A significant snowstorm is expected Sunday night and Monday. As of Sunday afternoon, the Bloomington campus will be open on Monday, but make sure to check your email for updates. If any of your faculty are unable to come to campus, they will notify you via Canvas or email. If you think that coming to campus will endanger your safety, please plan to join your classes via Zoom.
This week in the Law School
- Stay connected and healthy with several activities this week, from coffee to yoga
- The Big 10 Lecture Series resumes this Tuesday evening
- Plan to attend the Stewart Lecture, the first of several endowed lectures, this Friday
Monday morning mindfulness for Maurer students.
Join the Law School community and Jill Carnell, JLAP volunteer and founder of Thought Kitchen, for a 30-minute mindfulness practice to help you ground and center as you begin your week. Sessions are tentatively scheduled each Monday through March 15, 2021.
Design patents: Q&A with Elizabeth Ferrill
Join Professor Janis's Advanced Patent Law class on Zoom to hear from Elizabeth Ferrill, partner at Finnegan in Washington, DC. Ferrill focuses her practice on design patents, including prosecution, counseling, post-grant, and litigation. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Big 10 Law School Spring Speaker Series: New Court, New Administration, New Congress.
Prof. Frank Ravitch, Michigan State University College of Law, presents “Freedom’s Edge: Religious Freedom, Complicity Claims, and Discrimination.” To learn more about the series and to register, visit the Law School calendar.
Race, Caste, and Inequality: A Conversation with Isabel Wilkerson.
Isabel Wilkerson, acclaimed author of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent, presents “Race, Caste, and Inequality,” a conversation on race in America with an international perspective. This event will be moderated by Michael S. Dodson, Professor of History, IU Bloomington, with concluding remarks by our own Prof. Kevin Brown. For more details and registration, visit the IUB calendar.
Tax Law Colloquium.
Leopoldo Parada, University of Leeds School of Law, presents "Full Taxation: The Single-Tax Emperor’s New Clothes." Two hours of Indiana CLE credit available.
Comparative Law Series.
The Comparative Law Series is a collaboration between the Graduate Colloquium and Law as Science. In the first lecture, we host Prof. John C. Reitz (Iowa College of Law), who will speak on comparative law as a method for legal studies. He will introduce a general method for the study of comparative law using the comparison of juries in the United States and lay judges in civil law countries, especially China. This event is open to public.
The William R. Stewart Lecture: Catherine L. Fisk.
Professor Catherine L. Fisk, University of California, Berkeley, presents “Movement Lawyers and the Taming of Social Movements.” For abstract and registration, visit the web calendar. One hour of general CLE credit has been approved for this event.
David Landau, FSU College of Law, on abusive judicial review.
Courts are generally conceptualized as the last line of defense for the liberal democratic constitutional order. But it is not uncommon for judges to issue decisions that intentionally attack the core of electoral democracy. Courts around the world, for example, have legitimated antidemocratic laws and practices, banned opposition parties to constrict the electoral sphere, eliminated presidential term limits, and repressed opposition-held legislatures. Would-be authoritarians at times seek to capture courts and deploy them in abusive ways as part of a broader project of democratic erosion, because courts often enjoy legitimacy advantages that make their antidemocratic moves harder to detect and respond to both domestically and internationally. This talk will give examples of abusive judicial review from around the world and explore potential responses both in domestic constitutional design and international law. Email Liz Adams, email@example.com, for the Zoom link. Sponsored by the Center for Constitutional Democracy.
IPA Connect series.
Join the Intellectual Property Association and IP Theory 2Ls for our new 1L Connect series. This will be a recurring informal conversation series with students who have conquered the 1L experience through COVID. This safe space is an opportunity to vent, ask for advice, build connections, or just hear stories of others' experiences. While these conversations are more geared towards 1Ls, all students are invited to come, as we all could use a safe space to talk about the struggles of law school and job hunting during a pandemic.
Saturday morning yoga for law students.
A gentle 30-minute yoga practice for the Law School community with Bloomington yoga teacher Ruth Cohen. Tentatively scheduled every Saturday through March 20, 2021.
Callout for IJGLS New Global Scholar Series.
The Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies is seeking submissions from SJD and LLM students for its inaugural online New Global Scholar Series. All accepted pieces will be published on the IJGLS website, and the IJGLS Executive Board will provide all accepted authors with editing, formatting, and citation assistance. IJGLS will accept submissions on a rolling basis through March 31, 2021. Please visit ijgls.indiana.edu for more details and reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. We look forward to reading your submissions!
Sherman Minton Moot Court Board applications open.
The Sherman Minton Executive Advocacy Board is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 Board. All former participants in the Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition are eligible and encouraged to apply. If selected for the Board, you will earn two credits in the fall semester and one in the spring. Applications for the role of Chief Justice are due February 19, and all other applications are due March 5. Please refer to the email you should have received from LAWMOOT for the application specifics. If you are eligible to apply and did not receive that email, please contact the Advocacy Board at email@example.com and we will send you all the necessary materials.
Applications for various Law School fellowships open February 15.
Applications for several paid, upper-level positions will open on CareerNet on Monday, February 15. Students interested in serving as a practice group advisor, career services office fellow, diversity and inclusion fellow, access to justice fellow, or development fellow are encouraged to review a recent email sent by Director Beck with position summaries and the application timeline, and to visit CareerNet on February 15 so see full descriptions and submit their applications by Friday, March 5. Applications for admissions fellows and dean's writing fellow (legal research and writing) positions operate on a separate timeline.
Join the Class of 2021 Graduation Committee.
The Leonard D. Fromm Office for Student Affairs is seeking students from the Class of 2021 to join the Graduation Committee and help plan this year's graduation celebrations. Members of the committee will work with Director Beck to coordinate voting for specific awards and recognitions, select the student singer and speakers, and help ensure that graduation-related activities and events are meaningful to and well-communicated to their classmates. Most work will take place in March and April, and will be adaptive to COVID-related restrictions as they develop between now and then. To express your interest, please email Director Beck with your a brief statement of why you would like to serve on the committee. Applications received by Sunday, February 21 will be considered.
Support for student parents and caregivers.
Are you taking care of a child or loved one while in law school? The Office of Student Affairs wants to hear from you! We are looking for ways to connect students who are also parenting or caregiving while in school, share suggestions with one another, and strategize about ways the Law School can better support you. Fill out this brief survey, and look for a follow-up email from the Office of Student Affairs.
Congratulations to ITA competition teams!
Congratulations to the members of our International Trademark Association Moot Court Competition teams: Sarah Kelly, Audrey Knutson, Melanie Magdun, Chenyi Wang, and Liam Williams. Team members represented the Law School well in the (virtual) Chicago regional competition the weekend of February 6. Liam Williams won honors as the Chicago region's top oralist. Many thanks to Prof. Mike Mattioli, Adjunct Profs. Brad Maurer and Don Knebel, and alum Keltie Haley for their assistance in practice oral arguments.
Faculty and Staff News
Prof. Ken Dau-Schmidt will speak on the Business & Employment Panel discussing the legal ramifications of the COIVD pandemic at the 2021 Hastings Law Journal Symposium entitled “The Pandemic and the People: Social Justice Implications of COVID-19”. He will appear on Thursday, February 18 from 5-6 pm PST (8-9 pm EST). More information here.
Prof. Leandra Lederman has started a YouTube channel called "Break Into Tax" with Prof. Allison Christians from McGill University in Canada. Break Into Tax features short videos covering issues that law students and others new to tax might encounter. The first playlist covers aspects of Tax Policy Colloquia, including writing tips for short papers. Future videos are expected to cover issues of substantive tax law, tax policy, tax studies, and tax careers. You can subscribe and watch the videos at www.tinyurl.com/BreakIntoTax.
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