Indiana Law Annotated Vol. 31 No. 15 (December 11, 2006)

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The Indiana Law Annotated is signing off until Jan. 11, 2007. Until then, the ILA would like to wish everyone a very safe and happy holiday season.


Professor Mark Need is presenting at the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, "Representing the Business Entrepreneur," on Thursday, Dec. 21, in Indianapolis. His section is titled "The Lawyer's Role in Developing a Solid Business Plan."


Law School Trial Tournament

The annual Law School Trial Tournament will be held Jan. 6 through Jan. 10. It is open to all 2L and 3L students. Any 2Ls interested in competing on the Law School Trial Competition team must enter the tournament, because team selections are based solely on performances in the tournament. For more information and instructions on how to sign up, visit

Conference: China a Two-Way Street

A conference, "China a Two-Way Street," will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 24, at the Westin Hotel in Indianapolis. Co-sponsored by Indiana State University, China's Liaoning University, and Networks Financial Institute, nationally recognized speakers will discuss China's economic growth and opportunities for Indiana. The director of the provincial Foreign Affairs Office, as well as business leaders in the distribution, pharmaceuticals, and automotive industries will be attending along with the president of Liaoning University and other representatives. As part of the current five-year plan, the central government is encouraging foreign investment in northeast China. For more information or to register for the conference, visit Space is limited, so register early.


LinuxWorld Magazine is printing a three-article series written by Doug Hass, 2L, this week on software copyrights and the Linux operating system. Visit

Directed Reading Opportunity for Spring 2007

Professors of school law from the School of Education are looking for a few law students to assist with their undergraduate secondary education or elementary education school law courses. Law students will 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 on Monday and/or Wednesday evenings. The time commitment consists of approximately three to five hours per week, and students can receive one directed reading credit. This is not a paid position.

If you are interested in assisting for the first eight weeks of the semester on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., please e-mail a resume to Professor Martha McCarthy at If you are interested in assisting for the semester on Monday evenings from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., please e-mail a resume to Professor Suzanne Eckes at

PDP Toys for Tots Drive

Phi Delta Phi (PDP) is sponsoring its annual Toys for Tots drive. A box for toys is located outside the Law Library entrance. Through the end of the finals period, deposit new or gently-used toys. Donations will be collected, cleaned, and given to needy children for the holidays. Money donations are also accepted; to give a dollar amount, e-mail PDP Magister Rachel Clark ( Your gifts are greatly appreciated!

Ask Your ABA Rep!

Laura Rochet is the American Bar Association Law Student Division Representative. Check out job opportunities at If you have any questions about the ABA or about why you should join, email her at

Making a Difference for Children

Would you like to make a difference for a child while earning invaluable legal experience? Owen County Court Appointed Special Advocates are interested in law students to represent children's best interests in abuse and neglect cases. The program will train and supervise you to represent children in the juvenile court process. Please contact Tina Morris at, or call (812) 829-5030.

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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