Law Connection – October 10, 2018

3L Fall Outing

Friday, October 12, 3 p.m., County Line Orchard

Calling all 3Ls! Please join the Steering Committee for a day at County Line Orchard.  Students will meet in the far parking lot of County Line Orchard at 2:45 p.m. A bonfire and hayride will begin at 5 p.m.  The evening will end around 8:30 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact

Write for Rights with Amnesty International

Tuesday, October 16, 12 – 2 p.m.,  Wesemann Cafe

Write For Rights is Amnesty International’s largest annual human rights campaign. People like you around the world write letters on behalf of people who need urgent help. Through the power of collective action, these letters convince government officials to free people unjustly imprisoned, stop torture, and end other abuses.

The Valparaiso University Law School Amnesty International chapter’s mission is to participate in publicity, campaigns, urgent action networks, education, and promotion of Amnesty International’s goals within Valparaiso University, our community, our country, and the world. By becoming a member of Amnesty International you can educate yourself and others, participate in our proactive force to protect human rights standards, and take certain action to halt human right violations occurring around the world.

Amnesty Movie Day Presents: Inequality for All 

Tuesday, October 23, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m., Tabor Classroom

Inequality for All makes a compelling case about the serious crisis the US faces due to the widening economic gap. Pizza and drinks will be provided.

Seegers Lecture on Jurisprudence

Thursday, October 25, 4 p.m., Benson Classroom

Associate Dean John Mikhail
Georgetown Law
Agnes N. Williams Research Professor; Professor of Law; Associate Dean, Research and Academic Programs


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The Original Meaning of “Emolument” and its Implications for President Trump

The Constitution forbids federal officials from receiving emoluments from foreign governments without the consent of Congress. It also prohibits the President from accepting any emolument from the federal government or any state other than his official salary. But what does the word “emolument” mean?  Three federal lawsuits against the President may ultimately turn on this question, as could possible impeachment proceedings in Congress. This lecture will discuss the original meaning of “emolument” and its implications for President Trump. Drawing on a wide range of historical evidence, it will argue that when the Constitution was ratified, “emolument” was a flexible term that generally meant “profit,” “gain,” “advantage,” or “benefit.” It was commonly used to refer to advantages or benefits of different types, including government salaries, interest on a loan, and the profits from ordinary market transactions. Even though President Trump promised to remove himself from control over the day-to-day operations of the Trump Organization, he continues to receive profits and advantages from foreign governments without congressional consent. Moreover, these governments have been supplying his businesses with emoluments precisely in order to curry favor with him. As a result, the president arguably has been violating the Constitution since the moment he took office. It remains to be seen, however, whether any attempts to bring a halt to these violations will succeed.

Law Review Symposium

Friday, October 26, 8 – 11:30 a.m., Wesemann Hall

Hidden in Plain Sight: The Reality Behind Industrial Agriculture and What You Eat

An examination of how industrial agriculture and concentrated animal feeding operations affect humans and the environment.


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30th Annual Swygert Moot Court Competition

Wednesday, November 7, 4 p.m., Stride Courtroom

30th Annual Swygert Competition Issue:
The issue for the Swygert Competition is whether CPC 1-1 is constitutionally permissible under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. The Code reads as follows, “Any person who either seeks to charge for providing comedic services, or offers money in exchange for providing a legal service, or seeks to charge for tours to the City’s points of interest and/or historic buildings, parks or sites, for the purpose of explaining, describing or generally relating the facts of importance thereto must obtain a license from the City prior to charging for said services…”


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