Indiana Law Annotated for Feb. 29, 2016 (50:7)

February 29, 2016
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This Week in the Law School

The Women's Law Caucus is hosting three of our exceptional faculty members Tuesday for a discussion on their experiences as women in the legal field.

Dean Parrish will provide updates on the school, field your questions, listen to your concerns, and discuss anything else you wish at the spring semester town hall meeting. Let's try to keep it at least slightly more civilized than the last GOP debate.

And if sports is your thing, there are two great opportunities to participate: A tremendous panel will be here today to talk about careers in sports law. And the president of the NCAA, Mark Emmert, will be here on Thursday evening for a discussion with IU Vice President and Athletic Director Fred Glass.


Monday, February 29

BLSA Black History Month Reflection: President Barack Obama

Please join BLSA as we discuss President Barack Obama's impact during his term in office. Professors Jeannine Bell, Kevin Brown, Dawn Johnsen, and Steve Sanders will discuss the most influential moments of President Obama's administration. Lunch will be provided. Room 125, noon.

Sports Law in Indy and Beyond

Join us for a panel discussion about careers in sports law. Our panelists are attorneys working in Indianapolis and Bloomington or with roots in the Hoosier State, and they have practiced in a wide variety of contexts: antitrust, collegiate athletics, professional sports, general counsel for national governing bodies, and more. Attendees will have a chance to ask questions following the guided discussion with this diverse group. Panelists include: Jayma Meyer (counsel, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Visiting Scholar, Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs); James Nussbaum (assistant general counsel, Indiana University); Jen Phelps (general counsel, USA Football); Patrick Reilly (associate, products liability and sports law, Faegre Baker Daniels); and Norm Wain (general counsel, USA Track & Field). This is an outreach event sponsored by Sports Circle Indy, Sports Lawyers Association, and the Maurer Sports and Entertainment Law Society. It is free and open to all attorneys and students interested in learning more about practicing sports law. Room 121, noon.

LexisNexis: Prepare to Practice

Come and get started on your advanced LexisNexis Certification and learn three of the five tasks firms want you to know how to do on your first day. Room 124, noon.


Tuesday, March 1

Women's Law Caucus: Female Professor Panel

Come listen to a few of your favorite female professors from Maurer discuss their career paths and their experiences as women in the profession. Professors Laura Daghe, Pamela Foohey, and Jody Madeira will each share their insights and follow up with a Q & A session. Lunch will be provided. Room 122, noon.

Bar Exam Series: Barbri Presents on the MPRE

What is the MPRE? Bring you lunch and come learn about the MPRE, when to take it, what it covers, and what it looks like. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Liz Ferrufino ( Room 124, noon.

Sustainability Trivia: A Night with The Environmental Law Society

Come join the Environmental Law Society for an evening of trivia, food, and fun. Teams will compete for prizes and bragging rights. Topics covered include anything related to sustainability, environmental law, and environmental justice. Room 121, 4 p.m.


Wednesday, March 2

Academic Planning Sessions

Dean Catherine Matthews, Ms. Alexis Lanham, and Ms. Liz Ferrufino will hold several academic planning sessions this week, today through Friday. The purpose of these sessions is to provide information about graduation requirements, bar preparation coverage, and course registration procedures to help you plan your course schedules for your remaining semesters. Although attendance at any one of these sessions is optional, you must attend one in order to schedule an individual follow-up advising appointment with one of us. This foundational information will be most immediately helpful for you as you plan your fall class schedule; registration for 1Ls will be in early April. The same material will be covered in each session, which should last an hour. Please plan to attend. See Thursday and Friday entries for other times. Room 214, 8:30 a.m. Room 335, 1 p.m.

Town Hall with Dean Parrish

All Maurer students, faculty, and staff are invited to this semester's Town Hall meeting with Dean Austen Parrish. Come hear the dean's "State of the School" address and learn more about the strategic initiatives moving us forward into a new year. The town hall will be in its usual format, with the dean first providing a short address to the students followed by a question and answer session for you to voice any concerns. Aver's pizza will be provided. Moot Court Room, noon.

Hot Topics Discussion One: Black Lives Matter, Policing

Indiana University Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren K. Robel invite you to take part in a campus conversation on race. Prof. Kevin Brown, the Richard S. Melvin Professor of Law, and Sandra Shapshay, director of the Political and Civic Engagement Program in the College and associate professor of philosophy, will lead a discussion on Black Lives Matter and policing. An initial panel discussion will be followed by several smaller break-out sessions. Moot Court Room, 6 p.m.


Thursday, March 3

Academic Planning Session

See Wednesday's entry for full details. Room 121, 8:30 a.m.

Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies Annual Symposium

The Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies will be holding its annual Symposium March 3-4 in the Faculty Conference Room (Room 335). The theme this year is "The Transnational Executive." International scholars, social scientists, and attorneys will be presenting their proposed papers to be published in a future volume of the Journal. Topics include trade, immigration, cybersecurity, and terrorism. We look forward to seeing you there. Contact Erin Buerger (, executive symposium editor, for more information.

What to Wear (And What Not To Wear)

The Graduate Legal Studies Professional Development Series is honored to host an informational lecture for graduate students by the Law School's Best Dressed Man, Prof. Donald Gjerdingen:

"What to Wear (And What Not to Wear): Proper Attire for Every Legal Situation." This is a highly recommended (but not required) Professional Development session. Room 216, noon.

Career Choices: Tax Law

Join panelists Patrick W. Thomas, '13, of the NCLC, ABA section of Taxation, Indianapolis and Benjamin A. Blair, '10, of Faegre Baker Daniels as they discuss careers in tax law. Lunch will be provided to those students who RSVP at least 24 hours in advance. Please RSVP on CareerNet/Events/Workshops. Room 125, noon.

Tax Policy Colloquium

David Kamin, of the New York University Law School, will present "Legislating for Good Times and Bad." Room 214, 1:15 p.m.

The Future of College Sports: A Conversation with NCAA President Mark Emmert and IU AD Fred Glass

The School of Public and Environmental Affairs' Law and Public Policy Program is pleased to present a conversation with Mark Emmert, president of the NCAA, and Fred Glass, IU athletic director. The event will be moderated by IU visiting scholar Jayma Meyer. The conversation will cover a variety of topics facing collegiate sports including: amateurism, compensation, concussions, time demands, academic eligibility, and commercialization. Come with challenging questions; we will have time for audience participation. Appetizers will be served. Moot Court Room, 6:30 p.m.


Friday, March 4

Career Choices: Work-life Integration

Join panelists Caridad Austin, '11, of the NLRB, Indianapolis and Rubin Pusha III, '12, of Barnes & Thornburg as they discuss work-life balance. Lunch will be provided to those students who RSVP at least 24 hours in advance. RSVP on CareerNet/Events/Workshops. Room 125, noon.

Professional Development Series: Preparing Your Cover Letter

This will be an information session for graduate students. Room 216, noon.

Academic Planning Sessions

Room 121, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.



Environmental Law Moot Court Team Makes Quarterfinals at Pace

Congratulations to Megan Binder, Whitney Lynch, and Annie Xie, Indiana Law's Environmental Law Moot Court Team. In competition at Pace Law School, the team advanced to the quarterfinals, only the third time a Maurer team has placed that high. Kudos especially to Megan Binder, designated as best oralist in one of the preliminary rounds.

Applications Now Being Accepted for IP Moot Court

All rising 2Ls and 3Ls are invited to apply to participate on one of the law school's IP Moot Court competition teams. Students who are selected earn credits for their participation and are supervised by faculty. The Center for Intellectual Property Research covers reasonable expenses associated with participation. The application deadline is 5 p.m. on Monday, March 7. Applications should be submitted to Allison Hess ( Your application must include the following: A resume and law school transcript (an unofficial transcript will suffice); a one-paragraph statement explaining your interest in participating; a short sample of your writing; and an indication of which competition or competitions interest you.

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 this Saturday. 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 two 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.


Faculty News

Congratulations to Prof. Aviva Orenstein, whose latest novel, Fat Chance, was released this week.

On Friday, Prof. Ken Dau-Schmidt will give a presentation on "Union Shareholder Proposals" at the Weil, Gotshal & Manges Roundtable at Yale Law School..

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