Volume 1, No. 11

Indiana Law Update

A newsletter for alumni, students, and friends of IU School of Law—Bloomington

November 2003


Greetings from the School of Law!

Dear Friend,

On Nov. 8, the Law School celebrated a wonderful gift to honor a remarkable career. Barton Kaufman, JD'65, endowed a faculty chair in honor of Professor William Oliver, who taught taxation at the school for more than 40 years. Kaufman, chair and chief executive officer of Kaufman Financial Corp. and one of Bill Oliver's former students, remembered his time in Bill's classes as some of his most challenging work in law school.

Bill has said he was proud to come to the Law School at a time when he believed it to be "the finest teaching law school in the country." Bill taught courses in income taxation, estate and gift tax, international taxation, accounting for lawyers, insurance, contracts—indeed, so many courses that he thought that one class of students might have taken as many as 19 credit hours with him. In 1960, he was honored with the Law School Gavel Award, given by the senior class to the person who has been their greatest influence during their time at the Law School. During that same year, he received the Indiana University Foundation Teaching Award. Bill's legacy in the classroom has certainly endured. Generations of his students ask about him often as I travel around the state and the country.

The William W. Oliver Chair in Taxation will make it possible for the school to attract a senior faculty member in taxation law. For those of us in the academy, the endowment of a faculty chair is an investment in knowledge, in teaching, and ultimately the future. The results of philanthropy are always beyond calculation, and for philanthropy in the betterment of education, this is doubly so. We thank Mr. Kaufman for his gift, which ensures the Law School's legacy of exceptional legal scholarship and guarantees that Bill's extraordinary work will never be forgotten.

Best Wishes,
Lauren Robel, JD'83

New book by Fischman explores wildlife refuges

Controversy over drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has dominated the recent political debate over energy development and public land management. Too often lost in that debate are the more fundamental questions: What are the laws that govern our wildlife refuges? How do refuge managers decide which uses to allow where? What basic principles underlie refuge administration? How can we maintain biodiversity while opening refuges to economic and recreational activities? A new book by Professor Robert Fischman, The National Wildlife Refuges: Coordinating a Conservation System through Law, addresses these and other critical questions concerning the relationship between law and public land conservation. Professor Joseph Sax of the University of California, Berkeley, who is regarded as the doyen of environmental law scholars, says Fischman's "splendid book will be the indispensable source for everyone who wants to know about America's wildlife refuge system. But it is much more than just a reference work. It also thoughtfully explores the system's distinctive dominant-use hierarchy approach to conservation management, and in so doing makes an important contribution to our contemporary environmental literature."

Fischman recently presented a paper entitled "Predictions and Prescriptions for the Endangered Species Act" at a conference at the Lewis and Clark Law School marking the 30th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act. He also presented a talk on legal issues affecting management of the national wildlife refuges at the annual ALI-ABA conference on federal lands and natural resources law. His panel included the attorney general of Alaska and the litigation director of Trustees for Alaska, who discussed the legal issues associated with oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Bell authors book on access

Professor Jeannine Bell's groundbreaking study of police enforcement of hate crimes (Policing Hatred: Law Enforcement, Civil Rights, and Hate Crimes, NYU Press 2002) required her to spend much time with police officers. Now, Bell and two co-authors have written a new book, Gaining Access: A Practical and Theoretical Guide for Qualitative Researchers (AltaMira Press 2003), which offers useful advice on how to enter different settings for interviewing and observation. The book is intended to help researchers who do empirical fieldwork. Bell has recently been named a member of the Board of Trustees of the Law and Society Association, the premier association for interdisciplinary research.

Bessler publishes two books on executions

John Bessler, JD'91, is the author of two new books: Kiss of Death: America's Love Affair with the Death Penalty (Northeastern University Press 2003) and Legacy of Violence: Lynch Mobs and Executions in Minnesota (University of Minnesota Press 2003). Bessler is a partner at the law firm of Kelly & Berens in Minneapolis.

Shadley receives honors from ISBA, Purdue

Sue Shadley, JD'77, has been selected as the winner of the Indiana State Bar Association's Women in the Law Committee's 2003 Achievement Award. In addition, in 2000, the Purdue University School of Agriculture named Shadley a Distinguished Agricultural Alumnus. Shadley specializes in environmental law at Plews Shadley Racher & Braun, where she is a partner.

Abrahamson to preside over chief justices

Shirley S. Abrahamson, JD'56, chief justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, is president elect of the Conference of Chief Justices, a national organization that represents the top judicial officers of the 50 states and the U.S. territories. She continues to serve on the board of directors of the National Center for State Courts.

BLSA Alumni Advisory Board named

The inaugural BLSA Alumni Advisory Board met with Dean Robel, faculty, and students on Nov. 7. The board, with distinguished members from around the country, will provide advice, support, and networking for Black Law Student Association (BLSA) students, in addition to working with faculty and the dean. Members of the board include Judge Mitchell Gino Brogdon Sr. (JD'86), Eleanor Parker Cabrere (JD'93), Gary Davis (JD'82), Ursula Doyle (JD'97), Brian Edge (JD'98), Stephanie E. Gabay-Smith (JD'87), Augustavia Haydel (JD'85), Manotti Jenkins (JD'96), Jerry Lavaughn Maynard (JD'93), R. Anthony Prather (JD'83), Taylor Segue (JD'83), and Alonzo Weems (JD'95).

Environmental program advisory board to work with faculty and students

In the past several years, the Law School's environmental law program has grown to include three faculty members (Professors John Applegate, A. James Barnes, and Robert Fischman), an expanded curriculum, and several joint degrees. Now, a distinguished group of alumni have agreed to serve as advisors to the program on the first Environmental Program Alumni Advisory Board. The board will work with faculty and students to ensure that the program continues to develop in scope and quality. Board members include James K. Bemis (JD'85), Timothy M. Conway (JD'85), Peter H. Dykstra (JD'97), Gerald F. George (JD'69), Nina R. Hatfield (JD'73), Kelly A. Johnson (JD'90), Melina (Maniatis) Kennedy (JD'95), Cynthia A. King (JD'91), John M. Kyle III (JD'79), David J. Lazerwitz (JD'95), Peter M. Racher (JD'86), Jacqueline A. Simmons (JD'79), and W. William Weeks (JD'79).

In memoriam: Frank McCloskey

Frank McCloskey, JD'71, three-term mayor of Bloomington and six-term U.S. Representative from Indiana's 8th Congressional District, died on Nov. 2 after a battle with cancer. He was 64. First elected mayor in 1971, McCloskey was remembered for his humanity and generosity, as well as his political skills. In the last few years, McCloskey had spent considerable time working on human rights issues in Bosnia.

Polka, ghouls, and the Soccer Showdown: Law School in full swing

See and hear Dean Fromm's rendition of "In Heaven There Is No Beer" for yourself!
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Our traditions are a large part of what makes the IU School of Law such a special community. The BLSA Gong Show celebrated its 22nd anniversary with salsa, sax, poetry, and the traditional polka tunes from our dean for students and alumni, Leonard Fromm. The school was teeming with princesses and ghouls as the annual trick-or-treating event brought the children of students, staff, and faculty in full regalia on a parade through the Law Library to the Student Lounge. And, in the inauguration of a new tradition, the JD students narrowly defeated the international graduate students in a heated first annual JD/LLM Soccer Showdown.

Alumni needed for Shadow Program

The offices of Career Services and Alumni Relations would like to give first-year students the chance to explore career options by pairing them with alumni hosts. The Winter Break Alumni Shadow Program will provide interested students the opportunity to meet with alumni hosts in their workplaces during all or part of a workday, some time between Dec. 29, 2003, and Jan. 13, 2004.

This program is designed to give a first-year student a picture of your work life. As an alumni host, you can discuss your career path, provide a detailed explanation of the work you do now, offer a tour of your workplace, introduce your student to other attorneys in your office, and allow your student to observe you in action, e.g., by sitting in on a client meeting or discussions with other attorneys, observing a court proceeding, or observing other active aspects of your practice.

Students will be cautioned about exposure to confidential client information and will also be advised to talk with you about what can and cannot be discussed about this experience with others. You may ask students to sign a confidentiality agreement. Students will also be cautioned not to expect that the Shadow Program will lead to a summer job.

If you are interested in participating, please e-mail our director of alumni relations, Catherine Stafford. We'll be making the matches in late November and early December and hope to get alumni signed up before Thanksgiving.

Upcoming Alumni Events

November 14: Indianapolis Reception

Join Dean Robel and friends from the School of Law for an alumni reception hosted by Baker & Daniels from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14, at the Baker & Daniels Lobby, 300 N. Meridian Street, Suite 2700, Indianapolis. Please r.s.v.p. to lawalum@indiana.edu or (812) 855-9700.

November 14: Indiana Civil Protection Order Act: One Year Later (CLE)

This free seminar will provide a nuts-and-bolts overview of the Indiana Civil Protection Order Act (ICPOA), including changes since its enactment in July 2002. The seminar will also address barriers to enforcement of protective orders within and across state lines and will increase participants' understanding of the Full Faith and Credit provisions of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). This seminar has been approved for 1.5 Indiana CLE credits and is being co-sponsored by the Protective Order Project, the City of Bloomington Safe and Civil City Program, and the IU School of Law's Office of Development and Alumni Relations. The seminar will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14, at the IU School of Law, room TBA (look for a poster in the lobby). A reception will follow. Please r.s.v.p. to Marsha Bradford at bradform@city.bloomington.in.us or (812) 349-3560.

November 22: Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana Tailgate Party

The IU School of Law is pleased to co-sponsor the DTCI's tailgate party before the Old Oaken Bucket game on Saturday, Nov. 22. Sign up for the conference and the tailgate party through the DTCI Web site.

November 21: Bangkok Reception

Join Dean Robel, Professor David Williams, and Professor Susan Williams during their visit to Bangkok, Thailand, the week of Nov. 17. This reception for alumni and friends will be at the Jamjuree Ballroom at the Pathumwan Princess hotel. Please r.s.v.p. to lawalum@indiana.edu or (812) 855-9700.

December 10: Fort Wayne Reception

Join Dean Robel and friends from the School of Law for an Alumni Reception hosted by Haller & Colvin from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003, at the Allen County Bar Association, 924 South Calhoun Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Please r.s.v.p. to lawalum@indiana.edu or (812) 855-9700.

Fund For Excellence campaign begins

Many thanks to all who contributed to the 2002-2003 Fund for Excellence campaign—our most successful 12-month campaign ever! With the additional funds raised last year, the Law School was able to award more scholarships to recruit and retain the best and brightest students, fund Career Services initiatives in a competitive employment market, finance new technology for classrooms, and support a higher acquisitions budget for our Law Library. The 2003-2004 campaign is up and running, and we need your support. Alumni support of the Fund for Excellence makes the critical difference between the Law School's ability to provide an excellent, verses a merely adequate, legal education. Every gift, in any amount, is crucial to the Law School's mission. Please make an investment in our students and the value of your education by making a donation to the Fund for Excellence today.

Faculty News

Professor Joseph Hoffmann's work on the death penalty with both Illinois and Massachusetts was featured in the Nov. 2 issue of the New York Times ("States Seek Ways to Make Executions Error Free"), as was alumnus Feisal Istrabadi's (JD'88) work with the Future of Iraq Project ("Who Botched the Occupation").

Professor Kenneth Dau-Schmidt is the recipient of the Industrial Relations Research Association Excellence in Education Award in recognition of outstanding teaching in the academic area of labor and employment law. Dau-Schmidt, whose innovative teaching methods have been widely recognized, was featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education last year.

Professor Fred Cate has been appointed to the Executive Committee of the Phi Beta Kappa Senate. His chapter, "Privacy Protection and the Quest for Information Control," appears in Who Rules the Net? Internet Governance and Jurisdiction (Adam Thierer & Clyde Wayne Crews Jr., eds., 2003), and his article (with Margaret Eisenhauer & Christopher Kuner), "A Proposal for a Global Privacy Protection Framework," appears in the American Bar Association's Consumer Protection Update (Summer 2003).

Professor Hannah Buxbaum's article, "Unification of the Law Governing Secured Transactions: Progress and Prospects for Reform," appears in 321 Uniform Law Review 2003.

In October, Professor William Hicks was a member of the ALI-ABA Regulation D Offerings and Private Placements faculty.


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