Law School Headlines
Law Review Event to Feature International Experts
The Indiana Law Review will partner with the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences Institute of State and Law to host a symposium titled “Liability, Rights and Remedies in Toxic Torts: Local, National and International Responses in the Age of Globalization” at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law on September 23, 2014.
IU McKinney SJD Alumnus to Teach in Tunisia in August
Mohamad Arafa, S.J.D. ’13, has been invited to teach a summer course in Tunisia August 4 through 16 titled "Summer School on Arab Spring Transitions: Elections and Citizenship."
Two IU McKinney Alumni Named to 2014-2015 Leadership Class
Jenifer Brown, ’98, a partner at Ice Miller, and Ryan Marques, ’10, an associate at Lewis & Kappes, are among the class of 25 participants in the 2014-2015 Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series.
Aida Ramirez, '12, Is Director of Columbus Human Rights Commission
Determined to pursue a career in public service, Aida Ramirez, ’12, concentrated her job search in the not-for-profit sector. What she didn’t foresee was that in less than a year, she would be in the position of leading the non-profit organization she joined.
Sun Yat-sen Students Visit U.S. District Court
Students from Sun Yat-sen University Law School participating in the IU McKinney Summer Program in American Law met with Judge William T. Lawrence, ’73, of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.
Sun Yat-sen Students Meet with Attorney General
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller hosted law students from Sun Yat-sen University at his State House office. In the meeting, students learned about the responsibilities of the Attorney General as the “state’s lawyer,” including issues that arise among the branches of state government and between the state and the national government.
Sun Yat-sen Students Visit Indiana Senate
Law students from Sun Yat-sen University taking part in IU McKinney’s Summer Program in American Law learned about the legislative branch of state government by speaking with two Indiana State Senators: Phil Boots and Jim Merritt.
Judge Robyn Moberly, '78, Named Chief Bankruptcy Judge
Judge Robyn Moberly, ’78, of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana, will become chief judge of that court on August 1. She will replace Judge James Coachys, '74, as chief judge of the Southern District.
Professor Boyne Presents Whistle-blowing Report at International Congress
Professor Shawn Boyne presented the U.S. national report on whistle-blowing legislation at the XIX International Congress of Comparative Law in Vienna, Austria.
Chuck Spevacek Named Attorney of the Year for a Second Time
Chuck Spevacek, ’80, a partner at the Minneapolis-based law firm Meagher & Geer, was honored by Minnesota Lawyer as one its Attorneys of the Year for 2013.
Hall Center Faculty Sign on to Defense of Facebook Study
Professors Terry, Meslin and Silverman say the recent Facebook study on 'emotional contagion' did not violate privacy of users unaware they were being studied.
Professor Ryznar Completes Residency at Oxford
Professor Margaret Ryznar has completed her residency as an academic visitor at Oxford University. During her months at Oxford, she researched in the area of family law and gave several lectures, including talks on the workings of the estate tax and the dynamics of alimony.
Professor Nicolas Terry Presents to FTC, IU Medical School
Professor Nicolas Terry was invited to present his new article on Big Data at a meeting of the Federal Trade Commission on July 16 in Washington, D.C. The article is titled “Big Data Proxies and Health Privacy Exceptionalism.”
Sun Yat-sen Students Visit Lieutenant Governor's Office
In addition to field trips to the Indiana Senate and the Indiana Supreme Court, students from Sun Yat-sen University Law School learned about the executive branch of state government from Indiana Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann.
Sun Yat-Sen Students Visit Indiana Supreme Court
Students from Sun Yat-sen University Law School enrolled in the Program in American Law learned about the judicial system in Indiana from Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven H. David, ‘82.
Professor Edwards Recent Presentations in Panama and Ecuador
Professor George Edwards traveled recently to Panama and Ecuador, where he made presentations to law students interested in earning advanced law degrees in the United States. Professor Edwards wrote about both presentations on the blog for his book, LL.M. Roadmap.
IU McKinney Student Christopher Smith Spending Summer as NAACP/Kellogg's Law Fellow
Christopher Smith, a 3L at IU McKinney, is spending his summer as a fellow with the NAACP/Kellogg’s Law Fellow Program. He and the other students are working from the NAACP headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland, where they take part in legal research and advocacy projects.
Professor Boyne to Present Work in France, Germany, and Austria during July
Professor Shawn Boyne will be presenting three papers during July in venues throughout Europe including Germany, France, and Austria.
Professors Adams and McGregor Receive Award at International Conference
Professors Cynthia Adams, ’83, and Deborah McGregor were honored with a book award at the conclusion of the Global Legal Skills Conference in Verona, Italy, in May. The two professors also presented during the conference.
Sun Yat-sen Students Visit IU McKinney Alumni at Faegre Baker Daniels
Students from Sun Yat-sen University Law School visited the Indianapolis office of Faegre Baker Daniels as part of the 2014 Program in American Law at IU McKinney.
Erin Albert, '12, Joins Consulting Firm
Erin Albert, ’12, has joined the firm “Cheeky Scientist,” a business platform for academics who coach other professionals whose aim is to become entrepreneurs.
MaryEllen Bishop, '82, Named Chair of IU Board of Trustees
MaryEllen Bishop, ’82, is the first woman to serve as the chair of the Indiana University Board of Trustees. Bishop, of Carmel, is a partner in the firm Cohen Garelick & Glazier. In addition to IU McKinney, she also is a graduate of the IU Kelley School of Business.
Visitors Arrive from Sun Yat-sen University Law School
Students from Sun Yat-sen University Law School in Guangzhou, China, arrived in Indianapolis on June 30 for the third annual summer program in American law.
Jackie M. Bennett, Jr., '83, Named to Leaders List by Chambers USA
Jackie M. Bennett, Jr., ’83, a partner in Taft Stettinius & Hollister’s Indianapolis office, has been recognized as one of the “Leaders in their Field” in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA.
Professor Nguyen Delivers Talk on IP in Transactions and Financing in Vietnam
Professor Xuan-Thao Nguyen delivered at talk at the Ministry of Science and Technology in Hanoi, Vietnam on June 12. Her topic was “IP in Secured Transactions and Financing: Opportunities and Challenges in Vietnam.”
Pat Shoulders, ‘78, Re-Eleted as IU Alumni Trustee
Patrick A. Shoulders, ‘78, has been re-elected to the Indiana University Board of Trustees. A member of the law firm of Ziemer, Stayman, Weitzel & Shoulders in Evansville, Shoulders was initially appointed as an IU trustee in 2002, and then was elected by alumni to the board again in 2005, 2008 and 2011.
Wele Elangwe, LL.M. ’10, Wins Presentation Award, Publishes Paper on Gender Equality
Wele Elangwe, LL.M. ’10, recently published an article on gender equality in an African Development Bank publication, and won the top award for best faculty oral presentation for her talk titled “From Disdain to Esteem: An Auto-ethnographical Study on the Socio-Cultural Attitudes on Disability in Africa and the United States.”
Professor Drobac Says SCOTUS Decision May Fuel Move to Amend Constitution
Professor Jennifer Drobac noted that the court majority stressed the limited nature of its decision, commenting that this case dealt only with for-profit, closely held corporations.
Professor Rob Katz, IU McKinney Alumni, Part of the Team of Attorneys for the Plaintiffs on Same-Sex Marriage Case
Two IU McKinney alums and a faculty member are part of a team of attorneys representing several gay couples married out of state in Lee v. Pence, which along with Baskin v. Bogan and Fujii v. Pence, were decided on June 26 by U.S. District Court Judge Richard Young.
Professor Terry's Article on Medical Technology Receives Favorable Review in "Jotwell"
The article “Information Technology’s Failure to Disrupt Healthcare,” 13 Nev. L.J. 722 (2013) by Professor Nicolas Terry received a rave review from JOTWELL, the “Journal of Things We Like (Lots).”
Professor Terry to Present at University of Toulouse on Data and Health Privacy, and Mobile Health and Medical Apps
Professor Nicolas Terry will take part in the European Summer School on Health Law and Bioethics at the University of Toulouse.
Professors Drobac and Orentlicher Offer Commentary on Same-Sex Marriage Decision
Professors Jennifer Drobac and David Orentlicher discussed the decisions released June 25 which declared Indiana’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional.
Julian Harrell, '12, Named to "Lawyers of Color" 2014 Hot List
Julian Harrell, ’12, has been named to Lawyers of Color magazine’s 2014 Hot List, which recognizes early- to mid-career minority lawyers working as in-house counsel, government attorneys, and law firm associates and partners.
Kelly Eskew, '01, Joins ACLU of Indiana
Kelly Eskew, ’01, has joined the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana as a staff attorney. A litigator with 13 years of experience in trial and appellate work, Eskew also teaches at Butler University and at IU McKinney as an adjunct professor.
Professor Ryznar Presents on Alimony at Oxford Faculty of Law
Professor Margaret Ryznar presented a talk titled “Alimony’s Job Lock” during a faculty law seminar at the University of Oxford Faculty of Law on June 25.
Mohamed Arafa, SJD '13, Invited by League of Arab States to Speak at Symposium
Mohamed Arafa, S.J.D. ’13, was invited by the League of Arab States to speak at a symposium titled “Arab Model Laws: The Concept, Successful Models, and An Agenda for the Future” in Casablanca, Morocco, June 18-19. Arafa’s panel had the topic “Arab Model Law Against Corruption: A Future Agenda for Arab States within Arab Spring Revolutions.”
IP Center Announces Recipients of 2014 IP Student Awards and Graduate Certificates in Intellectual Property Law
The IP Center has announced its 2014 student award recipients and the names of those students who earned the graduate certificate in Intellectual Property Law.
Dean Emeritus Roberts to join Bose McKinney & Evans as Of Counsel
Roberts will join the firm effective September 1st as of counsel, concentrating in sports law.
IU McKinney Law Listed as 'Best Value' by 'National Jurist Magazine'
The magazine's ranking considered tuition price, student debt accumulation, employment success, bar passage, and cost of living.
Dean Klein, Professor McGregor on Inside Indiana Business Television to Discuss MJ Program
Dean Andy Klein and Professor Deborah McGregor appeared on the “(i) on Education” segment of Inside Indiana Business Television on June 12 to discuss the master of jurisprudence program that begins with the Fall semester 2014.
Professor Diana Winters Comments for National Public Radio on POM Wonderful Case
Professor Diana Winters talked with National Public Radio reporter Nina Totenberg on June 12 for a story about the United States Supreme Court decision in the case POM Wonderful v. Coca-Cola, which allows POM’s suit to go forward, alleging unfair competition from false or misleading product descriptions on food and beverage labels regulated by the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act.
Professor Wilson, Judge Lawrence, '73, Visit China's National Judges College
IU McKinney Professor Tom Wilson and U.S. District Court Judge William Lawrence, ’73, attended a dinner at the National Judges College of the Peoples Republic of China.
Brent Dickson, '68, to Step Down from Chief Justice Position, Will Remain on Indiana Supreme Court
Chief Justice Brent Dickson, ’68, announced that he will step down as the leader of the Indiana Supreme Court, but remain on the bench until he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 75 in July 2016. He was named chief justice in May 2012.
Reunion Dinner Celebrates IU McKinney Alumni in China
The annual IU McKinney reunion dinner for alumni in China was held recently. In attendance were former visiting professors, alumni, amd former visiting scholars from several law schools in China.
Professor Terry Addresses Health Privacy in Politico Article
While public opinion may indicate that the nation’s health privacy law needs to be updated, Congress is not moving on any legislation to address it. “The only thing that is likely to get congressional interest is for there to be a major data tragedy,” said Professor Nicolas Terry in the article titled “Congress sits on hands as health privacy wanes,” published in Politico on June 12.
Hall Center Faculty Present at Health Law Professors Conference
Four members of the faculty of the Hall Center for Law and Health at IU McKinney gave presentations at the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics 37th Annual Health Law Professors Conference. The event was held June 5 through 7 at the University of California Hastings College of the Law.
Professor Terry Speaks at Georgetown Law Health Privacy Summit
Professor Nicolas Terry spoke on the topic of “Privacy, Big Data, & Mobile: Technologies Operating Outside HIPAA Protection” at the 2014 Health Privacy Summit.
IU McKinney Receives Grant to Start Summer Leadership Academy
IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law will start a new Summer Leadership Academy for undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds next summer. The effort recently received one of nine grants from the Indiana University Women’s Philanthropy Council (WPC). The proposal from the law school was one of 37 grant requests from eight IU campuses. WPC awarded $10,000 to the effort, as did the IUPUI Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Professor David Orentlicher on No Limits June 10
Professor David Orentlicher will be a guest on the 90.1 WFYI Public Radio program “No Limits” from 1 to 2 p.m. June 10. The show’s topic will be “The Mount Vernon Assembly,” a national group of state legislators that will meet June 12 at the Indiana Statehouse to discuss potential changes to the United States Constitution.
Four Professors from IU McKinney Conduct Legislative Drafting Workshop in Vietnam
Professors Cynthia Adams, Xuan-Thao Nguyen, David Orentlicher, and Frank Sullivan, Jr., presented a workshop on legislative drafting in Hanoi, Vietnam June 2 through 4.
IU McKinney Event Features Wrongfully Convicted Woman Freed After 16 Years in Prison
A presentation from someone who was released from prison after being wrongfully convicted of arson and murder was a highlight of the “Law and Forensic Science in Indiana” event, held at IU McKinney on June 6.
Bioethics and Public Health Scholars Appointed to Hall Center for Law and Health
Professor Eric Meslin, Director of the Indiana University Center for Bioethics, and Professor Ross Silverman of the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI, have received secondary appointments to the faculty of the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law.
Professor Edwards, Chuck Dunlap, '96, Discuss Guantanamo Bay Cases with Lee Hamilton
Professor George Edwards and Chuck Dunlap, ’96, visited with retired Congressman Lee Hamilton on June 3 to discuss the Military Commission Observation Project.
Nancy Sweet, '91, Promoted to Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer at CNO
Nancy Sweet, ’91, has been named vice president and chief compliance officer at CNO Financial Group.
Judge Baker Celebrates 25 Years on Indiana Court of Appeals
Indiana Court of Appeals Judge John G. Baker, an adjunct professor at IU McKinney since 2006, celebrated his 25th year on the court on June 2.
Professor Orentlicher on "Sound Medicine" Regarding JAMA Article on Physician Aid in Dying
Professor David Orentlicher gave an interview to the WFYI radio program “Sound Medicine” and talked about physician aid in dying, the topic of his recent Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) article.
Professor Lea Shaver in Consultancy with the United Nations Regarding Right to Science and Culture
Professor Lea Shaver will travel to Geneva, Switzerland, in June to present her research on the impact of intellectual property regimes on human rights. She’s specifically been examining how IP laws affect the right to science and culture.