Indiana Law Annotated Vol. 28 No. 13 (April 11, 2005)

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Cheryl Saunders, the George P. Smith II Distinguished Visiting Professor-Chair and professor of law at the University of Melbourne Law School, will give a lecture titled "The Use and Abuse of Comparative Constitutional Law" at noon on Tuesday, April 12, in the Moot Court Room.

There will be a reception at noon on Wednesday, April 13, in the lobby for the recipients of the Wallace Teaching Award, the Trustees Teaching Awards, and the Leonard Fromm Public Interest Award.

The Law School's Thai graduate students and Office of International Programs will host the annual Thai New Year party at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, in the Faculty Lounge.

Legal experts will come together for the "Next Generation of Law School Rankings" symposium on Friday, April 15, in the Moot Court Room. The symposium will provide a deeper understanding of law school rankings and their effect on legal education.


Character and Fitness Requirements Informational Talk

Phi Delta Phi will welcome Judge Steven Heimann to the Moot Court Room at noon. Heimann is a member of the Indiana Board of Legal Examiners. Pizza will be served at the talk.


Saunders to Speak on Comparative Constitutional Law

Cheryl Saunders, the George P. Smith II Distinguished Visiting Professor-Chair and professor of law at the University of Melbourne Law School, will give a lecture titled "The Use and Abuse of Comparative Constitutional Law" at noon in the Moot Court Room. Saunders is the associate dean of graduate studies at Melbourne. She also serves as a director of the Melbourne JD program and director of the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies. She has held a personal chair in the faculty since 1989 and is a fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. Saunders specializes in constitutional law and comparative constitutional law, including federalism and intergovernmental relations, constitutional design and change, and constitutional theory. She is presently working on two major projects: the law of intergovernmental relations and a collection of materials on comparative constitutional theory. She teaches subjects in both these areas. In addition to her research and teaching activities, Saunders is active in public debate on constitutional matters in Australia and internationally. As deputy chair of the Australian Constitutional Centenary Foundation, she was closely involved in its pioneering work to encourage public understanding of the Australian Constitution. She has also been involved in aspects of constitutional design in other countries, including Fiji, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, and East Timor.

ISBA Reps to Speak about Solo and Small Firm Practice

Marc Matheny and Steve Terrell of the Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) will visit the Law School at 12:20 p.m. in room 125 to discuss solo and small law firm practice. Matheny and Terrell are Indianapolis lawyers with a combined 45 years of experience in the solo and small practice settings. They are also organizers of ISBA's annual Small Firm and Solo Practice Conference, which is scheduled for South Bend in early June. Professor William Henderson, who attended the 2004 conference to develop his Law Firm as a Business Organization course, praised the conference as "an eye-opening and wholly positive experience." The ISBA is offering discounted registration fees for law students. If you want learn more about the small firm and solo practice context and the June 2005 ISBA conference, please attend today's program. Lunch will be provided. If you have any questions, please contact Henderson at


Examining the Reagan/Meese Agenda

The American Constitution Society is sponsoring a panel titled, "To What Extent Have Ideological Conservatives Successfully Influenced Constitutional Meaning Over the Last 25 Years, and What Remains on Their Agenda?" at noon in the Moot Court Room. Professors Pat Baude, Dawn Johnsen, and Jeff Stake will lead the discussion. Pizza will be provided.

Teaching Awards Ceremony

There will be a ceremony at noon in the lobby to celebrate the Wallace Teaching Award (for last year and this year), the Trustees Teaching Awards, and the Leonard Fromm Public Interest Award.

Law School Celebrates Thai New Year

The Law School will celebrate "Songkran," the Thai New Year, at 4 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge. Come enjoy performances and food starting at 4 p.m., and the traditional "water sprinkling" on the back patio at 5:30 p.m. This annual party is sponsored by the Thai graduate students and the Office of International Programs.


ILS Final Meeting of Semester

The International Law Society (ILS) will hold its last meeting of the year at noon in room 122. Elections will be held at this time. If you are interested in running for a position, please e-mail It was a wonderful year, and we hope everyone can make it to the meeting. Pizza will be provided.


"Next Generation of Law School Rankings" Symposium

Legal experts will gather for the "Next Generation of Law School Rankings" symposium to be held in the Moot Court Room. The U.S. News & World Report's annual law school rankings are the 800-pound gorilla of legal education. Although met with varying degrees of skepticism and hostility, the U.S. News rankings affect virtually all aspects of law school operations. A myriad of alternative rankings have emerged in recent years, seeking better and more accurate ways of measuring law school performance. The goal of this symposium is to provide a deeper understanding of rankings and their effect on legal education. The participants in this symposium will examine the need for law school rankings; the effect of rankings on legal education; and the various new approaches to addressing the public's insatiable demand for ever more and increasingly sophisticated rankings, which permeate not only legal education but also all aspects of American life. The conference is made possible through the generous financial support of Foundation Press, Thomson-West Publishing, and the Law School. Papers will be published in a symposium issue of the Indiana Law Journal. For the conference schedule and participants, visit

PAD Sponsors Annual Fashion Show

Phi Alpha Delta (PAD) law fraternity is sponsoring their annual fashion show at the 9th Street Bar. The show starts at 7 p.m. Light snacks will be provided, and there will be great drink specials! Come see your fellow law students wearing the latest trends in fashion. Admission will be $5 if you donate a piece of clothing, $7 without. Buy your tickets during lunch this week, or at the door.


Hunter on Europe's Muslim Issues

Dr. Shireen Hunter will present "Europe's Muslim Challenge" from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, in the Indiana Memorial Union Georgian Room. Hunter is the Islam Program Director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. She has served as director of the Mediterranean Studies program with the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels (1994-1998), as deputy director of the Middle East Program CSIS (1983-1993), as a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution, and as a research fellow at the Harvard Center for International Affairs. Her fields of expertise include Iran, the Persian Gulf, Southwest Asia, Islamic revivalism, Middle East political and economic issues, the Transcaucasus, and Central Asia.

End of Semester Celebration

Celebrate the last day of classes at Tutto Bene with live jazz performed by your classmates! Come check out the Rodney Glover Quartet (fronted by 3L Rodney Glover on alto sax and featuring 3L Chris Rasmussen on drums) on Wednesday, April 20, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. The group, which also includes IU jazz majors Joe Sheehan on piano and Brian Holtz on upright bass, will perform its take on jazz standards, as well as original compositions by Glover and Sheehan. The cover charge is $3. Tutto Bene is located on the southwest corner of 3rd and Rogers Streets, west of the square. Visit the Tutto Bene Web site at If you have questions, please e-mail Glover at or Rasmussen at

Student Reception for 3Ls

A student reception for 3Ls will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, at the IU Art Museum. Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served.


Professor Sarah Jane Hughes was a featured speaker on a panel on what Check 21 means for the future of negotiability and whether it is time to create laws to handle "electronic payments" beyond those already in existence. The panel took place at the American Bar Association's Business Section Spring Meeting in Nashville, Tenn., on April 2.

Professor Rob Fischman delivered the 2005 Distinguished Lecture in Environmental Law at Florida State University Law School on April 4. The title of the lecture, which will be published in the FSU Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law, was "The Significance of National Wildlife Refuges in the Development of U.S. Conservation Policy." Fischman also gave a faculty colloquium at FSU during his visit. The topic of his talk was "The Problem of Harm in the Endangered Species Act."

Professor Hannah Buxbaum moderated a panel titled, "Exploring the Breakdown of the Public-Private Divide in International Law and Lawmaking," at the annual meeting of the American Society of International Law.


Deadline Approaching for PMBR Sign-up

The deadline to sign up for PMBR through the school is 1 p.m. on Monday, April 18. You can still sign up through Friday, April 22, online or by mailing in your application. PMBR has a six-day class (on learning the six subjects covered on the MBE) and a three-day class (on test- taking techniques and a simulated MBE exam) to help prepare you for the MBE (multiple choice questions) on the bar exam. There are 48 states that require the MBE. Your PMBR reps are 3Ls Rene Castellanos, Sylvia Bier, and Michelle Cosby; 2Ls Kevin Mason and LaTonia Lee; and 1L Jess Reagan. Stop by the table for more information on how PMBR can help you pass the bar the first time.

PILF to Sponsor Work-A-Day

The Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) is sponsoring Work-A-Day (WAD). Please volunteer to donate one day's salary from the summer to benefit those who are working for the public interest. All donations will be matched by the university and go toward Summer Fellowships to benefit students working in public interest jobs. Any donation helps. Stop by the WAD table at lunch to fill out your pledge form.

Class of 2005 Pledge Campaign Heating Up

Imagine a future without law journals, moot court, scholarships, clinics, student organizations, and speakers like Feisal Istrabadi (JD'88), Iraq's ambassador to the United Nations. You have just imagined the Law School if alumni support were to cease to exist. A law school without alumni support has no future! Tuition and state assistance combined provide no funding for the mission-critical student programs that raise the reputation of the school and the value of our degrees. Help ensure the future of our school by joining the community of alumni who support the school. Make a pledge to the Funding Our Future Class of 2005 Pledge Campaign! The class pledge will be presented to Dean Robel during commencement, and we want to top the class of 2004, which raised $40,000 in pledges from 30 percent of the class. Look for more details from the Funding Our Future Committee, or contact Dave Clark ( or Renea Vealey Hill (

Attention Graduating Students

Believe it or not, it is time to begin the planning for the graduation display for the lobby. As we have done in the past, we will display a collage of pictures, memorabilia, and clippings from your three years of law school. We have already gathered a few things, but the real source of such items is you. We will return all the items to you following Memorial Day. We would like to include: pictures (students, events, weddings, children) depicting your lives while law students; memorabilia, including Law School T-shirts, cups, and posters from events that occurred during the three years; plaques, trophies and awards; and newspaper clippings about you, a fellow 3L, or the Law School (These can be local paper clippings or from your hometown. Be sure to include what newspaper the article is from and the date of the article). Anything that has significance to you, that will fit in the display case, and that is in reasonably good taste can be included. Please get these items to us as soon as possible. Each item must have a completed form attached that includes your name and return address. You can pick up these forms at the Reference Desk or in the Library Office. For pictures, submit the full name of each person in the picture, the event or place where the picture was taken, and the year in which it was taken. All comments or reminiscences must be signed, although we will not necessarily use your name in the display. We reserve the right to omit any item if needed. Give items to the librarians in the reference in the Reference Office or to the assistant to the Law Library director. To ensure that we have all the necessary information to return the items, do not just leave them in the office or at the Circulation Desk.

Indiana University Librarian's Association Bloomington Book Sale 2005

Bibliophiles will want to mark their calendars for the Indiana University Librarians Association (InULA) Annual Book Sale on Saturday, April 16, and Sunday, April 17, in the IU Bloomington Main Library, room E174. A $20 fee is required for admittance to the Preview Sale on Saturday, which will be held from 9 a.m. to noon. Admission is free from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Most books will be offered for reduced prices on Sunday: half-price from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and $2 per bag from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The sale will close from 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. InULA accepts book donations to the sale until Tuesday, April 12. All kinds of books are welcome, as well as journals/magazines, posters, audio cassettes, videos, and CDs. InULA will provide a letter of receipt to donors for tax purposes. Donations to the InULA book sale may be made by contacting Sherri Michaels at 855-9857,, or David Frasier at (Note: Please contact Michaels or Frasier before bringing any donations to the library.) A nonprofit organization, InULA supports professional development and continuing education for librarians and provides scholarships in the field of library and information science. For more information about the InULA Book Sale, contact Michaels or Liz Goldberg at

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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