Indiana Law Annotated for November 17, 2014

November 17, 2014

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This Week in the Law School

Congratulations to the winners of this year's Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition, Ian Bensberg and Samuel Hofmeier. ILA congratulates all participants and sends deepest gratitude to those students, faculty, staff, alumni, and volunteers who helped make this year's competition possible.

Randy Steidl was convicted of murdering a newlywed couple in southern Illinois in 1986. He was charged, tried, convicted, and sentenced to death in a matter of months. There was only one problem: He was innocent. Come hear his story Monday at noon in the Moot Court Room.

After Mr. Steidl's story makes you believe in humanity again, pay it forward by donating a pint of blood to the Indiana Blood Center Monday afternoon. The Health Law Society will throw in a piece of pie after you do.

Phi Delta Phi initiation takes place Thursday night, with an informal celebration occurring at Nick's afterward. Make like Iggy Azalea and get fancy: Dress code is formal.

ILA takes a break next week for Thanksgiving. We wish you a safe and happy holiday weekend.


Monday, November 17

From Witness to Innocence: Randy Steidl

The American Constitution Society is presenting a talk by death row exoneree Randy Steidl. In 1987 Mr. Steidl was wrongfully convicted of a double murder. He spent 17 years in jail, 12 of which he spent on death row. In 2004 Mr. Steidl was exonerated. Since his release, Mr. Steidl has dedicated his life to speaking out against the death penalty and sharing his story with others. Moot Court Room, noon.

Health Law Society Blood Drive: Piece of Pie for a Pint

Give back this holiday season by donating blood to the Indiana Blood Center. For all eligible donations, each donor will receive a free piece of pie, courtesy of Health Law Society. Please see us at lunchtime to sign up for a slot at the drive. For more information, contact Nick Parker ( or Nikki Wethington ( Student Lounge, 11:30-3 p.m.

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 18

Exam Tips and Preparation

As part of the Law School's academic strategies program, Student Affairs Fellows Francesca Cardillo and Casey Judge will present on exam preparation. These sessions will discuss several topics related to exam prep, including tips on getting the big picture as well as exam-taking strategies. These are the last academic enhancement sessions of the semester. Feel free to attend either one of the sessions, which will last approximately 45 minutes and will include time for Q&A. Room 125, 4:30 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 24, in room 122.

IPA Peer Resume Roundtable

Members of IPA will present tips on resume prep and networking, followed by individual resume reviews. Only those who RSVP'd may attend. Room 120, noon.


Wednesday, November 19

Feminist Law Forum Annual Bake Sale

Receive a baked good of your choice with any donation. All proceeds will be donated to Backline, an organization that offers support for all parenting and pregnancy decisions through their toll-free Talkline. The organization is raising money to launch the very first All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center, offering peer counseling, free pregnancy tests, condoms, diapers, baby clothes, and other resources.


Thursday, November 20

Chuma Himonga: Constitutionalism and Customary Law

Professor Chuma Himonga from University of Cape Town will deliver a lecture on Constitutionalism and Customary Law, co-sponsored by the Center on the Global Legal Profession and the Center for Constitutional Democracy. Room 120, noon.

Phi Delta Phi Initiation

All students who plan on joining the Phi Delta Phi Legal Honors Society must attend initiation. You are welcome to join us if you received an invitation from Alexis Lanham a few weeks ago. Dress is formal with a reception at Nick's to follow. No need to bring anything other than yourself. Please direct any questions to Scott Skiles ( Moot Court Room, 6:30 p.m.


Friday, November 21

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, Prof. Brian Broughman will share his experience on the tenure track. Room 124, noon.


Faculty News

Prof. LeandraLederman's article, "(Un)appealing Deference to the Tax Court," 63 DUKE L.J. 1835 (2014), is in print. This summer, she and Stephen Mazza, dean of Kansas Law School, completed the annual Supplement to their casebook, Tax Controversies: Practice and Procedure (3rd ed.). In August, Prof. Lederman participated in the Tax Policy roundtable at the SEALS Conference in Amelia Island, Fla., discussing her forthcoming article entitled "Restructuring the U.S. Tax Court: A Reply to Stephanie Hoffer & Christopher Walker's 'The Death of Tax Court Exceptionalism.'"

Prof. Ajay Mehrotra recently participated in a "critics-meets-reader" panel for his new book, Making the Modern American Fiscal State, at the annual meeting of the Social Science History Association in Toronto. He was also the chair and commentator on a panel titled, "The Corporation in Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century America."

Prof. Sarah Jane Hughes published "Privacy and Data Security and Virtual Currencies: A Complex of Domestic and Foreign Compliance Standards and Issues to Consider" in the Bloomberg BNA Privacy and Security Law Report. The article can be read online.



Keeping the Internet Free: A Panel Discussion on Net Neutrality

The featured speaker for this event will be Jim Lamoureux, a senior attorney with Microsoft. Mr. Lamoureux focuses on telecommunications regulatory issues and counsels the business on telecom regulations around the world and how they might apply to Microsoft's products and services. In particular, he has worked with the Skype, Lync, Azure, and Xbox businesses looking at possible application of telecom regulations. Other panelists will include Dr. Johan Bollen and Dr. Edin Medina, both of the School of Informatics and Computing. Indiana Memorial Union President's Room. 6:30 p.m.

Pro Bono Opportunity

Prof. Aviva Orenstein has a pro bono trust and estates matter that needs research and drafting of letters and court papers relating to a single father who died without a will. His children (in their young 20s) need help accessing banks accounts, car title, 401K, and other property. Research is also needed about what help, if any, the state provides to indigent people regarding funeral expenses. In addition to learning a lot of practical knowledge about estate work, this research provides an excellent opportunity to help a family devastated by a sudden, tragic loss. Contact Prof. Orenstein ( if interested.

Steiger Fellowship Applications Now Open

The ABA Antitrust Section announced the 2015 summer fellowships named for the late Janet D. Steiger, former chair of the Federal Trade Commission. Selected students will serve for a minimum of eight weeks during the summer of 2015 in the consumer protection or consumer affairs offices of locations of participating state and territorial governments. Visit the website to view a video and learn more about the Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project. Students applying for a Janet D. Steiger Fellowship must download the application. The application period runs from November 14 until January 12, 2015. Applications will not be accepted beyond the January 12, 2015 deadline date.

Williams Institute Moot Court Competition Applications Due Today

Interested students are invited to apply for the team representing the Law School in the Williams Institute Moot Court Competition at UCLA, the only national competition dedicated exclusively to issues of sexual orientation and gender identity law. The two or three students selected will together write a brief on a topical issue, due January 23, 2015, and then participate in oral arguments at UCLA on February 14, 2015. If the team advances to the finals, then it will return to UCLA for the final round on April 17, 2015. More information is available here. The costs of the competition are underwritten by Maurer's LGBT Alumni Board. While students who have been active in OutLaw, the LGBT Project, or other organizations and activities relevant to these issues are especially invited to apply, no specific past participation is a prerequisite. To apply, please submit to, by the end of the day Monday, November 17: a (1) short (one- or two-paragraph) statement of interest; (2) copy of your moot court brief if you participated in moot court (and a copy of your final LRW trial-level brief if you did not); (3) resume; and (4) a copy of your law school transcript (unofficial copy is fine). Selections will be announced by November 24; the problem will be released on December 1. Applicants should realize that, if they are chosen to represent the school, preparing for the competition will require significant time during the winter break to research and write several drafts of a brief, as well as time for practice oral arguments in late January and early February. Please feel free to contact Prof. Seth Lahn or Prof. Steve Sanders with any questions.

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