Prominent democracy reform leaders from Burma, Liberia, and Azerbaijan will convene at the Law School in early August for the inaugural working conference of our new Center for Constitutional Democracy in Plural Societies. For details, visit the conference Web site.
If you plan to be in Orlando on Aug. 3 for the National Bar Association Conference, please join National Football League Labor Relations Counsel Rapheal Prevot, Jr. (JD'84), who will be hosting a breakfast for Indiana Law alumni. Visit our alumni events Web site for more information about the breakfast and the upcoming ABA Annual Meeting reception on Aug. 8 in Chicago. And, we hope you will join us in Bloomington for Alumni Weekend 2005 on Sept. 9 and 10.
The fall semester is only weeks away, and we are excited to begin the academic year with a new addition to our faculty. Joshua Fairfield will make a wonderful contribution to the school's offerings in commercial law.
All my best,
Lauren K. Robel, JD'83
Dean and Val Nolan Professor of Law
In This Issue
- Fairfield Joins Faculty
- Myers Becomes Managing Partner at Ice Miller
- Lazerwitz Develops Biodiversity Education Program for Middle Schools
- Tackitt Receives 50-Year Award
- Campbell Goes to Germany on Bosch Fellowship
- Alumni Conner, Kerns Join Staff
- Alumni Weekend 2005: Register Online
- Faculty in the News
Fairfield Joins Faculty
This fall, the school will welcome Joshua Fairfield to the Indiana Law faculty. Fairfield will teach in the area of commercial law, bringing a spirited pedagogy and a strong interest in the intersection of computing technology and law to his courses in electronic commerce and secured transactions. "We're absolutely delighted that Joshua is joining our faculty," said John Applegate, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Walter W. Foskett Professor of Law. "His combined interests in commercial law and the latest computing technologies are sure to produce fascinating results in the classroom and in his scholarship." Fairfield is equally delighted. "I was so thrilled to join the Indiana faculty that I came a year early," he said. The opportunity to join the law faculty at Indiana necessitated leaving a two-year appointment as an associate-in-law at Columbia Law School, where Fairfield taught a course in comparative introduction to American law for LLM students.
Before earning his JD magna cum laude from the University of Chicago in 2001, Fairfield directed the development of the award-winning Rosetta Stone Language Library, a leading language-teaching software program for educational institutions. After law school, he clerked for Judge Danny J. Boggs at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Fairfield then joined Jones Day in Columbus, Ohio, where he litigated cases in commercial law and software/technology law until he took his post at Columbia in 2004. Fairfield's publications include "Virtual Property," Boston University Law Review (2005); "Cracks in the Foundation: The CAN-SPAM Act's Hidden Threat to Privacy and Commerce," Arizona State Law Journal (2004); "To Err Is Human: The Judicial Conundrum of Curing Apprendi Error," Baylor Law Review (2003); and "ERISA Preemption and the Case for a Federal Common Law of Agency Governing Employer-Administrators," Comment, University of Chicago Law Review (2001).
Image of Fairfield by Dustin Ross.
Myers Becomes Managing Partner at Ice Miller
Byron L. Myers, Esq. (JD'77), a labor and employment law litigator, has been elected co-managing partner at Ice Miller in Indianapolis. Phillip Bayt (JD'80) and Melissa Proffitt Reese will continue to serve as Ice Miller's other co-managing partners. Myers joined Ice Miller after graduating summa cum laude from the School of Law, where he worked on the Indiana Law Journal. A frequent lecturer at seminars on a wide variety of employment law subjects, Myers serves as general counsel to and on the board of trustees of the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis and is a member of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce's human resources committee.
Lazerwitz Develops Biodiversity Education Program for Middle Schools
David Lazerwitz, JD'95, an associate in the Environmental Law Department with Farella Braun & Martel in San Francisco and vice chair of the American Bar Association Endangered Species Committee, piloted a biodiversity education program for four San Francisco middle schools. The program allows students to learn through concrete experiences that include close encounters with endangered species, a salmon spawning board game, and a suitcase full of seized animal artifacts. "Instead of reading about biodiversity in a book, students get a real hands-on feel for these issues," Lazerwitz said. "The kids really enjoy it. Their faces just light up."
The program teaches students about the Endangered Species Act and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. "When we show students an elephant tusk, a 20-foot long python skin, a purse made out of endangered crocodile skin, and an ocelot fur to be used for a coat, they see how demand in the United States creates a market for these things," he said. "They realize there are things they could do to affect species 2,000 miles away." Lazerwitz hopes to get enough grant money next year to present the program to 10 classes, most of which will be in impoverished communities. The next goal is to take the program national in 2007. He said he hopes to develop course materials and work through the ABA Endangered Species Committee to bring environmental attorneys, school districts, and zoos together to develop and incorporate the same or similar programs in other areas of the country.
After graduating with a joint JD/MPA degree from the School of Law and the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Lazerwitz served as a research scholar at the University of Cambridge and as a clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit before practicing environmental and natural resources law at Holland & Hart in Denver. He then worked at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he was a lead attorney on some of the nation's most significant law cases. At Farella Braun & Martel, Lazerwitz represents public and private clients in matters involving endangered species, wetlands, water quality, environmental impact analysis, and contaminated sites.
Tackitt Receives 50-Year Award
The Indiana Bar Foundation recently honored Sylvan Tackitt, LLB'33, with the annual 50-Year Award. Tackitt was recognized for his diligent service to the legal needs of Monroe County, service that has spanned an astounding 72 years. Tackitt, 96, can still be found working away, Monday through Friday, in an office that overlooks the Bloomington courthouse. Though his private practice in downtown Bloomington has comprised the bulk of his career, Tackitt has also worked as the Monroe County prosecuting attorney and as a government appeal agent for the Selective Service Board. To further honor Tackitt's committed service to the city, Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan (JD'85) named June 10 "Sylvan Tackitt Day."
Before coming to IU to pursue an undergraduate degree in business, Tackitt attended Martinsville High School, where he met his friend, basketball legend "Johnny" Wooden, who led the school's team to the Indiana state basketball championship during Tackitt's senior year. Tackitt has received numerous awards over the years, including being named a Sagamore of the Wabash. He established the Sylvan Tackitt Scholarship at the School of Law in 2001. "I feel very fortunate to have attended the School of Law," Tackitt said. "I want to provide the same opportunity for students in the generations to come."
Campbell Goes to Germany on Bosch Fellowship
David Campbell, JD'05, has received the prestigious Robert Bosch Fellowship. Campbell, who was active in the Law School's Environmental Law Society, will focus his work in Germany on environmental law and policy. The fellowship commences in September. The Robert Bosch Foundation's fellowship program enables young American professionals to participate in an intensive work and study program in Germany. A prime goal of the program is the advancement of American-German and American-European relations. Candidates are competitively chosen from the fields of business, economics, journalism, law, political science, and public affairs.
Alumni Conner, Kerns Join Staff
Two Indiana Law alumni, Amy Conner (JD'03) and Susan Kerns (JD'01), have returned to the school to serve in vital administrative roles. Conner began her post as director of career services in March, and Kerns has just started her position as director of student services. Both return with a strong commitment to the student services area, providing additional support for student counseling and employment.
Conner clerked for Justice Brent Dickson of the Indiana Supreme Court before joining the Law School staff. "We are thrilled to have Amy Conner on board. Her experience with the Indiana Supreme Court along with her energy, enthusiasm, and drive to help the school have already been of great benefit to the Career Services Office," said Michael Keller, assistant dean for career services.
Kerns had been a consulting social worker at the school's Child Advocacy Clinic and an adjunct faculty member with the IU School of Social Work before graduating from law school. She served as a deputy prosecutor in Monroe County before taking her new post in student services. "Susan Kerns is a very talented professional, possessing well-developed counseling, teaching, and legal skills, all of which make her an excellent person to serve our law students in this new position," said Len Fromm, associate dean for students and alumni.
Alumni Weekend 2005: Register Online
The Law School will host Alumni Weekend 2005 on Friday, Sept. 9, and Saturday, Sept. 10. Alumni can now register online for events through the Alumni Weekend 2005 Web site. In addition to online registration, the Web site allows alumni to see who has signed up for each event and to view last year's photo gallery. The Web site also now has chat boards for the Class of 1980 and Class of 1995 reunions.
This year, the Academy of Law Alumni Fellows (ALAF) ceremony will not be held on Alumni Weekend. A separate ALAF dinner and award ceremony will take place on April 7 at the Law School. The recipients of the Distinguished Service Award will be honored during Alumni Weekend 2005 on Friday, Sept. 9.
The Fund for Excellence: New Fiscal Year
Many thanks are extended to the nearly 2,000 alumni who made donations to the Law School's Fund for Excellence during our 2004-05 campaign. Our alumni contributors and class volunteers made this annual fund year extremely successful. We raised more than $780,000 from nearly 24 percent of our alumni base (well above the national average of 17 percent for alumni participation rates).
A new fiscal year has begun, and we need your contribution to build on last year's success! Your gift to the Fund for Excellence is an investment in the value of your degree. Essential student programs including scholarships, law journals, and student organizations depend on alumni support. Please help the Law School strengthen its standing as a great public law school by making your donation today! Donations may be made online or via mail by sending a check to Indiana University School of Law—Bloomington, Indiana University Foundation, P.O. Box 2298, Bloomington, IN 47402.
Faculty in the News
Professor Craig Bradley was quoted about the rumored potential retirement of Chief Justice William Rehnquist in several media outlets including the Boston Globe, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Washington Post, the Spokesman Review, Congressional Quarterly, and WISH-TV in Indianapolis.
Professor Fred H. Cate was quoted about Citi's lost data tapes in Bank Systems & Technology. He was also interviewed about patriotism and dissent on WFIU's Noon Edition.
Professor Daniel Conkle was interviewed about the U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Ten Commandments on WXNT radio in Indianapolis.
Professor Charles Geyh was quoted about judicial nominations in the Chicago Tribune, the Sun Herald, and the National Law Journal.
Professor Emeritus William Hicks was quoted about Guidant's legal battles in Newsday.
Professor Joseph Hoffmann was quoted about Chief Justice Rehnquist in Congressional Quarterly.
Professor Leandra Lederman was quoted about the consolidated Ballard and Estate of Kanter cases in the Chicago Tribune, on WORT radio's A Public Affair in Madison, Wisc., and in Tax Notes Today.