As this issue demonstrates, at only one month into the semester, we find ourselves welcoming not only new students, but renowned speakers and conference participants.
It has been an intellectually rich and rewarding beginning to this academic year — from the exciting presentation given by Harris Lecturer Philippe Sands on lawyers' responsibilities in terms of international criminal law to George P. Smith, II Professor–Chair Jonathan Herring's lecture on the conceptual and moral maze surrounding issues of competency to our recent Paths to Democracy conference, which brought a global cast to Bloomington to examine how constitutions express a nation's fundamental commitments.
I look forward to seeing you during Alumni Weekend, held this Friday, Oct. 5, and Saturday, Oct. 6. We will celebrate and congratulate our 2007 Distinguished Service Award winners Lowell E. Baier, JD'64; Jane E. Raley, JD'82; and Kenneth R. Yahne, JD'68. We will also present Elizabeth (Betsy) Shuman Moore, JD'82, with her 2006 Distinguished Service Award. These outstanding and deserving alumni are being honored for their extraordinary examples of dedicated service to society and community.
During this busy weekend we will also celebrate the formal dedication of the Elmore Entrepreneurship Law Clinic, made possible by the generosity of David Elmore, JD'58; and his son, D.G. Elmore Jr., JD/MBA'84; as well as a portrait unveiling and a scholarship fund established in honor of Professor Emeritus Roger Dworkin. This year, alumni have more opportunities to participate in the life of the School by mentoring students for career success or judging an argument of the Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition, sponsored by Bose McKinney & Evans. And we are all looking forward to Saturday's tailgate party before the IU vs. Minnesota football game.
Come home to Bloomington on October 5–6! Your connection to Indiana Law strengthens the School, inspires our current students, and brings great joy to our faculty.
All my best,
Lauren Robel, JD'83
Dean and Val Nolan Professor of Law
In This Issue
- Baier Nominated for Conservationist of the Year
- Morrison, JD'74, Named Interim Federal Prosecutor
- Firestone Scholarships Benefit Liberian Law School
- Coming Soon: Military Justice Week at Indiana Law
- Geske, JD'89, Named COO of Aphelion
- Indiana Law Celebrates Constitution Day
- School Establishes Nonprofit Legal Clinic
- Boshkoff Pens, Publishes Anonymous Poems
- First Annual Awards Recognize Student Pro Bono Service
- Conference Reveals Complexities, Ideas in Constitution Building
- Leaffer Visits East Asia
- ACS Speaker Series Features David Cole
- Upcoming Conference: For the Sake of the Children
- In Memoriam: Judge Joseph Louis Hensley, LLB'55
- In Memoriam: Richard P. Robinson, JD'50
- Alumni Events and Information
- Faculty News
- Recent Faculty Media Hits
Baier Nominated for Conservationist of the Year
Lowell Baier, LLB'64, Executive Vice President of the Boone and Crockett Club, is among four finalists for Anheuser Busch Conservationist of the Year. The final decision will be made following the conclusion of voting on Nov. 30.
Baier's passion for wildlife is motivated by the idea that the hunter-conservationist is the primary flag bearer and steward for wildland as well as the animals these lands support. The $50,000 award would support acquisition funds for Theodore Roosevelt's Elkhorn Ranchin Medora, N.D., one of Baier's foremost conservation projects. He coined the phrase "the cradle of conservation" in describing the ranch and became the driving force in seeing that this last piece of the historic property was drawn in under the protection of the federal domain.
Place your vote for Baier. To vote: click "Sports and Outdoors," then "Outdoors." Select "Vote for Conservationist of the Year."
Morrison, JD'74, Named Interim Federal Prosecutor
Tim Morrison, JD'74, was named interim federal prosecutor in the Indianapolis U.S. Attorney's office. He will lead 30 attorneys in handling federal prosecutions and representing the United States in civil cases. Morrison, a Bloomington resident, replaces Susan Brooks, who recently resigned to serve as general counsel and vice president for workforce development at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana.
Because his replacement must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Morrison could oversee the office throughout the remainder of President Bush's second term. He previously served as interim leader in 1993, and again in 2000 and 2001.
Firestone Scholarships Benefit Liberian Law School
Firestone Natural Rubber Co., which has operated in Liberia since 1926, provided $50,000 to Indiana Law to support the rebuilding of the University of Liberia School of Law in Monrovia. The grant funds scholarships that help with tuition and living expenses for Liberian students studying at Indiana Law.
Jallah Barbu and Chan-Chan Paegar, both law graduates and practicing lawyers in Monrovia and the first Firestone Scholars, are joined this year by Betty Blamo, a graduate of the University of Liberia's law school and a practicing lawyer. Blamo also is a member of the executive council of the Liberian National Bar Association. The students will return with advanced degrees to join the faculty of the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law of the University of Liberia, which experienced considerable destruction and financial instability during the country's civil war.
Through the work of its Center on Constitutional Democracy in Plural Societies, Indiana Law has for several years supported constitutional democracy in countries such as Liberia, which suffered from a civil war marked by ethnic, linguistic, and other divisions.
"Under the dynamic leadership of Dean David Jallah, the school is now engaged in an energetic rebuilding process," Professor David Williams, founder and director of the CCDPS, said. "Indiana Law is proud to assist by training two Liberian students each year, who will return to become members of the faculty in Monrovia and increase the capacity of the school to produce the lawyers that the nation needs."
Coming Soon: Military Justice Week at Indiana Law
Explore the area of military justice from all angles during the Law School's first-ever Military Justice Week, Oct. 22–26. Students will learn about ethics and practice in the military from experienced attorneys and practitioners in residence Major Nick Lancaster, JD'99, and Neal Puckett, JD'84. To close this exciting week, the Law School welcomes the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces for oral arguments in the case of U.S. v. Daniel Pack.
Tuesday, Oct. 23: Puckett gives a public talk about ethics in high-profile cases from noon to 1 p.m. in the Law School's Moot Court Room. The former military judge and current defense attorney specializing in military cases has received public attention for his work in defense of Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski in the Abu Ghraib case as well as the marines accused in Iraq's Haditha killings.
Wednesday, Oct. 24: Lancaster meets with 11 Indiana Law students who are headed for careers as Judge Advocate General officers. They include nine Funded Legal Education Program (FLEP) officers, a U.S. Marine Corps officer, and a U.S. Air Force officer. Lancaster is an active-duty Judge Advocate currently teaching Criminal Law at the JAG school in Charlottesville, Va. He spent five months in Afghanistan in 2002 and 11 months in Iraq while assigned to the 101st Airborne Division. He is the son of Col. Stephen Lancaster, JD'70, a retired Army JAG officer and current administrator of the Indiana Court of Appeals.
Thursday, Oct. 25: Indiana Law welcomes the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces to hear arguments in U.S. v. Daniel Pack, a case involving a conviction for indecent acts with a minor. As part of the Court's "Project Outreach" program, Indiana Law students can act as student amicus curiae and have the unique opportunity to present oral argument under the supervision of members of the Court's bar. Following the hearing, judges will take questions from the audience.
Friday, Oct. 26: Lancaster presents "Lunch with a Lawyer" in conjunction with Indiana Law's Career Services Office.
Geske, JD'89, Named COO of Aphelion
Michael R. Geske, JD'89, was recently named chief operating officer of Aphelion Legal Solutions. With 17 years of experience as a litigator, Geske most recently served as counsel at Arnold & Porter LLP, an international law firm headquartered in Washington, D.C. His depth of experience includes all phases of complex civil litigation, including federal bench and jury trials and appeals of antitrust and products liability claims, federal and state securities regulation, statutory consumer protection matters, and defense of regulatory and administrative inquiries, including federal H.S.R. pre-merger reviews. Geske's practice has centered on high-profile, discovery-intensive litigation matters that were likely to be tried or adjudicated against Fortune 100 companies.
Indiana Law Celebrates Constitution Day
On Sept. 17, the Indiana Law chapter of the American Constitution Society hosted a panel and community discussion with Professors Pat Baude, Fred H. Cate, and Dawn Johnsen. Moderated by Dean Lauren Robel, the panel discussed "The Constitution and National Security."
Baude, the Ralph F. Fuchs Professor of Law and Public Service, introduced the upcoming Supreme Court case Boumediene v. Bush and the case of Al Odah v. United States. The consolidated cases address issues involving Guantanamo detainees' habeas corpus rights. Cate, Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, addressed issues surrounding the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and Congress's recently FISA amendments have given more discretionary authority to the Attorney General. And Johnsen, Professor of Law and Ira C. Batman Faculty Fellow, discussed executive power in the context of the "War on Terror," focusing on the power of commander in chief, the rule of law in counterterrorism efforts, and the extent to which Congress and the Court have provided effective checks in the Bush administration.
See the panelists in action. View the video.
Cate's Opinions Noted in Address by Secretary of Homeland Security
On Sept. 26, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff quoted Professor Fred H. Cate during a keynote address to the 29th annual International Conference of Data Protection Commissioners in Montreal.
Secretary Chertoff said, "In his prepared remarks to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board last December, Fred H. Cate, Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research at Indiana University, noted that he had 'been struck by how closely connected [privacy and security] really are.'"
"Professor Cate believes that good privacy protection not only can help build support for the appropriate use of personal data to enhance security, it can also contribute to making those tools more effective," he said. "I agree with Professor Cate. Our efforts to protect privacy need not harm our security."
Cate frequently advises policymakers and testifies before Congress on matters relating to information privacy and security. "I have met with Secretary Chertoff on several occasions, but I am surprised and delighted that he knew of my testimony or shared these views," Cate said. "The fact that he even chose to attend, much less deliver the keynote address at the international data protection commissioners conference, suggests that the administration may be recognizing the need to grapple more effectively with these issues and to do so in the company of other nations."
Cate served as counsel to the Department of Defense Technology and Privacy Advisory Committee, reporter for the third report of the Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Technical and Privacy Dimensions of Information for Terrorism Prevention and Other National Goals and is the reporter for the American Law Institute's project on Principles of the Law on Government Access to and Use of Personal Digital Information.
School Establishes Nonprofit Legal Clinic
Indiana Law faculty members recently approved development of a Nonprofit Legal Clinic. The three-credit, one semester clinic will be offered to second- and third-year law students.
The not-for-profit arena is a burgeoning economic and legal force at the national and state level. Clinic director Cindy Lott says the Nonprofit Legal Clinic weds student professional skills development to this growing and highly visible substantive area of the law, introduces students to the panoply of issues with which general counsels to organizations must be familiar, and allows them to experience work with an organizational client.
Lott, whose current private practice focuses on legal strategy for national advocacy groups and nonprofit organizations, previously served as chief counsel to the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston and was deputy counsel to the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles. She has worked at large firms in several major cities, and served both as Chief Counsel for Advisory Services and Section Chief for Administrative and Regulatory Litigation in the Indiana Attorney General's office. In 2006 and 2007, Lott was a lecturer in law at Columbia Law School, co-teaching an advanced research seminar on state attorneys general, and currently serves as an adjunct research scholar at Columbia on charities regulation.
Boshkoff Pens, Publishes Anonymous Poems
Former Indiana Law dean Douglass Boshkoff, now the Robert H. McKinney Professor Emeritus of Law, has a flair for the poetic. But, he hasn't always taken credit for it.
In 1991, the contracts professor sought clever ways to keep his students interested. He devised a contest, asking them to submit humorous pictures, poems, or songs. "I received some very creative submissions," he said smiling. One day when his class seemed particularly glum, he recited a limerick he composed based on a famous contracts case, Hadley v. Baxendale:
There once was a young man named Hadley
Whose contract of transport went badly.
"My mill shaft is gone,
All my goods are in pawn,
And my business is closed," he said sadly.
Boshkoff compiled a large sampling of similar poetry and submitted it to the New York University Law Review (1991) — with a twist. Reading like the introduction to a mystery novel, Boshkoff's preface asserted that the "uncatalogued, unsigned, handwritten manuscript" was discovered during an inventory of collections stored in the Raintree County Memorial Library when it fell from the pages of Life and Law, the autobiography of Samuel Williston.
Not until the final footnote does Boshkoff admit to authorship. He writes, "The original manuscript containing these poems is on file in the archives of the Raintree County Memorial Library. It is not, however, available for inspection. As Ross Lockridge once wrote: 'Hard roads and wide will run through Raintree County. You will hunt it on the map, and it won't be there. For Raintree County is not the country of the perishable fact. It is the country of the enduring fiction. The clock in the Court House Tower ... is always fixed at nine o'clock, and it is summer and the days are long.'"
Since the initial hoax, Boshkoff has published more anonymous limericks in the Northwestern University Law Review (1996), and his poems have been quoted and reprinted around the world.
In a recent switch of genres, Boshkoff published a compilation of haikus in the Arizona State Law Journal (2007). The collection includes:
Krell v. Henry
a summer flat
Pall Mall in view
lengthening shadows of sickness
It was more difficult coming up with a large enough sampling of haikus to publish, said Boshkoff, because "a good haiku is hard to write."
First Annual Awards Recognize Student Pro Bono Service
Indiana Law recently held a ceremony and reception inaugurating the annual student Pro Bono Awards. Sarah Boshears, JD'07, and Rachel Clark, JD'07, received the inaugural Pro Bono Award. Current students Alissa Cohen, Alex Kornya, Julie Miller, and Chloe Pullman, who reported the highest number of pro bono hours during academic year 2006–07, were recognized with honorable mentions.
"The results of our pilot year are impressive and inspirational," Dean Lauren Robel said during the ceremony. "About one-third of the students who participated reported working more than 100 hours of pro bono service during the school year, and the six students we recognized today reported working more than 200 hours each."
Special guest Carl Pebworth, a partner of Baker & Daniels LLP, presented the awards. Baker & Daniels generously sponsored this event and the award.
Conference Reveals Complexities, Ideas in Constitution Building
Distinguished constitutionalists representing Spain, South Africa, Burma, Liberia, Mexico, and Kyrgyzstan came together for "Paths to Democracy: An International Conversation about Constitutional Stories." Hosted jointly by the Law School, the IU Center for Constitutional Democracy in Plural Societies, and the IU Center for the Study of Global Change, conference participants considered the dynamic processes of constitutional narrative.
"We are very happy with the success of the this conference," said Susan Williams, Walter W. Foskett Professor of Law and associate director of the Center for Constitutional Democracy in Plural Societies. "The conference generated a fascinating and detailed conversation about the complexities of constitutional democracy in a collection of diverse countries. Several of the participants commented that they had come away with new ideas because of the fruitful, interdisciplinary dialogue and the unusual focus on stories, which allowed them to explore the meanings of constitutions within these different societies. They also expressed their hope that ideas shared at this conference will help them to build better futures for their countries."
Leaffer Visits East Asia
Professor Marshall Leaffer spent the month of July in China (Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong) and Taiwan (Taipei and Kaohsiung) visiting with Indiana Law alumni, touring our partner institutions, and meeting his counterparts in the field of intellectual property.
The trip began in Shanghai, where Leaffer met with faculty members of the intellectual property department of Fudan University's faculty of law. He then traveled to Beijing where China University of Politics and Law professor and current Indiana Law SJD student, Qi Jun, arranged for Leaffer to present a seminar to CUPL students on "United States–China Intellectual Property Relations: From Adversaries to Partners." He addressed methods for breaking the current tumultuous cycle of IP-related trade policy between the two countries using legal and educational measures.
He also visited Hong Kong University, where he "felt lucky to have such a pleasant meeting with the leading intellectual property scholars in Hong Kong." His time at HKU included a tour of the school's beautiful campus and meetings with IP students.
In the final leg of his trip, Leaffer visited Taipei and Kaohsiung, Taiwan, where he was greeted by alumni Bruce Liao, SJD'03, professor at National Chengchi University School of Law; Li-Hui Lu, SJD'06, assistant professor of law at National Kaohsiung University; and Chung-Lun Shen, SJD'06. He also met with current students Rong-geng Tsai, SJD'08, and Hsin-An Yao, SJD'08.
ACS Speaker Series Features David Cole
Georgetown University law professor David Cole, who also serves as the legal affairs correspondent for The Nation, speaks Thursday, Oct. 4, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Law School's Moot Court Room. The public lecture is hosted by the Indiana Law chapter of the American Constitution Society. A book signing will follow his lecture.
Cole's talk, "Less Safe, Less Free: Why America Is Losing the War on Terror," is also the title of a new bookthat he co-wrote with University of Pittsburgh law professor Jules Lobel. Cole and Lobel contend that the Bush administration has failed to bring terrorists to justice while prompting the formation of new terrorist groups with the war in Iraq. Cole is a volunteer staff attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights, a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books, and a commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered. He is also author of two award-winning books, Enemy Aliens and No Equal Justice: Race and Class in the American Criminal Justice System.
Upcoming Conference: For the Sake of the Children
Next month, Indiana Law hosts "For the Sake of the Children: Advances in Family Dispute Resolution," an interdisciplinary confernce addressing the intersection of family law and psychology. Join us for an open conference session on Nov. 15, from 3:15 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The conference features presentations in law, social science, ethics, and policy by distinguished scholars, practitioners, and judges. Presenters include Robert E. Emery, Professor of Psychology and Director of the University of Virginia Center for Children, Families, and the Law; Andrew Schepard, Professor of Law and Director of the Hofstra University Center for Children, Families, and the Law; and a panel of Indiana family law judges moderated by the Hon. William Fee, Judge of the Steuben County Superior Court and President of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC).
In Memoriam: Judge Joseph Louis Hensley, LLB'55
The Honorable (Ret.) Judge Joseph Louis Hensley, LLB'55, died Aug. 27, 2007, at age 81. Hensley served for 51 years as an attorney, judge, legislator, and journalist — a life he enjoyed to the fullest.
Raised in Bloomington, Hensley served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. In his final law school year he was president of the IU Law Club.
After his graduation from law school, he began practice in Madison, Ind. He served one term representing Jefferson and Scott Counties in the Indiana General Assembly and was later elected prosecuting attorney for Jefferson and Switzerland Counties, Fifth Judicial Circuit, where he served from 1963 to 1966. In 1975, the Indiana Supreme Court appointed him Judge pro tem of the Ripley Circuit Court. He served for 11 years as Judge of the Fifth Judicial Circuit.
Hensley authored more than 20 published suspense novels and books and some 100 short stories. Several of his novels, which have been republished by anthologies, book clubs, and paperback reprints and in many languages, were named to New York Times and other yearly best-books lists. His last novel, Snowbirds Blood (St. Martins Press) is forthcoming in February of 2008.
He is survived by son and daughter-in-law Michael and Kathy Hensley and grandson Evan; brother and sister-in-law Tom and Sarah Hensley; sister and brother-in-law, Patricia and Lon Boyd; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph Raymond and Frances Mae Wilson Hensley; wife, Charlotte; brother, Donald Hensley; and sister, Mary Anne Burman.
In Memoriam: Richard P. Robinson, JD'50
Richard P. Robinson, JD'50, of Geneva, Ill., and Fountain Hills, Ariz., died Aug. 25, 2007. He was 80. Robinson grew up in Auburn, Ind., and is a graduate of Auburn High School.
After serving in the Naval Reserve, he went on to graduate from Notre Dame University and Indiana Law. After receiving his law degree, he received a teaching fellowship at New York University where he met his wife, Elizabeth J. Robinson, who died in May 2005.
He practiced law for 35 years with Sears until his retirement in 1984. He was also an avid sports fan, especially of the Indiana Hoosiers.
Robinson is survived by his four children, Kathryn A. Berryhill of Houston, Texas, Sue Ellen Robinson of Geneva, Thomas A. of Geneva and Philip S. Robinson of Geneva; and his grandchildren Laura, Rachael, Timothy, and twins Julia and Michael, and his sister Virginia Robinson of Indiana.
Upcoming Alumni Events and Information
Join Dean Lauren Robel, fellow alumni, and friends for a reception at the Indiana State Bar Association's Annual Meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 10. The ISBA reception is from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at French Lick Resort and Casino, 8670 W. State Road 56, French Lick, Ind. R.S.V.P. to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (812) 855-9700.
Annual Fall Washington, D.C. Reception
Join Dean Robel and area alumni for Indiana Law's annual fall reception in Washington, D.C., featuring a special presentation by Walter W. Foskett Professor of Law Susan Williams on "Democracy and Constitutionalism in Burma."
Join us on Tuesday, Oct. 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Renaissance Mayflower Hotel Colonial Room, 1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW. R.S.V.P. to email@example.com or call (812) 855-9700.
Call for ALAF Nominations
We are now accepting nominations for the Academy of Law Alumni Fellows — the highest honor the Indiana University School of Law—Bloomington bestows upon its graduates. If you know alumni who deserve to join the Academy ranks, please help us recognize them. Nominations are due by Oct. 5. New members will be inducted into the Academy at a formal celebration on April 11, 2008.
Nominate a colleague online, or contact Andrea Havill, Assistant Dean for Alumni Relations, at (812) 855-3015.
Professor John Applegate will present "TSCA and REACH: Toward Principles for Chemical Regulation Reform" at the Georgetown University Law School Environmental Law Research Workshop on Oct. 10, and "Global Warming and the Abandonment of the Precautionary Principle" at the University of Kansas School of Law on Oct. 19.
Professor Jeannine Bell presented "Gaining Access and Getting the Story Straight: Methodological Issues in Qualitative Research on Race and Law" and participated in a roundtable at the Law and Society Association Annual Meeting in Berlin.
Professor Fred H. Cate presented "The Information Policy Conundrum" at EDUCAUSE Seminars on Academic Computing, Snowmass Village, Colo.; and "The Autonomy Trap" at the Harvard Privacy Symposium–Summer 2007. He was also a panelist on "Protecting Privacy and Security" at the American Bar Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco. He testified on "Security Breaches and Identity Fraud" before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and gave papers on "The Role of Government in Assuring Accountability" at the Chinese Academy of Social Science in Beijing, and on "Consumer Protection and Privacy" at Tsinghua University Law School, also in Beijing. He also participated in the Microsoft Trustworthy Computing Academic Advisory Board meeting in Redmond, Wash.
Professor Kevin Collins participated on a panel titled "MedImmune Inc. v. Genentech Inc." for the Association of Patent Law Firms Annual Meeting in New York City, and on a panel titled "Space, Place and Culture Inside Virtual Worlds" at State of Play IV in Singapore. He also presented a paper titled "Constructive Nonvolition in Patent Law" at the Intellectual Property Scholars Conference in Chicago,
Professor Ken Dau-Schmidt co-wrote "Legal Rights and Interests in the Workplace," Carolina Academic Press (with C. Summers and A. Hyde) (2007).
Professor Joshua Fairfield gave a talk within the Second Life virtual world. The talk was sponsored by the Cornell University Johnson School and Metaversed.com, as part of the "Metanomics" series on the economics of virtual worlds. View the presentation.
Professor Rob Fischman's new casebook from Foundation Press on Federal Public Land and Resources Law hit the stands this summer.
Professor Charles Geyh recently published "Preserving Public Confidence in the Courts in an Age of Individual Rights and Public Skepticism," as the lead chapter in Bench Press: The Collision of Courts, Politics, and the Media (Keith J. Bybee Ed., Stanford University Press 2007). He also published two symposium pieces: "The State of the Onion: Peeling Back the Layers of America's Ambivalence Toward Judicial Independence," 82 Ind. L. J. 1215 (2007), and "Roscoe Pound and the Future of the Good Government Movement," 48 S. Tex. L. Rev. 871 (2007).
Professor Dawn Johnsen recently published "Faithfully Executing the Laws: Internal Legal Constraints on Executive Power," 54 UCLA Law Review 1559 (2007). She also presented at Duke Law School's Authors Workshop titled "Presidential Law Stories," and delivered a lecture titled "Presidential Constitutional Construction" at the National Constitution Center Summer Teachers' Workshop in Philadelphia on "Changing the Constitution: Politics and Law in American Constitutional Development."
Professor Leandra Lederman recently published "Is a Server Crash Reasonable Cause for Late Filing?," 26 ABA Tax Section NewsQuarterly 12 (2007) (co-authored with Stephen W. Mazza). In August, she presented a paper on the federal income tax consequences of transactions within virtual worlds at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools meeting in Amelia Island, Fla. The panel was titled "Virtual Worlds: Public and Private Law in Cyberspace."
A shortened version of Professor Jody Madeira's dissertation titled "Blood Relations: Collective Memory, Cultural Trauma, and the Prosecution and Execution of Timothy McVeigh," was selected as a top paper for the National Communication Association conference in November 2007, where she will be presenting her findings.
Professor Christiana Ochoa recently presented "Divesting from Dictators: Human Rights Protection and the Odious Finance Doctrine" at a conference titled "Criminal Law Processes and Human Rights: New Challenges and Opportunities" at the University of Illinois College of Law; "From Odious Debt to Odious Finance," at the Indiana University School of Law Aspiring Scholars Conference; and "Legal Issues and NGOs: Current Debates and Civil Society: Joint Provocateur" for the Indiana Democracy Consortium conference titled "Democracy and the Modern World: Prospects and Challenges" in Bloomington.
Professor Emeritus Tom Schornhorst completed an amicus curiae brief for the Indiana Supreme Court in Camm v. State. The brief urges the Indiana Supreme Court to issue an authoritative ruling (with instructions to judges and practitioners) with respect to conditional relevance situations that arise in criminal cases involving the application of Indiana Evidence Rules 104, 401, 402, 403 and 404(b). The case involves a former Indiana State Trooper who has been convicted of murdering his wife and two children and sentenced to life without parole.
Recent Faculty Media Hits
- Jim Barnes was quoted in "BP permit spurs review of state policy," Indianapolis Star; and in "Former SPEA dean to review water quality laws," Herald-Times.
- Patrick Baude was interviewed regarding Constitution Day on WFIU. He was also quoted in "A new constitution?" Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.
- Fred H. Cate was quoted in "Microsoft sues Web squatters," Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. He was also interviewed about cell phone location monitoring on Miami's WIOD News Radio.
- Dan Conkle was quoted in "US Democrats in gay rights spotlight," BBC News.
- Charles Geyh was quoted in "Judicial recusal in northeast Wisconsin," Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter; in "Ziegler brings shame to court," Capital Times; and in "Ziegler will join court under a cloud," Wisconsin State Journal.
- Bill Henderson's research was cited in "Hard case: Job market wanes for U.S. lawyers," Wall Street Journal. He was also quoted in "Bush administration spars with accreditors" and "Rich lawyers, not-so-rich lawyers," The Chronicle of Higher Education; and in "Baker & Daniels' longtime leader stepping down," Indianapolis Star. He was also mentioned in "UCLA prof wants to test affirmative action theory, but can't get bar's help," Law.com.
- Feisal Istrabadi was quoted in "Iraq neighbors urged to help," Washington Post. He was interviewed on CNN International regarding the Iraqi prime minister's request for additional support from the United Nations; and CBS Radio regarding the Blackwater shootings and the assassination of Sheikh Abu Risha. He was quoted in "Crocker: A modern Lawrence of Arabia," USA Today; and in "Petraeus war plan is doubted," Boston Globe. He was also interviewed about the Iraq war on WJR 670 am in Detroit.
- Dawn Johnsen was quoted in "Mukasey could reform attorney general's office, Indiana University law professor says," Herald-Times; in "Ex-Georgian may get nod to run Justice," Atlanta Journal-Constitution; in "Getting over Gonzales: DOJ seeks to recover," Legal Times; and in "Gonzales resignation brings sigh of relief," Herald-Times. She was also interviewed on WFIU regarding the nomination of Michael Mukasey for U.S. attorney general.
- Thomas Schornhorst, quoted in "Camm's appeal may get a boost," Louisville Courier-Journal and the Mississippi Clarion-Ledger.
- Alex Tanford was quoted in "Indiana and Oregon change laws on direct-to-consumer wine shipments," Wine Spectator. He was also interviewed in "5 things you need to know about jury duty," USA Weekend.
- David Williams was quoted in "Firestone scholarships benefit Liberian law school," Liberian Inquirer.
- Susan Williams was interviewed about the "Paths to Democracy" conference on WFHB Radio.