Indiana Law Annotated for March 3, 2014

March 3, 2014

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This Week in the Law School

Moot Court Finals

Annual final arguments of the Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition. Plan to attend. Friday.

Town Hall with Dean Parrish

Tuesday at noon.

Stewart Lecture

Prof. Matthew Finkin, University of Illinois. Wednesday.

Lecture by Senior Circuit Judge (and former Maurer Dean) S. Jay Plager


1Ls: Important Academic Planning Sessions Begin This Week

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Career Choices

Thursday and Friday.

Wellness Week Begins March 10

Watch for details in next week's ILA. But if you want to participate in a 5K run/walk at 6 p.m. on Monday, a self-defense class at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, or a blood drive from noon to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, please register this week by e-mailing Ms. Coleman-Jackson at

OCPD Is on Twitter and Facebook

Follow OCPD on Twitter (@IUMaurerOCPD) or like us on Facebook. Use both of these accounts to stay up-to-date on upcoming events and professional development topics.


Monday, March 3

OCPD Event: Practicing in Cincinnati

Learn about life in Cincinnati, the kinds of things there are to do, what it is like to practice law there, and more. Speakers will be Gerron McKnight, JD'08, Frost Brown Todd; Amy Foust, JD'08, Procter & Gamble; and Jessica Bauml, JD'11, Dinsmore & Shohl. Non-pizza lunch provided to those who RSVP at least 24 hours in advance. Room 125, noon.

Law and Psychology Series Speaker

Canceled due to inclement weather.

NLG: Innocence and Death Row

The National Lawyers Guild kicks off Student Week Against the Death Penalty with a screening of a series of short films about innocence and death row. We will be showing a selection of the films, from One for Ten and follow with a discussion. Room 124, noon


Tuesday, March 4

Town Hall with Dean Parrish

Be sure to attend Dean Parrish's inaugural Town Hall session. Sponsored by SBA. Lunch. Moot Court Room, noon.

BLSA General Body Meeting

Room 125, noon.

IP Practitioner-in-Residence

Edmund J. Sease will be giving a talk as part of Professor Mattioli's IP survey class. All are welcome to attend, and refreshments will be provided. Mr. Sease will also be available to meet with students in the CIPR offices (304) beginning at 3:30pm. He is a trial lawyer with more than 30 years of experience litigating intellectual property cases before judges and juries throughout the country. He has represented clients before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and argued before the Supreme Court of the United States in a precedent-setting case shaping the law of utility patents for plants. Mr. Sease visits us from the firm of McKee, Voorhees & Sease, PLC in Des Moines, Iowa. Room 125, 1:15 p.m.

Sherman Minton Moot Court Semifinals

This week marks the culmination of one of the school's seminal programs in the development of oral and appellate advocates: The Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition. The remaining eight competitors will argue in one-hour intervals for a chance to advance to the finals. Moot Court Room, beginning at 6 p.m.


Wednesday, March 5

The William R. Stewart Lecture

This year's Stewart Lecture presents Matthew W. Finkin, the Albert J. Harno and Edward W. Cleary Chair in Law; Director, Program in Comparative Labor and Employment Law and Policy; and Center for Advanced Study Professor, University of Illinois College of Law. The title of his lecture is "From Weight Checking to Wage Checking: Arming Employees to Combat Wage Theft." Indiana CLE credit pending. Lunch. Moot Court Room, noon; reception following in Faculty Lounge.

Academic Planning for 1Ls

Dean Matthews and Ms. Coleman-Jackson will hold several academic planning sessions this week. The purpose of these sessions is to provide information (with handouts) about graduation requirements, bar preparation coverage, and general scheduling matters to help you plan your course schedules for your remaining semesters.

Although attendance at any one of these sessions is optional, you must attend one in order to schedule an individual follow-up advising appointment with one of us. This foundational information will be most immediately helpful for you as you plan your fall class schedule; registration for 1Ls will be in early April. The same material will be covered in each session, which should last 45 to 50 minutes.

  • Wednesday, room 122, 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, room 121, 1:15 p.m.
  • Friday, room 124, 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, room 124, noon.

Additional sessions on Monday and Tuesday of next week.


Thursday, March 6

Lecture by Senior Circuit Judge S. Jay Plager

Judge Plager, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, will present "Reflections on the Federal Circuit and the Federal Appellate Judiciary." In addition to serving as a distinguished judge on the Federal Circuit, Judge Plager was dean of the Maurer School of Law from 1977-1984. Lunch provided; one hour Indiana CLE credit pending. Room 124, noon.

Federalist Society Speaker: Vincent Muñoz

Please join the Federalist Society as they host Professor Vincent Muñoz from the University of Notre Dame Law School. Professor Muñoz is the author of the award-winning book God and the Founders: Madison, Washington, and Jefferson. Room 122, noon.

Small-Group Session with Jay Chaudhary of Indiana Legal Services

Open to 1Ls, 2Ls & 3Ls. View his full bio and RSVP on Symplicity. Room 352, 10:00 a.m.

Career Choices: Legal Services and Public Defenders

Panelists: Jay Chaudhary, JD'09, Indiana Legal Services and Kaarin Lueck, JD'02, Wayne County Public Defender's Office. Lunch provided to those who RSVP at least 24 hours in advance. Room 125, noon.

Small-Group Session with Kaarin Lueck of the Wayne County Public Defender's Office

Open to 1Ls, 2Ls & 3Ls. View Kaarin's bio and RSVP on Symplicity. Room 340, 3:15 p.m.


Friday, March 7

Small-Group Session with Erica Andersen of Covington & Burling

Open to 1Ls, 2Ls & 3Ls. View Erica's full bio and RSVP on Symplicity. Room 124, 10:00 a.m.

Career Choices: IP and Patent Law

Panelists: Nathan Wenk, JD'12, Knobbe Martens, and Erica Andersen, Covington & Burling. Lunch provided to those who RSVP at least 24 hours in advance. Room 125, noon.

Career Choices Dinner with Erica Andersen of Covington & Burling

Open to 2Ls & 3Ls. Free meal and valuable conversation. RSVP on Symplicity. Space is very limited. Uptown Café, 5:00.

Maurer School of Law Korean Law Forum

Join other Korean law students who are working on their thesis or dissertation as we share our fields of study but also examine differences between U.S. law and Korean law. The entire Indiana Law community is welcome. Library room 206E, 11 a.m.

Graduate Legal Studies Colloquium

The Colloquium is a weekly meeting of graduate students to discuss common academic concerns and research interests. Room 120, noon.

Sports Law Panel

Join the Sports and Entertainment Law Society for a panel with two influential sports lawyers from Indianapolis: Norm Wain, General Counsel for USA Track and Field, and Jen Phelps, General Counsel for USA Football. Pizza. Room 121, noon.

Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition Final Argument

After months of exciting competition between over 150 competitors, the Finals of the Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition is tonight. The argument will run as if it were a full argument before the Supreme Court of the United States, and feature a number of prominent jurists and academics. The arguments, lasting approximately two hours, end with a final judgment in the matter of United States v. Gem City Museum of Art & History and will mark the Champions of the Sherman Minton 2013—14 competition.

Moot Court Room doors open at 7:00 p.m. Program starts at 7:30 p.m. Overflow seating with live stream in Room 121. Reception in Faculty Lounge following the program.


Saturday, March 8

No events scheduled.


Faculty News

Profs. Marshall Leaffer and Mark Janis traveled to Austin, Texas last week for the sixth annual Trademark Scholars' Roundtable hosted by University of Texas School of Law - Austin in collaboration with IU Maurer School of Law and University of Oxford.

Professor Leandra Lederman presented a draft article, "(Un)appealing Deference to the Tax Court," at the Duke Law School Tax Policy Seminar on February 19. On February 21, she presented the same article at a Duke Law Journal symposium entitled "Taking Administrative Law to Tax." The Duke Law Journal will be publishing the article in April.



A team from the Law School made its inaugural trip to the NCHL Moot Court competition in Chicago the weekend of Feb. 20. Out of 20 teams, Team Maurer took the award for best brief and won second place in the final round! Please congratulate the team members -- Roy Braatz, John Paul Coonrod, and Adam Doerr (all 3Ls) — if you see them. They put in a tremendous amount of work and performed flawlessly. The competition took place in the Dirksen Federal Building, with the final round in the Seventh Circuit Ceremonial Courtroom in front of a panel of judges that included Judge William Bauer (7th Circuit) and Judge Paul Kelly Jr. (10th Circuit).

Special thanks go to Prof. Mark Janis, Allison Hess, and the Center for Intellectual Property Research for their support; and to the faculty members who volunteered to moot the team: Leandra Lederman, Andrea Need, Seth Lahn, Ryan Scott, Robert Downey, and Mark Janis; and to Abe Shanehsaz, JD'14, president of the Society for Law and the Arts, for his hard work in support of the team.

2014 Norman Amaker Midwest Public Interest Law and Social Justice Retreat

The 2014 Norman Amaker Retreat will be March 14-16, 2014 at the Loyola University Chicago Retreat Center in Woodstock, Illinois. This year's theme is "Turning Passion into Action: Leadership Training for the Twenty-First Century Social Justice Lawyer." The Law School is providing funding for two students to attend. The funding will cover the registration fee, which includes room and board and mileage. The schedule of events is online. This is a great networking opportunity for those interested in public interest.

To apply, please respond with two paragraphs (250 word maximum) about why you want to attend. The selected students will be expected to write a summary on what they gained from the event. Please send your application to Andrew Bunger, OCPD, The deadline to apply for the retreat is Friday, March 7.


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