Indiana Law Annotated for February 27, 2012

February 27, 2012

This Week in the Law School

Celebrate Black History Month

With two events this week on affirmative action and the roles and responsibilities of a black attorney.

Pursuing an Externship?

Come to a session on Tuesday to learn how to get course credit for your work.

Career Planning Events

Four this week, courtesy of our alumni and OCPD.

Town Hall is March 5

Mark your calendars.


Monday, February 27

Discussion Panel: Is Affirmative Action Headed Back to the Supreme Court?

In celebration of Black History Month, the Black Law Students' Association and the Latino Law Student Association invite you to attend our discussion panel on the University of Texas at Austin's use of affirmative action in its admissions policy. UT reintroduced race into its admissions process in 2003, following the Grutter v. Bollinger case. In 2008, a federal district court ruled in favor of the school's affirmative action policy. The Fifth Circuit unanimously affirmed the decision.

The panel will include Profs. Bell, Conkle, Fuentes-Rohwer, and Johnsen. Prof. Brown will moderate. Some of the issues that will be discussed are critical mass and under-representation, whether the Supreme Court is likely to grant certiorari, how the case will likely be decided, the effect the case may have on minority groups such as African-Americans and Hispanics, and other important issues. Moot Court Room, noon.

Social Media Networking Workshop

Social Media sites have proven very beneficial in the job search and networking process. Come and learn how to use these new tools of the trade to your best advantage to expand your networking, look for and land a job. Pizza will be provided for those who RSVP on Symplicity. Moot Court Room, noon.

Roles and Responsibilities: Being a Black Attorney

As BLSA continues to celebrate Black History Month, join Tony Prather, JD'83, Sylvia Bier, JD'05, Lilaberdia Batties, JD'95, and Phyllista Grant Reynolds, JD'08, as they discuss the roles and responsibilities of black attorneys to themselves, their employer, and the community. Room 125, 5-7 p.m.

Prof. Shreve Donates Sculpture

Prof. Gene Shreve has donated an important piece from his collection of African art to the Law School. Come to the library at 4:00 for the unveiling and brief remarks.


Tuesday, February 28

B547/514 Externship Overview

The Law School permits students engaged in unpaid legal work for nonprofit, government agencies, judges, or legal services organizations (law firms for B514) to receive up to four credits during the summer through this program. In order to participate, a student must secure an internship and complete an academic component for credit. Students who qualify will also be eligible for summer financial aid. Attend this workshop to learn more. Pizza will be provided for those who RSVP on Symplicity. Room 121, noon.

Lexis/Nexis "Think Like a Lawyer" Training

Learn to use Lexis Advance the way that lawyers do, get Lexis Advance certified, and learn how to avoid running up a big bill accidentally. Attendees get a free coffee mug (while supplies last) and up to 1000 points! Room 125, 10:50-11:50 a.m. Repeats Thursday, March 1, Moot Court Room, 10-11 a.m.

CLS Bible Study

Room 214, noon.

Phi Delta Phi Meeting

Meeting to discuss upcoming events and elections. Room 124, noon.


Wednesday, February 29

No events scheduled.


Thursday, March 1

Career Choices: Practicing Globally

Please join David Steiger, JD'90, Juan Basombrio, JD'89, and Paul Donahue, JD'76, to learn more about careers the require practicing law globally. Pizza will be provided to those who RSVP on Symplicity. Room 125, noon.

ACS Meeting: Progressive Constitutionalism, Originalism, and the Significance of Landmark Decisions in Evaluating Constitutional Theory

Professor Bill Marshall from UNC School of Law will be speaking on the effect of landmark Supreme Court decisions on the development of constitutional theory. Moot Court Room, noon.


Friday, March 2

Career Choices: State Government

Please join Bill Marshall, JD'60, to learn more about careers in state government. Pizza will be provided to those who RSVP on Symplicity. Room 123, noon.

Graduate Legal Studies Colloquium: Lecture by H.E. Ambassador Feisal Amin Rasoul Istrabadi

H.E. Ambassador Feisal Amin Rasoul Istrabadi, JD'88, Director of the Center for Study of the Middle East, will address the students of the Graduate Legal Studies Department. Room 120, 11:45.


Saturday, March 3

No events scheduled.



Town Hall Meeting Set for March 5

Plan to attend a Town Hall meeting with Dean Buxbaum on Monday, March 5. Moot Court Room, noon.

Padfolio sales have been extended for another week!

Make a great first impression for your future job interviews. Order a professional padfolio bearing the Maurer School of Law name. Representatives will be in the law school lobby this week (February 27th-March 1) during the lunch hour. Leather padfolios will be sold by the Latino Law Student Association for $25. A non-leather alternative will be offered by the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund for $18.

Save the Date: Thursday Evening, March 29th at Crazy Horse

The Environmental Law Society presents The 2012 Green Games, an Olympic-type event at which individuals and teams will compete in non-traditional games (more or less related to the environment...or green things...) to win the 2012 Green Title (and a super sweet prize). More details to come, so stay tuned!

Contact Your SBA

Do you have a question or comment for the Student Bar Association? New ideas to share? The Student Bar Association is here to serve you! Please contact us with your thoughts.

Pack a Backpack

Please help BLSA provide school items for children survivors of the devastation in Joplin, Missouri! Throughout the month of February, BLSA will be collecting the following items to fill several backpacks for first grade children: colored pencils, markers, washable markers, no. 2 pencils, pens, pocket folders, erasers, spiral notebooks, facial tissues and 3 x 5 notecards. Boxes will be located in front of the library and in front of the BLSA office. The deadline to donate items is March 8, 2012. The donation of any of these items would be greatly appreciated!

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