Indiana Law Annotated for February 25, 2013

February 25, 2013

This Week in the Law School

Moot Court Semifinals and Finals This Week

The Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition is an annual competition open to all second-year students at Indiana Law. This year's is the largest such competition in the Law School's history. More than 160 Competitors wrote a brief and then argued individually in three fall rounds of oral arguments before panels of judges. The thirty-two students with the best combined scores for their briefs and oral arguments in the fall semester advanced to the spring rounds. Eight competitors have since advanced to the semifinal arguments, which will begin at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, February 26 in the Moot Court Room. Two champions will be named at the final arguments on Friday, March 1. Finals begin at 6:00 p.m. (note earlier start time) in the Moot Court Room and will be followed by a public reception in the first floor lobby at 8:00 p.m. The competition is sponsored by Bose McKinney & Evans LLP.

Shelby County v. Holder: The Voting Rights Act Case

Two interesting and timely sessions this week featuring Prof. Fuentes-Rohwer on Wednesday and Thursday.

Thinking about a Judicial Clerkship?

Sign up on Symplicity to meet with a Seventh Circuit judge, a Minnesota Supreme Court justice, and Indiana Appellate Court judges on Friday.

Career Choices

Tax, employee benefits, solo and small-firm practice featuring Maurer alums. Thursday and Friday.

Wellness Week

Wellness Week begins the week of March 4. See "Announcements."


Monday, February 25

Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras on Recent Supreme Court Cases

Join the Federalist Society as they host Hon. David Stras of the Minnesota Supreme Court. Justice Stras will speak on the topic, "Recent U.S. Supreme Court Cases That Every Law Student Should Know." This is sure to be an interesting presentation by Justice Stras. Lunch. Room 125, noon.

Indianapolis Bar Association Law Student Division Callout Meeting

Do you want to practice law in the Indianapolis area after graduation? Would you like to meet attorneys who practice in your area of interest? Get involved NOW with the Indianapolis Bar Association. The Maurer School of Law is looking for outstanding student leaders to re-activate the IndyBar Law Student Division. Come to the callout meeting to learn more about law student opportunities within the IndyBar, and find out how you can join for free. Room 120, noon.

OWLS Spring Callout and Planning Meeting

Are you still interested in the Older and Wiser Law Student Group? OWLS will be having an event planning meeting to plan the Easter egg hunt and other social events. Room 214, 12:30.


Tuesday, February 26

IP Theory Callout Meeting

IP Theory is seeking staff members for next year. Membership is open to both second- and third-year students, so current first- and second-year students interested in applying should attend the meeting. The meeting will cover how to apply for a position on next year's board of editors as well as upcoming publications and projects. General information about the publication and archives is available at our website. If you are unable to attend the meeting but want to apply, please contact Jason Goodman at Room 214, noon.

The Truth about Temp Work

Megan Nelson of Hire Counsel will talk about the myths about temp work in the current job market. This is an event every 3L should attend. Pizza provided to those who RSVP. Room 125, noon.

Clerkship Nuts and Bolts

If you are planning on applying for a clerkship, you do not want to miss this valuable info session. Learn details about the entire process and find how OCPD can help you with your applications. RSVP on Symplicity. For 2Ls. Room 121, noon.

Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition Semifinals

Moot Court Room, 6:00. (See above under "This Week.")


Wednesday, February 27

Using Your JD in the Business Sector

Peter Tavlin earned his MBA at the IU Kelley School of Business in finance. He has significant experience in the corporate sector working in tandem with legal counsel. For the past 15 years he has worked at Bombardier Aerospace, where he currently serves as the Director or Aircraft Securitization. Peter will be in residence at the Law School to discuss his career and how students considering career opportunities in the business sector can use their law degree. Small-group sessions also available. Pizza provided to those who RSVP on Symplicity. Room 125, noon.

Practice Skills Series: Criminal Defense

The Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum and OCPD host Lorinda Meier Youngcourt from the Lawrence County Public Defender Agency. She will offer key insights and tips to help you be successful when entering practice. Pizza and drinks will be provided. Moot Court Room, 4:30.

American Constitution Society Discussion of Arguments in Today's Voting Rights Act Case, Shelby County v. Holder

On the morning of February 27, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Shelby County v. Holder, challenging the constitutionality of §5 of the Voting Rights Act. Please join us for an interesting conversation on the constitutional arguments. Prof. Luis Fuentes-Rohwer will be present to lead the discussion. This conversation will be particularly interesting for those who want to attend the debate the following day (Feb. 28) on the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act. Please bring your own lunch to this conversation. Room 121, noon.


Thursday, February 28

Career Choices: Small Firms and Solo Practitioners

Please join Carina de la Torre, JD'04, of the de la Torre Law Office; Manotti Jenkins, JD'96, of Law Offices of Manotti L. Jenkins, Ltd., and Kitty Liell of Liell & McNeil Attorneys PC.

Pizza provided to those who RSVP at least 24 hours prior to the event. Please bring your ID card to check in. Check Symplicity often as small-group sessions are posted/updated daily. Room 125, noon.

American Constitution Society and Federalist Society: A Debate on the Constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act § 5

Join us for a debate on the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act§ 5, one day after those arguments are made in front of the Supreme Court in Shelby County v. Holder. Prof. Luis Fuentes-Rohwer will defend the law. Hans A. von Spakovsky, Senior Legal Fellow and Manager of Civil Justice Reform Initiative at the Heritage Foundation, will challenge the law. Lunch. Moot Court Room, noon.

BLSA Executive Board Meeting

Room 216, noon.

LGBT Alumni Advisory Board Panel Presentation

"Being Out/Being an Ally in the Workplace: How to Be True to Yourself, Pursue Your Goals, and Advance Equality." Moderator: Prof. Steve Sanders. Panelists: Jerry Burgdoerfer, JD/MBA'83, Partner, Jenner & Block, Chicago; Tina Clark, JD'08, Associate, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, Indianapolis; John Fischer, JD'97, Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Indianapolis; Troy Liggett, JD'09, Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC; Misty Mercer, JD'11, Advisor, Deputy Attorney General, Office of the Indiana Attorney General, Indianapolis. Lunch. Faculty Conference Room, noon.


Friday, March 1

Career Choices: Tax and Employee Benefits

Please join Tony Ling, JD'96, Jenner & Block; and Christopher Sears, JD'94, Ice Miller.

Graduate Legal Studies Colloquium

Featuring Will Schaad, Director of International Admissions. Room 120, 11:45.

Appellate Judges Available to Meet with Students

Judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the Indiana Court of Appeals and a Minnesota Supreme Court justice will be here to discuss judicial clerkships and the characteristics of an effective clerk. This is an outstanding opportunity for students interested in pursuing a judicial clerkship. RSVP on Symplicity. Room 213, 4:00-5:00.

Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition Finals

Moot Court Room, 6:00 p.m. (See above under "This Week.")


Saturday, March 2

Environmental Law Society Hike

Join ELS members on a short hike through IU's Griffy Lake Nature Preserve from 11:30-2:30 p.m. Members will car pool to the Preserve. Lunch is provided. RSVP to Katie Meehan at



Next Week Is Wellness Week

The Office of Student Affairs is excited to host Wellness Week the week of March 4. There will be numerous activities that focus on physical fitness, healthy eating, and stress relief. More details will be in next week's ILA, but here's a preview:

  • Monday Health and Wellness Fair and '80s themed 5K walk/run
  • Tuesday Relaxation techniques and Zumba class
  • Wednesday Health and Wellness Fair
  • Thursday Work-life balance
  • Friday Fresh fruit

LGBT Executive Board Members to Speak at CLE in Indianapolis

Maurer students on the executive board for the LGBT project will be speaking in Indianapolis at a CLE on "Same-Sex Unions at the Crossroads: How the U.S. Supreme Court Cases and Other Legal and Political Developments May Change the Landscape for LGBT Families and Relationships in 2013." The cost is $15 for ISBA student members and non-attorneys. The event is Thursday, February 28 from 3:00 to 5:00, followed by a reception. For more information, click here.

Maurer Team Participates in Regional Transactional Law Meet

After defeating three other teams in Maurer's internal transactional law competition last fall, 3Ls Eli Stoughton and Kyle Doherty-Peters represented Maurer in the Regional Transactional Law Meet, the live round of which was held at University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law on February 15. Acting as counsel for a hypothetical pharmaceutical company involved in a $2.5 billion asset sale gone bad, Stoughton and Doherty-Peters reviewed client and industry information, interviewed their hypothetical client, drafted an amended stock purchase agreement, and negotiated live with teams of buyer's counsel from schools across the Midwest. Congratulations to both students for prevailing in our fall competition and for representing Maurer in a tough competition this semester.

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