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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. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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