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