Monday, January 26, 2015

Scholarship Deadlines Coming Up This Week

American Indian Law Review Writing Competition
Description: The American Indian Law Review is pleased to announce its annual writing competition for 2014-2015. AILR has proudly served the Native community for over forty years, and encourages students to participate in its prestigious writing competition.
Requirements: Write an essay on any issue concerning American Indian law or indigenous peoples. Topic must not have been recently published in the American Indian Law Review.
Award: 1st place- $1,000 and publication in American Indian Law Review; 2nd place- $500; 3rd place- $250
Deadline: January 30, 2015
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ABA Antitrust Writing Competition
Description: The ABA Antitrust Writing Competition encourages and rewards student written articles in the area of antitrust law, competition policy, and consumer protection law.
Requirements: Application and an article about any topic related to antitrust. (Article must have been published in ABA-accredited schools’ law reviews or journals between January 1, 2014 and March 1, 2015 in order to qualify.)
Award: Varies
Deadline: January 30, 2015
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Coles-Cumberland Bar Association Scholarship
Description: Coles-Cumberland Bar Association has established this scholarship program to recognize and assist law students who have a close connection to the Coles Count and/or Cumberland County, Illinois communities.
Requirements: Application, Resume, Personal Statement, Two letters of recommendation, Transcripts.
Award: Varies
Deadline: January 31, 2015
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Jewish Federation Academic Scholarship Program
Description: Educational scholarship funds from grants administered by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago are available for Jewish college and graduate students who live in the Chicagoland area.
Requirements: Application, Financial Aid Information, Reference letters.
Award: Varies from $1,000 to $8,000
Deadline: February 1, 2015
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Aurora Foundation Scholarship Program
Description: The Community Foundation 2015 Scholarship Program offers scholarships to students who will attend an accredited institution of higher education on a full-time basis during the 2015-2016 academic year.
Requirements: Application, Financial Aid Information, Transcripts.
Award: Varies
 Deadline: February 2, 2015
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Graduate/Research Assistantships Information Panel This Week

Attention 1Ls: You are invited on Wednesday, January 28 at noon in the Riley Courtroom to come and hear information on how to apply for GA/RA positions, as well as other positions throughout the university. 3L students who currently have GA and RA positions will be on hand to discuss their positions. Bring your lunch!

Required Documents for Graduation Due Soon

May 2015 Graduates:

Applying for graduation is a two-step process, which must be completed between February 2, 2015 and February 20, 2015. First, you must see Julie (SP285) to complete a “Statement of Candidacy.” It is preferred that you call ahead (753-1620) or email ( ) to make an appointment. At your appointment, you will be given instructions on the second step that must be completed for graduation. Remember: the deadline for both required steps is February 20, 2015!

Research Assistant Needed for Professor Vaughn

Wendy Vaughn, Clinical Associate Professor, seeks a full-time Research Assistant for Spring 2015. The Research Assistant will receive a full-tuition waiver for Spring 2015 and will not be required to come to the clinic in Rockford. Meetings regarding research assignments will be arranged with Professor Vaughn on Monday afternoons on campus, or at other agreed upon times. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and an unofficial transcript to Professor Vaughn at or fax them to 815- 962-9984. In order to expedite the application process and the tuition waiver, please apply as soon as possible.

Opening for a Volunteer Intern - Winnebago County Court in Rockford

Attention all 2Ls and 3Ls: The 17th Judicial Circuit Court is accepting applications for a volunteer legal intern for the Winnebago County Domestic Violence Coordinated Courts Division (400 W. State St., Suite. 215, Rockford, IL 61101). The intern will work directly with the Domestic Violence Coordinated Courts Division staff and Judiciary under the supervision of Presiding Judge Rosemary Collins and Project Manager Jessica Maveus, J.D. The intern will assist with research projects related to domestic violence and family law and will also work on the development and implementation of two Department of Justice/Office on Violence Against Women grant-funded projects (the Domestic Violence Coordinated Courts and the Justice for Families Domestic Violence Mentor Court Initiative); the Domestic Violence Coordinated Courts in pro-se Order of Protection proceedings; and a special project on “after-hours orders of protection.”

In addition, the intern will help plan and facilitate local training events on domestic violence, intimate partner sexual assault, and custody and visitation. Additional projects, such as participating in OVW sponsored webinars and teleconferences, and compiling and evaluating statistical data may also be assigned. Interested applicants should submit a résumé and cover letter to Jessica S. Maveus, J.D. at

Please note that applicants will be expected to submit to a background check and agree to comply with the 17th Judicial Circuit Court’s Code of Professional Conduct.

Public Defender Externship Opportunity in Rockford

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls!

A Federal Public Defender Office Externship is available for the Spring 2015 semester in Rockford, Illinois. This externship does not require a 711 license, but does require a commitment of twelve hours a week in return for three pass/fail course credits. As an extern, you will research and write memoranda, motions and briefs for pre-trial and post- conviction issues and sentencing hearings. You will be supervised on-site by Federal Public Defender Paul Gaziano. In addition, you will attend and observe various court proceedings. Clinical 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 the following documents to Paul Gaziano at :
  • (1) a cover letter explaining your interest in this position; 
  • (2) your resume; and 
  • (3) a writing sample (maximum length -- 10 pages).

The above materials should be submitted in Word or PDF format as attachments to your e-mail. After a review of the submitted documents, Mr. Gaziano’s office will contact selected candidates to arrange for an interview. If you have any questions about the application and selection process or the externship itself, please contact Professor Cain at .

Pro Bono Writing Competition

Express yourself on the issue of resolving the tension between minority communities and the police. Be part of the solution! The University of Missouri is sponsoring a writing competition for students that looks at the events in Ferguson (and elsewhere) from a dispute resolution/conflicts resolution perspective. Submissions must bear some relationship to the upcoming Missouri Law School symposium entitled “Policing, Protesting, and Perceptions: A Critical Examination of the Events in Ferguson” from the perspective of civil rights, police-community relationships, police perceptions of individuals, protests and/or civil disobedience. Although the deadline is relatively soon, the submissions themselves can be quite short, as indicated below and on the competition website. The prize money is also substantial, which you may appreciate!

Submissions must be in English and should be between 2,500 and 3,500 words in length. The style of the paper will be that of a long “op-ed ” (opinion editorial) piece. However, the strongest submissions will include references to legal authorities as necessary. Any citations should appear in the body of the submission and will be included in the total word count. If you are interested, and would like more extensive details on (1) the nature of the topics requested for the competition, (2) further details of style and content, and (3) the submission addressee, please contact Professor Schlam at .

Winter Weather Alerts

Winter closing information is available on the university web site and is updated as weather conditions change. The university urges all students, faculty and staff to use caution and personal judgment in their travels to and from campus during winter months and to dress appropriately for protection from cold temperatures and wind chills.

The university also provides detailed (and often entertaining) weather forecasts from university meteorologist Gilbert Sebenste on a regular basis during the semester. To see what information is available and subscribe for regular weather updates by e-mail, you should go to

Federalist Society 2015 Annual Student Symposium

The University of Chicago Law School's Federalist Society Student Chapter will host the 34th National Federalist Society Student Symposium on February 20 and February 21, 2015. A banquet will be held on the eve of February 21, 2015. The theme for the Symposium is "Law and Innovation." The registration fee for members is $10 for the symposia and $40 for the banquet. If you are interested in attending or would like more information, please contact the Federalist Society at or visit .

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

PAD Chili Cook-Off

The entire NIU Law community is invited to Phi Alpha Delta’s Chili Cook-Off this Wednesday, January 21, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. A payment of $5 per person lets you sample all of the chili entries and cast your ballot for your favorite! If you are interested in donating a pot of chili, talk to a PAD member for details and compete for prizes for the Best Chili.

Law Library Updates


Welcome back everyone! We hope that you had a relaxing break and are having a great start to your Spring 2015 term. Please let us know if there is anything that we can do to make your studying and research more comfortable in the law library. We always look forward to assisting you with any research requests at the reference desk. You should never hesitate to e-mail us or stop by if you are struggling with a research issue or sources while conducting research this term. There are several new updates that we would like to bring to your attention for the spring semester:

  • The law library has slightly revised hours and is now open at 7 a.m. for any early morning studying (Monday-Friday) and at 8:30 a.m. on Saturdays. Please take advantage of these new hours and consult the schedule for the complete spring hours. 
  • E-mail us! The law library also has a new virtual reference service. Please e-mail your questions to , and a reference librarian will promptly reply to your research requests during our regular reference hours. 
  • Please enjoy the new books and periodicals display as you enter the law library. We offer comfortable seating near the books and journals, so you may peruse recent issues at your leisure. Finally, we have a slightly renovated arrangement of seating and public terminals at the entrance of the law library for more open space. Happy reading! 

As always, please let me or any law librarian know if you have any questions throughout the spring term or concerns about law library services. We look forward to assisting all of you with your research endeavors. I wish you a productive and prosperous 2015 with intellectually stimulating and rewarding research!
~ Professor Kuehl

Friday, January 16, 2015

Scholarship Deadlines Coming Up This Week

Pacific Legal Foundation Law Student Writing Competition 
Description: In an effort to promote and support scholarly research on topics leading to a greater understanding and appreciation of the institutions of freedom, the Pacific Legal Foundation’s Program for Judicial Awareness invites law students to participate in its Law Student Writing Competition.
Requirements: Write an essay on one of three essay topics.
Award: 1st place- $3,000, recognized at the Annual Pacific Legal Foundation Gala, and a publication in a Law Review; 2nd place- $2,000; 3rd place- $1,000
Deadline: January 16, 2015
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Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law 
Description: Created by Jackson Lewis law firm and intended to honor the memory of one of the firm’s founders, Louis Jackson, the National Student Writing
Requirements: Write an essay on any topic relating to the law governing the workplace, such as employment law, labor law, employee benefits, or employment discrimination. Also must have taken or are currently taking course work in employment or labor law.
Award: 1st place- $3,000 and publication on the Institute for Law and the Workplace website; 2nd place (2) - $1,000 and publication on the Institute for Law and the Workplace website.
Deadline: January 20, 2015 
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Criminal Law Movie Night

Everyone is invited to attend our premier Criminal Law Movie Night this Thursday (1/15) at 6:00 p.m. in the Riley Courtroom. On one Thursday a month, Professor Falkoff will be screening a popular movie concerning criminal law. This month, the film is The Central Park Five, a documentary about five teenagers who were wrongly convicted of raping, beating and leaving for dead a jogger in New York's Central Park in 1989. Pizza and cheap beer (pending administrative approval) will be provided in limited quantities. RSVP not necessary, but if you're pretty sure you'd like to attend, please drop Professor Falkoff ( an e-mail so he'll have a sense of how many students will likely be there.

First Assignment for Illinois Civil Practice w/ Prof. Parness

For our first class on Thursday, January 15, please read Chapters 1 and 2 in the text, the 2014-2015 Illinois Civil Procedure book published by LexisNexis. Also please review Problems II-1 and II-2, posted on TWEN.

Beside the text (ISBN: 978-1-6304-4648-2 [print]), a second book is required. It is 2014 Illinois Court Rules and Procedure Volume 1 (Thomas Reuters) (ISBN: 978-0-314-66326-9).

Friday, January 9, 2015

First Assignment for Lawyering Skills, Section 3 w/ Prof. O'Brien

Please read pages 28-37 in Mauet for the first day of class, as well as Day One of the Blackboard materials.

First Assignment for Post-Conviction Remedies Seminar w/ Prof. Falkoff

Over the past several weeks, Professor Falkoff has emailed all of the students in his seminar with instructions to register for the TWEN site. If you have not already done so, please register for the site promptly, review the syllabus, and come to class having prepared the first assignment.

First Assignment for Criminal Procedure w/ Prof. Falkoff

Last week Professor Falkoff e-mailed all of the students in his criminal procedure class with instructions to register for the TWEN site. If you have not already done so, please register for the site promptly, review the syllabus, and come to class having prepared the first assignment.

First Assignment for Property, Section 1 & 2 w/ Prof. Cordes

The first assignment for Monday, January 12 is pages 18-26 and 30-36 in Dukeminier,, PROPERTY (Aspen, 8th edition). The second assignment for Wednesday, January 14 is pp. 3-18.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

First Assignment and Textbook for Sports Law w/ Prof. Torain

Sports Law and Regulation (Cases, Materials and Problems)
Author: Mitten, Davis, Smith and Duru
ISBN: 978-1-4548-1072-8

Note to students: our first class will not occur until January 21st. However, please read Chapter 1, pages 1-22 and Chapter 2, pages 23-46 prior to the January 21st class.