Law Connection – March 28, 2018

Valparaiso University Law School earns “A” rating and #11 ranking for Practical Training by preLaw Magazine.

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Parents Attending Law School (PALS) Easter Egg Hunt
Thursday, March 29, 3 p.m. Law School Lawn

Please join PALS for their annual Easter Egg Hunt. Food will be provided in the law school cafe after the event.

Barrister’s Ball
Friday, March 30, 6 p.m. – 12 a.m. Aberdeen Manor Ballroom

Diversity & Inclusion Forum presents “Race and the Community of Valparaiso”
Thursday, April 5, 5:30 p.m. Benson Classroom

Student and community leaders will be speaking about race relations in Valparaiso.

Monsanto Lecture
Thursday, April 12, 4 p.m. Benson Classroom

Catherine M. Sharkey
Crystal Eastman Professor of Law
NYU School of Law




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Institutional Liability for Employees’ Intentional Torts: Vicarious Liability as a Quasi-Substitute for Punitive Damages

Modern day vicarious liability cases often address the liability of enterprises and institutions where agents have committed intentional acts.  Increasingly, when corporations or employers are sued, the line is blurred between the principal’s vicarious liability and its own direct liability.

From an economic deterrence perspective, the imposition of strict liability vicarious liability induces employers to adopt cost-justified preventative measures, including selective hiring and more stringent supervision and discipline, and, in some instances, to truncate the scope of their business activities.  Negligence-based direct liability likewise induces employers to adopt cost-justified preventative measures (without constraining activity levels to the degree that strict liability does).  This raises two questions: why doesn’t direct employer negligence liability suffice, in terms of deterring employees’ intentional torts?  And conversely, so long as there is strict liability vicarious liability is there any need for direct negligence liability at all?

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.