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Law School Briefs is Indiana Lawyer’s section highlighting news from law schools in Indiana. While IL 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 send it to Jenny Montgomery at jmontgomery@ibj.com, along with contact information for any follow-up questions at least two weeks in advance of the issue date.

IU – Indianapolis commencement

Vernon Jordan, senior managing director of the New York firm Lazard Freres & Co. and the 1992 chairman of the President Bill Clinton transition team, is scheduled to speak at the commencement for Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis which begins at 2 p.m. May 14 in the Indiana Convention Center, Sagamore Ballroom, 100 S. Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis. Jordan has held many high-profile positions in his career including president and chief executive officer of the National Urban League and executive director of the United Negro College Fund. He has also held many presidential appointments, serving on the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on South Africa, the Advisory Council on Social Security, and the Presidential Clemency Board. For more information, contact: Susan Bradley at opdlaw@iupui.edu.

Valparaiso commencement

Vanita Banks, past president of the National Bar Association, is scheduled to speak at the commencement for Valparaiso University School of Law which begins at 10 a.m. May 21 in the Valparaiso University Chapel. The association is the oldest and largest national association of predominately African-American lawyers and judges.

Banks is counsel with Allstate Insurance Company where she is a member of the Public Policy Development Division. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Purdue University, juris doctorate from Valparaiso University School of Law, and L.L.M. in taxation from DePaul College of Law in Chicago. For more information, contact Lisa Todd at 219-465-7893.

Notre Dame commencement

The Rev. John J. Coughlin, professor of law and concurrent professor of theology, will speak at the hooding ceremony for Notre Dame University School of Law at 1:30 p.m. May 21. The ceremony will be held south of the Reflecting Pool, and in the case of rain it will be in the Joyce Center Fieldhouse. On May 22, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is scheduled to speak at the general commencement for Notre Dame University which begins at 9 a.m. May 22 at the Notre Dame Stadium. For more information, contact Chuck Williams at chuck.williams@nd.edu.

Maurer students assist with taxes

Students from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law helped local low-income residents and foreign students file 63 tax returns this spring, resulting in thousands of dollars of refunds.

The students participated in the law school’s second annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, volunteering 230 hours.

“The VITA program was rewarding because it allowed me to gain real tax experience while helping the community,” student coordinator Daniel Huntley said. “Many of our clients depend on this service to make ends meet throughout the year, and we feel a duty to help give back to the community that has given us so much.”

The Internal Revenue Service trained the 29 law students, along with students from Kelley School of Business, who participated in the program.•

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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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