Indiana Law Annotated for November 3, 2014

November 3, 2014

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This Week in the Law School

Become VITA men and women on Tuesday and help low-income and nonresident taxpayers file their income taxes next spring. Because if there's anything more exciting than filing your tax returns, it's filing someone else's. Load up on your B6, B12, and W-2s for this worthwhile cause.

The Pro Bono Awards will be handed out Wednesday to those who have donated considerable time to pro bono work. Room 122, noon. The Pro-Bono Awards, on the other hand, will be distributed once again at the Irish Lion to the school's biggest (only?) U2 fan. No sunglasses required.

The Gong Show returns Thursday night at Serendipity. "Serendipity" of course means "pleasant surprise," and the irony will become slowly apparent when your classmate brings his wonderfully off-key rendition of "Shake It Off" to the stage. #hatersgonnahatehatehate


Monday, November 3

What Does Detroit's Emergency Management Environment Mean for the Rest of the Country?

The Labor and Employment Law group is hosting John Philo, the executive and legal director of the Sugar Law Center for Social and Economic Justice in Detroit. Come learn about the emergency manager situation in Detroit and Michigan and what this type of situation could mean for the rest of the country. Mr. Philo has extensive experience on the issue, working with community organizers and bringing suit against the state of Michigan and the emergency manager. Room 122, 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, November 4

BLSA General Body Meeting

Come meet members, learn about current BLSA initiatives, and other ways to get involved at this general meeting for the Black Law Students Association. Room 120, noon.

IRS VITA Callout Session

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program helps low-income and nonresident student taxpayers complete their annual income tax returns. These individuals often struggle with the complexities of the Internal Revenue Code, which is where VITA comes in. No prior experience is required: we'll teach you everything you need to know. If you're interested in tax, won't you deduct your time with us? Room 122, noon.

Faculty Speaker Series: Professor Need

Come listen to a JD/MBA alumnus tell you about his experiences in business law. Professor Mark Need, JD/MBA'92, is currently the director of the Elmore Entrepreneurship Law Clinic. Before becoming a professor at IU, he was general counsel at Schoolcraft Development. Professor Need has practiced business law in multiple firms, including Bose McKinney & Evans. Room 124, noon.

China Law Forum

The 2014 China Law Forum will serve as the inaugural event for the new Academy of Chinese Law and Comparative Judicial Systems here at the Law School. The Academy is an affiliate of the Collaborative Innovative Center of Judicial Civilization (CICJC), which was co-founded by our longtime partner and one of the top law schools in China, the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL). Speaking at the forum — on topics in Chinese evidence law, criminal procedure, forensics, and judicial reform — will be Professor and CUPL Vice President Zhang Baosheng, Professor Bian Jianlin, Professor Chang Lin, Professor Thomas Man, JD'97, and Judge Qu Jianye. The forum will begin at 1 p.m. in the Faculty Conference Room, with an inauguration ceremony and reception to follow at 4 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge. Students and faculty are invited to attend both events.


Wednesday, November 5

Access to Justice Awards Ceremony

The Access to Justice Program is pleased to invite you to its annual pro bono awards ceremony. At the ceremony, we present pro bono awards to students with the most pro bono hours from the classes of 2014, 2015, and 2016; the student with the most hours from summer 2014; and an outstanding community member. We are pleased to announce that this year's winners are: Jessica Jackson-McClain, Jackson Beach, Will John, Steven Corfman, and the Protective Order Project, respectively. Lunch from Noodles will be provided. Dean Austen Parrish will present the awards and Judge Viola J. Taliaferro, JD'77, will give a short talk on pro bono and public interest work. Spots are limited, so RSVP on CareerNet. Room 122, noon.

IP Practitioner-in-Residence: Valerie Gill

Valerie Gill is the university director of licensing and trademarks at Indiana University. Join us for a lunch talk that is sure to be interesting. Food provided by the Center for IP Research. Room 213, noon.


Thursday, November 6

Intimate Partner Violence and the LGBT community

Outlaw, POP, LGBT Project, IUGLBT Alumni Association, and the ACS will be hosting this panel, which will feature: Angela Adams, associate general counsel for IU's Office of the Vice President and General Counsel, who will discuss her involvement in ensuring IU's compliance with Title IX responsibilities and her work as an immigration attorney serving domestic violence victims and same-sex couples; Kerry Hyatt Blomquist, an attorney at the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, who will discuss issues surrounding the addition of a sexual orientation and gender identity non-discrimination clause to the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013; and Senior Lecturer and the Protective Order Project's Seth Lahn, who will discuss the dynamics of relationship violence involving LGBT victims and Indiana's protective order law. Additionally, POP members will discuss the resources that are available to domestic violence victims. Lunch provided. Moot Court Room, noon.

Pro Bono Immigration Project Guest Speaker: Angela Adams and Laura Pontius

Angela Adams and Laura Pontius are attorneys who have worked in immigration law and will be speaking to students about careers in immigration law, important resources to utilize, and current issues in immigration law. Cookies will be provided. Room 124, 5 p.m.

The Gong Show

BLSA is pleased to host the annual Gong Show. This year's event takes place at Serendipity, 201 S. College Ave., and begins at 7 p.m. Professors will serve as judges, with the winner taking home a $50 gift card. Second place will receive a $25 gift card; third will earn a $10 card. Tickets are $7.


Friday, November 7

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, Kai-Chih Chang, SJD'16, will present "Is South China Sea China's Lake? The Dispute Over the Paracel Islands Between China and Vietnam." Room 122, noon.

Information Session: Job & Internship Search Strategies & Resources for International Students

Learn more about the resources and strategies that can help you in your search for a job or internship. The presentation will begin with an introduction to using Indiana Law CareerNet by Kim Bunge from the Career Services Office, followed by the Law Library's Michelle Botek, who will share with you tips for using the many different electronic resources available to job-seekers. Students are encouraged to check out the Law Library's Research Guide on Job and Internship Resources prior to the session; Ms. Botek will answer any questions that you have about the resources outlined in this guide or any other part of the presentation. Dean Kenny Tatum will wrap up the presentation with suggestions for strategically conducting a job or internship search. Students in the law graduate programs are encouraged to attend, especially if you plan to look for an internship for optional practical training. International JD students may also find this session useful. Room 124, noon.

CAGS Speaker: Scott Sagan

The Center on American and Global Security will host speaker Scott Sagan. Prof. Sagan is the Caroline S.G. Munro Professor of Political Science, the Mimi and Peter Haas University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, and senior fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and the Freeman Spogli Institute at Stanford University. Prof. Sagan will be speaking on "Atomic Aversion and Just War Doctrine: New Experimental Evidence." Room 124, 4 p.m.


Saturday, November 8

No events scheduled.


Sunday, November 9

No events scheduled.


Faculty News

Prof. Kevin Brown will be delivering the keynote address entitled "The Inherent Instability of Intersectionality" at the conference sponsored by Race in the Americas group entitled "Intersectionality: A Space for Theoretical and Practitioner Discussion," to be held at the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London on November 22.

On Oct. 24, Prof. Leandra Lederman presented her work in progress, "Restructuring the U.S. Tax Court: A Reply to Stephanie Hoffer & Christopher Walker's 'The Death of Tax Court Exceptionalism,'" in the University of Kentucky College of Law's Faculty Workshop Series, along with Professors Hoffer and Walker from Ohio State Moritz College of Law.

Prof. Pamela Foohey recently presented her paper, "Getting to Bankruptcy," at the University of New Mexico School of Law's Faculty Colloquium.



Second Semester Opportunity for a 2L or 3L: Become a Dean's Writing Fellow

The legal writing program is seeking one upper-class law student to be selected as a Dean's Writing Fellow for the spring semester of 2014-15. The successful candidate will join six other Fellows already selected for the full year and will receive a scholarship for the semester. The deadline for applications is November 10. Please see CareerNet for details.

Stewart Fellowship Applications Due Nov. 10

The Milton Stewart Fellows Overseas Externship Program is accepting applications from 1Ls and 2Ls for one or two summer externships at one of Argentina's top law firms and IP Firm of the Year, Marval O'Farrel and Mairal, in Buenos Aires. Students are expected to be available to complete a summer-long externship, starting in May and ending in August. Native or near-native fluency in Spanish with the ability to use the language while working in a professional environment is required. Applications will be accepted through Nov. 10 via Indiana Law CareerNet (see Job ID: 9140). Questions? Please contact Ms. Lara Gose in the Office of International Programs (Law School room 220 or

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.

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:

Critical Language Scholarship Program

The Critical Language Scholarship Program is a fully-funded overseas language and cultural immersion program for the summer 2015. It is available to students at every level (though US citizenship required). Application deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 8 p.m. Paul Fogleman, CLS campus representative and associate director of IUCARE and Jeff Heerdink, manager of the Hutton International Experiences Program and 2012 CLS recipient to Turkey, will discuss preparing the CLS application and answer questions this Thursday, October 23, 4-5 p.m. in the Great Room on the first floor of the Hutton Honors College. No reservation required. Click here for more information about the program.

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