Thursday, March 31, 2016

Summer and Fall Externship Informational Meeting

Come learn about externship opportunities for summer and fall 2016 on Monday, April 18 from noon to 1 p.m. in room 150. Hear from faculty and students about ways you can earn course credit for unpaid work with a state's attorney, public defender, judge, or government /non-profit organization. Students will be there to talk about how externing has helped them to develop real legal skills, work with clients and lawyers, and build a professional, legal network. Applications will be available and you will have an opportunity to ask questions. Pizza and pop will be served. If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Sheila Maloney at smaloney@niu.edu.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

PES Business Attire Drive (AKA Suit Drive) - updated

DONATIONS NEEDED NOW in preparation for the "Suit Drive." The Professionalism and Ethics Society needs both men's and women's business attire. Please bring donations between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to the Faculty Secretaries' office (room 190). We need donated clothes that can be worn to a job interview or into a courtroom. Please feel free to bring in donations from friends and family members, too. Donated business attire will be available for NIU Law students April 11-15 during select hours. Look for future announcements for room location and exact times. Dry cleaning and alterations will be paid for with proceeds from our current candy bar sale. Please contact Liesje Howard at liesje@niu.edu with questions.

Monday, March 28, 2016

U.S. Marine Corps/Judge Advocate information session

Visit the U.S. Marine Corps table in the Marshall Gallery on Tuesday, March 29th from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to learn more about being a Judge Advocate and whether it might be a good fit for you. Have your resume with you, as they will be able to set up an interview (OCI) after 1:00 PM; or even possibly during that 10:30 to 1:00 time frame.

Becoming a Judge Advocate in the Marine Corps will give you the unique training and opportunity to fight for justice both in and out of the courtroom. Not only are Judge Advocates licensed attorneys, they are also riflemen.

Judge Advocates receive physical, academic and leadership training from the Marines, which consists of:
- 10 weeks at Officer Candidates School
- 6 months at The Basic School (after having passed the bar)
- 10 weeks at the Naval Justice School

Those who complete training can gain courtroom experience right away as trial or defense counsel in the military justice system. Judge Advocates specialize in International, Operational, Criminal, Environmental, Fiscal, Contract Labor, Family, and Claims and Tort Litigation Law, and they provide a full range of legal services to support Marines in the accomplishment of their missions.

Basic requirements--
Age: 18-28
Mental Aptitude: ACT :22+ SAT: 1000+ (Math and English) or ASVAB: 74
LSAT: 150+
Must be a US citizen
Must be a full-time law student (1L, 2L, or 3L)

Friday, March 25, 2016

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines - Big Update

March

Gerrymander Standard Writing Competition
Description: The Supreme Court has long suggested there is a limit for what is acceptable partisan gerrymandering, but like obscenity so far the line is undefined and left to the courts to know it when they see it. The court has said that it is willing to hear constitutional challenges to partisan gerrymandering, but existing legal theories have been insufficient to empower citizens and advocates with the tools they need to overturn gerrymanders in court. We invite legal and social science practitioners, scholars and students to submit papers proposing a new definition of partisan gerrymandering or further developing an existing standard and pairing that definition with an effective legal theory to challenge unfair redistricting plans in court.
Requirements: Application, Transcripts, Resume, Personal Statement, Letters of recommendation, FAFSA form.
Award: First Place - $5,000; Second Place - $3,000; Third Place - $2,000
Deadline: March 27, 2016
More Information: http://goo.gl/6wluAk

Boone County Bar Association Scholarship
Description: The Boone County Bar Association awards scholarship(s) up to $1,000 each school year to student(s) that are accepted or currently attending American bar Association accredited law schools. The Applicant must either be a current Boone County resident or a resident of Boone County at the time of his or her high school graduation.
Requirements: Email achapman1@niu.edu for the application
Award: Up to $1,000
Deadline: March 31, 2016
More Information: Must mail in application

StraightForward Media’s Law School Scholarship
Description: The StraightForward Media Law School Scholarship Program awards four scholarships a year (one every three months) exclusively to law students to help the lawyers of tomorrow complete schooling.
Requirements: Application, Essay.
Award: $500
Deadline: March 31, 2016
More Information: http://www.straightforwardmedia.com/scholarship/law-school/

IABA Scholarship (Iranian-American Bar Association)
Description: The IABA Foundation grants one or more scholarships each year to law students who have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of the Iranian-American community. Applicants must be of Iranian heritage and full-time students at an accredited law school in the United States.
Requirements: Please submit the following materials to scholarship@iabafoundation.org: 1) a resume detailing your education and work and community experience; 2) official law school and college transcripts; 3) a brief statement articulating why you chose to attend law school, why you would like to become an attorney, and how you will make a difference as an attorney on issue of concern and interest to the Iranian-American community; and 4) the application (found on the website).
Award: $500
Deadline: March 31, 2016
More Information: http://www.iabafoundation.org/scholarship/#%EF%BF%BD

April

Animal Legal Defense Fund Program Clerkship
Description: The clerks will be closely supervised and trained by top experts in animal law. Clerks will complete legal research, work with ALDF’s litigation department in developing new cases, and learn how to prepare pleadings in cases currently handled by ALDF. The successful applicant must have a sincere interest in animal protection and be willing to accept a variety of assignments within the expanding field of animal law. The primary focus of this clerkship is on civil animal law issues, but there will be exposure to criminal anti-cruelty cases as well.
Requirements: See website for application details.
Award: This is an unpaid clerkship. There is a monthly stipend of $1,000 (the total stipend per semester is $3,000.) This is to assist you in paying for reasonable expenses, including room and board, gas, travel, and other expenses.
Deadline: April 1, 2016
More Information: http://goo.gl/n76zG7

Illinois Government Bar Association Scholarship
Description: The Illinois Government Bar Association Scholarship is open to all students who are planning a career in Illinois Government at the local, state, or federal level. Applicants a job or internship in Illinois, paid or unpaid, in the public sector.
Requirements: Resume, names and addresses of the organizations to which you are applying for government employment, letters of recommendation.
Award: $1,000
Deadline: April 1, 2016
More Information: See admissions office for application information.

George A. Strait Minority Scholarship
Description: The George A. Strait Minority Scholarship is awarded to college graduates with law library experience who are members of a minority group as defined by current U.S. government guidelines and are degree candidates in accredited library or law schools and who intend to have a career in law librarianship. Candidates may apply for more than one scholarship where appropriate.
Requirements: Application, Personal Statement, Transcripts, Two letters of recommendation, Financial Aid information.
Award: Varies
Deadline: April 1, 2016
More Information: http://goo.gl/oxACKO

Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund
Description: The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund aids people active in movements for social and economic justice. These need-based scholarships are awarded to students who are able to do academic work at the college or university level and who are active in the progressive movement.
Requirements: Application, Personal Statement, Transcripts, Three letters of recommendation, Resume, Financial Aid information.
Award: Varies but maximum grant is $10,000
Deadline: April 1, 2016
More Information: http://www.davisputter.org/apply/apply-for-scholarships/

Beveridge & Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition
Description: ELI and NAELS invite law students to submit papers exploring current issues of constitutional environmental law. This annual writing competition is made possible through the generous support of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., one of the premier environmental law firms in the nation.
Requirements: Application, Personal Statement, Transcripts, Three letters of recommendation, Resume, Financial Aid information.
Award: $2000 cash, an offer of publication in the Environmental Law Reporter, and a one-year individual membership to ELI.
Deadline: April 4, 2016
More Information: http://goo.gl/0XdX3j

DuPage County Bar Foundation Scholarships
Description: The DCBF promotes the study of law via the Ambassador Scholarship and the William J. Bauer Scholarship. The DCBF Board awards these scholarships annually to one or more incoming second-year law students from DuPage County. In addition to existing awards, DCBF recently added an additional $2,000 award sponsored by the law firm Woodruff Johnson & Palermo.
Requirements: Application, Transcript, Resume, Financial Aid Notice, Personal Statement, Tax Form.
Award: Varies (Multiple Scholarships Available)
Deadline: April 4, 2016
More Information: http://goo.gl/Dmmlx3

Law Library Announcements

  • Take a few minutes to see the Stason Collection, in the alcove to the right as you enter the library. Blythe Stason, was one of the original members of the Lewis faculty when the College of Law began in 1975. He moved over to NIU when the university obtained the College of Law in 1979 and remained on the faculty for a number of years before retiring. After retiring he often returned to use the resources in the law library. When he passed away last year he remembered the library in his gifts. With input from his widow, a collection of materials was purchased that both enhance the law library and serve as a remembrance. We appreciate having been given the opportunity to create this collection and hope you will take the time to peruse the materials. A virtual display of the materials is also available. 
  • Stop by the west end of the main entrance of the library to see the Women and the Supreme Court display.

PES Candy Sale

Fannie May Chocolate Bars are for sale by the Professionalism and Ethics Society in 6 flavors: Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate Mint Cookie, Caramel Milk Chocolate, Almond Milk Chocolate, Crisped Rice Milk Chocolate, and Milk Chocolate.

BUY 4 AND SHARE! 1 for $1.75; 2 for $3; and 4 for $5. Proceeds will be used for our Business Suit Drive for law students this semester. Look for the PES members carrying the Fannie May Candy Bar Box.

"Hanging Out a Shingle" Seminar on Starting Your Own Practice

You are invited to "Hanging Out a Shingle: What You Need to Know About Starting Your Own Law Practice" on Wednesday, March 30 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom. Brad Tengler (NIU COL Class of 2009) will be speaking on all the details involved with starting your own law practice. Brad is a successful solo practitioner in Rockford, IL who also runs a consulting firm through which he teaches attorneys how to open their own law practice. Topics include running the office, hiring secretaries, getting clients, office space options, creating your own billable rate, etc. This presentation will be targeted towards law students, and will include information on what law students/new grads can do now to prepare oneself for opening a law practice in the future. See Brad's websites for more info: http://www.hangingoutashingle.com/home and www.tenglerlaw.com. Lunch from Rosati's will be provided. Sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association.

First-Year Professionalism Program This Week

The NIU College of Law will host a presentation in its first-year student professionalism program on Wednesday, March 30, from 4:00-5:15 p.m. The program is intended to integrate professionalism into the law school curriculum in response to the growing recognition that law students (and lawyers) need more guidance in professionalism to further the highest values of the profession. The series consists of lectures featuring nationally recognized legal practitioners and scholars discussing cutting-edge issues. The presentations are designed for first-year students at the College of Law, but are open to the public. Locations for these presentations will be announced soon.

PILS Student Auction

All NIU Law students are invited to participate in the Public Interest Law Society's annual student auction on Wednesday and Thursday, March 30 & 31 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Auction items will be set up with bidding sheets; write down your bid and keep an eye out to find out if it's been topped. Some excellent prizes to make your life as a law student easier will be available, and all the money raised will go towards funding public interest work for you, the students of NIU Law. Be sure to come out and bid!

Francis X. Riley Lecture on Professionalism and PILS Auction

NIU Law will host its 23rd Annual Francis X. Riley Lecture on Professionalism on Friday, April 1, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom. This year’s lecture will be given by former NIU College of Law Dean James J. Alfini. The Francis X. Riley Lecture on Professionalism was established in 1994 to honor the late Professor Emeritus Riley, who devoted his life to the law and legal education. The lecture series brings distinguished speakers to the College of Law to discuss current issues relating to the legal profession.

The lecture will be followed by a reception and the 21st Annual Public Interest Law Society Auction at 5:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Don’t miss this annual tradition offering fun, food and networking opportunities with faculty, staff, fellow students and alumni!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

WCBA Young Lawyers Trivia Night

The Winnebago County Bar Association will hold its annual trivia night on Thursday, March 31 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 p.m. at District Bar in Rockford (205 W. State Street). It is a very well-attended event with about 8-12 judges & 60-70 lawyers expected and will be a GREAT night for networking. Don't miss out!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Law Review Informational Meeting

Please attend a second NIU Law Review informational meeting on Wednesday, April 20 at noon in the Riley Courtroom to find out how to complete the second step of the law review write-on process. Lunch will be provided and you can ask any questions you still have.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

Black Women Lawyers’ Association Essay Scholarship
Description: BWLA recognizes the critical significance of ensuring the success of students of color and women during their legal education, throughout bar exam study, and in the competitive job market today.
Requirements: 3-5 page essay (topic provided), cover sheet, resume official or unofficial transcript, and enrolled and in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school. Interviews of top applicants.
Award: 1st Place: $5,000 (multiple awards available)
Deadline: March 25, 2016
More Information: http://bwla.org/scholarshipfund/

Central Illinois Women’s Bar Association Scholarship Program
Description: This scholarship is non-renewable and funded by the Central Illinois Women’s Bar Association (CIWBA) and the Sangamon County Bar Association (SCBA). Must be a current or aspiring law student who was a resident of a central Illinois county at the time she graduated high school (list of counties available on application).
Requirements: Submit a 2-page essay, 2 letters of recommendation, transcript, resume, and application.
Award: $2,000
Deadline: March 25, 2016 (postmark deadline)
More Information: http://ciwba.com/Scholarship.html and email achapman1@niu.edu

Gerrymander Standard Writing Competition
Description: The Supreme Court has long suggested there is a limit for what is acceptable partisan gerrymandering, but like obscenity so far the line is undefined and left to the courts to know it when they see it. The court has said that it is willing to hear constitutional challenges to partisan gerrymandering, but existing legal theories have been insufficient to empower citizens and advocates with the tools they need to overturn gerrymanders in court. We invite legal and social science practitioners, scholars and students to submit papers proposing a new definition of partisan gerrymandering or further developing an existing standard and pairing that definition with an effective legal theory to challenge unfair redistricting plans in court.
Requirements: Application, Transcripts, Resume, Personal Statement, Letters of recommendation, FAFSA form.
Award: First Place: $5,000 Second Place: $3,000 Third Place: $2,000
Deadline: March 27, 2016
More Information: http://goo.gl/6wluAk

A Theological Discussion on Legal Ethics by Professor McConkie

Christian Legal Society will be hosting Professor Daniel McConkie on Monday, March 21 at noon in room 187 to discuss how theology and faith interact with legal ethics and the Model Rules of Professional Conduct. Pizza will be provided!

Diversity Dialogues Featuring Dean Cordes and Professor King

NIU will host the first in a series of Diversity Dialogues, called "The First Amendment, Free Speech and Lawful Assembly," on Wednesday, March 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Sandburg Auditorium in Holmes Student Center. This community conversation is free and open to the public.

Senior Research Scholar in law at Yale Law School Frederick M. Lawrence will help kick off this new series that will provide a space for members of the university community to talk openly and honestly on complex and important matters. Dean Mark Cordes will join Lawrence on the panel for discussion along with students Ariel Owens and Timothy Brandner. Professor Yolanda King will serve as moderator.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

KCBA Happy Hour

The Kane County Bar Association will be holding a free happy hour on Thursday, March 24th from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Village Squire, 480 Randall Road in South Elgin, IL. All Kane County Bar Association members are welcome to attend for free--go to kanecountybar.org to become a member. Don't miss this great networking opportunity!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Course Requirements, Restrictions and Procedures

As 1Ls and 2Ls begin to plan for the summer and next year, here are some key requirements, restrictions and procedures to keep in mind.

1. Hours required to graduate: 90, including all required courses.

2. Course restrictions:
● limit of 2 5 hours of credit toward graduation can come from externships, co - curricular activities, interscholastic competitions, Law Review, directed research and graduate courses in other NIU departments ● limit of 30 hours of credit toward graduation can come fro m skills courses, clinics, externships, co - curricular activities, interscholastic competitions, Law Review, directed research and graduate courses in other NIU departments 4
● at least 55 hours toward graduation must be taken at the College of Law [allows u p to 35 credits on visits or in summer or winter intercession courses at other law schools]
● other course limits applied to 90 hours needed for graduation:
  ○ only 6 hours for non - law graduate courses, except 9 hours for joint JD/MBA and 12 hours for join t JD/MPA
  ○ only 6 hours Directed Research (only 3 per semester)
  ○ only 4 hours for Law Review for members; only 5 hours for Law Review board ○ only 4 hours for co - curricular activities/competitions
  ○ only 6 hours for distance learning (online) courses
● limits per semester:
  ○ maximum of 18 hours for fall and spring semesters (15 hours if below 2.4 cumulative GPA)
  ○ maximum of 6 hours for summer session, with occasional exception for up to 3 more hours of externships, directed research projects or courses at other ABA accredited law schools if offered in second half of summer

3. Procedural requirements:
● approval of transfer of credits from other NIU departments and joint degree programs: file Petition for Special Consideration with Dean Falkoff
● approval of visits and transfer of credits from other ABA - accredited law schools: file Petition for Special Consideration with Dean Coles
● approval of Directed Research projects: file registration form with Dean Falkoff
● approval of Law Review and co - curricular credits: contact faculty advisors
● approval of course schedules with fewer than 12 credits per semester (except in summer): file Petition for Special Consideration with Dean Coles
● approval of course schedules with more than 15 hours per semester: file Petition for Special Consideration with Dean Coles (if, but only if, cumulative GPA is below 2.4)
● procedures for clinic courses and externships: contact Professor Maddali (clinics) or Professor Maloney (externships) for information

Lawyer’s Assistance Program

The Lawyers’ Assistance Program (LAP) is a non-profit organization founded to help Illinois lawyers, judges, law students and their families cope with substance abuse or mental health problems (broadly defined to include stress, anxiety and depression).

LAP’s services are provided at no cost to those who contact them and include education, counseling, referral, peer assistance and intervention. Many counseling and support services are provided by current or former attorneys who have shared the experiences and pressures of being a law student. Law students can call LAP for assistance for themselves and for their classmates and can also ask LAP for help with questions about how to deal with character and fitness issues. All client interactions with LAP are held in strict confidence under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 1.6.

For more information about LAP and its services, call 800.LAP.1233 or 312.726.6614 or email them at gethelp@illinoislap.org. Information is also available on LAP’s website ( www.illinoislap.org ) or from Associate Dean Coles (Room 276).

Prof. McConkie Looking for Research Assistant

Professor McConkie is looking for a research assistant for next year. Applicants should be able to do some work over the summer (with hours during the academic year accordingly reduced). Professor McConkie’s main research focus over the next year will be criminal discovery, specifically how federal courts have undertaken to regulate it through local rules. Please submit electronically a current resume (including your year, current GPA, and class rank, if known), an unofficial COL transcript, and a brief letter of interest to Professor McConkie by Monday, March 14.

The Federalist Society Guest Speaker

The NIU Law Federalist Society will be hosting guest speaker 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.” The presentation will take place on Thursday, March 17, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in Room 188. Lunch will be provided.

Legal Internship Opportunity with Microsoft

The ABA’s Commission on Disability Rights is pleased to partner with Microsoft to provide a summer internship opportunity for a highly motivated, first-year law student living with a disability. Legal interns will work within Microsoft’s Corporate, External, and Legal Affairs department in Redmond, Washington, for 10 to 12 weeks during the summer. Submit a cover letter (no more than 500 words) and resume to Amy Allbright at amy.allbright@americanbar.org. In your cover letter, please address your demonstrated commitment to diversity and your career goals and interests. All materials must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, March 17.

Pick up Graduation Announcements by March 18th

May 2016 Graduates: If you requested Graduation Announcements on your Statement of Candidacy, they are available now through March 18 for pickup in the Office of Budget & Records (SP285).

Please note: Any announcements not claimed by end of the day on March 18 will be made available to others on a first-come, first-served, basis.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Agen Program Applications Due in April

Applications for the NIU Law Study Abroad program in Agen, France are being accepted until April 1, 2016. Go to the Study Abroad page on the NIU Law website for more information and to apply.