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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.

Environmental expert joins IU

Carolyn Waldron has joined Indiana University Maurer School of Law as director of its Environmental Law Program.

Waldron is former vice president of the National Wildlife Federation, where she led the organization’s collaboration with national and local partners to secure passage of the historic Everglades Restoration Act – the world’s largest ecological restoration project – to conserve the world-class wetland ecosystem in Florida. She helped establish the Hoosier Environmental Council, one of Indiana’s first professionally run environmental advocacy groups, in the 1980s. She has an MPA in environmental policy and policy analysis from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs and also earned her undergraduate degree in environmental studies and fine arts from IU.

Her position is supported by a grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. “We are delighted to partner with the IU Maurer School of Law’s Environmental Law Program as part of the Trust’s commitment to Indiana’s conservation heritage and environmental stewardship. This grant complements several of the Trust’s previous and current grants, especially our three-year commitment to the national Land Trust Alliance to increase the organizational capacities of Indiana’s land trusts,” said Harriet Ivey, president and CEO of the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.

Labor law seminar June 10 at IU-Indy

National Labor Relations Board member Mark Gaston Pearce will be the keynote speaker at the labor management seminar, “Labor Law in the Age of Social Media,” at Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis. Dean Gary R. Roberts, a sports law expert, will talk about current issues related to the National Football League.

The seminar is from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 10 at Inlow Hall, Wynne Courtroom (Room 100), 530 W. New York St. Online registration is available. For more information, contact Shaun Ingram at 317-278-4789, or slingram@iupui.edu.•

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