Happy New Year from Indiana Law! I enter 2006 aware of the fragility of the rule of law in many parts of the world, having visited Liberia in December. Professors Susan and David Williams and I, on behalf of the school's Center for Constitutional Democracy in Plural Societies, met with Liberia's new president, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the Liberian Supreme Court, and the faculty at the Arthur Louis Grimes School of Law to discuss a partnership between the Law School and both the University of Liberia and the new government. The long conflict in that country has led to a severe shortage of lawyers—incredibly, this year's graduating class of 60 will double the number in the country. Indiana University has had a long and special relationship with Liberia, and we are delighted to continue that relationship by offering aid to the Grimes School of Law. We will begin welcoming Liberian law school graduates to Indiana this fall for further study, which will, in turn, lead them back to the Grimes Law School faculty. We are also involved in faculty exchanges, casebook development, and other projects that will help to strengthen that school. The Center has been invited to participate in a series of law reform projects in the country, as well, and we are particularly lucky to have Professor Amos Sawyer, a former interim president of Liberia, as an associate director of the Center. I hope that our work with this fragile but committed West African democracy will provide our own students with a better and stronger understanding of the role of lawyers in assuring the rule of law.
Lauren Robel, JD'83
Dean and Val Nolan Professor of Law
In This Issue
- 2006 Academy of Law Alumni Fellows Selected
- School Welcomes New Faculty Member: Donna Nagy
- Alito Nomination Examined
- Law Panel Discusses Domestic Spying Issue
- Fuchs Lecture: "Representing Kids Who Kill"
- Lee Hamilton's Congressional Papers Unveiled at IU's Lilly Library
- Alumni Happenings
- Call for Distinguished Service Award Nominations
- Give to the Fund for Excellence
2006 Academy of Law Alumni Fellows Selected
Indiana Law has selected six distinguished graduates as 2006 Academy of Law Alumni Fellows. They are Robert Paul Kassing, JD'64, managing partner of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP in Indianapolis; Frank Seales, Jr., JD'74, general counsel of the District of Columbia Department of Transportation; David G. Elmore, JD'58, president of Elmore Sports Group Ltd. in Manhattan Beach, Calif.; Masuji Miyakawa, LLB'05 (posthumous), the first Asian-American graduate of the Law School and the first Japanese-American to be admitted to the bar in the U.S.; James G. Richmond, JD'69, shareholder of Greenberg Traurig, P.C., in Chicago; and Michael E. Uslan, JD'76, president of Branded Entertainment in Cedar Grove, N.J. The Fellows will be inducted during a dinner ceremony on April 7, 2006.
Established in 1985, the Academy of Law Alumni Fellows recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves in their careers through personal achievements and dedication to the highest standards of the profession. With careers ranging from U.S. senators to federal judges to managing partners of national law firms, Academy fellows bring honor to the legal profession and enhance our school's reputation. Induction into the Academy is the highest honor Indiana Law bestows upon its graduates.
School Welcomes New Faculty Member: Donna Nagy
Indiana Law is pleased to announce the addition of Donna M. Nagy, Charles Hartsock Professor of Law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. She will begin teaching this fall. Nagy served the College of Law as interim dean from October 2004 through June 2005. She previously served as associate dean for faculty development where her principal mission was to promote superior scholarship, teaching, and service, and to identify and recruit outstanding faculty candidates.
A member of the UC faculty since 1994, Nagy teaches and writes in the areas of securities law, corporate law, administrative law, and constitutional law. She was a visiting professor of law at the University of Illinois College of Law in Spring 2001, and was a visiting scholar at the University of Canterbury School of Law in Christchurch, New Zealand, in Spring 2002.
Nagy's scholarship includes articles in the Cornell Law Review, the Notre Dame Law Review, and the Ohio State Law Journal as well as two co-authored books, one on the law of insider trading and a recently published casebook on Securities Litigation and Enforcement. She is a frequent speaker on securities regulation and litigation topics at law schools and professional conferences. She is the immediate past chair of the Section on Securities Regulation of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) and is an elected member of the American Law Institute. She is beginning a three-year appointment on the AALS Committee on Sections and Annual Meetings and serves on the Museum/Accession Committee of the Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society. Nagy is also a member of the Cincinnati Bar Association/Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati Round Table Steering Committee.
Prior to joining the UC College of Law, Nagy was an associate with Debevoise & Plimpton in Washington, D.C., specializing in securities enforcement and litigation. She is a Phi Beta Kappa 1986 graduate of Vassar College and earned her law degree from the New York University School of Law in 1989, where she graduated Order of the Coif and served as an articles editor on the Law Review.
Nagy and her husband, Brian Lewis, are the parents of 5-year-old Caitlin.
Alito Nomination Examined
Experts gathered in the Moot Court Room Jan. 12 for a panel discussion, "The Supreme Court: What's at Stake?" Law Professors Charles Geyh and Dawn Johnsen; Mark Brennan, staff attorney with the Monroe County NAACP; Fran Quigley, executive director of the ACLU of Indiana; Paul Newman, JD'03, board member of the ACLU of Indiana; and Sheri M. Miller, director of the Indiana Coalition for a Fair and Independent Judiciary State, discussed the nomination of Samuel Alito and what impact it may have on American's rights and liberties. You can watch the panel discussion using the free Real Player.
Law Panel Discusses Domestic Spying Issue
Indiana Law faculty discussed the Bush administration's program of secret electronic surveillance Jan. 19 in the Law School's Moot Court Room. Organized by Professor David Fidler, the forum, "Terror, Surveillance, and the Rule of Law: Perspectives on the Bush Administration's Secret Domestic Surveillance Activities," featured Professors Pat Baude, Fred H. Cate, Joseph Hoffmann, and David Fidler. Together they provided an overview of the legal questions and controversies and their perspectives on the Bush administration's actions. You can watch the panel discussion.
Fuchs Lecture: "Representing Kids Who Kill"
Victor Streib, JD'70, Ellen and Ernest Fisher Professor of Law at Ohio Northern University's Pettit College of Law, presented the Fuchs Lecture at noon on Monday, Jan. 30, in the Moot Court Room. Streib, an influential voice in the discussion over capital punishment for juveniles, will present "Representing Kids Who Kill." He has represented juvenile homicide clients before the United States Supreme Court and several state supreme courts. His current research is on the death penalty for juveniles and women. On March 1, 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court held the death penalty for juveniles to be unconstitutional, citing Streib's research eight times in their opinion.
Streib has taught at six institutions and has authored more than 300 books, chapters, articles, and papers during his academic career. As an attorney, he has served as a prosecuting attorney and a defense attorney, and he has represented juveniles and women convicted of murder before the U.S. Supreme Court, where his research has been cited 28 times, and several state supreme courts. He also has testified before committees of the U.S. Congress and of seven state legislatures on these issues.
Lee Hamilton's Congressional Papers Unveiled at IU's Lilly Library
The first major public exhibition of the papers of former U.S. Congressman Lee Hamilton, JD'56, who represented the 9th District of Indiana for more than 30 years, is now open for viewing at the Lilly Library, Indiana University's library for rare books and manuscripts. The exhibition provides a glimpse into the contents of Hamilton's congressional papers housed at IU, which include correspondence, speeches, committee minutes, schedules, legislative research files, and extensive files on infrastructure projects. "A Legacy of Honor: An Exhibition from the Congressional Papers of Lee H. Hamilton" runs through April 1.
A trove for researchers who wish to learn more about the behind-the-scenes workings of a U.S. representative's office, the collection of papers provides an extensive resource for scholars of American politics and government. The exhibition focuses on Hamilton's relationships with his 9th-District constituents; his ever-increasing role in foreign policy and foreign affairs; and his lifelong commitment to the U.S. Congress. Hamilton served as U.S. representative from 1965 to January 1999, equaling the longest term of service for an Indiana representative.
Hamilton is founding director of the Center on Congress at IU, which seeks to educate citizens on the importance of Congress, and director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. He served as vice chairman of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States, often called the "9/11 Commission." Hamilton donated his congressional papers to Indiana University in 1998.
Alumni are invited to join the dean, faculty, and fellow alumni at the Indianapolis Alumni Reception at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the Rock Bottom Brewery at 10 W. Washington St. Come see old friends and cheer on the Indiana Hoosiers as they take on Wisconsin at 7 p.m. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be provided. RSVP by Wednesday, Feb. 1, to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 812-855-9700.
Call for Distinguished Service Award Nominations
Indiana Law is seeking nominations for the 2006 Distinguished Service Award (DSA). Founded in 1997, the DSA recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves in service to their communities and to the Law School. This year's recipients will be honored at a fall reception in Bloomington. The online nomination form includes instructions for submitting nominations, which are due by April 1.
Give to the Fund for Excellence
The Fund for Excellence is now at nearly 75 percent of its goal for the fiscal year. Many thanks to the loyal alumni and friends who have already contributed. There is still time to make your gift before the end of the fiscal year, and every contribution is critical to the school's success. The Fund for Excellence ensures that the Law School has the resources it needs to recruit and retain top-quality students and faculty, enhance co-curricular student programs and services, and enrich the educational atmosphere of the school through conferences, speakers, and technology. Please check our Web site for ways to give, including making a secure online donation. Make your gift by June 30, 2006, to be included in the 2005-06 Honor Roll of Donors.