News for alumni and friends of Indiana Law
- Distinguished Service Awards presented to four Indiana Law alumni
- Bell, Brown recognized
- Office for Student Affairs named in honor of Len Fromm
- Quintanilla earns ABF affiliated scholar designation
- Cole recognized as “Reviewer of the Year” for prestigious economics journal
- New items available from The Maurer Shop
- Faculty, staff, and student news
- Class notes
The Law School wishes to thank the numerous alumni and friends who participated in the annual Alumni Summit weekend of September 23. Students had a number of opportunities to network and engage with members of our Alumni Board, BLSA Alumni Advisory Board, Latino Alumni Advisory Board and the Young Alumni Steering Committee. We were incredibly pleased to host the inaugural meeting of our new APALSA Alumni Advisory Board and meet with members of the Dean's Global Advisory Board on September 26. As you'll read below, the Law School also honored a number of alumni and faculty throughout the weekend.
Four members of the Indiana Law community were honored on September 23 with Distinguished Service Awards. Javier Becerra ’17; Shontrai Irving ’03; Laura Walda ’09; and Mark Wright ’89, received their respective awards during a moving ceremony in front of a standing-room only crowd in the DeLaney Moot Court Room, though circumstances prevented Walda and Wright from attending in person.
“These awards are especially meaningful and timely to all of us at the Law School because of our commitment to instilling a commitment to public service in our students,” said Interim Dean Christiana Ochoa. “Every one of our students commits to an aspirational goal of 60 hours of pro bono service during their three years of law school, so it’s incredibly gratifying to recognize alumni who set such a great example for our students after they enter the legal profession.”
Alumni from all over the country gathered at the home of Professor Kevin Brown during the Alumni Summit to celebrate his and Professor Jeannine Bell's innumerable contributions to the Indiana Law community. Brown, who retired this past summer, and remains an emeritus professor of the Law School, has joined the faculty of the University of South Carolina School of Law, while Bell joined the University of Chicago Loyola School of Law this fall as a Curt and Linda Rodin Professor of Law and Social Justice. Both were recognized with plaques from the BLSA Alumni Board, which honored each in recognition of their "dedicated service, generous commitment of time, countless contributions, and inspiration to our endeavors." We wish them both happiness and continued success in their new locations.
The legacy of a longtime assistant dean of students will inspire students for generations to come with the formal naming of the Leonard D. Fromm Office for Student Affairs. Alumni, faculty, staff, students, and members of Fromm’s family gathered in the DeLaney Moot Court Room September 23 to dedicate the office. Fromm was remembered as a firm but compassionate mentor to more than 6,000 students over the course of his career.
Watch the ceremony
Professor Victor D. Quintanilla, Val Nolan Faculty Fellow, and co-director of the Law School’s Center for Law, Society & Culture, has been designated as an affiliated scholar with the American Bar Foundation, the organization announced in September. The affiliation, which formally began on September 1, will last for three years and allows Quintanilla to serve as a mentor to ABF doctoral fellows and take part in ABF initiatives.
Quintanilla was one of seven law professors selected from across the country for a 2021-22 ABF/JPB Foundation Access to Justice Scholars Program, which promotes the next generation of scholars leading the field of access to civil justice. The program brings together cohorts of faculty scholars from across the nation to support research, provide mentorship, and build intellectual relationships to improve access to justice and combat poverty.
A Maurer School of Law faculty member has been recognized for his contributions to reviewing interdisciplinary research for the Journal of Institutional Economics. Professor Dan Cole, Robert H. McKinney Professor of Law and a senior fellow with the Ostrom Workshop, was named one of three “Reviewers of the Year” by the journal on Sept. 7. The announcement was made during the annual World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research (WINIR) Conference. The award, which comes with a £400 prize, recognizes outstanding reviewers for the journal. Cole shares the 2022 award with Katarzyna Bentkowska, of the Warsaw School of Economics, and Ennio Piano, of Middle Tennessee State University.