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 ( 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 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, 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 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 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 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 by no later than September 1st, 2015 if this is something of interest to you!

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

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 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:

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:

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)
Phone: 815-753-6580

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

  • If you currently have a locker, that locker will be yours the entire time you are enrolled as a student here in the College of Law. 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 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.

  • 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.

Law Library News You Can Use

  • Patron Conduct Policy: The Law Library is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for its patrons and staff that is conducive to teaching, learning, study and research. Towards that end, we have revised and reorganized our patron conduct policy. For the full text of the policy, please see the College of Law website.
  • Other Law Library Features: Other important links on the Law Library website include: 
    • Reference Service 
    • Online Research Center 
    • Law Library Maps and Collections 
    • Law Library Policies and Procedures 
    • Law Library News and Announcements 
  • Students should not hesitate to ask the law librarians or staff when they have a research question or any general questions while getting acclimated to law school. Thanks! ~ Heidi

Clinical Law Program Still Accepting Applications

Thinking about taking a clinic this Fall? Interested in building your legal skills? Want a chance to provide quality legal services to actual clients in a supportive environment?

As part of the COL’s experiential learning program, we offer four clinical courses: the Civil Justice Clinic, the Criminal Defense Clinic, the Foreclosure Mediation Clinic, and the Health Advocacy Clinic. These clinics offer students the chance to represent clients in a variety of settings on litigation, transactional and alternative dispute resolution matters.

The Clinic Application for Fall is available from the College of Law website.

Applications are still being accepted on a rolling basis as long as space is available.

Please note: The Civil Justice Clinic seminar class will meet on Monday from 4:00 to 5:50 and the Criminal Defense Clinic will have their seminar class on Wednesday from 4:00 to 5:50. The Health Advocacy Clinic will have its seminar class on Monday from 2:30 to 4:20. The Foreclosure Mediation Clinic seminar class will be scheduled based on student availability. All clinic seminars will be held at Swen Parson.

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

Anita Maddali, Assistant Professor of Law and Director of Clinics, 
Paul Cain, Clinical Professor, Criminal Defense Clinic,
Wendy Vaughn, Clinical Associate Professor, Civil Justice Clinic,
Colleen Boraca, Clinical Assistant Professor, Health Advocacy Clinic,
Alan Boudreau, Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor, Foreclosure Mediation Clinic,

Saturday, August 15, 2015

First Assignment for Securities Regulation w/ Prof. Rosenfeld

For the first class, on Tuesday August 18th, please read pp. 1-15, 20-30, and 33-45 of the casebook (Choi & Pritchard, Securities Regulation: Cases and Analysis (Fourth Ed. 2015)).

First Assignment for Contracts, Section 1, w/ Prof. Rosenfeld

For the first class, Tuesday August 18th, please read the following from the casebook (Farnsworth, et al., Cases and Materials on Contracts (8th ed. 2013):

Hawkins v. McGee, pp. 2-3
Note (2), pp. 3-4
Note (3), p. 4
Text, pp. 8-9

Friday, August 14, 2015

First Assignment for Criminal Practice Skills w/ Prof. Dan Cain

First Class Assignment: Please read Chapter 3 "Charging" in the Criminal Pretrial Advocacy Text. Please review 720 ILCS 5/1-1 to 5/7-14.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

First Assignments for Legislation w/ Prof. Widman

For our first class, please read pgs. 1-13 of our coursebook (Hillel Levin, Legislation & Statutory Interpretation: A Practical Lawyering Course).

Also read Philip Frickey, "From the Big Sleep to the Big Heat: The Revival of Theory in Statutory Interpretation," 77 Minn. L. Rev. 241 (1992)(available on

First Assignments for Torts, Section 2 w/ Prof. Widman

For our first class on Monday, August 17, please read pgs. 3-26 of the casebook (Dobbs & Hayden, Torts and Compensation - Personal Accountability and Social Responsibility for Injury, CONCISE edition, 7th edition). It is extremely important to make sure you in fact have the CONCISE edition of this textbook, as well as the 7th edition.

For Wednesday, August 19th's class, we will be discussing pgs. 29-34.

First Assignments for Torts, Section 1 w/ Prof. Boudreau

For the first Torts class on Monday, August 17, please read pages 1 - 8 in our casebook, Robertson, et al., Cases and Materials on Torts (4th ed. 2011). Also, please read ONLY the first paragraph of the Ghassemieh v. Schafer case on page 9 (everything up to the * * * a third of the way down the page.) Be prepared to discuss the reading in the first class. I will cold call on people in class.

You must register with Top Hat BEFORE the first class on Monday. You only need to purchase one Top Hat license for all classes during the time your license is valid, but you will need to register for each class separately in Top Hat. You can also register by visiting our course website will be using the Top Hat ( classroom on your phones only.

You can visit for the Student Quick Start Guide which outlines how you will register for a Top Hat account, as well as providing a brief overview to get you up and running on the system.

Top Hat will require a paid subscription, and the standard pricing for the cheapest option is $24 for 4-months of unlimited access.

First Assignments for International Intellectual Property Seminar w/ Prof. King

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 –

Marci Hamilton, Should U.S. Intellectual Property Rights Change to Fit World Norms?, FindLaw’s WRIT: Legal Commentary, May 24, 2001( )

William L. Keefauver, The Need for International Thinking in Intellectual Property Law, 37 IDEA 181 (1996)

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

FIrst Assignments for Entertainment Law w/ Prof. King

Monday, August 17, 2015 –

Melvin Simensky, Defining Entertainment Law, 4 Ent. & Sports Law 1, 13-18 (1985-1986) (Available on HeinOnline)

Jon M. Garon, ENTERTAINMENT LAW & PRACTICE (2d ed. 2014), Chapter 1, pp. 3-12

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

First Assignments for Criminal Law, Section 1 w/ Prof. Falkoff

For our first class, Monday 8/17, we will be debating the pros and cons of cannibalism. Please read Regina v. Dudley and Stephens at pages 82 to 89 of the casebook. In addition, as background material, please read pages 1 to 19 of the casebook (describing the basics of the criminal justice system), as well as Professor Orin S. Kerr's short article How to Read a Legal Opinion: A Guide for New Law Students.

The Kerr piece is part of a small (23-page) coursepack that should soon be available for you to pick up from the shelves outside of the faculty offices. An electronic copy is currently available on the class's TWEN site in the "course materials" folder. You may access it once you register for the site.

For our second class, on Wednesday 8/19, we will be reading pages 31 to 41 of your casebook, on the "beyond a reasonable doubt" standard.

During our third class, on Friday 8/21, we will discuss some of the philosophical justifications that have been offered for punishment; the reading will be pages 89 to 101, and 111 to 124 of your casebook.

A few final notes before our first class: The reading assignments are a bit lengthy this week, but will typically be shorter. I will distribute a complete syllabus on Monday, but if you'd like to take a sneak peak it's available on the TWEN site in the "syllabus" folder. Laptops and other electronic devices will not be allowed in class. Finally, note that our casebook is the ninth edition of Kadish, Schulhofer, Steiker & Barkow, Criminal Law and Its Processes: Cases and Materials (2012). If you are considering purchasing an earlier edition, please speak with me first and I will advise you of the benefits and drawbacks of doing so. In all events, you must complete the first assignment by the first day of class.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Kane County Bar Association Law Student Reception

The KCBA will be holding its annual reception for law students on Thursday, September 3 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Eduardo's Restaurant in DeKalb. This event is a great opportunity to network with local attorneys and get some guidance on law school and finding a job. To RSVP for the event, please visit the Careers office in Swen Parson 280 by Tuesday, September 1 at 4:00 p.m. For more information, contact Greg Anderson at