Law Connection – March 22, 2017

Valparaiso Law Named Best School for Practical Training

Valparaiso University Law School earns A+ rating and #7 ranking for practical training by National Jurist Magazine – Spring 2017.

Immigration & Presidential Executive Orders: Debate, Discussion, and Open Dialogue
Wednesday, March 29, 6:30 p.m., Tabor Classroom

Please join the Valparaiso University Law School Federalist Society at a panel discussion and open debate on the Executive order and it’s impact on immigration.

  • Erin Delaney – Associate Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law with a courtesy appointment in political science.
  • Geoffrey Heeren – Associate Professor of Law, Michael and Dianne Swygert Teaching Fellow
  • Faisal Kutty – Associate Professor of Law, Director of International LL.M. Program

Moderator: Robert H. Knowles – Associate Professor

2017 Court of Appeals of Indiana Oral Arguments

Indiana’s second highest court will conduct oral arguments at Valparaiso University Law School on Friday, April 7 at 1 p.m., Tabor Classroom

A panel including Judge John G. Baker, Judge Margret G. Robb and Judge Terry A. Crone will participate. The judges will answer student questions after the argument, but not about this case.

The Court of Appeals hears oral arguments across Indiana to enable Hoosiers to observe the court in action and learn more about its indispensable role in Indiana government. Audiences observe skilled legal arguments and advocacy by some of Indiana’s best lawyers, against a backdrop of case-specific facts and statutory and constitutional law.

Tabor Institute on Legal Ethics Lectures

Professor Keith Swisher
University of Arizona
James E. Rogers College of Law


April 20, 2017 | Wesemann Hall
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. — Bench & Bar Lecture
4 – 5 p.m. — Public Lecture

Bench & Bar Lecture – The (Over) Use of Age and Custom in Legal Ethics

Public Lecture – Conflicts of Interest as Second-Class Ethical Rules

2017 Cane Walk

The Class of 2017 invites you to attend the annual Cane Walk – April 27.

The Cane Walk will begin immediately following the unveiling of the class composite in the lobby of Wesemann Hall at 5:00 p.m.

(You do not need to purchase a cane to participate)

Grad Finale 
Monday, May 15, 4 – 5:30 p.m., Wesemann Cafe

All students planning to graduate in May or August 2017 must attend Grad Finale.

Law School Survey – Please Participate

The Law School Survey of Student Engagement email was sent on March 21.

Results are used to improve your experience and quality of education. Responses help identify what is going well and what can be improved. This survey provides meaningful insights about how your experience compares with other law schools.

Class with the highest participation rate gets a pizza party.

Conducted by independent research center. Responses are anonymous.


Barrister’s Ball

Saturday, April 8, 6 p.m. Aberdeen Manor

Barrister’s Ball tickets can be purchased in the Atrium during Chapel Break from 10 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.

Ticket pricing: Students-Free, Faculty/Staff/Alumni-$15, Guests- $20

For questions please email –

law_cambridge_landing_6-1Valparaiso Law London/Cambridge Program – Summer 2017

Students can enhance their worldview of the law by spending a summer semester in London and at the Valparaiso University Cambridge Center in Cambridge, England. You’ll be taught by Valparaiso Law professors and guest lecturers from the host community. The Summer 2017 program will run from June 25 through July 21 and the application deadline is April 15. The two course, five credit program includes a week in London (June 25 – July 1) and the remainder of the program will be conducted at the Valparaiso University Cambridge Center.

For more information, please check the website or contact Professor Telman ( or Professor Knowles (

law_dcrealestateweek_landingWashington D.C. Real Estate Program – Summer 2017

Valparaiso University Law School will offer a six-credit Real Estate Transactions & Finance summer course in Washington, D.C., the nation’s most active real estate development market. Hosted by a top D.C. law firm, the course will be conducted June 12 – July 14. Classes will be held Monday through Thursday, late afternoon/evening, and students have the opportunity to participate in an internship during the day.

The deadline to register for the program is April 15.

Associate Professor Faisal Kutty argues that it’s well past the time to call out the Saudi regime for abuse of human rights with respect to women, non-Muslims, dissidents and others, in recent Toronto Star article.


Professor David Herzig discusses a potential fatal flaw in the Republican health care plan and commented on President Trump’s tax returns in recent New York Times articles.


Justice Randall Shephard, Valparaiso University President Mark Heckler, Justice Robert Rucker, Dean Andrea Lyon, Former Justice Frank Sullivan.

Valparaiso University Law School Honors Retiring Supreme Court Justice Robert D. Rucker

Valparaiso University Law School hosted a reception on March 9 to honor Justice Robert D. Rucker (’76). Indiana’s 105th Supreme Court Justice. Justice Rucker recently announced that he is stepping down in spring 2017 after 26 years on the bench.

Other Events and News

Theater of Oppression
Thursday, March 23, 7 – 9 p.m., Tabor Classroom

Please join Amnesty International for an educational event to bring awareness to various types of daily oppression throughout the US through skits and a panel discussion.

Fitness and Family Zumba Night
Tuesday, March 28, 7 – 8 p.m. Harre Union Ballroom B

Bring the family together while promoting wellness. Law students and undergraduate students are welcome to attend this event.

Black Law Students Association and the Running/Fitness Club present: Yoga Outside (weather permitting)
Wednesday, April 5, 4 – 5 p.m., Fitness Center Lawn

Please take some time away from the books and join us for a free yoga class. Come out and get some fresh air and relieve some stress.

Dog Adoption Fundraiser Event for Help a Vet Get a Pet 
Friday, April 7, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Harre Union East Lawn (Woiwood Plaza)

Join the Military Veteran’s Law Association (MVLA), Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, and Running and Fitness Club to promote and raise awareness for local animal shelters. All donations will help raise money for the Help a Vet Get a Pet organization.

Please help the Women Law Student Association (WLSAcollect the following items March-May:

  • March: Bra collection and donations for Please bring in gently used bras for the organization, which promotes the equality and empowerment of women who have been victims of human trafficking. There will be a box located by the elevator and near Tabor the week of March 20.
  • March 30: Attendees can knit or crochet baby hats. WLSA will collect donations of yarn and beginner knitting looms for the event as well as premature baby clothing to be donated to families in need at this March of Dimes event.
  • Spring semester: A collection of pill bottles for Matthew 25 Ministries will take place throughout the semester.  Bottles of all kinds – Rx, OTC, vitamin, etc. – will be collected and used to safely distribute needed medications in disaster relief efforts and developing countries. There is a box located in the Student Org. Room to drop off the empty bottles.