Indiana Law Annotated for August 31, 2009 (37:1)


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OCPD Career Choices Series: Federal Government

The first of the Office of Career and Professional Development Career Choices series focuses on careers in federal government. Suzanne M. O'Shea, JD'78, will discuss practicing law and moving between the public and private sectors from noon to 1 p.m. in room 213. Before joining Baker & Daniels in Indianapolis, where she focuses her practice in health care and life sciences initiatives, O'Shea served for 21 years as a regulatory counsel for the Food and Drug Administration, where she was responsible for classifying products as a drug, device, biologic, human tissue, or combination product when the product's classification was unclear or in dispute. Lunch will be served. Please RSVP on Symplicity.



Access to Justice Program Pro Bono Awards Ceremony and Fair

Join us for awards, food, opportunities, and fun at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 9, in the Moot Court Room. Help us honor the students who made the largest commitment to pro bono work last year, then mingle with organizations from the community, and learn more about volunteering to meet the Law School's new goal of 60 pro bono hours while at Indiana Law. Want to learn more? Find us on Facebook at Access to Justice Program (IU Bloomington) or e-mail

CJAM Basic Mediation Training

The Community Justice Mediation Center (CJAM) is conducting a 32-hour workshop for any community member interested in helping facilitate community mediations and victim-offender reconciliation. Training will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 12, 13, 19, and 20 in room 214 at the Law School. Participants who complete the training are eligible to work as CJAM volunteer mediators; however, any community member interested in learning basic mediation skills is also welcome to participate. Professor Emeritus of Law Edwin H. Greenebaum will serve as the principle training instructor. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and taught Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation at Indiana Law until his retirement. Tuition is $200, although a sliding scale is considered when applicable and scholarships are available. Registration forms are at or by e-mailing For more information, visit the Web site or call 812-336-8677.



Professor Rob Fischman presented his research on "Adaptive Management in Conservation Law and Practice" Aug. 25 at SPEA. On May 28, he moderated a panel discussion he organized on "Yellowstone Wildlife Issues" at the biennial Natural Resources Law Teachers Institute.

Professor Feisal Istrabadi published "A Constitution Without Constitutionalism: Reflections on Iraq's Failed Constitutional Process," which appeared during the summer in a symposium issue of the Texas Law Review.

On March 27, Professor Marshall Leaffer gave the keynote address "Patent Misuse and Innovation" at a conference held at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, titled The Impact of Patent Law on the Economy—Stimulus or Impediment? He presented two papers at the 17th Annual International Intellectual Property and Policy Conference, held this year at Cambridge University. His talks were titled "The Limits of Trademark Dilution" and "Post-Mortem Publicity Rights." At the same conference, Leaffer participated in a roundtable discussion entitled "Intellectual Property in Historical Perspective."

On May 28, Professor Leandra Lederman presented her essay entitled "Reducing Information Gaps to Reduce the Tax Gap: When is Information Reporting Warranted?" at the Law & Society Association's Annual Meeting. In addition, on May 29, Lederman chaired a panel on Historical and Constitutional Analyses, sponsored by the Law, Society and Taxation Collaborative Research Network. On Aug. 7, Lederman moderated the New Scholars Workshop on Tax, Accounting, and Wills at the Southeastern Association of American Law Schools meeting in Palm Beach, Fla. On Aug. 20, she participated in a panel on Aggressive Tax Avoidance at the Tax Policy Research Symposium in Toronto sponsored by the Deloitte Centre for Tax Education and Research at the University of Waterloo.

Professor Ajay Mehrotra was a participant in the May 29 panel at the Law & Society Association's Annual Meeting, presenting his article titled "The Public Control of Corporate Power: Revisiting the Origins of the 1909 Corporate Tax." In addition, Mehrotra chaired an author-meets-reader panel at the conference for Isaac Martin's new book, The Permanent Tax Revolt.



Kelley Information Session/Reception

The Kelley School of Business Center for the Business of Life Sciences is holding an information session/reception for our current university friends and our exceptional science and business students from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Sept. 17, in room CG0034 at the Kelley School of Business. We are also inviting students, faculty, and administrators that we may not currently know but have a keen interest in life sciences. Please come hear about our program and to meet others with similar interests as we all work together to bring the best of business and life sciences together! To learn more about us, please visit

Scheduling Events

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Audio-Video Services

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