Indiana Law Annotated for November 20, 2017 (53:13)

November 20, 2017
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This Week in the Law School

Happy Thanksgiving! Safe travels if you're headed out of town. We will see you next Monday.

Our intrepid IT staff tells us that you — yes you — should not update your computer's operating system between now and the conclusion of your last exam. We want to ensure everyone who wishes to use a laptop for exams is able to do so, and to make that dream a reality, we kindly ask you not to update your OS. That goes for both Windows and MacOS users. If you haven't already, get to one of the ExamSoft sessions (we're offering several Monday and Tuesday) for further details.

Congratulations to Student Affairs Director Liz Ferrufino on her recent nuptials! We mention this to both congratulate her and to alert you that she is now Liz Bodamer. Be on the lookout for emails from Ms. Bodamer.

And head's up from our CSO: Students are welcome to decompress any time during exams — coffee and snacks are on the CSO. See Announcements.


Monday, November 20

ExamSoft Sessions

9:50 a.m. and 10:20 a.m. (Room 121). Noon and 12:30 p.m. (Room 120). 2:20 p.m. (Room 335).

Advocacy Board End-of-Semester Meeting

The Sherman Minton Advocacy Board will hold its end-of-semester meeting. The meeting is mandatory for executive board members, but open to all competition board members and any 2L or 3L who would like to join us in reviewing and celebrating this semester's competitions and planning next semester's advocacy programs. Room 335, noon.

PAD Finals Review Panel

Phi Alpha Delta will be hosting a finals review panel where 2Ls and 3Ls discuss exam tips and tricks, final outlining questions, and what to expect from your professors. Please come as we try to demystify the finals experience as best we can. Room 122, noon.


Tuesday, November 21

ExamSoft Sessions

9:20 a.m. (Room 335). Noon and 12:30 p.m. (Room 122). 3:25 p.m. (Room 121).

Harnessing Failure

Although failure is inevitable, it can be an amazing opportunity to develop as a person and as a professional. Failure is not the end of the world. Come see for yourself! Listen to stories from times when your favorite professors failed miserably and learned to carry on! Lunch provided. Moot Court Room, noon.


Faculty News

Congratulations to Prof. Deborah Widiss, who has been awarded a Fulbright grant. She will spend next semester in Australia studying the country's support for workers who are also juggling family responsibilities, including a recently enacted paid parental leave law.

Prof. Jim Barnes participated on a featured panel at the Harvard Law School's 200th Anniversary celebration on Friday, October 27th. Other panelists included two former EPA administrators, William Reilly and Gina McCarthy, as well as Harvard Law School Professor and former Indiana Law faculty member Richard Lazarus. Prof. Barnes, a former EPA deputy administrator, general counsel, and chief of staff, and the other panelists discussed the evolution of environmental law from President Nixon to the present.

Prof. Sarah Jane Hughes has been appointed as the Reporter for the Uniform Law Commission's new drafting committee, whose project is to create commercial law legislation to accompany the Uniform Regulation of Virtual-Currency Businesses Act (for which she also served as Reporter). The goal is to create provisions based on Article 8, Part 5 of the Uniform Commercial Code that will offer protection to owners who place their virtual currency under the control of third-party intermediaries whose services are akin to or part of services provided by "securities intermediaries" under Article 8. Two additional enhancements may flow from this project: (1) providing a clear path for owners to use virtual currency as collateral in Article 9 secured transactions and for secured parties to perfect their security interests, and (2) to make virtual currency "negotiable" in the hands of intermediaries, which should improve commercial uses of virtual currency. This project is expected to be finalized by the Uniform Law Commission in July 2018.



CSO During and After Exams

The Career Service Office will be open throughout the exam period. Snacks and coffee will be available for students. Please come by to eat, chat, and decompress! We fully support your need to focus on exams. If you want to take a study break, however, or wish to drop by after your exams are over, at least one director will be in the office until December 30 to review your resume, discuss your cover letters, or help you plan job-search strategies over winter break. Good luck on exams, everyone. — The CSO Staff

Save the Date: Mock Interviews and Practice Networking Calls for 1L Students

On January 8 (two days before school starts), we will be offering a voluntary opportunity for 1L students to practice interviewing and networking skills. We will post info on CareerNet after exams. For those who cannot make it then, there will be other, similar opportunities early in the Spring.

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