News for alumni and friends of Indiana Law


March 2019

Buxbaum elected to Hague Curatorium

Hannah L. Buxbaum, vice president for international affairs at Indiana University and the John E. Schiller Chair in Legal Ethics at the IU Maurer School of Law, has been elected to the Curatorium of the Hague Academy of International Law, effective Jan. 18. Founded in 1923, the Hague Academy of International Law is a center for high-level education in both public and private international law housed in the Peace Palace in The Hague, the Netherlands. The Curatorium determines the scientific policy and the activities of the academy, designs its programs, and chooses lecturers from among the most highly renowned academics and international practitioners.

Buxbaum joins an elite group of 17 international scholars and practitioners on the Curatorium, including three current or former judges from the International Court of Justice, the president of the Institut de Droit International and the vice president of the European Court of Human Rights. Yves Daudet, emeritus professor at Sorbonne Law School, is president of the Curatorium, having succeeded the late Boutros Boutros-Ghali, former secretary-general of the United Nations. No more than one member at a time from any given country may serve on the Curatorium.

"Being elected to the Curatorium is a great honor, both personally and professionally," Buxbaum said. "I hope that my participation will help further the academy's work while advancing Indiana University's reputation as a global research institution."

IU recognizes outstanding junior faculty member

For the first time in history, an Indiana Law professor has been named an outstanding junior faculty member by Indiana University. Prof. Jessica Eaglin is one of five recipients who will be honored later this spring. The award identifies promising tenure-track faculty who have not yet been awarded tenure and provides resources to further develop their research programs or creative activity. It is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research. Eaglin, whose research and scholarship focus on how and why the criminal justice system is changing, and what that means for law and society in a broader sense, will receive a $15,000 grant to support future research. She and her fellow award winners will be honored in April.

Conservation Law Center prevails in beach access case

The Conservation Law Center achieved a major victory in a public land access case after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal in the matter. The decision in Bobbie Gunderson, et vir v. Indiana, et al. let stand an Indiana Supreme Court decision that found a public access right to the state’s 45 miles of Great Lakes beaches. Prof. Jeffrey B. Hyman, senior staff attorney at the center, represented public-interest intervenors Alliance for the Great Lakes and Save the Dunes.

“We are very happy with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to deny certiorari in Gunderson,” Hyman told The Indiana Lawyer. “The lawyers of the Conservation Law Center worked hard for over three years to help protect Indiana’s ownership of the lakeshore as well as our citizens’ public trust rights to the shore. But unfortunately this denial of cert. is not the end of that journey. We will now turn our attention to protecting the Gunderson decision from any further challenges and to ensuring that the public trust rights preserved by the Gunderson decision are fully enforced by the state.”

Students fare well in competitions

Indiana Law students have been busy this spring, participating -- and succeeding -- in a wide range of mock trial competitions.

  • Sarah Lode, Caleb Ohmer, and Alex Van Dyke (best respondent’s brief, second best brief overall) were semifinalists at the regional rounds of the National Appellate Advocacy Competition.
  • Carolyn Griffith, Ben Wade, and Christian Townsend were the seller/overall champions at the 4th Transactional Negotiation and Drafting Competition at the Law School, while Mary Morris, Alexa Wilson, and Robert Silman were named best buyer counsel.
  • Nick Wheeler, Weichi Hsu, and Xingyi Tao won first place in the International Patent Drafting Competition hosted by the International Intellectual Patent Law Clinic; and
  • Carolyn Haney, Yvette Wang, and Emily Blase were quarterfinalists (out of 56 teams) at the Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Moot Court Competition at the Pace Enviornmental Law Program. Haney was awarded Best Oralist in both preliminary rounds that she competed.

In Brief...

  • Oxford University Press has published Prof. Charlie Geyh’s latest book: Who is to Judge? The Perennial Debate Over Whether to Elect or Appoint America's Judges.
  • The Indiana Lawyer featured the Law School's new rural justice initiative and announced our inaugural fellows.
  • Prof. Pamela Foohey was recently appointed to the editorial board of the prestigious American Bankruptcy Law Journal, a peer-reviewed journal. Foohey is one of only two academic members on the board. Foohey also participated in the inaugural Consumer Law Scholars Conference at Berkeley Law.
  • Prof. Jay Krishnan participated in the Center for Law, Society, & Culture's spring speaker series, discussing his book The Story of Dubai International Financial Centre Courts: A Retrospective. Krishnan also presented two talks at Harvard Law School.
  • Prof. Tim Lovelace spoke on “Taking Affirmative Action Around the World” from his forthcoming book The World is on Our Side: America and the Race for Human Rights under Law at Yale Law School's Legal History Forum. Lovelace also delivered the Robert R. Wilson Lecture at Duke Law.
  • 3L Derrian Smith's Indiana Law Journal note, titled "Taming Sherman’s Wilderness" was chosen as the first-place winner of the ABA Antitrust Section's Law Student Writing Competition.
  • Pakkhapon “Good” Ngamlak, LLM/MCL ‘04, was presented with the J. William Hicks Award for distinguished international alumni as part of an Indiana University delegation to Thailand.
  • Prof. Gabrielle Goodwin, director of graduate legal studies, spoke at the International Legal Education Abroad Conference at American University Washington College of Law.
  • Prof. Leandra Lederman posted her latest paper, “The Fraud Triangle and Tax Evasion" to SSRN.