Indiana Law Annotated for February 22, 2010 (38:6)

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The Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition concludes this week. The quarterfinal rounds take place Monday and Tuesday nights beginning at 6 p.m. The semifinal rounds will be held on Wednesday starting at 6 p.m., and the final round begins at 7 p.m. on Friday.

Worried about student loans? The Christian Legal Society presents Paul Leopold, assistant director of financial aid, on Tuesday at noon. Leopold will answer your questions about loan forgiveness programs.

Considering a clerkship? Come hear from a distinguished panel of judges Friday afternoon from 4 to 5 p.m. Several prestigious judges will talk about what they look for in an application for a clerkship and answer your questions.



The Financial Crisis: Will More Stimulus and Regulation Save Our Economy?

Stimulus, bailouts, cash for clunkers, etc. Is big government getting too big or do we need it to do everything in its power to rehabilitate the economy? The Federalist Society invites you to a head-to-head debate — sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation — between two outstanding economists: Fred Smith, president and founder of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and Martin Spechler, PhD, professor of economics at Indiana University. The event, at noon in the Moot Court Room on Monday, Feb. 22, will be moderated by Indiana Law Professor Timothy Lynch. Chick-fil-A lunch will be provided.

Sherman Minton Moot Court Quarterfinals

The quarterfinals of the Sherman Minton Moot Court competition will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 22, in the Moot Court Room. All arguments are open to the public. The competition is sponsored by Bose McKinney & Evans LLP.

Free Coffee From CLS

The Christian Legal Society will be serving free Pourhouse Cafe coffee from noon to 1 p.m. in the lobby. Please stop by and get your caffeine fix for free!



Loan Forgiveness Presentation

Forgive us our debts! CLS will be having Paul Leopold, associate director of financial aid, talk about loan forgiveness in room 215 from noon to 1 p.m. Please feel free to come and hear about what jobs qualify for loan forgiveness and how to take advantage of the program. Questions are welcome!

Lambda Law Society Meeting

Lambda Law Society is holding a group meeting at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 23, in room 213. We will discuss Spring Law Day, t-shirt sales, the Williams Moot Court Competition, and next month's officer elections, among other things. Please remember to bring your dues. Lunch will be provided.

Sherman Minton Moot Court Quarterfinals

The quarterfinals of the Sherman Minton Moot Court competition continue on Tuesday, Feb. 23, beginning 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 Semifinals

The Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition continues Wednesday, Feb. 24, with the semifinal rounds. The competition begins at 6 p.m. in the Moot Court Room.



Career Choices: Criminal Defense and Prosecution

Come hear from seasoned alumni about careers in the criminal defense and prosecutorial fields from noon to 1 p.m. in room 122. Assistant U.S. Attorney Marisa Ford, JD'85, will serve as a featured panelist. Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP on Symplicity by Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010.



Judicial Clerkship Series: Judges Panel

Before they participate in the Sherman Minton Moot Court finals, several distinguished judges will discuss what they look for in an application and a clerk and how you can maximize your chances for a clerkship. Don't miss the opportunity to hear from this prestigious panel, from 4 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26. Room TBD.

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 Randall T. Shepard, Chief Justice, Indiana Supreme Court; The Honorable John Tinder, JD'75, 7th Circuit Court of Appeals; The Honorable Richard Young, United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana; and Roderick Morgan, a partner at Bingham McHale and president of the Indiana State Bar Association. All arguments are open to the public. The competition is sponsored by Bose McKinney & Evans LLP. A reception will follow.



Professor Jeffrey Stake was quoted in "State lawmakers laying plans for coal-gas pipeline," in the Evansville Courier & Press.

Professor Ryan W. Scott was quoted in the Minneapolis Star Tribune's "In unallotment suit, Pawlenty gets help from law school profs."



Apply for Student Body Supreme Court Positions

The Student Body Supreme Court of Indiana University is currently accepting applications for associate justice positions for the 2010-2011 academic year. You can download the application online. Applications are due on Friday, March 12, at 11:59 p.m. via e-mail to Questions about the positions can be sent to that e-mail address as well.

VITA Offering Free Tax Assistance

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program is providing free income tax preparation for low- and moderate-income taxpayers is available Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m. in room 122. All taxpayers making less than $49,000 per year qualify (including students, faculty, and staff), and may be eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit. VITA is unable to assist foreign students with their taxes.

Thank You Cards for Sale

Get them while they last! Phi Delta Phi is selling IU Maurer School of Law thank you cards. You can purchase them for $2 per card or $15 for a pack of 10 cards. With their professional design, these cards are perfect for thanking interviewers, employers, professors, mentors, recommenders, etc. A sample card is available in the OCPD office. To purchase, contact Jacob Johnson:

BARBRI Tabling

BARBRI will table from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays for the remainder of the semester. 1Ls can sign up now for any state and lock in your tuition price for your bar review class in 2012 or 2013, as well as get a helpful first-year review book containing a review of all of your required classes for your first year, example outlines, and helpful study questions. Upper-level students should stop by and pick up their upper-level review books. If you are interested in reviewing in Bloomington for a state other than Indiana, or if you have any questions about BARBRI, send an e-mail to Todd Phillips at Sign up today for the MPRE Review on Saturday, Feb. 27.

Bible Study Group

The Christian Legal Society has changed its Bible study time for this semester. CLS is holding weekly Bible study and prayer on Tuesdays at noon 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 email requests, questions, or needs to Katie Khan at Prayer requests presented to the study group will remain confidential unless otherwise requested.

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 to receive graduation recognition.)

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).

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 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.