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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.

Alumni asked to help in search for new Valpo Law School dean

Valparaiso University Law School has begun the process of finding a new dean. Law professor Rosalie Levinson is chairing the search committee and the national executive search firm Witt/Kieffer has been retained to assist.

The search committee expects to have a new dean in place by the fall of 2014.

Valparaiso Law’s former dean, Jay Conison, stepped down in March to become dean of the Charlotte School of Law in North Carolina. Valparaiso professor of law Ivan Bodensteiner has been appointed as interim dean.

The law school is seeking a dean who will take a leadership role in several areas including promoting and implementing the new vision and curriculum that takes effect this fall, attracting resources, playing an active role in developing more career opportunities for students, and taking a collaborative approach to governance.

Relevant professional experience may include leadership within a law school, law firm, the judiciary, government or business sector as well as law school teaching and legal scholarship.

Levinson has invited Valparaiso Law alumni to participate in the search by alerting the committee to “outstanding leaders in the legal community who either are or might become interested in leading our law school.”

IU Maurer Class of 2013 givesinterim Dean Buxbaum award

The Indiana University Maurer School of Law Class of 2013 presented the Gavel Award to interim Dean Hannah Buxbaum.

The honor recognizes a member of the IU Maurer faculty or staff for outstanding service to the graduating class. Buxbaum also received the award in 2003, 2005 and 2012.

Valpo Law alum talks about what graduates will face as lawyers

Allen Fore, director of public affairs for Kinder Morgan Energy Partners L.P., gave the commencement address at the Valparaiso University Law School graduation ceremonies May 25. He received his J.D. from Valparaiso in 1991.

At Kinder Morgan, Fore manages public affairs, government relations and community relations. Before joining the company, he was a senior vice-president at FleishmanHillard, an international communications company. He served in the George W. Bush administration and was an assistant attorney general of Illinois and general counsel to that state’s governor.

Fore spoke to the Valparaiso Law School Class of 2013 about the challenges and opportunities facing young lawyers. He also encouraged students to get involved in politics or civic organizations.

IU McKinney professor honoredamong top minority scholars

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law associate professor Carlton Waterhouse has been named to the 2013 50 Under 50 list of the most influential minority law professors in the United States by the online magazine “Lawyers of Color.”

The magazine highlighted Waterhouse’s nationally recognized work in environmental justice as well as his international reputation for his research and writing on reparations for historic injustices and state human rights violations.

Waterhouse joined IU McKinney as an associate professor in 2010. He holds a law degree from Howard University School of Law, a Master of Theological Studies from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University and a Ph.D. in Social Ethics also from Emory.

At IU McKinney, the courses Waterhouse has taught include hazardous waste law, environmental law and administrative law, and a seminar in law and justice.

IU Maurer extends agreement with South Korean university

As part of a 15-day visit to East Asia, Indiana University President Michael McRobbie signed a renewal agreement that extends the relationship between the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and Ewha Womans University in South Korea. The collaboration between the two institutions allows up to five Ewha law students to matriculate each year in IU Maurer’s two-semester LL.M. program.

IU Maurer has similar pacts with other Korean universities including Chung-Ang University, Chungbuk National University, Hongik University, Sungkyunkwan University and Yonsei University.

In addition to visiting South Korea, McRobbie also visited China and Taiwan. The trip is one element of IU’s international engagement plan.•

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  1. So that none are misinformed by my posting wihtout a non de plume here, please allow me to state that I am NOT an Indiana licensed attorney, although I am an Indiana resident approved to practice law and represent clients in Indiana's fed court of Nth Dist and before the 7th circuit. I remain licensed in KS, since 1996, no discipline. This must be clarified since the IN court records will reveal that I did sit for and pass the Indiana bar last February. Yet be not confused by the fact that I was so allowed to be tested .... I am not, to be clear in the service of my duty to be absolutely candid about this, I AM NOT a member of the Indiana bar, and might never be so licensed given my unrepented from errors of thought documented in this opinion, at fn2, which likely supports Mr Smith's initial post in this thread: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1592921.html

  2. When I served the State of Kansas as Deputy AG over Consumer Protection & Antitrust for four years, supervising 20 special agents and assistant attorneys general (back before the IBLE denied me the right to practice law in Indiana for not having the right stuff and pretty much crushed my legal career) we had a saying around the office: Resist the lure of the ring!!! It was a take off on Tolkiem, the idea that absolute power (I signed investigative subpoenas as a judge would in many other contexts, no need to show probable cause)could corrupt absolutely. We feared that we would overreach constitutional limits if not reminded, over and over, to be mindful to not do so. Our approach in so challenging one another was Madisonian, as the following quotes from the Father of our Constitution reveal: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. All men having power ought to be mistrusted. -- James Madison, Federalist Papers and other sources: http://www.constitution.org/jm/jm_quotes.htm RESIST THE LURE OF THE RING ALL YE WITH POLITICAL OR JUDICIAL POWER!

  3. My dear Mr Smith, I respect your opinions and much enjoy your posts here. We do differ on our view of the benefits and viability of the American Experiment in Ordered Liberty. While I do agree that it could be better, and that your points in criticism are well taken, Utopia does indeed mean nowhere. I think Madison, Jefferson, Adams and company got it about as good as it gets in a fallen post-Enlightenment social order. That said, a constitution only protects the citizens if it is followed. We currently have a bevy of public officials and judicial agents who believe that their subjectivism, their personal ideology, their elitist fears and concerns and cause celebs trump the constitutions of our forefathers. This is most troubling. More to follow in the next post on that subject.

  4. Yep I am not Bryan Brown. Bryan you appear to be a bigger believer in the Constitution than I am. Were I still a big believer then I might be using my real name like you. Personally, I am no longer a fan of secularism. I favor the confessional state. In religious mattes, it seems to me that social diversity is chaos and conflict, while uniformity is order and peace.... secularism has been imposed by America on other nations now by force and that has not exactly worked out very well.... I think the American historical experiment with disestablishmentarianism is withering on the vine before our eyes..... Since I do not know if that is OK for an officially licensed lawyer to say, I keep the nom de plume.

  5. I am compelled to announce that I am not posting under any Smith monikers here. That said, the post below does have a certain ring to it that sounds familiar to me: http://www.catholicnewworld.com/cnwonline/2014/0907/cardinal.aspx

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