Indiana Law Annotated for January 15, 2015

January 15, 2015

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This Week in the Law School

Welcome back! We hope you had a safe and relaxing winter break and look forward to an exciting spring semester. Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Indiana University offers a number of opportunities to participate. A list of events can be found online. ILA will resume its normal, beginning-of-week schedule on Tuesday, when the Law School will host two major events in the Moot Court Room.

  • At 4:30 p.m., attorneys representing the family of John Crawford III — the Ohio man killed by police in a Beavercreek Walmart last summer — will talk about the case.
  • At 7:30 p.m., H.E. Dr. Riyad H. Mansour, the Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations, will speak on current events in Palestine.

Look for further details of both events on Tuesday, but mark your calendars to attend both of these timely and topical talks.


While You Were Out...

Prof. Bill Henderson was named the "most influential person in legal education" by the National Jurist.

Norman J. Hedges was named director of the Law School's Intellectual Property Clinic. Welcome, Professor Hedges!

Significant refurbishments were made to classrooms 121 and 125. Sound-proofing was not one of the features added, so please attempt to contain your excitement.

We've taken the hassle out of flushing urinals by installing automatic models in many restrooms. Many sinks are now "hands-free" too, and we anticipate both developments having a solid impact on the U.S. News and World Report rankings.

Just like Peyton Manning, some things don't seem to work well in January. The elevator is one of them. It remains closed until early February, though we hope it will be ready sooner.


Friday, January 16

2015 Venture Capital Investment Competition

Interested in entrepreneurship and venture capital? Enjoy negotiating? Interested in networking in Austin, Tex. with some of the city's top venture capitalists, attorneys, and entrepreneurs? Maurer and Kelley have a rich (and winning) history with the Venture Capital Investment Competition, an exciting event where teams compete against one another as they review real entrepreneur pitches, conduct due diligence, draft terms sheets, and negotiate with entrepreneurs, all in a 72-hour window. IU is fielding a team of five JDs and MBAs for this year's regional VCIC in Austin on February 13. A call-out/pizza meeting will be held at noon in Hodge Hall 3016. Pizza will be served. If you have any questions please email Prof. Mark Need (


Saturday, January 17

VITA Basic Tax Return Training

All committed and prospective VITA volunteers are invited to attend this session, hosted by Ivy Tech accounting professor Roy Elkes and the IU VITA leadership team. Learn the critical information you need to ace the certification test. Moot Court Room, 1-5 p.m.


Monday, January 19

Dean Frank Motley and Professor Tim Lovelace and will introduce a screening of the "I Have a Dream" speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The one-hour program is sponsored by the Black Law Students Association. Moot Court Room, noon.


Faculty News

Prof. Dan Cole was invited to be a part of "The Role of Economics in Competing Conceptions of Property Law," a panel organized by the Property Law Section at the AALS meeting. Prof. Cole was invited to be a part of that panel along with Henry Smith (Harvard), Laura Underkuffler (Cornell), Eric Claeys (George Mason), and Lua Yuille (Kansas). His presentation was entitled, "Property Law without Economics is Not Property Law," and examined widely taught cases in property law that cannot be adequately understood without some understanding of basic economic concepts and principles.

Prof. Sarah Jane Hughes published an article entitled "Did the National Security Agency Destroy the Prospects for Confidentiality and Privilege When Lawyers Store Client's Files in the Cloud - and What, if Anything, Can Lawyers and Law Firms Realistically Do in Response?" in volume 41 of the Northern Kentucky Law Review, which was released this week in both print and electronic form. The article grew out of the Law + Informatics Symposium held at NKU's Salmon P. Chase School of Law in February 2014, and was informed in part by the NSA's "listening" to telephone conversations between the DC office of Mayer, Brown and an otherwise friendly foreign government client involved in trade negotiations with the US Trade Representative. On January 3, Prof. Hughes participated in a panel at the AALS meeting entitled "Regulation in the Bitcoin Era." Her portion of the panel focused on regulatory models for different aspects of possible regulation of Bitcoin activity.

Prof. Steve Sanders published an essay Jan. 3 on the Huffington Post arguing that the issue of marriage equality "is a national problem, not a state-level problem, and it requires a national resolution that only our nation's constitutional court can provide." At the annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools, Professor Sanders organized and moderated an AALS Presidential Program on the topic "Academic Freedom for the Next 100 Years." He also became a member of the executive committee for the AALS's Family Law section.

Prof. Deb Widiss presented at AALS in the Employment Discrimination section panel on the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Her research looked at ongoing citations to Supreme Court interpretations that Congress has repudiated. Prof. Widiss also presented at AALS on the Legislation section panel about how and why to teach about legislative process in legislation and regulation courses.



2015 Milton Stewart Fellowship Applications Due January 25

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.

CJAM Mediation Training in February and March

The Community Justice and Mediation Center (CJAM) offers a 48-hour training program for those interested in learning about conflict resolution, mediation, and restorative justice. Participants will enhance their interpersonal skills in communication and listening, problem solving, and negotiation, and they will increase their understanding of restorative justice philosophy and methods, the sources of conflict, and the processes leading to constructive conflict resolution. The training will benefit any community member concerned with managing conflict and its resolution. The training provides the background and skills necessary to work as a community mediator and restorative justice practitioner and qualifies participants to volunteer in CJAM's programs. The Winter/Spring 2015 training will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., February 7 & 8, 21 & 22, and March 7 & 8 at the Law School. The training will be led by senior mediators and restorative justice practitioners. Tuition is $300, early bird registration is $250 if received and paid by January 23. Scholarships are available. Download the application and e-mail it to or call the office (812-336-8677) for an application. You may pay your registration by credit card on or by check made out to CJAM and mailed to 205 South Walnut St., Ste. 16, Bloomington, IN 47404. Phone or e-mail for more information.

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