Indiana Law Annotated Vol. 31 No. 2 (September 5, 2006)

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Dean Lauren Robel will hold a Town Hall Meeting at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 5, in the Moot Court Room. Come and find out all about the Law School's upcoming renovations. Members of the building committee will be on hand to answer questions.

Professor John C. Nagle, Notre Dame School of Law, will speak on "Gerrymandering and the Ideal of Unbiased Election Law" at noon on Thursday, Sept. 7, in room 125.

The Evansville Bar Association will hold a Diversity Committee Presentation from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7, in room 122. Students will have an opportunity to talk informally with attorneys and judges from the Evansville area who will provide tips on getting jobs.


Town Hall Meeting

Dean Lauren Robel and members of the building committee will hold a Town Hall Meeting to discuss the forthcoming renovation of several spaces throughout the Law School. It will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Moot Court Room.


Second-Round Interviews Workshop

There will be a workshop to help 2L and 3L students through second-round interviews from noon to 1 p.m. in the Moot Court Room. No need to sign up.


Federalist Society Hosts Event

The Federalist Society is hosting an event called "Gerrymandering and the Ideal of Unbiased Election Law" at noon in room 125. The speaker will be Professor John C. Nagle of the Notre Dame School of Law. Nagle is an alumnus of Indiana University and went to law school at the University of Michigan. All are welcome, and food will be provided.

PDP Call-out Meeting

Phi Delta Phi International Legal Society will have a call-out at 12:15 p.m. in room 120 for anyone interested in joining. PDP offers many benefits and is the oldest legal fraternity in continuous existence. Come find out about the advantages of joining!

Evansville Bar Association Presentation

The Evansville Bar Association will hold a Diversity Committee Presentation from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in room 122. It will be an informal discussion with attorneys and judges from the Evansville area with tips on getting jobs in Evansville. They are providing pizza, soft drinks, and beer. It is open to first-, second-, and third-year students. Those interested in coming should sign up on EASE or in Career Services.


PDP General Membership Meeting

Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity will hold a general membership meeting at 12:15 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 11 in room 120. All current members are asked to attend, and anyone interested in joining is also welcome!

ELS Call-out Meeting

The Environmental Law Society call-out meeting is Tuesday, Sept. 12, from noon to 1 p.m. in room 120. Lunch will be provided.

Tour Guide Volunteers Needed

As an Indiana Law student, you have the opportunity to play a significant role in the Law School's recruiting efforts for the Class of 2010, and the Admissions Office would appreciate your help. If you are interested in sharing your Law School experiences with prospective students during their visits, please plan to attend Tour Guide Training at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 13, in room 122. This meeting will explain the Law School's Tour Guide Program and allow you the opportunity to sign up for a weekly class/tour assignment. Lunch will be provided. If you are unable to attend the meeting but want to participate in the program, contact Dani Weatherford, director of recruitment, at

Oliver Winery Auction

The annual Oliver Winery silent auction fundraiser is on Friday, Sept. 15, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are on sale during the lunch hour. Get yours early, there is a limited number that can be sold. For any questions, please contact Joel Watkins at

Constitution Day Panel

In honor of Constitution Day, Law School faculty will serve on a panel to discuss "Developments in Constitutional Law and National Security: Perspectives on Hamdan, the ABA Signing Statement Report, and ACLU v. NSA" from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 18, in the Moot Court Room. Participants include David Fidler (Hamdan), Dawn Johnsen (ABA Signing Statement Report), and Fred Cate (ACLU v. NSA).

Lewis Building Open House

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to the Lewis Building open house on Thursday, Sept. 21, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Georgetown Professor Richard Lazarus to Give Environmental Law Lecture

There will be a special public lecture by Georgetown University Professor Richard Lazarus at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29, in the Moot Court Room. His lecture, "The Making of Environmental Law," will be in celebration of the grand opening of the new Conservation Law Clinic. Following the lecture at 4:30 p.m., there will be an open house for the clinic in the Lewis Building, which is located across the street from the Law School.

Sign Up for Alumni Weekend 2006

We are pleased to invite our alumni and their families, students, faculty, staff, and friends to celebrate Alumni Weekend 2006 Sept. 29 and 30 at the Indiana University School of Law Bloomington. Our alumni have been coming together on this beautiful campus for more than a quarter of a century to reminisce, renew old friendships, and make new ones.

The Alumni Weekend event schedule for 2006 is a full one. Friday includes meetings of the Environmental Law Advisory Board and the Law Alumni Board, the opening of the Conservation Law Clinic, and a public lecture. Friday evening features presentation of the Distinguished Service Awards and the always-popular Alumni and Student Celebration.

Saturday events include a Law School open house designed for the whole family, a walking tour of Griffy Woods, and the BLSA Alumni Advisory Board meeting. Reunions for the classes of 1956 and 1965 Saturday evening cap Alumni Weekend for 2006.

Alumni and students can register online or by phone at (812) 855-9700. Friends, faculty and staff can call (812) 855-9170. Registration confirmation packets will be sent via mail.


Professor Kevin Brown will be a panelist for a seminar hosted during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 36th Annual Legislative Conferences in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Sept. 8, entitled "Is There a Rebirth of Racial Segregation in Public Schools?"

Professor Roger Dworkin's article, "The Process Paradigm: Rethinking Medical Malpractice," has been published in 41 Wake Forest L. Rev. 509 (2006). In May, he taught biolaw to law students and delivered two lectures to PhD students at the University of Trento in Italy. This summer, he taught torts at Seattle University School of Law.

Professor Rob Fischman's article, co-authored with SPEA Professor Vicky Meretsky, "Managing Biological Integrity, Diversity, and Environmental Health in the National Wildlife Refuges," was judged one of the 20-best articles published in 2005 on the topic of environmental and land use law by a group of legal scholars convened by the Land Use and Environment Law Review.

Over the summer, Professor Charles Geyh participated in a CourtTV program on judicial independence that will air this fall. He testified before the House Judiciary Committee in opposition to legislation establishing an inspector general for the federal judiciary. He spoke at the annual meeting of the League of Women Voters; the annual meeting of the Conference of Chief Justices; the annual breakfast of the American Bar Association's Judicial Division; an ABA Justice Center Program on the centennial of Roscoe Pound's address to the ABA; a program on his book hosted by the Constitution Project and Justice at Stake; and the Indianapolis Law Club.


Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition Sign-ups

The competition packet for the 2006-2007 Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition has been posted. Registered competitors will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to download the packet from the Web site. All 2Ls and 3Ls who have not competed before are eligible to compete. If you are not registered, it is not too late to be a part of the competition. We are accepting new applications and withdrawals until Friday, Sept. 8, at noon. At 12:01 p.m., we will no longer add or withdraw anyone from the competition. Applications can be picked up outside of the Moot Court Board office. Withdrawals can be sent to Good luck to all competitors!

1Ls can also be a part of Moot Court! We need bailiffs to call the room to order, keep time for the competitors and dismiss the room after the arguments. This is a great way to gain exposure to oral arguments, prepare for your own arguments in the Spring for Legal Research and Writing, and meet distinguished legal professionals! The time commitment is approximately 90 minutes per argument. Arguments are held Oct. 6, 7, 9-12, 23-28, 30, and Nov. 4. Please send an email to to sign-up for a time slot!

Join ABA Student Division

Join the ABA Student Division at for great network, leadership, and career opportunities.

Cate Seeks Research Assistants

Professor Fred H. Cate is looking for one or two superb research assistants to work on two projects. One involves government access to personal information held by businesses and individuals. The other concerns the challenges presented by conflicting national laws that implicate privacy (e.g., U.S. discovery orders that require the production of e-mail protected by European privacy laws). Strong research and writing skills are essential, and some course work or other experience in Fourth Amendment or international law would be helpful. If interested, please drop off a resume and transcript in Professor Cate's mailbox, or e-mail them (or any questions) to

Ochoa Seeks Research Assistant

Professor Christiana Ochoa is seeking research assistance. Applicants should have excellent research skills and a strong background in social sciences. Prior experience or classes in international law and human rights will also be beneficial. Interested students should submit resumes in hard copy to Professor Ochoa's mailbox in the second-floor mail room.

SBA Wants Your Books!

2L and 3Ls please donate your books and supplements to the SBA bookstore. Include your name, graduation year, and price. Keep in mind that some books have come out with newer editions.

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 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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