Indiana Law Annotated for December 1, 2014

December 1, 2014

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This Week in the Law School

ILA wishes you the best as you prepare for final exams. May your coffee flow freely, and your outlines guide you to success. Enjoy the holidays; we will see you in January.

Congratulations to Prof. Susan H. Williams, recipient of the 2014 Tracy M. Sonneborn Award. Professor Williams will deliver the Sonneborn Lecture at 4 p.m. today in Franklin Hall.

Award-winning historian and author John Dittmer will present "School Desegregation in the Heart of Dixie: Mississippi Then and Now" at noon on Wednesday as part of the "Brown at 60" series. Professor Dittmer has three degrees from IU, and can probably be linked to Kevin Bacon in even fewer.

Applications are now being accepted for Stewart Fellowships. See 'Announcements' for further details and deadlines.


Monday, December 1

ExamSoft Review Sessions

Mark your calendars for several ExamSoft 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 recipient of the 2014 Tracy M. Sonneborn Award, which honors an Indiana University faculty member for outstanding research and teaching. As the 2014 Sonneoborn Award recipient, Professor Williams will give the annual Sonneborn Lecture. 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." President's Hall, located inside Franklin Hall, 4 p.m. with a reception following.

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, December 2
"'Religious Freedom' on Two Sides of the Mediterranean: Between the Arab Spring and a European Autumn"

Professor Alessandro Ferrari is an Italian law professor who has been visiting at Northwestern University, and is an expert in law and religion, particularly in the context of contemporary southern European and north African Islam. His talk is entitled "'Religious Freedom' on Two Sides of the Mediterranean: Between the Arab Spring and a European Autumn?" Room 122, noon.

PAD Meeting: Exam Advice for 1Ls

Prof. Donald Gjerdingen and the PAD Executive Board will offer tips and advice for final exams. 1L members of PAD are encouraged to attend. Lunch will be provided. Noon, room TBD.


Wednesday, December 3
"Brown at 60:" John Dittmer

John Dittmer, professor emeritus from DePauw University, winner of the 1995 Bancroft Prize, and widely considered one of the nation's premier authorities on civil rights, will deliver "School Desegregation in the Heart of Dixie: Mississippi Then and Now." Professor Dittmer's lecture is part of the continuing series, "Brown at 60."" Moot Court Room, noon, with a reception afterward in the Faculty Lounge.

PILF Dine & Donate at BuffaLouie's

Eat a meal at BuffaLouie's anytime on Wednesday, let the cashier know you are there for PILF, and PILF will receive a share of the sale, with proceeds going toward Singing for Summer Salaries and PILF's summer scholarship fund. PILF members also have vouchers available to show to the cashier. See a PILF member for details.


Thursday, December 4
CACR Security Seminar Series: Cyber Threat Information Sharing

Kim Milford, executive director of the Research and Education Networking Information Sharing and Analysis Center, will review the history of information sharing, successful case studies, the role of Federal and state agencies, and challenges to information sharing. Room 335, noon.


Friday, December 5

No events scheduled.


Faculty News

Prof. Jeannine Bell was interviewed multiple times by media outlets in the wake of the grand jury's decision to not indict Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. Prof. Bell was featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Fresno Bee, and WRTV, among others.

Dean Austen L. Parrish was interviewed at length by The Chronicle for Higher Education. Read his thoughts on the future of legal education.


Milton Stewart Fellows Overseas Externship Program Accepting Applications

The 2015 Milton Stewart Fellows Overseas Externship Program is now accepting applications from 1Ls and 2Ls for externship opportunities in Brazil, China, India, Japan, and South Korea. Information about these opportunities and the application process is posted on Indiana Law CareerNet. Interested students should contact Ms. Lara Gose ( in the Office of International Programs (Law 220) with questions. The application period will close January 25, 2015.

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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