Indiana Law Annotated for October 25, 2010 (39:8)

This Week in the Law School

Environmental law enthusiasts have plenty to do this week: ELS hosts Eric T. Freyfogle on Tuesday at noon, and Duke's John Terborgh will present a Branigin Lecture on Thursday.

Today marks the start of Celebrate Pro Bono Week. Three students will share their experiences of performing pro bono work on Wednesday at noon.

Esteemed alumnus and recent Distinguished Service Award-winner Greg Castanias, JD'90, will present a talk on patent law and hold office hours on Thursday afternoon. Be sure to attend Greg's presentation or see him during office hours.

Want to help save lives this week? The American Red Cross will be here all day Friday for a blood drive. Visit the Red Cross website for information about donating.


Monday, October 25

Giving Voice to Children in Legal Disputes: Perspectives from a GAL and CASA

The Family Law Society welcomes Marc Alplanalp, a current guardian ad litem, and Tiffany Kinney, the associate director of the Monroe County CASA office, to speak about their experiences representing children's best interests and the importance of ensuring that children's voices are heard in legal disputes. The event will take place at noon in room 124.

International Speaker: Gustavo Ferreira

Gustavo Ferreira, a Brazilian alum of our SJD program, will be here to speak with students from noon to 1 p.m. in room 120. Ferreira works in the Ministry of Trade for the government of Brazil and is a great contact for information on government practice in Brazil, and trade relations between the BRIC countries. Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP on Symplicity 24 hours in advance.


Tuesday, October 26

Law and Drama Society call-out meeting. Noon. Room 120.

Piracy: Just for Buccaneers, or Do Nerds Loot Booty, Too?

The Federalist Society will be hosting Professor Adam Mossoff, of the George Mason University School of Law, who argues that infringement of intellectual property constitutes piracy. He will be debating our own Professor Marshall Leaffer. There will be ample time for questions from the audience, and non-pizza lunch and beverages will be provided. The debate will take place at noon in room 122.

Environmental Law Society: Eric T. Freyfogle

Eric T. Freyfogle is the Max L. Rowe Professor of Law at the University of Illinois College of Law. Freyfogle's writings on nature and culture include six monographs, and he is the author of two law school casebooks, Natural Resources Law: Private Rights and Collective Governance and, with co-author Dale D. Goble, Wildlife Law: Cases and Materials. A native of central Illinois and summa cum laude graduate of the Michigan Law School, he has long been active in state and local conservation efforts including years of service as president and board member of Prairie Rivers Network, a statewide conservation group that is the Illinois affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation. Professor Freyfogle's talk will be held at noon in room 124.

Career Choices-Mediation/Family Law

Learn more about careers in mediation and family law from panelists Amy Applegate, clinical professor of law and director of the Viola J. Taliaferro Family and Children Mediation Clinic, Steven Spence, and Andy Mallor, JD'74, from noon to 1 p.m. in room 125. Lunch will be available to everyone who RSVPs on Symplicity and brings their confirmation e-mail.


Wednesday, October 27

LELS Movie Night. Screening of Norma Rae. 7 p.m. Room 121. Popcorn provided.

ISBA Lunch and Panel Discussion

If you are considering a legal career in the state of Indiana you should take advantage of the tremendous resources of the ISBA during your law school tenure and beyond. Come and hear a vibrant panel of Indiana-based attorneys talk about their respective career paths and how ISBA has proven helpful from noon to 1 p.m. in room 213. Each panelist will speak briefly about their law practice or position, their involvement with the ISBA and how involvement in a bar association helped them in their current position. They will also discuss the anxiety students face in the job search.

Pro Bono Stories

The Access to Justice Program is hosting a panel to discuss student pro bono experiences at noon in the Moot Court Room. Panelists Megan Shipley, Dan Huntley, and Greg Donahue will talk about how pro bono has influenced their educational experience, career opportunities and legal outlook. Attorney Jeff Gold (Indiana Legal Services, TAP) will moderate. Lunch will be provided.


Thursday, October 28

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund meeting. Noon. Room 124.

LLSA's Spanish Lunches. Noon. TV room of the Student Lounge.

Lunch and Office Hours with Greg Castanias

Myriad Genetics is one of the biggest patent cases of the year. It is currently on the docket at the Federal Circuit, and it revolves around the issue of whether human genes can be patented. Greg Castanias, JD'90, represents the defendants in the Myriad case, and will be here at noon in room 122 to discuss his experience in patent law. From 2 to 4 p.m., in room 352, Castanias will offer a few lucky groups of students the chance to ask him whatever questions they might have about IP litigation, law school in general, life at a law firm, and other related topics. This is an incredible opportunity to talk to a high-profile legal professional working on the front lines of the IP world, so please take advantage of it! E-mail to sign up for a meeting time with Greg.

Branigin Lecture: John W. Terborgh

Duke University's John W. Terborgh will discuss Graeme Caughley's enigmatic "declining population syndrome" in the light of trophic cascades. Trophic cascades are destined to become the core principle of conservation science and, indeed, of all ecology. In addition to discussing the relevant concepts, he will present illustrative examples from his own research and that of others. The lecture begins at noon in the Moot Court Room.

LSRJ: SexEd Trivia

Law Students for Reproductive Justice invites you to Sex-Ed Trivia at BuffaLouie's. Support LSRJ by either forming a 2-person trivia team or by ordering at BuffaLouie's between 8 and 10 p.m. tonight. BuffaLouie's is offering drink specials and will donate proceeds from all food and drink orders purchased with the LSRJ coupon. This week LSRJ will be tabling in the lobby, where students can register a team for the trivia competition and pick up a coupon to use at BuffaLouie's. The entry fee for the trivia competition is $2 for a two-person team. Teams can also register at the event before 8:15 p.m. Prizes will be awarded.


Friday, October 29

Fall Blood Drive. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Student Lounge.

1L Introduction to the Office of Career and Professional Development

The Office of Career & Professional Development has a wealth of information to customize a unique job search strategy for each law student. This session, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Moot Court Room, for 1Ls will introduce you to the staff, programs, and resources you will be using throughout your law school career. Don't miss this opportunity to get started on your personal career development. Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP on Symplicity.

Trick-or-Treating at the Law School

This event is for children of students, faculty, and staff of the Maurer School of Law. Those with and without children are invited to participate by dressing up in Halloween attire, decorating their office, and handing out candy to young trick-or-treaters. A light dinner will be provided for participants of all ages, followed by trick-or-treating and a costume parade with awards. The event will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Student Lounge.


Faculty News

On Oct. 9, Professor Leandra Lederman presented her article entitled "IRS Opportunism: What Respect Should Courts Accord Rulings and Regulations Issued During Litigation?" at the Midwest Law & Economics Association meeting at Colorado Law School. On Oct. 11, she presented the same article in the Tax Policy Colloquium at Loyola-L.A.

Professor Daniel O. Conkle recently presented a paper entitled "Religious Truth, Pluralism, and Secularization: The Shaking Foundations of American Religious Liberty." Conkle presented the paper at the Cardozo School of Law as part of a conference addressing religious freedom twenty years after the Supreme Court's landmark decision in Employment Division v. Smith.

Professor Ken Dau-Schmidt presented the keynote address at a conference on his scholarship at Marquette University Law School on Oct. 1. The title of his presentation was "Promoting Employee Voice in the American Economy: A Call for Comprehensive Reform."

Professor Mark E. Need is chairing a panel today on innovation in small and medium businesses at the West Lake Conference on Small and Medium Business in Hangzhou, China.

Ambassador Feisal A. R. al-Istrabadi was in Iraqi Kurdistan from Oct. 5-10, where he addressed two conferences organized by the International Human Rights Law Institute of the DePaul University College of Law, Chicago. In the first conference, in Sulaimaniyyah, Iraq, entitled Strengthening the Role of NGOs in the Reform of Human Rights Laws in Iraq, Amb. al-Istrabadi delivered general remarks about the role of civil society organizations in promoting democracy. In the second conference, held in Dohuk, Iraq, on Building Capacity for Iraqi Women Leaders, Amb. al-Istrabadi delivered remarks on the History of Women's Leadership in Iraq. The two conferences were attended by political figures, academics, civil society organizations, and students from throughout Iraq. Ambassador al-Istrabadi also participated on a panel, The Law of War and International Human Rights Law: Compatible or Conflicting?, at a conference, From the War Room to the Court Room: Asymmetrical Warfare and International Law in the 21st Century. This conference, sponsored by IHRLI, brought together an international group of academics, military lawyers, and other practitioners in Chicago on Oct. 18.

On Monday, Oct. 18, Professor Rob Fischman presented a talk on the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act at the National Conservation Training Center's "Refuge Academy."



Graduation Composite Photo Sittings

Graduating students who want to be included in the 2011 composite can sign up for a sitting at any of the times listed below. These are the only times scheduled for the composite and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Rooms TBA. Monday, Oct. 25: noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26: noon to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27: noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.; and Monday, Nov. 1: noon to 9 p.m.

Celebrate Pro Bono Week

The Celebration is a coordinated national effort to meet the ever-growing needs of this country's most vulnerable citizens by encouraging and supporting local efforts to expand the delivery of pro bono legal services, and by showcasing the great difference that pro bono lawyers make to the nation, its system of justice, its communities and, most of all, to the clients they serve.

BLSA Penny Wars Fundraiser

The Black Law Students Association will be hosting a Penny War between classes (1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls) during the week of November 1 - 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the main lobby. All students are encouraged to support their class (and to try to defeat the other classes) by dropping their donations in the respective class jars located at the BLSA table. The goal of Penny Wars is for one class to defeat the others by putting coins (positive points) in their jar and to diminish the other classes' points by putting dollars (negative points) in their jars. The class with the most points, not necessarily the most money, wins. Coins and dollars will be assigned the following points: pennies (1); nickels (5); dimes (10), quarters (25); half-dollars (50); dollars (-100, multiplied by bill value). For more information contact Carnez Williams at

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