Indiana Law Annotated Vol. 33 No. 11 (November 19, 2007)

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Sarah Riordan, a litigation partner at Bose McKinney & Evans and an Indiana Law alumna, will speak to Professor Orenstein's civil procedure class on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Learn about life as a civil litigator, the challenges of discovery, and the ethical issues she faces at noon in the Moot Court Room.


SBA Thanksgiving Food Drive

The Student Bar Association is sponsoring a Thanksgiving food drive! Please bring in non-perishable foods and canned goods to the box next to the SBA bookstore through Tuesday, Nov. 20. Items will be donated to a local food bank!


Alumna Presents on Civil Procedure

Sarah Riordan, a litigation partner at Bose McKinney & Evans and an Indiana Law alumna, will speak to Professor Orenstein's civil procedure class in the Moot Court Room at noon. Riordan's presentation will address questions posed in advance by Professor Orenstein's class, and will focus on her life as a civil litigator, the challenges of discovery, and the ethical issues she encounters. All students are welcome to attend.


PILF Meeting

The Public Interest Law Foundation will meet Tuesday, Nov. 27 at noon. Room TBA. Learn about the winter break trip and our first-ever 1L Representative board position!

Center on American and Global Security Lecture Series

The IU Center on American and Global Security (CAGS) invites you to "Understanding Suicide Terrorism: A Lecture Series." Mia Bloom, assistant professor in the School of International and Public Affairs at the University of Georgia in Athens and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, will deliver the first lecture in this series. Bloom's lecture, "Metamorphosis of Suicide Terrorism: From targeting foreigners/occupiers to sectarian violence," will be held Wednesday, Nov. 28 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Faculty Conference Room.

Ochoa Presents Indiana Democracy Consortium Colloquium

On Thursday, Dec. 6, Professor Christy Ochoa presents "Proposing an Odious Finance Doctrine as a Deterrent to Despotic Finance," an Indiana Democracy Consortium Colloquium. Ochoa will examine the odious debt doctrine. She posits that there may be valuable lessons to be learned from the odious debt doctrine that apply to other types of transnational financing arrangements, and proposes that an "odious finance" doctrine is the better approach. The Harvard Journal of International Law selected Ochoa's related article, "From Odious Debt to Odious Finance: Avoiding the Externalities of a Functional Odious Debt Doctrine" for an issue forthcoming in early 2008. The event is from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Law School Faculty Conference Room. For more information contact Brian Shoup,


Ajay Mehrotra recently presented his co-authored paper, "Producing Tax Knowledge: A Brief History of the National Tax Association," at the opening session of the National Tax Association's Centennial Conference in Columbus, Ohio, and at the Social Science History Association's Annual Conference in Chicago.


Research Assistants Needed for Project on National Security Letters

Professors David Fidler and Sarah Jane Hughes are seeking 2-3 research assistants for a project on developing a guide for in-house counsel on responding to national security letters. Prior exposure to national and homeland security law preferred. Primary research assistant responsibilities will be during the spring 2008 semester, with the potential of some research beginning this semester. This project is a collaboration between the Law School, the IU Center on American and Global Security, and the American Bar Association. Please submit your curriculum vitae and a one paragraph statement of interest to by 5 p.m. on Nov. 20.

New Law Library Web Site Usability Testing!

We're redesigning the Law Library on the Web ( Spend 20-30 minutes in a usability testing session and receive a gift. You'll see the new wireframe and have your opinions heard. Slots are still open for Nov. 26, 28, and 30. To be involved, e-mail Sarah Preuschl,

PILF Membership Drive

The Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) is calling on all members to turn in their $10 dues by Nov. 30. Your dues money helps PILF cover vital expenses and makes YOU eligible for summer scholarships. To pay, place a $10 check (payable to PILF) in 2L Kate Rosenbarger's mailbox.

Exam Prep from SBA Bookstore

It's exam and outlining time, are you starting realize you need supplements? Would you like to get a head start on buying your books for next semester? Either way, come to the SBA BOOKSTORE we have supplements and textbooks for almost every course with prices that beat buying them new! Also, don't forget to bring your old books and supplements in to earn some cash as those loans run out at the end of the semester!

Fourth Annual Buffalo-Niagara Mock Trial Competition Results

Congratulations to students Holly Johnson, Rachel Donahou, Peter Meyer, and Pete Holiday! These students represented IU in the fourth annual Buffalo-Niagara Mock Trial Competition held Friday, Nov. 9 - Monday, Nov. 12. The competition, hosted by the University of Buffalo Law School, featured 40 teams from 38 schools. The foursome was eliminated from the tournament after three rounds of intense competition. Johnson and Meyer were given accolades for their opening statement performances, while Holiday and Donahou were both noted for their closing arguments. Jim Shanahan coached the team.

Career Counseling Appointments Open to 1Ls

Per NALP Guidelines 1L students may now schedule Career Counseling Appointments with the Career Services Office. Schedule in person only in room 020. See Kathryn Bullerdick ( in the CSO for more information.

Scheduling Events

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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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