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Last modified: Monday, October 1, 2012

Distinguished clinician to deliver Fuchs lecture at IU Maurer School of Law

Oct. 1, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- A nationally known professor and leader in clinical education will deliver the Ralph F. Fuchs Lecture at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law on Monday, Oct. 8.

Elliott S. Milstein, professor of law at the Washington College of Law at American University in Washington, D.C., will speak on "Uncertainty, Indeterminacy and the Law School Curriculum." His lecture will explore how the content and the methodology of what is taught in an in-house clinic can prepare students to gain confidence that the theories they develop from experience can guide their behavior as lawyers.

Elliott Milstein

Elliott Milstein

Milstein was president of the Association of American Law Schools in 2000, the first clinical teacher elected to that position. He was dean of the Washington College of Law from 1988 to 1995 and served one year as interim president of American University starting in 1993.

He has been a clinical teacher for nearly his entire career, starting in 1969, and founded Washington College of Law's clinical program. He has been a leader in the development of the concepts and methods that are the basis for in-house clinical education and has trained or mentored many clinical teachers. Milstein holds a J.D. from University of Connecticut School of Law and an LL.M. from Yale Law School.

The Fuchs Lecture was established in honor of Ralph F. Fuchs. Fuchs earned his undergraduate and J.D. degrees from Washington University, a doctorate in economics from what is now the Brookings Institute and a graduate degree in law from Yale. In 1946, he became a professor of law at Indiana University and was eventually awarded the title of university professor in honor of his scholarship, teaching and public service.

His scholarly interests were wide-ranging, but much of his writing dealt with the then-emerging field of administrative law, in which he was a pioneer. A member of the American Civil Liberties Union since the 1930s, he helped found the Indiana chapter and was the first chairman of the executive board of the ICLU. Fuchs was unfailingly courteous and generous in the support and guidance he offered younger colleagues and students, well beyond his retirement in 1970 up until his death in 1985.

The lecture will begin at noon in Room 123 of the Maurer School of Law, 211 S. Indiana Ave. It is free and open to the public, and Indiana continuing legal education credit has been applied for.