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Indiana Law Annotated

Vol. 27 No. 9 (November 1, 2004)

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HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 1

The School of Law is pleased to welcome Alan Schwartz as the presenter of this year's Harris Lecture. Schwartz, the Sterling Professor of Law at Yale Law School, will present "How Much Irrationality Does the Market Permit?" at noon on Thursday, Nov. 4, in the Moot Court Room. A reception for Schwartz will follow in the Faculty Lounge.

Lon Showley, a 1969 graduate of the School of Law, is visiting as a practitioner in residence on Thursday, Nov. 4. Showley is a partner at Showley & Thompson in San Diego and focuses his practice in estate planning. He will be meeting with students at 3:30 p.m. in room 214 to discuss his practice.

SPRING REGISTRATION DATES

Third-year students and LLM, MCL, and SJD students should register with the Recorder's Office between 9 a.m. and noon or between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 3. Second- year students should register at the same times on Thursday, Nov. 4. First-year students will register on Nov. 15 and will be notified of sections at that time.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2 (ELECTION DAY)

MBE Expert Steve Palmer to Answer Questions about Bar Exam

Steve Palmer, an MBE expert, will at the Law School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the PMBR table in the lobby. Students are encouraged to stop by to ask questions about the MBE and bar exams around the country, including California and New York. The MBE is part of the state bar exam in every state except Washington and Louisiana. In most states, the MBE is the key section in passing the bar exam. Most states have a combined MBE and essay grading scheme where extra points from the MBE carry over to the essays. Also, it has been suggested by the National Conference of Bar Examiners that some jurisdictions only grade the essays of those students with moderate to low MBE scores, because those with high MBE scores are expected to pass.

Dollat to Speak on European Union Constitution

The International Law Society (ILS) is hosting guest speaker Patrick Dollat, who will talk about the legal structure of the new European Union constitution at noon in the Moot Court Room. Pizza will be provided. Dollat has held a number of teaching posts abroad. He is currently a lecturer at the Institute of Political Studies of Strasbourg. From 2000 to 2002, Dollat headed the project and was a teaching coordinator for the Center of the Indian and European Studies.

Final ELS Meeting for the Semester

The final Environmental Law Society (ELS) meeting for the semester will be held at noon in room 124. We will be wrapping up the semester and discussing job opportunities and adopt-a-trail volunteering. Pizza will be provided.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3

PILF General Meeting

The Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) will hold its monthly meeting at noon in room 125. The agenda for this meeting will include discussions of our Singing for Summer Salaries fundraiser, the upcoming PILF Student-Faculty Reception, and the public interest retreat at Bradford Woods in February. Representatives from the Child Advocacy Clinic, the Community Legal Clinic, and the Law and Mental Health Clinic will also be present to introduce students to the novel concept of receiving course credit for real-world work. Food, as always, will be provided.

OutLaw Invites Those Interested in GLBT Issues to Next Meeting

OutLaw will hold a caucus meeting at noon in room 406A of the Law Library. People have asked, and yes, we do want heterosexuals to join. Your personal orientation does not matter! If you are interested in the law as it applies to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) issues, and/or if you want to have a hand in the development of the law, this is a group for you! If you are interested and cannot attend the meeting, please contact Mike Donnelly at mfdonnel@indiana.edu.

Tenant Assistance Project Call-Out Meeting

The Tenant Assistance Project, a new legal clinic that works with low-income tenants, will hold a call-out meeting at 12:15 p.m. in room 120. We will discuss requirements for participation in the clinic and tentative dates for the upcoming spring semester training. Everyone is welcome to attend. Pizza will be provided. For more information, contact Katie Miltner at kmiltner@indiana.edu.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4

Yale's Alan Schwartz to Give Harris Lecture

The School of Law is pleased to welcome Alan Schwartz as the presenter of this year's Harris Lecture. Schwartz, the Sterling Professor of Law at Yale Law School, will present "How Much Irrationality Does the Market Permit?" at noon on Thursday, Nov. 4, in the Moot Court Room. A reception for Schwartz will follow in the Faculty Lounge. Schwartz is an expert in corporate finance law, commercial law, consumer protection law, law and economics, and bankruptcy law. His recent articles examine bankruptcy workouts and debt contracts and the limits of contract law. Schwartz began his career as an associate attorney with the firm of Rosenman Colin Kaye Petschek Freund & Emil in New York. Before joining the law faculty at Yale in 1987, Schwartz taught law at the California Institute of Technology and the University of Southern California Law Center. He was also a member of our law faculty from 1969-76. He is the co-author of Commercial Law: Principles and Policies, Foundations of Contract Law, and Payment Systems and Credit Instruments. Established in 1946 by a trust from the bequest of India Crago Harris in the name of her husband, Addison C. Harris, the Harris Lecture Series brings prominent scholars to the Law School every year. Past Harris lecturers have included Barbara Babcock, Derrick Bell, Robert Bork, Guido Calabresi, Jules Coleman, Owen Fiss, Frank Michelman, and Lawrence Tribe.

"Lost in Translation" Karaoke Night with ILS and APALSA

The International Law Society (ILS) and the Asian Pacific Islander American Law Student Association (APALSA) are hosting a "Lost in Translation" karaoke night at 10 p.m. at the new sushi bar on 10th street by 46/47. This place has great atmosphere, complete with jellyfish! Please join us for what promises to be a great time.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5

Study Abroad Informational Meeting

Deans Len Fromm and Lesley Davis will discuss summer school opportunities abroad, our exchange programs during the academic year, and our spring London program at noon in the Moot Court Room. This will be an informational meeting only. No applications will be taken for individual programs. The application priority dates will be provided at a later point. Most of those dates will be in January and February.

NEWS FROM THE FACULTY

Professor Hannah Buxbaum delivered a speech at the German Law Journal conference held at Duke Law School last week. She spoke on transnational economic litigation and the development of non-territorial models of international jurisdiction.

Professor Ajay Mehrotra was a discussant on a legal history panel entitled, "Rights, Entitlements, and Regulation in the Progressive Era," at the American Society for Legal History's annual conference in Austin, Texas.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Attention 3Ls: Judicial Clerkships Still Available

Third-year law students who are still looking for employment are strongly encouraged to apply for judicial clerkships. Visit the Career Services Office job page (http://www.law.indiana.edu/careers/job_listings/local_listings/job_list.asp) for current listings. Typically, a cover letter and a resume is all that is needed to apply. A judicial clerk researches real issues and acts as the "right arm" of the judge. A clerk is exposed to judicial proceedings, performing legal research, preparing bench memoranda, and drafting orders and opinions. Clerking for a judge opens many doors in the legal community. Law firms strongly favor, and aggressively recruit, lawyers with clerking experience. Many firms will give lawyers who have completed a clerkship before entering a firm one to two years of credit toward the requirement to make partner. Law schools also strongly favor faculty candidates who have held judicial clerkships.

Professor Hughes Looking for Research Assistants

Professor Sarah Jane Hughes needs one or two research assistants to help with a book on payments systems, an article on Check 21 (also payments-related), and a project on information privacy (mostly on profiling of private individuals). For the payments book and Check 21 article, a background in economics would be helpful. For the privacy project, Criminal Process I would be helpful. Please send an electronic resume to sjhughes@indiana.edu.

Library Training Offered for Faculty Research Assistants

The Law Library is currently offering research training sessions for faculty research assistants. The purpose of these sessions is to refresh legal research skills that might have become rusty since the first-year Legal Research and Writing class. In addition, each session can be modified to cover more advanced research skills and subject-specific resources that were not covered in that class. The goal is to make it easier for each R.A. to effectively find the information that his or her professor needs. These sessions are available to anyone who works as an R.A. for a Law School faculty member. R.A.s can sign themselves up, or their professors can sign them up. If you have any questions or would like to sign up, please contact Liz Goldberg, reference librarian, by e-mail (ellarson@indiana.edu) or phone (855-1886). Ms. Goldberg would appreciate at least a few days' advance notice. Also, please tell her ahead of time if you would like her to include specific resources or subject areas in the training session.

Constructive Conflict Resolution Workshop

The Community Justice and Mediation Center (CJAM) will offer a workshop, "Constructive Conflict Resolution," from 9 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Law School. Professor Edwin Greenebaum will lead the workshop, which will explore approaches to conflict resolution and provide experiential learning opportunities for enhancing ones repertoire. Participants will achieve a deeper level of insight into sources of conflict in addition to learning the various approaches to conflict resolution. The cost is $100. (CJAM center volunteers and contributors are eligible for the reduced rate of $25.) For application forms and for more information, contact Lisa-Marie Napoli at 855-1618 or cjam@bloomington.in.us.

ABA Sponsors Law Student Tax Challenge

The Tax Section of the American Bar Association is sponsoring the fourth annual Law Student Tax Challenge. The Law Student Tax Challenge is a tax planning competition designed to more closely reflect everyday tax practice than traditional moot court competitions. It requires submission by a two-person team of a 10-page memorandum and four-page client letter addressing a problem available at http://www.abanet.org/tax/lstc/. The written submission is due on Nov. 11. Based on the written work product, six teams will be selected as semi-finalists. Semi-finalist teams will present the written work product to a panel of judges in an oral competition at the Section of Taxation Midyear Meeting in San Diego in January of 2005. Those six teams will receive complimentary airfare and hotel accommodations. There are cash prizes for the top three teams and for the team with the best written submission. For more information, visit the Web site above or contact Professor Leandra Lederman at llederma@indiana.edu.

Scheduling Events

All e-mail about reserving classrooms must be sent to BL-LAW-EVENTS. Mail must be sent to the correct address, bl-law-events (for Outlook users) or bl-events-law@exchange.indiana.edu (for non-Outlook users). Please include the 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 before the event and include the name of the person requesting, the organization planning the event, and an e-mail address. Confirmations will be sent by reply e-mail. Thank you!

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.

ILA SUBMISSIONS

The Indiana Law Annotated (ILA) is published every Monday while school is in session with news about the coming week. Information and articles for the ILA should be submitted to ila@indiana.edu by Friday at 3 p.m. for inclusion in Monday's edition.

If you have questions about an item appearing in the ILA, please contact Lesa Petersen (e-mail: petersen@indiana.edu; phone: 856-4044). To view past issues, visit www.law.indiana.edu/publications/ila/.