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Indiana Law Annotated for March 8, 2010 (38:8)

THIS WEEK IN THE LAW SCHOOL

Learn networking strategies to help you land a job in a tough economy from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday in room 125.

Professor Dan Conkle has covered Willie Nelson. Professor Sarah Jane Hughes impressed the crowd last year with her original lyrics to "76 Sad Trombones." Who will become a star this year? Come find out at PILF's annual Singing for Summer Salaries event beginning at 11:50 a.m. on Tuesday.

Interested in patent law? An information session on the patent bar will be held Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. in room 213.

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MONDAY, MARCH 8

Networking in a Tough Economy

Please join the American Bar Association and Office of Career & Professional Development for a panel discussion on "Networking and Finding a Job in Today's Economy and What the ABA Can Do for You," from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday in room 125. Our featured panelists are Joseph O'Connor, JD'78, and Holly Harvey, JD'97, both of Bunger & Robertson, and Belinda Johnson-Hurtado, JD'05, of Mallor Clendening Grodner & Bohrer. Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP on Symplicity.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 9

Singing for Summer Salaries

PILF's annual Singing for Summer Salaries will be held Tuesday at 11:50 am in the Moot Court Room. Don't miss this opportunity to see one of your professors sing karaoke! Raffle tickets will be sold at the PILF table during lunch hour today and tomorrow. Vote with your dollars for the "winning" professor. Pizza and snacks will be sold the day of the event for a small charge. All proceeds support a great cause: summer scholarships for unpaid public interest internships this summer!

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10

The Federalist Society Spring Soiree

Cheers! Join us for exotic beer specials plus complimentary appetizers, pizzettas, and good laughs at Finch's Brasserie. The Federalist Society will host an evening reception on Wednesday, beginning at 7 p.m., to thank all who attended our debates and panel events. All students, practicing attorneys, and faculty are welcome to attend and mingle. This year's special guest is Kenneth Klukowski, senior legal analyst at the American Civil Rights Union in Alexandria, Va., who will kindly entertain us with an account of select cases amongst the 2010 Supreme Court term.

Judicial Clerkship Series: Nuts and Bolts

Learn details about the entire process and find out the extent to which the OCPD will go to help you with your clerkship applications on Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. in room 125.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 11

IPA Patent Bar Information Session

Interested in patent law? Come find out all the basics about the patent bar including: who is eligible; when and how the test is administered; how to prepare; study materials that are out there; and hear the personal account of a student who has already taken and passed the test! Additionally, Professor Mark Janis will also be on hand to discuss the IP course offerings planned for next year.

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FACULTY NEWS

On Mar. 2, Professor Leandra Lederman presented her article entitled "A Tisket, A Tasket: Basketing and Corporate Tax Shelters" at the James Hausman Tax Law & Policy Workshop at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.

Professor Craig Bradley's article on the Sixth Amendment, "Melendez-Diaz and the Right to Confrontation," was recently published in the Chicago-Kent Law Review as part of a criminal procedure symposium.

Professor Mark Need gave a presentation at Drexel University's Earl Mack School of Law, as a part of the conference "Teaching Transactional Law: Moving the Project Forward."

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UPCOMING EVENTS

ACS v. Federalist Society Debate on Judicial Activism

The American Constitution Society and Federalist Society cordially invite everyone to the most anticipated debate of the year on Monday, March 29, at noon. Professor Pat Baude will moderate the discussion on the definition, examples, and relevance of judicial activism between speakers Bill Marshall, of the ACS, and the Federalist Society's Ed Whelan III. Marshall is a constitutional law professor at the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill and former deputy White House counsel and deputy assistant to President Clinton. Whelan is president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, a former clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia, and a regular contributor to the blog Bench Memos. Both speakers are recognized experts in judicial selection and confirmation. Room TBA. Lunch will be served.

The Pirate Bay Cases and International Film Piracy: the Scurvy of Hollywood

The Federalist Society and Intellectual Property Association will co-host this year's final John Templeton Series Debate on film piracy and the Pirate Bay cases in Sweden. Professor Marshall Leaffer, distinguished scholar in intellectual property law and University fellow, will moderate a debate between guest speaker John Malcolm, executive vice president and director of Worldwide Anti-Piracy Operations for the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), and Beth Cate, associate general counsel for Indiana University, about Hollywood's policy toward torrents, illegal file sharing and streaming, and international copyright regimes and efforts to combat piracy. The debate will take place on Tuesday, April 13, at noon. Room TBA.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Indiana Law Teams Compete in ABA Moot Court Tournament

Two teams representing the Law School and the Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition were set to compete this past weekend in the regional rounds of the American Bar Association's National Appellate Advocacy Competition, the first time that the Law School has sent teams to the nation's premier interscholastic moot court competition in 20 years. 3Ls John Lowrey, Eric Rey, Monica Palacio, Gillian Crowl, and Ben Wolowski argued in Brooklyn, New York, one of six regional rounds of the competition, in which 189 teams from around the country have competed this month in advance of the final rounds, to be held later this month in Chicago. This year's case problem examines the interplay of the McCarran-Ferguson Act, concerning the rights of states to override federal legislation in the area of insurance, and the international treaty compelling the enforcement of contractual arbitration provisions.

Refugees' Reproductive Lives and Deaths: Safe Deliveries for Internally Displaced Persons

Every year, 57 million women give birth without the assistance of a trained birthing attendant. Women displaced by natural disaster or armed conflict are particularly vulnerable to infection, disease, and death during childbirth because they do not have access to sterile supplies. Preventing childbirth deaths can be as simple as providing basic materials, such as sterile gloves and sheets. A $2 donation furnishes one clean delivery kit for a woman who does not have access to a doctor. Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) will be tabling Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the main lobby. Stop by to make a donation and talk with us about providing safe birthing conditions to displaced women. Delicious treats will be available.

Student Group Organization Lists Due March 25

Every year, graduating members of law student organizations are listed in the Law School graduation ceremony program. To be listed, you need to e-mail Catherine Matthews by Thursday, March 25, with any law school student organization to which you belonged. She will confirm with the organizations, but you won't be listed unless you submit your memberships.

Submit Items for Graduation Display by April 5

Believe it or not, it is time to put up the graduation display. As we have done in the past, we want to do a collage of pictures, memorabilia, and clippings regarding your three years at the Law School. We will return all the items to you following graduation. Here is what we would like to include: pictures, memorabilia, and clippings. Please get these items to us by April 5. Each item must have a completed form attached that includes your name and the address where you want it returned. You can pick up these forms at the reference desk or in the library office. For pictures, please include the full name of each person in the picture, the event, or where the picture was taken and what year it was taken. We reserve the right to omit any item if needed. Give items to the librarians in the reference office or to the assistant to the Law Library director. To ensure that we have all the necessary information to return the items, please do not just leave them in the office or at the circulation desk.

Practice Group Advisors Applications Due March 23

The Dean of Students office is taking applications for Practice Group Advisors (PGAs). Under the supervision of the dean of students and director of student services, approximately 30 PGAs serve as front-line mentors and guides for first-year students. PGAs meet regularly with a group of 6-8 students to discuss law school life, introduce students to social networks, and facilitate Practice Program workshops and Legal Professions course sessions.

Meeting with their groups first during orientation, PGAs commit to working with their group all academic year. Work obligations include the following: reading materials over the summer, training in August before orientation commences, activities during orientation, regular group meetings during the academic year, mandatory Program sessions throughout the fall semester, meetings with dean of students staff, evaluations of the program and student participation, a training session in spring semester, and responsibilities tied to the Legal Professions course.

Successful applicants will possess excellent communication, facilitation, and negotiation skills, the ability to work with diverse students under time constraints, a developed sense of professionalism, including responsiveness to emails and requests, and commitment to student development.

An application will consist of a resume and a letter of interest, which must discuss one's relevant experience and set of skills, as well as a statement of one's understanding of and commitment to the philosophy of the Practice Program and the Legal Professions course. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23 to Jeanne Criswell at the desk in our outer office or by e-mail forward to her at jebrown@indiana.edu. Interviews may be required. PGAs are compensated by a stipend that offsets tuition or living expenses.

Apply for Access to Justice Pro Bono Fellowship by April 2

Applications are now being accepted by the Access to Justice Program for a Pro Bono Fellowship. A rising 2L will be chosen to coordinate the School's student pro bono program with the rising 3L fellow. Responsibilities include coordinating a pro bono fair, working with student organizations and the Office of Career and Professional Development, conducting student outreach, and liaising with attorneys to match students with pro bono projects. Funding for the fellowship is pending. Applications consisting of a cover letter with a statement of interest and a resume should be sent electronically to Megan Mullet by Friday, April 2. Please redact/remove GPA and class rank.

Admissions Fellow Applications Due March 23

First- and second-year students are encouraged to apply for the Admissions Fellows program. Ten to 15 fellows will be selected to work with the admissions office during the 2010-11 academic year. Fellows work throughout the year to build relationships with potential applicants and admitted students. Responsibilities will include contacting students via telephone and e-mail, participating in open houses and Spring Law Day, and acting as a Law School representative at other events.

Fellows will be required to manage several student contacts and report progress at periodic meetings with the admissions office staff. This work will require 5+ hours a week. Fellows will be selected based on personality/interpersonal skills; previous participation in Law School activities, including admissions programs and events; and personal interviews. Fellows will be compensated with a stipend each semester. Interested students should submit a resume and letter of interest to Dani Weatherford, director of recruitment, by Tuesday, March 23, at 5 p.m. If you have questions about the program, contact her at maweathe@indiana.edu.

Applications for Student Affairs Fellows Due April 9

Under the supervision of the dean of students and director of student services, Student Affairs Fellows meet throughout the academic year to facilitate a variety of academic workshops. Student Affairs Fellows are available as consultants and peer mentors to help students in their process of adjusting academically to law school, preparing for outlining and exams, and assessing learning strategies. Fellows are available for one-on-one consultations.

Work obligations also include the following: reading materials over the summer, training early in the fall semester, activities during orientation, a minimum of five workgroup meetings throughout the academic year, meetings with dean of students staff, and evaluations of the programs. These positions are only available for rising 3Ls. Interested students should submit a resume and letter of interest and qualifications via e-mail to Dr. Matthews (calmatth@indiana.edu) by noon on Friday, April 9.

SELS Third Annual Caitlin Satterly March Madness Tournament Pool

The Sports and Entertainment Law Society's third annual Caitlin Satterly March Madness Tournament Pool will be tabling every day next week during the noon hour. Come test your college basketball IQ against your classmates. The winner receives half the proceeds to put towards a donation to an (approved) charity of his or her choice. Costs are $3 for one bracket or $5 for two. Given the fact that Selection Sunday takes place during spring break, the tournament will be run as it has in the past where entries will be taken in advance and all participants will make their picks online. A leaderboard will be posted after every day of games. If you have any questions or can't make it during lunch but would still like to participate, e-mail sportsandentertainmentlaw@gmail.com.

Apply for Student Body Supreme Court Positions

The Student Body Supreme Court of Indiana University is currently accepting applications for associate justice positions for the 2010-2011 academic year. You can download the application online. Applications are due on Friday, March 12, at 11:59 p.m. via e-mail to court@indiana.edu. Questions about the positions can be sent to that e-mail address as well.

Follow Indiana Law on Twitter

The IU Maurer School of Law has launched a Twitter account to keep you informed of the latest news and events taking place at the Law School. Find out what's going on at our Twitter page.

VITA Offering Free Tax Assistance

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program is providing free income tax preparation for low- and moderate-income taxpayers is available Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m. in room 122. All taxpayers making less than $49,000 per year qualify (including students, faculty, and staff), and may be eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit. VITA is unable to assist foreign students with their taxes.

Thank You Cards for Sale

Get them while they last! Phi Delta Phi is selling IU Maurer School of Law thank you cards. You can purchase them for $2 per card or $15 for a pack of 10 cards. With their professional design, these cards are perfect for thanking interviewers, employers, professors, mentors, recommenders, etc. A sample card is available in the OCPD office. To purchase, contact Jacob Johnson: jqjohnso@indiana.edu.

BARBRI Tabling

BARBRI will table from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays for the remainder of the semester. 1Ls can sign up now for any state and lock in your tuition price for your bar review class in 2012 or 2013, as well as get a helpful first-year review book containing a review of all of your required classes, example outlines, and helpful study questions. 2Ls can sign up and lock in their tuition prices for 2011 or 2012 and pick up their upper level review book. 3Ls, if you pay your full tuition amount you can receive your MBE early study books now available at the BARBRI table, you may also pick up your upper level review books if you have already signed up for BARBRI. If you have any questions send an e-mail to Todd Phillips.

Bible Study Group

The Christian Legal Society has changed its Bible study time for this semester. CLS is holding weekly Bible study and prayer on Tuesdays at noon in room 215 of the Law School. Unsure if you'd like to attend Bible study? Have prayer requests or questions about God? Feel free to email requests, questions, or needs to Katie Khan at klkhan@indiana.edu. Prayer requests presented to the study group will remain confidential unless otherwise requested.

Report Your Pro Bono Hours For Graduation Recognition

All students who reported pro bono hours during the fall 2009 semester should have received an email indicating total hours reported for fall 2009. If you did not receive an email, or believe that your total hours are incorrect, please email Judy Reckelhoff and Megan Mullett, Pro Bono Fellows, at WeDoGood@indiana.edu. As a reminder: to receive graduation recognition, current 3Ls must report a minimum of 20 pro bono hours for the 2009-10 school year. (Current 2Ls must report a minimum of 40 hours before they graduate, and current 1Ls must report a minimum of 60 hours before they graduate to receive graduation recognition.)

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 Thursday at noon for inclusion in Monday's edition. Length of submission is limited to 150 words, unless otherwise approved. If you have questions about an item appearing in the ILA, please contact James Boyd (joboyd@indiana.edu; phone 856-1497).

Scheduling Events

All e-mails 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, the length of time room will be needed, the classroom requested, and the number of people attending the event. Requests should be sent at least one week before the event and should 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 should be sent to Max Exter av@exchange.iu.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.

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