Monday, July 27, 2015

Fall Clinic Spaces Still Available

Thinking about taking a clinic this Fall? Interested in building your legal skills? Want a chance to provide quality legal services to actual clients in a supportive environment?

As part of the COL’s experiential learning program, we offer four clinical courses: the Civil Justice Clinic, the Criminal Defense Clinic, the Foreclosure Mediation Clinic, and the Health Advocacy Clinic. These clinics offer students the chance to represent clients in a variety of settings on litigation, transactional and alternative dispute resolution matters.

The Clinic Application for Fall is available from the College of Law website.

Applications are still being accepted on a rolling basis as long as space is available.

Please note: The Civil Justice Clinic seminar class will meet on Monday from 4:00 to 5:50 and the Criminal Defense Clinic will have their seminar class on Wednesday from 4:00 to 5:50. The Health Advocacy Clinic will have its seminar class on Monday from 2:30 to 4:20. The Foreclosure Mediation Clinic seminar class will be scheduled based on student availability. All clinic seminars will be held at Swen Parson.

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, Assistant Professor of Law and Director of Clinics, 
 Paul Cain, Clinical 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,

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Summer Courses in Media Law and Negotiations Cancelled

This is to inform you that, unfortunately, due to low enrollment, we have had to cancel the courses in Media Law and Negotiation that were originally scheduled for this summer session. However, we hope to offer Negotiation in the spring 2016 semester.
-Dean Gaebler

Monday, May 4, 2015

Summer Class Registration Now Open

Registration is now open in MyNiu for the NIU College of Law Summer Session for 2015. Current first-year students who wish to register for summer school will need to familiarize themselves with the registration process in MyNiu. Instructions are available at Part-time, first-year students who will have less than 25 hours at the end of this semester must see Dean Coles to discuss registration for summer classes. Please remember that no students can register themselves for clinics or externships — you need to contact the supervising faculty member. If you have any questions, please contact Dean Gaebler in person or at

Scholarship Deadlines for the Rest of the Semester

This document contains scholarships and writing competitions with deadlines through May 31, 2015.

Dean's Certificates for May 2015 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 Rosato Perea 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.

Rescheduling Exams - Final Notice

The deadline for petitions to reschedule examinations has passed and no exams may be deferred past the regularly scheduled examination date except in the case of extraordinary circumstances that are beyond a student’s control and that will not recur. Notification of the extraordinary circumstances must be given to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs as soon as possible, followed by a formal written request for a deferred examination supported by documentation of the extraordinary circumstances. Based on the required documentation, the associate dean will determine whether to grant written approval and under what conditions. A deferred examination normally must be taken within three weeks following the close of the regular examination period, and a fee may be charged for each deferred exam. A student who fails to take an examination when scheduled, and who has not received written approval for a deferred examination, will receive a failing grade. Petition forms are available on the NIU Law web site under “Current Students – Forms” or from Lisa Hoebing in Room 276.

RA Position w/ Prof. Kuehl Available

Professor Kuehl is accepting applications for a Research Assistant to conduct research for her during the Summer 2015, Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 terms. A full-time position (16 weeks) or two half-time positions (if two RAs are hired) and associated tuition waivers will be available. Please send your resume and a brief letter of interest to: Interviews will be conducted during the first week of May. Thanks in advance for your interest.
-Professor Kuehl

Invitation to Alton School Cases Re-enactment Tonight, May 4th

All members of the NIU Law community are invited to attend a special program being sponsored by the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission, led by Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita B. Garman and Justice Anne M. Burke, on Monday, May 4, at 6:00 p.m. at the Feinberg Theater, 610 South Michigan Avenue, in Chicago. On that date, a re-enactment of the Alton School cases and a panel discussion will take place, revolving around the legal struggles of Scott Bibb, an African American fireman, to place his children in a school close to home rather than sending them to a more distant segregated school. General admission tickets ($10) to the event are available at For more information, visit

Mother's Day Charitable Donations - Deadline Today!

The NIU Center for the Study of Women, Gender & Sexuality is making Mother’s Day gift giving easy! When you make a contribution to the Mothers Memorial Scholarship, Austin Sawicki Memorial Scholarship, Women’s Studies Foundation, or LGBT Studies Foundation, we will send your honoree a unique card letting her know that you’ve contributed in her honor. On this Mother’s Day, consider a gift that will give back to the NIU community. Just complete and return the donation form ( to Reavis 103. We recommend that you send in your donation form by Monday, May 4, so that your card arrives on time. Call 815.753.1038 or email for more information.

**NOTE: $5 minimum per card to cover costs. Remaining proceeds will benefit your chosen fund.**"

Fall Clinic Applications Due May 21st

The Summer clinic application priority deadline has passed. The Fall clinic application priority deadline is Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

The Clinic Application for Summer and Fall is available on the College of Law website at

Applications will be accepted after the priority deadlines on a rolling basis if space is available.

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, Assistant Professor of Law and Director of Clinics,
Paul Cain, Clinical Professor, Criminal Defense Clinic and Juvenile Justice 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,

NIU Law 11th Annual Golf Outing

NIU Law will host its 11th Annual Golf Outing on Friday, June 5, at River Heights Golf Course in DeKalb. Registration and lunch begin at 11:00 a.m. with a shotgun start at noon. For more information, please contact Melody Mitchell at You can register online at our website.

Law Review Write-on Competition Reminder

The Law Review Write-on Competition materials were released on Wednesday, April 29, and will be due by Friday, June 12, at 6:00 p.m.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Digitalized Exam Files

Attention All Students: The College of Law past exam files are now digitized and archived through Blackboard. You may access them on the law library’s webpage at The past exams are also still on reserve in the law library, and you may request the print version of past exams at the circulation desk. Best of luck with your final exams!

End-of-the-Year Class Party This Week!

The SBA would like to invite the entire NIU Law community to attend the Last Day of Class Party from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Monday, April 27, in the Marshall Gallery. This will be a great opportunity for the students, faculty, and staff to connect and celebrate the year. We will also be celebrating the Class of 2015 as they end their law school campaign.

The following is a tentative agenda:
12:15 p.m.: Dean Rosato Perea speaks;
12:30 p.m.: 3L Class Hat Toss Photo; 
12:35 p.m.: Unveiling of Class of 2015 Composite Photo; Announcement of Class Speaker, Class Agents, & Professor of the Year; Presentation of the 3L Class Gift;
12:45 p.m.: SBA Gifts;
12:50 p.m.: 3L Class Skit Video Shown.

We will have plenty of food and snacks for all, so please join us for a few minutes or stay awhile. The food and drinks will be set up around 11:55 p.m. and will last until 3:00 p.m. or until they are gone. All of the announcements will take place between 12:00 and 1:00 p.m.

LLSA Moot Court Tryouts

The National Latina/o Law Student Association moot court team tryouts are on Monday, April 27, from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in Room 290F and then again from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in Room 170 and from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in Room 155. The judges will include the LLSA team coach, Professor Jones, and last year's competitors, Patricia Donohue, Irakere Picon, Brian Cunningham and Danesa Tamayo. Each person will have 15 minutes to argue the first question of the Petitioners' Brief, which can be found on TWEN. A sign-up sheet is on the LLSA Board (in front of the writing professors' offices). Please do not forget to send Danesa Tamayo electronic copies of your legal writing appellate briefs. Half of your total score will come from your oral arguments and the other half from your brief. Thank you all and please let Danesa ( know if you have any questions.

Note on Rescheduling Exams: Deadline This Coming 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 30. 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 30, 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 web site under “Current Students – Forms” or from Lisa Hoebing in Room 276.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Caps and Gowns!

May 2015 Graduates: Caps and gowns will be available for pickup in Swen Parson 280 beginning 8:30 a.m. on Monday, April 27th, 2015. The hat toss photo is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on April 27th followed by the unveiling of the Class of 2015 Composite.

NOTE: Caps and gowns MUST be picked up by Friday, May 1st (This is important so regalia can be tried on, and we can rush order if we need to exchange for different size).

Also: if someone else is picking up regalia for you, please email Julie ( to let her know ahead of time.

Monday, April 20, 2015

NEW Summer 2015 Judicial Externship Opportunity

NEW Summer 2015 Judicial Externship Opportunity for Bankruptcy Judge Lynch in Rockford, Illinois: This is an excellent opportunity to experience the courtroom from the other side of the bench. Apply today if you have completed 2 years of law school and have a GPA of at least 2.7. This position will fill quickly - please apply soon, as the position is only open until May 1st! Contact Prof. Taylor or Prof. Maloney for more details; the NIU externship application is available online at

Friday, April 17, 2015

Scholarship Deadlines Coming Up This Week

Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest
Description: This annual contest, conducted by the ABA Section of Family Law, was established by the Toledo Bar Association and the Ohio Bar Foundation as a memorial to Howard C. Schwab.
Requirements: Entry form to receive an entry number must be submitted prior to submitting essay. Write an Essay on any aspect of Family Law.
Award: 1st place- $1,500; 2nd place- $750; 3rd place- $350
Deadline: Entry form- April 17, 2015; Essay- May 1, 2015
More Information:

Honorable Timothy C. Evans Scholarship
Description: "The Honorable Timothy C. Evans Scholarship” was established to honor the commitment and dedication that the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Timothy C. Evans, has devoted to the Northwest Suburban Bar Association (NWSBA) and to the community of Cook County.
Requirements: Application, Transcripts, Two Letters of recommendation, Letter of intent, documentation that establishes U.S. permanent residency.
Award: Varies
Deadline: April 17, 2015
More Information:

Donald O’Brien Scholarship
Description: The Donald O’Brien 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.
Requirements: Application, and Essay.
Award: $1,000
Deadline: April 20, 2015
More Information: Please email for the application

Notre Dame Law School Smith – Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition
Description: Notre Dame Law School sponsors an annual writing completion on the topic of legal ethics. All students with an interest in legal ethics are invited and encouraged to participate.
Requirements: Essay addressing any issue within the general category of legal ethics.
Award: $2,500
Deadline: April 24, 2015
More Information:

Event in Remembrance of Professor Schlam

A reception to celebrate the life of Larry Schlam, with music, memories, and laughter will be held on Monday, April 20, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Buddy Guy’s Legends located at 700 S. Wabash Avenue in Chicago. All members of the NIU Law community are invited to come and join in this special evening for some tributes, open mic remarks, and music featuring Chicago Jazz musician Skinny Williams. A bus will be leaving DeKalb at 3:30 p.m. and returning after the reception. Please let Melody Mitchell ( know if you plan to attend and also if you need transportation.