Indiana Law Annotated for November 24, 2014

November 24, 2014

This Week in the Law School

"Dewey defeats Truman." "All Titanic passengers safe." "There will be no ILA this week."

The Court of Appeals of Indiana has issued its opinion in Handy v. PC Building Materials, the case that was argued here at the Law School last month. The Court's decision can be read online. And while ILA cannot provide legal advice, we can say that when shopping for giant slabs of granite countertop, it might be a good idea to ask for help.

If you're all about that case, 'bout that case, no gavel, then check out spring Trial Competition opportunities today at noon.

Learn how to prep for exams from two of your peers today at noon, then mark your calendars for multiple ExamSoft review sessions beginning Dec. 1.


Monday, November 24

Spring Trial Competition Call Out

The Sherman Minton Moot Court Advocacy Board will be hosting a call-out meeting for everyone curious about or interested in this year's spring Trial Competition. Room 124, noon.

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. This session will discuss several topics related to exam prep, including tips on getting the big picture as well as exam-taking strategies. This is the last academic enhancement session of the semester. Feel free to attend the session, which will last approximately 45 minutes and will include time for Q&A. Room 122, noon.

BLSA/LLSA Mentor Program Orientation

The BLSA/LLSA mentor program orientation includes a discussion of program goals, expectations of professionalism, and advice on how to make it easy to be mentored. This event is mandatory if you want to participate in the program. Laptops are not allowed at this CSO event. RSVP on Indiana Law CareerNet. Room 213, 2:15 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.


Faculty News

On Nov. 13, 2014, Prof. Leandra Lederman served as a discussant on the "Tax Enforcement and Collections Discretion" panel at the National Tax Association (NTA) meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico, commenting on two papers. On Nov. 14, Prof. Lederman was a discussant on another panel at the NTA meeting, "Conceptualizing the Social and Regulatory Nature of Taxation."



ExamSoft Review Sessions

Mark your calendars for next week, when IT will host several ExamSoft review sessions. These 30-minute events will be held on:

  • Dec. 1 (Room 125; noon to 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 to 1 p.m.),
  • Dec. 2 (Room 125; 9:45 to 10:15 a.m., noon to 12:30 p.m., and 12:30 to 1 p.m.)
  • Dec. 3 (Room 125; noon to 12:30 p.m., 12:30 to 1 p.m.; Room 213; 2:45 to 3:15 p.m.; Room 125; 5 to 5:30 p.m.)
  • Dec. 4 (Room 125; noon to 12:30 p.m., 12:30 to 1 p.m., 5 to 5:30 p.m.)
  • Dec. 5 (Room 125; noon to 12:30 p.m., 12:30 to 1 p.m.)

Professor Susan H. Williams will deliver the Sonneborn Lecture

Susan H. Williams, the Walter W. Foskett Professor of Law in the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, has been named the 2014 Tracy M. Sonneborn Award, which honors an Indiana University faculty member for outstanding research and teaching. As the 2014 Sonneoborn Award recipient of the Sonneborn Award, Professor Williams will give the annual Sonneborn Lecture on Monday, Dec. 1, at 4 p.m., with a reception following. Both events take place in the President's Hall, located inside Franklin Hall The award and lecture are named for the late IU biologist Tracy M. Sonneborn, a renowned geneticist who was also highly regarded for his teaching. "Susan Williams is truly deserving of the Sonneborn Award," said provost and executive vice president Lauren Robel. "She is widely recognized for her path-breaking scholarship on constitutional theory, and she is an inspiring teacher who brings out the best in her students. Her fearless work in constitutional design has helped empower marginalized populations in some of the world's most troubled regions."

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.

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