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).