Law School Briefs - 11/20/13

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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.

Lights! Camera! IU Maurer team takes action for film project

Faculty and students from Indiana University Maurer School of Law are helping to create a little silver screen magic.

The IU Maurer team is lending its legal expertise to a crowdfunding project launched by IU film students who are trying to raise capital to cover expenses for 13 short films.

The filmmakers, with support from their professor, veteran actor Robby Benson, are soliciting financial backers at the crowdfunding site Indiegogo. So far, they are more than a quarter of the way toward their goal of raising $10,000.

The films will be premiered at the IU Cinema in April. Benson hopes his students’ work will also have an opportunity to grace the screens at the Sundance, Slamdance and Heartland film festivals.

No word if anyone from IU Maurer will make a cameo appearance.

Diversity work at IU McKinney recognized by ISBA committee

Carlton Waterhouse, professor of law at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, and the IU McKinney School of Law Chapter of Black Law Students Association were honored for their work during the 2013 annual meeting of the Indiana State Bar Association.

Waterhouse and the student organization were named the recipients of the Rabb Emison Award for their efforts to increase diversity in the legal profession. In addition, the Chapter of BLSA was lauded for its work with the ISBA Diversity Committee to host the inaugural Diversity and Alumni Reception held in February.

Waterhouse was also recognized for his work in organizing the partnership between the law school and Shortridge Magnet School for Law and Public Policy in Indianapolis. The ISBA’s Diversity Committee was unanimous in deciding to name Waterhouse as the recipient.•


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  1. Great observation Smith. By my lights, speaking personally, they already have. They counted my religious perspective in a pro-life context as a symptom of mental illness and then violated all semblance of due process to banish me for life from the Indiana bar. The headline reveals the truth of the Hoosier elite's animus. Details here: Denied 2016 petition for cert (this time around): (“2016Pet”) Amicus brief 2016: (“2016Amici”) As many may recall, I was banned for five years for failing to "repent" of my religious views on life and the law when a bar examiner demanded it of me, resulting in a time out to reconsider my "clinging." The time out did not work, so now I am banned for life. Here is the five year time out order: Denied 2010 petition for cert (from the 2009 denial and five year banishment): (“2010Pet”) Read this quickly if you are going to read it, the elites will likely demand it be pulled down or pile comments on to bury it. (As they have buried me.)

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