Indiana Law Annotated for March 30, 2015

March 30, 2015

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This Week in the Law School

There has been much discussion in recent days over the passage of Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie issued a statement late last night on the matter, emphasizing that the university is a place of inclusion for all, with no tolerance for discrimination of any kind. We encourage you to read President McRobbie’s statement.

Dean Parrish will field your questions and address any concerns you have during his spring Town Hall meeting today at noon.

Singing for Summer Salaries is one of the most anticipated events of the year. Tuesday, noon.

Please plan to attend the first in a series of endowed lectures over the next two weeks. The first, the annual Stewart Lecture in Labor and Employment Law, takes place Wednesday at noon.

Dinner and an Argument looks at the Affordable Care Act Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Many internship and moot court competition applications are now being accepted. See 'Announcements' for full details.


Monday, March 30

Town Hall with Dean Parrish

The Student Bar Association will host Dean Austen Parrish for a Town Hall meeting. This is a great opportunity to ask questions, raise concerns, or make suggestions about the law school. Lunch will be provided. Moot Court Room, 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.

Tax Policy Colloquium

This spring's Tax Policy Colloquium coincides with Prof. Leandra Lederman's Tax Procedure class. Today's colloquia will feature Kathleen DeLaney Thomas, who will be speaking on "User-friendly Taxpaying: The Compliance Case for Tax Simplification." Room 216, 4:30 p.m.


Tuesday, March 31

PAD Executive Board Elections

Phi Alpha Delta will hold elections for its 2015-2016 executive board positions at this meeting. All PAD members are eligible for the board. To apply for a position, please email your name, year, and position(s) of interest to before Tuesday. All PAD members are encouraged to attend this meeting to vote for the new executive board. Room 124, noon.

PILF Singing for Summer Salaries

Come participate in Singing for Summer Salaries, PILF's longstanding tradition. Which professors will make it to the Final Four? Who will perform an original song? A Broadway standard? Super Bass? Bid against students and professors to make one of these professors sing at the end of the hour. Let the madness ensue: purchase a lunch ticket or auction package, participate in professor-sponsored challenges, or donate cash. All proceeds from this event go toward PILF's summer scholarships for students working in unpaid public interest legal work. This year's participating professors and staff are: Dan Cole, Dan Conkle, Ken Dau-Schmidt, David Delaney, Luis Fuentes-Rohwer, Charles Geyh, Dawn Johnsen, Seth Lahn, Jody Madeira, Catherine Matthews, Tim Morrison, Mark Need, Aviva Orenstein, Kenny Tatum, and Carwina Weng. Moot Court Room, noon.


Wednesday, April 1

Stewart Lecture: Professor Paul Secunda

Marquette University Law School Professor Paul Secunda will present this year's Stewart Lecture in Labor and Employment Law. Professor Secunda is the director of Marquette's Labor and Employment Law Program and will be speaking on "The Behavioral Economic Case for Paternalistic Workplace Pensions." Moot Court Room, noon.

BLSA General Body Meeting

BLSA members, please join us for our last general body meeting of the semester. Prof. Aviva Orenstein will talk about mock trial and planning your classes for those who are interested in litigation. Room 121, noon.

IJLSE Symposium Preparation Meeting

The members of the Indiana Journal of Law and Social Equality will be meeting to go over important information regarding the upcoming symposium. We will focus on making sure that everyone is familiar with the speakers who will be attending. Room 124, 8:30 p.m.


Thursday, April 2

CACR Security Seminar Series: Provable Privacy in the Wild; Challenges and Open Questions

Today, every aspect of our lives is tracked digitally, especially through the Web and sensors on mobile phones. This data is mined by a variety of commercial and government organizations. However, social and financial harm to individuals can result from inappropriate use of this data. Presented by Ashwin Machanavajjhala, an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at Duke University and an associate director at the Information Initiative at Duke (ii@D). Room 335, noon.

Career Choices: The JD Advantage

Join panelists Dr. Bonny Jo Forrest, an attorney, neuropsychologist, entrepreneur, and author; and Matthew Gutwein, JD'99, president and CEO of Health and Hospital Corporation, for this discussion on the advantages of having a law degree in the workplace. Lunch provided to those who RSVP at least 24 hours in advance. RSVP on CareerNet/Events/Workshops.

  • Small group informational session with Dr. Bonny Jo Forrest. Room 352, 3 and 4 p.m.
  • Small group informational session with Matthew Gutwein. Room 340, 3 and 4 p.m.
  • Dinner with Dr. Bonny Jo Forrest. Uptown Café. 6 p.m.

LGBT Project Meeting and Research Night

Come find out more about applications for next year's executive board and opportunities to stay involved throughout the rest of this year. After a short meeting, we will hold a research night for further work on the ongoing desk-guide project. Room 214, 6 p.m.

Dinner and an Argument 2: Affordable Care Act

Join the American Constitution Society over dinner and listen to the recent U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments from King v. Burwell, a challenge to the Affordable Care Act tax credit in states that opted for federal healthcare exchanges. We will have the transcript scrolling alongside the audio, with John Oliver's Supreme Court dog video on the side (because puppies dressed up as Justices make everything better). Take a break to hear some excellent oral advocacy and discuss the future of healthcare. Sponsored by the American Constitution Society; co-sponsored by the Health Law Society, Labor and Employment Law Society, Advocates for Life, Women's Law Caucus, and Feminist Law Forum. Dinner (better than pizza) will be provided. Room 124, 6:30 p.m


Friday, April 3

The Graduate Legal Studies Colloquium: Professor Hicks

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

Career Choices: Trust and Estate/Elder Law

Join panelists Dan Faust, of House Reynolds and Faust, and Antonia Martinez, of Elder Law Times, for this discussion on careers in the trust and real estate and elder law fields. Lunch provided to those who RSVP at least 24 hours in advance. RSVP on CareerNet/Events/Workshops. Room 125, noon.

  • Small group informational sessions with Dan Faust. Room 352, 3 and 4 p.m.
  • Small group informational sessions with Antonia Martinez. Room 352, 10 and 11 a.m.


Faculty News

On March 19, Prof. Charles Geyh delivered the keynote address at the annual meeting of the First Circuit Judicial Conference, entitled "The Changing Landscape of the American Judiciary."

On March 20, Prof. Kevin Brown spoke at a panel discussion about lessons Dalits can learn from other groups at the Global Conference on Dalit Rights held in Washington, D.C., which was sponsored by the International Commission for Dalit Rights.

Prof. Rob Fischman's essay on the "natural practice" approach to conservation management is now accessible on Conservation Biology's "early view": Lessons from Pollution Control.



Faculty Student Conversations This Week

The Career Services Office and the CSO Faculty Committee invite you to participate in our inaugural Faculty-Student Career Conversations program to be held this week. Faculty will be available to meet students for 30-minute career conversations at various times in the morning, during the lunch hour, or during the afternoon on selected days throughout the week. To register and for schedules, go the CareerNet OCI tab and select 2015 Spring Faculty Student Conversations.

Accepting Applications from 1Ls and 2Ls: Eric T. Werner Global Cyber Security Policy Advancement Exchange Program and Microsoft Internship in China

Applications for the Eric T. Werner Global Cyber Security Policy Advancement Exchange Program and Microsoft Internship are being accepted through Wednesday. Two students from the Maurer School of Law will serve as Eric T. Werner Scholars, spending approximately eight weeks during the summer at Xi'an Jiao Tong University conducting research with colleagues at the Information Security Law Research Center and spending approximately four weeks interning in Microsoft's policy division in Beijing. Applicants must have taken or must be currently enrolled in a course in information security law. Please see the call for applications posted on Symplicity or at Applications will be accepted in hard copy to room 220 and electronically to Sarah Portwood ( For help with Symplicity, please contact Ms. Kim Bunge ( (Note that applications may not be submitted via Symplicity.)

3Ls: Win a Game of Sink the Biz with Dean Parrish

If the pledge committee gets 10 more pledges by April 10, we will draw a name and that person can pick 4 friends to partake in this IU tradition with the dean before graduation. Any amount, even $1, qualifies. Get your friends to pledge so you have a better chance of winning. Email the committee at for a form, or see any of the following members for more information: Steve Briles, Francesca Cardillo, Jamie Davis, Michael Deschenes, Anah Gouty, Sarah Haefner, John Pence, Spenser Rohler, and Zack Shapiro.

SBA Nominations Begin This Week

Nominations for Student Bar Association 2L and 3L representatives will start today. Any current 1L or 2L student may be nominated. Candidates may be nominated until 5p.m. on Friday. The nomination box and slips are beside the circulation desks, and students may nominate as many candidates as they'd like. Candidates will be contacted on Friday evening regarding their nomination, and they will have until Monday, April 6th at 6 p.m. to accept it. SBA Chairman Zack Shapiro will contact all candidates who properly accept their nomination on Monday evening to let them know when they may officially start campaigning. Anyone who campaigns early will be disqualified. Please email Mr. Shapiro ( with questions. Elections for 2L and 3L Student Bar Association representatives will occur on April 8th and 9th. Candidates may campaign on April 7th, and on the 8th and 9th during all non-election hours.

Jessup Competition Applications

Originally named the "International Law Moot," the Jessup Competition held its first round at Harvard University on May 3, 1959. In the subsequent forty years, the Jessup Competition has risen to the preeminent position of being the largest and most prestigious international law moot court competition in the world. Today, approximately 1,500 students from more than 300 law schools in almost 50 nations participate in the Competition.

Participants first compete in Regional Competitions in their respective countries. Winners from these Competitions advance to the International Rounds, which have historically been held in Washington, D.C. The team will consist of four students and will be coached by law faculty. During the fall semester, team members will produce two written memorials (analogous to a brief); oral arguments will take place during the spring semester. For further details on the Jessup competition, see

All applications welcome: both previous moot court experience and relevant course work will be considered, but neither is required. Upperclass students should submit a current resume and a statement of interest (covering relevant experience and reasons for interest in the competition) to Dean Catherine Matthews (, no later than Wednesday, April 8, at noon. All applications will be reviewed by a faculty committee.

Applications Open for National Environmental Moot Court Competition

Each year at Pace University School of Law, more than 70 law schools compete in the largest and most widely recognized environmental moot court competition. The event provides a quality experience in environmental litigation. Participants have the opportunity to demonstrate their skills in appellate brief writing and oral advocacy. Each competition proceeds with three adverse sides: the government, public interest groups, and regulated industry, thus representing the complexity of real world environmental litigation.

The Indiana University team will consist of two or three students. During the fall semester, team members will collaborate with each other to complete a brief for one set of litigants based on a problem released in early October. Following submission of the brief in late November, the team will then prepare to compete in at least three rounds of oral arguments in White Plains, New York in late February. In each oral advocacy round, the team will represent a different set of litigants. Participants may earn academic credit. For more information on the competition, please see.

All applications from JD students are welcome; both previous moot court experience and relevant course work will be considered, but neither is required. Students should submit a current resume and a statement of interest (covering relevant experience and reasons for interest in the competition) to Dean Matthews ( no later than noon on Wednesday, April 8. For more information, see the competition's website.

IP Moot Court Teams Excel at Competition

Two Maurer intellectual property moot court teams competed at the Atlanta regional of the American Intellectual Property Law Association's Giles S. Rich Moot Court Competition. Representing Maurer were 3Ls Gretchen Parrish and Emily Storm-Smith, and 2Ls Ben Holt and Evan Weaks. Both teams advanced to the semi-finals. The Holt/Weaks team won runner-up honors and an award for the best appellee brief. They will compete in the national competition in April in Washington, D.C. Josh Larsen, Mike Morris, JD'11, and Leah Seigel, JD'14, provided outstanding help as coaches.

LLSA and SELS Basketball Tournament

Come join the IU Maurer Sports and Entertainment Law Society and Latina/o Law Student Association as we host this year's law school basketball tournament on April 24, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the HPER (a break from the regular Assembly Hall location because the arena is under construction). The tournament will be 5-on-5, full-court games. Teams may have up to eight players, with at least one person on the team being Maurer student, faculty, or staff. Registration fee is $10 a person, but only $8 if you donate a canned good for the Hoosier Hills Food Bank. SELS and LLSA will be tabling Mondays-Thursdays to allow teams to sign up, sign waivers, and pay their registration fees. Space is limited, so early registration is highly encouraged.

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