Indiana Law Annotated for Jan. 25, 2016

January 25, 2016
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This Week in the Law School

Dean Parrish invites you to share coffee, cookies, concerns, cases, or simply your thoughts on alliteration this morning at 10:30. Afterward, showcase your comedic timing and talent by auditioning for the Law & Drama Society spring play, Woody Allen's God. If you time it just right, you can make it over to the weekly Bible study at 12:10 in Room 214. The Federalist Society hosts "Making the Criminal Justice System Work for all Americans" on Tuesday, with special guests from the Manitowoc County Sheriff's Department. If you've got time to...wait for it...spare, PILF's bowling tournament is Saturday. Help them strike it rich.

In perhaps the best news of the week, the "Plan a Meeting" function on the web site is available. Plan away.


Monday, January 25

Coffee with Dean Parrish

Dean Austen Parrish likes to take time to visit with students and hear firsthand how things are going. Come sit down and share coffee, cookies, concerns, questions, and anything else on your mind. Jerome Hall Law Library Lobby, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Law & Drama Society 2016 Spring Comedy Auditions

Law & Drama Society is pleased to announce the 2016 Spring Comedy: Woody Allen's God. Open auditions are Monday, January 25, at noon, in Room 125. Everyone who auditions is guaranteed a role. Contact Landyn Rookard at to schedule an audition if Monday does not work for you, or for information about participating as crew or production staff. Room 125, noon.

Feminist Law Forum General Body/Call-out Meeting

We will be meeting to discuss events this semester including additional consciousness-raising events (Let's Talk), the equal pay bake sale, and Women in the Law Day. Join us to learn more about FLF and pay dues. Room 120, 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. Room 214, 12:10 p.m.


Tuesday, January 26

Making Criminal Justice Work for All Americans

Join the Federalist Society and Black Law Students Association for the semester's panel event on reforming the criminal justice system. Paul Larkin, a criminal law expert from the Heritage Foundation in Washington; IU criminal justice professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah; and Indiana Law's Prof. Ryan Scott will discuss policing, sentencing reform, and ways to heal racial disparities in the American criminal justice system. All are welcome. A delicious Thai lunch will be served. One hour CLE requested, pending approval. Moot Court Room, noon.

Faculty Speaker Series: Charles Geyh

Join SBA as we kick off the spring semester with a Faculty Speaker Series from Prof. Charles Geyh. Prof. Geyh has worked as an advisor to Joe Biden, testified at judicial impeachment hearings, counseled other countries on judicial independence, and is an incredible cook; just to name a few of his accomplishments. Come learn about his life outside of the Law School. Light snacks will be provided. Room 124, noon.


Wednesday, January 27

Review of the Indiana Law Summer Externship Programs

This is a session aimed mostly at 1Ls who are in the middle of their search for externships in the summer. Prof. Inge Van der Cruysse will indicate what the school's programs and externship courses are and answer questions from students who are embarking on their search. Room 121, noon.


Thursday, January 28

Career Choices: Cause Advocacy

Featuring Mitra Merryman and Jan Mensz. See CareerNet for full details, including time, location, and to RSVP.

1L Westlaw Training

Westlaw Certification 201 training, covering secondary sources and court rules. Lunch will be provided. Please register at to ensure the right amount of food is ordered. This session will repeat on Friday. Room 216, noon.

WLC Auction Phone Banking

The Women's Law Caucus Auction is coming up soon! In order to get ready for the auction, the Women's Law Caucus and the Protective Order Project are calling for their members and volunteers to work a phone bank to call back the businesses that were canvassed last semester. Feel free to come whether you canvassed or not last semester. POP members will receive a POP credit for volunteering, so it's a good way to get a jump start on POP credits this semester. Come out for an hour or two to help us raise money for POP and Middle Way House. Room 125, 4 to 6 p.m.

Optional Practical Training for Graduate Students

The Optional Practical Training (OPT) large information session for graduate students is encouraged for May 2016 graduates. Students who attend should be a graduate student completing their degree in May 2016 or earlier, wanting to apply for OPT using the Full-Service Track, and be able to attend this evening's meeting in its entirety. Students who meet these requirements can go to their iStart accounts to the Session Sign-ups section of their menu options. There they can sign up for the "Graduate Student OPT Information Session: Spring 2016 Completion." Students should plan to arrive at least 5 minutes early as attendance will be taken. Moot Court Room, 5 to 7 p.m.

Smithsonian Ornithologist Pete Marra

The Environmental Law Society will be hosting a lecture by Pete Marra, an ornithologist from the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. The lecture will cover bird migration and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Food provided. Room 121, 7 p.m.


Friday, January 29

Career Choices: Alternative Dispute Resolution

Featuring Daniel Nau and Joseph O'Connor. See CareerNet for full details, including time, location, and to RSVP.

1L Westlaw Training

Room 216, noon.

Graduate Legal Studies Colloquium

The Graduate Legal Studies Colloquium is a forum for scholarly discussion among SJD and PhD students, as well as visiting scholars and Indiana Law professors. The first event of the spring semester will take place Friday. Pizza will be served. If you want to attend the opening event, RSVP to Kai-Chih Chang ( no later than Jan. 27 at noon. Student Lounge, noon.

Abortion and Biology: Evaluating Abortion Through Science

Advocates For Life is featuring Dr. Daniel Ippolito and Dr. Kimberly Lyle-Ippolito. Join AFL as the Ippolitos seek to explain the ethical and moral failures of abortion through an unexpected avenue—evolutionary biology. A Q&A session will follow the presentation. The event is open to IU undergraduates, graduate students, law students, faculty, and staff and members of the Bloomington community. Open dialogue is important to the debate concerning abortion. We welcome and encourage the attendance of those of the pro-choice view. Moot Court Room, 7 p.m.


Saturday, January 30

VITA: Life Is Taxing, So Why Not Help Do Some Taxes?

If you're considering volunteering with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, training will be provided at 11:50 a.m. to help certify volunteers for tax preparation. Also, one of the VITA coordinators will be in the hallway from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday this week. This will be an opportunity for volunteers to sign up for hours over the tax season (you will be able to sign up for additional hours at the scheduled VITA meetings). We look forward to seeing you this week.

Third Annual PILF Bowling Tournament

Please join PILF for the Third Annual Bowling Tournament at Classic Lanes starting at 1 p.m. Sign up in teams of five during lunch this week. The cost to participate is $10 per person and that cost includes your shoe rental and at least two games. There will be a prize for the winning team and proceeds go toward Singing for Summer Salaries and PILF's summer scholarship fund. This is a great way to show involvement for those of you who are wanting to receive a scholarship from PILF this summer while working in an unpaid position.


Sunday, January 31

This weekend is the last weekend of the 2016 Maurer Trial Competition taking place at the Justice Building in downtown Bloomington (301 N. College Ave.). The top four trial advocates will participate in the final round on Sunday, January 31st at 1 p.m. An awards ceremony will follow. Please join us to find out who is the Law School's Alex Cabot, Vinny Gambini, or Dean Strang.


Faculty News

Professor Rob Fischman's latest article is now published: "Leveraging Federal Land Plans into Landscape Conservation," 6 GEO. WASH. J. ENERGY & ENVTL. LAW, no. 3, Winter 2016, 46-55. It suggests several ways in which a mandated unit-level (e.g. an individual national forest) plan can better contribute to goals of a larger region (e.g. the Willamette River watershed) and of federal agencies (e.g. mandates to maintain ecological integrity).

On January 11, Prof. Sarah Jane Hughes presented highlights from the Uniform Law Commission's draft Uniform Regulation of Virtual Currency Intermediaries Act. The draft, which Prof. Hughes drafted over the course of the past three months, and its predecessor that she drafted over the summer months, will be debated at the Drafting Committee's next meeting from February 19-21, 2016.



Proofreading and Editing Help Sought for International Students

The Office of Graduate Legal Studies and International Programs is collecting names and contact information of JD students who are interested in assisting students in the law graduate programs (Master of Laws with Thesis, Doctor of Juridical Science) with proofreading and/or editing research projects written in English. Thesis and dissertation writers work closely with a faculty advisor on the substance of the project but frequently seek help with proofreading and light editing to ensure that the writing follows the standards of academic legal writing. If you would be interested in this type of work, please forward your name and contact information to Ms. Lara Gose ( by Friday, February 5. This information will be shared with students in the graduate programs. All negotiations regarding the proofreading or editing help (including deadlines, price for services, etc.) will be between the student seeking assistance and the student offering assistance.

Basic Mediation and Restorative Justice Training

The Community Justice and Mediation Center (CJAM) offers a 40-hour training program for community members interested in learning about conflict resolution, mediation, and restorative justice. Participants will enhance their interpersonal skills in communication and listening, problem solving, and negotiation, and they will increase their understanding of restorative justice philosophy and methods, the sources of conflict, and the processes leading to constructive conflict resolution. The training should benefit any community member concerned with managing conflict and its resolution. The training provides the background and skills necessary to work as a community mediator and restorative justice practitioner and qualifies participants to volunteer in CJAM's programs.

The winter training will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. over five weekend days: February 6, 7, 20, 21, and 27 at the Law School. The training will be led by senior mediators and restorative justice practitioners. Tuition is $300, $250 if received by January 29. Scholarships are available. For more information, e-mail ( or, phone the office at (812) 336-8677. Go to our website,, to download an application. Payment can be made by credit card at the website or by check with your application.

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