Indiana Law Annotated
Vol. 17 No. 8
October 18, 1999
Table of Contents
- OUT-OF-STATE JOB SEARCHES
- EVENTS & LECTURES
- ACADEMY OF LAW ALUMNI FELLOWS PROFILE
- NEWS FROM STUDENT AFFAIRS OFFICE
- NEWS FROM RECORDER'S OFFICE
- NEWS FROM STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
Part 1 Setting Your Goals
by Professor Susan Stuart, Career Services Committee Member
As most of you who have researched on-campus employers have noticed, this school's strength is its ability to draw employers from throughout the Midwest, not just Indiana. We have also established strong ties to some large-market firms in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., etc., most of which are major players. However, drawing firms from other, more distant locales or drawing firms in the medium- to small-sized categories from any other market is not always practically nor economically feasible. (See recent ILA article on economics of interviewing.) That situation, obviously, affects those students most who wish to find employment outside the Midwest. There are, however, some search strategies that have proved useful to our graduates in finding those jobs.
2Ls should decide NOW where they want to settle. You must enter such a job search with clearly definable motives and goals for moving. Unless you are a native of that particular locale, it is not enough to decide to move to Colorado because of the skiing or to Florida because of the weather. A prospective employer must gamble on at least three years' of a low return on an associate and on the investment in her training in exchange for longevity with the firm. An out-of-state employer will NOT gamble on a prospective employee's whim. Therefore, define your priorities, research the area, and prepare to sell yourself to an out-of-state employer sufficiently to offset the advantages of hiring students attending law school in that state.
Some of you may have interests and/or family in more than one locale, and therefore, you may have a legitimate interest in more than one region. Many of the same points suggested above apply equally to such searches. Taking a summer clerkship position as a 2L in one particular city or state does not necessarily mean that you cannot continue looking in any other regions. However, you are better served in such an instance by concentrating on clerkships with larger firms, particularly ones with notable reputations, as entree to 3L offers. Occasionally, larger firms will offer split clerkships so you can sample a couple of areas. The upside is that you might get offers from both; the downside is that you might get offers from neither. And recent history suggests that both have occurred to IU students.
Whatever you do, do NOT shotgun your job search, i.e., send your resume all over the country in hopes some employer will "bite." That strategy tells employers you are more interested in leaving the Midwest than in settling down in their community. You should try, when at all possible, to commit yourself to a city or a region. From past comments, we know that interviewers can easily discern which students are truly interested in committing themselves to practice in their community and which are wandering without purpose. Therefore, you are better served by having a firm goal in mind when trying to enter a particular out-of-state job market.
HARRIS LECTURE - MARGARET RADIN
This year's Harris lecture will be given by Prof. Margaret Jane Radin on Tuesday, October 26th at noon in the Moot Courtroom. The title of the lecture is entitled "Humans, Computers, and Binding Commitments." Professor Radin is the William Benjamin Scott and Luna M. Scott Professor of Law at Stanford University, and Co-Director of Stanford Law School's Program in Law, Science and Technology.
Professor Radin is a noted property theorist. Her current research involves intellectual property, information technology, electronic commerce and the jurisprudence of cyberspace. She is also a frequent speaker on issues involving intellectual property and the emerging law of cyberspace. For example, she has made presentations at the IEEE Hot Chips Conference and at Xerox PARC's forum, and was a keynote speaker at the 1995 Conference on Computers, Freedom and Privacy. In 1998 she was a Fellow of the World Economic Forum at its Davos Conference.
This Harris lecture is a special opportunity to hear an important scholar speak on a legal subject of great significance. Everyone is encouraged to attend.
Who are those people whose photographs are on the first-floor wall? In this series of profiles, we introduce you to the members of the Academy of the Law Alumni Fellows. The Fellows are the recipients of the highest honor the Law School bestows on its alums. We hope that each profile will help you reflect on the successes of our alumni as well as some possibilities that are ahead for you.
SHIRLEY SCHLANGER ABRAHAMSON
A jurist, teacher, researcher, advocate, and editor, she has excelled in her pursuits wherever they led. Early evidence of her brilliance brought awards at New York University and at the Schools of Law of Indiana University and the University of Wisconsin. She succeeded in breaching the traditional prejudice against women in private law firms and soon demonstrated her ability to engage in prodigious activity both within her profession and in wide-ranging organizations.
Along with her private practice she was a professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Law and was among the leadership of major campus committees. Her service on committees and boards from city and county to state and nation signifies a rare combination of special skills, illustrated in her participation on the Board of Visitors of the Indiana University School of Law.
Although she has an abiding interest in the rights of people as taxpayers and consumers whose civil liberties must be protected, she is equally at home in an advisory capacity on judicial organization. Widely admired and respected, she was the first woman to be named to the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 1976, an appointment clearly approved three years later by her election to a ten-year term. She has Chief Justice of the same court since 1996.
She is chair of the National Institute of Justice National Commission on the Future of DNA Evidence, and a member of the U.S. Department of Justice (FBI) DNA Advisory Board, the Council of the American Law Institute, the Advisory Board of the Central and East European Law Initiative (CEELI) of the American Bar Association, and the American Bar Association Consortium on Legal Services and the Public. She has also served on the State Bar of Wisconsin Commission on the Delivery of Legal Services.
The Indiana University School of Law and the Law Alumni Association salute her achievements with pride and high esteem.
SUMMER GLOBALIZATION PROGRAM
There will be a meeting Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 4:15 for current 1 and 2Ls to learn about the SPEA sponsored Law and Globalization program this coming summer. The program will start in Paris, then proceed to Brussels, cities in Germany, and end in Geneva. Four credits can be earned. The dates are late May and early June. The meeting is scheduled for Room 121.
There are numerous writing contests for law students to enter. Many of these contests include publication and a lot of prize money. In past years, a number of our students have won prizes, some as much as $5,000, and have had their articles published.
Several of these contests are posted on the Board outside Room 024. A few of these contests, such as the Sig Beck Bankruptcy and Business competition and the Nathan Burkan Copyright competition, automatically ensure that IU students will win cash prizes.
So, if you have been writing a journal, seminar, or B706 note or paper, check out these contests. Let's ensure that IU students get a good share of these prizes.
Also, check the website at http://www.people.memphis.edu/~law.
STUDENTS WITH CHILDREN: SPECIAL HEALTH INSURANCE
There are some special insurance opportunities for those with children.
Check it out in Room 024. Ask Dale.
INDIANA STATE BAR
Indiana State Bar applications for the February 2000 exam are available in our office. The filing deadline is Nov. 15, 1999.
SPRING 2000 REGISTRATION
As usual, law students will register for Law School courses for the second semester in-house. Joint degree students and those taking an outside (non-law) course may pick up their admission ticket from the Recorder's Office, starting Monday, Oct. 18. Students will then be able to use this ticket to register for those outside courses with the University at the scheduled times on Oct. 21 and 22 for priority consideration. Registering at a later date for these courses remains a possibility.
Students who are not joint degree will need to have Dean Fromm's prior approval to register for an outside course. Approval forms are in Rooms 022 and 024.
SPRING 2000 REGISTRATION SCHEDULE
Tuesday, Oct. 26: 3Ls (May & August 2000 graduates).
Thursday, Oct. 28: 1Ls (students will learn which sections they have been assigned when they go through registration in the Recorder's Office, Room 022).
Monday, Nov. 1: 2Ls, CERT, MCL, LLM, SJD.
Course descriptions will be placed in student mailboxes on Oct. 20- 21.
In case of over-enrollment of courses, students will have a period to adjustment their schedules: 3Ls on Monday, Nov. 8 and 2Ls on Tuesday, Nov. 9.
MOOT COURT COMPETITION - ORAL ARGUMENTS
Oral arguments for the fall round of the Sherman Minton Moot Court
Competition begin Monday, Oct. 18. and will continue through Nov. 5, Monday through Friday, at 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. The competition and all arguments are open to the public. Students (other than participants), faculty, family, and friends are welcome, and we encourage you to come support the participants in this endeavor.
The Moot Court Board is still in need of bailiffs! This is a perfect opportunity for 1L students to observe oral arguments and begin preparation for oral arguments in Legal Research and Writing next spring. However, all students who are not competitors are welcome and encouraged to participate as well. If you are interested please sign up on the sheet posted on the door of the moot court office or contact Sonia Das at email@example.com. Thank you for your help in making this year's moot court competition a success!
NEW IUSA ASSOCIATE JUSTICE
Charles E. Frayer (2L) was unanimously confirmed by the IUSA Student Body Congress on Thursday, Oct. 7, as one of four new Associate Justices to the IUSA Supreme Court. The Court is comprised of ten Associate Justices and a Chief Justice. Each Justice is nominated to the Court by the IUSA President with the advice of the Chief Justice, in accordance with Article VII of the IUSA Constitution.
Justices, who typically serve three-year terms, are responsible, for interpreting the IUSA Constitution and bylaws and hearing cases concerning their violation, as well as hearing cases concerning the impeachment of IUSA officers or the dismissal of IUSA employees, associates or volunteers, and serving as final authority in all disputes arising from IUSA elections.
They also serve on review boards and hearing commissions, university committees, internal committees of the Supreme Court, and the Campus
Judicial Board Selection Committee.
Charles received his B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Purdue University in 1998, has been married to Lisa for 10 years, and together they have one 9-year-old daughter. Charles plans to practice in the areas of Labor & Employment and non-patent Intellectual Property law following graduation.
SLA Bookstore Hours for October are as follows: Monday and Wednesday, Oct. 18, 20, 25, 27, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Announcing the first annual Legal Lampoon Show to take place on January 27, 2000 in the renovated Indiana Theater on Kirkwood. This event will hopefully become an annual charitable fund-raising event drawing upon the writing and performing talents of the IU Law School community.
If you would like to help write comedic/satirical scripts for skits and songs, sing, act - or play piano, bass or guitar in the band (with Dean Aman and Dean Fromm), please contact one of the following organizers by email, mailbox or in-person: Robert Meitus (firstname.lastname@example.org); Carolynn McLauglin (email@example.com); Hamish Cohen (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Many faculty and administration have already committed to participating in this show, and we hope that you will contact us if you would like to as well.
OUTREACH FOR LEGAL LITERACY
Outreach for Legal Literacy is a program through which law students teach fifth-graders in Bloomington the basics of law. The law students typically work in pairs and visit the classroom once a week for approximately forty-five minutes. Lesson plans will be provided. If any law student is interested in participating, please contact Tabitha Tyle at email@example.com.
BILL OF PARTICULARS
The Law School's alumni publication, Bill of Particulars, is available to students and a supply is located in the student mailbox area under the ILA box. If additional copies are needed, please contact Linda Sievers, Director of Communications and Marketing, Room 300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ROOM SCHEDULE REQUESTS
Requests for use of a room in the Law School should be sent to email@example.com. Please include the name of the group and the name of the meeting or event. Be specific regarding what time the room is needed and for how long. Please note this email address to alleviate any confusion while the calendar changes administrative desks.
AUDIO - VIDEO SERVICES
Requests for AV services may be sent to Beth at av@exchange. indiana.edu. Please include the name of your group and the e-mail address of the contact person, a description of what you want to do, and the date, location, starting time and duration of the event. Requests must be made at least 48 hours in advance and will be confirmed by email.
Monday - Friday, Oct. 18 - 22, Moot Court Competition, 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 19, SPEA Globalization Program Information Meeting, 4:15 p.m., Room 121.
Updated: 15 October 1999