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Awards and Honors

Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award was founded in 1997 to recognize graduates of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law who have distinguished themselves in service to their communities and the School in ways far exceeding traditional business, professional, and civic duties. Through their hard work, passion, and accomplishments, these alumni define Indiana Law's ideals for community service and serve as accomplished role models for our Law School and the greater community.

DSA Recipients for 2013
Jim Brotherson James Brotherson, JD'78
A partner at Faegre Baker Daniels in South Bend, Brotherson has been a tireless friend and advocate for the Law School and is widely known for his contributions to the economic vitality of northern Indiana.
Susan Carpenter Susan Carpenter, JD'76
Recently retired as public defender of Indiana after 30 years, Carpenter is credited with reinforcing and strengthening the state's longstanding appellate defense standards, creating a top-notch capital defense unit, and ensuring representation for indigent prison inmates and persons challenging convictions and sentences.
Sandra Leek Sandra Leek, JD'79
Sandra Leek, JD'79 (posthumously) was an outstanding legal professional and active civic leader. She devoted her career to public service as the executive director of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission, commissioner of the Indiana Commission for Woman, and on numerous non-profit boards.

You may also see a list of past recipients.


Nominations may be submitted by anyone, must be in writing, and should include biographical and other information supporting the nomination.

Selection Criteria
  • The nature of the service rendered by the nominee may include, but is not limited to: exemplifying the spirit of volunteerism, furthering humanitarian causes; rendering pro bono services in the nominee’s area of expertise; serving with distinction on community-based boards; actively fostering citizenship; or serving his or her community, state, or country in some exceptional and distinctive manner.
  • The nominee must have received a degree from the IU Maurer School of Law.
  • The nominee must agree to be present at the award ceremony.
  • Current officers of the Indiana Law Alumni Board (President, President-Elect, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer) are not eligible for this award.