A newsletter for alumni, students, and friends of the IU School of Law—Bloomington • March/April 2004 (Vol. 2, Nos. 4/5)

Dear Friend:

New York alumni reception with Dean Robel: Rapheal Prevot, Gary Davis, Mark Wojciechowski, Scott Flanders

We will be joined this fall by two new faculty colleagues, in intellectual property and taxation, both of whom will strengthen and broaden our curriculum and joint degrees.

Kevin Collins comes to us from clerkships at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He graduated summa cum laude from Yale in 1990 with a double major in molecular biophysics/biochemistry and architecture. He then earned a master's degree in architecture from Columbia and worked for five years as a project architect and lead designer for Bernard Tschumi Architects before earning his JD at Stanford. Joining Professors Yvonne Cripps, Marshall Leaffer, and Fred Cate in providing intellectual property expertise, Collins will help the school develop a new joint degree in law and biotechnology with the Department of Biology.

Last year, Bart Kaufman, a 1965 graduate of the Law School, endowed the William W. Oliver Chair in Taxation. Filling that chair in the coming academic year will be Leandra Lederman, an accomplished scholar and teacher of tax law. Lederman has been on the faculty at George Mason University School of Law since 1998 and had previously taught at Mercer University. She earned her JD in 1990 from New York University School of Law, where she also earned an LLM in taxation. She is the author of three books and more than 20 articles on tax and tax procedure.

Lederman will help coordinate the school's joint JD/MBA in accounting with Professor David Greene, JD'74, who heads the Kelley School of Business graduate program in accounting and serves on the Law School's Board of Visitors. Lederman joins new tax law faculty member Ajay Mehrotra here at the Law School.

I have enjoyed visiting with alumni in Phoenix, San Diego and Los Angeles, New York, and Indianapolis in the past month. Please stay in touch with us here in Bloomington.

All my best,
Lauren Robel, JD'83

In this issue:

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Baude and CNN bureau chief address War on Terror

Professor Baude speaking

In a March 29 talk on "Terrorism and the Judiciary," Professor Patrick Baude predicted that the U.S. Supreme Court was headed toward a bad decision on the constitutional rights of "enemy combatants" being held without charge as part of the War on Terror. Baude argued that the court is unlikely to clarify the centrality of the president's role in making war-time decisions about the prisoners' rights, and that equivocation on the subject tends to foster complacency and a lack of accountability. Baude's talk was part of a lecture series initiated last year by 2L Amy Cohen and the Student Law Association as a forum for students to learn about the faculty's current research. Previous speakers in the series this semester include Professors Fred Aman, Jeff Stake, David Snyder, Stephen Conrad, and Aviva Orenstein.

Offering a different perspective on the fight against terror, Rebecca MacKinnon, CNN's Tokyo bureau chief, gave a presentation at the Law School on March 29 on "The Role of Japan in the War on Terrorism." Joining her for a roundtable discussion were Professor Joseph Hoffmann and IU faculty from political science, history, and East Asian studies. MacKinnon covereed Japan's responses to the terrorist attacks of September 11 for CNN. In October and November of 2001, she spent nearly two months in Peshawar, Pakistan, near Afghanistan's border, covering developments leading up to the fall of the Taliban.

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Harvard's Orfield leads symposium on resegregation since Brown v. Board

Professor Gary Orfield, of the Harvard School of Education, visited the Law School on March 31 to give a talk as part of our spring series commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education. Orfield, a leading authority on the resegregation of public education following the landmark decision, spoke on "Brown v. Board of Education: What We Gained, What We're Losing, What We Can Do."

Orfield's presentation was followed by 10-minute reflections on Brown v. Board, law, and social science, by Professor Kevin Brown, Professor Pamela B. Walters (sociology), and Professor Jorge Chapa (Latino studies). The presentation was sponsored by the Law School's Center on Law, Society, and Culture.

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Journal conference considers globalization and education

The School of Law hosted the 12th annual conference of the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies (IJGLS) on April 2-3. Scholars from the United States, France, and Russia addressed three broad interrelated issues: Education as a human right, education and the role of states in the global economy, and higher education and transnational flows of specialized knowledge. Conference papers will appear as articles in the IJGLS.

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Joint Law/SPEA workshop on wildlife refuges crosses disciplinary boundaries

The School of Law and the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) co-hosted "Managing Biological Integrity, Diversity, and Environmental Health in the National Wildlife Refuges" at the Law School on April 2.

Experts from three different fields — law, science, and natural resource management — considered how the refuge system should implement its statutory mandate to maintain biological integrity, diversity, and environmental health. Combined perspectives from disciplines traditionally distinct in the academy, but often overlapping in practice, offered fresh insight into ecosystem management. Organized by Professor Robert Fischman, the workshop brought together scholars of law and of environmental science with natural resource managers from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, who helped ground the discussion in actual case studies.

For participating students enrolled in the joint SPEA-Law degree program, the workshop was the culmination of a semester-long seminar on ecosystem management. Workshop papers will be published in a symposium issue of the Natural Resources Journal, the leading interdisciplinary resource-management journal.

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Champions named in Sherman Minton Moot Court competition

Judges of the 2004 Moot Court competition

Arguments in the final round of the Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition, sponsored by Bose McKinney & Evans, were held on Feb. 27 in the Law School's Moot Court Room. The panel of judges included a number of distinguished alumni, including Eleanor Cabrere, JD'93; George Patton, JD'87; Judge Michael Kanne, JD'68; and Judge John Tinder, JD'75. Thanks to all alumni who assisted with this year's competition.

The 2004 Moot Court champions are Blaire Henley and Renea Vealey-Hill. Congratulations to the winners and also to the finalists, Amanda Feltman and Kate Menze.

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Alumni News

In memoriam: William R. Stewart

William Rufus Stewart

William Rufus Stewart, JD'59, an attorney at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for more than three decades, died on Feb. 16 in Washington, D.C. Stewart was a member of the Law School's Academy of Law Alumni Fellows.

Stewart, the first African American to serve as chief counsel at the NLRB, was the recipient of the highest honor that the federal government gives a career civil servant, the President's Award for Distinguished Federal Service, which he received just after his 1997 retirement. President Bill Clinton said at the time that Mr. Stewart was "instrumental in winning national labor law cases that have had a major impact on American workers, such as protecting the rights of blind workers and preserving the ability of workers to vote by mail in union elections."

Rammelt takes on Google in trademark case

David Rammelt, JD'90, is representing a Michigan-based decorating company, American Blind and Wallpaper Factory, in a lawsuit against the Internet search engine Google, in what is potentially a ground-breaking case in the nascent area of online advertising law. The suit alleges that Google violates American Blind's trademark by listing fee-paying competitors when users run searches on the terms in the company's name. Rammelt is a partner in the Chicago office of the New York-based firm of Kelley Drye & Warren.

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Alumni Events

April 29: Alumni Reception at the ISBA Spring Meeting in Fort Wayne
Join Dean Lauren Robel and others from the School of Law at a reception for alumni and friends at the Indiana State Bar Association Spring Meeting. The reception is on Thursday, April 29, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., in the Farnsworth Room of the Grand Wayne Center & Hilton Hotel, 1020 South Calhoun Street, Fort Wayne, Ind.

May 6-21: Alumni receptions in Taipei and Beijing
Professor Lisa Farnsworth, director of graduate legal studies, and Lesley Davis, director of international programs, will be visiting alumni in Taiwan and China May 6-21. They will host a reception for alumni and newly admitted graduate students in Taipei on Friday, May 7. Farnsworth and Davis will visit our partners at China University of Political Science and Law and host a reception for alumni and newly admitted students in Beijing during the week of May 16.

May 19: Kelley School of Business event in Washington, D.C.
Alumni from IU's Kelley School of Business invite IU Law alumni to join them at an event in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, May 19, at the Galleria-Chevy Chase Building. The topic is "Investing in an Election Year: Does It Really Matter?" Further event details and speaker biographies can be found on the Kelley School's online calendar of events.

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Faculty News

Professor Dan Conkle was one of the faculty participants in a panel discussion, "Faith and Politics: Election 2004," that took place on the Bloomington campus on April 1.

Professor David Snyder had the dubious honor last month of being the Law School's choice to sing karaoke (Real Player required) for the Public Interest Law Foundation's annual fundraiser, Singing for Summer Salaries. Students, faculty, and staff donated money in the name of the professor they most wished to be serenaded by at noon on March 3. Snyder's rendition of Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl" was followed by an encore duet, "Eye of the Tiger," with Professor Luis Fuentes-Rohwer. The event raised more than $4,000 to help support public interest internships.

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