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Law School Briefs is Indiana Lawyer’s section highlighting news from law schools in Indiana. While IL 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 send it to Jenny Montgomery at jmontgomery@ibj.com, along with contact information for any follow-up questions at least two weeks in advance of the issue date.

Moot court endowment

On Aug. 22, Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis announced the creation of the Timothy J. Kennedy Memorial Moot Court Fund. The endowment fund is being created with a $50,000 gift to the school from Montross Miller Muller Mendelson & Kennedy, of which Kennedy was a founding partner. With the endowment, the law school plans to host the first National Professional Responsibility Moot Court Competition, March 9-10, 2012.

Founding partners Mike Miller, John Muller, and Tilden Mendelson attended the check presentation in honor of their former partner.

“For over 20 years, Tim chaired one of the Indianapolis Bar Association’s grievance committees, quietly working to preserve the integrity of the legal profession. We could not think of a better way to honor Tim than with a gift which will support a national moot court competition involving cutting edge professional responsibility concerns,” Mendelson said.

Notre Dame conference

Notre Dame Law School has planned a one-day conference in honor of John M. Finnis, the school’s Biolchini Family Professor of Law. Finnis is being recognized for his five-volume collection of essays published by Oxford University Press last year, as well as the Oxford-published second edition of Finnis’ “Natural Law and Natural Rights.”

Among those scheduled to speak at the Sept. 9 event are the Hon. Neil Gorsuch of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, Dean Timothy Endicott of Oxford University, and Robert P. George, McCormick professor of jurisprudence at Princeton University.

George said that Oxford choosing to publish Finnis’ essays demonstrates the high regard others have for his work. “Needless to say, Finnis has won this esteem by the force of his intellect and the power of his arguments, and not by validating or reinforcing prevailing academic orthodoxies,” George said. “Indeed, at every level Finnis’ work challenges and undermines such orthodoxies.”

For more information, contact Chuck Williams at 574-631-8861, or at Chuck.Williams@nd.edu.•

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