Thursday, September 29, 2016

TechBytes Demo #1 Oct. 3 and 4

Need help studying for your midterms? Want to access some of the study aids online? The NIU Law Library will be hosting a TechBytes demo on accessing the top-rated “Understanding” series on your laptop or tablet through the LexisNexis Digital Library.

Stop by the Law Library with your device on Monday, October 3 or Tuesday, October 4 between 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM. Prof. Nelson will walk you through how to read the “Understanding” series online through your web browser or download it to your iOS, Windows, Chromebook, or Android device.

Don't miss it!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Embracing Diversity Dinner October 13th

Embracing Diversity Presents: “A Conversation With…” Molly B. Holmes, director of Northern Illinois University’s Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, and Vera S. Verbel. The topic will be "Gender Inclusive Bathrooms: What to Know and How to Accept." The event will be held Thursday, October 13, 2016, from 6 - 8 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center University Suite. Dinner will be served at 6:15 p.m. There is a sign-up sheet in Swen Parson Room 280, but sign up quickly as seating is limited

This is a small, intimate dinner event that allows students to sit down and talk about North Carolina House Bill 2 and the subsequent Title IX Dear Colleague letter, share their views & stories, and foster conversation in a safe place.

DCBA Networking Reception October 6th

Join the DuPage County Bar Association on Thursday, October 6th at Weber Grill Restaurant, 2331 Fountain Square Dr. in Lombard, IL, at 5:30 p.m. for a reception and network with judges and attorneys. Great for your job prospects! Appetizers and beverages will be free for all who attend. Contact Greg Anderson in the Career Opportunities office for more information and to RSVP.

Women's Law Caucus Mentorship Breakfast Tomorrow, 9/28

The WLC is having a Mentorship Breakfast on Wednesday, September 28, from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. in the Marshall Gallery. If you signed up for the WLC mentorship program, this will allow you the opportunity to meet with your mentor/mentee before classes begin, and enjoy some delicious breakfast and coffee. Hope to see you there!

Researching in Non-Law Databases Brownbag Session (rescheduled from 9/22 to 9/29)

The NIU Law Library is holding a brownbag session on conducting research in non-law databases on Thursday, September 29, from 12:00–1:00 p.m. in Room 187. Databases available through Founders Library, including JSTOR and Academic Search Complete, will be discussed. One lucky attendee will also win a $10 Starbucks gift card. Bring your own lunch, but be sure to save room for Prof. Clarke’s baked goods!

Phi Alpha Delta Midterm Q&A This Thursday, 9/29

P.A.D. will be hosting a midterm question and answer session this Thursday, September 29, at 4:00 p.m. in Room 188. 1Ls — bring your questions about upcoming midterms and 2L and 3L students will answer them for you. Topics include: how to prepare for midterms, time management during the exam, the style of each midterm, and topics covered on midterms in the past. Snacks will be provided. This event is open to all law students.

First-Year Student Professionalism Series - Diversity Dialogues Play This Thursday, 9/29

The second program in the 1L professionalism 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." All are invited to attend on Thursday, September 29, from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center Carl Sandburg Auditorium. Attendance is mandatory for all NIU Law 1L students.

2L Appellate Brief Pancake Breakfast This Friday, 9/30

All 2Ls please join the SBA and legal writing professors for a pancake breakfast on Friday, September 30 from 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. in the Marshall Gallery in appreciation of your work on your appellate briefs.

Apply by This Friday, 9/30, for the ABA Law Student Negotiation Competition

The College of Law will be sending two teams to the ABA Law Student Division Negotiation Competition this fall: http://abaforlawstudents.com/events/law-student-competitions/practical-skills-competitions/negotiation-competition/.

This is a chance to build your negotiation skills and compete against other law schools throughout the nation. You do not have to have taken Negotiation or Mediation to participate in the competition, and participation provides one academic credit. The first round of the competition will take place in early November. To apply for the NIU team, please fill out an application at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NegotiationCompetition.

The application deadline is Friday, September 30, at 5:00 p.m. Four students will be selected based on their responses to the application. For more information, contact Professor Boudreau at aboudreau@niu.edu.

Legal Advocacy Training and Breakfast Club This Saturday

Join us in the North Wing of the Law Library at 9:00 a.m. this Saturday, October 1st for the NIU Law Breakfast Club, a lively discussion of topics of interest to law students. This week, Breakfast Club is partnering with the student organization Lawyers Opposing Violence Everywhere (L.O.V.E.). Come to an informal discussion of this new and dynamic student organization. Coffee & bagels will be provided by Barb City Bagels.

Afterward, join L.O.V.E. until 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. Lunch will be provided!

Bluebooking for Seminar Papers Brownbag Session

Writing your seminar paper can be daunting; Bluebooking it properly can be even more so. Have no fear! Join Professor Clarke on a journey through the wonderful world of the Bluebook, with an emphasis on Bluebooking the types of sources commonly cited in seminar papers. The session will be held on Tuesday, October 4, from 12:00–1:00 p.m. in Room 187. Bring your own lunch. Prof. Clarke will bring baked goods, and one lucky attendee will also win a $10 Starbucks gift card!

7th Circuit Fellows’ Fall Program for Law Students

A networking event hosted by Littler Mendelson LLP will be held from 5:30-7:00 p.m., on Friday, October 7, at 321 North Clark Street, Suite 1000 in Chicago. The reception will be followed on Saturday, October 8, by a labor and employment law program hosted by the Chicago law firm of Winston & Strawn, 35 West Wacker Drive, 47th floor in Chicago. The Saturday program will include sessions on the Fissured Workplace, Class Actions as the New Collective Bargaining, Hot Topics and Transitioning to Practice. These events are free of charge, but an RSVP by Wednesday, October 5, is required for both the program and the reception. To RSVP, please contact Jennifer Motley at 410-972-4712 or jmotley@laborandemploymentcollege.org. For additional information, contact Marjorie Kuda or Liz Heckenast.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Upcoming Federalist Society Events

The NIU Law Federalist Society will be holding two discussion/debate events in the next couple of months. Both events will be held in room 188 at 12:00 p.m. and lunch will be served at both:

  • Thursday, October 13 - Professor Josh Blackman (South Texas College of Law) and Professor Jones (NIU) will be discussing the Legacy of Justice Scalia.
  • Thursday, November 3 - Ilya Shapiro from the Cato Institute will be discussing Citizens United and stare decisis.

Delta Theta Phi Pink Week Panel Discussion and T-Shirts

Delta Theta Phi legal fraternity is holding a panel discussion as part of their Pink Week breast cancer awareness activities. The panel will be held Thursday, October 27th from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom. The panel will be a discussion of environmental toxins as they relate to breast cancer and prevention. Speakers include: Dean Eric Dannenmaier, Professor Colleen Boraca, and NIU Biological Sciences Chair Professor Barrie Bode. There will a reception to follow at Fatty's Pub & Grille at 1312 W. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb from 6 - 8 p.m. All are welcome.

To commemorate Pink Week, Delta is also selling t-shirts. The cost is $20 per shirt. To see the shirt design and to order, go to https://www.bsnteamsports.com/index and enter the promo code huskie4T6Q. Shirts must be ordered by October 3rd and they will be distributed by Delta President Tara Ramljak.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Breakfast Club on 9/24 and 10/1

Join us at Breakfast Club on Saturdays, from 9 a.m. -11 a.m. in the North Wing of the Law Library, for coffee, bagels, and excellent conversation!
  •  9/24: Stress Management and Wellness. We all approach stress and self-care differently—mindfulness, meditation, physical fitness, time with friends, or simply muscling through difficulty. Guests from diverse backgrounds will discuss several ways to deal with the stress of law school, the legal field, and life in general. 
  • 10/1: L.O.V.E. Breakfast Club is partnering with the student organization ‘Lawyers Opposing Violence Everywhere.’ Come to an informal discussion of this new and dynamic student organization and stay for training to become an effective advocate for victims of domestic and sexual violence. 
As always, coffee & bagels will be provided by Barb City Bagels.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Deadline for December Grads to Apply for Graduation Online This Week

December 2016 Graduates: Please complete the final step to apply for graduation. You should have already met with Julie Mahoney-Krzyzek to complete your “Statement of Candidacy.” The final step is to apply for graduation online, which must be completed between September 17 and September 23.

Illinois Innocence Project Informational Session This Thursday

On Thursday, September 22 at noon, in the Riley Courtroom, attorneys from the Innocence Project will explain how innocent people are imprisoned for crimes they have not committed and how they can be exonerated. Please attend to find out more about how you can get involved with their work.

Researching in Non-Law Databases Brownbag Session This Thursday

The NIU Law Library is holding a brownbag session on conducting research in non-law databases on Thursday, September 22, at noon in Room 187. Databases available through Founders Library, including JSTOR and Academic Search Complete, will be discussed. One lucky attendee will also win a $10 Starbucks gift card. Bring your own lunch, but be sure to save room for Professor Clarke’s baked goods!

Lawyers' Assistance Program Office Hours This Week

A clinician from the Lawyers’ Assistance Program (LAP) will be available to meet with NIU College of Law students on Thursday, September 22, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in Room 149 (next to the Chessick classroom). Appointments are available at four times throughout the semester. Get free and confidential help with: Stress; Anxiety; Depression; Focusing; Worries about Character & Fitness; Addiction (alcohol, prescriptions, gambling, etc.); Having a successful 1L transition.

All discussion is confidential, and there is no record of the visit. The clinician will also have literature and resources on hand to address many ethical or bar application related questions. No member of the administration is involved, ensuring absolute confidentiality. For an appointment, please e-mail Chelsy Castro at ccastro@illinois.org. Walk-ins are welcome!

NIU Law Breakfast Club

Join us in the north wing of the law library for the NIU Law Breakfast Club, on Saturday, September 24, from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. for a lively discussion of topics of interest to law students. This week, our topic will be: Stress Management and Wellness -- We all approach stress and self-care differently—mindfulness, meditation, physical fitness, time with friends, or simply muscling through difficulty. Guests from diverse backgrounds will discuss several ways to deal with the stress of law school, the legal field, and life in general. As always, coffee & bagels will be provided by Barb City Bagels.

First-Year Student Professionalism Series - Diversity Dialogues Play

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." All are invited to attend on Thursday, September 29, from 6:00-8:30 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center Carl Sandburg Auditorium. Attendance is mandatory for all NIU Law 1L students.

2L Appellate Brief Pancake Breakfast Sept. 30th

All 2Ls please join the SBA and legal writing professors for a pancake breakfast on September 30 from 8:00-11:00 a.m. in the Marshall Gallery.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Christian Legal Society Blood Drive Oct. 19th

Mark your calendars! On Wednesday, October 19th, the Christian Legal Society and Heartland Blood Center will be hosting a blood drive in the Marshall Gallery from noon - 4! Come be awesome and save a life!

P.S. All donors will be receiving a FREE pint of Baskin Robbins ice cream!

Town Hall with Dean Dannenmaier September 21st

The entire College of Law community is invited and encouraged to attend a town hall with Dean Dannenmaier on Wednesday, September 21st at noon in the Riley Courtroom. Dean Dannenmaier will discuss the current budget, new University alcohol policy, and faculty hiring plans - followed by Q & A.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

KCBA Networking Reception Tomorrow Night, Sept. 15th

The Kane County Bar Association (KCBA) will be holding a membership appreciation happy hour tomorrow night, Thursday, September 15th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Turf Room, 1033 Kilbery Lane in North Aurora, IL. The event is free for KCBA members, and law students can register to join the KCBA for no charge at kanecountybar.org. Drinks and appetizers will be provided. Don't miss this great opportunity to network with attorneys and judges from the area!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Upcoming Breakfast Club Topics

The Dean's office would like to announce the following topics for the NIU Law Breakfast Club, held on Saturday mornings from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. in (starting this Saturday) the North Wing of the Law Library:
  • 9/17: Celebrate Constitution Day with us! Come ready for a lively discussion of the history and interpretation of our founding document. 
  • 9/24: Stress Management and Wellness --We all approach stress and self-care differently—mindfulness, meditation, physical fitness, time with friends, or simply muscling through difficulty. Guests from diverse backgrounds will discuss several ways to deal with the stress of law school, the legal field, and life in general. 
  • 10/1: Environmental Law with Dean Dannenmaier -- You are invited to join us after the discussion for a canoe trip, weather permitting. 
  • 10/8: Defending Guantanamo Detainees with Dean Falkoff 
As always, coffee & bagels will be provided by Barb City Bagels. Stay tuned for more topics of discussion, and see you Saturday!

Friday, September 9, 2016

PILS, JILS, LOVE, & Criminal Law Society common meeting

PILS, JILS, LOVE, & The Criminal Law Society are hosting an informational meeting on Wednesday, September 14, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom. Lunch will be provided by Lexis.

First Year Student Professionalism Series this week

The next session in the 1L professionalism series will be held on Wednesday, September 14, from 3:00-4:15 p.m., in the Riley Courtroom. This will be an introductory class, including discussion of the syllabus and expectations for the class. All NIU Law 1L students are required to attend.

Gay-Straight Alliance Statements of Interest Due This Week

Statements of interest for 1L Representatives to the Gay-Straight Alliance are due by September 14, at 5:00 p.m. Interested applicants may submit a statement through the GSA TWEN Page, or to Z1785608@students.niu.edu. Many thanks to all applicants.

Alumni Council Awards Ceremony

A reminder to please join the Dean and the Alumni Council in honoring outstanding alumni and friends of the law school this Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at the University Club of Chicago for the NIU Law Alumni Council Awards Reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Please RSVP to lawevents@niu.edu.

Researching in Non-Law Databases Brownbag Session

The NIU Law Library is holding a brownbag session on conducting research in non-law databases on Thursday, September 22, at Noon in Room 187. Databases available through Founders Library, including JSTOR and Academic Search Complete, will be discussed. One lucky attendee will also win a $10 Starbucks gift card. Bring your own lunch, but be sure to save room for Professor Clarke’s baked goods!

First-Year Student Professionalism Series - Diversity Dialogues Play

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." All are invited to attend on Thursday, September 29, from 6:00-8:30 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center Carl Sandburg Auditorium. Attendance is mandatory for all NIU Law 1L students.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

1L Representative Elections Start Next Week

1Ls: Election polls to vote for your SBA 1L Representatives open on the SBA TWEN site on Monday, September 12, 2016 at 8:00 a.m.! Polls close on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. Results will be announced on Friday, September 16, 2016. Happy Voting!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Career Success Presentation

Jeff Lenkov (’91) will present “Using Your NIU Law Degree for Success” on Monday, October 31, 2016 from 12-12:45 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom.

Constitution Day Events

Constitution Day is Saturday, September 17. This year’s Constitution Day observance at the College of Law will include multiple events, and the Dean's Office hopes that you will plan to join us and spread the word. The planned events are:

  • Thursday, September 15 @ 4:30 p.m.: American Constitution Society and Federalist Society are co-hosting a panel on recent Supreme Court cases in the Riley Courtroom.
  • Friday, September 16 @ Noon: The Dean’s Office will stage a dramatic reading of the Bill of Rights on Bill of Rights Plaza (in front of Swen Parson Hall).
  • Saturday, September 17 @ 9:00 a.m.: The Breakfast Club will host a discussion of current Constitutional controversies (North Wing of the Library).

Please plan to join us at these events; all students, faculty and staff are welcome.

U.S Navy JAG Career Information at noon TODAY

Today, September 7, 2016 at noon in room 187, NIU Law alumni Chris Cox ('09) and David Stock ('11) will be here to provide information on the United States Navy JAG and the career opportunities it may hold for you as law students. The session is free and all are welcome, but please bring your own lunch.

American Constitution Society events

On Thursday, September 8th at noon in room 188, ACS is having an informational meeting.

Also, they will be hosting a Constitution Day event on Thursday, September 15th, at 4:30 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom. This event will have special guest speakers and will be followed by a mixer at Fatty's Pub & Grille, 1312 W. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb. All are welcome.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

This Week's Breakfast Club

All are invited to join us at Breakfast Club this coming Saturday, September 10th from 9am-11am in the North Wing of the Library, for coffee, bagels, and excellent conversation.

This week, Professor Kuehl will offer insights and answer questions regarding online legal research – especially helpful for first year students.
  • Online Research Tips to find cases and materials at lightning speed 
  • Coffee & Bagels will be provided by Barb City Bagels 
Through the rest of the semester, future Breakfast Club events will cover more of the stuff you’re interested in—hot legal topics, research, wellness, coffee, etc. Stay tuned for upcoming topics of discussion, and see you Saturday! Breakfast Clubs are coming up on:

September 17, 2016
September 24, 2016
October 1, 2016
October 8, 2016
October 15, 2016
November 5, 2016
November 12, 2016

Friday, September 2, 2016

Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) and Christian Legal Society (CLS) Joint Meeting

The GSA and the CLS will host a joint informational meeting on Tuesday, September 6 at Noon in Room 187. Bring your own lunch, and both organizations will provide information on this year's events, how to get involved on the Executive Boards, and more.

Kane County Bar Association Networking Reception this Wednesday

Please join the KCBA 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.

PES MPRE Panel

The MPRE is fast approaching! The registration deadline is soon.

On Thursday, September 8th from noon to 1:00 p.m. in room 186, the NIU Law Professionalism and Ethics Society will be hosting a panel of upper level students who have taken and passed the MPRE to provide info on sign-up deadlines and fees and registration instructions, as well as to give out study tips.

Lunch will be provided by Themis, along with a free Themis MPRE study guide for each attendee. Following the informational portion there will be time for Q & A.

All those needing to take the MPRE are encouraged to attend. To those students currently taking Professional Responsibility, attendance is highly recommended!

Dinner and Presentation on Mental Illness and the Law

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, a nationally-recognized expert in the field of mental health and incarceration, will speak on "The Shameful Criminalization of Mental Illness" Tuesday evening, October 25, at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center, 200 S. Bell School Road, Rockford, IL. The dinner event will take place from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.

Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Rockford, the event will address the pressing need for behavioral health care as well as raise funds for LWVGR's work of encouraging citizen participation in our democracy through community education on public policy issues, voter education and registration, and candidate forums.

Sheriff Dart's topic is a timely one, as lack of funding for appropriate behavioral services often leaves area health care and justice communities on the frontline of providing care. During his nine years as sheriff, Dart's restorative justice mission has reduced the number of nonviolent offenders detained in the Cook County Jail while spreading awareness of the ongoing criminalization of mental illness. In 2009, TIME Magazine named Sheriff Dart one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World due to these efforts.

To register for the October 25 event, please go to http://lwvgr.org/lwvgr_fundraiser16.html. Cost for the dinner program is $75, with proceeds to benefit the League of Women Voters of Greater Rockford.

Public Interest Job Search Training

Chicago-Kent College of Law is hosting an "Explore the Possibilities" program for law students that will be held on Saturday, October 15th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at 565 West Adams Street in Chicago.

The program is FREE for all law students and will provide you with a broad exposure to opportunities within the public interest law sector during and after law school – as well as lunch. Additional details about the program and online registration are available at www.pili.org/events/event/explore-the-possibilities. Though the program is complimentary, advance registration is required.