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Law School Briefs - 7/17/13

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

2 faculty at IU McKinneyawarded Grimes fellowships

Two professors at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law have been selected to receive 2013 Grimes Fellowships.

Eric Dannenmaier received the fellowship to work on his proposal, “Legal Frameworks for Great Lakes Governance.” This is the third time Dannenmaier has been awarded the fellowship, having received it in 2009 and 2010.

Yvonne Dutton also received the fellowship to work on her proposal, “Piracy and Ransoms.”

The John S. Grimes Faculty Grants and Fellowships were established by the estate of long-time McKinney professor John Grimes who taught property, and trusts and estates. The fellowships are awarded to faculty to develop and improve teaching and curriculum.

IU McKinney bolsters 3 legal concentration areas

The Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law has bolstered its focus on three specific areas of practice. The school is now offering a concentration in corporate and commercial law. In addition, certificates are offered in international and comparative law as well as for the concentration in intellectual property law.

The corporate and commercial law concentration focuses on giving students a basic grounding in a range of topics that are essential in business representations as well as helping them develop deeper expertise in one or more areas through advanced coursework, practical experience and independent research pursuits.

The certificate in intellectual property law is designed to enhance students’ education experiences and aid them in seeking employment in intellectual property and related areas. The certificate in international and comparative law will draw upon the expanded research and practice expertise of the faculty.•

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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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