Dorothy Jane Frapwell


Dorothy Jane Frapwell



Dorothy “Dottie” Jane Frapwell was born in New York City. She was raised in Montclair, New Jersey, where she graduated from Montclair High School (1965). She then attended Penn State University, receiving her B.S. in Science in 1969. After college, she worked as a computer programmer for General Motors before deciding to apply to law school. In the fall of 1970, she enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law, ultimately receiving her J.D. degree in 1973.

Frapwell’s first two years out of law school were spent working as Chief Deputy Prosecutor for Monroe County. In 1975, she joined the Indiana University legal staff as Associate University Counsel. She would remain at the University for her entire legal career, serving in a number of positions of increasing responsibility. From 1978 to 1990, she served as the Associate University Counsel and Medical Center Attorney, advising doctors and administrators on matters of patient care, ethics, hospital law, and medical education. In 1990, Frapwell was named Head of the Office of University Counsel, supervising six associate counsels in Bloomington and Indianapolis. Frapwell also served as Special Assistant to President. In 2006, Frapwell was named Vice President and General Counsel of the University, a position she would hold until her retirement in 2012.

Frapwell served on the Law School’s Board of Visitors for 16 years and as a member of the Law Alumni Board, culminating in a term as President in 1993. Frapwell received the university’s Thomas Hart Benton Mural Medallion in 1994 and the President’s Medal for Excellence in 2012. Dorothy J. Frapwell was inducted into the Law School’s Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2012.


Maurer Alumni, Indiana University, Vice President and Legal Counsel, Academy of Law Alumni Fellows


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Dorothy Jane Frapwell