Law Connection – September 12, 2018


Valparaiso University Professorial Lectures

Thursday, September 20, 3:30 p.m., Alumni Room, Harre Union

Professor Geoffrey Heeren
Crimmigration in Gangland: Race, Crime, and Removal During the Prohibition Era

Justice Robert D. Rucker Lecture

Thursday, September 27, 4 p.m., Benson Classroom

Vice Dean and Professor of Law Karen E. Bravo
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law


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Black Interest in Slaveries

In the last two decades, the world woke up to the persistence of the traffic in human persons, a severe form of human exploitation. The use of “slavery” to designate the traffic, and other severe forms of contemporary exploitation evokes and invokes the 400-year-long traffic of Africans across the Atlantic and their enslavement in the New World. However, the voices of Diasporic Blacks are often absent in these debates. Instead, the implicit and explicit invocations of comparisons to the enslavement of the ancestors of Diasporic Blacks are used to further a superficial understanding of contemporary forms of exploitation and limited efforts to prevent or eradicate them.

In this lecture, Vice Dean Bravo will explore Black interests in slaveries past, present, and future, including uses of the term in the context of the discourse on human trafficking. The interests vary depending on the temporal period: the Past (understanding historic slavery); the Present (identifying and dealing with legacies of historic slavery); and the Future (disrupting the legacy).

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. The 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

Professor Andrea Lyon was recently a guest on 16 Shots,  a podcast from WBEZ Chicago and the Chicago Tribune about the fatal police shooting of Laquan McDonald, the trial of Officer Jason Van Dyke, and the troubled relationship between African-Americans and the Chicago Police Department. This podcast profiles the lawyers and the judge in this case. Professor Lyon talks about the moves they expect each side to make and what this trial means for Chicago.