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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.

Maurer professor to present distinguished faculty lecture

Susan Williams, the Walter W. Foskett professor in the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, has been selected to present the 2013 Distinguished Faculty Research Lecture. The lecture series recognizes the research achievements of an I.U. Bloomington faculty member and is accompanied by a $3,000 award.

Williams is scheduled to speak from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on April 25 in the Moot Courtroom of the I.U. Maurer School of Law. Her lecture, “Solomon’s Daughters: Women as Law-Makers in Customary Systems,” will examine the difficult relationship between gender equality, the development of democracies and constitutional design.

In addition to her teaching duties, Williams is also the director of the Center for Constitutional Democracy. She has been extensively involved in advising and helping to draft documents for Burma, Liberia, Libya, South Sudan, and Vietnam.

Maurer alumna selected as IU commencement speaker

Indiana University Maurer School of Law alumna Alecia DeCoudreaux will be one of the speakers at the I.U. Bloomington commencement ceremonies in May. She will join New York Times columnist David Brooks, and both will receive honorary doctoral degrees.
 

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DeCoudreaux graduated from I.U. Maurer School of Law in 1978. She built a notable career at Eli Lilly & Co. where in 2005 she was named vice president and general counsel for Lilly USA.

She left the pharmaceutical maker to become the 13th president of Mills College in 2011. She is the first African-American female to lead the California school.

In addition, DeCoudreaux has held numerous honorary and leadership roles at I.U. Bloomington, including honorary director of the I.U. Foundation from 1998 to 2007. In 1998, she was inducted into the Academy of Law Alumni Fellows, the highest honor I.U. Maurer School of Law bestows upon its graduates.

McKinney dinner recognizes alumni for public service work
 

ejw-dinner-3-15col.jpg At Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law’s 5th annual Public Interest Recognition Dinner, the honorees were (from left) Dennis Bland, Ellen Quigley and John Floreancig (Photos submitted)

The 5th Annual Public Interest Recognition Dinner honored three alumni of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

I.U. McKinney School of Law professor Frank Sullivan Jr., former justice of the Indiana Supreme Court, was the keynote speaker at the April 13 dinner. Alumni honored were Dennis E. Bland, class of 1992; John A. Floreancig, class of 1989; and Ellen W. Quigley, class of 1988.
 

ejw-dinner-1-15col.jpg Held in the atrium of the school former Indiana Justice Frank Sullivan was the keynote speaker.  

The dinner was presented by the law school and Equal Justice Works. Proceeds from the evening will support the law school’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program Endowment.

IU law schools jointly host feminist law networking event

The Feminist Law Society at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law joined the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in hosting the inaugural Gender Equality Happy Hour.

More than 50 people attended the reception held March 22 in the atrium at the I.U. McKinney School of Law. The event was organized as a networking opportunity for law students and attorneys.

Organizers plan to make the networking reception an annual event and hope to host it at the I.U. Maurer School of Law in 2014.

Valpo law students organize fashion show to help animals

Two student organizations at Valparaiso University Law School recently worked together to help some furry friends.

The Business Law Society and the Sports and Entertainment Law Association hosted the third annual Catwalk for the Cause Charity Fashion Show at the university. The event raised about $1,500 for the local animal rescue organization Lakeshore PAWS.

Law students participated in every aspect of the show from planning, modeling, emceeing and coordinating the logistics.•

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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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