Friday, April 24, 2015

Scholarship Deadlines for the Rest of the Semester

This document contains scholarships and writing competitions with deadlines through May 31, 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 http://www.niu.edu/law/library/index.shtml. 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 (danesatamayo@hotmail.com) 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 (jmahoney@niu.edu) to let her know ahead of time.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Summer Clinic Application Deadline Extended to Thursday, April 30 at 4:00 p.m.

Thinking about taking a clinic this Summer or Fall?

As part of the COL’s experiential learning program, we offer these clinical courses: the Civil Justice Clinic, the Criminal Defense Clinic (Fall 2015), the Foreclosure Mediation Clinic, the Health Advocacy Clinic, and the Juvenile Justice Clinic (Summer 2015 only.) These clinics offer students the chance to work with actual clients in a variety of settings on litigation, transactional and alternative dispute resolution matters.

The Clinic Application for Summer and Fall is available on the College of Law website at http://law.niu.edu/law/clinical_program/application_process.shtml.

To coordinate with Summer course registration, the Summer clinic application priority deadline has been extended to Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

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

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, amaddali@niu.edu
Paul Cain, Clinical Professor, Criminal Defense Clinic and Juvenile Justice 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

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 http://www.niu.edu/law/experiential/Externship%20Common%20Application%20Form.pdf.

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: http://goo.gl/fPgS5i

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: http://www.nwsba.org/?page=61

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 lawadm@niu.edu 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: http://www3.nd.edu/~ndlaw/writing_competitions/smith_doheny.pdf

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 (mmitchell@niu.edu) know if you plan to attend and also if you need transportation.

Law Review Write-On Informational Meeting

Any 1L or part-time student who will have completed a minimum of 30 credits by the end of this semester and is interested in joining the Law Review should attend an informational meeting on Wednesday, April 22, at noon in the Riley Courtroom. We will be explaining the write-on process in depth and providing crucial directions for completing the process. Lunch will be provided. If you cannot make the meeting but would like to write on, you must contact either Maureen Dowling (mdowling713@gmail.com) or Rikkilee Moser (rmoser117@gmail.com) to obtain the necessary information.

BLSA/LLSA Awards Banquet

On Wednesday, April 22 at 5:30 p.m., LLSA and BLSA will be having their annual banquet in the Marshall Gallery. Please join us in celebrating all of our accomplishments.

Criminal Law Movie Night

Everyone is invited to the final Criminal Law Movie Night of the year on Wednesday, April 22, at 6:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom. This month's movie will be "Gideon's Army," a 2013 documentary about three African-American public defenders working in the Deep South. It's an inspiring film you won't want to miss. Pizza and beer will be provided in limited quantities. If you're considering attending, please RSVP to Professor Falkoff (mfalkoff@niu.edu).

Faculty Symposium

All are invited to the Faculty Symposium on Cross-Border Migration of Unaccompanied Minors: Prospects for Legislative and Policy Reform on Friday, April 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Altgeld Hall. The symposium will feature three 90-minute panels and a one-hour presentation by featured speaker Joshua Hoyt, Executive Director of the National Partnership for New Americans. Topics will include the core reasons for migration across the border by unaccompanied minors; detention and representation issues; and legislation and policy considerations. The event, including lunch, is free and open to the public. Registration is required and can be done at www.niu.edu/law by clicking on "Events."

SBA End of the Year Party

Please reserve space on your calendar for the End of the Year Class Party to be held on Monday, April 27, from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. Everyone — please join us for pizza, beverages, and announcements of the 3L Class Speaker and Class Agent and Professor of the Year.

All 3Ls — your hat toss photo will be at 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Law and Technology Program cancelled

The presentation by John Locallo, scheduled for Thursday, April 16, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom, has been cancelled.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Law Library News

  • Celebrations: It’s National Library Week next week (April 12 to 18)! Please come and join the festivities in the law library. There will be candy, games, and fun throughout the week for your enjoyment. Be sure to also check out the book recommendations of your favorite professors! We’ll be having a wonderful book display of faculty favorites for you to leisurely browse as a fun study break. These books will be added to our new popular culture collection, so you may check them out later this month. Finally, please be sure to stop by on Wednesday, April 15, from Noon to 1:00 p.m. for “Tax Day, Treat Day” as part of the National Library Week celebration. There will be plenty of snacks for everyone, so mark your calendars and come celebrate the unlimited possibilities at your law library.
  • Renovations: Our law library renovations will be beginning in the next few weeks in the North Wing and will continue until the end of June. The North Wing of the law library is the first section to be closed off for the carpeting project, which will begin on Monday, April 20. While the North Wing is being renovated, the South Wing will be the primary location for quiet study during the final exam period, and we will have clear signs to direct you to areas for quiet study and inform everyone regarding the enforcement of the noise policy (http://www.niu.edu/law/library/policies.shtml#noise). 
  • Consultations: The law library survey about summer hours recently went out to all students. Please fill out the survey with your preferences--we need your input! After hearing back from all of you, we will decide on our weekend hours during the summer. Just let us know if you have any questions. Thanks and have a great National Library Week! Heidi

LSSSE Survey

Attention all students — Time is running out to express your opinion on a variety of topics affecting the College of Law. On April 16, you will receive a final email asking you to participate in the survey, which closes at the end of the month. The survey, which is designed and administered by the Law School Survey of Student Engagement, asks questions about your law school experience that will be used to improve educational quality and the student experience at NIU Law. This is particularly important now as we prepare to search for a new dean, participate in the university’s program prioritization review and assess the law school and its operations as part of an upcoming ABA accreditation review. To complete the survey, you must log-on through the email you receive about LSSSE (each student receives his or her own unique URL) or you may go to lawschoolsurvey.org and click on the “don’t have my login ID” prompt. If you have any questions about the study, please contact Associate Dean Coles at 815-753-0668 or kcoles@niu.edu.

Scholarship Deadlines Coming Up This Week

DuPage County Bar Foundation Scholarships
Description: The DCBF promotes the study of law via the Ambassador Scholarship and the William J. Bauer Scholarship. The DCBF Board awards these scholarships annually to one or more incoming second-year law students from DuPage County.
Requirements: Application, Transcript, Resume, Financial Aid Notice, Personal Statement, Tax Form.
Award: Varies
Deadline: April 10, 2015
More Information: http://goo.gl/Dmmlx3


The Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties
Description: The fellowship competition is open to first-year law students who intend to carry out significant activities during the summer (in between their first and second year) in the areas of civil rights and/or civil liberties.
Requirements: Proposal (no more than two pages) describing intended summer project, Resume, Recommendation Letter, and the name of faculty or organizational sponsor.
Award: Varies
Deadline: April 15, 2015
More Information: http://goo.gl/8dr3wq


Federal Circuit Bar Association Scholarship
Description: Students with financial need and have an interest in the scope of the jurisdiction of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (e.g., international trade, government contracts, patents, trademarks, certain money claims against the United States government, federal personnel, and veterans’ benefits) are encouraged to apply. 1L and 2 L students only.
Requirements: Scholarship cover page, curriculum vitae, undergraduate and law school transcripts, and an essay (no more than 450 words) addressing financial need and practice area interests.
Award: Varies
Deadline: April 15, 2015
More Information: https://www.fedcirbar.org/olc/pub/LVFC/cpages/misc/scholar.jsp


Illinois Judges Foundation Harold Sullivan Scholarship
Description: The Sullivan Scholarship was established as a permanent way of transmitting ethical values to new generations of law students. This scholarship was established in the name of, and to honor, Judge Harold W. Sullivan, one of the founders and a long-time supporter of the Illinois Judges Association.
Requirements: Application.
Award: Varies between $1,000 and $5,000
Deadline: April 15, 2015
More Information: http://goo.gl/Y6RBBi


2015 Judge John D. Schwartz Memorial Law Student Writing Competition
Description: The goal of the Competition is to further interest in the area of bankruptcy and restructuring for future generations of lawyers. This writing competition honors the memory of Judge Schwartz and the scholarly approach he took in the administration of bankruptcy cases before him. Applications are limited to students attending Illinois law schools
Requirements: Submit a paper on any issue of bankruptcy law or procedure. Although participants are strongly encouraged to focus their thesis on matters arising from the federal courts in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, any topic of general interest to the bankruptcy bar of the Northern District of Illinois will be considered. Papers must be a total of five thousand words or less and conform to the Bluebook standards
Award: $2,000 (First Place), $1,000 (Second Place), and $500 (Third Place)
Deadline: April 15, 2015
More Information: http://schwartzwritingcompetition.org/ the password is: schwartz


Ashley M. Haws Memorial Scholarship
Description: In order to honor the memory of Ashley M. Haws, the DuPage Association of Women Lawyers, together with Davi Law Group, LLC, created the Ashley M. Haws Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship was created to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of female law students who have demonstrated a commitment to their community and their peers and a desire to excel.
Requirements: Application, Essay, Transcripts.
Award: Varies
Deadline: April 15, 2015
More Information: http://www.dawl.org/ashley-m-haws-memorial-scholarship

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: http://goo.gl/fPgS5i


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: http://www.nwsba.org/?page=61

NIU Law Race NIjUdicata 5K Run Tomorrow!

If you have not yet signed up for the College of Law's annual Race NIjUdicata 5K Run/Walk & BBQ, don't worry! On-site registration is still available tomorrow, Saturday, April 11th, from 8:00-9:40 a.m. in Swen Parson Hall, before the race begins at 10:00. Students are only $25, and registration includes snacks, drinks, and lunch after the run. Come and enjoy a run through NIU's scenic campus; we're expecting a beautiful spring day. And you'll be done in plenty of time to get ready for the Barrister's Ball afterwards. Can't wait to see you!