Law Connection – October 4, 2017

Valparaiso University Law School Named Top 20 Most Innovative Law School by preLaw Magazine


Immigration Law: Chicago Alumni Reception & Panel Discussion
Monday, October 9, 6 – 8 p.m., Sidley Austin LLP, One South Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60603

Please join us for a panel discussion among immigration law experts and Valparaiso University Law School alumni covering the topic, “Practicing Immigration Law in an Era of Heightened Immigration Enforcement.”


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Justice Robert D. Rucker Lecture
Thursday, October 12, 4 – 5 p.m. Benson Classroom

Lawrence G. Albrecht


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The hierarchy of judicial doctrines advancing governmental immunity have created a legal thicket of obstacles for civil and international human rights victims to overcome. Powerful policy pronouncements often accompany judicial decisions dismissing or limiting such litigation – policy which reinforces and often expands judicial absolution of alleged civil and human rights abuses. Impunity or qualified immunity may triumph regardless of the egregiousness of governmental conduct. Missing from this immunity architecture is fulsome judicial consideration of the legal interests of victims of injustice and public policy factors supporting a more balanced and inclusive legal framework. This missing law circumscribes consideration of unsettled or novel constitutional and statutory interpretation and embedded policy assessed from the plaintiff’s perspective and impedes the development of law responsive to new realities.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Sunday, October 15, 11 a.m., Coffee Creek Preserve

Women Law Students Association (WLSA) will take part in the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. For more information please contact  or

International Law Society (ILS) and Asian American Pacific Islander Law Student Association (AAPILSA) Potluck
Sunday, October 15, 3 p.m., Law School Pavilion

Please bring your friends and family and join ILS and AAPILSA for a potluck. Bring a food dish, either hot or cold. Paper plates, napkins and utensils will be provided.

International Law Society (ILS) 2017 Fall Speaker Event
A Combat Pilot’s Perspective on the Expanding Landscape of Warfare
Wednesday, October 18, 5 – 7 p.m., Pelzer Classroom

International Law Society presents Retired United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, Shawn Dawley. For more information please contact


Mr. Valparaiso
Thursday, October 19, 7 – 9 p.m., Harre Union, Hearth Room

Women Law Students Association (WLSA) will be holding a coin drive to determine who will be the representative from each class. Whoever earns the most coins will be selected. Also, any gentlemen from the law school that would like to participate should contact WLSA representative


Valpo’s Got Talent
Thursday, October 26, 7 – 9 p.m., Tabor Classroom
Join the Black Law Students Association and The Jewish Law Students Association for the year’s hottest talent show. Tickets will be sold in the atrium for $5 until show day.  All proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross to benefit Hurricane Irma and Harvey victims. Everyone at the law school will have the opportunity to sign up and reserve their spot in the talent show. If you have a talent you would like to share, sign up in the Law School Atrium at the Valpo’s Got Talent table October 9 – 24, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Valparaiso University Hurricane Relief 

In light of recent events in Texas and Florida, the Public Health Student Association is leading a supply drive to benefit those affected by the Hurricanes in Texas and Florida. The different colleges across campus have been assigned various necessities for collection. The law school will be collecting Neosporin. A drop-off box is located in the entrance of the law school.

Professor David Herzig discusses the tax boon for shareholders under President Trump’s new tax plan in The New York Times article, “The Trump Tax Idea That’s a Boon for Shareholders.”