I am proud to report that for the third year in a row, a graduate of Indiana Law is the recipient of the university-wide Distinguished Latino Alumni Award. Maria Luz "Lucy" Corona (JD'81) received the award from the Latino Alumni Association at a ceremony in Bloomington this past weekend. Judge Corona joins federal judge Jesse M. Villalpando (JD'84), the 2004 recipient, and the 2003 recipient, J. Guadalupe Valtierra (JD'82), chancellor of Ivy Tech State College in Gary, Ind., in this recognition.
Lucy Corona is a magistrate judge for the Domestic Relations Court in Lake County. In her varied and rich life, Lucy has worked as a secretary in a steel mill, a teacher, a social worker, and a lawyer, serving as an inspiration to all the communities that are honored to count her as one of their members. Her service to her community and the bar in Indiana has been tremendous. The strong value she places on higher education is evident in the instrumental role she plays in the Hispanic Women's Forum's efforts to provide scholarships. She has remained active at her alma mater, both in the Alumni Association and as a member of the Law School's Alumni Board of Directors.
All of us at the school take pride in the achievements of our graduates, and it is lovely to report when those achievements are recognized by a larger audience.
All my best,
Lauren K. Robel, JD'83
Dean and Val Nolan Professor of Law
In This Issue
- Professors Bradley, Hoffmann Attend Rehnquist Funeral
- Conference to Examine Presidential Powers in Wartime
- Hurricane Katrina Victims Find Home at Law School
- Alumnus Rust Serves as Practitioner in Residence
- University and Fair Trade Conference Comes to IU Bloomington
- Professor Applegate Receives Statewide Pro Bono Award
- The Fund for Excellence: New Fiscal Year
- Faculty News
Professors Bradley, Hoffmann Attend Rehnquist Funeral
Professors Craig Bradley and Joseph Hoffmann attended the funeral of Chief Justice William Rehnquist on Sept. 7 at St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Both professors clerked for the man who, with 33 years on the Court, enjoyed one of the longest tenures of any chief justice in history. Rehnquist, who died on Sept. 3 after a long struggle with thyroid cancer, was buried in Arlington National Cemetery along with his two immediate predecessors, Warren E. Burger and Earl Warren. "The ceremony was a fitting tribute to my former boss and friend for 30 years," Bradley said.
According to Bradley (pictured at right front serving as a pallbearer), St. Matthew's Cathedral was filled to capacity with mourners that included President and Mrs. Bush, cabinet members, leaders of Congress and the Supreme Court, as well as tourists, cab drivers, and maintenance workers. Hoffmann served as part of the Honor Guard during a portion of the time when the chief justice lay in state at the Supreme Court. "All day on Tuesday, and in the morning on Wednesday, mourners passed through the Great Hall to pay their last respects," said Hoffmann.
"The service was really a celebration of his life more than a mourning of his passing," Bradley said. Several of the speakers, including Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, mentioned Rehnquist's penchant for placing friendly bets with his clerks and fellow justices about everything from the outcome of the World Series to how many inches would fall in the courtyard of the Supreme Court. "Justice O'Connor noted that she was careful in wagering against the chief because he usually won," Bradley said. Bradley also recounted a story told by Rehnquist's daughter, Nancy, who correctly answered one of her father's challenges. Rehnquist told Nancy that he would give her five dollars if she could name the year when Elizabeth I died (1603) on the spot. Nancy noted that Rehnquist spent the rest of the summer trying to win back that five dollars.
"The speeches were about William Rehnquist the man, not the chief justice," Hoffmann said. "The words brought out much laughter and many tears. I'm sure that he would have been pleased, not only with the music, which included all of his favorites, but also with the overall spirit of the day. I will always remember one of President Bush's remarks: 'It's a rare man who can hold a prominent position in Washington for more than 30 years and leave behind only good feelings and admiration. That's what William Rehnquist did.' Farewell, Mr. Chief Justice, and may you rest in peace."
Justice O'Connor concluded her remarks by saying, "The red light is lit, and it's time for me to stop," referring to Rehnquist's strictness in enforcing the time limits in oral arguments.
Conference to Examine Presidential Powers in Wartime
The Indiana University School of Law—Bloomington and the American Constitution Society are hosting a conference to examine presidential power in conventional armed conflicts as well as in the "war on terror." The conference, "War, Terrorism, and Torture: Limits on Presidential Power in the 21st Century," will be held on Oct. 7 at the Law School. Professor Dawn Johnsen, distinguished panelists, and keynote speaker Harold Hongju Koh, dean of Yale Law School and the Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law, will address crucial questions including what, if any, limits on presidential power and safeguards against abuses of power exist in the national security realm; whether the Constitution limits the president's power in wartime, as expressed recently through military tribunals, enemy combatant designations, and coercive interrogation techniques; and whether any institution or source of law effectively constrains presidential power in the 21st Century.
The Indiana Law Journal will publish a symposium issue. The conference is free and open to the public. No registration is required. For more information about the conference, visit the conference Web page.
CLE credits for the conference are pending. Please contact Nikki Rolf at email@example.com or (812) 855-9781 for more information about earning CLE credits.
Hurricane Katrina Victims Find Home at Law School
Approximately 20 JD and LLM students displaced from the Tulane University School of Law and the Loyola University New Orleans School of Law started classes in Bloomington during the week of Sept. 7. The students were admitted as visitors for the fall term initially. The Law School will reevaluate the situation, in consultation with the leadership of the students' home schools, as the semester progresses.
Students were immediately placed in the homes of generous faculty, staff, students, and alumni in Bloomington. "The Indiana Law community quickly showed their generosity to these displaced students," Dean Lauren Robel said. "We had more than enough offers of places for students to live, including offers from several alumni who have provided free housing."
"Everyone here was incredibly kind and generous and bent over backward to make sure we had everything we needed, even before we could think of it," said 33-year-old Peter Luce, a 1L from Tulane University. The Boston native evacuated New Orleans to Pass Christian, Miss., which turned out to be one of the hardest-hit areas on the Gulf Coast. Luce, who plans to specialize in International Law, is staying with 1L Matt Kelley and his wife, Jennifer. "They have been amazing. All of the students who were invited here feel incredibly fortunate."
Alumnus Rust Serves as Practitioner in Residence
The Law School welcomed William C. Rust Jr., a 1968 graduate of the Law School, as a practitioner in residence during the week of Sept. 26. Rust's distinguished legal career, which spans nearly 40 years, includes his service as in-house counsel for Bank of America and as a partner with Jensen Rust & Doyle in San Francisco. In both domestic and international forums, Rust has represented major banks, borrowers, investors, guarantors, letter of credit beneficiaries, businesses, and individuals in transactions and litigation. He currently practices as a commercial arbitrator. Rust has generously shared his time and expertise with students in a number of ways, including guest lectures, lunch-time chats with student groups, mock interviews, and individual student meetings.
University and Fair Trade Conference Comes to IU Bloomington
The Indiana University Anti-Sweatshop Advisory Committee is hosting a conference, "The University and Fair Trade," on Sept. 29 and 30 at various locations on the IU Bloomington campus. Featured speakers include our own Professor Christiana Ochoa, other university professors, student anti-sweatshop activists, university licensing directors, and the director of the national Workers Rights Consortium (WRC). The conference explores the issue of how universities can support workers' rights in factories that produce goods with university logos or that produce goods purchased by the universities.
"The tremendous purchasing power of universities opens an opportunity for universities and university communities to promote corporate social accountability and tangible social change in the areas of human rights, labor rights, and environmental protection," said Ochoa, who is serving as a conference panelist.
The IU Anti-Sweatshop Advisory Committee was formed shortly after the IU Licensing Department adopted a Licensee Code of Conduct in 2000. This code requires that all companies that hold a license to sell products with the IU name or logo must ensure that the workplaces where the products are produced meet minimum standards of workers' rights and safety.
Professor Applegate Receives Statewide Pro Bono Award
Professor Amy Applegate is the co-recipient of the Randall T. Shepard Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Publico Service. The statewide annual award, named for the chief justice of Indiana, is given by the Pro Bono Commission. Applegate, the director of the former Child Advocacy Clinic and current Family and Children Mediation Clinic at the Law School, received the award for her dedication to the innovative development and delivery of legal services to the poor.
"I feel very honored to receive this award. It is also very humbling, because Chief Justice Shepard, the Pro Bono Commission, and past recipients of the award have demonstrated such outstanding commitments to pro bono representation in Indiana," Applegate said. "Teaching and working with law students and others to provide legal services in areas where there is a critical need is something I love, and it seems almost too good to be true to receive recognition for it. I am grateful to the Indiana University School of Law—Bloomington and to my family for their support and encouragement of my work in this area, and to the members of the judiciary and the bar who have helped in setting up, staffing, and supporting the pro bono programs in which I am involved."
The award will be presented to Applegate during the Indiana Pro Bono Commission's Randall T. Shepard Award Dinner on Friday, Oct. 21, at the Hyatt Regency in Indianapolis.
The Fund for Excellence: New Fiscal Year
Many thanks are extended to the nearly 2,000 alumni who made donations to the Law School's Fund for Excellence during our 2004-05 campaign. Our alumni contributors and class volunteers made this annual fund year extremely successful. We raised more than $780,000 from nearly 24 percent of our alumni base (well above the national average of 17 percent for alumni participation rates).
A new fiscal year has begun, and we need your contribution to build on last year's success. Your gift to the Fund for Excellence is an investment in the value of your degree. Essential student programs including scholarships, law journals, and student organizations depend on alumni support. Please help the Law School strengthen its standing as a great public law school by making your donation today. Donations may be made online or via mail by sending a check to Indiana University School of Law—Bloomington, Indiana University Foundation, P.O. Box 2298, Bloomington, IN 47402.
Professor Craig Bradley was interviewed on WISH-TV and WXNT and was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle and the Bloomington Herald-Times.
Professor David Fidler was quoted on the bioweapons treaty in Chemical & Engineering News.
Professor Rob Fischman was a guest on the Pacifica Radio Network program, Ecologic, which is produced by WBAI in New York City. Fischman spoke about the controversy over drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Professor Charles Geyh was quoted in the San Antonio Express-News.
Professor Joseph Hoffmann was quoted in the National Law Journal, the Guardian Unlimited, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, the Bloomington Herald-Times, and on CNN and Fox News.
Professor Leandra Lederman was quoted in the Chicago Tribune and Tax Notes Today.
Professor Ajay Mehrotra's forthcoming scholarship was mentioned in Tax Notes Today. His article, "Envisioning the Modern American Fiscal State: Progressive-Era Economists and the Intellectual Foundations of the U.S. Income Tax," was recently published in the UCLA Law Review (Aug. 2005) as part of the law review's 2005 symposium on "Rethinking Redistribution: Tax Policy in an Era of Rising Inequality."
Professor David Williams was interviewed about the Center for Constitutional Democracy in Plural Societies on WFHB's Insight program.
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