Indiana Law Annotated for November 30, 2009 (37:13)



ILA welcomes you back from Thanksgiving Break and wishes you luck as you begin preparing for final exams! The next issue of ILA will be published on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010.



On Nov. 20, Professor Mark Janis presented research on design patent law at an intellectual property law symposium at Fordham University School of Law. On Nov. 4, he moderated a panel on trademark law implications of keyword advertising at a University of San Francisco School of Law symposium.

Professor Ajay Mehrotra participated in several panels at the annual Social Science History Association Conference (Nov. 12-15, Long Beach, Calif.), including as a discussant for a panel on "Institutionalizing Obligations in American Politics," as chair and discussant for a panel on "Building the Tax State," and as a panelist for a book session on his recently published co-edited volume The New Fiscal Sociology: Taxation in Comparative and Historical Perspective.



FLS Sweatshirts

Those who ordered Family Law Society (FLS) sweatshirts can pick up their orders in the lobby during the lunch hour on Thursday, Dec. 3, and Friday, Dec. 4.

PILF "Hoosier Lawyer?" T-shirt Sale

The annual PILF "Hoosier Lawyer?" T-shirt sale is underway! Stop by the PILF table during lunch hour today through Friday to purchase one or more (think holiday gifts). The T-shirts are made by American Apparel and come in a variety of colors. Short-sleeve jersey T-shirts will sell for $10; short-sleeve tri-blend T-shirts for $15; and long-sleeve jersey T-shirts for $15.

SPEA Focus Group

You are invited to participate in a focus group for research on how people make decisions. Conducted by Dr. Jen Shang, assistant professor at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, each focus group session will take approximately one hour. Focus groups will be conducted during the following time slots: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3, and Friday, Dec. 4, in room 204 of SPEA. Participants will be paid $15 for their participation, as well as receiving a full-day "A" parking pass. To participate, contact Dr. Shang's research assistant at with your available dates and times from the list above. In order to participate, you need to be an IU graduate student and have personal experience with donating to charities on at least five occasions.

ABA Contest

The ABA is looking for people of all ages to submit creative, thoughtful, original, three-minute videos that demonstrate the process and benefits of mediation. First prize is $1,000; second is $500. The goal of the competition is to further public understanding of mediation and to promote the use of mediation as a way to resolve disputes. The video need not address only legal disputes. The contest is open to everyone except employees of the American Bar Association and their immediate family. Entries must be submitted by Jan. 15, 2010, on YouTube. The winners will be contacted via e-mail by Feb. 28, 2010. The first- and second-place videos will be featured at the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference in April 2010 with more than 1,000 attendees. The section may also post links to the video submissions that help promote and further the public understanding of mediation. Visit for further details. If you know of anyone who might be interested, kindly pass on the information.

Announcing the 2010 Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition

Sponsored by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), this writing competition on copyright law is open to all second- and third-year students at Indiana Law. Two awards ($600 and $250) may be given at each participating law school, and those winning papers will then be forwarded on to the national competition. Students interested in the competition must contact Professor Marshall Leaffer at For additional information, see Additional writing competitions are posted on the contests board across from room 022. A number of Indiana Law students have won previous writing competitions with awards as great as $4,000.

Thank You Cards for Sale

Back by popular demand, Phi Delta Phi is selling IU Maurer School of Law thank you cards for $1 (per card plus envelope). The professional design is perfect for thanking interviewers, employers, professors, mentors, recommenders, etc. Prices will go up next semester, so order now if you want to save. See sample displayed on the wall across the student lounge under Phi Delta Phi. To purchase cards, contact Jacob Johnson at

Fletcher Fellowship

Named after Alphonse Fletcher Sr., fellowships are awarded to scholars, writers, and artists whose work contributes to improving race relations in American society and furthers the broad social goals of the U.S. Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision of 1954. Each fellowship is in the amount of $50,000. Applications and information are available on the Fletcher Foundation Web site at Applications must be postmarked by Monday, Dec. 7. Please send inquiries to

Report Your Pro Bono Hours For Graduation Recognition

Students who report their pro bono hours and reach the Law School's aspirational goal of 60 hours by the end of their 3L year will be recognized at graduation. E-mails are sent every two weeks from Survey Monkey. If you opted out of the Survey Monkey e-mails, but would like to be added back in to the list, please send us an e-mail at Questions about whether your hours count or how to get involved? Check out our Web site at Find us on Facebook: Access to Justice Program (IU-Bloomington).

CLS Bible Study

Christian Legal Society (CLS) is holding weekly Bible study and prayer on Thursdays at 8:15 a.m. in room 215 of the Law School. Unsure if you'd like to attend Bible study? Have prayer requests or questions about God? Feel free to e-mail requests, questions, or needs to Katie Khan at Prayer requests presented to the study group will remain anonymous/confidential unless otherwise requested.

Scheduling Events

All e-mails 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 should be sent to Max Exter 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.

ILA Submissions

The Indiana Law Annotated (ILA) is published every Monday while school is in session with news about the coming week. Information and articles for the ILA should be submitted to by Thursday at noon for inclusion in Monday's edition. Length of submission is limited to 200 words, unless otherwise approved. If you have questions about an item appearing in the ILA, please contact Debbie O'Leary (; phone 855-2426). To view past issues, visit the ILA online.