Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Career Opportunities Office Town Hall Meeting & Panel Tonight

The Office of Career Opportunities will be hosting a town hall meeting to discuss all manner of career-related issues and follow up on the year-end survey.  This will be followed by an alumni panel discussion hosted by NIU Law alumna Janet Pioli ('84)Both events will take place tonight, Wednesday, April 23 at Swen Parson Hall.  The town hall meeting begins at 4:00 in Room 187, and the panel discussion starts at 5:00 in Room 188.

Janet A. Pioli is a shareholder in Brinks Gilson & Lione's Chicago office. She has a large practice of appeals before the U.S. Patent Office Patent Appeals Board and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, including oral arguments before both. Her practice also includes pro bono appeals to obtain disability benefits for United States veterans.

Congrats to the Newly-Elected SBA Reps!

Congratulations to the following individuals who have been elected as 2014-2015 SBA Representatives:

3L Class Representatives 
  • Amanda Beveroth 
  • Sarah Hagan 
  • Nik Lofgren 
  • Clayton Merschbrock 

2L Class Representatives 
  • Cole DeBlaey 
  • Patti Donahue 
  • Michael Hulvey 
  • Krystle McNeely

Monday, April 21, 2014

COURSE REGISTRATION: Summer Schedule Announced

The schedule for the NIU College of Law Summer Session 2014 is now up and visible on MyNIU. Registration will open in MyNIU at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, April 21, 2014 for all students who will have 25 or more hours by the end of this spring semester. 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 will need to see Dean Coles to register 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

Fall Schedule Available Soon: Unfortunately, the fall course schedule has been delayed this year due to staffing uncertainties arising from recent legislative changes to the Illinois pension system. Nevertheless, it is expected that the fall schedule will be available by Monday, April 28.   Accompanying the schedule will be information and instructions for how to register for fall classes. Associate Dean Gaebler will also hold a meeting for first-year students to explain the upper-level registration process and answer questions.

Scholarship Deadlines Coming Up This Week

Smith-Dohenly Legal Ethics Writing Competition 
Areas of Interest: Any legal ethics topic
Criteria: Submit an essay, 50-page maximum
Award: $2,500
Deadline: April 25, 2014
More Information:

Illinois Judicial Council Scholarship
Areas of Interest: Each year the IJC awards scholarships to minority and other deserving law students throughout Illinois and beyond. The committee will use the following criteria in awarding the scholarships: need, community involvement, academic achievement, communications skills, and ability to overcome obstacles.
Criteria: Applicants must submit the scholarship application, personal statement, resume, two letters of recommendations, transcripts, and current family financial aid statement, and submit to a personal interview
Award: Award Varies
Deadline: April 25, 2014 
More Information: Email for application

Congratulations to the newly elected 2014-2015 SBA Executive Board!

President: Alyssa Freeman
Vice President: Sam Perkins
Treasurer: Mas Patel
Secretary: Justin Hastings
ABA Representative: Jesse Guth

1L Law Review Write-On Competition Meeting

Law Review will hold an informational meeting on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. in Room 188. You’ve heard the reasons for joining Law Review, now it is time to learn exactly what needs to be done in order to be on the review. This is a meeting you don’t want to miss as we will be discussing how to access Westlaw over the summer and giving tips on how to compose a successful write-on memo and cite check. Jimmy John’s lunch will be provided by Kaplan.

Juvenile Interest Law Society Board Nominations

The Juvenile Interest Law Society is now accepting nominations for the 2014-2015 JILS Executive Board (President, Vice President, Administrative Officer, Public Relations Officer, Chief Marketing Officer, and 3L Advisor). Students may nominate themselves or others by sending a personal statement of 500 words or less to Matt Nagy ( by Friday, April 25, 2014. Further information concerning the nomination process will be e-mailed to first- and second-year students.

Last Day of Class Party!

Join the 3Ls as they celebrate their very last day of law school classes! The party will be in the Marshall Gallery from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Monday, April 28, 2014. There will be free lunch, soda, water, beer and wine. 
The schedule is as follows:

12:20 p.m. -- Announcements (Professor of the Year, Class Speaker, Class Agent and presentation of the 2014 Class Gift)
12:45 p.m. -- Class of 2014 Hat Toss Photo
1:00 p.m. -- Class Composite unveiling

This is also the time to pick up your graduation gowns. Please note that all NIU Law students are welcome!

Federal Public Defender Office Externship

A full-year externship is available for the 2014-2015 academic year in Rockford, Illinois. This externship requires a twelve-hour-per-week commitment for three hours of pass/fail credit each semester, but does not require a 711 license. The extern will be supervised on-site by Federal Public Defenders Paul Gaziano and Kristin Carpenter. Students will research and write memoranda, motions and briefs for pre-trial and post-conviction issues and sentencing hearings. In addition, they will attend and observe various court proceedings. Professor Paul Cain will be the faculty supervisor with whom the extern will meet on a regular basis to discuss his or her experience.

In order to apply for this externship, please submit the following documents to Paul Cain (as attachments to email in Word or PDF format) by Monday, May 5: Cover letter explaining your interest in this position; unofficial transcript; resume; and writing sample (maximum length 10 pages).

After reviewing the application documents, Paul will screen the applicants to determine the final three candidates and will then submit the names and contact information of those candidates to Federal Public Defender Gaziano. Mr. Gaziano’s office will contact student finalists 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 Paul Cain, Clinical Associate Professor, at 815-962-9980 or

National Law Review Student Writing Contest for May 2014

The National Law Review is hosting its monthly Law Student Writing Contest, with the winning article to be published on the National Law Review’s website, on the National Law Forum blog and in the publication’s newsletter. The suggested topic this month is Construction and Real Estate Law, although entries covering other current issues will also be considered. Articles should be submitted by no later than May 12, 2014 to For complete contest guidelines, see the National Law Review website.

Law Library Extended Exam Hours

The law library’s final exam extended hours will run from Monday, April 28, 2014 through Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The hours during which the library will be open during this time period are as follows:

Sundays: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. 
Mondays through Thursdays: 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. 
Fridays: 7:30 a.m. – midnight 
Saturdays: 8:30 a.m. – midnight 

As occurred in the fall with the start of extended hours, access to the law library will be available only for College of Law students, faculty and staff each evening. Beginning at 6:00 p.m., all non-College of Law patrons will be asked to leave. Be certain to carry your student ID with you during finals as you may be asked to present it if you enter or remain in the law library after 6:00 p.m.

NIU Law 10th Annual Golf Outing

The Tenth Annual Golf Outing will be held on Friday, June 6, 2014, at the River Heights Golf Course in DeKalb. For more information visit:

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Scholarship Deadlines Coming Up This Week

National Law Review Student Writing Contest : Supreme Court Decisions
The National Law Review is hosting its monthly Law Student Writing Contest, with the winning article to be published on the National Law Review’s website, the National Law Forum blog and in the publication’s newsletter.  This month's suggested topic is Supreme Court Case Decisions from 2012 to Present, although entries covering other current issues will also be considered. Articles should be submitted by no later than April 14, 2014 to For complete contest guidelines, see

Women’s Bar Association of Illinois Scholarship 
The WBAI will award two scholarships to second-year female law students at this year’s Annual Black Tie Dinner Event on Friday, June 6, 2014 at Navy Pier. Two $1000 scholarships will be issued in honor of Chief Justice Rita B Garman of the Illinois Supreme Court and Chief Judge Diane Wood of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. A subcommittee will review applications, interview the candidates, and select those who represent the best in academic excellence and community involvement with WBAI. Applicants must send PDF versions of their most recent law school transcript and a completed scholarship form by no later than April 15, 2014. Forms may be picked up from Barbara in Room 276.

Donald O'Brien Scholarship
Areas of Interest: 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: Short Application and Essay
Award: $1,000
Deadline: April 15, 2014
More Information: Please email for the application

DuPage Association of Women Lawyers Judge Helen C. Kinney Scholarship
Areas of Interest: All first, second and third year women law students, with a DuPage County connection.
Criteria: Students must submit essay, transcript, and scholarship application.
Award: $500 to one or more recipients
Deadline: April 15, 2014
More Information: Please email for the application

Federal Circuit Bar Association Scholarships 
Areas of Interest: Students with financial need who 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).
Criteria: 1L and 2 L students only. Students must submit curriculum vitae, undergraduate and law transcripts, and an original essay (no more than 450 words).
Award: Multiple need-based awards available ranging upwards of $5,000
Deadline: April 15, 2014 
More Information:

Naval War College Award for Research
Areas of Interest: Essay topic related to women and conflict outcomes.
Criteria: Papers should be approximately 6,000 words long and suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
Award: $10,000
Deadline: April 15, 2014
More Information:

The Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties 
Areas of Interest: 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.
Criteria: Applicants should send a proposal, no more than two pages, describing their intended summer project, along with a resume, a brief letter of recommendation, and the name of their faculty or organizational sponsor.
Award: Varies
Deadline: April 15, 2014 
More Information:

Clinical Law Program Summer Applications Due Tuesday, April 15

Thinking about taking a clinic this summer?

The COL’s experiential learning program currently offers four clinical courses: the Civil Justice Clinic in Rockford, the Foreclosure Mediation Clinic in Kane County, the Health Advocacy Clinic in Aurora, and the Juvenile Justice Clinic in Rockford. These clinics offer the chance to work with actual clients in a variety of settings on litigation, transactional and alternative dispute resolution matters.

The Clinic Application Form is now available online and in the Faculty Office. For Summer Semester 2014, applications are due by Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. to Julie in Swen Parson Room 285.

Please do not hesitate to contact a member of the clinical faculty if you need any additional information.

Anita Maddali, Assistant Professor of Law and Director of Clinics,
Paul Cain, Clinical Associate Professor, Juvenile Justice Clinic,
Wendy Vaughn, Clinical Assistant Professor, Civil Justice Clinic,
Colleen Boraca, Clinical Assistant Professor, Health Advocacy Clinic,
Alan Boudreau, Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor, Foreclosure Mediation Clinic,

Black Law Students Association Chicken & Rib BBQ

BLSA will be having a BBQ in the Marshall Gallery from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16. Students, faculty and staff can come and enjoy a taste of summer as BLSA provides BBQ chicken, BBQ ribs and a variety of seasonal sides. There is even a vegetarian option for the veggie lovers! Prices are $8 for a veggie plate, $9 for a chicken plate, $10 for a rib plate and $12 for a chicken and rib plate. First-come, first-served!

ACS Panel Discussion

"Who Cares About Race Anymore?: 60 Years After Brown v. Board of Education" will be held on Wednesday, April 16 at Noon in the Riley Courtroom. This will be an interdisciplinary panel featuring NIU Law's own Professor Eliva Arriola, NIU Women's Studies and Sociology Professor Kristen Myers, and NIU Political Science Professor J. Mitch Pickerill. Lunch from Rosati's Italian restaurant will be served!

SELS Panel Discussion

The NIU Law Sports and Entertainment Law Society is hosting a panel discussion called "Alternative Career Choices: Using Your Law Degree in Sports."  The panel will feature 4 NIU Law alumni:

Paul Anderson, J.D. - Associate Director, National Sports Law Institute, Marquette University Law School
Matt Jakobsze, J.D. - Associate Athletic Director, Eastern Michigan University
Jaime McGaver, J.D. - Director of Compliance, Marquette University
Christian Spears, J.D. - Deputy Director of Athletics, Northern Illinois University

The event will be held on Wednesday, April 16 at Noon in Room 188.  Lunch from Potbelly will be served. All are welcome!

Marla Dickerson Lecture on Public Interest

The annual Marla Dickerson lecture will be held on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom. This year’s lecture features renowned plaintiff’s attorney, Jan R. Schlichtmann. In 1986, Mr. Schlichtmann received national recognition for his representation of eight Woburn, Massachusetts families against W.R. Grace and Beatrice Foods for the contamination of the Woburn City water supply. The groundbreaking nature of the Woburn case has been the subject of a number of national and international television and radio shows, press reports, and magazine stories. Mr. Schlichtmann’s career and involvement in the Woburn case was chronicled in the national best seller, “A Civil Action,” which became a major motion picture starring John Travolta as Mr. Schlichtmann.

Insecure Communities: Addressing Immigration Issues in Illinois

On Wednesday, April 16, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at DePaul University (DePaul Center, 1 East Jackson Boulevard, Room 8005, Chicago, IL), join the DePaul Center for Public Interest as they identify various detention and removal issues faced by undocumented residents in Illinois and how efforts are being made on the state level to address those issues.

Featuring Fred Tsao, Policy Director, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights; Mark Fleming, National Litigation Coordinator, National Immigrant Justice Center; Andrew Kang, Legal Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice- Chicago; Viviana Martinez, Assistant Special Legal Counsel, Office of PresidentToni Preckwinkle; and Mary Meg McCarthy, Executive Director, National Immigrant Justice Center (Moderator).

PLEASE RSVP AT:  Registration is required.

Why Lawyers Should Talk to the Media

On Thursday, April 17 at 5:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom, attorney Karen Conti will present "Why Lawyers Should Talk to the Media."  Conti is a litigation partner at Beerman, Pritikin, Mirabelli, Swerdlove LLP.  She has litigated noteworthy cases both in Illinois and across the country in a wide variety of practice areas.  For 15 years, she has been the designated local Chicago Fox affiliate legal expert, and she has a weekly segment on WGN-Radio.  She is also regular on Nancy Grace and has a weekly segment on CNN Newsroom with Don Lemon.  The event is sponsored by the Career Opportunities and Development office and the NIU Law Women's Law Caucus.