Indiana Law Annotated for April 5, 2010 (38:11)


Joseph W. Singer, the Bussey Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, will deliver the 2010 Harris Lecture at noon in the Moot Court Room on Monday. Please join us for the lecture and the reception afterward in the faculty conference room.

Milt Stewart, JD'71, will talk about the changing landscape for new attorneys as part of the Office of Career and Professional Development's Career Choices series at noon on Tuesday in room 125.

The Law School, the Center for Latin American Studies, and the African Studies Program are sponsoring a cross-disciplinary symposium on law and language across the global south with a special focus on human rights as the concept is shaped, adapted, rejected, or contested in various locations. The symposium will take place Friday and Saturday in the faculty conference room.



Harris Lecture: Harvard Law's Joseph W. Singer

Joseph W. Singer, the Bussey Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, will deliver the 2010 Harris Lecture at noon on Monday, April 5, in the Moot Court Room. Professor Singer's lecture is entitled "Original Acquisition of Property: From Conquest and Possession to Democracy and Equal Opportunity." Professor Singer teaches and writes about property law, conflict of laws, and federal Indian law, and has published more than 40 law review articles. He was one of the executive editors of the 2005 edition of Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law. He has written a casebook and a treatise on property law, as well as two theoretical books on property called Entitlement: The Paradoxes of Property, and The Edges of the Field: Lessons on the Obligations of Ownership. A reception will follow in the faculty conference room.

Shalom HELP Legal Clinic Program with Professor Weng

The Shalom HELP Legal Clinic will be conducting a program with Professor Carwina Weng at 5 p.m. on Monday, April 5, to discuss and work through common issues that arise when dealing directly with low-income and no-income clients. We believe that this training will be beneficial to students in terms of discussing problems that often arise at legal services clinics, and also assist in preparing students for situations that they will likely deal with during their summer internships. A room number will be chalked Monday morning in classrooms for those interested in attending. E-mail Thomas Cook ( with any questions.



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

Phi Delta Phi hosts Visiting Professor John Steele in an Ethics Week discussion on the infamous "Torture Memos." Steele's presentation will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6, at Grazie!

Career Choices: Navigating the Changing Landscape for New Lawyers

Milt Stewart, JD'71, is a partner and firm-wide client relations partner at Davis Wright Tremaine in Portland, Ore. Mr. Stewart will speak on the importance of social intelligence, life experience, and networking skills in the changing landscape for new lawyers, and the need for owning a distinctive competency niche. Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP on Symplicity by April 5. Tuesday's event takes place from noon to 1 p.m. in room 125.

FLS Elections

The Family Law Society (FLS) will be having its elections for the 2010-11 school year on Tuesday, April 6 at noon. The meeting will be in room 124. The following positions will be elected: president, vice-president, treasurer, secretary, and community-service chair. E-mail ( if you'd like a description of the positions or if you have any questions.

Feminist Law Forum Meeting and Elections

The Feminist Law Forum (FLF) will have a meeting from noon to 1 p.m. in room 120. Elections will be held, so please come and vote for next year's officers! If you have questions about the positions, please e-mail Megan Shipley ( We are also excited to have Professor Jody Madeira join us to speak about her professional work. Additionally, we have asked her to address issues of particular interest to FLF members such as how to maintain a work-life balance, sexism in the legal profession, and what advice she may have for young attorneys. This is a great opportunity, especially for 1Ls, to interact with a professor outside the classroom setting. Please feel free to bring questions for Professor Madeira. Lunch will be provided.

Phi Delta Phi Elections and Member Meeting

Phi Delta Phi will be electing officers for next year and discussing important upcoming events. All members are required to attend on Tuesday, April 6, at noon in room 121.

Center for Constitutional Democracy JD Affiliates Presentation

There will be an informational meeting for students interested in applying to become an affiliate for the Center for Constitutional Democracy 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. More information about the positions is available below in the announcements section.



Career Choices: Large Law Firms

The Office of Career and Professional Development's Career Choices series continues from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 8, with a panel discussion on careers in large law firms. Tony Prather, JD'83, a partner with Barnes & Thornburg in Indianapolis; Sarah Riordan, JD'93, a partner with Bose McKinney & Evans in Indianapolis; Sean Major, JD'89, executive vice president and general counsel of Joy Global, Inc. in Milwaukee; and Jim McKinlay, general counsel with the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General, and of counsel for Wiley, Rein & Fielding, will serve as panelists. Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP on Symplicity by April 7. Thursday's event will take place in rooms 121 and 122.



Human Rights, Legal Systems, and Customary Cultures Across the Global South

The Law School, the Center for Latin American Studies, and the African Studies Program are sponsoring a cross-disciplinary symposium on law and language across the global south with a special focus on human rights as the concept is shaped, adapted, rejected, or contested in various locations. In Africa, Latin America, and other locations in the global south, social groups commonly operate with multiple legal systems that generally include an official state system of law and others based on indigenous legal practices, customary law, and Islamic law. The symposium will take place over a day-and-a-half, in plenary format, to allow for ample discussion and exchange. The symposium is being held at the Law School on April 9-10. A tentative schedule and list of panelists is available at

PILF Dodgeball Tournament

The annual PILF Dodgeball Tournament will be held on Friday, April 9, at 4 p.m. Teams will consist of five to seven players (five vs. five on the court) and the entry fee is $5 per person. Prizes will be awarded to the winning team and for best costume, biggest blunder, and most valuable player. Sign up by visiting the PILF table during the lunch hour any day this week.



Ambassador Feisal A.R. Istrabadi gave a faculty seminar at Syracuse University College of Law entitled "Justice and the Rule of Law in Iraq", a presentation of his forthcoming book on March 2. He spoke about "Iraq and its Foreign Relations with Its Arab Neighbors" at the Jamestown Foundation in Washington, D.C. on March 3. On March 26, Ambassador Istrabadi gave a panel presentation at the Elliot School of International Affairs at the George Washington University on the topic, "What Lies Ahead: The Iraqi Elections, A Gendered Perspective."

Professor Kevin Brown's article entitled "Can Public International Boarding Schools in Ghana Be the Next Educational Reform Movement for Low-Income Urban Minority Public School Students?" was published by Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review. WFIU also ran a featured story on his efforts and those of other professors at Indiana University to create such a school as a charter school. The program can be heard on WFIU's Web site.



Environmental Justice from Bloomington to São Paulo

Interested in learning about an area where civil rights and environmental law meet, and getting a free lunch? Join the Environmental Law Society for a panel discussion, "Environmental Justice from Bloomington to São Paulo." This event, hosted in conjunction with the campus-wide SustainIU week, focuses on two environmental justice concerns, one local (the I-69 controversy in southern Indiana), and one global (industrialized estuaries in São Paulo). Come join us on Monday, April 12, at noon in room 125 for the event. Lunch will be provided.

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, former 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. Chic-Fil-A lunch will be provided.

Indiana Tax Court Holding Oral Argument April 14

On Wednesday, April 14, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., the Indiana Tax Court will be holding an oral argument in the Moot Court Room. The hearing involves an appeal of a denial of a pollution control equipment personal property tax exemption handed down by the Lake County Property Tax Board Of Appeals against BP Amaco. Lake County is represented by Jay Butler, a North Carolina attorney who specializes in representing government entities in such cases, and BP Amaco is represented by Jeff Bennett, JD'88, of Bingham McHale in Indianapolis. After the argument, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Judge Thomas G. Fisher, LLB'65, will describe the functions of the Indiana Tax Court and answer questions. He will be accompanied by Terry Duga — one of three commissioners of the Indiana Board of Tax Review, the highest state agency that hears all Indiana tax cases — who will describe the functions of the board and answer questions.

1L Indianapolis Law Firm Tour on May 14

Current 1Ls who are interested in the Indianapolis legal market will have the opportunity to attend a series of progressive "meet & greet" events to be hosted by various firms in Indianapolis throughout the day on May 14. This event, between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m., will provide students with a unique opportunity to meet the recruiting teams and other members of the participating firms and, most importantly, to make a good first impression on them. In addition, each firm will make a brief presentation showcasing the firm's culture and the work that they do as a prelude to their on-campus interviewing and/or fall recruitment. Transportation will be provided. If you are interested in participating in this exciting new event, please register via Symplicity by Friday, May 7, 2010.



Submit Items for Graduation Display Today

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 Today

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 Friday

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.

Minority Prelaw Advisor

The Health Professions & Prelaw Information Center, in cooperation with the Maurer School of Law, seeks to hire a prelaw advisor who will counsel and advise minority undergraduates interested in studying law. This advisor should have prior experience working with or counseling minority and/or underserved populations. The minority prelaw advisor will work under the joint supervision of the assistant dean for admissions at the Law School and the director of the Health Professions & Prelaw Information Center. The primary responsibilities of the minority prelaw advisor are to establish an outreach program that makes direct contact with the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Black Greek Council, the Minority Achievers Program, the Groups Program, and various minority students who are prelaw majors through contact letters, telephone calls, and personal presentations at meetings; to advise prelaw students (primarily minority) concerning the LSAT, personal statements and the general application process to law school; to provide reports concerning the effectiveness of outreach efforts and make recommendations for expanding and/or improving these efforts; to work with the Admissions Office to coordinate the Minority Law Day, Minority Opportunity Day and pre-professional night for minority students; and to serve as staff advisor for the Minority Prelaw Society (MPLS). The advisor will be responsible for maintaining contact with the organization via the President and sign for all approved organization events. The position will start in August 2010. The salary will be $8 per hour for a projected 15-20 hours per week and may also include a fee reduction package. Please submit a resume and letter of interest to Dani Weatherford, director of recruitment and admissions, ( by April 16.

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).

Indiana Law Annotated is archived online.

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.