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Law School Briefs; March 16, 2011

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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 Kelly Lucas at klucas@ibj.com, along with contact information for any follow-up questions at least two weeks in advance of the issue date.

Dinner raises loan repayment funds

The third annual Equal Justice Works dinner at Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis will take place April 9 at 6 p.m. The event will begin with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. in the law school’s atrium, 530 W. New York St., Indianapolis. Proceeds from the event support the Loan Repayment Assistance Program, which helps to pay loans of law school graduates who decide to work in public interest law.

Tickets are $75 per person, or $675 for a 10-person table. Checks should be made payable to the “IU Foundation,” with “IU Law – Indpls. EJW Dinner” in the memo line. Checks and RSVPs can be mailed to: Office of Development; IU School of Law – Indianapolis; 530 West New York Street, 227C; Indianapolis, IN 46202.

The keynote speaker will be former Justice Theodore R. Boehm. Honorees at this year’s event are ACLU-Indiana Executive Director Gil Holmes, Baker & Daniels Diversity and Pro Bono Coordinator Brita Horvath, and Marion Superior Judge David Shaheed.

Last year, Equal Justice Works hosted more than 180 guests. The first dinner in 2009 helped the endowment reach $100,000. Thanks to proceeds from the 2009 and 2010 events, the first round of forgivable loans was awarded during the 2010-11 school year.

Those who would like to support LRAP but are unable to attend the dinner should contact the law school’s Office of Development at (317) 278-7541.

– IL Staff

Prof’s findings in March ABA Journal

Research by the Indiana University Maurer School of Law’s Center on the Global Legal Profession was featured in a cover story titled “What Lawyers Earn” in the March 2011 issue of the ABA Journal.

Professor William Henderson compiled information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to track where the legal jobs are and how much lawyers get paid around the country, county by county. Other county-specific information including the number of lawyers employed, the overall population, and the number of Fortune 1000 companies is also reported in the online version’s interactive table of wage data for every county in the United States.

The top 35 legal markets, along with 10 smaller markets that pay wages as high as their large-city counterparts, are also identified in the article.

The article is available online at http://www.abajournal.com/magazine/article/what_americas_lawyers_earn.

– Rebecca Berfanger

Students organize legal aid services

In what will be a win-win for law students and the communities they live in, students at Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis, along with students from other schools in central Indiana, have started a program to provide free legal services to residents of Indianapolis through the Indiana University Student Outreach Clinic Legal Services, or IU-SOC.

The clinic includes volunteer students from the law school, the Indiana University School of Medicine, Butler College of Pharmacy, and Indiana University School of Social Work.

IU-SOC Legal Services was officially launched this spring. The organization is currently seeking volunteers, including supervising attorneys, and the students are reaching out to alumni and friends in the legal community. For more information, e-mail iulawsoc@iupui.edu.

“I have never been more proud of our university than I am when watching medical students and law students working side by side to serve our neighbors who struggle for access to health and justice. The fact that this is a student-initiated and student-led program just makes it all the more special,” said faculty advisor and law professor, Fran Quigley, in a statement.

The group’s mission statement sums up why students want to serve their community through the clinic: “Law is about more than statutes or rules. Law is about people, our daily life, and our society. Law serves no one but us. The reason why we decided to pursue a career in the legal profession and to come to law school varies from one to another. However, the common stake we all have in one another is our calling in life: a sincere wish to dedicate ourselves to people and society. We realize that practicing law is more than just a job, but a privilege which provides us the capacity to make a difference in another’s life, an opportunity to help people who need help, and a prospect to make someone’s life better.”

Law students Todd Hassee, Kim Opsahl, Laramie Paras, Jay Parks, Yen-Chia Chen, Eric T. Hom and Jennifer M. Rosser formed a steering committee for IU-SOC Legal Services in the fall of 2010 and prepared to launch the project under Quigley’s supervision.

– IL Staff
 

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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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