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Techbytes III: Go Phish!

Over 90% of hacking attempts begin with a phishing email. All it takes is one person to click on a malicious link or attachment to spread malware or ransomware throughout an organization. Stop by the library Tuesday through Thursday (November 7 – 9) between 11:45 am and 12:45 pm  to learn how to identify phishing attempts in emails and on the web. Take our Phishing Quiz to earn Goldfish crackers!

Techbytes II: Smart Smartphone Security

Stop by the Law Library Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (October 3rd, 4th & 5th) from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. for the second “Techbytes” session of the semester.

  • 94% of lawyers regularly or occasionally use a mobile device for law-related tasks at home. Do you know how to keep your personal data safe now, and your clients’ data safe in the future?
  • Find out best practices for smartphone security.
  • Take the “Smartphone Security Challenge” and earn candy for the security features  you’ve enabled on your iPhone or Android device!

Techbytes I: How secure are YOUR passwords?

Stop by the Law Library Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (September 12th-14th) from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. for the first “Techbytes” session of the semester:

  • Discover why good password security is important to you now and will be critical to your practice in the future.
  • Learn the latest tips for creating good passwords, how to use password manager programs, and how to implement two-factor authentication.
  • Visit secure sites to test your passwords to see if they’re up to current standards.
  • Pick up a handout for more password tips (and some candy too!).

ABA launches "Legal Fact Check" website

On August 17, the American Bar Association launched a new web-based fact check service at to help the public find dependable answers to legal questions arising from news and current events.  Initial postings examine whether individuals can be punished for burning the American flag, explore who has the constitutional authority to redraw U.S. Circuit Courts, and offer explanations on the power of presidential pardons and hate speech, among other topics.

PowerNotes: boost your research, outlining & note-taking with this new, FREE service

PowerNotes is a new online research tool designed to make legal research and document drafting more efficient for legal writers. All COL students and faculty are eligible to sign up for a FREE account.

  • PowerNotes allows you to gather excerpts from any online resources, including Lexis and Westlaw, and save, highlight, or annotate this content within customized research subjects with a single click.
  • Build and edit a brief or memo outline as you research -- if you want to change your outline, you can drag and drop your research subjects to restructure your outline.
  • PowerNotes also saves links to all of your sources so you’ll never forget where you found them, to help ensure you cite to your sources accurately.

Find out more about how PowerNotes works at, then use your NIU email address to create a free account at

Online access to Supreme Court filings to be available in November

The newly-redesigned Supreme Court website will provide online access to almost all new filings once a new e-filing system is implemented in November. More information on this and other changes to the website is available at Robert Ambrogi's LawSites blog.

Recommended reading before starting law school

You'll have plenty to read in law school...but before you dive in, consider reading one (or two, or three) of the recommended titles on these lists:


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