Indiana Law Annotated for April 12, 2010 (38:12)


The Environmental Law Society will host two speakers on Monday, April 12, at noon, as part of SustainIU Week. Speakers will discuss the controversial I-69 highway project in southern Indiana and estuary issues in Brazil.

The Indiana Tax Court will hear oral argument on Wednesday, April 14, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Moot Court Room. Afterward, Judge Thomas G. Fisher, LLB'65, will talk about the Indiana Tax Court and answer audience questions.



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. Speakers include Michael Luurtsema and Stephanie C. Kane. Lunch will be provided.

PAD Elections

PAD will be holding officer elections at noon on Monday, April 12. Come run or vote. During the meeting we will be handing out t-shirts, so bring your money if you signed up for one. We will also be handing out 3L gifts. Lunch will be served. The room number is TBD; we will e-mail it out once determined.



International Financial Security: How Will Today's Financial Crisis Impact Global Security?

You are invited to the Lord Timothy Garden Memorial Lecture to take place Tuesday, April 13, at 7:30 pm in the Moot Court Room of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Lord John Roper will deliver this year's lecture, entitled "International Financial Security: How Will Today's Financial Crisis Impact Global Security?" Currently, Lord Roper is chairman of the European Union Sub-Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and Development Staff, as well as an active member of the House of Lords, where he is chairman of the Committee on the European Union.

Tax Law with Northwestern's David Cameron

Professor David L. Cameron, associate director of the Northwestern University Law School Tax Program, will be in room 120 from noon to 1 p.m. to talk about careers in tax law and Northwestern's LLM tax program. Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP on Symplicity today.

PILF Executive Board

Elections for next year's PILF executive board will be held at our next group meeting, Tuesday, April 13, at noon in room 125. The election will start with the president and descend in order. Lunch will be provided.

Law Students for Reproductive Justice Meeting

LSRJ will be holding elections, hearing from members who assisted in a successful judicial bypass, and celebrating raising over $240 for safe birthing kits! Tuesday's meeting will be held at noon on Tuesday, April 13, in room 124.

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 Oral Argument

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 Amoco. 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.

SBA Presents: The Last Lecture with Professor Bethel

Sadly, Professor Terry Bethel is retiring. We are grateful for his service to the Law School, the university, and especially to the thousands of students who were lucky enough to learn from him. Let's celebrate Professor Bethel's knowledge, wisdom, and humor in a special forum to properly thank him for his work. Attend Professor Bethel's last lecture at noon in the Moot Court Room on Wednesday, April 14. Active engagement in the discussion is strongly encouraged. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Don't miss this unique opportunity!



Academy of Law Alumni Fellows Induction

On Friday, April 16, the Maurer School of Law will recognize six outstanding alumni by inducting them into the Academy of Law Alumni Fellows, the highest honor the Law School can bestow. The inductees represent the values that the Law School holds in highest esteem: intellectual rigor, continuous achievement, and a commitment to the highest standards of the legal profession. Congratulations to this year's inductees: Sidney D. Eskenazi, JD'53; Penelope S. Farthing, JD'70; The Honorable Thomas G. Fisher, LLB'65; Charles Halleck, LLB'24 (posthumously); John C. Onoda, JD'76; and John F. (Jeff) Richardson, JD'77.



Protective Order Project Year-end BBQ

To celebrate the end of a successful year, thank all of our fabulous volunteers, and have a good time, POP is having a year-end barbecue on Saturday, April 17, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Professor Aviva Orenstein, who lives near the Law School, has volunteered her home to host the event (directions to follow via e-mail). Take advantage of the nice weather and free food, and come on out for a little bit! RSVP by Thursday, April 15, to ( See you there!



Ambulance Chase 5k

The Health Law Society and Sports & Entertainment Law Society present the 2nd Annual IU Ambulance Chase. The 5k race, benefitting the American Cancer Society, will take place this Sunday, April 18, at 9 a.m. The course starts and finishes at the Law School, with the route weaving through campus. The entry fee is $15 and includes a t-shirt. Refreshments and an awards ceremony will follow the race where winners will receive prizes. Race registration is open to the public, with kids and pets welcome. HLS/SELS members will be selling tickets during the noon hour in the Law School lobby through Friday. Race day registration is permitted as well, and all participants should arrive by 8:30 a.m. to check in and get ready. Please direct any questions to (



Professor Marshall Leaffer presented a conference keynote address, "Patent Reform in United States," at Hongik University, Seoul Korea. The conference, "International Trends in Intellectual Property," was held on the inauguration of Hongik University's masters degree program in intellectual property.

Professor Ajay Mehrotra recently published a review essay, "The Price of Conflict: War, Taxes, and the Politics of Fiscal Citizenship," 108 Mich. L. Rev. 1053, which explores and critiques the main themes of the recent book, War and Taxes: Sacrifice and Self-Indulgence on the Home Front by Steven Bank, Kirk Stark, and Joseph Thorndike.



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.



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.

Minority Prelaw Advisor Applications Due Friday

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 finish tabling after this week. The table will be set up from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Thursday, April 15. After Thursday, if you wish to sign up, you will need to do so through the Web site 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.