Indiana Law Annotated for March 29, 2010 (38:10)


Two judicial selection experts will discuss judicial activism during Monday's debate, hosted by the American Constitution Society and the Federalist Society. The debate, beginning at noon on Monday in the Moot Court Room, will be moderated by Professor Pat Baude.

The Feminist Law Forum will host students from Bloomington High School South on Thursday for Women in Law Day. A panel discussion featuring Judge Viola J. Taliaferro, JD'77, and Bloomington attorney Catherine Stafford will take place from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. as part of the day's events.

Join the Law and Drama Society as they present Harvey on Thursday and Friday. The play begins at 7 p.m. in the Moot Court Room. Ticket information is listed below.



Student Animal Legal Defense Fund Exploratory Meeting

There will be a general interest meeting for students interested in establishing a Student Animal Legal Defense Fund chapter (SALDF) at Indiana University. SALDF chapters are student groups affiliated with the Animal Legal Defense Fund and share its mission to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. There are currently chapters at 143 United States law schools. The meeting is at noon on Monday, March 29, in room 124. If you have any questions, please e-mail Chris Pierce (

ACS v. Federalist Society Debate on Judicial Activism

The American Constitution Society and Federalist Society cordially invite everyone to the most anticipated debate of the year on Monday, March 29, at noon in the Moot Court Room. Professor Pat Baude will moderate the discussion on the definition, examples, and relevance of judicial activism between speakers Bill Marshall, of the ACS, and the Federalist Society's Ed Whelan III. Marshall is a constitutional law professor at the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill and former deputy White House counsel and deputy assistant to President Clinton. Whelan is president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, a former clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia, and a regular contributor to the blog Bench Memos. Both speakers are recognized experts in judicial selection and confirmation. Lunch will be served.

Family Law Society Elections

The Family Law Society will be holding elections for the 2010-11 school year at noon on Monday, March 29, in room 120. The following positions will be elected: president, vice-president, treasurer, secretary, and community service chair. All are welcome to attend.



Pro Bono Stories

Join the Access to Justice Program and hear from practitioners about their pro bono experiences at noon on Tuesday, March 30, in the Moot Court Room. Moderated by Judge Mary Ellen Diekhoff, JD'86, the panel will feature Professor Emeritus Tom Schornhorst and alumnae Mary Spears, JD'07, and Christina Clark, JD'08.

Women's Law Caucus Elections and Meeting

The WLC will hold its last all-member meeting of the school year at noon on Tuesday, March 30, in room 124. We will have elections and end-of-the-year information. If you're interested in running for a position, please e-mail Kimberly Verest ( Bring your lunch and we'll bring dessert! Hope you can make it! If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Van Dalen ( or Kimberly Verest.

Career Choices Series: Health Care Law

Not everyone wants to work in a law firm and you can put your JD to work in the area of health care law. On Tuesday, March 30, come hear from seasoned alumni about their career paths and learn how to break into this job market from noon to 1 p.m. in rooms 120 and 122. Panelists include Jessica Barth, JD'00, Matt Gutwein, JD'88, Jim Reed, JD'89, and Dan Tounsel, JD'06. Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP on Symplicity by March 29.



SBA Informational Meeting

The Student Bar Association (SBA) will be holding an informational meeting for anyone interested in running for representatives of the classes of 2011 and 2012. The meeting will be on Wednesday, March 31, at 5 p.m. in the student lounge. Please e-mail Amir Ali ( for more information.

Rush Phi Delta Phi: Social Event at Finch's

PDP invites you to join us at Finch's to learn about our international legal fraternity on Wednesday, March 31, at 7 p.m. Drink specials and free pizzettas and appetizers will be provided. Interested in joining PDP? Contact our clerk Pat Smith (

Career Choices: IP Law

Panelist Don Knebel is a partner with Barnes & Thornburg LLP in the Indianapolis office. He is a member of the firm's Intellectual Property Law Department, and co-chair of BTech, the firm's Business and Technology Group. Panelist Howard Shapiro has line responsibility for integral corporate staff functions including the law, human resources, security, and administrative services departments for Playboy Enterprises, Inc. He also serves as general counsel to Playboy and its subsidiaries and affiliated companies. Shapiro is based in Playboy's Chicago headquarters. This panel will take place on Wednesday, March 31, from noon to 1 p.m. in room 124, and lunch will be provided to those who RSVP on Symplicity by March 30.

Career Choices: International Law

Panelist Juan Basombrio, JD'89, is a partner in Dorsey & Whitney LLP's Trial Department, and head of the firm's Southern California office, a position he's held since 2008. He represents clients throughout the United States and internationally in complex business litigation, arbitration, and business matters. Basombrio's presentation will be held on Wednesday, March 31, from noon to 1 p.m. in room 122. Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP on Symplicity by March 30.



Women in Law Day Panel Featuring Stafford, Taliaferro

The Feminist Law Forum is hosting Women in Law Day on Thursday, April 1. The event welcomes Bloomington High School South students to the Law School to learn more about careers in law. There will be a career panel open to law students in the Moot Court Room from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Panelists will include Judge Viola J. Taliaferro, JD'77, a former judge on the Monroe Circuit Court and Catherine Stafford, a Bloomington family law attorney.

JD/SPEA Lunch Presentation

JD students interested in the MPA and MSES programs at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs are encouraged to join us for a lunch presentation on Thursday, April 1 at noon in the faculty lounge. Associate Professor Michael Rushton, the new MPA program director and director of the Arts Administration Program; Lisa Blomgren Bingham, JD, a SPEA professor and Keller-Runden Chair in Public Service with expertise in dispute resolution and mediation; and Hendrik Haitjema, professor and director of the Master of Science in Environmental Science and PhD programs in environmental science, will present information about the SPEA programs. Don't miss this great opportunity to learn more about the Law School/SPEA joint degree program. Students currently enrolled in the joint degree program are also encouraged to join us and share their insights. Lunch is provided and an informal Q&A and discussion will follow the brief presentations. This event is sponsored by the Environmental Law Program for all JD students interested in the MPA and MSES programs.

Career Choices: Sports Law

Panelists Chris Reynolds and Charlotte Westerhaus, JD'91, will discuss how you can put your JD to work in a variety of ways in the sports law arena on Thursday, April 1, from noon to 1 p.m. in room 122. Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP on Symplicity by March 31.

Career Choices: Higher Education Law

Panelists Dave O'Guinn and Beth Cate will discuss how you can put your JD to work in a variety of ways in higher education from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 1, in room 124. Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP on Symplicity by March 31.

The Law and Drama Society presents: Harvey

The Law & Drama Society cordially invites you to attend its presentation of Harvey, a play by Mary Chase. Performances are on Thursday and Friday, April 1 and 2, at 7 p.m. in the Moot Court Room. Tickets are $3 and will be available in the Law School lobby from noon to 1 p.m. all week, as well as at the door before performances from 6:30 to 7 p.m. In Harvey, protagonist Elwood P. Dowd and his imaginary friend Harvey, a six-and-a-half-foot tall rabbit, enjoy life, bars, and the company of everyone they meet. However, their escapades yield hysteria for all "sane" individuals surrounding them. Hilarity ensues. Bring your friends, both real and imaginary! We hope to see you there!

Phi Delta Phi Elections and Member Meeting

We will be electing officers for next year and discussing important upcoming events. All members are required to attend on Thursday, April 1, at noon. Room TBA.



Professor Sarah Jane Hughes presented her paper entitled "Payments Valdez: What Lessons can Payments Data Security Learn from Maritime Law?" at the March 19 symposium sponsored by the Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial and Commercial Law at Brooklyn Law School. The paper will be published in the symposium issue of the Journal in its Fall 2010 issue.

On March 12, Professor Leandra Lederman gave a presentation on legal academia to the United States Tax Court's Attorney-Adviser TaxProf Club.



John Steele's Ethics Week Talk on the "Torture Memos"

Phi Delta Phi presents Visiting Professor John Steele in an Ethics Week presentation on the infamous "Torture Memos." Steele's presentation will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6, at a local restaurant TBA. All students and faculty are welcome to attend this free discussion. Please RSVP to Armen Boyajian (

LLSA Selling Arroz con Pollo, Flan on April 7

The Latina/o Law Student Association will be selling plates of arroz con pollo (yellow rice with chicken) and flan (a traditional Spanish custard dessert) for $7 per plate. Please come support LLSA and eat a tasty meal on Wednesday, April 7, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Law School Lobby. Please direct questions to LLSA at

The Pirate Bay Cases and International Film Piracy: the Scurvy of Hollywood

The Federalist Society and Intellectual Property Association will co-host this year's final John Templeton Series Debate on film piracy and the Pirate Bay cases in Sweden. Professor Marshall Leaffer, distinguished IP scholar and university fellow, will moderate a debate between guest speaker John Malcolm, executive vice president and director of Worldwide Anti-Piracy Operations for the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), and Beth Cate, associate general counsel for Indiana University, about Hollywood's policy toward torrents, illegal file sharing and streaming, and international copyright regimes and efforts to combat piracy. The debate will take place on Tuesday, April 13, at noon in the Moot Court Room.



Apply for Access to Justice Pro Bono Fellowship by Friday

Applications are now being accepted by the Access to Justice Program 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. Funding for the fellowship is pending. Applications consisting of a cover letter with a statement of interest and a resume should be sent electronically to Megan Mullet ( by Friday, April 2. Please redact/remove GPA and class rank.

Submit Items for Graduation Display by April 5

Believe it or not, it is time to put up the graduation display. As we have done in the past, we want to do a collage of pictures, memorabilia, and clippings regarding your three years at the Law School. We will return all the items to you following graduation. Here is what we would like to include: pictures, memorabilia, and clippings. Please get these items to us by April 5. Each item must have a completed form attached that includes your name and the address where you want it returned. You can pick up these forms at the reference desk or in the library office. For pictures, please include the full name of each person in the picture, the event, or where the picture was taken and what year it was taken. We reserve the right to omit any item if needed. Give items to the librarians in the reference office or to the assistant to the Law Library director. To ensure that we have all the necessary information to return the items, please do not just leave them in the office or at the circulation desk.

GLS Teaching Assistant Applications Due April 5

The Graduate Legal Studies Program will be hiring teaching assistants for the 2010-11 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, possess strong research and writing skills, and while previous teaching experience is preferable, it is not required. Persons selected to fill these positions must be available for orientation beginning on August 18. Teaching assistants will be appointed on a semesterly 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 5 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.

JD Affiliates for the Center for Constitutional Democracy

The Center for Constitutional Democracy provides a few unpaid positions each year for law students to conduct research and carry out projects relating to the Center's constitutional advising work in Burma, Vietnam and Liberia. The research may include work on human rights, electoral quotas, immigration policies, legal history, state versus customary law, and other topics. Further information about the Center can be found at our Web site. If accepted, the student affiliate will work with the center's program director and research fellows on a project-by-project basis. The time commitment for affiliates is approximately four hours per week (and in some cases it may be more) and it is expected that affiliates will maintain involvement for the duration of the school year. Student affiliates will be provided with work space at the center, invited to center seminars and events, and given hands-on experience with the legal research necessary for democracy promotion and constitutional design in new and struggling democracies. Such work is a rare opportunity to be involved with reformers around the world and will be a valuable addition to resumes for students interested in careers in democracy promotion. Applications are available for download. There will be an informational meeting for students interested in applying on Tuesday, April 6, at 1 p.m. in the conference room of the center, which is located in Beck House, on Third Street across from the Law School.

Applications for Student Affairs Fellows Due April 9

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 their process of 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, activities during orientation, a minimum of five workgroup meetings throughout the academic year, meetings with dean of students staff, and evaluations of the programs. These positions are only available for rising 3Ls. Interested students should submit a resume and letter of interest and qualifications via e-mail to Dr. Catherine Matthews ( by noon on Friday, April 9.

Admissions Summer Assistant

The Admissions Office seeks to hire a first- or second-year law student to work as an admissions assistant. This person will help guide members of the class of 2013 through the process of moving to Bloomington, settling in, and preparing to begin class in either July or August. Duties will primarily involve calling and e-mailing students to answer questions and provide encouragement. The person should be a self-starter who is articulate, creative, and a good advocate. The assistant will also need to be empathetic and resourceful in order to assist incoming students with the varied hurdles they may encounter while preparing to begin law school. Hours are flexible. The position will be available on a part-time basis ($10/hr). Approximately 40-50 hours will be required during the summer until the beginning of fall classes. Depending on summer schedules (legal internships, study abroad, etc.), more than one student may be hired to share the duties. Please submit a resume and letter of interest to Director of Recruitment Dani Weatherford. Questions can be directed to

Follow Indiana Law on Twitter

The IU Maurer School of Law has launched a Twitter account to keep you informed of the latest news and events taking place at the Law School. Find out what's going on at our Twitter page.

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, example outlines, and helpful study questions. 2Ls can sign up and lock in their tuition prices for 2011 or 2012 and pick up their upper level review book. 3Ls, if you pay your full tuition amount you can receive your MBE early study books now available at the BARBRI table, you may also pick up your upper level review books if you have already signed up for BARBRI. If you have any questions send an e-mail to Todd Phillips

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.