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Aviva A. Orenstein

Professor of Law and Val Nolan Faculty Fellow
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aorenste[at] indiana[dot]edu
(812) 855-8736
Baier Hall 325
A.B. at Cornell University, 1981
J.D. at Cornell Law School, 1986
Civil Procedure (B533)
Family Law (B608)
Evidence (B723)
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  • Earned her A.B. summa cum laude from Cornell University
  • Earned her J.D. magna cum laude at Cornell; articles editor of the Cornell Law Review; and elected to the Order of the Coif
  • Chair, American Association of Law Schools Evidence Section, 2005-06.
  • Founder and organizer, Outreach for Legal Literacy (1995-present)
  • Fellow, Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions (2005-06)
  • Clerk, the late Hon. Edward R. Becker, Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (1987-88)

Professor Orenstein writes and teaches in the area of evidence. Her current scholarship examines special evidence rules that allow prosecutors to introduce evidence of a defendant's prior sexual offenses in rape and child molestation cases.

Orenstein teaches Civil Procedure and Family Law and has in the recent past taught Legal Profession, and Children and the Law. In 2000-2001, she directed the Child Advocacy Clinic, supervising law students who serve as guardian ad litem for children in contested-custody cases. She has served as a court-appointed special advocate for abused and neglected children and currently does pro bono work in the local family court. In 2004-05, she was a fellow at the Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions, where she now participates in a seminar on "The Ethics and Politics of Childhood."

Orenstein founded and supervises an Outreach for Legal Literacy, a program through which law students teach constitutional law and civics to local fifth-graders. She has written and produced a number of plays on legal and ethical questions used for the professional development of law students and the local bar.

Aviva A. Orenstein
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