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Law Connection – August 22, 2018

Law School Labor Day Picnic

Monday, September 3, 12 – 2 p.m., Law School Cafe

Please join us for a picnic style lunch to celebrate Labor Day. 

Robert D. Rucker Lecture

Thursday, September 27, 4 p.m. Benson Classroom

Vice Dean and Professor of Law Karen E. Bravo

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Black Interest in Slaveries

In the last two decades, the world woke up to the persistence of the traffic in human persons, a severe form of human exploitation. The use of “slavery” to designate the traffic, and other severe forms of contemporary exploitation evokes and invokes the 400-year-long traffic of Africans across the Atlantic and their enslavement in the New World. However, the voices of Diasporic Blacks are often absent in these debates. Instead, the implicit and explicit invocations of comparisons to the enslavement of the ancestors of Diasporic Blacks are used to further a superficial understanding of contemporary forms of exploitation and limited efforts to prevent or eradicate them.

In this lecture, Vice Dean Bravo will explore Black interests in slaveries past, present, and future, including uses of the term in the context of the discourse on human trafficking. The interests vary depending on the temporal period: the Past (understanding historic slavery); the Present (identifying and dealing with legacies of historic slavery); and the Future (disrupting the legacy).


Associate Dean Rebecca Huss will present The Differing Definitions of Service and Assistance Animals Under Federal Law, on Friday, September 21 at the Hot Topics in Animal Law seminar, sponsored by the Indiana State Bar Association Animal Law Section and the IU McKinney Environmental Law Society. This presentation will provide an overview of how three federal laws—the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act and the Air Carrier Access Act deal with this issue.  It will also cover some “hot topics” in the area including recent case law relating to service animals in schools and the perception that there is widespread abuse of these laws by persons who are not disabled.