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Indiana Law Annotated

Vol. 22 No. 3
January 28, 2002

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STUDENTS GO TO TAX SEMIFINALS

Congratulations to law students Darin Siders and Tom Lunsford, who represented IU extremely well as one of four semifinalist teams that participated in the American Bar Association's National Student Tax Challenge. Graduating in May 2002 with the joint JD/MBA in Accounting, Lunsford and Siders competed in New Orleans on Jan. 18 against teams from Temple, the University of Washington, and Maryland University. Selection of finalists was based on a written submission presenting the students' recommendations in a complex tax scenario. Though they were eliminated in the semifinal round, the two received positive feedback about their tax knowledge and performance from the judging team of tax experts. The Annual Law Student Tax Challenge was sponsored by the ABA Tax Section Young Lawyers Forum.

EVENTS & LECTURES

CONFERENCE ON CONGRESS AND THE COURT

The Law School's upcoming conference, Congressional Power in the Shadow of the Rehnquist Court: Strategies for the Future, will examine the implications of the Supreme Court's history, in the last decade, of striking down, by the narrowest of margins, congressional enactments in the name of federalism, judicial supremacy, and constitutional limits on legislative power. Among these enactments are protections from age and disability discrimination for state employees, a civil remedy for victims of sexual assault, and criminal penalties for gun possession near schools. Conference participants will be looking at the impact of the court's decisions on principles of federalism and separation of powers, as well as on civil rights, civil liberties, the environment, and other affected interests.

The conference will begin on Friday, Feb. 1, at 1:00 p.m. in the Moot Court Room. Friday's session will end at 5:45 p.m., and there will be a reception to follow. On Saturday, Feb. 2, the conference will be held in the Moot Court Room from 8:30 a.m. until noon. For a complete list of the participants, please visit the conference Web site at http://www.law.indiana.edu/pubs/front/20011127_courtconf.html.

NEWS FROM THE FACULTY

Rob Fischman's latest collaboration with SPEA Professor Vicky Meretsky, "Endangered Species Information: Access and Control," has just been published in a special issue of the Washburn Law Journal.

Marshall Leaffer, who is spending the semester in France as a visiting professor at l'univ‚rsit‚ de Nice, addressed the International Executive Committee of l'Association Litt‚raire Artistique Int‚rnationale on recent developments in U.S. copyright law. The meeting took place at UNESCO, in Paris, on Jan. 19, 2002.

NEWS FROM STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

SPEAKERS AND EVENTS SLATED TO CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH

On Feb. 4, Judge Viola Taliaferro (JD'77) will kick off the Black Law Student's Association Black History Month Celebration with a talk at 4:30 p.m. followed by a reception in the faculty lounge.

On Feb. 11, ILS and BLSA are co-sponsoring a talk by Justice George Lamptey, of the Supreme Court of Ghana. He is scheduled to speak at noon in the Moot Court Room.

On Feb. 13, Justice Lamptey , Amos Sawyer (the former president of Liberia), and the director of the new Neal Marshall Black Culture Center at IU, Oyibo Afoaku, will hold an African Summit, an interactive discussion of legal, political, and social issues pertinent to the African continent. The summit will be held in the Moot Court Room at noon.

PHI DELTA PHI MEETS TUESDAY

Phi Delta Phi will hold a meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at noon in room 122. Pizza and soda will be provided. Members and interested non-members are encouraged to attend. Initiation is planned for this semester, so it's not to late to sign up!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

DO YOU WANT AN EXCELLENT NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY? BE A BAILIFF!

Then come and sign up now to be a bailiff for the final rounds of the Moot Court Competition! We are expecting high-profile judges and attorneys some of whom are from out of state to judge the competitions. The final rounds begin on Feb. 18 and will continue for two weeks. The arguments will be at 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Not only is this an excellent networking opportunity, but it is also a chance to see your very own classmates performing oral argument at its finest!

EVENTS CALENDAR / ROOM SCHEDULING

To schedule classrooms in the law building, send e-mail to bl-law-events (for Outlook users) or bl- events-law@ exchange.indiana.edu (for non-Outlook users). Please include date and time of event, length of time room will be needed, classroom requested and number of people attending event. Requests should be sent at least one week prior to event and include name of person requesting, organization planning the event and an e-mail address. Confirmations will be sent by reply e-mail.

AUDIO - VIDEO SERVICES

Requests for AV services may be sent to Beth at av@exchange.indiana.edu. Please include the name of your group and the e-mail address of the contact person, a description of what you want to do, and the date, location, starting time and duration of the event. Requests must be made at least 48 hours in advance and will be confirmed by e-mail.

CALENDAR

Jan. 29: Phi Delta Phi meeting, noon, room 122

Feb. 1-2: Conference: Congressional Power in the Shadow of the Rehnquist Court, 1:00 p.m., Moot Court Room

Feb. 4: Talk: Viola Taliaferro, 4:30 p.m.

Feb. 11: Talk: George Lamptey, noon, Moot Court Room

Feb. 13: African Summit, noon, Moot Court Room

ILA: Please visit our Web site at www.law.indiana.edu/pubs/ila/ilacurrent.html. The ILA is published every Monday with news about the coming week. If you have questions about an item appearing in the ILA, please contact Leora Baude (e-mail lbaude@indiana.edu or phone 855-2426).

Submissions: Information and articles for the ILA should be submitted by Friday at 10 a.m. for inclusion in Monday's edition. Please e-mail all submissions to ila@indiana.edu.