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

Valpo symposium will honor retired Chief Justice Shepard

The Valparaiso University Law Review Symposium will pay special tribute to retired Indiana Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard.

The all-day event, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 19, will cover the topic “Diversity in Legal Education and the Legal Profession.” A series of panel discussions will dive into such topics as moving from the classroom into practice and the future of affirmative action in admissions.

The symposium luncheon will honor Shepard. He was appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court in 1985 and became chief justice in 1987. He retired in 2012.

For more information or to register for the symposium, visit www.valpo.edu/law/law-review.

ND law students present award to dean of UCLA law school

The Notre Dame Hispanic Students Association recently recognized Rachel F. Moran, dean and professor of law at the UCLA School of Law, with the Graciela Olivarez Award.

Named after the first woman and the first Hispanic to graduate from Notre Dame Law School, the Olivarez Award is presented to outstanding Hispanic judges and lawyers who have made a significant contribution to the Hispanic legal community.

Moran received her law degree from Yale Law School. In 2011, she was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as a member of the Permanent Committee for the Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise which maintains the official historic record of the Supreme Court of the United States.

IU Maurer grad is recognized for diversity work at McKinney

Johnny Pryor, assistant dean for student affairs at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, was presented with the 2012-2013 IUPUI Multicultural Impact Staff Award. He received the honor during the university’s annual Chancellor’s Employee Recognition Convocation in March.

The award recognizes a staff member who promotes a campus climate where diversity is valued, energizes the understanding of cultures from across the world, or champions social justice for all who work and learn at IUPUI. Along with the award, the recipient receives $1,000.

A 2002 graduate of the I.U. Maurer School of Law, Pryor joined McKinney in January 2011. Previously, he served as an assistant prosecutor in Clark County, Ohio.

Also honored at the employee convocation were two McKinney staff members. Susie Agnew, assistant director of student affairs, was recognized for 30 years of service, and Janice White was honored for 15 years of service.•
 

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  1. Indiana's seatbelt law is not punishable as a crime. It is an infraction. Apparently some of our Circuit judges have deemed settled law inapplicable if it fails to fit their litmus test of political correctness. Extrapolating to redefine terms of behavior in a violation of immigration law to the entire body of criminal law leaves a smorgasbord of opportunity for judicial mischief.

  2. I wonder if $10 diversions for failure to wear seat belts are considered moral turpitude in federal immigration law like they are under Indiana law? Anyone know?

  3. What a fine article, thank you! I can testify firsthand and by detailed legal reports (at end of this note) as to the dire consequences of rejecting this truth from the fine article above: "The inclusion and expansion of this right [to jury] in Indiana’s Constitution is a clear reflection of our state’s intention to emphasize the importance of every Hoosier’s right to make their case in front of a jury of their peers." Over $20? Every Hoosier? Well then how about when your very vocation is on the line? How about instead of a jury of peers, one faces a bevy of political appointees, mini-czars, who care less about due process of the law than the real czars did? Instead of trial by jury, trial by ideological ordeal run by Orwellian agents? Well that is built into more than a few administrative law committees of the Ind S.Ct., and it is now being weaponized, as is revealed in articles posted at this ezine, to root out post moderns heresies like refusal to stand and pledge allegiance to all things politically correct. My career was burned at the stake for not so saluting, but I think I was just one of the early logs. Due, at least in part, to the removal of the jury from bar admission and bar discipline cases, many more fires will soon be lit. Perhaps one awaits you, dear heretic? Oh, at that Ind. article 12 plank about a remedy at law for every damage done ... ah, well, the founders evidently meant only for those damages done not by the government itself, rabid statists that they were. (Yes, that was sarcasm.) My written reports available here: Denied petition for cert (this time around): http://tinyurl.com/zdmawmw Denied petition for cert (from the 2009 denial and five year banishment): http://tinyurl.com/zcypybh Related, not written by me: Amicus brief: http://tinyurl.com/hvh7qgp

  4. Justice has finally been served. So glad that Dr. Ley can finally sleep peacefully at night knowing the truth has finally come to the surface.

  5. While this right is guaranteed by our Constitution, it has in recent years been hampered by insurance companies, i.e.; the practice of the plaintiff's own insurance company intervening in an action and filing a lien against any proceeds paid to their insured. In essence, causing an additional financial hurdle for a plaintiff to overcome at trial in terms of overall award. In a very real sense an injured party in exercise of their right to trial by jury may be the only party in a cause that would end up with zero compensation.

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