Indiana Law Annotated Vol. 28 No. 14 (April 18, 2005)

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A new date has been set for the ACS panel on the Reagan/Meese agenda. The panel will convene at noon on Monday, April 18, in the Moot Court Room.


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.


OutLaw Final Semester Meeting

OutLaw will be holding its final meeting of the semester at 10 a.m. in room 406A in the library. The meeting will include discussing the plan for next year and electing officers.

WLC Final Semester Meeting

The Women's Law Caucus (WLC) will hold its last meeting of the year at noon (room TBA). New officers will be elected, and Janet Rumple will give a presentation on public interest clinical opportunities.


Hunter on Europe's Muslim Issues

Dr. Shireen Hunter will present "Europe's Muslim Challenge" from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 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) 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. at the IU Art Museum. Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served.

Law Journals to Host Open Houses

The law journals are hosting open houses at 4:30 p.m. in their respective offices. Snacks will be provided.


Law and Society Brown Bag Workshop

The next meeting of the IU Law and Society Brown Bag Workshop will be held at noon on Wednesday, April 27, in the Law School's third floor conference room. The presenter will be Philip Parnell, associate professor of criminal justice. Parnell will be presenting his paper, "Law and Hegemony in the Reproduction of Poverty in the Philippines." Presented by the Law School's Center for Law, Society and Culture, these brown bag workshops present works-in-progress by graduate students and faculty. Drinks and snacks will be provided. This will be the last workshop for the Spring 2005 semester.


Professor Rob Fischman has recently published an article titled, "Laws Governing Forestry," in the new online encyclopedia supported by the U.N. and designed to serve as a reference source for sustainable development. His entry appears in the volume, "Environmental Laws and Their Enforcement," which is part of the Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (UNESCO & Eolss Publishers 2005), To find the article, click on "Access for Institutions" (on the left), then click "Welcome to EOLSS Online," and pull up a search page. Search for "Fischman." He also wrote an opinion piece, "No Refuge Is an Island," published by the online environmental magazine, Grist. In this essay, Fischman criticizes the terms of the current debate over drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He suggests that Congress consider the broader integrity of the refuge system, which comprises a web of individual wildlife refuges. The link is:

Professor Dan Conkle recently participated in a panel discussion in New York City on "Religion, Politics, and the Future of America: A National Discussion." Fellow panelists included Christian and Islamic religious leaders and representatives of the American Jewish Congress, the York Civil Liberties Union, People for the American Way, and the Arab-American Institute.

Professor Dawn Johnsen gave an opening talk at a three-day conference, cosponsored by Yale Law School and the American Constitution Society, on "The Constitution in the Year 2020," which was inspired by an article she wrote in the Indiana Law Journal a few years ago on the Reagan/Meese conservative constitutional agenda. Three IU Bloomington law students were among the more than 500 students, academics, and practitioners who attended the conference. More than 30 law schools were represented at the conference.

Professor Christiana Ochoa presented a talk on the role of the individual in the formation and interpretation of customary international law in light of the Supreme Court's recent decision in Sosa v. Alvarez-Machain at the sixth annual IUPUI Symposium Highlighting the Research of Faculty, Staff and Students of Color held on April 15.


Five Professors Honored at Teaching Awards Ceremony

Students, faculty, and staff gathered at noon in the lobby on Wednesday, April 13, for the annual law faculty teaching awards ceremony. The Law School community is pleased to congratulate Professor Ajay Mehrotra and Professor A. James Barnes, the recipients of the Trustees Teaching Award; Professor Amy Applegate, the recipient of the Leonard Fromm Public Interest Award; Professor Susan Williams, the recipient of the 2004 Leon Wallace Teaching Award; and Professor Aviva Orenstein, the recipient of the 2005 Leon Wallace Teaching Award.

An ELRG Win!

On April 6, the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled in favor of Bloomington residents who sued to compel the clean-up of PCB contamination at local Superfund sites. The Environmental Law Research Group (ELRG) supported pro bono attorney Mick Harrison in appealing the U.S. District Court's August 2003 dismissal. Congratulations and thank you to the student volunteers who researched and wrote sections of the appellate brief. The case is Frey v. E.P.A., 2005 WL 767057 (7th Cir. (Ind.) Apr. 6, 2005).

Faculty Edge Students in Assembly Hall Thriller

For the first time in memory, Law School faculty narrowly won a hard-fought basketball game against the students, 48-45, on April 6 at Assembly Hall. The "Most Valuable Player" award is still being hotly contested.

Court of Appeals of Indiana: Horn v. Hendrickson Decision

On Nov. 18, the Court of Appeals of Indiana visited the Law School to hear an oral argument for an appeal involving Indiana's wrongful death statute. The court's decision in Horn v. Hendrickson is available at

Deadline Approaching for PMBR Sign-up

The deadline to sign up for PMBR through the school is 1 p.m. on Monday, April 18. Students can still sign up through Friday, April 22, online or by mailing in the 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 students 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.

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 without alumni support. 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 (

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