Valparaiso University School of Law

2016 Year in Review

December 28, 2016
IL Staff
From law school troubles to new court initiatives, take a look back at the top stories in Indiana Lawyer this year.
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ABA releases stats of classes entering in fall 2016

December 16, 2016
IL Staff
New information released from the American Bar Association underscores the differences between Indiana’s law schools.
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Valparaiso Law public censure puts admission policies to test

November 30, 2016
Olivia Covington
How much the ABA-imposed sanction will impact Valparaiso University Law School depends on who you ask.
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Valparaiso Law says it's fixing school admission policies

November 17, 2016
Olivia Covington
Valparaiso University Law School is not in danger of closing or losing its accreditation in wake of the American Bar Association’s public censure of the school for noncompliance with admissions practices, the school’s dean said Thursday.
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ABA censures Valpo Law for non-compliant admission practices

November 17, 2016
Olivia Covington
Following an October hearing that found Valparaiso University Law School was not in compliance with the American Bar Association’s student admissions standards, the ABA has imposed a sanction of public censure on the law school and has directed school leaders to take immediate remedial actions.
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Dean's Desk: The United States needs a defender general

October 19, 2016
Andrea D. Lyon
There has been no voice at the policy table for the accused, incarcerated and paroled. We have an attorney general of the United States. We have a solicitor general of the United States. Yet, the defense is not, and has not been a part of policy decisions regarding criminal justice matters.
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Indiana law schools welcome Class of 2019

September 21, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
The students in the Class of 2019 who recently began their legal studies at Indiana law schools are, for the most part, very similar to the crop that enrolled one year ago.
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Valparaiso Law School reduces faculty, class size to prepare for a different future

June 29, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Valparaiso Law School is hardly the first to feel the pain of falling student applications, but as the subject of a recent profile in the New York Times, its troubles may be the most well-known.
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Pilot program to help judges with complex motions

June 29, 2016
Scott Roberts
Judges in four Indiana counties soon will have some help with complex motions thanks to a bill passed by the Indiana Legislature.
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Valpo grad convicted in violent attack of Virginia couple faces life sentence

June 17, 2016
 Associated Press, IL Staff
A jury has recommended the man convicted of violently attacking a lawyer and his wife inside their McLean, Virginia, home be sentenced to life in prison.
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Court of Appeals names 7 CLEO interns

June 3, 2016
IL Staff
Seven students from three Indiana law schools have been named 2016 Carr L. Darden Conference for Legal Education Opportunity program interns.
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Indiana deans support Arizona’s acceptance of GRE scores for law school admission

May 6, 2016
Scott Roberts
Three Indiana law school deans are part of a letter supporting the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law’s acceptance of GRE scores as well as LSAT scores for law school admission.
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Indiana law schools prepare for pomp and circumstance

May 3, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Graduation season is beginning with law schools around Indiana hosting ceremonies the next two weekends in May.
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ABA releases employment data for 2015 grads

May 3, 2016
Scott Roberts
The American Bar Association has released its annual employment reports for law schools for 2015 graduates. Of the four Indiana law schools included, Notre Dame Law School had the highest percentage of graduates working in full-time long-term positions where bar passage was required, while Valparaiso University Law School had the highest unemployment rate.
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Celebrating 50 years of Valparaiso Law Review

April 6, 2016
Andrea D. Lyon
Law review articles serve our students, our faculty and the bar, while giving a voice to new ideas and to changes big and small that the law should contemplate (or not).
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IU Maurer makes leap in US News rankings

March 16, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana University Maurer School of Law jumped up nine places in the 2017 national law school rankings, the only Hoosier law school to make such a significant move in the latest list compiled by U.S. News & World Report.
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Smaller class sizes cause faculty buyout offers at Valpo Law

March 9, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl, Dave Stafford
In an announcement made Feb. 26, Valparaiso University Law School added itself to the list of law schools shedding faculty in the face of declining enrollment.
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Valpo Law announces faculty buyouts, smaller future classes

February 26, 2016
Dave Stafford
Valparaiso University School of Law announced Friday afternoon it will offer buyouts to tenured faculty and faculty members with multi-year contracts.
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Legal education at what cost?

February 24, 2016
Dave Stafford
The economic storm of recent years was particularly perilous for the legal industry and law schools, but despite encouraging signs, former Indiana Chief Justice Randall Shepard said the dangers have not passed.
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Dean's Desk: Legal clinics cultivate essential lawyering skills

October 21, 2015
Andrea D. Lyon
I am certainly awarethat those of you reading this article know what legal clinics are and do – you all know that students in clinics learn how to interact with clients, opposing counsel and judges; but they also learn that actual clients are more important than they seem in casebooks and that their work makes a positive difference in their client’s lives.
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ABA report reflects current law school innovations

August 26, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Weeks after the American Bar Association approved a set of recommendations to address law student debt and educational experience, legal educators in Indiana described the recommendations as thoughtful but not necessarily different from what they are doing.
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Law school deans excited about Class of 2018

August 26, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Law schools in Indiana are conducting orientations and starting classes for the 2015-2016 academic year. The class sizes are approximate and deans anticipate the numbers will change slightly, but overall they are excited about the new crop of students.
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Law school deans excited about Class of 2018

August 21, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
At the University of Notre Dame Law School, Dean Nell Jessup Newton bet on the “summer melt” but ended up losing to Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs Kevin O’Rear.
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Supreme Court appoints Valpo law professor to rules committee

July 8, 2015
IL Staff
Valparaiso University School of Law professor Del Wright Jr. has been appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure.
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Indiana University law schools announce May 9 commencement speakers

May 8, 2015
IL Staff
A former U.S. ambassador to Costa Rica and the current general counsel at The Home Depot will address graduates Saturday at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and IU Maurer School of Law, respectively.
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  2. Yes diversity is so very important. With justice Rucker off ... the court is too white. Still too male. No Hispanic justice. No LGBT justice. And there are other checkboxes missing as well. This will not do. I say hold the seat until a physically handicapped Black Lesbian of Hispanic heritage and eastern religious creed with bipolar issues can be located. Perhaps an international search, with a preference for third world candidates, is indicated. A non English speaker would surely increase our diversity quotient!!!

  3. First, I want to thank Justice Rucker for his many years of public service, not just at the appellate court level for over 25 years, but also when he served the people of Lake County as a Deputy Prosecutor, City Attorney for Gary, IN, and in private practice in a smaller, highly diverse community with a history of serious economic challenges, ethnic tensions, and recently publicized but apparently long-standing environmental health risks to some of its poorest residents. Congratulations for having the dedication & courage to practice law in areas many in our state might have considered too dangerous or too poor at different points in time. It was also courageous to step into a prominent and highly visible position of public service & respect in the early 1990's, remaining in a position that left you open to state-wide public scrutiny (without any glitches) for over 25 years. Yes, Hoosiers of all backgrounds can take pride in your many years of public service. But people of color who watched your ascent to the highest levels of state government no doubt felt even more as you transcended some real & perhaps some perceived social, economic, academic and professional barriers. You were living proof that, with hard work, dedication & a spirit of public service, a person who shared their same skin tone or came from the same county they grew up in could achieve great success. At the same time, perhaps unknowingly, you helped fellow members of the judiciary, court staff, litigants and the public better understand that differences that are only skin-deep neither define nor limit a person's character, abilities or prospects in life. You also helped others appreciate that people of different races & backgrounds can live and work together peacefully & productively for the greater good of all. Those are truths that didn't have to be written down in court opinions. Anyone paying attention could see that truth lived out every day you devoted to public service. I believe you have been a "trailblazer" in Indiana's legal community and its judiciary. I also embrace your belief that society's needs can be better served when people in positions of governmental power reflect the many complexions of the population that they serve. Whether through greater understanding across the existing racial spectrum or through the removal of some real and some perceived color-based, hope-crushing barriers to life opportunities & success, movement toward a more reflective representation of the population being governed will lead to greater and uninterrupted respect for laws designed to protect all peoples' rights to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness. Thanks again for a job well-done & for the inevitable positive impact your service has had - and will continue to have - on countless Hoosiers of all backgrounds & colors.

  4. Diversity is important, but with some limitations. For instance, diversity of experience is a great thing that can be very helpful in certain jobs or roles. Diversity of skin color is never important, ever, under any circumstance. To think that skin color changes one single thing about a person is patently racist and offensive. Likewise, diversity of values is useless. Some values are better than others. In the case of a supreme court justice, I actually think diversity is unimportant. The justices are not to impose their own beliefs on rulings, but need to apply the law to the facts in an objective manner.

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