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New York Times Profiles Indianapolis as a Travel Destination
In a story titled “Indianapolis, a Bike Path to Progress,” the New York Times for the second time this year has chronicled the Indiana capitol as a tourist destination.
Jimmie McMillian, '02, to Receive Award from Madame Walker Theatre Center
Jimmie McMillian, ’02, a partner in the Indianapolis office of law firm Barnes & Thornburg, will receive the “Legacy Award” from the Madame Walker Theatre Center during its annual Spirit Awards Gala on April 26.
Heather McCabe, '03, Awarded Fellowship Funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Heather McCabe, ’03, an adjunct professor of law at IU McKinney and an assistant professor at the IU School of Social Work, has been awarded one of 10 faculty fellowships funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and offered through Georgia State University College of Law and its Center for Law Health & Society.
Abby Daniels, '06, is Purdue's Legal Services Coordinator, Managing Public Records Office
Abby Daniels, ’06, is back home in Indiana, working for Purdue University’s Office of Legal Counsel. Daniels, no relation to Purdue’s president and the state’s former governor, has a background in higher education, having just left a position with Illinois State University’s Civil Service System in Urbana.
IU McKinney Team Wins Midwest Region of Transactional LawMeet Competition
Third-year students Caitlin Brandon, Josh Burress, and Keaton Miller won the Midwestern Region of the 2014 Transactional LawMeet Competition at Northwestern University Law School on February 28.
IU McKinney Alumnus Works for Orphanage in Nepal
Some might consider a life like that of Jeff Papa, J.D. ’99 and LL.M. ’10, as being pretty full. Papa’s day job is chief of staff and legal counsel for the Indiana Senate. After business hours, he’s also president of Zionsville Town Council, working on a doctorate in education leadership, and father to two elementary school-aged girls.
Awards and Commencement Appointments Announced at Barristers Ball
At the annual Barristers Ball on Saturday, March 1 at the Indiana Roof, the Student Bar Association announced the recipients of several awards, as well as appointments related to the 2014 commencement ceremony.
Group from IU McKinney Gets NGO Observer Status to Visit Guantanamo Bay U.S. Military Commission Hearings
The Pentagon’s Convening Authority for Guantanamo Bay U.S. Military Commissions awarded nongovernmental organization observer status to the Program in International Human Rights Law at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. This new status will permit students, staff and faculty to travel to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to observe, study, and critique criminal hearings of U.S. Military Commissions, one of the most controversial tribunals in U.S. history.
IU McKinney Students Participate in Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
The Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law competed in the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Chicago February 20-23. The team successfully competed against schools with strong reputations in international law, and won two of four moots. They defeated the school that knocked them out of the quarterfinals last year and finished the highest-ranked of all Indiana law schools that participated.
IU McKinney's Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Team Prepares for Competition in Austria
Members the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Team at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law have been outlining, briefing, preparing, and finding the funds to travel to Vienna, Austria April 11-18 for the competition.
Professor Emily Michiko Morris Presents at Santa Clara Law, National Taiwan University
Professor Emily Michiko Morris presented her paper titled “Nanotechnology Patenting Stories” at the 2014 “Works-in-Progress in Intellectual Property” conference at Santa Clara Law in early February.
IU McKinney Students Confront Controversy over United States' First Designated Wild and Scenic River
IU McKinney third year J.D. students Hannah Belleau, Richard (RJ) Proie, and Samantha Spencer spent part of their spring semester conducting an Advanced Field Research project that addresses a growing legal controversy over the management of the nation’s first designated Wild and Scenic Rivers.
Profile of Dean Klein in latest edition of Indiana Lawyer
Administrators, faculty, and alumni of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law share their thoughts about Dean Andrew Klein and the approach he brings to his role as the leader of the law school in a story that appears in the February 26 issue of Indiana Lawyer.
IU McKinney Health Law Society Gears Up for Health Law Week
A variety of activities have been planned by IU McKinney’s Health Law Society (Hall Center for Law and Health) for its third annual Health Law Week, slated for March 3 through 7. All law students are welcome.
Indianapolis Legal Aid Society Event to Feature IU McKinney Alumni, Professors
A daylong fundraiser for the Indianapolis Legal Aid Society will feature 6.0 hours of continuing legal education credit and several alumni of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.
Professor Shawn Boyne Talks about IU Instructor's Email Incident
Professor Shawn Boyne was asked to talk with an Indianapolis Star reporter about a case involving national security officials reading an Indiana University lecturer’s email.
Professor Jeff Cooper Talks with WRTV about Day Care Shooting Case
Professor Jeff Cooper spoke with WRTV Channel 6 news on February 19 for a news story about a man accused of shooting his ex-wife in front of a west-side day care center.
Professor Robert Katz Talks about Proposed Indiana House Measure
Professor Robert Katz was quoted in the Indianapolis Star for a story published February 25 on legislation that had been proposed in the Indiana House of Representatives, but was scrapped.
Professor David Orentlicher's Recent Column Suggests Means to Contain Health Care Costs
Professor David Orentlicher’s column in the Indianapolis Star published February 20 concerns rising health care costs.
Professor Carlton Waterhouse Comments on EPA Case Argued in U.S. Supreme Court
Professor Carlton Waterhouse talked with WIBC radio for a story that aired on February 24 about the case Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA, which was argued in the United States Supreme Court on February 24.
IU McKinney Faculty Offer Commentary on Latest News Events in Statewide Media
Faculty members of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law are often called upon to offer commentary on news events with a legal angle.
IU McKinney National Environmental Moot Court Team Advances to Semifinals in New York
IU McKinney’s Environmental Energy and Natural Resources Law Moot Court team took part in the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition from February 21-22 at Pace Law School in New York.
IU McKinney Hosts Online Chats with Dean, Current Students
The Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law has hosted two video chat sessions for those interested in attending law school. Dean Andrew Klein has been a part of both sessions, along with current students and administrative deans who answered questions from online participants.
Catherine Lemmer's Work and Travels Take Her to Cape Town
Library Professor Catherine Lemmer’s work for the Legal Resource Centre (LRC) took her to Cape Town recently, and she took advantage of the trip to explore the coastal region.
Professor Shawn Boyne to Present at Inaugural LegalED Conference in Washington, D.C.
Professor Shawn Boyne will be part of the inaugural LegalED Conference, titled “Igniting Law Teaching,” on April 4 at American University Washington College of Law. She will present a talk on the keys to organizing a successful educational simulation.
Dean Emeritus Roberts Watching the Games While Working for CAS
It hasn’t all been work during the Olympic Winter Games for Dean Emeritus Gary Roberts. Roberts and his wife, Donna Carr, were at the hockey game between the United States and the Russian Federation on February 15. They got to witness first-hand the U.S. beat Russia in a shootout.
Professor George Edwards Named to Advisory Committee of Universal Rights Group Think Tank in Switzerland
Professor George E. Edwards was named a Member of the Advisory Committee of the Universal Rights Group (URG), which is a small, independent international human rights law think tank based in Geneva, Switzerland.
Professor Mohamed Arafa, SJD '13, Speaks at Georgetown Conference in Qatar
Professor Mohamed Arafa, SJD ’13, spoke at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Services in Doha, Qatar, February 15 and 16 during a conference titled “Transitional Justice in the Middle East.”
Professor Robert Katz quoted in Tax Analysts Article
Professor Robert Katz was quoted in an article titled “Short on Revenue, State and Local Governments Turn to Nonprofits,” on the website: taxanalysts.com. The article, published January 16, 2014, examines how nonprofits are finding their tax benefits in jeopardy as lawmakers look for ways to preserve revenue.
Professor David Orentlicher Named President-Elect of the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics
Professor David Orentlicher has been named president-elect the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics. The group is a nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to provide high-quality scholarship, debate, and critical thought for professionals at the intersection of law, medicine, and ethics.
Professor Shawn Boyne One of Four Scholars Behind Launch of Comparative Law Blog
Professor Shawn Boyne has teamed up with three other legal scholars to launch the Comparative Law Blog. The inaugural post was made February 16.
Case Western Law and Health Expert to Receive McDonald-Merrill-Ketcham Award at IU McKinney
A professor who teaches in the schools of law and medicine at Case Western Reserve University is the recipient of this year's McDonald-Merrill-Ketcham Award.
Dean Emeritus Roberts Continues Service at Olympic Winter Games
While continuing his service at the XCXII Olympic Winter Games, Gary Roberts has been able to indulge in watching what appears to have become a new favorite sport of his: curling.
Two at IU McKinney Receive Scholarships from IU GLBT Alumni Association
Jason R. Sprinkle, a 2L day student at IU McKinney, received an academic scholarship for Spring 2014 from the Indiana University Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Alumni Association.
IU McKinney Welcomes Internationally Renowned IP Scholar to Law Faculty
Professor Xuan-Thao Nguyen, a professor at the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, will join the faculty and lead the Center for Intellectual Property Law and Innovation at the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law. She will join Indiana University in August 2014.
Professor Emily Benfer, '05, Receives Inaugural Schweitzer Leadership Award
Professor Emily Benfer, ’05, a cum laude graduate of IU McKinney, has received the inaugural Schweitzer Leadership Award. The award honors an individual who has done significant work to mitigate the social determinants of health in their community, and whose commitment to service has influenced and inspired others.
Dean Emeritus Roberts Hearing Cases for CAS in Sochi for Olympic Winter Games
Dean Emeritus Gary Roberts is already working on cases in Sochi, Russia, as part of the Court of Arbitration for Sport ad hoc Division. The group is charged with settling legal disputes related to the XCXII Olympic Winter Games.
Angelique Devaux, LL.M. '13, Curates International and Comparative Law Reading List for ICONnect
Angelique Devaux, LL.M. ’13, is a contributor for the blog ICONnect, where she will compile and provide details of news in the area of international and comparative law.
Five from IU McKinney Named to IBJ Forty Under 40 List
Five alumni of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law were named to the Indianapolis Business Journal’s annual Forty Under 40 list, which recognizes young professionals in the metropolitan Indianapolis area for their early career achievements.
Two IU McKinney Alumni To Be Honored With The Hine Medallion
Steve Tuchman, ’71, and Jerry Withered, ’80, will receive a Maynard K. Hine Medallion for service to the IUPUI campus. The medal honors alumni who make significant contributions in support of the campus and its alumni programs.
Visiting Scholar Xue Jian arrives at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Xue Jian, Ph.D. Candidate at the Renmin University of China Law School in Beijing, China, arrived at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in December 2013. His area of research is administrative law. He is especially interested in comparative administrative law in the U.S. and PRC
Research and Instruction Librarian Part of Consortium to Preserve Web Citations
If you’ve ever run into a “404” error message when searching for a legal citation online, you need to know about the work Ben Keele is doing. Keele is a research and instruction librarian at the Ruth Lilly Law Library at IU McKinney.
IU McKinney Announces February and March Faculty Colloquium Speakers
The Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law announces its line-up of colloquium speakers for February and March 2014. These speakers will present their scholarship at a regularly occurring lunch-time session.
Catherine Lemmer Continues Work in Johannesburg
Library Professor Catherine Lemmer shares photos from her residence, which she’s sharing with a friend of a coworker while she’s working in Johannesburg, South Africa for the Legal Resources Centre.
Dean Emeritus Roberts Headed to Russia for Olympic Winter Games
Dean Emeritus Gary Roberts is on his way to the XCXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. He is part of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ad hoc Division, which will settle all legal disputes related to the Games.
Cassandra Bentley, '04, Elected Marion County Bar Association President
Cassandra Bentley, ’04, a cum laude graduate of IU McKinney, has been elected president of the Marion County Bar Association. Bentley also is a graduate, with high distinction, of the IU Kelly School of Business.
Dean Emeritus Roberts to Serve on Court of Arbitration for Sport during Olympic Winter Games
A law professor is headed for Sochi, Russia, as a member of a highly specialized team selected for the 2014 Winter Olympics. But Gary Roberts, dean emeritus and Gerald L. Bepko Professor of Law at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, won't be competing for the gold.
Professor Edwards Presents at National Bar Association Meeting in Morocco
Professor George Edwards presented at the National Bar Association (NBA) Judicial Council Mid-Winter Conference in Marrakech, Morocco. Edwards spoke about international human rights law, international legal education, diplomacy, and the rule of law in the United States, in Morocco and around the globe.
Professor Ryznar Awarded New Frontiers Exploratory Travel Fellowship
Professor Margaret Ryznar was awarded a New Frontiers Exploratory Travel Fellowship to help fund her residence at Oxford University in late Spring 2014.
Dean Yu Huajiang arrives at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Yu Huajiang, Dean of the Law School at the China Agricultural University in Beijing, China, arrived at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in December 2013. Her area of interest is law school administration.
Professor Orentlicher Column on End-of-Life Decisions Advocates Tolerance and Trust
End-of-life decisions are far from simple, and Professor David Orentlicher examines the issue in his column published January 17 in The Indianapolis Star.
Professor Bravo Invited to British Academy
Professor Karen Bravo has been invited to speak at the British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences in London, where she will participate in a conference titled, “Slaveries Old and New: The Meaning of Freedom.”
Professor Watson Comments for Story on Teen Cell Phone Behavior
Teenagers at Avon High School who were caught sharing and storing nude photos of one another could have faced felony charges of child pornography and exploitation, but authorities declined to file charges. The issue points up a dilemma for police and school officials, especially since most teens don’t recognize their behavior could be considered a crime, said Professor Fran Watson.
Professor Quigley's Column in "Indianapolis Star" Highlights Former Hoosier
Professor Fran Quigley interviewed Reverend William Barber of Goldsboro, North Carolina, for his column published January 15, 2014, in the Indianapolis Star. Reverend Barber, an Indianapolis native, is also president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP.
Indianapolis on New York Times' List of '52 Places to Go in 2014'
Indy is described as "the land of cars" where "cycling (and culture) get the limelight" thanks to the new Cultural Trail.
Professor Roisman Honored With Human Rights Award
IU McKinney Professor Florence Wagman Roisman received the M. Shanara Gilbert Human Rights Award from the Society of American Law Teachers. She was presented with the award during the group’s annual dinner in New York City on January 3, 2014.
Robert H. McKinney, IU President to Be Honored by Anti-Defamation League
Robert H. McKinney has been honored by the Anti-Defamation League with the “Man of Achievement Award.” The award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to community, justice and equal opportunity for all.
Visiting Professor Shepard Named to "National Jurist" List of the Most Influential People in Legal Education
Randall T. Shepard, a visiting professor at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, was named to the “National Jurist’s” list of the Most Influential People in Legal Education.
Eric Linne, '81, Releases His First Novel Completed for Master's Thesis in English
Eric Linne, ’81, has become a published author with the release of his novel for young adults titled “Reversal.” It’s the story of a recently orphaned and displaced 14-year-old girl who finds redemption by being a part of her school’s all-boy wrestling team. Linne completed the book as his master’s thesis in English at the University of North Carolina Charlotte.
Professor Orentlicher Offers Commentary on Former State Schools Superintendent Ethics Charges
Tony Bennett, former Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction, has hired two lawyers from one of the state’s largest law firms to defend him against ethics charges. IU McKinney Professor David Orentlicher offered commentary on the move in a story by the Associated Press, published January 9, 2014.
Professor Boyne to Speak about David Camm Trial to Greenwood Rotary Club
IU McKinney Professor Shawn Boyne will be the luncheon speaker during the Greenwood Rotary Club’s meeting on January 13. Her topic will be “The David Camm Trial and U.S. Justice Today.”
Professor Roisman to Be Part of ABA Webinar Panel on Fair Housing
Professor Florence Wagman Roisman will participate on a webinar panel of law professors discussing the recently settled Mount Holly case, that deals with a disparate impact theory in relation to fair housing.
IU McKinney 3L Publishes Book on Islamic Law
The book, “Introduction to Islamic Law: Principles of Civil, Criminal, and International Law under the Shari’a” by Jonathan Burns, a third-year student at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, was just published by TellerBooks.
Professor Edwards Moderates AALS Panel on Graduate Programs for Non-U.S. Law Professors
Professor George Edwards moderated a panel discussion during the Association of American Law Schools annual meeting. The topic under discussion was “Educating Non-U.S. Law Professors.”
Professor Boyne to take Part in Seminar on National Security Law at George Mason
Professor Shawn Boyne is one of a select number of researchers in the field of national security law who has been invited to participate in an advanced policy research seminar sponsored by George Mason University's Institute for Humane Studies.
Mohamed Arafa, SJD '13, Blogs about Current Draft of Egyptian Constitution
Mohamed Arafa, S.J.D. ’13, offered some details and analysis of Egypt’s draft Constitution of 2013 in a blog post.
SJD Candidate Abdelaal Presents at Harvard Law Workshop in Qatar
Mohamed Abdelaal, an S.J.D. candidate at IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law, took part in a workshop organized by the Institute for Global Law & Policy at Harvard Law School. Abdelaal’s presentation centered on his current work about the constitutional aspects of presidential impeachment.