Indiana Law Annotated for September 14, 2015

September 14, 2015

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This Week in the Law School

Thursday is Constitution Day, and the Law School is pleased to welcome Dahlia Lithwick as the day's keynote speaker. As we celebrate Constitution Day, there is something incredibly cool going on in our building. An 11-member delegation from Liberia is here this week, consulting with the Center for Constitutional Democracy on several issues that will be put before that nation's legislature next month. It's pretty special to take part in something so important as the creation of a nation's laws, and it's just one example of the kinds of spectacular opportunities you have here as a student through our centers, clinics, and programs. Get involved with something you're passionate about or something you've never even heard of. There are plenty of call-out meetings this week to introduce you to various student organizations and other opportunities.

The Sports and Entertainment Law Society is one such organization, hosting a call-out today at noon, with BuffaLouie's for lunch. No word on an agenda; they just might wing it. The Environmental Law Society's meeting is Tuesday at noon. Come discuss the great outdoors in the great indoors of room 214. The inaugural meeting of a proposed Tax Law Society kicks off Thursday. Join now; there are increasing penalties for those who join after April 15.


Monday, September 14

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 to attend. Please note this event will repeat every Monday during the fall semester, while school is in session, through November 24. Room 216, noon.

Latino Law Student Association Call-out

For those interested in joining the Latino Law Student Association, please join us for our call-out meeting. We will be discussing LLSA's mission and vision for the school year and will talk about the events we have scheduled for the year. Lunch will be provided. Lewis Building Room 211, noon.

Sport and Entertainment Law Society Call-out

You don't have to be pursuing the sport or entertainment law fields to be in this club. Join us for BuffaLouie's as we introduce board members, discuss dues, and leak some upcoming events. Guest speakers (Norm Wain, USA Track and Field; Frank Pulice, Pacers), networking trips (Indianapolis, Chicago), and club events (tailgates, basketball in Assembly Hall) are just a few things on our list of things to cover at this call-out! Don't miss out. Room 125, noon.

Labor and Employment Law Society Call-out

Are you interested in topics such as unions, employment discrimination, wrongful termination, workplace harassment, or the other aspects of employment law? More important, do you want a job when you graduate? Then come to the Labor and Employment Law Society call-out meeting. Labor and employment is consistently one of the fastest-growing areas for legal hiring. We will be discussing membership in our organization and upcoming events. Lunch will be provided. Room 213, noon.

Family Law Society Call-out

The Family Law Society is hosting a meeting for all students interested in learning about our organization and our plans for the upcoming school year. If you are interested in issues surrounding families, children, marriage, divorce, adoption, reproductive rights, domestic violence, or just want a free non-pizza lunch, please come by. Room 124, noon.

American Constitution Society Call-out

ACS is the umbrella progressive group on campus. Come find out what we have planned for the semester and how you can get involved. We are looking for 1L reps. Free food from Noodles will be provided. Room 121, 12:10 p.m.

CSO/SBA Committee Meeting

Room 222, noon.


Tuesday, September 15

IJLSE Note Meeting

The Indiana Journal of Law and Social Equality will host the annual note meeting for associates and notes editors. Associates will meet with their NEs and learn more about the note-writing process. Lewis Building Room 211, noon.

Environmental Law Society Call-out

Call out meeting for the Environmental Law Society. For all those interested in environmental law, conservation, and the outdoors. Lunch will be provided. Room 214, noon.

"Fishy Prosecutions, Obamacare Shenanigans, and Big Gay Weddings: Another Year at the Supreme Court."

Come join the Federalist Society for the first speaker event of the year. Ilya Shapiro from the Cato institute in Washington will review the good, bad, and ugly, of the cases from this past term and how they set up this year of constitutional law. Prof. Daniel Conkle will give commentary afterward and there will be opportunities for Q+A afterward. Shapiro is a particularly engaging speaker who has been in countless media appearances and debates, making this sure to be an enlightening discussion. Free lunch form Potbelly's will be provided. All are welcome. Room 122, noon.

Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-off Event: Screening of "Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice"

September 15, 2015 marks the 47th annual National Hispanic Heritage Month. The Latino Law Student Association will present Berkeley Media and Abby Ginzberg's documentary "Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice" as a free screening kick-off event. Moot Court Room, noon.

Protective Order Project CLIO Training

POP is a student-directed project at the Law School designed to help victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and stalking obtain civil protective orders from the court, with the goal of preventing further abuse, both by restraining the abuser and by empowering the victim. Room 124, noon.

Intellectual Property Association Call-out Meeting

Come learn more about the IPA, meet the faculty and board, and enjoy some delicious food. Room 121, 12:05 p.m.

Business Law Society 1L Rep Elections

Room 120, 5 p.m.


Wednesday, September 16

Workshop for Sherman Minton Moot Court Participants

Participants in the Sherman Minton Moot Court competition are invited to attend this legal research workshop. We will use last year's competition problem to discuss the best ways to find cases and statutes for your brief. Topics will include: general tips for researching your brief, advanced case law research, and using secondary sources. Please feel free to bring your lunch to the session. Moot Court Room, noon.


Thursday, September 17

Constitution Day with Dahlia Lithwick presents "Four Women Justices: Has Gender Made a Difference when Supreme Court Read the Constitution?"

Dahlia Lithwick is a senior editor at Slate, and in that capacity, writes the "Supreme Court Dispatches" and "Jurisprudence" columns. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Harper's, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, and Commentary, among other places. She won a 2013 National Magazine Award for her columns on the Affordable Care Act. She has been twice awarded an Online Journalism Award for her legal commentary and was the first online journalist invited to be on the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press. Ms. Lithwick has testified before Congress about access to justice in the era of the Roberts Court. She has appeared on CNN, ABC, The Colbert Report, and is a frequent guest on The Rachel Maddow Show. Ms. Lithwick earned her BA from Yale University and her JD degree from Stanford University. She is currently working on a book about the four women justices of the United States Supreme Court. One hour of Indiana CLE credit is approved for this program. Moot Court Room, noon.

Internal and International JD/MBA Programs

Professor Mark Need will hold an informational session for all students interested in the joint JD/MBA program, both internally with the Kelley School of Business at IU and with IU's international partner in Seoul, South Korea. Room 120, noon.

Tax Law Society (Unofficial) Call-out

The prospective Tax Law Society is looking for interested members to help with the formation of this brand new organization. Since tax law is Maurer's top-ranked specialty (according to the most recent survey by U.S. News & World Report), it makes sense for us to create a channel to provide information and assistance to those interested in this flourishing practice area. We welcome 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls, LLMs, SJDs, and exchange students to come to our call-out for an opportunity to be a founding member and shape the organization from the ground up. Lunch will be provided. Room 124, noon.

CIPR Fall 2015 IP Colloquium Seminar Series: Peter DiCola

Northwestern University School of Law's Peter DiCola will present "What Should Intellectual Property Law Do, and How Should We Measure It?" today for Professor Michael Mattioli's IP Colloquium. Two hours of Indiana CLE credit have been approved. Room 214, 1:15 p.m.

Advocates for Life Call-Out

Come learn more about Maurer's pro-life group. Dinner will be served. Those who wish may stay after dinner for a discussion on "Why We're Pro-Life." Room 122, 5:30 p.m.

Women's Law Caucus Call-Out at the Tap

Please join us at the Tap for the Women's Law Caucus annual call-out meeting. Learn about the organization, meet fellow students and members, and find out about all of the exciting events we have planned this year! Snacks and soft drinks will be provided. We look forward to having you attend. The Tap (101 N. College Ave.), 7 p.m.

PILF Mixer at Crazy Horse

Come join PILF to learn more about the organization, its members, and how you can get involved. Snacks will be provided. We hope to see you there. The Crazy Horse (214 W. Kirkwood Ave.), 7 p.m.


Friday, September 18

Black Law Students Association 1L Success Session

Alumnus and distinguished BLSA member Rachel Dawson, '99, director of professional development at Faegre Baker Daniels, will be hosting a 1L success session for first-year BLSA members. Lunch will be provided. Room 122, noon to 4 p.m.

LLM Thesis Information Session (Graduate Legal Studies Presentation)

Graduate students interested in applying to the LLM Thesis program should plan to attend this meeting. Prof. Lisa Farnsworth, director of Graduate Legal Studies, and Allison Foust, director of Graduate Admissions, will present information about the thesis program, including tips for choosing a thesis topic and the application process. Can't attend the session? Contact Prof. Farnsworth ( to discuss your academic plans or questions. Contact Allison ( to learn more about the application process. Room 213, 3:30 p.m.

Graduate Legal Studies: Bowling at the IMU

Graduate students and their families are invited to an afternoon of complimentary bowling and refreshments at The Back Alley at the IMU. A great opportunity to wear funky shoes, throw heavy objects, "pig out" on sodas and light refreshments, take a break from your studies, and hang out with friends. Bring your spouse, significant other, your kid(s), IPGA, and/or a friend. Participants should also bring socks to pair with the bowling shoes. The Back Alley (inside the Indiana Memorial Union), 4 to 6 p.m.


Faculty News

Prof. Dan Cole, Mike McGinnis (Political Science and SPEA), and Graham Epstein (PhD candidate at SPEA), were awarded the 2015 Elinor Ostrom Prize for "the best full-length article published in JOIE [Journal of Institutional Economics] in the preceding calendar year" on Saturday at the second annual meeting of the World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research (WINIR) in Rio de Janeiro. Cole, McGinnis, and Epstein received the prize for their 2014 work entitled, "Digging Deeper into Hardin’s Pasture: The Complex Institutional Structure of the 'Tragedy of the Commons'."

Prof. Steve Sanders appeared on MSNBC's "Live with Thomas Roberts" on Sept. 4 to discuss the jailing of Kentucky clerk Kim Davis.



The Law School has formed a partnership with Chapman and Cutler LLP on a talent development program. Read more about this exciting new collaboration.

Prof. Hannah Buxbaum is seeking to hire two research assistants. Candidates must have excellent research and writing skills as well as some coursework in securities law and/or advanced civil procedure. These are paid positions. Please submit a resume, transcript, and statement of interest to her assistant, Mary Beth Boyer (, as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed until both positions are filled.

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