Indiana Law Annotated for Feb. 8, 2016 (50:4)

February 8, 2016
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This Week in the Law School

With the Barristers' Ball just around the corner (Feb. 26), learn the basics of "Black Tie 101" with Professor Gjerdingen today at noon.

The ACLU's Louise Melling is here Tuesday to discuss religious refusals and reproductive rights.

Join the Law School Band at "Maurer Gras 2016" on Friday, for what we're guessing is some sort of take on Mardi Gras. Anyway, free pizza and beads. (Bees? BEADS!)


Monday, February 8

Business & Law Society Meeting

This is a general meeting for all Business & Law Society members. The executive board will discuss the events that are planned for the semester, and members will have the opportunity to provide feedback and suggestions. Room 125, noon.

Black Tie 101

Please join the Black Law Students Association and Prof. Don Gjerdingen as he presents "Black Tie 101." As a kick start to the Barrister's events, Prof. Gjerdingen will be presenting on black tie attire for both men and women.. Learn to dress for success from one of Maurer's best. BLSA will be giving away a free Barristers' Ball ticket to one lucky attendant. Lunch will be served. Room 124, noon.

Outreach for Legal Literacy Meeting

Outreach for Legal Literacy is holding a meeting to explain mock trial procedures and to distribute applications for executive board positions. This meeting should take about 30 minutes. One member from each volunteer group must attend. Lunch will be provided. Room 121, 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. Room 214, 12:10 p.m.

1L Academic Enhancement Session

You are done with your first semester of law school, now what? Our Student Affairs fellows will present on how to learn from your first semester and how to move forward in law school. In addition to the academic presentation, we will have a panel of upperclassmen talk about grade anxiety and landing your first summer jobs. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Liz Ferrufino ( Room 120, 4 p.m.


Tuesday, February 9

Louise Melling: Religious Refusals and Reproductive Rights: Conscience as Discrimination and Shaming

Please welcome Louise Melling, ACLU deputy legal director and director of the Center for Liberty and the Campaign to End the Use of Religion to Discriminate. Last year, the nation turned its attention to Indiana as the legislature passed and the governor signed into law a Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The public outcry, most prominently by businesses threatening boycotts of the state, focused mainly on concern that the law would sanction discrimination against LGBT people. The implications for women seeking to exercise reproductive rights featured little if at all in the public debates, even though to date RFRA has been used successfully as a sword against women seeking to exercise reproductive rights, not against LGBT people. This talk will challenge the current ways of thinking about reproductive rights and religious refusals. It will argue that the refusal to provide women reproductive health care, no less than the refusal to provide LGBT people wedding services, is discrimination. Sponsored by the Maurer chapters of American Constitution Society, Law Students for Reproductive Justice, Feminist Law Forum, and OUTlaw. Pizza provided. Moot Court Room, noon.

Bar Exam Series: Barbri presents on the California bar and the UBE

As part of the Office of Student Affairs' Bar Exam Series, Barbri will present on the California Bar exam and provide some information on other bars and the UBE. Please attend the event if you are or are thinking of taking the California or any bar. For more information, please email Ms. Ferrufino. Room 121, noon.


Wednesday, February 10

Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Memorial Lecture: Gary D. Libecap

Gary D. Libecap, of the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at UC Santa Barbara, will present the second annual Ostrom Memorial Lecture on the topic "Environmental Externalities and Coasean Exchange." Moot Court Room, 4 p.m.


Thursday, February 11

Career Choices: Labor & Employment Law

Panelists: Tandra Foster and Michael Dalrymple of Barnes & Thornburg, Indianapolis. Lunch will be provided to those students who RSVP at least 24 hours in advance. Please RSVP on CareerNet/Events/Workshops. Room 125, noon.

Public Interest Law Foundation Meeting

Singing for Summer Salaries is near (March 30), so all students who are planning on applying for a PILF summer scholarship should consider this meeting mandatory. Come find out how you can get involved in the planning process; we need your help to make this year one of the biggest yet. Room 121, noon.

Informational on Post-Conviction Relief and Federal Prisons

Interested in criminal justice reform and learning more about federal criminal practice and post-conviction relief? Come to a discussion sponsored by the Inmate Legal Assistance Project on these issues. Learn more about ILAP's work with the U.S. Department of Justice to serve the residents of the Federal Correctional Center in Terre Haute and plans for the coming semester. Current ILAP students: bring letters your working on and research questions for on-the-spot feedback and assistance from board members and Prof. Seth Lahn. Room 121, 6 p.m.

IVF Law and Politics in Poland

Prof. Jody Madeira and Barbara (Basia) Andraka-Christou, adjunct professor of health administration at Indiana Wesleyan University, are doing a presentation on "IVF Law and Politics in Poland, A Comparative Perspective," on behalf of the IU Polish Studies Center. Refreshments provided. Room 124, 4 to 6 p.m.


Friday, February 12

Maurer Gras 2016

Come celebrate one of the greatest holidays with the Student Bar Association and a couple hundred of your closest friends. Maurer Gras 2016 will be held at none other than the Bluebird! Doors open at 8 with the Law School Band playing as the opener to Rod Tuffcurls at 9:30 p.m. Free pizza and beads, obviously. Tickets are $5 presale and $10 at the door; come visit SBA at tables in the lobby to purchase your tickets. See you there!


Faculty News

Prof. Sarah Jane Hughes completed the second draft of the Uniform Regulation of Virtual Currency Businesses Act for the Uniform Law Commission. The draft will be discussed by the Drafting Committee at its next meeting in Palo Alto, February 19-21. Interested persons can see the draft on the ULC's website, or can email Prof. Hughes (, for an electronic copy. Also, if any graduate would like a reprint of the article Ms. Hughes recently published proposing a framework commercial law for virtual currency payments intermediaries in the Yale Journal on Regulation, she can offer a reprint to the first 10 graduates to request one. She promises not to be offended if no one wants one.



Pay Your Tax Law Society Dues

The Tax Law Society would like to officially welcome everyone back this semester and hopes the first couple of weeks have gone well. We have a lot of great events planned for this semester and would like for as many tax enthusiasts as possible to take part. So for those whom have already ready paid dues and are a part of the organization, we look forward to seeing you this semester. For those who would like to join, we will be tabling the next couple of weeks, Monday-Wednesday, from noon to 1pm. Dues are $15.


Law Students for Reproductive Justice will be selling condomgrams all this week during lunchtime. Get one for $2 or three for $5. Each bag contains condoms, candy, and a Valentine's Day card. Give the gift of safer sex to your friends or admirers this Valentine's Day. All proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky.

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