I am delighted to announce that five distinguished graduates of the Indiana School of Law have been selected for induction into the Academy of Law Alumni Fellows.
Longtime state senator J. Leslie Duvall, LLB'49, led the reform of the Indiana criminal code while in office. He is a former chair of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission and is of counsel with Lewis & Kappes, Indianapolis, where he focuses on energy and utility law. Barbara J. Kelley, JD'73, currently a partner with Kamlet Shepherd & Reichert, Denver, has had a distinguished career focusing on corporate and banking matters, and was a member of the Christopher Commission, headed by Warren Christopher and appointed by former Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley to investigate excessive use of force against minorities. The late Stephen O. Kinnard, JD'72, was chief mediator for the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and a prominent activist on behalf of death row inmates. A tireless supporter of the School of Law who has served on both our Alumni Board and Board of Visitors, Jacqueline A. Simmons, JD'79, is vice president and general manager for Reilly Industries Inc., managing all aspects of the business, which boasts $250 million in global sales and manufacturing facilities on three continents. Thomas L. Stevens, JD'55, who specialized in insurance and general corporate law, was chair and CEO of Lord Bissell & Brook, Chicago, when he retired in 1995, having started as an associate with the firm in 1958.
I extend my warmest congratulations to the new fellows. They will be inducted into the academy on Oct. 1 during Alumni Weekend 2004. We have a great line-up of events planned for this year's reunion. Watch your mail for your registration form. Or, if you prefer, you can register online. I hope to see you there!
All my best,
Lauren Robel, JD'83
In this issue:
- Law School institutes LRAP
- Cate writes report on privacy and terrorism
- Conference on death penalty reform slated for September
- Entrepreneurship Clinic to open shop this fall
- Former Indiana law professor appointed to bankruptcy court
- Brown to head university's Hudson and Holland Scholars Programs
- Alumni News
This spring, the Law School gave out its first awards in a new Loan Repayment Assistance Program. The program aims to help students going into public interest careers reduce their debt burden, thus allowing them to afford lower-paying jobs than they otherwise might. The initial payments totaled $40,000 and were divided among four 3Ls and four recent graduates.
Professor Fred Cate wrote "Safeguarding Privacy in the Fight Against Terrorism," the report of the findings of the Department of Defense's Technology and Privacy Advisory Committee. The report was released to the public on May 19. The committee, chaired by former FCC Chair Newton Minow, was appointed in February 2003 by U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, to examine the Terrorism Information Act and its implications with respect to privacy.
Earlier this summer, Cate testified before the Social Security Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee in Washington on enhancing Social Security Number privacy.
On Sept. 10 and 11, the Law School will host a major conference on death penalty reform, "Toward a Model Death Penalty Code: The Massachusetts Governor's Council Report." Earlier this year, the Massachusetts Governor's Council on Capital Punishment, which was co-chaired by Professor Joseph Hoffmann, released a report outlining 10 recommendations for the creation of a more fair and accurate death-penalty system. These recommendations, many of which are unprecedented, have already begun to influence the ongoing dialogue about death-penalty reform.
Conference speakers and panels will explore how this report defines a model death-penalty code for the nation. Leading death-penalty reform scholars, lawyers, judges, policy-makers, and forensic scientists will focus on the major themes of the report, such as reducing the number of death-eligible crimes, transforming the nature of jury decision-making in capital sentencing, elevating the role of DNA and scientific evidence, providing trial and appellate judges with broad substantive review powers, and creating a new death-penalty review commission to study alleged errors in capital cases.
Conference papers will be published in a symposium issue of the Indiana Law Journal.
Along with the new Mental Health and Disability Law Clinic, another new clinic will soon be added to the curriculum, focusing on entrepreneurship. This new offering, sponsored jointly by the School of Law and the Kelley School of Business, is designed to be a capstone experience for students enrolled in the joint JD/MBA or JD/MBA in Accounting program.
The Entrepreneurship Clinic will provide legal services that relate to starting a business, including assistance with business and financial planning, business organization, licenses and permits, agreements and leases, regulatory and zoning compliance, intellectual property issues, and commercial landlord, supplier, and lender negotiations. Students in the JD/MBA program will work in teams, under the supervision of an experienced business person who is also a lawyer, to provide appropriate advice to entrepreneurs who otherwise might not be able to afford it.
The Law School will develop a companion course, Entrepreneurship and the Law, to examine theories of entrepreneurship and survey the laws affecting business entrepreneurs.
Seed funding for the venture comes from the Lilly Foundation.
Former Law School Professor Bruce A. Markell has been appointed to serve as a judge on the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Nevada. Markell taught for nine years, from 1990 to 1999, at the School of Law. Since 1999, Markell has been the Doris S. and Theodore B. Lee Professor of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. As a practicing attorney, Markell specialized in bankruptcy, insolvency, and general corporate matters. Markell serves on the board of directors of the American Board of Certification, which certifies attorneys as specialists in business and consumer bankruptcy and creditors' rights. He is also a consultant to the Advisory Committee on Federal Bankruptcy Rules of Procedure and a member of the executive committee of the National Bankruptcy Conference.
IU's Office of Academic Support and Diversity has announced the appointment of Professor Kevin Brown as the director of the Hudson and Holland Scholars Program, beginning on August 15. The mission of the Hudson and Holland Scholars Programs is to increase the number of high-achieving students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds. The programs are designed to promote academic excellence through merit- and need-based scholarships, personalized academic advising and mentoring, seminars, and social and cultural activities.
Christopher J. Randall, JD'86, has been assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Madrid as the American citizen services officer. In that role, he provides a range of services to U.S. citizens, from help with passports and documentation to coordinating extradition requests.
Thomas E. Wheeler, JD'87, a partner at Locke Reynolds, Indianapolis, where he chairs the government and regulatory services group, is one of the 2004 winners of the Burton Award for Legal Achievement, given by the Burton Foundation in association with the Library of Congress. The awards program recognizes partners in law firms and law students who use plain, modern language and avoid archaic, stilted legalese. Wheeler has an extensive practice representing schools and other municipal entities throughout the United States in administrative, trial, and appellate matters.
San Francisco Magazine has named Henry S. Noyes, JD'94, a Northern California "Super Lawyer." Noyes is a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop, San Francisco, where he has a broad commercial litigation practice. His article on proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure relating to e-discovery is scheduled to appear in the summer 2004 issue of the Tennessee Law Review.