Law Connection – September 26, 2018

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. 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

Seegers Lecture on Jurisprudence

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

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



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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.

30th Annual Swygert Moot Court Competition

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


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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 follow, “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…”