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. 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.