Indiana Law Annotated Vol. 30 No. 15 (April 24, 2006)

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The ILA is signing off for the summer. Good luck on your finals this week. See you next fall!


Professor Craig Bradley presented a paper on April 21 at a Harvard Law School conference. He commented on the chapter on Mapp v. Ohio in the book, Criminal Procedure Stories.

Professor David Fidler and two other prominent law professors recently served on a panel at Harvard Law School titled "Pandemics: Epidemiological, Ethical, and Legal Contours." The panel explored the intersection of law, ethics, and public health in policies to address a public health crisis, such as an avian flu outbreak. Fidler, who has been a past consultant for the World Health Organization, focused on the framing of public health concerns, particularly the spread of pandemics, as national security threats. The other two panelists were Arthur Caplan, a bioethics professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and Daniel Markovits, an associate professor at Yale Law School.

Recently, Professor Luis Fuentes-Rowher spoke at several universities about the re-authorization of the Voting Rights Act. He has presented on the topic at the Western People of Color Conference in San Diego, the University of Miami Law School, and American University in Washington D.C.

During this academic year, Professor Charles Geyh delivered keynote speeches to the Indiana Court of Appeals Judicial Conference, the Indiana State Judicial Conference, and the Washington State Superior Court Judicial Conference. He was the lead-off speaker at the Illinois Judicial Education Conference, and co-reporter to the ABA Commission to Review the Model Code of Judicial Conduct.

He also participated in academic conferences hosted by Ohio State University, Syracuse University and Case Western Reserve University, the latter two of which will culminate in publications in Bench-Press: The Collision of Media, Politics, Public Pressure and an Independent Judiciary (forthcoming, Stanford University Press), and the Case Western Reserve Law Review, respectively. In addition to his recently released book, When Courts and Congress Collide, Geyh wrote "The Judgment of the Boss on Bossing the Judges: Bruce Springsteen, Judicial Independence and the Rule of Law," for a symposium on Bruce Springsteen and the Law, published by the Widener Law Review.

Professor Joseph Hoffmann presented at a conference, "Justice for All: A National Symposium on the Role of Forensic Science in the Evolution of Criminal Justice Reform in America." The conference, held in Pittsburgh, was sponsored by the Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law at Duquesne University. Other presenters included Senator Arlen Specter, Dr. Henry Lee, Rob Warden and Ed Colfax from the Center for Wrongful Convictions, and Judge Jed Rakoff, who previously held the federal death penalty to be unconstitutional. Read more on the conference Web site,


Graduation Schedule Set

The Indiana Law graduation ceremony will be held from 3 p.m. to 4:40 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, in the IU Auditorium. Doors open at 2:15 p.m. Cap, gown, and hood are required for graduating students. No tickets or reservations are required. Diplomas will be mailed at a later date. The keynote speaker will be Raphael Prevot Jr., JD'84, NFL labor relations counsel. The incoming chair of the Board of Visitors and past president of Indiana Law's Alumni Board, Prevot also claims distinction as a Distinguished Service Award winner. Peers elected 3L Maurice Williams to deliver the student speech. Williams is an unmistakable face at Indiana Law as current chair of the Student Bar Association and an active officer of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) and member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. He acts as Alumni Board Representative and a Fellow for the Indiana Conference for Legal Education Opportunity.

Indiana Law alumnus Michael Uslan, JD'76, will deliver both commencement speeches, morning and afternoon, at the University-wide graduation ceremony. Tickets are required for the Assembly Hall event. Law School degrees will be conferred during the morning session, which begins at 10 a.m.

Mark your calendars, too, for the Friday night party in the Law Library. Held from 8 p.m.- midnight on May 5, this event includes live jazz music, drinks, and finger foods. Student awards will be presented around 10 p.m. during the party.


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 Joseph 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.

Law Students Take Quiz Bowl Powerhouse to Finals

Second-year students Charles Persons, Jocelyn Koch, and Michael Ott put their trivia savvy and quick reactions on display in last week's 23rd Annual Monroe County Vital Quiz Bowl. Playing as members and alternates of the traditional powerhouse team, La Forza Viola (named in honor of the soccer team of Firenze, Italy) won four consecutive matches to take La Forza to the finals before bowing to the defending champion, E-ville Edgeucators. Professor Robert Heidt was La Forza's team captain. Koch, Persons, Heidt, and Professor Joseph Hoffmann made up the four-man team for the first-round match. All three 2Ls, plus Heidt, won the thrilling semi-final against the WGCL Chatterboxes, marking the first time an all-Law-School team has reached the finals. By reaching the finals, La Forza Viola earned an invitation to the State Championship Tournament played every September. The team member names will also be engraved on the runner-up plaque. The Law School Library team, Perry and the Masons, often a contender in the past, also participated. Team members Nona Watt, Ralph Gaebler, JD'84, Dave Lankford, and Dick Vaughn won their first round, but later fell to the Southern Indiana Parrot Heads.

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 Wednesday, 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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