Indiana Law Annotated Vol. 17 No. 12 November 15, 1999

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Who are those people whose photographs are on the first-floor wall? In this series of profiles, we introduce you to the members of the Academy of the Law Alumni Fellows. The Fellows are the recipients of the highest honor the Law School bestows on its alums. We hope that each profile will help you reflect on the successes of our alumni as well as some possibilities that are ahead for you.

It must have taken enormous courage for seventeen- year-old Tamar Althouse to leave the security of her home in Evansville to enter Indiana University to study law. She had no role models and no mentors, for she was the first woman to graduate from the IU Law School. She returned to her home after the completion of her studies and waited one year until she reached twenty-one to be admitted to the bar in 1893.

She accepted a position in the law offices of J.E. Williamson in Evansville and became the first woman to practice law in Vanderburg County. She continued to practice law and to supplement her income by serving as a court reporter. In 1911, she served on the staff of State Speaker of the House, Al Venaman, and in 1924 accepted an assignment with the Indiana Public Service Commission.

Miss Althouse's legal career must be viewed from the perspective of her time. The Nineteenth Amendment was ratified in 1920, twenty-eight years after Miss Althouse graduated from Law School. By 1900, only thirty-eight states admitted women to the bar. Women then were believed to be unfit physically and mentally to become litigators.

Finding her career as Evansville's only female lawyer solitary, Miss Althouse sought out women in other profession and in 1914 was one of the founding members of the first women's Rotary. She served as its president twice and helped women in Indianapolis and elsewhere organize women's Rotaries, taking their charter and principles from the Evansville club.

In the mid-1920s, Tamar Althouse Scholz retired from the practice of law to devote much of her time to the care of her husband, a prominent Evansville businessman. Although her professional activities were reduced, she continued to influence women's business and professional groups until her death in 1936.

It is appropriate to remember the pioneering role in the history of legal education played by Tamar Althouse Scholz.


Professor Cate delivered a paper on Privacy and the Regulation of Personal Information at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business on Nov.4.

He testified on the Implications of Online Profiling Technology for User Privacy and on The Role of Self-Regulation at a joint hearing held by the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Commerce on Nov. 8.

Professor Cate also appeared on a panel on New State Consumer Privacy Initiatives at the Privacy and American Business Annual Conference in Washington on Nov. 9.

Professor Susan William's most recent article, "Truth, Speech, and Ethics" has been published electronically in a journal called "Genders." If you are interested, you can find it on the web at


The Indiana Conflict Resolution Institute (ICRI) will be hosting a brownbag presentation on Thursday, Nov. 18, with Tony Belak. He will be speaking about mediation in federal agencies.

Mr. Belak, former Regional Counsel for the Department of Veterans Affairs, is currently the Department's Senior Counsel for Dispute Resolution. He is a mediator and adjunct faculty at both the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law and the IU Southeast College of Business.

Please join the ICRI at SPEA, Room 300 at 12:00 p.m. Cookies and soft drinks will be provided.

William Burnett Harvey, 77, of Boston, died Oct. 27 at Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center.

He was born in Greenville, SC and raised in Erwin, TN. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, a graduate of Wake Forest College, and received a degree in law from the University of Michigan. He served as Dean of IU School of Law from 1966 to 1971, and joined Boston University Law School faculty in 1973. In 1982 he became general counsel of Boston University, retiring in 1987.

He was interested in African legal systems and wrote "An Introduction to the Legal Systems of East Africa" and "Law and Social Change in Ghana."

Survivors include his wife, Mary Louis Harvey; daughter, Anne Taylor of Newton, MA; son, Kent Harvey of Hamden, CT; and two grand-daughters.

Memorial services will be 1:00 p.m., Friday, Nov. 19, at Emmanuel Church in Boston.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, for the purpose of student financial aid.

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Monday, Nov. 15, Indiana State Bar applications due, Recorder's Office.

Thursday, Nov. 18, Tony Belak, 12:00 p.m., SPEA, Room 300.

Updated: 12 November 1999