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Indiana Law School Briefs - 9/11/13

September 11, 2013
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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 modendahl@ibj.com, along with contact information for any follow-up questions at least two weeks prior to the issue date.

Indiana Tech plans dedication ceremony for law school

Indiana Tech Law School will host a dedication ceremony and investiture of founding dean Peter Alexander on Sept. 14 at the Schaefer Center gymnasium on the school’s Fort Wayne campus.

Scheduled to speak at the event are Greg Zoeller, Indiana attorney general; Frank Easterbrook, chief judge of the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals; and Katherine Broderick, dean of the David A. Clarke School of Law at the University of the District of Columbia.

“We are very pleased that three distinguished members of the legal community will share the day with us,” Indiana Tech President Arthur Snyder stated in a press release.

The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. and is open to the public.

Indiana Tech Law School started classes Aug. 26.

Faculty talks will spotlightbooks by IU McKinney authors

The Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law will be hosting Faculty Book Talks during September to highlight the scholarship of the school’s professors. Each discussion will begin at 5 p.m. in the Wynne Courtroom with a reception to follow in the atrium, both in Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York St., Indianapolis.

Yvonne Dutton, associate professor of law, will present her book, “Rules, Politics, and the International Criminal Court: Committing to the Court,” Sept. 12. In her book, she examines the International Criminal Court, its ability to realize treaty goals and how its enforcement mechanism influences state membership.

David Orentlicher, professor of law, will discuss his book, “Two Presidents are Better than One: the Case of a Bipartisan Executive Branch,” Sept. 19. Orentlicher argues the concerns over the growing presidential abuse of power and how the toxic political atmosphere can be fixed by replacing the one person, one-party presidency with a two-person, two-party executive branch.

Each event is worth one hour of continuing legal education credit. For more information, visit www.mckinneylaw.iu.edu and click on the events listing.

IndyBar seeking nominations for student executive board

The Indianapolis Bar Association Law Student Division is taking nominations for its 2013-2014 executive board.

Six at-large positions, three for 1Ls and three for 2Ls, along with one position each for students from Valparaiso University Law School, Indiana University Maurer School of Law and the University of Notre Dame Law School are available.

To be eligible, a law student must have at least two semesters remaining and be able to attend 80 percent of the board meetings. In addition, each student must submit an IndyBar nomination form and a short statement of interest.

Applications for board positions can either be emailed to secretary Amy McCool at acmcool@indiana.edu or mailed to the IndyBar offices, 135 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 1500, Indianapolis, IN 46204. The deadline is 6 p.m. Oct. 15.

Interested students do not need to be a current member of the IndyBar to apply. They can join the association as a Plus-Bar Review member when they apply for an executive board position.

For more information visit the IndyBar website at www.Indybar.org.•

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