Indiana Law Annotated Vol. 30 No. 7 (February 20, 2006)

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The Moot Court Competition continues throughout the week. See the "Announcements" section for the full schedule.

Dean Lauren Robel will discuss the state of the Law School and the direction it is headed at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the Moot Court Room.

Professor Pat Baude will present the first of the Last Lecture Series presentations at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, in the Student Lounge.


Dean Robel to Discuss State of Law School

Dean Lauren Robel, JD'83, will discuss the state of the Law School and the direction it is headed at noon in the Moot Court Room. There will also be time at the end for you to have your questions answered by Dean Robel. Food will be provided for attendees.


Last Lecture Series

What would you say in the last lecture you ever presented? Come hear Pat Baude, Ralph F. Fuchs Professor of Law and Public Service, in the first installation of the Last Lecture Series at 5 p.m. in the Student Lounge. The Last Lecture Series is an opportunity for a professor to give a lecture as if it were the last lecture he or she would ever give.


Indiana Bar Exam Presentation

The Indianapolis Bar Association's Indiana bar exam presentation is from noon to 1 p.m. in room 124. The presenter is Kelly Scanlan, an attorney for Bose McKinney & Evans. Students need to sign up on their EASE account.

Jurists in Residence

Diane Wood, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and James Carr, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and also the Chair of the Rules Committee for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, will be Jurists in Residence. The judges will speak to all students over the lunch hour in the Moot Court Room. They also will speak in different class forums to the first-year students.

Moot Court Competition Finals

The final round of the Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition is at 7 p.m. in the Moot Court Room. Judges for the event are Diane Wood, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals; James Carr, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and also the Chair of the Rules Committee for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court; Edward Najam Jr., Indiana Court of Appeals; Greg Castanias, JD'90, partner at Jones Day in Washington, D.C.; and Thomas M. Fisher Jr., JD'94, Indiana Solicitor General. All are invited to attend the final argument where the four finalists will compete for the championship.

Indianapolis Bar Association Law Student Division Social

The Indianapolis Bar Association will be having a law student social in Broad Ripple from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Landsharks, 810 Broad Ripple Ave., in Indianapolis. Bloomington students do not need to be a member of the IBA to attend. Cost is $5 per person and includes two drink tickets. Members of the Law School Division will be eligible for a drawing for fun and unusual gifts. If interested, you are encouraged to register for the event at


The current issue of the journal BioScience has an article co-authored by Professor Rob Fischman titled "New Directions in Conservation for the National Wildlife Refuge System." It focuses on the legal, ecological, and on-the-ground management issues involved in implementing a mandate for ensuring the maintenance of biological integrity, diversity, and environmental health on wildlife refuges.


PILF's Singing for Summer Salaries

The Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) will present its annual Singing for Summer Salaries karaoke event at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the Moot Court Room. Bid on your favorite (or least favorite) faculty member, and force them to sing karaoke in front of the entire school. With a Mardi Gras theme, door prizes, an exciting MC, and vocal performances by one of our beloved faculty members, it is sure to be a good time. We will be tabling the week before and look forward to your support. Remember, the money raised during this event will go directly to summer scholarships for students who work for the public interest, and the Law School has pledged to match our funds! Last year we raised almost $5,000. Please help this year be an even bigger success.

Indiana Court of Appeals to Hear Oral Argument in Moot Court Room

The Indiana Court of Appeals is coming to the School of Law. A three-judge panel, which includes Indiana First District Judges L. Mark Bailey, John G. Baker, JD'71, and Edward W. Najam Jr., will hear arguments in the case of Kondra v. Charter One Mortgage Corp at noon on Thursday, March 2, in the Moot Court Room. The case involves an interesting and important question of preemption of state law by federal law. For more information, visit

LRAP Dodgeball Wants You!

Did you know that the average starting salary for public interest jobs is $35,000 a year? Combine this with $80,000 or more debt from law school and you get one big deterrent to taking these jobs. The Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) is dedicated to encouraging and helping those students who want public interest employment but worry about the financial future. To help the cause, the LRAP is hosting a dodgeball tournament which kicks off at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 3, in the SRSC, room MS2. Tabling for sign-up will begin on Monday, Feb. 20, in the Law School lobby. Teams will consist of five players. Team registration will be $25. For more information, e-mail Sara at


2005-2006 Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition

This week the sixteen competitors remaining in the Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition will compete in the quarterfinals on Monday, Feb. 20, and Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. The winners will compete in the semifinal rounds at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23. The final four competitors will argue for the championship on Friday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. All arguments will occur in the Moot Court Room, and the public is invited to attend, including anyone who is no longer in the competition. Consult the posting on the main floor and outside the Moot Court office for a list of the judges and competitors each night. On behalf of the Moot Court Board, thank you to all of the faculty, staff, and alumni who are contributing to the competition this year. Thanks also to our sponsor, Bose McKinney & Evans. Good luck, competitors!

PILF Selling "Hoosier Lawyer?" Shirts

"Hoosier Lawyer?" shirts are back by popular demand, and the Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) is the group bringing them to you. Once again, we have both male and female T-shirts and unisex hooded sweatshirts. Pick up an order form at the table in the lobby this week, or email Gavin Rose at

Law Student's Home Featured on TV Show

On Sunday, Feb. 26, at 10 p.m., 2L James Davis' Bloomington home will be featured on the show, "If Walls Could Talk," which appears on HGTV. Davis owns the Farris House, which was built in 1840. The home has a very rich and unique history, including many connections with IU and was a stop on the underground railroad, complete with hiding places and a tunnel into the basement. The first slave freed in Indiana after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, Robert Anderson, was hiding in the home when it was announced, and Reverend Farris drove him on his wagon to the Monroe Country courthouse the next morning to declare and record Anderson's freedom. A few days later, Anderson became the first freed slave in Indiana to become a landowner when Farris provided him with land and a job. Anderson's ancestors still live on that land today. Learn more about this home's history and its restoration by watching Sunday's show.

Snyder Visiting Scholar

Professor Earl A. Snyder, a 1947 graduate of Indiana Law, has generously provided support for one student (current 2L, 3L, LLM, or SJD) from Indiana University to work at the Research Centre for International Law of Cambridge University during the fall of 2006 (September through November). Students selected in past years have been graduating 3LS. A current 2L or SJD, if selected, would need to take a leave of absence for the fall 2006 semester. Snyder will provide air fare, housing, meal allowance, and a small stipend. The Centre contemplates that the Snyder Scholar will be in residence for about three months and will conduct extensive research, primarily of his/her own development. Because the Centre expects the Snyder Scholar to work on an international law project, applicants must have had international law or equivalent courses. The Snyder Scholar should also be committed to further study of or practice in international law. Demonstrating a commitment can be done by listing courses taken in the international law area, research in international law topics, employment in the international arena, knowledge of languages, career goals, extracurricular activities, etc. Applicants should provide a resume, a statement of commitment to international law, and a personal research agenda. Return your completed applications to Jeanne Criswell in room 022 by Monday, Feb. 27. The preliminary selection committee will be comprised of faculty. The final selection will be made by the Cambridge University Director in March. See Dean Len Fromm with questions.

Cash and Recognition Opportunities

Have you ever stopped to look at the bulletin boards outside of the offices of Student Affairs and the Recorder? If so, you know that there are loads of opportunities to submit your written handiwork and, in return, make yourself eligible for extra cash and resume-enhancing awards! On the board now are contests with substantial top prizes like: $3,000 in the American Judges Association's competition; $2,000 in the International Association of Defense Counsel's contest; and, $1,000 for the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana's contest exclusively for Indiana law students. Contact Susan Kerns, director of Student Services, at if you have any questions.

Professor Pager Seeks Research Assistant

Professor Sean Pager seeks to hire a research assistant, preferably with previous law journal experience, to research materials in comparative constitutional law and international intellectual property law. Send resume and cover letter to, or leave application in faculty mailbox.

Community Mediation Training Planned

The Community Justice and Mediation Center (CJAM) will offer a 32-hour community mediation training between Feb. 21 and March 4. Training sessions will be conducted on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturdays over the two-week period. The lead trainer will be Tina Nabatchi, an IU-SPEA instructor and doctoral student, as well as a CJAM board member, mediator, and facilitator. Participants will learn about the mediation process, the mediator's role, and restorative justice. Communication and conflict resolution skills will be taught through dynamic activities and role-plays. The training is open to the public. Registration forms can be obtained by contacting or calling Amy Dowell at 336-8677. They are also available online at The cost of the training is $250. Payment is due at the time of registration or on the first day of training. Please send a deposit of $10 with your registration form if you decide to pay at the event. Scholarships and fee reductions are available.

Law Library Offers Training for Research Assistants

While these sessions will refresh the research skills that might have become rusty since your first-year Legal Research & Writing course, they will also cover more advanced research skills and subject-specific resources that were not covered in that class. Our goal is to make it easier for each R.A. to find the information that his or her faculty member needs. R.A.'s can sign themselves up for a session, or faculty members can do it for them. If you have any questions or would like to sign up, please contact Liz Goldberg by e-mail ( or phone (855-1886). She would appreciate at least a few days' advance notice. Also, please specify any particular resources or subject areas that you would like covered in the training session.

Get Involved with the Pro Bono Project

Would you like to network with attorneys? Do you need more real-world legal experience in order to find a job or to decide what area of law to pursue? Is there a specialty area of law that you would like to pursue, but do not know how? The Pro Bono Project is pleased to announce that students can accomplish all of the above while earning one B710 credit. As part of the Pro Bono Project, students can work with local attorneys and/or pro se litigants on a variety of cases in a variety of specialty areas. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Diane Walker, District 10 Pro Bono Project coordinator, at

Scheduling Events

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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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