Indiana Law Annotated for September 8, 2014

September 8, 2014

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This Week in the Law School

Debate on Citizens United

A lively discussion on one of the most timely and controversial topics of our time. Monday.

Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies Symposium

"Law and the Globalization of Austerity." Thursday and Friday.

Student Organization Call Outs

There are several this week. Choose those that speak to you.

1Ls: Special Professional Development Program

After your contracts class this week. See Tuesday-Thursday.


Monday, September 8

Progressive Groups Call Out

Indiana Law's progressive student groups will provide an introduction for 1Ls and other interested students. Lunch. Room 121, noon.

Christian Legal Society Call Out

Faith, fellowship, and free lunch. Come meet CLS members and learn about growing in your faith while in law school. Room 120, noon.

Protective Order Project Returning Volunteer Training

All past POP members are invited to attend our returning volunteer training. Come enjoy a non-pizza lunch while getting a quick refresher and learning about our new case database, Clio. After this one-hour meeting, you'll be able to sign up for POP office hours once again. If you have any questions, please email Brianna Sammons at Room 124, noon.

The Science of Social Change

Please join the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund and National Lawyers' Guild as we host Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) co-founders Wayne Hsiung, lawyer and animal rights activist, and Ronnie Rose, cinema expert and critical theorist, for a discussion about the theoretical underpinnings of social movements and how an understanding of successful social movements around the globe can inform and enable successful activism in the U.S.

Based on the pioneering work of the greatest thinkers in sociology, political science, economics, and psychology, this talk just might upend your views on social change. Topics will include essential elements and conventional wisdom of popular social change movements and how DxE has learned from successful movements to create empowered activist networks. This talk will be followed by a Q&A and a short discussion on non-traditional paths in the legal profession. Room 120, 4:30.

"Citizens Divided: Corporate Money, Speech, and Politics"

This exciting event features a debate between James Bopp, general counsel, James Madison Center for Free Speech; and David Cobb, Move to Amend of South Central Indiana, both leading national figures in the critical debate over the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United. The focus of the event will be the effect of money on politics and U.S. democracy, specifically, the proper role of money in politics, free speech rights of corporations, the impact of the Citizens United ruling, and current attempts to amend the Constitution to undo Citizens United. Sponsored by the IU Civic Leaders Center, SPEA Law and Public Policy Program, and the IU Maurer School Law Chapter, American Constitution Society. Moot Court Room, 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, September 9

Joint Pro Bono Call Out

This is a joint call out meeting for all students interested in internal pro bono projects. Room 121, noon.

Intellectual Property Association Call Out

Professor Janis will be stopping in to introduce himself and discuss how the Center for Intellectual Property Research is able to provide support for students. Members of the student executive board will also be introducing themselves and discussing what we have planned for this coming year. We will be explaining signing up for the mentoring program and how to join IPA. Because of other call outs that may be going on, feel free to come late. Lunch. Room 122, noon.

Business and Law Society Call Out

The Business and Law Society welcomes students in all grades. No business background required. We offer opportunities to meet legal and business professionals, visit companies and firms, participate in the mentor/mentee program, and meet MBA students. Room 125, noon.

Labor and Employment Law Society Call Out

Room 124, noon.

BLSA General Body Meeting

Room 120, noon.

Jewish Law Students' Association Call Out

First meeting of the year to discuss events and plans for the semester. Room 213, noon.

1L Professional Development Program: Legal Practice Areas and Job Sectors — Narrowing Your Search Scope

For Prof. Foohey's contracts class. Room 120, 4:30-5:30.


Wednesday, September 10

Judicial Clerkships: Process, Timing, and Advantages

Professor Scott will explain why clerkships might be right for you. Lunch provided for those who RSVP on CareerNet (f/k/a Symplicity). Room 120, noon.

U.S. Army JAG Information Session

Join a representative with the Army JAG Corps for a lunchtime information session to learn more about what the program has to offer. Room 222, noon.

Outreach for Legal Literacy Call Out

Outreach for Legal Literacy (OLL) provides a valuable learning experience for both elementary students and law students. OLL assigns groups of 2-4 law students to teach fifth grade or combination fifth/sixth grade classes some basic legal concepts. The program culminates in a mock trial in which the children act out a case either at the law school or at their school. OLL is a wonderful way to become involved with the community and to get pro bono hours. The time commitment is low, and all lessons are provided. Room 122, noon.

1L Professional Development Program: Legal Practice Areas and Job Sectors — Narrowing Your Search Scope

For Prof. Boshkoff's contracts class. Room 123, 4:30-5:30.

ILAP Organizational Meeting

The Inmate Legal Assistance Project will have its first meeting. We will tell you a little bit more about the program and assign you to a prison letter. Pizza. RSVP at Room 125, 6-8 p.m.


Thursday, September 11

Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies Symposium

"Law and the Globalization of Austerity" is the title of a symposium to be held September 11-12 in room 335, hosted by the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies. The discussion will focus on three main topics: (1) the legal means by which a policy of austerity came to be implemented as the dominant governmental response to the global financial crisis that began in the United States in 2008; (2) the political context of such policy initiatives, including contests over particular elements of the policy, alternatives to austerity, or both; and (3) the effects of austerity policies on particular communities, social sectors, and institutions of governance. More information, including a detailed agenda, is available on the Journal's website:

PILF Call Out

This event will introduce the Public Interest Law Foundation to all potential members and give a run-down of the organization's mission and goals for the semester. There are big plans in the works and we want to have as many hands on board as possible. Room 124, noon.

Federalist Society Call Out

Come learn about the Federalist Society student organization and how you can get involved. Lunch. Room 122, noon.

Society for Law and the Arts Call Out

Come hear about the Society for Law and the Arts; we'll be discussing our social events and potential speakers for the year. Food will be provided. Room 125, noon.

Pro Bono Immigration Project Call Out

This is a call out meeting for all students interested in being involved with the Pro Bono Immigration Project this year. We will be describing the events we have planned and the opportunities for students to get hands-on experience in immigration matters. We will also be introducing our new executive board. Room 120, noon.

Phi Alpha Delta Call Out

Phi Alpha Delta will introduce the officers and provide information about the organization. Phi Alpha Delta is the largest student organization at the law school and the largest co-ed professional law fraternity in the United States. Lunch. Room 121, noon. Repeats at 4:30 in room 121.

Conservation Policy Talk

Professors Fischman and Meretsky are sponsoring a talk by Jodi Hilty, Director, North America Program of the Wildlife Conservation Society, entitled "The United States Needs a Comprehensive Strategy for Conserving its Natural Heritage." Dr. Hilty, a landscape ecologist, will make the case for a comprehensive strategy and then describe steps that would move law, policy, science, and administration toward that goal. SPEA room 276, 4-5 p.m.

1L Professional Development Program: Legal Practice Areas and Job Sectors — Narrowing Your Search Scope

For Prof. Ochoa's contracts class. Room 122, 2:45-3:45.


Friday, September 12

Center on American and Global Security Speaker

Carole McGranahan, University of Colorado Boulder, Department of Anthropology. "Love and Empire: The CIA, the Dalai Lama, and Arrested Histories of the Tibetan Resistance Army." Room 124, 4:00.

ISBA Reception

The Indiana State Bar Association's Young Lawyers Section and Board of Governors will be hosting a reception tonight for all Maurer students, staff, and faculty. For students in particular, this reception will be a great opportunity to meet informally a wide variety of lawyers from throughout the state, including the leadership of Young Lawyers (the Association's biggest section) and the bar as a whole. The ISBA and other bar associations welcome law-student involvement; work on committees and in sections gives students an unparalleled chance to network with lawyers from throughout the state while doing education and law-reform work that helps shape the legal system and public policy in Indiana. Faculty Lounge, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Christian Legal Society Welcome Barbecue Picnic

Relax and recharge while getting to know CLS. There will be Smokin' Jack's BBQ and ultimate frisbee and other games. All are welcome: friends, family, significant others. Butler Park, 812 W. Ninth (at Fairview), 5:00 p.m. Let us know if you need a ride:


Saturday, September 13

No events scheduled.


Sunday, September 14

Protective Order Project New Volunteer Training

The Protective Order Project is an organization run by law students that assists victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking to petition the court for civil protection orders against their abusers. POP provides law students with the opportunity for some of their first hands-on experience with clients who need your compassion and assistance. We'll provide training followed by the continued supervision of experienced volunteers and volunteer attorneys. Questions? Contact Snacks. Room 124, 1-4 p.m.


Faculty News

Professor Ajay Mehrotra recently published his article, "Charles A. Beard and the Columbia School of Political Economy: Revisiting the Intellectual Roots of the Beardian Thesis," 29 Constitutional Commentary 475 (2014). The article was part of a symposium on Revisiting Charles Beard's An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution: An Interdisciplinary Symposium held last fall at the University of Virginia School of Law & Miller Center.



Inaugural Dean's Writing Fellows

Congratulations to Indiana Law's inaugural Dean's Writing Fellows: 3Ls Susanna Bingman, D. Luke Clapp, Jamie Davis, Vivek Hadley, Michael Leess, and Kristina Southwell, and 2L Ryan Kelly II. The new Dean's Writing Fellow position connects outstanding upper-class students with a legal writing professor and one section of the first-year legal research and writing course. The writing faculty look forward to working with the Fellows to enhance the strengths and reputation of the school's students as superlative writers.

Conflict Resolution Training: Community Mediation and Restorative Justice

The Community Justice and Mediation Center (CJAM) offers a 48-hour training program for community members interested in learning about conflict resolution, mediation, and restorative justice. Participants will enhance their interpersonal skills in communication and listening, problem solving, and negotiation, and they will increase their understanding of restorative justice philosophy and methods, the sources of conflict, and the processes leading to constructive conflict resolution. The training should benefit any community member concerned with managing conflict and its resolution. The training provides the background and skills necessary to work as a community mediator and restorative justice practitioner and qualifies participants to volunteer in CJAM's programs.

The fall training will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. over six weekend days, September 13-14, 20, 27, and October 4-5 at the IU Maurer School of Law. The training will be led by senior mediators and restorative justice practitioners. Tuition is $300. Scholarships are available. For more information or an application, e-mail, phone the office at (812) 336-8677, or register at

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