husband, Michael Murer, generously fund the 1L professionalism program each year. This program will be held in Altgeld Hall and will be followed by a dinner. 
All sessions are scheduled from 4:00 to 5:15 p.m. A fourth session will be announced soon.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Criminal Law Movie Night Postponed 2/5/15

Because of a conflict with the DuPage County Bar Association Pizza Party this evening, Professor Falkoff has decided to postpone screening of The Thin Blue Line until later in the month.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

PILS Meeting

All are welcome to attend a PILS Meeting on Wednesday, February 4, at 12:00 p.m. in Room 188, to discuss Donation Days for the upcoming Annual Auction. If you think there is even a slight possibility you will end up with an unpaid summer internship in the area of public interest (remember that includes the Public Defender's office as well), then volunteering for the Auction is the best way to earn an Outreach Assistantship. PILS needs your help, so please attend! If you have any questions, please talk to Abbey Buckels or Rikkilee Moser.

Required Meeing for Student Organization Leaders on New Student Portal

Attention all Student Leaders: This is a reminder that Ivan Matosevic, NIU Law’s IT Coordinator, will be holding a series of committee meetings for the new Student Portal. All student leaders are asked to attend to give their input. The meetings will be held on Wednesdays, February 4, 11, 18, and 25 at 12:00 p.m. in the Chessick Courtroom.

DuPage County Bar Association Pizza Party

On Thursday, February 5, 2015, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Pizza Villa in DeKalb (824 W. Lincoln Highway), the DuPage County Bar Association will once again be hosting a free pizza party for NIU Law students. Much like in years past, the DCBA will have alumni there to answer questions and connect with students. The event is free for law students, and beer, wine and drinks will be provided.

Criminal Law Movie Night Returns

All are invited to attend the next Criminal Law Movie Night this Thursday, February 5, at 6:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom. This event is part of a film series in which Professor Falkoff will be screening a popular movie concerning criminal law on one Thursday each month. This month, the film is The Thin Blue Line, a stylish documentary by Errol Morris about the wrongful conviction of Randall Dale Adams, who was sent to death row for the murder of Dallas police officer Robert Wood. Music by Philip Glass. Pizza and cheap beer will be provided in limited quantities. An RSVP is not necessary, but if you are pretty sure you would like to attend, please drop Professor Falkoff an e-mail at mfalkoff@niu.edu so he will have a sense of how many people are likely to attend.

NIU Law Ball Starting Soon

Don’t forget to sign up for Law Ball!! A sign-up sheet is located on the glass panel by the 1L classrooms.

Scholarship Deadlines Coming Up This Week

Healthcare Compliance Certification Program Law Student Scholarship
Description: These scholarship awards recognize promising health law students, with an aptitude for and commitment to a career in health law, focusing on legal and compliance issues within the pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical technology industries.
Requirements: 2L or part-time 3L only, Nomination, Resume, Personal Statement, transcript of all health courses taken.
Award: Two scholarships (each a $2,400 value) to attend the Healthcare Compliance Certification program; One scholarship ($2,500 value) to attend the Life Sciences Compliance program.
Deadline: February 6, 2015
More Information: Come to Admissions Office (Room 151) or email healthlaw@shu.edu

International Trademark Association Ladas Memorial Award Competition
Description: Established in memory of distinguished practitioner and author, Stephen P. Ladas, the Ladas Memorial Award Competition is an annual award that is presented in two categories—Student and Professional—for a paper on trademark law or a matter that directly relates to, or affects, trademarks.
Requirements: Write an essay on any matter that directly relates to trademark law.
Award: $2,500 and a complimentary registration to the 2015 Annual Meeting.
Deadline: February 6, 2015
More Information: http://www.inta.org/Academics/Documents/2014/2013_ladas_flyer.pdf

Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulation and Administrative Law
Description: The Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law is open to a wide array of participants. Practicing lawyers, policymakers, academics, and law students all are encouraged to take part. The judging committee will include federal judges and leading academics. A winner will be selected in both the lawyer and student categories.
Requirements: Write an essay on any topic related to American regulatory or administrative law [broadly construed (less than 25,000 words)].
Award: $1,500
Deadline: February 6, 2015
More Information: https://www.acslaw.org/cudahycompetition

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Winter Weather News: NIU campus closed; all classes canceled for February 2nd

Due to extreme weather conditions, Northern Illinois University’s main DeKalb campus and satellite locations will be closed Monday, Feb. 2. Classes have been canceled at all NIU campuses.

NIU Winter Weather Info page