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