Graduates of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law achieve greatness. Whether practicing law in a small family firm, an international firm with offices around the globe, a start-up tech company, or any number of other settings in and outside the field of law, our graduates make a difference. The graduates listed here are examples of people who have gone the extra mile, not just excelling in their workplace or community, but by leaving their mark on the larger national and international environment.
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Christopher Michael Goff was born on April 25, 1972, in Wabash County, Indiana. Raised in the Wabash-Huntington area, Goff is a summa cum laude graduate of Ball State University (1994). After Ball State, he enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law, where he received his J.D. degree in 1996. From 1997 to 1999, Goff was an associate with Mills & Northrop, in Huntington, Indiana. In 1999, he became a partner in the firm (Mills, Northrop, & Goff) and remained with the firm until 2005. Goff also served as a public defender in Huntington County.
In 2005, Goof was appointed to serve as Wabash Superior Court Judge. While serving as Superior Court Judge, Goff implemented two courts to help the community address the devastating effects of drug abuse in the community – the Wabash County Drug Court, and the Family Drug Treatment Court. Goff was reelected to the position in 2014. In 2017, Goff was appointed by Governor Eric Holcomb to serve as Indiana’s 110th Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court. At age 45, Goff was, at the time of his appointment, the youngest member of the court by almost a decade.
Andrea Morehead is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, originally from Anderson, Indiana. She attended Howard University in Washington DC, graduating summa cum laude with a B.A, in Communications/Journalism in 1991. While at Howard, she began her television career as a Production Intern with Koppel Communications. From 1992 to 1993, she was a reporter/anchor for the weekday evening newscast with WGMC-TV in Worchester, Massachusetts. In 1993, she entered the law school at Indiana University, Bloomington. During her time in law school, she worked as a Management Council law clerk with the National Football League in New York. Upon graduation with her J.D. in 1996, she joined WXIN-TV in Indianapolis as a reporter, assistant producer, and assignment editor. From there she went to WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she anchored the 6 and 11 weekend evening newscasts.
In 1999, Morehead joined WTHR-TV in Indianapolis, anchoring the 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. weeknight news. She has field-anchored various major events, including the 2000 NBA Championship, the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, the 2002 Final Four in Atlanta, Georgia, and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is also active in numerous organizations, including the Susan G. Komen Indianapolis Race for the Cure, the Mayor’s Diversity Awards Program, the George Rawls Public Health Awards, Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration and Circle City Classic, the United Negro College Fund Scholarship Program, the 5K Run/Walk for Sickle Cell, and the Indiana Humanities Council Leadership Summit.
Geoffrey G. Slaughter was born in Gary, Indiana, on November 1, 1962. He grew up in Crown Point and graduated from Crown Point High School (1981). He then attended Indiana University where he received his B.A., with high honors, in economics. His education continued at IU when he enrolled in the J.D./M.B.A. dual degree program of the Indiana University School of Law and School of Business. He graduated with both degrees in 1989.
After graduation, Slaughter served as a law clerk for Chief Judge Allen Sharp of the United States District Court of the Northern District of Indiana (1989-1991). He then entered private practice with the Chicago firm of Kirkand & Ellis, specializing in antitrust and bankruptcy (1991-1995). From 1995 to 2001, he served as Special Counsel to the Attorney General of Indiana, and then returned to private practice as a partner with the Indianapolis firm of Taft Stettinius & Hollister.
In May of 2016, Governor Mike Pence appointed Slaughter to the Indiana Supreme Court. On June 13, 2016, he took the oath of office.
Indiana native Kellye Yvonne Testy was born on October 3, 1960. Raised just a few miles from Bloomington, in the small town of Ellettsville, Indiana, Testy graduated from Edgewood High School in 1978. She then enrolled at Indiana University and received her B.A. in journalism in 1982. After college, Testy ventured to the west coast where she worked in the business community in Sacramento, California, as well as becoming active in local and regional political campaigns. In 1988, she returned to Bloomington and enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law. While in law school, Testy won multiple awards for academic achievement and was Editor-in-Chief of the Indiana Law Journal (v. 66) Testy received her J.D., Summa Cum Laude and Order of the Coif, in 1991.
After graduation, Testy clerked for Judge Jesse E. Eschbach, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. When the clerkship ended in 1992, she began an academic career that has lasted more than 25 years, by joining the faculty of Seattle University Law School. In 2005, she became the Dean of Seattle University Law School, before moving to the University of Washington in 2009, where she became the first woman to serve as Dean of its law school. In 2017, Testy stepped down as Dean and accepted a position as the President and CEO of the Law School Admission Council.
A prolific scholar, outstanding teacher, and experience administrator, Testy is one of the most influential leaders in legal education in America. Additionally, she served as the President of the American Association of Law School in 2016.
Loretta Hogan Rush was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in 1958. She moved frequently as a child before settling in Indiana in 1972. She earned her undergraduate degree from Purdue University (B.A., 1980) and graduated cum laude from the Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington (J.D., 1983).
After law school Rush spent 15 years in general practice as an associate and then partner at the Lafayette firm of Dickson, Reiling, Teder and Withered. Her practice consisted of civil litigation, family law, business, personal injury, corporate, probate and workers compensation cases. In 1998 she was elected Tippecanoe Superior Court 3 judge, where she assisted with the creation of the county's Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program. She also implemented a certified juvenile drug treatment court and initiated a 24-hour assessment center for youth. During her tenure, she helped initiate, develop and sustain more than 25 youth programs.
Rush was appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court by Governor Mitch Daniels in September 2012. She took the oath of office as Indiana's 108th Supreme Court Justice on November 7, 2012. She became Chief Justice on August 18, 2014, and is the state’s first female Chief Justice.
As a Supreme Court Justice, Rush serves on the Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana and the Indiana Conference for Legal Education Opportunity. She serves as liaison to the Division of Supreme Court Administration, the Division of State Court Administration, the Indiana Judicial Center, and the Indiana Judges Association. As Chief Justice, Rush chairs the Judicial Nominating/Qualifications Commission. She has represented Indiana multiple times at the National Judicial Leadership Summit on the Protection of Children.
Chief Justice Rush is a member of the Tippecanoe, Indiana, Indianapolis, Seventh Circuit and American Bar Associations; and Indiana and National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. Chief Justice Rush was selected as one of Indianapolis Business Journal's 2013 "Women of Influence." In 2003, she was honored to receive the Kinsey Award for Juvenile Judge of the Year and was presented with the Fiscal Responsibility Award by the Tippecanoe County Council and Commissioners in 2001.
Chief Justice Rush currently serves on the Law School’s Board of Visitors. She was inducted into the Law Schools' Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2017.
Raphael Moses Prevot, Jr., was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on November 22, 1958. After graduating from Arsenal Tech High School (1977), he attended Indiana University where he received his B.S. degree in 1981. He then attended the Indiana University School of Law, receiving his J.D. degree in 1984. After law school, Prevot spent five years working for the Florida State Attorney General’s office, before briefly practicing as a litigation attorney with the Florida law firm Adorno & Zeder.
Prevot moved to New York City in 1993, when the National Football League hired him for the position of NFL Labor Relations Counsel. At the NFL, he was responsible for representing teams in labor disputes and negotiating/implementing the collective bargaining agreement between the NFL Management Council and the NFL Player’s Association.
Prevot was a dedicated member of the National Bar Association and was inducted into the Entertainment, Sports and Art Law section Hall of Fame. Prevot remained a loyal IU supporter while living on the East Coast. He served on both the law school’s Alumni Board (1991-2001) and the Board of Visitors (1998-2008). He was the youngest Chair of the Board of Visitors (2007/08) in the school’s history. In 2004, he was honored with the school’s Distinguished Service Award and in 2011 was posthumously inducted into the Maurer School of Law’s Academy of Law Alumni Fellows.
Raphael Moses Prevot, Jr., died in 2008, at the age of 49. In 2009, the law school’s Black Law Student Association’s annual Barrister’s Ball was renamed in honor of Prevot.
Sara Yang Bosco was born (1958) in South Bend, Indiana, to immigrant parents from China. After graduating from John Adams High School she enrolled at the University of Notre Dame, in her hometown. She graduated with a B.A., in American Studies, in 1980. She then enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law and received her J.D. in 1983. After law school, she and her husband moved to New York City, where he was attending graduate school at Columbia University. A year later, they found themselves in Taiwan where he was conducting anthropological fieldwork for his Ph.D. A small law firm that dealt in government contracts hired Bosco. They needed an English-speaking attorney to negotiate contracts with an international emphasis. After a brief return to the States, her husband took a job in Hong Kong in 1992.
In Hong Kong, Bosco was hired by the local Baker & McKenzie office, where she developed a working relationship with one of their major clients – a St. Louis manufacturing and technology company called Emerson. After 10 years with Baker & McKenzie, Bosco and some colleagues left to set up a Hong Kong office for Perkins Cole. Emerson accompanied her to the new firm. So impressed were the Emerson executives, of her abilities, that they offered her a job as their Asia General Counsel, multiple times. Finally, in 2005 she accepted the offer. In the position, she was responsible for overseeing the company’s legal affairs in the region as well as providing legal counsel on a wide range of matters. Three years later, she was named President of Emerson AsiaPacific, the first woman to hold the position.
In April of 2016, Sara Yang Bosco was named Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel for the entire Emerson Corporation. In 2014, Sara Yang Bosco was inducted into the Indiana University Maurer School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows.
Jacqueline Ann Simmons was born in South Bend, Indiana, on August 27, 1955. She graduated from South Bend’s James W. Riley High School in 1973. She began attending college while still in high school, taking classes at the Indiana University-South Bend campus, before ultimately graduating, with honors, from Notre Dame University in 1975. She then enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law. While in law school, she served as Articles Editor for the Indiana Law Journal and was awarded the American Jurisprudence Prize Award for outstanding academic achievement in Conflict of Law. Simmons received her J.D. degree, with honors, from the Indiana University School of Law in 1979.
Simmons began her legal career as General Counsel with Reilly Industries, one of the world’s leading producers of specialty chemicals. By 2001, Simmons had risen to the position of Vice President and General Manager, administering all aspects of sales, manufacturing, commercial negotiations, and global profits and losses for three strategic business units. In 2007, she joined the firm of Faegre Baker Daniels serving as co-leader of the firm's international practice area and leading the Indianapolis office.
In 2012, Simmons was appointed Indiana University Vice President and General Counsel – serving as the University’s chief legal officer, representing and directing representation of Indiana University in all legal matters. Simmons has served on the Law School’s Alumni Board (serving as President in 2001) and on the Board of Visitors from 1998 to 2017 (Chairing the Board in 2002/03). Jackie Simmons was inducted into the Indiana University School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2004.
A native of Chicago (b.1954), Illinois, Ann DeCoudreaux received her Bachelor of Arts in English and political science from Wellesley College in 1976. Two years later, she was awarded her J.D. degree from the Indiana University School of Law. After graduating from law school, she practiced with the San Francisco firm of Pillsbury Madison & Sutro. In 1980, she returned to Indiana to join the legal department of Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis.
Over the next 30 years, DeCoudreaux rose rapidly and steadily within the Lilly company, serving as Director of Community Relations, Director of Corporate Affairs, Director of Government Relations, Executive Director for Research Planning and Scientific Administration for Lilly Research Labs, and as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel. In 2011, DeCoudreaux became the President of Mills College (Oakland, CA), a position she would hold until her retirement in 2016.
DeCoudreaux was a member of the Wellesley Board of Trustees for ten years, chairing the Board for four years. Similarly, she served ten years as a member of the Indiana University Foundation Board of Directors. She is an emeritus Board Member of the Maurer School of Law Board of Visitors, chairing the Board in 2000/01. DeCoudreaux has received numerous awards and honors from educational and business institutions across the country, including an honorary Doctor of Humane Letter from Indiana University (2013). Alecia Ann DeCoudreaux was inducted into the Indiana University School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 1998.
Milton Ollie Thompson was born on June 29, 1954. After graduating from Indianapolis’ North Central High School in 1972, Thompson enrolled at Wittenberg University in Ohio. In addition to being a Dean’s List student at Wittenberg, Thompson excelled at baseball and in 1976 was named a First Team All-American (he was inducted into the Wittenberg Athletics Hall of Fame in 1998). Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles, Thompson decided to forgo a professional baseball career and instead enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law in the fall of 1976. He received his J.D. in the spring of 1979.
Thompson has had a wide and varied career. He is the President and CEO of Grand Slam III, LLC – a sports, entertainment, and recreation management-consulting firm, based in Indianapolis. He co-founded Play Ball Indiana – an organization with the mission of creating baseball and softball opportunities for inner-city youth. Thompson has been a certified Contract Advisor for the NFL and NBA Players Association, has served as a Board Member of the Indianapolis Indians baseball team, and is co-founder of the Indiana Amateur Baseball Association. Additionally he has hosted the radio show “Playing for Keeps” as well as the television show “Focus on Indianapolis Sports.” Thompson is a federal court-appointed trustee of the Indianapolis Foundation and served as the Vice President for Corporate Development and General Counsel for the Organizing Committee of the Tenth Annual Pan American Games. This barely scratches the surface of Thompson’s involvement in Indianapolis community and professional activities, many of which have resulted in awards and honors.
Thompson served on the Indiana University Law School’s Alumni Board for many years and he was presented the School’s Distinguished Service Award in 1997. He served on the Board of Visitors from 1994 to 2006 and chaired the group in 1995/96 and 1996/97. In 2007, Milton O. Thompson was inducted into the Indiana University School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows.
Catherine Anne Conway was born in San Francisco, California, in 1953. She attended Purdue University, where she received her B.A. in Political Science in 1975. In the fall of that same year, she enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law, receiving her J.D. in 1978. Conway began her career at the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, before translating her extensive courtroom experience into a successful employment law career.
Conway’s trial skills and experience, in state and federal litigation, have led her to partnerships in the California offices of multiple law firms, including: Manatt, Phelps & Phillips (1986-2000), Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Field (2000-2012), and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher (2012- ). Conway’s practice focuses on complex employment litigation, including class actions, with an emphasis on wage-and-hour litigation trials. Her client list includes such high-profile names as Starbucks, ConocoPhillips, Wal-Mart, and Ernst & Young.
Chambers USA recognized Conway as one of American’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2009-2015), while the Los Angeles Daily Journal named her one of the Top Labor and Employment Lawyers in California (2009-2013). The same publication named her one of the top Women Lawyers in 2012 and 2014. She received the California Lawyer of the Year award from California Lawyer magazine, in the category of employment law in 2010. Conway serves on the Indiana University Maurer School of Law Board of Visitors (2003- ) and served as Chair in 2011/12. Catherine Anne Conway was inducted into the Indiana University Maurer School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2016.
Born in East Chicago, Indiana, in 1953, Gonzalo Paul Curiel received his B.A. from Indiana University in 1976 and then entered the Indiana University Bloomington School of Law. Upon receiving his J.D. in 1979, he began his legal career with the firm of James, James & Manning in Dyer, Indiana, where he worked from 1979 to 1986. He then moved to Southern California where he worked at the firm of Barbosa & Vera. He served as an Assistant United States Attorney, first in the Southern District of California, from 1989 to 2002, and then the Central District of California, from 2002 to 2006. While in the Southern District, Judge Curiel was Chief of the Narcotics Enforcement Section from 1999 to 2002, having previously served as Deputy Chief of that Section for numerous years. He tried more than 300 cases over his 27 years with the U.S. attorney’s office. In 2006 he moved to the bench, sitting on the San Diego County Superior Court until 2012, when President Obama appointed him U.S. district judge for the Southern District of California.
Judge Curiel’s dedication to Maurer Law is deep: In 1998 he co-founded a scholarship to honor his late brother Antonio, a 1975 graduate of the school. Curiel served as the law school's commencement speaker in 2014 and was inducted into the school's Academy of Alumni Fellows in 2016. In 2017, Judge Curiel was appointed to the law school's Board of Visitors.
Lauren Robel was named provost of Indiana University Bloomington and executive vice president of Indiana University in 2012. She is the Val Nolan Professor of Law in the Maurer School of Law, where she served as dean from 2002 to 2011 and as associate dean from 1991 to 2002. She joined the Law School faculty in 1985.
In fall 2013, Robel initiated a strategic planning process aimed at reimagining and invigorating academic programs across the Bloomington campus in anticipation of Indiana University’s Bicentennial in 2020. Robel’s Bicentennial Strategic Plan for Indiana University Bloomington includes ambitious initiatives for the Bloomington campus such as a new School of Art and Design, a new program in engineering, and the integration of health sciences programs into a new on-campus Academic Health Center. The plan also calls for initiatives to promote student and faculty success in a variety of areas, from financial literacy and career development to work-life balance and diversity recruitment.
As the chief academic officer for the Bloomington campus, Robel oversaw the campuswide implementation of the 2011 New Academic Directions report. The recommendations outlined in the report led to the formation of several new schools and programs on the Bloomington campus, including The Media School, the School of Informatics and Computing, the School of Public Health, the School of Global and International Studies, the Integrated Program in the Environment, and the Office of Scholarly Publishing.
Robel’s tenure as provost has seen a number of construction and renovation projects to key buildings on the Bloomington campus, including Hodge Hall of the Kelley School of Business, the East Studio Building of the Jacobs School of Music, the Global and International Studies building, the repurposing of Franklin Hall to house The Media School, and the creation of the Learning Commons and Scholars Commons in the Wells Library. Upcoming projects include expansions for the School of Informatics and Computing and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and renovations to Wells Quad and the Indiana Memorial Union.
Robel has worked to solidify IU Bloomington’s reputation as a renowned international partner for collaborative research and academic initiatives, as well as a preferred destination for undergraduate and graduate students from around the globe. In recent years, Robel has traveled to Brazil, Chile, South Korea, and Taiwan to explore new partnerships and reaffirm existing partnerships with leading universities in those nations.
Robel received her J.D. from the Maurer School of Law in 1983 and her B.A. from Auburn University in 1978. Her scholarly work focuses on the role of federal courts and addresses issues such as procedural reform and sovereign immunity. Her articles have appeared in numerous leading law journals. She is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from procedural reform to sovereign immunity and co-author of Federal Courts: Cases and Materials on Judicial Federalism and the Lawyering Process (LEXISNEXIS 2005), a casebook on federal jurisdiction written with Arthur Hellman. Robel has also been a visiting faculty member at Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II), where she published a book, Les États des Noirs: Fédéralisme et question raciale aux États-unis, (Presses Universitaires de France, 2000), with Professor Elisabeth Zoller, a frequent visitor to the Law School.
She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools and served as its president in 2011–2012. She has been a member of its Executive Committee since 2006. She is also a member of the Rules Advisory Committee for the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Laure K. Robel was inducted into the Indiana University Maurer School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2015.
Francina A. Dlouhy was born in Scotland in 1952. She and her parents immigrated to the Rochester, New York, area in 1957. Dlouhy graduated from Minerva Deland High School in Fairport, New York, in 1970. She then enrolled at Ohio’s Hiram College, where she received her B.A., summa cum laude, in 1974. Later that fall she enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law and three years later received her J.D., summa cum laude, Order of the Coif.
After law school, Dlouhy joined the Indianapolis firm of Baker & Daniels (Faegre Baker Daniels) where she has risen to become one of the leading tax lawyers in America. Dlouhy has represented clients around the country and the state in tax planning and tax litigation. She has been involved in many of the largest projects involving new investment in Indiana, utilizing her knowledge of tax and economic incentives to promote job creation and capital expansion. Dlouhy has been instrumental in promoting the advancement of women at her firm and in the profession as a whole. She was the first woman appointed to the firm’s compensation and management committees, and has served on the Executive Committee and Strategic Policy Board.
Dlouhy has been listed as one of the Best Lawyers in America – Tax Law for more than 20 years and is both an Indiana Super Lawyer and a Distinguished Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation. Dlouhy received the 2010 Distinguished Barrister award from Indiana Lawyer magazine and is a recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest civilian honor given by the governor of Indiana. Francina A. Dlouhy was inducted into the Indiana University Maurer School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2009.
David Lee Carden was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on July 17, 1951. Carden graduated from Indianapolis’ North Central High School in in 1969 and then enrolled at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. Carden majored in Political Philosophy at DePauw and graduated with a B.A., with highest honors, in 1973 (Phi Beta Kappa). He then enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law, where he received his J.D., Order of the Coif, in 1976.
During the summer of 1975, Carden was a law clerk at the Chicago firm of Kirkland & Ellis and upon his graduation, it was at Kirkland & Ellis where his legal career began. He later became a Partner in the Chicago firm of Coffield Ungaretti, before joining the Chicago office of Jones Day in 1990. Ten years later he moved to Jones Day’s New York office and led their Trial Practice department, as well as serving as Co-chair of the Jones Day worldwide Securities Litigation & SEC Enforcement Practice. He has represented clients in some of the largest securities fraud class actions ever litigated.
In 2011 Carden became the first resident U.S. Ambassador to the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), overseeing the broadening engagement of the United States in Southeast Asia. Carden returned to Jones Day in 2014 where he serves as Partner-in-Charge Asia.
Carden has been recognized by Chambers as a “New York Super Lawyer,” by the New York Times as a “Super Lawyer” for his accomplishment’s defending securities litigation, and by Lawdragons’ as one of the “Lawyers You Need to Know in Securities Litigation.” In December 2013, Carden received the U.S. Department of State’s Superior Honor Award. In 2014, he received the Indiana University Thomas Hart Benton Mural Medallion in recognition of his relationship and contributions to the University. Carden was a member of the Law School’s Board of Visitors from 1999 to 2011, served as a commencement speaker at the Law School’s graduation ceremony in 2012, and was inducted into the Maurer School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2016.
John Christopher Onoda was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1951. In 1969, he enrolled at the University of Michigan, receiving his B.A. in Journalism in 1973. He then enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law, where he received his J.D. in 1976. After law school, Onoda earned his Master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He then spent five years as a reporter, primarily with the Houston Chronicle.
In 1981, Onoda switched gears and began his career in public relations. For next twenty years, Onoda served in executive communication positions for companies such as Levi Strauss, General Motors, Visa, and Charles Schwab. In 2002, he joined Fleishman-Hillard International Communications, advising numerous Fortune 500 companies on reputation management and corporate social responsibility. He has also provided counsel and expertise to several nonprofit organizations.
In 1997, Onoda was inducted into the Medill School of Journalism’s Hall of Fame. In 2014, he was awarded the Arthur W. Page Society’s Distinguished Service Award, and in 2010, he was inducted into the Indiana University School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows.
When Michael Uslan was a boy, his dream was to write Batman comics. The Bayonne, New Jersey, native (b. 1951) amassed an incredible collection of comic books, a passion that spawned an extraordinary career in film and entertainment.
Uslan's journey to producing Batman films is aptly characterized as super heroic. At Indiana University, he earned three degrees (B.A.1973; M.S.1975; J.D. 1976) and taught the first accredited college course on comic books. The course drew international media attention and led DC Comics to invite Uslan to write his dream comic, Batman. His childhood ambition realized, Uslan decided to bring the Caped Crusader to the big screen. Knowing Hollywood’s doors would be impenetrable without proper credentials, Uslan undertook the study of law and upon graduation became a production attorney for United Artists, where his film projects included Apocalypse Now and Raging Bull.
Four years later, Uslan acquired the rights to Batman and left United Artists. Every major motion picture studio turned down Uslan, who was intent on portraying a dark, serious Batman faithful to the character in the original comics. Nearly a decade later, in 1989, Batman was released by Warner Bros. and became the highest grossing movie of the year.
President of Branded Entertainment, Uslan has produced a long list of acclaimed films and series, including Batman Begins, Batman Returns, Constantine, the Emmy Award-winning Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?, the PBS miniseries Three Sovereigns for Sarah., and the second highest grossing film of all time, The Dark Knight. He is the author of more than 30 books on the history of comics and rock-and-roll, the celebrated children's book Chatterbox: The Bird Who Wore Glasses, and the memoir, The Boy Who Loved Batman.
Uslan was inducted into the Maurer School of Law’s Academy of Alumni Fellows in 2006.
Frank Sullivan, Jr., was born in South Bend, Indiana, on March 21, 1950. A graduate of Dartmouth College (A.B., 1972) in New Hampshire, Sullivan returned to Indiana to serve as a caucus assistant in the Indiana House of Representatives. He then traveled to Washington, D. C., where he served as a legislative assistant to Representatives Edward Roush (1974) and John Brademas (1974-1979). He returned to Indiana again to attend the Indiana University School of Law, receiving his J. D. in 1982. Sullivan joined the firm of Barnes and Thornburg, in Indianapolis, where he practiced corporate and securities law for the next seven years. In 1989 Governor Evan Bayh appointed Sullivan Indiana State Budget Director, a position he would hold until his appointment as the governor’s fiscal policy adviser in 1992.
On November 1, 1993, Bayh appointed Sullivan the 102nd justice of the Indiana Supreme Court. In addition to his duties on the court, Sullivan has served as Chair of the American Bar Association’s Appellate Judges Conference, and as Chair of the ABA Judicial Clerkship Program. Sullivan has also been the Chair, “and principle steward,” of the state of Indiana’s Judicial Technology and Automation Committee, a committee that was formed to “provide leadership and governance regarding the use of technology in Indiana Courts.”
Always looking for new challenges, Sullivan received a master’s of law degree from the University of Virginia in 2001 and in 2007 began teaching a course on the legal aspects of government finance at the Indiana University McKinney School of Law. Throughout his term on the court Sullivan spoke at public forums and wrote articles on legal issues in scholarly and bar related publications. Sullivan retired from the bench in 2012 and became Professor of Practice at the McKinney School of Law.
Sullivan is currently a member of the Maurer School of Law's Board of Visitors.
John Daniel Tinder was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1950. He is a graduate of Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School (1968), Indiana University (B.S., 1972) and the Indiana University School of Law (J.D., 1975). Tender clerked for the U.S. Attorney in Indianapolis in 1974 and then the Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana through 1977. That same year he entered into private practice in Indianapolis, which he continued in until 1984 when he returned to the United States Attorney Office in Indianapolis, this time as its leader. Tinder also served as a public defender from 1977-1978 for the Marion County Criminal Court. From 1979 to 1982, Tinder was chief trial deputy for the Marion County Prosecutor's Office.
In 1987 Tinder was nominated to a judgeship on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, by President Ronald Reagan, to replace Judge James Noland. The U.S. Senate confirmed him on August 7, 1987. On the recommendation of Indiana U.S. Senator Dick Lugar, Tinder was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit by President George W. Bush on July 17, 2007, to a seat vacated by Judge Daniel Manion. Tinder was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 18, 2007, and received commission on December 21, 2007. He assumed senior status on February 18, 2015, and retired on October 9, 2015.
Tinder was inducted into the Law School’s Academy of Alumni Fellows in 2007.
Barbara Jean Kelley was born in Memphis Tennessee, in 1949. In 1966 she came to Bloomington, Indiana, to attend Indiana University. She graduated in 1970 with a B.A. in history, and immediately enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law, where she received her J.D. in 1973.
Kelley began her professional career with the Denver Legal Aid Society, before moving into private practice. She would eventually become a partner with the Denver firm Kamlet Reichert, where she headed the firm’s secured transactions practice area. In 2009 she was appointed by the Governor to serve as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies. Upon her retirement in 2015, Governor Hickenlooper said, “Barbara was instrumental in amending and cutting thousands of unnecessary rules and regulations for business across the state, creating a pro-business environment that has been a building block for growing our economy. We are indebted to Barbara for her service and know she will continue to be successful in her future role.”
Since 2016 Barbara Kelley has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Black Diamond Group. Barbara J. Kelley has received many professional and civil honors and was inducted into Indiana University School of Law’s Academy of Alumni Fellows in 2004.