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Law School briefs - 5/11/11

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Law School Briefs

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. People have heard of Magna Carta, and not the Provisions of Oxford & Westminster. Not that anybody really cares. Today, it might be considered ethnic or racial bias to talk about the "Anglo Saxon common law." I don't even see the word English in the blurb above. Anyhow speaking of Edward I-- he was famously intolerant of diversity himself viz the Edict of Expulsion 1290. So all he did too like making parliament a permanent institution-- that all must be discredited. 100 years from now such commemorations will be in the dustbin of history.

  2. Oops, I meant discipline, not disciple. Interesting that those words share such a close relationship. We attorneys are to be disciples of the law, being disciplined to serve the law and its source, the constitutions. Do that, and the goals of Magna Carta are advanced. Do that not and Magna Carta is usurped. Do that not and you should be disciplined. Do that and you should be counted a good disciple. My experiences, once again, do not reveal a process that is adhering to the due process ideals of Magna Carta. Just the opposite, in fact. Braveheart's dying rebel (for a great cause) yell comes to mind.

  3. It is not a sign of the times that many Ind licensed attorneys (I am not) would fear writing what I wrote below, even if they had experiences to back it up. Let's take a minute to thank God for the brave Baron's who risked death by torture to tell the government that it was in the wrong. Today is a career ruination that whistleblowers risk. That is often brought on by denial of licenses or disciple for those who dare speak truth to power. Magna Carta says truth rules power, power too often claims that truth matters not, only Power. Fight such power for the good of our constitutional republics. If we lose them we have only bureaucratic tyranny to pass onto our children. Government attorneys, of all lawyers, should best realize this and work to see our patrimony preserved. I am now a government attorney (once again) in Kansas, and respecting the rule of law is my passion, first and foremost.

  4. I have dealt with more than a few I-465 moat-protected government attorneys and even judges who just cannot seem to wrap their heads around the core of this 800 year old document. I guess monarchial privileges and powers corrupt still ..... from an academic website on this fantastic "treaty" between the King and the people ... "Enduring Principles of Liberty Magna Carta was written by a group of 13th-century barons to protect their rights and property against a tyrannical king. There are two principles expressed in Magna Carta that resonate to this day: "No freeman shall be taken, imprisoned, disseised, outlawed, banished, or in any way destroyed, nor will We proceed against or prosecute him, except by the lawful judgment of his peers or by the law of the land." "To no one will We sell, to no one will We deny or delay, right or justice." Inspiration for Americans During the American Revolution, Magna Carta served to inspire and justify action in liberty’s defense. The colonists believed they were entitled to the same rights as Englishmen, rights guaranteed in Magna Carta. They embedded those rights into the laws of their states and later into the Constitution and Bill of Rights. The Fifth Amendment to the Constitution ("no person shall . . . be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.") is a direct descendent of Magna Carta's guarantee of proceedings according to the "law of the land." http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/featured_documents/magna_carta/

  5. I'm not sure what's more depressing: the fact that people would pay $35,000 per year to attend an unaccredited law school, or the fact that the same people "are hanging in there and willing to follow the dean’s lead in going forward" after the same school fails to gain accreditation, rendering their $70,000 and counting education worthless. Maybe it's a good thing these people can't sit for the bar.

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