Indiana Law Annotated Vol. 28 No. 15 (April 18, 2005)

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The ILA is signing off for the semester. Best wishes to the class of 2005! The ILA will miss you.


Law and Society Brown Bag Workshop

The next meeting of the IU Law and Society Brown Bag Workshop will be held at noon in the Law School's third floor conference room. The presenter will be Philip Parnell, associate professor of criminal justice. Parnell will present his paper, "Law and Hegemony in the Reproduction of Poverty in the Philippines." Hosted 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.


Court of Appeals Oral Argument to Be Heard in Brown County

In an effort to bring the workings of the judicial system closer to the people it serves, the Indiana Court of Appeals will hear oral argument in the matter of Randal S. Burkhart v. State of Indiana at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, at Brown County High School, 235 School House Lane, Nashville, Ind. For more information, contact Matthew Stark, principal of Brown County High School, at 988-6606.

Graduation Party in Law Library

Graduating students and their families are cordially invited to the Law School graduation party to be held from 8 p.m. to midnight on Friday, May 6, in the Law Library.


U.S. Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman has appointed Professor Jim Barnes as a member of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Environmental Management Advisory Board. The board provides advice and makes recommendations on issues relating to the DOE's Environmental Management Program.

The papers from the symposium on "Managing Biological Integrity, Diversity, and Environmental Health in the National Wildlife Refuges," held at the Law School last year, are now published in the current special issue of the Natural Resources Journal. Professor Rob Fischman co-authored (with SPEA conservation biologist, Vicky Meretsky) the introductory essay to the symposium. He also wrote an article published in the same issue on "The Meanings of Biological Integrity, Diversity, and Environmental Health."

Professor Joe Hoffmann is the co-author of the second edition of the successful Comprehensive Criminal Procedure and its condensed counterpart, Criminal Procedure: Investigation and the Right to Counsel (Aspen 2005). The Chicago Tribune published his editorial "No doubt, death penalty reform is difficult" in its "Voice of the People" section on April 23. The article can be found at,1,290910.story.


Mediator Offers Unique Approach to Conflict Resolution

Ike Lasater, a mediator and former trial attorney from San Francisco, is offering two workshops and one introductory session on nonviolent communication techniques. The first workshop, titled, "Workplace Communication: Approaches for Co-workers to Transform Conflict to Increase Harmony and Productivity," will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 29, at the Kelly School of Business, room 201. The cost is $60. The second workshop, titled, "Applying Your Mediation Skills Broadly: Using Nonviolent Communication as an Approach to Conflict in Mediation Practice and in Your Life," will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), room 272. The cost is $100. A special discounted rate of $140 is available for those interested in attending both workshops. A special event, "Introduction to Nonviolent Communication," will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 29, in the SPEA atrium. The event is free and open to the community. For more information, contact Jeff Brown at 320-3842,, or Ingrid Skoog at 333-1982,

Moot Court Interest Forms Due May 2

If you are interested in competing in the 2005-06 Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition, please pick up an interest form on the board outside the Moot Court office, and put it in the envelope by Monday, May 2. The form asks for your partner preference for the competition. You can either choose a partner now, in the fall, or have the Moot Court board randomly assign you a partner in the fall. While you and your partner will receive the same score for joint sections of your brief (Statement of the Case, Argument Summary, etc.) you will receive individual scores for individual portions of the competition (each oral argument, individual issue argument section). Therefore, while you and your partner will work together for portions of the competition, you will advance individually, not as a team. For more information, send an e-mail to

Summer Program in Washington, D.C.

Students who will be living or working in the Washington, D.C., area this summer should consider participating in the Washington Practice Program. The program includes a series of receptions, seminars, and discussions over lunch during June and July designed to acquaint Indiana law students with the nature and range of practice in Washington, D.C., and to expand their networks of contacts with Indiana law alumni, other practitioners, and senior government officials. The sessions also offer insights for job opportunities, techniques for preparing for various kinds of positions, and suggestions for being a successful practitioner. Washington practice has some unique characteristics, and this program provides an insider's perspective. In previous years, students have, among other things, met with former U.S. Representative Lee Hamilton, JD'56, and Senior Judge S. Jay Plager of the U.S Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; been hosted for lunch by Law School alumni who are senior partners at Jones Day, Arnold & Porter, and Akin Gump; and participated in a reception for area alumni hosted by Dean Robel. For more information about the program, contact Professor Jim Barnes (, who will be developing and overseeing the program again this coming summer. Please provide your contact information, e-mail address, anticipated position, workplace (and telephone number if you know it) for the summer, the time you plan to be in D.C., and information about any particular areas or types of practice in which you are interested.

PAD Wins District-Level Awards

The Law School Phi Alpha Delta (PAD) chapter has received numerous awards this year at the district level, which includes Indiana and part of Illinois. PAD won awards for "Best Professional Program" for the fashion show, "Most Successful Fundraiser" for the 1L Brief Binding, and "Best Overall Chapter in the District." Lisa Adelman has been nominated for the Hotchkiss Award for the "Best Law School Chapter Justice." Congratulations, PAD members!

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 (

Scheduling Events

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Audio-Video Services

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