Law School Briefs - 2/27/13

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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.

Hoosier law students attend ABA Judicial Clerkship Program

Students representing three Indiana law schools participated in the Judicial Clerkship Program during the American Bar Association’s midyear meeting in February in Dallas.

The goal of the program is to encourage minority law students to seek judicial clerkships after graduation. At the ABA event, the students joined about 55 federal and state appellate, tribal, trial and administrative law judges for panel discussions, a research exercise and social events. The students also attended an oral argument at the Texas Court of Appeals.

Students from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indiana University Maurer School of Law and Valparaiso University Law School all participated.

Retired Indiana Supreme Court Justice Frank Sullivan has been a leader of the program since its inception in 2001. This year, he developed the research exercise and moderated the closing panel discussion.

McKinney dean appointed to sport court for 2014 Olympics

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Dean Gary Roberts has been appointed to the Ad Hoc Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport and will be part of the group that will attend the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, in February 2014.

Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, CAS was organized by the International Olympic Committee and provides services to facilitate the settlement of sports-related disputes through arbitration or mediation. Since its founding, all international sports federations have agreed that all disputes regarding teams, athletes and coaches will be submitted to the CAS for final binding arbitration.

Roberts, a recognized expert in sports law, is currently an officer and board member of The Sports Lawyers Association and is a founding member and member of the board of directors for the International Association of Sport Professionals and Executives.

Notre Dame professor Shaffer honored by fellowship program

The University of Notre Dame Law School is honoring a longtime faculty member by renaming the Notre Dame Law Fellowship as the Thomas Shaffer Public Interest Fellowship.

The fellowship is being redesignated in gratitude for Shaffer’s dedication to Notre Dame law students. Schaffer joined the NDLS faculty in 1963, served as dean from 1971 to 1975, and was the supervising attorney in what is now the Notre Dame Clinical Law Center.

The fellowship is highly competitive, requiring applicants to develop and propose a two-year public interest program to be implemented with a host agency and a supervising attorney. Funded entirely by the law school’s benefactors, the fellowship pays the fellows’ salaries as well as health and other benefits for two years.•


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  1. If a class action suit or other manner of retribution is possible, count me in. I have email and voicemail from the man. He colluded with opposing counsel, I am certain. My case was damaged so severely it nearly lost me everything and I am still paying dearly.

  2. There's probably a lot of blame that can be cast around for Indiana Tech's abysmal bar passage rate this last February. The folks who decided that Indiana, a state with roughly 16,000 to 18,000 attorneys, needs a fifth law school need to question the motives that drove their support of this project. Others, who have been "strong supporters" of the law school, should likewise ask themselves why they believe this institution should be supported. Is it because it fills some real need in the state? Or is it, instead, nothing more than a resume builder for those who teach there part-time? And others who make excuses for the students' poor performance, especially those who offer nothing more than conspiracy theories to back up their claims--who are they helping? What evidence do they have to support their posturing? Ultimately, though, like most everything in life, whether one succeeds or fails is entirely within one's own hands. At least one student from Indiana Tech proved this when he/she took and passed the February bar. A second Indiana Tech student proved this when they took the bar in another state and passed. As for the remaining 9 who took the bar and didn't pass (apparently, one of the students successfully appealed his/her original score), it's now up to them (and nobody else) to ensure that they pass on their second attempt. These folks should feel no shame; many currently successful practicing attorneys failed the bar exam on their first try. These same attorneys picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and got back to the rigorous study needed to ensure they would pass on their second go 'round. This is what the Indiana Tech students who didn't pass the first time need to do. Of course, none of this answers such questions as whether Indiana Tech should be accredited by the ABA, whether the school should keep its doors open, or, most importantly, whether it should have even opened its doors in the first place. Those who promoted the idea of a fifth law school in Indiana need to do a lot of soul-searching regarding their decisions. These same people should never be allowed, again, to have a say about the future of legal education in this state or anywhere else. Indiana already has four law schools. That's probably one more than it really needs. But it's more than enough.

  3. This man Steve Hubbard goes on any online post or forum he can find and tries to push his company. He said court reporters would be obsolete a few years ago, yet here we are. How does he have time to search out every single post about court reporters and even spy in private court reporting forums if his company is so successful???? Dude, get a life. And back to what this post was about, I agree that some national firms cause a huge problem.

  4. rensselaer imdiana is doing same thing to children from the judge to attorney and dfs staff they need to be investigated as well

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