Law Connection – September 13, 2017

Documented Movie Event

Please join us tomorrow, September 14, from 4 – 6:30 p.m. in
Tabor Classroom for Documented Movie Event and Panel Discussion.

About “Documented”
In 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in the New York Times Magazine. ‘Documented’ chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his journey through America as an immigration reform activist/provocateur; and his journey inward as he re-connects with his mother, whom he hasn’t seen in 20 years.

Panel Discussion Post Screening – Moderated by Professor Geoffrey Heeren
Immigration Enforcement: A Dialogue Concerning Borders and Sanctuary


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RSVP is REQUIRED for this event. Limited seating available.

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) Meeting
Thursday, September 14, 10 a.m. Ulbricht Classroom

Please join the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) for the general body meeting. SALDF is looking into some great events for this fall, and would love to have you as a part of these events.

Wellness in the Legal Profession
Thursday, September 21, 3:30 p.m. Benson Classroom

Valparaiso University Law School alumnus Michael Tolbert (’00) will speak on Wellness in the Legal Profession.

Sponsored by the Indiana State Bar Association Wellness Committee.

Dissent in the Classroom – Part II
Thursday, September 28, 5:30 p.m. Benson Classroom

Please join the Diversity and Inclusion Committee as they discuss “Dissent in the Classroom.” This is an opportunity for students to openly discuss civility, respect, and inclusion at the Law School.


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.

Associate Professor of Law Faisal Kutty, co-wrote an oped with Washim Ahmed titled “How Canada can act to ensure justice for Rohingya” that was published by the Toronto Star. The piece argues that Canada must revoke Aung San Suu Kyi’s honorary Canadian citizenship, then push to prosecute her for conduct while she held the honor.

Women Law Students Association (WLSA) Apparel Sale

Valparaiso Law School apparel sales will be online this year. This link will be active until September 22 at 5 p.m. There will be some tabling for the apparel sales this week and next, but all orders will be online only.

If you choose to provide the link to friends and family outside of the law school, please be sure that YOUR name is on the order. WLSA will NOT be shipping orders to anyone, and you will be responsible for picking up all items you order as well as the items your friends and family order.

Orders will be available for pick-up the week of October 9.

If you have any questions please contact: Paige Kelliher (; or Jakki Peplinski (

Bowling League Week 3 Results

Thank you to all who attended the Bowling League on Monday, September 11.

Week 3
Professor (and Professional Bowler) Jeremy Telman. Score – 243 League Record.
Top Teams:
Motions to Strike (Faculty Team: Cleveland, Klein, Telman)
Daddy’s Home (Cassie, Jay, Steven, Josef, Matt, Jesse)
Josef and Jess Team (Josef Gomori and Jessica)
Game of Pins

The Bowling League looks forward to seeing all of you next Monday, September 18.