Indiana Law Annotated Vol. 30 No. 12 (April 3, 2006)

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On Thursday, April 6, Indiana Law will hold a symposium titled "Globalization of the Legal Profession" in the Moot Court Room. The purpose of this unique symposium is to initiate dialogue about how globalization is fundamentally changing the work lives and professional opportunities of lawyers in the U.S. and abroad.


ELS to Host Meeting

The Environmental Law Society (ELS) will host its final meeting of the year at noon (room TBA). During the meeting, members will elect next year's board. The meeting will also provide a chance to discuss next year's environmental law course offerings with upper-level students. Lunch will be provided.


PILF General Meeting

The Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) is having its final general meeting at noon in room 120. We'll be wrapping up the year's activities, holding elections for next year, and, of course, feeding you.

Wiethoff to Discuss Rumsfeld v. Fair

The Lambda Law Society presents Carolyn Wiethoff at noon in room 122. Wiethoff, the regional director of Indiana Equality, will host a discussion on Rumsfeld v. Fair, which was handed down by the Supreme Court on March 6. This decision required schools that objected to military discrimination policies to allow military recruiters onto their campuses. As always, pizza will be provided.


Globalization of the Legal Profession

Indiana Law will hold a symposium titled "Globalization of the Legal Profession" in the Moot Court Room. Prominent figures in the global legal industry will explore various interrelated themes on the issues facing legal profession, including law firm strategy, the relevance of geography, the lawmaking role of transnational lawyers, and how cultural norms affect or shape our perceptions of ethical lawyering. The program will include presentation of scholarly papers and responses by symposium participants. All are welcome to attend.

Law and Drama Society Presents Noises Off

Come see the Law and Drama Society perform Michael Frayn's Noises Off at 8 p.m. in the Moot Court Room. This outrageous comedy follows the love, lies, and deceit that take place behind the scenes as a group of ridiculously inept stage actors rehearse a play. Tickets will be on sale in the lobby during lunch or at the door for the low price of $3. If you enjoyed last year's presentation of Neil Simon's Rumors, you will be sure to laugh your way through this comedy. We hope to see you there!


On March 31, 2006, Professor Jeannine Bell presented an article on the effectiveness of torture as part the Illinois Law School Criminal Law Colloquium. Earlier this term, she received a $30,000 grant from Indiana University's Faculty Research Support Program to provide research assistance for her project investigating the links between housing integration and hate crime.

Professor Dawn Johnsen was featured in the Indianapolis Monthly magazine in an article titled "Choosing Her Battles." The piece chronicles Johnsen's rise to the national scene in defense of reproductive rights and the years she spent as a "star" in some of Washington D.C.'s hottest legal jobs from White House counsel on women's issues and legal director at the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League to assistant attorney general under Janet Reno in the Office of Legal Counsel. In the article, Reno names Johnsen an "incredible legal talent," and "peers have [her] pegged as a future federal judge or U.S. Attorney General."


Justice Boehm to Discuss State Constitutional Law

The American Constitution Society welcomes Indiana Supreme Court Justice Theodore R. Boehm, who will discuss state constitutional law at noon on Monday, April 10, in the Moot Court Room. In recent decades, some state courts have interpreted their constitutions to provide rights and liberties with greater protection than the federal courts have found under the U.S. Constitution. Our system of federalism sets federal constitutional protections as a minimum, but allows states to go beyond, and in entirely different directions. As new appointments continue to move federal courts to the ideological right, will state constitutions provide meaningful alternative sources of progressivism and protection for individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, and basic human dignity? Please join us for this discussion!


PILF's Work-A-Day

The Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) summer scholarships for students who have public interest jobs don't fund themselves. If you're interested in donating a day's worth of your summer salary to help out, stop by the table in the lobby from April 3 to April 14.

Housing Information

The Housing Board on the ground floor across from the SLA Bookstore will be maintained by the Admissions Office. All information currently posted there will be removed. If you wish to post a housing notice, please provide the information to the Admissions Office, room 230, or e-mail the details to Dani Weatherford, The information will be put on the housing information list sent out from the office, posted on our Web site for admitted students and posted on the board for you. Information will be available from area landlords who have units available for the fall, students who are looking for roommates to share housing, and apartments that are available for summer sublet.

Governor Seeks Student to Serve on Commission

Governor Mitch Daniels seeks a student to serve a two-year term as a full voting member of the Commission for Higher Education. The term will begin on July 1, 2006, and terminate on June 30, 2008. This student should be able to spend one weekend per month traveling to meeting locations to serve on this commission. Compensation is $50 per meeting and gas and hotel expenditure reimbursements. Students must be enrolled in an Indiana public university until May 2008 and use Indiana in their permanent address. Applications for this position are due by April 26. Interested students should contact Becca Polcz at for additional information and an application.

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 want to do a collage of pictures, memorabilia and clippings regarding your three years of law school. We have already gathered a few things, but the real source of such items is all of you. We will return all the items to you following Memorial Day. Here is what we would like to include: pictures (students, events, weddings, children) depicting some aspect of your lives while law students; memorabilia including law school T-shirts, cups, posters from events that occurred during the three years; plaques, trophies or awards won can be included; clippings from any newspaper article about you, a fellow third year, or the law school during the three years. 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, will fit in the display case, and 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 the address where you want it returned. You can pick up these forms at the Reference Desk or in the Library Office. For pictures, the full name of each person in the picture, the event or where the picture was taken and what year 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 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.

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.

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 the 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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