Indiana Law Annotated for September 21, 2015

September 21, 2015

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This Week in the Law School

This week kicks off the introduction to our awesome Stewart Fellows program, with an informational session on Wednesday. Why anyone wouldn't want to go do an externship in places like Argentina, Brazil, China, or Japan is beyond ILA, but we don't ask questions. Applications are also now open for some countries; see "Announcements."

3Ls, Dean Catherine Matthews will talk about graduation and bar application processes on Tuesday, which means that in just a few months you'll go from receiving ILA to receiving emails from our wonderful development office. (They take cash, credit, check, and estate gifts, among others.)

As a friendly reminder, submissions for the next week's ILA are due at noon on Thursdays. But, like the Hoosier football defense, we can't really stop you from doing anything.

Two more weeks 'til fall break…


Monday, September 21

Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Information Session

Passionate about public interest work but worried about not finding a paid job this summer? If so, please join the Career Services Office and Public Interest Law Foundation for a lunchtime session to learn more about PILI's Summer Internship Program. PILI facilitates placement at various public interest organizations throughout Chicago and funds payment of those positions. Executive Director Michael Bergmann and Indiana Law's PILI interns from last summer will provide insight on the application process and their experiences. Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP. Room 122, noon.

Kermit Gosnell's Murder Conviction and Recent Planned Parenthood Controversies: Infanticide, Abortion, and Looking Beyond the Masks of the Law

The Federalist Society, Advocates for Life, and the Christian Legal Society welcome all interested in the topic to the social conservative speaker event of the fall semester. Prof. Rick Duncan, from Nebraska Law, an engaging speaker on the right to life, will break down the recent scandals and controversies regarding abortion law in the U.S. from a legal and moral perspective. Specific topics will be Gosnell's conviction and the Planned Parenthood videos and de-funding movements. Prof. Jody Madeira will give rebuttal commentary. BBQ lunch will be served. It is sure to be a lively and informative discussion. All are welcome. Room 124, noon.

IP Law Panel Discussion with Recent Alumni

Join the Center for Intellectual Property Research's panel discussion with alumni working in the field of IP. The panelists will give a brief background on their work followed by time for student questions. Following the panel discussion, we will move to the Faculty Lounge (310) for a reception catered by One World, and time to mingle with the attorneys. This is an important opportunity to meet and chat with new graduates immersed in IP. Scheduled to attend are Caleb J. Bean, '14 (Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP in San Diego); Samuel C. Giesting, '10 (Barnes & Thornburg LLP in Indianapolis); Rajat Khanna, '14 (Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago); Abrahim J. Shanehsaz, '14 (Krieg DeVault in Indianapolis); and Jessica Van Dalen, '10 (Faegre Baker Daniels LLP in Indianapolis). Room 213, 5 p.m.

Protective Order Project Make-up Training

POP will be holding a make-up training for all interested members who could not attend new member training. Those looking to get involved in POP must attend this training. Room 122, 5:30 p.m.


Tuesday, September 22

Bar Review Info Session for Graduate Students

Law graduate students who are planning to take the New York Bar Exam are invited to join Ms. Claire Flores from BARBRI for a presentation about BARBRI's offerings for LLM students. Room 214, 10 a.m.

3L Bar and Graduation Session

Join Dean Catherine Matthews for this session, where she will provide general information regarding graduation, discuss duties of the graduation committee, and invite nominations to the committee. She will also discuss and take questions about the bar application process, including application requirements and character and fitness concerns. She will focus on Indiana's application but will answer questions on other jurisdictions. Moot Court Room, noon.

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund Call-out Meeting

Please join us for the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund call-out meeting. We will be serving Noodles for lunch and discussing our goals for the year and answering any questions. See you then. Room 214, noon.

LSRJ and FLF Joint Call-out Meeting

Please join the Feminist Law Forum and Law Students for Reproductive Justice joint call-out meeting. Meet the board members and learn about our organizations and events. Lunch will be provided. Room 124, noon.


Wednesday, September 23

Stewart Fellows Overseas Externship Program Info Session, Part One

The Stewart Fellows Overseas Externship Program sends students from the Law School abroad during the summer to gain exposure to the practice of law globally. Placements in previous years have included Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Japan, South Korea, and Thailand, and in 2016 will include Vietnam. So that interested students can learn more from program alumni, the first informational session will focus on Argentina, Brazil, Thailand, and Vietnam. A second informational session focusing on China, India, Japan, and South Korea will take place on Wednesday, October 28, at noon in room 124. Both sessions will include information about application procedures. Applications are now being accepted for positions in Argentina, Brazil, Thailand, and Vietnam; see "Announcements" below for details. Contact Ms. Lara Gose ( with questions. Room 124, noon.

Dinner and an Argument: Ashcroft v. Iqbal

Join us over dinner as we listen to the U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments from the landmark case Ashcroft v. Iqbal, which addressed unlawful detention in the wake of 9/11 and set the current pleading standards. 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). Hosted by the American Constitution Society. Dinner will be provided. Room 124, 6:30 p.m.


Thursday, September 24

Networking with Jack Bobo

Jack Bobo, '96, former senior advisor for global food policy at the U.S. Department of State, will lead a session on networking for government jobs. Mr. Bobo is currently the chief communications officer at Intrexon Corporation, and is a member of the board of our Center for Constitutional Democracy. Room 120, noon.

JD-MPA Reception for Current and Prospective Joint Degree Students

The Law School will host a reception for the joint JD-MPA (Masters of Public Affairs) degree program with the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. We encourage all currently enrolled and potentially interested students to attend. Faculty from the joint program will be on hand to offer information to potential candidates, and to discuss issues of interest with current candidates. Food and drinks will be served. Faculty Conference Room, 4 to 6 p.m.


Friday, September 25

CIPR Hosts an Informal Conversation with Eyal Barash

Eyal Barash will be on campus and available to talk with IP students. Mr. Barash earned a degree in chemistry from IU in 1991, followed by his M.S. in physical chemistry from Berkeley and a law degree from Northwestern. After practicing for eight years in Washington, D.C. at a large patent law firm, he returned to his native West Lafayette, Ind. Mr. Barash currently serves as the chief IP counsel for Endocyte, Inc., a publicly-traded biopharmaceutical company developing targeted therapies for serious diseases. Please RSVP to Sarah Rounsifer ( if you would like to attend this event. CIPR offices (Suite 304), 10 to 11 a.m.

Job and Internship Search Strategies & Resources for Law Graduate Students (Professional Development Series)

Looking for a job or internship for OPT? It's not too early to start your search, and this presentation can help you understand how to use the resources available to you for the search. Presentation by Dean Kenny Tatum from the CSO and Ms. Michelle Trumbo from the Jerome Hall Law Library, in cooperation with the Office of Graduate Legal Studies. Graduate students: this session is one of the required sessions for the Professional Development Certificate, and it will be repeated in the spring semester. Please RSVP on CareerNet. Room 213, noon.

Bloomberg Training for the Business and Law Society

Lunch-and-learn training for the Business Law Society. Room 124, noon.


Faculty News

Last week, Prof. Pamela Foohey presented her paper, "God Forgives, Banks Don't? Black Churches in Chapter 11," at the Business and Human Rights Junior Scholars Conference, held at the Rutgers School of Law-Newark. Her paper was chosen from a call for papers.

Prof. Sarah Jane Hughes gave three presentations at the Annual Meeting of the Business Law Section in Chicago last week. On Friday, she was a panel member on the CLE Program on the Global Regulation of Payments and also presented an update on cybersecurity compliance duties that the MRPC impose on lawyers and law firms. The former focused on legal developments involving cryptocurrencies. Christopher Chamness, ‘13, was in the audience for the Global Regulation of Payments presentation. On Saturday she moderated the CLE Program entitled "Still Sanctionable -- Dealings with Iran and Cuba: Look Out For Icebergs!" In addition, on September 14th, Hughes' co-authored op-ed on the Iran Deal appeared in the online edition of The Hill, a daily newsletter reporting on Congress.



Announcing Spring 2016 IP Externship Opportunities

IP Externship opportunities for the Spring 2016 term are now online. See Indiana Law CareerNet to apply - the application deadline is September 24. Applications are being accepted for the following: Berry Plastics, Cook, CMG Worldwide, Dow Agro, IU Libraries and the Office of Scholarly Publishing, Copyright Program, IU Licensing and Trademarks, NSWC Crane. General questions about the IP Externships should be directed to Prof. Jason Du Mont ( and Allison Hess ( For questions about the application process through Indiana Law CareerNet, please contact Kim Bunge ( in the Career Services Office.

Stewart Fellows Overseas Externship Program Accepting Applications

1Ls and 2Ls are invited to submit applications to the Stewart Fellows Overseas Externship Program for placements in Argentina, Brazil, Thailand, and Vietnam, beginning today through Friday, October 2. Students should apply through Indiana Law CareerNet. Application requirements include a resume and cover letter. Please note that applicants for placements in Argentina and Brazil must demonstrate professional, near-native, or native fluency in Spanish and Portuguese, respectively. Interviews are expected to take place immediately following fall break. (A separate application period for placements in China, India, Japan and South Korea will take place during the first two weeks of the Spring 2016 semester.) Contact Ms. Lara Gose ( with questions about the Stewart Fellows Program.

Two Research Assistants Needed

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.

Welcome to the 13th Annual JD/LLM Socctoberfest

This year's soccer match will take place on Friday, October 23rd at 4:30 p.m. at Karst Farm Park, fields 1 and 2, on the west side of Bloomington. It is a co-ed event that welcomes all ability levels. After the games, which will end at approximately 7:00 p.m., we will have a cookout in the area adjacent to the soccer fields. Participants, fellow students, and family are all welcome to attend.

If you are a JD or LLM student interested in playing, please e-mail Rhea May (, and indicate your ability level based on the following four categories:

  • A. I played competitively in college or high school
  • B. I know how to play and have some athletic ability
  • C. I can still run and kick things
  • D. I can kick things

In addition, please note if you have ever played goalie.

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