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Henderson Named One Of The Most Influential People In Legal Education, James Owsley Boyd Jan 2024

Henderson Named One Of The Most Influential People In Legal Education, James Owsley Boyd

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Indiana University Maurer School of Law Professor Bill Henderson has once again been recognized as one of the most influential people in legal education, but he’s not the only one with ties to the Law School on this year’s list.

The National Jurist ranked Henderson #18 on its list. Kellye Testy, a 1991 alumna of the Law School and president and CEO of the Law School Admission Council, is ranked second.


New Firstgen Student Organization Uniting Path-Breaking Students, James Owsley Boyd Aug 2023

New Firstgen Student Organization Uniting Path-Breaking Students, James Owsley Boyd

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Barbara Bernal Monnroy arrived in the United States from her native Venezuela at the age of 16, with no practical English language knowledge or skills. “Generation Zero,” as she puts it. Though she was a year behind because of the language barrier, Monnroy worked tirelessly to succeed, eventually graduating from a Florida high school with strong enough credentials to earn a place at Davis & Elkins College. She succeeded there, too, in rural West Virginia, earning valedictorian honors and serving as the college’s graduation speaker.


Louisville’S Cj Ryan To Join Indiana Law In January, James Owsley Boyd Aug 2023

Louisville’S Cj Ryan To Join Indiana Law In January, James Owsley Boyd

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Adding to an already impressive list of new faculty, the Indiana University Maurer School of Law is pleased to announce CJ Ryan, of the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, will join the Law School for the start of the spring 2024 semester.

In addition to his role on the Brandeis faculty, Ryan is an affiliated scholar at the American Bar Foundation.


Meet Our New Faculty: Jenn Oliva, James Owsley Boyd Aug 2023

Meet Our New Faculty: Jenn Oliva, James Owsley Boyd

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Professor Jenn Oliva joined Indiana Law earlier this summer as a professor of law and as Val Nolan Faculty Fellow. Prior to joining the IU Maurer Law faculty, Professor Oliva served as Professor of Law and Co-Director of the UCSF/UC Law Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy at the University of California College of Law, San Francisco. She has also served as Associate Dean for Faculty Research & Development and Director of the Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law at Seton Hall University School of Law where she was selected as the law school’s 2021 Professor of the Year …


Meet Our New Faculty: Yvette Butler, James Owsley Boyd Aug 2023

Meet Our New Faculty: Yvette Butler, James Owsley Boyd

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Associate Professor Yvette T. Butler joined the Indiana Law faculty this summer. She earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota, Morris, and her law degree from The George Washington University Law School.


Meet Our New Faculty: Valena Beety, James Owsley Boyd Aug 2023

Meet Our New Faculty: Valena Beety, James Owsley Boyd

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You’ve read about some of the amazing students we have starting with us next week. Now we’ll introduce you to some of the new faculty who have joined us over the summer. First up is Valena Beety, the Robert H. McKinney Professor of Law. Prof. Beety was most recently Professor of Law and Deputy Director of the Academy for Justice at theArizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.


Ochoa, Big Ten Law Deans Pledge Support For Diversity Ahead Of Scotus Affirmative Action Ruling, The Indiana Lawyer Jun 2023

Ochoa, Big Ten Law Deans Pledge Support For Diversity Ahead Of Scotus Affirmative Action Ruling, The Indiana Lawyer

Christiana Ochoa (7/22-10/22 Acting; 11/2022-)

s the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hand down a decision that could fundamentally alter affirmative action, a group of law school deans — including Dean Christiana Ochoa of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law — has issued a statement affirming the deans’ commitment to diversity.

The group of 15 deans represent Big Ten law schools, including IU Maurer. In their statement — which IU Maurer posted to its official Facebook page — the deans say they are “joining together to affirm our commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion through legally permissible means, regardless of the outcome of …


Committee Chaired By Maurer Professor To Complete Its Analytical Review Of Hanford Nuclear Reservation Waste Options, James Owsley Boyd May 2023

Committee Chaired By Maurer Professor To Complete Its Analytical Review Of Hanford Nuclear Reservation Waste Options, James Owsley Boyd

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A committee chaired by an Indiana University Maurer School of Law professor will complete next week its five-year charge to review the analysis performed by a team investigating how best to treat and dispose of low-level waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington.

John Strait Applegate, the James L. Calamaras Professor of Law, has served as chair of the 13-member National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) committee since 2018. The committee will conclude its work with a public meeting in Richland, Washington, on June 6. Applegate had previously chaired a prior review of the waste disposal issue …


Announcing New Faculty Chairs, Professorships, And Fellowships, James Owsley Boyd May 2023

Announcing New Faculty Chairs, Professorships, And Fellowships, James Owsley Boyd

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The Indiana University Maurer School of Law announced today (May 24) that 14 of its faculty members—including three new additions to the school’s faculty—have been awarded new chairs, professorships, and fellowships beginning this summer.


Rojas Reflects On Law School During A Pandemic, James Owsley Boyd May 2023

Rojas Reflects On Law School During A Pandemic, James Owsley Boyd

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During her sophomore year of college, Alexa Rojas was an intake intern with a children’s advocacy center outside of Joliet, Illinois. It sparked the realization that she knew she wanted to make a difference in the lives of kids who have endured abuse and trauma. In her position, Rojas served as the first point of contact for families scheduling forensic interviews with law enforcement and prosecutors. In order to lessen the impact on the victim, substantial logistical work went on behind the scenes to ensure that the child only had to tell their story once—to someone they trusted.


Billboard Names Robert Meitus A Top Music Lawyer, James Owsley Boyd Apr 2023

Billboard Names Robert Meitus A Top Music Lawyer, James Owsley Boyd

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For a musician, charting is generally perceived as a good thing. Whether it’s a national singles list like the Billboard Hot 100 or a local record store’s Top 10 of the Week, being listed among your peers can be rewarding. Robert Meitus is now on a chart of a different kind—Billboard magazine has just named him one of America’s “Top Music Lawyers” for 2023.


Rusk Named An American Constitution Society Next Generation Leader, James Owsley Boyd Apr 2023

Rusk Named An American Constitution Society Next Generation Leader, James Owsley Boyd

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The American Constitution Society has selected nearly two-dozen young legal professionals—including a second-year Indiana University Maurer School of Law student—for its prestigious 2023 Next Generation Leaders Program. Laura J. Rusk, an Evansville, Ind. native, is one of 23 law students from across the country selected for their exceptional leadership in work with their respective ACS chapters. The program offers various opportunities that empower the students to further develop their leadership skills and make a long-lasting impact on their communities.


2023 Academy Of Law Alumni Fellows Induction Ceremony Program, Maurer School Of Law - Indiana University Apr 2023

2023 Academy Of Law Alumni Fellows Induction Ceremony Program, Maurer School Of Law - Indiana University

Academy of Law Alumni Fellows

The Academy of Law Alumni Fellows was established in 1985 to recognize alumni whose careers are defined by exceptional personal achievement and dedication to the highest standards of the profession.

Academy Fellows are part of an elite group that includes US senators, federal judges, successful business leaders, and distinguished practitioners. A committee of anonymous alumni selects each year’s Fellows from among many deserving candidates. To be named an Academy of Law Alumni Fellow is to receive the very highest honor that the Maurer School of Law can bestow.

This year, we are honored to recognize four alumni whose remarkable contributions …


‘Radical Turn Away’ From Admissions Tests? Deans Say Claims Of Increased Diversity May Be Unfounded, Tyler Fenwick Apr 2023

‘Radical Turn Away’ From Admissions Tests? Deans Say Claims Of Increased Diversity May Be Unfounded, Tyler Fenwick

Christiana Ochoa (7/22-10/22 Acting; 11/2022-)

Indiana University Maurer School of Law Dean Christiana Ochoa said those who want to do away with requiring law school admission tests for diversity’s sake have it backward.

The idea that law school diversity would increase if tests like the LSAT and Graduate Record Examination, or GRE, became an optional part of the admissions process is unfounded, Ochoa said.

Instead, she said she’s worried the opposite is true — that the move would actually hurt diversity.

And she is not alone.

Ochoa was one of 60 deans to sign a letter last September pushing back against the proposed change to …


Class Of 2021 Alumna Earns National Legal Writing Award, James Owsley Boyd Apr 2023

Class Of 2021 Alumna Earns National Legal Writing Award, James Owsley Boyd

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Morgan York was in her third and final year at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law when she published an article in the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies. Two years later, she’s being recognized as one of the country’s top law school writers.

York published “I Just Took a DNA Test—Turns Out, I’m 100% Breaching my Donor Anonymity Contract: Direct-to-Consumer DNA Testing and Parental Medical Decision-Making” in 2021. On June 12, she’ll be one of 25 recipients of a “Law360 Distinguished Legal Writing Award” at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. The awards are …


Five Indiana Law Faculty Members Honored With Teaching Awards, James Owsley Boyd Mar 2023

Five Indiana Law Faculty Members Honored With Teaching Awards, James Owsley Boyd

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Great instructors are at the heart of any great school, and the Indiana University Maurer School of Law was proud to recognize five of its best at the school’s annual Teaching Awards March 24.

This year’s recipients include BestLawyers’ 2022 Indianapolis Corporate Governance Law Lawyer of the Year, a beloved clinical professor and director, one of the world’s foremost authorities on the intersection of law and globalization, a top U.S. tax scholar, and a professor known for flipping homemade pancakes to students.

Professor Jeff Stake was honored with the Leon H. Wallace Teaching Award, the highest teaching recognition a faculty …


Dean's Desk: Recognizing Iu Maurer Alumnae Who Have Made A Difference, Christiana Ochoa Mar 2023

Dean's Desk: Recognizing Iu Maurer Alumnae Who Have Made A Difference, Christiana Ochoa

Christiana Ochoa (7/22-10/22 Acting; 11/2022-)

A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to welcome future law students as part of our annual Admitted Student Day. From their seats in the Kathleen and Ann DeLaney Moot Court Room, they look to the front of the room where they see the portraits of four trailblazing alumnae who have made indelible marks on the judiciary. Juanita Kidd Stout ’48, Sue Shields ’61, Linda Chezem ’71 and Loretta Rush ’83 all face out into the sea of newly admitted students who one day hope to forge paths of their own.As we celebrate Women’s History Month, I wanted to …


Four Indiana Law Graduates To Be Inducted Into The Academy Of Law Alumni Fellows, James Owsley Boyd Feb 2023

Four Indiana Law Graduates To Be Inducted Into The Academy Of Law Alumni Fellows, James Owsley Boyd

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The Indiana University Maurer School of Law will add four members to its prestigious Academy of Law Alumni Fellows this April. Terry Dworkin ’75, Fred Logan ’77, Holiday “Holly” McKiernan ’83, and Luis Felipe Sanchez ’76 will receive the highest honor the Law School can bestow on its alumni when they are inducted April 14 in a ceremony inside the Indiana Memorial Union.

“Terry, Holly, Fred, and Luis have all led remarkable careers and lives, and we’re honored to welcome them into the Academy of Law Alumni Fellows this spring,” said Indiana Law Dean Christiana Ochoa. “They have represented …


Hoffmann, Robel Honored At Retirement Ceremony, James Owsley Boyd Dec 2022

Hoffmann, Robel Honored At Retirement Ceremony, James Owsley Boyd

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Two legendary members of the Indiana Law community were honored at a retirement ceremony November 16 in the Indiana Memorial Union.

Friends, family, and colleagues gathered to celebrate the remarkable careers of Professor Joe Hoffmann and Dean Emerita Lauren Robel. While both have retired from the Law School, Dean Christiana Ochoa said she is grateful that both continue to be deeply involved in various projects.


U.S. Senate Confirms Judge Doris Pryor ’03 To Seventh Circuit, James Owsley Boyd Dec 2022

U.S. Senate Confirms Judge Doris Pryor ’03 To Seventh Circuit, James Owsley Boyd

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The United States Senate on Monday (Dec. 5) confirmed an Indiana University Maurer School of Law alumna to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

The confirmation of the Hon. Doris L. Pryor, who earned her law degree from the Law School in 2003, was historic.


Dean’S Desk: The Iu Maurer School Of Law And The Indiana Supreme Court, Christiana Ochoa Nov 2022

Dean’S Desk: The Iu Maurer School Of Law And The Indiana Supreme Court, Christiana Ochoa

Christiana Ochoa (7/22-10/22 Acting; 11/2022-)

On Nov. 1, my first day as the 17th dean of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, I attended the robing ceremony for Derek Molter, Indiana’s 111th Supreme Court justice. This public ceremony was an opportunity for those in attendance to celebrate Justice Molter’s formal swearing in, which had occurred privately on Sept. 1. For the IU Maurer School of Law, it was also an opportunity to celebrate Justice Molter joining three other IU Maurer alumni on the five-person court.

Established in 1816, the court precedes our law school by about 30 years. Still, for most of Indiana’s history, …


'I Really Love This Law School': Q&A With New Iu Maurer Dean Ochoa, Jordan Morey Nov 2022

'I Really Love This Law School': Q&A With New Iu Maurer Dean Ochoa, Jordan Morey

Christiana Ochoa (7/22-10/22 Acting; 11/2022-)

Displayed throughout Christiana Ochoa’s office are sentimental photos and items she’s collected from across the globe, but the most eye-catching print is propped behind her desk.

The new Indiana University Maurer School of Law dean has a red, blue and beige poster prominently displayed in her headquarters, depicting a Latina woman with a Mona Lisa-esque smile and a rose in her hair with the words, “WE THE PEOPLE — DEFEND DIGNITY,” typed across the bottom.

“To me, it’s a great piece of art with a Latino woman who clearly is confident, and confident in her belief that we are a …


New Dean Of Maurer Signifies Continued Growth To Iu Community, Matthew Fort Oct 2022

New Dean Of Maurer Signifies Continued Growth To Iu Community, Matthew Fort

Christiana Ochoa (7/22-10/22 Acting; 11/2022-)

Christiana Ochoa was recently announced as the Dean of the Maurer School of Law. She is the first Latina dean of the law school. This announcement was celebrated by the Latinx student and staff community here at IU, as they expressed their support for her and look forward to the culture she’ll facilitate at the law school.

Ochoa pointed to the law school’s legacy being important and central to academic discussions and legal evolution as reason for her excitement to take this position. With its activities in providing top-notch advice to the bench and the bar, the law school occupies …


Pro Bono Award Recipients Honored, James Owsley Boyd Oct 2022

Pro Bono Award Recipients Honored, James Owsley Boyd

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Pro Bono Awards were presented to three Indiana Law students and a local attorney Wednesday (October 26) in a jointly sponsored ceremony hosted by the Law School, its Access to Justice Fellows, and Faegre Drinker.

“Becoming a lawyer is not just a privilege, it’s also a responsibility,” said Dean Christiana Ochoa. “And that special responsibility of being a lawyer includes serving our communities in whatever ways we’re able to. The students we recognize today have gone above and beyond in their service, and we as a school and as a local community are so grateful for their efforts.”


Salter ’03, Putting Legal Analysis Skills To Use As Ceo Of The News Literacy Project, James Owsley Boyd Oct 2022

Salter ’03, Putting Legal Analysis Skills To Use As Ceo Of The News Literacy Project, James Owsley Boyd

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You can handle the truth. Or at least that’s what Chuck Salter and the News Literacy Project hope. In a world where fake news, disinformation, propaganda, and misinformation are more prevalent than ever, the 2003 Indiana Law alumnus and the nonprofit organization he leads are doing all they can to help citizens determine the credibility of news and other information they’re receiving.

“We’re based on the idea that information—we live in the most complex information landscape in human history—is also easily manipulated,” said Salter. “People are just not equipped to deal with this much information and to detect when they’re …


Case Files From The Late Hon. Michael S. Kanne Donated To The Jerome Hall Law Library, James Owsley Boyd Oct 2022

Case Files From The Late Hon. Michael S. Kanne Donated To The Jerome Hall Law Library, James Owsley Boyd

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The case files of the late Judge Michael S. Kanne have been donated to the Indiana University Maurer School of Law’s Jerome Hall Law Library.

Kanne, a 1968 graduate of the Law School, served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit from 1987 up until his death in June 2022. Prior to his elevation to the Seventh Circuit, Judge Kanne served on the bench of the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Indiana.

Judge Kanne’s files span the entirety of his service on the Seventh Circuit, and contain papers regarding opinions, concurrences, and dissents …


Ochoa Selected As New Dean Of Iu Maurer, First Person Of Color To Lead Law School, Jordan Morey Oct 2022

Ochoa Selected As New Dean Of Iu Maurer, First Person Of Color To Lead Law School, Jordan Morey

Christiana Ochoa (7/22-10/22 Acting; 11/2022-)

The next dean of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law will come from in house.

IU Maurer announced longtime faculty member Christiana Ochoa as the 17th dean in the law school’s history on Thursday.

Ochoa, who has served as interim dean since July, will move into the full-time deanship at the Bloomington school effective Nov. 1. She is the first person of color and the second woman to be named dean in IU Maurer’s history.

Additionally, according to IU Maurer, Ochoa is the eighth Latina ever to serve as the dean of a U.S. law school.


Christiana Ochoa Announced As Dean Of The Maurer School Of Law, James Owsley Boyd Oct 2022

Christiana Ochoa Announced As Dean Of The Maurer School Of Law, James Owsley Boyd

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Christiana Ochoa has been has been named dean of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, effective Nov. 1, 2022. She is the school’s first-ever Latine dean and one of just eight Latine women ever to serve as the dean of a U.S. law school.

Ochoa became interim dean of the school in July after serving the law school as executive associate dean and associate dean for research and faculty affairs. She is the Class of 1950 Herman B Wells Endowed Professor at the Maurer School of Law.


Collin Walsh ’13 Named A "Careers & The Disabled" Magazine “National Employee Of The Year”, James Owsley Boyd Sep 2022

Collin Walsh ’13 Named A "Careers & The Disabled" Magazine “National Employee Of The Year”, James Owsley Boyd

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On the third day of Foreign Service orientation as a U.S. Department of State Diplomatic Security Service special agent candidate, Collin Walsh couldn’t walk.

The 2013 Maurer School of Law alumnus had been experiencing mild symptoms, like skin sensitivity in his legs, over the previous week, but didn’t make anything of it.

In that first week of DSS training, Walsh went from mild symptoms to near complete immobility. Seemingly overnight, the former NCAA All-American middle-distance runner couldn’t move. . .


Distinguished Service Awards Presented To Four Indiana Law Alumni, James Owsley Boyd Sep 2022

Distinguished Service Awards Presented To Four Indiana Law Alumni, James Owsley Boyd

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Four members of the Indiana Law community were honored Friday (September 23) with Distinguished Service Awards. Javier Becerra ’17; Shontrai Irving ’03; Laura Walda ’09; and Mark Wright ’89, received their respective awards during a moving ceremony in front of a standing-room only crowd in the DeLaney Moot Court Room, though circumstances prevented Walda and Wright from attending in person.

“These awards are especially meaningful and timely to all of us at the Law School because of our commitment to instilling public service in our students,” said Interim Dean Christiana Ochoa. “Every one of our students commits to an aspirational …