Student News

IN Court of Appeals Oral Argument

The Indiana Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments on Tuesday, March 26 at 11:00 a.m., in the Tabor Classroom.

Vincennes University, et al v. Daniel E. Sparks, 42A01-1206-PL-248

Synopsis: After an investigation into falsified information on a basketball recruit’s application to Vincennes University, Daniel Sparks, who was the head basketball coach at the time, agreed that in lieu of facing disciplinary proceedings, he would forfeit his tenure and be subject to a zero tolerance policy. The University employed Sparks for another year, but then notified him that his contract would not be renewed the following year. Sparks sued the University, contending that the University had to continue to employ him as long as he did not violate the zero tolerance policy. The trial court denied both parties’ motions for summary judgment, and a jury ultimately returned a verdict in Sparks’s favor. On appeal, the University argues, alternatively, that the trial court should have granted its motion for summary judgment, the trial court should have granted its motion for a directed verdict, and the evidence was insufficient to support the verdict.

Panel will be Judges Melissa S. May, Terry A. Crone and Cale J. Bradford.

The argument will last approximately 60 minutes, with each side having about 30 minutes to argue. The Court will take the matter under advisement and hand down a decision after considering the case. There is no timeline for the decision.


New Curriculum Informational Meetings

For just over a year, the faculty has been working on a curricular reform project.  There were three goals: ensure our curriculum is doing everything it can to best prepare you to pass the bar, to get a job, and to carry a high degree of satisfaction with your legal education throughout your career.

We are now ready to unveil the outcomes of that project, and will be doing so at open meetings on the following times and dates:

Thursday, March 21, 11:00 a.m. – 11:40 a.m., Tabor Classroom

Thursday, March 21, 2:40 p.m. – 3:15p.m., Stride Classroom

Thursday, March 28, 11:00 a.m. – 11:40 a.m., Tabor Classroom

Thursday, March 28, 2:40 p.m. – 3:15 p.m., Stride Classroom

The new curriculum will affect all current first and second-year students. We strongly encourage students in these classes to attend one of these sessions

Thank you,

Curtis W. Cichowski


Deans Search Student Meeting

On Tuesday, March 19 during Chapel Break, Dennis Barden of Witt/Keifer, the firm charged with helping facilitate the search for our new dean, will be here to get your input on what you value in a dean and inform us of the process that the school will undertake to replace Dean Conison.  This is a VERY important meeting and an opportunity for student voices to be heard in shaping the future of our school. NO FACULTY or STAFF will be in the room so you should feel free to be candid about what you think makes a great leader for our law school.  The meeting will take place during Chapel Break in Tabor Classroom. We hope to see you there. If you are not able to attend, please contact Valerie Johnson or Lakshmi Jayanthi with suggestions, questions, or concerns.  Also, there will be a suggestion box on the table outside of the SBA office where you can leave your suggestions, questions, or concerns and we will be sure to pass them along to Dennis and the Dean Search Committee.

Thank you,

Valerie Johnson


Trial Ad Call Out Meeting and Try Outs

Call Out Meeting: Monday, March 25th during Chapel Break

Try Outs: April 12th-14th (Time and Place TBD)


Moot Court Try Outs and Call Out Meeting

Wednesday, March 27, during Chapel Break in Benson Classroom.

Please Come Learn About One Of The Most Prestigious Organizations In The School


Seeing the Invisible: When Human Trafficking and Advocacy Collide

Thursday, March 21, at 5:30 p.m., in Ulbricht Classroom. Seeing the Invisible: When Human Trafficking and Advocacy Collide. Speakers – Mary Hutchinson, Marion County Deputy Prosecutor and Tamara Weaver of the Indiana Attorney General’s Office will be speaking about how their legal careers have collided with trafficking issues. After they speak, there will be a Q&A session with the two speakers and Professor Heeren, followed by a reception in the atrium. This event is hosted by Amnesty International. Join us as we learn about how our future legal careers can be used to fight trafficking.


Speed Networking Event

Speed Networking with BLSA on April 9, between 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., in the Mueller Hall Refectory Room.


Diversity in the Law Panel Discussion

Wednesday, March 20, 5:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m., in Tabor Classroom.

Members from BLSA, LLSA, WLSA and Lambda present Diversity in the Law. Come hear diverse perspectives from a panel of minority attorneys and professionals from Indiana and the greater Chicago region.

The BLSA speaker is Andre Gammage, the WLSA speaker is Melissa Cohen, LLSA speaker is Rudy Monterrosa, and the Lambda speaker is Moses Suarez.


3rd Annual Catwalk for the Cause Charity Fashion Show

The 3rd Annual Catwalk for the Cause Charity Fashion Show will take place Friday, March 22, at the Harre Union in Ballrooms A, B, and C.

All proceeds from ticket sales and donations will go to Lakeshore PAWS. Lakeshore PAWS is dedicated to finding loving homes for abandoned and unwanted pets in Northwest Indiana. Lakeshore PAWS is a volunteer-run, nonprofit organization in Porter County, Indiana. The effort was established by two business women and animal lovers who simply could not ignore the growing number of animals without homes. For more information you can go to

– Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

– The Fashion Show begins at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the large table by the SBA Office and at the Harre Union Welcome Desk.


Coffee and Community

The next Coffee & Community will be held on Wednesday, March 20 from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the Wesemann Café.
Gourmet coffee, cookies, and biscotti will be provided as will an alternative beverage and hot tea for non coffee-drinkers. Have a burning question you’ve been waiting to ask a professor? Been wondering who that new staff member is you see every morning in the parking lot? Come to Coffee and Community and get the answer to your question.


Wesemann Café will re-open on Monday, March 18

For the Wesemann Café menu, please click on the following link:  ​

Wesemann Café Menu 3/18 – 3/22: Wesemann Cafe