Indiana Law Annotated Vol. 30 No. 14 (April 17, 2006)

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As Indiana Law heads into the final week of classes, please be mindful of students preparing for final exams. Thank you.


SELS Speaker Panel

The Sports and Entertainment Law Society (SELS) will host a speaker panel at noon, room TBA. Speakers include Professor Robert Meitus and Assistant General Counsel for the NCAA Scott Bearby, JD'92. They will be speaking at length about sports and entertainment law as well as fielding the well-thought-out questions you prepared ahead of time. For SELS members, elections will be held directly thereafter, so make sure to get your nominations in by Tuesday, April 18. If you've ever thought about a career in sports/entertainment or you just like talking to people older than you, this is a can't miss. SELS hopes to see you there.


Associate Dean John Applegate recently published a white paper for the Center for Progressive Reform, entitled "Strategies for Closing the Chemical Data Gap." It offers a series of proposals for addressing the problem that neither industry nor government has gathered the data necessary to be confident that the majority of high-production toxic chemicals used in the U.S. are, in fact, safe. Applegate also served on a National Academy of Sciences committee that just issued its report, "Tank Wastes Planned for On-Site Disposal at Three Department of Energy Sites." The committee report finds that DOE's plans for the Hanford, Savannah River, and Idaho sites are "workable" but that greater attention needs to be given to several aspects of the program, including long-term management of the wastes.

Professor Kenneth Dau-Schmidt was the guest lecturer at the 28th annual Kenneth M. Piper Lecture. His talk, titled, "The Future of Collective Bargaining," was given on March 28 at the Chicago-Kent College of Law. He is currently visiting China to deliver a public lecture at Fudan University.


PMBR Enrollment Deadline

The PMBR enrollment deadline is fast approaching. 3Ls must enroll by Friday, April 21, to receive three free CDs with your class; 1Ls and 2Ls lock in your rate now to save later. Pick-up an enrollment form from noon to 2 p.m. April 17 through 20 at the PMBR table in the lobby. Or see your class representatives for more information: 3Ls should see LaTonia Lee or Kevin Mason; 2Ls, Camille Johnson or Emily Tamlyn; and 1Ls, Erin Hittinger. If you have PMBR questions, please e-mail Camille at The six-day class in Bloomington is May 8 through 13. The three-day class is tentatively from July 14 through 16. Enroll today.

Class of 2006 Pledge Campaign

Attention Class of 2006! Graduation is fast approaching, and now is your chance to make your pledge to the "Opportunity. Pass it On." Class of 2006 Pledge Campaign. The Class Pledge will be presented to the dean during commencement and will show the faculty how much you appreciate the education that you received and your commitment to ensure that the next generation of students enjoy the same and better opportunities. Our goal is to reach 50 percent participation from the class your pledge in any amount is very much appreciated. For more information, please contact Maurice Williams, or visit the table in the lobby during lunchtime from April 17 to 19 to make your pledge, which will make you eligible to win a beautiful law school diploma frame.

2006 Teaching Awards

The Indiana Law community extends congratulations to winners of this year's teaching awards. The Trustees Award, Leon H. Wallace Teaching Award, and Leonard D. Fromm Public Interest Faculty Award, granted annually, serve as highly-coveted emblems for our faculty's continued and steadfast commitment to quality instruction. "The teachers who are honored today exhibit the very best in creative, demanding, and effective teaching," said Dean Robel. "The opportunity to make such awards is not only cause for celebration, it is an important institutional statement on our part. It enables us, as an institution, to recognize and honor teaching." A student committee selected Professors Cynthia Reichard, Don Gjerdingen, and Joe Hoffmann to receive the 2006 Trustees Teaching Award. The Leon H. Wallace Teaching Award for 2006 went to Professor Bill Henderson, and the Public Interest Law Foundation named Professors David and Susan Williams joint winners of the Leonard D. Fromm Public Interest Faculty Award. Marguerite Shreve was announced as the first recipient of the annual Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year award. Winners were recognized during a Wednesday ceremony in the Moot Court Room. Best wishes and thanks also go to retired Professor Bill Hicks, whose portrait was officially unveiled in celebration of his great work for the School.

Admissions Assistant Needed

The Admissions Office seeks to hire a first- or second-year law student to work as an admissions assistant. This person will help guide members of the Class of 2009 through the process of moving to Bloomington, settling in, and preparing to begin class in either July or August. Duties will primarily involve calling and e-mailing students to answer questions and provide encouragement. Other tasks will include assisting with the production of summer newsletters, participating in on-line chats, and attending certain Summer Start Program activities. The person should be a self-starter who is articulate, creative, and a good advocate. He/she will also need to be empathetic and resourceful in order to assist incoming students with the varied hurdles they may encounter while preparing to begin law school. Hours are flexible. The position will be available on a part-time basis ($10/hr) starting after exams and continuing through the end of August. Approximately 15-20 hours will be required during the summer until the beginning of fall classes. Interested students should submit a resume and letter of application that addresses how your experience and skills meet the requirements needed for the position. Please address all inquiries and correspondence to: Patricia Clark, director of admissions, room 230, 855-4765, The deadline to apply is Friday, April 21.

Minority Prelaw Advisor Needed

In response to the needs of minority undergraduates on the campus of Indiana University, the Law School and the Health Professions and Prelaw Information Center agreed on a cooperative relationship in which a prelaw advisor, sensitive to the needs of minority students, would work under the joint supervision of the assistant dean for admissions at the Law School and the director of the Health Professions and Prelaw Information Center. The primary responsibilities of the Minority Prelaw Advisor are to establish an outreach program that makes direct contact with the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Black Greek Council, the Minority Achievers Program, the Groups Program, and various minority students who are prelaw majors through contact letters, telephone calls, and personal presentations at meetings; to advise prelaw students (primarily minority) concerning the LSAT, personal statements and the general application process to law school; provide reports concerning the effectiveness of outreach efforts and make recommendations for expanding and/or improving these efforts; work with the Admissions Office to coordinate the Minority Law Day, Minority Opportunity Day, and pre-professional night for minority students; and to serve as staff advisor for the Minority Prelaw Society (MPLS). The advisor will be responsible for maintaining contact with the organization via the President and sign for all approved organization events. The position will start in August 2006. The salary will be $8/hr working a projected 15-20 hours per week and may also include a fee reduction package. Please submit a cover letter and resume by Friday, April 21, to Patricia Clark, director of admissions.

Interested in Education Law?

School law professors at the School of Education are looking for a few law students to assist with their undergraduate school law courses. Law students would assist with lesson plans, grading, and some teaching. Topics addressed in the course include: church/state relations, student speech rights, special education law, teacher privacy rights, tort law, and teacher contracts. Classes meet during the first summer session on Tuesdays (late afternoon) and Thursdays (late afternoon and evening). The time commitment will be approximately five hours per week, and students can receive 1 credit. If you are interested, please e-mail Professor Martha McCarthy at

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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