Law School Briefs - 11/6/13

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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.

Notre Dame welcomes scholars for 2-day law conference

Notre Dame Law School’s London Law Centre joined the NDLS Program on Constitutional Structure to host a conference addressing, “International Perspectives on Public Law.”

The two-day event at the school’s London facility brought together leading scholars from the United States and the United Kingdom.  

“The basic idea behind the conference was to bring together scholars who were trained in different legal traditions but who share a focus on matters of constitutional theory, public rights, and judicial behavior,” said NDLS professor Randy Kozel. “The conference discussions reflected both the differences and commonalities. They were wide-ranging and diverse, but they revolved around a common core of issues that we all grapple with in our respective ways.”

IU McKinney offering degree especially for non-lawyers

The Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law is joining a national trend by offering a master’s degree for non-attorneys beginning in the summer of 2014. The Master of Jurisprudence degree is for working professionals who need to better understand the law for their job. Graduates of the program will not be licensed to practice or dispense legal advice.

“Knowledge about the law and regulations is becoming increasingly important as it affects more and more disciplines, such as the life sciences; social work; human resources; business and corporate affairs; the environment; and real estate development, to name a few,” said program director professor Deborah McGregor. “The focus of the M.J. degree is on those professionals who are interested in learning about the law as a way to enhance and potentially advance their careers.”

Individuals enrolled in the 30-credit-hour program will be able to choose the classes in the area of the law that will be most helpful to their respective careers. They will have their choice of more than 150 courses that cover substantive areas of the law but will not be allowed to participate in the legal clinics or hands-on training that is offered to the J.D. students.

IU Maurer expecting to name new dean in the coming weeks

The Indiana University Maurer School of Law could be welcoming a new dean before the end of November.

An unranked list of recommended candidates for the dean’s post has been submitted by the search committee to IU Provost and former IU Maurer dean Lauren Robel. The provost will select the next law school dean.

“I feel very upbeat and am looking forward to seeing what happens,” said John Applegate, search committee chair and executive vice president for University Regional Affairs, Planning and Policy.

Although the timing depends on the provost, Applegate expects a new dean could be named in a couple of weeks.

Applegate led the second search committee that was convened in June after the first search committee, named in August of 2012, concluded its work without a new dean being named. The university did not disclose if the first committee had interviewed any candidates or made any recommendations, but Applegate attributed the extension of the search to needing extra time to find the right individual to lead the school.

The second committee included Maurer faculty members along with alumni and members of the bench and bar. Applegate praised his committee, calling them “wonderful” and “a great group of people.”

Applegate acknowledged the next Maurer dean will be taking the helm at a time of real change in legal education. He said maneuvering the shifting landscape of what students must be taught as well as helping students with their career development must be the main focus of the next dean. •


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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.