Lauren Kay Robel

Lauren Kay Robel

Val Nolan Professor of Law; Provost, Indiana University -- Bloomington; Executive Vice President, Indiana University

  • B.A., Auburn University 1978
  • J.D., Indiana University Maurer School of Law 1983
  • Provost and Executive Vice President, IU Bloomington, July 2012 - Present
  • Interim Provost and Executive Vice President, IU Bloomington, January 2012 - June 2012
  • Dean, IU Maurer School of Law, 2003-2011
  • Earned a J.D. summa cum laude from Indiana University Maurer School of Law; elected to the Order of the Coif; and wrote for the Indiana Law Journal
  • Clerk, Hon. Jesse Eschbach, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (1983-85)
  • President, Association of American Law Schools (2012-present); President-Elect (2011); Executive Committee (2006-present); Chair, AALS Committee on Research, American Association of Law Schools (2006-2007); AALS Committee on Curriculum and Research (2005)
  • Group Reporter, National Conference on Appellate Justice (2005)
  • Law School Survey of Student Engagement Advisory Board, (2005-present)
  • Member, Circuit Rules Committee, Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (1994-present)

Lauren Robel's research focuses on the federal courts. Her articles have appeared in numerous leading law journals. She is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from procedural reform to sovereign immunity and co-author of Federal Courts: Cases and Materials on Judicial Federalism and the Lawyering Process (LEXISNEXIS 2005), a casebook on federal jurisdiction written with Arthur Hellman.

Robel has also been a visiting faculty member at Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II), where she published a book, Les États des Noirs: Fédéralisme et question raciale aux États-unis, (Presses Universitaires de France, 2000), with Professor Elisabeth Zoller, a frequent visitor to the Law School.

She is currently past president of the Association of American Law Schools, having served as its president in 2011-12. She has been a member of its Executive Committee since 2006. She is also a member of the Rules Advisory Committee for the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

In January 2012, Robel began serving as Interim Provost and Executive Vice President of Indiana University -- Bloomington. On June 22, 2012, she was appointed Provost and Executive Vice President, effective July 1, 2012.

Selected Works
  • Riding the Color Line: The Story of Railroad Commission of Texas v. Pullman Co., in FEDERAL COURT STORIES (Vicki Jackson and Judith Resnik, Eds.) New York: Foundation Press, 2010.
  • FEDERAL COURTS: CASES AND MATERIALS ON JUDICIAL FEDERALISM AND THE LAWYERING PROCESS, 2nd ed. (with Arthur Hellman and David R. Stras). Newark: LexisNexis, 2009.
  • Opening Our Classrooms Effectively to Foreign Graduate Students, 24 PENN STATE INTERNATIONAL LAW REVIEW 797 (2006).
  • LES ÉTATS DES NOIRS: FEDERALISME ET QUESTION RACIALE AUX ÉTATS-UNIS, (Presses Universitaires de France, 2000) (with Elisabeth Zoller)
  • The Myth of the Disposable Opinion, 85 Michigan Law Review 940-962 (1989)
  • Fractured Procedure: The Civil Justice Reform Act of 1990, 46 Stanford Law Rev. 1447 (1994)
  • Impermeable Federalism, Pragmatic Silence, and the Long Range Plan for the Federal Courts, 71 Indiana Law Journal 841 (1996).
  • Sovereignty and Democracy: The States' Obligations to Their Citizens Under Federal Statutory Law, 78 Ind. L. J. 543 (2003)