Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Presents Government Services Career Fair

If you are considering a career working for the government, attend the YLS’s Annual Government Service Career Fair where you will have an opportunity to meet representatives from local government offices. Enjoy light appetizers courtesy of the Young Lawyers Section as you network and learn about the following agencies. Resumes will be accepted only at the discretion of the agencies. The event will be held Thursday, March 3, 2016 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Ct. in Chicago. Registration costs $15 for non-CBA members. Register at www.chicagobar.org/cle or call 312-554-2056.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulation and Administrative Law
Description: The Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law is open to a wide array of participants. Practicing lawyers, policymakers, academics, and law students all are encouraged to take part. The judging committee will include federal judges and leading academics. A winner will be selected in both the lawyer and student categories.
Requirements: Write an essay on any topic related to American regulatory or administrative law [broadly construed (less than 25,000 words)].
Award: $1,500
Deadline: February 5, 2016
More Information: https://www.acslaw.org/cudahycompetition

American Constitution Society for Law and Policy Writing Competition
Description: The American Constitution Society (ACS) and the University of Pennsylvania Law School ACS Chapter host an annual national student writing competition in honor of Constance Baker Motley's legacy. As a civil rights attorney, first woman elected President of the Borough of Manhattan, and the first African-American woman appointed to the federal bench. Motley’s life-long commitment to equality for all aligns with ACS's mission to ensure that law is a force to improve the lives of all people.
Requirements: http://www.acslaw.org/sites/default/files/pdf/2016_Competition_Theme&Submission_Requirements.pdf
Award: 1st place- $3,000 and an offer of publication in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law; Runner Up (2)- $1,000
Deadline: February 12, 2016
More Information: https://www.acslaw.org/chapters/studentcompetitions/writing

Animal Law Writing Contest
Description: The American Veterinary Medical Association, American Kennel Club, Cat Fanciers; Association and Animal Health Institute offer law students an opportunity to engage in a scholarly discussion and debate of legal issues related to animals and animal law.
Requirements: Write an essay on two of the given prompts found on the AVMA website
Award: 1st place- $2,500 cash prize (plus round-trip airfare, one-night accommodation and ground transportation) to attend the American Veterinary Medical Law Association's Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts in July 2016 and a complimentary registration to the 2016 Annual Meeting; 2nd place- $1,000 cash prize
Deadline: February 13, 2016
More Information: https://goo.gl/DEHNm5

Stanfield & D’Orlando Scholarship
Description: The Stanfield Scholarships Program is funded by a trust created by Mrs. Marion Barr Stanfield for Unitarian Universalists studying the fields of art and law. Mrs. Stanfield stated that the Stanfield Scholarship committee should take into consideration, "Not only the intellectual attainments and potentialities of the beneficiaries but that they consider whether in character and constructive spiritual philosophy the beneficiaries are most likely to use their legal training and their training in art for the betterment of humankind."
Requirements: Application, Essay, Financial information, Transcripts, Two recommendation letters
Award: Varies
Deadline: February 15, 2016
More Information: http://www.uua.org/care/scholarships/stanfield/

Competition for Student Papers in Criminal Law and/or Criminal Procedure
Description: The paper must pertain to criminal law and/or to criminal procedure, with a particular focus on contemporary issues of concern in the State of California
Requirements: Application, Essay answers, official transcripts
Award: Grand Prize - $1500 cash prize, publication in the Criminal Law Journal, one year student membership in the Criminal Law Section; Three Honorable Mention Prizes: $500 cash prize, publication in the Criminal Law Journal, one year membership in the Criminal Law Section
Deadline: February 29, 2016
More Information: http://criminallaw.calbar.ca.gov/#student

PILS Pizza Sale

The Public Interest Law Society will be raising money with a pizza sale on Wednesday, February 10 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Come by and enjoy a delicious, inexpensive lunch from your friends at PILS!

LOVE Presentation on Domestic Violence

Please join members of Lawyers Opposing Violence Everywhere (LOVE) on Thursday, February 11 at noon in Room 188 for a presentation on domestic violence awareness from Safe Passage, a DeKalb County shelter and advocacy service. Lunch will be provided.

Black Law Student Association Valentine’s Events

Between now and February 11, the Black Law Student Association will be hosting several events:
  • A sale of raffle tickets for a chance to win a Valentine’s Day Gift Basket. The basket will be filled with all kinds of nice goodies not just candy! The tickets are 1 for $2 or 3 for $5. The winner will be announced on February 11, 2016 at Molly’s where BLSA will be hosting Bar Review. You do not have to be present to win. 
  • A t-shirt pre-sale in honor of Valentine’s Day. The t-shirt will say, “Keep Calm and Date a Future Lawyer.” The pre-sale price is $15, which ends on February 11. After February 11, the price for t-shirts will go up to $20. Also, BLSA will be selling “Straight Outta Law School” t-shirts for $20. There will be a sheet circulating, so that you can place your order. 

DCBA Pizza Party

All NIU Law students are invited to join the DuPage County Bar Association for a free pizza party at Pizza Villa (824 W. Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb) on Thursday, February 11, 2016 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The evening will start with a presentation from a recently admitted attorney, who will talk about the first day as a new attorney and share everything she wished she knew and was told before that first day. Following the presentation will be free beer, wine, pizza and of course, networking with alumni.

Annual Minority Reception

Interim Dean Mark Cordes and alumni host Vincent F. Cornelius (’89) cordially invite you attend the 13th Annual Minority Reception. Please join us as we present Richard Irvin (‘98) and Doressia Hutton (‘01) with Excellence in Service and Leadership Awards and honor retired Professor John Walton. The event will be held Tuesday, February 16, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Carnivale, 702 W. Fulton Street in Chicago. Please RSVP by February 10 to lawevents@niu.edu or (815) 753-9655.

Parentage Act of 2015 - What's New?

The NIU Law International Law Students Association and the Family Law Society will jointly host attorney Margaret Bennett and her presentation of the "Parentage Act of 2015 - What's New?" on Wednesday, February 17th at noon in the Riley Courtroom. Ms. Bennett is ranked in the top 100 of the national Super Lawyers rankings. Lunch will be provided and all are welcome.

Courtroom as Classroom

The NIU College of Law is pleased to sponsor “Courtroom as Classroom, ” a panel discussion on starting a career in the legal profession intended for law students and put on by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. It will be held at the Chicago Federal Plaza. The event will take place on Wednesday, February 17 from 3:00 to 5:00, and a bus to the event will leave the College of Law at 12:45 p.m. Please sign up in Greg Anderson's office (Swen Parson 280) for a spot on the bus.

Statements of Candidacy Are Due Soon

May 2016 graduates, if you have not done so already, please email Julie Mahoney-Krzyzek (jmahoney@niu.edu) ASAP to set up an appointment to complete your Statement of Candidacy. This is your first step in applying for graduation, and must be completed by February 19, 2016. The second step of the process will be to apply online. This must be done between February 22 and February 29, 2016.

Interview Bootcamp

The Careers office is sponsoring an Interview Bootcamp on Thursday, February 25 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery. Please contact Greg Anderson in room 280 for more information and to RSVP; sign up required by February 23.

Rural Summer Legal Corps Stipends Available

Equal Justice Works has announced a Rural Summer Legal Corps program designed to connect law students interested in public interest law with civil legal aid organizations devoted to addressing legal issues facing rural communities. There are 31 positions available for this summer, focused on building legal skills in areas such as direct legal services, outreach and education, and capacity building. Applications for the open positions are due by February 29, 2016. Participants must complete 300 hours of service by August 31, 2016 to be eligible to receive a $4000 stipend. For more information, see www.rurallegalcorps.org.

NIU Leadership Academy Event

The NIU Pucino Leadership Series is sponsoring a program by Michael Allosso entitled “You OnYour Best Day” that presents 35 “secret weapons” for being at your best and most successful every day of the week. The program is open to all junior, senior and graduate students at NIU, including law students. The program will be held on Tuesday, March 1, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the Barsema Alumni & Visitors Center. Check-in begins at 5:00 pm. Attendance is free but you must register by Wednesday, February at go.niu.edu/pucino. For more information, call 815-753-5088.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

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 (20 – 30 pages in length). Article must have been published in ABA-accredited schools’ law reviews or journals between January 1, 2015 and March 31, 2015 in order to qualify. Each publication’s Editor-in-Chief may nominate one article for the award.
Award: $2,500 award and opportunity to attend Antitrust Section's Spring Meeting (April 6-8, 2016) in Washington, DC. The winner will receive an invitation to the Meeting, as well as transportation and accommodations (if living outside DC area).
Deadline: January 29, 2016
More Information: http://goo.gl/QjGYbn

American Indian Law Review Writing Competition
Description: Created by Jackson Lewis law firm and intended to honor the memory of one of the firm’s founders, Louis Jackson.
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- $1,000 and publication in American Indian Law Review; 2nd place (2) - $1,000 and publication on the Institute for Law and the Workplace website.
Deadline: January 29, 2016
More Information: https://www.law.ou.edu/content/writing-competition

ABA Forum on the Construction Industry Writing Competition
Description: After being revived a few years ago, the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry is pleased to introduce their Law Student Writing Competition. The competition is intended to heighten an interest in Construction law.
Requirements: Paper addressing a topical issue of interest to the construction industry. Any law student interested in participating in the competition can be assigned a competition mentor, with whom the student can bounce the ideas for relevant topics in construction law.
Award: $2,000
Deadline: January 30, 2016
More Information: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/construction_industry.html

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. One or more scholarships will be awarded annually, based upon academic and extracurricular achievements, background and financial need.
Requirements: Application, Resume, Personal Statement, Two letters of recommendation, Transcripts.
Award: $1,000 (multiple awards available)
Deadline: January 31, 2016
More Information: https://goo.gl/CRkNSo

Brad Wolk Memorial Scholarship: Appeals Law Group
Description: Appeals Law Group will be holding its annual Winter Essay Writing Competition, open to all current full-time and part-time matriculated students in an ABA accredited law school. This $500.00 scholarship will be awarded to the law student who presents a 1000 word or less essay on the following topic: Whether a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole for non-violent marijuana trafficking under Federal Law violated the 8th Amendment’s prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment.
Requirements: All essays must be submitted via e-mail to scholarship@appealslawgroup.com and must be in Word or PDF format. The deadline for submission is February 1, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. The winner will be announced February 4, 2016.
Award: $500
Deadline: February 1, 2016
More Information: For more information call 407-255-2165 or visit www.appealslawgroup.com/scholarship

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. Preference given to students in Kane County or the Fox River Valley.
Requirements: Application, Financial Aid Information, Transcripts.
Award: Varies
Deadline: February 1, 2016
More Information: https://goo.gl/GFx1R6

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. Approximately $500,000 is available each year for full-time students, predominantly those legally domiciled in the metropolitan Chicago area, with career promise in their chosen fields. Assistance is available primarily for those with financial need who are pursuing careers in the helping professions.
Requirements: Please submit: Application, Short Essay, 2 Reference Letters, Financial Aid Information (including tax documents, educational expenses, and student loans), and Transcripts.
Award: Scholarships range from $1,000 to $8,000.
Deadline: February 1, 2016
More Information: http://jvschicago.org/scholarship/

Mexican American Legal Defense & Education Fund Scholarship Program
Description: MALDEF has always sought to support law students who seek to further the advancing the civil rights of the Latino community in the United States through the legal profession. In recent years, MALDEF has annually awarded 5-15 law school scholarships of $5,000 each to deserving law students from throughout the nation. Applicants are evaluated based on three main factors: 1) personal background and financial need; 2) academic and extracurricular achievement; and 3) demonstrated commitment to serving the Latino community, shown through record of service to the Latino community and future plans for service.
Requirements: Please submit: Application, Resume, Personal Statement, 1 Letter of Recommendation, Transcripts, and Financial Aid Information
Award: $5,000 (multiple scholarships available)
Deadline: February 1, 2016
More Information: http://maldef.org/leadership/scholarships/

Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulation and Administrative Law
Description: The Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law is open to a wide array of participants. Practicing lawyers, policymakers, academics, and law students all are encouraged to take part. The judging committee will include federal judges and leading academics. A winner will be selected in both the lawyer and student categories.
Requirements: Write an essay on any topic related to American regulatory or administrative law [broadly construed (less than 25,000 words)].
Award: $1,500
Deadline: February 5, 2016
More Information: https://www.acslaw.org/cudahycompetition

GA/RA Information Panel

Wednesday, February 3, from noon to 1:00 PM in the Riley Courtroom there will be a GA/RA Informational Panel. We will be sharing information (geared towards 1Ls and 2Ls) about how to get a GA/RA for the next academic year.

Statements of Candidacy for May 2016 Gradutes

May 2016 graduates: If you have not done so already, please email Julie Mahoney-Krzyzek (jmahoney@niu.edu) ASAP to set up an appointment to complete your Statement of Candidacy. This is your first step in applying for graduation, and must be complete between January 19 and February 19, 2016. The second step of the process will be to apply online. This must be done between February 22 and February 29, 2016.

DCBA Networking Event

Come to Cozymel's Mexican Grill, 311 E. Loop Rd., Wheaton, IL on Thursday, February 18th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for a free networking event sponsored by the DuPage County Bar Association. Take the opportunity to network with judges and attorneys outside of the courthouse while enjoying free appetizers, cocktails and a margarita tasting. For more information, talk to Greg Anderson in the Careers office (Swen Parson 280).

Thursday, January 28, 2016

NIU Law Blanket Drive

Please join in collecting and distributing blankets to the local charities Safe Passage and TAILS. There will be collection boxes in the Marshall Gallery from Monday, February 1st to Friday, February 5th for blankets. Additionally, we will be collecting blankets in the Marshall Gallery from 12 pm to 4 pm on Saturday, February 6th. Collected blankets will be distributed to the charities on Saturday following the drive.

2L Over the Hump Party

The SBA invites all 2Ls to celebrate being halfway through law school! Come to the Marshall Gallery on Wednesday, February 3rd from 12 to 2 p.m. for free food, drinks and fun.

Monday, January 25, 2016

1L Closing Argument Competition Finals This Saturday

The 1L Closing Argument Competition takes place this Saturday, January 30th at 3:00 p.m. at the law school. Your attendance at the final round is both welcomed and encouraged.

This competition is intended to give first-year law students their first opportunity to present an argument in a courtroom. They are given a short fact pattern and jury instruction, and are asked to make a 5-6 minute closing argument, applying law to fact. It is designed not to require extensive preparation. The entire competition takes place Saturday, with two preliminary rounds, semi-finals and finals. They argue the same side of the case throughout the competition. Two champions are crowned, one for the prosecution and one for the defense.

26 students have entered this year. Their participation helps them prepare for oral arguments ahead in legal writing. Past champions have gone on to excel in later trial advocacy and moot court competitions. Come and see NIU Law in action!