Indiana Law Annotated Vol. 13 No. 2 September 2, 1997



If you are a student reading these words, your very presence in the building can be attributed to the care and hard work of two individuals, each celebrating thirty years of outstanding service to the Law School and the people in it: Pat Clark, Director of Admissions, and Sherrilyn McCoy-Lawrence, Recorder. Pat came to the Law School in June, 1967 and with a short stint away from the School has served in the Admissions Office ever since. If you are a student, you know Pat as the calm and reassuring presence on the telephone, the person with quick answers to those frantic questions about arriving in Bloomington, and the cheerful and indefatigable link between your former life and your new one. Sherrilyn has been in the Recorder's Office since July, 1967, providing generations of students with their schedules, their grades, their transcripts, and her wit and Jolly Ranchers. The Law School owes a great debt to both Pat and Sherrilyn for their loyalty, their hard work, and their many contributions that go so far to make this building a true community.


IU School of Law alumnus Edward O'Connor ('69) will be a Practitioner- In-Residence on Monday, September 23. Mr. O'Connor is a partner with the Irvine, California law firm Oppenheimer Poms Smith. He practices in the areas of patent, trademark and copyright infringement, trade secret and antitrust litigation, and trademark and patent prosecution. His clients have included major international corporations. Mr. O'Connor has served as supervisor of the Yale University Law School Litigation Training Program and has lectured on copyright law and litigation at the University of California, Irvine. While in law school, he was the first chairman on the Student-Faculty Committee on Teaching and a member of the national Moot Court Team.

During his visit, Mr. O'Connor will participate in a Dean's Roundtable discussion, discuss "Intellectual Property and Antitrust Litigation" with students interested in this career option, and attend the Patent Law class that evening. All law students are invited to meet Mr. O'Connor at the 3:15 p.m. career discussion which will be held in Room 216.


by Angela S. Lieurance
Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Relations

With classes underway and all the baggage of student life spilling over into your daily activities, I know it's hard to think of yourself as anything but a student. But as Assistant Dean for Alumni and Development, I am in the habit of thinking of you in much broader terms. To me, you are a future member of the I.U. School of Law alumni community, and our relationship with you doesn't begin when you graduate; it starts now. I don't get the opportunity to see you in class, but my office door is always open to each of you, and I'd like nothing better than for you to stop by and visit during the school year. I can be found in Room 200.

My office is responsible for several areas within the Law School, including fund raising, alumni relations and alumni publications. The Alumni Relations arm of my office is responsible for service and outreach to our alumni 6,500 strong. This work takes Dean Aman, me and a large cadre of our faculty throughout the State of Indiana (where over half of our alumni reside), throughout the country, and very occasionally abroad to meet alumni. The Law School is also fortunate to have two advisory groups the Alumni Board and the Board of Visitors. These groups meet regularly throughout the year, usually in Bloomington, and they always enjoy meeting with current law students, so I hope to have an opportunity to introduce you to many of them as well.

We are currently wrapping up our plans for the annual Alumni Weekend events, scheduled for Friday, Sept. 12, and Saturday, Sept. 13. Alumni Weekend is an occasion for celebration. It is our way of letting our alumni know how grateful we are for their continued involvement with the School whether it is financial support, serving on a Board, recruiting students, or helping our students find jobs. Alumni Weekend is a time for honoring the accomplishments of some of our most distinguished graduates, and it is about remembering.

I would like to invite you to participate in several of the weekend's events. If you're interested in golf, Assistant Dean Len Fromm has an alumni-student golf outing planned for Saturday morning; tee time is 7:00 a.m. at the IU Golf Course. The cost is $30.00 per person; you should register through the Students Affairs Office in Room 024. Also, on Saturday, the School will host a pre-game tailgate party from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the northwest corner of 17th and Dunn Street near the Indiana Memorial Stadium. To date, more than 124 alumni plan to join the members of the Law School faculty at the tailgate. I hope you will, too. The cost of pre-game tickets will be reduced to $8.00 for students. Traditional tailgate food--including beer, brats and the works will be provided. Tickets for the tailgate are available from the Alumni Coordinator, Chris Zonkel, in Room 300 of the Law School. Your attendance would be particularly meaningful to our alumni because you are the primary reason they donate their time and money. While they may feel a commitment to the place and building, it's the people they most care about the students and faculty. You also get a wonderful chance to network with alumni!

Our alumni are very important to the Law School. We depend on them in several areas not only in the area of fund raising but also in the areas of admissions and career services. Some of you are here today because an alumnus of the School encouraged you to come to IU. Some of you may find jobs after graduation thanks to the help of alumni; some of you might have the wonderful opportunity to visit with an alum at some point during your law school career to find out what it's like to practice in Los Angeles or Fort Wayne, work in a prosecutor's office, or defend your first case. Our alumni have a legacy of taking care of each other, and I'm glad that you've chosen to become a part of that legacy. Best wishes for a successful year, and I hope to see you in the near future.


Kevin Brown recently published an article entitled "The Implications of the Equal Protection Clause for the Mandatory Integration of Public School Students" in 29 Connecticut Law Review.

Tom Schornhorst has been selected to receive the J. William Fulbright Award for Distinguished Public Service by the Alumni Association of his law school alma mater, the George Washington University Law School. He will receive the award at an alumni dinner in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 26. For further information see the Spring/Summer 1997 edition of the Bill of Particulars, our alumni magazine, at p. 23.



The parking situation around the law school continues to be difficult. Students with an E sticker can park in the A or C lots anywhere on campus in the evenings after 5 p.m. or on week-ends. The cost of an E sticker is about $70.00. The Parking Operations Office is in Franklin Hall. Take your car registration with you. Otherwise, a ticket for parking improperly in University lots will cost $35.00.


Applications to apply for health insurance are available in Room 024.


The annual student/alumni golf scramble will be on Saturday, Sept. 13. Apply by this Friday, Sept. 5. Applications and information are available in Room 024. Spouses and friends are welcome also.


No, this is not a mistake. There will be a meeting to discuss graduation and to form committees. Graduation day is Saturday, May 9, 1998. Early September may be the latest to be able to secure motel space for family and guests. The meeting will be at Noon this Wednesday in Room 121.



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, Sept. 3. Our office will be closed Labor Day.


We will be placing updated registration schedules in student mailboxes Tuesday morning reflecting all the updates from drop/add as of Friday, August 29. Please check your schedule thoroughly and it is also highly recommended that you use the touchtone telephone system to check your schedule on the University computer. Please call 855-1000 for this information.


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.



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!



Our student organizations will staff tables in the student lounge at Noon on Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 10 and 11 (next week). Students will have an opportunity to ask the organizations about plans for the year and to meet some members.


There will be a reception and social to welcome new students who are married on Sunday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. in the faculty lounge, Room 310. Significant others are welcome as well.


The Public Interest Law Foundation will meet at Noon on Tuesday, Sept. 2 in Room 216. New members are welcome!

PILF provides support for students pursuing a career in poverty law and other public interest fields. We also encourage law students to become involved in public service work while they are in law school and to do Pro Bono work after graduation.

Upcoming PILF activities include a Pro Bono fair, a panel on welfare reform and immigrants, and a trip to Washington, DC for the NAPIL conference and career fair Oct. 17-19.

For more information, contact Denise Bezick, 3L.


The Protective Order Project will be holding a brief meeting for returning members of the Protective Order Project on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at Noon in Room 125. All current 2L and 3L volunteers are encouraged to attend. If you have questions, please call Amy Lee at 336-5035.


The Christian Legal Society will be meeting in Room 214 at Noon on Tuesday, Sept. 2.


The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies will hold its organizational meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 12:15 p.m. in Room 122. The Society is a group of conservatives and libertarians seeking to promote a legal philosophy which advances individual freedom and adherence to the rule of law. Society activities include sponsoring discussion sessions with professors at the Irish Lion, debates and lectures. For more information, contact Kristofor Hammond at 339-5045 or


The National Institute for Trial Advocacy holds a national trial competition each year. Our regional competition is in Chicago in February. Tryouts for the team will be Saturday, Oct. 18.

Two years ago our team reached the semi-finals in the regional. Last year, they reached the finals where they lost by a few points. We hope to have two return members from last year's team. A total of six members are selected.

Preparation for the competition begins toward the end of this semester but becomes serious and intense the second semester until the competition. A short informational meeting will be held Wednesday at 5:00 p.m., Sept.10 in the trial courtroom on the 2nd floor of the Law School. Anyone interested who cannot attend that meeting please leave your name, address and telephone number with Dodie Bowman in Room 252B or call Vince Taylor at 334-0600.


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:

  • 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.
  • 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 davidfidler@law. LAST CALL: Application Deadline this Friday, at 5 p.m.


The LSO Project formerly the Administrative Law Clinic will hold an informational meeting for new and returning volunteers at Noon on Wednesday, Sept. 3 in Room 124.

All students, including first years, are eligible to participate in the project. Students will work with attorneys at the Legal Service Organization of Indiana's Bloomington office to provide free civil legal assistance to low income people in 12 Indiana counties. LSO handles cases in areas including housing, family law, consumer law, health and public benefits. The work that students do enables LSO to serve more clients than they otherwise could.

Students work directly with staff attorneys in the LSO office, and their responsibilities increase with each semester. This is a great opportunity to get to know Bloomington lawyers committed to helping low income people and to gain valuable experience that you can put on your resume. The Administrative Law component of the clinic which students are eligible to participate in during their second semester in the project gives students, including first-years, an opportunity to represent clients at administrative hearings.

Opportunities in the LSO Project include:

  1. Intake: During their first semester in the LSO Project, students spend 2-3 hours a week conducting client intake. Students interview potential clients about their legal problems in a structured process in which students learn interviewing skills and how to interact with clients. They also become familiar with the legal issues involved in typical LSO cases. After their first semester in the clinic, students can continue to participate in intake and/or take on other responsibilities.
  2. Administrative Law Project: Law students who have completed a semester of intake can be trained to handle Medicaid appeals for low income disabled people seeking government health benefits. Students handle the cases from beginning to end. They interview the client and collect medical evidence. After observing at least one hearing before an administrative law judge, students can conduct the appeal hearing in the presence of an LSO staff attorney. The time commitment is about 10-15 hours per case, and students are asked to do at least one case per semester.
  3. B710 Credit Project: Medicaid Clerk: Second and third year students who have completed one semester of intake and have taken Legal Professions can work on Medicaid cases for credit. Students will do Medicaid disability cases and work on other types of Medicaid cases. They also will research and write briefs for cases on judicial review.
  4. Law Clerk: Second and third year students who have completed one semester of intake can work with the LSO staff of other types of cases. They will have the opportunity to do research, writing and investigation on a variety of cases. Students who have taken Legal Professions will be eligible for B710 credit.

Anyone interested in participating in the clinic should come to the informational meeting on Sept. 3. If you have questions, please contact Denise Bezick (3L), the project's student director, by e-mail at or by telephone at 330-1591.



Will students who obtained clerkships after May 10 please inform Kathleen Austin or Christine Rodden in the Career Services Office? We try to keep as accurate a listing of filled clerkships as possible. Also, if you are a 2L or 3L and have started to think about clerkship applications, make an appointment to see Ms. Austin or Sarah Jane Hughes. The CSO will hold its traditional fall meeting on the clerkship application process in October and the session on state clerkships in January. Info on clerkships in general is available in the CSO. Ask for help in locating the volumes.


With the commencement of school we see a flury of posters and flyers appearing all over the law school. We have a beautiful law building and we wish to keep it so. To save some paper and effort, please note the following places that students and student organizations may post items:

Student organizations:

  • end of student lockers,
  • the organization's designated poster area in the student lounge,
  • on a library easel (please reserve ahead of time)
  • newly designated student organization poster area between 1st floor classrooms

Student For Rent/For Sale flyers:

  • the new For Rent/For Sale poster board near the SLA bookstore

In all cases, posters and flyers CANNOT be placed on: a) classroom doors, b)other student organization poster boards, c) departmental poster boards, d)glass doors or entrance doors, e) walls, f) bathrooms. Items found in these areas will be pulled down on a daily basis. Also, any business flyer will automatically be pulled down if not law related. Your help and cooperation to preserve our law building are greatly appreciated.


All students will need to create an NT Domain Account and a Locker Account in order to access the computers in the library and elsewhere on campus. These accounts can be created in the computer labs located on the second floor of the library. Instructions on the computer screen will walk students through the process of creating accounts. New students choose the "Network Starter Kit" option on the computer screen to create all four necessary accounts: Network ID, NT Domain Account, Locker, and Shakespeare Email Account. Questions or problems can be directed to Robbin Hubbard in the Media Center or Juliet Smith in the Reference Office. Look for sign-up sheets in the Media Center for classes dealing with Email and the Internet.


The large computer lab, Room 208 B, will be closed sporadically during the next few weeks for Westlaw and Lexis training for the law journal students. Notices of closure times will be posted on the door and in the ILA.

On Sept. 4 the lab will be closed from Noon - 1:15 and 3:15 - 4:30. On Sept. 5 the lab will be closed from Noon - 1:15 and 3:15 - 4:30.


Transfer students needing Lexis or Westlaw passwords should see Juliet Smith in Reference Office 105F.


There are still openings in Appellate Advocacy for the Fall Semester. The course is a wonderful adjunct to the moot court competition, and is taught by Steve Riggs, an attorney with many years experience in appellate argument. See Dean Fromm.



...Public Interest Law Foundation Meeting, Noon, Room 216

...Protective Order Project Meeting, Noon, Room 125

...Christian Legal Society Meeting, Noon, Room 214

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


...LSO Informational Meeting, Noon, Room 124

...Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, 12:15 p.m., Room 122


...Interview Strategies, Noon, Room 216


...Married Student Reception, 7 p.m., Faculty Lounge (310)

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