New program provides 10 full-ride MBAs to law students
The Law School and the SKK Graduate School of Business of Sungkyunkwawn University, Seoul, have announced that the graduate school will award full-tuition MBA scholarships to law students beginning this fall. As part of the new Indiana Law/SKK Graduate School of Business International Fellows program, scholarships will be awarded to as many as 10 academically qualified students admitted to SKK Graduate School of Business' MBA program as part of the Law School's unique international JD/MBA program. Each scholarship award is estimated at $30,000 per student. The international fellows will typically complete two years of study on the Bloomington campus, then transfer to Korea for one year to earn credit toward their MBA before returning to IU to complete the joint degree program. No GMAT score is required for admission, and the students earn their JD and their MBA in only four years.

"This is an unprecedented collaboration between one of the world's leading business schools and a renowned law school across two continents, to provide a unique global experience for its participants," said Jae Ha Lee, dean and professor of finance at SKK Global School of Business. "A Maurer School of Law JD candidate will acquire cutting-edge business knowledge and earn a first-class MBA in a multicultural learning environment."

Conservation Law Clinic wins Lake Michigan case
W. William Weeks III
The next time you walk the shoreline of Lake Michigan, be sure to remember the Conservation Law Center. In February, the Indiana Supreme Court preserved a Court of Appeals ruling on the applicability of the public trust doctrine to the Lake Michigan shore, and went a step further than anticipated -- an affirmation that the state of Indiana actually owns the lake shore up to the ordinary high water mark. With attorney Jeff Hyman, '03, leading the litigation, the CLC represented environmental groups Alliance for the Great Lakes and Save the Dunes in a bid to protect the public's right to use the Lake Michigan shore as public land. " This is an important affirmation of the extent of Indiana citizens," said CLC Director W. William Weeks III, '79. "Taking the case was a risk for the center, and along the way, we have sometimes asked whether it was worth it. This result is just about all we could have asked for. With all due modesty, the Court relied heavily on the scholarship of Jeff Hyman's brief; I have no doubt that the protection of this great natural resource would have been less likely without CLC's participation in the dispute." Read more about the case and ruling.
Tax, IP, international law programs all make US News top-25
The release of the 2019 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate School rankings this week saw several Indiana Law programs make positive gains. The school's tax law program (led by Prof. Leandra Lederman) climbed up to 17th in the nation, moving up six spots from last year. Intellectual property (headed by Prof. Mark Janis) also rose six places, from 27th up to 21st. International law was also recognized as a top-25 strength of the school, coming in at 23rd. Overall the Maurer School of Law was tied at 32nd nationally. The Law School offers joint JD/MPA and JD/MSES degrees with IU's School of Public and Environmental Affairs, which was ranked first nationally for the second year in a row. 
Women's Law Caucus raises money for local organizations
In what has become one of the most anticipated events of every spring semester, the Women's Law Caucus auction raised more than $7,500 for local organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention and victim's assistance. The Middle Way House and the Law School's Protective Order Project were both beneficiaries of this year's event, which featured packages auctioned off by faculty and staff members. This year's auction was co-chaired by 2Ls Danielle Sweet and Sarah Taylor.
Alum showcases culinary talent on 'MasterChef Latino'
Mario Arango spends his days in the IU Office of the Vice President and General Counsel as an IP and cybersecurity law fellow. By night he's a spectacular chef, one with a television credit to his name now. Arango, '15, appeared on Telemundo's "MasterChef Latino" recently, after passing a live audition in Chicago. The show's producers waved him on to Miami, where he spent two-and-a-half weeks competing against 100 other chefs from around the country. Arango didn't make the top 30, but still enjoyed the experience. For now he's continuing to further his legal career, and vows to keep on cooking. Read more about Arango's experience.

In brief...   
  • Prof. Fred Aman has been selected for a prestigious Chair of Excellence at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid for 2019, to advance his comparative research related to administrative law reform and globalization.
  •   The ABA Journal featured Prof. William Henderson's latest venture -- a program to provide students with in-house legal department opportunities. 
  • Prof. W. William Weeks III gave the 2018 Carlson Lecture for the IU School of Public Health.
  • Jia Lu, '09, who works at China Central Television's office of IP and Legal Affairs, has written "The American Law School Also Has Poetry and the Promised Land" about his time in Bloomington at Indiana Law.
  • Alex Rosselli, '19, has been named an American Constitution Society Next Generation Leader. Rosselli was also one of four students nationwide to be selected for the opportunity to interview for a position on the ACS National Board of Directors.
  • Lisa La Fornara, '18, and Sarah Lode, '19, advanced to the quarterfinals in the Williams Institute Moot Court Competition at UCLA Law earlier this month. Another Indiana Law team, consisting of Ash Kulak, '18, and Patrick McGovern, '19, also participated in Williams this year.
  • 3Ls Tyler Salway, Rachel Laurel, Adam Farr, and Connor Richards were finalists in the American Association for Justice Trial Competition.
Upcoming alumni events
  • Fort Wayne -- Alumni luncheon. Hoppy Gnome. April 25. Noon to 1 p.m.
  • South Bend -- Alumni coffee hour. Barnes & Thornburg. April 25. 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Visit the events calendar for details as they become available and to RSVP. Contact lawalum@indiana.edu for further information.