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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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  1. Indiana's seatbelt law is not punishable as a crime. It is an infraction. Apparently some of our Circuit judges have deemed settled law inapplicable if it fails to fit their litmus test of political correctness. Extrapolating to redefine terms of behavior in a violation of immigration law to the entire body of criminal law leaves a smorgasbord of opportunity for judicial mischief.

  2. I wonder if $10 diversions for failure to wear seat belts are considered moral turpitude in federal immigration law like they are under Indiana law? Anyone know?

  3. What a fine article, thank you! I can testify firsthand and by detailed legal reports (at end of this note) as to the dire consequences of rejecting this truth from the fine article above: "The inclusion and expansion of this right [to jury] in Indiana’s Constitution is a clear reflection of our state’s intention to emphasize the importance of every Hoosier’s right to make their case in front of a jury of their peers." Over $20? Every Hoosier? Well then how about when your very vocation is on the line? How about instead of a jury of peers, one faces a bevy of political appointees, mini-czars, who care less about due process of the law than the real czars did? Instead of trial by jury, trial by ideological ordeal run by Orwellian agents? Well that is built into more than a few administrative law committees of the Ind S.Ct., and it is now being weaponized, as is revealed in articles posted at this ezine, to root out post moderns heresies like refusal to stand and pledge allegiance to all things politically correct. My career was burned at the stake for not so saluting, but I think I was just one of the early logs. Due, at least in part, to the removal of the jury from bar admission and bar discipline cases, many more fires will soon be lit. Perhaps one awaits you, dear heretic? Oh, at that Ind. article 12 plank about a remedy at law for every damage done ... ah, well, the founders evidently meant only for those damages done not by the government itself, rabid statists that they were. (Yes, that was sarcasm.) My written reports available here: Denied petition for cert (this time around): http://tinyurl.com/zdmawmw Denied petition for cert (from the 2009 denial and five year banishment): http://tinyurl.com/zcypybh Related, not written by me: Amicus brief: http://tinyurl.com/hvh7qgp

  4. Justice has finally been served. So glad that Dr. Ley can finally sleep peacefully at night knowing the truth has finally come to the surface.

  5. While this right is guaranteed by our Constitution, it has in recent years been hampered by insurance companies, i.e.; the practice of the plaintiff's own insurance company intervening in an action and filing a lien against any proceeds paid to their insured. In essence, causing an additional financial hurdle for a plaintiff to overcome at trial in terms of overall award. In a very real sense an injured party in exercise of their right to trial by jury may be the only party in a cause that would end up with zero compensation.

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