Law School Briefs - 4/10/13

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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, 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

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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  4. 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.

  5. 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