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Law school hosts poverty law event

The Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis, Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic, and the Central Indiana Peace Corps Association hosted a poverty law event March 1 at the law school to discuss issues facing American families.

The event, “The Financial Crisis – Emerging Issues and Trends Faced by American Families” featured keynote speaker John Bouman, president of the Sargent Shriver National Center of Poverty Law. Bouman spoke about Sargent Shriver, founder of the center and first president of the United States Peace Corps program, and the 10 issues that need to be addressed to fight the war on poverty.

U.S. Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson introduced Bouman, and the legal clinic’s managing attorney Chris Purnell spoke about the core legal issues affecting impoverished people in central Indiana.

The event coincided with Peace Corps Week and the celebration of the organization’s 50th anniversary.

Pan-Asian conference to address democracy

Distinguished scholars from Indiana University, the Australian National University, and other institutions will address challenges to constitutional democracy in Asia March 4 to 5 during the symposium, “Difference and Constitutionalism in Asia.” The symposium will be held in the Moot Court Room of Indiana University Maurer School of Law, 211 S. Indiana Ave. in Bloomington. All panel discussions will be open to the public.

IU Maurer School of Law, the Institute for Advanced Study, the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs, the Center for the Study of the Middle East, the Center for Constitutional Democracy, the ANU-IU Pan Asia Institute at Indiana University, and the Australian National University will host the event.

Conference participants will discuss similarities and differences among constitutional democracies in Asia, as well as the changes to those countries since at least a dozen have proposed or adopted new constitutions or made important changes in existing constitutions over the last two decades.

Themes for the panel discussions are gender, ethnicity and race, the urban-rural divide, religion, and language. IU experts will be joined by panelists from Duke and Georgetown universities, the Australian National University, the University of Toronto, and the National Institute of Development Administration in Thailand. Organizers hope to contribute to building more stable and democratic governments in countries around the world.

Further details, including a conference program, can be found at http://iu.edu/~panasia/events/difference-and-constitutionalism-in-asia/. For more information, contact Melissa Biddinger, associate director of the ANU-IU Pan Asia Institute, at 812-855-0269 or mbidding@indiana.edu.

New class focuses on IP, museums, art

A new law course with a focus on art, museums, and publishing will begin this fall at Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis. The faculty approved the new course Feb. 15.

The class will be taught by intellectual property attorney Kenan Farrell, a solo practitioner in Indianapolis. It will be offered during the fall 2011 semester as an evening or Saturday course.

The course was requested by the Fashion Art and Design Law Society, which had its first meeting in November 2009 and currently has about 20 members. John R. Schaibley III, executive director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law and Innovation and adjunct professor of law, met with FAD officers who reviewed textbooks and proposed coursework, said FAD founding vice president, Erin Albert, a 3L student in the evening program.

While art law classes are taught at other law schools, a course on art, museum, and publishing law is rare, she said.•

 

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