Indiana Law Annotated for October 20, 2014

October 20, 2014

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This Week in the Law School

Please plan on attending the Court of Appeals of Indiana hearing in the Moot Court Room at noon on Wednesday, as Judges Riley, Mathias, and Crone hear oral argument in Handy v. P.C. Building Materials, Inc. This is a unique opportunity to see the state's second-highest court in action here in the Law Building.

Commencement will be here before you know it, so join Dean Catherine Matthews as she walks 3Ls through the process of graduation and the always exciting bar exam on Tuesday at noon in room 125.

Socctoberfest arrives just after four consecutive days of rain on the field, leading this soccer analyst to predict a Messi game. Rumor has it Prof. Bill Henderson knows Lionel personally. Friday, Karst Farm Park, 5:00 p.m.


Monday, October 20

SBA Semester Student Feedback Session

Join your SBA representatives for our semester student feedback session. It's come to our attention that part of the student body is unaware of what SBA does. We want to change that and share with you what we do, and how we do it. This is a great opportunity to ask your representatives questions, and talk about what SBA can do for you. Your SBA reps do so much for the school and students, and we want to tell you all about it. We are your voice to the faculty and administration. We also want your feedback. Let us know how we can improve your experience here at Maurer. Lunch will be provided. Room 125, noon.

Christian Legal Society Weekly Bible Study

All students who are interested in learning more about the Christian Legal Society or interested in engaging in Bible study are welcome. Room 120, noon.


Tuesday, October 21

3L Bar and Graduation Session

Join Dean Catherine Matthews as she provides general information regarding graduation, discusses duties of the graduation committee, and invites nominations to the committee. She will also discuss and take questions about the bar application process, including application requirements and character and fitness concerns. She will focus on Indiana's application but will answer questions on other jurisdictions. Room 125, noon.

National Security Law Informational Meeting

Professor David Delaney will hold an information session for 2Ls and 3Ls regarding his spring National Security Law course and the opportunity for enrolled students to represent IU and Maurer in Georgetown's National Security Crisis Law Invitational in March. Room 214, 5:30 p.m. or participate in the discussion using Adobe Connect.

PILF Job Resources Meeting

Want to work in the public interest arena this summer but not sure where to start looking? PILF board members will be sharing some useful job resources and tips for how best to begin your search. This short lunch meeting is geared mostly toward 1Ls, but 2L and 3L members are encouraged to come and share some of their experience if they would like. Andrew Bunger from Career Services will be in attendance. Bring your lunch and join us. Room 122, noon.

CSME Lecture: Forging a Convention for Crimes Against Humanity

The Center for the Study of the Middle East presents a lecture by Professor Leila Sadat. In the aftermath of the horrors of the Second World War, the international community responded to the mass violations of human rights norms by adopting treaties that clearly defined and outlawed genocide and war crimes. Yet, to date, there is still no single body of international instruments that defines and outlaws crimes against humanity. Professor Sadat, of the Washington University School of Law and director of the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute, will present and discuss a draft prepared and proposed by a group of the world's leading experts on the topic, in the hope that their draft will become the basis of a future international treaty. This event is co-sponsored with the Middle Eastern Law Students Association (MELSA). Lunch will be provided. Moot Court Room, noon.


As part of the Law School's academic strategies program, Student Affairs Fellows Francesca Cardillo and Casey Judge will present "Synthesizing Learning" twice this week. During these sessions, get tips on outlining and study preparations. Feel free to attend either one of the sessions. Each session will last approximately 45 minutes and will include time for Q&A. Room 120, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

ILAP Research Training Session

ILAP members in need of help with research for their responses to their inmate letters can attend and receive assistance. In addition, those members who have started drafting their responses may bring them and have them peer-edited. Room 124, noon.

Disorientation: Finding Your Passion and Coming Full Circle-Police Research (Again)?!

The National Lawyers Guild-Indiana University Chapter is holding a series of "disorientation" conversations. These discussions will feature different professors speaking on their law school experiences and how they maintained their passions. For our first disorientation speaker, we are excited to welcome Professor Jeannine Bell, who will share her experiences and scholarship with us in a talk entitled, "Finding Your Passion and Coming Full Circle—Police Research (Again)?!" Room 213, noon.

Study Abroad Information Session

1Ls and 2Ls who are interested in learning more about the semester exchange study abroad options available through the Law School should plan to attend this study abroad information session. Assistant Dean of International Programs Lesley Davis will present an overview of the programs and application process, and former participants as well as current exchange students from Indiana Law exchange partner schools will share their perspectives. Room 120, noon.


Wednesday, October 22

Indiana Court of Appeals Oral Argument

Plan to attend the Indiana Court of Appeals oral argument in Handy v. P.C. Building Materials, Inc. on Wednesday, Oct. 22. Sharon Handy appeals the trial court's entry of summary judgment in favor of P.C. Building Materials Inc., PC Properties LLC, David A. Stemler, and Karen L. Stemler (collectively, "PC") on Handy's negligence claim against PC.

Handy sued PC for an injury she sustained while on property owned by PC. Handy entered onto the P.C. Building Materials store property to look at some granite countertops for sale that were leaning against the outside wall of the store, just to the side of the front entrance. The store was closed at the time. Handy pulled one of the leaning countertops toward her body to measure the second countertop that was behind it, when both countertops fell forward onto her foot, causing an injury to her toe.

On appeal, the parties disagree as to Handy's status on the property at the time of the injury. PC maintains that Handy was a trespasser, or at best a licensee, to whom PC owed only a duty to refrain from willfully or wantonly injuring or acting in a manner to increase her peril. Handy contends that she was an invitee/business visitor with an implied invitation to enter the premises and that PC owed her the duty to exercise reasonable care for her protection.

PC responds that even assuming Handy qualified as an invitee, the danger posed by the granite countertops was known or obvious to Handy, and therefore PC breached no duty to her as a matter of law. Judges Patricia A. Riley, Paul D. Mathias, and Terry A. Crone will preside. To download briefs, court documents, and/or watch the livestream, visit the Law School's page for the event. Moot Court Room, noon.

Changing Directions

The Career Services Office will host a "Changing Directions" workshop for 2Ls and 3Ls. Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP via CareerNet 24 hours in advance. Room 122, noon.


Thursday, October 23

PIP Guest Speakers: Chris Christensen and Lara Aziz, Indiana Legal Services

Attorneys Chris Christensen and Lara Aziz from Indiana Legal Services will be speaking to students regarding their experiences in immigration law and the practice of immigration law. Room 120, 5 p.m.


Student Affairs Fellows Francesca Cardillo and Casey Judge will present "Synthesizing Learning." During this session, get tips on outlining and study preparations. This session will last approximately 45 minutes and will include time for Q&A. Room 124, 5-6:00 p.m.


Friday, October 24

From Indy Tax Advisor to UK CEO

The Career Services Office is pleased to welcome Robin Boles, JD'79, for two small group sessions. Ms. Boles is the chief executive officer of the United Kingdom charity, In Kind Direct. She will host two small sessions, the first from 9 to 10:00 a.m., the second from 10-11:00 a.m., both in Room 347. RSVP on Indiana Law CareerNet.

The Graduate Legal Studies Colloquium

The Graduate Legal Studies Colloquium is a weekly meeting for graduate students to discuss common academic concerns and research interests. This week, Professor Joe Hoffmann will talk about the method of legal writing and comparative law. Room 124, noon.

Socctoberfest Is Here!

Welcome to the Twelfth Annual JD/LLM Socctoberfest. This year's soccer match will take place on Friday, Oct. 24, at 5:00 p.m. at Karst Farm Park, fields 1 and 2, on the west side of Bloomington. It is a co-ed event that welcomes all ability levels. After the games, which will end at approximately 7:00 p.m., we will have a cookout in the area adjacent to the soccer fields. Participants, fellow students, and family are all welcome to attend.

If you are a JD or LLM student interested in playing, please e-mail Rhea May (, and indicate your ability level based on the following four categories:

A. I played competitively in college or high school
B. I know how to play and have some athletic ability
C. I can still run and kick things
D. I can kick things

In addition, please note if you have ever played goalie.

For more information, including a map and game format, visit Socctoberfest's website.


Saturday, October 25

No events scheduled.


Sunday, October 26

No events scheduled.


Faculty News

Professor Rob Fischman is the lead author (along with Vicky Meretsky) of a new article in BioScience entitled "Planning for Adaptation to Climate Change: Lessons from the US National Wildlife Refuge System." The article was picked up by Climate Wire and is available to read here.

Professor Christy Ochoa's documentary "Otra Cosa No Hay" will be shown this month at the Bogotá International Film Festival, the leading venue for independent film in Colombia. The film will be screened at the IU Cinema on Nov. 10 in Bloomington. The film chronicles the battle over a unique moorlands area in the highlands of Colombia after a multinational corporation invaded the remote area with plans for a giant gold mine.



SBA-SPEA GSA Halloween Party

Join the SBA and SPEA Graduate Student Association for this year's Halloween Party. The event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Bluebird. Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door. SBA will be selling Halloween tickets, mugs, and other apparel every day from noon to 1 p.m. in the lobby. Like us on Facebook for more information.

Attention 2Ls: Summer Associate Positions

Wilkinson, Goeller, Modesitt, Wilkinson and Drummy (Terre Haute, Ind.) will be conducting on-campus interviews on Nov. 5 for summer associates positions. Apply via CareerNet, OCI tab, 2014 Fall OCI Week #7 (Nov. 3-7) (drop deadline Oct. 26).

POP selling apparel to benefit domestic violence services

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Protective Order Project will be selling apparel during the noon hour to raise funds to continue providing services to domestic violence survivors in our community. The t-shirts are $15 and sweatpants are $30. If they are purchased together, you'll receive both at a discounted price of $40. These make great gifts for friends and family and are perfect for fall and the upcoming winter season. Cash and checks made out to Protective Order Project are accepted at the time of purchase. The items should arrive and be distributed to those who placed orders in early November. In addition, we will be handing out purple ribbons all month to spread awareness. Stop by the table at lunch and show your support.

The Gong Show Tickets

BLSA will be at tables in the lobby selling tickets for The Gong Show this week. Tickets can only be bought during table hours. The Gong Show will take place on Thursday, Nov. 6, at Serendipity, 201 South College Avenue. Tickets are $7 and prizes will be given to the first, second, and third place winners of this annual talent show. Professors will serve as the judges. Anyone with a special talent they'd like to display is encouraged to sign up.

Professor Madeira, Colleague Conducting Student Survey

Mr. Pablo Escobedo and Prof. Jody Madeira are conducting an anonymous online research study on the effect of law school on students' lifestyles, stress, and mental health. All students enrolled in American law schools are eligible to participate. The survey is available through this link. Participants will not be compensated.

Summer Research Survey

Ashley Ahlbrand, the educational technology librarian, wants to hear from students. She's interested in learning more about research demands at your summer jobs. She has created a brief survey about your summer research practices (where you worked, what you were asked to do, what databases you had access to, etc.). It should take fewer than 10 minutes to fill out, and would be very helpful to her research. You can access the survey here. Your responses are anonymous, and may be used both to inform future legal research instruction by the law librarians, and in publication of Ashley's research results on this topic. The survey will be open through the end of October. Any questions about this research can be directed to Ashley Ahlbrand,, (812) 855-6613, Reference Office 105A.

SBA Golf Scramble Registration Open

Registration for the 3rd Annual Golf Scramble is now open. Students, faculty, alumni, and non-golfers alike are invited to join the Student Bar Association for an afternoon of fresh air, networking, and holes-in-one on Sunday, Oct. 26, at the IU Golf Course. This is one of our biggest events of the year, and we look forward to another great tournament! Registration is $35 for students and $50 for faculty and alumni. This includes a personalized golf cart, greens fees, an 18-hole round of golf, and a barbecue lunch to be served during our awards ceremony. Spots are filling up fast, so be sure to register at the Student Bar Association table during your lunch hour in the coming weeks. For questions or concerns, please contact Ben Reifsnyder at either or

James Lawrence Miller Scholarship Applications Due November 15

Applications are being accepted through Nov. 15 for the James Miller Scholarship. This $3,000 scholarship is available to all Maurer students who exhibit financial need and are working while in law school to pay the cost of their legal education. Students must have a GPA of 2.3 or higher to qualify. For more information, or to apply, visit:

Elevator Reconstruction To Begin This Week

Beginning this week, the mechanicals in the elevator will be removed and completely rebuilt, and the interior will be refurbished. The result will be a much more pleasant and reliable ride, but the elevator will be out of commission for the rest of the semester.

We would like to ask you to use the stairs to move throughout the building during this period. If you are not able to do so, the library elevator is available for your convenience. To gain access to the library (and then to the elevator) from the ground floor, you may enter through the double doors next to the SBA Bookstore. To gain access from the second or third floors, faculty and staff may use their SMAF key. Students who are not able to use the stairs have been contacted individually and given a key, but if we have left anyone out, please see Dean Turchi. The alarms will be deactivated on the inside of the library doors so you can exit without setting them off.

Thank you in advance for your understanding. If you have any questions or suggestions, please see Linda Fariss in the library or Dean Turchi in 240.

Stewart Fellows Externship Program Applications

The Stewart Fellows Overseas Externship Program is now accepting applications from 1Ls and 2Ls for summer 2015 in Thailand at Tilleke & Gibbins Law Firm. Information about the externship opportunity and application process is posted on Indiana Law CareerNet. Interested students should contact Ms. Lara Gose ( in the Office of International Programs (room 220) with questions. The Stewart Fellows program offers externships in several other countries, and an information session on the Stewart Fellows program will take place later in the fall semester; watch the ILA for details. The application period for other Stewart Fellows externships will open in December.

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