Indiana Law Annotated for January 19, 2010 (38:1)

ILA Submissions

The Indiana Law Annotated (ILA) is published every Monday while school is in session with news about the coming week. Information and articles for the ILA should be submitted to by Thursday at noon for inclusion in Monday's edition. Length of submission is limited to 150 words, unless otherwise approved. If you have questions about an item appearing in the ILA, please contact James Boyd (; phone 856-1497).



The lead author of the 2007 Nobel Prize-winning report for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Professor Brian J. Soden, will present a lecture on global warming at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 20 at the Law School.

Join a distinguished panel of intellectual property experts from 1 to 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, January 21, for "IP Rights and Health Care: Perspectives on Follow-on Biologics." The panel, to be held in the Moot Court Room, will discuss pending health care legislation and the potential effects on biologic drugs.



The Reality of Global Warming: Cold Facts on a Hot Topic

"The Reality of Global Warming: Cold Facts on a Hot Topic," is the subject of a lecture to be presented by Professor Brian J. Soden on Wednesday, January 20 at 7 p.m. in room 122 of the Law School. Dr. Soden is an associate professor of meteorology and physical oceanography at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Science. He served as a lead author of the 2007 Nobel Prize-winning report for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The lecture will also be given on the same day at 4 p.m. in room S201 of the Geological Sciences Building, 1001 East 10th St.



IP Rights and Health Care: Perspectives on Follow-on Biologics

Pending health care legislation contains provisions that would create a new type of intellectual property right — data exclusivity — for biologic drugs. It also contains provisions that would accelerate FDA approval for follow-on biologic drugs. In some ways, the debate over this legislation resembles controversies about pharmaceutical patents and market entry for generic drugs. It's an important issue with ramifications for IP, antitrust, and health care policy. Join a distinguished panel of speakers from 1:15 to 4 p.m. in the Moot Court Room to hear about the issues. Scheduled to participate are: Suzanne Michel, deputy director, Office of Policy Planning, Federal Trade Commission; Suzanne Drennon Munck, counsel for intellectual property, Office of Policy Planning, Federal Trade Commission; Douglas K. Norman, general patent counsel, Eli Lilly & Co.; Professor Christopher Holman, University of Missouri-Kansas City; and Professor Jay Thomas, Georgetown University Law Center. A reception will follow.



Professor Rob Fischman's coauthored paper on climate change adaptation for the National Wildlife Refuge System has now come out in the December issue of the journal Environmental Management. You can access the article from IU computers at:

On November 19, Professor Marshall Leaffer presented a paper at McGill University, Montreal entitled "The Inevitable Disclosure of Trade Secrets," as part of a symposium on trade secrets and worker mobility, sponsored by the McGill Law School's Intellectual Property Institute.

Professor Emeritus Tom Schornhorst was a featured speaker at the Tulane Law School dedication of the portrait of former Tulane Law Dean Edward F. Sherman. At a ceremony held in New Orleans on November 13, 2009, Professor Schornhorst recalled Dean Sherman's days as an Indiana Law faculty member from 1969 to 1977.

Professor Schornhorst also is quoted in the November/December 2009 issue (pp. 49-50) of Indiana Alumni Magazine in an article featuring the Indiana Rugby Club's "Old Boys" Reunion held on September 12, 2009. Over 100 former IU ruggers from five decades showed up for the weekend. Tom, at age 74, was honorary captain and the oldest player who participated in a match against a Purdue "old boys" side. He was the club's faculty adviser from the mid-1970s to early 1980s.



Deadline Today For India Internship

Apply now for an internship in India for the summer of 2010. Spend five to six weeks working in a law firm, NGO, or government agency. Work on substantive legal assignments while learning about the rich traditions and culture of India. Open to 1Ls only. Limited spots available. If interested, please contact Ms. Ramla Farzad, executive director of the Center on the Global Legal Profession at for an application. Deadline to apply: Monday, January 18, 2010.

Admissions Tour Guides Needed

The admissions office is expecting an increase in the number of prospective student visitors this semester and will need additional assistance from tour guides. Tour guide responsibilities include escorting prospective students to a class and providing a tour of the Law School building. This is a great way to participate in the building of next year's class. If you are interested in serving as a tour guide, please contact Dani Weatherford, director of recruitment, at, to schedule a short training session.

Blinn Wins Third Place in Tax Law Writing Competition

Michael Blinn, JD'09, was named the third-place winner of the 2009 Tannenwald Student Writing Competition in the field of tax law. His paper, titled "The Behavioral Case for a Value-Added Tax," was one of 52 papers submitted by both JD and graduate law students from numerous law schools throughout the country. He received a cash prize of $1,500 and an engraved plaque. Professor Ajay Mehrotra was his faculty sponsor.

Announcing the 2010 Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition

Sponsored by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), this writing competition on copyright law is open to all second- and third-year students at Indiana Law. Two awards ($600 and $250) may be given at each participating law school, and those winning papers will then be forwarded on to the national competition. Students interested in the competition must contact Professor Marshall Leaffer at For additional information, see Additional writing competitions are posted on the contests board across from room 022. A number of Indiana Law students have won previous writing competitions with awards as great as $4,000.

Two Indiana Law Joint Degree Students Participate in Urban Land Institute Competition

Two students in the JD/MBA program at the Indiana University's Maurer School of Law and the Kelley School of Business are participating in the eighth annual Urban Land Design/Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition.

Jon Rinehart and Chris Stoker are participating in a multi-disciplinary team that will develop a comprehensive design and development program for an actual large-scale site. The team is responsible for delivering drawings, site plans, tables, and market-feasible financial data. The other team members consist of graduate students in architecture and landscape architecture at the University of Kansas.

The two-week competition gets under way on January 18. The winning team will receive $50,000; finalist teams will receive $10,000 each.

Report Your Pro Bono Hours For Graduation Recognition

All students who reported pro bono hours during the fall 2009 semester should have received an email indicating total hours reported for fall 2009. If you did not receive an email, or believe that your total hours are incorrect, please email Judy Reckelhoff and Megan Mullett, Pro Bono Fellows, at As a reminder: to receive graduation recognition, current 3Ls must report a minimum of 20 pro bono hours for the 2009-10 school year. (Current 2Ls must report a minimum of 40 hours before they graduate, and current 1Ls must report a minimum of 60 hours before they graduate.) Questions? Email:

CLS Bible Study

Christian Legal Society (CLS) is holding weekly Bible study and prayer on Thursdays at 8:15 a.m. in room 215 of the Law School. Unsure if you'd like to attend Bible study? Have prayer requests or questions about God? Feel free to e-mail requests, questions, or needs to Katie Khan at Prayer requests presented to the study group will remain anonymous/confidential unless otherwise requested.

Scheduling Events

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Audio-Video Services

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