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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 Jenny Montgomery at jmontgomery@ibj.com, along with contact information for any follow-up questions at least two weeks prior to the issue date.

Indiana’s four law schools are preparing to celebrate the commencement of the Class of 2012. Following are the details of each school’s ceremony:

IU Maurer

Indiana University Maurer School of Law’s commencement ceremony is 3 p.m. May 5 in the IU Auditorium, 1211 E. 7th St., Bloomington.

The keynote speaker is David L. Carden, United States Ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Jakarta, Indonesia. Interim Dean Hannah Buxbaum will offer opening and closing remarks.

Parking will be provided in the library lots north of the auditorium and in the Jordan Garage, off the circle drive on North Jordan Avenue.

Valparaiso

Valparaiso University Law School’s commencement ceremony is at 9:45 a.m. (CDT) May 9 in the University Chapel.

The keynote speaker is Roberta Lang, general counsel and global vice president of legal affairs for Whole Foods Market, Inc., a Fortune 500 company and the world’s largest retailer of natural and organic foods.

Notre Dame

Notre Dame Law School’s diploma and hooding ceremony is at 12:30 p.m. May 19 at the Hesburgh Library Reflecting Pool.

IU McKinney

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law’s commencement ceremony is 2 p.m. May 12 at the Indiana Convention Center, Sagamore Ballroom. The speaker is the Hon. Patricia Wald, former chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and former member of the 14-member panel in the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

Following the ceremony, a commencement reception will be held at the Conour Atrium in Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York St.•
 

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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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