University of Southern Indiana

Law Day

Each spring USI’s Pre Law Program puts on a Law Day, now in its seventh year, featuring several events and open to USI students, local high schools, and the Evansville area community. While each Law Day is different, the program typically consists of a morning presentation on the program by Dr. LaRowe, a lunch time presentation (past events have included moot court demonstrations and expert panels of local lawyers and judges), and the day’s feature event: oral arguments heard by the Indiana Court of Appeals as part of its Appeals on Wheels program.

Law Day at USI offers local students and members of the community a great opportunity to learn about USI’s Pre-Law program, meet members of the local legal community, and watch the Indiana government in action. The exact date of Law Day depends on the oral argument calendar of the Indiana Court of Appeals, so those interested in learning more about the event should email  or call 812-464-1727.

USI's 7th annual Law Day

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Oral arguments at 1 pm in Carter Hall

Keynote speech by Dr. Stephen L. Wasby: "After Scalia, Now What?" at 7 pm in Carter Hall

Stephen L. Wasby received his B.A. from Antioch College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. He was on the faculty at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale before moving to the University at Albany - SUNY; he is now professor emeritus of political science. Professor Wasby’s research interests focus primarily on the federal courts, and he continues a long-term project on decision-making in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He is the author of a number of books, as well as articles in social science journals and law reviews. He has served as Chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals of the Town of Eastham, Mass., and as Director of the National Railway Historical Society’s Heritage Grants Program.

Synopsis: Melvin Wolf v. State of Indiana

Wolf went to the race track to watch his son’s race. Another driver, Kevin Blue, beat Wolf’s son. The two racers’ cars collided on the track. After the race, Wolf approached Blue in the “weigh-in” area. Both men ended up on the ground, scuffling. Later, Wolf was arrested and charged with battery. During the bench trial, Wolf claimed self-defense but was found guilty. Wolf argues the State did not refute his self-defense claim. He claims the trial court erred in finding the fact he called Blue names constituted provocation. Wolf asserts he had a constitutional right to do so. Additionally, Wolf was not in a place he was not allowed to be and he only struck Blue in self-defense after Blue grabbed Wolf’s shirt.

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