Student News

International Moot Court Wins First Place and Best Speaker Awards

Members of the Valparaiso University Law School International Moot Court Society competed at the Annual D.M. Harish Memorial Government Law Competition on February 6-9, 2013 in Mumbai, India. The team won First Place Overall and Best Speaker, among the 31 teams competing.

Notaries Public

Should you need the services of a Notary Public, please contact any of these individuals at the Law School for assistance.

Food Drive

The Illinois State Bar Association will be hosting a food drive Monday, February 11 – Friday, February 15 during Chapel Break. Please bring any non-perishable items to the ISBA table during Chapel Break. Any support is greatly appreciated!

The food drive benefits the ”Lawyers Feeding Illinois” campaign in an effort to fight hunger. More information can be found

The Valpo ISBA fundraising website can be found here:

Help a Vet Get a Pet Program

Help a Vet Get a Pet Program is happy to announce that we have placed our first veteran! The veteran’s name is Kate Suttles and she was in the Navy for 6.5 years during the Gulf War. The dog is Gordie and he is a 6 month old Sheppard mix. We are using the funds we raised during our 5K this fall to cover Kate’s adoption fees (through 2×2 rescue) as a thank you for her service. Thank you for your continued support of MVLA.

Professionalism Series

On Friday, February 15th there will be a special event in our Professionalism Series that will be appropriate for all students. The Executive Directors from several regulatory agencies of the Indiana Supreme Court (Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program, Commission for Continuing Legal Education, and the Disciplinary Commission) will be coming to present two important programs:

A Life in the Law” (9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. in Ulbricht). This program provides insight into the interaction between legal practitioners and the regulators of the profession.  The program will provide an introduction to each of these agency’s missions and highlight how these agencies interact with lawyers throughout their entire careers.

Trust Account Primer” (10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in Ulbricht). This program is particularly important for 3Ls and those who may enter private practice. G. Michael Witte, Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission will highlight rules of professional conduct regarding trust accounts, an area increasingly responsible for disciplinary actions against attorneys. Attend this session to make sure your career avoids these potential pitfalls.

Refreshments will be provided at these events. Take an interest in your career and help ensure that Valparaiso Law is well represented to these agency heads traveling from Indianapolis to join us. Mark your calendar and plan on attending one or both events. Please RSVP here:

MLK Day Celebrations

MLK Day celebrations, which began on January 16, concluded on January 24.  Many have commented on the success of the 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation  – the Chapel was full – feeling that the founder and president of the Interfaith Youth Core, Eboo Patel, gave an inspired speech that was one of the best ever.  His talk was carefully prepared; he cited inspiration from both Dr. King and President Obama who are connected by a bridge of American history, of African American history, and of interfaith history.

On January 18:  60 members of the Valparaiso community participated in the “You Might Be Surprised” MLK Community Conversations held at locations around the city.  They discussed various quotes, without knowing the various faith traditions the quotes came from. When the sources were revealed after the discussions, it was clear that some were surprised at the faith sources, and that all the quotes could have come from many different faith traditions.

On January 21 (MLK Day) In his convocation speech, Eboo Patel noted that both King and Obama were in their 20s – the same age as the students in the chapel – when they began their journeys.  He challenged the students to determine what interfaith bridges they will build and reminded them that people are better together than they are apart. His speech connected beautifully with the theme of the day – “Building Bridges: Dream. Dialogue. Service.”- but, more importantly, with the mission of Valparaiso University. Following the Convocation, attendees had lunch and then participated in a wide variety of Focus Sessions.

Valparaiso City Hall hosted a special presentation entitled Embracing Inclusion by Mayor Jon Costas at 9 a.m. on MLK Day, to which the public were invited.

Current law students volunteered all day on MLK Day to assist the NW Indiana volunteer Lawyers with client intake at their annual public service event: Talk to A Lawyer Today. Several of the volunteer attorneys were VU Law grads.

On January 23: Twelve 1Ls put on a spirited 2013 Mock Debate on “Affirmative Action in Higher Education”.  The teams were coached by their class mates. Though both teams did a great job, the opposing team won the debate, based on audience voting.

On January 24: The 2013 MLK Law School Lecture was given by Karen Freeman-Wilson, first female African-American Mayor of the city of Gary.  Freeman-Wilson shared specific ways we can preserve Dr. King’s dream by bringing his words to life through our actions.

Other MLK events included screenings of the documentary “Waging Peace” an Art & Essay competition for K through 12th grade, and a Student Coffee House.​

Dual Degree Call Out Meeting — 2/20 at 4:30 p.m. in Ulbricht

If you are a current law student interested in pursuing a dual J.D./Master’s degree, please come to the Dual Degree Call Out Meeting on Wednesday, February 20 at 4:30 p.m. in Ulbricht.

You may also find information on the Valparaiso Law website at:

Wesemann Cafe Menu

For the Wesemann Café menu, please click on the following link:  ​

Wesemann Café Menu 2/11 – 2/15: Wesemann Cafe Menu