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.
Lisa Carol McKinney was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on November 22, 1966. Her interest in law arose from visits to her father’s law office, and participating in a special criminal justice program that exposed her to the legal system while in high school. A 1984 graduate of Indianapolis’ Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, McKinney attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She received her B.A. in Communication Arts in 1989. McKinney enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law in the fall of 1989 and received her JD in 1992.
McKinney is a partner with the Indianapolis firm of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP, serving as chair of the Hospitality, Alcoholic Beverage and Administrative Law Groups. She is also a partner in the firm’s Environmental Group. McKinney served on the law school’s Alumni Board from 1996 to 2008, serving as President of the Board in 2007. Since 2004, she has been a member of the school’s Board of Visitors. Lisa Carol McKinney was awarded the Maurer School of Law’s Distinguished Service Award in 2009.
Gregory Andrew Castanias was born on February 22, 1965, in Indianapolis, Indiana. A 1983 graduate of North Central High School in Indianapolis, Castanias enrolled at Wabash College (IN) in the fall of 1983. He graduated, summa cum laude, with a B.A. in philosophy in 1987 and then enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law. Castanias served on the student editorial board of the Indiana Law Journal during the 1988/89 (v.64) and 1989/90 (v.65) academic years. He graduated, summa cum laude, with a JD in 1990.
After law school, Castanias spent 1991 clerking in the United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, before joining the firm of Jones Day, in Washington D.C. Now a partner at Jones Day, he specializes in intellectual property issues. From 2004 to 2015, Castanias coordinated the firm’s global library operations. He is the author of Federal Appellate Practice and Procedure in a Nutshell (2nd, West Academic, 2017) and is an Adjunct Professor at the Maurer School of Law, teaching courses in appellate practice and procedure.
Castanias served on the law school’s Alumni Board from 2003 to 2010, and was President of the board in 2009. Additionally, he has served on the law school’s Board of Visitors since 2009. Castanias was awarded Wabash College’s Richard O. Ristine Law Award, in recognition of contributions to Wabash and the practice of the law, in 2008. He was awarded the Maurer School of Law’s Distinguished Service Award in 2010.
Mark Kenneth Dudley was born (November 24, 1965) in Ohio, but grew up in Greencastle and Carmel, Indiana. He graduated from Carmel High School in 1983, before enrolling at Indiana University. Dudley majored in History and Political Science at IU and received his A.B. degree in 1987. He then enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law and received his JD degree, Cum Laude, in 1990.
Dudley began his professional career, in Anderson, Indiana, with attorney Max Howard in 1991. He maintained an active civil practice with Mr. Howard until 1997. He then formed a law partnership with William Riley in Indianapolis and practiced civil litigation with a special emphasis on asbestos cases until 2004. Dudley then returned to Anderson and his mentor Max Howard, practicing with the firm Howard DeLey & Dudley. In 2015 he was appointed to the Madison Superior Court bench by Governor Pence. He was elected to a full term in 2016.
Feisal Amin Rasoul al-Istrabadi was born in Arlington, Virginia, on September 12, 1962. Soon after Feisal's birth, his family returned to their ancestral home in Iraq, before eventually returning (1970) to the United States and settling in Indiana. Istrabadi graduated from Bloomington High School South in 1980, and then enrolled at the University of Rochester (NY) that fall. He returned to Bloomington in 1981 to attend Indiana University, receiving his B.A. in chemistry in 1985. Istrabadi enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law in the fall of 1985 and received his JD in the spring of 1988. Additionally, Istrabadi received his LL.M. (2005) and his S.J.D. (2009) from Northwestern University.
After law school, Istrabadi spent six years in private practice, in Northern Indiana. During his time in prvate practice, he become increasinly involved in Iraqi opposition politics. After 33 years, Istrabadi finally returned to Iraq in 2003, where he would help draft the Transitional Administrative Law. He also served as legal advisor to the Iraqi Minister for Foreign Affairs during the negotiations for U.N. Security Council resolution 1546, which recognized the reassertion by Iraq of its sovereignty. In 2004, Istrabadi was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Deputy Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations.
Istrabadi returned to United States and the Indiana University School of Law in 2007, becoming a visiting professor and also teaching at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Additionally, Istrabadi serves as an Associate Director of the Center for Constitutional Democracy at the Law School and is the founding director of Indiana University's Center for the Study of the Middle East.
In 2005, Feisal Amin Rasoul al-Istrabadi was a recipient of the Indiana University Foundation President's Award and received the law school's Distinguished Service Award in 2006. In 2015, he was elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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.
Andrew Brian Buroker was born in Marion, Indiana, on September 2, 1961. Upon graduating from Wayne High School (1980) in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Buroker enrolled at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. Buroker received his B.A. degree from DePauw in literature in 1984. Accepted into the Indiana University School of Law in 1984, Buroker initially postponed his legal education to work for Indiana Senator Dan Quale, first as a Senate Field Representative and then as Deputy Finance Director. Buroker ultimately enrolled at the law school in the summer of 1987, receiving his JD degree, cum laude, in December of 1989. While in law school, Buroker participated in the school’s London program studying and working as an intern for Sir Fergus Montgomery in the British House of Commons.
Buroker spent 14 years as the Town Attorney of Zionsville, Indiana. He then entered private practice and is currently a Partner in the Indianapolis offices of Faegre Baker Daniels. Buroker’s practice focuses on the intersection of commercial and real estate finance, real estate transactions, and municipal government. Buroker has been active in multiple civic and educational organizations, serving on the national board of the American Heart Association, the Indiana Leukemia and Lymphoma Society board, and the Indiana University Maurer School of Law’s Board of Visitors (2012-14). Additionally, Buroker served on the law school’s Alumni Board from 2006 to 2015 (serving as President in 2014).
Andrew Brian Buroker has received multiple honors for his service to his community, including 2002 Indianapolis Mayor’s Community Service Award, the 2006 DePauw University Alumni Achievement Award, and the 2007 American Heart Association’s National Volunteer Leadership Award. In 2004, Buroker was a recipient of the Indiana University School of Law’s Distinguished Service Award.
Scott M. Bassett was born on March 4, 1961, in Bloomington, Indiana, where he graduated from Bloomington High School North in 1979. Bassett then enrolled at Indiana University, receiving his B.S. in Accounting in 1983. Upon reciving his undergraduate degree, Bassett attended the Indiana University School of Law, receiving his JD in 1983.
After law school, Bassett began his career with the multinational accounting and professional services firm of Ernst & Young, LLP. After almost 20 years with the firm, where he focused on human capital and outsourcing services, Bassett became an executive with ExcellerateHRO in Plano, Texas. In 2007, he became a principal with Deloitte Consulting, LLP. He retired from Deloitte in 2017 and a year later founded the information technology and services firm, General Ledgers Company.
Bassett has served on the Law School’s Alumni Board for more than 10 years, serving as president in 2015. Bassett was the receipient of 2016's law school Distinguished Service Award.
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.
Abigail (Lawlis) Kuzma was born (6/30/1956) and raised in Bloomington, Indiana. In 1974 she graduated from Bloomington High School South and then attended the University of Wisconsin. She received her B.A. in Philosophy from Wisconsin in 1978. Later that year she returned to Bloomington to attend the Indiana University School of Law. While in law school, she served as an Articles Editor for the Indiana Law Journal (v.56). Kuzma received her JD from IU in 1981.
Kuzma’s legal career began as a Legislative Assistant to Indiana Senator Richard Lugar. In 1986, she became the Minority Chief Counsel and Staff Director for the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. In 1994, she founded the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic in Indianapolis and served as its Executive Director for the next 15 years. In 2004, Kuzma joined the Office of the Indiana Attorney General as the Director and Chief Counsel for Consumer Protection. She served as Assistant Attorney General of the State of Indiana from 2009 until 2017.
In January of 2017, Kuzma became the Non-Director Member of the Governance and Performance and Delivery of Legal Services Committees of the Legal Services Corporation, the single largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income Americans in the nation. Established in 1974, LSC operates as an independent 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation that promotes equal access to justice and provides grants for high-quality civil legal assistance to low-income Americans. In the fall of 2018, President Donald Trump nominated Kuzma to serve on the LSC’s Board.
Among the many awards Kuzma has received are, the Indiana Bar Foundation Pro Bono Publico Award in 1998, the 2002 Indiana State Bar Association Women in the Law Achievement Award, and the Indiana University School of Law Distinguished Service Award in 2008.
Elizabeth Carol (Shuman)-Moore was born in Elgin, Illinois, on October 5, 1956, and graduated from Arlington High School (Arlington Heights, Illinois) in 1974. She then attended the University of Illinois, where she received her Bachelor of Social Work degree in 1978. After working as a paralegal for the Kemper Insurance Company for fifteen months, she enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law, ultimately receiving her JD in 1982.
Shuman-Moore started her legal career as a staff attorney for the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities and later became Legal Director of the organization. After seven years with the Leadership Council (1983-1990) she joined the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee, where she would hold many positions over the next twenty-seven years, including Director of the Fair Housing and Bias Violence Projects, Director of Hate Crime Project, and Co-Director of Litigation. In here work at the Committee she has supervised dozens of attorneys working for the Hate Crime Project, the only comprehensive Midwest resource for hate crime survivors.
Shuman-Moore earned the Public Interest Law Initiative Distinguished PILI Alumni Award in 1993, received the Thomas and Eleanor Wright Award from the Chicago Commission on Human Relations in 2002, and was selected as a civil rights Super Lawyer in 2005. In 2006, she was awarded the Maurer School of Law’s Distinguished Service Award.
Joseph Hadden Hogsett was born in Rushville, Indiana, on November 2, 1956. After graduating from Rushville Senior High School in 1974, he attended Indiana University. Hogsett majored in History and Political Science at IU and received his A.B. degree in 1978. He the enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law, receiving his JD degree in 1981. Hogsett also holds a M.A in English (1987) from Butler University, a M.T.S (1999) from Christian Theological Seminary, and a M.A. in History (2007) from Indiana University in Indianapolis.
After law school, Hogsett joined the Indianapolis law firm of Bingham, Summers, Welsh & Spilman, where he specialized in federal civil rights and employment discrimination litigation. Hogsett would rise to become a senior partner in the Bingham firm, while also becoming involved in Indiana politics. In 1990, he was elected Indiana Secretary of State, serving until 1994. From 1995 until 1997, he served as Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the Governor. He was Chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party in 2003 and 2004, and in 2010 President Obama nominated Hogsett to serve as United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. He was confirmed and held the position until 2014. In 2015, Hogsett was elected Mayor of Indianapolis.
Joseph Hadden Hogsett received the Indiana University Maurer School of Law Distinguished Service Award in 2016.