Indiana Law Annotated for April 7, 2014

April 7, 2014

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This Week in the Law School

Distinguished Guests This Week

The Board of Visitors, our distinguished panel of strategic advisors, will be here all day on Friday. On Friday evening, we recognize the 2014 inductees into the Academy of Law Alumni Fellows, the school's highest honor. You can read the biographies of this year's ALAF inductees in the first-floor vitrine. Please be sure to greet these guests warmly when you see them.

Annual Teaching Awards Next Monday

Save the date: Lobby, April 14, noon.

Brown v. Board of Education at 60

Indiana Law continues to observe this historic decision with lectures on Monday and Tuesday.

Center for Constitutional Democracy Meeting

Information on JD affiliate program. Monday.

Business and Law Society Speaker: Professor Lawrence Lederman

Co-sponsored by Phi Alpha Delta. Tuesday.

SBA Faculty Speaker Series

Professor Mehrotra. Tuesday.

Joint Meeting for Journal and Advocacy Board Opportunities


Career Choices: Law and Technology


The Annual Law School Musical

Friday and Saturday.


Monday, April 7

Brown v. Board of Education at 60

Continuing a series of special lectures: Prof. Tim Lovelace on "Freedom Dreams: The Jurisprudence of Martin Luther King, Jr. from Brown to Cooper." Sponsored by the Maurer chapter of the American Constitution Society and BLSA. Room 124, noon.

Center for Constitutional Democracy Informational Meeting

Come and learn more about the CCD and our JD affiliate program. Talk to CCD directors David and Susan Williams, and hear from current JD affiliates about their experiences. The 2014-15 affiliate application can be found at CCD conference room, 624 E. Third Street, noon.

PILF All-Member Meeting and Elections

Public Interest Law Foundation will hold an all-member meeting to elect next year's executive board, answer questions about the summer scholarship application, and discuss our annual dodgeball tournament on Friday, April 11. Lunch provided. Room 120, noon.

Business and Law Society 2014-2015 Executive Board Elections

Come vote for next year's executive board. Food will be provided. Room 125, noon.

Christian Legal Society Bible Study

Room 206E, noon.


Tuesday, April 8

Lexis Think Like a Lawyer Training

This session will train you how to take legal theory and apply it. Come learn advanced legal research techniques and how to apply them to projects. 1200 points are available for each person who attends. One person will win a Google Chromecast. Food will be provided. Moot Court Room, 9:45-10:45 a.m. Repeats Thursday in room 122, noon.

Business and Law Society Speaker: Lawrence Lederman

Prof. Lawrence Lederman, retired distinguished adjunct professor of law at New York Law School, and of counsel in the New York office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, was one of the most active M&A lawyers during the takeover decades. He helped shape many of the major corporate legal developments of the past 30 years. Join him for an insightful discussion. Co-sponsored by Phi Alpha Delta. Lunch. Room 120, noon.

Brown v. Board of Education at 60

Continuing a series of special lectures: Prof. Brenda Major, UC Santa Barbara Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, on "Presumed Fair: How Diversity Initiatives Shape Perceptions of Discrimination." Sponsored by the Maurer chapter of the American Constitution Society, BLSA, and the IU Law and Psychology Group. Room 335, noon.

Dean Parrish on International Environmental Law

Dean Parrish will be speaking on his experience with cases involving international environmental law. Specifically, he will address issues of cross-boundary pollution between Canada and the United States and how some of these issues have been resolved to date. Our traditional selection of veggie pizzas from Avers will be provided. Sponsored by the Environmental Law Society. Room 121, noon.

Faculty Speaker Series: Professor Ajay Mehrotra

The SBA Faculty Speaker Series is a monthly event where students can hear professors speak for a few minutes about what their passions are and then ask professors questions about what they've done before their professorships, what their interests are in the legal community and the community at large, and any other relevant questions they'd otherwise not get the chance to ask. This is a great opportunity to learn more about your professors outside of class. Make sure to bring your own lunch, and SBA will provide cookies and drinks. Room 216, noon.

Introduction to Louisville

Why Louisville? Learn about life in Louisville, the kinds of things there are to do, what it is like to practice law there, and more. Speakers will be recent Maurer grads. Non-pizza lunch provided to those who RSVP in Symplicity. Room 125, noon.

Phi Delta Phi Election

Come elect your new executive board. It should be a quick meeting, and snacks will be provided. Room 222, noon.

Intellectual Property Association Executive Board Elections

Professor Janis and the outgoing IPA executive board will give an overview of upcoming opportunities in our intellectual property program, with a special focus on IP moot court. Elections will then take place for the 2014-2015 IPA executive board. Lunch provided. Room 213, 12:05 p.m.

Outreach for Legal Literacy Mock Trial

Moot Court Room, 1:30-3:00 p.m.


Wednesday, April 9

Lecture by Professor Benjamin Berger

The Religious Studies Department and the Law School welcome Professor Benjamin Berger (Osgoode Hall Law School), who will be speaking on the topic of "Secularism, Sovereignty, and Symbols: The Case of Quebec and its 'Charter of Values.'" Room 125, noon.

Joint Meeting for 1Ls: Journal and Advocacy Boards

Come hear Dean Matthews, the three journal EICs, and the leaders of the advocacy board and external moot court teams talk about opportunities with these groups. In addition to this meeting, there will be an open house in the offices of these organizations with more information to follow.

Please plan to attend if you are interested in journal, moot court, or trial team. Moot Court Room, 4:00 p.m.

Korean Law Students Forum

Korean law students working on their thesis or dissertation will meet to share their fields of study and discuss differences between U.S. law and Korean law. All members of the law school community are welcome. Room 206E, 6:00-8:00 p.m.


Thursday, April 10

Center for Constitutional Democracy Speaker

The Center for Constitutional Democracy hosts Jack Bobo, US Department of State, who will discuss "Networking for Government Jobs." For more information about this talk and the CDC's colloquium series, please go to their webpage: CCD conference room, 624 E. Third Street, noon.

Federalist Society Speaker

The Federalist Society hosts Clint Bolick, Goldwater Institute's Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation. Mr. Bolick is the co-author (with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush) of Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution. Lunch provided. Room 121, noon.

Labor and Employment Law Society Elections

The Maurer School of Law is looking for outstanding student leaders to re-activate the Labor and Employment Law Society. Executive board elections will be held for the 2014-2015 school year. Now is the time to get involved. Room 124, noon.

Phi Delta Phi: 1L Exam, Journal and Moot Court Prep

This event is open to all 1Ls who would like to ask questions about your upcoming exams and about writing on for journal and tips for success in moot court. A panel of PDP members will be available to answer your questions. Snacks will be provided. Room 214, noon.

BLSA Elections

Room 216, noon.

Lexis Think Like a Lawyer Training

See Monday's listing. Room 122, noon.

Center for Law, Society, and Culture Workshop

The Workshop and the Indiana University Department of Sociology will co-host a presentation by Katherine Beckett, University of Washington. Light refreshments will be provided. Room 335, 4:00 p.m. A full list of Law & Society Center events for the semester can be found at their webpage:

Small-Group Sessions with R. Neil Irwin

A member of our board of visitors, R. Neil Irwin, JD'71, a partner with Bryan Cave LLP in Phoenix, will meet with students to discuss how an Indiana farm boy ended up at a national law firm; how his daughter succeeded in law without being in the top 10% of her class; and how the practice of law continues to change. He is open to discussing other matters as well. View his bio at Sign up on Symplicity. Room 347, 12:30 and 1:45 p.m.


Friday, April 11

Career Choices: Law and Technology

Panelists: Josh Kubicki of Legal Transformation Institute and Donna Bembinista Panich, JD'78, of Ogletree Deakins. Lunch provided to those who RSVP at least 24 hours in advance. Room 125, noon. Small-group sessions with Mr. Kubicki are in the works. Check Symplicity this week. Space is limited, so sign up right away.

Graduate Legal Studies Colloquium

The Colloquium is a weekly meeting of graduate students to discuss common academic concerns and research interests. On April 11th professor Ho Young Song, a visiting scholar from Hanyang University, School of Law will present his research. Room 120, noon.

Research Center for Chinese Politics and Business Colloquium

The RCCPB Spring 2014 Colloquium presents Jamie Horsley, Senior Research Scholar in Law, Executive Director of the China Law Center, and Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School, on "Open Government in a Closed System: Political Reform or Placebo for the PRC." Room 124, 4:00 p.m.

The Law School Musical

Come one! Come all! To this year's musical: The Wonderful New Dean of Mauz! Enjoy this hilarious, law-student written, played, performed, and produced presentation of dance and parody lyrics to popular songs set in this year's classically inspired theme. Show times are Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the Moot Court Room. Tickets are on sale all week during lunch. $5 in advance; $8 at the door. A young Maurer tradition not to be missed!

PILF's Annual Dodgeball Tournament

Join the Public Interest Law Foundation at our annual dodgeball tournament in Bryan Park. Create a team of 5-8 players or sign-up as a free agent. $5 per person. Snacks and refreshments provided. 4:00-6:00 p.m.


Saturday, April 12

The Law School Musical

See Friday's listing.


Faculty News

On Wednesday, April 9, Prof. Jeannine Bell will be giving a talk at Princeton University entitled "Can't We Be Your Neighbor?; Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman and the Resistance to African Americans as Neighbors."

Professor Ajay Mehrotra recently presented his paper (co-authored with Steve Bank, UCLA Law School), "Corporate Taxation and the Early Twentieth-Century Regulation of Business," at the American Bar Foundation's Research Seminar and the Duke University School of Law's Tax Policy Colloquium.

Professor Mark Need was recently appointed Indiana liaison for the American Bar Association's Corporate Laws Committee. The state liaison keeps the committee abreast of developments in corporate law, legislative and decisional, and familiarizes his state with amendments to the relevant model acts. Professor Need will be attending to committee duties at the ABA Business Law Section's spring meeting in Los Angeles on April 10-12.

On March 27, Professor Rob Fischman delivered a speech on legal and policy issues at the University of Utah College of Law symposium on the future of national parks.



Introduction to Indianapolis: May 16th

First-year law students are invited to join the Office of Career and Professional Development staff for a day of law firm visits in Indianapolis on May 16th. This is a great opportunity to prepare yourself for the upcoming recruiting season. These visits will help you become familiar with the culture of each firm and the lawyers who work there. Watch ILA for details.

Law Library Survey

Flyers, email, tweets, blog posts, and Facebook posts: there are an awful lot of ways to send announcements these days! The Law Library would like to hear from you about which methods of communication you prefer. We've created a brief, anonymous survey ( about the different ways we communicate with the Law School community, and we would appreciate it if you could take the time to submit your response. The survey is open until April 15. Any questions about the survey can be directed to Ashley Ahlbrand, the educational technology librarian (

Access to Justice Pro Bono Fellowship Applications

Applications are now being accepted by the Access to Justice Program for a pro bono fellow to work in the 2014-2015 school year. The fellowship will continue through the 2015-2016 school year. A 1L student will be chosen to help coordinate the school's student pro bono program with the rising 3L fellow. Responsibilities include: coordinating a pro bono fair, tracking student pro bono hours, working with student organizations and the Office of Career and Professional Development, conducting student outreach, and acting as liaison with attorneys to match students with pro bono projects. Traditionally, fellows have received full funding to attend the ABA's Equal Justice Conference in May. Students will also receive a stipend. Applications consisting of a short cover letter with a statement of interest and a resume should be sent electronically to Megan Boelstler and Kayleen Glaser at by Monday, April 7, 2014 by 5 p.m. Please redact GPA and class rank.

Sign up now for the Inaugural Maurer vs. McKinney School of Law Softball Tournament

SBA is proud to announce that the inaugural Maurer-McKinney softball tournament will be held on April 12th, time TBD. There will be three games, divided by law school class. Each class can have sixteen people on its team, and everyone else is invited to come cheer on your peers! Sign up at the SBA table in the lobby any day this week. Sign-ups will end on April 9th, or when the spots have been filled. Snacks will be provided, and the school that wins two out of the three games will have the tournament trophy on display until next year's games. Contact Hannah Dill at with any questions.


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