Academy of Law Alumni Fellows

Established in 1985, the Academy of Law Alumni Fellows recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves in their careers through personal achievements and dedication to the highest standards of the profession. With professional roles ranging from U.S. senators to federal judges to managing partners of national law firms, Academy Fellows bring honor to the legal profession and enhance our School’s reputation. Induction into the Academy is the highest honor the Maurer School of Law bestows upon its graduates.

Academy Inductees for 2017

  • Rodolfo Chapa Jr., '85
    Chapa, a record-setting high school distance runner, combined his athletic skill with his legal and business background to lead sports marketing at Nike Inc. Later, he pursued his entrepreneurial vision, purchasing Student Sports LLC, and founding SPARQ, a sports equipment and media company.
  • Julia Lamber, '72
    Lamber is a professor emerita of law at the Maurer School of Law, where she pioneered courses in employment discrimination, women and the law, and civil rights statutes.
  • Larry A. Mackey, '76
    Mackey is a partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP in Indianapolis, where he has led the growth of the firm's nationwide white-collar and investigations practice group since 1998.
  • Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush, '83
    Rush is chief justice of the State of Indiana, the first woman to hold that position and only the second woman to have been named to the state's highest court.
  • Carl E. Ver Beek, '62
    Ver Beek is of counsel to Varnum, the Grand Rapids, Michigan, law firm he joined in 1962 as its 12th lawyer. The firm has now grown to 170 lawyers.

See a list of all Academy of Law Fellows.


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

Selection Criteria

  • A nominee must have earned respect as a leader in his or her chosen career as evidenced by public service, such as national or state offices held; by professional leadership positions; by published works; or by other indications of special qualifications and performance.
  • The nominee should be perceived as experienced by his or her peers.
  • The nominee should hold a responsible position in a law firm, business, or institution that has a reputation for high quality. 
  • Nominees must agree to be present at the award ceremony in order to receive the award.
  • The nominee must have received a degree from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Exceptions must be approved by the Selection Committee and the Dean of the IU Maurer School of Law.