Indiana Law Annotated Vol. 31 No. 4 (September 18, 2006)

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Special announcement: Smoke recently has been noticed in the building. In compliance with University policy, please note that there is only one permitted smoking area at the Law School the upper level of the rear patio (the section that is nearest Third Street). Non- smoking areas include the building interior, the main entrance stairs, sidewalk on Indiana Avenue, the area in and around the entrance next to the Student Lounge, and any other areas within 30 feet of the building. When using the upper level of the rear patio, please remember that classrooms are nearby and avoid excessive noise. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter!

A panel of Law School experts are on hand 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. Pizza will be served at the event.


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. in the Moot Court Room. Participants include Professor David Fidler (Hamdan), Professor Dawn Johnsen (ABA Signing Statement Report), and Professor Fred Cate (ACLU v. NSA). Pizza will be served at the event.

1L Academic Enhancement Session

A 1L Academic Enhancement Sessions will be held at 12:15 p.m. in room 120. 3Ls Hannah Bornstein and Laura Koenig will facilitate the session. The session will help you get the most out of your classes by providing strategies for becoming efficient information processors.


Feminist Law Forum Meeting

The Feminist Law Forum will have its first meeting of the year at noon in room 124. Anyone interested in gender issues is encouraged to attend. We have lots of great events planned for this year, and we hope to see you there!


Over a Cup of Tea presents "Wen Ho Lee: Free at Last"

Tony Fargo, assistant professor in the IU School of Journalism, and Norris Wang, JD'83, Magistrate Judge in Tippecanoe County, are the featured speakers at the Over a Cup of Tea presentation of "Wen Ho Lee: Free at Last" from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Asian Culture Center, 807 E. 10th Street. Wen Ho Lee was the former nuclear weapons scientist who was fired from his job at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. Lee was never charged with espionage, but he was placed in solitary confinement for nine months. In 2000, Lee was released after pleading guilty to mishandling computer files. In June this year, Lee settled his privacy lawsuit and will receive $1.6 million from the government and five news organizations (AP, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and ABC). What are the implications of this settlement to government officials and journalists? How sacred is it to protect the media's confidential sources? Join us for a discussion of issues relating to media and government responsibility and protection of privacy rights.


Lewis Building Open House

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to the Lewis Building open house from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Food and drinks will be offered along with tours of the new facility.


Lunch with a Lawyer Sign-up

The topic of Lunch with a Lawyer for Wednesday, Sept. 20, will be Family Law with Rodney Richardson, JD'75. The lunch will be held in the Student Lounge from noon to 1 p.m. Second and third-year student can sign up on EASE and first-year students can sign up on the sign-up sheet in Career Services. The deadline to sign up is noon on Monday, Sept. 18.

6th Annual PILF Faculty-Student Softball Tournament

Come join the Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) for its 6th annual co-ed faculty-student softball tournament beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23, at Bryan Park. This annual event raises money for the school's Loan Repayment Assistance Program. Grab your mitt, and compete to play in a final game that pits faculty against students in a no-holds-barred game of slow-pitch softball. Costumes/uniforms are optional and strongly encouraged. To sign up, visit the PILF table during lunch. The cost is $10 to play and $5 to watch and eat. For more information, e-mail

1L Academic Enhancement Session

A 1L Academic Enhancement Session will be held at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28, in room 120. Laura Ginn and Matthew Melick will facilitate. These sessions will help you get the most out of your classes by providing strategies for becoming efficient information processors.

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 Center. Following the lecture at 4:30 p.m., there will be an open house for the center 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 Center, 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.

Fourth Annual JD/LLM Socctoberfest

Are you ready for some f£tbol? The Fourth Annual JD/LLM Socctoberfest will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Oct. 27, at Karst Farm Park (Fields 1 and 2) on the west side of Bloomington. It is a co-ed event that welcomes all ability levels. There will be a cookout following the games in the area adjacent to the soccer fields. Participants, fellow students, and family are all welcome to attend. Those interested in playing or organizing the event should contact Professor Bill Henderson at and indicate a skill level: a) I would have gone pro if not for my knee injury; b) I'm not exactly Pele, but I know my way around the field; c) I have a modicum of athletic ability but no special skill at soccer; d) I enjoy kicking things. The website ( will be updated soon with additional information on the event.


Professor Jim Barnes has been reappointed to the Department of Energy's Environmental Management Board by Secretary Samuel Bodman. The board provides advice to the DOE concerning the management of hazardous and radioactive materials at DOE facilities as well as the re-mediation of problems from past disposal or management activities at those sites.

He also has been named to a National Academy of Public Administration Panel headed by Louisiana State University President Sean O'Keefe that was established pursuant to a Congressional request to assess and make recommendations to Congress and the Army Corps of Engineers concerning the methods/processes the Corps uses to prioritize its water resource projects. Serious concerns have been raised about the Corps' priorities following Hurricane Katrina last fall.

This summer, Professor Kevin Brown's research took him to the Republic of India. While there he delivered three lectures: "The African-American Perspective on the Benefits of Diversity," delivered at the National Law School of India University in Bangalore, India in May 19, 2006; " The Contrasting Treatment of Affirmative Action in India and the United States," delivered at the Forum for Dalit Literature sponsored by the Centre for Dalit Studies in Hyderabad, India in May 17, 2006; and "Debates on Reservations in the Indian Context," at the National Law School of India University in Bangalore, organized by the Center for the Study of Casteism, Communalism and Law, May, 2006.

Professor Leandra Lederman recently published a tax humor article, "The Federal Income Tax Consequences of the Bobble Supreme Phenomenon," 9 Green Bag J. 2d 423 (2006) (available at Also, at the Law and Society Association's annual meeting in Baltimore in July, she presented an article arguing that the Tax Court should be treated more like other federal courts.


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Professor Lederman Seeks Research Assistant

Professor Leandra Lederman is seeking research assistance. The projects for which she needs assistance generally will involve federal courts and/or tax policy issues. An interest in federal courts and strong research skills are essential, and coursework or other experience in the areas of federal courts or federal jurisdiction, administrative law, and/or federal taxation would be helpful. Interested students should send a resume and cover letter to Professor Lederman by e-mail at, and can contact her by e-mail with any questions about the position.

Professor Buxbaum Seeks Research Assistant

Professor Hannah Buxbaum is looking for a research assistant to work on two projects in the area of class actions. (The first is a relatively general report aimed at a foreign audience, and the second addresses the jurisdictional issues that arise in securities class actions against foreign issuers). Strong research and writing skills are essential; course work in the area of conflicts and/or securities regulation would be helpful but is not required. If interested, please submit a resume and transcript to Professor Buxbaum. She can be contacted with any questions at

Professor Weng Seeks Student Assistance

Professor Carwina Weng is seeking a student for an independent clinical project (B710) and/or research assistance. The clinical project is to assist with the development of the Disability Law Clinic, which will represent low-income clients in their claims for social security disability benefits. The research project would include the clinical project and assistance with an article on multicultural lawyering. Applicants must have strong research and writing skills, and a background in social science or poverty law advocacy is a plus. Please submit a cover letter and resume to Professor Weng by email at

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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A 1L Academic Enhancement Session will be held at 4:30 p.m. in room 214. Libby Lewis and Katie McCauley Molter will facilitate. The session will help you get the most out of your classes by providing strategies for becoming efficient information processors.