Karen Lake Buttrey and Donald W. Buttrey Chair
The Karen Lake Buttrey and Donald W. Buttrey Chair honors Karen Lake and Donald Buttrey, JD’61, who practiced for a half-century with the former McHale Cook & Welch Firm and is the former president of the Indianapolis Bar Association. He passed away in April 2021 and was preceded in death by his first wife, Karen Lake Buttrey. She had established a trust that matured upon her husband’s death, and Donald, too, had created a trust. The two gifts have been combined to create the new endowed chair. The Law School thanks the Buttrey family—including Donald’s second wife and widow, Ann Hyer Buttrey—for their incredible generosity.
The inaugural Karen Lake Buttrey and Donald W. Buttrey Chair has been awarded to Professor Aviva Orenstein. Her scholarly interests concern the intersection of evidence law and culture, and she is currently writing about jurors’ emotions and how the emotion of regret can justify rules excluding character evidence. She also teaches Civil Procedure and, occasionally, Family Law, Legal Profession, and Children and the Law.