Indiana Law Annotated for March 25, 2013

March 25, 2013

This Week in the Law School

Public Interest Externship Program Has Expanded

Three new cities. Find out more at noon on Monday.

Town Hall with Dean Buxbaum

Wednesday at noon.

Immigration Symposium and IP Lecture


Congratulations to Trial and IP Moot Court Teams!

See "Announcements."


Monday, March 25

The Maurer Urban Experience: Public Interest Semester-long Externship Session

Plan to attend a session discussing the public interest semester-long externship opportunities for 3Ls. The program has been expanded beyond Washington, DC to include New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Room 120, noon.

Visit to Seventh Circuit

Hon. David F. Hamilton extended an invitation to BLSA members to attend a live Seventh Circuit hearing in Chicago on Monday, April 1. After the hearing, Hon. Ann Claire Williams has invited BLSA members to her chambers for a brown bag lunch, followed by a tour of the courthouse. Judge Hamilton will conduct a session to give BLSA members information on the case for the upcoming hearing. If you have any questions or would like to attend the trip, please contact Dominique Taylor at Room 125, noon.

1L Academic Planning Session for Fall 2013

Room 122, noon.

LexisNexis Think Like a Lawyer Part 2: Cost Effective Research

This training is a great way to prepare for being a summer associate at a firm, working in the public sector, or a judicial clerkship. This will teach you how to research in a way that allows you to research any issue for your employer in a manner that does not waste money in their legal resource account. You will learn cost-effective, and equally important, effective research skills. Having attended "Think Like a Lawyer Part 1" is not required to take advantage of this training. Moot Court Room, noon.


Tuesday, March 26

Prof. Johnsen to Serve on Panel Following Sandra Fluke Lecture

Sandra Fluke, a social justice advocate who became the target of inflammatory remarks by Rush Limbaugh during the 2012 presidential campaign, will survey local, state, and federal legislation and legislative trends that have the potential to advance or hinder the progress of social justice. She will also discuss the conservative backlash that resulted from her experience last year before a House panel, in which she passionately testified on the need to provide access to contraception. Prof. Dawn Johnsen will participate in a Q & A with Ms. Fluke following her address. Indiana Memorial Union, Whittenberger Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.

LLSA Elections

LLSA Elections for the Executive Board. The positions up for election are: President, Internal Vice President, External Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. Must be a member in order to vote. Lunch will be provided. Room 125, noon.

Public Interest Law Foundation's Singing for Summer Salaries

PILF's Annual Singing for Summer Salaries event to raise money for summer public interest scholarships. Moot Court Room, noon.

Bible Study

Come have lunch with us! Room 216, noon.


Wednesday, March 27

Town Hall with Dean Buxbaum

Come and join your Student Bar Association and Dean Buxbaum for the semester's final town hall address. Lunch and drinks will be provided. Moot Court Room, noon.

Practice Skills Series: Tips for Success

Hidden but Obvious Tips for Succeeding in Your Career — Practical Everyday Ways to Set Yourself Apart

What distinguishes those who are successful in their careers from those who tread water?

How can you begin to build client service skills now before you graduate?

What practical things can you do to position yourself for opportunities, development, responsibilities, and success?

To find out, join your colleagues for this insightful, interactive, and entertaining presentation led by Greg Utken, a senior partner at Faegre Baker Daniels. Mr. Utken has worked at firms with 15, 40, 350, and 800 lawyers. At each firm, he was active in the recruitment of law students as law clerks, summer associates, and associates, as well as the recruitment of lateral associates. He has served as a supervisor, mentor, and coach for numerous summer associates, associates, and less senior partners. He also has held a variety of firm management roles and spoken nationally on law firm management and legal practice trends. Pizza and drinks will be provided to those who RSVP at least 24 hours in advance. Moot Court Room, 4:30.


Thursday, March 28

Career Choices: Virtual Practice

Please join Stephanie Kimbro (via Skype) of Burton Law LLC and Michael Mills of Neota Logic Inc. Pizza provided to those who RSVP. Please bring your ID card to check in. Check Symplicity often as small-group sessions have been posted and are updated daily. Room 125, noon.

BLSA Elections

2013-2014 Elections. Please be on time for elections. If you are unable to vote in person, please submit an absentee ballot by Wednesday, March 27, at 11:59 p.m. Room 121, noon.

LexisNexis Think Like a Lawyer Part 2: Cost Effective Research

See Monday, March 25. Moot Court Room, noon.

IP Talk: Sarah Burstein

Sarah Burstein, an associate professor of law at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, will present a talk titled, "In Defense of Design Patents." Prof. Burstein spoke at the Center for Intellectual Property Research's design conference in Oxford last fall. She earned a B.A. in art and design from Iowa State University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. Her research focuses on the legal protection of product design, with a particular emphasis on design patent law. For more information on Prof. Burstein and her work, click here. Lunch. Room 124, noon.

Tax Policy Colloquium

The colloquium welcomes Peter Prescott (Butler University College of Business), who will be presenting his paper, "Taxing Luck." For more information about this talk and the colloquium series, please go to the colloquium's website. Room 216, 1:25 p.m.

Center for Law, Society, and Culture Symposium: The Changing Dynamics of Immigration Policy in the United States: How Constitutional Analysis, Politics, and Culture Frame the Debate

Featuring Professor Monica McDermott, University of Illinois, Sociology Department; Professor Huyen Pham, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law; and Professor Peter Spiro, Temple University Beasley School of Law. Please send symposium discussion questions to Amanda Craig, Room 125, 4:00; reception following in faculty lounge.

Inmate Legal Assistance Project Letter-Drafting Meeting

This all-volunteer meeting will provide an opportunity for those who are currently working on letters to work on them while the ILAP Board and Professor Lahn are available to assist with research and letter-drafting. Those who have not been able to volunteer for ILAP this semester but would like to do so are also invited to attend, as we will have several smaller research projects for such students. Food will be provided, and RSVP is strongly encouraged to Room 213, 5:30-8:30 p.m.


Friday, March 29

Career Choices: Global Practice

Please join Dan Harris, JD'84, of Harris & Moure and David Steiger, JD'90, author of The Globalized Lawyer. 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. Be sure to check out Mr. Harris's specialized talk at 10:30 a.m. on Friday.

Graduate Legal Studies Colloquium: Lecture by Prof. Donna Nagy

Regular gathering of graduate students to discuss common research interests and academic concerns. Room 120, 1:15.

Indiana and the New Jane Crow: Using the Prosecution of Bei Bei Shuai to Create a System of Separate and Unequal Law for Women

Law Students for Reproductive Justice, the Feminist Law Forum, and the American Constitution Society proudly welcome back Lynn Paltrow, Founder and Executive Director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women. Ms. Paltrow will discuss her recent peer- reviewed study on the arrests of and forced interventions on pregnant women, the Indiana case of Bei Bei Shuai, and what these cases mean for personhood of pregnant women and for maternal, fetal, and child health. (She will also discuss the upcoming rally on April 6 in support of Bei Bei Shuai and the role students, lawyers, and concerned citizens play in effective social action.) Pizza. Room 121, noon.


Faculty News

Amb. Feisal Istrabadi recently published an op-ed for Project Syndicate, which syndicates to nearly 500 newspapers around the world. On Tuesday, March 20, he participate in a panel at Chatham House, London, titled "Iraq Ten Years On: Accomplishments and Challenges."

On March 13, 2013, Prof. Leandra Lederman presented a lecture in the Dialogue series at Chapman University School of Law. Her talk was titled "The War on Tax Abuse."

Professor Lisa Farnsworth made a presentation on academic legal writing at the 8th Global Legal Skills Conference in San Jose, Costa Rica over spring break.



Trial Competition Team Earns Second Place

The Maurer trial competition team of Nate Harter, Eric Silvestri, Jared Chester and Jessica Brierly-Snowden finished second in the American Association for Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition in Louisville, March 8-10. This is the most prestigious of the student trial competitions. Congratulations.

Congratulations to IP Moot Court Teams

Dani Johnson and Chelsea Anderson performed well in the International Trademark Association Saul Lefkowitz Competition in Chicago. We sent two teams to the regionals of the AIPLA Giles Rich Competition, also in Chicago: Caleb Bean and Ian Clouse; and Kassi Officer and Alex Lewis. Kassi and Alex advanced to the finals and qualified to participate in the nationals in Washington, D.C. next month. (That's the second time in the past three years that an IU Maurer team has qualified for the AIPLA nationals.) Josh James and Dan Logan served as alternates.

Natalie Jones, Andrew Langford, and Brian Verbus competed in the Oxford International Intellectual Property Moot held at Pembroke College, University of Oxford. The team advanced to the quarterfinals and brought home some individual honors (5th for briefs; 4th best oralist - Andrew Langford). The competition draws teams from around the world, and this is the first time that we have participated.

Several individuals served as coaches and/or helped with practice oral arguments: Olivia Fleming and Josh Larsen (Barnes & Thornburg); Mike Morris, JD'11, Woodard Emhardt; Scott Allen, JD'12 (Finnegan); Don Knebel, Mike Mattioli, Marshall Leaffer, Greg Castanias, JD'90, Laura Foster, Allison Hess and Prof. Mark Janis served either in person or via Skype. Students Caleb Bean, Josh James, Dani Johnson, Natalie Jones, Justin Macy and Kassi Officer, along with several others from Barnes & Thornburg who hosted final practice rounds for both the INTA and AIPLA teams, also assisted during practice sessions.

SBA Elections Next Week

Attention rising 2Ls and rising 3Ls: SBA elections are around the corner. Nominations are due on Saturday, March 30th by 6 p.m. A nominations box at the library circulation desk. Candidates will be contacted shortly after the deadline and must accept within 24 hours of email notice. All candidates will receive election rules with notice. Campaigning begins on Monday, April 1st and voting will begin during the noon hours on Tuesday, April 2nd and Wednesday, April 3rd. Voting results will be announced at the election party on Wednesday night, which will be hosted in the upstairs area of Dunnkirk. Send questions to

LSRJ Rally Sign-up

This week Law Students for Reproductive Justice will be at the lobby tables discussing issues surrounding reproductive justice. We will also be signing people up to go to a rally on April 6th to support Bei Bei Shuai, an Indiana woman charged with murder and attempted feticide after a suicide attempt.

Minority Prelaw Advisor Position Available

The Health Professions and Prelaw Information Center, in cooperation with the Admissions Office, seeks to hire a minority prelaw advisor who will counsel and advise minority undergraduates interested in studying law. This advisor should have prior experience working with or counseling minority and/or underserved populations.The salary will be $8 - $10/hour working a projected 15-20 hours per week. The deadline is Friday, March 29. Please submit a cover letter and resume to: Chrys Ford, Director of Admissions Operations , Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Room 224, email:

Indiana Court of Appeals Oral Argument

Mark your calendars now for oral argument to be held in the Moot Court Room on Monday, April 1, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Details of the argument will be in next week's ILA.

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