Indiana Law Annoated for April 10, 2017

April 10, 2017
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This Week in the Law School

This week's ILA is jam-packed with important info; do yourself a favor and read it all! From SBA voting to auditioning to speak or sing at commencement to award nominations, this is a big week. Be sure to check out Singing for Summer Salaries today (1Ls, you won't want to miss this) and help the Public Interest Law Foundation raise cash. And on Friday, the ILJ and American Constitution Society welcome in some of the nation's top constitutional scholars for a fantastic symposium on the future of the U.S. Constitution. Please come!


Monday, April 10

3L Graduation Awards and Faculty Speaker Vote

Members of the 3L graduating class will begin the process to select the honorees for the Gavel Award, Outstanding Contribution to Student Life Award, and the faculty speaker. We will be tabling between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday to accept nominations; Monday is the only day for nominations, so stop by the table to nominate someone else or to nominate yourself. Voting will be on Tuesday and Wednesday between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Each person can only vote once. You may select up to five candidates in each category. If you select more than five, your ballot will not count. Descriptions of the awards will be available during tabling. For those of you who are spending the semester out of Bloomington, please contact send your selections to the Office of Student Affairs ( by Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Singing for Summer Salaries

Join PILF for its longstanding tradition, Singing for Summer Salaries! Students and professors bid against each other for their favorite professor to sing! The professors in the running to sing are Profs. Dan Conkle, Luis Fuentes-Rohwer, Sarah Jane Hughes, Jody Madeira, Shana Wallace, Carwina Weng, and Dean Catherine Matthews. Professors and administrators also have challenges for students and will donate to PILF based on student participation in these challenges. There will be an air squat challenge, Foohey trivia, a challenge to dance on stage, and a challenge to name the correct songs based on lyrics. PILF is also auctioning off items such as bar prep discounts, gym memberships, yoga/pilates classes, IU and Law School swag, hotel stays at the IMU Biddle Hotel and the Hilton Garden Inn, rounds of golf, rent vouchers, and gift certificates. Pizza is $2 for 1 slice or $3 for 2 slices; cookies are $1 each; and water bottles are $1 each.


Tuesday, April 11

QTIP: Alternative Legal Careers

Are you wondering about what else is out there besides the traditional practice of law? Come chat with CSO about some ways others are using their JD in alternative careers. Room 120, noon.


Bridge-to-Practice Information Session

Career Services Office will hold an informational session for 3Ls to discuss the Bridge to Practice program. Bridge-to-Practice fellowships are available to eligible graduates who secure unpaid volunteer positions with public interest organizations or small firms while continuing their job search after graduation. This session will cover the purpose of the fellowship, details of the program, graduate and employer responsibilities, and any questions you may have. Lunch will be provided to those 3Ls who RSVP at least 24 hours in advance. Room 121, noon.

IPA Executive Board Elections

Members of the Intellectual Property Association are invited to vote for their 2017-18 executive board. Lunch will be served. Room 124, noon.

Jumpstart Summer Research Session

These jumpstart sessions are a popular and long-standing tradition at the Jerome Hall Law Library. These sessions run about 45-50 minutes in length, and are great for people who want a general refresher course. We will review topics that you learned about in LRW (cases, statutes, secondary sources) and will also introduce topics that may be new to you, but are important for any practicing attorney (regulations, court rules). Sessions are limited to eight people, and there will be a waitlist in case of cancellations. We will meet in the reference office, with sessions being held in the library conference room. Please register in advance. Noon. This session will also take place Wednesday. 3:25 p.m.

JD Student Speaker and Singer Commencement Auditions

The Office of Student Affairs and the 3L graduation committee will hold auditions for a student speaker and a singer for the graduation ceremony. Our panel of judges will include faculty, staff, and students. The student speaker and singer positions are open to everyone in the graduating 3L class. The role of the student speaker is to give the JD graduating class speech; the singer is going to perform the Alma Mater at the ceremony. Instructions for student speaker applicants: Come to the audition with a printed copy of a one-page statement of why you would like to be the speaker. Tell us about your motivations and what you hope to contribute to your peers as the chosen student speaker. Bring a printed copy of a brief bullet point outline of what your speech would be about. On audition day, you will give a two-minute sample of your speech. Instructions for singer applicants: Sing the Alma Mater at the audition. To sign up to audition for either, email by 4 p.m. on Monday. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Liz Ferrufino or Dean Catherine Matthews. Moot Court Room, 5:30 p.m.


Wednesday, April 12

LSSSE Survey: Coffee and Donuts

After the success of our previous promotion, the SBA will again be offering coffee and donuts to those students who complete their LSSSE survey but who didn't get coffee and donuts last time.

SBA Reps will be there the entire time, and all you need to do is show proof that you've completed the survey (a screenshot of your completion screen is enough). Also, you will be entered into a raffle for a $50 gift card to the location of your choice. Main Lobby, 8 to 10:30 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m.

CSO Presents: Dan Long

Ready for your summer position? Secure that post-graduation offer, firm up a solid reference, build your network, develop an outstanding writing sample, and enhance your legal skills. Quarles & Brady partner Dan Long, '96, will join us to talk about how to make the most out of your summer legal experience, how to make yourself stand out, and how to avoid common pitfalls. Lunch provided for those who RSVP 24 hours prior to the event on CareerNet. Moot Court Room, noon.

Jumpstart Summer Research Sessions

See Tuesday's entry for full details. Jerome Hall Law Library Conference Room, noon.

Journal/Advocacy Meeting for 1Ls

Come learn about opportunities through journal and the advocacy program. You'll hear from the editor-in-chief of each journal and from the chief justice of the Advocacy Board and have an opportunity to ask them questions. You'll also learn about the journal write-on competition in May and the moot court competition this fall. Moot Court Room, 4:45 p.m.


Thursday, April 13

Equality and Dignity Under the Constitution: LGBT Rights and Beyond

The Supreme Court's gay and lesbian rights cases have prominently invoked the constitutional value of dignity. But "dignity" does not appear in the Constitution's text, and it remains an amorphous and controversial concept in constitutional law. Drawing on the gay/lesbian rights cases, as well as the Supreme Court's major cases on race and gender, Prof. Steve Sanders will discuss what makes dignity jurisprudence distinctive, and will explore both its promise and limitations for expanding constitutional equality. Moot Court Room, noon.

Networks to Mentors: Fostering Female Relationships in the Legal Profession

Join Profs. Laura Daghe, Jessica Eaglin, Shana Wallace, and Carwina Weng for a panel discussion on forming and fostering professional relationships in the legal field. From finding mentors, to building a professional network, women face unique obstacles in the legal profession. This panel seeks to offer insights from various professional and personal perspectives on how to navigate this integral part of the profession. This event is sponsored by the Women's Law Caucus and the Labor and Employment Law Society. Lunch will be provided. Room 121, noon.

Meet a Mormon

Who am I? Where did I come from? What's the deal with that musical? The J. Reuben Clark Law Society is inviting the Law School community to come and meet a Mormon. Students who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be tabling and welcome questions about faith, culture, and life in general. Feel free to stop by and say hi! For more information, contact Annie Xie ( Main Lobby, noon.


Friday, April 14

The Future of the U.S. Constitution

Our Constitution's future given our challenging times will be the subject of this all-day symposium, which will include some of the nation's top constitutional law scholars and lawyers. Panels will address (1) "The Nativist Turn: Immigrants, Communities of Color, and Courts in the Era of Trump" (Muslim travel bans, deportations, "sanctuary" cities, hate crimes, policing, presidential power, education); (2) "Fault Lines in Our Constitutional Structure" (confirmations and the courts, elections, political polarization, congressional dysfunction, conflicts of interest ); (3) "Economic Inequality and Plutocracy" (shrinking middle class, wealth concentration, working poor, money in politics, democracy in crisis); and (4) "The Hot-button Constitution: Examining the Issues that Divide us in Both Law and Politics" (abortion, guns, voting rights, and economic redistribution). View the Indiana Law Journal website for a full schedule of events. Moot Court Room, 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.


Faculty News

Congratulations to Prof. Rob Fischman, who has been recognized as the "scholar of the month" by the University of North Carolina School of Law's Center for Climate, Energy, Environment, and Economics. Prof. Fischman's work is featured on the center's website.

Prof. Norm Hedges, Casey Nemecek, and 2L students Ryan McDonnell and Evan Glass traveled to Purdue last Wednesday to host a workshop for Purdue engineering students, sponsored by the Center for Intellectual Property Research and the Purdue IP Club, a new student organization formed in consultation with the Center. The workshop covered the importance of technical expertise in counseling inventors on the patent application process. Student attendees participated in mock inventor interviews with representatives from two startup firms (Brightlamp and Hydrogrow). Both firms have connections to the Purdue community and Brightlamp is a client of the IP Clinic.



Ergo: Alumni Magazine in your Mailbox

Look for the latest edition of our alumni magazine, Ergo, in your mailbox this week.

Opportunity for Rising 2Ls and 3Ls: Become a Dean's Writing Fellow

The legal writing faculty are seeking students who will be 2Ls or 3Ls in 2017-18 to be selected as Dean's Writing Fellows. Successful candidates will receive a $1,500 scholarship per semester. The position description and application requirements are posted on CareerNet. The deadline is Tuesday, April 11.

SBA Nominations

It's that time of year again! Time to choose your class representatives for the Student Bar Association. If you would like to nominate someone, there will be a box in the library and at the SBA table in the lobby (from noon to 1 p.m.) everyday that you can submit names into. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, April 14, at 5 p.m. Nominees will be contacted soon afterwards and will have until Sunday, April 16, at 5 p.m. to submit a campaign poster. Campaigning and elections will happen during the final week of classes (April 17-19) and information about those will be sent out soon. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of your current SBA reps.

2017-18 Sherman Minton Executive Advocacy Board Announced

Congratulations to Jules Cantor (Chief Justice); Rachel Laurel (executive advocacy coordinator); Alex Chitwood, Alex Spindler, and Aly St. Pierre (executive competition coordinators); Ben Shoptaw and Megan Van Pelt (executive judge coordinators); Austin Andreas and Rebekah Titsworth (executive problem coordinators); and Molly Morgan (executive research coordinator) on their election to the 2017-18 Sherman Minton Executive Advocacy Board.

Summer Law Institute

The Law School is pleased to announce its newest initiative, the Summer Law Institute. If you know of an undergraduate who would be interested, feel free to point them to our website.

Next Week: Mandatory Summer Externship Orientation Meeting

All students who are planning to, or considering, doing any type of externship for credit this summer must attend an orientation class next week. If you do not yet have an externship lined up yet, or are even just mulling it over, this will also be a great opportunity to get ideas and hear about the enormous variety of placements at which Indiana Law students have interned in past summers, and the educational, networking, and professional benefits of summer externships. If you have any questions, then please feel free to talk to Prof. Inge Van der Cruysse (, or Prof. Seth Lahn (, April 18. Room 120, noon.

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