Indiana Law Annotated for February 16, 2015

February 16, 2015

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This Week in the Law School

Business Law Society presents a talk by IU VP and General Counsel Jackie Simmons. Tuesday, noon.

Two Law and Drama Society auditions. Today and Wednesday, noon.

American Constitution Society will present "Dinner and an Argument," the first in a series of SCOTUS oral argument listening events. Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.

Prof. Christiana Ochoa will host a screening of her documentary film, There Is Nothing Else. Thursday, 4 p.m.

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Monday, February 16

Outreach for Legal Literacy Mock Trial Materials

If you are a member of OLL, please come to this quick meeting introducing this year's mock trial materials and procedures. Sweet treats will be provided. Room 121, noon.

Law and Drama Society Auditions

The Law and Drama Society will be holding auditions for its spring productions. No prior preparation is necessary, but if anyone wishes, they can prepare a short monologue. Room 125, noon.

Christian Legal Society Weekly Bible Study

All students interested in learning more about the Christian Legal Society or interested in engaging in Bible study are welcome. These sessions will take place every Monday through April 27. Room 120, noon.


Tuesday, February 17

Business Law Society Guest Speaker: Jackie Simmons

Jacqueline (Jackie) Simmons, JD'79, is the general counsel and vice president for IU. She will be discussing her career path, her current duties, and how her Maurer School of Law degree has helped her get to where she is now. VP Simmons will provide an interesting perspective and be able to answer questions students may have regarding her education and experience. Lunch will be provided. Room 125, noon.

Faculty Speaker Series: Professor Widiss

Come listen to Prof. Deborah Widiss talk to you about her experiences in the legal world. Before joining the Indiana Law faculty, Prof. Widiss was an attorney at Legal Momentum (formerly NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund), where she was a national expert on the intersection between domestic violence and employment. At Maurer, her research focuses on employment law, family law, the legislative process, and the significance of gender and gender stereotypes in the development of law and government policy. Room 120, noon.

Federalist Society Speaker Series: In Defense of Securitization After the Financial Crisis

Prof. David Snyder from the Washington College of Law at American University will present "In Defense of Securitization After the Financial Crisis, or Why Not to Ban Axes After an Axe Murder." This will be a great opportunity to learn more about the aftermath of the financial crisis and the current state of our economy. Prof. Ajay Mehrotra will be commenting on this lecture. Lunch will be provided. Room 121, noon.


Wednesday, February 18

Law and Drama Society Auditions

The Law and Drama Society will be holding auditions for its spring productions. No prior preparation is necessary, but if anyone wishes to they can prepare a short monologue. Room 121, noon.

IJLSE Proofreading Meeting

Associates on the Indiana Journal of Law and Social Equality will receive training on how to proofread articles. Additionally associates and editors will be placed into proofreading pairs. Room 125, noon.

Dinner and an Argument 1: Fair Housing Disparate Impact

American Constitution Society is proud to present the first in the series of U.S. Supreme Court oral argument listening events, where attendees will listen to and discuss the recent oral arguments from the Court's pending Fair Housing Act disparate impact case (Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project). We will have the transcript scrolling along with the audio, and John Oliver's Supreme Court dog video may make an appearance. Take a break to hear some excellent oral advocacy and discuss the future of fair housing. Dinner will be provided. Room 120, 6:30 p.m.


Thursday, February 19

Career Choices: Law and Technology

Join panelists Bill Mooz of University of Colorado Boulder and Kim Craig of Seyfarth Shaw. Lunch provided to those who RSVP at least 24 hours in advance. RSVP on CareerNet/Events/Workshops. Room 125, noon.

  • Small group sessions with Kim Craig at 11 a.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. in Room 352.

CACR Security Seminar Series: Insuring Cyber Risks

This talk by Christopher French, a Harvard Law grad and current visiting faculty member at Penn State's law school, will provide an overview of the various types of cyber risks and the costs and liabilities associated with them; the availability of insurance coverage under traditional property and liability policies for cyber; the rapidly growing market for new insurance products for cyber costs and liabilities arising from breaches; and the future of cyber insurance and some normative considerations with respect to insuring cyber risks. Room 335, noon.

Film Screening: There Is Nothing Else

The Center for Law, Society, and Culture; Center on the Global Legal Profession; Center for Constitutional Democracy; and American Constitution Society are proud to sponsor a screening of There Is Nothing Else, the documentary film by our own Prof. Ochoa. The film chronicles the communities, mining and environmental conservation in the rural highlands of Colombia. A Q+A will follow immediately afterward. Moot Court Room, 4 p.m.

Join Graduate Legal Studies Office and APALSA as we celebrate Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year is an important traditional holiday celebrated in many Asian countries at the turn of the calendar. This year, Feb. 18 marks the end of the old calendar year, the Year of the Horse. Celebrations begin typically with a reunion dinner with families, followed by traditional games and seasonal decorations. Here at Maurer, we'd like to continue that tradition, so we welcome you to a night of fun and entertainment as we usher in the Year of the Sheep. You get to experience the fun of dumpling making, as well as watch fellow students compete in a dumpling showdown. In addition to vegetarian and meat dumplings, other home-cooked dishes will be provided. Whether you're a beginner or an iron chef, you're invited to participate in our dumpling-making team challenge. Sign up for a team that will be prepping fillings and sauces to compete for the title of the "best dumpling" at the Law School. Aside from the challenges, we'll have experienced dumpling makers who will guide you through the process. To join sign up for a team, contact Kendrick Lam ( by tomorrow. Faculty Lounge, 6 p.m.


Friday, February 20

Financial Regulation Speaker Series

Featuring Julie Hill, associate professor of law at the University of Alabama School of Law. Room 335, noon.

Fossil Fuel Divestment and the Role of Universities in Climate Change

The Environmental Law Society invites everyone to an interdisciplinary faculty panel to discuss fossil fuel divestment and the role of universities in climate change. The panel is moderated by Maurer's own Prof. Steve Sanders and the panel features our own Prof. Dan Cole, as well as Kelley Business School Prof. John Maxwell, Physics Prof. Ben Brabson, and Religious Studies Prof. David Haberman. The panel is presented as part of the greater university-wide SustainIU week and presented in conjunction with the GPSO and the ReinvestIU student initiative. Lunch will be provided from Bloomington Sandwich Co. Moot Court Room, noon.

Politics and Presidentes: Elections in Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay

The School of Global and International Studies will be teaming up with the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies to host an event highlighting recent elections in Latin America titled Politics and Presidentes: Elections in Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay. Guest lecturer José Antonio Lucero from the University of Washington's Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies will be joined by IU faculty members Eduardo Brondizio from the department of Anthropology, Prof. Ochoa from the Maurer School of Law, and Alfio Saitta from the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Room 122, 2 p.m.

Social Media and Academic Freedom: A Workshop

As academics and educators, we are encouraged to actively participate in public conversations about policies, social and economic issues, and environmental concerns. For a growing number of academics, social media offers exciting new opportunities for public engagement. Yet we have also witnessed troubling constraints for academics and for their public-minded scholarship. Our panelists will discuss the implications for freedom of speech in the age of social media. Prof. Sanders will join other faculty members from Indiana University and IUPUI to discuss this emerging issue. Ballantine Hall 006, 3 p.m.

Career Choices: In-House

Join panelists Marisol Sanchez, JD'02, of Endress and Hauser, Inc., and Michael Hulka, JD'01, of Eli Lilly and Company, for this presentation on career options as an in-house counsel. Lunch provided to those who RSVP at least 24 hours in advance on CareerNet/Events/Workshops. Room 125, noon.

  • Small group sessions with Marisol Sanchez at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. in Room 352.
  • Small group sessions with Michael Hulka at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. in Room 352.
  • Dinner with Michael Hulka at 6 p.m. Uptown Café.

Graduate Legal Studies Colloquium: Prof. Kai Feng

The Graduate Legal Studies Colloquium is a weekly meeting for graduate students to discuss common academic concerns and research interests. This week, the guest speaker is Prof. Kai Feng, associate professor of law at the Chinese University of Political Science and Law. She will introduce the legal problem of left-behind children in China. Room 120, noon.


Faculty News

Prof. Sanders is the co-author of "The People's Brief," arguing that state laws banning same-sex marriage cannot be justified under the U.S. Constitution. Read more about it.

Prof. Charlie Geyh spoke with ABC News about a call for a West Virginia Supreme Court justice to recuse herself from an interesting case.

USAToday took national a local story by the Indianapolis Star on a controversial new firearms bill making its way through the Indiana legislature. The Star interviewed Prof. Jody Madeira about the developments.



Register Today for CSO Career Exploration and Networking Trips to DC and New York

Beginning today, students may begin to register for the spring break career exploration and networking events in DC and NY. Students will be introduced to attorneys working for NY and DC government agencies, corporate legal departments, law firms, and public interest organizations. There will also be an alumni networking reception in each city. The CSO can help connect you with other students who will be attending so you can explore carpooling and/or sharing hotel expenses. Space is limited and travel plans are already being made so register early. Please contact the CSO for more details.

Maurer Team Makes Semi-finals of Williams Institute Moot Court Competition

Congratulations to 3Ls Kevin Casimer and Eldin Hasic, and 2L Katie Cullum, who briefed and argued their way this weekend all the way to the semi-finals of UCLA's Williams Institute Moot Court Competition, the only national moot court dealing with issues of sexual orientation and gender identity law. The Maurer team knocked off several other top schools in the process, including Stanford and NYU, and they gave Maurer its best showing in the six years we've fielded a team. Our participation is made possible by the generosity of members of the law school's LGBT Alumni Advisory Board. Special thanks to the faculty who helped the students with oral argument preparation: Dan Conkle, Deborah Widiss, Ryan Scott, Steve Sanders, and Seth Lahn.

Ex Parte at the Bluebird

Hey law students: What comes before Part B? PART-AYY! Join the SBA for its annual spring bash at the Bluebird on Friday, February 27. The Hung Jurors (the notorious law school band) will be performing. Doors open at 8:00, the band goes on at 8:20. Tickets will be on sale in the lobby today through the 27th for $5. Questions? Contact us at:

Research Assistants Needed to Update "Trial Objections Handbook"

Prof. Aviva Orenstein needs research assistants for her update of the "Trial Objections Handbook." Students will assist in editing and proofreading text and footnotes and researching new cases. Knowledge of evidence, trial advocacy, and bluebook are a plus. Excellent writing skills and attention to detail are a must. If interested, please email a resume to:

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