Fischman, Cole, Weeks part of $55m Grand Challenge initiative
Prof. Rob Fischman, third from right, stands with members of the Grand Challenges team, including VP Fred H. Cate, fourth from left.
Three Indiana Law faculty members are part of a new $55 million IU project to help Indiana develop actionable solutions that prepare businesses, farmers, communities and individual Hoosiers for the effects of ongoing environmental change. Professors Rob Fischman, Dan Cole, and W. William Weeks III are each assisting with "Prepared for Environmental Change," the second project funded through IU's $300 million Grand Challenges Program. Fischman said the comprehensive, interdisciplinary proposal started with an Institute for Advanced Study grant to him and Ellen Ketterson (Department of Biology and widow of Prof. Val Nolan) in 2009-10 to pull together a workshop on animal migration conservation. The proposal also builds on research Fischman and the Conservation Law Center's Jeff Hyman published in 2010.  The Grand Challenges program is led by Vice President for Research and Distinguished Professor Fred H. CateRead more about the latest Grand Challenges initiative.

IU delegation visits Europe; explores new dual-degree programs in Paris
Elisabeth Zoller, a visiting faculty member to the Law School, speaks with IU President Michael A. McRobbie. 
Prof. Hannah Buxbaum was part of an Indiana University delegation that visited France and Spain last month, helping facilitate stronger relationships with leading European institutions. Led by IU President Michael A. McRobbie, the delegation strengthened the university's connections with partner universities, government, business and cultural leaders, and alumni. One of the delegation's visits in Paris was to Université Paris II (Panthéon-Assas), with which Indiana Law has had a long and successful exchange partnership. The delegation met with long-time Law School friend and visiting faculty member Elisabeth Zoller, along with her colleagues. The trip expanded the relationship between the Law School and Paris II to explore the addition of new and exciting dual-degree programs in which Indiana Law students can earn a Master's degree from Paris II along with their JD. 
Distinguished Service Award Nominations due June 30
We are seeking nominations for this year's Distinguished Service Awards which recognize graduates of the Law School who have distinguished themselves in service to their communities and the school in ways far exceeding traditional business, professional, and civic duties. Through their hard work, passion, and accomplishments, these alumni define Indiana Law's ideals for community service and serve as accomplished role models for our Law School and the greater community. Nominations are due June 30. Nomination forms and more information are available here.  
Join or nominate someone to the Alumni Board
Do you or someone you know have a passion for the Law School and a history of supporting our students and programs? If so, you may be interested in joining the Alumni Board. Nominations are due August 15. More information is available here. To apply or nominate someone to the board, email Assistant Dean for External Affairs and Alumni Relations Andrea Havill (  
IP center to host session on services for Indiana businesses June 22
The United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Indiana University Maurer School of Law's Center for Intellectual Property Research will host a program about gaining access to pro bono legal services for protecting your intellectual property (patents, trademarks, copyright, IP agreements, etc.). The program is free open to the public, and questions from attendees will be welcomed. It will be held on Thursday, June 22, from 2:30-3:30pm at the Indianapolis Public Library Central Library Riley Room. For more information, visit
In brief...   
  • Kellye Y. Testy, '91, currently the dean of the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle, will become president and CEO of the Law School Admission Council effective July 1.
  • Lowell E. Baier, '64, won the 2017 INDIE Award for best book in the Science/Nature/Environment category and third place overall in nonfiction. The book is titled Inside the Equal Access to Justice Act.
  • Harry Gonso, '73, has been appointed to the IU Board of Trustees by Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb. Gonso will serve a three-year term.
  • The IU Alumni Association will present Brian P. Williams, '81, with its President's Award this weekend in Bloomington. The award recognizes service to and leadership of the IUAA.
  • Prof. Jim Barnes, former deputy administrator and general counsel for the Environmental Protection Agency, sat down with WTIU to talk about President Trump's planned withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement.
  • Prof. Buxbaum has written "Determining the Territorial Scope of State Law in Interstate and International Conflicts: Comments on the Draft Restatement (Third) and on the Role of Party Autonomy," which is set to appear in the Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law, Vol. 27, 2017.
  • Prof. Bill Henderson wrote a widely-circulated piece for titled "The Legal Profession's 'Last Mile Problem.'"
  • The introduction to a symposium on "Consumer Credit in America" co-organized by Prof. Pamela Foohey has been published.
  • Prof. Feisal Istrabadi, the former Iraqi ambassador to the United Nations, served as senior advisor to the task force examining the future of Iraq.
  • Prof. David Gamage has a new essay out on how the Affordable Care Act.
  • Prof. Michael Mattioli has authored "The Data-Pooling Problem" for the Berkeley Technology Law Journal.
  • Prof. David Fidler's timely and topical piece on "Transforming Election Cybersecurity" is available online.
  • Prof. Ken Dau-Schmidt will have a book chapter, "Trade, Commerce, and Employment: The Evolution of the Form and Regulation of the Employment Relationship in Response to the New Information Technology," published in The Oxford Handbook of Law, Regulation, and Technology this year. 
  • Elizabeth Shuster, '03, has helped launch a central Indiana chapter of Chiefs in Intellectual Property (ChIPS), one of the first in the Midwest.
  • 3L Paul Newendyke, '18, received the Ogletree Deakins Fellowship in Employment Law.
  • Gerardo Alvarez Sottil has accepted a Latin American Global Fellowship. He'll attend the Law School beginning this fall.
Upcoming alumni events
Mexico City -- Wednesday, June 21. As part of the annual Law and Society Association conference, the reception will also celebrate the establishment of the IU Mexico Gateway and the university's commitment to international engagement; Sheraton Mexico City Maria Isabel Hotel, Mexico City. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Bloomington -- Saturday, September 16. Save the date for the annual BLSA and Latino alumni and student reception.
Visit the events calendar for details as they become available and to RSVP. Contact for further information.