Monday, November 23, 2015

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

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

Friday, November 20, 2015

Examination Rescheduling

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

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

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

American College of Financial Services Lawyers Writing Competition
Description: The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers is pleased to announce awards to be presented for: (a) the best book; (b) the best publishable article, book chapter, or substantial book review; or (c) the best student note or comment, on a topic dealing with consumer financial services law.
Requirements: Entries must have been written or published between November 15, 2014 and December 1, 2015.
Award: Cash payment ($2,500 for books; $2,000 for articles, reviews, or book chapters; $1,000 for student work), a certificate of recognition, and travel expenses to attend the Spring 2016 meeting of the college.
Deadline: December 1, 2015
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Center for Alcohol Policy Writing Competition
Areas of Interest: 21st Amendment, State Alcohol Regulation, Constitutional Law
Criteria: Essay on the following topic--This year marks the 80th anniversary of the 21st Amendment. Has it achieved its intended purpose?
Award: Cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners in the amounts of $5,000, $2,500, and $1,000 respectively.
Deadline: December 5, 2015
More Information:

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

SALDF Presents Finals Anti-Stress Solutions

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

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

Clinical Program Information Meeting Rescheduled to TODAY

Thinking about taking a clinic this Spring?

The clinical faculty and students will be holding a clinic information meeting today, Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at noon in Room 150. As part of the COL’s experiential learning program, we offer these clinical courses: the Civil Justice Clinic, the Criminal Defense Clinic, the Foreclosure Mediation Clinic, the Health Advocacy Clinic, and the Juvenile Justice Clinic. These clinics offer students the chance to work with actual clients in a variety of settings on litigation, transactional and alternative dispute resolution matters. This meeting will provide an overview of each clinic. Current and former clinical students will discuss their clinical experiences, and the faculty will explain the clinic application process for Spring. Lunch will be served.

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

Anita Maddali, Assistant Professor of Law and Director of Clinics,
Paul Cain, Clinical Professor, Civil Justice Clinic and Juvenile Justice 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,

1L Mentoring Program Panel today canceled

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

Friday, November 13, 2015

Law Library Announcements

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

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

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

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

PILS Auction Meeting rescheduled

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

3L Information Meeting

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

SBA Town Hall Meeting

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

Retirement Celebration for Professors Reynolds, Gaebler and Arriola

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

3L Composite Pictures

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

Judicial Clerkship Information Session

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

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

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

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Externship Opportunities with U.S. Bankruptcy Court

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

ELS Guest Speaker

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

Moot Court informational meeting

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

Friday, November 6, 2015

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

The Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago Book Scholarship
Description: This year, the Black Women Lawyers’ Association Scholarship Fund (BWLA-SF) will distribute four $1,000 book scholarships to deserving students to help ease the financial demands of law school. Winners will be announced in early November 2014.
Requirements: Submit a copy of transcript/letter of good standing and an application demonstrating an unmet financial need and commitment to public service or diversity via email to
Award: $1,000
Deadline: November 6, 2015
More Information: Email for application.

University of Missouri & the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution Writing Competition
Description: A student writing competition is being organized in conjunction with the annual symposium convened by the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution at the University of Missouri School of Law.
Requirements: Submissions should bear some relationship to the history of dispute or conflict resolution, broadly defined. Topics may therefore consider issues relating to the historic development of international or domestic negotiation, mediation, conciliation and/or arbitration, among other things. There is no requirement that papers discuss U.S. law. Papers should be between 15 – 50 pages.
Award: $500
Deadline: November 9, 2015
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Securities Law Writing Competition
Topic: Any subject in the field of securities law Eligibility: Students enrolled at any accredited law school in the United State for the fall semester of 2015. Unpublished papers, papers published in any law journal or other publication during calendar year 2015, and papers scheduled for publication in 2015 or 2016 are eligible for submission. Co-authored papers are not eligible.
Requirements: All submissions must include author’s name and contact information, including e-mail, postal address, telephone number, law school, and year of anticipated graduation. For submissions which have been published or are scheduled to be published, the name and date of publication should be included.
Award: 1st place: $5,000; 2nd Place: $3,000; 3rd Place: $2,000
Deadline: November 13, 2015
More Information:

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

PILS Pizza Sale

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

Illinois Innocence Project Externship Program panel event

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

Invitation to Book Discussion

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

BLSA Winter Clothing Drive and Thanksgiving Dinner

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

Support Our Troops Bar Crawl

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

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Peggy Browning Fund Fellowship Information Session

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

Monday, November 2, 2015

WCBA Young Lawyers Chili Cook-Off

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

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

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

Agen Summer Session 2016 - Important Informational Meeting

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

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

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

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