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Indiana Law Annotated

Vol. 30 No. 8 (February 27, 2006)

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HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 27

Singing for Summer Salaries is at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the Moot Court Room.

The Indiana Court of Appeals will hear arguments in the case of Kondra v. Charter One Mortgage Corp at noon on Thursday, March 2, in the Moot Court Room.

The Loan Repayment Assistant Program is hosting a dodgeball tournament which kicks off at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 3, in the SRSC, room MS2.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27

BLSA to Show Special

Black Law Student Association (BLSA) will be showing an hour clip of the HBO special "Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives" at noon in room 124. Healthy snacks will be provided.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28

PILF's Singing for Summer Salaries

The Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) will present its annual Singing for Summer Salaries karaoke event at noon in the Moot Court Room. Bid on your favorite (or least favorite) faculty member, and force them to sing karaoke in front of the entire school. With a Mardi Gras theme, door prizes, an exciting MC, and vocal performances by one of our beloved faculty members, it is sure to be a good time. We will be tabling the week before and look forward to your support. Remember, the money raised during this event will go directly to summer scholarships for students who work for the public interest, and the Law School has pledged to match our funds! Last year we raised almost $5,000. Please help this year be an even bigger success.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1

PILF General Meeting

The penultimate PILF meeting of the year will be at noon, room TBA. The agenda will include this week's LRAP Dodgeball Tournament, a recap of the Singing for Summer Salaries event, PILF Summer Scholarship Applications, and board elections. Come for the public interest, stay for the pizza. Or vice versa.

Sports and Entertainment Law Society Meeting

There will be a meeting of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society at noon in room 120. We will be covering many issues, such as the club's constitution, fundraising opportunities, upcoming speakers, and how much cooler we are than all the other clubs. New members are welcome while those who have already joined are strongly urged to attend this meeting.

THURSDAY, MARCH 2

Indiana Court of Appeals to Hear Oral Argument in Moot Court Room

The Indiana Court of Appeals is coming to the School of Law. A three-judge panel, which includes Indiana First District Judges L. Mark Bailey, John G. Baker, JD'71, and Edward W. Najam Jr., will hear arguments in the case of Kondra v. Charter One Mortgage Corp at noon in the Moot Court Room. The case involves an interesting and important question of preemption of state law by federal law. For more information, visit http://www.law.indiana.edu/front/special/20060302_indianaappeals.shtml.

Phi Delta Phi Callout Meeting

Phi Delta Phi, North America's oldest legal fraternity, will hold a spring rush callout meeting at 12:15 p.m. in room 120. Come find out about the opportunities and benefits to your legal career that Phi Delta Phi can offer.

IUCLU presents Fireside Chat

Are you wrestling with your thoughts on free expression and moral conviction; are you struggling with the limits of free speech? The Indiana University Civil Liberties Union (IUCLU) will present a Fireside Chat from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Bryan Room in the IMU. We'll be talking about our reactions to the cartoons of Muhammad, the silence on the issue in the U.S., and the recent blow to free expression at the Daily Illini at the University of Illinois. Join us for casual conversation and free coffee.

FRIDAY, MARCH 3

LRAP Dodgeball Wants You!

Did you know that the average starting salary for public interest jobs is $35,000 a year? Combine this with $80,000 or more debt from law school and you get one big deterrent to taking these jobs. The Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) is dedicated to encouraging and helping those students who want public interest employment but worry about the financial future. To help the cause, the LRAP is hosting a Dodgeball Tournament which kicks off at 5 p.m. in the SRSC, room MS2. Tabling for sign-up is in the Law School lobby. Teams will consist of five players. Team registration will be $25. For more information, e-mail Sara at saenorto@indiana.edu.

FACULTY NEWS

Professor Daniel Conkle recently presented a paper, "Three Theories of Substantive Due Process," at the University of Dayton School of Law.

Professor Rob Fischman has published a short article in the current Journal of Land Use & Environmental Law resulting from the public lecture he gave last spring at Florida State University's law school. It describes the role that the national wildlife refuges have played in the development of U.S. conservation policy. The article can be accessed at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=699482. A second article of Fischman's also appeared last week in the New York University Environmental Law Journal and explores the relationship between cooperative federalism and natural resources law. An abstract of the article can be found at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=824385.

UPCOMING EVENTS

ACS Hosts Talk by Fuentes-Rowher

The American Constitution Society (ACS) is hosting a talk by Professor Luis Fuentes-Rohwer titled, "The Re-Authorization of the Voting Rights Act," from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7, in the Moot Court Room. Fuentes-Rohwer will discuss the upcoming renewal of the Voting Rights Act, as well as an overview of its history and significance.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Stump, Christensen Earn Top Moot Court Honors

Congratulations to 3L students Shana Stump and Adam Christensen, 2005-06 Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition winners. Friday's final round, argued in front of a packed house, marked the culmination of five rounds of oral and written competition beginning in September 2005 with a pool of 138 initial participants. Judges praised Stump and Christensen for their clear and coolheaded understanding of the hypothetical problem, United States of America v. Josef C. Kasza. The distinguished panel also noted the skills of finalists Mark Kelly Leeman, 2L, and Christopher Smith, 3L, and the sophistication and timeliness of the student-written problem.

Student Academic Appointee Position Available

The Graduate and Professional Student Organization (GPSO) seeks a Public Relations Director for the 2006-07 academic year. This job is a 20-hour-per-week commitment. Compensation includes a full tuition remission and a $12,000 stipend of the year. To apply, please submit the following by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 20: curriculum vitae or resum‚; one current letter of recommendation from a source who can speak to your skills and leadership potential, as well as names and contact information of two other references; a letter of application; a brief essay discussing the importance of graduate governance at IU Bloomington and specifically how the GPSO addresses the needs of the graduate and professional student population. Application materials may be submitted electronically to ytrevino@indiana.edu. For more information about the GPSO, visit http://www.indiana.edu/~gpso. For any questions about the position, please email gpsopr@indiana.edu.

PILF Selling "Hoosier Lawyer?" Shirts

"Hoosier Lawyer?" shirts are back by popular demand, and the Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) is the group bringing them to you. Once again, we have both male and female T-shirts and unisex hooded sweatshirts. Pick up an order form at the table in the lobby this week, or email Gavin Rose at gmrose@indiana.edu.

Snyder Visiting Scholar

Professor Earl A. Snyder, a 1947 graduate of Indiana Law, has generously provided support for one student (current 2L, 3L, LLM, or SJD) from Indiana University to work at the Research Centre for International Law of Cambridge University during the fall of 2006 (September through November). Students selected in past years have been graduating 3LS. A current 2L or SJD, if selected, would need to take a leave of absence for the fall 2006 semester. Snyder will provide air fare, housing, meal allowance, and a small stipend. The Centre contemplates that the Snyder Scholar will be in residence for about three months and will conduct extensive research, primarily of his/her own development. Because the Centre expects the Snyder Scholar to work on an international law project, applicants must have had international law or equivalent courses. The Snyder Scholar should also be committed to further study of or practice in international law. Demonstrating a commitment can be done by listing courses taken in the international law area, research in international law topics, employment in the international arena, knowledge of languages, career goals, extracurricular activities, etc. Applicants should provide a resume, a statement of commitment to international law, and a personal research agenda. Return your completed applications to Jeanne Criswell in room 022 by Monday, Feb. 27. The preliminary selection committee will be comprised of faculty. The final selection will be made by the Cambridge University Director in March. See Dean Len Fromm with questions.

Cash and Recognition Opportunities

Have you ever stopped to look at the bulletin boards outside of the offices of Student Affairs and the Recorder? If so, you know that there are loads of opportunities to submit your written handiwork and, in return, make yourself eligible for extra cash and resume-enhancing awards! On the board now are contests with substantial top prizes like: $3,000 in the American Judges Association's competition; $2,000 in the International Association of Defense Counsel's contest; and, $1,000 for the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana's contest exclusively for Indiana law students. Contact Susan Kerns, director of Student Services, at skkerns@indiana.edu if you have any questions.

Professor Pager Seeks Research Assistant

Professor Sean Pager seeks to hire a research assistant, preferably with previous law journal experience, to research materials in comparative constitutional law and international intellectual property law. Send resume and cover letter to spager@indiana.edu, or leave application in faculty mailbox.

Law Library Offers Training for Research Assistants

While these sessions will refresh the research skills that might have become rusty since your first-year Legal Research & Writing course, they will also cover more advanced research skills and subject-specific resources that were not covered in that class. Our goal is to make it easier for each R.A. to find the information that his or her faculty member needs. R.A.'s can sign themselves up for a session, or faculty members can do it for them. If you have any questions or would like to sign up, please contact Liz Goldberg by e-mail (ellarson@indiana.edu) or phone (855-1886). She would appreciate at least a few days' advance notice. Also, please specify any particular resources or subject areas that you would like covered in the training session.

Get Involved with the Pro Bono Project

Would you like to network with attorneys? Do you need more real-world legal experience in order to find a job or to decide what area of law to pursue? Is there a specialty area of law that you would like to pursue, but do not know how? The Pro Bono Project is pleased to announce that students can accomplish all of the above while earning one B710 credit. As part of the Pro Bono Project, students can work with local attorneys and/or pro se litigants on a variety of cases in a variety of specialty areas. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Diane Walker, District 10 Pro Bono Project coordinator, at Dist10probono@aol.com.

Scheduling Events

All e-mail about reserving classrooms must be sent to BL-LAW-EVENTS. Mail must be sent to the correct address, bl-law-events (for Outlook users) or bl-events-law@exchange.indiana.edu (for non-Outlook users). Please include the date and time of event, the length of time the room will be needed, the classroom requested, and the number of people attending the event. Requests should be sent at least one week before the event and should include the name of the person requesting, the organization planning the event, and an e-mail address. Confirmations will be sent by reply e-mail. Thank you!

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 e-mail.

ILA SUBMISSIONS

The Indiana Law Annotated (ILA) is published every Monday while school is in session with news about the coming week. Information and articles for the ILA should be submitted to ila@indiana.edu by Thursday at noon for inclusion in Monday's edition. If you have questions about an item appearing in the ILA, please contact Debbie O'Leary (e-mail at ila@indiana.edu, or phone 855-2426). To view past issues, visit www.law.indiana.edu/publications/ila/.