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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 2014
Robin K. Boles, ’79
Robin Boles has greatly distinguished herself in service to her community and adopted country of England in ways that go far beyond the traditional practice of law. While visiting clients in England and Scotland in her early career at Arthur Young, she met her future husband, a native of Glasgow, and settled in London. In 1996 she was hired by the Prince of Wales to help establish In Kind Direct, which redistributes surplus goods from manufacturers and retailers across the UK to charities working both domestically and abroad. Under Robin’s leadership, In Kind Direct has redistributed £130 million ($209 million) in goods from over 925 companies, reaching 6,600 organizations and helping millions in need. In 2011 Robin pressed the organization to expand beyond the UK to establish In Kind Direct International, which licenses knowledge and expertise to charities and organizations in other countries, including Germany, France and Singapore. In Kind Direct is seen as a paradigm of charity growth and structure and has received abundant accolades and exposure. In 2013 it was named “Fastest Growing Charity” by the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organizations.
Gregory J. Jordan, '84
Almost since the day after graduation, Greg Jordan has been an ardent and dedicated volunteer for Indiana Law and the legal profession. A member of the school’s alumni board since 2006 and president in 2012-13, he has worked tirelessly to advance the school’s mission and instill a sense of pride among its alumni in the Chicago area. He is a founding member of the school’s Indiana Law society of Chicago and organizes and supports alumni-related activities in that area of the country. For 30 years, he has counseled dozens of students on the risks and rewards of practicing in Chicago, offering candid and practical advice with a liberal dose of good humor. He is a partner in the firm of Jordan & Zito LLC in Chicago.
Christopher D. Lee, '93
Chris Lee has brought civic engagement to a global level in Evansville, Ind., where he is a partner in Kahn, Dees, Donovan & Kahn, LLP. In 2004, he was sent to Afghanistan as part of an Indiana National Guard deployment to aid refugees in that war-torn country. While there, he founded the Afghanistan Relief Fund, which now supports three orphanages, three hospitals, several refugee camps, and a school. He also met an Afghan interpreter named Ajmal (A.J.) Myachel and established a fund to help finance A.J.’s education at the University of Southern Indiana. Chris has shifted his community support to helping Evansville high school students broaden their horizons through sports, including coordinating an annual auction to raise funds to send an entire wrestling team to a large national meet in Orlando, Fla. A recipient of the Army Bronze Star, Chris is also one of the youngest attorneys to have been named an Indiana Super Lawyer.
John E. Seddelmeyer, '74
John Seddelmeyer has been an active civic leader in Houston and Dallas, where he is retired senior counsel for legal policy at ExxonMobil Corporation. He and his wife, Sarah, developed a love of opera while living in Houston, and he later served on the board of trustees of the Houston Grand Opera and now the Dallas Opera. John has many fond memories of law school, with only one regret: He failed to take advantage of the many cultural offerings available to IU students. To make sure that Indiana Law students don’t graduate with the same regret, he has hosted an annual visit to the IU Opera with two dozen law students as his guests since 2007. The evening includes a reception at the Musical Arts Center and a backstage tour with IU Jacobs School of Music Dean Gwyn Richards. Thanks to John’s generosity, dozens of Indiana Law students have been introduced to one of Bloomington’s cultural gems.

You may also see a list of past recipients.

Nominations

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.