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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. Someone off their meds? C'mon John, it is called the politics of Empire. Get with the program, will ya? How can we build one world under secularist ideals without breaking a few eggs? Of course, once it is fully built, is the American public who will feel the deadly grip of the velvet glove. One cannot lay down with dogs without getting fleas. The cup of wrath is nearly full, John Smith, nearly full. Oops, there I go, almost sounding as alarmist as Smith. Guess he and I both need to listen to this again: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRnQ65J02XA

  2. Charles Rice was one of the greatest of the so-called great generation in America. I was privileged to count him among my mentors. He stood firm for Christ and Christ's Church in the Spirit of Thomas More, always quick to be a good servant of the King, but always God's first. I had Rice come speak to 700 in Fort Wayne as Obama took office. Rice was concerned that this rise of aggressive secularism and militant Islam were dual threats to Christendom,er, please forgive, I meant to say "Western Civilization". RIP Charlie. You are safe at home.

  3. It's a big fat black mark against the US that they radicalized a lot of these Afghan jihadis in the 80s to fight the soviets and then when they predictably got around to biting the hand that fed them, the US had to invade their homelands, install a bunch of corrupt drug kingpins and kleptocrats, take these guys and torture the hell out of them. Why for example did the US have to sodomize them? Dubya said "they hate us for our freedoms!" Here, try some of that freedom whether you like it or not!!! Now they got even more reasons to hate us-- lets just keep bombing the crap out of their populations, installing more puppet regimes, arming one faction against another, etc etc etc.... the US is becoming a monster. No wonder they hate us. Here's my modest recommendation. How about we follow "Just War" theory in the future. St Augustine had it right. How about we treat these obvious prisoners of war according to the Geneva convention instead of torturing them in sadistic and perverted ways.

  4. As usual, John is "spot-on." The subtle but poignant points he makes are numerous and warrant reflection by mediators and users. Oh but were it so simple.

  5. ACLU. Way to step up against the police state. I see a lot of things from the ACLU I don't like but this one is a gold star in its column.... instead of fighting it the authorities should apologize and back off.

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