Indiana Law Annotated Vol. 29 No. 2 (September 5, 2005)

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Dear Law School community,

Thank you for your generous outpouring of support for the students who will be joining us as visitors from the ravaged New Orleans area. Your offers of housing, housewares, and class notes are all welcome, and will help our 20 visitors adjust to this unanticipated change in their education plans. I ask for your special support for the seven visitors who are international students, and thus doubly uprooted. Student organization leaders will be in touch with ways to be helpful, but I imagine the most helpful thing we can do for our visitors is to make them feel as welcome as possible. Knowing what I do about this school, I have no doubt in our ability to handle that task.


Lauren Robel


Dean Lauren Robel will discuss the nomination of John Roberts to the Supreme Court at noon on Thursday, Sept. 8, in the Moot Court Room.

Alumni Weekend 2005 kicks off this Friday, Sept. 9. Join Deans Lauren Robel and Len Fromm, faculty members, and alumni from across the country as we honor three of our alumni at the Distinguished Service Award ceremony in the Moot Court Room, which starts with a champagne reception at 6 p.m. in the lobby. The ceremony will be followed by the Alumni, Student, and Faculty Bash. On Saturday, Sept. 10, join us for our annual tailgate party at 1:30 p.m., just before the Hoosiers' home opener against Nicholls State.


PILF Call-out Meeting

The Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) will be holding its first meeting of the semester from noon to 1 p.m. in room 122. Come out to meet others interested in public interest law, eat free pizza, and hear about fall events, including the World's Greatest Softball Tournament (within a fairly narrow universe). All are welcome to attend this first meeting. Bring friends!


ELS Holds Call-out Meeting

The Environmental Law Society (ELS) is holding a call-out meeting at noon in the Moot Court Room.

Tenant Assistance Project Holds Call-out Meeting

If you are interested in participating in the Tenant Assistance Project (TAP) and have not had a chance to stop by our table during the Student Organization Fair, please attend a call-out meeting at noon in room 122. Pizza will be provided. The TAP will also be having its required training for all participating volunteers on Saturday, Sept. 10, beginning at 9:45 a.m. in room 122. Food will be provided. As a TAP volunteer, you will be assisting low-income clients in their eviction hearings by interviewing them, providing legal advice, and, if needed, representing them in court. For more information, please contact Amanda Schneider at

CLS Kicks Off New Semester

Join the Christian Legal Society (CLS) for an informational meeting at noon in room 216. Stop by to meet new people and learn about what the CLS is and what we do. For additional information, contact Jennifer Winnett Denniston ( or Robert Brown ( Our organization is open to all students. We hope to see you there!

Graduation Committee Meeting

A meeting for 3Ls interested in serving on the graduation committee will be held at 12:15 p.m. in room 125. Students are welcome to bring their lunches.


Menczer to Present Lecture on "Social Phishing"

The Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research (CACR) will begin its Fall 2005 Speaker Series with a talk by Filippo Menczer, associate professor of informatics and computer science at the School of Informatics. The talk, titled "Social Phishing," will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in room 335 and is open to faculty, staff, and students. Menczer will present one type of context-aware phishing attack that exploits social network information harvested from the World Wide Web. The results of a recent phishing experiment conducted by members of the IU faculty will be shared. The ethical aspects of this phishing experiment, and the public debate that has taken place following this experiment, will be discussed. You may bring your lunch. More information about this speaker series is available at the CACR Web site:

Dean Robel to Speak about Roberts's Supreme Court Nomination

The American Constitution Society (ACS) is hosting a discussion series on the nomination of John Roberts to the Supreme Court. The first discussion of the series will take place at noon in the Moot Court Room. Dean Lauren Robel will lead the discussion on congressional power and federalism as they relate to Roberts's nomination.

WLC Hosts Wine and Cheese Reception

The Women's Law Caucus (WLC) is hosting a reception to welcome back faculty. Please stop by the Faculty Lounge from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. to enjoy wine and cheese.


Alumni Weekend 2005: Distinguished Service Award and Law School Bash

Join Deans Lauren Robel and Len Fromm, faculty members, and alumni from across the country as we honor three of our alumni at our Distinguished Service Award ceremony in the Moot Court Room. The ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. with a champagne reception in the lobby. The Alumni, Student, and Faculty Bash will immediately follow the ceremony. Join us to mingle with faculty members, fellow students, and alumni while enjoying heavy hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and music. The "bash" will take place under tents on the terrace of the school and will be a casual and festive event. Champagne, beer, wine, food, and entertainment are yours for the special student rate of $5! To register, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 855-9700 or at


Alumni Weekend 2005: Tailgate Party and Football Game

Join us for our annual tailgate party at 1:30 p.m. just before the Hoosiers' home opener against Nicholls State. We will be located in the tent behind the DeVault Alumni Association (across the street from Memorial Stadium). The tailgate will feature beer and barbeque and maybe, if we are lucky, Dean Len Fromm playing his accordion! The special student pricing is $5. We also have discounted football tickets for sale at $26 each. To register, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 855-9700 or at


Alumnus Michael Uslan to Visit Campus

Michael Uslan, JD'76, president of and producer for Branded Entertainment, will return to Bloomington Sept. 12-15 for the opening of the Michael Uslan Comic Book Collection at the IU Lilly Library. During his busy schedule on campus, the Batman films producer will meet with students from the Law School on Monday, Sept. 12, and Thursday, Sept. 15, to talk about his career and participate in classes.

Uslan's gift to the Lilly Library includes 25,000 DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, and CrossGen comics, which he pledged to add to every year. To coincide with Uslan's campus visit, the Union Board will host a series of Batman-related events. Screenings of Batman and Batman Begins will take place at 8 p.m. on Sept. 8, 9, and 10 in Whittenberger Auditorium. "Alumni who haven't yet seen Batman Begins should pay attention to the Wayne Foundation building in Gotham City," said Dean Fromm. "Uslan showed his school spirit by subtly incorporating the IU logo into the 'W' on the top of the building." On Monday, Sept. 12, Uslan will present a public lecture at 8 p.m. at Alumni Hall in the Indiana Memorial Union.

NCSE Director to Speak on Campus

IU Bloomington will be hosting an important player in the current evolution/creationism/intelligent design debate. Dr. Eugenie Scott, the founder and executive director of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) will be on campus Sept. 21-22 and will be delivering two public lectures. Scott, known as a strong and passionate defender of evolution, frequently appears on national radio and television. Scott will give a public lecture, "The Pillars of Creationism and the Teaching of Evolution," at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the IU Auditorium. A reception will follow. The second talk, titled, "Tracking Those Incredible Creationists: Adventures as a Public Scientist," will take place at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22, in Myers Hall 130. There will be pizza in the Jordan Hall atrium.

ELS Hosts "Evening at Oliver Winery"

The annual "Evening at Oliver Winery" hosted by the Environmental Law Society (ELS) is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 29, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The evening will include food, wine, music, a silent auction, and a great chance for students to mingle with faculty and professionals in a relaxed setting. Tickets ($20 for nonmembers, $10 for members) will go on sale Sept. 20. For more information, contact Matthew Melick at

Third Annual JD/LLM Socctoberfest: Kicking into High Gear

On Friday, Sept. 30, at 4:30 p.m., an eerie silence will befall the halls of the Law School when the third annual JD/LLM Socctoberfest kicks off under the lights at Karst Farm Park. Don't be left behind! Join the Law School community to cheer on the teams and enjoy the after-party cookout. Note that the game is co-ed, and students of all ability levels are encouraged to participate. If you want to play in or help organize this famous, hallowed event, e-mail Professor Bill Henderson as soon as possible. Event details, including a map to Karst Farm Park, are available at the Socctoberfest Web site at We are looking forward to another great event.


Professor Fred H. Cate's book chapter, "Accuracy in Credit Reporting," co-authored with Michael Staten, distinguished professor at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, was recently published in Building Assets, Building Credit (Brookings Institution Press).


ILJ Accepting Submissions

The Indiana Law Journal (ILJ) is currently accepting student works for publication in Issue 4 of Volume 81. The ILJ will accept submissions from both ILJ members and nonmembers. For more information or to submit work, e-mail Stacey Drews at by 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 19.

Henderson Seeks Research Assistant

Professor Bill Henderson seeks a research assistant for an empirical project on law firms with a special emphasis on issues of gender. The work, which involves data entry and data coding, requires no specialized skills. Students interested in this opportunity should e-mail their r‚sum‚ to Professor Henderson at

Get Involved with the Pro Bono Project

Would you like to network with attorneys? Do you need more real-world legal experience in order to find a job or to decide what area of law to pursue? Is there a specialty area of law that you would like to pursue, but do not know how? The Pro Bono Project is pleased to announce that students can accomplish all of the above while earning one B710 credit. By becoming involved with the Pro Bono Project, students can work with local attorneys and/or pro se litigants on a variety of cases in a variety of specialty areas. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Diane Walker, District 10 Pro Bono Project coordinator, at

Professor Ochoa Seeks Research Assistant

Professor Christiana Ochoa is seeking a research assistant for her current research regarding customary international law and human rights. Classes or work experience in international law, human rights, and/or a strong social science background would be useful. Interested parties should submit a resume and any additional information to

Sign Up for Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition

2Ls and 3Ls who did not compete in their second year are encouraged to sign up for the 2005-06 Sherman Minton Moot Court competition by e-mailing For the competition schedule and other important information, visit

School of Education Professors Looking for Assistants

Professors who teach school law at the School of Education are looking for a few law students to assist with their undergraduate school law courses. Law students would assist with lesson plans, grading, and some teaching. Topics addressed in the courses include church/state relations, student speech rights, special education law, teacher privacy rights, tort law, and teacher contracts. The time commitment would be approximately three to five hours per week, and students would receive one credit. If you are interested, please e-mail Professor Suzanne Eckes at

Briefs for the Kitchen

The Health Law Society is creating a fundraising cookbook, and we want your recipes! Be a part of Briefs for the Kitchen: Quick and Healthy Recipes by and for IU Law Students. Send your recipes to Please include estimated prep and cook times, an ingredients list, and instructions. All recipes are welcome (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, dessert, and drinks). Submissions will be accepted from students, faculty, and staff until Friday, Sept. 16.

Scheduling Events

All e-mail about reserving classrooms must be sent to BL-LAW-EVENTS. Mail must be sent to the correct address, bl-law-events (for Outlook users) or (for non-Outlook users). Please include the date and time of event, the length of time room will be needed, the classroom requested, and the number of people attending the event. Requests should be sent at least one week before the event and should include the name of the person requesting, the organization planning the event, and an e-mail address. Confirmations will be sent by reply e-mail. Thank you!

Audio-Video Services

Requests for AV services may be sent to Beth at Please include the name of your group and the e-mail address of the contact person, a description of what you want to do, and the date, location, starting time, and duration of the event. Requests must be made at least 48 hours in advance and will be confirmed by e-mail.


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