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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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  1. I gave tempparry guardship to a friend of my granddaughter in 2012. I went to prison. I had custody. My daughter went to prison to. We are out. My daughter gave me custody but can get her back. She was not order to give me custody . but now we want granddaughter back from friend. She's 14 now. What rights do we have

  2. This sure is not what most who value good governance consider the Rule of Law to entail: "In a letter dated March 2, which Brizzi forwarded to IBJ, the commission dismissed the grievance “on grounds that there is not reasonable cause to believe that you are guilty of misconduct.”" Yet two month later reasonable cause does exist? (Or is the commission forging ahead, the need for reasonable belief be damned? -- A seeming violation of the Rules of Profession Ethics on the part of the commission) Could the rule of law theory cause one to believe that an explanation is in order? Could it be that Hoosier attorneys live under Imperial Law (which is also a t-word that rhymes with infamy) in which the Platonic guardians can do no wrong and never owe the plebeian class any explanation for their powerful actions. (Might makes it right?) Could this be a case of politics directing the commission, as celebrated IU Mauer Professor (the late) Patrick Baude warned was happening 20 years ago in his controversial (whisteblowing) ethics lecture on a quite similar topic: http://www.repository.law.indiana.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1498&context=ilj

  3. I have a case presently pending cert review before the SCOTUS that reveals just how Indiana regulates the bar. I have been denied licensure for life for holding the wrong views and questioning the grand inquisitors as to their duties as to state and federal constitutional due process. True story: https://www.scribd.com/doc/299040839/2016Petitionforcert-to-SCOTUS Shorter, Amici brief serving to frame issue as misuse of govt licensure: https://www.scribd.com/doc/312841269/Thomas-More-Society-Amicus-Brown-v-Ind-Bd-of-Law-Examiners

  4. Here's an idea...how about we MORE heavily regulate the law schools to reduce the surplus of graduates, driving starting salaries up for those new grads, so that we can all pay our insane amount of student loans off in a reasonable amount of time and then be able to afford to do pro bono & low-fee work? I've got friends in other industries, radiology for example, and their schools accept a very limited number of students so there will never be a glut of new grads and everyone's pay stays high. For example, my radiologist friend's school accepted just six new students per year.

  5. I totally agree with John Smith.

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