Friday, January 29, 2016

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

ABA Antitrust Writing Competition
Description: The ABA Antitrust Writing Competition encourages and rewards student written articles in the area of antitrust law, competition policy, and consumer protection law.
Requirements: Application and an article about any topic related to antitrust (20 – 30 pages in length). Article must have been published in ABA-accredited schools’ law reviews or journals between January 1, 2015 and March 31, 2015 in order to qualify. Each publication’s Editor-in-Chief may nominate one article for the award.
Award: $2,500 award and opportunity to attend Antitrust Section's Spring Meeting (April 6-8, 2016) in Washington, DC. The winner will receive an invitation to the Meeting, as well as transportation and accommodations (if living outside DC area).
Deadline: January 29, 2016
More Information: http://goo.gl/QjGYbn

American Indian Law Review Writing Competition
Description: Created by Jackson Lewis law firm and intended to honor the memory of one of the firm’s founders, Louis Jackson.
Requirements: Write an essay on any topic relating to the law governing the workplace, such as employment law, labor law, employee benefits, or employment discrimination. Also must have taken or are currently taking course work in employment or labor law.
Award: 1st place- $1,000 and publication in American Indian Law Review; 2nd place (2) - $1,000 and publication on the Institute for Law and the Workplace website.
Deadline: January 29, 2016
More Information: https://www.law.ou.edu/content/writing-competition

ABA Forum on the Construction Industry Writing Competition
Description: After being revived a few years ago, the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry is pleased to introduce their Law Student Writing Competition. The competition is intended to heighten an interest in Construction law.
Requirements: Paper addressing a topical issue of interest to the construction industry. Any law student interested in participating in the competition can be assigned a competition mentor, with whom the student can bounce the ideas for relevant topics in construction law.
Award: $2,000
Deadline: January 30, 2016
More Information: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/construction_industry.html

Coles-Cumberland Bar Association Scholarship
Description: Coles-Cumberland Bar Association has established this scholarship program to recognize and assist law students who have a close connection to the Coles Count and/or Cumberland County, Illinois communities. One or more scholarships will be awarded annually, based upon academic and extracurricular achievements, background and financial need.
Requirements: Application, Resume, Personal Statement, Two letters of recommendation, Transcripts.
Award: $1,000 (multiple awards available)
Deadline: January 31, 2016
More Information: https://goo.gl/CRkNSo

Brad Wolk Memorial Scholarship: Appeals Law Group
Description: Appeals Law Group will be holding its annual Winter Essay Writing Competition, open to all current full-time and part-time matriculated students in an ABA accredited law school. This $500.00 scholarship will be awarded to the law student who presents a 1000 word or less essay on the following topic: Whether a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole for non-violent marijuana trafficking under Federal Law violated the 8th Amendment’s prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment.
Requirements: All essays must be submitted via e-mail to scholarship@appealslawgroup.com and must be in Word or PDF format. The deadline for submission is February 1, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. The winner will be announced February 4, 2016.
Award: $500
Deadline: February 1, 2016
More Information: For more information call 407-255-2165 or visit www.appealslawgroup.com/scholarship

Aurora Foundation Scholarship Program
Description: The Community Foundation 2015 Scholarship Program offers scholarships to students who will attend an accredited institution of higher education on a full-time basis during the 2015-2016 academic year. Preference given to students in Kane County or the Fox River Valley.
Requirements: Application, Financial Aid Information, Transcripts.
Award: Varies
Deadline: February 1, 2016
More Information: https://goo.gl/GFx1R6

Jewish Federation Academic Scholarship Program
Description: Educational scholarship funds from grants administered by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago are available for Jewish college and graduate students. Approximately $500,000 is available each year for full-time students, predominantly those legally domiciled in the metropolitan Chicago area, with career promise in their chosen fields. Assistance is available primarily for those with financial need who are pursuing careers in the helping professions.
Requirements: Please submit: Application, Short Essay, 2 Reference Letters, Financial Aid Information (including tax documents, educational expenses, and student loans), and Transcripts.
Award: Scholarships range from $1,000 to $8,000.
Deadline: February 1, 2016
More Information: http://jvschicago.org/scholarship/

Mexican American Legal Defense & Education Fund Scholarship Program
Description: MALDEF has always sought to support law students who seek to further the advancing the civil rights of the Latino community in the United States through the legal profession. In recent years, MALDEF has annually awarded 5-15 law school scholarships of $5,000 each to deserving law students from throughout the nation. Applicants are evaluated based on three main factors: 1) personal background and financial need; 2) academic and extracurricular achievement; and 3) demonstrated commitment to serving the Latino community, shown through record of service to the Latino community and future plans for service.
Requirements: Please submit: Application, Resume, Personal Statement, 1 Letter of Recommendation, Transcripts, and Financial Aid Information
Award: $5,000 (multiple scholarships available)
Deadline: February 1, 2016
More Information: http://maldef.org/leadership/scholarships/

Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulation and Administrative Law
Description: The Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law is open to a wide array of participants. Practicing lawyers, policymakers, academics, and law students all are encouraged to take part. The judging committee will include federal judges and leading academics. A winner will be selected in both the lawyer and student categories.
Requirements: Write an essay on any topic related to American regulatory or administrative law [broadly construed (less than 25,000 words)].
Award: $1,500
Deadline: February 5, 2016
More Information: https://www.acslaw.org/cudahycompetition

GA/RA Information Panel

Wednesday, February 3, from noon to 1:00 PM in the Riley Courtroom there will be a GA/RA Informational Panel. We will be sharing information (geared towards 1Ls and 2Ls) about how to get a GA/RA for the next academic year.

Statements of Candidacy for May 2016 Gradutes

May 2016 graduates: If you have not done so already, please email Julie Mahoney-Krzyzek (jmahoney@niu.edu) ASAP to set up an appointment to complete your Statement of Candidacy. This is your first step in applying for graduation, and must be complete between January 19 and February 19, 2016. The second step of the process will be to apply online. This must be done between February 22 and February 29, 2016.

DCBA Networking Event

Come to Cozymel's Mexican Grill, 311 E. Loop Rd., Wheaton, IL on Thursday, February 18th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for a free networking event sponsored by the DuPage County Bar Association. Take the opportunity to network with judges and attorneys outside of the courthouse while enjoying free appetizers, cocktails and a margarita tasting. For more information, talk to Greg Anderson in the Careers office (Swen Parson 280).

Thursday, January 28, 2016

NIU Law Blanket Drive

Please join in collecting and distributing blankets to the local charities Safe Passage and TAILS. There will be collection boxes in the Marshall Gallery from Monday, February 1st to Friday, February 5th for blankets. Additionally, we will be collecting blankets in the Marshall Gallery from 12 pm to 4 pm on Saturday, February 6th. Collected blankets will be distributed to the charities on Saturday following the drive.

2L Over the Hump Party

The SBA invites all 2Ls to celebrate being halfway through law school! Come to the Marshall Gallery on Wednesday, February 3rd from 12 to 2 p.m. for free food, drinks and fun.

Monday, January 25, 2016

1L Closing Argument Competition Finals This Saturday

The 1L Closing Argument Competition takes place this Saturday, January 30th at 3:00 p.m. at the law school. Your attendance at the final round is both welcomed and encouraged.

This competition is intended to give first-year law students their first opportunity to present an argument in a courtroom. They are given a short fact pattern and jury instruction, and are asked to make a 5-6 minute closing argument, applying law to fact. It is designed not to require extensive preparation. The entire competition takes place Saturday, with two preliminary rounds, semi-finals and finals. They argue the same side of the case throughout the competition. Two champions are crowned, one for the prosecution and one for the defense.

26 students have entered this year. Their participation helps them prepare for oral arguments ahead in legal writing. Past champions have gone on to excel in later trial advocacy and moot court competitions. Come and see NIU Law in action!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

Epstein Becker Green Health Law Writing Competition
Description: Epstein Becker Green is pleased to announce its 18th Annual Health Law Writing Competition. The competition is designed to encourage the preparation of scholarly papers on current topics of interest relating to health law.
Requirements: Entrants should take advantage of the fact that health law is a very broad and diverse field, encompassing aspects of almost every area of law. Papers may address any traditional area of the law as applied to health care (e.g., antitrust, tax, corporate) or areas of law unique to health care (e.g.,fraud and abuse, managed care, Medicare/Medicaid, clinical trials). Entries in the top 20 percent will be considered for publication in the Annals of Health Law, which is published by the Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
Award: 1st place- $4,000; 2nd place - $2,000; 3rd place- $500.
Deadline: January 25, 2016
More Information: http://www.ebglaw.com/health-law-writing-competition/

ABA Antitrust Writing Competition
Description: The ABA Antitrust Writing Competition encourages and rewards student written articles in the area of antitrust law, competition policy, and consumer protection law.
Requirements: Application and an article about any topic related to antitrust (20 – 30 pages in length). Article must have been published in ABA-accredited schools’ law reviews or journals between January 1, 2015 and March 31, 2065 in order to qualify. Each publication’s Editor-in-Chief may nominate one article for the award.
Award: $2,500 award and opportunity to attend Antitrust Section's Spring Meeting (April 6-8, 2016) in Washington, DC. The winner will receive an invitation to the Meeting, as well as transportation and accommodations (if living outside DC area).
Deadline: January 29, 2016
More Information: http://goo.gl/QjGYbn

American Indian Law Review Writing Competition
Description: Created by Jackson Lewis law firm and intended to honor the memory of one of the firm’s founders, Louis Jackson, the National Student Writing sponsor.
Requirements: Write an essay on any topic relating to the law governing the workplace, such as employment law, labor law, employee benefits, or employment discrimination. Also must have taken or are currently taking course work in employment or labor law.
Award: 1st place- $1,000 and publication in American Indian Law Review; 2nd place (2) - $1,000 and publication on the Institute for Law and the Workplace website.
Deadline: January 29, 2016
More Information: https://www.law.ou.edu/content/writing-competition

ABA Forum on the Construction Industry Writing Competition
Description: After being revived a few years ago, the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry is pleased to introduce their Law Student Writing Competition. The competition is intended to heighten an interest in Construction law.
Requirements: Paper addressing a topical issue of interest to the construction industry. Any law student interested in participating in the competition can be assigned a competition mentor, with whom the student can bounce around ideas for relevant topics in construction law.
Award: $2,000
Deadline: January 30, 2016
More Information: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/construction_industry.html

Coles-Cumberland Bar Association Scholarship
Description: Coles-Cumberland Bar Association has established this scholarship program to recognize and assist law students who have a close connection to the Coles Count and/or Cumberland County, Illinois communities. One or more scholarships will be awarded annually, based upon academic and extracurricular achievements, background and financial need.
Requirements: Application, Resume, Personal Statement, Two letters of recommendation, Transcripts.
Award: $1,000 (multiple awards available)
Deadline: January 31, 2016
More Information: https://goo.gl/CRkNSo

Phil Alpha Delta Chili Cook-off

PAD will be hosting its annual Chili Cook-off on Wednesday, January 27, in the Marshall Gallery from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. For $5 you can try each of the chilis and cast a vote for your favorite. The top three winners will each receive a prize. If you are interested in submitting a chili, please let Melissa Dunn or Monique Perkins know by no later than Monday, January 25.

3L Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar Q & A - DATE UPDATED

3Ls, please come to the Riley Courtroom on Wednesday, January 27th from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. with all of your questions about being admitted to the Illinois Bar and get answers from the experts! PLEASE NOTE: the date for this event has been changed from January 20th to January 27th due to impending weather.

Christian Legal Society Bowling Party

Venue: Lucky Strike, 322 E. Illinois St., Chicago, IL 60611
When: Thursday, Jan. 28, 7-9PM 
Cost: $6.95/person/game & $4.95 shoe rental; food and drinks available for purchase
RSVP: N-Maust2016@nlaw.northwestern.edu
Come bowl, mingle, and eat with CLS members and students from John Marhsall, Northwestern, University of Chicago and Kent. 

Law Library Brown Bag Series

The law library will be offering brown bag sessions throughout the spring semester. Grab your lunch and come by Room 173 at noon for a session on some of the great resources available to you through the library. The next session is:
  • January 28th – BloombergLaw – Litigation and docket materials, transactional resources and much more – come see what else BloombergLaw has to offer. 
If you have any questions about the series please contact Professor Clarke at tclarke@niu.edu.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

PILS Auction Meeting CANCELLED

The PILS Auction meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 27th at noon in room 188 has been cancelled.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Course Withdrawal Deadline

To avoid a W on your transcript and an obligation to pay at least partial tuition, you must withdraw from courses by Friday, January 22. All requests to withdraw must be submitted to Julie Mahoney-Krzyzek in Room 285 (jmahoney@niu.edu), in time for her to process the withdrawal by the 22nd. Withdrawals cannot be completed by individuals on MyNIU after the first week of classes.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Careers in Intellectual Property Law Panel

Panelists will discuss their varied career paths in and related to intellectual property law. The question and answer discussion format will touch on:

• Career paths including, in-house positions, large law firm, boutique, and solo practices
• Improving resumes
• Interview tactics
• Transitioning from law student to associate
• Networking
• Practical advice for day-to-day practice and dealing with employers, colleagues and staff
• Interim experience in a difficult economy
• How to have a beneficial experience in law school

The event will be held at the Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Ct. in Chicago on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. A reception immediately follows courtesy of Nextpoint. The event is complimentary for Chicago Bar Association members & $40 for non-members.

Register at www.chicagobar.org/cle or call 312-554-2056. Not a CBA law student member yet? Join for just $12 at www.chicagobar.org/jointhecba or 312-554-2133.

KCBA Members Appreciation Happy Hour

There will be a free happy hour, with drinks and appetizers, for all Kane County Bar Association members at Bar Louie, 1602 Commons Drive (inside the Geneva Commons) in Geneva, IL on Thursday, January 28th from 5:30 to 7:30. No need to RSVP, just show up. If you are interested in joining the KCBA so that you can take advantage of this great networking opportunity, visit the KCBA website.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

First Assignment for Landlord Tenant Law w/ Prof. Henderson

Please read the following:

Cook v. University Plaza
Illinois Security Deposit Interest Act, 765 ILCS 715/1
Jackim v. CC-Lake, Inc.
Dargis v. Paradise Park, Inc

Monday, January 11, 2016

First Assignments for Negotiation w/ Prof. Boudreau

Read Getting to Yes, Fisher, Ury and Patton, Chapters 1 and 3 (any edition)
Read The Mind and Heart of the Negotiator, Thompson, Chapter 1 (5th or 6th edition)

You should have already received an invitation to sign up for the Top Hat Student Response System. You must register for Top Hat and set up your Top Hat account before the first class: https://app.tophat.com/register/student/ The Join Code is 494381 for Negotiation. If you already have an account for a Spring class such as Bar Fundamentals, you just need to add Negotiation with the Join Code.

First Assignment for Legal Writing, Section 4 w/ Prof. Kupelian

Read Legal Writing, Ch. 11 (pp. 99-104); Ch. 12 (pp. 105-14); Ch. 13 (pp. 115-19); Selections from Ch. 26 (p. 227-30).

First Assignment for Legal Writing, Section 3 w/ Prof. Stange

Read Legal Writing, Ch. 11 (pp. 99-104); Ch. 12 (pp. 105-14); Ch. 13 (pp. 115-19); Selections from Ch. 26 (p. 227-30).

Friday, January 8, 2016

First Assignment for North Korea Seminar w/ Prof. Tan

First assignment: Read - The Aquariums of Pyongyang, 1st Half

First Assignment for Constitutional Law, Sections 1 and 2, w/ Prof. Tan

First assignment: (From the Main Textbook)
Introduction
The Declaration of Independence
The Supreme Court Justices
The Constitution of the United States (main text, 1st half)

Thursday, January 7, 2016

First Assignments for Property, Sections 1 and 2, w/ Prof. King

Monday, January 11, 2016 –
Sprankling and Coletta, PROPERTY: A CONTEMPORARY APPROACH (3d ed. 2015), Ch. 1, pp. 1-25

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 –
Sprankling casebook, Ch. 1, pp. 25-49

Please register with Top Hat before the first class on Monday. An email invitation will be sent to your school email address. If you do not receive this email before the weekend, you can register on our course websites at https://app.tophat.com/e/334525 (SECTION 1 STUDENTS ONLY) and https://app.tophat.com/e/572866 (SECTION 2 STUDENTS ONLY). You can visit http://tinyurl.com/TopHatStudentGuide for the Student Quick Start Guide, which outlines how you register for a Top Hat account and provides a brief overview of the system.

Top Hat requires a paid subscription: $24 for 4 months of access or $36 for 12 months of access. I look forward to seeing you on Monday!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Spring Clinical Law Program - Space Still Available

Thinking about taking a clinic this Spring? There are still spaces available.

As part of the College of Law's experiential learning program, we offer these 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 work with actual clients in a variety of settings on litigation, transactional and alternative dispute resolution matters. Please do not hesitate to contact a member of the clinical faculty if you need any additional information about one of the clinics.

The Clinic Application for Spring 2016 is available on our website. We are currently accepting applications on a rolling basis. Applications should be submitted to Julie Mahoney-Krzyzek in room 285 as soon as possible.

Anita Maddali, Associate Professor of Law and Director of Clinics, amaddali@niu.edu
Paul Cain, Clinical Professor, Criminal Defense Clinic, pcain@niu.edu
Wendy Vaughn, Clinical Associate Professor, Civil Justice Clinic, wvaughn@niu.edu
Colleen Boraca, Clinical Assistant Professor, Health Advocacy Clinic, cboraca@niu.edu
Alan Boudreau, Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor, Foreclosure Mediation Clinic, aboudreau@niu.edu

First Assignment for "The Mindful Lawyer" w/ Prof. Rigertas

For the first class, please register on TWEN to get a copy of the syllabus and do the following: 
  • Read Kabat-Zinn – Pages 1-10 
  • Read the two web articles linked on TWEN (under the Web Links tab) 
  • Fill out the Values Survey on TWEN (under Course Documents)

First Week Assignments for Administrative Law w/ Prof. Widman

For Tuesday, January 12th, please read pgs. 1-8, and 30-35 in the assigned textbook (Lawson, 5th edition).

For Thursday, January 14th, please read pgs. 8-30 and the additional pages in the handout on TWEN.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

First Assignment for Advanced Torts w/ Prof. Rigertas

Register for the course on TWEN to get a copy of the syllabus. The assignment for the first class is Pages 1-12 in Vincent R. Johnson, Advanced Tort Law: A Problem Approach (2d ed., LexisNexis 2014) and Moorman Mfg. Co. v. National Tank Co., 91 Ill.2d 69 (1982) (TWEN link under Course Documents). Also, if you have your outline from first-year torts, it might be helpful to give it a quick review.