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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. I have been on this program while on parole from 2011-2013. No person should be forced mentally to share private details of their personal life with total strangers. Also giving permission for a mental therapist to report to your parole agent that your not participating in group therapy because you don't have the financial mean to be in the group therapy. I was personally singled out and sent back three times for not having money and also sent back within the six month when you aren't to be sent according to state law. I will work to het this INSOMM's removed from this state. I also had twelve or thirteen parole agents with a fifteen month period. Thanks for your time.

  2. Our nation produces very few jurists of the caliber of Justice DOUGLAS and his peers these days. Here is that great civil libertarian, who recognized government as both a blessing and, when corrupted by ideological interests, a curse: "Once the investigator has only the conscience of government as a guide, the conscience can become ‘ravenous,’ as Cromwell, bent on destroying Thomas More, said in Bolt, A Man For All Seasons (1960), p. 120. The First Amendment mirrors many episodes where men, harried and harassed by government, sought refuge in their conscience, as these lines of Thomas More show: ‘MORE: And when we stand before God, and you are sent to Paradise for doing according to your conscience, *575 and I am damned for not doing according to mine, will you come with me, for fellowship? ‘CRANMER: So those of us whose names are there are damned, Sir Thomas? ‘MORE: I don't know, Your Grace. I have no window to look into another man's conscience. I condemn no one. ‘CRANMER: Then the matter is capable of question? ‘MORE: Certainly. ‘CRANMER: But that you owe obedience to your King is not capable of question. So weigh a doubt against a certainty—and sign. ‘MORE: Some men think the Earth is round, others think it flat; it is a matter capable of question. But if it is flat, will the King's command make it round? And if it is round, will the King's command flatten it? No, I will not sign.’ Id., pp. 132—133. DOUGLAS THEN WROTE: Where government is the Big Brother,11 privacy gives way to surveillance. **909 But our commitment is otherwise. *576 By the First Amendment we have staked our security on freedom to promote a multiplicity of ideas, to associate at will with kindred spirits, and to defy governmental intrusion into these precincts" Gibson v. Florida Legislative Investigation Comm., 372 U.S. 539, 574-76, 83 S. Ct. 889, 908-09, 9 L. Ed. 2d 929 (1963) Mr. Justice DOUGLAS, concurring. I write: Happy Memorial Day to all -- God please bless our fallen who lived and died to preserve constitutional governance in our wonderful series of Republics. And God open the eyes of those government officials who denounce the constitutions of these Republics by arbitrary actions arising out capricious motives.

  3. From back in the day before secularism got a stranglehold on Hoosier jurists comes this great excerpt via Indiana federal court judge Allan Sharp, dedicated to those many Indiana government attorneys (with whom I have dealt) who count the law as a mere tool, an optional tool that is not to be used when political correctness compels a more acceptable result than merely following the path that the law directs: ALLEN SHARP, District Judge. I. In a scene following a visit by Henry VIII to the home of Sir Thomas More, playwriter Robert Bolt puts the following words into the mouths of his characters: Margaret: Father, that man's bad. MORE: There is no law against that. ROPER: There is! God's law! MORE: Then God can arrest him. ROPER: Sophistication upon sophistication! MORE: No, sheer simplicity. The law, Roper, the law. I know what's legal not what's right. And I'll stick to what's legal. ROPER: Then you set man's law above God's! MORE: No, far below; but let me draw your attention to a fact I'm not God. The currents and eddies of right and wrong, which you find such plain sailing, I can't navigate. I'm no voyager. But in the thickets of law, oh, there I'm a forester. I doubt if there's a man alive who could follow me there, thank God... ALICE: (Exasperated, pointing after Rich) While you talk, he's gone! MORE: And go he should, if he was the Devil himself, until he broke the law! ROPER: So now you'd give the Devil benefit of law! MORE: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil? ROPER: I'd cut down every law in England to do that! MORE: (Roused and excited) Oh? (Advances on Roper) And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned round on you where would you hide, Roper, the laws being flat? (He leaves *1257 him) This country's planted thick with laws from coast to coast man's laws, not God's and if you cut them down and you're just the man to do it d'you really think you would stand upright in the winds that would blow then? (Quietly) Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake. ROPER: I have long suspected this; this is the golden calf; the law's your god. MORE: (Wearily) Oh, Roper, you're a fool, God's my god... (Rather bitterly) But I find him rather too (Very bitterly) subtle... I don't know where he is nor what he wants. ROPER: My God wants service, to the end and unremitting; nothing else! MORE: (Dryly) Are you sure that's God! He sounds like Moloch. But indeed it may be God And whoever hunts for me, Roper, God or Devil, will find me hiding in the thickets of the law! And I'll hide my daughter with me! Not hoist her up the mainmast of your seagoing principles! They put about too nimbly! (Exit More. They all look after him). Pgs. 65-67, A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS A Play in Two Acts, Robert Bolt, Random House, New York, 1960. Linley E. Pearson, Atty. Gen. of Indiana, Indianapolis, for defendants. Childs v. Duckworth, 509 F. Supp. 1254, 1256 (N.D. Ind. 1981) aff'd, 705 F.2d 915 (7th Cir. 1983)

  4. "Meanwhile small- and mid-size firms are getting squeezed and likely will not survive unless they become a boutique firm." I've been a business attorney in small, and now mid-size firm for over 30 years, and for over 30 years legal consultants have been preaching this exact same mantra of impending doom for small and mid-sized firms -- verbatim. This claim apparently helps them gin up merger opportunities from smaller firms who become convinced that they need to become larger overnight. The claim that large corporations are interested in cost-saving and efficiency has likewise been preached for decades, and is likewise bunk. If large corporations had any real interest in saving money they wouldn't use large law firms whose rates are substantially higher than those of high-quality mid-sized firms.

  5. The family is the foundation of all human government. That is the Grand Design. Modern governments throw off this Design and make bureaucratic war against the family, as does Hollywood and cultural elitists such as third wave feminists. Since WWII we have been on a ship of fools that way, with both the elite and government and their social engineering hacks relentlessly attacking the very foundation of social order. And their success? See it in the streets of Fergusson, on the food stamp doles (mostly broken families)and in the above article. Reject the Grand Design for true social function, enter the Glorious State to manage social dysfunction. Our Brave New World will be a prison camp, and we will welcome it as the only way to manage given the anarchy without it.

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