Law School Briefs - 1/16/13

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Law School Briefs

Law School Briefs highlights news from law schools in Indiana. While Indiana Lawyer has always covered law school news and continues to keep up with law school websites and press releases for updates, we gladly accept submissions for this section from law students, professors, alumni, and others who want to share law school-related news. If you’d like to submit news or a photo from an event, please email it to Marilyn Odendahl at, along with contact information for any follow-up questions at least two weeks prior to the issue date.

First female mayor of Gary to give MLK Lecture at Valpo

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson will present the Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture at Valparaiso University Law School. In her speech, entitled “From A Dream to a More Perfect Union,” Freeman-Wilson will discuss ways to ensure people are treated fairly regardless of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, income or abilities.

Freeman-Wilson is the first female mayor of Gary as well as the first African-American female mayor in the state of Indiana. She grew up in Gary and earned her undergraduate and law degrees at Harvard University. She has served as Lake County prosecutor, Gary city court judge and Indiana attorney general under the late Gov. Frank O’Bannon. Before being elected as mayor, she was in private practice in Gary.

The lecture will be from 4 to 5 p.m. Jan. 24 in Wesemann Hall on the Valparaiso University campus. The event is open to the public but reservations are requested. For more information, visit

New Jersey judge establishes endowment at Notre Dame

A University of Notre Dame alumnus has established an endowment to support the law school’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program. The Hon. Joseph C. and Margaret Cassini III Endowment for Excellence was created by a gift from Joseph Cassini, who earned his undergraduate, MBA and J.D. degrees from Notre Dame.

The endowment will help NDLS graduates who accept public interest and public service positions repay their student loans.

“Being able to make this gift is a fulfillment of my love to the University,” Cassini stated in a press release. “I’m thankful I can help future law students in their public service careers. This gift brings me great satisfaction.”

Cassini currently serves in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Criminal Division. He is also on the University of Notre Dame’s Law Advisory Council.

IU McKinney student groups hosting legislative panel

A legislative panel will preview the important legal issues that will be addressed during the 2013 session at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law on Jan. 22. The event is being hosted by Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity and the Black Law Students Association at I.U. McKinney School of Law.

Panelists include Brian Bosma, speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives, and Glenda Ritz, superintendent-elect of public instruction.

The event will be held in the Atrium and Wynne Courtroom, Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York St., Indianapolis. A reception will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. and the panel discussion will be from 5 to 5:55 p.m.

To RSVP, email Erin Radefeld at

IU Maurer professor’s book praised as one of 2012’s best

A book examining the death penalty written by Jody Lynee Madeira, an associate professor at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, is garnering national praise.

The Atlantic included Madeira’s “Killing McVeigh: The Death Penalty and the Myth of Closure,” on its list of the best books about justice published in 2012. The reviewer praised Madeira’s work in showing how victims in a high-profile case react to the legal process.

The book focuses on the 1995 bombing by Timothy McVeigh of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. McVeigh was convicted of the crime and executed in 2001. For her book, Madeira spent many hours interviewing survivors and victims’ families about their experience with McVeigh’s trial and execution. She concluded that victims were unable to put the tragedy behind them.•


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  1. If a class action suit or other manner of retribution is possible, count me in. I have email and voicemail from the man. He colluded with opposing counsel, I am certain. My case was damaged so severely it nearly lost me everything and I am still paying dearly.

  2. There's probably a lot of blame that can be cast around for Indiana Tech's abysmal bar passage rate this last February. The folks who decided that Indiana, a state with roughly 16,000 to 18,000 attorneys, needs a fifth law school need to question the motives that drove their support of this project. Others, who have been "strong supporters" of the law school, should likewise ask themselves why they believe this institution should be supported. Is it because it fills some real need in the state? Or is it, instead, nothing more than a resume builder for those who teach there part-time? And others who make excuses for the students' poor performance, especially those who offer nothing more than conspiracy theories to back up their claims--who are they helping? What evidence do they have to support their posturing? Ultimately, though, like most everything in life, whether one succeeds or fails is entirely within one's own hands. At least one student from Indiana Tech proved this when he/she took and passed the February bar. A second Indiana Tech student proved this when they took the bar in another state and passed. As for the remaining 9 who took the bar and didn't pass (apparently, one of the students successfully appealed his/her original score), it's now up to them (and nobody else) to ensure that they pass on their second attempt. These folks should feel no shame; many currently successful practicing attorneys failed the bar exam on their first try. These same attorneys picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and got back to the rigorous study needed to ensure they would pass on their second go 'round. This is what the Indiana Tech students who didn't pass the first time need to do. Of course, none of this answers such questions as whether Indiana Tech should be accredited by the ABA, whether the school should keep its doors open, or, most importantly, whether it should have even opened its doors in the first place. Those who promoted the idea of a fifth law school in Indiana need to do a lot of soul-searching regarding their decisions. These same people should never be allowed, again, to have a say about the future of legal education in this state or anywhere else. Indiana already has four law schools. That's probably one more than it really needs. But it's more than enough.

  3. This man Steve Hubbard goes on any online post or forum he can find and tries to push his company. He said court reporters would be obsolete a few years ago, yet here we are. How does he have time to search out every single post about court reporters and even spy in private court reporting forums if his company is so successful???? Dude, get a life. And back to what this post was about, I agree that some national firms cause a huge problem.

  4. rensselaer imdiana is doing same thing to children from the judge to attorney and dfs staff they need to be investigated as well

  5. Sex offenders are victims twice, once when they are molested as kids, and again when they repeat the behavior, you never see money spent on helping them do you. That's why this circle continues