Law School Briefs - 4/10/13

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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.

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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  2. There's probably a lot of blame that can be cast around for Indiana Tech's abysmal bar passage rate this last February. The folks who decided that Indiana, a state with roughly 16,000 to 18,000 attorneys, needs a fifth law school need to question the motives that drove their support of this project. Others, who have been "strong supporters" of the law school, should likewise ask themselves why they believe this institution should be supported. Is it because it fills some real need in the state? Or is it, instead, nothing more than a resume builder for those who teach there part-time? And others who make excuses for the students' poor performance, especially those who offer nothing more than conspiracy theories to back up their claims--who are they helping? What evidence do they have to support their posturing? Ultimately, though, like most everything in life, whether one succeeds or fails is entirely within one's own hands. At least one student from Indiana Tech proved this when he/she took and passed the February bar. A second Indiana Tech student proved this when they took the bar in another state and passed. As for the remaining 9 who took the bar and didn't pass (apparently, one of the students successfully appealed his/her original score), it's now up to them (and nobody else) to ensure that they pass on their second attempt. These folks should feel no shame; many currently successful practicing attorneys failed the bar exam on their first try. These same attorneys picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and got back to the rigorous study needed to ensure they would pass on their second go 'round. This is what the Indiana Tech students who didn't pass the first time need to do. Of course, none of this answers such questions as whether Indiana Tech should be accredited by the ABA, whether the school should keep its doors open, or, most importantly, whether it should have even opened its doors in the first place. Those who promoted the idea of a fifth law school in Indiana need to do a lot of soul-searching regarding their decisions. These same people should never be allowed, again, to have a say about the future of legal education in this state or anywhere else. Indiana already has four law schools. That's probably one more than it really needs. But it's more than enough.

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