Indiana Law Annotated for Mar. 23, 2009 (36:9)


A judicial clerkship panel will be held at noon on Tuesday, March 24, in room 120. Alumni who are either currently clerking or had a clerkship in the past will be on hand to tell you about clerkships and answer questions.

The Intellectual Property Association will host a presentation on appellate intellectual property litigation by Greg Castanias, JD'90, at noon on Thursday, March 26, in room 120.

The Feminist Law Forum will host Women in Law Day at noon on Thursday, March 26, in the Moot Court Room. The lunchtime panel will include former Monroe Circuit Court Judge Viola J. Taliaferro, JD'77; Suzannah Wilson Overholt, JD'92; vice president of finance and administration of Planned Parenthood of Indiana; and Catherine Stafford, a Bloomington family law attorney.



Judicial Clerkships -- Prior Clerk's Panel

Alumni with clerkship experience will answer questions and talk about the ins and outs of clerkships from noon to 1 p.m. in room 120. RSVP on Symplicity.

Filesharing and Consequences for Universities

The Sports & Entertainment Law Society will be hosting a panel on filesharing and its legal consequences for universities at noon in room 125. Robert Meitus, JD'00, an Indiana Law adjunct professor and practicing entertainment attorney in Indianapolis; AJ Correale, senior counsel and chair of Ice Miller's entertainment group; and Beth Cate, associate general counsel for Indiana University, will be the panelists. Please join us for a great panel and free pizza! Please email with any questions.



Judicial Clerkships -- Nuts & Bolts

Learn details about the entire process of getting clerkships and find out the extent to which the Office of Career and Professional Development will go to help you with your clerkship applications from noon to 1 p.m. in room 121. RSVP on Symplicity.

U.S. Bankruptcy Court

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, will hold a hearing to consider confirmation of the bankruptcy plan for ATA Airlines, Inc., at 3 p.m. in the Moot Court Room. ATA Airlines, at one time the nation's 10th-largest carrier, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in April 2008. When it ceased operations, the low-fare airline was based in Indianapolis and had more than 2,200 employees.

Women in Law Day

The Feminist Law Forum is hosting Women in Law Day. The event welcomes Bloomington High School South students to the Law School to learn more about careers in law. There will be a lunchtime career panel open to law students in the Moot Court Room from noon to 1 p.m. Panelists will include Judge Viola J. Taliaferro, JD'77; a former judge on the Monroe Circuit Court; Suzannah Wilson Overholt, JD'92, vice president of finance and administration of Planned Parenthood of Indiana; and Catherine Stafford, a family law attorney in Bloomington.

Appellate Intellectual Property Litigation

The Intellectual Property Association will host a presentation on Appellate Intellectual Property Litigation by Greg Castanias, JD'90. Greg is a partner at Jones Day in Washington, D.C., where he coordinates the firm's federal circuit and IP appeals service. Greg also serves as the president of Indiana Law's Alumni Board. The presentation will be held at noon in room 120. All students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Lunch will be provided.

Clinical Panel

Thinking of getting involved with one of Indiana Law’s many clinical opportunities? Want to start putting your legal education to use in real-world settings? Come hear from 3L students Blake Thomas and Rachael Yates, and Darcie Winkle, JD'04, who is now working for the Monroe County prosecutor's office. The panelists will talk about the benefits of enrolling in clinics at noon in room 124.

Dressing for Success

Learn the essentials of professional dressing and how you can put your best foot forward in an interview and on the job from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Andrew Davis Menswear, 101 W. Kirkwood Ave., Suite 119. Men's and women's attire will be discussed and displayed by industry professionals from Andrew Davis Menswear and Talbots. Learn the essentials of fit, fabric, and style to help you feel comfortable and confident in the legal workplace. Light refreshments will be served; please sign up on Symplicity. Gift certificates for store merchandise will be distributed to everyone who attends. Also, Andrew Davis will be offering a special buy-one-get-one-free offer on Betenly suits to all law students for two weeks after the event.

IBA Take a Law Student to Lunch

You won't want to miss out on one of the most enjoyable Indianapolis Bar Association (IBA) lunches. Attorneys and law students are paired for the luncheon to share insights and stories about the practice of law. The luncheon will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Hilton Indianapolis, 120 W. Market St. RSVP on Symplicity.



What's Law Got To Do With It?

This conference, organized by Professor Charles Geyh and Assistant Dean for Research and Special Projects Archana Sridhar, will explore the interplay between law and other influences on judicial decision-making, and the implications of that interplay for judicial selection and public confidence in the courts. The goal is to highlight the recent spate of empirical scholarship that has moved away from dichotomous arguments pitting law against attitude, and toward a more nuanced and eclectic way of looking at what judges do. Examining this debate and the related research will help us to assess questions like: How should judges be selected and regulated? Is the public likely to care about judicial selection and decision-making? What is still missing from our knowledge about the work that judges do? Papers presented at the conference will be published as an edited volume. A full schedule and list of conference participants can be read at:



Spring Law Day

Come say hello to your future classmates at the 2009 Spring Law Day. This event is a time-honored tradition at Indiana Law, giving admitted JD students an opportunity to meet other admitted students, explore the Law School community, and learn more about life in Bloomington. This all-day event, beginning at 8:30 a.m., also offers plenty of chances to mix and mingle with our students, faculty, and alumni. A full schedule of events is available at:

What's Law Got To Do With It?

Saturday is the second and final day of the conference organized by Professor Charles Geyh and Assistant Dean for Research and Special Projects Archana Sridhar. A schedule of the day's events can be viewed at:



Professor Ajay Mehrotra recently published, "'Render Unto Caesar ...': Religion/Ethics, Expertise, and the Historical Underpinnings of the Modern American Tax System," 40 Loyola University Chicago Law Review 321-67 (Winter 2009). The article was part of a symposium titled "Taxes in a Liberal Democracy: Exploring the Relationship Between Taxation and Good Governance" held at Loyola University of Chicago.

On March 19, 2009, Professor Leandra Lederman presented her article entitled "W(h)ither Economic Substance?" at UCLA Law School's Tax Policy and Public Finance Colloquium.



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, "Building the Federal Judiciary (Literally and Legally): The Monuments of Chief Justices Taft and Rehnquist," at noon 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. Resnik's 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.



Practice Group Advisors

The Dean of Students office is taking applications for PRACTICE Group Advisors (PGAs). Under the supervision of the Dean of Students and Director of Student Services, 30 PGAs serve as "front-line" mentors and guides for first-year students. Each PGA meets regularly with a group of 6-8 students to discuss Law School life, introduce students to social networks, and facilitate PRACTICE Program workshops and Legal Professions course sessions. Meeting with their groups first during orientation, PGAs commit to working with their groups throughout the entire academic year. Work obligations include the following: reading materials over the summer, training in August before orientation commences, participating in activities during orientation, leading regular group meetings during the academic year, attending mandatory program sessions throughout the fall semester, attending meetings with Dean of Students staff, completing evaluations of the program and student participation, participating in a debriefing session in spring semester, and fulfilling responsibilities tied to the evolving Legal Professions course. Successful applicants will possess excellent communication, facilitation, and negotiation skills, the ability to work with diverse students under time constraints, a developed sense of professionalism, including responsiveness to e-mails and requests, and commitment to student development. An application will consist of a resume and a letter of interest, which must discuss the applicant's relevant experience and skill-set, as well as a statement of one's understanding of and commitment to the philosophy of the PRACTICE Program and the course, Legal Professions. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 30, to Jeanne at the desk in our office or by email to Interviews may be required. PGAs are compensated by a fellowship that offsets tuition or living expenses.

Pro Bono Fellowship

Applications are now being accepted for a Pro Bono Fellowship. A rising 2L will be chosen to coordinate the School's student pro bono program with the rising 3L Fellow. Responsibilities include coordinating a pro bono fair, working with student organizations and the Office of Career and Professional Development, conducting student outreach, and liaising with attorneys to match students with pro bono projects. The fellowship stipend is $5,000 per academic year. Applications consisting of a cover letter with a statement of interest and a resume should be sent electronically to Judy Reckelhoff at by April 3. Please redact/remove GPA and class rank.

Admissions Fellows

First- and second-year students are encouraged to apply for the Admissions Fellows program. Ten to 15 Fellows will be selected to work with the Admissions Office during the 2009-10 Academic Year. Fellows work throughout the year to build relationships with potential applicants and admitted students. Responsibilities will include contacting students via telephone and e-mail; participating in open houses, online chats, and Spring Law Day; and to act as a Law School representative at other events. Fellows will be required to manage several student contacts and report progress at periodic meetings with the Admissions Office staff. This work will require 5-plus hours a week. Fellows will be selected based on personality/interpersonal skills, previous participation in Law School activities, including Admissions programs and events, and personal interviews. Interested students should submit a resume and letter of interest to Director of Recruitment Dani Weatherford by 5 p.m. on March 30. If you have questions about the program, contact her at

Student Affairs Fellows

Under the supervision of the dean of students and director of student services, Student Affairs Fellows meet throughout the academic year to facilitate a variety of academic workshops. Student Affairs Fellows are available as consultants and peer mentors to help students in adjusting academically to law school, preparing for outlining and exams, and assessing learning strategies. Fellows are available for one-on-one consultations. Work obligations also include the following: reading materials over the summer, training early in the fall semester, participating in activities during orientation, attending a minimum of five workgroup meetings throughout the academic year, attending meetings with Dean of Students staff, and completing evaluations of the programs. These positions are only available for rising 3Ls. Interested students should submit a resume and letter of interest and qualifications to Director of Student Services Catherine Matthews by April 10.

Career and Professional Development Fellows

A separate e-mail will be forthcoming that advertises these positions. Watch for it from OCPD.

Teaching Assistantships for 2009-10 Academic Year

The Graduate Legal Studies Program of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law will be hiring teaching assistants for the 2009-10 academic year. The teaching assistants will work with international students in their legal writing and research course, the Practicum and Academic Legal Writing. Applicants must be available for approximately 10 hours each week and possess strong research and writing skills. Although previous teaching experience is preferable, it is not required. Persons selected to fill these positions must be available for orientation beginning on Aug. 17. Teaching assistants will be appointed on a semester basis, with reappointment in the spring conditioned upon performance in the fall. The stipend per semester is $1,500. Please include a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and references in your application packet, and indicate your availability for an interview. Applications are due no later than April 6 and should be submitted to: Professor Lisa A. Farnsworth, director of Graduate Legal Studies, Indiana University Maurer School of Law Room 220, Bloomington, IN 47405.

Applications for 2009-10 Moot Court Board

The Sherman Minton Moot Court Board is pleased to invite applications for its chief justice, executive board, and general board positions for 2009-10. Applications for chief justice are due by 9 p.m. on Monday, March 23. Applications for other executive board positions and positions on the general board are due by 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 26. Interviews for chief justice may begin as early as Tuesday, March 24; board selection will be completed by April 2. All past participants in the Sherman Minton Competition are eligible to apply for any of the positions described below. Achievements in past competitions will be one, but not necessarily the major, criterion weighed in the selection process. The chief qualifications are a (1) love of appellate advocacy and moot court competition; (2) willingness to take responsibility for executing a program that involves 350 students and alumni each year; and (3) desire to work collaboratively with fellow executive board and board members as a team to shape and implement a superb competition. These positions offer an unparalleled opportunity for visible leadership roles in the Law School's largest student co-curricular program and single largest alumni event, and for helping shape a formative professional experience for fellow students. Please feel free to contact Professor Seth Lahn, at or 855-0905, or the executive board at, with any questions about board positions or the application process.

DeHem and Ellis Excel at Federal Bar Moot Court Competition

Congratulations to 3Ls Brian DeHem and Ben Ellis, who represented the Law School over spring break at the Federal Bar Association's 2009 Thurgood Marshall Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C. On the basis of their brief-writing and oral argument, the team advanced through two rounds into the quarterfinals of the competition, before being stopped. Moreover, at the Awards Banquet at the end of the event, DeHem received the award for Best Oralist of the Competition. Thanks to Professors Dan Conkle, Don Gjerdingen, Aviva Orenstein, 3L Eric Lowe, and especially Greg Castanias, JD'90, for their skillful coaching of the team.

Visiting Scholar Seeks Childcare

Professor Laura Ronchetti, a researcher at the Institute for the Study of Regionalism, Federalism, and Self-Government in Rome, will be a visiting scholar at the Law School from April 1-16. She is looking for a person to help with childcare for a 2-year-old for approximately five hours each day. The caregiver will need to supply his or her own transportation to Ronchetti’s home. Please apply directly to Ronchetti at

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!

GPSO Events

The Graduate Professional Student Organization (GPSO) invites you to check for Bloomington and Graduate Student Community announcements at Upcoming events include: Relay for Life, Native American Graduate Student Association Native Film Series, and Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar-Spring Volunteer opportunity. For GPSO news and announcements, check out

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 e-mail 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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