It was wonderful to see so many of you during my recent visits to Chicago and Texas. Back in Bloomington, the semester is in full swing, and lots of great events are coming up at the school. A semester-long series to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education got underway this month; alumni advisory board meetings, Moot Court finals, and the Barrister's Ball are also on the calendar this month; and next week, Professors Pat Baude and Tom Schornhorst will give a presentation reviewing the First Amendment case, Hess v. Indiana, that they took to the U.S. Supreme Court 30 years ago. In March, I will be in California, Arizona, and New York, where I hope to meet with many more of you. As always, please stay in touch, and if you have the chance, stop by the Law School to catch an event, or just to catch up with old friends.
All my best,
Lauren Robel, JD'83
In this issue:
- Alumni return as practitioners in residence
- Title IX author Bayh speaks at school
- Law School celebrates Year of the Monkey
- Alumni Events
- Class Notes
- Faculty News
Three alumni—Terry Albright, JD'65, Jack Bobo, JD'96, and Jack Kimberling, JD'50—returned to the Law School this month as practitioners in residence, sharing their experience and expertise with students and faculty.
A civil trial attorney with Baker & Daniels in Indianapolis for more than 35 years, Albright is an arbitrator in large, complex cases and serves on the Panel of Distinguished Neutrals for the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution. For many years, Albright's name has been synonymous with Indianapolis, state, and national bar association activities. While president of the ISBA (1993-94), he initiated Project PEACE, a peer mediation program aimed at reducing violence in schools. Albright has also been a champion of jury reform through an organization he co-founded, the Citizens Commission for the Future of Indiana Courts.
Jack Bobo is a trade policy advisor on biotechnology for the U.S. State Department and a graduate of the Law School-SPEA joint degree program. Before joining the State Department, Bobo was an attorney at Crowell & Moring in Washington, D.C., where he served in the areas of litigation and environmental practice. He is a member of the Microenterprise Program Steering Committee for the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA), and has also taught physical and natural sciences to students in Gabon, Africa, through the NPCA (1989-91). As project manager for Integrated Computer Engineering in Arlington, VA, he served as an expert advisor to the U.S. President's Information Technology Advisory Committee (1997-2000).
John F. Kimberling had just opened his new law practice in Muncie, Ind., when he was recalled to active duty in the Navy during the Korean War. Upon his discharge, Kimberling joined the small Los Angeles law firm of Lillick & McHose, where he became managing partner and star of the firm's litigation section. Kimberling was instrumental in guiding the firm's growth to a general commercial firm with 150 attorneys. In 1986, the firm of Dewey, Ballantine, Bushby, Palmer & Wood recruited Kimberling to head up its litigation unit. A top U.S. litigation specialist, Kimberling is a charter member of the ABA section on litigation.
Former Indiana Sen. Birch Bayh, JD'60, joined us at the Law School in February to participate in "Title IX: Outcomes and Opportunities," a panel discussion about impact of the legislation.
Bayh, who represented the state of Indiana for 18 years (1962-1980) in the U.S. Senate, sponsored and co-authored the landmark 1972 legislation that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all federally funded programs and activities, including sports.
Other panelists included Professor Julia Lamber, whose current research examines Title IX in the context of intercollegiate athletics. Terry Dworkin, JD'75, IU's dean for women's affairs and the Jack R. Wentworth Professor of Business Law at the Kelley School of Business, also participated, as did Mary Jo Kane, an expert on Title IX from the University of Minnesota, and Mitzi Witchger, a gender equity consultant.
The Law School ushered in the Year of the Monkey with a Chinese-Korean New Year Party this month. Our LLM students, together with Director of International Programs Lesley Davis and Director of Graduate Legal Studies Lisa Farnsworth, put together an amazing feast of food and fun.
Alumni in the Bloomington area are invited to stop by the Law School on Friday, Feb. 27, to hear final arguments for this year's Moot Court competition. The panel of judges will include Judge Michael Kanne, JD'68, Judge John Tinder, JD'75, Chicago attorney Eleanor Cabrere, JD'93, Indianapolis and D.C. attorney George Patton, JD'87, and Dean Lauren Robel, JD'83. A reception will be held immediately after the final round, at 8:30 p.m., in the faculty lounge on the third floor.
BLSA Barrister's Ball
Friday, Feb. 27, is also the date of the annual Black Law Students Association Barrister's Ball, the swankiest event of the Law School season! The Barrister's Ball will be held this year from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. in Alumni Hall at the Indiana Memorial Union.
Dean Robel and others on the faculty were in Chicago this month to meet with alumni at a series of events, including a CLE seminar with Professor Patrick Baude on "Constitutional Issues in the Regulation of the Legal Profession." Other events included a chocolate- and wine-tasting for alumnae of the Law School and of the Kelley School of Business, and a gathering at Joe's Bar to watch the IU vs. Minnesota basketball game.
Alumni advisory boards
Two of the Law School's new alumni advisory boards convene for the first time this month. The Environmental Law Advisory board met on Feb. 13 for a full-day meeting at the Law School. This week, the Black Law Students Association alumni advisory board has its first meeting as well.
Franklin D. Cleckley (left), JD'65, was awarded the 2003 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Fourth Circuit. The award honors a senior practicing judge or lawyer whose life and practice display "sterling character and unquestioned integrity, coupled with ongoing dedication to the highest standards of the legal profession." Cleckley, currently the Arthur B. Hodges Professor of Law at the West Virginia University College of Law, became the first African American justice in West Virginia's history when he was appointed in 1994 to the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. Cleckley has held many positions with the NAACP, and he is the founder of the Franklin D. Cleckley Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping former convicts with educational and employment opportunities.
Feisal Istrabadi, JD'88, formerly a trial lawyer in Valparaiso, Ind., is now vice president of the Iraqi Forum for Democracy and serves as an advisor to a member of Iraq's Governing Council. Istrabadi has emerged as a leading figure in the creation of a new constitution for Iraq. In the months leading up to the war in Iraq, he served on a U.S. State Department advisory group.
Read more class notes online.
Professor Edwin Greenebaum's article, "Problem Solving in Legal Education," recently appeared in The International Journal of the Legal Profession.
The ABA Commission on the 21st Century Judiciary recently published its report, entitled "Justice in Jeopardy," which was drafted by Professor Charles Geyh. The report's recommendations were adopted as ABA policy last summer. The report touches on subjects such as diversification of the judiciary, judicial selection, judicial qualiications, court education, and court funding. A consultant's report written by Professor Jeannine Bell is included as Appendix F.
Professor Michael Jenuwine recently published an article in the journal Psychiatric Services, describing the results of his work with mentally ill youth in detention centers in Illinois from the perspective of mental health services outcomes. He also published an article in Federal Probation, discussing the integration of treatment and probation for sex offenders living in the community.
Professor Dawn Johnsen is joining the national board of the American Constitution Society, a progressive national organization of law students, law professors, and practicing lawyers.