Indiana Law Annotated for March 19, 2012

March 19, 2012

This Week in the Law School

Welcome Back!

Best wishes as you enter the home stretch.

Applications for Fellows and PGAs Are Due Today

See "Announcements."

FTC Commissioner Brill

Visits the Law School on Wednesday evening.

Four Career Planning Events This Week

On Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.


Monday, March 19

Westlaw Certification Classes: Secondary Sources, Cases, and Statutes and Regulations

Room 125, noon.


Tuesday, March 20

IP Theory Call-out Meeting

IP Theory is recruiting staff members for next year. Current first- and second-year students should come to the meeting to learn about the publication, upcoming projects, and how to apply.Room 122, noon.

Clerkship Series: Nuts and Bolts Session

Learn details about the entire clerking process and find out how OCPD will help you with your clerkship applications. Pizza will be available for those who RSVP on Symplicity. Room 121, noon.

Indiana Law Relay for Life

This year Indiana Law is entering a team in the Indiana University Relay for Life event. This is a call out meeting to describe the event and help get an idea of the interests and aspirations of the law school community. If you would like to be involved, please attend, or email Justin Macy at Room 124, noon.

PDP Members' Meeting

General meeting and election of next year's officers. Room 120, 12:05.

Westlaw Certification Classes: Secondary Sources, Cases, and Statutes and Regulations

Room 125, noon.

CLS Bible Study

Room 213, noon (note room change).

International Women's Day Celebration

The Black Law Students' Association, the African American and African Diaspora Graduate Student Society, and the Gender Studies Graduate Organization invite you to join us for an International Women's Day (IWD) celebration. IWD occurs on March 8th every year. It celebrates the respect, appreciation, and love of women's economic, political and social achievements.

Our organizations have come together to help honor IWD by hosting a viewing of the film Pray the Devil Back to Hell. This film features the gripping story of a group of brave women who demanded peace for Liberia, after the nation was torn to shreds by a decades-old civil war. The film recounts the experiences and memories of the women who were instrumental in bringing lasting peace to their country.

After the film is shown, there will be a panel discussion about the women who participated in this epic event, the role of women during war time, and a woman's role in politics. We hope you can join us for this historic celebration. Food will be provided. Moot Court Room, 4:30-6:30.


Wednesday, March 21

Jerome Hall Lecture: Rachel Moran, Dean, UCLA Law School

Rachel Moran, Dean of UCLA School of Law, will present the Jerome Hall Lecture, titled "Clark Kerr and Me: The Future of Public Legal Education." Moran is the first Latina dean of a top 20 law school.

Read more about Dean Moran's lecture.

Students are strongly encouraged to attend this important address. Moot Court Room, noon.

Presentation by FTC Commissioner Julie Brill

Federal Trade Commission Commissioner Julie Brill will present "The FTC and its Commitment to Consumer Privacy." The U.S. Federal Trade Commission was founded in 1914 and is the only federal agency with responsibility for protecting consumers and competition in broad sectors of the economy. Despite the breadth and importance of the agency's mission, many Americans don't appreciate the role it plays in advancing consumer interests, especially in the face of new technological challenges. In recent years, the FTC has emerged as the primary federal guardian of information privacy and security, and is engaged in a wide variety of workshops, enforcement actions, and educational efforts to ensure that consumers are informed and protected online and off. Commissioner Brill will address the mission of the FTC, her own experiences at the Commission and, previously, in state attorneys general offices, with special regard for the challenge of protecting privacy in the face of dramatic technological change. Room 213, 7:30 p.m. Reception following.


Thursday, March 22

Career Choices: Integrating Pro Bono into Your Practice

Please join Distinguished Service Award recipient Jeff Davidson, JD'73, to learn more about integrating pro bono into your practice. Pizza will be available for those who RSVP on Symplicity. You can also sign up for small group sessions with Mr. Davidson on Symplicity. Room 122, noon.

Career Choices: Representing Corporate Clients - Room 125, 12 Noon

Please join Julia Heitz Cassidy, JD'91, and Jim Beckett, JD'98, to learn more about careers in corporate law. Pizza will be provided to those who RSVP on Symplicity. You can also sign up for small group sessions with Mr. Beckett and Ms. Cassidy on Symplicity.

J. Reuben Clark Law Society: Prof. Orenstein

Join the J. Reuben Clark Law Society as we listen to Professor Aviva Orenstein explain what the Talmud is and teach a page of Talmud focusing on the relationship between students and teachers. She will talk about her personal religious beliefs and how her Jewish background and study have affected her study and practice of the law. There will be time for questions. Lunch will be served! Room 121, noon.

Barristers' Ball Pre-Game Happy Hour!

No, it's not what you think, but it's just as fun! Join the Barristers' committee for a preview of this year's ball by playing some casino games in the law school lobby. Test your skills against the dealers for a chance to win a free ticket to the ball! Light refreshments. Lobby, noon.

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

Professor Eileen Braman of the Indiana University Department of Political Science will present the talk, "Disaggregating Legitimacy: Rule Following vs. Public Opinion." Room 213, noon.

BLSA College Student Division Call-out Meeting

BLSA will be conducting a second call-out meeting for pre-law students interested in joining the organization. Room 120, 7:30-9:00 p.m.


Friday, March 23

Career Choices: Representing Immigrants

Please join Distinguished Service Award recipient Bob Aronson, JD'77, to learn more about representing immigrants. Pizza will be provided to those who RSVP on Symplicity. You can also sign up for small group sessions with Mr. Aronson on Symplicity. Room 125, noon.

Westlaw Certification Classes: Secondary Sources, Cases, and Statutes and Regulations

Room 120, noon.

Feminist Law Forum and American Constitution Society: Pornography, Feminism and the First Amendment

Come learn about and discuss the issues surrounding feminists and freedom of speech as they relate to pornography. We will view an excerpt from a documentary and then host a roundtable discussion with Dean Matthews. Room 122, 2:30-4:30.


Saturday, March 24

No events scheduled.


Faculty News

On March 1, 2012, Prof. Leandra Lederman participated in a roundtable in Washington, D.C. sponsored by the American Tax Policy institute on "The Implications of Mayo Foundation v. United States."



Two Indiana Law Students Win Best Brief at Williams Moot Court Competition

On March 9-10, two teams from Indiana Law competed in the Williams Institute Moot Court Competition at UCLA Law School, a competition devoted to issues in sexual orientation and gender identity law. One of the teams, consisting of 2Ls Jorden Colalella and Cara Johnson, won an honor for best brief. Jorden and Cara's participation was underwritten by the LGBT alumni board.

Call for applications: Admissions Fellows, International PGAs, PGAs, and Student Affairs Fellows: applications due today at 5 p.m.


First- and second-year students are encouraged to apply for the Admissions Fellows program.

Ten to fifteen fellows will be selected to work with the Admissions Office during the 2012-13 academic year. Fellows work throughout the year to build relationships with potential applicants and admitted students. Responsibilities will include contacting students via telephone and e- mail; participating in open houses and Spring Law Day; and to act as a Law School representative at other events.

Fellows will be required to manage multiple student contacts and report progress at periodic meetings with the Admissions Office staff. This work will require 5+ hours a week. Some work will be required during fall, winter, and spring breaks. Fellows will be selected based on personality/interpersonal skills; previous participation in Law School activities, including Admissions programs and events; and personal interviews. Fellows will be compensated with a stipend each semester.

Interested students should submit a resume and letter of interest to Sam Kwak, Director of Admissions, by Monday, March 19 at 5 p.m. If you have questions about the program, contact Sam at


The Office of Graduate Legal Studies and International Programs is taking applications for International Peer Group Assistants (IPGAs).

The IPGA program is unrelated to the JD Practice Group Advisor program. The rationale behind the program is to facilitate the introduction and interaction of JD students and international students in the graduate programs (LLM, MCL, SJD, PhD, Certificate) with the goal of creating a more unified student body. It is also an excellent opportunity for American JD students to learn about new cultures, countries, and legal systems.

Under the supervision of the dean of international programs and the graduate student services coordinator, approximately 10 IPGAs serve as mentors for new international graduate students. As an IPGA, your duties will not be as prescribed or extensive as JD PGA duties, and there is plenty of room for creativity. IPGAs must be available to meet with new international students during their law school orientation, which will be held the week of August 13; to assist with events scheduled during the orientation; and to attend a training session prior to the first day of orientation. Some email contact with new graduate students over the summer may be required.

In the fall and spring semesters, IPGAs meet regularly with a group of 8-10 students to help them as they adjust to studying in a U.S. law school, learning the resources available to them in the Law School and university, and living in Bloomington. IPGAs play an important role in helping graduate students meet JD students and vice versa with the goal of fostering a collegial environment for all Indiana Law students, and they sometimes must "translate" practices, procedures or language specific to the Law School or university communities. IPGAs typically plan a few social activities for their groups, such as movie nights, potluck dinners, outings to Lake Monroe or Bryan Park, and they also encourage graduate students to attend events sponsored by the Office of Graduate Legal Studies, the law school generally, or elsewhere on campus. IPGAs are expected to attend regularly scheduled staff meetings throughout the academic year and to submit brief reports in writing on a regular basis.

Successful applicants will possess excellent communication and facilitation skills, an awareness and understanding of the importance and practice of cross-cultural communication, the ability to work with diverse students under time constraints, a developed sense of professionalism, including responsiveness to emails and requests, and commitment to student development. While experience in planning activities for student groups is not required, it may be helpful.

Interested students should submit a current resume and a brief letter of interest (which should include any relevant experience, such as travel, study abroad, international work experience, volunteer experience, etc., and the name of a professor to serve as reference) to Ms. Lara Gose ( by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 19. Interviews will be required and will take place before the end of the spring semester. IPGAs receive a modest stipend applied to their Bursar account each semester.


The Student Affairs office is taking applications for Practice Group Advisors (PGAs).

Under the supervision of the Dean of Students and the legal profession faculty, approximately 30 PGAs serve as frontline mentors and guides for first-year students. PGAs meet regularly with a group of 6-8 students to discuss law school life, introduce students to social networks, and facilitate Practice Program workshops and legal profession course sessions.

Meeting with their groups first during orientation, PGAs commit to working with their group all academic year. Work obligations include the following: reading materials over the summer, training in August before orientation commences, activities during orientation, regular group meetings during the academic year, mandatory Program sessions throughout the fall semester, meetings with Dean of Students staff, evaluations of the program and student participation, a training session in spring semester, and responsibilities tied to the legal professions course.

Successful applicants will possess excellent communication, facilitation, and negotiation skills, the ability to work with diverse students under time constraints, a developed sense of professionalism, including responsiveness to emails and requests, and commitment to student development.

An application will consist of a resume and a letter of interest, which must discuss one's relevant experience and set of skills, as well as a statement of one's understanding of and commitment to the philosophy of the Program and the legal profession course.

Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 19 to the Office of Student Affairs at Interviews may be required. PGAs are compensated by a stipend that offsets tuition or living expenses.


Under the supervision of the Dean of Students, Student Affairs fellows meet throughout the academic year to facilitate a variety of academic workshops. Student Affairs fellows are available as consultants and peer mentors to help students in their process of adjusting academically to law school, preparing for outlining and exams, and assessing learning strategies.

Fellows are available for one-on-one consultations.

Work obligations also include the following: reading materials over the summer, training early in the fall semester, activities during orientation, a minimum of five work group meetings throughout the academic year, meetings with Dean of Students staff, and evaluations of the programs. These positions are ONLY available for rising 3Ls. Interested students should submit a resume and letter of interest and qualifications to Dean Matthews at by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 19.

Environmental Law Society March Madness Fundraiser

Take a break from the madness of studying to enjoy March Madness! On Thursday, March 22, the Environmental Law Society and Buffa Louie's are teaming up. For all sales where the buyer mentions ELS or the Law School, Buffa Louie's will donate a percentage to ELS. Thursdays are $5 burger days at Buffa (a good deal) and the NCAA Sweet Sixteen will be showing on the screens (a better deal). The event runs all day and you know you wanted to take a break to watch some of the action anyway, so please grab some food and enjoy the games, all while supporting ELS! Be sure to mention ELS when ordering!

Four weeks until Barristers' Ball!

Visit for complete information about the Ball. The inaugural Barristers' awards have been announced! You are eligible for almost every award, and you could win at this year's Barristers' Ball. Go to our website to find out more information about the awards. Reminder: Organization of the Year applications are due March 30. Tickets for the ball go on sale next week beginning Monday, March 26. The ball is on Friday April 13, 7:00, IMU Alumni Hall.

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.

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.

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