Tuesday, August 30, 2016

L.O.V.E. Presents Legal Advocacy Training

Please join Lawyers Opposing Violence Everywhere on Saturday, October 1st from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom for a day dedicated to learning about and addressing the issues of domestic violence and sexual assault. The Safe Passage Domestic Violence Shelter will lead our discussion throughout the day and will provide us with the necessary knowledge and tools to become successful legal advocates.

Topics will include Domestic and Sexual Violence 101, Rape Myths and Rape Culture, Trauma and How it Impacts Behavior, Understanding Professional Roles on Victim Response, and more.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided!

Breakfast Club this Saturday

All NIU Law students are invited to join us at Breakfast Club this coming Saturday, September 3rd from 9am-11am in the Marshall Gallery for coffee, bagels, and excellent conversation. Our first Breakfast Club will provide an un-programmed time of discussion – just to check in following the first few weeks of class. Coffee and bagels will be provided by Barb City Bagels. Through the rest of the semester, future Breakfast Club events will cover the stuff you’re interested in—hot legal topics, research, wellness, coffee, etc. Stay tuned for upcoming topics of discussion, and see you Saturday!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Lawyers Opposing Violence Everywhere (LOVE) Looking to Fill Positions

LOVE is looking to fill their Secretary and Treasurer positions for 2016-2017. Interested candidates may send a brief paragraph to Z1785610@students.niu.edu explaining why that candidate would like to fill the position. Any questions may be directed to Hayley Botts at the above email address.

Professor Cain Looking for Musicians

Need a break from studying or writing that article for publication? Play an instrument? Sing? Professor Cain is forming a combo for jamming and having fun. Students and faculty and all levels of play are welcome, and there will be an eclectic mix of music. If interested, please contact Professor Cain at pcain@niu.edu or 815-962-9980.

ILSA/Agen Program Guest Speaker on Brexit TODAY

A reminder to join us TODAY, Monday, August 29 at noon in the Riley Courtroom (Rm. 170) for a talk on Brexit and its implications. Professor Sébastien Platon, professor of law at Université de Bordeaux, will be speaking on what transpired to cause Great Britain's exit from the European Union, and the effects it has had on the global economy. He is visiting the College of Law for three weeks in association with the exchange program with Université de Bordeaux, and is an expert in the law of the European Union. Hosted by the Agen Program and International Law Student Association.

Black Law Students Association Informational Meeting TODAY

BLSA will be having an informational meeting TODAY, Monday, August 29, at 4:30 p.m. in Room 188. Come learn about the organization and the opportunities that are offered through membership. Food will be provided.

NIU Law Orientation 2.0 Continues this Wednesday

The next session of 1L Orientation 2.0, called Money Matters, is a seminar on financial responsibility during law school that is required by the American Bar Association. This seminar will take place on Wednesday, August 31, from 3:00-4:15 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom (Room 170). Attendance is mandatory for all NIU Law 1L students.

Student Organization Fair this Thursday

The annual student organization fair will be held on Thursday, September 1 from noon to 2:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Please come to see all the Student Organizations offered at the College of Law.  This is your chance to meet leaders and ask any questions you have.

NIU Law Reception in Rockford this Thursday

A reminder to join us on Thursday, September 1, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. for a reception to welcome the NIU Law Class of 2019 to the study and practice of law. All are welcome and 1Ls are strongly encouraged to attend and meet lawyers from various practice areas to talk about the practice of law, law school, and clinical opportunities. The reception will be held at the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic in the Talcott Building, 319 W. State Street in Rockford, IL. Food and drinks will be provided.

Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity Looking for Officers

PAD is looking for applicants for the following positions: 1L Representative (one from each section), Social Chair, Service Chair, and Alumni Relations Chair. To apply, please submit a paragraph describing why you are applying for the position and why you think you should be chosen. Please note that in order to hold a position you must be a member of P.A.D. Just a reminder that membership applications should be submitted by Thursday, September 1. Paragraphs applying for a rep or chair position should be sent to mperk1234@gmail.com no later than Friday, September 2.

Required Steps for December 2016 Grads: Starts this Week!

December 2016 Graduates, there is a two-step process to apply for graduation:
  • First, contact Julie Mahoney-Krzyzek for an appointment to complete your “Statement of Candidacy.” Appointments to be held between September 1 and September 9. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. – Noon and 1:00 – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please email jmahoney@niu.edu ASAP with a couple of time slots of about 15 minutes where you would be able to meet. 
  • Second, apply for graduation online. This step must be completed between September 17 and September 23.

SBA 1L Representative Elections

To all 1Ls: Do you want to be a voice for the Class of 2019? If you are interested, please consider running for a 1L representative position for the 2016-2017 NIU College of Law Student Bar Association! Email your candidacy paragraph to sba.niu@gmail.com no later than Friday, September 2, at 5:00 p.m.

KCBA Networking Reception Next Week

Please join the Kane County Bar Association for a networking reception at Eduardo's in DeKalb on Wednesday, September 7, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Meet lawyers from the area and find out more about how the KCBA can help you in your career. Drinks and appetizers will be available.

First Year Professionalism Series Begins in Two Weeks

All NIU Law 1L students will be required to attend the following sessions as part of a one-credit course, "Introduction to the Legal Profession: History, Values and Culture," taught by Professors Porterfield and Rigertas:

  • Wednesday, September 14, 3:00 - 4:15 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom: This will be an introductory class including going over the syllabus and expectations for the class.
  • Thursday, September 29, 6:00 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center's Carl Sandburg Auditorium: The second program in this series will be a performance of "Defamation: The Play," which is being held in conjunction with NIU's Diversity Dialogues. The play is described as "a riveting courtroom drama that explores the highly charged issues of race, religion, gender, class and the law with a twist: the audience is the jury." 
  • Monday, October 24, 5:00 - 6:15 p.m., location to be announced:  The final program of the fall semester will be a presentation by Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. Please check your emails for updates on the location for this program.
If you have any questions, contact Professor Rigertas in her office (Swen Parson 199B) or by email.

Alumni Awards Reception - Open to Students!

Dean Eric Dannenmaier and the NIU Law Alumni Council invite you to join us for a special reception honoring outstanding College of Law alumni and others. Award winners will be recognized in seven categories: Alumnus/a of the Year, Distinguished Service Award, Outstanding Service Award, Honorary Law Alumnus/a Award, Young Alumnus/a of the Year, Public Service Award and Mentor of the Year. The event will take place at the University Club, 76 E. Monroe Street in Chicago, IL, on Wednesday, September 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public; students are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP to lawevents@niu.edu and check out the web page for more details.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

1L Clinic Reception in Rockford

As part of continuing orientation for 1L students, the College of Law will host a reception at the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic at 319 W. State Street in Rockford on Thursday, September 1st. Transportation will be provided for 1L students; buses will leave Swen Parson at 4:00 p.m and return to Swen Parson between 7:30 and 8:00 p.m. Please check with Professor Jeanna Hunter if you have not already signed up for the bus. Local attorneys and judges will be in attendance, as will the NIU Law clinical faculty, so this is a great opportunity to find out about our clinical programs and their many great benefits as well as to network. All 1Ls are strongly advised and encouraged to attend.

Dean's Picnic

The entire NIU Law community is invited to the annual Dean’s Picnic on Thursday, August 25 at 4:00 p.m. at the historic Oderkirk Property on Annie Glidden Road next to the IHOP. Stop by for free food and drinks. Lawn games will be set up and music played. Spend some time with your classmates and faculty and ring in the new school year!

Orientation 2.0 Required Sessions for all 1Ls

As part of the continuing orientation for NIU Law first-year students, 1Ls are required to attend two Wednesday afternoon sessions in the Riley Courtroom from 3:00 - 4:15 p.m. 

The first, on August 24th, is the Valuing Diversity Workshop. It is focused on the value of diversity in the classroom and the profession, and on the role implicit bias plays in our everyday lives. The guest speaker will be Katrina Caldwell, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Northern Illinois University.

The second on August 31st is called Money Matters. It is a seminar on financial responsibility during law school that is required by the American Bar Association.

Again, attendance is mandatory for all NIU Law 1L students for both of these sessions on August 24 and 31.

Panel Discussion on Justified Force by Police

On Thursday, August 25 at noon in the Riley Courtroom, you are invited to“The Use of Force in Policing: A Panel Discussion”, with Professor Dan McConkie and Professor Mitchell Pickerill from the Political Science Department. The panel will discuss when the police are justified in using force, how much force they should use, and the social implications of this charged topic.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Reception for ISBA President Vincent Cornelius ('89)

All students, faculty and staff are cordially invited to join Dean Dannenmaier and the NIU Law Alumni Council at a reception honoring Vincent F. Cornelius ('89) as the newly installed 140th President of the Illinois State Bar Association. The reception will be held on Wednesday, August 24th from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Light refreshments and drinks provided. Please RSVP to lawevents@niu.edu by Friday, August 19th.

ILSA/Agen Program Guest Speaker on Brexit

Join us Monday, August 29 at noon in the Riley Courtroom (Rm. 170) for a talk on Brexit and its implications. Professor Sébastien Platon, professor of law at Université de Bordeaux, will be speaking on what transpired to cause Great Britain's exit from the European Union, and the effects it has had on the global economy. He is visiting the College of Law for three weeks in association with the exchange program with Université de Bordeaux, and is an expert in the law of the European Union. Hosted by the Agen Program and International Law Student Association.

Federalist Society informational meeting

Join the NIU Law Federalist Society for an informational meeting on Tuesday, August 23 at noon in room 188. Find our more about the society and what benefits and opportunities you can take from becoming a member.

Friday, August 12, 2016

First Assignment for Corporations w/ Prof. Rosenfeld

For the first class, please read:
  1. Casebook (Klein) pp. 1-12 
  2. Restatement (Second) of Agency §§ 1, 13, 376, 383, 385 (in Statutory Supplement) 
  3. Restatement (Third) of Agency §§ 1.01, 1.02 (in Statutory Supplement)

First Assignment for Contracts w/ Prof. Rosenfeld

For the first class, please read:
  1. Casebook (Farnsworth) pp. 8-9, pp. 2-3, and Notes (1), (2), & (3) on pp. 3-4 
  2. Restatement (Second) of Contracts §§ 1, 2, & 4 (in Statutory Supplement)

First Year Student Professionalism Series

All NIU Law 1L students will be required to attend the following sessions as part of a one-credit course, "Introduction to the Legal Profession: History, Values and Culture," taught by Professors Porterfield and Rigertas:

  • Wednesday, September 14, 3:00 - 4:15 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom: This will be an introductory class including going over the syllabus and expectations for the class.
  • Thursday, September 29, 6:00 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center's Carl Sandburg Auditorium: The second program in this series will be a performance of "Defamation: The Play," which is being held in conjunction with NIU's Diversity Dialogues. The play is described as "a riveting courtroom drama that explores the highly charged issues of race, religion, gender, class and the law with a twist: the audience is the jury." 
  • Monday, October 24, 5:00 - 6:15 p.m., location to be announced:  The final program of the fall semester will be a presentation by Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. Please check your emails for updates on the location for this program.
1Ls will receive a more detailed syllabus soon. If you have any questions, contact Professor Rigertas in her office (Swen Parson 199B) or by email.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

First Assignment for Criminal Practice Skills w/ Prof. D. Cain

Please read Chapter 3 in the text, along with 720 ILCS 5/1-2 through 5/8-6.

First Assignment for Torts w/ Prof. Rigertas

For our first class please read the syllabus. Copies of the syllabus are located on the bookcases outside classrooms 186/188 (near the elevator).

First Assignment for Intellectual Property Law w/ Prof. King



Monday, August 15, 2016 –

Lemley, Menell & Merges, Intellectual Property in the New Technological Age (2016), Chapter I, pp. 1-25, 29-35

First Assignment for Entertainment Law w/ Prof. King



Monday, August 15, 2016 –

Melvin Simensky, Defining Entertainment Law, 4 Ent. & Sports Law 1, 13-18 (1985-1986) (Available on HeinOnline)

Jon M. Garon, ENTERTAINMENT LAW & PRACTICE (2d ed. 2014), Chapter 1, pp. 3-12