Indiana Law Annotated for Feb. 1, 2016

February 1, 2016
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This Week in the Law School

Our intrepid dean has braved the horrors of being stuck in Puerto Rico due to Winterstorm Jonas to have coffee with you this afternoon.

It's not every week we get to welcome the named plaintiff in a Supreme Court case that changed the course of history. But on Tuesday, we get to do just that. Jim Obergefell, of Obergefell v. Hodges, will be here at noon. We encourage you to arrive early to guarantee a seat.

Since Tuesday is also Groundhog Day, have some fun by repeating Tuesday's schedule over and over and over again. At least until Ned Ryerson appears. This weekend marks the end of the Year of the Goat, and APALSA and the Graduate Legal Studies office invite you to a Lunar New Year celebration Thursday. Reached for comment, Kanye West disagreed, saying the Year of the GOAT is just beginning. (New album in stores 2/11!). Swish.

Finally, congratulations to all participants in the 2016 Maurer Trial Competition. See "Announcements" for a complete wrap-up.


Monday, February 1

The Indiana Nondiscrimination Bill and the Utah Compromise: Are They Striking the Right Balance Between Religious Freedom and LGBT Protections?

Join The Federalist Society, OUTlaw, the LGBT Project, the Christian Legal Society, and the Labor and Employment Law Society for a panel event about the nondiscrimination law passed in Utah and the pending bill in the Indiana General Assembly. This highly topical event will discuss the protections for the LGBT community and the many exceptions to those protections. The panel features Professor Robin Fretwell Wilson (Illinois), a moderate voice who played a significant role in developing the Utah compromise that is the model for Indiana's and other red states' non-discrimination law reforms. Rick Sutton, founding member and former executive director of Freedom Indiana, will advocate for the concerns of the LGBT community in Indiana. The illustrious Prof. Dan Conkle will moderate. All are welcome. A delicious lunch from Moe's will be served. One hour CLE requested, pending approval. Moot Court Room, noon.

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, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Lexis Training for 1Ls

Room 120, noon.

Protective Order Project Mandatory Training

POP is a pro bono organization of Maurer student volunteers. Our mission is to help victims of domestic violence, stalking, and sexual abuse obtain civil protective orders. If you are interested in volunteering with our organization this semester, please plan on attending a mandatory new member training. Room 125, 5 to 7 p.m.

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, February 2

James Obergefell: Making Supreme Court History As an Accidental Activist

When Jim Obergefell's partner of 21 years, John Arthur, was dying, all the two of them wanted was the dignity of a marriage that the State of Ohio would recognize on a death certificate. Ohio refused, and Jim, together with couples from three other states, went all the way to the Supreme Court seeking marriage equality. In Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court held in 2015 that gays and lesbians must be included in the fundamental constitutional right to marry. Jim Obergefell will discuss the role he played as a plaintiff in helping make legal history. Prof. Steve Sanders, who was co-counsel on an amicus brief in Obergefell's Supreme Court case and whose scholarship was cited by the district court, will moderate. Mr. Obergefell's visit is made possible by Union Board, the Maurer School of Law, the American Constitution Society, OUTLaw and the IU GLBT Alumni Association. Moot Court Room, noon.

Lexis Training for 1Ls

Room 120, noon; Room 122, 2:20-3:10 p.m.


Wednesday, February 3

IP Practitioner-in-Residence: Joel Tragesser

Joel E. Tragesser (Partner, Quarles & Brady LLP, Indianapolis) will be on campus today as part of the Center for Intellectual Property Research's IP Practitioner-in-Residence series. Mr. Tragesser practices in the areas of trademark law and brand management, intellectual property licensing, and business intellectual property litigation. In addition, he will attend various IP classes and be available to students throughout the day in Room 340. Visit the CIPR's website or contact Allison Hess ( for more information. Lunch provided. Room 213, noon.


Thursday, February 4

Maurer Musical Revue Call-Out Meeting

All students interested in being involved in the Maurer Musical Revue are encouraged to attend. Room 124, noon.

Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research Security Seminar Speaker Series: Serge Egelman

The advent of the smartphone has heralded an era of unprecedented access to rich user data. This has allowed third-party applications to innovate by supporting new interaction modalities, better integrating with users' lifestyles, and making relevant information more accessible. At the same time, the abundance of personal data presents very real privacy risks. In this talk, Serge Egelman will discuss previous and ongoing research to help users make more informed choices about how their personal data is accessed. Faculty Conference Room, noon.

Tax Policy Colloquium Speaker: Lloyd Hitoshi Mayer

The Tax Policy Colloquium class with Professor Lederman will host Prof. Lloyd Hitoshi Mayer from Notre Dame Law School. Prof. Mayer will present "Taxing Politics." Room 214, 1:15 to 3:15 p.m.

Lexis Training

Room 122, noon; Room 122, 1:15 to 2:05 p.m.

Lunar New Year Dinner Party

Lunar New Year is an important traditional holiday celebrated by most countries in Asia at the turn of the calendar. In China, the day is known as Spring Festival. Feb. 7 marks the end of the old calendar year, the Year of the Goat. Here at Indiana Law, we'd like to celebrate. We welcome you to a night of fun and entertainment as we usher in the Year of the Monkey. You get to experience the fun of Yuanxiao (a.k.a. sweet dumpling) making. Additional home cooked dishes, including hot pot, will also be provided (you are also welcome to bring your own homemade dishes). Also, you will be playing trivia, with questions about Asian culture/language/music/etc. Gifts will be awarded to the winners. Join Graduate Legal Studies and APALSA as we celebrate the Lunar New Year. Faculty Lounge, 6 to 9 p.m.


Friday, February 5

Career Choices: JD Advantage

Join panelists Benton Merkel, '13, KYC manager for JPMorgan Chase, and Christian Zust, director of client technology for Bryan Cave, for this Career Choices presentation on JD Advantage jobs. Lunch provided to those who RSVP at least 24 hours in advance. RSVP on CareerNet/Events/Workshops. Room 125, noon.

Job and Internship Search Strategies & Resources for Graduate/Exchange Students

Graduate and exchange students are invited to attend this presentation on the resources and strategies that will help you prepare to conduct a search for a job or internship. Ms. Michelle Trumbo, from the Jerome Hall Law Library, and Dean Lesley Davis will discuss different tools that will help you conduct and refine your search. This presentation is part of the Professional Development Series, and attendance is required in order to receive the Professional Development Certificate. Room 213, noon.


Faculty News

Congratulations to Prof. Bill Henderson, named the nation's "most influential person in legal education" for the second time in as many years by the National Jurist. Kellye Testy (#6), '91, now dean at the University of Washington School of Law, and former Indiana Law dean Bryant Garth (#23) also placed in the top-25.

Prof. Sarah Jane Hughes was interviewed by Joe Drape of the New York Times about the January 29, 2016 decision by Vantiv, a major payments processor for the daily fantasy sports industry, to exit processing for all operators of DFS, including FanDuel and DraftKings. Prof. Hughes also gave a statement to ESPN reporter David Purham about Vantiv's decision.

Prof. David Delaney authored "Congressional Cyber Leadership through a Joint Committee" for Jurist.


Staff News

We are delighted to announce the hiring of Rachel Dawson, '99, as our new assistant dean for career services. Ms. Dawson has a wide range of experience. She was the associate director of career services at The John Marshall Law School for more than four years and most recently served as the director of professional development at Faegre Baker Daniels, where she oversaw all aspects of the firm's training and development programs. Ms. Dawson has been a leader at the ABA serving as director of the Young Lawyers Division and associate director of the litigation section. She will join the Law School a week from today, on Feb. 8.



2016 Maurer Trial Competition Results

After several rounds of argument, Abigael Bosch, Ashley Eklund, Megan Lawson, and Brian Micic emerged as the four finalists of the annual Trial Competition held this past weekend at the Monroe County Justice Building. Following an extremely competitive final round, 2L Abigael Bosch was named the 2016 Maurer Trial Competition Champion. The Advocacy Board would like to thank all of the competitors for participating and the Law School's support for student advocacy programs.

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.

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