Volume 1, No. 10

Indiana Law Update

A newsletter for alumni, students, and friends of IU School of Law—Bloomington

October 2003

 

Hoffmann named co-chair of death penalty panel

Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has named Joseph Hoffmann, the Harry Pratter Professor of Law at the Indiana University School of Law—Bloomington, as co-chair of a new panel of scientific and legal experts charged with crafting a proposal to reinstate capital punishment in Massachusetts for a narrow set of crimes.

Romney said the 11-member Governor's Council on Capital Punishment will ensure that the death penalty legislation is narrowly applied and used in accordance with the highest standard of proof.

Massachusetts is one of only 12 states where capital punishment is not a sentencing option for murder cases. Romney said the latest advances in forensic science will enable the council to design death penalty legislation that meets the "highest evidentiary standards."

The council includes some of the world's foremost experts on the use of forensic science in homicide cases, including Dr. Henry Lee, best known for his role in the O.J. Simpson trial, and co-chair Dr. Fred Bieber, a professor of pathology at Harvard Medical School, who has served on the FBI's DNA advisory board and helped identify the remains of the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City.

Hoffmann, who helped draft recent death penalty reform legislation for the state of Illinois, has been a consultant to the U.S. House of Representatives on death penalty legislation and has advised several other states on capital punishment, including Indiana, Florida, Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Arizona, and Kentucky. He was also an expert witness in the Timothy McVeigh trial.

Hoffmann made the following remarks when he accepted the appointment:

"I accept this appointment with a clear awareness of the importance of the task before me (and my colleagues on the council).

"The death penalty is one of the most controversial issues facing American society today. The fundamental decision of whether or not to have a death penalty is fraught with deep questions of law, morality, science, politics, and even religion.

"The charge of the council is not to say whether or not Massachusetts should have a death penalty. That choice is for the people of Massachusetts and their elected leaders. Our charge is to draft a proposed death penalty law that avoids the mistakes of the past and ensures — as much as humanly possible — that Massachusetts will never wrongly put a person to death.

"No matter what one may think about the death penalty, everyone should agree that the two most important goals of a death penalty system are, one, that all determinations of guilt or innocence be made accurately; and, two, that the death penalty be imposed only for those crimes that are truly 'the worst of the worst.'

"Unfortunately, in recent years, we have learned that not all state death penalty laws have functioned effectively to do so. Thus, today, Gov. Romney and Lt. Gov. Healey have asked me and my colleagues to study the available legal and scientific wisdom and to determine a set of the best practices that can possibly be devised for the fair and just administration of capital punishment in Massachusetts.

"This effort represents a unique moment in modern American history, when the politics of capital punishment, so often marked by distrust and discord, are consciously set aside in the desire to develop a better way.

"The task is daunting, and I can assure you that we will approach it with the utmost seriousness and respect. If we accomplish our mission, our work may not only benefit the people of Massachusetts, but also serve as a model for the rest of the nation."

Aman tapped to head Institute for Advanced Study

Professor Alfred Aman has been named the director of the Indiana University Institute for Advanced Study. The Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) supports research and creative activity in all areas of thought, particularly work that cuts across disciplinary and cultural boundaries, by inviting distinguished scientists, scholars, and artists from around the world to one or more of the Indiana University campuses to work on specific projects with faculty and students; by sponsoring a number of transdisciplinary seminars and working groups on the Bloomington campus; by arranging lectures and other gatherings for the sharing and production of knowledge; and by facilitating the work of the Society for Advanced Study, an organization that supports IAS, research, and intellectual exchange.

Aman has just returned from a sabbatical at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson Center, where he completed work on a new book, The Domestic Face of Globalization, which will be published by NYU Press. He has also returned to teaching at the Law School and serves as the faculty adviser for the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies.

Williams honored for work with Indiana Bar

Professor Susan Williams will be honored on Oct. 23 with a Presidential Citation for exemplary service to the Indiana State Bar Association and for outstanding contributions to the profession. Williams served as the chair of the ISBA Diversity Summit Planning Committee, which worked with the bar association and the Indiana Supreme Court to bring bar leaders together to address issues of minority recruitment and retention.

Fidler gives Distinguished Lecture at McGeorge

Professor David Fidler presented a lecture, "Caught Between Paradise and Power: Pathogenic Threats and the Axis of Illness," for the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law's Distinguished Speakers series on Sept. 15. Fidler is completing a book about the implications of the SARS outbreak for international public health regulation.

School mourns loss of Frank O'Bannon

Indiana lost its governor, and the Law School lost an alumnus and member of the Academy of Law Alumni Fellows when Frank O'Bannon died on Sept. 13. Governor O'Bannon began his political career in 1970 when he succeeded his father in the State Senate representing his home town of Corydon, Ind. He was elected lieutenant governor on a ticket with Evan Bayh in 1988 and was elected governor in 1996.

Padilla, Grande to be practitioners in residence

Two alumni return to the school to share their expertise with students this month. Steff Padilla, JD'85, a juvenile judge in Los Angeles, will return on Oct. 14-16 to participate in programs at the IU School of Law Child Advocacy Clinic. While here, Judge Padilla will also participate in classes on legal ethics and criminal law and will meet with student members of the Public Interest Law Foundation.

Donald Grande, JD'66, is executive managing director of GS2 Securities in Milwaukee. He returns to the school on Oct. 27-29 to participate in classes on legal ethics, corporations, and corporate finance, as well as to meet with the Business and the Law student group.

Artim named new judiciary committee chief counsel, staff director

Bruce Artim, JD'82, has been promoted to chief counsel and staff director of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Artim has served as Senate Judiciary Committee counsel since July 1995, covering health care, intellectual property, and international trade issues. He had previously worked as one of Sen. Orrin Hatch's primary health policy staffers, first joining the Hatch staff in 1992 as minority counsel on the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee.

"Bruce Artim is a brilliant and dedicated professional who brings with him the academic and practical background suited for this tough job," said Hatch. "I am proud to promote him to chief counsel and staff director for the Senate Judiciary Committee. He has a tremendous record working with people throughout Utah on key issues, and he will continue to build on those relationships for the betterment of our state and our country. I'm confident that he will do an excellent job leading our team."

Artim began his career in public service as the FDA desk officer at the White House Office of Management and Budget in 1983 and has held various policy positions with the United States Public Health Service. Artim is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Law—Bloomington and earned a master's degree from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

More class notes

Alumni Weekend 2003 a success

Thanks so much for attending Alumni Weekend 2003! We were pleased to welcome our alumni back to campus for a fun-filled weekend, which included a golf outing, the Academy of Law Alumni Fellows dinner, an alumni and student mixer, an ethics CLE course, football, and reunion dinners. Thanks especially to the reunion committees for the classes of 1953, 1978, and 1993 for their hard work in organizing dinners for their classmates. Pictures from the weekend are available on our Web site. If you'd like to order prints of a particular photograph, please contact the photographer, Paul Martens, at (812) 323-2489 or paul@paulmartens.com. Be sure to note the number of each photograph, as well as how many copies you would like.

Upcoming Alumni Events

Alumni Reception in Chicago on Oct. 9
Join Dean Lauren Robel and other faculty members at a Chicago-area reception for alumni of the IU School of Law, hosted by the Bank of America, on Thursday, Oct. 9, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Grand Banking Hall, Bank of America, 231 South LaSalle Street, Chicago. Please reply to lawalum@indiana. edu or (812) 855-9700.

Alumnae Luncheon in Chicago on Oct. 10
Join Dean Lauren Robel, law school faculty, and women graduates at a Chicago-area luncheon for alumnae of the IU School of Law on Thursday, Oct. 10, from noon to 1:30 p.m., at the Renaissance Chicago Hotel, One West Wacker Drive, Chicago. Please reply to lawalum@indiana.edu or (812) 855-9700.

Alumni Reception at the ISBA Annual Meeting on Oct. 23
Join Dean Lauren Robel at the Indiana State Bar Association Annual Meeting for an alumni reception on Thursday, Oct. 23, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Sheraton, Clearwater Ballroom B (First Floor), 8787 Keystone Crossing, Indianapolis. Please reply to lawalum@indiana.edu or (812) 855-9700.

Volunteers needed for Winter Break Alumni Shadow Program

The Career Services and Alumni offices are teaming up to give students the chance to explore career options with alumni hosts through the Winter Break Alumni Shadow Program, which pairs interested students with Law School graduates. Alumni hosts will discuss their career paths and current practice with students, who will shadow them during all or part of a workday, some time between Dec. 29, 2003, and Jan. 13, 2004. Please contact Catherine Stafford (catstaff@indiana. edu or (812) 855-3015) if you are interested in participating in this program.

Faculty News

Kevin Brown, Re-examination of the Benefit of Publicly Funded Private Education for African American Students in a Post-Desegregation Era, 36 IND. L. REV. 477 (2003).

Michael Grossberg gave a talk on the history of fathers and child support at a symposium on child support sponsored by the National Conference of State Legislators and the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement. The conference was held in Vail, Colo., on Sept. 11-13. Grossberg has also been elected a Fellow of the Hastings Center, the bioethics research center in Garrison, N.Y.

On Sept. 29, Michael Jenuwine testified before the Indiana Commission on Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities to advocate for the special needs of people with developmental disabilities when interacting with the criminal justice system.

   
 

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