Indiana Law Annotated Vol. 23 No. 9 (October 28, 2002)

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Welcome back! I know from seeing at least a few of you in airports during the past week that some of you used the break for interviewing, and others to find a quiet spot to regroup and catch up. The past week has been busy for me as well, and I wanted to report back.


Fred Cate, Charlie Geyh, Seth Lahn, Susan Williams, and I spent last weekend meeting with members of the bench, the bar, and the other law schools in the state at the second Indiana Conclave on Legal Education. The conclave's mission is, among other things, "to assess the status of legal education in Indiana, both in law schools and in practice and in the context of the national legal environment." Among the topics this year were multidisciplinary practice, the lawyer as learned citizen, and admission to the profession. You would be gratified to hear the interest in and support for your work as students at the law school, and the common theme that emerged from all of the sessions was a concern that new lawyers receive proper mentoring in professional values, especially from members of the bar. Thanks to Theresa Melton and Amy Connor for their help as scriveners at the conclave.


Len Fromm, Tim Hightower, Catherine Dyar, and I spent most of the week meeting with alumni in Washington, D.C. While you all know Dean Fromm, you may not know the other members of the alumni and development office, Tim and Catherine. Both are lawyers who work very hard on finding private funding to support all kinds of law school programs for students, from moot court to the career services office.

We have a large number of alums in D.C., in both private practice and government, and they were excited to get news of the school and of this year's class. We talked a great deal about increasing the internship possibilities for students in government agencies and the Department of Justice, about the new faculty here this year, and about the school's needs, both now and in the future.

When I meet with alums, I often learn of surprising connections. I met Matt Thomson's father, Chuck, and Kristin Neff's father, Mark, on opposite sides of the country Chuck in Phoenix and Mark in French Lick. Both Chuck and Mark were '75 graduates and shared a carrel in the library. Their children are now carrying on the IU Law tradition as members of the first-year class.


Bill Hicks and I spent the end of last week interviewing faculty candidates at the Association of American Law School's hiring conference. We are looking especially in the areas of tax and corporate law. The hiring conference is always a terrific way to get a sense of the current issues in practice, and we will be inviting several candidates back to the Law School in the next few weeks and the first month of next year. Talk to the student members of the Appointments Committee, Mala Sahai and Debra Kaplan, if you would like an opportunity to meet the candidates while they are here.

Lauren Robel, Acting Dean and Val Nolan Professor of Law


Randall Shepard, Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court, will speak to the Law School community at noon on Friday, Nov. 1, in the Moot Court Room. Justice Shepard will be speaking about the importance of diversity in the profession. The chief justice has been responsible for numerous Indiana initiatives aimed at broadening participation in the profession, including his work to assure that Indiana became the first state in the country to sponsor a pre law school program, ICLEO, to help disadvantaged students attend law school.

Chief Justice Shepard was appointed to the court by Governor Robert D. Orr in 1985, at the age of 38. On March 5, 1987, he was appointed chief justice. A seventh generation Hoosier, he graduated from Princeton University cum laude and from the Yale Law School. Shepard was judge of the Vanderburgh Superior Court from 1980 to 1985. He earlier served as executive assistant to Mayor Russell Lloyd of Evansville and as special assistant to the undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Shepard was also chairman of Indiana's State Student Assistance Commission, and he was trustee and chairman of the board of advisors for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Chief Justice has also served as a member of the ABA's Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. The lecture is sponsored by the School of Law and the student groups APALSA, BLSA, LLSA, and MELSA.



On Oct. 28 in room 122 at noon there will be a panel discussion sponsored by the Indiana State Bar Association about what a bar association membership can do for you. Panel speakers will be Frank Motley, Vi Taliaferro, and Chris Hagenow. Pizza and soda will be provided.


On Wednesday, Oct. 30, representatives of the School of Law and the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs will be meeting for "Taking Law to the Next Level," a discussion of joint degree opportunities with the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the highest ranked public university in the field of public administration (US News & World Report, 2002). This event will take place at 4:30 p.m. in room 216.

The discussion will cover opportunities for professionals with joint degrees, the JD/MPA and the JD/MSES. Learn about admission / degree requirements and speak to current joint degree students during this informative session pizza and beverage will be served.

SPEA offers concentrations in Comparative and International Affairs, Economic Development, Environmental Policy and Natural Resource Management, Information Systems, Local Government Management, Non-Profit Management, Policy Analysis, Public Financial Administration, and Public Management.


Professor Jeannine Bell will discuss her book Policing Hatred: Law Enforcement, Civil Rights, and Hate Crime at Borders (in Eastland Plaza) on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2002 at 2:00 p.m.


Professor Fred Cate delivered the keynote address, "Privacy in an Age Without Information," at the International Association of Privacy Officers Privacy & Data Security Academy in Chicago, and he spoke on "Privacy Issues Facing the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturing Community" at a conference on Legal and Ethical Challenges for a Changing Health Care Industry co-sponsored by the IU-Indianapolis Law School's Center for Law and Health and Eli Lilly & Co.

Professor Jeff Stake attended two conferences in October, presenting a paper on homeowners' association voting rules to the Midwest Law and Economics Association meeting and a paper on bird territoriality and adverse possession to the Society for Evolutionary Analysis of Law



The ABA Commission on Law and Aging's is inaugurating a "Law and Aging Student Essay Competition," open to all current law student in ABA-accredited law schools, as well as to those who have graduated within the last year. Essays should focus on public policy or practice issues in serving socialy, economically, or physically vulnerable older persons.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the first- ($5,000), second-($3,000), and third-place ($1,000) winners, as well as up to ten honorable mentions ($100). In addition, the winning essays will be published as monographs and widely distributed throughout the law and aging field. Entries should be received by April 1, 2003.

Notre Dame's is sponsoring its tenth annual Feminist Jurisprudence Writing Competition. The competition is open to all law students at American and Canadian law schools, and any topic within the broad category of feminist jurisprudence is acceptable. All entries must be original, unpublished work, and must not exceed 50 pages including notes. Co-authored essays are allowed. A prize of $1,000 will be awarded. The winning author(s) will be invited to Notre Dame Law School to present the winning paper and recieve the award during the 2003-04 school year. The deadline for submission is June 1, 2003.

Details about both of these competitions and many others are available from the Student Affairs Office.



Thursday, Oct. 31, is the Indianapolis Bar Association take-a-student-to-lunch event. Next Monday, Nov. 4, the Career Services Office will hold an orientation for first-year students at noon in room 123.



3Ls and international students will register on Monday, Oct. 28.

2Ls will register on Tuesday, Oct. 29.

1Ls will have their spring course divisions placed in their mailboxes on Nov. 4.

As always, contact the Recorder's Office if you are unable to register at your assigned time. Also as always, the above times supersede the times assigned by the university, which you should have received by mail.

Spring class schedules, course description packets, and registration materials will be available on Wednesday, Oct. 16, outside the Recorder's Office or placed in your mailslots.

Spring 2003 registration for outside (non-law) courses starts on Thursday, Oct. 24, and continues until early November. Joint degree students need to contact their counterpart department for instructions on how to register with the other schools. Also, students requesting outside course approval need written approval from Dean Fromm before registering. These forms are on the bookshelf in the Recorder's Office.



The Children and the Law Discussion Group is organizing a Halloween party for children of students, faculty, and staff on Oct. 31 from 3:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m. at the Law School. Faculty, administrators, and student organizations will open their doors for trick-or-treating, a list of open rooms will be provided. Anyone who is interested in opening their office for trick-or-treating please e-mail Sara at Everyone with kids, bring them in costume to trick-or-treat!



The Environmental Law Society (ELS) and the Environmental Law Research Group (ELRG) are seeking to hire a 2L or 3L (3L preferred) to assist students in research that they are conducting for client-attorneys. Experience or a class in environmental law is preferred, but not necessary. The deadline for applying is Nov. 4. The work starts on Nov. 11 and will last for the remainder of the fall semester (about 4 weeks). There is a possibility of renewal in the spring. The research assistant will work approximately 6 hours per week, and we are offering $10 per hour for the remainder of fall semester.

The person hired will be responsible for working closely with ELRG volunteers under the supervision of the ELRG Director, in order to assist students in their research, help them improve their research and writing skills, and ensure a timely, high quality product for our clients. To apply, please provide a resume, a writing sample, and the name of at least one faculty reference to Jeff Hyman (2L mailbox). For questions, email Jeff at (


ALL e-mail about reserving classrooms must be sent to BL-LAW-EVENTS. Debbie Eads will no longer be scheduling rooms, so it will avail you naught to drop by her office. Mail must be sent to the correct address, bl-law-events (for Outlook users) or (for non-Outlook users). Please include the 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 before the event and 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!


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.


Oct. 28: ISBA panel discussion, noon, room 122

Registration begins

Oct. 29:

Oct. 30: Law/SPEA joint degree meeting, room 216, 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 31: ISBA Take a Student to Lunch

Children's trick-or-treating, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Nov. 1: Randall Shepard, noon, Moot Court Room

BLSA Gong Show, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Axis Nightclub

Nov. 3: Jeannine Bell book talk, 2:00 p.m., Borders Bookstore

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