Indiana Law Annotated for Feb. 15, 2016 (50:5)

February 15, 2016
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This Week in the Law School

You know the feeling of sadness that washes over you when your group's event doesn't draw a huge crowd? That sense of failure, like you did something wrong? That's how we feel when our big lectures go unnoticed. This week brings the first of a handful of endowed lectures that will bring in renowned speakers this spring. The Jerome Hall Lecture will take place Thursday with Professor Samuel Issacharoff, and it would just be fabulous if you could attend.


Monday, February 15

Let's Talk: Intersections in Life and the Law

Please join the Feminist Law Forum for our second consciousness-raising event in a series entitled "Let's Talk: Intersections in Life and the Law." This event is being co-hosted by student organizations including the Federalist Society, ACS, LSRJ, Advocates for Life, BLSA, LLSA, APALSA, and many others. Come voice your opinion and hear others as we discuss some of today's hot topics and issues. Hope to see you there. Moot Court Room, noon.

The Bar Exam Series: Kaplan Presents on the Indiana Bar Exam

As part of the Office of Student Affairs' Bar Exam Series, Kaplan will present on the Indiana Bar exam and provide some information on the Illinois bar. Please attend the event if you are taking or thinking of taking the Indiana or Illinois bar exam. For more information, please email Ms. Ferrufino ( Room 213, 1 p.m.


Tuesday, February 16

ACS Callout

The American Constitution Society has helped bring amazing speakers to the Law School such as Dahlia Lithwick and Jim Obergefell. Come to learn about future ACS events, including the National Convention (last year's keynote speaker was the Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg), and how to run for a position on the executive board for next year. Room 124, noon.

PAD/POP Fashion Show Meeting

All Phi Alpha Delta and Protective Order Project members are encouraged to attend this general body meeting in order to plan the PAD Fashion Show Fundraiser benefiting POP and New Hope Shelter. This is an opportunity to learn about the event and how you can volunteer. Due to the short time frame of the meeting, lunch will not be provided. Room 121, 12:30 p.m.


Wednesday, February 17

Visit from the USPTO

James Silbermann from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will be visiting, so stop by to learn more about career opportunities in the US Patent and Trademark Office and about the patent bar registration process. Snacks and coffee provided. Contact Casey Nemecek ( for more information. Faculty Conference Room, 3:45 p.m.

1L Academic Enhancement Session

You are done with your first semester of law school, now what? Our student affairs fellows will present how to learn from your first semester and how to move forward in law school. In addition to the academic presentation, we will have a panel of upperclassmen talk about grade anxiety and landing your first summer jobs. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Ferrufino ( Room 120, 5 p.m.

California Drought: Professor Darren Ficklin

In conjunction with a class by Prof. Rob Fischman, Prof. Darren Ficklin from the IU Geography Department will give a public lecture on the hydrological, political, economic, and ecological impacts of the California drought. Room 120, 6:40 p.m.


Thursday, February 18

SJD Information Session

Current graduate students who would like to apply to transfer to the SJD program should plan to attend this information session. Rom 222, 11:45 a.m.

Jerome Hall Lecture: Samuel Issacharoff

For this year's Jerome Hall Endowed Lecture we will host Samuel Issacharoff, the Reiss Professor of Constitutional Law at New York University School of Law. He will be presenting "Outstanding Campaign Finance." Moot Court Room, noon.

Storytelling with Susan Bennett

Good lawyers are effective storytellers. People are moved by stories, not by legal theories; it's a lawyer's job to tell the client's story to evoke empathetic understanding. Come explore the role of narrative storytelling in law practice with Susan Bennett, hosted by the Access to Justice Program and the LRW and Clinical Faculty. Susan Bennett is a professor of law at the Washington College of Law of American University in Washington, D.C. She founded and directs the Community and Economic Development Law Clinic, which represents neighborhood-based organizations, small businesses and tenant associations. Before joining the faculty of the Washington College of Law, Professor Bennett practiced as a staff attorney with the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau, where she specialized in housing and consumer law. McAlister's potato bar lunch available. Room 214, noon.

Yoga with Ellie

Ellie is back. Come join us for a great yoga session that is the perfect combination of relaxing and fun. Don't forget to bring your mat. For more information or to RSVP, email Ms. Ferrufino ( Room 215, noon.

CACR Security Seminar Series: Insider Threats and Elections

The insider problem is considered one of the most serious in computer security. But the precise definition of "insider" varies, sometimes wildly, among researchers. The result is that the problem, in its most broadest sense, is ill-defined. This talk, by UC Davis Professor Matt Bishop, examines several different aspects of the different definitions and situations broadly classified as "insiders" and develops a definition based on policy models. Faculty Conference Room, noon.

Tax Policy Colloquium: Taxing Governmental Marijuana Sales

Prof. Leandra Lederman's Tax Policy Colloquium will host Benn Leff (American University Washington College of Law) who will present "Taxing Governmental Marijuana Sales." The talk is open to the Law School community. If you would like to receive a copy of the paper in advance of the talk please email Prof. Lederman ( Room 214, 1:15 p.m.

CIPR IP Pro Bono Services Launch Event in Evansville

The Center for Intellectual Property Research is holding a launch event for the IP Clinic and PatentConnect for Hoosiers at Tin Man Brewing Company in Evansville. Join Clinic Director Professor Norman Hedges, students from the IP Clinic, and CIPR staff as they share how the CIPR's pro bono services work to protect the IP rights of Indiana startups and inventors in need of pro bono patent, trademark, and/or copyright assistance. Contact Casey Nemecek ( for more information and to RSVP. 5 p.m. (6 p.m. Bloomington time).

ATJ and PILF Present: Recent LGBT Issues in Indiana

Our first event in our Social Justice Thursdays series this semester will be "Recent LGBT Issues in Indiana." We hope to discuss recently proposed legislation in Indiana that would severely impede the rights of LGBT individuals in our state. Outlaw will be presenting from 7-7:30, after which time attendees will be free to mix and mingle or to continue the conversation on various issues surrounding the status of LGBT rights in Indiana today. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. RSVP if you plan to come so we can get an accurate count for food for the first event. We hope to see you there. Boxcar Books, 7 p.m.


Friday, February 19

Career Choices Series: Big Law

Join Paul Vaglica, '12, of Latham & Watkins LLP, in Chicago, for this Career Choices session on jobs in big law. Lunch will be provided to those students who RSVP at least 24 hours in advance on CareerNet/Events/Workshops. Room 125, noon.

Graduate Legal Studies Colloquium Meeting

The Graduate Legal Studies Colloquium is a weekly meeting for graduate students to discuss common academic concerns and research interests. We are happy to have Dr. Gap-rae Kim, a senior researcher from the Korea Capital Market Institute and visiting scholar, present "How to Develop Social Impact Bonds." We invite all LLM, SJD, PhD students, and visiting scholars to join us. Room 121, noon.


Faculty News

Congratulations to Prof. Norman Hedges for being one of the five recipients of the 2016 Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer's State and Local Economic Development Award for his work with the Intellectual Property Clinic and PatentConnect for Hoosiers. Prof. Hedges will continue to raise awareness for the Center for Intellectual Property Research's pro bono services this month by being a keynote speaker and mentor at Startup Weekend Evansville February 19-21.

On Feb. 9, Prof. Leandra Lederman presented her paper, now entitled "IRS Reform: Politics As Usual?", at a faculty colloquium at the Indiana University McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis.



Prof. Jim Barnes is looking for a research assistant to assist in collecting material for a revision of two business law textbooks. Preference is for someone who has taken bankruptcy law. Work would be done over the next four weeks and likely would require no more than 15-20 hours. Contact Prof. Barnes ( for further information.

Maurer Madness Sign-ups

It's that time of year again: Maurer Madness, the Law School's annual basketball tournament hosted by the Latino Law Student Association and Sports and Entertainment Law Society, is coming up on March 5. Grab 10 of your best ballers to form a team for the 5 on 5 games. The tournament is open to all IU students, but each team must have at least one law student. Player fees include $10 and 2 canned food items that will be donated to charity. SELS will be tabling Monday through Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m., so be sure to sign up if you are interested in competing.

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