Law Connection – August 23, 2017

The Valparaiso University Law School weekly newsletter

Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity – Beach Day

Join Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity on the beach for free food and games on Saturday, August 26, 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Indiana Dunes State Park. Need a ride? There will be carpools leaving the law school at 11:30 a.m. If you need more information, email

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.

Annual Intra-School Moot Court Competition

Friday, September 1, 6 p.m.
Valparaiso University Center for the Arts (VUCA) Duesenberg Recital Hall

Refreshments will be served after the competition.

Documented Movie Event

Thursday, September 14, 4 – 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.

Valparaiso Law Celebrates New Academic Year at 2017 Welcome Picnic

On Friday, August 18, new and returning students mingled with staff and faculty to kick off the 2017 academic year and welcome the class of 2020. Valparaiso Law offers a broad range of student organizations where students cultivate and explore personal and intellectual interests and develop practical skills in a team environment and from 2 – 4 p.m. student groups socialized with new and returning students. Students then celebrated another new year at Valparaiso Law at the traditional Welcome Back Picnic. Valparaiso University Law School Dean Andrea Lyon and Valparaiso University President Mark Heckler officially welcomed students to campus with opening remarks. Students, faculty, and staff then enjoyed great food and live music performed by Valparaiso’s own Crawpuppies. The Crusader mascot was on hand to join in the fun, friendship, and enthusiasm.