Indiana Law Annotated for January 20, 2014

January 20, 2014

This Week in the Law School

Welcome Back!

ILA wishes you a healthy and successful semester.

Welcome, Dean Parrish

Dean Austen L. Parrish joined the Law School on January 1. Welcome!

Stewart Fellows Applications Being Accepted

The opportunity to apply for an internship overseas. See "Announcements."

Follow Indiana Law on Twitter

For this week's events, reminders, and updates: @IUMaurerLaw.

OCPD Student Tip: Free Dinners for 2Ls and 3Ls

2Ls and 3Ls are invited to join practitioners who are visiting for the Career Choices series at weekly dinners. These dinners are free and are a great way to make new connections with attorneys who have experience in a variety of practice settings. Mark your calendars for January 23rd and 24th, when you will have an opportunity to meet with family law practitioners and individuals in JD Advantage positions. Please check Symplicity weekly to register for these dinners. Further details below. Space is limited!


Monday, January 20

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. No classes; no events scheduled.


Tuesday, January 21

2L Summer Job Hunt

This workshop is designed specifically for the 2L summer job hunt to help you focus and strategize. Lunch provided to those who RSVP at least 24 hours in advance. Room 125, noon.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Callout

The VITA Program aims to help low-income and foreign student taxpayers fill out income tax returns. These individuals often struggle with the complexities of the Internal Revenue Code, which is where we come in. So if you're interested in tax, won't you deduct your time with us? Room 120, noon.

Sports and Entertainment Law Society Executive Board Meeting

Room 222, noon.


Wednesday, January 22

Bar Associations: How Memberships Assist Students with Career Development

Presented by the Indiana State Bar Association. If you are considering a legal career in the State of Indiana, you should take advantage of the tremendous resources of the ISBA during your law school tenure and beyond. Come and hear a vibrant panel of Indiana attorneys talk about their respective career paths and how ISBA has proven helpful. Panel includes: Holly Harvey, JD'97, Bloomington; Clayton Miller, JD'93, Indianapolis; Rubin Pusha III, JD'12, Indianapolis; and David Sullivan, JD'73, Terre Haute. Moderated by Prof. Seth Lahn. Lunch will be provided by the ISBA. Room 121, noon.


Thursday, January 23

Career Choices: Family Law

Panelists: Kara Reagan, JD'05, Stafford Law Office, and Tom Frohman, JD'83, Indiana Legal Services. Lunch provided to those who RSVP at least 24 hours in advance. Room 125, noon. Be sure to reserve for small-group and dinner sessions available in the Events section on Symplicity — space is limited!

Federalist Society Lecture

Professor Eugene Kontorovich of Northwestern University will speak on "Israel’s Borders in International Law." Room 121, noon.

Learn about SPEA-Law Joint Degree Programs

Our two joint degree programs give students a broad set of skills to tackle profound policy issues and effect change. Stop by our annual reception to talk with students currently pursuing a joint JD-master of public affairs or JD-master of environmental sciences program and with faculty involved with these programs. Refreshments will be provided. Faculty Lounge (Room 310), 5:30 - 7 p.m.


Friday, January 24

Career Choices: JD Advantage

This session focuses on non-practice careers and how your JD adds value to them. Panelists: Kristen Cameron, JD'11, Indiana University Foundation and Brett Kaufman, JD'09, Ernst & Young. Lunch provided to those who RSVP at least 24 hours in advance. Room 125, noon.

Be sure to RSVP for small-group and dinner sessions available in the Events section on Symplicity — space is limited!

Pro Bono Immigration Project: Human Trafficking Training

A representative of the Indiana Human Trafficking Initiative will conduct a student training. The Initiative is coordinated by multiple law enforcement agencies in the state, including the Attorney General's office and the Monroe County Prosecutor's Office. Their goal is to spread awareness about human trafficking within the state and discuss how to support potential trafficking victims. Abigail Kuzma of the Attorney General's office will be conducting the training session. Room 120, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Sports and Entertainment Law Society General Body Meeting

Room 120, noon.


Saturday, January 25

No events scheduled.



Stewart Fellows Program Accepting Applications

Applications for the 2014 Milton Stewart Fellows Overseas Internship Program are now being accepted through January 31, 2014. 1Ls and 2Ls are invited to apply through Symplicity. Countries of placement in 2014 include Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Japan, and South Korea. Students may apply to more than one program. Fluency in the local language is required for internships in Argentina, Brazil and China. For questions about the Stewart Fellows Program, contact Ms. Lara Gose ( For help with Symplicity, please contact Ms. Kim Bunge ( Review of applications will begin immediately after the deadline with first-round interviews taking place in early February.

Study Abroad Applications for 2014-2015 Due Feb. 7

Information about all Maurer international opportunities and study abroad application are available here:. Watch your email for an announcement about an information session coming soon. In the meantime, learn about the opportunities and get the application. For more information, contact Lesley Davis (, Assistant Dean for International Programs.

Undergrad Mock Trial Team Needs Judges

The IU Mock Trial team (for undergraduates) is hosting its 2nd Annual Mock Trial Tournament January 25-26 at the City-County Building in Downtown Indianapolis, and they need law students to sit as judges. Students can judge as many as four rounds or as few as one round. Local attorneys will also be judging. Times:

  • Saturday, January 25, 10:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, January 25, 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 26, 9:00 a.m.
  • Sunday, January 26, 2:00 p.m.

Breakfast or lunch will be provided before each round, and each round will take 2-3 hours. Please contact Lily Berman by email ( for more details.

CJAM Conflict Resolution Training

Basic Mediation Training: The Community Justice and Mediation Center (CJAM) offers a 32-hour basic mediation training for any community member interested in helping facilitate community mediation. The winter training will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. over two weekends, February 8-9 and 22-23, at the IU Maurer School of Law. Participants who complete the training are eligible to work as CJAM volunteer mediators; however, any community member interested in learning basic mediation skills is welcome to participate. The training will be led by Professor Emeritus of Law, Ed Greenebaum. Tuition is $250, with scholarships available.

Restorative Justice Practitioner Training: Restorative Justice Practitioner Training explores the philosophy and methods of restorative justice as reflected and implemented in CJAM's restorative justice programs. The RJP training will be Saturdays, March 1 and 8, at the I.U. Maurer School of Law. Completion of CJAM's Basic Mediation Training or its approved equivalent is a prerequisite. Participants who complete Restorative Justice Practitioner Training are eligible to work in CJAM's Victim and Offender Restoration Program (VORP) and Shoplifting and Theft Education Program (STEP). However, all mediators who are interested in learning about restorative justice and its practice are welcome to participate. The training will be led by senior Restorative Justice Practitioners. The fee for the RJP training is $100, but will be waived for those who have committed themselves to volunteer as RJPs for CJAM for the current academic year and for those who have demonstrated their commitment to CJAM by previous volunteering.

Information, registration forms, and scholarship information for both programs are available from:,, or 812-336-8677.


Faculty News

On January 5, 2014, at the AALS meeting in NYC, Professor Leandra Lederman moderated a roundtable-style panel she organized entitled "Tax Reform and the Legislative Process." As Chair of the AALS Tax Section, she also organized a panel that took place on January 3, 2014, entitled "Now You See It, Now You Don't: Salience in Taxation."

On December 12, 2013, Prof. Sarah Jane Hughes submitted an invited comment on the September 2013 Payment System Improvement - Public Consultation Paper produced by the Federal Reserve Banks. In her comment, Professor Hughes recommended that the banks take a front-line role in facilitating collaboration and cooperation by various providers of payments products and operators of payments networks, as well as planning new products themselves, and also that the banks address the legal norms, privacy, and pricing transparency for all new products, particularly those most likely to be used by consumers and small businesses. A copy of the consultation paper and comment is available on request.

Dan Cole presented a paper on "Trust, Cooperation, and Polycentric Climate Negotiations" at a Workshop on Building Block Strategies for Global Climate Action held at NYU Law School, December 12-13, 2013.

On December 20, 2013, the Indiana Court of Appeals today decided a case, which originated as a Community Legal Clinic matter, answering a novel but increasingly important question of family law: does the gender transition of a spouse during a marriage render that marriage void as a same-sex marriage? The court said that it did not. No other reported decision in any state had considered this question, even though it's been a topic of academic commentary and speculation, so Indiana becomes a first. Profs. Earl Singleton and Steve Sanders represented the appellants, with assistance from Julie Gillaspy, JD'13. Click here for the parties' briefs and the court's decision.

Professor Steve Sanders is profiled in the Winter 2013 issue of Indiana Alumni magazine as one of four IU alumni who "relate their success stories and gaze into the future" of their fields of endeavor. Professor Sanders received his BA from IU in political science and journalism.

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