Thursday, April 28, 2016

Dean's Certificates for Soon-to-be Grads

May 2016 Graduates: Under NIU 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!

Law Library Hours for Reading Period and Final Exams

Tuesday April 26th - Thursday May 12th:

Tuesday, April 26th – Thursday, April 28th    7:30 a.m. – Midnight
Friday, April 29th    7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 30th    8:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 1st    10:00 a.m. -Midnight
Monday, May 2nd – Thursday, May 5th    7:30 a.m. - Midnight
Friday, May 6th    7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 7th    8:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 8th    10:00 a.m.- Midnight
Monday, May 9th – Thursday, May 12th    7:30 a.m. - Midnight
Friday, May 13th    7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Monday, April 25, 2016

KCBA Cinco de Mayo Party

The Kane County Bar Association Diversity Committee will be holding a Cinco de Mayo party and all NIU Law students are invited! The event will be held on Thursday, May 5th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Altiro Latin Fusion, 308 Anderson Blvd. in Geneva, IL. Don't miss this great chance to network--featuring free appetizers.

Spring and Summer Scholarship Deadlines

Please see this document with a list of the remaining scholarship and writing competition opportunities available for application between now and July 31, 2016. Contact the Admission office if you have any questions.

Research Assistant Wanted for Professor Tan

Professor Tan is still looking for a Research Assistant for next year. Please submit a resume, transcript and cover letter to him.

Summer and Fall Clinic Registration is Still Open

Thinking about taking a clinic this Summer or Fall? Clinic applications are still being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The priority application deadline for Fall 2016 will be at least one day after both 2Ls and 3Ls can register for fall classes. Applications will be accepted on a space-available basis after the priority deadline. The application and instructions are available here. Please contact a member of the clinical faculty if you need any additional information: 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; and Alan Boudreau, Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor, Foreclosure Mediation Clinic, aboudreau@niu.edu.

Course Registration Q&A TODAY

Dean Falkoff and others will be available to answer questions about course registration for next year at noon in the Riley Courtroom on Monday, April 25. All 1Ls and 2Ls are encouraged to attend.

Lunch with CLS TODAY

Springtime brings both new challenges and affords an opportunity for us all to "refresh." Join the Christian Legal Society on Monday, April 25th from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in room 173 for a lighthearted focus on how you can be the most spiritually productive during this time of transition. CLS member Stephen C. Hsu, Esq. will share some uplifting inspiration for everyone as we enjoy lunch!

“Embracing Diversity Award” Applications Due TODAY

The College of Law invites rising second- and third-year law students to apply for its “Embracing Diversity” award. The award recipient will create, manage and oversee a series of talks and community conversations addressing issues of socio-economic diversity (broadly defined), and may help coordinate a College of Law Faculty Symposium focused on similar issues. The successful applicant will receive $5,000 for the fall semester, with the award renewable for a second semester upon a showing of satisfactory progress by the student. It is also possible that the award will be split between two applicants who will work together as a team for the entire year, for an award of $5,000 each for the year.

The award recipient will work under the supervision of a committee selected by the dean of the College of Law. Each semester, the award recipient will be expected to organize both an “Embracing Diversity Featured Speaker Presentation” and one or two “Conversation With ...” dinners each semester. The dinners will ordinarily consist of eight to ten current College of Law students and a guest speaker to discuss and promote understanding of socio-economic diversity issues. The goal of these events will be to heighten student awareness of diversity issues as they prepare to enter their professional careers, and to help build positive relationships with those whom they may in future represent.

Applicants must be full- or part-time second- or third-year law students in good academic standing in the College of Law for the 2016-2017 academic year. The successful candidate should have an interest and desire to work on behalf of socio-economic diversity issues, broadly defined, within the College.

Applications must include a current résumé, an unofficial law school transcript, and a short essay that explains why the applicant would like to assist with the diversity series and that discusses what impact participation in the program will have on his or her career.

Completed applications are due by April 25, 2016, in the mailbox of Professor Yolanda King. Late applications will not be accepted. Questions about the Embracing Diversity speaker series, award, or application process may be directed to Professors King, Widman, or Associate Dean Falkoff.

The Embracing Diversity speaker series and student award are generously funded by Vera Verbel. Persons who are related by blood, marriage or adoption to Ms. Verbel or who have a personal or business relationship with her must disclose such facts in their application materials.

SBA Last Day of Class Party

On Tuesday, April 26, at noon, in the Marshall Gallery, the Student Bar Association will be holding a party to celebrate the last day of law classes for the academic year. Food and drinks will be provided along with important end-of-the-year announcements. All law students are strongly encouraged to attend.

Rescheduling Exams Must Be Done This Week

Upper-level students who have three examinations scheduled on three consecutive calendar days or who have two examinations scheduled on the same day may petition to reschedule one of the examinations. All such petitions must be filed with Dean Coles by no later than noon on Thursday, April 28. Generally, the requested date for a rescheduled exam should be after, not before, the regularly scheduled exam. Please also indicate whether you request to take the exam in the morning or the afternoon. Rescheduled exams will normally begin at either 9:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. After April 28, exams will only be rescheduled upon the filing of a petition demonstrating “extraordinary circumstances”, with supporting documentation. Petition forms are available on the NIU Law website under “Current Students – Forms” or from Lisa Hoebing in Room 276.

Regaila Pickup for December 2015 and May 2016 Graduates

Regalia pick-up is scheduled for Tuesday, April 26 through Friday, April 29. If you are not picking your regalia up yourself, we must be notified via email (jmahoney@niu.edu). Please let us know who will be picking it up for you. We will not release your regalia without your prior approval. All regalia needs to be picked up and tried on by end of Friday, April 29. This is so we can reorder gowns if there are any issues.

Research Assistant Wanted for Professor King

Professor King seeks a part-time research assistant for the 2016-2017 academic year. The position is especially suited to students who have experience and/or demonstrated interest in intellectual property law, specifically copyright and right of publicity. Potential or actual law review experience is ideal. Please submit via email a letter of interest, resume, and unofficial law school transcript to Professor King (yking@niu.edu) by Monday, May 2, at 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Campus Experience Survey

All NIU Law students are encouraged to complete an online survey called the Campus Experience Survey. Please check your NIU email for a message containing a link to the survey. Students who complete the survey will be offered 10 chances to win 30 different $100 prizes. If you have questions or need help accessing the link to the survey please contact Holly Orcutt at 753-0372 or by email at horcutt@niu.edu.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

Admiralty & Maritime Law Committee Law Student Writing Competition
Areas of Interest: Essays should address a recent development in admiralty and maritime law.
Criteria: Essays must not exceed 20 pages of double-spaced typed text
Award: $500 Prize; a $500 in reimbursement for attending the TIPS Spring Meeting in Boca Raton, FL or the ABA Annual Meeting in Boston, MA; and, publication in a 2014 edition of the Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee newsletter.
Deadline: April 18, 2016
More Information: http://goo.gl/gY0nyC

Donald O’Brien Scholarship Award
Description The Scholarship Award is in honor of Judge Donald E. O’Brien, Senior Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa. The Scholarship is open to any first or second-year law student with ties to the State of Iowa who expresses an interest and intent to practice law in the area of civil rights, civil liberties, public interest or other areas benefiting society’s less fortunate.
Criteria: See website for application details.
Award: $1,000
Deadline: April 20, 2016
More Information: https://goo.gl/ZXnRNu

Justinian Scholarship Program
Description: The DuPage County Chapter of the Justinian Society of Lawyers will, once again, be awarding a scholarship to a student of Italian extraction who has completed at least one semester of law school.
Requirements: Application, Brief personal statement, Letter of recommendation from a faculty member of the law school, Federal income tax return.
Award: Varies from $1,000 to $2,500
Deadline: April 26, 2016
More Information: http://goo.gl/z3AN89

Externship Informational Meeting This Week

On Monday, April 18, at noon in Room 150, come learn about legal externship opportunities for summer and fall 2016. Hear from faculty and students about ways you can earn course credit for unpaid work with a state's attorney, public defender, judge, or government or non-profit organization. Students will be there to talk about how externing has helped them to develop real legal skills, work with clients and lawyers, and build a professional, legal network. Applications will be available and you will have an opportunity to ask questions. Pizza and pop will be served.

ASP Graduate Assistant Needed

Professors Hunter and Stange are soliciting applications for four open graduate assistant positions in the Academic Success Program for the 2016-2017 Academic year. We anticipate hiring both rising 2L students and rising 3L students. Applicants must have completed the first year of law school with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. Details regarding the position and application process are posted outside Professor Hunter’s and Prof. Stange’s offices. The deadline for applications is Monday, April 18. Please submit your resume, transcripts, and application letter via email to mstange@niu.edu no later than 3:30 p.m. on that date. If you have any questions, please contact Professor Hunter (jeannah@niu.edu) or Stange (mstange@niu.edu).

Scholarship Presentation by Professor Tokic

Professor Genevieve Tokic will present her work-in-progress paper, "Taxing Greed", to the NIU College of Law on Wednesday, April 20 at noon in Room 188. All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend the presentation, which is the final scholarship presentation for the semester. Food will be served.

Law Review Second Informational Meeting

On Wednesday, April 20, at noon in the Riley Courtroom, please attend a second NIU Law Review informational meeting to find out how to complete the second step of the law review write-on process. Lunch will be provided and you can ask any questions you still have.

Law Review Banquet

The Northern Illinois University Law Review will be holding its annual banquet Friday, April 22, at 5:30 p.m. at Faranda's, 302 Grove Street in DeKalb. The banquet is a celebration of the work done by the Law Review over the past year.