Law Connection – August 16, 2017

The Valparaiso University Law School weekly newsletter

Pick Up Your Personalized Calendars
If you haven’t already done so, please come by the Office of Admissions and Marketing (room 144) to pick up your personalized 2017-18 calendar.

Student Organization Fair

Friday, August 18
2 p.m.
Law School Lawn

Welcome Back Picnic

Friday, August 18, 4:30 –  6 p.m.
Law School Lawn

Please bring your families and join us as we enjoy live music, great food and give a warm welcome to the class of 2020.

Seegers Lecture

Thursday, August 31, 4 – 5 p.m.
Benson Classroom

Professor Martha Albertson Fineman
Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law
Emory University School of Law


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Vulnerability, Social Justice, and the Need for a Responsive State

This meaning of the concept of “social justice” has changed over time.  The fact of change is not surprising: meanings continuously evolve in relation to changing political, economic, and social circumstances. However, the term social justice has lost much of its social focus, partly as the result of the ascendancy of a progressive, but individually focused, human rights agenda that valorizes individual liberty and choice. Justice, no longer socially focused, is now found in protection of the liberty of the individual, not in the collective creation of the public good. State action has been construed as inconsistent with notions of liberty and equality under the law, and is too often seen as interfering with individual choice or autonomy. Instead of appreciating the need for collective responses, we seek ways to ensure individual responsibility.

Documented Movie Event

Thursday, September 14, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Tabor Classroom

About “Documented”
In 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in the New York Times Magazine. ‘Documented’ chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his journey through America as an immigration reform activist/provocateur; and his journey inward as he re-connects with his mother, whom he hasn’t seen in 20 years.

Panel Discussion Post Screening – Moderated by Professor Geoffrey Heeren
Immigration Enforcement: A Dialogue Concerning Borders and Sanctuary


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RSVP is REQUIRED for this event. Limited seating available.

Associate Professor Faisal Kutty published several articles over the summer:

The Muslimah Who Fell to Earth” book review appeared in the leading Pakistani daily Dawn.

The Toronto Star featured:

Professor Rebecca Huss was quoted in the July issue of the ABA Journal  article “Assistant animals: What you need to know” and the New York Post article “How Michael Vick’s Pit Bulls changed animal rescue forever.”

Professor David Herzig discusses President Trump’s real estate deal with his son in the Washington Post article “This Trump real estate deal looks awfully like criminal tax fraud. ”