Greetings from the School of Law!
A wonderful class of 222 new JD students matriculated this year, representing 100 colleges and universities, 33 states, and one foreign country.
The entering JD class is diverse and talented. Twenty of these students joined us from California; 13 from Illinois; 12 from Texas; 11 from Michigan; eight from Florida; seven from New York; and five from Utah. The median LSAT score of the entering class is 162 (88th percentile) — the highest in the history of this school — and their median grade point average is 3.42. Not surprisingly, these students come to us with very interesting experiences and backgrounds. We have a Navy plane captain and a Marine helicopter pilot; a tenured associate professor and Fulbright scholar; a registered nurse; a U.S. Army Russian linguist; a ballerina; a Congressional chief-of-staff; two cheerleaders; a pharmacist; a jewelry designer; a cattle rancher; a voice-over actor; more than one black belt; a 2nd-grade, a 5th-grade, and a 7th-grade teacher, as well as a piano teacher and a speech and hearing teacher; two newspaper reporters; three game show contestants; 10 volunteers for the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps; varsity athletes in football, basketball, baseball, tennis, softball, rugby, lacrosse, track & field, cross-country, crew, field hockey, wrestling, golf, fencing, rifle team, swimming, equestrian, volleyball, and women's boxing; at least one student who is certain to be president of the United States; and a pastor.
Our LLM class is similarly impressive. More than 70 lawyers and judges from 17 countries have come to the Law School this fall, bringing both their practical experience in the law and their perspectives from other legal systems. Among them is an intellectual property judge from Beijing; a lawyer for Samsung in Seoul, South Korea; several government officials; three policemen; the director of the legal section of the Law and Democracy Foundation in Ukraine; a manager of the Bank of Korea; a religious historian; a professor at Dongguk University in Korea; a professor at China University of Political Science and Law; a lawyer for Kirin Brewery in Japan; the personal secretary to the prime minister of Thailand; an attorney for the largest law firm in Costa Rica; a journalist and independent film director; a former U.N. oil-for-food program project officer; and an attorney whose goal it is to completely understand the TV show "The Practice" in English!
The energy generated by this entering group of students is enormous, and we are delighted to have them here. We hope that you are joining us for Alumni Weekend on Sept. 19-20. At the student—alumni mixer, you will have the opportunity to meet these students in person, as well as reconnect with faculty and friends.
We are delighted to welcome back Professors Alfred Aman and Aviva Orenstein, who are returning from leave, as well as Cynthia Reichard, JD'84, who has rejoined the Legal Writing and Research faculty. And we welcome three new faculty members: William Henderson, who will be teaching Corporations and Securities; Ajay Mehrotra, who is teaching Tax; and Christiana Ochoa, who teaches Corporate Finance, Human Rights, and Contracts.
I hope I will see you during the next year. Please stay in touch, and visit us in Bloomington.
Lauren Robel, JD'83
See photos from recent alumni receptions with Dean Robel on the West Coast.
In Memoriam: Betty Virginia LeBus
1923 - 2003
Betty Virginia LeBus, longtime law librarian at the School of Law, died on Aug. 24 in Bloomington.
Born in Bremerton, Wash., Miss LeBus attended the University of Washington, where she received a BS in 1947, an LLB in 1948, and a BA in Library Science in 1949. She was one of the first graduates of the university's prestigious Law Librarianship Program. Following her graduation, Miss LeBus was admitted to the bar in the state of Washington in 1948, and she served as assistant librarian at the University of Washington from 1948 to 1950. In 1950, when she accepted the position of instructor of law and law librarian at Indiana University, she became the only woman then on the law faculty. In addition to being the administrator of the Law Library, she taught Legal Bibliography to all law students. She was instrumental in the planning of the law building completed in 1956 and served as the Law School's project manager throughout the construction of the facility.
In 1957, Miss LeBus was granted tenure, and, in 1977, she was promoted to full professor of law. She was the first woman in the Law School to receive tenure and to hold professorial rank. During her time as law librarian, the IU Law Library collection grew from 57,000 volumes to 194,000 volumes, and the staff grew from two to nine full-time and more than 30 student assistants. In 1977, the Law Library was one of the first in the country to introduce the faculty and students to computerized legal research.
After 28 years, Miss LeBus resigned her position at Indiana University and returned to Seattle to be with her elderly mother. She ended her career as a law librarian at the University of Miami School of Law. Upon her retirement, she returned to Bloomington.
Miss LeBus was a pioneer in law librarianship and served the university and many organizations in countless ways. The essence of her service, however, is reflected not just in the formal achievements that appear in the records and statistics of an organization, but in the impact she had on the hundreds of former students and colleagues who continue to remember her with affection and esteem.
Hoffmann awarded Fulbright
Harry Pratter Professor Joseph L. Hoffmann has been awarded a Fulbright grant to spend four months as a visiting senior scholar/lecturer at the Faculty of Law, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Erlangen-Nürnberg, and the Faculty of Law, Jena University, both in Germany. From November 2003 until March 2004, Hoffmann will work closely with Joachim Hruschka and Sharon Byrd, two distinguished German professors, in the areas of criminal law and federalism. This is the second Fulbright Hoffmann has received. In 1994-95, he visited at the University of Tokyo Faculty of Law in Japan.
Applegate named to National Research Council post
Walter W. Foskett Professor John Applegate has been named vice chair of the National Research Council/National Academy of the Sciences Committee on Risk-Based Approaches for Transuranic and High-Level Radioactive Waste. The committee will respond to the U.S. Department of Energy's request for recommendations on the development of a "risk-based" approach to its cleanup of transuranic and high-level radioactive wastes. Applegate has written many articles on risk assessment, the domestic and international regulation of toxic substances and hazardous wastes, public participation in environmental decision-making, and other legal topics. He is co-author of an environmental law casebook, The Regulation of Toxic Substances and Hazardous Wastes (Foundation Press 2000). From 1993 to 1998, Applegate chaired the Fernald Citizens Advisory Board, a site-specific advisory board established by the U.S. Department of Energy to deal with the environmental cleanup of the former nuclear weapons facility at Fernald, Ohio. He is also a member of the Department of Energy's national Environmental Management Advisory Board.
New alumni advisory boards named
Dean Robel has announced the creation of two new alumni advisory boards to work with faculty and students at the Law School. The Sherman Minton Moot Court Advisory Board will work with the student Moot Court Board and faculty adviser Luis Fuentes-Rohwer on the annual competition. Members include Stephen W. Beard, JD'98; Hamish S. Cohen, JD'01; Krista L. Duncan, JD'96; Heidi G. Goebel, JD'97; Philip J. Gutwein, JD'01; Sarah S. Riordan, JD'93; and Philip P. Simon, JD'87.
The Protective Order Project Advisory Board will help the law students involved in that organization to train new volunteers, as well as provide advice to the student board. Alumni members include Dominic W. Glover, JD'97; Holly (Ashburn) Harvey, JD'97; Deborah D. Kubley, JD'93; Tammy (Babcock) Minger, JD'88; Amy (Huffman) Oliver, JD'92; and Frederick A. Turner, JD'93.
Read more about volunteering opportunities at the School of Law.
Klingeberger named federal bankruptcy judge
J. Philip Klingeberger, JD'75, has been named a federal bankruptcy judge in the Northern District of Indiana, which has one of the highest levels of Chapter 7 bankruptcy filings in the nation. A noted bankruptcy law expert, Klingeberger had been an assistant U.S. attorney in the Hammond office since 1986 before being appointed to his new position.
Buroker and McAvoy reach new heights
On a mountain-climbing trip in July, Andrew B. Buroker, JD'89, and David A. McAvoy, JD/MSES'88, claimed Mont Blanc for the Law School. Two years earlier, in June 2001, Buroker scaled Mt. Kilimanjaro, the tallest peak in Africa.
Buroker, an attorney with Krieg DeVault, Indianapolis, concentrates his practice in commercial and real estate finance, real estate transactions, financial institutions, securities, and general business matters. He provides pro bono legal services through the Community Organizations Legal Assistance Project and is active in a number of community, political, and charitable activities.
McAvoy is an attorney for Eli Lilly.
Buroker writes, "We look forward to our next summit flying of the IU banner and singing the fight song without any air in our lungs."
Recent Faculty Publications
Professor David V. Snyder, has recently published "Private Lawmaking," 64 Ohio St. L. J. 371 (2003) and "Closing the Deal in Contracts: Introducing Transactional Skills in the First Year," 34 U. Toledo L. Rev. 689 (2003).
Michael Grossberg, professor of history and adjunct professor of law, teamed with former faculty member Hendrik Hartog (currently on the faculty at Princeton) and Wendy Gamber to edit a collection of essays titled American Public Life and the Historical Imagination (University of Notre Dame Press 2003).
Professor Aviva Orenstein participated in a conference sponsored by New York Chief Justice Judith Kay on the role of law schools in promoting Lawyer Assistance Programs to help attorneys suffering with addictions and depression.
Professor Kevin Brown will deliver a paper on Sept. 27 at Tulane Law School in New Orleans at a conference titled "From Brown to Grutter: Affirmative Action and Higher Education in the South."