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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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