Indiana Law Annotated for March 9, 2015

March 9, 2015

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This Week in the Law School

Several academic planning sessions are being held this week. Monday, Wednesday, Friday.

A fantastic panel on the debate over whether collegiate athletes should be compensated takes place Tuesday evening. Big-time speakers and tailgate food to boot.

Noted author and lecturer Tim Wise visits Wednesday to discuss race in America.

Also on Wednesday, the Access to Justice Program presents Ascanio Piomelli, who will talk about working to create social change.

Have a safe and enjoyable spring break. We will return on March 23.


Monday, March 9

Academic planning for 1Ls

Assistant Dean Catherine Matthews will hold several academic planning sessions this week. The purpose of these sessions is to provide information (with handouts) about graduation requirements, bar preparation coverage, and general scheduling matters to help you plan your course schedules for your remaining semesters. Although attendance at any one of these sessions is optional, you need to attend one in order to schedule an individual follow-up advising appointment with Dean Matthews. This foundational information will be most immediately helpful for you as you plan your fall class schedule, but it will also provide information for planning subsequent semesters and strategizing for bar prep; registration for 1Ls will be in early April. The same material will be covered in each session, which should last 45 to 50 minutes. Room 122, 2:30 p.m. There will be additional sessions on Wednesday and Friday.

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.

Tax Policy Colloquium: Brant Hellwig

Prof. Brant Hellwig, of the Washington and Lee University School of Law, will present "The Constitutional Nature of the United States Tax Court." This presentation coincides with Prof. Leandra Lederman's Tax Procedure class, though all are welcome to attend. Room 216, 4:30 p.m.

IJLSE Editor-in-Chief Elections

The Indiana Journal of Law and Social Equality will be holding elections for the new editor-in-chief. Each candidate will give a speech, and then members of the executive board and fellow associates will ask them questions. Associates will then vote for the candidate of their choosing. Room 120, 8:45 p.m.


Tuesday, March 10

Employment Discrimination

Outlaw and LELS present "The next big push: ENDA's progress and recent agency protections for gender identity" with Prof. Deborah Widiss, Maurer's resident expert in employment discrimination and gender stereotypes and the law. Prof. Widiss will discuss the next steps in the LGBTQI civil rights movement as the focus extends from marriage to workplace discrimination. Specific topics include: The Employment Non Discrimination Act (ENDA) that was blocked by the House of Representatives last year and how the DOJ included gender identity protections under its definition of sex discrimination. This promises to be a lively and relevant discussion. Pizza lunch provided. Room 122, noon.

IPA General Body Meeting

The Intellectual Property Association will be kicking-off its external mentor program, doing a session on LinkedIn, and providing an information session on the Patent Bar. As always, a non-pizza lunch will be provided. Room 120, noon.

Bridge-to-Practice Fellowship Informational Session

The Career Services Office is pleased to offer "Bridge-to-Practice Fellowships" to eligible graduates who secure unpaid volunteer positions with public interest organizations or small firms while continuing their job search after graduation. This session will cover the purpose of the fellowship, details of the program, graduate and employer responsibilities, and any questions you may have. Lunch will be provided to those 3Ls who RSVP at least 24 hours in advance on Indiana Law CareerNet. Room 121, noon.

Equal Justice Works Fellowship Informational Session

Please join Mari Monteiro and Beth Karpiak of Equip for Equality for this session about the Equal Justice Works Fellowship application process, as well as information regarding the mentor relationship they established as part of the process. Food will be served to those who RSVP at least 24 hours in advance on CareerNet. Room 213, noon.

Pay for Play: Student Athletes, Money, and the Law

Join a distinguished panel of experts that will explore whether student athletes are entitled to compensation for their participation in athletics. Following the discussion, panelists will entertain questions regarding the practice of sports law. Scheduled to participate are: Naima Stevenson Starks, deputy general counsel for the NCAA; Prof. Kevin Brown; Gary Roberts, dean emeritus of the IU McKinney Law School and arbitrator for the 2014 Winter Olympics; Jayma Meyer, visiting scholar of sports law at IU's School of Public and Environmental Affairs; and Jeff Kostoff, two-time Olympic swimmer and assistant coach for IU swimming. Tailgate-style food will be provided. Moot Court Room, 7 p.m.


Wednesday, March 11

Tim Wise: Exploration of Privilege and the Development of Legal Doctrine

The vestiges of institutionalized racism continue to reverberate in contemporary American society. The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) is pleased to welcome Tim Wise, one of the nation's most prominent anti-racist essayists and educators, who will discuss the following interdisciplinary subjects: (1) the foundation and functionality of race within the U.S.; (2) the foundation of white privilege; and (3) the historical origins and residual effects of affirmative action. Moot Court Room, noon, with a meet and greet afterward in the Faculty Lounge.

Access to Justice Program presents UC Hastings Professor Ascanio Piomelli

The Access to Justice Program presents Ascanio Piomelli, of the University of California Hastings College of the Law. He will be discussing how attorneys and other activists can work to create progressive social change. He explores the impact of race, class, and gender on the effort to create such change. Prof. Piomelli is a proponent and analyst of a collaborative, rebellious, or what he and others now label a democratic approach to social-change lawyering. Under this approach, lawyers work with, rather than on behalf of clients and communities to collectively press for social change. Lunch from McAllisters will be provided. Sign up on Symplicity. Thanks to Prof. Carwina Weng's generosity, four students who attend this event will win door prizes consisting of $50 to spend at Singing for Summer Salaries. Students will be chosen at random. Room 122, noon.

CSO DC/NY Spring Break Career Exploration and Networking Event Orientation

Students who are planning to attend either the DC or NY Career Exploration and Networking events over spring break must attend this brief orientation session. Room 125, noon.

Think Like a Lawyer and Professional Research Skills Certification

Learn some of the skills law firms want you to have from your first day on the job, and how to use Lexis quickly and cost-effectively. You'll also get Lexis Professional Research Skills Certified. This event will feature special guest: Holly Hardman, a solutions consultant in LexisNexis's large law firm segment. Room 124, noon.

Academic Planning for 1Ls

Dean Matthews will hold an additional academic planning session today. See Monday's entry for full details. Room 125, 4 p.m.

BLSA Talk with Maurer Professors

Join fellow BLSA members as they talk with Assistant Dean Frank Motley and Profs. Brown, Jeannine Bell, Tim Lovelace, and Gina-Gail Fletcher about life, school, and professional experiences. Faculty Conference Room, 5 p.m.


Thursday, March 12

Career Choices: Environmental Law

Join Conservation Law Clinic Director and Glenn and Donna Scolnik Clinical Chair W. William Weeks, JD'79, and Natalie Stucky, JD'89, of Cummins, Inc., as they discuss careers in environmental law. Lunch provided to those who RSVP at least 24 hours in advance on Indiana Law CareerNet/Events/Workshops. Room 125, noon.

  • Small group informational session with Natalie Stucky. Room 352, 11 a.m.


Friday, March 13

Academic Planning for 1Ls

Dean Matthews will hold two additional academic planning sessions today. See Monday's entry for full details. Room 125, 11 a.m. and Room 121, 1:15 p.m.


March 16-20

Spring break.


Sunday, March 22

SALDF Documentary Screening

The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund will be meeting March 22 (the Sunday before we return from Spring Break) to view a documentary about factory farming and to discuss "ag-gag" bills that have been proposed and passed in several states. Room 120, 7 p.m.


Faculty News

Prof. David Fidler, one of the world's leading experts on international law and cyberspace, has joined the Council on Foreign Relations' Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program. Prof. Fidler will be a regular contributor to Net Politics, where he will primarily examine cybersecurity and international legal issues.

Prof. Bell was quoted in the Richmond Palladium-Item on the lack of hate crime laws in Indiana.

IU is showcasing many of the women on campus who are shaping the future of the university. Our own Linda Fariss, JD'88, director of the Law Library, and former dean and current Provost Lauren K. Robel, JD'83, are among the initial women chosen for the project.



Apply for Access to Justice Program Fellowship in 2015-16

A 1L will be chosen to help coordinate the school's student pro bono program with the rising 3L fellow. Responsibilities include coordinating fall ethics training; tracking student pro bono hours; working regularly with student organizations and the Career Services Office; conducting student outreach; and acting as a liaison with attorneys to match students with pro bono projects. Traditionally, fellows have received full funding to attend the ABA's Equal Justice Conference in May. Students also receive a stipend. Applications consisting of a cover letter with a statement of interest and a resume should be sent electronically to Kayleen Glaser and Katie Thrapp at by 5 p.m. Friday. Please redact your GPA and class rank. We plan to conduct interviews the week following Spring Break. Questions can be sent to the aforementioned email address.

Applications Now Being Accepted for IP Moot Court

All rising 2Ls and 3Ls are invited to apply to participate on one of the law school's IP Moot Court competition teams. Students who are selected earn credits for their participation and are supervised by faculty. The Center for Intellectual Property Research covers reasonable expenses associated with participation. The application deadline is 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

Applications should be submitted to Allison Hess ( Your application must include the following: A resume and law school transcript (an unofficial transcript will suffice); a one-paragraph statement explaining your interest in participating; a short sample of your writing; and an indication of which competition or competitions interest you.

Congratulations to the Maurer NCHL Moot Court Team

Congratulations to 2Ls Lynsi Porterfield, Marshall Greenberg, and Stephanie Slone on their exceptional participation in the NCHL Moot Court Competition last weekend in Chicago. They put in a tremendous amount of work on brief writing and preparation, and they argued very well through three preliminary rounds. Many thanks to the Center for Intellectual Property Research for supporting the team, and to the faculty, students, and alumni who helped with oral argument preparation: Dean Austen Parrish, Professors Seth Lahn, Alex Tanford, Doug Boshkoff, and Tim Morrison, and Abe Shanehsaz, Onica Matsika, and Lauren Hodge.

Sign Up for the 2nd Annual Maurer v. McKinney Softball Tournament

The SBA is excited to announce that the second Maurer vs. McKinney Softball Tournament will take place on April 11 from 6 to 9:30pm at the Midwest Sports Complex in Indianapolis. Sign-ups will begin today and will continue through March 27. Like last year, we will play three games with three teams from each school representing each year (1L, 2L, 3L). Each class year will play the corresponding class year from McKinney. The school that wins two out of the three games will be the winner. The first 15 people to sign up from each class will have a spot on the team and we will take alternates. There is an optional t-shirt and bus package for $25. Questions? Contact Hannah Dill (

Class of 2015: Support the Law Fund for Excellence, Get Free Shirt

3Ls: This is the last week to pledge for a "Class of 2015" t-Shirt. Pledge must be at least $20.15 and we must have your pledge form by Friday. Also, by pledging any amount to the Law Fund for Excellence, the alumni and development office will send a tribute letter to a professor or faculty member you wish to thank post-graduation. Stop by the pledge campaign's table any time between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to make a pledge, contact the committee via email at, or see any of the committee members listed below. No payment will be expected until July 2016, and if you decide to lower your pledge amount later you may do so. Committee members include: Steve Briles, Francesca Cardillo, Jamie Davis, Michael Deschenes, Anah Gouty, Sarah Haefner, John Pence, Spenser Rohler, and Zack Shapiro.

International Student Research

Prof. Carole Silver, JD'80 — formerly on the Law School's faculty, now at Northwestern University Law School — is conducting research to learn about the experiences of international LLM and JD students as part of a larger study of globalization and legal education. International JD students interested in participating in the research should contact her at, or 312-503-1772, for information on arranging an interview.

International LLM students should participate by completing a survey or by contacting her with any questions or for more information.

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.

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