Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Federalisty Society Guest Speaker Thursday, March 30th

Jordan Lorence from Alliance Defending Freedom will join us on Thursday, March 30 at 12:00 p.m. in room 188. 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. The event is sponsored by the NIU Federalist Society.

Friday, February 24, 2017

35th Annual Lenny Mandell Moot Court Competition Starts This Saturday, 2/25

The semifinals of the 35th Annual Lenny Mandell Moot Court Competition will be held Saturday, February 25th, at 9:30 a.m. in the Riley Courtroom. The following teams will compete:
  • Jake Trotter/Alex Yorko v. Alexeus Bender/Stacey Eissinger
  • Katherine Headley/Michael Paup v. Heather Fielder/Cody Chinery
Spectators are welcome for the semi-finals and the final rounds. The final round will be held on Saturday, March 4th, at 10:30 a.m. in the Riley Courtroom.

PILS Pizza Sale Monday, 2/27

The Public Interest Law Society will be selling slices of Domino's pizza (cheese, pepperoni and sausage) for $1 each along with soda and water for 50 cents each. Help PILS out and grab a quick lunch for yourself. Sponsored by Themis bar prep. Monday, February 27th at noon in the Marshall Gallery.

Guided Meditation This Tuesday, 2/28

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

Courtroom as Classroom Wednesday, March 1st

The 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. Bus transportation will be provided from Swen Parson Hall to the Federal Courthouse in Chicago for this event. 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 begins at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1st.

Breakfast Club Wednesday, 3/8

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 managing anxiety for optimal performance with Dr. Billie Cali. Wednesday, March 8th, 9:00-11:00 a.m., Marshall Gallery.

Law Library Presents: Bluebooking Your Seminar Paper on March 8th

Taking a seminar this semester? Join Professor Clarke Arado as she takes you through the wonderful world of Bluebooking your seminar papers! This session is primarily designed for Spring 2017 law seminar students, but please feel free to attend if you have general Bluebook questions or just want to learn more about Bluebooking. Baked treats will be provided! Wednesday, March 8, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Room 155.

SA/PD Careers Panel Coming Up 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. Take this opportunity to find out the best way to nail down these great job prospects! Co-sponsored by the NIU Criminal Law Society.

The event will begin with the panel discussion in the new collaborative space in the North Wing of the Law Library at 5:30, followed by a networking reception in the Marshall Gallery at 6:30.

Law Review Informational Meeting Thursday, 3/7



The NIU Law Review will hold an informational meeting on Tuesday, March 7th at noon in room 188. We will be discussing the process for joining law review, so if you are interested in joining this is the place for you.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

WLC/BLSA Panel Discussion on Gender Discrimination Wednesday, 3/1

The Women's Law Caucus and the Black Law Student Association would like to invite everyone to a panel discussion entitled "Gender Discrimination in the Legal Field" on Wednesday, March 1st at noon in the Riley Courtroom. The panelists will be discussing the struggles and triumphs women face within the legal profession. Our panelists include: Professor Laurel Rigertas; Sandra Kuepelian, Legal Writing Instructor; and Karen Baker, the Title IX coordinator here at NIU. Snacks will be provided. Hope to see everyone there!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

SBA 2L Over the Hump Party Tuesday, 2/28

All 2Ls are invited to a celebration of being halfway through law school on Tuesday, February 28th at noon in the Marshall Gallery. Three semesters down, (less than) three to go! Free food and beverages will be provided by the SBA, so please stop by!

The Advocate Newspaper Informational Meeting Monday 2/27

Do you want your voice heard? Then you should attend an informational meeting regarding The Advocate, a newspaper written by Northern Law students, for Northern Law students, on Monday, February 27th at noon in room 173. If you cannot make the meeting, email Brandon Evans at bevans@niu.edu for more information.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Guided Meditation Tuesday, 2/21

The College of Law will host guided meditation as a means to reduce stress and increase focus during the semester. All are welcome. The next sessions will be held on Tuesday, February 21 and 28, 8:00-9:00 a.m. Meditation will be held in Room 256, just off of the Marshall Gallery.

PILS Informational Meeting Tuesday, February 21st

PILS members: we will be having an important informational meeting on Tuesday, February 21st at noon in room 188. We will be discussing the PILS auction and what students can still do to get volunteer credit to qualify for a PILS stipend.

Open Chess Wednesday Mornings in the North Wing

Challenge amateurs and experts to the game of kings every Wednesday from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. in the North Wing of the Library. Whether you are starting out, haven't played for a while, or are a seasoned expert, all are welcome to learn and play. Boards are provided and avid players will be there to help you get started or improve your game.

NIU Law Breakfast Club Wednesday, 2/22

Join us at Breakfast Club on Wednesday mornings for coffee, bagels, and excellent conversation. Coffee & bagels will be provided by Barb City Bagels. This week's subject is advocating for suffering clients with Professor Colleen Boraca. Wednesday, February 22, 9:00-11:00 a.m., Marshall Gallery.

American Constitution Society Guest Speaker Wednesday, 2/22

Join the ACS for “Civil Liberties in the Trump Administration” featuring discussion by ACLU representative Bharathi Pillai on Wednesday, February 22 at 4:00 p.m. in Room 188.

SALDF Panel Next Wednesday, Feb. 22nd (update)

In observance of National Animal Justice Week, SALDF will be hosting an Animal Law Panel on Wednesday, February 22 at noon in the Riley Courtroom (Rm. 170). Food will be provided. Speakers on the panel will include Tracy McGonigle, Esq., the executive director of Hooved Animal Humane Society; Jody Booher, a 2007 alumna of the College of Law and partner at Barrick, Switzer, Long, Balsley, & Van Evera LLP; and Illinois Assistant State’s Attorney Elizabeth P. Boggs, who works in the state General Consumer Fraud Department.

Also, don't forget there will be a box in the Marshall Gallery through the end of February to collect supplies for the DeKalb Animal Shelter (food, cleaning supplies, bedding, garbage bags, etc.).

Minority Reception Wednesday, 2/22

Please join Illinois State Bar Association President Vincent Cornelius (’89) for the 14th Annual Minority Reception at the Illinois State Bar Association Office, 20 S. Clark Street, Suite 900 in Chicago on Wednesday, February 22 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Please RSVP to lawevents@niu.edu or (815) 753-9655.

Lawyers' Assistance Program Visiting Thursday, 2/23

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) on Thursday, February 23 from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Appointments are available at 4 times throughout the semester. Get FREE and CONFIDENTIAL help with: Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Focusing, Worries about Character & Fitness, Addiction, 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. WALK-INS WELCOME. For an Office Hours appointment please email Chelsy Castro at ccastro@illinois.org.

1L Professionalism Series Thursday, 2/23

The Legal Assistance Program will present “Your Best Thinking in the Worst Situations: Improving Decision Making under Stress.” All first-year College of Law students are required to attend. Thursday, February 23, 2:15- 3:30 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom.

NIU Law Interview Bootcamp on Thursday, 2/23

Join the Northern Law Office of Career Opportunities along with NIU College of Law alumni and faculty for a crash course in getting your first job in the legal profession. Times for this session are subject to change. Thursday, February 23, 5:30 p.m., Marshall Gallery.

PILS Pizza Sale February 27th

The Public Interest Law Society will be selling slices of Domino's pizza (cheese, pepperioni and sausage) for $1 each along with soda and water for 50 cents each on Monday, February 27th at noon in the Marshall Gallery. Help PILS out and grab a quick lunch for yourself. Sponsored by Themis bar prep.

Courtroom as Classroom March 1st

The 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. Bus transportation will be provided from Swen Parson Hall to the Federal Courthouse in Chicago for this event. 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., Wednesday, March 1.

Friday, February 10, 2017

GSA/L.O.V.E. Ally Training Tomorrow, 2/11

This is a final reminder that the G.S.A.'s Ally Training event is tomorrow (Saturday) from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. All are welcome to attend and lunch will be provided in the Marshall Gallery.

Molly Holmes (director of the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center at NIU) will present on issues facing the LGBTQ community, as well as learn how you can be an ally in building a safer and more inclusive community.

Guided Meditation This Tuesday and Next, 2/14 and 2/21

The College of Law will host guided meditation as a means to reduce stress and increase focus during the semester. All are welcome. Our next sessions will be Tuesday, February 14 and 21 from 8:00-9:00 a.m. Meditation will be held in Room 256, just off of the Marshall Gallery.

2nd District Appellate Court Oral Arguments This Thursday, Feb. 16th

Northern Illinois University College of Law is proud to welcome the State of Illinois Appellate Court for the Second District to convene and hear two oral arguments in the Riley Courtroom on Thursday, February 16, 2017, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Oral arguments will be followed by an informal question-and-answer session. A reception will then be held in the Marshall Gallery.

Third Thursday Room Change for February 16th

These special presentations will start at the law school and then move to Fatty's Pub & Grille in DeKalb for receptions immediately afterward.

Next week, Professor Yolanda King, attorney Brie Crawford and tattoo artist Chris May will discuss tattoos as intellectual property. Join us Thursday, February 16, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in room 186 (location subject to change).

CLE Programs and Library Reception This Thursday, Feb. 16th

This Thursday, February 16th, we will be having two continuing legal education presentations and an open house reception. All are welcome and encouraged to attend any event or all three:
  • Introduction to Mindfulness for Lawyers CLE: 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. 1 hour of professionalism CLE credit will be available. 3:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m., Riley Courtroom (Rm. 170).
  • Challenges of Working with Vulnerable Populations CLE: 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. 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., Riley Courtroom (Rm. 170).
  • Library Expansion Reception: Following our two CLE programs earlier in the day, join us for light hors d’oeuvres and beverages. See the progress of our new collaborative north wing library expansion project! Attendance at the CLEs is not required. 5:00-6:00 p.m., Marshall Gallery.

NIU Law Breakfast Club February 22nd

Join us at Breakfast Club Wednesday mornings for coffee, bagels, and excellent conversation. Coffee & bagels will be provided by Barb City Bagels. We will be taking a week off, but next week's subject is advocating for suffering clients with Professor Colleen Boraca: Wednesday, February 22, 9:00-11:00 a.m., Marshall Gallery and/or North Wing of the Library.

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund Panel Discussion February 22nd

In observance of National Animal Justice Week, SALDF will be hosting an Animal Law Panel with various animal law attorneys on Wednesday, February 22 at noon in the Riley Courtroom (Rm. 170). Food will be provided.

Also, there will be a box in the Marshall Gallery through the end of February to collect supplies for the DeKalb Animal Shelter (food, cleaning supplies, bedding, garbage bags, etc.).

Minority Alumni Reception February 22nd

Please join Dean Eric Dannenmaier and Illinois State Bar Association President Vincent Cornelius (’89) for the 14th Annual Minority Reception at the Illinois State Bar Association Office, 20 S. Clark Street, Suite 900 in Chicago on Wednesday, February 22 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Please RSVP to lawevents@niu.edu or (815) 753-9655 by February 15th.

Lawyers' Assistance Program February 23rd

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) on Thursday, February 23 from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Appointments are available at 4 times throughout the semester.

Get FREE and CONFIDENTIAL help with: Stress, anxiety, depression, focusing, worries about character & fitness, addiction and 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. WALK-INS WELCOME. For an Office Hours appointment please email Chelsy Castro at ccastro@illinois.org.

1L Professionalism Series Coming Up February 23rd

The Legal Assistance Program will present “Your Best Thinking in the Worst Situations: Improving Decision Making under Stress.” All first-year College of Law students are required to attend: Thursday, February 23, 2:15- 3:30 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom.

NIU Law Interview Bootcamp February 23rd

Join the Northern Law Office of Career Opportunities along with NIU College of Law alumni and faculty for a crash course in getting your first job in the legal profession. Times for this session are subject to change: Thursday, February 23, 5:00-8:00 p.m., Marshall Gallery

Monday, February 6, 2017

SALDF T-Shirt Sale Now Through This Friday, 2/10

Don't forget to purchase your shirts to support the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund! Remember animal law is involved in many areas of law: criminal law, environmental law, family law, torts and more. Nicole O'Connor will be in the Marshall Gallery collecting orders throughout the week and will post what time she is up there. Remember that she can take cash, check or credit card. Orders are due by Friday, February 10th.

SALDF works with local attorneys to help with animal-involved cases on matters like consumer fraud; prevent puppy mills, which are mass puppy breeding facilities; assist in prosecuting animal abuse/neglect; as well as educate the various police departments and government entities about animal laws. Proceeds from the t-shirt sales will help them continue their work.

Friday, February 3, 2017

LAP Young Lawyer & Student Group Conference Call

The Lawyers' Assistance Program is offering its Young Lawyer & Law Student Group via conference call on Fridays from 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. To participate via conference call, please register via email at jdureno@illinoislap.org.

This service is free & confidential and a great way for law students to make connections with fellow students at other schools throughout the state, discuss stressors that you are experiencing and also to network.

Guided Meditation This Tuesday, 2/7

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, February 7th from 8:00-9:00 a.m. Meditation will be held in Room 256, just off of the Marshall Gallery.

NIU Law Breakfast Club Returns Wednesday, February 8th

Join us at Breakfast Club on Wednesday mornings for coffee, bagels, and excellent conversation. Coffee & bagels will be provided by Barb City Bagels. This week's subject is advocating for suffering clients with Professor Colleen Boraca. Drop by on Wednesday, February 8th from 9:00-11:00 a.m. in the Marshall Gallery or the new North Wing of the Law Library.

NIU College of Law Ally Training Event 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. As part of this event, 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. Food will be provided by the NIU Gay Straight Alliance. The event is also sponsored by Northern Law organization Lawyers Opposing Violence Everywhere (LOVE). Join them Saturday, February 11th, from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom, (Rm. 170).

2nd District Appellate Court Oral Arguments February 16th

Northern Illinois University College of Law is proud to welcome the State of Illinois Appellate Court for the Second District to convene and hear two oral arguments in the Riley Courtroom (Rm. 170) on Thursday, February 16th from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Oral arguments will be followed by an informal question-and-answer session. A reception will then be held in the Marshall Gallery.

CLE Programs and Law Library Reception February 16th

On Thursday, February 16th, we will be having two continuing legal education presentations and an open house reception. All are welcome and encouraged to attend any event or all three:
  • Introduction to Mindfulness for Lawyers CLE: 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. 1 hour of professionalism CLE credit will be available. 3:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m., Riley Courtroom (Rm. 170).
  • Challenges of Working with Vulnerable Populations CLE: 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. 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., Riley Courtroom (Rm. 170).
  • Library Expansion Reception: Following our two CLE programs earlier in the day, join us for light hors d’oeuvres and beverages. See the progress of our new collaborative north wing library expansion project! Attendance at the CLEs is not required. 5:00-6:00 p.m., Marshall Gallery.

SALDF Animal Law Panel February 22nd

In observance of National Animal Justice Week, the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) will be hosting an Animal Law Panel with various animal law attorneys on Wednesday, February 22 at noon in the Riley Courtroom (Rm. 170). Food will be provided, and SALDF will also be selling t-shirts: look for order forms in the hallway outside the career and budget offices.

Don't forget there is also a box in the Marshall Gallery through the end of February to collect supplies for the DeKalb Animal Shelter (food, cleaning supplies, bedding, garbage bags, etc.).

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

SALDF Animal Shelter Drive in Marshall Gallery During February

Any help you can offer is much appreciated. Just look for the box in the Marshall Gallery from now until the end of February. Here is a list of what's needed and where you can find it:

Target/Farm & Fleet--
Dog/Cat Food (Purina regular & indoor are favorites)
Treats
Bleach/Vinegar/Cleaning Supplies
Brooms/Mops
Paper Towels/Dish Soap
Litter Pans
Sterile Gloves/ Rubbing Alcohol
Printer Paper/Ink
Office Supplies
Specialty Pet Diet Needs

Menard's/Lowe's--
Building Materials
For Shelter Repairs
Dog/Cat Food (Purina regular & indoor are favorites)
Cat Litter
Cleaning Supplies
Trash Containers
Fencing Parts
Laundry Supplies
Heaters
Water Buckets

Ace Hardware--
Cage Clips
Garbage Bags
Furnace Filters
Cage Repair Bolts
Yard Maintenance Equipment

Miscellaneous--
Cloth towels/small rugs
Postage stamps
Liquid hand soap
Aluminum cans to recycle
Lint rollers
Gift Cards to Target or Farm & Fleet
33 gallon trash bags (can be found at Menard's, Lowe's & Ace Hardware)
Laundry detergent
Petco and Petsmart gift cards (for specialty foods when needed)