Law Connection – April 11, 2018

Monsanto Lecture
Thursday, April 12, 4 p.m. Benson Classroom

Catherine M. Sharkey
Crystal Eastman Professor of Law
NYU School of Law




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Institutional Liability for Employees’ Intentional Torts: Vicarious Liability as a Quasi-Substitute for Punitive Damages

Modern day vicarious liability cases often address the liability of enterprises and institutions where agents have committed intentional acts.  Increasingly, when corporations or employers are sued, the line is blurred between the principal’s vicarious liability and its own direct liability.

From an economic deterrence perspective, the imposition of strict liability vicarious liability induces employers to adopt cost-justified preventative measures, including selective hiring and more stringent supervision and discipline, and, in some instances, to truncate the scope of their business activities.  Negligence-based direct liability likewise induces employers to adopt cost-justified preventative measures (without constraining activity levels to the degree that strict liability does).  This raises two questions: why doesn’t direct employer negligence liability suffice, in terms of deterring employees’ intentional torts?  And conversely, so long as there is strict liability vicarious liability is there any need for direct negligence liability at all?

Women Lawyers Association Panel presented by the Women Law Students Association
Thursday, April 19, 5:15 – 6:15, Benson Classroom

Guest speakers include: President Barbra Stooksbury, Magistrate Mary DeBoer and Carly A. Brandenburg. Discussion will include the Women Lawyers Association scholarship opportunity.

Cane Walk
Friday, April 27, 5 p.m.

The Class of 2018 invites you to attend the annual Cane Walk. The Cane Walk will begin immediately following the unveiling of the class composite in the front lobby of Wesemann HallYou do not need to purchase a cane to join the walk.

After the Cane Walk join the celebration at Elements Wine Bar in downtown Valparaiso.

Grad Finale
Wednesday, May 2, 4 – 5:30 p.m. Wesemann Cafe

All students planning to graduate in May or August 2018 must attend Grad Finale.

At this event students will:

  • Verify graduation information
  • Complete grad survey
  • Obtain information about preparing for the bar examination
  • Receive graduation line-up and hooding instructions
  • Pick up cap, gown and hood
  • Receive class gift and mini composite
  • Receive commencement photo details from Grad Images
  • Learn what to do with your law school email and document accounts
  • Win prizes including graduation diploma frames

Indiana Lawyer Dean’s Desk: Death penalty for drug dealers unconstitutional (and unwise) by Dean Andrea Lyon. 

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Valparaiso University Law School earns “A” rating and #11 ranking for Practical Training by preLaw Magazine.


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