Law School Briefs - 12/4/13

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IU McKinney students receive puppy love before exams

Students at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law will enjoy a little stress relief courtesy of a couple of visitors with four paws, tails and wet noses.

The Indianapolis Healing Paw Chapter of Love on a Leash is scheduled to bring dogs of all shapes and sizes to the IU McKinney Law School Dec. 5. Students will be able to interact with the pooches at the Ruth Lilly Law Library.

“We provide a moment of joy and connection that only a pet can provide,” said Angela Huser, Love on a Leash volunteer. “A therapy pet’s primary function is to brighten someone’s day.”

Women and SCOTUS topic of talk with Notre Dame law students

A senior editor at the popular online magazine Slate spoke recently to students at Notre Dame Law School about the female justices who have sat on the Supreme Court of the United States.

Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor, presented “How Have Women Changed the U.S. Supreme Court?” Nov. 21. The program was co-sponsored by the American Constitution Society and the Women’s Legal Forum.

At Slate, Lithwick writes the “Supreme Court Dispatches” and “Jurisprudence” columns. She has twice been awarded an Online Journalism Award for her legal commentary and was the first online journalist invited to be on the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. She has also written for the New York Times, The New Yorker and Harper’s and appeared on CNN, ABC and The Colbert Report.

With a J.D. from Stanford, Lithwick is currently working on a book about the four female justices of the United States Supreme Court.

Former IU Maurer dean leads delegation to South Korea

Indiana University Bloomington Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel traveled to South Korea after the Thanksgiving holiday to meet with alumni and partner institutions.

Robel, former dean of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, led a delegation that visited universities, businesses and cultural institutions and looked for opportunities to create new academic, research and professional partnerships.

IU has a number of collaboration agreements with universities in South Korea involving many academic units, including Maurer Law School. The agreements are part of IU Bloomington’s global engagement initiative, which seeks to strengthen and capitalize on the school’s presence around the world.•


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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.)

  2. if the proabortion zealots and intolerant secularist anti-religious bigots keep on shutting down every hint of religious observance in american society, or attacking every ounce of respect that the state may have left for it, they may just break off their teeth.

  3. "drug dealers and traffickers need to be locked up". "we cannot afford just to continue to build prisons". "drug abuse is strangling many families and communities". "establishing more treatment and prevention programs will also be priorities". Seems to be what politicians have been saying for at least three decades now. If these are the most original thoughts these two have on the issues of drug trafficking and drug abuse, then we're no closer to solving the problem than we were back in the 90s when crack cocaine was the epidemic. We really need to begin demanding more original thought from those we elect to office. We also need to begin to accept that each of us is part of the solution to a problem that government cannot solve.

  4. What is with the bias exclusion of the only candidate that made sense, Rex Bell? The Democrat and Republican Party have created this problem, why on earth would anyone believe they are able to fix it without pushing government into matters it doesn't belong?

  5. This is what happens when daddy hands over a business to his moron son and thinks that everything will be ok. this bankruptcy is nothing more than Gary pulling the strings to never pay the creditors that he and his son have ripped off. they are scum and they know it.