Indiana Law Annotated Vol. 21 No. 3 September 10, 2001

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This year, instead of circulating a xeroxed catalog of mug shots among faculty to introduce the first-year class, the Law School has upgraded to a CD photobook, which will be distributed to 1Ls and graduate students on the afternoon of Monday, Sept. 10. The interactive photobook includes photos, hometowns, and undergraduate colleges for virtually all new students, as well as a short video clip of each student introducing him- or herself. JD students are especially encouraged to look at the videos of graduate students and to start getting acquainted with this diverse and talented group. Students are listed both alphabetically and by classes, so it is possible to call up the roster for any of the first-year classes. The new CD is self-starting, so it will automatically open the default browser as soon as it is inserted into a computer. Questions about the CD photobook should be directed to Randy Sparks,



Students come to law school with preconceptions about what happens in a classroom. Those preconceptions often do not match their law school experience. In a short video, students discuss the aspects of the law school classroom they find mysterious. Professor Baude moderates a discussion among Professors Dworkin, Hoffmann, Stake, and S. Williams about the ideas that students bring to the classroom experience, and the ways in which these preconceptions may present barriers to learning.(PGAs will meet with practice groups separately to discuss this session.) Monday, Sept. 10, at noon in the Moot Court Room.


Professor Barnes has been named to a panel for the National Academy of Public Administration that will study and make recommendations concerning the incorporation of environmental justice considerations in the Environmental Protection Agency's permitting regulations.

On Sept. 6, Professor Hicks gave a talk at the Annual Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation, Washington, D.C. He spoke about efforts to reform the transaction exemptions under the Securities Act of 1933, and, in particular, about how various reform proposals might affect small businesses.

Professor Hughes's fall 2000 paper on promoting the use of retail electronic payments through clarifying the legal rules applicable to the payment mechanism has just been published in Proceedings from the Workshop on Promoting the Use of Electronic Payments: Assessing Future Requirements by the workshop sponsors, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the Institute for Science, Law, and Technology of the Illinois Institute of Technology, and the Program for Research on the Information Economy at the University of Michigan.



The American Bar Association/Law Student Division will have its first meeting at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 11, in room 121. We'll discuss community service projects that we're getting organized as well as opportunities for law students to meet and network with Indiana lawyers who practice in their areas of interest. In addition, the American Bar Association has writing competitions (with cash prizes!) and other opportunities for law students to develop their skills and be rewarded for that. More information about membership and applications will be available at the meeting, or contact Karen Klein ( with questions.


The American Bar Association/Law Student Division and the AARP will sponsor a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance project in which volunteers assist low-income, disabled, or elderly individuals in the community prepare their personal income tax returns. You don't have to be an ABA member or a tax expert to lend a hand, and training is supplied! You can either study with a self-directed workbook or you can take a training class in January for a more personalized approach. All volunteers will take a written test on preparing returns. The actual tax preparation takes place in February and March, with volunteers working as many hours as they want. The volunteer support will be at the Bloomington Public Library 3-5:30 p.m. weekdays and Saturday mornings. If you are interested, please send your name, mailing address and e-mail address to by the end of Monday, Sept. 10.This is a great way to help the Bloomington community!


Phi Delta Phi will be having an organizational meeting for both potential and returning members on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at noon in room 125. At the meeting, the drawing advertised at the PDP table during club day will take place.


On Sept. 12, the Feminist Law Forum is hosting a brown bag lunch discussion of the New York Times article "Toughness Has Risks for Women Executives." Join us for a discussion of the executive training program Bully Broads and other issues facing professional women. The discussion will be held at noon in room 124 on Wednesday, Sept. 12. The Times article is on reserve in the library. Everyone is welcome.


The Business & Law Society will have an informational meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the Crazy Horse, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Beer will be provided! At the meeting, the officers hope to learn your ideas for the club this year, as well as to give you a chance to meet other students with interest in business and the law. We hope to see you there!


PILF will have its introductory meeting this year on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at noon in the Moot Court Room, to get organized and to discuss current projects. For more information, e-mail Mindy Finnigan at



Professor Barnes is seeking a research assistant with good research and writing skills to assist with the commercial law sections of a business law textbook he is revising, as well as with environmental law research. Preference will be given to a joint degree student or student who has had UCC courses and/or environmental law. Send an e-mail ( with indication of interest and relevant information/resume or place a note with same in his mailbox.


The Admissions Office is seeking student volunteers to participate in the Tour Guide Program. As a Tour Guide, volunteers give prospective applicants and visitors a tour of the school, take them to class, and answer general questions about the school, program, and community. If you are interested in participating, please stop by the Admissions Office, room 230, to pick up a schedule. If you have questions, please contact Tim Martin or Pat Clark by phone at 855-4765 or via the following e-mail addresses: or


To schedule classrooms in the law building, send e-mail to bl-law-events (for Outlook users) or bl- events-law@ (for non-Outlook users). Please include date and time of event, length of time room will be needed, classroom requested and number of people attending event. Requests should be sent at least one week prior to event and include name of person requesting, organization planning the event and an e-mail address. Confirmations will be sent by reply e-mail.


Requests for AV services may be sent to Beth at 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.


Sept. 10: LEXCEL: Demystifying the Classroom, Moot Court Room, noon

Moot Court competition applications due

Sept. 11: ABA Law Student Division meeting, Room 121, noon

Phi Delta Phi meeting, Room 125, noon

PILF meeting, Moot Court Room, noon

Sept. 12: Feminist Law Forum discussion, Room 124, noon

Buisness & Law Society meeting, Crazy Horse, 6:30 p.m.

Submissions: Information and articles for the ILA should be submitted by Friday at 10 a.m. for inclusion in Monday's edition. Please e-mail all submissions to

Letters to the Editor: Letters should be submitted by Thursday at 5 p.m. for possible inclusion in Friday's issue.