Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Celebrate the library renovation TODAY, 1/31 at Noon

Library North, Phase One is complete and the north wing of the library is open – here’s an update:

Phase one of the reconfiguration project wrapped up on Friday. The north wing will now be accessible from Marshall Gallery whenever the library is open. Extended hours coming in the next few weeks.
  •  Starting this week: Barb City Bagels will be located in the library lounge just north of the carpeted area. We’ll have signs up while folks get accustomed to the new configuration. 
  •  Open House Tuesday, Jan 31, at Noon – Free Pizza: Join us for an Open House to walk around the “new” space and thank the library faculty and staff who made it all possible.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Guided Meditation This Tuesday, 1/31

The College of Law will host guided meditation as a means to reduce stress and increase focus during the semester. All are welcome on Tuesday, January 31 from 8:00-9:00 a.m. Meditation will be held in Room 256, just off of the Marshall Gallery.

How to Get a GA/RA Panel Discussion This Wednesday, 2/1

Northern Law students are invited on Wednesday, February 1, at noon in the Riley Courtroom (Rm. 170) to come and hear information on how to apply for graduate assistant/research assistant (GA/RA) positions, as well as other positions throughout the university. 3L students who currently have GA and RA positions will be on hand to discuss their positions. Bring your lunch!

Federalist Society Presentation on Supreme Court Precedent This Coming Thursday, 2/2

Join the NIU Federalist Society on Thursday, February 2, at noon in Room 188 for a presentation by Professor Michael Paulsen from University of St. Thomas School of Law. The topic is "The Constitutional Power of Lower Court Judges to Disregard Supreme Court Precedent."

Breakfast Club Returns February 8th

Join us at Breakfast Club Wednesday mornings for coffee, bagels, and excellent conversation. Coffee & bagels will be provided by Barb City Bagels. Next week's subject is advocating for suffering clients with Professor Colleen Boraca. Meet us Wednesday, February 8th, 9:00-11:00 a.m., in the Marshall Gallery.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

PAD Chili Cook-Off TODAY, 1/26

Phi Alpha Delta will hold its annual chili cook-off today, January 26th, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Please stop by to sample the entrants and vote on your favorite!

Presentation on Bar Exam Applications for 3Ls - Rescheduled for 2/1

Apologies to anyone who came to this event on 1/25, but Vanessa Williams from the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar will be back to make a presentation about the bar exam application process specially for NIU College of Law 3L students on Wednesday, February 1st at noon in room 188. This is a brown bag – bring your lunch. She will discuss the application process and be able to answer your questions. This is your one chance to talk face-to-face with someone from IBOAB – so you are strongly encouraged to attend.

While it may still be too early to submit your application, you should rough it up BEFORE the presentation. Go to www.ilbaradmissions.org and print off a hard copy of the application to use as your working copy (you will submit most of your application online). You can print off a copy by hitting “Information & Applications” on the homepage.

The application is a time-consuming process. You are encouraged to get it done over winter break. You do not want to be running around on 02/15 (the due date) trying to track down information for the application!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

MPRE Registration Deadline is THIS THURSDAY, 1/26

The Professionalism and Ethics Society would like to remind all students taking the MPRE Exam in March, within this spring semester, that the MPRE regular registration deadline is Thursday, January 26, 2017. You can register online at the NCBE site.


After January 26, 2017 the registration fee DOUBLES. The MPRE late registration deadline is February 2, 2017.

Friday, January 20, 2017

CLE Program & Reception February 16th

The College of Law will host a CLE program & reception on Thursday, February 16th starting at 3:00 p.m. There will be two CLE lectures, one hour each in the Riley Courtroom followed by a one-hour reception in the Marshall Gallery and Law Library. There will be one hour of CLE credit available for each lecture, professionalism approval pending. All are welcome to attend any one or all three of the events, even if not seeking CLE credit.

Introduction to Mindfulness for Lawyers will be presented by Professor Laurel Rigertas at 3:00. This course introduces lawyers to mindful meditation. The course defines mindful meditation, discusses some of the science and research about its benefits, and introduces participants to a basic mindfulness exercise. The course also discusses how mindfulness can aid various lawyering skills and, in particular, explores how it can support the legal profession’s goal of civility.

Challenges of Working with Vulnerable Populations: Practical Tips for Representing Clients Facing Homelessness, Mental Illness or Addiction will be presented by Professor Colleen Boraca & Ryan Dowd (’03) at 4:00. Many attorneys work with vulnerable populations throughout their career, especially in pro bono work. Specific ethical issues arise when working with clients facing homelessness, mental health and addiction issues. This course will start with an overview of the culture of poverty and the possible implications upon representation, particularly the hurdles to developing trust between an attorney and client. Presenters will also discuss the role of a lawyer and potential confidentiality challenges in working with vulnerable populations. Presenters will then examine ethical implications of working with clients facing mental health issues and provide tips for working with clients. Finally, other challenges to working with clients facing homelessness, mental illness or addiction (habituation to punishment and crisis mode) will be explored.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Guided Meditation Tuesday Mornings at 8:00 a.m.

Come to room 256 (the former student lounge just off of the Marshall Gallery) every Tuesday morning at 8:00 a.m. for guided meditation. It's a great way to reduce stress and increase focus during the semester. All are welcome.

Breakfast Club Dates for This Semester - Now on Wednesdays

Join us at Breakfast Club Wednesday mornings at 9:00 am in the Marshall Gallery for coffee, bagels, and excellent conversation.

The dates for this semester are:
  • January 18 - Donald Trump’s Presidency in Historical Context with Dr. Artemus Ward 
  • January 25 - Balancing work with career and the art of the interview with John Monical 
  • February 8 - Advocating for suffering clients with Professor Colleen Boraca 
  • February 22 - Using a J.D. outside of practicing law with Jeanne Meyer 
  • March 8 - Managing anxiety for optimal performance with Dr. Billie Cali 
  • March 22 - Non-competes and trade secrets with Jeffrey Bunn 
  • April 5 - Running for office with Karen Donnelly 
  • April 19 - Using a J.D. to meet needs with Karla Altmayer

Coffee & bagels will be provided by Barb City Bagels.

Third Thursdays Coming This Semester

Join us for Third Thursdays, a series of special presentations that will take place on the third Thursday of every month in the Riley Courtroom from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. with receptions to follow at Fatty’s Pub & Grille in DeKalb immediately after at 5:00.

  • January 19, 2017 - Alumni Ed Underhill and Gerald Morel of Masuda Funai will discuss the history of their firm which was founded in 1929 and was built on representing international companies entering, operating and investing in the United States.
  • February 16, 2017 - Professor Yolanda King, attorney Brie Crawford and tattoo artist Chris May will discuss tattoos as intellectual property.
  • March 23, 2017 - Irakere Pic√≥n, 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.
  • April 20, 2017 - 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.

How to Get a GA/RA Panel Discussion Feb. 1st

Attention students: You are invited on Wednesday, February 1st at noon in the Riley Courtroom to come and hear information on how to apply for graduate assistant and research assistant (GA/RA) positions, as well as other positions throughout the university. 3L students who currently have GA and RA positions will be on hand to discuss their positions. Bring your lunch!

Contracts, section 2 and Sales w/ Prof. Gaebler CANCELLED for Today, 1/17

Both Contracts II, section 2 and Sales have been cancelled for today, Tuesday, January 17th. Professor Gaebler teaches both courses.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

First Assignment for Landlord Tenant Law w/ Don Henderson

Please bring your materials (both volumes) to class with you on Thursday. Our concentration will be on the first three cases, Cook v. University Plaza, Jackim v. CC-Lake, Inc., and Dargis v. Paradise Park, Inc. The other materials are background, so please peruse them, if possible.

The materials are available in the faculty secretaries' office. There will be extra copies of the cases in class if you are not able to pick them up ahead of time.

Friday, January 13, 2017

First Assignment for Copyright Law Seminar w/ Prof. King

For Wednesday, January 18, 2017: 

U.S. Copyright Office, Copyright Basics, Circular No. 1
https://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ01.pdf

Article I, Section 8, Clause 8 of U.S. Constitution (Patent and Copyright Clause)

Thursday, January 12, 2017

First Assignment for North Korea Seminar w/ Prof. Tan

Read the first half of The Aquariums of Pyongyang.

First Assignment for International Criminal Law w/ Prof. Tan

Topic - North Korea: Criminal Cult

Assignment due - Tan, First Third, including Introduction, Preface & Forward

1L Ambassador Program - Meetings Jan. 18th and 25th

Interested in serving the College of Law by reaching out to prospective students? Now is your chance! As an ambassador, you will represent Northern Law at recruitment events, give tours, plan and carry out workshops and receptions, and reach out to prospective students by phone, email, and social media to provide valuable insight into the law school admissions process and the Northern Law Experience. This new program provides an opportunity to gain valuable experience, build your resume, interact with prospective students, invest in your school and help to shape next year’s incoming class. All 1Ls are welcome.

Informational Meeting - Wednesday, January 18th, at noon in room 188
Training Session - Wednesday, January 25th, at noon in room 188

Lunch will be provided at both sessions!

Email law-admit@niu.edu with questions or to learn how to start the work of an ambassador right away.

First Assignments for Property (Section 2) w/ Prof. King

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 – Sprankling and Coletta, PROPERTY: A CONTEMPORARY APPROACH (3d ed. 2015), Ch. 1, pp. 1-25

Thursday, January 19, 2017 – Sprankling casebook, Ch. 1, pp. 25-49



You may purchase a used copy of the casebook; the digital version is not required.
 

"Courtroom as Classroom" Event March 1st

The Northern Law Office of Career Opportunities presents "Courtroom as Classroom," an annual panel discussion with several federal judges, U.S. Attorneys and Federal Defenders that will give students a chance to learn about the professional side of the practice of law from those who know it best. The event will be held Wednesday, March 1st at the Federal Courthouse in Chicago. Bus transportation will be provided from Swen Parson Hall for this event. Be sure to go to Becky's desk in room 280 to sign up for the bus and contact Greg Anderson with any questions. The bus leaves at 12:30 p.m. and the event itself begins at 3:00 p.m.

SA/PD Career Panel Event on March 8th

The College of Law Office of Career Opportunities will welcome representatives from multiple State’s Attorney and Public Defender offices to talk about opportunities at their offices-particularly for the summer of 2017 on Wednesday, March 8th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Swen Parson Hall (room TBD). Take this opportunity to find out the best way to nail down these great job prospects! Co-sponsored by the NIU Criminal Law Society.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

First Assignment for The Mindful Lawyer w/ Prof. Rigertas

  • Read The Anxious Lawyer pages 1-35
  • Read, Lawrence S. Krieger, Psychological Insights: Why Our Students and Graduates Suffer and What We Might Do About It (on TWEN under Course Documents)
  • Fill out the Values Survey and bring it to the first class (on TWEN under Course Documents)

Interview Bootcamp February 23rd

Join the Northern Law Office of Career Opportunities on Thursday, February 23rd at 5:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery to hear from NIU College of Law alumni and faculty in a crash course in getting your first job in the legal profession.

GSA/L.O.V.E. Ally Training Rescheduled for February 11th

The Ally Program is a campus-wide program designed to foster a welcoming and supportive campus environment for LGBTQ individuals by creating a visible network of allies. On Saturday, February 11th from 9:00 a.m. to about 3:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom, ally training will be provided by Molly Holmes of the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center. The ally training will also be tailored to law students with topics discussing legal issues and the LGBTQ community. Prior to Molly beginning her portion of the ally training, there will be guest speakers talking about LGBTQ issues. Breakfast will be provided (bagels and coffee) by the NIU Law Breakfast Club, which will meet in conjunction with the event. Lunch will be provided for as well by the NIU Gay Straight Alliance. The event is also sponsored by Northern Law organization Lawyers Opposing Violence Everywhere. Any questions can be sent to Brandon Evans at bevans@niu.edu.

Monday, January 9, 2017

DCBA Student/Alumni Networking Event Feb. 2nd

All NIU College of Law students are invited to a DuPage County Bar Association networking event on Thursday, February 2nd from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Forge Brewhouse at 1330 E. State St. in Sycamore. Free pizza and beer will be served, and it will be a great opportunity to network with lawyers, judges, fellow students and alumni. Please RSVP online at www.dcba.org by clicking more under "Calendar" and then clicking on "NIU Pizza Social for Law Students and Alum." Contact Greg Anderson in the careers office for more information.

First Assignment for Advanced Torts w/ Prof. Rigertas

Pages 1-12 (Problem 1-1); Moorman Mfg. Co. v. National Tank Co., 91 Ill.2d 69 (1982) (find on Westlaw or Lexis).

First Assignment for Administrative Law w/ Prof. Widman

Please read pages 1-12, 29-46 in the assigned casebook.

First Assignment for Federal Courts w/ Prof. Widman

Please read and be ready to discuss Marbury v. Madison (pages 1-13) in the assigned casebook. Please also read Federalist papers # 78, 79, and Anti-Federalist (Brutus) # 15. The Fed papers are all readily accessible online.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

GSA/L.O.V.E. Ally Training Event January 28th

The Ally Program is a campus-wide program designed to foster a welcoming and supportive campus environment for LGBTQ individuals by creating a visible network of allies. On Saturday, January 28th from 9:00 a.m. to about 3:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom, ally training will be provided by Molly Holmes of the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center. The ally training will also be tailored to law students with topics discussing legal issues and the LGBTQ community. Prior to Molly beginning her portion of the ally training, there will be guest Skype speakers including Robin Dembroff, a PhD candidate at Princeton, as well as others. Breakfast will be provided (bagels and coffee) by the NIU Law Breakfast Club, which will meet in conjunction with the event. Lunch will be provided for as well by the NIU Gay Straight Alliance. The event is also sponsored by Northern Law organization Lawyers Opposing Violence Everywhere. Any questions can be sent to Brandon Evans at bevans@niu.edu.

Upcoming Events in January and February from the Federalist Society



The Federalist Society has two events coming up in the next few weeks. The first is on Tuesday, January 24th at 12 p.m. in Room 188, and it is a discussion with Professor Richard Duncan from Nebraska College of Law and Professor Morse Tan from NIU Law. The topic for that one is "Federalism and the Tenth Amendment: The American Defense to Liberty."

The second event is on Thursday, February 2 at 12 p.m. in Room 188, and is a presentation by Professor Michael Paulsen from University of St. Thomas School of Law. The topic is "The Constitutional Power of Lower Court Judges to Disregard Supreme Court Precedent."

All are welcome at both events.