I am delighted to report that in April, the Law School adopted an ambitious strategic plan to guide us during the next seven years. As expressed by the plan, "Our vision is to be a highly visible and influential law school whose faculty, students, and graduates advance justice and the public good in the nation and around the world." The plan is the result of deliberations by both the faculty and our Alumni Board and Board of Visitors.
During the coming months, you will be hearing a great deal from me about the details of this plan, how we are implementing it, and how we will measure and report our progress. In the meantime, our faculty are doing their best to assure that their ideas are having an impact on important debates. If you have not done so already, please enjoy our "In the News" archive, which allows you to keep up with our faculty as they discuss law in the media.
All my best,
Lauren K. Robel, JD'83
Dean and Val Nolan Professor of Law
In This Issue
- New Center to Foster Constitutional Democracy
- Buroker Elected National Chair of American Heart Association
- Westerhaus Named NCAA Vice-President for Diversity and Inclusion
- Liveoak Helps Draft Botswana's AIDS Policy
- Robinson Receives Highest Leaf Award
- Alumni Weekend 2005: Three Alumni to Be Honored for Distinguished Service
- Academy of Law Alumni Fellows: Seeking Nominations
- Last Chance to Support the 2004-05 Fund for Excellence
- Faculty in the News
New Center to Foster Constitutional Democracy
Professor David Williams is leading a new Indiana University center that will promote constitutional democracy for countries marked by ethnic, religious, linguistic, and other divisions. The Center for Constitutional Democracy in Plural Societies (CCDPS) will focus its initial work in Burma, Liberia, Kazakhstan, and Azerbaijan, training the reform leaders of these countries in constitutionalism, parliamentary process, and legal ordering. The CCDPS's interdisciplinary team of scholars, which includes members of the IU Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, has strong roots in the School of Law. In addition to Center director David Williams, key players from the school include Professor Susan Williams; Professor Kevin Brown; Rovshan Ismayilov, visiting scholar; Tun Myint (PhD'05), our first PhD recipient; and current SJD students Ngun Cung "Andrew" Lian (LLM'96) and Mukhit Yeleuov (LLM'01). The CCDPS is the only organization in the United States that will provide JD students and international graduate law students the unique opportunity to directly support global constitutional reform. Students will work closely with activists abroad through research, writing, organizing, and teaching.
The CCDPS enables plural societies to peaceably provide meaningful self-governance to all their citizens by focusing on the constitutional aspects of democratic reform. Among other projects, members of the Center will help these countries to write constitutions and will organize conventions and develop commentaries that enable citizens to understand their constitutions. Members of the CCDPS have developed close and long-term relationships with reformers abroad. According to David Williams, much of the work began on the invitation of "brave, idealistic, and intelligent people" from these countries who were affiliated with IU, many of whom have become fellows of the Center.
Buroker Elected National Chair of American Heart Association
Andrew B. Buroker, JD'89, a partner at Krieg DeVault in Indianapolis, has been elected to serve as the national chair of the American Heart Association (AHA). Buroker was elected by the AHA's delegate assembly during its annual Volunteer Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. The three-year term begins on July 1, 2005, with a one-year term as chair-elect.
In addition to serving as the national chair of the AHA, Buroker will serve as the development coordinator for the AHA and as a member of the National Administrative Cabinet, Corporate Operations Coordinating Committee, and Advisory Coordinating Committee. He is also a board member of the AHA's Greater Midwest Affiliate and recently served as chair of the Corporate Operations Coordinating Committee and the Advocacy Coordinating Committee. Buroker has been a member of the AHA national Board of Directors and the National Administrative Cabinet since 2002. A member of the Law School's Alumni Board, Buroker received the school's Distinguished Service Award in 2004.
Westerhaus Named NCAA Vice-President for Diversity and Inclusion
Charlotte Westerhaus, JD'91, was recently named vice-president for diversity and inclusion for the NCAA. Currently the assistant to the president and director of equal opportunity and diversity at the University of Iowa, Westerhaus will assume her new duties in August at the NCAA national office in Indianapolis. She will report directly to NCAA President Myles Brand and lead the newly created Office for Diversity and Inclusion.
"I'm looking forward to continuing the important work the NCAA and its member institutions have been doing to increase diversity and inclusion and welcome input from all groups who have been working on these issues for years," Westerhaus said. "I plan to hit the floor running. This race is more like a marathon than a sprint."
Liveoak Helps Draft Botswana's AIDS Policy
Clint A. Liveoak, JD'04, public health analyst for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, spent nearly two months in Botswana, Africa, working with the country's government on its HIV/AIDS policy. "With an estimated national HIV prevalence of 38 percent, the HIV and AIDS epidemic in Botswana is recognized by the country's leadership as the most critical threat to national development since the country gained independence," Liveoak said. "A key component of the nation's response to the epidemic is the National Policy on HIV and AIDS." Through collaboration with the National AIDS Coordinating Agency (NACA) and the National AIDS Council Sector on Ethics, Law, and Human Rights, Liveoak was able to provide the NACA with a revised draft of the National Policy on HIV and AIDS. The draft is currently being reviewed by relevant stakeholders and should be implemented by the end of the year.
Robinson Receives Highest Leaf Award
Laurie Robinson, JD'98, was selected to receive the Women's Venture Fund's Highest Leaf Award in connection with Corporate Counsel Women of Color, a newly formed organization that Robinson founded to promote diversity in the legal profession. More than 900 women attorneys of color who work for Fortune 1000 and Forbes 2000 companies comprise the organization. Robinson is the assistant general counsel for CBS Broadcasting in New York. The Highest Leaf Award honors women who positively impact their fields and exemplify an understanding of the balance between outcome and responsibility in the workplace.
Alumni Weekend 2005: Three Alumni to Be Honored for Distinguished Service
On Sept. 9, the School of Law will honor three alumni with the Distinguished Service Award (DSA) as part of the Alumni Weekend 2005 celebration. Donald P. Dorfman (pictured), LLB'57; Rynthia Rost, JD'80; and Dan Spicer, JD'73, will be recognized for their service to their communities and to the profession. The Law School will host Alumni Weekend 2005 on Friday, Sept. 9, and Saturday, Sept. 10. In addition to the DSA ceremony, Friday activities will include a Continuing Legal Education seminar and the Alumni, Student, and Faculty Bash. On Saturday, activities include a golf outing, a tailgate party, and the IU vs. Nicholls State football game. For more information about scheduled activities, reunion planning, hotel information, and registration, visit the Alumni Weekend 2005 Web site.
Academy of Law Alumni Fellows: Seeking Nominations
Nominations are currently being solicited for the Academy of Law Alumni Fellows. Founded in 1985, the Academy of Law Alumni Fellows recognizes Law School graduates who have distinguished themselves and the school through personal achievements and dedication to the highest standards of the profession. New members will be inducted into the Academy during a formal dinner that will take place on April 7, 2006. Induction into the Academy of Law Alumni Fellows is the highest honor the School of Law bestows upon its graduates. Nominations, which can be submitted through Sept. 15, must be in writing and should include biographical information and other information supporting the selection of the nominee. For more information and the nomination form, visit the Academy of Law Alumni Fellows Web site.
Last Chance to Support the 2004-05 Fund for Excellence
There is still time to contribute to the Law School's annual giving program, the Fund for Excellence. Please make your contribution by June 30 to be recognized in the next Dean's Report. State funding and tuition combined now pay for little more than the building and salaries. Therefore, every gift — at any level — is critical to the Law School's ability to maintain and improve crucial programs and services, such as law journals, moot court, and scholarships. Make a donation online or send a check to Indiana University School of Law—Bloomington, Indiana University Foundation, P.O. Box 2298, Bloomington, IN 47402.
Faculty in the News
Professor Craig Bradley was quoted in an Associated Press article on Chief Justice William Rehnquist that was picked up by CNN, the Boston Globe, and the Guardian Unlimited (UK).
Professor Fred H. Cate co-wrote an editorial titled, "What can Terri Schiavo and Sidney Greenspan teach us?" which appeared in the Chicago Tribune. Cate was also quoted in MONEY Magazine, the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, Governing Magazine, and BNA Privacy Law Watch.
Professor Daniel Conkle was quoted about religion and politics in the Independent News (UK), the Louisiana Star-News, the Indianapolis Star, and the South Bend Tribune.
Professor David Fidler recently wrote an article titled, "The Asian Century: Implications for International Law," which will be published in the 2005 Singapore Year Book of International Law and Contributors.
Professor Charles Geyh was quoted about the judiciary in the Kansas City Star and the National Law Journal.
Professor Bill Henderson was quoted in "Law professors discuss Krispy Kreme," in the Winston-Salem Journal.
Professor Joseph Hoffmann has been widely quoted about Chief Justice William Rehnquist in media outlets around the world, including the BBC World Service's Newshour and World Today, the Washington Post, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Philadelphia Daily News, the Guardian Unlimited (UK), the San Diego Union-Tribune, the San Francisco Gate, and Fox News. He was also quoted in a National Law Journal article titled "Death row transplant debated."
Professor Julia Lamber was quoted about her interdisciplinary research grant in a Bloomington Herald-Times article titled "IU trio takes on study of equality."
Professor Leandra Lederman was quoted about Kanter v. Commissioner in the Chicago Tribune and the National Law Journal.
Professor Jeffrey Stake was interviewed on WXNT radio in Indianapolis about the recent Supreme Court decision on Kelo v. City of New London.