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New assistant dean named, school partner to help Haiti, prof studies Belize

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New assistant deanat IU-Indianapolis

Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis has hired a new assistant dean for student affairs, the school announced Jan. 24.

In his new role, Johnny D. Pryor advises students on academic and personal issues. He is a member of the law school administrative team and provides leadership for the Office of Student Affairs. He oversees academic advising, registration and records, state bar eligibility, student organizations, and other areas affecting the law student experience.

Since 2005, Pryor has helped hundreds of undergraduate students gain admission to some of the most selective law and graduate programs in the world. He served as director of post-graduate studies at Butler University, then he worked as senior assistant director of career services at Dartmouth College before joining the Indianapolis law school’s staff.

He has also served as a member of the steering committee of the Shortridge Magnet High School for Law and Public Policy in Indianapolis, a pipeline program for high school students with an interest in ultimately having careers in the legal profession.

After Pryor graduated from Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 2002, he served as an assistant Clark County prosecutor in Springfield, Ohio. He worked primarily in the civil division providing legal counsel to county boards, departments, and elected officials on areas of law such as employment, real estate, zoning, and contracts. In addition, he handled criminal matters ranging from adult felony cases to juvenile matters.

While in Springfield, Pryor taught law, literature, and critical reasoning as an adjunct instructor at his alma mater, Wittenberg University. He also served as a volunteer coach for the school’s first undergraduate mock trial team.

As a law student, Pryor served as a clerk to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Washington, D.C., competed as a member of the Indiana University National Trial Competition team, and was later elected to the Order of Barristers.

– IL Staff

Schools partner to help Haiti

“Reclaiming Peace: Power to the girls and women of Haiti” is the theme for this year’s Vagina Monologues, which will be presented at Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis Feb. 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. The performance will be held in the law school’s Wynne Courtroom at Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York St., Indianapolis. Parking will be available in the surface lot next to the law school.

This will be the sixth time in seven years that the law school has hosted this performance.

The event is sponsored by the school’s Feminist Law Society. It will be performed by students from the law school, the Student National Medical Association, and the American Medical Women’s Association of Indiana University School of Medicine.

Tickets are $10 and available either at femlaw@iupui.edu on PayPal.com or at the door. Proceeds will go to the V-Day organization and Legacy House of Indianapolis, a resource for victims of violence and trauma that offers various support groups, therapies, and programs to help victims lead productive, independent lives.

Each year, the V-Day organization supports a different cause involving violence against women and girls. This year, the organization “will highlight the high levels of violence against women and girls in Haiti, and will focus on the increased rates of sexual violence since the devastating earthquake that took place in January 2010,” according to the website, www.vday.org/spotlight2011. “All funds raised through the Spotlight Campaign will be used to support a revolutionary national campaign in Haiti lead by a coalition of women activists – including longtime V-Day activist Elvire Eugene – that will address sexual violence through art, advocacy, safe shelter and legal services.”

– Rebecca Berfanger

ND Law prof studies Belize

Notre Dame Law School professor Jimmy Gurulè recently traveled to Belize to interview 25 prosecutors, defense lawyers, supreme court judges, magistrates, media representatives, leaders of nongovernmental organizations, U.S. Embassy officers, and high-level government officials in Belize, according to a Jan. 18 press release from the law school.

The American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative retained Gurulè for the trip to study its prosecutorial system based on the ABA ROLI Prosecutorial Reform Index and its 28 standards of assessment. Belize has one of the highest murder rates in the world, right behind Colombia and South Africa.

Using the information he gathered in Belize, Gurulé will draft a report, paying particular attention to the Belize Constitution, laws, normative acts, and other sources of authority that currently serve the prosecutorial system of Belize.

He will return in July to present his analysis and suggestions for prosecutorial reform to government leaders.•

– IL Staff
 

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