Indiana Law Annotated for March 7, 2016

March 7, 2016
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This Week in the Law School

An Author in Our Midst

Indiana Law is proud to have many authors in the house, most recently Prof. Charlie Geyh, whose new book on the politicizing of the judiciary couldn't be more timely. Join him and a distinguished panel, including Seventh Circuit Judge David Hamilton, to explore this topic. Wednesday. Mitt Romney is scheduled to make a speech about what he thinks about Prof. Geyh on Thursday.

Training for Citizenship Classes Offered

Our country's history rests on lifting its lamp beside the golden door of citizenship. You have the opportunity to teach citizenship classes under the auspices of the Pro Bono Immigration Project, helping others become naturalized. ILA's great-aunt taught such a program during the Depression and counted it among the highlights of her long life. Find out more about this unique opportunity on Monday.

Diversity and Bias in the Workplace

Two successful recent graduates come back to campus Thursday to share their perspectives.

Kudos to Competitors!

Several trial and appellate teams did us proud in recent weeks. See "Announcements."

Where's the Exam Schedule?

You can find teaching schedules, exam schedules, and other related information on the "Courses" page of the website. For your convenience, we've added a panel in the "junk drawer" (the three dots in the blue vertical bar that opens when you click the menu) that takes you right to that page.

No ILA next week

Enjoy your spring break!


Monday, March 7

Women's Law Caucus Auction Thank You

Please join WLC as we present checks to both Middleway House and the Protective Order Project. Coffee and snacks will be provided. Room 335, noon.

Christian Legal Society Weekly Bible Study

Students interested in engaging in Bible study or learning more about the Christian Legal Society are welcome to attend. Room 214, noon.

Intellectual Property Association Patent Bar Meeting

Members of the Intellectual Property Association are invited to come learn more about the patent bar. Hear about how to prepare for the exam from students who have already taken the patent bar, and see if you meet the USPTO's qualifications to sit for the exam. A non-pizza lunch will be served. Room 121, noon.

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

Missed the first presentation last month? No worries; here is a second presentation. 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 or are thinking of taking the Indiana or Illinois bar exam. For more information, please email Ms. Ferrufino at Room 124, noon.

Center for Constitutional Democracy Speaker

The Center for Constitutional Democracy will host James Robinson (University of Chicago), who will present an event entitled, "Committing Not to Build a State: Colombia in Comparative Context." Room 120, 4:00.

Citizenship Classes Interest Session

The Pro Bono Immigration Project is holding an interest session for students who would like to help teach citizenship classes to immigrants who want to naturalize. These classes will be held after spring break. Please join us to find out what you can expect as a volunteer and for tips on teaching. Room 335, 4:10-5:10 p.m.


Tuesday, March 8

Faculty Advising Session for 1Ls

Registration for your 2L year is closer than you think! Come hear faculty share information about course sequencing and key considerations in a number of practice areas including criminal law, litigation, international law, and tax. Lunch will be provided. Moot Court Room, noon.

Do More Guns = Less Crime?: A Debate on the Second Amendment

The Federalist Society and the American Constitution Society are co-sponsoring a debate and discussion on the Second Amendment. The debate will feature John Lott, who changed the national discussion on gun control with his famous book More Guns, Less Crime, and Paul Helmke, former president of the Brady Campaign and professor at SPEA. The discussion portion with the audience will feature Mr. Lott and Prof. Jody Madeira. Lunch (better than pizza). Room 121, noon.

Bar Exam Series: A Second Themis Presentation on the NY Bar Exam and More

As part of the Office of Student Affairs' Bar Exam Series, Themis will present on the substantive parts of the New York Bar exam and the UBE. Please attend the event if you are or are thinking of taking the New York or any bar. Food provided. Room 124, noon.

Workplace Culture in the U.S.: What to Expect from an Internship and What Your Employer Expects from You

Prof. Inge Van der Cruysse, Lecturer in Law and Director, Externships and Judicial Clerkships. Graduate and exchange students are invited to join the Office of Graduate Legal Studies for a discussion with Prof. Van der Cruysse about internships, specifically what you should expect from an internship experience and what an employer will expect from you as an employee. This is an opportunity for lively discussion about work culture in the U.S. and the similarities and differences between work cultures around the globe. This info session is part of the Professional Development Series. Attendance is required for students who are completing the series in order to receive the Professional Development Certificate. See p. 28 in the Graduate Student Handbook for more information about the Professional Development Series. Room 216, noon.


Wednesday, March 9

Author-Meet-Reader Symposium with Prof. Geyh

The Center on the Global Legal Professioin will be hosting a very special event in honor of our colleague, Professor Charlie Geyh. We will be having an author-meet-reader symposium to celebrate his new book published by Oxford entitled, Courting Peril: The Political Transformation of the American Judiciary. For this event, Hon. David Hamilton and Professors Keith Bybee (Maxwell School - Syracuse) and Eileen Braman (IU Political Science) will be the discussants. Moot Court Room, noon.

Law School Blood Drive

Indiana Blood Center must see 550 people every day to meet patient needs at the more than 60 hospitals it supplies. Donating takes less than an hour. Most people are eligible to donate. Register to donate. Student Lounge, noon - 4:00. Direct questions to Erin Schmaltz (


Thursday, March 10

Career Choices: Diversity and Bias

Panelists: TaKeena Thompson, ̛09, Cohen & Malad, Indianapolis, and Rafael Sanchez, ̛02, Fineline Printing Group, Indianapolis. RSVP 24 hours in advance for lunch (CareerNet/Events/Workshops). Room 125, noon.

Center for Constitutional Democracy Speaker

The Center for Constitutional Democracy will host James Scott (Yale University) who will present "The Importance of Preservation of Historical Memory, Commemoration, and Civic Life." Beck House Conference Room, noon.


Friday, March 11

Career Choices: Law Clerks and Judges

Hon. David Hamilton of the U.S. Court of Appeals and a panel of Indiana Law alumni currently clerking for other judges, as well as 3Ls who will start a clerkship after graduating this spring, will speak at this program organized by Prof. Inge Van der Cruysse, Director of Externship Programs and Judicial Clerkships and facilitated by the Dean's Writing Fellows. The panel will talk about the work in Judge's chambers from the perspective of the judge, the judicial law clerks, and judicial externs. This program also counts as a Career Choices Program. RSVP to CareerNet/Events/Workshops 24 hours in advance for brunch. Moot Court Room, 9:45-10:45 a.m.



Indiana Law Students Win Best Brief at NCHL Competition

Congratulations to 2Ls Allie Gardner and Madeleine Schnittker on their achievements at the National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition in Chicago. Competing in a field of 22 teams from across the country, Allie and Madeleine progressed to the quarterfinals and won BEST BRIEF! Prof. Goodwin and the team want to thank the Center for IP Research for supporting the team again this year, and to Dean Parrish, Professors Robert Downey, Beth Cate, Andrea Need, Ryan Scott, Sofia Goodman, Alex Tanford, and Seth Lahn for their invaluable help in preparing the team for oral arguments.

Indiana Law Students Prevail at Patent Competition

2Ls Sarah Goodman and Brett Bostrom won first place at the inaugural International Patent Drafting Competition the weekend of February 28.. The competition was held at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's facilities in Detroit and drew teams from both the US and Canada (hence making it international). Competitors were evaluated on the basis of their written product (a fairly elaborate patent document) and their oral presentation, in which they explained and defended their patent claiming strategy before a panel of patent examiners, administrative patent judges, and patent practitioners. Prof. Norm Hedges coached the team, making him the clear front-runner for International Patent Drafting Competition coach-of-the-year honors, if there were such a thing. Center for IP Research staff member Casey Nemecek traveled to Detroit to cheer on the team and to continue the Center's outreach to the Patent and Trademark Office leadership.

Congratulations to 2016 Trial Competition Finalists

Abigael Bosch, Megan Lawson, Brian Micic, and Ashley Eklund advanced to the finals of this year's trial competition.

Congratulations to Williams Moot Court Quarter Finalists

Sam von Ende and Katie Cullum participated in the Williams Institute Moot Court Competition at UCLA School of Law, where they advanced to the quarter finals. Hosted by the Williams Institute, this is the only national competition dedicated exclusively to the areas of sexual orientation and gender identity law.

Applications Invited for AJP Fellowships

Applications are now being accepted by the Access to Justice Program for a pro bono fellow to work in the 2016-2017 school year. The fellowship will continue through the 2017-2018 school year as well. A 1L or joint-degree candidate with two years left at the Law School will be chosen to help coordinate the school's student pro bono program with the rising 3L fellow. Responsibilities include coordinating numerous pro bono-centered events throughout the year, tracking student pro bono hours, working with student organizations, and conducting student outreach. Applicants should have a well-developed sense of professionalism, passion for social justice, strong organizational skills, and extensive networking capabilities. Traditionally, fellows have received full funding to attend the ABA's Equal Justice Conference in May and have also received a stipend. Applications consisting of a short cover letter with a statement of interest and a resume should be sent electronically to Katie Thrapp and Francesca Hoffmann at by Friday, March 11, 2016 at 5 p.m. Please redact GPA and class rank.


Staff News

Rhea May has been named coordinator in the Office of International Programs, replacing Lara Gose, who has moved to the Center on the Global Legal Profession as coordinator. Rhea was previously a senior faculty secretary. Congratulations, Rhea!


Faculty News

On Friday, March 4, 2016, Professor Ken Dau-Schmidt gave a presentation on "Union Shareholder Proposals" at the Weil, Gotshal & Manges Roundtable, Yale Law School, New Haven, Conn..

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