The Indiana University School of Law was founded in 1842 as the first state university law department in the Midwest, with David McDonald serving as its first Professor of Law. In 1877 the Law Department suspended operation, reopening in 1889 as the School of Law, with David D. Banta serving as its first dean. Since that rocky start the Law School has flourished under the leadership of 16 deans, including our longest serving dean, Bernard Gavit; our first female dean, Lauren Robel; and our current dean, Austen Parrish. Each has left their mark on the school that is today’s Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

To learn more about each of Indiana’s deans, view the pages below. To learn more about our Interim/Acting, Deans, click here. To see a list of the individuals who administered the Law Department, before it was a School, consult the Law School Dean Portarit collection, click here.

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Austen Parrish (2014-)

Lauren Robel (2002 Acting; 2003-2011)

Alfred Aman Jr. (1991-2002)

Bryant Garth (1986-1987 Acting; 1987-1990)

Morris Arnold (1985)

Sheldon Plager (1977-1984)

Douglass Boshkoff (1971-1972 Acting; 1972-1976)

William Harvey (1966-1971)

Leon Wallace (1951-1952 Acting; 1952-1966)

Bernard Gavit (1933-1951)

Paul McNutt (1925-1933)

Charles Hepburn (1918-1925)

Enoch George Hogate (1906-1918; 1918-1924 Dean Emeritus)

George Reinhard (1902-1906)

William Rogers (1896-1902)

David Banta (1889-1896)

David McDonald (1842-1853)