Indiana Law Annotated for February 23, 2015

February 23, 2015

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This Week in the Law School

The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) will hold a discussion on the Voting Rights Act today at noon.

Dean Parrish, who is now on Twitter (@austenparrish), will meet with students Tuesday at 3 p.m. over cookies and coffee.

Access to clean water will be the focus of a documentary screening of "Behind the Water," on Wednesday at noon.

The Student Bar Association (SBA) holds its spring bash Friday night at 8 p.m.


Monday, February 23

BLSA Black History Month Reflection: Voting Rights Act

Please join BLSA as we discuss the Voting Rights Act and its application in today's society. The event will start with brief commentary from Prof. Luis Fuentes-Rohwer and culminate in a student-led discussion about how our society can address the issue of voter suppression. Lunch will be provided. Room 121, noon.

Right To Work, Who's Right?

The Labor and Employment Law Society welcomes Tony Paris of the Maurice and Jane Sugar Law Center to discuss right to work. Right to work laws have been a controversial issue and we invite everyone to come with questions. Tony Paris is the lead attorney at the Sugar Law Center and is actively involved in labor and employment issues. Lunch will be provided. 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 24

Cookies, Coffee, and Conversation with Dean Parrish

Dean Austen L. Parrish will be hosting a "Cookies, Coffee and Conversation Hour." As always, this visit with Dean Parrish will take place in the Law Library lounge area. (Enter the Library through the main entrance and take an immediate right.) Please stop by and visit with the dean this week. 3 p.m.


Wednesday, February 25

International Law Society Speaker Series: Behind the Water

Join us as Fraser Kershaw, the host of the documentary Behind the Water, discusses his international work. Kershaw has been traveling the world, documenting the lack of access to clean water in Latin America, and addressing this issue. Directed by National Geographic's Doug Clevenger and produced by Academy, Oscar, and Emmy award-winning Gray Frederickson with a score written by OneRepublic's Brent Kutzle, Behind the Water follows the struggles endured by those affected by the global water crisis. Kershaw hopes to inspire and empower individuals to take action. Ethnic cuisine will be provided for lunch. Room 121, noon.


Thursday, February 26

Negotiating in Civil Conflict: Constitutional Construction and Imperfect Bargaining in Iraq

Prof. Haider Ala Hamoudi, who served in 2009 as an adviser to Iraq's Constitutional Review Committee, argues that the terms of the Iraqi constitution are sufficiently capacious to be interpreted in a variety of ways, allowing it to appeal to the country's three main sects despite their deep disagreements. Drawing on the original negotiating documents, he shows that this feature of the constitution was not an act of evasion, but a mark of its drafters' awareness in recognizing the need to permit the groups the time necessary to develop their own methods of working with one another over time. This event is sponsored by the Center for the Study of the Middle East and co-sponsored by the Center for Constitutional Democracy and the Middle Eastern Law Students Association. Room 124, noon.

IP Resume Review and Mock Interview Event and Reception

This annual event is a collaboration between the Center for Intellectual Property Research, the Career Services Office, and the Intellectual Property Association. Students who have registered will have the opportunity to participate in several short mock interviews with IP practitioners. The event provides students with an important opportunity to gain critical professional experience. Attorneys from Barnes & Thornburg, Bingham Greenebaum Doll, Covington & Burling, Faegre Baker Daniels, Jones Day, and Krieg DeVault. E-mail Allison Hess (, Rian Dawson ( or Kim Bunge ( for more information. Room 335, 6:30 p.m., with a catered reception to follow at 7:30 p.m. in room 310. All IP students are invited to attend the reception, regardless of whether they are participating in the mock interviews.


Friday, February 27

SJD Info Session

Learn about transferring from the LLM thesis to the SJD. LLM and LLM thesis students will find this event of particular interest. Room 222, noon.

Graduate Legal Studies Colloquium: Professor Dau-Schmidt

The Graduate Legal Studies Colloquium is a weekly meeting for graduate students to discuss common academic concerns and research interests. This Friday, Professor Kenneth Dau-Schmidt will give a talk on the method of legal writing and his legal experience. Room 120, noon.

Career Choices: Health Law

Join panelists Rachael Yates Pileggi, JD'09, of Plexus Corporation and Anna Kirkman, JD'09, of Eskenazi Health, as they discuss careers in health law. Yates Pileggi was profiled for the Maurer website when she was a student here. Lunch provided to those who RSVP at least 24 hours in advance. RSVP on CareerNet/Events/Workshops. Room 125, noon.

  • Small group informational interview with Anna Kirkman. Room 352, 3 p.m.

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 (


Faculty News

The Law School, led by Distinguished Professor Fred H. Cate, released a report last week on the emergence of cybersecurity law and its increasing presence in the legal profession.

Prof. Joe Hoffmann is on sabbatical this spring, but keeping busy by teaching around the world. He recently spoke to a forum, hosted by the Times of India, focusing on the challenges of higher education in India.

CNBC spoke to Prof. Kevin Brown about the role immigration is playing in the distortion of affirmative action policy.



Apply for IP Externship Opportunities

IP Externship opportunities for the summer and fall 2015 terms are now online. See Indiana Law CareerNet to apply — the application deadline is March 1. Applications are being accepted for the following: Berry Plastics, Cook Medical (internship), CMG Worldwide, U.S. Department of Energy (Chicago), Dow Agro (brand-new job posting), Hill-Rom, Indiana University Research and Technology Corporation (IURTC), IU Libraries and the Office of Scholarly Publishing, Copyright Program, IU Licensing and Trademarks, and NSWC Crane. General questions about the IP Externships should be directed to Professor Mark Janis ( and Allison Hess ( For questions about the application process through Indiana Law CareerNet, please contact Kim Bunge ( in the Career Services Office.

Register today for CSO Career Exploration and Networking Trips to DC & 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.

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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