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

New faculty at IU McKinney

The Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law will welcome four new associate professors for the fall 2012 semester: Yvonne M. Dutton, Margaret Ryznar, Lea Shaver and Diana R. H. Winters.

Dutton currently is a chair and instructor of lawyering skills at the University of San Diego School of Law. She also has taught as an adjunct at the University of Colorado School of Law and was a fellow in the Careers in Law Teaching Program at Columbia Law School, where she earned her Juris Doctor and was on the editorial staff for the Columbia Law Review. She also was a Stone Scholar throughout her law school career.

Ryznar is currently an associate at the Washington, D.C.-based firm Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft. She also served as a clerk for the Hon. Myron H. Bright of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. She received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame Law School, where she was a note editor for the Notre Dame Law Review.

Shaver is associate professor at Hofstra Law School, where she teaches intellectual property, patent law and transnational law. She received her Juris Doctor from Yale Law School, where she was a Coker Fellow in Constitutional Law and was the submissions and articles editor for the Yale Human Rights & Development Law Journal. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies at South Africa’s University of the Witwatersand law school. She also served as a summer clerk to the Hon. David F. Hamilton when he was on the bench of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.

Winters is a visiting assistant professor of law and Health Law Scholar at Boston University School of Law, where she has taught environmental law, environmental litigation and advanced civil procedures. She also worked as a graduate teaching assistant at Harvard University, where she received her Ph.D. in the History of the American Civilization, and a master’s in history. She received her Juris Doctor cum laude, from New York University School of Law, where she received the Dean’s Scholarship.•

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  1. This law is troubling in two respects: First, why wasn't the law reviewed "with the intention of getting all the facts surrounding the legislation and its actual impact on the marketplace" BEFORE it was passed and signed? Seems a bit backwards to me (even acknowledging that this is the Indiana state legislature we're talking about. Second, what is it with the laws in this state that seem to create artificial monopolies in various industries? Besides this one, the other law that comes to mind is the legislation that governed the granting of licenses to firms that wanted to set up craft distilleries. The licensing was limited to only those entities that were already in the craft beer brewing business. Republicans in this state talk a big game when it comes to being "business friendly". They're friendly alright . . . to certain businesses.

  2. Gretchen, Asia, Roberto, Tonia, Shannon, Cheri, Nicholas, Sondra, Carey, Laura ... my heart breaks for you, reaching out in a forum in which you are ignored by a professional suffering through both compassion fatigue and the love of filthy lucre. Most if not all of you seek a warm blooded Hoosier attorney unafraid to take on the government and plead that government officials have acted unconstitutionally to try to save a family and/or rescue children in need and/or press individual rights against the Leviathan state. I know an attorney from Kansas who has taken such cases across the country, arguing before half of the federal courts of appeal and presenting cases to the US S.Ct. numerous times seeking cert. Unfortunately, due to his zeal for the constitutional rights of peasants and willingness to confront powerful government bureaucrats seemingly violating the same ... he was denied character and fitness certification to join the Indiana bar, even after he was cleared to sit for, and passed, both the bar exam and ethics exam. And was even admitted to the Indiana federal bar! NOW KNOW THIS .... you will face headwinds and difficulties in locating a zealously motivated Hoosier attorney to face off against powerful government agents who violate the constitution, for those who do so tend to end up as marginalized as Paul Odgen, who was driven from the profession. So beware, many are mere expensive lapdogs, the kind of breed who will gladly take a large retainer, but then fail to press against the status quo and powers that be when told to heel to. It is a common belief among some in Indiana that those attorneys who truly fight the power and rigorously confront corruption often end up, actually or metaphorically, in real life or at least as to their careers, as dead as the late, great Gary Welch. All of that said, I wish you the very best in finding a Hoosier attorney with a fighting spirit to press your rights as far as you can, for you do have rights against government actors, no matter what said actors may tell you otherwise. Attorneys outside the elitist camp are often better fighters that those owing the powers that be for their salaries, corner offices and end of year bonuses. So do not be afraid to retain a green horn or unconnected lawyer, many of them are fine men and woman who are yet untainted by the "unique" Hoosier system.

  3. I am not the John below. He is a journalist and talk show host who knows me through my years working in Kansas government. I did no ask John to post the note below ...

  4. "...not those committed in the heat of an argument." If I ever see a man physically abusing a woman or a child and I'm close enough to intercede I will not ask him why he is abusing her/him. I will give him a split second to cease his attack and put his hands in the air while I call the police. If he continues, I will still call the police but to report, "Man down with a gunshot wound,"instead.

  5. And so the therapeutic state is weaonized. How soon until those with ideologies opposing the elite are disarmed in the name of mental health? If it can start anywhere it can start in the hoosiers' slavishly politically correct capital city.

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