Indiana Law Annotated Vol. 28 No. 6 (February 14, 2005)

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The Law School and the International Law Society are hosting the regional round of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition from Friday, Feb. 18, through Sunday, Feb. 20.

The Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition resumes this week with the octo-final rounds. Octo-final matches will take place at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. from Monday, Feb. 14, through Thursday, Feb. 17. All (except current competitors, of course) are invited to attend these rounds and next week's rounds, which will culminate in the finals on Feb. 25. Check the lobby for the schedule. Good luck, everyone.


ACS Bar Night

The American Constitution Society (ACS) will meet from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the back room of the Crazy Horse.


Alumnus McGowan to Speak about Forensic Accounting and Litigation

Career Services is hosting a presentation by Patrick McGowan, of the Investigative and Dispute Services department of Ernst & Young in Chicago, at 2 p.m. in the Career Services Office. McGowan, a 2004 graduate of the Law School, will speak on "Forensic Accounting and the Role of the Financial Expert in Litigation."


Center for Law, Society, and Culture to Host First Workshop on Feb. 23

In an effort to bring together the Law and Society community across the Bloomington campus, the Law School's Center for Law, Society, and Culture is initiating a workshop series to discuss works-in-progress by graduate students and faculty. One of the principal aims of the workshops will be to facilitate the exchange of ideas related to interdisciplinary approaches to legal issues. The first presenter will be Ethan Michelson, assistant professor of sociology and East Asian Languages and Cultures. Professor Michelson will be presenting his paper, "Global Institutions, Indigenous Meaning: Lessons from Chinese Law for the New Institutionalism," at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 23, in the Faculty Conference Room (room 335). All students are welcome to attend.

Barrister's Ball: Feb. 25

The Black Law Student Association (BLSA) will host the annual Barrister's Ball from 7 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Feb. 25, at the Bloomington Convention Center. Tickets will go on sale this week.

Singing for Summer Salaries: March 2

The Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) will host its annual Singing for Summer Salaries fundraising event at noon on Wednesday, March 3, in the Moot Court Room. Mark your calendars. More details will be coming soon.

Phi Delta Phi Blood Drive: March 3

Donate blood, and save a life! Phi Delta Phi will be sponsoring its spring blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, in the Student Lounge. During the next few weeks, students, faculty, and staff can sign up early to donate to avoid waiting on the day of the blood drive. There will be tables set up during the lunch hour for early sign-up on Wednesday and Thursday of the next two weeks and on the Tuesday and Wednesday before the blood drive. Please help us meet our goal of 50 donors! Thank you.


Professor Kevin Brown was a panelist on the panel titled "Human Rights" at the "Mid-Atlantic People of Color Conference" held at Brandeis Law School on the campus of the University of Louisville on Friday, Feb. 4.

Professor Daniel Conkle recently participated in a conference at Universit‚ Paris II (Panth‚on-Assas) in Paris. The conference addressed "La Conception Americaine de la Laicit‚" (The American Conception of Church-State Relations). Conkle's paper was titled "Religious Expression and Symbolism in the American Constitutional Tradition: Governmental Neutrality, But Not Indifference."

On Feb. 11, Professor Joseph Hoffmann presented a talk on "The Protection of Innocence: The Massachusetts Governor's Council on Capital Punishment" at the Notre Dame Law School. On Feb. 14, Hoffmann will be lecturing at the University of Chicago Law School about the new "lay participation" system for Japanese criminal trials. This weekend, Hoffmann will be a featured speaker at "RebLaw 11," a national conference for "rebellious lawyering" held annually at Yale Law School. Hoffmann's presentation at Yale will be about the Massachusetts Governor's Council Report and its impact on the death penalty abolition movement.

Professor Leandra Lederman presented a paper, "Do Attorneys Affect Outcomes in Tax Court Cases?: An Empirical Study" at a faculty workshop at Cincinnati Law School on Feb. 7. The paper was co-authored with economist Warren Hrung.


Bailiffs Needed for Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition

Bailiffs are still needed this week and next week for the Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition. Being a bailiff provides a great opportunity to observe oral arguments. And, everyone knows that bailiffs are sexy. Please sign up by the Moot Court Office on the ground floor.

Professor Bell Looking for Research Assistant

Professor Jeannine Bell is looking for a research assistant to help with an article on the effectiveness of torture in foreign and domestic contexts. Experience with human rights law or international law is a plus. Interested students should contact Professor Bell at

Snyder Visiting Scholar: Applications Due Feb. 25

Dr. Earl A. Snyder, an alumnus of the Law School and Cambridge University, has generously provided support for one Indiana Law student (current 2L, 3L, LLM, or SJD) to work at the Research Centre for International Law of Cambridge University during the fall of 2005 (September through November). Most students selected in past years have been graduating 3Ls. A current 2L, if selected, would need to take a leave of absence for the fall 2005 semester. Dr. Snyder will provide air fare, housing, a meal allowance, and a small stipend. The Snyder Scholar will be in residence for about three months and will conduct extensive research, primarily of his or her own development. Because the Centre expects the Snyder Scholar to work on an international law project, applicants must have had international law courses or equivalent courses. The Snyder Scholar should also be committed to further study of or practice in international law. Demonstrating a commitment to international law study can be done by listing courses taken in the international law area, research performed in international law topics, employment in the international arena, knowledge of foreign languages, germane career goals, germane extracurricular activities, and so on.

Faculty will comprise the preliminary selection committee. The final selection will be made by the Cambridge University Director in March. Applicants should provide a resume, a statement of commitment to international law, and a personal research agenda. Return your completed applications to Dale Calabrese in room 024 by Friday, Feb. 25. If you would like more information, please see Dean Fromm.

Housing and Roommate Information

The Housing Board on the ground floor across from the SLA Bookstore is now maintained by the Admissions Office. If you wish to post a housing notice, please submit your information to the Admissions Office in room 230, or e-mail the details to Dani Weatherford at All notices will be included on the housing information list that is sent out from the Admissions Office, posted on our Web site for admitted students, and posted on the board for you. There will be three categories of housing: Fall information (information from area landlords who have units available for the fall), Roommate information (information about students who are looking for roommates to share housing), and Sublet information (information about apartments that are available for summer sublet).

Scheduling Events

All e-mail about reserving classrooms must be sent to BL-LAW-EVENTS. 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, the length of time room will be needed, the classroom requested, and the number of people attending the event. Requests should be sent at least one week before the event and should 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!

Audio-Video Services

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.


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