Indiana Law Annotated for April 6, 2015

April 6, 2015

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This Week in the Law School

For those graduating in May, there will be a loan repayment session to help answer any questions you may have about paying off student debt. Monday.

The SBA will host Professor Tanford's "Last Lecture" on Tuesday.

The Indiana Journal of Law and Social Equality will host a symposium Friday entitled "Living Without in America." Please welcome our 13 visiting scholars who will be participating.

Are you an Instagram master? Have a million Twitter followers? The Law School is launching a Dean's Social Media Committee, allowing students to share their Maurer experiences directly with alumni and prospective students. See 'Announcements' for how to apply.


Monday, April 6

Business and Law Society Course Planning Session

Come learn about business law courses offered by the law school and meet your future professors. Bring your questions about specific classes or the different business law tracks you can pursue. Room 121, noon.

Advocates for Life Elections

The elections for the 2015-16 Advocates for Life executive board will take place today. All AFL members are encouraged to attend and vote. Room 124, noon.

PILF 2015-16 Executive Board Elections and General Meeting

All PILF members are invited to participate in the elections for the 2015-16 executive board. Positions available include: president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, and public relations/marketing coordinator. If you have questions about any of these positions, feel free to contact the current board ( After we select next year's board, we will discuss the summer scholarship application, and take some time to write thank-you notes to businesses and donors who participated in Singing for Summer Salaries. Room 125, noon.

Legal Aspects of Playing Professional Basketball in Europe

Join the Sports and Entertainment Law Society for a presentation and discussion with Hubert Radke, a PhD candidate in sports law at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland. He played college basketball at Loyola University Chicago, professional basketball in Europe, and has also worked as TV sports commentator and analyst. Mr. Radke will speak about the legal issues of employment as a professional athlete, including hiring and contracts. Lunch provided. Room 213, noon.

Christian Legal Society Weekly Bible Study

All students interested in learning more about the Christian Legal Society or interested in engaging in Bible study are welcome. These sessions will take place every Monday through April 27. Room 120, noon.

Loan Repayment Counseling

May graduates: Come to this loan repayment counseling session, where topics for discussion will include the repayment timeline, payment plan options, consolidation options, deferment and forbearance, loan forgiveness, and income-driven repayment plans. You'll receive a copy of your borrowing history and have the opportunity to ask questions. Moot Court Room, 5 p.m.


Tuesday, April 7

The Last Lecture: Professor Tanford

The litigation and evidence guru, Prof. J. Alexander Tanford, retired at the end of last semester. In following our recent Maurer tradition, the Student Bar Association has asked him to take to the lectern one last time, and deliver one last lecture. Please join us for what may be the greatest lecture you've heard all year, or maybe even your entire life, when Prof. Tanford regales us with "How Not to Be a Successful Law Professor." Moot Court Room, noon

Phi Alpha Delta Executive Board Elections 2015-16

Phi Alpha Delta will hold elections for its 2015-2016 executive board positions at this meeting. All PAD members are eligible for the board. To apply for a position, please email your name, year, and position(s) of interest to before Tuesday. All PAD members are encouraged to attend this meeting to vote for the new executive board. Lunch will be provided. Room 121, noon.

Intellectual Property Association Board Elections

The IPA will be holding its board elections for the 2015-2016 academic year. The meeting will last the entire hour and lunch will be provided. Room 213, noon.

Westlaw Practice-ready Workshop

Westlaw representative Lori Chester will be here for a practice-ready workshop session for interested law students. Updated with new and more relevant information, theprogram will explore helpful tools and strategies that will give you an edge your first day on the job. Learn how research tools are being used in the workflow of practice so you can work smarter, not harder. Room 222, noon.


Wednesday, April 8

Tax Law Society Call-out Meeting

Are you interested in tax law? Our school's tax law program is ranked 16th in the nation, our school's highest-ranked program. Surprisingly, we do not yet have a student organization devoted to tax law. But that is about to change, and you can be a part of it. We are looking for law students who are interested in helping with the formation of a new student organization devoted to tax law. We will be having an informational meeting to discuss logistics and gauge student interest. We shouldn't take too long, so you will still have time to get lunch afterward. For questions, contact Eric Jones ( Room 124, noon.


Thursday, April 9

International JD/MBA Opportunities

Prof. Mark Need will describe Maurer's unique JD/MBA in partnership with the globally-ranked MBA program at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, South Korea. The partnership, now in its fifth year, is seeking qualified 1L and 2L applicants for the 2015-2016 academic year. Room 124, noon.

American Constitution Society Executive Board Election

The ACS is holding a general body meeting and election to determine next year's executive board. Come learn more about the local and national benefits of board membership and how you can contribute to one of the most active organizations at the law school. Lunch provided. Room 122, noon.

SJD Dissertation Defense: Beumhoo Jang

Faculty Conference Room, 10 a.m.


Friday, April 10

Indiana Journal of Law and Social Equality Symposium

Please join us for the 2015 Indiana Journal of Law and Social Equality Symposium. This year our symposium is themed "Living Without in America." The presentations will explore the various intersections between poverty law and social justice. IJLSE will welcome 13 guest scholars to discuss their current research on topics ranging from sex trafficking to ADA policy. Each panel is open to the public and will include time for questions from the audience.

  • Panel 1: Gender and Poverty, 8:30-9:45 a.m.
  • Panel 2: Economics and Poverty, 9:45-11 a.m.
  • Panel 3: Structural Barriers and Poverty, 11:15-12:30 p.m.
  • Panel 4: Legal Advocacy and Poverty, 2:15-3:50 p.m.

CCD Call Out Meeting

There will be an informational session today for all those interested in applying to become a 2015-16 Center for Constitutional Democracy JD Affiliate. The application has now been posted to the CCD website, but for more information, attend this session or contact the CCD at 856-7372 or Brittany Terwilliger ( CCD (624 E. Third Street; right across from the law school), noon.

The Graduate Legal Studies Colloquium

The Graduate Legal Studies Colloquium is a weekly meeting for graduate students to discuss common academic concerns and research interests. This week, Dean Donna Nagy will introduce her research and the skill of legal writing. Room 120, noon.

Turkey's Quest for Influence in International Governance: A Lecture by Dr. Kemal Kirişci

The Center for the Study of the Middle East presents Dr. Kirişci, the TÜSİAD senior fellow and director of the Center on the United States and Europe's Turkey Project at the Brookings Institution, with an expertise in Turkish foreign policy and migration studies. Room 122, 1:30 p.m.


Faculty News

Prof. Ajay K. Mehrotra recently presented his paper, "The VAT Laggards: A Comparative Fiscal History of U.S. and Japanese Resistance to the Value-added Tax," at the University of Minnesota Law School's Faculty Workshop. He also presented his paper, "A Brief History of U.S. Income Tax Withholding: From Contested Concept to Administrative Cornerstone," as part of the University of Minnesota Law School's Tax Symposium on "IRS Reform."

Profs. Dan Conkle, Steve Sanders, and Deb Widiss have played integral parts in the national — and even international — discussion surrounding Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). All three have received prominent placement in media outlets in recent weeks, including the Associated Press, New York Times, American Constitution Society blog, Indianapolis Star, NPR, and the Washington Post.

Professor Ken Dau-Schmidt will be giving a paper entitled "Labor Law 2.0: The Impact of the New Information Technology on the Employment Relationship and the Relevance of the NLRA" on Friday at Emory Law School in Atlanta. The paper will be part of a larger conference on "The National Labor Relations Board After Eighty Years."



POP Awareness Event

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Help the Protective Order Project raise awareness and spare change. POP will be at tables over the lunch hour this week to collect your spare change to give to our clients to help them pay for metered parking. This year, we have had about 80 clients come to the school, and many of them needed help paying for their parking. All money collected will go straight to our clients. Stop by the POP table to donate your change, answer trivia questions, get candy, and raise awareness for sexual assault.

Join the Dean's Social Media Strategy Team

Social media connects the world, and at Maurer, we understand the value of that connection. If you are a creative writer, with a great instinct for trends, or a passionate advocate of the Maurer/IU/Bloomington community, then, we want you to be a voice of our school. The Dean's Social Media Strategy Team is now accepting applications from current 1Ls and 2Ls for the 2015-2016 academic year. This project is Dean Parrish's brainchild and Maurer's very first student-run, student-led social media initiative to bring the law school to the world, to reach out to prospective students and alumni, and to build our school's overall social media presence. Key responsibilities will include creating fresh, dynamic, and engaging content across social media platforms, developing Maurer's brand and implementing compelling social media campaigns. We are looking to appoint four current 1Ls and two current 2Ls to this committee. Being a member of this committee will give you exclusive control over student-built social media content, the ability to bring ideas to the dean, the opportunity to share what it's like to be a law student here. The time commitment to this committee will be flexible and you will spend most of your time doing what you already love to do. To apply for a position, please send a resume highlighting any past social media/communications experience to Sunrita Sen ( by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, 2015.

Maurer-SPEA Team Competes in Georgetown National Security Simulation

Congratulations to the Maurer-SPEA National Security Law and Policy Advocacy Team on their work last weekend during Georgetown Law's National Security Crisis Law Invitational Simulation. Maurer was represented by students Megan Binder, Abbie Gruwell, Amy Patton, and Toby Sedgwick. "The Sim" gave students from ten top law schools and the Army's Judge Advocate General School a chance to play the roles of senior government policy officials and attorneys during a multi-day crisis exercise. Five members of the Maurer-SPEA team played the role of FEMA; a sixth played the role of an Indiana senator on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

Opportunity for Rising 2Ls and 3Ls: Become a Dean's Writing Fellow

The legal writing program is seeking upper-class law students to be selected as Dean's Writing Fellows. Successful candidates will receive a $1,500 scholarship per semester. This volunteer position is designed to connect outstanding upper-class students with a legal writing professor and one section of the first-year legal research and writing course. Fellows will have the opportunity to meet with students during office hours and to lead group discussions and group exercises related to the legal writing curriculum. Being a Dean's Writing Fellow is not only a great way to boost your résumé but is also an excellent way to develop a number of valuable skills related to legal writing and leadership.

Applicants should have strong writing, analysis, and interpersonal skills and have availability on Thursdays and Fridays. The recommended time commitment is approximately ten hours per week. Preference will be given to students available both semesters. To apply, email a cover letter, a résumé, and a list of two student and two faculty references to Senior Secretary Rita Eads ( with "Dean's Writing Fellow Application" in the subject line of your email. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, April 8.

IABA Foundation Law Student Public Interest Fellowship Applications Due April 17

The IABA Foundation Fellowship provides a $5,000 grant to one law school student who works in an unpaid or low-paid summer position benefiting the public interest. Work benefiting the South Asian community is preferable but not required. Additionally, to promote the grant recipient's exposure to public interest law, the selected applicant must commit to volunteering for a minimum of 6 hours between June to December of 2015 in support of IABA Foundation's pro bono activities, including the CyriacKappil Clinic, as the IABA Foundation Summer Intern. For more information and to download the application, visit the IABA website.

End-of-Year Picnic April 15

Join classmates, faculty, and staff to celebrate the end of the academic year! Enjoy fellowship and food on the back patio of the law school. There will be a catered, grilled meal and fun activities. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. on April 15 on the patio behind the law school. Please RSVP to CareerNet by April 12 at noon so that we can plan enough food.

Teaching Awards Ceremony April 16

We are fast approaching the Teaching Awards Ceremony which will take place on Thursday, April 16. Five awards will be given to faculty in recognition of their "excellent and meritorious teaching": The Leon H. Wallace Award, the highest teaching award given by the school; three Trustee Teaching Awards; and one Adjunct Teaching Award. This event is open to students, faculty and staff. Lunch will be provided. Room 121, noon.

3Ls: Win a Game of Sink the Biz with Dean Parrish

If the pledge committee gets 10 more pledges by April 10, we will draw a name and that person can pick 4 friends to partake in this IU tradition with the dean before graduation. Any amount, even $1, qualifies. Get your friends to pledge so you have a better chance of winning. Email the committee at for a form, or see any of the following members for more information: Steve Briles, Francesca Cardillo, Jamie Davis, Michael Deschenes, Anah Gouty, Sarah Haefner, John Pence, Spenser Rohler, and Zack Shapiro.

Jessup Competition Applications

Originally named the "International Law Moot," the Jessup Competition held its first round at Harvard University on May 3, 1959. In the subsequent forty years, the Jessup Competition has risen to the preeminent position of being the largest and most prestigious international law moot court competition in the world. Today, approximately 1,500 students from more than 300 law schools in almost 50 nations participate in the Competition.

Participants first compete in Regional Competitions in their respective countries. Winners from these Competitions advance to the International Rounds, which have historically been held in Washington, D.C. The team will consist of four students and will be coached by law faculty. During the fall semester, team members will produce two written memorials (analogous to a brief); oral arguments will take place during the spring semester. For further details on the Jessup competition, see

All applications welcome: both previous moot court experience and relevant course work will be considered, but neither is required. Upperclass students should submit a current resume and a statement of interest (covering relevant experience and reasons for interest in the competition) to Dean Catherine Matthews (, no later than Wednesday, April 8, at noon. All applications will be reviewed by a faculty committee.

Applications Open for National Environmental Moot Court Competition

Each year at Pace University School of Law, more than 70 law schools compete in the largest and most widely recognized environmental moot court competition. The event provides a quality experience in environmental litigation. Participants have the opportunity to demonstrate their skills in appellate brief writing and oral advocacy. Each competition proceeds with three adverse sides: the government, public interest groups, and regulated industry, thus representing the complexity of real world environmental litigation.

The Indiana University team will consist of two or three students. During the fall semester, team members will collaborate with each other to complete a brief for one set of litigants based on a problem released in early October. Following submission of the brief in late November, the team will then prepare to compete in at least three rounds of oral arguments in White Plains, New York in late February. In each oral advocacy round, the team will represent a different set of litigants. Participants may earn academic credit.

All applications from JD students are welcome; both previous moot court experience and relevant course work will be considered, but neither is required. Students should submit a current resume and a statement of interest (covering relevant experience and reasons for interest in the competition) to Dean Matthews ( no later than noon on Wednesday, April 8. For more information, see the competition's website.

LLSA and SELS Basketball Tournament

Come join the IU Maurer Sports and Entertainment Law Society and Latina/o Law Student Association as we host this year's law school basketball tournament on April 24, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the HPER (a break from the regular Assembly Hall location because the arena is under construction). The tournament will be 5-on-5, full-court games. Teams may have up to eight players, with at least one person on the team being Maurer student, faculty, or staff. Registration fee is $10 a person, but only $8 if you donate a canned good for the Hoosier Hills Food Bank. SELS and LLSA will be tabling Mondays-Thursdays to allow teams to sign up, sign waivers, and pay their registration fees. Space is limited, so early registration is highly encouraged.

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