Indiana Law Annotated for September 6, 2010 (39:2)

This Week in the Law School

Did you know the Law School has an aspirational goal for you to complete 60 hours of pro bono service during your three years at Indiana Law? Get a head start this year by attending the Pro Bono Awards and Fair on Wednesday at noon. Rachael Steller, Gina Venturelli, and Alex Haugh, JD'10, will be honored for their pro bono work last year. Community organizations will be on hand afterward to connect you with available local pro bono opportunities.

Please mark your calendars for Monday, Sept. 13, when the Indiana Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Pfenning v. Lineman, a tort case in which a teenaged girl was hit in the mouth with a golf ball while driving the drink cart at a golf outing. The hearing is expected to last approximately 40 minutes in the Moot Court Room.


Monday, September 6

Student Organization Meetings
  • Phi Alpha Delta call-out meeting. Noon to 1 p.m. Moot Court Room. Lunch provided.
  • Environmental Law Society. Noon. Room 120. Lunch provided. Free books from Professor Rob Fischman.
  • Women's Law Caucus call-out meeting. Noon to 12:45 p.m. Room 121.
  • Family Law Society call-out meeting. Noon. Room 124. Lunch provided.
LexisNexis Training

Lexis campus representative James Oakes will introduce a new product, Lexis for Microsoft Office, that will be helpful to Moot Court competitors while preparing their briefs. Moot Court competitors are encouraged to attend. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Room 122.


Tuesday, September 7

Student Organization Meetings
  • American Constitution Society call-out meeting. Noon to 12:45 p.m. Room 121.
  • Protective Order Project and Inmate Legal Assistance Project call-out meeting. Noon. Room 123. Lunch provided. E-mail or for more information.
  • Student Bar Association call-out and elections meeting. 5 to 7 p.m. Student Lounge.
  • Latina/Latino Law Student Association. Noon. Room 125.
Allen Pursell, The Nature Conservancy

Allen Pursell, from The Nature Conservancy, will give a talk on "What To Do With So Many White-tailed Deer?" on from noon to 1 p.m. in Lewis Building room 211.

OCPD: Call Back & Offer Workshop

Caroline Dowd-Higgins, co-director of the Office of Career and Professional Development, will review call back interviews and offer protocols from noon to 1 p.m. in room 124.


Wednesday, September 8

Access to Justice Pro Bono Awards and Fair

Join the Access to Justice Program for awards, food, opportunities, and fun. Help us honor this year's winners: Rachael Steller, Gina Venturelli, and Alex Haugh, JD'10, then mingle with organizations from the community, and learn more about volunteering to meet the Law School's new goal of 60 pro bono hours while at Indiana Law. Event generously sponsored by Baker & Daniels.


Thursday, September 9

Student Organization Meetings
  • Labor and Employment Law Society elections. Noon to 1 p.m. Room 216.
  • Environmental Law Society call-out meeting. Noon to 1 p.m. Room 120.


Friday, September 10

Student Organization Meetings
  • Phi Delta Phi call-out meeting and chair elections. Noon to 1 p.m. Room 121.
Protective Order Project Training

The Protective Order Project will have a mandatory training for all new volunteers on Friday, 2:30-5:30 in Room 123. Dinner will be served. If you have a conflict with this time, please email


Faculty News

Since the end of last semester, Professor Rob Fischman gave a talk on past, present, and future trends in public land planning at the University of Colorado's law school for a conference marking the 40th anniversary of the Public Land Law Review Commission. Professor Fischman also traveled to the National Conservation Training Center to lecture senior national wildlife refuge officials on what his research means for on-the-ground and in-the-water resource management.

On April 24, the 27th Annual VITAL QUIZ BOWL of Monroe County was won by the team "Vital Statistics." The winning team consisted of Professor Bob Heidt, and two employees of the IU Physical Plant along with the teenage daughter of one of them. Other teams with Law School faculty and librarians were "Perry and the Masons" with Naomi Watts and Ralph Gaebler and "The Right Stuff" with Professor Luis Fuentes-Rohwer.



PILF: Hoosiers Outrun Cancer Team

Looking for a great way to get to know some of your fellow law students while supporting a worthwhile cause? You are in luck! The IU Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) is putting together a team for the 11th Annual Hoosiers Outrun Cancer 5K Run/Walk which will be held Saturday, Sept. 18. The entrance fee is $25 with all proceeds going toward funding for the Bloomington Hospital Olcott Center for Cancer Education. Registration for the race ends Friday, so please stop by our table during lunch this week to sign up. We will provide the form that you need to fill out, but please be prepared to pay the entrance fee when signing up! If you have any questions or cannot stop by the PILF table, feel free to e-mail

Mediation Training

The Community Justice Mediation Center (CJAM) is conducting a 32-hour workshop for any community member interested in helping facilitate community mediation and victim-offender reconciliation. Training will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 18, 19, 25, and 26 in room 214 at the Law School. Participants who complete the training are eligible to work as CJAM volunteer mediators; however, any community member interested in learning basic mediation skills is also welcome to participate. Professor Emeritus of Law Edwin H. Greenebaum will serve as the principle training instructor. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and taught Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation at Indiana Law until his retirement. Tuition is $200, although a sliding scale is considered when applicable and scholarships are available. Registration forms are at or by e-mailing For more information, visit, e-mail, or call 812-336-8677. Also, CJAM will be represented at the volunteer fair at the Law School on Wednesday, September 8.

Tenant Assistance Project

Do you want to get first-hand experience interviewing clients and negotiating with landlords in a real courtroom setting? The Tenant Assistance Project (TAP) will be holding its training from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in room 213 on Thursday, Sept. 16. Dinner will be provided! Please RSVP for the training to by Tuesday, Sept. 14. You must attend training before you can begin helping TAP clients.

Teaching Assistants Wanted

A professor of school law from the School of Education is looking for two or three law students (2 and 3Ls) to assist with her undergraduate school law course. Law students would assist with lesson plans, grading, and some teaching. Topics addressed in the course include church-state relations, student speech rights, special education law, teacher privacy rights, tort law, and teacher contracts. The course meets on Mondays from 6:50 p.m. until 8:15 p.m. The time commitment would be approximately three or four hours per week during the fall semester. This is not a paid position. One hour of credit might be available. If you are interested in assisting, please email a resume to Professor Suzanne Eckes at Suzanne prefers applicants with an interest in school legal issues. Prior teaching experience would be helpful, too, but is not required. You also could e-mail or see Dean Fromm about questions you might have about this experience.

Tour Guides Needed

As an Indiana Law student, you have the opportunity to play a significant role in the Law School's recruiting efforts for the class of 2014. If you are interested in sharing your Law School experiences with prospective students during their visits, please plan to attend tour guide training on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at noon in room 122. This meeting will explain the Law School's tour guide program and allow you the opportunity to sign up for a weekly class/tour assignment. Lunch will be provided. If you are unable to attend the meeting but want to participate in the program, contact Dani Weatherford, director of recruitment, at

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