Friday, February 26, 2016

Graduation Announcements Now Available

Note to Dec 2015 and May 2016 grads:
If you ordered Graduation Announcements when you completed your Statement of Candidacy, they are now available. Please pick them up from Julie (SP285) or Christina (SP280A2) by end of day Friday, March 11. Any unclaimed Graduation Announcements will be made available to others at that time.

WLC Panel Discussion

On Wednesday, March 2 at noon in the Riley Courtroom, the NIU Law Women's Law Caucus will present "Gender Discrimination in the Legal Field." The panel discussion will feature NIU Law Professors Yolanda King, Laurel Rigertas and Genevieve Tokić and will be moderated by Dr. Kristen Myers, Director of the NIU Center for the Study of Women, Gender & Sexuality. All are welcome to attend and lunch will be provided.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Law Review Informational Meeting - DATE CHANGE

The NIU Law Review will hold an informational meeting on Tuesday, February 23 at noon in room 188. Please note the date for this meeting has changed from the original date of 2/24. Find out how to join law review, learn how to complete the first step of the law review write-on process, ask any questions you have, have a chance to be published, and enjoy free lunch. Questions? Email Scott Hall, Managing Editor, at

Presentation by U.S. PTO Deputy Director Russell Slifer ('94)

The College of Law and the SBA are sponsoring a talk from NIU Law alumnus Russell Slifer ('94), deputy director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, on Wednesday, February 24 at noon in the Riley Courtroom. Slifer will discuss his career as a patent attorney, rise to the top of the U.S. PTO, and inner-workings of the office. All are welcome, and lunch will be provided.

State's Attorney/Public Defender Panel

Join special guests currently practicing as state's attorneys and public defenders for this panel discussion and Q & A about how best to pursue these rewarding careers after law school. The panel will be held on Wednesday, February 24, at 5:30 p.m. in Room 150.

NIU Leadership Academy Event

The NIU Pucino Leadership Series is sponsoring a program by Michael Allosso entitled “You OnYour Best Day” that presents 35 “secret weapons” for being at your best and most successful every day of the week. The program is open to all junior, senior and graduate students at NIU, including law students. The program will be held on Tuesday, March 1, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the Barsema Alumni & Visitors Center. Check-in begins at 5:00 pm. Attendance is free but you must register by Wednesday, February 24 at For more information, call 815-753-5088.

Interview Bootcamp

The Careers office is sponsoring an Interview Bootcamp on Thursday, February 25 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Please contact Greg Anderson in room 280 for more information and to RSVP; sign up required by February 23.

L.O.V.E. Presents Human Trafficking Awareness Events

Lawyers Opposing Violence Everywhere is hosting Human Trafficking Awareness Week from Monday, February 22 through Thursday, February 25. In bins in the Marshall Gallery, we will be collecting bags/purses and filling them with donated items such as toilet paper, office supplies, hygiene/feminine products, shampoo/conditioner/toothbrush/toothpaste, cleaning supplies, baby wipes and diapers, etc. All donated items will be given to the Chicago Dream Center. On Thursday, February 25, from noon to 1:00 p.m. in Room 188, the Chicago Dream Center presents “The Realities of Human Trafficking.” Lunch will be provided!

Moot Court Finals This Saturday

All are invited to attend the final round of the Lenny B. Mandell Moot Court Competition on Saturday, February 27 at 10:30 a.m.  in the Riley Courtroom.

The finals will feature Chelsea Selvey & Stephanie Wiggins v. Jessica Parsons & Matt Cole.

The distinguished panel of judges for the final round of the competition includes:

The Honorable Joe McGraw '85
Chief Judge, 17th Judicial Circuit
Chairman, Illinois Conference of Chief Judges

The Honorable Tim McCann '88
Presiding Judge, Kendall County
Former Chief Judge, 23rd Judicial Circuit

Nick Zimmerman '00
Office of the Winnebago County Public Defender
Champion, 1999 Moot Court Competition
Former Editor-in-Chief, NIU Law Review

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines


Competition for Student Papers in Criminal Law and/or Criminal Procedure
Description: The Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of California; The paper must pertain to criminal law and/or to criminal procedure, with a particular focus on contemporary issues of concern in the State of California.
Requirements: Application, Essay answers, official transcripts
Award: Grand Prize - $1500 cash prize, publication in the Criminal Law Journal, one year student membership in the Criminal Law Section; Three Honorable Mention Prizes: $500 cash prize, publication in the Criminal Law Journal, one year membership in the Criminal Law Section
Deadline: February 29, 2016
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American Bankruptcy Institute Student Writing Competition
Description: The American Bankruptcy Institute is pleased to invite students to participate in its Seventh Annual ABI Bankruptcy Law Student Writing Competition and submit papers on current issues regarding bankruptcy jurisdiction, bankruptcy litigation, or evidence in bankruptcy cases or proceedings.
Requirements: Write a paper addressing any business or consumer case, such as bankruptcy sales, plan confirmation and other topics that involve jurisdiction, litigation or evidence in the bankruptcy courts.
Award: 1st place-$2,000, publication in the ABI Journal and one-year ABI membership; 2nd place-$1,250, publication in an ABI committee newsletter and a one-year ABI membership; 3rd place-$750, publication in an ABI committee newsletter and a one-year ABI membership.
Deadline: March 1, 2016
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Illinois State Bar Association Law Student Division’s Public Service Award
Description: The Illinois State Bar Association Law Student Division’s Public Service Award is awarded annually to a law student participating in activities that enhance professional responsibility and provide service to the public. The award is based on extracurricular accomplishments and service related activities during the law school career.
Requirements: Name, ISBA member number, school, address, email, telephone, year in law school and type of student, and bar admission date of nominee (If not currently an ISBA Law Student Member, sign up for free for electronic membership or $12.00 for regular membership. Nominator. Describe in detail the nominee’s involvement in the public service activities. A listing of name(s) of organization(s), contact person, telephone number and amount of hours per week and if credits were received. Applicants are encouraged to emphasize volunteer public service activities.
Award: A finalist will be selected from each accredited law school affiliated with the ISBA Law Student Division from which qualified nominees are submitted. The final award recipient will be chosen from these finalists. Each winner will receive a commemorative plaque. All decisions are final. Nomination forms may be accessed on the website listed below.
Deadline: March 4, 2016
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William C. Connor Intellectual Property Law Writing Competition
Description: The New York Intellectual Property Law Association created a writing competition for law students in recognition of Honorable William C. Connor for his significant contributions to the field of Intellectual property.
Requirements: Write an essay directed to any of the traditional subject areas of intellectual property, i.e., patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair trade practices and antitrust.
Award: 1st place-$1,500 cash and plaque at the NYIPLA Annual Meeting and Dinner to be held in New York City on May 17, 2016; Runner up-$1,000 and a plaque at the Annual Meeting and Dinner. See website for submission requirements.
Deadline: March 6, 2016
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Berkeley Technology Law Journal Writing Competition
Description: The Berkeley Technology Law Journal is a student run publication of the UC Berkeley School of Law focused on intellectual property, high-tech and biotech.
Requirements: Write a paper on any topic at the intersection of law and technology.
Award: 1st place-$2,000 and publication in the Fall 2016 Issue of BTLJ; 2nd place-$750; 3rd place-$500
Deadline: March 7, 2016 (5:00 p.m.)
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Rural Summer Legal Corps Stipends Available

Equal Justice Works has announced a Rural Summer Legal Corps program designed to connect law students interested in public interest law with civil legal aid organizations devoted to addressing legal issues facing rural communities. There are 31 positions available for this summer, focused on building legal skills in areas such as direct legal services, outreach and education, and capacity building. Applications for the open positions are due by February 29, 2016. Participants must complete 300 hours of service by August 31, 2016 to be eligible to receive a $4000 stipend. For more information, see

Application for Graduation for all 3Ls

Important reminder to all 3Ls! Your online Application for Graduation must be submitted this month between February 22 and February 29. Submit it as soon as possible, and please see Julie in Swen Parson 285 if you have any questions.

Professor Widman Looking for Research Assistant

Professor Widman is looking for one research assistant for next year. Applicants should be able to do some work over the summer (with hours during the academic semester accordingly reduced). This position is especially suited to students who have some experience and/or interest in public law and legislation. Professor Widman's main research focus over the next year is a large empirical study examining state attorneys general enforcement of consumer protection laws. Experience with Excel and/or working with large datasets a plus. Please submit a current resume (including your year, current GPA, and class rank, if known), an unofficial law school transcript, and a brief letter of interest to Professor Widman by noon on Thursday, March 3rd. Applications must be submitted in hard copy, not electronically.

SBA Trivia Night

The SBA will host a Trivia Night on Thursday, March 3 from 7-9 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Form a team of 6 students (or 5 students and 1 professor) to compete for general knowledge glory! The winning team gets Barrister's tickets, and snacks and beverages will be provided.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Federalist Society Guest Speaker

The Federalist Society will be hosting an event at noon on Thursday, March 17 in room 188. Our guest speaker will be Professor James Phillips to present his recent paper entitled, “Why are There So Few Conservatives and Libertarians in Legal Academia? An Empirical Exploration of Three Hypotheses.” Lunch will be provided.

Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Presents Government Services Career Fair

If you are considering a career working for the government, attend the YLS’s Annual Government Service Career Fair where you will have an opportunity to meet representatives from local government offices. Enjoy light appetizers courtesy of the Young Lawyers Section as you network and learn about the agencies below. Resumes will be accepted only at the discretion of the agencies. The event will be held Thursday, March 3, 2016 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Ct. in Chicago. Registration costs $15 for non-CBA members. Register at or call 312-554-2056.

Agencies that will be in attendance (as of 2/17/2016) include:
• City of Chicago Department of Law
• City Office of the Inspector General
• Cook County Office of the Public Guardian
• Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office
• Illinois Attorney General’s Office
• Illinois Department of Human Services, Bureau of Hearings
• Illinois Department of Insurance
• Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender
• Circuit Court of Cook County Law Division
• Office of the City Clerk
• Office of the State Appellate Defender
• OIG Illinois Department of Health and Family Services
• Social Security Administration Office of the General Counsel Region V
• Social Security National Hearing Center
• U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region V
• U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
• U.S. Railroad Retirement Board
• U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Upcoming Federalist Society Events

The Federalisty Society has a couple of big events coming up:
  • April 4, 2016 at noon in room 188 they will be hosting a debate between Josh Blackman (Assistant Professor of Law at South Texas COL) and Professor Jones. The debate is entitled “The Power of the Executive: The Constitutional Challenge over DAPA.” Lunch will be provided.
  • April 12, 2016 at 5 p.m. in room 188 they will be hosting Ilya Shapiro (Editor-in-Chief of the CATO Supreme Court Review) and he will be discussing religious liberties after Obergefell. The Society will host a small dinner following the talk. 
All are welcome at both events.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

American Constitution Society for Law and Policy Writing Competition
Description: The American Constitution Society (ACS) and the University of Pennsylvania Law School ACS Chapter host an annual national student writing competition in honor of Constance Baker Motley's legacy. As a civil rights attorney, first woman elected President of the Borough of Manhattan, and the first African-American woman appointed to the federal bench. Motley’s life-long commitment to equality for all aligns with ACS's mission to ensure that law is a force to improve the lives of all people.
Award: 1st place- $3,000 and an offer of publication in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law; Runner Up (2)- $1,000
Deadline: February 12, 2016
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Animal Law Writing Contest
Description: The American Veterinary Medical Association, American Kennel Club, Cat Fanciers; Association and Animal Health Institute offer law students an opportunity to engage in a scholarly discussion and debate of legal issues related to animals and animal law.
Requirements: Write an essay on two of the given prompts found on the AVMA website
Award: 1st place- $2,500 cash prize (plus round-trip airfare, one-night accommodation and ground transportation) to attend the American Veterinary Medical Law Association's Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts in July 2016 and a complimentary registration to the 2016 Annual Meeting; 2nd place- $1,000 cash prize
Deadline: February 13, 2016
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Stanfield & D’Orlando Scholarship
Description: The Stanfield Scholarships Program is funded by a trust created by Mrs. Marion Barr Stanfield for Unitarian Universalists studying the fields of art and law. Mrs. Stanfield stated that the Stanfield Scholarship committee should take into consideration, "Not only the intellectual attainments and potentialities of the beneficiaries but that they consider whether in character and constructive spiritual philosophy the beneficiaries are most likely to use their legal training and their training in art for the betterment of humankind."
Requirements: Application, Essay, Financial information, Transcripts, Two recommendation letters
Award: Varies
Deadline: February 15, 2016
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Competition for Student Papers in Criminal Law and/or Criminal Procedure
Description: The paper must pertain to criminal law and/or to criminal procedure, with a particular focus on contemporary issues of concern in the State of California
Requirements: Application, Essay answers, official transcripts
Award: Grand Prize - $1500 cash prize, publication in the Criminal Law Journal, one year student membership in the Criminal Law Section; Three Honorable Mention Prizes: $500 cash prize, publication in the Criminal Law Journal, one year membership in the Criminal Law Section
Deadline: February 29, 2016
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The City Intern Student Ambassador Program
Description: Designed to give students and graduates the opportunity to earn a full scholarship for the Global Internship Program, amongst other incentives, the City Internship Student Ambassador applicants can learn more on the website. The competitions are split across the four following themes: Demystifying the stock market; show us your school spirit (Produce a video showcasing campus life); Unleash your inner entrepreneur (Craft a winning business idea); Build your own online portfolio (Develop merchandise and digital designs).
Requirements: Application must be completed and can be found on the website.
Award: Four Scholarships available for competition winners. City Internships is offering four full scholarships to the Global Internship Program in either London, New York or Los Angeles for Summer 2016.
Deadline: February 29, 2016
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Women’s Law Caucus Breakfast Sale

WLC's Cupid and Coffee! Please join WLC on Monday, February 15, from 8:00-10:00 a.m. in the Marshall Gallery for some post-Valentine's coffee and doughnuts. $1 per item.

Annual Minority Reception

Interim Dean Mark Cordes and alumni host Vincent F. Cornelius (’89) cordially invite you attend the 13th Annual Minority Reception. Please join us as we present Richard Irvin (‘98) and Doressia Hutton (‘01) with Excellence in Service and Leadership Awards and honor retired Professor John Walton. The event will be held Tuesday, February 16, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Carnivale, 702 W. Fulton Street in Chicago. Please RSVP by February 10 to or (815) 753-9655.

Parentage Act of 2015 - What's New?

The NIU Law International Law Students Association and the Family Law Society will jointly host attorney Margaret Bennett and her presentation of the "Parentage Act of 2015 - What's New?" on Wednesday, February 17th at noon in the Riley Courtroom. Ms. Bennett is ranked in the top 100 of the national Super Lawyers rankings. Lunch will be provided and all are welcome.

Courtroom as Classroom

The NIU College of Law is pleased to sponsor “Courtroom as Classroom, ” a panel discussion on starting a career in the legal profession intended for law students and put on by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. It will be held at the Chicago Federal Plaza. The event will take place on Wednesday, February 17 from 3:00 to 5:00, and a bus to the event will leave the College of Law at 12:45 p.m. Please sign up in Greg Anderson's office (Swen Parson 280) for a spot on the bus.

Embracing Diversity Committee Dinner

The first Embracing Diversity Dinner will be hosted on Thursday, February 18, at 7:00 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center University Suite. The subject of the dinner discussion will be Stacey Dash's comments on Black History Month and whether that month is necessary. Our speakers will be Dr. LaVerne Gyant, Director, Center for Black Studies and Professor Joseph Flynn, Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations. Please sign up in Greg's office (Room 280). Spaces are limited as we want to have a round table discussion on the issues presented!

Statements of Candidacy Are Due This Week

May 2016 graduates, if you have not done so already, please email Julie Mahoney-Krzyzek ( ASAP to set up an appointment to complete your Statement of Candidacy. This is your first step in applying for graduation, and must be completed by 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.

Friday, February 5, 2016

PILS Pizza Sale

The Public Interest Law Society will be raising money with a pizza sale on Wednesday, February 10 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Come by and enjoy a delicious, inexpensive lunch from your friends at PILS!

LOVE Presentation on Domestic Violence

Please join members of Lawyers Opposing Violence Everywhere (LOVE) on Thursday, February 11 at noon in Room 188 for a presentation on domestic violence awareness from Safe Passage, a DeKalb County shelter and advocacy service. Lunch will be provided.

Black Law Student Association Valentine’s Events

Between now and February 11, the Black Law Student Association will be hosting several events:
  • A sale of raffle tickets for a chance to win a Valentine’s Day Gift Basket. The basket will be filled with all kinds of nice goodies not just candy! The tickets are 1 for $2 or 3 for $5. The winner will be announced on February 11, 2016 at Molly’s where BLSA will be hosting Bar Review. You do not have to be present to win. 
  • A t-shirt pre-sale in honor of Valentine’s Day. The t-shirt will say, “Keep Calm and Date a Future Lawyer.” The pre-sale price is $15, which ends on February 11. After February 11, the price for t-shirts will go up to $20. Also, BLSA will be selling “Straight Outta Law School” t-shirts for $20. There will be a sheet circulating, so that you can place your order. 

DCBA Pizza Party

All NIU Law students are invited to join the DuPage County Bar Association for a free pizza party at Pizza Villa (824 W. Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb) on Thursday, February 11, 2016 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The evening will start with a presentation from a recently admitted attorney, who will talk about the first day as a new attorney and share everything she wished she knew and was told before that first day. Following the presentation will be free beer, wine, pizza and of course, networking with alumni.