Indiana Law Annotated for September 13, 2010 (39:3)

This Week in the Law School

Cassie Pfenning was a 16-year-old girl driving a golf cart during a golf scramble when she was struck in the face by an errant shot. Pfenning suffered injuries to her mouth and face, and as a result, she sued her grandfather, the golfer who hit the ball, the country club where the scramble was held, and the bar that sponsored the event. Today at noon in the Moot Court Room, the Indiana Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Pfenning v. Lineman. Get a head start by reading the Court of Appeals of Indiana's decision in the case. Please join us and remember to turn off or silence cell phones and other devices prior to entering the Moot Court Room.

We are thrilled to welcome John M. Fitzgerald, JD'77, back to the Law School, where he will serve as a practitioner-in-residence this week. Mr. Fitzgerald will present a talk on legal careers in Washington, D.C. on Monday afternoon and a talk on the Society for Conservation Biology on Tuesday in Jordan Hall.


Monday, September 13

Army JAG information session. Noon. Room 124.

Legal Careers in DC: From the Nonprofit Arena to Law Firms, Government, Associations, Corporations, and Beyond

Since 2007, John M. Fitzgerald has been the policy director for the Society for Conservation Biology, a global association of nearly 14,000 conservation professionals. In that position he has helped them build a policy program that empowers scientific and other conservation experts to work effectively with policymakers. Join Mr. Fitzgerald at 3:20 p.m. in room 124 as he talks about his experiences and legal careers in Washington, D.C.


Tuesday, September 14

International Law Society call-out. Room 124. Noon. Lunch provided.

Outreach for Legal Literacy call-out. Room 121. Noon.

Intellectual Property Association call-out. Room 213. Noon. Lunch provided.

Academic Enhancement Workshop Sessions

As part of the Law School's academic enhancement program, Student Affairs Fellows will present "Getting the Most Out of Classes" from noon to 12:45 p.m. in the Moot Court Room. Student Affairs Fellows are 3Ls who have had academic success in law school and work with 1Ls in large groups and all students one-on-one to provide academic tips and advice. During this first session, get tips on case briefing and analysis, learning strategies, and more. This session will be offered today, and repeated on Thursday and Friday. You are invited to attend any one of them.

Career Choices: Prosecutors and Public Defenders

Join panelists Katie Jackson, JD'08, Jeff Kehr, JD'97, Michael Hunt, JD'69, and Michael Spencer, JD'73, as they discuss their careers in the fields of prosecution and public defense. Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP on Symplicity and bring their confirmation e-mail to room 122 at noon.

Society for Conservation Biology

Join John M. Fitzgerald as he presents "The Society for Conservation Biology: Public Policy Priorities" from 4 to 5 p.m. Please note that this event will take place in Jordan Hall room 123.


Wednesday, September 15

Protective Order Project Training

Did you miss our training session last week? Come to our make-up training on at 4:30 p.m. Please meet by the POP office. E-mail to RSVP or if you are not able to come to this make-up but are still interested in volunteering.


Thursday, September 16

PILF call-out meeting. Room 121. Noon. Lunch provided.

Christian Legal Society. Room 214. Noon.

Academic Enhancement Workshop Session. Room 122. Noon. Repeat of Sept. 14 session.

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 to 9 p.m. in room 213. 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.


Friday, September 17

Academic Enhancement Workshop Session. Room 122. Noon. Repeat of Sept. 14 session.


Saturday, September 18

PILF Softball Tournament

Hon. Elena Kagan, the newest Supreme Court Justice, played softball. And if she played it, you know it has to be fun. PILF is getting ready for its annual Softball Tournament, which will be held from noon until 7 p.m. at Bryan Park. There are a number of ways that students can get involved. You can form a team with your friends. You can be a free agent and we will assign you to a team. Or, you can volunteer as an umpire. There will be a BBQ afterwards. It costs $10 to play in the tournament and eat at the BBQ. It costs $5 to be a fan at the tournament and eat. Stop by our table this week for more information and to create a team!


Faculty News

On May 18, Professor Mark Janis guest lectured on trademark law to engineering management students at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. On June 10, he spoke on recent developments in U.S. patent law at the Arizona State Bar Convention in Phoenix. On July 22, he presented to the Indianapolis Bar Association on the Supreme Court's Bilski patent decision and its ramifications. On Sept. 3, he presented on the Bilski case as part of the "New Economy, New Rules" seminar series, hosted by Barnes & Thornburg's Indianapolis office and broadcast to various locations around the state.



2011 Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

The Jessup Competition has risen to the pre-eminent position of being the largest and most prestigious international law moot court competition in the world. Today, approximately 1,500 students from more than 300 law schools in almost 50 nations participate in the competition. All applications welcome: both previous moot court experience and relevant coursework will be considered, but neither is required. Priority will be given to upperclass students but 1Ls should submit just their names as an expression of their interest in Jessup so that they can be contacted by Professor Christy Ochoa about the Jessup Competition. Please submit a current resume and a statement of interest (covering relevant experience and reasons for interest in the competition) to Dean Len Fromm, in room 022, no later than Friday, September 17. Applications will be reviewed by a faculty committee.

Pro Bono Mandatory Training

The Access to Justice program and the Student Affairs office are conducting a mandatory training for students doing pro bono work through a student service project, ILS, D10, or Shalom Community Center. (Ethics training for other student volunteers and interns will be scheduled later in the year.) This training will set a common baseline and framework for understanding core ethical issues of confidentiality, conflicts, competence, and unauthorized practice of law. Professor Charles Geyh will conduct the training. The training will take place on Wednesday, September 22, from noon to 12:45, in the Moot Court Room. Students must RSVP through Symplicity by Wednesday, September 15, at noon, and the Law School will provide lunch.

Protective Order Project Fellowship

The Protective Order Project is searching for a student who is eligible to become a certified legal intern for a fellowship position. More information is available here. Please submit your resume and short statement of interest to no later than 6 p.m. on Friday, September 17. Don't let this great opportunity pass you by; apply today!

ELS Selling Tickets for Oliver Winery Event

Environmental Law Society will be tabling next week to sell tickets for Oliver Winery. Join us September 23 from 7 to 10 p.m. for a fun event of free wine tasting, delicious local food, music, and mingling with law students, professors, and alumni. Silent auction featuring local businesses.

Tickets are $10 for ELS members who have paid their dues and $15 for everyone else. Inquiries:

IU Student Association Supreme Court Vacancy

Due to an unexpected vacancy on the Indiana University Student Association Supreme Court, the Court will be accepting applications for an Associate Justice position for the 2010-11 academic year. The Court is looking for applicants who are driven individuals who seek to make a difference on campus and participate in the Indiana University judicial process. The application is available on the Supreme Court's website. If you have any questions please visit the Court's website or contact the Court's Chief Justice, Tara Maloney, at

BARBRI Tabling

BARBRI will be tabling from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday for the remainder of the semester. 1Ls can sign up now for any state for only $25, lock in your tuition price for your bar review class in 2013 (or 2014), and get a helpful first-year review book containing a review of all of your required classes for your first year as well as example outlines and helpful study questions. Upper-level students should stop by and pick up their upper-level review books. Upper-level student sign-up requires $250. Don't forget to sign up for the MPRE (via the NCBE website at and the BARBRI/MPRE review course. This semester we are offering the MPRE for free to all students so take advantage of this wonderful offer! If you have any questions, please contact Renee Turner at

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 principal 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.

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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