Indiana Law Annotated for March 5, 2012

March 5, 2012

This Week in the Law School

Town Hall TODAY, 3/5, at noon

Dean Buxbaum will give an update and answer your questions.

Career Planning Events

Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week

Character and Fitness

What you need to know to sit for the bar. Wednesday.

No ILA next week

Have a restful spring break!


Monday, March 5

Town Hall Meeting

Join the Student Bar Association and Dean Buxbaum for a town hall meeting. Lunch and sweets provided. Moot Court Room, noon.

What You've Always Wanted to Know but Are Afraid to Ask: A Frank Discussion about Careers

Please join the OCPD directors for a roundtable discussion about the job market, interviews, resumes and cover letters. This is a great opportunity to ask any questions about the job-search and interview process that you don't think you have answers to yet. Please come with questions prepared and RSVP on Symplicity. Room 335, 3:30-5:30.

International Trademark Association Career Panel

Join Daniel L. Boots, partner, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP; Scott A. Bearby, JD'92, deputy general counsel, NCAA Office of Legal Affairs; Olivia Fleming associate, Barnes & Thornburg; and Constance R. Lindman, JD'89, partner, Stewart & Irwin for a discussion on careers in trademark law. Moot Court Room, 5:30-7:00; reception following.

Networking in the Legal Profession

Please join the Student Bar Association and OCPD for a networking night hosted by two esteemed alumni. Rafael Sanchez, JD'02, and Marisol Sanchez, JD'02 will host a (humorous) talk giving practical advice on networking and socializing within the legal profession. There will be a reception to follow in the lobby, where students will have the chance to eat appetizers, mingle, and network with alumni in attendance. Business casual attire. Room 125, 7:00.


Tuesday, March 6

Be a Showstopper! How to Look Good for the Barrister�s Ball

Get tips from fashion experts Professors Gjerdingen and Catharine du Bois on how to dress elegantly for formal events. They will reveal secret tips that will make you the center of attention at this year's ball! Also, major announcements about the ball will be revealed! Food will be provided. Room 123, noon.

Protective Order Project 2012-2013 Executive Board Informational Meeting

Interested members of POP will gather to learn about opportunities to serve as executive board members next year and how to apply. Room 213, noon.

BARBRI Bar Course Presentation

Are you starting to stress out about the bar exam? Let us help you put your worries to rest. Join BARBRI for a 3L bar course presentation. Open to all 3L students, this presentation will cover all of your questions and concerns about the summer BARBRI course and give you a glimpse into BARBRI AMP, our new study software. Not enrolled for BARBRI? Come to hear how BARBRI can help you study for and pass the bar exam on the first try! We hope to see you there. Lunch (not pizza). Room 125, noon.

CLS Bible Study

Room 214, noon.


Wednesday, March 7

Student Clerkship Panel

Please join your fellow students who represented the Law School at the ABA's clerkship conference in February to learn more about what judges are looking for in clerkship candidates. Pizza will be provided to those who RSVP on Symplicity. Room 213, noon.

Discussion: "Regulating the Regulators: Legal Implications of Cost-Justifying Regulations"

Over the past 35 years or so, the government has issued a number of rules dealing with how agencies should regulate, based on principles such as imposing the least burden on society, assessing cost and benefits, and identifying available alternatives. This talk will focus on how regulatory reform and the quest for better regulation can affect the balance between and among branches of government and undermine the democratic decision-making process. How can regulation be improved and avoid these pitfalls? Guest speaker: Jos� Vida Fern�ndez, associate professor, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Sponsored by Indiana Law and the IU Institute for Advanced Studies. Lunch. Faculty Conference Room, noon.

Behind the Curtain--Indiana Bar Admission Session

The Indiana State Bar Association's Professional Legal Education Admission and Development Section will sponsor a bar admission session on character and fitness. Law students and legal professionals will discuss "Behind the Curtain: Character and Fitness Reviews for Aspiring Indiana Bar Applicants." Participants will demonstrate the character and fitness interview that is required of every applicant for the Indiana bar. Representatives of the State Board of Law Examiners and the Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program will discuss character and fitness and be available to answer questions. Moot Court Room, noon.

2012 Patten Lectureship: Mr. Charles Hill

The Center on American and Global Security presents a faculty-led seminar titled "A Deadline for Engagement? Perspectives on post-conflict policy in the Middle East" featuring Indiana Law Professor and Ambassador Feisal Istrabadi, JD'88, who will speak on "The Fallout from the US Decision to Leave Iraq." Other speakers are Dr. John Karaagac, SPEA ("A Comparison of Bush and Obama Policies in the Middle East"), and Charles Hill, US Foreign Service and the United Nations. Georgian Room, IMU, 3:00-5:00.


Thursday, March 8

Career Choices: Representing Media and Entertainment Clients

Please join attorneys Dan Amin, JD'06, and Brian Edge, JD'98, to learn more about careers in media and entertainment. Pizza will be provided to those who RSVP on Symplicity. Room 125, noon.

PILF Meeting

General meeting for members, including reminders about the PILF Fellowship application and announcements about the election process for next year's board. Room 122, noon.

Center for Law, Society & Culture Colloquium Series: "Whither Law & Society's Activist Agenda?"

Professor Deborah Davis of the Department of Sociology, Yale University, will present the talk, "Legal Interpretations and Judicial Silence in Post-Socialist China: The Case of the Marriage Law." This lecture is co-sponsored by the Institute of Advanced Studies. Room 335, 4:00.


Friday, March 9

Graduate Legal Studies Colloquium: Lecture by Prof. Donald Gjerdingen

Prof. Donald Gjerdingen will address the students of the Graduate Legal Studies Department. Room 120, 11:45.


Saturday, March 10

No events scheduled.


Faculty News

Prof. Aviva Orenstein delivered an invited talk at Mississippi College School of Law on February 24 on evidentiary use of social media titled "What's Litigation Among 'Friends'?"



Teaching Assistantships for 2012-13 Academic Year

The Graduate Legal Studies Program will be hiring teaching assistants for the 2012-13 academic year. The teaching assistants will work with international students in their legal writing and research course, the practicum and academic legal writing. Applicants must be available for approximately ten hours each week, possess strong research and writing skills, and while previous teaching experience is preferable, it is not required. Persons selected to fill these positions must be available for orientation beginning on August 15. Teaching assistants will be appointed on a semester basis, with reappointment in the spring conditioned upon performance in the fall. The stipend per semester is $1,500.00.

Please include a cover letter, resume, writing sample and references in your application packet, and indicate your availability for an interview. Applications are due no later than March 30 and should be submitted to:

Professor Lisa A. Farnsworth
Director of Graduate Legal Studies
Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Room 220
Bloomington, IN 47405

Access to Justice Now Accepting Pro Bono Fellow Applications

Applications are now being accepted by the Access to Justice Program for a pro bono fellow. A rising 2L will be chosen to coordinate the school's student pro bono program with the rising 3L fellow. Responsibilities include coordinating a pro bono fair, working with student organizations and the Office of Career and Professional Development, conducting student outreach, and acting as liaison with attorneys to match students with pro bono projects. Traditionally, fellows have received full funding to attend the ABA's Equal Justice Conference in May. (Funding for a stipend is pending.) Applications consisting of a cover letter with a statement of interest and a resume should be sent electronically to Anne Fishbeck at by Monday, March 26th. Please redact GPA and class rank.

IU Student Body Supreme Court Now Accepting Applications

The Indiana University Student Body Supreme Court is accepting applications for the associate justice position for the 2012-13 academic year. Applications are due March 9, 2012. 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 at If you have any questions, please visit the Court's website or contact the Court's Chief Justice, Tara Maloney, at

National Environmental Law Competition Results

Will Gardner, Corbin Fowler, and Trent Morton advanced to the elimination rounds of the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition held from February 23-25 at Pace University in White Plains, NY. Eric Spengler served as the student coach. The quarterfinal finish placed Team Maurer among the top 10-27 teams, among the 77 competing law schools. This year's problem was rooted in the Clean Water Act and featured a fact pattern modeled after the Supreme Court's decision in Coeur Alaska. The team thanks the students and faculty who helped prepare them in practice sessions, as well as the Environmental Law Society for its financial support. 1Ls and 2Ls interested in participating in next year's competition are welcome to contact the team members for more information.

Six More Weeks until Barrister's Ball!

Each week the committee will be making major announcements about the ball, including several new features, ways to participate, and ways to WIN FREE TICKETS! The first major announcements will be made at our "How to Dress for the Ball" event on Tuesday, March 6. The ball will be on Friday, April 13 at Alumni Hall, IMU. Visit soon for additional and up-to-date information. If you have questions please e-mail the committee at

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!

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