Clinic Highlight

Clinic and Externship Information Forum

April 12, 2012

DeKalb, Ill. - On April 11, 2012, students at Northern Illinois University College of Law attended the Clinic and Externship Information Forum. Clinical Director Anita Maddali welcomed the students and gave them an overview of experiential learning opportunities at the College of Law.

During the presentation, students learned about each of the clinical courses and externships available for Summer 2012 and the Fall 2012 semester. Students had the opportunity to ask questions about the requirements for each experience and obtain information about course prerequisites and recommended courses. Interested students were given applications and more information about each program.

Clinical Associate Professor Paul Cain informed students that he would begin a new criminal law clinic in Fall 2012. This new Juvenile Justice Clinic will be housed at the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic in Rockford. Students will represent juveniles charged with offenses in the Winnebago County Juvenile Court. Students will also assist their clients with educational needs and represent them in related school hearings.

Clinical Assistant Professor Wendy Vaughn discussed the new civil clinic beginning in Summer 2012. The Civil Justice Clinic, also housed at the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic in Rockford, will prioritize the needs of low-income senior citizens and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking and will provide students with the opportunity to obtain transactional and litigation experience in civil court.

Professor Maddali provided information to students about a variety of Civil Externships, including opportunities available in the summer. Professor Maddali also informed students that beginning in Summer 2012, students would have the opportunity to work on the Innocence Project, a joint externship program in collaboration with the University of Illinois and Southern Illinois University.

Dean Lenny Mandell spoke to students about the Appellate Defender Externship and informed them that the Appellate Advocacy Course is a prerequisite to this Externship. Dean Mandell provided information to students about Criminal Law Externships which may be available to students during the summer. Professor Cain informed students that for the first time this academic year, students could participate in a separate criminal law externship with the Federal Public Defender in Rockford.

Professor Lawrence Schlam provided information about the Juvenile Court Externship and the Victim-Offender Restorative Justice Mediation project. Professor Schlam described the project that he has supervised in DeKalb County and his hopes to expand the project to Kane County.

Professor David Taylor discussed the Judicial Externship and informed students that Judicial Externships are only available to third year students with a cumulative GPA of 2.8. Professor Taylor provided students with information regarding the Huskie Athletic Department Externship at Northern Illinois University.