Indiana Law Annotated for November 2, 2015

November 2, 2015

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This Week in the Law School

Open Classrooms Week

Faculty will be sitting in on their colleagues' classes Tuesday-Thursday so they can learn from and be inspired by each other. Please welcome them.

The Holidays and Exams Are Coming

And so are the temptations of lousy eating habits. Come to a session on nutrition and stress management Monday and learn that you don't have to live on kale to eat well and feel better.

Winter is Coming, Too

Don't forget to register for Wintersession this week if you're a 2L or 3L.

The Gong Show

One of our funnest events is Thursday at Serendipity. Come witness extraordinary displays of talent at Serendipity. Prizes!

Thinking About a JD/MBA?

And even if you're not, plan to attend a networking session Friday night to find out about the program. Kelley's MBA school is one of the best in the country.

The Board of Visitors is Here Friday

If you see distinguished-looking people (other than our faculty, of course) roaming the halls, chances are you've spotted a board member. Go up and introduce yourself. They are interested in meeting you.

The Best News

ILA editor James Boyd returns next week, with his signature wit and wisdom.


Monday, November 2

Christian Legal Society Bible Study

All students interested in learning more about the Christian Legal Society or interested in engaging in Bible study are welcome to attend. Room 216, noon.

IU Health and Wellness Talk: Nutrition and Stress Management

Bring a bag lunch and join us by 12:10 p.m. for a talk about stress management and food. Healthy eating is one of the easiest ways to reduce stress since diet affects sleep and energy, which are key stress indicators. Learn secrets to healthy eating through simple, nutrient-rich meal planning and timing. If you plan to attend, email Ms. Ferrufino at Room 122, noon.

Leslie Parrish on Unaccompanied Minors

Leslie Parrish will present on the topic of unaccompanied minors in the U.S. Sponsored by Pro Bono Immigration Project. Room 120, 5:00 p.m.


Tuesday, November 3

From Damascus to Indiana: Developments In American Refugee Law And Practicalities of Resettlement

The Federalist Society, International Law Society, and Pro-Bono Immigration Project invite you to a panel discussion of American refugee law and resettlement procedures in relation to the Syrian-European migration crisis. The panel will consist of an Indiana Law professor, Ambassador Grover Joseph Rees (ret.) and Cole Varga, Director of Operations (and IU alumnus) from Exodus Migration Ministries, the Episcopal migration and US Department of State affiliate that resettles new refugees in Indiana. This discussion is meant to educate people on the nature and development of American refugee law, and to discuss the reality of refugee resettlement and what lawyers and law students can do to help. One hour CLE offered pending commission approval. Significantly better than pizza lunch will be served. All are welcome. Room 123, noon.

Westlaw Training for 1Ls

Training for first year students so they can become more familiar with Westlaw, one of the most widely used legal research services. Room 124, noon.

Transactional Drafting Competition Information Session

Professor Mark Need will provide information about this spring's internal Transactional Drafting Competition. He will cover the format and tentative time line for the competition. It is extremely important for you to attend this session if you are interested in the competition. Attendance at this session will help us gauge the size of the competition and the number of teams that we will plan for. Additionally, Prof. Need will cover transactional basics to help expected participants prepare for the competition. The competition is open to all 2Ls and 3Ls. However, 1Ls are welcome to attend the session to gain information for next year. Food will be provided. If you have any questions, please contact James Abney ( Room 125, noon.

Dog Days!

Please join the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund and SBA as we host this year's first Dog Days! There will be free lunch provided. Feel free to bring your dog. There will be toys and treats provided! Whether or not you have a dog, this is a great way to decompress and take a break from your hectic schedule. Dog Days will begin at noon and go throughout the day. We hope to see you there! Patio, noon.


Wednesday, November 4

No events scheduled.


Thursday, November 5

Gong Show

The Gong Show is the Law School's annual talent show hosted by BLSA. Come be entertained and surprised by your fellow law students' surprising talents...and see what professor is brave enough to strike the gong! If you have a special talent and are interested in performing, please contact Prizes will be given for: 1st Place, $50; 2nd Place, $25;and 3rd Place, $15. Food will be provided, and the show will end with a special performance by The Law School Band! Tickets are being sold daily during the lunch hour for $10. No tickets will be sold at the door. Serendipity Martini Bar; doors open at 7 pm.


Friday, November 6

Board of Visitors Meeting

The Indiana Law Board of Visitors will be in Baier Hall today for its semi-annual meeting. This is our group of senior advisors, the dean's cabinet. Please greet them warmly when you see them in the halls or on the third floor.

Seminar: Property Rights, Gender and Citizenship in Eastern Europe

With guest speaker Maria Bucur-Deckard. Room 120, noon. Sponsored by Center for Constitutional Democracy.

Maurer/Kelley Networking Happy Hour

Come out to meet and mingle with students from the Kelley School of Business. We had a great time together earlier this semester and this is a chance to follow up and build on those connections. This event enables you to meet students from outside the Law School and learn information about the MBA program from those who are experiencing it. Even if you're not interested in the joint program, we still recommend coming to network because the MBA students might be your future clients. The event is open to all students. The Business and Law Society will provide food. 6:00-8:00 p.m., Brothers Bar and Grill.


Saturday, November 7

No events scheduled.


Sunday, November 8

IU Professional School Flag Football Tournament

Join the SBA at Bryan Park for our annual showdown against the business, optometry, and medical schools. You can sign up for one of our two teams all week in the lobby. The tournament will last from 2:30-6:30, and there is plenty of parking in the lots off South Henderson Street.


Faculty News

Professor Bill Weeks has been named chair of an American Bar Association Task Force on Conservation Easement Law. Under the auspices of the Real Property, Trust, and Estate Law Section, the Task Force will work over the next year to develop recommendations for improving the clarity of applicable federal tax law, and the enhancing the conservation results achieved.

Professor Steve Sanders gave an invited lecture last on October 26 at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York on the topic "LGBTQ Equality v. Religious Rights?" Earlier this month he was a panelist at the University of Texas at Austin for the university's Free Speech Dialogues program on the topic of academic freedom.



Wintersession Begins January 5

Wintersession is your opportunity (if you're a 2L or 3L) to participate in an intensive, one-credit pass/fail course on a variety of practical, hands-on topics from January 5-8, 2016, just before the spring semester begins. Six courses will offered on everything from The Lawyer as Business Executive to Depositions, all taught by experienced practitioners, all at no additional charge to you (in some cases there will be a nominal charge for reading materials (no more than $30)). Registration information will be available soon; in the meantime, you can read more about the courses.

Movember Starts Monday, November 2

The Health Law Society is kicking off its signature event, MOVEMBER, on Monday. Bring your spare change and get ready to vote for your favorite facial hair. Feel free to show your support by growing a beard or mustache of your own. Each donation gets a ribbon or fake mustache to wear for support as well! All money that we raise this month will be split between the Movember Foundation for Prostate Cancer Awareness and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Prof. Dau-Schmidt has generously agreed to match the first $500 in donations! Come see us at lunch.

Startup Weekend

Have an incredible business idea, but haven't had the time or resources to make it a reality? Want to learn the first steps to creating a company and gain experience working on a startup team? Or just want to spend a weekend working on innovative projects with like-minded, creative people? Come to Startup Weekend Bloomington, on November 6th-8th at the IU Cyberinfrastructure Building!

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event for entrepreneurs, designers, developers and startup enthusiasts that's designed to provide the time, space, networking, and knowledge they need to turn ideas into viable businesses. The event takes place over a span of two and half days. On Friday night, attendees take the mic to pitch their ideas to the group in 60 seconds or less. After groups form around the top 8-10 ideas, the rest of the weekend is spent transforming those ideas into viable companies with the help of coaches and seasoned startup entrepreneurs. On Sunday evening, teams will give a five-minute pitch to a group of judges who will award prizes to the top three startups.

You bring the ideas and skills and we'll supply the wifi, mentors, business model canvases, and food (ticket price includes 7 meals served to participants throughout the weekend). Tickets are available at the website.

Dissertation Defended

Congratulations to Ms. Sahar Alhabdan, who successfully defended her dissertation before her committee — Profs. Joseph Hoffmann, Christiana Ochoa, Donald Gjerdingen. The dissertation is titled "Domestic Violence in Saudi Arabia."

Planning an Event: Interim Contact Information

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