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  • SIU Law hosts 24th annual National Health Law Moot Court Competition
    camera crews are welcome to cover the moot court finals on Saturday Organizers ask that reporters and cameras be unobtrusive and in place before the finals begin at 4 p m For more information before the event contact Professor Cheryl L Anderson at 618 453 5634 Assistant Professor Jennifer A Brobst at 618 453 8702 or Alicia Ruiz the law school s director of communication and outreach at 618 453 8700 The School of Law is proud of the fact that we have for 24 years hosted one of the most highly regarded most court events in the country and that we once again have a case involving challenging cutting edge health law related issues for the students to argue Anderson said Law school students will also present arguments that examine whether a school district that showed unvaccinated schoolchildren a pro vaccination documentary film violated the children s parents rights to the care custody and control of their children under the 14th Amendment Preliminary rounds begin at 11 a m Friday with 16 teams advancing to compete Saturday Competition resumes at 9 30 a m with quarterfinals at 11 30 a m semifinals at 2 p m and the finals at 4 p m About 125 attorneys and five sitting judges will serve as judges over the two day event The final round judges are Raymond W Gruender federal judge on the U S Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit Dr Thomas R McLean president of the American College of Legal Medicine and Steve Macias assistant professor at the SIU School of Law Participating law schools are American University Washington College of Law Washington D C Barry University Orlando Fla Belmont University College of Law Franklin Tenn Chicago Kent College of Law Faulkner University School of Law Montgomery Ala

    Original URL path: http://www.law.siu.edu/news/2015/11-04-2015.html (2016-02-12)
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  • Article features Professor Cindy Buys's pro bono work for Iraqi seeking political asylum
    Semester Information Rules Honor Code Career Services Prospective Students Information for Employers Current Students Information for Alumni Our People Deans Faculty Administrative Professional Staff Civil Service Staff Alumni Law Library Give to the School Info for Future Students Current Students Alumni Friends Employers Breadcrumb Navigation Home School of Law News 2015 Article features Professor Cindy Buys s pro bono work for Iraqi seeking political asylum Share this page Article features Professor Cindy Buys s pro bono work for Iraqi seeking political asylum November 02 2015 From the article Because he worked with the U S military Ali believed he would be targeted if he returned to his native Baghdad and he was driven to seek asylum in the United States He applied in 2010 after arriving in the U S on a Fulbright Scholarship to study English Buys is not surprised that such a large number of asylum seekers are from such countries as Iraq where many risked their lives to help the United States The people who come to the United States seeking asylum are people who have suffered persecution in their home country and the things that have been done to them the stories that they tell are

    Original URL path: http://www.law.siu.edu/news/2015/11-02-2015.html (2016-02-12)
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  • SIU Law Journal Symposium to discuss policing task force report
    8700 or aruiz law siu edu In Springfield registration is 75 50 for government employees and includes materials and lunch Registration for the videoconference at the SIU School of Law is 50 and does not include lunch Five hours of continuing legal education credit are available Additional symposium and registration information is available at http www law siu edu academics journals law journal 21st century policing html Speakers will include four of 11 task force members Sean Smoot director and chief counsel Police Benevolent Protective Labor Committee of Illinois Tracey Meares Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law Yale Law School and Bryan Stevenson executive director Equal Justice Initiative and author of the New York Times best seller Just Mercy A Story of Justice and Redemption Ronald L Davis director of the U S Department of Justice s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services COPS and task force executive director will open the symposium Smoot earned his law degree from the SIU School of Law in 1995 He is a member of the Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University The idea for the symposium came after Smoot met with law school faculty and students in April to discuss his work on the task force Ed Dawson assistant professor SIU School of Law said The symposium will have four panels The morning panels will focus on discussing the task force s recommendations for improving procedural justice perceptions of legitimacy in policing and officer training and wellness The afternoon panels will consider public health implications of the task force s recommendations including the impacts of violence on community health particularly on youth as well as the intersection between criminal justice and mental health treatment such as the use of special purpose courts that deal with mental health issues Dawson said The symposium the first since the report s release looks to expand upon the task force s work Smoot said This week President Obama announced a new guidebook designed to help communities police and local government implement the task force report recommendations finalized a few months ago After the initial report was finished in March Smoot said he and several colleagues identified several factors that not only seem to facilitate crime in many communities but also create or exacerbate barriers to positive police and community relationships One of the things we identified is community health This topic and the interplay between community policing and community health is one very important aspect to study and discuss but it is one of many issues that warrant further discussion he said I am hopeful that this symposium will be replicated in other areas including education economic and housing opportunities and their impacts on communities and crime Smoot said The justice system and the police cannot solve all of these problems but it is essential that we work toward affecting every issue that impacts public safety Obama directed all federal law enforcement agencies to implement the recommendations

    Original URL path: http://www.law.siu.edu/news/2015/10-30-2015.html (2016-02-12)
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  • Second Annual Pro Bono Week at SIU Law
    Law Library Give to the School Info for Future Students Current Students Alumni Friends Employers Breadcrumb Navigation Home School of Law News 2015 Second Annual Pro Bono Week at SIU Law Share this page Second Annual Pro Bono Week at SIU Law October 26 2015 Pete Rosenbery Reporters news crews and photographers are welcome to cover the SIU School of Law s second American Bar Association Equal Justice Works Pro Bono Week Monday Oct 26 through Friday Oct 30 The law school recognized for its commitment to serve the public good was the first law school in Illinois to create a pro bono requirement for its students Students are required to complete 35 hours of approved pro bono work prior to graduation with the work law related uncompensated supervised by an attorney and not for academic credit Next week there will be two orientation sessions about the requirement at 12 30 p m Monday and Thursday in the law school courtroom At 12 30 p m Tuesday Michael Fiello from the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance will discuss the need for pro bono services in a session titled Why Pro Bono There will also be table sessions in the formal

    Original URL path: http://www.law.siu.edu/news/2015/10-23-2015.html (2016-02-12)
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  • Schmitz to deliver Emeritus Faculty Lecture
    to the law school to discuss the methods of legal compensation for mass catastrophe victims and whether it constitutes justice for the victims Schmitz will present Rough Justice Compensating 9 11 and other mass catastrophe victims but is it justice at the 2015 Emeritus Faculty Lecture The lecture is at 7 p m Oct 27 in the Hiram H Lesar Law Building auditorium Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend Schmitz said that in the aftermath of the Sept 11 2001 terrorist attacks Congress authorized compensation for victims and gave unprecedented authority to a Special Master who resolved thousands of claims in just 33 months The funds were used for burial and medical expenses lost wages and other losses Since then a similar system has been used to manage compensation funds for people harmed by the 2010 British Petroleum Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and most recently in claims from faulty ignition switches in General Motors vehicles But people who participate in these programs also give up the opportunity to sue in court Schmitz said that while victims might receive speedier monetary compensation they might not receive justice She will discuss whether the program works whether those negligent are held accountable if victims believe there was justice and whether the program deters future misconduct Schmitz retired from the law school in July 2011 From 1993 to 2005 she coordinated the law school s alternative dispute resolution ADR clinic teaching mediation to law students She also supervised law school students who mediated at local courthouses and offered pro bono mediation services for the First Circuit s family mediation program She then coordinated the law school s academic success program Before coming to the law school in 1993 Schmitz was an assistant attorney general for

    Original URL path: http://www.law.siu.edu/news/2015/10-19-2015.html (2016-02-12)
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  • SIU recognized as "Best Value Law School"
    Administrative Professional Staff Civil Service Staff Alumni Law Library Give to the School Info for Future Students Current Students Alumni Friends Employers Breadcrumb Navigation Home School of Law News 2015 SIU recognized as Best Value Law School Share this page SIU recognized as Best Value Law School October 15 2015 Pete Rosenbery The SIU School of Law is earning national recognition as one of National Jurist magazine s Best Value Law Schools for 2015 The law school received a B rating from the magazine as one of the top 64 law schools in the nation The ranking assesses areas that include employment rates tuition cost of living and student indebtedness upon graduation The ranking was released in the magazine s fall 2015 issue This ranking recognizes the things that are important to SIU Law including low tuition and student debt and excellent outputs such as bar pass rates and placement rates Dean Cynthia L Fountaine said This is important because it reflects our mission to keep costs low for students but provide them with a legal education that is as good or better than they would receive at any law school in the country Fountaine said the recognition along with

    Original URL path: http://www.law.siu.edu/news/2015/10-15-2015.html (2016-02-12)
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  • Constitution Day Programs
    protections and a discussion on how the U S Supreme Court has addressed the right to education especially as it applies to undocumented immigrants are among the activities next week at Southern Illinois University Carbondale that focus on the nation s Constitution Constitution Day is Sept 17 The day marks the 228th anniversary of delegates to the Philadelphia Convention completing and signing the U S Constitution on Sept 17 1787 The events are free and open to the public All educational institutions that receive federal funding must annually deliver programs on the U S Constitution A pre Constitution Day demonstration debate featuring two members of SIU s championship debate team will take place 7 p m Tuesday Sept 15 in Morris Library s John C Guyon Auditorium The debate sponsored by the Friends of Morris Library will examine whether civil asset forfeiture laws or indefinite detention violate the Fifth Amendment s due process clause Bobby Swetz a freshman in economics will face Arielle Stephenson a senior in business Team members Ben Reid a graduate student in speech communication and Zach Schneider a May 2015 graduate in computer science are assistant coaches this year and will cross examine Swetz and Stephenson with tough questions between speeches After the debate which will last less than an hour there will be a meet and greet with the national championship debate team Light refreshments will be available At 4 30 p m on Thursday the SIU School of Law will host The DACA Experience Latinos and the Right to Education in the Hiram H Lesar Law Building Courtroom The program will include a videoconference presentation by immigration advocate Dulce Matuz one of Time magazine s The World s 100 Most Influential People for 2012 due to her Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals DACA story

    Original URL path: http://www.law.siu.edu/news/2015/09-14-2015.html (2016-02-12)
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  • Interdisciplinary Ethics Day brings together students from four progams
    Info for Future Students Current Students Alumni Friends Employers Breadcrumb Navigation Home School of Law News 2015 Interdisciplinary Ethics Day brings together students from four progams Share this page Interdisciplinary Ethics Day brings together students from four progams September 10 2015 Pete Rosenbery More than 250 Southern Illinois University Carbondale professional and graduate students will confront and discuss critical and ethical issues together later this week at the SIU School of Law Students who will participate are from the SIU School of Law the SIU School of Medicine medical degree program and physician assistants program and the School of Social Work master s degree program Students will break into small interdisciplinary groups and discuss recent news making and cutting edge scenarios followed by a panel of experts in those fields who will explain how they would have addressed the situation The event is from 9 a m to noon Saturday Sept 12 at the Hiram H Lesar Law Building at the SIU School of Law Reporters photographers and news crews are welcome to cover the panel and large group discussion beginning at 10 30 a m The panelists include Moderator Sandra Shea associate professor Family and Community Medicine and director first year curriculum SIU School of Medicine Jennifer Brobst assistant professor SIU School of Law and director Center for Health Law and Policy Dhrubodhi Mukherjee associate professor School of Social Work Carolyn Pointer assistant professor Medical Humanities School of Medicine Springfield Dr Sid Smith professor physician assistant program SIU School of Medicine Dr Christine Todd chair Department of Medical Humanities SIU School of Medicine Springfield The purpose of the event is to make future professionals more respectful of their clients and more open minded about their needs Brobst said The annual event formerly known as Professional Responsibility Day is in

    Original URL path: http://www.law.siu.edu/news/2015/09-10-2015.html (2016-02-12)
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