Indiana Law Annotated for November 8, 2010 (39:10)

This Week in the Law School

Three internationally renowned speakers will be here this week. Today at noon you can hear Nobel Prize nominee M. Cherif Bassiouni lecture on developments in the Middle East; at 4 p.m. you can hear Boaventura de Sousa Santos on changes taking place in Bolivia and Ecuador. Both presentations are in the Moot Court Room. On Wednesday at noon, Peer Zumbansen will present "Transnational Legal Pluralism" in the Faculty Conference Room. Please join us for these three exceptional events.

The SELS, Jacobs School of Music, and IP Association present rapper Rhymefest - co-writer of Kanye West's Grammy Award-winning record "Jesus Walks" - and representatives from Emmis Communications and SoundExchange Tuesday at 6 p.m. for a debate on the Performance Rights Act. This exciting event will let you hear different viewpoints on this engaging IP and entertainment law issue.

BLSA's annual Gong Show takes place Friday night at Bear's Place. This amazing talent contest is always one of the year's most anticipated events, so come out and support your fellow classmates as they try to avoid the dreaded gong.


Monday, November 8

Nobel Prize Nominee M. Cherif Bassiouni

Prof. M. Cherif Bassiouni, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus, DePaul University College of Law, will deliver the inaugural lecture of the Center for the Study of the Middle East's series, "Issues in Conflict and Post-Conflict Societies in the Middle East" at noon in the Moot Court Room. The topic of Prof. Bassiouni's lecture will be, "A Critical Appraisal of Post-Conflict Justice: A Promise Unfulfilled." Pizza will be served.

Boaventura de Sousa Santos on Bolivia and Ecuador

Even though the compound effects of the financial, economic, energetic, and environmental crises show that the current model of capitalist development is exhausted, the recent summits on climate change (Copenhagen and Tikipaya, Bolivia) show how difficult it is to start a transition toward post-capitalist, post-colonial ways of life. In this context, the political innovations coming from the Global South, which are products of both large social mobilizations and of transformative constitutionalism, deserve particular attention. This lecture, at 4 p.m. in the Moot Court Room, will discuss some of these innovations present in the current political processes in Bolivia and Ecuador.

1L Resume Workshop

Your resume is an important part of your professional toolkit and often the first impression an employer will have of you as a candidate. Feel free to bring a copy of your resume in progress. This workshop, at noon in room 121, will discuss the protocol for legal resume writing. Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP on Symplicity.

A Conservative's Case for Gay Marriage

The Federalist Society is hosting Professor Dale Carpenter of the University of Minnesota Law School to present a policy-based case for gay marriage — from a conservative's perspective — at noon in room 124. The Federalist Society will provide complimentary coffee. We invite students and faculty to bring their lunches and join us for an unconventional point of view on a timely subject. There will be ample time for questions.


Tuesday, November 9

Rapper Rhymefest to Particpate in Panel on Performance Rights Act

The Sports and Entertainment Law Society, in conjunction with the IP Association and Jacobs School of Music, is bringing in John Simson from SoundExchange and Scott Enright and Ian Arnold from Emmis Broadcasting. We are also bringing in the rapper Rhymefest from Chicago. Rhymefest co-wrote Kanye West's Grammy Award-winning record "Jesus Walks." The panelists will discuss and debate the Performance Rights Act currently before Congress. The debate takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Moot Court Room.

Shakespeare and the Law

The Christian Legal Society and the Law and Drama Society present local attorney and published author Ira Zinman, JD'70, who will present a talk about Shakespeare, the Bible, and the law at noon in room 124. Pizza will be served.

Career Choices: Michael Sachs presents "Roadmapping Your Legal Career"

Michael Sachs from Major, Lindsey & Africa, presents "Roadmapping Your Legal Career," at noon in room 125. Lunch will be available to everyone who RSVP's on Symplicity and brings their confirmation e-mail.


Wednesday, November 10

Peer Zumbansen: Transnational Legal Pluralism

Professor Zumbansen, the Canada Research Chair in Transnational Economic Governance and Legal Theory and the director of the Critical Research Laboratory in Law and Society at Osgood Hall Law School, York University in Toronto, Ontario, will speak at noon in the Faculty Conference Room. Professor Zumbansen will present "Transnational Legal Pluralism," and his talk is open to faculty, staff, students, and other members of the university community. Professor Zumbansen is a prominent interdisciplinary scholar of globalization and law whose research areas include legal theory, anthropology, sociology, political philosophy, and history. His most recent book, Rough Consensus and Running Code: A Theory of Transnational Private Law analyzes and critiques the private governance systems that have emerged as a response to the increased influence of transnational corporations.

1L Cover Letter Workshop

Your cover letter is the first writing sample a prospective employer will see. At noon in the Moot Court Room, learn the essentials of this marketing piece which introduces your resume. It's so important to customize your letters since templates are counter productive and off putting to employers. This workshop will provide you with the tools to craft effective cover letters that get noticed. Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP on Symplicity.


Thursday, November 11

Job and Internship Search Strategies for Law Graduate Students

Peter Hook, electronic services librarian and lecturer in law, will demonstrate tools to research law firms in Lexis/Nexis and Westlaw, and Michael Keller, assistant dean of the Office of Career and Professional Development, will present a variety of resources and strategies that international graduate students can use in their search for internships or jobs. This informational session, at noon in room 122, will be useful for students who want to take advantage of Optional Practical Training (OPT) after graduation.

Study Abroad Informational Session

Learn about opportunities to study abroad for a semester in 2011-2012. Locations include:

Spain, Germany, France, Poland, Hong Kong, China, and New Zealand. This informational session will take place at noon in room 213 and is a great opportunity for 1Ls and 2Ls to learn about the various study abroad opportunities available.


Friday, November 12

BLSA Gong Show

The Gong Show, beginning at 9 p.m. at Bear's Place, is a talent showcase judged by members of the IU Maurer School of Law faculty and staff. Indiana Law students and other graduate students comprise the showcased talent. If their performances do not please the audience or judges panel the gong will ring, signaling their immediate removal from the stage. The Gong Show has a long tradition at IU, and is among one of BLSA's signature social programming events.


Faculty News

On October 8, Professor Jeannine Bell presented a paper at the 7th Annual MSU Indigenous Law Conference at MSU College of Law. On October 22, she delivered a paper, "As Long As They Don't Move Next Door" at the Law@Princeton conference at Princeton University. She was also recently elected treasurer of the Law and Society Association.

Professor Aviva Orenstein recently taught 100 minutes of continuing legal education to the New Jersey Appellate Division of the Public Defenders. Her presentation surrounded Crawford v. Washington and the new Sixth Amendment Jurisprudence on the right of confrontation. It was a tough crowd because her mother was in the audience.



SBA Town Hall with Dean Robel

This is the fall semester opportunity for the student body to voice their opinions, concerns, and questions before Dean Robel. Lunch will be provided at this event, which takes place at noon on Monday, November 16, in the Moot Court Room.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

OUTlaw, in conjunction with the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, will hold a public forum on Don't Ask Don't Tell from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 18, in the Moot Court Room.

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