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 (1969). 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 JD 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.
Born in 1969 in Taipei City, Taiwan (Republic of China), Yu-Chi Wang earned his Bachelor’s degree in law from National Taiwan University. At the suggestion of one of his professors, Wang applied and was accepted into the Indiana University School of Law’s LLM program. He received the degree in 1993, and later returned to Indiana to become the school’s first Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) degree recipient.
Wang returned to Taiwan and began a career as an academic, teaching at the Graduate School of Social Informatics at Yuan-Ze University. He also taught in the Department of Law at Shih-Hsin University, becoming a respected and known expert in privacy and telecommunications law. In 2005, Wang joined the Science and Technology Law Center of the Institute for Information Industry, and ultimately became the Center’s Director. From 2008 until 2016, Wang served in the administration of President Ma Ying-Jeou, in a variety of positions, including: Secretary and Spokesperson, Senior Advisor to the National Security Council, and Minister of the Mainland Affairs Council. During his government service, he was the first cabinet member of Taiwan to lead and official delegation to mainland China since the two countries separated. He also was the first Minister to hold official meetings with his mainland China counterpart.
Wang returned to the Department of Law at Shih-Hsin University in 2016 as an associated professor. Yu-Chi Wang is a founding member of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law’s Global Advisory Board and was inducted into the Maurer School of Law’s Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2018.
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 Sacramento, California, business community, while also 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, including being first in her class, 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, joining the faculty of Seattle University Law School. In 2005, she became the first female Dean of the school, before moving to the University of Washington in 2009, where she became the first woman to serve as Dean of that 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.
Denice Marie Torres was born in Gary, Indiana, on August 22, 1959. She grew up in the Gary-Merrillville-Crown Point region of northern Indiana and graduated from Merrillville’s Andrean High School in 1977. Later that fall she enrolled at St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana, where she received a basketball scholarship. When she hurt her knee at the end of her freshman year, she decided to transfer to Ball State University, where she received her B.S. in Psychology in 1981. She then enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law and received her JD in 1984.
After law school, Torres joined a Michigan firm that specialized in worker’s compensation and medical malpractice, before deciding that she wanted to work in a more team-oriented environment. She spent the next few years as an Account Executive for a marketing and advertising agency before deciding to enroll at the University of Michigan Business School. She graduated with her MBA in 1990.
After business school, Torres was hired by the Eli Lilly Company and spent the next 14 years with the pharmaceutical company in a variety of positions of increasing responsibilities. In 2007 she became the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) biosurgery division. Two years later she became President of J&J’s Jannsen Pharmaceuticals, followed by five years as President of J&J’s McNeil Consumer Healthcare. In 2015 she became J&J’s Chief Strategy and Business Transformation Officers.
Since 2017, Torres has served as the CEO of The Ignited Company, a management consulting firm that specialized in identifying and igniting strengths and opportunities of individuals and companies. Additionally, Torres serves on the board of directors of Wyeli, a company specializing in artificial intelligence, and the Midland Foundation, a nonprofit that serves the needs of children and adults with special needs.
Torres is a nationally known speaker who has received many honors and awards, including being named Woman of the Year by the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association in 2015. Denice M. Torres was inducted into the Indiana University Maurer School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2018.
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.
Jane Ellen Raley was born in Highland Park, Illinois, on September 20, 1957. She graduated from Glenbrook South High School in Glenview, Illinois, in 1975 and then enrolled at Indiana University. While an undergraduate at IU, she spent her junior year overseas studying at London University’s Southlands College. She returned to IU to graduate in 1979 with a B.A. in Political Science. Later that fall, Raley enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law. Raley received her JD from the law school in 1982.
Raley’s legal career began when she joined the office of the Illinois State Appellate Defender in 1982 as an Assistant Defender. She would spend the next 30 years fighting for the falsely accused and fighting injustice. In 1990, she went to work for the Capital Resources Center training attorneys for a statewide program to provide lawyers for capital defendants in post-conviction and federal habeas corpus proceedings. In 1994, she returned to the Appellate Defender’s Office, before joining the Northwestern University School of Law, in 2000, as Co-director of the Bluhm Legal Clinic’s Center on Wrongful Convictions.
Raley remained at the Center until her death in 2014. Of her legacy, the Center wrote:
"The cause of criminal justice lost one of our greatest and most compassionate warriors. Jane was an incredible lawyer, a tenacious advocate for her clients, a revered mentor of law students and young lawyers, and an exceptionally loving and caring person. All who knew her will miss her beyond measure. Many innocent men and women are free from their convictions due to Jane’s work, and many young lawyers are out doing good in the world—and understand the good that attorneys can accomplish—due to Jane’s magnificent example during her 14 years as a law professor at Northwestern University School of Law."
Jane Ellen Raley was inducted into the Indiana University Maurer School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2018.
Rodolfo Chapa, Jr., was born in Hammond, Indiana, on November 7 1957. He graduated from Hammond High School in 1976, where he excelled as an athlete. Chapa won the Indiana state cross-country championship in 1974 and 1975. In 1976, he set the US high school national record for the 10,000 meters, a record still standing forty-two years later. He also won the Indiana state championship in the mile in 1976. His skill as a runner brought him to the attention of one of the premier collegiate track & field programs in the country, the University of Oregon. Offered a four-year scholarship, Chapa moved west where he continued to set records. At Oregon, he earned All American status six times, was NCAA 5,000 meters champion, and was the American record holder at 3,000 meters. As a true student-athlete, Chapa earned his B. A. degree (1981) in management, with honors.
Chapa then returned to Indiana and enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law. He received his JD degree in 1985. Always the runner, while in law school he continued to compete and finished seventh in the 1983 New York City Marathon. After law school, Chapa joined the global sports management company IMG, where he would rise to Vice President. In 1987 he became President of Kiana USA, an international wood products importer, and in 1992 he joined Nike, Inc., where he was Global Director and Vice President of Sports Marketing. He later became Vice President of Nike.com.
In 2001, Chapa left Nike and started his own investment firm Quixote Investment in Portland, Oregon. At the same time, he has pursued a variety of entrepreneurial projects including Student Sports, LLC, an event and media company, SPARQ, a sports equipment and media company, and Axon Sports, a sports cognitive training company.
Chapa served as a Trustee of the University of Oregon from 2013 to 2018, has been a longtime member of the Board of Director of the USA Track and Field Foundation, and served as Director of his home town’s Hammond Education Foundation. Chapa was named University of Oregon Alumni Man of the Year in 2001,the same year he was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame. Rodolfo Chapa, Jr., was inducted into the Indiana University Maurer School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2017.
Mary Margaret Larimore (Nold) was born in Haddonfield, New Jersey, on the Fourth of July (1956). She was raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and graduated from that city’s North Side High School in 1974. She initially enrolled at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne while still in High School, but eventually transferred to the IU Bloomington campus, where she graduated with an A.B. in Political Science in 1977. She then enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law where she received her JD, cum laude, in 1980. While in law school she served as a notes editor to the Indiana Law Review (v. 55) and authored her own note in v.55 no.2 (see below).
After law school, Larimore joined the Indianapolis offices of Ice Miller LLP. She has spent more than 35 years with the firm where she serves as a Partner. At Ice Miller, Larimore’s primary practice concentration has been in litigation, focusing on product liability litigation, the defense of pharmaceutical and drug and device manufacturers, chemical companies, toxic tort litigation and commercial litigation. Larimore has served as national, regional and local counsel in drug, device and chemical exposure litigation, as well as expert witness counsel, and regularly addresses scientific, epidemiologic and complex medical issues in multi-jurisdictional litigation.
Larimore was the first Indiana woman to be inducted as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and was the first woman to serve as litigation director at Ice Miller. Larimore is an active advocate of civil justice reform and has regularly represented pro bono clients in a variety of cases. Larimore has served on the Indiana University Maurer School of Law’s Board of Visitors since 1999 and was inducted into the school’s Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2018.
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.
Jose Heriberto Villarreal was born in East Chicago, Indiana, on May 8, 1953. A graduate of East Chicago’s Washington High School, Villarreal served in the United States Navy before attending Purdue University. He received his B.A. in political science from Purdue in 1975. In 1976, he enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law and received his J.D. degree in 1979. Following graduation, he headed to Texas, where he worked for two years as a civil rights lawyer, litigating fair housing and municipal services discrimination cases in East Texas.
Civil rights work led Mr. Villarreal to join the Southwest Voter Registration and Education Program, an organization dedicated to ensuring "meaningful political participation," by Hispanics in the Southwest. In 1988, Villarreal joined the Texas Attorney General’s Office as an assistant attorney general specializing in public finance transactions. At the same time, Villarreal became an active volunteer for political causes and people he believed in. Ultimately, he would serve in senior positions in a number of Democratic party presidential campaigns, including Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama.
During the Clinton administration, Villarreal served as Associate Director of Presidential Personnel and then as a Board Member of Fannie Mae (1993-1999). After his service in Washington, Villarreal returned to Texas and joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Field, LLP, where he rose to be a full partner specializing in public law & policy and public finance. In 2010, Villarreal was appointed U.S. Commissioner General to the Shanghai World Expo, a post to which he was named by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and given ambassadorial rank by President Obama.
Villarreal has served as Chairman of the Board of the National Council of La Raza, as Vice-chairman of the Board of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and as Chairman of the Board of the New American Alliance. Long recognized for his many civic and volunteer contributions, Mr. Villarreal has been named one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics” by Hispanic Business magazine multiple times. He has also been recognized by the Hispanic National Bar Association for contributions he made in advancing the role of Hispanics in the legal profession, his commitment to public service, and promoting diversity. Jose H. Villarreal was inducted into the Indiana University Maurer School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2001.
Joseph Daniel O’Connor was born in Chicago, Illinois, on September 13, 1953. O’Connor attended the Benet Academy (Class of 1971) in Lisle, Illinois, before enrolling at Purdue University (B.S.,1975). He enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law in the fall of 1975 and received his JD degree in 1978. While in law school, O’Connor was a Graduate Assistant in the Business Law Department, was a Summer Associate at the Indianapolis firm of Locke, Reynolds, Boyd and Weisell, and clerked at the Bloomington firm of Bunger, Harrell & Robertson.
After graduation, O’Connor accepted a position with Bunger, Harrell & Robertson. He became a partner in 1983. O’Connor has represented individuals, insurance companies, and business clients across the state and in federal courts. He is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, has served as President of the Indiana State Bar, and been actively involved in professional activities of the American Bar Association. Additionally, he served as Vice President and then President of the Board of the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum.
O’Connor teaches mediation as an adjunct faculty member at the Maurer School of Law and was named Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year in 1983. He has twice served on the law school's Board of Visitors. O'Connor is a devoted and active member of the Bloomington community, serving on numerous boards and committees. In particular, he served eight years as Chair of the Monroe County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. Joseph Daniel O’Connor was inducted into the Indiana University Maurer School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2016. In 2018, O'Connor was named a Distinguished Barrister by the publication, Indiana Lawyer.
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.