Indiana Law Annotated for Mar. 2, 2009 (36:7)


Indianapolis malpractice attorney Jon Pactor will speak at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 2, in the Moot Court Room.

The Sherman Minton Moot Court competition quarterfinals will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 2, and Tuesday, March 3. The semifinals will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4. The finals will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 6. A distinguished panel of judges will hear the arguments, which are open to the public in the Moot Court Room.

Award-winning asylum attorney Anita Sharma will lead a Q&A on the U.S. asylum process and ICE's push for detention instead of immigration reform from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in room 121. There will also be a screening of the Oscar-nominated, award-winning movie The Visitor.



Ethics Week Presentation

As a part of Phi Delta Phi's Ethics Week, Indiana Law will host Jon Pactor, a highly regarded malpractice attorney from Indianapolis, at 5 p.m. in the Moot Court Room. Pactor has been representing clients in the areas of lawyer malpractice, negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, and fee disputes in Indiana for more than 31 years. A solo practitioner, he was the first Indiana attorney to concentrate his practice in these areas. Pactor graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wabash College in 1971 and from the Indiana University School of Law — Indianapolis in 1976. He is admitted to the bar in the U.S. District Courts of Northern and Southern Indiana, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Sherman Minton Moot Court

The quarterfinals of the Sherman Minton Moot Court competition will begin at 6 p.m. in the Moot Court Room. All arguments are open to the public. The competition is sponsored by Bose McKinney & Evans LLP.

Sonny Vaccaro in the Hoosier State

One of the most influential people in amateur basketball, Sonny Vaccaro, will speak from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Swain Hall West 119. He will discuss the NCAA's treatment of student-athletes, particularly male basketball players, and the relationship between those players' contributions to their universities and the income generated by those universities from sports TV contracts and related revenue sources. He will also address the NBA's age limit and the possible trend of teenage star basketball players who are ineligible for the NBA due to age going to play pro hoops abroad (like Brandon Jennings in Italy).

LSRJ Table Discussion About Safe Deliveries

Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) will be tabling from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 2-3 in the Law School lobby. Delicious treats will be available at the table. Stop by to make a donation and talk with us about providing safe birthing conditions to displaced women. Every year, 57 million women give birth without the assistance of a trained birthing attendant. Women displaced by natural disaster or armed conflict are particularly vulnerable to infection, disease, and death during childbirth because they do not have access to sterile supplies. Preventing childbirth deaths can be as simple as providing basic supplies such as sterile gloves and sheets. A $2 donation furnishes one Clean Delivery Kit for a woman who does not have access to a doctor.



Sherman Minton Moot Court

The quarterfinals of the Sherman Minton Moot Court competition will begin at 6 p.m. in the Moot Court Room. All arguments are open to the public. The competition is sponsored by Bose McKinney & Evans LLP.



Sherman Minton Moot Court

The semifinals of the Sherman Minton Moot Court competition will begin at 6 p.m. in the Moot Court Room. All arguments are open to the public. The competition is sponsored by Bose McKinney & Evans LLP.

Dining to Donate

Eat at Applebee's March 4! Just submit the Dining to Donate flier with your bill. Come for a full meal or just happy hour, and 15 percent of your bill goes to the Public Interest Law Foundation. Fliers were distributed to student and faculty mailboxes by the end of February, and PILF members will be stationed outside Applebee's to hand out fliers to members of the community. Every little bit helps. The proceeds will go to scholarships for students working in public interest fields without compensation over the summer. So grab your flier and your friends, and eat at Applebee's March 4!

Michael Clayton

Join us for Ethics Week to watch the film Michael Clayton and enjoy snacks at 5 p.m. in room 121. This 2007 film tells the story of a lawyer who must cope with a colleague's apparent mental breakdown and the corruption and murderous intrigue of a major client of his law firm being sued in a class action case.



Judicial Clerkship ABA Participant Panel

Vijay Rajagopal and Gillian Crowl attended the ABA Minority Judicial Clerkship conference in Boston. Please attend this informational session to find out what they learned about clerkships and the process from noon to 1 p.m. in room 124. RSVP on Symplicity.

Intellectual Property Panel Discussion

Panelists Kyle Robinson (Precise Path Robotics), Bruce Schelkopf (Cummins Engines), and Dan Barbieri (Rolls-Royce North America) will discuss intellectual property from noon to 1 p.m. in room 122. Lunch will be provided, so please RSVP on Symplicity.

ABA Labor & Employment Workshop

The American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law is sending several knowledgeable and experienced attorneys to talk about career opportunities in the field of labor and employment law, one of the fastest growing areas of practice in the country, from noon to 1 p.m. in room 120. The ABA will provide lunch (pizza and soft drinks) and door prizes for those attending. RSVP on Simplicity.

"Respectfully Your Honor"

Phi Delta Phi will give a one-hour talk featuring students who have achieved oral argument success to give a structured talk to 1L's about how to succeed in the Legal Research and Writing oral arguments at 3:30 p.m. (room TBD).

Judicial Clerkship Faculty Reception

Discuss clerkships with your law school professors who have completed them and gain insights from their experiences from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the student lounge. RSVP on Symplicity.



The Further Victimization of Asylum Seekers: ICE's push for Enforcement and Detention

Come join us from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in room 121 for a discussion about the U.S. asylum process and ICE's push for detention instead of immigration reform. We will also screen the Oscar-nominated, award-winning movie The Visitor. Anita P. Sharma, asylum attorney at the PAIR Project in Boston, will lead a Q&A session about the film and issues regarding the current plight of asylum seekers. Meat and vegetarian tamales will be served with rice and beans. Sharma, an adjunct professor of English at Suffolk University, was selected for the 2008-09 Boston Bar Association Public Interest Leadership Program. She is an advisory council member of Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG), a member of South Asians for Progressive Action (SAPA), and Council Member of the Massachusetts Bar Association Immigration Law Section. In addition, she serves as co-chair of the Liaison Committee on Asylum for the New England Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Sharma received the Boston Bar Association's John G. Brooks Public Service Award in 2006 for her outstanding representation of asylum-seekers and for serving as a mentor to hundreds of pro bono lawyers who represent PAIR clients. She previously worked at WARLAW, a Delhi-based NGO that focuses on women's rights in India. Sharma joined PAIR in 2002.

"Vignettes in Legal Ethics"

To wrap up Ethics Week, Phi Delta Phi is hosting a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) event for the Bloomington and Monroe County legal community from noon to 3 p.m. in room 122. We will be showing a three-hour video that counts for 3 Ethics CLE hours or for New Lawyer Hours. Since 1996, this very popular program has taught ethics issues utilizing short video clips based on actual ethics dilemmas. The CLE will consist of displaying a video replay of this presentation. Register to receive a copy of the materials and to qualify for the CLE credit. Fees: $135 ISBA member; $185 for Non-ISBA member; $90 ISBA member 0-3 years in practice and non-ISBA paralegal member; for ISBA members 50 years in practice the program is complimentary. For students who wish to attend and receive materials, the fee is $25

Judicial Clerkship Judge’s Panel

Prestigious judges visiting to preside over Moot Court will discuss what they look for in an application and a clerk and how you can maximize your chances for a clerkship. The judges will visit with students from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. (room TBD). RSVP on Symplicity.

GPSO Meeting

The Graduate and Professional Student Organization (GPSO) is having a general assembly meeting at 3:30 p.m. in the GradPad (M088). The meeting is open to all graduate and professional students, but only those who are serving as representatives may vote. Learn about issues facing graduate and professional students that the graduate student government is currently addressing and express your own concerns about campus and university life. Please check our community announcements. If you have an announcement that you would like GPSO to share with the campus graduate and professional students, then email that concern to

Sherman Minton Moot Court Finals

The finals of the Sherman Minton Moot Court competition will begin at 7 p.m. in the Moot Court Room. The distinguished judges include The Honorable Michael Kanne, JD'68, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; The Honorable Timothy Dyk, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; The Honorable Patricia Riley, Indiana Court of Appeals; Tom Fisher, JD'94, Indiana Solicitor General; and Greg Castanias, JD'90, Jones Day. All arguments are open to the public. The competition is sponsored by Bose McKinney & Evans LLP. A reception will follow.



Professor Hannah Buxbaum was a discussant at “Private Enforcement of Competition Law: New Directions” at The George Washington University Law School on Feb. 27 and 28.

On Feb. 27, Professor Dan Conkle served as a panelist at the NeXus Journal-2009 Symposium “Judicial Activism: Same Sex Marriage and the Aftermath of Proposition 8" at the Chapman University School of Law in California.

Professor Feisal Istrabadi has recently presented the following papers: “The Iraqi Constitution of 2006: Memorializing a 'National Charter' or Irreconcilable Differences?” during a panel held Jan. 29 at a Symposium on Constitutional Design at the University of Texas School of Law; “Judge Thou Justly: Trying the Previous Leadership in Iraq,” at a lecture on Feb. 10 at the Washington University School of Law; and “The Protection of Fundamental Freedoms and Human Rights in Iraq:1876-2006,” at a lecture at a Symposium on Constitutionalism in Muslim Countries organized by the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Feb. 13 in Dubai, UAE.

On Feb. 26, 2009, Professor Leandra Lederman presented her article "W(h)ither Economic Substance?" at Boston College Law School's Tax Policy Workshop.



Harris Lecturer Judith Resnik: March 31

Judith Resnik, the Arthur Liman Professor of Law at Yale Law School, will present this year’s Harris Lecture on Tuesday, March 31, in the Moot Court Room. Resnik teaches about federalism, procedure, feminism, and local and global interventions to diminish inequalities and subordination. Her writings include “Law as Affiliation: ‘Foreign’ Law, Democratic Federalism, and the Sovereigntism of the Nation State” (International Journal of Constitutional Law, 2008); “Representing Justice: From Renaissance Iconography to Twenty-First Century Courthouses,” (with Dennis E. Curtis) (Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, 2007); and “Law's Migration: American Exceptionalism, Silent Dialogues, and Federalism's Multiple Ports of Entry” (Yale Law Journal, 2006). Her book, Migrations and Mobilities: Gender, Borders, and Citizenship (co-edited with Seyla Benhabib), has recently been published by New York University Press. Resnik is also an occasional litigator; she argued the case involving women's admission to the Rotary Club before the U.S. Supreme Court. She has also testified before Congress, rulemaking committees of the federal judiciary, and the House of Commons of Canada.



PAD Applications

Phi Alpha Delta (PAD) is recruiting new members to be initiated in the spring! Talk to Henry Mestetsky or any other PAD member about the numerous benefits of joining the largest law fraternity in the nation. Please stop by our table during lunch this week and pick up an application. Please turn in applications to Kelli O'Neil (2L) by Friday, March 6. Initiation will be Wednesday, March 11. For any questions, email

Remember to Report Your Pro Bono Hours

Reporting your hours is important because Pro Bono Awards are given each year to the law students who reported working the most pro bono hours throughout the year. The Pro Bono Awards are sponsored by Baker & Daniels and will be awarded in the fall. Hours are considered pro bono if you did not receive credit or pay for the work performed. Volunteer work with the Protective Order Project, the Tenant Assistance Project, the Inmate Legal Assistance Program, Outreach for Legal Literacy, or similar community organizations should be included in your pro bono hours. To report your hours, click on the link in the e-mail sent to you from E-mails are sent every two weeks. If you forgot to report your hours in the past, just add them in to the hours for the current week. It is not important to record the hours in the exact week you worked them. If you have any questions, please e-mail

Contact SBA

The Student Bar Association (SBA) would like to hear from you. Please send your questions and concerns to or join our Facebook group!

Challenges to Change

The Graduate and Professional Student Organization (GPSO) invites submissions from graduate and professional students at IU Bloomington for its "Challenges to Change" panel, as part of the first annual "New Voices in Academic" conference on Friday, March 27. The panel welcomes any paper, project, or presentation that focuses on change or evolution in physical or social environments, change within the arts or humanities, or change within the professional world. All papers will be peer-reviewed by a campus-wide committee of faculty and graduate students and small financial awards will be offered to quality submissions in the following categories: the Physical and Natural Sciences, the Social Sciences/Arts and Humanities, and IU Bloomington's professional programs. The deadline for submissions is March 6, 2009. Please submit an electronic copy of your paper and/or description of your presentation or project to

GPSO Calls for Nominations

The Indiana University Graduate and Professional Student Organization (GPSO) and the University Graduate School are proud to announce the IU-Bloomington Pari Prerana Award 2009. Deadline for applications is Friday, March 20. The Pari Prerana (Essence of Inspiration) Award at Indiana University was established through the support of sponsors from the Indian subcontinent. The award strives to recognize and honor students who have overcome a severe physical, cognitive, or other health-related challenges and have demonstrated academic excellence. All advisors, graduate students, and faculty at Indiana University Bloomington are invited to nominate those students that they feel deserve special recognition for exemplary courage and determination under adverse and challenging conditions. For eligibility, nomination rules, and more information please visit:

All graduate and professional students are invited to give their support to faculty members that they feel deserve special recognition for exemplary behavior. Nominations should be in the form of a letter. The letter(s) should be e-mailed to by Friday, March 20. All nominees, graduate and professional students and faculty, as well as the award recipient, will be invited to attend the award ceremony.

Smoking Announcement

Student Bar Association wants to let all the Law School smokers know that the University has installed a “butt stop” for cigarette butt disposal. The receptacle is located on the northwest corner of 4th and Indiana. We strongly encourage all smokers to use this area for smoking and to responsibly dispose of the cigarette debris. Thank you!

PDP Thank You Cards

Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity has Indiana Law Thank You cards for sale. These cards are ideal to send to prospective employers after an interview. Please contact Amanda Meglemre at to purchase.

GPSO Communications Coordinator

Tired of taking out student loan debt? Consider applying to be the communications coordinator for the Graduate and Professional Student Organization (GPSO). The GPSO ( serves more than 8,000 graduate and professional students at IU-Bloomington by providing academic support, advocacy, community-building, and resources. The coordinator is a 20-hour per week (50% FTE) position. Compensation includes full tuition remission for 12 credits per semester and 6 credit hours during summer session (excluding non-remittable fees), subsidized Student Academic Appointee Mandatory Health Insurance, and a $12,000 stipend. The communications coordinator may also work as many as 200 summer hours at a paid hourly rate of $10/hour. The assistantship is considered taxable income. Applications are due April 1. Please see the job posting at: If you have any questions about the GPSO or this advertised position, please contact Amanda Meglemre at

Register for BarBri

BarBri reps will be tabling every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you have any questions, please email the Head Rep, Jazmine, at

Scheduling Events

All e-mails 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 should be sent to Max Exter 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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