News for alumni and friends of Indiana Law
- From the Dean
- Academy of Law Alumni Fellows announced
- Conservation Law Center to help manage Sentinel Landscape partnership
- One More Cold Call podcast returns for Season Two
- Baier Hall hosts Court of Appeals of Indiana
- Geyh, Henderson among most-cited scholars
- Lubin earns prestigious Baxter Prize
- Class notes
- Faculty news
We are all excited to be back in Bloomington after the university's traditional spring break last week. As we near the end of the spring semester, a busy calendar awaits. On April 8, we will induct this year's class of Academy of Law Alumni Fellows, holding an in-person ceremony for the firsts time since 2019. We're looking forward to honoring the five outstanding alumni you can read about below. We'll also welcome a number of prospective students and their guests this Saturday for our second Admitted Student Day of the semester. We anticipate a strong and diverse entering class this August, and our Admitted Student Days are a vital opportunity for us to showcase the Law School, Indiana University's beautiful campus, and the city of Bloomington to many of the students we've offered admission.
We also celebrated a time-honored spring tradition earlier this month when we presented our annual Teaching Awards. Prof. Jody Madeira was presented with the Leon H. Wallace Teaching Award, the highest teaching honor we bestow upon our faculty. Trustees' Teaching Awards were presented to Profs. Don Gjerdingen, Asaf Lubin, and Lane McFadden, while the Hon. Mary Ellen Diekhoff, '86, earned the Adjunct Teaching Award. It was a particularly moving ceremony, as our Student Bar Association President Heather Gin, '23, read part of Prof. Gjerdingen's final torts lecture that has inspired countless students over the years. It's worth watching if you get the chance.
Finally, we'll host UCLA Law's Ingrid Eagly for the annual Ralph F. Fuchs Lecture at noon on Wednesday, April 6. One hour of Indiana CLE is available to attendees who join us in person or via Zoom. You can register to attend here.
I hope to see you at one of these events or on one of our alumni visits.
Dean and James H. Rudy Professor of Law
Five alumni will receive the highest honor the Law School can bestow when they are inducted into the school’s Academy of Law Alumni Fellows this April. The ALAF comprises the Law School’s most distinguished alumni, recognizing those who have distinguished themselves in their careers through personal achievements and dedication to the highest standards of the legal profession. This year's inductees are: Harry Gonso, '73; Andrew C. Mallor, '74; Judith A. Waltz, '81; Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow, '92; and, posthumously, the Hon. Rodolfo Lozano, '66. Read more about this year's honorees.
The Conservation Law Center will help manage a new designation of more than 3.5 million acres in southern Indiana as a Sentinel Landscape, a coalition to advance sustainable land management practices around military installations and ranges. The Sentinel Landscapes Partnership has added the area and two others, in Florida and Texas, to bring the total to just 10 in the country selected for the federal program. The program is a partnership of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Department of Defense and the Department of the Interior.
With the Sentinel designation, federal and state entities will conserve natural resources, protect critical habitat and prepare Indiana for environmental changes while preserving areas used for military readiness. Read more about the CLC's role in the project.
Season Two of the "One More Cold Call" podcast is under way, with the first three episodes posted to the Law School's website and popular podcast streaming services Apple and Spotify. Colleen Cotter, '90, Anthony "Tony" Prather, '83, and Gina and Cip Beredo, both '99, appear on the first three episodes. More episodes will be published in the coming month.
Baier Hall hosted an oral argument before the Court of Appeals of Indiana on March 3, giving law students, the IU community, and members of the public a rare local opportunity to see part of the state’s judiciary process live.
Judges Edward W. Najam, Jr., Leanna K. Weissmann, and Senior Judge John G. Baker, '71, heard arguments in Parkview Hospital, Inc. v. American Family Insurance Co. in the Law School’s DeLaney Moot Court Room.
Traveling oral arguments, or Appeals on Wheels, take the court across Indiana to help Hoosiers learn more about the judiciary’s indispensable role in Indiana government. The event was particularly special as Judge Najam, a longtime member of the Law School's Board of Visitors, announced earlier in the month that he would be retiring this summer.
Two faculty members are among the most-cited in the fields of legal ethics and the legal profession/professional responsibility, according to data analyzed by Brian Leiter’s Law School Reports. Charlie Geyh and William Henderson tied at number seven on the list, which uses Sisk data compiled between 2016 and 2020 to track citation counts. The list recognizes faculty for whom roughly 75 percent or more of their citations (based on a sample) are in either the legal ethics or legal profession/professional responsibility fields. Indiana Law is one of only three law schools to have two faculty members ranked among the top 10.
The Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict has named Maurer School of Law Associate Professor Asaf Lubin the winner of the 2022 Richard R. Baxter Military Writing Prize. The annual award is presented by the Lieber Society, an interest group of the American Society of International Law. Read more about the Baxter Prize.
Keep up with your classmates and submit your own news at our class notes page.
Read In the media for faculty quotes and op-eds in state and national media.
Prof. Kevin Brown headlined an NAACP and American Constitution Society Law forum on critical race theory, hosted by the IU McKinney School of Law.
Prof. Leandra Lederman presented "Best Practices in Tax Rulings Transparency" at the University of Oregon School of Law's Tax Policy Colloquium.
Prof. Asaf Lubin presented "The Law and Politics of Ransomware" as part of the Indiana University Ostrom Workshop Colloquium Series. He also delivered "Artificial Intelligence and International Law" for Brunel University London.
Prof. Jody Madeira participated in Duke Law's "Privatizing the Gun Debate" conference. She also presented "Post-Pandemic Privacy and the Ethics of Telehealth Platforms and Third Party Apps" at the 2022 Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy Symposium.
Prof. João Marinotti's "Possessing Intangibles" was published by the Northwestern University Law Review.
Prof. Donna Nagy spoke at the Campaign Legal Center's "Stock Options: A Deep Dive on Proposed Solutions to Stop Insider Trading in Congress" event.
Prof. Steve Sanders participated in "The Second American Founding: Originalism and the Fourteenth Amendment" alongside Arizona State University's Ilan Wurman.
Prof. India Thusi will serve as a panelist at the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation's National Fellows Webinar on March 31. Thusi's "Girls, Assaulted" was also published by the Northwestern University Law Review.
Prof. Tim Waters participated in an IU Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies event focused on the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Seila Ibrulj, '22, and Daniel Schumick, '23, won the 2022 Sherman Minton Internal Trial Competition.
Zach Lewis, '23, has been named the next Chief Justice of the Sherman Minton Advocacy Board.
Heather Migdon, '22, and Breana Rucker, '22, won the 2022 Alternative Dispute Resolution Competition.
Richa Patel, Matthew Spegele, and John Grasty (all members of the Class of 2022) comprised the Law School's Oxford International Intellectual Property Moot Court Team, which participated in Oral Proceedings at Oxford University.
Director of Student Affairs Katie Beck has joined AccessLex's 2022 Helix Advisory Committee and will work to improve the quality and reduce the cost necessary to pass the bar exam.
The Law School's Federalist Society chapter was named a finalist for the James Madison Award, recognizing the chapter of the year, as well as the Thomas Paine Award for creative publicity.