Indiana Law Annotated Vol. 13 No. 1 August 25, 1997



Welcome back to the Law School and a very special welcome to the Class of 2000.

I would also like to welcome several new members to the IU faculty. Hannah Buxbaum joined the law faculty this summer, coming here from Davis, Polk & Wardwell in New York City. Prof. Buxbaum is a graduate of Cornell Law School and received an LL.M. from the University of Heidelberg, Germany. While at Davis Polk, Prof. Buxbaum worked for two years in the firm's Frankfurt office where she was responsible for global capital-market transactions and securities issues for her international client base. Prof. Buxbaum brings a wealth of experience to her International Business Transactions course this fall.

Also joining the IU faculty is Marshall Leaffer. Some of you may remember Prof. Leaffer from when he visited the law school in the spring of 1996. Prof. Leaffer was the Anderson-Fornhoff Professor of Law and Values at the University of Toledo College of Law prior to joining us this summer. He is our Distinguished Scholar in Intellectual Property Law and University Fellow in Law. He is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and received his LL.M. in Trade Regulation from NYU Law School. Prof. Leaffer will teach in the area of intellectual property law. This fall he will teach Trademark law and a seminar in Communication law.

Professor Charles Geyh is visiting this fall and will be teaching Civil Procedure and a seminar in Constitutional law. He is visiting us from Widener University School of Law. Prof. Geyh is a University of Wisconsin law graduate who practiced with Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. before becoming counsel to the United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee. He will teach Civil Procedure and a seminar in Constitutional law.

Professor Emily Van Tassel, also from Widener, will be teaching Family Law. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Law, and a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Chicago. Prof. Van Tassel is a legal historian who has served as a Women's Law and Public Policy Fellow to the Senate Judiciary Committee and as an Associate Historian at the Federal Judicial Center.

Laura Daghe will be joining our first-year writing faculty. Ms. Daghe is a graduate of the University of Illinois Law School, and has been an associate at Ice, Miller, Donadio & Ryan in Indianapolis since 1992, where she has been in the Litigation Section and the Employment Litigation Group.

Every year, a number of scholars and lawyers visit the School to deliver talks and visit our classrooms. This fall will begin with Dr. Philip Allott of Trinity College and Cambridge University. Dr. Allott will be visiting from England to present the 1997 Earl Snyder Lecture in International Law. Dr. Allott will visit for several days and will present the Snyder lecture on September 10. His lecture, entitled "The True Function of Law in the International Community," will kick-off the beginning of the IU Law Alumni Weekend.

We will also have two Practitioners-In-Residence this fall. In mid-September law partner Edward O'Connor ('69) of Oppenheimer Poms Smith in Irvine, California will visit. Mr. O'Connor practices in the area of intellectual property and antitrust litigation. Our second practitioner will be Michael Uslan ('76). Mr. Uslan will visit in mid-October. He is an Executive Producer in Hollywood and produced the Batman films. Finally, in November former Indiana Governor Evan Bayh will speak to the Law School community on the importance of public service for lawyers.

During the fall, I will be busy visiting with our law school alumni across the state and throughout the country. During these visits, I will be updating and involving our alumni in many of the activities of the law school, as well as encouraging participation in our capital campaign. The law school's first capital campaign is coming very close to meeting its goal of $15 million. We have raised $13.4 million in just two years. Eight of the $15 million is dedicated to student scholarships, $5 million is for faculty chairs and professorships, and $2 million is for technology. This campaign is already having an effect in the School and it promises to be a major source of strength for our School in the years to come. The support we are receiving from our alumni is very gratifying and it is crucial to the long run success of this School.

Finally, I wish to let you know that I will be taking a sabbatical leave in the spring. During the spring semester I will be a Fulbright scholar in Italy, where I will teach Comparative Constitutional law. During my leave, Associate Dean Lauren Robel will serve as Acting Dean and Professor Roger Dworkin will serve as Associate Dean. I will return to the Law School in the summer.

Let me conclude by wishing you all the best for what I know will be an exciting, stimulating year for us all.

Alfred C. Aman, Jr.
Dean and Professor of Law


Indiana Law Annotated (ILA) is the weekly newsletter of the Indiana University School of Law- Bloomington. Its purpose is to provide up-to-date information about events at the IU Law School to the Law School Community. Students, faculty, and staff receive copies of the ILA in both paper and e-mail format . In addition, a web version is available at iulaw.

You may submit an article, event, or letter to the editor by following instructions listed in each issue of the ILA. If you have questions concerning submission, please speak with Karen Miller in Room 240 (855-0308,


All law students should have active e-mail accounts with the university through University Computing Services (UCS). This year, the Law School will be sending many important and timely notices through this avenue of communication, especially when such notices cannot wait for the next ILA newsletter.

First-year students and upperclassmen who did not activate an account last year, may generate their own computing accounts using the Network ID Starter Kit in any UCS Macintosh or Windows computing lab, including the lab in the Law Library. Beginning

August 25, the Starter Kit will be available Monday- Friday, 8am-9pm, and Saturday, 9am-2pm. (Lab hours vary; please check the online schedule at:

To use the Network ID Starter Kit, students need to know their 9-digit Student Identification Number and 4-digit Registration PIN. They must register for classes at least one day before using the Starter Kit. For instructions on using the Starter Kit, see the UCS Times Online article "New account distribution for fall '97" at:

Students who want help creating their accounts should go to Main Library 102A, Education 2011, or Ballantine Hall 117, where special computing support staff will be on hand. The help sites are available weekdays from August 25 to September 3, 9am-5pm.

To help students get started using their accounts, UCS will offer "Computing at IU" classes on the hour from 10am to 5pm, August 26-29 in IMU M088 and Student Building 221. No sign-up is necessary -- just show up.

Law students may see Robbin Hubbard in the Law Library Computer Lab with any questions.



Students need to process their drop/add in the Recorder's Office first before using the University touchtone telephone system. Drop/Add continues through Wednesday, September 3. Our office will be closed Labor Day.


Examination numbers for B675, Public Natural Resources with Prof. Fischman are available in the Recorder's Office.


Please see the Recorder to check your graduation requirements during the week of September 2-5.



If you have questions about the on-campus interview process, the best time to get them answered is on Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 10:00 a.m. in the Moot Court Room or Wednesday, Aug. 27 at 3:00 p.m. in the Moot Court Room. These will be short Q&A sessions.


Two attorneys heavily involved in the their firm's recruiting programs will discuss how to make the best impression during an interview--see a live mock interview and help critique the performance. Come join them on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 4:00 p.m. in Room 120 or Thursday, Sept. 4 at Noon in Room 216 as they prepare you for fall & springs interviews. Attendance will be limited so please sign up outside the CSO.


Elliot Lewis, a 1987 graduate of the law school, will participate in a brown bag lunch on Friday, Sept. 12 at Noon in Room 120 to discuss his path from law school to in-house counsel for North American Van Lines. He will talk about how his work differs from private practice and how you can prepare and position yourself for a corporate counsel position. Watch for more details!


On Monday, Sept. 15 at Noon in Room 124 the Indiana State Bar Association's Opportunities for Minorities Committee and the Young Lawyers Division will present a panel discussion on alternative career choices and how the bar association can assist you in your career. Please join us for insights from practicing attorneys. Pizza will be served!



The Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the most prestigious international law moot court competition in the world. It concentrates on issues that arise between states under public international law.

The IU School of Law sends a team of five law students, four oralists and one non-oralist every year to the U.S. Regional Competition, the winners of which advance to the world finals held in Washington, D.C. in March.

The process for selecting the IU School of Law Jessup team for the 1997-98 academic year will follow the procedure listed below:

  1. Application: Interested law students must submit a resume, a one paragraph statement of interest in the Jessup competition, and a writing sample to Professor David P. Fidler by 5:00 p.m. on September 5, 1997. Make sure to indicate in your application if you are only interested in the non-oralist position.
  2. Selection of Jessup Team Members: The team members shall be selected by a Jessup Committee comprised of faculty members. Those selected will be notified immediately. The Jessup Committee intends to have made its selections by September 12, 1997.

If you have any questions about the Jessup competition, please contact Professor Fidler in Rm. 249, or at 5-6403, or


Outreach for Legal Literacy, teaches law to fifth graders throughout Bloomington. This coming year we plan to teach fifth grade classes in University, Binford, Grandview, Templeton, and Highland schools. Lesson plans and ideas are provided. First-year students are welcome. Events include:

  • New teachers meeting: Tuesday, Sept. 9 in Room 214; drinks and desert will be served. All teachers meeting: Tuesday, Sept. 16 in Room 214; pizza will be served. Please rsvp to Aviva Orenstein (avivaorenstein@ or Martha Marion, 3L.
  • Halloween play, State v. Goldy Locks: designed to teach kids about the presumption of innocence. The actors are law students and professors. After the show the actors will enter individual classrooms to conduct a "jury discussion" of whether Goldy Locks should be convicted.
  • Halloween party for children of the law school: Thursday, Oct 30.
  • Monthly discussion groups: no preparation necessary. This semester we are planning discussions on the portrayal of race in children's books, the anti-divorce movement, and Meagan's law.



What is the Lewis International Business Law Scholarship?

The Lewis Scholarship is an annual scholarship made available by an alumnus of the IU School of Law--Bloomington. The purpose of the Lewis Scholarship is to enable an IU law student to attend the Fourth Annual American Bar Association International Law Forum. Mr. Lewis, who chairs the Forum, has generously made this scholarship available to help prepare law students for practicing law in the global era.

What is the Annual American Bar Association International Law Forum?

Recognizing that international legal issues arise more frequently today than a decade ago, Mr. Lewis and other lawyers in the ABA Section of International Law & Practice created the Annual International Law Forum to make available to international legal practitioners opportunities to share experiences and knowledge and to network with other internationally-minded lawyers. The International Law Forum is geared towards practicing lawyers rather than academics, and the focus is on international business transactions and law. The next Forum will be held February 8-10, 1998 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Why would attending the Annual Midwest International Law Forum be helpful to an IU Law Student?

The Forum attracts lawyers from around the world and provides (1) career development sessions specifically addressing law students with interests in practicing international business law, (2) opportunities to learn from experienced international lawyers from in-house positions and law firms about cutting-edge international business law and transactional issues, and (3) opportunities to network with international legal practitioners.

The potential benefits of attending the Forum are demonstrated by the experience of the first recipient of the Lewis Scholarship, Matthew Bergstrom '97, who eventually got a job with a Russian-based law firm through lawyers he met at the Forum in 1996. Matthew's first assignment as a new associate was a three month posting in Russia working on international transactions.

What Qualifications does an IU Law Student Need to be Considered for the Lewis Scholarship?

The most important qualification is a serious desire to practice international business law that is demonstrated in law school classes, activities, and by previous experiences and education. To encourage as many students as possible to consider applying for the scholarship, Mr. Lewis does not want the scholarship awarded on the basis of grades and class ranking.

How do I apply for the Lewis Scholarship?

Interested students should submit to Associate Professor David P. Fidler the following documents: (1) a resume, and (2) one page statement of interest in a career in international business law that discusses law school preparation for such a career and specifics about what type of international business law you would like to practice (e.g., transactional work with a specific region of the world). These documents must be submitted to Professor Fidler no later than November 1, 1997 for a student to be considered for the Lewis Scholarship.

Who do I Contact if I have Questions about the Lewis Scholarship? Contact Professor Fidler in Rm 249, or on 855-6403, or at


Professor Susan Williams is seeking a research assistant for this academic year. The job would involve approximately 10-15 hours per week. Some of that time would be spent on legal research on topics in first amendment theory and feminist legal theory. In addition, the research assistant will be trained to transfer documents into html format in order to enter them in the Feminist Curricular Resources Clearinghouse that Prof. Williams runs on the Web. Interested students should place a resume and cover letter in Prof. Williams' faculty mailbox.


The Admissions Office is looking for volunteers to participate in the Tour Guide Program. Volunteers give applicants and visitors to the school a brief tour of the school and the opportunity to sit in on classes. Volunteers should stop by the Admissions Office, Room 230 or call 855-4765 for more information.


Americans United for Separation of Church and State is sponsoring a Student Seminar on Church and State, to be held in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 1-3, 1997. The group is providing scholarships to a limited number of law and theology students from around the country; these scholarships will cover registration, transportation, and lodging expenses. Professor Conkle has further information about the seminar, as well as application forms for any student who might wish to apply for a scholarship.


Big Brothers/Big Sisters has a list of 60 boys waiting to be matched with volunteers. The job involves about two hours per week in one-on-one interaction with a local kid. Volunteers help with homework, play games, hang out and get to know their little brothers and sisters. Studies have shown that children matched up with A Big Brother or Big Sister tend to do better in school and are less likely to get into trouble with the law. To find out more about volunteering, call 334-2828.


Westlaw has introduced an new feature that seeks to revolutionize the shepardizing process, KeyCite. KeyCite integrates the West headnotes, digest topics, and key numbers into the case updating process. Westlaw will be hosting a party to introduce Key Cite at Yogi's Grill and Bar on Friday, August 29 at 4 pm. All law students are invited and encouraged to attend.

KeyCite can only be found on the new Westlaw software. Pick up a copy at one of the Westlaw tables this week in the lobby or stop by the Media Center on the second floor of the library. Lexis also has new software available in the Media Center.

Any questions regarding passwords or software can be directed to Juliet Smith, Electronic Services Librarian, or to one of the student representatives. Student representatives for Westlaw are David Dunn (3L) and Sohini Gupta (2L), and student representatives for Lexis are Kevin Robling (3L) and Bryan Woodruff (3L).


Any member of the law school community may request audio-video and other media services by sending a request to Beth Plew, our A-V supervisor, at:

The request must contain the following information:

  1. The name and e-mail address of the requester.
    • If the request comes from a secretary, we need to know the faculty member's name.
    • If the request comes from a student, we need to know if the student represents an organization.
    • We cannot process a request without an e-mail address to which we can respond (this goes for students, too).
    • A description of what you want us to do.
  2. The date, location, start time and duration of the event.
  3. If we will be videotaping the event:
    • The nature of the activity being videotaped
    • If it is something other than taping a class, the name of the person who will unlock the room and arrange furniture if necessary.
    • If the request is for taping in 219 or 222, are we supposed to make one tape or two tapes?
    • What do we do with the videotape when we are done?
  4. If we are playing a videotape for you, do you want an AV operator remain throughout the event, or just be responsible for setting up and taking down the equipment?



The Law School will present the 1997 Earl Snyder Lecture in International Law on Wednesday, September 10, 1997 at noon in the Moot Court Room. The lecture, "The True Function of Law in the International Community," will be delivered by Dr. Philip Allott, Fellow of Trinity College and Reader in International Public Law, University of Cambridge.

Dr. Allott is a law graduate of Trinity College and serves as Specialist Advisor to the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Communities and the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee. In addition, he serves as an advisor to the Director General, Legal Services, of the European Commission. Dr. Allott has written numerous publications in the international field and has been a visiting professor to several national and international law schools.

In 1990, he published Eunomia: New Order for a New World (Oxford University Press), a general theory of national and international society. His Snyder lecture will apply his general theory to the ancient and still very controversial question of the nature of International Law and its role in the future of international society.

Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.



...First-Year Orientation, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., Moot Court Room


...OCI Debriefing, 10 a.m., Moot Court Room


...OCI Debriefing, 3 p.m., Moot Court Room


...Westlaw's Introduction Party for Key Cite, 4 p.m., Yogi's Grill and Bar


...Labor Day (classes held; administrative offices closed)


...Next issue of ILA

...Interview Strategies, 4 p.m, Room 120

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