Thursday, September 14, 2017

NIU Law Student Ambassador Program:  The NIU Law Student Ambassador Program is looking for motivated and energetic students to help showcase what NIU Law has to offer to prospective law students.  We would love to have you join our team!  If you are interested at all in being a NIU Law Student Ambassador, be sure to come to one of our informational meetings.  Contact Stacey Eissinger (seissinger1@niu.edu) or Josiah Accola (jaccola1@niu.edu) for more information. We will be hosting two informational meetings on October 4, from noon – 1:00 p.m., and from 4:30-5:30 p.m., in Room 188 and we would love for you to come if you are available.  Food will be provided!!!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Lawyers' Assistance Program

Appointments available and Walk-ins welcome from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. in Room # 149 on:
September 20th, October 11th, November 8th and December 13th
 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. A LAP clinician will be available to talk confidentially. 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. WALK-INS WELCOME

Thursday, August 31, 2017

European Sanctions of Russia - September 5, 2017

Professor Hugo Flavier, University of Bordeaux:  Professor Hugo Flavier of the University of Bordeaux will give a talk on European Sanctions of Russia.  Professor Flavier, here with the visiting French students, is an expert in the area.  His talk should be very informative.  The event is sponsored by the International Law Society and the Admissions office.  Tuesday, September 5, 12:00-1:00, in the Riley courtroom, (Room 170).  Lunch will be served.  All are invited.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Research Assistant Needed - September 6, 2017

Research Assistant Needed for Professor Carliss Chatman for the 2017-2018 school year.  The position will be focused on research of corporate governance issues, compliance, and legal ethics.  To apply, please send a brief statement of interest, to cchatman@niu.edu, attaching a resume and unofficial transcript.  Applications must be received by Wednesday, September 6.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

3L Composite Pictures - November 14, 2017

3L Composite pictures will be taken on Tuesday, November 14 from 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  Location TBD.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Public Interest Law Society, Women's Law Caucus and Delta Theta Phi informational meeting Sept. 5

The Public Interest Law Society, Women's Law Caucus, and Delta Theta Phi Fraternity will be hosting an informational session on Tuesday, September 5 at 12:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom. Come find out what each of these organizations have to offer. Lunch will be provided.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Research Assistants Needed for Prof. Fox by August 29

Professor Sarah Fox is hiring two part-time research assistants for the 2017-2018 school year.  One position will be focused on environmental and land use, as well as affordable housing policy and urban planning issues; the other will be focused on Illinois water law and climate adaptation work in Illinois.

To apply, please send a brief statement of interest (and indicate which position you are interested in, if you have a preference), to sarah.fox@niu.edu, attaching a resume and unofficial transcript. Applications must be received by Tuesday, August 29.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

First Assignment for Professional Responsibility w/ Prof. Rigertas

For the first class, read pages 1-5 (the Preamble and Scope) of the American Bar Association Model Rules of Professional Conduct. I would like you to note two paragraphs in this reading that you found meaningful or thought-provoking and write down a few thoughts about why you reached that conclusion.

Student Organization Fair August 29 - TIME CHANGE

A student information fair organized and attended by representatives from a number of the College of Law’s student organizations will be held on Tuesday, August 29 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Thurgood Marshall Gallery. All law students are welcome to come, especially new 1Ls, to find out more about the exciting opportunities student groups offer to reach out to the community, support worthy causes and enhance your résumé.

First Assignment and Important Message for Torts Section 1B w/ Prof. Boudreau

Welcome to NIU, law school, Torts and Section 1B!

For the first Torts class, please read pages 1 - 9 in our casebook, Robertson, et al., Cases and Materials on Torts (5th ed. 2017). Also, please read ONLY the first paragraph of the Ghassemieh v. Schafer case on page 10 (everything up to the * * * a third of the way down the page.) Be prepared to discuss the reading in the first class. I will cold call on people in class.

You will also soon receive an email on your NIU student email account asking you to sign up for Top Hat, the student response system. The email will come from support@tophat.com. Please check your spam folder if you believe you did not receive it. It will invite you to join the course Torts Section 1B. The course number in Top Hat is 566367 If you don't receive that email, you can also register by visiting our course website. We will be using Top Hat (www.tophat.com) on your phones only.

Top Hat will require a paid subscription. There are subscriptions for a semester, a year or four years. I believe that Professor Jones plans to use Top Hat this entire year with his Civil Procedure students, but I do not know whether your professors in future semesters will use Top Hat or not. For a full breakdown of all subscription options, see the Top Hat website. We will use Top Hat for taking attendance, answering questions in class, doing homework questions and occasional quizzes. A Top Hat subscription is a required part of the course.

You must register with Top Hat BEFORE the first class on Monday. You only need to purchase one Top Hat license for all classes during the time your license is valid, but you will need to register for each class separately in Top Hat.

You should also download the Top Hat app for your phone if you have an iPhone or Android phone. For those with an older phone, there is also a texting option. You will not be allowed to use laptops during our class meetings, unless approved by the university as a reasonable accommodation for a disability. You will be able to use your phones in class, but ONLY to answer Top Hat questions and take attendance. You should plan on taking class notes by hand.

I look forward to working with you this semester. Enjoy orientation and the upcoming weekend. See you on Monday.

- Professor Boudreau

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

First Assignment for Corporations with Prof. Rosenfeld

Assignment 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 I, '2 with Prof. Rosenfeld

Assignment 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)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

First Assignment for Torts, Section 1A with Prof. Rigertas

First assignment: Read pages 1-7 in Torts by Robertson, et al. for our class on Monday August 21. Also read the syllabus. You can pick up a copy of the syllabus on the bookcases that are located in front of classrooms 186 and 188.

First Assignments for Agency and Unincorporated Business Entities with Prof. Chatman

Lesson 1, Aug. 21: Introduction to the course Business Basics and Quantitative Concepts
1-59 from Drake, Business and Financial Literacy for Law Students

  • Review Syllabus, and other course materials on TWEN 
  • Drake Student Problem 1-1, pg. 25 I. Agency 


Lesson 2, Aug. 23: Who is an Agent?
1-22, Klein et. al. Text

  •  • Review Restatement of Agency (in Text)

First Assignments and Information for Contracts with Prof. Chatman

First Week of Class Readings

Mon., Aug. 21: Lesson 1,  PART I: AN INTRODUCTION TO CONTRACT LAW 1-25; Sample Surrogate Agreement (TWEN) (Stark)

Wed., Aug. 23: Lesson 2, PART II: A GENERAL OVERVIEW OF THE MAJOR DOCTRINES OF CONTRACT LAW A. Public Policy, Freedom of Contract, and the Limits of Contract Law 27-55 (In the Matter of Baby “M”) (Targaryen)

Fri., Aug. 25: Lesson 3,  B. Promises and Agreements 56-79 (Pappas v. Bever, Embry v. Hargadine, McKittrick Dry Goods Co.) Problem: Promising Digital Love (Lannister )

On Call Schedule:
Monday: Stark
1. Benoit,Brooke Rose
2. Benson Jr,Gregory J
3. Bonsu,Bethany E
4. Castillo,Andrew W
5. Chikahisa,Spencer Tyler
6. Cobb,Eric Anthony
7. Colson,Kyle Edwin
8. Ditzler,Katelyn Kay
9. Dumoulin,Jennifer A
10. Franklin,Emma Grace
11. Gecan,Brandon Taylor
12. Gribble,Spencer Steven
13. Hanes,Joseph M
14. Jamalvi,Hafsa
15. Johnson,Theodore C
16. Jones,Jena L

Wednesday:
Targaryen
1. Kodie,Steven Jerry
2. Koll,Seth Douglas
3. Lancor,Kyle J
4. Martinez,Diana L
5. Mason,Gregory A
6. McGill,Nicole Charisse
7. McIlvanie,Kate
8. McMeans,Tia
9. Mellinger,Jacob A
10. Mitchell,Mark Avery
11. Mullen,Terrence L
12. Mulvaney,Ryan P
13. Mungo,Nathan A
14. Nakonechna,Olha S
15. Neher,Tyler Montgomery
16. Ollero,Nicholas

Friday:
Lannister
1. Palacio,Daniel Felipe
2. Patel,Ronit Nimesh
3. Peters,Laura
4. Pickard,Christopher G
5. Rademacher,Perrin
6. Randich,Megan M
7. Richardson,Vaughn J
8. Scialabba IV,Anthony L
9. Theodoratos,Jessica
10. Tlanda,Deven J
11. Valencia-Salas,Jennifer
12. Vignola,Steven R
13. Walloch,Nathan Q
14. Weiler,David K
15. Wood,Adam G
16. Wright,Nathan

Monday, August 14, 2017

First Assignments for Prof. Romero's Criminal Law and Criminal Adjudications Classes


  • Criminal Law 510.1: First class assignment: read pages v-vi (The Preface) and 1-11. 
  • Criminal Adjudication 602.1: First class assignment read pages 1-20.

Message from Dean Falkoff About Adding and Dropping Courses

The new semester is approaching fast! I just wanted to remind you that you may still easily add courses now and through the end of the first week. The relevant portion of the Student Handbook (which is available in its entirety at http://www.niu.edu/law/_pdfs/student-handbook.pdf), explains:

4.4 Adding and Dropping a Course Students may add courses until the end of the first week of a semester and may drop courses until the end of the second week of a semester without a “W” appearing on their transcript. Students should note, however, that the self-service add/drop function in MyNIU is only available until the end of the first week of each semester. During the second week, a student wishing to drop a course must contact the College of Law Office of Budget and Records. After the end of the second week, requests to “drop” courses will be treated as course “withdrawals” under §4.5.

Also, you should seriously consider adding your name to the waitlist for any class that you’d like to take but that appears full. For many classes, I will be able to allow larger enrollments by moving classrooms—if it appears there’s heightened demand, which I assess by looking at whether or not there’s a waitlist. For other classes, there really are hard caps (like for seminars and Lawyering Skills), but the waitlists for those courses are small, and often a student who has a spot in the class will end up changing his or her mind and dropping it to take another instead.

-Dean Falkoff

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Welcome Back Events in August - All Are Welcome!

  • A student information fair organized and attended by representatives from a number of the College of Law’s student organizations will be held on Tuesday, August 29, beginning at 10:00 am in the Thurgood Marshall Gallery. All law students are welcome to come, especially new 1Ls, to find out more about the exciting opportunities student groups offer to reach out to the community, support worthy causes and enhance your résumé.
  • The Annual Dean's Picnic, which is open to the entire law school community, will be held on Thursday, August 31, at 4:00 pm at the Oderkirk Property, 131 N. Annie Glidden Road, next to the International House of Pancakes. Picnic fare and activities will be provided.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

KCBA Networking Reception Thursday, Sept. 7

The Kane County Bar Association is hosting a networking reception for NIU Law students with FREE FOOD & DRINKS! A Mexican appetizer buffet and cold beverages will be provided. The event will be held at Eduardo's, 214 E. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 7. Come and meet attorneys from the area and find out what bar association membership can do for your career.

Sponsored by the Kane County Bar Association, the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and Chicago Title. For more information, contact Greg Anderson at ganderson@niu.edu.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Equal Justice Works Fellowship Q&A Session August 4

Applying for an Equal Justice Works (EJW) Fellowship? On August 4, EJW will be hosting a live Twitter Q&A with current fellows and their host organizations so you can get real-time help from the pros.

From 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday, August 4, Olivia Jerjian (’16) of DC’s Legal Counsel for the Elderly and Brook Hill (’16) of The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs will tweet their best application tips. Start sending your questions to fellowships@equaljusticeworks.org now, or get involved in real time by including #AskAFellow or #AskAHost in your tweet.

Don’t forget to follow them on Twitter @EJW_org.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Statements of Candidacy Due for December 2017 Graduates

December 2017 grads: Email Julie in the Budget/Records office now to make an appointment to complete a Statement of Candidacy. She will be available for appointments August 21 – September 1, 8:00 a.m. – Noon and 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday. 

This must be done in order to graduate this December.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

KCBA Networking Reception This September

Students, save the date of Thursday, September 7 for a networking reception with the Kane County Bar Association. Time and place is TBA, but the event usually takes place at Eduardo's Restaurant in DeKalb around 5:30-7:30 p.m. This will be a great chance to 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. For more information, contact Greg Anderson.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Law Library Hours for July 4th Weekend and Holiday Week

A reminder to all those studying for the bar exam this summer and others who need to do some research--the NIU Law Library will be open for regular summer hours the weekend before July 4th: closed on Saturday, July 1 and open 1-5 p.m. on Sunday July 2. On Monday, July 3 the Law Library will close at 5 p.m. instead of 8 p.m. The Law Library will be closed Tuesday, July 4. Regular summer hours will resume Wednesday July 5. Good luck with your preparation!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Law Review Online Journal is Moving to Huskie Commons

The Northern Illinois University Law Review is pleased to announce the integration of the Review’s Online Journal into the Huskie Commons System. Huskie Commons is a digital service that collects, preserves, and distributes digital material from scholars within the Northern Illinois University Community. The title of the online journal, effective immediately, is the Northern Illinois Law Review Online.
The integration will take place over several weeks during the months of June and July, and should be completed prior to the first day of classes for the 2017/18 academic year.
This integration gives the Review several benefits, including:
1.      Indexing works on Google Scholar®--a service not previously available to articles published in the online journal,
2.      Placing articles in an archived system and having multi-server security that ensures long-term preservation, and
3.      Access to articles in the Collection dating from the first online appearance in 2008 through the current issue.

The Review looks forward to integrating further technological updates that will produce an exceptional and relevant resource throughout the 21st century and beyond.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Research Assistant Needed for Prof. Rosenfeld

Professor David Rosenfeld is seeking one half-time research assistant for the 2017-2018 school year. Professor Rosenfeld's research will be primarily in the area of business and securities law, including securities law enforcement. Excellent research and writing skills required. Preference will be given to a rising 2L. Interested students should send an email with a brief statement of interest to Professor Rosenfeld at drosenfeld@niu.edu, attaching a resume and unofficial transcript.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Fall Clinic Applications Due Tomorrow, May 31st

The Clinical Law Program is accepting applications for Fall 2017 Clinics. Information about the Civil Justice Clinic, the Criminal Defense Clinic, the Health Advocacy Clinic and the Foreclosure Mediation Clinic can be found at the Student Application Page online. You can go directly to the Fall 2017 Clinic Application to apply for the Fall term. 

The deadline for Fall 2017 Clinic Applications is 
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. 

Due to the experiential learning requirement for the 3L class, we strongly encourage students interested in a Fall clinic to apply by the deadline. All clinic applications completed and submitted by the deadline will be reviewed at the same time after the deadline to determine clinic registration for the Fall. 

To apply for a fall clinic, you must fill out and submit the Fall 2017 Clinic Application online. There is no paper application form. Please note that the applications are different for Summer 2017 and Fall 2017.

Your clinical professor will inform you about your clinic registration after the applications are reviewed. 

All students admitted to a Fall 2017 Clinic will be required to attend the full-day Clinic Orientation on Friday, August 11, 2017.

After you submit your application:

The clinical faculty will review all applications and let you know if you have been enrolled in the clinical program. You will then receive instructions on submitting your 711 license application, if needed for your clinic.
If you have any trouble filling out or submitting this application, please contact Professor Boudreau at aboudreau@niu.edu.
Reminder: Students matriculating at the College of Law beginning in fall 2015 are required to complete a clinic or externship to graduate.
Please contact a member of the experiential learning faculty if you need any additional information about one of the clinics:
  • Anita Maddali, associate professor of law and director of clinics
  • Paul Cain, cinical professor, Criminal Defense Clinic
  • Wendy Vaughn, clinical associate professor, Civil Justice Clinic
  • Colleen Boraca, clinical assistant professor, Health Advocacy Clinic
  • Alan Boudreau, visiting clinical assistant professor, Foreclosure Mediation Clinic

Please Note: The Clinic Application is separate from the Externship Application. Please contact Greg Anderson in Career Services about the externship program.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Illinois Bar Foundation Fellowship - Applications Due THIS WEDNESDAY!

A reminder that Illinois Bar Foundation fellowship applications are due this coming Wednesday, May, 31 at 5:00 p.m.!

This is a paid, post-graduate fellowship to provide civil legal services to eligible clients at the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic in Rockford.  The selected fellow will work for nine months beginning in mid-August 2017.

Depending upon the receipt of additional funding from grants and donors, there is a possibility that the fellowship could be extended up to an additional three months.

All applicants must be either:
  • a recent graduate from December 2016 who already has a valid Illinois law license, or 
  • a May 2017 graduate who plans to take the Illinois Bar Examination in July 2017.
If you are interested in applying, please fill out the application, then email the completed form and supporting documents to Clinical Associate Professor Wendy Vaughn by May 31, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to email Professor Vaughn or call her at (815) 962-9984. We hope to interview candidates and select the fellow in June 2017.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Illinois Bar Foundation Post-Graduate Fellowship--Applications Due May 31st at 5:00 p.m.

NIU College of Law is excited to announce that it has been selected for the fourth consecutive year by the Illinois Bar Foundation to offer a post-graduate fellowship opportunity.

This is a paid fellowship to provide civil legal services to eligible clients at the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic in Rockford.  The selected fellow will work for nine months beginning in mid-August 2017.

Depending upon the receipt of additional funding from grants and donors, there is a possibility that the fellowship could be extended up to an additional three months.

All applicants must be either:
  • a recent graduate from December 2016 who already has a valid Illinois law license, or 
  • a May 2017 graduate who plans to take the Illinois Bar Examination in July 2017.
If you are interested in applying, please fill out the application, then email the completed form and supporting documents to Clinical Associate Professor Wendy Vaughn by May 31, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to email Professor Vaughn or call her at (815) 962-9984. We hope to interview candidates and select the fellow in June 2017.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

First Reading Assignments for Professional Responsibility Summer Session w/ Prof. Boudreau

Ethical Problems Practice Law: Concise Third Edition for Two Credit Courses (EPPL)
Author: Lerman, Lisa G.; Schrag, Philip G.
ISBN: 9781454830702
 
Ethical Problems in the Practice of Law: Model Rules, State Variations and Practice Questions (Supp)
2017 and 2018 Edition
Author: Lisa G. Lerman
ISBN: 9781454875352
 
Examples and Explanations: Professional Responsibility (E&E)
Fifth Edition
Author: W. Bradley Wendel
ISBN: 9781454868439
 
The textbook Ethical Problems Practice Law: Concise Third Edition for Two Credit Courses and the Examples and Explanations are available as a bundle with ISBN 9781454880691 for $5 more than the textbook alone. 

For our first class on Monday, May 22, 1:00 - 3:45, please read the following:

EPPL Introduction, Chapter 1 and Chapter 2, pages

1-7 skim
7-14 read
14-19 skim
21-31 read
31-37 skim
37-100 read

Read ABA Model Rules in SUPP (please read the significant state variations to the rules when instructed - state variations are included in the supplement)

Preamble and Scope
Rule 5.1 and state variations
Rule 5.2
Rule 5.3 and state variations
Rule 8.1 and state variations
Rule 8.3 and state variations
Be prepared to discuss the following problems in class
1-1: Weed
1-2: The Doctored Resume
2-1: Exculpatory Evidence
2-2: The Little Hearing
A note on readings: There are a lot of readings and homework in this class. During the semester, a two-credit class would meet 28 times, twice a week over 14 weeks. During the summer, we accomplish the same work in 9 meetings. That means that the homework for each class is the equivalent of the homework for three classes during the semester.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Annual College of Law Student Survey Available Now

Students, please take a moment to fill out the NIU College of Law annual student survey. Student responses are anonymous and will be used by both the 2017-2018 Student Bar Association board and the College of Law administration to make improvements to our community here at Swen Parson Hall. It is very important, so we appreciate you taking the time to respond. Thank you!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Registration Open for Summer and Fall 2017 Clinics

Fall 2017 Clinic Applications

The Clinical Law Program is now accepting applications for Fall 2017 Clinics. Information about the Civil Justice Clinic, the Criminal Defense Clinic, the Health Advocacy Clinic and the Foreclosure Mediation Clinic can be found at the Student Application Page online. You can go directly to the Fall 2017 Clinic Application to apply for the Fall term. 

The deadline for Fall 2017 Clinic Applications is 
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. 

Due to the experiential learning requirement for the 3L class, we strongly encourage students interested in a Fall clinic to apply by the deadline. All clinic applications completed and submitted by the deadline will be reviewed at the same time after the deadline to determine clinic registration for the Fall. 

To apply for a fall clinic, you must fill out and submit the Fall 2017 Clinic Application online. There is no paper application form. Please note that the applications are different for Summer 2017 and Fall 2017.

Your clinical professor will inform you about your clinic registration after the applications are reviewed. 

All students admitted to a Fall 2017 Clinic will be required to attend the full-day Clinic Orientation on Friday, August 11, 2017.

         * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 

Summer 2017 Clinic Applications still being accepted

There are still spaces available in all four Summer 2017 clinics: the Civil Justice Clinic, the Criminal Defense Clinic, the Health Advocacy Clinic and the Foreclosure Mediation Clinic.

Summer 2017 clinical applications will be accepted on a rolling basis for available clinic spaces at the discretion of the clinical professor. Please submit your application as soon as possible. Some Summer clinics begin on May 22, 2017. Please note that the applications are different for Summer 2017 and Fall 2017.

To apply for a summer clinic, you must fill out and submit the Summer 2017 Clinic Application online. There is no paper application form.

         * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 

After you submit your application:

The clinical faculty will review all applications and let you know if you have been enrolled in the clinical program. You will then receive instructions on submitting your 711 license application, if needed for your clinic.
If you have any trouble filling out or submitting this application, please contact Professor Boudreau at aboudreau@niu.edu.
Reminder: Students matriculating at the College of Law beginning in fall 2015 are required to complete a clinic or externship to graduate.
Please contact a member of the experiential learning faculty if you need any additional information about one of the clinics:
  • Anita Maddali, associate professor of law and director of clinics
  • Paul Cain, cinical professor, Criminal Defense Clinic
  • Wendy Vaughn, clinical associate professor, Civil Justice Clinic
  • Colleen Boraca, clinical assistant professor, Health Advocacy Clinic
  • Alan Boudreau, visiting clinical assistant professor, Foreclosure Mediation Clinic

Please Note: The Clinic Application is separate from the Externship Application. Please contact Greg Anderson in Career Services about the externship program.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Positions Open for Law Library Research Assistants - Apply Soon!

Interested in an RA position and have a passion for legal research? The law library has two RA opportunities available next year for Prof. Kuehl and Prof. Nejdl:
  • Prof. Nejdl will be coordinating the RA position for the law library and faculty research projects. This is a wonderful opportunity to work with a variety of professors at the law school and hone your research skills for many topics. Please email your cover letter/resume to Prof. Nejdl by Friday, May 19th if you are interested in this position. 
  • Prof. Kuehl is also accepting resumes/cover letters for her faculty RA position. This is a great opportunity to conduct sophisticated research (especially for the fields of international legal research and law and technology). Please email your cover letter/resume to Prof. Kuehl by Monday, May 22nd
 Questions? Please email Prof. Kuehl or Prof. Nejdl prior to the deadlines. Thanks!

Monday, May 1, 2017

REMINDER: SBA End of the Year Party TODAY, 5/1


  • Please join the SBA in the Marshall Gallery, today, May 1 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. to celebrate the end of the 2016-2017 academic year! The Class of 2017 speaker, agents, and "Professor of the Year" will be announced and you will meet the 2017-2018 SBA board. Lunch will be provided. We hope to see you there! 
  • New SBA Board: The NIU College of Law student body has elected a new board of the Student Bar Association-- 
    • President: Keith Stiggers 
    • Vice President: Victor Zamora 
    • Secretary: Megan Swenson 
    • Treasurer: Jason Blumenthal 
    • ABA Representative: Joel Heilmann

Graduation Information


  • Graduation Information: For information regarding the Commencement ceremony on May 27, 2017, visit the NIU College of Law website. Included are a graduation schedule, hotel information, and the graduation cords policy.
  • 2017 Class Speaker and Class Agents: The graduating class has elected Miranda Hernandez as class speaker for graduation. The class agents elected by the class of 2017 are Kelly McKay and Nathaniel Davidson. Congratulations to all! 

Dean's Certificates for May 2017 Graduates

Under NIU College of 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!

Friday, April 28, 2017

SBA End of the Year Party Monday, May 1st

Please join the SBA in the Marshall Gallery this Monday, May 1st from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. to celebrate the end of the 2016-2017 academic year! The class of 2017 speaker, agents, and "Professor of the Year" will be announced as well as the 2017-2018 SBA board. Lunch will be provided. We hope to see you there!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Run-Off Election for Graduation Speaker and Class Agents - Respond by TOMORROW, 4/28

A Survey Monkey ballot has been emailed to all 3Ls in a run-off election for graduation speaker and class agents. The polls close Friday, April 28, at 4:00 pm, so cast your ballot now! 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

CLS Guest Speaker on Christianity in the Law, TOMORROW, April 26th

Please join the Christian Legal Society (CLS) on Wednesday, April 26 at noon in Room 187 for a discussion of Christianity in the legal profession. We will be joined by Mr. Steven Hsu, a member of the Chicago CLS, and Mr. Brent Amato, a member of the National CLS and former president of the National CLS Board. Lunch will be provided! All are welcome.

Lawyers' Assistance Program Office Hours This Thursday, April 27th

A clinician from the Lawyers’ Assistance Program (LAP) will be available to meet with NIU College of Law students on Thursday, April 27 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in room 149 (next to the Chessick classroom).

Get FREE and CONFIDENTIAL help with:
  • Stress 
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Focusing 
  • Worries about Character & Fitness 
  • Addiction (alcohol, prescriptions, gambling, etc.)
All discussion is confidential, and there is no record of the visit. An LAP clinician will be available to talk confidentially. 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. WALK-INS WELCOME. For appointment please email Chelsy Castro at ccastro@illinois.org.

Embracing Diversity Dinner This Thursday Night, April 27th

Embracing Diversity Presents: Understanding the language of immigration in our politics. This is a small, intimate dinner event that allows students to sit down, talk about this topic, share their views and their stories and foster conversation in a safe place. Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center University Suite. Dinner will be served at 6:15 p.m. Sign-up sheet in Swen Parson room 280; seating is limited.

REMINDER: Law Review Banquet This Friday, April 28th

A reminder to all members of the NIU Law Review: the law review banquet will be held Friday, April 28th at 5:30 p.m. at Faranda's in DeKalb. If you have any questions, please contact Scott Hall.

Cap & Gown Pickup for 3Ls is Monday, 5/1

May 2017 & December 2016 grads: Cap/gown pickup is Monday, May 1, 2017, beginning at 8:30 a.m. (SP 280 – Career Office).

Note: You must pick up your regalia before Friday, May 5 (in case we need to reorder for any reason.) If you cannot pick it up, you may have someone pick it up for you, but must email jmahoney@niu.edu ahead of time. We will not release them without previous notice from you.

Federal Public Defender Office Externship - Applications Due Monday, 5/1

Available for the 2017 - 2018 academic year in Rockford, Illinois. This is a full-year externship. It will require a twelve hour-per-week field placement commitment (eight hours on-site and four hours off-site) and a one hour per week seminar for four hours of pass/fail credit each semester. This externship does not require a 711 license. The extern will be supervised on-site by Federal Public Defender Paul Gaziano. You will research and write memoranda, motions and briefs for pre-trial and post-conviction issues and sentencing hearings. In addition, you will attend and observe various court proceedings. Professor Paul Cain will be the faculty supervisor with whom you will meet on a regular basis to discuss your experience. In order to apply for this externship, please submit an externship application available on the experiential learning website and the following documents to Professor Cain (please submit as attachments to email in Word or PDF format) by Monday, May 1:
  1. cover letter explaining your interest in this position 
  2. unofficial transcript 
  3. resume 
  4. writing sample (max. length 10 pages) 
After reviewing the documents, Professor Cain will screen the applicants for the final three candidates and will then submit the names and contact information of the final three candidates to Federal Public Defender Gaziano. His office will contact you to arrange for an interview and his office will make the final selection. If you have any questions about this process or the externship itself, please do not hesitate to contact Professor Cain.

Law Library Hours for Reading Period and Final Exams

Law Library Hours for Reading Period and Final Exam, May 2, 2017 – May 18, 2017
  • Tuesday – Friday, May 2nd – 5th     7:30 a.m. – Midnight 
  • Saturday, May 6th     8:30 a.m. – Midnight 
  • Sunday, May 7th     10:00 a.m. – Midnight 
  • Monday – Friday, May 8th – 12th     7:30 a.m. – Midnight 
  • Saturday, May 13th     8:30 a.m. – Midnight 
  • Sunday, May 14th     10:00 a.m. – Midnight 
  • Monday – Thursday, May 15th – 18th     7:30 a.m. – Midnight

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Nominations for Class Speaker and Class Agents Due Friday, 4/21 by 2:00 p.m.

3Ls, email or hand-deliver your nominations for this year's class speaker and class agents to Lisa Hoebing in Room 276 by 2:00 p.m. TOMORROW, Friday, April 21st. For more information, see the email from Dean Coles sent to all 3Ls on April 19.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Law Review Write-On Meeting Tuesday, 4/25

Next Tuesday, April 25th at noon in room 188, the Law Review will be hosting an informational meeting on the second portion of the write-on process.

PAD Hosts 1L Con Law Review Session w/ Prof. Jones This Friday, 4/21

Please join Phi Alpha Delta and Professor Jones for a 1L Constitutional Law review session on Friday, April 21st from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in room 186. Professor Jones will be reviewing main topics from this semester, as well as answering student questions. This event is open to all 1Ls. If you have any questions for Professor Jones, please email them in advance to paddooleychapter@gmail.com.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Research Assistant Needed for Professor Tan

Professor Morse Tan is looking for a research assistant. Please submit a cover letter, current transcript and resume. Deadline for preferred application is May 4, 2017, but applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until a decision is made.

Monday, April 17, 2017

UPDATED: "Immigration in the First 100 Days" Conference & Community Org Fair This Friday, 4/21

Please join us for a conference examining the Trump administration’s immigration policies, the effect these policies have had on the practice of immigration law, and how lawyers, students and community organizations have responded to these policies on Friday, April 21, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Aspen Hall (Rubloff 150), 375 East Chicago Avenue in Chicago, on the campus of Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.

The conference will feature a community organization fair for those interested in volunteering or learning more about ways to advocate for and support immigrants. The event is free and open to law students, lawyers and community members. Please RSVP online by Wednesday, April 19th.

Just announced: you can also livestream the event if you cannot attend in person. Go to our website for details.

The event is co-sponsored by NIU College of Law. If you have any questions or want more information, contact Professor Anita Maddali.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Guided Meditation This Tuesday, 4/18

The College of Law will host guided meditation as a means to reduce stress and increase focus during the semester. All are welcome. Tuesday, April 18, 8:00-9:00 a.m. Meditation will be held in Room 256, just off of the Marshall Gallery.

Using Your Law Degree for Success with Jeff Lenkov ('91) on Tuesday, 4/18

The NIU College of Law and Student Bar Association will welcome Jeffrey Lenkov, a 1991 graduate of Northern Law who is a sports & entertainment attorney, agent and partner at Manning & Kass in Los Angeles, on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at noon in the Riley Courtroom. Lenkov will present on using a law degree for career success. Lunch will be served, and all are welcome.

UPDATE: SBA Town Hall Meeting Wednesday, 4/19

On Monday, April 10, 2017, the SBA Board of Governors approved a new constitution for the Student Bar Association. This constitution will be placed before the membership during the Spring Elections. To inform members of the changes, the SBA will host a Town Hall on Wednesday, April 19th at Noon in Room 188 (note the date change). Please come with questions.

Final Third Thursday of Semester Thursday, 4/20

The final Third Thursday of the semester will be co-hosted by the American Constitution Society and held on Thursday, April 20, 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom, followed by a reception at Fatty’s from 5:00-6:00 p.m. In recognition of 4/20 and the controversy surrounding marijuana use, Caprice Sweatt, Founder & CEO of Medical Cannabis Outreach, and Dan Linn, Executive Director of Illinois NORML, will discuss the legal issues related to marijuana’s legalization and the state of the laws in Illinois.

SBA 5K Run/Walk Coming Up Next Saturday, 4/22

Join the SBA Saturday, April 22 at 10:00 a.m. for the 2017 5K Run/Walk which begins and ends outside the College of Law. Volunteers are also needed! Register today! Go to our main page www.niu.edu/law and click on the 5K link under College of Law events.

UPDATE: Embracing Diversity Dinner Thursday, 4/27

DATE AND TIME CHANGE - Embracing Diversity Presents: Understanding the language of immigration in our politics. This is a small, intimate dinner event that allows students to sit down, talk about this topic, share their views and their stories and foster conversation in a safe place. Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center University Suite. Dinner will be served at 6:15 p.m. Sign-up sheet in Swen Parson room 280; seating is limited.

Federal Public Defender Office Externship

Available for the 2017 - 2018 academic year in Rockford, Illinois. This is a full-year externship. It will require a twelve hour-per-week field placement commitment (eight hours on-site and four hours off-site) and a one hour per week seminar for four hours of pass/fail credit each semester. This externship does not require a 711 license. The extern will be supervised on-site by Federal Public Defender Paul Gaziano. You will research and write memoranda, motions and briefs for pre-trial and post-conviction issues and sentencing hearings. In addition, you will attend and observe various court proceedings. Professor Paul Cain will be the faculty supervisor with whom you will meet on a regular basis to discuss your experience. In order to apply for this externship, please submit an externship application available on the experiential learning website and the following documents to Professor Cain (please submit as attachments to email in Word or PDF format) by Monday, May 1:
  1. cover letter explaining your interest in this position 
  2. unofficial transcript 
  3. resume 
  4. writing sample (max. length 10 pages) 
After reviewing the documents, Professor Cain will screen the applicants for the final three candidates and will then submit the names and contact information of the final three candidates to Federal Public Defender Gaziano. His office will contact you to arrange for an interview and his office will make the final selection. If you have any questions about this process or the externship itself, please do not hesitate to contact Professor Cain.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Marine JAG Informational Session Wednesday, 4/19

Come to a free class on Wednesday, April 19th at noon in the Faculty Conference Room (Swen Parson 258) to learn about becoming a Marine Corps Judge Advocate and have the opportunity to ask a Judge Advocate questions about military law, lifestyle, how they make a difference and more.

After initial Marine Officer training at The Basic School, Judge Advocates attend the Naval Justice School (NJS) where they learn the basic aspects of military law, including the Uniform Code of Military Justice, Criminal Law and Procedure, Operational Law, Trial Advocacy and Administrative Law. As a Marine Corps Judge Advocate, you will immediately be given the responsibilities of maintaining your own caseload and advising Marines on legal issues. While most new civilian attorneys are relegated to research duty on cases tried by others, you will be building your skills and acquiring real legal experience in the courtroom.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Spaces Available in Summer Clinics

There are currently spaces available in all four summer clinics: the Civil Justice Clinic, the Criminal Defense Clinic, the Health Advocacy Clinic and the Foreclosure Mediation Clinic. These clinics provide students the chance to work with actual clients in a variety of settings on litigation, transactional and alternative dispute resolution matters. 

Summer 2017 Clinical Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis for available clinic spaces at the discretion of the clinical professor.

The Summer 2017 Clinic Application is available on the College of Law website. To apply for a Summer Clinic, you must fill out and submit the Summer 2017 Clinic Application online. There is no paper application form. 

Fall 2017 clinic applications will be due after fall registration opens later in the semester and will use a different application link.

Reminder: Students matriculating at the College of Law beginning in Fall 2015 are required to complete a clinic or externship to graduate.

Please do not hesitate to contact a member of the experiential learning 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

Law Review Banquet Friday, April 28th

A reminder to all members of the NIU Law Review: the law review banquet will be held Friday, April 28th at 5:30 p.m. at Faranda's in DeKalb. If you have any questions, please contact Scott Hall.

Monday, April 10, 2017

"Immigration in the First 100 Days" Conference & Community Org Fair Friday, 4/21

Please join us for a conference examining the Trump administration’s immigration policies, the effect these policies have had on the practice of immigration law, and how lawyers, students and community organizations have responded to these policies on Friday, April 21, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Aspen Hall (Rubloff 150), 375 East Chicago Avenue in Chicago, on the campus of Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.

The conference will feature a community organization fair for those interested in volunteering or learning more about ways to advocate for and support immigrants. The event is free and open to law students, lawyers and community members. Please RSVP online by Wednesday, April 19th.

The event is co-sponsored by NIU College of Law. If you have any questions or want more information, contact Professor Anita Maddali.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Important Library Notes


  • NOTE: A key card access system has been added to the door between the north end of the building and the north wing. After 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and all day on Saturday and Sunday, access from the north end of the building to the north wing will be available to members of the College of Law via their NIU OneCard. The doors will still be open during the day and the key card access will permit members of the College of Law access after regular business hours. If your card provides access into the law library after 6:00 p.m., it is active for the north end access. When using the north end key card system, lightly press your card to the reader for it to read the card. Please direct any questions you have regarding the north end access system to Prof. Therese Clarke, tclarke@niu.edu.
  • Library Lost and Found: The lost and found bin in the law library is full to capacity with miscellany, including clothing, sunglasses, power cords, & flash drives. Please stop at the library’s front desk and describe anything you suspect might be in the lost & found.

Guided Meditation This Tuesday, 4/11

The College of Law will host guided meditation as a means to reduce stress and increase focus during the semester. All are welcome. Tuesday, April 11, 8:00-9:00 a.m. Meditation will be held in Room 256, just off of the Marshall Gallery.

National Library Week Open House Tuesday, 4/11

Please join the law library faculty and staff in celebrating National Library Week April 9 – 15. We will be hosting an open house (with treats!) in the library on Tuesday, April 11 between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. This year’s National Library Week theme is “Libraries Transform” and we will be featuring a display of how books and other library materials transformed the lives of College of Law’s faculty and staff in various ways. Hope to see you there!

Law Library Presentation Wednesday, 4/12

On Wednesday, April 12, representatives from Learn Leo will be visiting BLR I classes and will be in the Marshall Gallery from Noon – 1:00 p.m. to share information about their innovative information management product. Learn Leo is being used at many law schools throughout the country (over 180 schools), and NIU will have beta access this spring and permanent access for students by summer 2017. Come and hear the founders of Learn Leo talk about their product that helps students organize notes, bar exam preparation, outlining, and legal research. Their new product, PowerNotes, will save your notes and create outlines automatically to better organize your research prior to writing and create efficiency for project management.

Final Third Thursday of the Semester 4/20

The final Third Thursday of the semester will be co-hosted by the American Constitution Society and held on Thursday, April 20th from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom, followed by a reception at Fatty’s from 5:00-6:00 p.m. In recognition of 4/20 and the controversy surrounding marijuana use, Caprice Sweatt, founder & CEO of Medical Cannabis Outreach, and Dan Linn, executive director of Illinois NORML, will discuss the legal issues related to marijuana’s legalization and the state of the laws in Illinois.

Race NIjUdicata 5K April 22nd: Early Bird Pricing Ends This Weekend!

It's time once again for the best 5K of the season. The 2017 edition of Race NIjUdicata, now being hosted by the Student Bar Association, is coming up Saturday, April 22 at 10:00 a.m. and will be held at the NIU College of Law, Swen Parson Hall. We are looking for runners, volunteers and sponsors to help continue this College of Law tradition.

Early bird registration ends on April 8th. After April 8th, $5 will be added to the registration fee.
  • Adults: $30 ($35 after 4/8) 
  • Full-time NIU students: $20 ($25 after 4/8) 
  • Teams of 5: $20 per person ($25 per person after 4/8) 
  • Children 4-12 years old: $15
ALL adults must fill out a separate registration for organizational purposes, including spouses and team members. You may, however, put yourself and your children on the same registration. Registration includes entry into the race, light lunch and a t-shirt. Prizes will be awarded in several categories. Please note that there are separate prices for full-time students and non-student adults. If you are a full-time student of the NIU College of Law or another institution, please DO NOT sign up for the adult registration, as there is an additional charge and a separate runner category for students.

Required Graduation Check for All 2Ls

Important, time-sensitive information for 2L’s (those planning to be Dec. 2017 or May 2018 graduates):

The ABA wants to make sure our students are aware of our graduation requirements in order to make informed decisions on what courses to take. In light of this, we are starting a new process for checking graduation requirements for 2L’s before registering for fall semester of 3L year (In the case of a Dec. 2017 grad, it will be to check requirements before registering for your last semester at NIU College of Law).

So, to be able to register for fall 2017 courses you must:
  1. Print off and read the attachment you received in your z-id email. This is your “Graduation Requirement Checklist.” 
  2. Email Julie (jmahoney@niu.edu) to make an appointment to quickly go over the checklist. Please give a couple timeslots where you would have about 15 minutes free (Bring checklist to the appointment). 
    • Julie will be available for appointments April 7 – 21, 8:00 a.m.- Noon & 1-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
    • Appointments should only take a few minutes.
Again, this IS required. If you have not completed this process before fall 2017 registration opens, a hold will be put on your MyNIU account and you will not be able to enroll until this requirement is satisfied.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Clinic Applications Due Monday, April 10th for Summer Semester

This summer and fall as part of the COL’s experiential learning program, we will offer four clinics: the Civil Justice Clinic, the Criminal Defense Clinic, the Health Advocacy Clinic and the Foreclosure Mediation Clinic. These clinics provide students the chance to work with actual clients in a variety of settings on litigation, transactional and alternative dispute resolution matters.

The priority deadline for summer 2017 clinical applications is Monday, April 10th at 11:59 p.m.

The summer 2017 clinic application is available on the College of Law website. To apply for a summer clinic, you must fill out this form online. There is no paper application form.

Fall 2017 clinic applications will be due after fall registration opens later in the semester and will use a different application link.

Reminder: Students matriculating at the College of Law beginning in fall 2015 are required to complete a clinic or externship to graduate.

Please do not hesitate to contact a member of the experiential learning 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

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Criminal Law Society Guest Speaker Wednesday, April 5th

Come join us for a discussion with NIU Police Chief Thomas R. Phillips about the challenges that the police face and how they are responding to those challenges on Wednesday, April 5th at 12:05 p.m. in room 186. Chief Phillips welcomes questions from the audience. Topics of discussion may include new technologies, Black Lives Matter, use of force and community policing.

Chief Phillips has three decades of law enforcement experience. Before joining NIU in 2013, he served with the University of Chicago Police Department, the University of Illinois at Chicago Police Department, and in the Military Police Corps.

Sponsored by the College of Law’s Criminal Law Society.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Key Card Access in Library and North Wing

A key card access system has been added to the door between the north end of the building and the north wing. After 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and all day on Saturday and Sunday, access from the north end of the building to the north wing will be available to members of the College of Law via their NIU OneCard. The doors will still be open during the day and the key card access will permit members of the College of Law access after regular business hours. If your card provides access into the law library after 6:00 p.m., it is active for the north end access. When using the north end key card system, lightly press your card to the reader for it to read the card. Please direct any questions you have regarding the north end access system to Prof. Therese Clarke, tclarke@niu.edu.

Guided Meditation Next Tuesday, 3/28

The College of Law will host guided meditation as a means to reduce stress and increase focus during the semester. All are welcome. Tuesday, March 28, 8:00-9:00 a.m. Meditation will be held in Room 256, just off of the Marshall Gallery.

Family Law Society Presents Courtroom Nuts and Bolts March 29th

The Family Law Society will host "Courtroom Nuts and Bolts" on Wednesday, March 29th at noon in room 186. The guest speakers will be Hon. Marcy Buick and Hon. Ronald Matakaitis from the 23rd Judicial Circuit in DeKalb County. Topics will include:
  • Tips on Preparing for Trial 
  • Social Media & Exhibits 
  • Common Attorney Mistakes & Ways to Avoid Them 
  • Attorney Habits that Make Judges Happy 
  • How to be an Effective Family Law Attorney
BRING YOUR QUESTIONS!

Lawyers' Assistance Program Office Hours Next Thursday, 3/30

A clinician from the Lawyers’ Assistance Program (LAP) will be available to meet with NIU College of Law students in Room 149 (next to the Chessick classroom). Appointments are available at 4 times throughout the semester. Get FREE and CONFIDENTIAL help with: Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Focusing, Worries about Character & Fitness, Addiction (alcohol, prescriptions, gambling, etc.) All discussion is confidential, and there is no record of the visit. A LAP clinician will be available to talk confidentially. 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. WALK-INS WELCOME. Thursday, March 30, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Room 149. For an office hours appointment, please email Chelsy Castro at ccastro@illinois.org.

Federalist Society Guest Speaker Next Thursday, 3/30

Jordan Lorence from Alliance Defending Freedom will join us for this presentation. He is a prominent First Amendment attorney who has argued many cases in front of the United States Supreme Court (including one a week before this event). Please join us to hear his insights in this very special presentation. Thursday, March 30, at noon, Room 188.

Law Review Symposium Next Friday, 3/31

The Northern Illinois University Law Review would like to invite everyone to our 2017 Symposium, entitled "Making Murderers: Legal Implications of Wrongful Convictions and the Death Penalty." Presenters will discuss police interrogation methods, the changing landscape of eyewitness testimony, the death penalty, and will highlight a recent wrongful conviction case. The event will take place on Friday, March 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Altgeld Hall Board of Trustees Room. The event is free for students, faculty, and staff--register on the College of Law website.

The Criminal Law Society will provide lunch immediately following the Symposium in the Marshall Gallery. If you have any questions, please email Symposium Editor, Rachel Krmenec, at rkrmenec@niu.edu.

Barrister's Ball Next Friday, 3/31

Please join us for the NIU College of Law's Annual Barrister's Ball Friday, March 31, 6:30-11:45 p.m., hosted by the Student Bar Association at the Acquaviva Winery in Maple Park, IL. Complimentary bus transportation will be provided. Ticket prices are $75 per person and $140 per couple. Be sure to get your tickets from Miranda Hernandez at mhernandez15@niu.edu!

Riley Lecture & PILS Auction Friday, April 7th

NIU College of Law will host its 24th Annual Francis X. Riley Lecture on Professionalism on Friday, April 7th, 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the Francis X. Riley Courtroom (Room 170). This year’s lecture will be given by Illinois State Senator from the 40th District and NIU Law alumna Toi Hutchinson ('14).

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 NIU Law to discuss current issues relating to the legal profession. The lecture will be followed by a reception and the 22nd Annual Public Interest Law Society Auction, 5:00-9:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. CLE credit for the lecture is pending.

PES Guest Speaker on Professional Conduct Wednesday, April 5th

Lunch will be provided, as the Professionalism and Ethics Society hosts this year’s speaker on “Real Life Implications in Applying the Rules of Professional Conduct" on Wednesday, April 5th at noon in the Riley Courtroom.

Our speaker is Northern Law alumnus and attorney Adam Vaught, partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, Chicago. His practice area focuses on Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) complaints.

Vaught will be discussing some real life implications involved with the compliance and application of the Rules of Professional Conduct including the associated financial and business implications.

Vaught graduated in 2005 and subsequently served as counselor to Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride of the Illinois Supreme Court, whom he clerked for prior to the justice’s term as chief. He then joined Hinshaw & Culbertson where he now focuses on the area of professional liability defense, with emphasis in the counseling and defense of attorneys and law firms facing malpractice and ethical conduct issues.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Summer and Fall Clinical Law Program Information Meeting Monday, April 3rd

The clinical faculty and students will be holding a clinic information meeting on Monday, April 3rd at Noon in Room 150. This summer and fall as part of the COL’s experiential learning program, we will offer four clinics: the Civil Justice Clinic, the Criminal Defense Clinic, the Health Advocacy Clinic and the Foreclosure Mediation Clinic. These clinics provide 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 2017. Lunch will be provided.

Summer clinic applications will be due Monday, April 10th. Fall clinic applications will be due after fall registration opens later in the semester.

Reminder: Students matriculating at the College of Law beginning in Fall 2015 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, March 17, 2017

Guided Meditation This Tuesday, 3/21

Guided meditation returns this week as a means to reduce stress and increase focus during the semester. All are welcome--make this part of your routine now with finals coming up! Tuesday, March 21, 8:00-9:00 a.m. Meditation will be held in Room 256, just off of the Marshall Gallery.

Breakfast Club This Wednesday, 3/22

Join us at Breakfast Club Wednesday mornings for coffee, bagels, and excellent conversation. Coffee & bagels will be provided by Barb City Bagels. This week's subject is non-competes and trade secrets with attorney Jeffrey Bunn. Wednesday, March 22, 9:00-11:00 a.m., Marshall Gallery.

Third Thursdays Coming Up March 23rd

These special presentations will start at the law school and then move to Fatty's Pub & Grille in DeKalb for receptions immediately afterward. This week, Irakere Picón, the first undocumented immigrant to practice law in Illinois and a 2015 Northern Law graduate, will share his story of going from immigrant to attorney to activist. Thursday, March 23, 4:00-5:00 p.m in the Riley Courtroom.

The Federalist Society Guest Speaker March 30th

Jordan Lorence from Alliance Defending Freedom will join us for this presentation. He is a prominent First Amendment attorney who has argued many cases in front of the United States Supreme Court (including one a week before this event). Please join us to hear his insights in this very special presentation. Thursday, March 30, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 188.

Law Review Symposium March 31st

The Northern Illinois University Law Review would like to invite everyone to our 2017 Symposium, entitled "Making Murderers: Legal Implications of Wrongful Convictions and the Death Penalty." Presenters will discuss police interrogation methods, the changing landscape of eyewitness testimony, the death penalty, and will highlight a recent wrongful conviction case. The event will take place on Friday, March 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Altgeld Hall Board of Trustees Room. The event is free for students, faculty, and staff--register on the College of Law website.

The Criminal Law Society will provide lunch immediately following the Symposium in the Marshall Gallery. If you have any questions, please email Symposium Editor, Rachel Krmenec, at rkrmenec@niu.edu.

SBA Barrister's Ball March 31st

Please join us for the NIU College of Law's Annual Barrister's Ball Friday, March 31, 6:30-11:45 p.m., hosted by the Student Bar Association at the Acquaviva Winery in Maple Park, IL. Complimentary bus transportation will be provided. Ticket prices are $75 per person and $140 per couple. Be sure to get your tickets from Miranda Hernandez at mhernandez15@niu.edu!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Barrister's Ball March 31st; Tickets on Sale Through Tomorrow

Please join us for NIU College of Law's Annual Barrister's Ball hosted by the Student Bar Association on Friday, March 31st. The ball will take place at the Acquaviva Winery in Maple Park from 6:30 p.m. - 11:45 p.m. Complimentary bus transportation will be provided. SBA is selling tickets in the Marshall Gallery 10am-2pm until March 8th for $75 per person and $140 per couple. Be sure to get your tickets!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Student Meeting with ABA Site Team Monday, March 6th

On Monday, March 6, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in Room 188, all students will have the opportunity to attend an open session with the ABA Site Team. They will be asking questions and seeking feedback on various topics important to the success of the visit. Feedback from students is an important part of the accreditation process, and I encourage you to attend the session if possible.
 – Dean Cordes

Law Review Symposium March 31st

The Northern Illinois University Law Review would like to invite everyone to our 2017 symposium, entitled "Making Murderers: Legal Implications of Wrongful Convictions and the Death Penalty." Presenters will discuss police interrogation methods, the changing landscape of eyewitness testimony, the death penalty, and will highlight a recent wrongful conviction case. The event will take place on Friday, March 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Altgeld Hall Board of Trustees Room. The event is free for students, faculty, and staff. Register on the NIU College of Law website.

The Criminal Law Society will provide lunch immediately following the Symposium in the Marshall Gallery. If you have any questions, please email Symposium Editor, Rachel Krmenec, at rkrmenec@niu.edu.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Commencement Announcements Ready to be Picked up for 3Ls Now

MAY 2017 & DEC 2016 GRADS: Commencement announcements are now available to be picked up in Swen Parson room 285 (Office of Budget & Records - office hours 8:00 a.m. – noon and 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.).

NOTE: Any announcements not claimed by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 17th will be made available to others on first come, first served, basis.