Greetings from the School of Law!
I am delighted, honored, and deeply humbled as I look forward to next year, when I will become the 15th dean of my alma mater. I come to this position with great love for Indiana University School of Law—Bloomington and full awareness of its many strengths. My faculty colleagues are engaged, committed scholars and teachers of the highest caliber. The students are lively, energetic, and—with more than 2,800 applications this year for 200 seats—hugely talented. The library is one of the top academic law libraries in the country. And the administrative staff is devoted to assuring that students have the best educational experience possible, from their orientation to their graduation three years later. The Law School is an academic community in the finest and truest sense of that sometimes overused word, and my challenge will be to assure, to the best of my ability, that this community is nurtured and supported.
My fellow alumnae and alumni are crucial to the strength and success of this school. Your support, interest, criticism, suggestions, and advocacy make us a better institution. It has been my great privilege to meet with many of you in your home cities and your offices this year, and a true pleasure both to learn of the work you are doing and to personally bring you news of the Law School. I always welcome your thoughts, letters, messages, calls, and visits back to Bloomington. I hope the years to come bring us many opportunities to meet and to think together about the future of our school.
All my best,
Lauren Robel, JD'83
Williams named 2003 University Distinguished Faculty Lecturer
Professor David C. Williams has been designated Indiana University's Distinguished Faculty Research Lecturer for 2003. This annual lecture provides the university with an occasion to honor its most distinguished researchers. Williams's lecture, "Civil Constitutionalism, the Second Amendment, and the Right of Revolution," will take place on Wednesday, April 23, at 3:30 p.m. in the Moot Court Room at the Law School. The public is invited to attend.
David Williams is the John S. Hastings Professor of Law. This year, Yale University Press published his new book, The Mythic Meanings of the Second Amendment: Taming Political Violence in a Constitutional Republic, which one reviewer described as "an unusually deep, truly serious book on the complex questions raised by the Second Amendment and the visions it suggests of an armed American citizenry." In his lecture, Professor Williams will explore the ways in which citizens view the Constitution not as a juristic document, but as a civic text that constitutes the American citizenry as a people. He will argue that this view of the Constitution is a necessary backdrop to an adequate understanding of the Second Amendment, which protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms.
After April 23, video of this lecture can be downloaded from the Research and University Graduate School Web site.
Dau-Schmidt, Fidler, Geyh honored for teaching excellence
Three faculty were honored this week for their contributions to teaching excellence at the Law School. Professor David Fidler and Professor Charles Geyh both received the Trustees Teaching Award, and Professor Kenneth Dau-Schmidt, already recognized this year with a university teaching award, received the Law School's Wallace Teaching Award.
The Leon Wallace Teaching Award was made possible by a gift from the family of the former Law School dean. Susan Voelkel (pictured, with Dau-Schmidt), Leon Wallace's daughter, was present for the award ceremony. Dau-Schmidt was lauded for his innovative and nationally recognized teaching in the areas of labor and employment law and law and economics. The Trustees Teaching Awards were instituted by the IU trustees several years ago to encourage excellent teaching. Professor Fidler earned praise for his mix of hard law and theory, his presentation of difficult concepts of international law in the context of real world situations, and his development of a course, unique in the nation, on weapons of mass destruction. Professor Geyh was honored for his "magical" ability to engage students in rules-based courses, such as Civil Procedure and Legal Ethics, his imaginative hypotheticals, and his humor and receptivity to student questions.
Applegate recognized for public service
Professor Amy Applegate received this year's Leonard D. Fromm Public Interest Award in recognition of her work with the Law School's Child Advocacy Clinic and her lifetime of commitment to pro bono. Janet Rumple (pictured, with Applegate), president of the Law School's Public Interest Law Foundation, noted that through a long legal career, Applegate has always found time for pro bono clients. She has volunteered her time and expertise for the ACLU, for guardian ad litem appointments, and as a court appointed special advocate, as well as serving as a member of the Board of Bar Examiners for the Supreme Court of Ohio, a volunteer mediator for the federal courts, and a member of numerous boards of directors of nonprofit agencies.
Applegate is the director of the Indiana University School of Law Child Advocacy Clinic. She brings her many years of litigation experience with firms in Washington, D.C., and Cincinnati and her experience as an attorney with the Securities and Exchange Commission to this clinical opportunity for our students. The clinic takes cases on appointment from the Monroe County (Ind.) courts, and its students represent the best interest of children in those courts under the supervision of Professor Applegate and the clinic's associate director, Professor Michael Jenuwine.
McLean to speak on transnational corporations
Janet McLean, the George P. Smith Distinguished Visiting Professor-Chair, will give a presentation on "Transnational Corporations in History: Lessons for Today" at 3 p.m. on Friday, April 4. McLean, a member of the faculty of law of the University of Auckland, New Zealand, teaches public and administrative law. Her research includes privatization and corporatization, and contracting as a form of regulation. This professorship is funded by a generous gift from Professor George P. Smith II, JD'64, of the Catholic University of America Law School. Justice Michael Kirby, of the High Court of Australia; Sir David Williams, vice chancellor emeritus of the University of Cambridge; and Tzu-Yi Lin, of Taiwan University are among the previous holders of this professorship.
Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies celebrates 10th anniversary with symposium, conference
When the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies published its first issue 10 years ago, globalization was still a relatively new term among scholars—but one that was suddenly circulating widely across law and other disciplines in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union, the reunification of Germany, the creation of the European Union, and the end of the Gulf War. The journal celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with the publication of a symposium on whether globalization has contributed to a democracy deficit, and a conference on the effect of globalization on courts. The conference, which will occur at the Law School on April 11, features Sir David Williams from Cambridge; Professor Janet McLean, the George P. Smith II Distinguished Visiting Professor-Chair; Justice Frank Sullivan of the Indiana Supreme Court; Professor Alfred Aman; and Professor Ran Hirschl of the University of Toronto.
The journal, which is now published by the Indiana University Press, is the third most-cited specialty law journal in the country, and one of the few peer-reviewed law journals in the world.
DeCoudreaux to receive university Distinguished Alumni Service Award
Alecia DeCoudreaux, JD'78, will receive the Indiana University Distinguished Alumni Service Award on Sunday, June 15. The award is the highest honor the university bestows upon its alumni and is given for distinguished service in the recipient's chosen field and for significant contributions that benefit the community, state, or nation. DeCoudreaux is secretary and deputy general counsel for Eli Lilly and Co. She has devoted much energy to women's issues, diversity, racial fairness, and assisting the underprivileged. She serves as a member of the Law School's Board of Visitors.
Academy of Law Alumni Fellows: Call for nominations
The Academy of Law Alumni Fellows was established in 1985 to recognize Indiana University School of Law graduates who have earned distinction through their personal achievements and their dedication to the highest standards of their professions. Nominations for the 2003 Academy Fellows are due on May 1, 2003. To nominate someone for the academy, use our online nomination form.
Hartog to return as Harris Lecturer
Hendrik Hartog, formerly a member of the IU law faculty and currently at Princeton University, will present this year's Addison Harris Lecture on Monday, April 7, at noon in the Moot Court Room. A leading legal historian, Hartog will present "Someday All This Will Be Yours: Adoption, Contract, and Duty in Capitalist America." The public is invited.
Hartog is the Class of 1921 Bicentennial Professor of the History of American Law at Princeton. His books include Public Property and Private Power: The Corporation of the City of New York in American Law, and Man and Wife in America: A History. The Harris Lecture was established in 1946 by a gift from India Crago Harris in the name of her husband. Past lecturers have included leading legal academics in the country, including Frank Michelman; Owen Fiss; Guido Calabresi; Barbara Babcock; Lawrence Tribe; Derrick Bell; and Robert Bork.
Shreve donates civil rights painting
On the 38th anniversary of the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Professor Gene Shreve presented the Law School with a painting of that important civil rights march. "Selma Bridge Crossing," by Bernice Sims, is one in a series of memory paintings by the artist commemorating the 1965 march for voting rights. Sims, a noted self-taught 'outsider' artist, was present during the events she depicts. Shreve, who describes the painting as "vivid and provocative," says that its "important themes of justice and social responsibility" make the Law School a particularly appropriate home for the painting.
Parents and partners participate in classes
This Saturday, more than 100 parents and partners joined their law students to learn more about the Law School and participate in classes. The event, which has been a popular attraction since Dean Leonard Fromm instituted it in 1983, allowed family members to participate in Constitutional Law with Professor Dan Conkle; "Ethics, Lies, but no Videotape," a class on client perjury with Professor Luis Fuentes-Rohwer; and Professor Terry Bethel's enduring "Promises, Promises" Contracts class. Professor Bethel has the distinction of having taught in every parents and partners day since its inception 20 years ago. In addition, parents heard Dean Rachel Kearney, dean for Career Services, talk about the job outlook; Professor John Applegate describe his research on legal aspects of hazardous waste; and Professor Don Gjerdingen talk about what happens to people during law school. This year's award-winning trial team and the finalists of the Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition also presented demonstrations, and Professors Amy Applegate and Michael Jenuwine described the work of the Child Advocacy Clinic.
Help the Law School serve its students: Contribute to the Fund For Excellence
The 2002-2003 Fund for Excellence campaign has now raised $506,283.70 in cash — 84.38 percent toward our $600,000 goal. So far, 1,312 of our 8,009 alumni have made contributions to the Fund for Excellence, bringing our participation rate to 16.38 percent. Three months now remain until the end of the fiscal year, June 30. Please make a contribution — in any amount — to the school that has provided you with the professional opportunities that you now enjoy. Your contribution will support our three renowned law journals, our 25 student organizations, our moot court programs and teams, and the Career Services and Admissions Offices — to name but a few programs that depend entirely on alumni giving and private support. You can donate online or by mail to Indiana University School of Law—Bloomington, Indiana University Foundation, P.O. Box 2298, Bloomington, IN 47402.
Recent Faculty Publications
Jeannine Bell: Gaining Access: A Practical and Theoretical Guide for Qualitative Research (AltaMira Press 2003)
Fred Cate: The Privacy Problem: A Broader View of Information Privacy and the Costs and Consequences of Protecting It (First Reports, First Amendment Center 2003)
Charles Geyh: Report of the Commission on Public Financing of Judicial Elections (ABA Standing Committee on Judicial Independence 2002)
Robert Fischman, The National Wildlife Refuge System and the Hallmarks of Modern Organic Legislation, 29 Ecology Law Quarterly 457 (2002).
Luis Fuentes-Rohwer, Doing our Politics in Court: Gerrymandering, "Fair Representation" and an Exegesis Into the Judicial Role, 78 Notre Dame L. Rev. 527 (2003)
Michael Jenuwine, Promoting Justice Through Interdisciplinary Teaching, Practice, and Scholarship, 11 Wash. Univ. J. of Law & Policy 141 (2003)
Julia Lamber, Intercollegiate Athletics: The Program Expansion Standard under Title IX's Policy Interpretation, 12 S. Cal. Rev. of Law & Women's Studies 31(2002)