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Law Connection – April 18, 2018

Women Lawyers Association Panel presented by the Women Law Students Association
Thursday, April 19, 5:15 – 6:15 p.m., 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.

Following  the Cane Walk, join the celebration at Elements Wine Bar located 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

Law School Commencement
Saturday, May 19, 2018, 10 a.m. Chapel of the Resurrection

No tickets are required. Seating is on a first-come basis. Chapel doors open at 9 a.m. for general seating. Please arrive by 9:30 a.m. and report to the entrance of the Christopher Center Community Room for procession line-up which will begin at 9:50 a.m.


Professor David Herzig comments on the potential tax implications of security and travel costs for Scott Pruitt, the embattled administrator of the Environmental Protection agency in a recent article.

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Immigration Clinic Wins Two Asylum Cases

The Valparaiso Law Immigration Clinic recently won two asylum cases. Valparaiso University Law School third-year students, Jennifer Nunez and Humberto Valencia won asylum for a prison guard from El Salvador and  third-year students, Amalia Gemelas and Hans Lin won asylum in a challenging immigration court case that has lasted for eight years.

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Associate Professor Robert Knowles with Professor Catherine Sharkey at Valparaiso University Law School.

Monsanto Lecture
Valparaiso Law School is extremely grateful to Catherine M. Sharkey for her Monsanto presentation at Valparaiso University Law School on Thursday, April 12. Professor Sharkey is the Crystal Eastman Professor of Law at the NYU School of Law and discussed “Institutional Liability for Employees’ Intentional Torts: Vicarious Liability as a Quasi-Substitute for Punitive Damages.”