This week in the Law School
- The Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition concluded Friday in an absolutely electric atmosphere. Read about the winners, the competition, and get the video. See Announcements.
- Many students will use the Examplify software for their final exams. Help sessions are available this week and next. See Announcements.
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge (310) through Wednesday
The Career Services Office presents its annual Boutique – free professional and business-casual attire for all Maurer students. Donations of clothing, accessories, shoes, and bags gratefully accepted at CSO. Repeats Tuesday and Wednesday.
Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in 347
Are you feeling stressed or overwhelmed? Caregiving or grieving? Maybe you are concerned for someone else. Don't wait; help and support are available now.
JLAP will be in Baier Hall meeting with students. Please make an appointment in advance by calling 317-833-0370. Tell them you’re calling for an appointment with a counselor at the Maurer School of Law. You will be given a date, time, and room number.
Labor and employment lawyers' panel
Noon - 1 p.m. in the DeLaney Moot Court Room and on Zoom
Join the Labor and Employment Law Society (LELS) for a lunch-time chat with Tony Prather '83, former Barnes and Thornburg partner and now IU Vice President and General Counsel, and Cole Byram '22, employment and commercial counsel for Talend, Inc.
Register in advance! Pizza and drinks will be provided.
The rabbit hole with lives at stake: Habeas
Noon - 1 p.m. in 124
Learn why as you get deeper into Habeas-land, it becomes harder to get out (of prison). ILAP's Lunch-and-Learn features Katherine Blair, assistant chief of the Capital Habeas Unit of the Federal Public Defender's Office in the Northern District of Florida. She will provide insight into the challenges of federal capital habeas and why it becomes increasingly difficult to get relief the further down the road one gets.
Food will be provided.
Foundations of DEI: Inclusive language
4 - 5 p.m. in the DeLaney Moot Court Room
The Indiana Supreme Court Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion presents this six-module DEI training. Participants will receive one PILF point for attending.
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge (310)
Documentary: Moms Behind Bars
Noon - 1 p.m. in 121
Join If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice for a screening of the mini-documentary Moms Behind Bars. This film highlights the struggle of motherhood in Indiana's women's prisons, highlighting how incarceration fundamentally limits reproductive choice. Lunch will be provided! RSVP by noon, November 14.
CPLA luncheon with Amanda Craig Deckard
Noon - 1 p.m. in 213
The Cybersecurity and Privacy Law Association will host a luncheon with Microsoft's Amanda Craig Deckard '14.
This event is limited to 40 students and faculty. Students or faculty interested in attending that are not part of CPLA should reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 14 to attend.
Make the most of winter break for summer opportunities
Noon - 1 p.m. in the DeLaney Moot Court Room
Join the CSO to learn how to make the most of your winter break to apply for summer opportunities!
We will provide tips for researching potential employers and exploring various practice areas, resources to start your search, and advice on how you can use your winter break for networking and preparing your application materials for employment opportunities nationwide.
We will include a brief overview of externship programs offered for academic credit.
Reset with DEI
Noon - 1 p.m. in 124
Join your DEI team for an opportunity to Reset. This is an open forum for students from marginalized communities to take a break from the stresses of law school, vent, share stories, and discuss strategies for wellness in law school.
White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain
3:45 - 4:30 p.m. in the DeLaney Moot Court Room and on Zoom
Join the American Constitution Society for a moderated conversation with Ron Klain, chief of staff and assistant to the president in the Biden administration. Klain previously served then-Vice President Biden as chief of staff from 2009 to 2011 in the Obama administration.
5 - 7 p.m. in the lobby
Career Expo is a wonderful opportunity to explore practice areas while interacting with Law School alumni and other local employers. Employers will table in the lobby. This is a great chance to learn more about the work attorneys do as well as future opportunities. Employers will also conduct 20-minute mock interviews. Attire is business professional and all our law students are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Please RSVP for the Career Expo and Mock Interviews in CareerNet. Contact Jodie Sackley (email@example.com) with any questions.
Employers will include: Barnes & Thornburg, Faegre Drinker, Frost Brown Todd, IU General Counsel, Ice Miller, Indiana Legal Services, Lewis Kappes, Locke Lord, Mallor Grodner, Marion Superior Court, McGuireWoods, Office of the Attorney General, Quarles & Brady, Resultant, Simon Property Group, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps.
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge (310)
"Loving Your Neighbors" with Abigail Kuzma
Noon - 1 p.m. in 120
Hear from Abigail Kuzma '81 about her incredible journey in the legal field, with years of dedicated service to those around her. A presidential appointee and founding member of the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic of Indianapolis, Kuzma's career in non-profit and public sector work demonstrates what a life of selfless sacrifice can look like for attorneys. Hosted by the Christian Legal Society.
Noon - 1 p.m. in the Jerome Hall Law Library lobby
Life Experience, Then School continues the momentum of growing our network within the Law School student community.
Join us for our very own social experiment at our first Maurer Mingles. Hosted by LETS and the CSO. Come for a short cocktail hour networking training from CSO and meet more students. We will serve hors d'oeuvres.
“Translating” Criminal Law & Procedure
Noon - 1 p.m. in 124
Join LL.M. students Sergei Dmitryachev and Iulia Ipatova for a discussion of the study and practice of criminal law and procedure in Russia. The presentation will focus on the depiction of criminal procedure in the 2007 Russian movie 12 (dir. Mikhalkov), based on the American classic film 12 Angry Men (dir. Lumet, 1957). What translates, and what doesn’t? Check out the trailer for 12.
Fashion of Maurer
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. in the DeLaney Moot Court Room and on Zoom
Join us for PILF's third annual Fashion of Maurer: Live! This is a collaboration between PILF and the beloved Instagram account Fashion of Maurer. The most fashionable faculty, staff, students, and alumni will share career advice and their best tips and tricks for dressing in the workplace. All the funds will benefit students working unpaid internships this summer.
5:30 - 7 p.m. in 124
Dues-paying members of Womens Law Caucus are invited to our Friendsgiving. If you have not yet paid your dues, please reach out to WLC exec so that you can join us!
RSVP because we will have a catered dinner.
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. on Zoom
Hosted by the Black Law Students Association in collaboration with the National Bar Association Law School Division, will help students learn about the legal profession from professionals in different fields. Panelists include Nick Duronville, litigation attorney at Quarles & Brady and former clerk for Chief Judge Hon. Tonya Walton Pratt; Eric Elmore, an attorney at the Federal Trade Commission; Hon. Matthew Jannusch, associate judge in Cook County, Ill.; Linda Major, attorney at the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office; Thomas Major, general counsel at the Lumina Foundation; Catherine Morgan '21, a patent agent at Faegre Drinker, LLP; and Ashley Scurlock '22, an associate at Ice Miller, LLP.
Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition wraps
The 2022 Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition concluded Friday with an argument given by our four finalists: John Vastag, Wayne Tuckson, John Witczak, and Zion Miller. Competitors delivered a full hour of appellate argument in a packed and electric DeLaney Moot Court Room before distinguished panelists Judge Thomas Kirsch, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; Judge Sara Ellis, Northern District of Illinois; and Judge Damon Leichty '99, Northern District of Indiana. Congratulations to our 2022 Best Oralists, Wayne Tuckson and Zion Miller!
The Final Round ended a semester-long competition that began with 97 2L competitors writing an appellate brief and then delivering five weeks of oral argument both online and in person. Many thanks to the 1L students who volunteered to work as bailiff for those rounds, and to the 3L members of the Competition Board who judged practiced rounds and spent many hours grading briefs. Special thanks to the 120 alumni and members of the bar who donated their time to judge these rounds. And none of this would have been possible without the efforts of the Sherman Minton Executive Board, led by 3L Zach Lewis. Well done, all.
If you missed it, you may watch the recording on our YouTube channel.
Examplify help sessions all week
Stop in any time with your laptop -- there is no presentation to interrupt. We just hang out, waiting for you to bring your questions and problems.
Sessions are in 125 on Monday, 11/14, 9:50 to 10:45; Tuesday, 11/15, 12 to 1; Wednesday, 11/16, 9:50 to 10:45, 12 to 1; Thursday, 11/17, 12 to 1; Friday, 11/18, 12 to 1; Monday, 11/21, 9:50 to 10:45, 12 to 1; Tuesday, 11/22, 9:50 to 10:45, 12 to 1; Wednesday, 11/23, 12 to 1; Monday, 11/28, 10:30 to 11, 12 to 1, 3:30 to 4; Tuesday, 11/29, 10:30 to 11, 12 to 1, 3:30 to 4; and Wednesday, 11/30, 10:30 to 11, 12 to 1, 3:30 to 4.
December Diaper Drive
Advocates for Life is hosting a December Diaper Drive to benefit Monroe County's youngest residents. Collection bins will be stationed throughout the Law School until December 16, 2022. Diapers and other baby supplies are appreciated. Diaper sizes 2-5 are needed most. Donations will benefit expectant mothers in crisis pregnancies through The Hannah Center and Elizabeth New Life Center. Please consider helping local families this holiday season!
Application to the Washington, DC program
We have four applications to the program so far. We will accept and consider additional applications on a rolling basis.
If you may need a background check for a position, applying sooner is best.
Federal agencies start advertising positions now and fill the positions as they find candidates that are a good fit.
We strongly recommend that you not sign a lease in Bloomington that would run from August 2023 to August 2024 if you may be away from May to January in 2023. The supply of sublets for spring 2024 should be plentiful with all the building in progress, and housing in DC costs more than it does in Bloomington.
If you have questions, please contact professors Sarah Jane Hughes, Jennifer Morgan or Dean Anne McFadden at your convenience.
VITA volunteer training begins January 30
The Law School will host a site for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program this spring, coordinated by United Way. VITA helps low-income Bloomington residents file their state and federal taxes for free, and we are seeking volunteers! United Way will provide all relevant training and no tax experience is necessary to become IRS-certified. The site will operate on Monday and Tuesday evenings from 6 - 9 p.m., beginning January 30th. Volunteering presents a wonderful opportunity to get experience working directly with clients, to expand your tax skills, and to log pro bono hours!
Volunteers can sign up now. Contact the United Way VITA contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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