Indiana Law Annotated Vol. 21 No. 4 September 17, 2001

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Demystifying the Classroom, Part II, Take II: The LEXCEL program originally scheduled for last week, postponed due to technical difficulties, has been rescheduled for today. Students will watch a video about the mysteries of law school, to be followed by a discussion moderated by Professor Baude 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. 17, at noon in the Moot Court Room.



The Honorable Justice Michael Kirby of the High Court of Australia will present a public lecture on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at noon in the Moot Court Room. Justice Kirby's talk is entitled "Upholding the Franchise: An Australian Perspective on Bush v. Gore."

Justice Kirby has held a myriad of judicial and public service appointments throughout his illustrious career, and is the youngest person ever to be appointed to a federal judicial office in Australia. He is internationally recognized for his work in bioethics, human rights, and international law. He has been the special representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations on Human Rights for Cambodia; a member of the Ethical, Legal and Social Issues Committee of the Human Genome Organization now based in London; and a member of the International Bioethics Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. In addition, he has served as a member of the World Health Organization's Global Commission on AIDS. Since 1984 he has been a Commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists and in 1995 was elected its president. Also in 1995 he was appointed president of the Court of Appeal of Solomon Islands. He resigned these positions in 1996 when he was appointed to be one of seven justices of the High Court of Australia.

Justice Kirby's talk promises to be very interesting and thought-provoking. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.


Professor Hughes has been working at the invitation of the Office of Legal Advisor at the Department of State on various electronic commerce proposals pending before UNCITRAL and UNIDROIT and on proposals in the beginning stages of development affecting cross-border contracting, including a proposal to amend the Convention on the International Sales of Goods to facilitate electronic contracting. The advisory group on electronic commerce issues includes approximately 30 individuals from around the country.

On Sept. 7, Professor Leaffer testified before the Indiana Legislature's Interim Study Committee on Agriculture and Animal Issues on the patenting of genetically and non-genetically modified plants.

On Friday, Sept. 21, at the Florida State Law School, Professor Stake is presenting a talk, "Possession from an Evolutionary Perspective," at the annual meeting of the Society for Evolutionary Analysis in Law.



"An Evening at Oliver Winery," on Friday, Sept. 28, at 7:00 p.m. Spend the evening enjoying local wine, delicious food, and the company of law students and faculty amidst the beauty of a lush rolling landscape. Live jazz will be provided by the Karl Sturbaum Quartet, featuring Dean Aman on drums! Also featured is a silent auction, with more than $3,000 worth of merchandise and services, including interview suits (men's and women's), a body massage, guitars, and season tickets for two to the Bloomington Playwright Series. Free van rides from the Law School to the event and back will be available for interested attendees. Tickets are just $10 ($8 for ELS members) and can be purchased at tables in the Law School and SPEA lobbies during the week of Sept. 24 Sept. 28 from noon to 1:00 p.m., or by e-mailing your request to


Anyone who did not make the Sept. 8 Protective Order Project training and still wants to participate should contact John Halstead at


Matt Gutwein, appellate advocate extraordinaire and partner at Baker & Daniels, and Steve Forry, moot court champion during the past year, will present "The Seven Deadly Sins of Appellate Advocacy" this Wednesday at 7 p.m. in (where else?) the Moot Court Room. All Moot Court participants miss this duo at their peril. And non-Moot Court participants can get a better idea of what appellate advocacy is all about. Keep your eyes open as well for the second in the Moot Court Lecture Series, which will be presented in October.



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Sept. 17: LEXCEL: Demystifying the Classroom, Part II, noon, Moot Court Room

Sept. 19: Moot Court Lecture: Matt Gutwein & Steve Forry, 7 p.m., Moot Court Room

Sept. 26: Lecture: Justice Michael Kirby, noon, Moot Court Room

Sept. 28: An Evening at Oliver Winery, 7 p.m., Oliver Winery (rides available)

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