Robert Hurley McKinney


Robert Hurley McKinney



Robert Hurley McKinney’s name will forever be associated with legal education in Indiana. Since 1992, his name has appeared on a professorship at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law (The Robert H. McKinney Professor of Law) and in 2011 the Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis was renamed the Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

Robert McKinney was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on November 7, 1925. He attended Shortridge High School in Indianapolis, graduating in 1943, before attending the U.S. Naval Academy, where he received his B.S. degree in engineering (1946). He served in the Navy until 1949, at which time he decided to attend law school. He enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law and received his JD in 1952.

McKinney’s legal career began when he went to work for Frank McHale, senior partner in the Indianapolis firm of McHale Cook and Welch. In 1961, McKinney became the Chairman of the First Federal Savings and Loan of Indianapolis and two years later helped start the firm Bose McKinney and Evans. In addition to his career as lawyer and banker, McKinney served in President Carter's administration in multiple positions related to federal home financing, culminating with a presidential appointment as Director of the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae).

McKinney retired as a Partner with Bose, McKinney and Evans in 1991. He retired as Chairman and CEO of First Indiana Corporation, the parent company of First Indiana Bank, in 2005. He served on the Indiana University Board of Trustees from 1989-1998, and holds honorary degrees from Butler University, Marian University, and Indiana University. Robert H. McKinney was inducted into the Indiana University School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 1999.


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Robert Hurley McKinney