Thursday, April 28, 2016

Dean's Certificates for Soon-to-be Grads

May 2016 Graduates: Under NIU Law’s standard procedures, a Dean's Certificate is prepared for all graduates by the Office of Budget & Records (Christina and Julie). After review, the certificate is then signed by Dean Mark Cordes and is sent directly to the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar (IBAB). For students applying to the Illinois bar, this process will be completed in June, after the law school has verified that graduates have fulfilled all requirements for graduation and do not have a hold on their university accounts. If you are applying to take the bar exam in a state other than Illinois and that state requires a form similar to the Illinois Dean's Certificate, then you will need to provide a copy of that form to the Office of Budget & Records in ample time so that it can be completed and sent in accordance with whatever deadlines are set by the state in question. Congratulations on a job well done! Much luck in the future!

Law Library Hours for Reading Period and Final Exams

Tuesday April 26th - Thursday May 12th:

Tuesday, April 26th – Thursday, April 28th    7:30 a.m. – Midnight
Friday, April 29th    7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 30th    8:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 1st    10:00 a.m. -Midnight
Monday, May 2nd – Thursday, May 5th    7:30 a.m. - Midnight
Friday, May 6th    7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 7th    8:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 8th    10:00 a.m.- Midnight
Monday, May 9th – Thursday, May 12th    7:30 a.m. - Midnight
Friday, May 13th    7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Monday, April 25, 2016

KCBA Cinco de Mayo Party

The Kane County Bar Association Diversity Committee will be holding a Cinco de Mayo party and all NIU Law students are invited! The event will be held on Thursday, May 5th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Altiro Latin Fusion, 308 Anderson Blvd. in Geneva, IL. Don't miss this great chance to network--featuring free appetizers.

Spring and Summer Scholarship Deadlines

Please see this document with a list of the remaining scholarship and writing competition opportunities available for application between now and July 31, 2016. Contact the Admission office if you have any questions.

Research Assistant Wanted for Professor Tan

Professor Tan is still looking for a Research Assistant for next year. Please submit a resume, transcript and cover letter to him.

Course Registration Q&A TODAY

Dean Falkoff and others will be available to answer questions about course registration for next year at noon in the Riley Courtroom on Monday, April 25. All 1Ls and 2Ls are encouraged to attend.

Lunch with CLS TODAY

Springtime brings both new challenges and affords an opportunity for us all to "refresh." Join the Christian Legal Society on Monday, April 25th from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in room 173 for a lighthearted focus on how you can be the most spiritually productive during this time of transition. CLS member Stephen C. Hsu, Esq. will share some uplifting inspiration for everyone as we enjoy lunch!

“Embracing Diversity Award” Applications Due TODAY

The College of Law invites rising second- and third-year law students to apply for its “Embracing Diversity” award. The award recipient will create, manage and oversee a series of talks and community conversations addressing issues of socio-economic diversity (broadly defined), and may help coordinate a College of Law Faculty Symposium focused on similar issues. The successful applicant will receive $5,000 for the fall semester, with the award renewable for a second semester upon a showing of satisfactory progress by the student. It is also possible that the award will be split between two applicants who will work together as a team for the entire year, for an award of $5,000 each for the year.

The award recipient will work under the supervision of a committee selected by the dean of the College of Law. Each semester, the award recipient will be expected to organize both an “Embracing Diversity Featured Speaker Presentation” and one or two “Conversation With ...” dinners each semester. The dinners will ordinarily consist of eight to ten current College of Law students and a guest speaker to discuss and promote understanding of socio-economic diversity issues. The goal of these events will be to heighten student awareness of diversity issues as they prepare to enter their professional careers, and to help build positive relationships with those whom they may in future represent.

Applicants must be full- or part-time second- or third-year law students in good academic standing in the College of Law for the 2016-2017 academic year. The successful candidate should have an interest and desire to work on behalf of socio-economic diversity issues, broadly defined, within the College.

Applications must include a current résumé, an unofficial law school transcript, and a short essay that explains why the applicant would like to assist with the diversity series and that discusses what impact participation in the program will have on his or her career.

Completed applications are due by April 25, 2016, in the mailbox of Professor Yolanda King. Late applications will not be accepted. Questions about the Embracing Diversity speaker series, award, or application process may be directed to Professors King, Widman, or Associate Dean Falkoff.

The Embracing Diversity speaker series and student award are generously funded by Vera Verbel. Persons who are related by blood, marriage or adoption to Ms. Verbel or who have a personal or business relationship with her must disclose such facts in their application materials.

SBA Last Day of Class Party

On Tuesday, April 26, at noon, in the Marshall Gallery, the Student Bar Association will be holding a party to celebrate the last day of law classes for the academic year. Food and drinks will be provided along with important end-of-the-year announcements. All law students are strongly encouraged to attend.

Rescheduling Exams Must Be Done This Week

Upper-level students who have three examinations scheduled on three consecutive calendar days or who have two examinations scheduled on the same day may petition to reschedule one of the examinations. All such petitions must be filed with Dean Coles by no later than noon on Thursday, April 28. Generally, the requested date for a rescheduled exam should be after, not before, the regularly scheduled exam. Please also indicate whether you request to take the exam in the morning or the afternoon. Rescheduled exams will normally begin at either 9:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. After April 28, exams will only be rescheduled upon the filing of a petition demonstrating “extraordinary circumstances”, with supporting documentation. Petition forms are available on the NIU Law website under “Current Students – Forms” or from Lisa Hoebing in Room 276.

Regaila Pickup for December 2015 and May 2016 Graduates

Regalia pick-up is scheduled for Tuesday, April 26 through Friday, April 29. If you are not picking your regalia up yourself, we must be notified via email (jmahoney@niu.edu). Please let us know who will be picking it up for you. We will not release your regalia without your prior approval. All regalia needs to be picked up and tried on by end of Friday, April 29. This is so we can reorder gowns if there are any issues.

Research Assistant Wanted for Professor King

Professor King seeks a part-time research assistant for the 2016-2017 academic year. The position is especially suited to students who have experience and/or demonstrated interest in intellectual property law, specifically copyright and right of publicity. Potential or actual law review experience is ideal. Please submit via email a letter of interest, resume, and unofficial law school transcript to Professor King (yking@niu.edu) by Monday, May 2, at 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Campus Experience Survey

All NIU Law students are encouraged to complete an online survey called the Campus Experience Survey. Please check your NIU email for a message containing a link to the survey. Students who complete the survey will be offered 10 chances to win 30 different $100 prizes. If you have questions or need help accessing the link to the survey please contact Holly Orcutt at 753-0372 or by email at horcutt@niu.edu.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

Admiralty & Maritime Law Committee Law Student Writing Competition
Areas of Interest: Essays should address a recent development in admiralty and maritime law.
Criteria: Essays must not exceed 20 pages of double-spaced typed text
Award: $500 Prize; a $500 in reimbursement for attending the TIPS Spring Meeting in Boca Raton, FL or the ABA Annual Meeting in Boston, MA; and, publication in a 2014 edition of the Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee newsletter.
Deadline: April 18, 2016
More Information: http://goo.gl/gY0nyC

Donald O’Brien Scholarship Award
Description The Scholarship Award is in honor of Judge Donald E. O’Brien, Senior Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa. The Scholarship is open to any first or second-year law student with ties to the State of Iowa who expresses an interest and intent to practice law in the area of civil rights, civil liberties, public interest or other areas benefiting society’s less fortunate.
Criteria: See website for application details.
Award: $1,000
Deadline: April 20, 2016
More Information: https://goo.gl/ZXnRNu

Justinian Scholarship Program
Description: The DuPage County Chapter of the Justinian Society of Lawyers will, once again, be awarding a scholarship to a student of Italian extraction who has completed at least one semester of law school.
Requirements: Application, Brief personal statement, Letter of recommendation from a faculty member of the law school, Federal income tax return.
Award: Varies from $1,000 to $2,500
Deadline: April 26, 2016
More Information: http://goo.gl/z3AN89

Externship Informational Meeting This Week

On Monday, April 18, at noon in Room 150, come learn about legal externship opportunities for summer and fall 2016. 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 or 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.

ASP Graduate Assistant Needed

Professors Hunter and Stange are soliciting applications for four open graduate assistant positions in the Academic Success Program for the 2016-2017 Academic year. We anticipate hiring both rising 2L students and rising 3L students. Applicants must have completed the first year of law school with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. Details regarding the position and application process are posted outside Professor Hunter’s and Prof. Stange’s offices. The deadline for applications is Monday, April 18. Please submit your resume, transcripts, and application letter via email to mstange@niu.edu no later than 3:30 p.m. on that date. If you have any questions, please contact Professor Hunter (jeannah@niu.edu) or Stange (mstange@niu.edu).

Scholarship Presentation by Professor Tokic

Professor Genevieve Tokic will present her work-in-progress paper, "Taxing Greed", to the NIU College of Law on Wednesday, April 20 at noon in Room 188. All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend the presentation, which is the final scholarship presentation for the semester. Food will be served.

Law Review Second Informational Meeting

On Wednesday, April 20, at noon in the Riley Courtroom, please attend a second NIU Law Review informational meeting 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.

Law Review Banquet

The Northern Illinois University Law Review will be holding its annual banquet Friday, April 22, at 5:30 p.m. at Faranda's, 302 Grove Street in DeKalb. The banquet is a celebration of the work done by the Law Review over the past year.

Important Date Coming Up for December 2015 & May 2016 Grads

You should have received an important email this week with information regarding events happening on Tuesday, April 26. Regalia pick-up, class picture and unveiling of class composite will all be happening that day! Please read your email for details.

Rescheduling Exams

Upper-level students who have three examinations scheduled on three consecutive calendar days or who have two examinations scheduled on the same day may petition to reschedule one of the examinations. All such petitions must be filed with Dean Coles by no later than noon on Thursday, April 28. Generally, the requested date for a rescheduled exam should be after, not before, the regularly scheduled exam. Please also indicate whether you request to take the exam in the morning or the afternoon. Rescheduled exams will normally begin at either 9:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. After April 28, exams will only be rescheduled upon the filing of a petition demonstrating “extraordinary circumstances”, with supporting documentation. Petition forms are available on the NIU Law website under “Current Students – Forms” or from Lisa Hoebing in Room 276.

Graduation Information

For information regarding the Commencement ceremony on May 28, 2016, visit the NIU Law website at http://www.niu.edu/law/current-students/graduation-info.shtml. Included are a graduation schedule, hotel information, and the graduation cords policy.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

MLER Bar Process Management Program

Graduating 3Ls: Enroll Now in the MLER Bar Process Management Program! The program will be held at Northwestern University College of Law in Chicago from May 26 to July 7, 2016. Five $375 grants are available from NIU Law for registration fees and transportation from DeKalb and Naperville campuses will be provided. Check your email or contact Dean Coles or Professor Hunter for grant application instructions. For more information about the program, visit http://mler.org/bar-exam-preparation/bar-process-management-program/.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Bar Exam Preparation Scholarship Applications Due This Coming Monday

Hey, NIU Law 3Ls! Remember to apply for the Bar Exam Preparation Scholarship by this coming Monday, April 18th! Get your share of $4000 to help with the costs of living and studying while you get ready for this July's bar exam. Applications are due to Becky in the Careers Office (Swen Parson 280) no later than 4:30 p.m. Contact Greg Anderson with any questions.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Law Review Symposium This Friday

Please join the NIU Law Review for its annual symposium on Friday, April 15, from 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., in the Altgeld Hall Board of Trustees Room (Room 315). This year’s symposium, entitled "Legal Implications of Social Media: Hashtag First Amendment and Ethics," will have a total of seven speakers that present on two panels and one featured speaker. Join our discussion on defamation, cyberbullying, criminal prosecution in light of Elonis v. United States, and professional responsibility when utilizing social media. Our featured speaker will explore authentication and usage of social media as evidence. The event is free to all students and faculty. For non-students and faculty members, the registration fee is $30, which will cover MCLE credits and a continental breakfast. For more information and to register, please visit http://www.niu.edu/law/current-students/organizations/law_review/symposium-2016/index.shtml.

Embracing Diversity Guest Speaker rescheduled

The College of Law Embracing Diversity series' 1st Annual Featured Speaker Presentation has been rescheduled to Thursday, April 21st at noon in room 188. Join us as we learn about de jure and de facto desegregation in the education field from Professor Christine Rienstra-Kiracofe. All those who are interested in education law or would like to learn more, please be sure to join us! All are welcome and lunch will be served.

Friday, April 8, 2016

LLSA Guacamole-Making Contest

The Latino Law Student Association will be hosting the first ever NIU guacamole contest on Wednesday, April 13, at noon in the Marshall Gallery! Come sample and vote for different guacamole recipes from students and faculty for only $5 a plate. If you're interested in participating, please send an email to christiancopple.law@gmail.com.

Externship Informational Meeting

On Monday, April 18, at noon in Room 150, come learn about legal externship opportunities for summer and fall 2016. 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.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Clinical Program Application Deadlines Update

Thinking about taking a clinic this Summer or Fall? The priority application deadline for Summer 2016 is Wednesday, April 13th at 4:00 p.m. The priority application deadline for Fall 2016 will be at least 1 day after both 2Ls and 3Ls can register for Fall classes. Applications will be accepted on a space available basis after the priority deadline. 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, 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. A copy of the Clinic Application and application instructions are available on the NIU Law website.

Reminder: Students matriculating at the College of Law beginning in Fall 2015 (current 1Ls in the class of 2018 or later) are required to complete a clinic or externship to graduate.

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, 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

Friday, April 1, 2016

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

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

Bohemian Lawyers Association Scholarship
Description: The Bohemian Lawyers’ Association is the oldest ethnic Bar Association in Illinois. All persons of Czech, Moravian, Ruthenian, Silesian or Slovak ancestry enrolled in an accredited law school in the greater Chicagoland area are eligible for a Bohemian Lawyers’ Association of Chicago annual scholarship.
Requirements: Application, Essay.
Award: $2,000
Deadline: April 9, 2016
More Information: http://www.bohemianlawyers.org/

DISH® “Best in Class” eDiscovery Legal Research and Writing Competition
Description: For the 2015 competition, submissions must address the following topic: Courts are increasingly expecting "transparency" and "cooperation" among counsel during the discovery phase in civil litigation although we still expect lawyers to be advocates who are bound by strict confidentiality parameters regarding the secrecy of client confidences and work product protected by privilege. Identify the issues that you see impacted by these competing policy interests and provide your analysis and suggestions on how lawyers should navigate the civil discovery process to address these concerns.
Requirements: The paper’s length must not exceed 5,000 total words
Award: $3,500 cash award.
Deadline: April 11, 2016
More Information: http://www.dishediscovery.com/main.html

Clinical Program Summer and Fall Informational Meeting

Thinking about taking a clinic this Summer or Fall? The clinical faculty and students will be holding a clinic information meeting on Monday, April 4th 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, 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. 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 Summer and Fall. Professor Sheila Maloney, Director of Externships, will also answer questions about externships to help you choose the right experiential learning opportunity for you. Lunch will be served.

Reminder: Students matriculating at the College of Law beginning in Fall 2015 (current 1Ls in the class of 2018 or later) are required to complete a clinic or externship to graduate.

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, 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

Federalist Society Debate

On Monday, April 4, from 12:00-1:00 p.m., in Room 188, the NIU College of Law Federalist Society will be hosting a debate over “The Power of the Executive: The Constitutional Challenge over DAPA” between Josh Blackman (Assistant Professor of Law at South Texas COL) and NIU Law Professor Robert Jones. Lunch will be provided.

SBA Board Elections This Week

Remember to vote in the SBA Board Elections this week between Wednesday, April 6 and Friday, April 8. Contact current SBA board members for more information.

First-Year Student Professionalism Program Continues This Week

The next program in the first-year professionalism program is on Wednesday April 6, from 4:00-5:15 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom. The program is open to the public. Attendance is mandatory for all first-year students. Our speaker is Cherilyn Murer, alumna of the College of Law, member of the NIU Board of Trustees, and President and CEO of Murer Consultants, Inc. A reception will follow in the Marshall Gallery.

WLC Presents Free the Girls

The NIU College of Law Women's Law Caucus invites you to the kickoff of their donation drive for bras for women in need on Wednesday, April 6th at noon in the Riley Courtroom. They will welcome guest speaker Jessica Maveus, NIU alumna and project manager for the Winnebago County Domestic Violence Coordinated Courts, to talk about internships working to aid victims of domestic violence. Lunch will be provided.

Race NIjUdicata 5K Run/Walk Coming up Soon!

Mark your calendar for the 2016 edition of our annual 5K Run/Walk and BBQ on Saturday, April 9 at 10:00 a.m. Dust off those running shoes, stretch out those legs, and get ready to hit the road. We want all runners, walkers and volunteers to participate in this exciting, Dean-inspired event! Prizes will be awarded in several categories. In addition to good exercise, the best part of the run/walk is at the end of the race where all are welcome to stay and enjoy a tasty BBQ lunch. We are pleased to announce that once again this year's proceeds will go towards the Bar Scholarship Award, which will allow students to devote their full efforts to prepare for the bar exam. Come for the run...stay for the food (And we guarantee you'll be done in plenty of time for Barrister's Ball that night)!

Sign up on the NIU Law website, or if you are interested in volunteering, email Melody Mitchell.

Barrister's Ball

Law students, faculty and staff & alumni are invited to the NIU Law Student Bar Association's annual Barrister's Ball at Faranda's Banquet Hall, 302 Grove Street in DeKalb, on Saturday, April 9th from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. 

The ball begins with a social hour followed by a full banquet dinner, during which the SBA will make announcements and draw names for door prizes. All attendees will have an opportunity to win! After dinner, the ball will conclude with a DJ and dancing. Aside from during dinner, the bar will remain open all night. The desired dress for this event is business formal/cocktail, and you are welcome to purchase tickets for a guest.

Tickets can be purchased via cash, check or major credit card for $70 for alumni or $60 for faculty and staff. Tickets will be on sale in the Marshall Gallery between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on March 15-17 or March 22-24 or you can contact Patti Zimmerman by email at zimmerman.patricia@gmail.com to arrange purchase.

Federalist Society Hosts Presentation on Religious Liberties

The NIU College of Law Federalist Society will be hosting Ilya Shapiro (Editor-in-Chief of the CATO Supreme Court Review) on Tuesday, April 12, at 5:00 p.m., in Room 188. He will be discussing religious liberties after the Obergefell case. The Federalist Society will host a small dinner following the talk.

What is it REALLY Like to Work at a Nonprofit?

The NIU Law Office of Career Opportunities, Public Interest Law Society and Medical-Legal Partnership will co-sponsor "What is it REALLY Like to Work at a Nonprofit?" presented by alumnus and Hesed House Executive Director Ryan Dowd ('03) on Wednesday, April 13th at noon in the Riley Courtroom. Please contact Greg Anderson in the careers office for more details.

Immigration Law Opportunity

This summer, Hofstra University and the University at California San Diego are offering an intensive, three-credit, hands-on immigration course at the end of May. All classes will be on campus at UC San Diego from Sunday, May 22, to Sunday, May 29. The program includes lectures, practical training, court visits and course-specific field trips. Course coverage includes analysis of federal enforcement methods at the border; introduction of various legal, political, human and moral issues raised by enforcement methods; and study of immigration statutes and cases. Students may be required to attend three hours of lecture in advance of participating in the program, which will be made available via webcast.

Some highlights of the program include:
  • Monday, May 23 - tour the U.S.-Mexico border with Border Patrol 
  • Tuesday, May 24 - tour the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana and meeting with the Non-Immigrant Visa Chief 
  • Thursday, May 26 - tour the Otay Mesa Detention Facility with Immigration sand Customs Enforcement, and observation of detained immigration court proceedings with the Executive Office of Immigration Review 
  • Friday, May 27 – observe sentencing proceedings in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California and panel discussion with an assistant U.S. Attorney, federal public defender, and representative from DHS.
Hofstra has extended their application deadline to Friday, April 15. To obtain an application, visit the Hofstra website.

Panel for 1Ls on Registration

The Student Bar Association invites all 1L students to come to a panel discussion on Thursday, April 21st at noon in room 173 to let you know what courses are being offered, how to plan ahead, and answer any questions you have as you prepare to register yourself for law classes for the first time.

SBA Last Day of Class Party

The Student Bar Association will be holding a party to celebrate the last day of law classes for the academic year on Tuesday, April 26th from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Food and drinks will be provided along with important end-of-the-year announcements. All law students are strongly encouraged to attend.