Indiana Law Annotated Vol. 28 No. 7 (February 21, 2005)

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The Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition continues this week with the quarter-final, semi-final, and final rounds. All students (except current competitors) are invited to attend. Check the lobby for the complete schedule. The Law School extends thanks to all participating judges and to our sponsor, Bose McKinney & Evans. Good luck, everyone.

Judge Andrew Effron of the U.S. Court of Appeals with the U.S. Armed Forces will present "A Life in Public Service" from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 21.

Judge Bruce Selya of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit will be a jurist in residence on Friday, Feb. 25. During his visit, Selya will give a presentation on judicial clerkships. For details regarding Selya's visit, see Dean Fromm or Dean Keller.


Judge Effron on "A Life in Public Service"

Judge Andrew Effron of the U.S. Court of Appeals with the U.S. Armed Forces will present "A Life in Public Service" from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Visit the Career Services Office for the location. Effron was appointed by President Clinton to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces in 1996. The Court is composed of five civilian judges appointed for 15-year terms and exercises world-wide appellate jurisdiction over court-martial cases involving U.S. military personnel. Effron previously served in both the legislative and executive branches of government. He served as general counsel and minority counsel of the Senate Armed Services Committee; as an attorney-adviser in the Department of Defense Office of General Counsel; in the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Fort McClellan, Alabama; and as a legislative aide to the late Representative William A. Steiger. He is a graduate of Harvard College, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Harvard Political Review; of Harvard Law School, where he served as executive editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review; and of the Judge Advocate General's School, U.S. Army.

Moot Court Quarter-final Matches

Quarter-final matches for the Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition will take place at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the Moot Court Room.


Moot Court Quarter-final Matches

Quarter-final matches for the Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition will take place at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the Moot Court Room.


Michelson on "Lessons from Chinese Law for the New Institutionalism"

Ethan Michelson, assistant professor of sociology and East Asian Languages and Cultures at IU, will present his paper, "Global Institutions, Indigenous Meaning: Lessons from Chinese Law for the New Institutionalism," at noon in the Faculty Conference Room (room 335). All students are welcome to attend. Michelson's presentation is the first in a series of workshops hosted by the Law School's Center for Law, Society, and Culture. In an effort to bring together the Law and Society community across the Bloomington campus, the Center for Law, Society, and Culture initiated the 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.

PILF General Meeting

The Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) will hold its next general meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 23. Check with your friendly neighborhood PILF representative for the time and location. The agenda items include Singing for Summer Salaries, summer scholarships, and the new Health Care Law Foundation. We will also be discussing the all-singing, all-dancing Law School Cabaret (just kidding).


Moot Court Semi-final Matches

Semi-final matches for the Moot Court Competition will take place at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the Moot Court Room.


Alumna Barth and Judge Selya on Judicial Clerkships

Career Services is hosting a presentation on judicial clerkships on Friday, Feb. 25. The Career Services Office will announce the time and location this week. The presentation will feature Judge Bruce Selya of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and Selya's former clerk, Jessica Barth (JD'00), who is currently chief counsel for Wishard Health Services in Indianapolis. Selya will be a jurist in residence throughout the day. Watch for announcements regarding his schedule, or check with Dean Fromm or Dean Keller.

Moot Court Final Match

The final match for the Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition will take place at 7 p.m. in Moot Court Room.

BLSA Barrister's Ball

The Black Law Student Association (BLSA) will host the Law School's swankiest event of the year, the annual Barrister's Ball, from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Bloomington Convention Center. Tickets are currently on sale.


Alumnus Feisal Istrabadi, Iraqi Ambassador to the UN, to Give Public Lecture Next Monday

Feisal Istrabadi (JD'88), Iraq's ambassador to the United Nations and the principle drafter of Iraq's interim constitution, will give a lecture at noon on Monday, Feb. 28, in the Moot Court Room. Previously a trial lawyer in Valparaiso, Ind., Istrabadi returned to his former home, Iraq, to serve as vice president of the Iraqi Forum for Democracy and as an advisor to a member of the country's Governing Council. Istrabadi worked tirelessly for many months on drafting an interim constitution that would satisfy Iraq's divided religious and ethnic groups and extend rights and liberties to Iraqi citizens, who were deprived of such protections under Baath Party rule. The interim constitution, which was approved by the Governing Council in March of 2004, establishes a legal structure for Iraq until a permanent constitution is drafted. This event is free and open to the public.

Dean Robel To Give Town Hall Meeting Next Tuesday

Dean Lauren Robel will host a "Town Hall Meeting" with students at noon on Monday, March 1, in the Moot Court Room. Lunch will be provided.

PILF Singing for Summer Salaries Next Wednesday

The Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) is hosting its annual spring fundraiser, Singing for Summer Salaries, at noon on Wednesday, March 2, in the Moot Court Room. In days the leading up to the event, students, faculty, and staff can visit the PILF table in the lobby to bid on the brave professors who have volunteered to sing in front of the Law School, karaoke-style. The professor with the highest dollar tally wins (or loses, depending on the performance). Proceeds from the event will be allocated to students who are working in public interest law over the summer. For more information, e-mail

Judicial Clerkship Panel Next Thursday

The Career Services Office is hosting a judicial clerkship panel at noon on Thursday, March 3, in room 125.

Phi Delta Phi Blood Drive Next Thursday

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 two 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 this week and on the Tuesday and Wednesday before the blood drive. Please help us meet our goal of 50 donors! Thank you.


Professor Fred Aman's article on the privatization of prisons will be published in Privatisation and Human Rights; in the Age of Globalisation (Intersentia, 2005). Aman and the other authors will present policy implications to a group of European policy makers at a conference at the Maastrict Center for Human Rights on Friday, Feb. 25. The conference will consider privatization initiatives in areas such as drinking water, health services, and social security, and their compatibility with international human rights standards.

Professor Sarah Jane Hughes presented the results of her study of emerging electronic payments systems and the paradigms for regulating them on Jan. 29 at the American Bar Association's Cyberspace Law Subcommittee's Winter Working Meeting, which was held in conjunction with Stanford University's Centers on E-Commerce and on Internet and Society. Hughes's presentation is scheduled for publication later this year in the Business Lawyer. In addition, Hughes gave a presentation on how Check 21 (the Check Clearing for the 21st Century Act) challenges longstanding norms in payments law. This presentation is part of an article on which Hughes has been working.

Professor Seth Lahn has been appointed by ISBA President Clyde D. Compton to a two-year term as chair of the Indiana State Bar Association's Clients' Financial Assistance Fund Committee.

Professor Aviva Orenstein will participate in an IU Poynter Center panel on "The Ethics and Politics of Children" at the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics in San Antonio on Friday, Feb. 25. Orenstein will deliver a talk on "The Ethics of Child Custody: Justice, Intimacy, and Respect for Parents."


Announcing the First Annual Law School Mock Trial Tournament

Impress your friends! Gain courtroom experience! Pad your resume! Plan now to participate in the first annual Law School Mock Trial Tournament, to be held from March 29 to April 3. The rules are simple. The tournament is open to all 2Ls (3Ls may compete only with special permission from Professor Alex Tanford). Find a partner, and sign up by e-mailing Professor Tanford at with the names of both people. Then, go on to fame and fortune as the next Perry Mason. The rules and case file can be downloaded from

Bailiffs Needed for Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition

Bailiffs are still needed this 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.

Phi Alpha Delta Spring Rush: Applications Due Friday

Phi Alpha Delta (PAD) law fraternity is accepting applications for spring rush. Do you want to be part of the world's largest legal fraternity? Do you want to belong to a fraternity that claims presidents, Supreme Court justices, and numerous other famous politicos as members? Experience the networking and countless social and academic opportunities available only to PAD members. Please return applications to 2L Lora Smith's mailbox by Friday, Feb. 25. Remember to write two separate checks: one for the national dues and one for the chapter dues. If you need a copy of the application or have questions, contact John (, Lisa (, or visit

Girl Scout Cookies Have Arrived

Those who ordered Girl Scout Cookies in the Law School lobby last month can pick them up (and pay for them) in Professor Hannah Buxbaum's office (room 314) between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday of this week. If you are unable to come during those hours, please send Professor Buxbaum an e-mail at

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 Friday

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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