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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. 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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