Indiana Law Annotated for April 16, 2012

April 16, 2012

This Week in the Law School

The Last Lecture: Prof. Stake

An Indiana Law tradition! Monday at noon.

Indiana Tax Court Hears an Appeal at the Law School This Week

Don't miss this chance to hear an appeal from the Indiana Board of Tax Review. Thursday, Moot Court Room, 3:30.

Three Summer Job Positions

Offered by the Admissions Office. Deadline for one of them is TODAY. See "Announcements."

Congratulations to Next Year's Moot Court Board!

See "Announcements."

Dissertation Defenses Next Week

See "Announcements."

This Is the Last ILA of the Semester

ILA wishes you all best with exams, the summer, and wherever your plans take you. See you next semester!


Sunday, April 15

LLSA Citizenship Day Training

The Latino Law Student Association in conjunction with the City of Bloomington and Indiana Legal Services will be hosting a training session for those interested in participating in Citizenship Day. The goal of Citizenship Day is to provide legal assistance to permanent residents who wish to become citizens of the United States. Room 121, noon.


Monday, April 16

The Last Lecture

Be sure to attend Professor Jeffrey Stake's last lecture. A great way to end the semester! Moot Court Room, noon.

ACS Elections and Planning

ACS will be electing next year's board. In addition, we will be discussing the national convention in Washington, DC. The convention will include many great legal minds, and the main speaker this year is Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Room 120, 12:05 p.m.

Lexis/Nexis Certification

Attend Lexis/Nexis think like a lawyer training to earn your Lexis Professional Research Skills Certification and learn how to avoid running up a big bill by mistake. Attending the session gets you 1300 points, a Lexis travel mug (while supplies last), a shot to win a $250 J. Crew gift card, a chance to win one of two Kindle Fires, and the possibility of winning 1 free round-trip ticket to anywhere in the continental United States on American Airlines! Room 214, 10:00-10:45. Repeats at 11:00.


Tuesday, April 17

CLS Bible Study

Room 214, noon.


Wednesday, April 18

Lexis/Nexis Certification

Repeat of Monday session. Room 216, 11:00; Room 213, noon.

Pro Bono Immigration Project (PIP): Vote on the Constitution

PIP has been approved as a student project, and we are ready to vote on the organization's Constitution. We'll also discuss our vision for next year and volunteer opportunities over the summer. Snacks will be provided. Room 121, 4:30.


Thursday, April 19

B547 and Internship Skills: Working with Low-income Clients

Will your summer internship involve working with low-income clients? Would you like to refine your client interview skills or learn about issues that commonly arise when working with needy populations? Join Professor Carwina Weng and IU's Access to Justice Program for a summer skills training. We will discuss best practices, run through role-play scenarios and answer your questions. Moot Court Room, 1:00-2:00.

SJD Dissertation Defense: Che-Hui Lien

Topic: Can Trustees Be Trusted? China's Mutual Fund Conflicts of Interest. Room 213, 9:30.

Indiana Tax Court: Howard County Assessor v. Kokomo Mall, LLC

The Indiana Tax Court will hear an appeal of this case from the Indiana Board of Tax Review.

Here are the facts:

Kokomo Mall is an enclosed regional shopping center in Howard County. Kokomo Mall presented an MAI appraisal as evidence supporting a tax reduction at an Indiana Board of Tax Review hearing. Howard County did not present an appraisal or an appraiser's testimony at the hearing. The Board found that Kokomo Mall raised a prima facie case that the mall was overvalued, and Howard County failed to rebut or impeach Kokomo Mall's evidence. The Board found in favor of Kokomo Mall. The Howard County Assessor appealed the Board decision to the Indiana Tax Court, stating that the Indiana Board abused its discretion in finding in favor of Kokomo Mall, and viewed the evidence incorrectly.

The parties will conduct an oral argument before Hon. Martha Wentworth, JD'90, at 3:30 in the Moot Court Room. Judge Wentworth will be available from 4:25-5:25 to discuss the court and answer questions. Please plan to attend this interesting event.


Friday, April 20

No events scheduled.


Saturday, April 21

No events scheduled.


Faculty News

On Tuesday, April 2, 2012, Professor Leandra Lederman was the featured speaker on a panel titled "Offshore Accounts, Tax Amnesties, and Tax Compliance" sponsored by the NYU Law School Graduate Tax Program. Professor Lederman spent two weeks in residence at NYU Law School this spring.



Moot Court Board Members Elected

The Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition is pleased to announce the following members of the Board for 2012-2013:

  • Erin Bantz
  • Robert Beatson
  • Anahit Behjou
  • Alan Bradin
  • Jessica Brierly-Snowden
  • Jared Chester
  • Jamie Feldman
  • Kyle Fields
  • Eva Fontanez
  • Jennifer Fujawa
  • Caitlin Haney
  • Nate Harter
  • Nathan Herbert
  • Katherine Holly
  • Emily Hughes
  • Katie Imburgia
  • Rachel Lackert
  • Diana-Marie Laventure
  • Kris Leavitt
  • Michael Mattingly
  • Megan McMahon
  • Kyle Morrison
  • Nicola Mousdicas
  • Jennie Patschull
  • Andrew Proia
  • Mitchell Rickey
  • Eric Silvestri
  • Jason Stuckey
  • Patrick C. Thomas
  • Jared Tidemann
  • Anna Wortham
  • David Wortham

We encourage anyone interested in the Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition to contact any of us or send questions to

BLSA Prayer Breakfast

This annual event encourages the graduating BLSA members as they make the transition from law school into taking the bar examination and the legal profession. BLSA alumni and Law School faculty will share their wisdom about the transition from law school into the legal profession. Please join the graduating BLSA members, their families, and friends as we pray for the success of our graduates on their future endeavors. Friday, May 4, faculty lounge, 7:30 a.m.

Barristers' Ball Thanks!!

The 2012 Barristers' Ball committee would like to thank every person who attended the ball on Friday. Barristers' created amazing memories, laid outstanding foundations, and was a remarkable success. We look forward to what next year's event has in store. Thanks again!

Admissions Summer Assistant

The Admissions Office seeks to hire a first- or second-year law student to work as an admissions assistant. This person will help guide members of the class of 2015 through the process of moving to Bloomington, settling in, and preparing to begin class in either July or August. Duties will primarily involve calling and e-mailing students to answer questions and provide encouragement. The admissions assistant will be expected to provide tours of the law building during the summer, so preference will be given to those who will be either in Bloomington or be close enough to stop by our office a few times a week, as necessary. Hours are flexible but the total number of hours and compensation will be determined based on the number of admissions assistants our office accepts. Please submit a resume and letter of interest to Sam Kwak, Director of Admissions ( TODAY, April 16.

ICLEO Teaching Assistants

Indiana Law will be hosting the Indiana Conference on Legal Education Opportunity (ICLEO) program this summer. Positions are available for two (2) Teaching Assistants for the program.

Program Dates: June 17 - July 28

Duties: Attend ICLEO classes with students and tutor them in the evenings. Assist in briefing, exam skills and other class related assistance. Supervise and coordinate field trips and social activities (including July 4th holiday and closing banquet). Troubleshoot all student problems and issues. Supervise creation and distribution of newsletter. Keep and update student portfolios. Teaching assistants will be required to reside in the dorm during 6 week institute.

Remuneration: Room and board plus $4,000.

Please submit a letter of interest and resume indicating your qualifications for the position to Dean Motley ( Deadline: Friday, April 20.

Dissertation Defenses Next Week

  • April 24, 1-3 p.m., Faculty Conference Room, Ms. Noora Al Shamlan
  • April 24, 3:30-5 p.m., Faculty Conference Room, Mr. JunSun Park

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