Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Constitutional Law I, §1 w/ Prof. Schlam canceled for 3/5/15

Professor Schlam has canceled Constitutional Law I, §1, for tomorrow, Thursday, March 5, 2015

Constitutional Law I, §1 w/ Prof. Schlam canceled for 3/4/15

Professor Schlam has canceled Constitutional Law I, §1, for today, Wednesday, March 4, 2015.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Smoking Policy

IF YOU SMOKE OUTSIDE SWEN PARSON. . . . . PLEASE BE SURE TO BE AT LEAST 15 FEET AWAY FROM ENTRANCES, EXITS, OPEN WINDOWS AND VENTILATION INTAKE VENTS IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE SMOKE FREE ILLINOIS ACT.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION!

Law Library Location Changes

Please note that the shelves in the hallway to the library’s North Wing no longer contain books for the taking. That area now contains a collection of books intended for use in the library only. If you have taken books from those shelves, please return them. There should be a “Self-Help Collection” label above the call number label. Books for the taking are now on shelves to the right of the public computer in the library’s entrance area.

Scholarship Deadlines Coming Up This Week

American Bankruptcy Institute Student Writing Competition
Description: The American Bankruptcy Institute is pleased to invite students to participate in its Seventh Annual ABI Bankruptcy Law Student Writing Competition and submit papers on current issues regarding bankruptcy jurisdiction, bankruptcy litigation, or evidence in bankruptcy cases or proceedings.
Requirements: Write a paper addressing any business or consumer case, such as bankruptcy sales, plan confirmation and other topics that involve jurisdiction, litigation or evidence in the bankruptcy courts.
Award: 1st place-$2,000, publication in the ABI Journal and one-year ABI membership; 2nd place-$1,250, publication in an ABI committee newsletter and a one-year ABI membership; 3rd place-$750, publication in an ABI committee newsletter and a one-year ABI membership.
Deadline: March 2, 2015
More Information: https://papers.abi.org

William C. Connor Intellectual Property Law Writing Competition
Description: The New York Intellectual Property Law Association created a writing competition for law students in recognition of Honorable William C. Connor for his significant contributions to the field of Intellectual property.
Requirements: Write an essay directed to any of the traditional subject areas of intellectual property, i.e., patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair trade practices and antitrust.
Award: 1st place-$1,500 and plaque at the NYIPLA Annual Meeting and Dinner to be held in New York City on May 19, 2015; Runner up-$1,000 and a plaque at the Annual Meeting and Dinner.
Deadline: March 4, 2015
More Information: http://goo.gl/AQF9pi

ABA Affordable Housing and Community Writing Competition
Description: Applicants are invited to write a paper addressing any legal issue regarding affordable housing and/or community development law.
Requirements: Entries must be original, unpublished work. Articles should be between 25-50 double-spaced pages and should include footnotes in Bluebook format.
Award: $1,000, publication in the Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, and an expense paid trip to the annual conference in Washington D.C. (airfare and lodging included).
Deadline: March 6, 2015
More Information: http://goo.gl/8ci6nu

NIU Women’s Studies Austin Sawicki Memorial Scholarship
Description: The Austin Sawicki Memorial Scholarship Fund is established to provide scholarships to upper division and graduate students at NIU who make major contributions to NIU Women’s Studies and/or lives of women at NIU and to honor the memory of Austin Sawicki.
Requirements: Application, Transcripts, Personal statement, Letters of recommendation
Award: Varies
Deadline: March 6, 2015
More Information: http://www.niu.edu/wstudies/scholarships/sawicki_scholarship.shtml

The Frederic L. Ballard, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Program
Description: NABL is pleased to announce that it is once again offering up to five scholarships to law school students to attend the 2015 Fundamentals of Municipal Bond Law Seminar held at the Hyatt Grand Cypress in Orlando, Florida.
Requirements: Application, proof of current enrolment, transcript, and resume
Award: Expense paid trip to the Fundamentals of Municipal Law Seminar in Orlando, Florida (5 awards)
Deadline: March 6, 2015
More Information: http://www.nabl.org/education/Fundamentals-Scholarship-Program.html

Berkeley Technology Law Journal Writing Competition
Description: The Berkeley Technology Law Journal is a student run publication of the UC Berkeley School of Law focused on intellectual property, high-tech and biotech. Requirements: Write a paper on any topic at the intersection of law and technology.
Award: 1st place-$2,000 and publication in the Fall 2015 Issue of BTLJ; 2nd place-$750; 3rd place-$500
Deadline: March 9, 2015
More Information: http://btlj.org/2015/02/02/spring-2015-writing-competition-rules/

1L Professionalism Program Starting This Week

Please plan to attend the following sessions in the 1L professionalism program, which are mandatory for all first-year students:
  • This Wednesday, March 4, 2015: Margaret Benson, Executive Director of Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, will be talking about pro bono work. This program will be held in the Riley Courtroom and will be followed by a reception with drinks and appetizers. 
  • Wednesday, March 25, 2015: An Ethics Panel Discussion will be followed by a dinner in the Marshall Gallery.
  • Thursday, April 9, 2015: Professor Nancy Levit, one of the authors of “The Happy Lawyer: Making a Good Life in the Law”, will be speaking. Please note that this program is on a Thursday instead of a Wednesday in order to accommodate the speaker’s schedule. The program will be followed by a dinner. Location will be announced.
  • Wednesday, April 15, 2015: Cherilyn Murer (’78), President and CEO of Murer Consultants, Inc., will be speaking. Cherilyn, along with her husband, Michael Murer, generously fund the 1L professionalism program each year. This program will be held in Altgeld Hall and will be followed by a dinner. 
All sessions are scheduled from 4:00 to 5:15 p.m. with optional dining afterwards.

SBA Trivia Night

Trivia Night will be held on Wednesday March 4, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Everyone is encouraged to participate and to team up with faculty. We will also provide drinks and snacks! The winning team members will receive tickets to Barristers' Ball.

Joint Federalists & PES Bar Review

The Federalist Society and The Professionalism and Ethics Society are sponsoring "Bar Review," a night of real-world study and socializing for law students. Please join them on Thursday, March 5, at 9:00 p.m. at Molly's Eatery & Drinkery in DeKalb.

Admissions Office Focus Groups

Greetings from the Office of Admissions! On Wednesday, March 18, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in Room 150, we will be hosting a focus group to further learn about your experience with the NIU Law admissions process. Participants will be entered into a drawing for one of two $50 gift cards. To attend the focus group, please give our office a call at (815) 753-8595 or e-mail us at lawadm@niu.edu.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Moot Court Finals This Saturday

All are welcome to attend the Final Round of the 33rd Annual Lenny Mandell Moot Court Competition this Saturday, February 28 at 10:30 a.m. in the Riley Courtroom. The finals will see Brian Cunningham & Patti Donahue v. Danielle D’Ambrose & Cole DeBlaey.

Monday, February 23, 2015

NIU Summer Program in Agen, France: Early Bird Deadline Today!

Applications for the 2015 NIU Summer Program in Agen, France are now available to be completed online. The first 16 students to apply prior to 5:00 p.m.on Monday, February 23 will receive a $200 early bird discount courtesy of the Rudy DeSeife Fund. The summer program is contingent on a minimum of 12 participants. Your early application will both assist us and earn you the $200 early bird discount. If you have any questions, please contact Dean Gaebler at dgaebler@niu.edu, Professor Reynolds at danreynolds@niu.edu or Professor Taylor at dtaylor@niu.edu.

2L Over-the-Hump Party

An Over-the-Hump Party will be held for 2Ls on Wednesday, February 25, from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery to celebrate their being over half way through with law school. Pizza and beverages will be provided. The party is sponsored by the SBA and Dean Rosato Perea.

12th Annual Minority Reception This Week!

Dean Rosato Perea and alumnus Vincent Cornelius ('89) will host the 12th Annual Minority Reception on Wednesday, February 25, at Cantina Laredo (508 N. State Street, Chicago) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. During this year's reception, the Honorable Thaddeus Wilson ('94) and NIU Law Alumni Director Melody Mitchell will receive the Excellence in Service and Leadership Award. Please contact Melody at mmitchell@niu.edu or (815) 753-1027 if you plan on attending and need transportation; all are welcome!

Scholarship Deadlines Coming Up This Week

Michael Curry Summer Internship
Description: The Governor’s Office encourages incoming college juniors and seniors, recent graduates, and graduate students from all disciplines to apply for a summer internship. Michael Curry Interns work in the Governor’s Office and at various agencies under the Governor’s jurisdiction, learning firsthand, the operations of Illinois State Government.
Requirements: Application, Essay answers, official transcripts
Award: $1,346 per month stipend
Deadline: February 28, 2015
More Information: https://www2.illinois.gov/gov/Pages/application1.aspx

American Bankruptcy Institute Student Writing Competition
Description: The American Bankruptcy Institute is pleased to invite students to participate in its Seventh Annual ABI Bankruptcy Law Student Writing Competition and submit papers on current issues regarding bankruptcy jurisdiction, bankruptcy litigation, or evidence in bankruptcy cases or proceedings.
Requirements: Write a paper addressing any business or consumer case, such as bankruptcy sales, plan confirmation and other topics that involve jurisdiction, litigation or evidence in the bankruptcy courts.
Award: 1st place--$2,000, publication in the ABI Journal and one-year ABI membership; 2nd place--$1,250, publication in an ABI committee newsletter and a one-year ABI membership; 3rd place--$750, publication in an ABI committee newsletter and a one-year ABI membership.
Deadline: March 2, 2015
More Information: https://papers.abi.org

William C. Connor Intellectual Property Law Writing Competition
Description: The New York Intellectual Property Law Association created a writing competition for law students in recognition of Honorable William C. Connor for his significant contributions to the field of Intellectual property.
Requirements: Write an essay directed to any of the traditional subject areas of intellectual property, i.e., patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair trade practices and antitrust.
Award: 1st place--$1,500 and plaque at the NYIPLA Annual Meeting and Dinner to be held in New York City on May 19, 2015; Runner up--$1,000 and a plaque at the Annual Meeting and Dinner.
Deadline: March 4, 2015
More Information: http://goo.gl/AQF9pi