Greetings from the School of Law!
I am pleased to report that the Law School will have three new entry-level faculty members next year. These three new faculty members will add great strength to our tax and business offerings and will permit us to strengthen our ties to the Kelley School of Business.
An honors graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, William Henderson clerked at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit and spent the last year as a visiting professor at Chicago-Kent. He came to law after a career as a firefighter and was the union representative for the firefighters' association in his native Cleveland. Henderson has published a number of articles, most recently an empirical study of desegregation in the Cleveland public schools, and his research interests are in the areas of business associations and municipal corporations. He will teach Corporations and Securities Law.
Ajay Mehrotra is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and will receive his PhD in history from the University of Chicago this June. Between law school and his doctoral studies, he was an associate with J.P. Morgan's structured finance and tax products division in New York and an attorney with Gordon & Glickson in Chicago. He currently serves as a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Mehrotra's research and teaching interests are in taxation, particularly the history of capital and taxation in the United States.
Christiana Ochoa, a graduate of Harvard Law School, has been in practice in Clifford Chance's corporate department in New York, where she specialized in cross-border transactions. She has held positions with the Colombian Commission of Jurists in Bogota, where she taught at Universidad de los Andes and pursued her interests in human rights and economic development. Ochoa's research and teaching interests span those two areas, and she will teach Contracts, Corporate Finance, and Human Rights.
Lauren Robel, JD'83
Acting Dean and Val Nolan Professor of Law
University honors Cate, Dau-Schmidt, Hoffmann
When Indiana University honors its outstanding faculty members at the annual Founders Day celebration on March 9, half of the IU Bloomington honorees will be Law School faculty.
Fred Cate will be elevated to the rank of distinguished university professor. The author of more than 40 books, book chapters, and articles and more than 50 additional reports, essays, and reviews, Cate is among a handful of legal academics whose cutting-edge research and publications concerning the ownership and control of information have defined a new and significant field of law. His singular contribution to defining the contours of this new field has been to focus on the previously unrecognized linkages between the diverse bodies of law from which it is constructed. Cate recently briefed senior administration officials from the White House, the Council of Economic Advisers, and the Treasury on financial privacy issues. He gave the keynote address at the annual Experian Fraud Forum and co-led a series of workshops at Elon University about "Copyrights and Wrongs." His report, Financial Privacy, Consumer Prosperity, and the Public Good, will be published this week by the AEI-Brookings Joint Center on Regulation.
Kenneth G. Dau-Schmidt, the Willard and Margaret Carr Professor of Labor and Employment Law, will receive the Sylvia E. Bowman Award in recognition of his outstanding teaching. Three national publications have recognized Dau-Schmidt's innovative teaching methods in his labor and employment law classes, where students enter fictional employment settings when they start the class and are forced to organize and bargain for the terms and conditions of their grades. Dau-Schmidt's devotion to thinking about issues of pedagogy is such that he is able to teach all of his courses from books he has written or co-authored.
Joseph Hoffmann, Harry Pratter Professor of Law, will receive the John W. Ryan Award for Distinguished Contributions to International Programs. Recognized nationally as a death-penalty and habeas corpus scholar, Hoffmann served as the first director of international programs at the Law School. His vision permitted us to expand greatly a distinguished graduate program for international students and to develop strong programmatic ties with Asian and European universities. In both his teaching and his research, Hoffmann demonstrates an understanding of the special importance of international and comparative work. He has developed classes, such as his seminars in the Law and Society of Asia and the Law and Society of Japan, that are designed to bring our graduate students together with our domestic law students and to promote cross-border and cross-cultural understanding.
Lamber named OWA Distinguished Scholar
The Indiana University Office for Women's Affairs named Professor Julia Lamber as its 2003 Distinguished Scholar. The award, which will be presented on March 28, goes to an outstanding scholar whose work involves "efforts to enhance women's lives through research, teaching, or service." Lamber, who served as the Dean for Women's Affairs for five years, is the author of more than 25 articles and book chapters that have focused on the use of law to achieve social justice and inclusion. She has explored women's issues in employment discrimination in numerous articles and has written most recently on Title IX, which is increasingly under attack in the area of athletics. In a series of recent articles and op-ed pieces, Lamber has argued against the critics of the statute who claim that it unfairly burdens men's intercollegiate athletics.
Smith Professorship brings scholar from Auckland to Bloomington
Professor Janet McLean, a member of the faculty of law of the University of Auckland, New Zealand, will be at the Law School this month as the visiting George P. Smith Distinguished Professor of Law and Legal Research. McLean teaches public and administrative law and her research includes privatization and corporatization, and contracting as a form of regulation. Her recent publications include "The Ordinary Law of Tort and Contract and the New Public Management," and "Government to State: Globalization, Regulation, and Governments as Legal Persons." While here, she will deliver a public lecture and participate in classes and the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies symposium.
The George P. Smith II Distinguished Professorship of Law and Legal Research brings visiting nationally and internationally renowned scholars to the school on a regular basis. Previous holders of this professorship have included Justice Michael Kirby, of the High Court of Australia, Sir David Williams, vice chancellor emeritus of the University of Cambridge, and Tzu-Yi Lin, of Taiwan University. This professorship is funded by a generous gift from Professor George P. Smith II, JD'64, of Catholic University of America Law School.
Sherman Minton Moot Court finals draw crowd
A capacity crowd watched the final round of the year-long Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition, sponsored by Bose McKinney & Evans LLP, last Friday evening. In a very close competition, Michael Klotz and Michael Ray won the final round. Kudos also go to the other finalists, Jacqueline Brown and Katie McWhorter, for their excellent performances. Finally, special thanks go out to BJ Brinkerhoff, the chief justice of the Moot Court Board, and all the board members for their hard and steadfast work throughout the year. The panel for this year's final round comprised Judge Michael Kanne, JD'68, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit; Judge David Hamilton, of the U.S. Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Justice Theodore Boehm, of the Indiana Supreme Court; Judge Nancy Vaidik, of the Indiana Court of Appeals, and Dean Lauren Robel, JD'83.
Robert Kassing, JD'64, of Bose McKinney & Evans, was on hand for the competition and to meet the finalists. He said that his firm chose to sponsor the competition because it wants to be "part of the lifeblood of this school" by encouraging students to become great advocates. Bose McKinney & Evans also hopes "to set an example for other firms whose attorneys have graduated from the school to sponsor student programs." Kassing added that he admired the four finalists tremendously and considered all four of them winners.
Artist formerly known as "Professor Conkle" wows fans
The annual "Singing for Summer Salaries" fundraiser held by the Public Interest Law Foundation on March 5 saw the transformation of normally mild-mannered First Amendment scholar Daniel Conkle into the singing sensation du jour, "Buttercup" Dan (Real Player required). Students, staff, and faculty voted with their pocketbooks for the professor they most wished to see on stage; the proceeds will be used to support students who undertake public-interest internships during the summer.
Four alumni featured in journal celebration
In celebration of its tenth year of publication at the Law School, the Federal Communiations Law Journal is hosting a speaker series on communications and media topics. Jeff Riffer, JD'78, a partner in the Los Angeles law firm of Jeffer Mangels Butler & Marmaro, was at the Law School on March 3 to discuss his influential case, Playboy Enterprises, Inc. v. Netscape Communications Corp. While he was here, Riffer also met with the Internet Law class. On March 10, Jamison Prime, JD'96, an attorney with the Federal Communications Commission, will be at the school to discuss the role of the FCC. On March 27, a panel of journalists and lawyers, including John Bessler, JD'91, will discuss media access to executions. Bessler practices in Minnesota and has written several books, including Death in the Dark: Midnight Executions in America. And on March 31, Robert Meitus, JD'00, and Rick Gevers, agent for broadcast journalists, will present a panel on entertainment law.
BLSA Barrister's Ball brings alumni back to honor Frank Motley
At the Barrister's Ball on March 1, a sell-out crowd of alumni and members of this year's graduating class—the last that Frank Motley recruited to the Law School—heard Tony Prather, JD'83, talk about Dean Motley's influence on his and so many other lives. Prather, a partner in the Indianapolis office of Barnes & Thornburg, spoke of Motley's dedication to both the university and the community, and the endless encouragement he provided to so many students. Motley now serves Indiana University as associate vice chancellor for academic support.
Fund for Excellence reaches 80 percent of goal
As of Feb. 21, we have raised $481,164.45 in cash for our Fund for Excellence campaign. This puts us at 80.19 percent of our $600,000 annual goal, with $118,835.55 to be raised by June 30. Of our 8,009 living alumni, 1,252 have contributed to the fund, for a participation rate of 15.63 percent. Alumni giving is crucial to our mission of providing an excellent legal education, and alumni support of the Fund for Excellence goes directly toward scholarship assistance for the best and brightest recruits, for three law journals, 25 student organizations including Moot Court, and faculty research, just to name a few areas! For those of you who have already contributed, we offer our hearty thanks. If you have yet to give, please consider making your gift—in any amount—today. Our goal is to reach 25 percent alumni participation, which will not only increase our revenue, but will also send a strong message of support for our mission. To make your gift, please visit the Fund for Excellence online, or mail your contribution to the Indiana University School of Law—Bloomington, Indiana University Foundation, P.O. Box 2298, Bloomington, IN 47402-2298.
'74 graduate named Lieberman chief of staff
Clarine Nardi Riddle, JD'74, has been appointed to succeed William Andersen as chief of staff for Senator Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.). She had served as assistant counsel to Lieberman when he was majority leader of the Connecticut State Senate and as corporation counsel to the city of New Haven. In 1988, she was appointed as attorney general for Connecticut, the first women to hold that post. From 1991 to 1993, she was a state superior court judge, and since 1993 she has been senior vice president and general counsel for the National Multi Housing Council and its joint legislative partner, the National Apartment Association.
Save the date: Alumni weekend scheduled for Sept. 19-20
On Sept. 19 and 20, you are invited to return to the beautiful IU School of Law campus, reunite with old friends, and tailgate in the big tent at the DeVault Alumni Center as the Law School community gathers to watch the IU v. Kentucky home football game. Alumni Weekend 2003 will also feature class reunions, the Academy of Law Fellows Inductions and Dinner, and a golf outing with Dean Leonard Fromm. Watch the Alumni section of our Web site for updates on specific events, hotels, and class reunions.