Law School Briefs - 10/23/13

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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, along with contact information for any follow-up questions at least two weeks prior to the issue date.

IU Maurer to participate in national study of mediation

The Indiana University Maurer School of Law and IU’s Department of Psychological Brain Sciences have been awarded a four-year, $763,686 grant from the National Institute of Justice to study safety concerns in family mediation.

The project will examine whether mediation is a safe alternative to court-based litigation in cases with a history of domestic violence. Experts are divided on whether family mediation is a useful alternative or whether the parties with a record of violence can be adequately protected from physical and emotional harm during mediation.

Amy Applegate, director of the Viola J. Taliaferro Family and Children Mediation Clinic, is a member of the research team.

“Despite the use of protective measures such as shuttle or videoconferencing mediation, the appropriateness of mediation has been a source of controversy in cases involving intimate-partner violence,” Applegate said. “The NIJ’s generous grant also makes it possible to measure the effectiveness of mediation in these cases.”

The study, to take place at District of Columbia Superior Court’s Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division, will consist of a randomized control trial of family mediation with couples that have a history of violence which Multi-Door would generally consider inappropriate for alternative dispute resolution. The cases will be randomly assigned to one of three study conditions: traditional court-based litigation, shuttle mediation or videoconferencing mediation.

Results of the study will be published in interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journals, reports and presentations to stakeholders.

IU McKinney hosts delegation as part of human rights study

A delegation from the Philippines visiting the United States made a stop at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law on Sept. 27. Law professor George Edwards hosted the group, which was visiting the country as part of the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program.

The program’s objective is to help participants study U.S. methods for effective investigation and prosecution of human rights cases. It also aims to examine the best practices to investigate and build cases, specifically regarding extrajudicial killings, and to compare the challenges of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines to human rights concerns in the U.S.

Edwards is the founding director of the Program in International Human Rights Law. Created in 1997, the PIHRL has placed 170 law students in internships in 55 countries worldwide.

Lawyer returns to Valparaiso to deliver Seegers Lecture

Valparaiso University Law School welcomed a return visitor for the 2013 Seegers Lecture on Jurisprudence held Oct. 3.

Randy Barnett, professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and director of the Georgetown Center for the Constitution, gave the address “Popular Sovereignty and the Judicial Duty to Assess the Rationality of Laws.”

This was Barnett’s second time speaking at the law school. Twenty-two years ago, he came to the school to present a paper.

The Seegers Lecture Series is sponsored by the late Edward A. Seegers, who made various contributions to Valparaiso University.•


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  1. This is ridiculous. Most JDs not practicing law don't know squat to justify calling themselves a lawyer. Maybe they should try visiting the inside of a courtroom before they go around calling themselves lawyers. This kind of promotional BS just increases the volume of people with JDs that are underqualified thereby dragging all the rest of us down likewise.

  2. I think it is safe to say that those Hoosier's with the most confidence in the Indiana judicial system are those Hoosier's who have never had the displeasure of dealing with the Hoosier court system.

  3. I have an open CHINS case I failed a urine screen I have since got clean completed IOP classes now in after care passed home inspection my x sister in law has my children I still don't even have unsupervised when I have been clean for over 4 months my x sister wants to keep the lids for good n has my case working with her I just discovered n have proof that at one of my hearing dcs case worker stated in court to the judge that a screen was dirty which caused me not to have unsupervised this was at the beginning two weeks after my initial screen I thought the weed could have still been in my system was upset because they were suppose to check levels n see if it was going down since this was only a few weeks after initial instead they said dirty I recently requested all of my screens from redwood because I take prescriptions that will show up n I was having my doctor look at levels to verify that matched what I was prescripted because dcs case worker accused me of abuseing when I got my screens I found out that screen I took that dcs case worker stated in court to judge that caused me to not get granted unsupervised was actually negative what can I do about this this is a serious issue saying a parent failed a screen in court to judge when they didn't please advise

  4. I have a degree at law, recent MS in regulatory studies. Licensed in KS, admitted b4 S& 7th circuit, but not to Indiana bar due to political correctness. Blacklisted, nearly unemployable due to hostile state action. Big Idea: Headwinds can overcome, esp for those not within the contours of the bell curve, the Lego Movie happiness set forth above. That said, even without the blacklisting for holding ideas unacceptable to the Glorious State, I think the idea presented above that a law degree open many vistas other than being a galley slave to elitist lawyers is pretty much laughable. (Did the law professors of Indiana pay for this to be published?)

  5. Joe, you might want to do some reading on the fate of Hoosier whistleblowers before you get your expectations raised up.