Indiana Law Annoated for March 6, 2017

March 6, 2017
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This Week in the Law School

A mere five days separate you from the glory that is spring break. With so many events planned this week, we'll keep this as short as possible. Before we get to the schedule, we want to extend a tremendous thanks to Steve Burns, '68, who announced a $1 million gift to the Law School Friday. His gift will endow the Stephen F. Burns Professorship, to be held by Prof. William Henderson. We are most grateful for our devoted and passionate alums, and hope you'll get to take a course from Mr. Burns during next year's Wintersession.

Have a safe spring break; we'll see you back on the 20th.


Monday, March 6

Faculty Speaker Series: Professor Conkle

Have you ever wondered what many professors do when they aren't cold-calling you on the ONE day you didn't do the reading? Do you want the chance to learn more about their lives outside the law school and what eventually brought them to Maurer? Well, lucky for you the SBA Faculty Speaker Series has you covered. This time around we will be hearing from the always amazing speaker, Prof. Dan Conkle. We know you all love him and surely have plenty of questions for him. Snacks will, of course, be provided. Room 124, noon.

Rethinking Abortion: Towards a New Consensus

Mary Hasson from the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC will be speaking about different ways to think about abortion laws in light of technological advancements and new evidence since Roe v. Wade. Prof. Dawn Johnsen will respond to Mrs. Hasson. Food will be provided. Moot Court Room, noon.

Call-out for Name and Gender Change Externship

The LGBT Project and Indiana Legal Services are teaming up to assist low-income clients with name and gender changes. We are looking for students interested in assisting with this project either by volunteering at our client call-out on April 8 or by applying for the externship for the summer or fall. This call-out is co-sponsored by Outlaw, which will be providing lunch. Room 121, noon.

PILF Elections

Join us to elect the incoming executive board. Room 120, 12:15 p.m.

LexisNexis: Using Lexis for Career Searching and Interview Preparation

Lexis can help you find job leads, prepare for interviews, and get the job. Come and find out how. Room 125, noon to 12:30, and 12:30 to 1 p.m.


Tuesday, March 7

Indiana Tax Court Oral Argument

The Indiana Tax Court will hear oral argument in CVS Corporation #6698-02 v. Judith A. Sharp, in her official capacity as Monroe County Assessor. In this case a taxpayer challenges whether the Indiana Board's final determination valuing taxpayer's property should be reversed because: 1) the Indiana Board failed to take judicial notice of transcripts in two other similar cases; and 2) the Indiana Board failed to follow precedent, both its own and that of the Tax Court. Moot Court Room, 10 a.m.

Labor and Employment Law Society Meeting

The Labor and Employment Law Society will be having a general body meeting and holding its elections for the 2017-2018 school year. Room 213, noon.

BLSA General Body Meeting

Members interested in running for an executive board position will be able to ask questions from current BLSA leadership about duties and responsibilities. If you are considering running for a position, please attend and come with questions. Room 121, noon.

Let's Talk! Issues with Gender and Race During Interviewing

Have you ever had an interviewer ask you when you plan to start a family? Or about how to wear your hair or what kind of business wear you should have on? Has an employer ever made you feel uncomfortable about what you look like in an interview that should instead be about your job qualifications? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this event is for you!

Come discuss your experiences with racialized and gendered expectations of appearance and behavior during interviews with prospective employers. This is an open forum for you to share your thoughts and experiences. The event will be moderated by professor and Feminist Law Forum advisor Susan Williams and accompanied by other professors from the Law School. Room 125, noon.

IPA Patent Bar Meeting

Members of the Intellectual Property Association are invited to come learn more about the patent bar. Learn about the USPTO requirements to sit for the exam and hear from students who have already passed the patent bar as they share studying tips and strategies. Lunch will be served. Room 124, noon.

Social Media and LinkedIn Checkup

Let's take a few minutes to talk about social media best practices and review your LinkedIn profile. Room 120, noon.

OWLS Election

Older Wiser Law Students will be holding its election for the 2017-2018 executive board. The election is open to all law students. OWLS is an organization intended to bring together law students that may not fit the traditional law student mold. The organization is open to everyone, but has traditionally served students with significant others and/or children and students that are older than the class average. OWLS intends to bring such students and their families together to provide support, encouragement, and advice for managing life in and out of law school. Room 214, noon.


Wednesday, March 8

SELS Elections

Rising 2Ls are sought for president, vice president, and treasurer of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society for 2017-18. If you are interested, please contact the current SELS President, Kyle Van Slyke ( Room 206C, 11 a.m.

IP Practitioner-in-Residence: Cummins

Steven Kolhouse and Jennifer Light-Holets of Cummins' Intellectual Property team will be on campus as part of our IP Practitioners-in-Residence series. The Center for IP Research has recently arranged for new opportunities for students to get involved with Cummins starting in the fall. Steven and Jennifer will give a lunch talk discussing the new opportunities as well as the ways Cummins works to protect its intellectual property alongside its Corporate Research and Technology team. So, if you are interested in working with Cummins next semester, or would like to learn more about Cummins' work, please attend! Lunch will be provided. Email Casey Nemecek ( with any questions. Room 120, noon.

Legal Tech Skills: Outlook and Adobe Acrobat

Join us for the second of our two-part series on legal technology skills. This workshop will cover Microsoft Outlook and Adobe Acrobat, and will go into details about how lawyers utilize these products in practice. Please feel free to bring your lunch. Pre-registration is appreciated. Room 222, noon.

Washington, DC Career Exploration and Networking Meeting

This is a mandatory orientation session for students who signed up for the Washington, DC career exploration trip through the Career Services Office. Room 124, noon.

Women's Strike: Phone Banking and Letter Writing

In honor of International Women's Day, a group of Indiana Law women will be participating in the general strike proposed by the Women's March on Washington. We will be collecting donations for Middle Way House, hosting a phone bank to call local representatives, and writing postcards and letters to send to those representatives. We invite all to join us for all or part of phone banking and letter writing from 2 to 4 p.m. (drop-ins welcome!) and/or by donating one of the following items (full list available on Middle Way House website): Disney movies and music; Band-aids; hair brushes/hair ties/head bands; nail care kits; hand crank can openers; rags; and deodorant. We also invite everyone to support local, women- and minority-owned businesses (list to be provided) and to wear red in solidarity, as a symbol of love, sacrifice, and energy. For more information about how to participate, please contact Annie Xie ( Lewis Building 211 (above Qdoba).

ELS 2017-18 Executive Board Elections

Join us to elect next year's board members for the Environmental Law Society. Snacks will be provided. Room 121, 4 p.m.


Thursday, March 9

Career Choices: Medium, Small and Solo Firms

Join panelists Megan Boelstler, '14, of Legghio & Israel, PC; and Jordan Couch, '15, of Palace Law, as they discuss careers in medium, small, and solo law firms. Lunch will be provided to those students who RSVP at least 24 hours in advance. RSVP on CareerNet/Events/Workshops. These events will open 24 hours in advance of the event to all students by RSVP on CareerNet. Room 125, noon.

Indiana Law Blood Drive

Hospital patients need you! From noon to 4 p.m., the Indiana Blood Center will be here for a blood drive. The donation process takes less than an hour. It is recommended that donors have a light snack before donating. Most people are eligible to donate. There are very few causes for deferral and very few medications that are not acceptable. Student Lounge.

LexisNexis: Cost Effective Research Training

Come and discover how to keep research costs to a minimum in the law firm, and find out all about our summer access and post-graduation programs. Room 120, noon to 12:30, 12:30 to 1 p.m.

1L Academic Planning Session

Dean Matthews, Ms. Lanham, and Ms. Ferrufino will hold several academic planning sessions this week 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. This session will repeat on Friday. Moot Court Room, 1:15 p.m.


Friday, March 10

Career Choices, Externship and Judicial Clerkship Programs featuring the Hon. David F. Hamilton

This event will introduce you to the world behind the closed doors of judicial chambers. The panel will also discuss judicial externships in your 1L summer or during the semester during your 2L and 3L years. A panel consisting of the Hon. David F. Hamilton, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, and Indiana Law alumni: Greg Castanias, '90, partner at Jones Day, Washington DC; Kellie Barr, '06, clerk for Chief Justice Jane Magnus Stinson, Chief United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Joe Dugan, '15, clerk for Judge Hamilton; Ian Bensberg, '16, clerk for Judge Paul Mathias, '79, Court of Appeals of Indiana; and current 3Ls who have secured a judicial clerkship post-graduation will introduce you to this part of the legal profession, and answer your questions. Organized by Prof. Inge Van der Cruysse, faculty director of externship and judicial clerkship programs and the dean's writing fellows. RSVP through CareerNet/Symplicity. Moot Court Room, 10:45 a.m. to noon

1L Academic Planning Session

See Thursday's entry for full details. Moot Court Room, noon.



Transactional Drafting Team Advances to Nationals

Congratulations to 3Ls Sunrita Sen, George Cressy, and James Abney on their victory for Maurer in their regional LawMeets Transactional Drafting Competition, held on February 24 at Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia. The Emory regional featured teams from 12 law schools, including Duke, Georgetown, and UCLA. Over the course of six weeks, the team interviewed clients, drafted and negotiated a purchase agreement between a hypothetical "Big Beverage" company, as purchaser, and a small independent kombucha producer, as seller, and negotiated a final deal live in front of Atlanta deal attorney judges. The Indiana Law team now advances to the national championship in New York City on March 31.

2017-18 Positions at Indiana Law

Several administrative offices in the law school are taking applications for positions for 2017-18. The following positions will be posted on CareerNet: admissions fellows, career development fellows, and practice group advisor are currently posted. International peer group assistants and teaching assistantships in the Graduate Legal Studies Program will be posted in the near future. Please note there are different deadlines for the positions with most of the deadlines falling after spring break. You are welcome to apply for more than one position, but you must indicate a preference when applying. See CareerNet for the individual position descriptions and for more information.

Jerome Hall Law Library Seeks Faculty Research Assistant

The Jerome Hall Law Library is now accepting applications for the position of Faculty Research Assistant for an ongoing research program at the Maurer School of Law. Successful applicants will be responsible for conducting research on a variety of topics for members of the Maurer Law faculty. Topics and research methods will vary by project. Past topics have included: business and corporate law, bankruptcy, First Amendment law, and international criminal law, among many others. Faculty Research Assistants will be trained, supervised, and given assignments by the Student Services Librarian. Pay is $10.15 per hour, and FRAs will be expected to work up to 29 hours per week during the summer. The number of hours will vary with the number of faculty research requests. Hours are flexible. FRAs must be located in Bloomington for the summer due to the occasional need for in-person consultations and research training. The positions are limited to rising 2L and 3L JD students. To apply, please submit a CV, a (one paragraph) statement of interest, and the name and email address of one Law School reference to Kimberly Mattioli ( Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the positions have been filled.

Access to Justice Pro Bono Fellowship Applications Due March 7

Applications are now being accepted by the Access to Justice Program for a pro bono fellow to work in the 2017-2018 school year. The fellowship is a two year commitment during your time at Maurer. 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 Francesca Hoffmann and Jeff Soller ( by Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 5 p.m. Please redact GPA and class rank.

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