Indiana Law Annotated for April 1, 2013

April 1, 2013

This Week in the Law School

Indiana Court of Appeals Oral Argument


Interested in the JD Affiliate Program?

Attend an information session at the Center for Constitutional Democracy Tuesday.

U.S. Supreme Court Moot Session

Your opportunity to observe an alum moot his upcoming oral argument before the Court. Wednesday.

American Constitution Society Speaker

David Cole, Georgetown. Thursday.

The Final Career Choices Sessions of the Semester

Thursday and Friday.


Monday, April 1

Lunch Talk with Katie Zarich, Indianapolis Museum of Art

The Society for Law and the Arts welcomes Katie Zarich, legal counsel to the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Lunch will be served. Room 120, noon.

Phi Delta Phi Academic Session: Journals, Moot Court and Classes

1Ls: please join us for an academic session where we will answer questions about journals, moot court, and classes. Room 122, noon.

Westlaw Cost-Effective Training

Cost-effective training for summer jobs. Room 121, noon.

Indiana Court of Appeals Oral Argument

Walker v. State. Briefs available on the school's website or on Symplicity. Moot Court Room, 6:00 p.m.


Tuesday, April 2

Center for Constitutional Democracy J.D. Affiliate Program

An information session for all students interested in applying to the Center for Constitutional Democracy's JD Affiliate Program. Please join us to hear more about the Center's work, research opportunities, and the benefits of applying. Applications are available on the Center's website and are due April 15th. CCD offices, 624 E. Third (across from the Law School), noon.

PILF Elections and Information Session on Financial Aid and the Public Sector

PILF will host elections during the first half of the meeting, and then Paul Leopold will give a presentation on financial aid and what that means in the public sector. If you are interested in a position but cannot make this meeting, please email Available positions are president, vice president, vice president of finance (treasurer), vice president of operations (secretary) and vice president of public relations. Roly Poly provided. Room 125, noon.

Women's Law Caucus Elections

Come out to vote and/or run for WLC positions. Room 214, noon.

Panel on Marriage Equality at the Supreme Court

IU Maurer faculty will discuss the legal issues at stake in the marriage equality cases challenging DOMA (Windsor) and California Prop 8 (Perry) with special focus on the March 26 and 27 oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court. The panel will include Professors Daniel Conkle, Dawn Johnsen, Steve Sanders, Ryan Scott, and Deborah Widiss. Co-sponsored by Outlaw, FLF, LSRJ, and ACS. Lunch provided. Moot Court Room, 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. The class will teach you to conduct effective research without wasting funds in the legal resource account. You will also learn effective research skills. Having attended "Think Like a Lawyer Part 1" is not required. Room 121, noon. Repeats Thursday at noon.

Latinos, the U.S., and Immigration Reform

The Latino Law Student Association and the Pro Bono Immigration Project are collaborating to bring students together to discuss how immigration reform will affect Latinos in the United States. Click here for more information. RSVP to Francisco Guzman ( Room 125, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

SBA Elections

Vote today and Wednesday during the lunch hour in the 1st floor lobby. Information about all nominees will be posted. Results party to follow on Wednesday night at 6pm at Dunnkirk. Dinner will be provided.

Bible Study

Come have lunch with us! Room 216, noon.


Wednesday, April 3

U.S. Supreme Court Oral Argument Moot Session

Greg Castanias, JD'90, Jones Day, Washington, DC, will be arguing the gene patent case (Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics) in the U.S. Supreme Court on April 15, 2013. As part of his preparation for the argument, Greg will have his argument mooted here at the law school. Greg will deliver his argument before a panel consisting of Provost Robel, Tom Fisher, Indiana Solicitor General, and Professors Beth Cate, Conkle, Cripps, Janis, Leaffer, and Mattioli.

The moot session is open to the law school community, but because of confidentiality requirements, we will need to operate a bit differently from usual. First, all attendees must RSVP to Allison Hess ( by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, April 2. Second, attendees will be asked to agree to the terms of a confidentiality agreement in order to attend. Third, when the event begins entrance to the Moot Court Room will be closed, and attendees will be requested to remain for the full session (which will last for about an hour). An informal lunch will be provided at the conclusion of the event. Moot Court Room, noon.


Thursday, April 4

Career Choices: Diversity

Please join Lynn Grayson, JD'86, Jenner & Block, and Theresa Cropper of Perkins Coie LLP. Check out their bios in the document library on Symplicity. Pizza provided to those who RSVP at least 24 hours in advance. 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.

Environmental Law Society Elections

The Environmental Law Society is holding elections for officers for the 2013-14 academic year. All ELS members are encouraged to attend and vote for next year's officers. Students interested in running for a position should send an email to no later than noon on Wednesday, April 3.

Lecture by Former Ambassador Michael Guest

Ambassador Michael Guest, former U.S. ambassador to Romania and the first openly gay ambassador confirmed by the Senate, will speak on "Power, Principle, and Image: U.S. Leadership and Global LGBT Rights." Hosted by The Maurer LGBT Alumni Board and the School of Global and International Studies. Moot Court Room, noon.

LexisNexis Think Like a Lawyer Part 2: Cost -Effective Research

See Tuesday's listing. Room 122, noon.

American Constitution Society Presents Prof. David Cole

David Cole, Georgetown Law professor and prominent civil liberties lawyer and public commentator, will address "Can the President Order American Citizens Killed Without Trial? The Obama Administration's War on Terror and the Rule of Law." Light snacks provided. Co-sponsored by the Center for Law, Society, and Culture. Moot Cort Room, 4:00.

BLSA Transition Meeting

Newly elected and current BLSA leadership will meet for a transition meeting. Room 125, 6:30-10:00 p.m.

Title IX: 40 Years Strong

On June 23, 1972, President Richard Nixon signed Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibit gender-based discrimination by institutions that receive federal money. Since its passage more than 40 years ago, Title IX has created unprecedented opportunities for women in education and sports. Please join the Sports and Entertainment Law Society, along with the Women's Law Caucus, in celebrating this momentous piece of legislation. We will be hosting a panel to discuss the major academic, athletic, and gender relations issues implicated by Title IX's 40th year of life. Our illustrious panel features:

  • Catherine Pieronek, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs - Notre Dame College of Engineering
  • Mary Ann Rohleder, Senior Associate Athletic Director for Compliance and Senior Woman Administrator - Indiana University
  • Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow, Educator, Former Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion - NCAA

Professor Julia Lamber, Interim Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, will moderate the discussion. The panelists will field questions at the conclusion of the program. Food and drinks will be served. Room 121, 4:30-6:00.


Friday, April 5

Career Choices: Environmental Law

Please join Christian Freitag, JD'97, Sycamore Land Trust; Mindy Boehr, JD'08, Barnes & Thornburg; and Denise Walker, JD'06, NOAA Office of Natural Resources. Pizza provided to those who RSVP. Please bring your ID card to check in. Room 125, noon. This week's Career Choices sessions are the last ones of the semester.

Indiana Journal of Law and Social Equality Symposium

"Social Equality: Looking Forward/Looking Back after the 2012 Presidential Election." Agenda and details are available on the Journal's website. Room 335, 9:00-5:00.

Get your gaming on!

All are welcome to come test their gaming skills! OWLS will be hosting a second game night and providing light snacks. Some board games will be provided but please feel free to bring your own (like Munchkin). Partners and families are welcome. There will be some children's board games and other small entertainment; however, if children attend, they must be accompanied by their parent or guardian at all times. Student Lounge, 5:30-7:30.


Saturday, April 6

BLSA Alumni Workshops

BLSA Alumni will visit the Law School to conduct their annual workshops.

  • Noon-2:00: Journal Write-on Session. Learn how to use the write-on competition to be selected for a journal. You will also learn strategies for writing an effective note topic, teaching what note graders look for, formatting, and making a legal argument).
  • Noon-2:00: Moot Court Competition. BLSA members advancing to the spring moot court competition or receiving oral advocacy and/or brief writing honors will share their experiences.
  • 2:00-4:00 (for 2Ls and 3Ls): Bar Exam Prep Session. Learn about the bar exam, exam taking strategies, and a take practice exams.

Room 120.


Faculty News

Professors Leandra Lederman and Ajay Mehrotra were two of eleven professors who joined the Brief of Amici Curiae Professor Patricia Cain, et al. in Support of Appellants in the Ninth Circuit case of Voss v. Commissioner, regarding the application of the home mortgage interest deduction to unmarried co-owners of a residence. The brief was filed on February 6, 2013.



Maurer Trial Team Places Second in National Competition

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.

PILF Dodgeball Tournament

PILF will hold its annual dodgeball tournament Friday, April 5th from 4-6pm at Bryan Park. Students can form teams of 5-8 members or come out and play as a free agent. 5 team members can be on the field at a time and each team must have at least 2 women. Spectators and cheerleaders are also welcome. The price to play is $5 per person, which also includes dinner. All proceeds go to the PILF summer scholarship fund. Come find the PILF table at lunch all this week and sign up your team.

Inmate Legal Assistance Project Prison Visit

ILAP's next prison visit will be on Monday, April 8th. Volunteers will leave from the Law School around 11:15 AM and should return by 5:00 PM. Interested students should RSVP via email to no later than Monday, April 1st at 5:00 PM. Those students who have not yet submitted a background check form should do so by that time as well. The forms are located in the envelope outside the ILAP office (on the ground floor). Any questions should be directed to Andrew Murphy at or Margot Newman at

Access to Justice Information Table

Access to Justice pro bono fellows will be at tables in the lobby on Monday, April 1 and Wednesday, April 3 from noon to 1:00. We will be there to answer any questions 3Ls have about the aspirational pro bono requirement of 60 hours upon graduation (last day to report is April 12, 2013); and to take questions about the New York Bar's new 50 hour pro bono requirement, which goes into effect in 2015 (1Ls: this applies to you). Please direct all questions to Anne Fishbeck and Megan Boelstler at

Rally for Bei Bei Shuai

Law Students for Reproductive Justice invites you to gather in support of Bei Bei Shuai, the Indiana woman charged with murder and attempted feticide for trying to commit suicide while pregnant and subsequently losing her child. Email if you can attend and if you are able to drive or carpool. Sign up to attend the rally on Facebook under "Rally for Bei Bei Shuai." The rally will be held on Saturday, April 6, from 2:00-4:00 at the City-County Building in Indianapolis.

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