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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Hugo Charles "Chad" Songer was born in the tiny town of Duff, Dubois County, Indiana, on April 11, 1930. Duff, and the people who lived in the surrounding communities, shaped Songer into the man he became and he has remained grateful his entire life. After graduating from Huntingburg High School in 1948 Songer took a job with a company that manufactured venetian blinds and repaired high school scoreboards. In 1951, he enlisted in the Army, serving overseas during the Korean War until his discharge in 1954. Songer then enrolled at Indiana University, before matriculating at the Indiana University School of Law in 1957 and receiving his LL.B. in June of 1960.
After graduating from law school, Songer was a law associate in Evansville, Indiana, before spending seven years as the U.S. Commissioner for the Federal Court of Evansville. He practiced law in Jasper, Indiana, and then became Judge for the Dubois County Circuit Court. In 1969, Songer was a member of the commission that wrote the Crime Report of the City of Evansville – the report received the James Bethell Freedom Award and became a model for cities nationwide. Songer served on the State Board of Law Examiners for more than 20 years, was President of the Evansville Bar Association (1970-71), was a member of the Law School's Board of Visitors (1979-1982) and was President of the I.U. Law Alumni Association in 1983-84. Upon his retirement from the bench, in 1996, the Governor of Indiana presented him with the Sagamore of the Wabash award.
Songer has always had a passion for the past, especially as it relates to Southern Indiana. He is the author of a history of his hometown, Duff: A Continuum and a memoir, Dufftown: Rural Life in Southern Indiana during the Great Depression and World War II. In addition, he has written The History of Huntingburg, and most recently a historical novel, The Buffalo Trace to Tippecanoe: Purty Old Tom Montgomery and the Settlement of Southern Indiana.
Hugo Charles Songer was inducted into the Indiana University School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 1997.
Joseph Breckinridge Board, Jr., was born in Princeton, Indiana, on March 5, 1931. He graduated from Princeton High School in 1949. Board then enrolled at Indiana University, majoring in government, and received his A.B. degree, with highest honors, in 1953. His education continued in England, as a Rhodes Scholar, earning a B.A. and a Master’s degree in jurisprudence from Oxford University. Upon returning to the United States, he became a teaching fellow and lecturer in government at I.U. At the same time, he attended the Indiana University School of Law, receiving his J.D. in 1958.
Upon graduating from the Law School, Board joined the faculty of Elmira College in Elmira, New York. In 1961 he became an Associate Professor at Cornell College in Vernon, Iowa. He ultimately rose to the rank of Full Professor, and chaired Cornell’s Political Science Department. In 1965, he joined the faculty of Union College in Schenectady, New York, as Professor and Chairman of the Political Science Department. He remained at Union for the rest of his career and was named the Robert Porter Patterson Professor of Government in 1973. He also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Albany School of Law.
Board served as a Visiting Professor or as a Guest Lecturer at schools across the globe – the Sorbonne in Paris, the London School of Economics, the Universities of Umea and Lund in Sweden, the University of California, Brown University, City University of New York, and Oxford University, to name a few.
Joseph B. Board was inducted in the Indiana University School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2000. Jospeh Board died on October 12, 2007.
Lee Herbert Hamilton was born in Daytona Beach, Florida, on April 20, 1931. His family relocated to Tennessee and then to Evansville, Indiana, where he played basketball and graduated from Central High School in 1948. He attended DePauw University in Greencastle, where he studied history and played on the basketball team. Hamilton graduated from DePauw University with honors in 1952. In 1954 he married another DePauw graduate, Nancy Ann Nelson. After a year of study at the Goethe University in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany, in 1952-53, he entered the Indiana University Law School, graduating in 1956. He went into private practice, first in Chicago and then in Columbus, Indiana. Active in local and state democratic politics, Hamilton was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1964.
Hamilton served 17 terms in Congress from a district that ostensibly belonged to the Republican Party, in part because of his moderate and independent voting record, but above all for his unflagging service to his constituents and the sincerity and integrity that they attributed to him. Hamilton's constituent relations fed directly into his legislative work. Bills that he initiated in the areas of government operations, economic development, crime, drug abuse, and environmental protection were frequently the outgrowth of expressed constituent concerns. Even as he became influential in foreign affairs and national economic policy, he maintained a record of legislation intended to be good for Hoosiers as well as the nation. As his vision in national and international affairs grew, he became a supporter of legislation promoting democracy and market reform in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe and peace and stability in the Middle East, expanding U.S. markets and trade overseas, and overhauling U.S. export and foreign aid policies. Throughout his career he was supportive of legislation that would improve the efficiency and ensure the integrity of Congress through ethics, administrative, and organizational reforms. He was consistently against war and adamantly in favor of exhausting all other options before resorting to violence.
Upon leaving Congress in 1998, Hamilton became director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC and established the Center on Congress at Indiana University, which he directs. He has remained an important and active voice on matters of international relations and foreign affairs, serving as a Commissioner on the influential United States Commission on National Security in the 21st Century (better known as the Hart-Rudman Commission), and as Co-Chair with former Senator Howard Baker of the Baker-Hamilton Commission to Investigate Certain Security Issues at Los Alamos. He was also appointed a member of the advisory council for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2001, and from December 2002 through August 2004 served as Vice-Chairman of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States (9/11 Commission). He worked tirelessly with the 9/11 Public Discourse Project growing out of the commission's work, advocating in support of the National Intelligence Reform Act, which was signed into law on December 17, 2004. He continues to advocate for a stronger congressional role in foreign policy and for greater public awareness of, and concern for, the work of Congress.
Hamilton has received numerous awards and citations from people, organizations, and governments across the globe; so numerous they can’t all be listed here. In particular, Hamilton is surely the only Maurer graduate to be induction into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame (1982), the Law School’s Academy of Law Alumni Fellows (1990), as well as being a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2015).
Richard S. Rhodes was born in Chicago, Illinois, on March 22, 1931. He graduated sixth in his class, of 295 students, from Isaac C. Elston High School in Michigan City, Indiana, in 1947. He attended Indiana University and received his B.S. degree in Business in 1950. He then enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law where he served on the editorial board of the Indiana Law Journal (v.28 and 29). He graduated, Order of the Coif, with a LL.B. degree in 1953.
After graduation, Rhodes served in the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the United States Army. In 1956 he moved to Washington, D.C. to work in the General Counsel’s office of the Federal Communications Commission. His career in government service lasted only five months, however, as he was selected to serve as a clerk to Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Sherman Minton. When Minton retired, Rhodes clerked for Justice William J. Brennan.
Rhodes then moved to Chicago, where he would spend more than 30 years working for the firm, Chadwell, Keck, Kayser, Ruggles & McLaren. He ultimately became a partner, specializing in antitrust law. Just when many retire, Rhodes switched focus and began a second legal career specialising in alternative dispute resolution: arbitration under the auspices of the American Arbitration Association and mediation for the Center for Conflict Resolution.
Rhodes served as Chairman of the Chicago Bar Association’s antitrust committee, as President of the IU Alumni Club of Chicago, and has been an active member of the Law School’s Board of Visitors (1982-88; 1994-present). Richard S. Rhodes was inducted into the Maurer School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2012.
Frank Lewis O’Bannon was born on January 30, 1930 in Louisville, Kentucky. His family lived in Corydon, Harrison County, the site of Indiana’s first capital. O’Bannon graduated from Corydon Central High School in 1948, and then enrolled at Indiana University. He graduated in 1952 with a degree in government, and then served for two years in the United States Air Force. After his military service, he returned to Indiana and enrolled at the Indiana University, Bloomington School of Law. He received his J.D. in 1957, and then he returned to Corydon to begin his law practice and work in the family business, publishing the Corydon Democrat newspaper.
The O’Bannon family was steeped in politics. His grandfather Lewis O’Bannon served as county surveyor and county recorder, and then was the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor in 1924. His father Robert O’Bannon was elected to the Indiana State Senate in 1942 and served for 28 years, becoming one of the most respected members of the Senate. In 1970, Frank O’Bannon was elected to take his father’s place in the Indiana State Senate, serving for 18 years. He quickly rose in the ranks of the leadership for the Democrats in the Senate, serving as minority floor leader from 1979 to 1988. In 1988 he announced that he was a candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for Governor of Indiana, but then he stepped aside for Secretary of State Evan Bayh. Bayh selected O’Bannon to run as his lieutenant governor, and the Bayh/O’Bannon team was elected in November, 1988. They were reelected in 1992 by an overwhelming margin. In 1996, O’Bannon was the obvious choice for the Democrats for Governor, and he was unopposed for the nomination. O’Bannon defeated Indianapolis mayor Stephen Goldsmith in the 1996 election, and then he was reelected comfortably in 2000.
O’Bannon’s political career was one marked by contrasts of supporting views that were both conservative and liberal. O’Bannon was strongly supportive of law-and-order (including the death penalty), while also supporting environmental protection laws and increased spending on education. State finances suffered in the post-September 11th recession, which complicated his vision for Indiana.
Frank O’Bannon suffered a massive stroke on September 8, 2003 while attending an international trade conference in Chicago. He died five days later without having regained consciousness. After his organs were donated, he was cremated and his remains were interred in the family plot at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Corydon.
Frank O’Bannon was inducted into the Law School’s Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 1998.
Frederick Foltz Eichhorn Jr., was born in Gary, Indiana, on October 16, 1930. A graduate (1948) of William A. Wirt High School in Gary, Eichhorn enrolled at Indiana University and received his B.S. in 1952. After receiving his undergraduate degree, he spent two years in the United States Air Force, before returning to Bloomington to attend the Indiana University School of Law. While in law school he was named one of ten Krannert Fellows, served as President of the Law Club, and served as a member of Phi Delta Phi. He received his J.D. from Indiana in 1957.
After graduation, Eichhorn joined his father’s law firm (Gavit & Eichhorn) in Gary. In 1963 he became partner and ultimately managing partner in the firm that became Eichhorn, Eichhorn & Link (1977-1994). Additionally he was General Counsel of the Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) from 1977 to 1993. In 1985, he was elected President of the Indiana State Bar Association.
In 1990, Eichhorn began 15 years of service as a member of the Indiana University Board of Trustees. He served as President of the Board from 2002 to 2005. Eichhorn was named a Sagamore of the Wabash in 1993 and a Distinguished Hoosier in 1996. Eichhorn served on the law school's Board of Visitors from 1983 to 1986. In addition to being inducted into the the Steel City Hall of Fame (2000), Eichhorn was inducted into the Indiana University School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2002. Frederick F. Eichhorn Jr. died on October 3, 2012.
Joel Ronald Rosenbloom was born in Gary Indiana on September 25, 1930. A graduate of Horace Mann High School in Gary, Rosenbloom then attended the University of Illinois, receiving his A.B. degree in Philosophy in 1951. He next enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law. Rosenbloom was a Notes editor of the Indiana Law Journal (v. 29) before receiving his J.D. degree, with distinction, in 1954. After law school, Rosenbloom served in Europe as a member of the U.S. Army. Upon his discharge, he returned to Indiana to clerk for James A. Emmert of the Indiana Supreme Court. In 1957 he moved to the nation’s capital to accept a position as an Appellate Counsel for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Rosenbloom remained at the FCC for eight years, rising to Legal Assistant to the Chairman (1957-63) and then Special Assistant to the Chairman (1963-65). Rosenbloom is credited with conceiving and implementing the FCC strategy to bring cable television within federal regulatory authority. In 1965, he joined the firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, in Washington, and would remain with the firm until his retirement in 2004. Due to his extensive experience in communication matters, Rosenbloom led the firm's work with the FCC, dealing with major broadcast transactions and litigation over the Commission's television and broadcast policies and business practices.
Rosenbloom served on the executive committee of the Federal Communications Bar Association, as well as the School of Law’s Board of Visitors (1982-88 and 1994-2001). Joel Rosenbloom was inducted into the Indiana University School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 1994. Rosenbloom died on June 24, 2014.
Joseph Andrew "Andy" Hays was born in New Castle, Indiana, on June 3, 1930. He graduated from James Whitcomb Riley High School in South Bend, Indiana, in 1948. Hays spent a year studying at Purdue University, before enrolling at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. He received his B.S. in Journalism from Utah State in 1953 and then enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving two years. Hays then enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law, where he received his LL.B. in 1959.
After law school, Hays was hired as a junior member of the labor relations staff of Kennecott Copper in Salt Lake City. Kennecott soon recognized Hays’ skills as a communicator and he quickly rose to senior positions within the labor law group and corporate relations staff. Hays temporarily left Kennecott in 1965 for a two-year stint as the Director of Public Affairs for the Peace Corps. He returned to Kennecott and served in its New York offices as an executive in labor and government relations. In 1969, he became a Vice President of the New York Stock Exchange. From 1976 until 1983, he was Vice President for Corporate Affairs for the American Can Company, before being hired by Chicago’s Tribune Company. Hays spent 13 years with the company as their Senior Executive for Corporate Relations and as a member of the executive committee.
Hays retired from the Tribune in 1996, but continued to serve as a consultant to the CEO of the Tribune Company. He also established the Hays Group, a consulting firm that provides counsel to companies on communications policy and enhancing shareholder value and to no-for-profit organizations for strategic planning and fund raising. He retired from Hays Group in 2010.
Hays has served as a member of the Board of Visitors of the Utah State University Department of Journalism, and helped to establish the law school’s Harry Pratter Professorship in 1998. Joseph Andrew Hays was inducted into the Indiana University School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2001.
Sidney David Eskenazi was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on March 25, 1930. Growing up during the Depression, Eskenazi learned about hard work at an early age; he began working at 13. He graduated from Shortridge High School in 1947 and then enrolled at Indiana University. Eskenazi spent his summers taking classes at Butler University and, as a result, received his B.S. degree in Business from IU in 1950. He immediately enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law and three years later received his LL.B. Over the years, Eskenazi built a successful career as a lawyer and a commercial real estate developer. In 1963 he founded Sandor Development, which has grown to be one of the largest privately-held shopping center developers in the nation, owning and operating over 8 million square feet of retail space across 25 states. He also served as managing partner in an 18 member Indianapolis law firm.
Eskenazi and his wife Lois are recognized as philanthropic leaders in central Indiana and many of their gifts have benefitted Indiana University. In the 1970s, they endowed a scholarship fund for law students on both the Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses. Similarly, they have established scholarships at IU’s Herron School of Art and the IU Medical School. The building that houses the Herron School was named after the Eskenazis in 2007 and in 2011 their $40 million gift enabled the Eskenazi Health Foundation to build new hospital facilities in Indianapolis. The Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital and Eskenazi Health campus officially opened in December 2013. In 2016, the Eskenazis donated $15 million to the Indiana University Art Museum to assist in the renovation of that building. The museum is now known as the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art.
Eskenazi was awarded the IUPUI Spirit of Philanthropy Award in both 1991 and 2007. He was award the Indiana University Presidents Circle Laurel Pin in 2013 and was inducted into the Indiana University School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2007. Eskenazi and his wife were presented honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by the University in 2018.
Thomas Lee Stevens was born in Hammond, Indiana, on May 18, 1930. Eighteen years later, he graduated from Hammond High School and enrolled at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. Stevens graduated from DePauw in 1952 and then enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law. While in law school, Stevens served on the Student Editorial Board of the Indiana Law Journal during 1953/54 (v.29) and as a Note Editor in 1954/55 (v.30). After receiving his law degree in 1955, Stevens enlisted in the United States Navy and served in the Office of the Judge Advocate General at the Pentagon.
In 1958, Stevens returned to the Midwest and accepted a position with the Chicago firm of Lord, Bissell and Brook. Stevens would remain with the firm for the next 37 years, becoming a partner in 1966 and retiring as the firm’s CEO in 1995. During his years at the firm, Stevens specialized in insurance and general corporate law. Additionally, he served as Chairman of the Public Regulation of Insurance Companies Committee of the American Bar Association, as well as Chairman of the Financial Services Committee. Over a 20-year period (1975-1995), Stevens held numerous positions with Lloyd’s of London, including a term as General Representative. In the late 1980s, Stevens served as an adjunct professor Chicago-Kent School of Law, teaching insurance law and regulation. He also served as a judge for the Indiana University Law School’s Sherman Minton Moot Court competition.
Thomas Lee Stevens died in Naples, Florida, on September 13, 2013.
Born in Tondo, Manila (Phillippines), Flerida Ruth P. Romero served on the Supreme Court of the Philippines from 1991 until 1999. She remains one of the most prominent scholar-professionals in Philippine history. Devoted to the betterment of her people and country, she has worked tirelessly for the rights of Filipino citizens, particularly women and children. Her enduring commitment to her nation has spanned all three major branches of the Philippine government: the Executive Department, the Constitutional Commission, and the Supreme Court.
Romero received her law degree from the University of the Philippines College of Law in 1952, and then was accepted to the Indiana University School of Law on a full fellowship, and received her LL.M. degree in 1955. She often refers to Indiana University as "the family university" because her mother, Juliana C. Pineda, and her sister, Preciosa Irma Pineda Florentin, also earned graduate degrees from Indiana University.
After graduation from IU, Romero returned to her homeland and began an academic career at the University of the Philippines - initially as a researcher in that university's Labor Education Center and later as a professor of law (a position she held for 22 years). A recognized expert in civil and labor law, she held the first Professorial Chair in Law and Development and later served as director of the University of the Philippines Law Center. While working on the Civil Law Revision project at the University of the Philippines Law Center, Romero was instrumental in drafting the Family Code of 1987. This was a seven-year endeavor, for which she became affectionately known as the "Mother of the Family Code." She drafted many other legislative works as well, including the Administrative Code of 1987, the Local Government Code, and the Consumer's Code.
With the assistance of her colleagues at the University of the Philippines, Romero established the Asian Labor Education Center, which eventually became the degree-granting School of Labor and Industrial Relations. This program attracts Asian labor leaders to participate in training that emphasizes the philosophy of free, responsible, and democratic trade unionism. A leader in labor law, Justice Romero was the first labor arbitrator under Presidential Decree No. 21 and often has been called upon to mediate industrial disputes. She is an accredited voluntary arbitrator.
Justice Romero is the author of numerous scholarly works, including articles in The Journal of Professional Education, The Philippine Labor Review, The Philippine Law Review, and The Court Systems Journal, among many others.
Justice Romero had many opportunities to leave public work and pursue a private practice. Her patriotism and dedication to the people of the Philippines has, however, compelled her to remain in the public sector. In 1986, she was chosen by then-President Corazon Aquino to be secretary-general of the Constitutional Commission and oversee the creation of a new Philippine constitution (modeled after the United States Constitution). This new constitution, establishing a democracy and ending the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos, was written in less than five months and ratified by the Filipino people that same year. From 1991 to 1999, Romero served as a justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, the highest court in the Philippine judiciary system.
Justice Romero has vigorously fought to elevate the status of women and children through lecturing, publishing, and promoting legislation. She was chosen in 1975 to head the Philippine delegation to the International Women's Year Conference in Mexico. In 1995, Romero received the Gintong Ina Award (Golden Mother Award) and participated in the Regional Consultation on the Convention on the Rights of the Child. She presently serves as president of the Philippine Women Judges Association, as international director of the International Association of Women Judges, and as consultant to the University of the Philippines Women Lawyers' Circle.
Romero retired from her position as Senior Associate Justice on July 31,1999. On that occasion, former Philippines Supreme Court Justice Andres R. Narvasa said, "Justice Romero will be remembered as among those who most strongly influenced the development of Philippine law in the twentieth century . . . her distinguished career bears eloquent witness to more than four decades of continuous effort to promote the richness of the legal system." Romero's colleague, Associate Supreme Court Justice Minerva P. Gonzaga-Reyes, echoes these sentiments: "To women who have chosen the same path, her example is simply enlightening and her success truly inspiring. Beneath her gentle and unassuming ways lies an abundance of wisdom and strength. Yet through all her success, she remains an engaging colleague and friend."
Justice Romero was inducted into the Indiana University School of Law's Academy of Alumni Fellows in 1994, She was awarded an honorary LL.D. in 2000. Flerida Ruth Pineda-Romero died in 2017.
Leroy William Hofmann was born (2/22/1929) and raised in Indianapolis Indiana. Upon graduating from Thomas Carr Howe High School in 1946, he enrolled at Indiana University. Hofmann graduated from IU with a B.A. in Sociology in 1950. A few months later he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving until 1954. He spent the next year as a Personnel Research Assistant with the L.S. Ayres and Company in Indianapolis, before enrolling at the Indiana University School of Law in the fall of 1955. Hofmann served on the Student Editorial Staff of the Indiana Law Journal (v.32-33) during his law school career, was elected to Order of the Coif, and was awarded 1957’s Charles A. Halleck Award, based on scholarship, character, and need. Hofmann received his JD from the law school in 1948.
After graduation, Hofmann headed west to Arizona, where he clerked for Justice Fred C. Struckmeyer Jr., of the Arizona Supreme Court. Hofmann remained in Arizona after the clerkship, serving as an associate in the Phoenix firm of Kenneth S. Scoville. Hofmann gained experience in all aspects of tort trial practice, but eventually specialized in personal injury cases. In 1973, he co-founded the firm Hofmann, Salcito & Stevens and later worked at Jennings, Haug, and Cunningham. An authority on liability insurance and medical malpractice, he served on commissions that provided guidance to Arizona lawmakers and on committees governing ethics and discipline of Arizona attorneys.
Leroy William Hofmann was inducted into the Indiana University School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 1992 and received the school’s Distinguished Service Award in 2010. Hofmann died in 2018 at the age of 89.
Thomas Milton Lofton was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on May 12, 1929. After graduating from Howe High School in Indianapolis in 1947, he enrolled at Butler University. He transferred to Indiana University for his senior year where he received a B.S. in Business, with distinction, in 1951. He then enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law, receiving his JD, again with distinction, in 1954. While in law school he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Indiana Law Journal (v.28)
After law school, Lofton clerked for United States Supreme Court Justice Sherman Minton (1954-55). He then served three years as a First Lieutenant in the Judge Advocate General Corps in the United States Army. In 1958, he returned to his home town and joined the firm of Baker and Daneils. He spent more than 30 years with the firm, becoming a partner in 1962, and retiring as managing partner in 1991. Initially, Lofton specialized in corporate and antitrust law, but in the 1970s he expanded into the areas of taxation and administration, especially related to charitable organizations.
Upon retirement, he excepted a position as Vice Chairman of the Lilly Endowment. He became Chairman in 1994. The Lilly Endowment is one of the 10 largest private foundations in the United States; its priorities include religion, education, and community development with emphasis on projects that benefit young people and promote leadership and education. Through its grantmaking, the Lilly Endowment has helped Indiana's private and public colleges focus on student recruitment and retention. As Chairman, Lofton led a decade-long effort that resulted in the creation of community foundations in every county in Indiana. He also helped create a national role for the Lilly Endowment, most recently evidenced by grants to the United Negro College Fund and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund for the purpose of increasing minority participation in higher education.
Lofton was an active member of the Board of Visitors for the law school (1978-1987; 1994-2005). He was president of the Law Alumni Association in 1976. Among the many honors he received from Indiana University were his induction into the Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 1991, his 1992 presentation of the Thomas Hart Benton Mural Medallion, and the 1997 Indiana University Dinguished Alumni Service Award. He also has served the university as a member of the Campaign for Indiana steering committee; as chair of the fundraising campaign for the Wells Scholars Program; and as a member of the IU Foundation Board of Directors (1978-1991), the IU Alumni Association, and the IU School of Medicine Dean's Council.
Thomas Milton Lofton died on June 19, 2015, at the age of 86.
Birch Evans Bayh, Jr. was born January 22, 1928, in Terre Haute, Indiana. He attended Fayette Township High School where he excelled in public speaking and leadership. Raised partly on his grandparent’s farm, Bayh developed a passion for farming and won numerous agricultural competitions, including the 1944 Indiana 4-H Tomato Championship. After High School Bayh served three years in the U.S. Army, before attending Purdue University, where he received his B.A. in Agriculture in 1951. In 1952 he married Marvell Hern and began taking courses at Indiana State University, all the while running the family farm.
In 1954 he was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives, where he served two years as Speaker and four years as Democratic Floor Leader. At the time, Bayh was the youngest Speaker in Indiana state history. At the same time he was a legislator, Bayh studied law at the Indiana University School of Law and received his JD in 1960. At age 34, Bayh was elected to the United States Senate in the 1962 midterm elections, defeating 18-year incumbent Homer E. Capehart.
Over the next 18 years Bayh would rise to become one of the most known and influential politicians the state of Indiana has ever produced. Among his accomplishments are:
- Author of two constitutional amendments: the Twenty-fifth Amendment on Presidential and Vice Presidential succession, and the Twenty-sixth Amendment that lowered the voting age from 21 to 18 years of age.
- Author of the landmark legislation Title IX to the Higher Education Act that mandates equal opportunities for women students & faculty.
- Author and co-sponsor of the Bayh-Dole Act that enables universities and small businesses to gain ownership of federally-funded copyrights.
- Architect, the Juvenile Justice Act.
- Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
Bayh ran unsuccessfully for the 1976 Democratic Presidential nomination. He was defeated in his fourth Senate reelection attempt by Indiana's 4th congressional district congress member Dan Quale in 1980. Bayh’s eldest son, Evan has had a successful political life as well, serving as Indiana Secretary of State, U.S. Senator (two terms), and Governor of Indiana (two terms).
Birch Bayh currently resides in Easton, Maryland, with his second wife Kitty, and is a fellow at the C.V Starr Center of Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. Bayh was inducted into the Law School’s Academy of Law Alumni Fellows and presented with an honorary LLD in 1995. He received the Indiana University Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 2009.
Robert Burton Benson was born (11/25/1928) and raised in Schenectady, New York. After graduating from Mont Pleasant High School in Schenectady, Benson served in the U.S. Navy (1946-1948). Upon his discharge, he enrolled at Purdue University. While officially a student at Purdue, Benson was enrolled in a combined curriculum with the Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington. Upon completing his Engineering Law studies at Purdue (1951), he began his law studies in Bloomington. As a result, he was awarded both a B.S. degree and a LL.B. degree in 1954.
Upon graduation, the Allis-Chalmers machine manufacturer company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin hired Benson. Benson’s long career with Allis-Chalmers saw him rise through multiple positions: Chief of Patent Law, Associate General Counsel, President of U.S. Fluid Carbon (subsidiary), and finally President and Chief Operating Officer of the Allis-Chalmers Co. Benson was a leader in organizing patent attorneys and molding public policing regarding intellectual property. He served as President (1969) of the Association of Corporate Patent Counsel and chaired (1978-79) the American Bar Association’s Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law section. During the late 1970s, Benson promoted reform of the U.S. patent system, and participated in a cabinet level domestic policy review committee for industrial innovation in the Carter administration. Benson also served as President (1984) of the American Intellectual Property Association and helped draft the International Patent Cooperation Treaty.
Robert B. Benson was inducted into the Indiana University Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 1989. Benson died on July 17, 1998 at the age of 69.
Russell Holiday Hart, Jr., was born in Chicago, Illinois, on May 1, 1928. After graduating (1946) from Thornton Township High School in Harvey, Illinois, Hart enrolled at DePaul University in Greencastle, Indiana. He received his B.A. in economics from DePaul in 1950. After college, Hart spent a year in the General Electric Business Training program in Bridgeport, Connecticut, before entering the US Army (1951-1953). Once discharged from the Army, Hart enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law. While in law school, Hart served on the editorial board of the Indiana Law Journal (v.30-31), was elected Order of the Coif, and received his JD in 1956.
After law school, Hart joined the Lafayette, Indiana, firm Stuart, Devol, Branigin & Ricks. He remained with the firm for the next 40 years. He would ultimately rise to Senior Partner and would head the firm’s litigation practice. Over the years he developed an expertise representing railroad companies and in providing civil, environmental, and insurance litigation.
Service has always been a priority for Russell Hart. He served as President of the Indiana State Bar Association, President of the Indiana Defense Lawyers Association, and President of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel. He is a fellow of the Indiana Bar Foundation, the American Bar Foundation, and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, to name just a few organizations. Hart was honored by the Governor of Indiana as a Sagamore of the Wabash for his professional and community service activities and was honored by the Indiana Bar Foundation with its 2007 Legendary Lawyer Award. Russell Holiday Hart was inducted into the Indiana University School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 1997.
Evington, Virginia, native (b.1928) Viola J. Taliaferro didn’t have the time to enter law school until she was 44 years old. Taliaferro graduated from high school at age 14. She then received her B. S. from Virginia State University at age 19. That same year (1947) she began working as a Supervisor of Admissions at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. In 1949, she moved to Washington, D.C. and began working at the Howard University Medical School. She married in 1950 and spent several years living in Dallas, Los Angeles, and finally Baltimore, where she took a job with the Department of Welfare. She attended Morgan State University where she received her teaching certificate and soon became a teacher, and later an administrator, with the Baltimore Public Schools (1965-1972). While teaching, she received a Master of Liberal Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University (1969). In 1972. she and her husband and their four children moved to Bloomington.
In the fall of 1975, she enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law and received her J.D. in 1977. She then went into private practice, focusing family and criminal law. In 1989, Taliaferro was named Monroe Circuit Court Magistrate, In 1995 she was appointed Judge of Monroe Circuit Court VII. Viola Taliaferro retired in 2004.
Judge Taliaferro’s name is synonymous with her jurisprudence involving children’s rights. She is recognized as a leading contributor to the law dealing with children. Taliaferro has served on numerous boards and has been the recipient of copious awards, including: Indiana State Bar Association’s Women in the Law Award (1993), Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women’s Woman of the Year Award (2000). Taliaferro is also the namesake to the State Bar’s Viola J. Taliaferro Award (an award named in her honor which is presented to an individual or group for their extraordinary efforts on behalf of children.)
Viola J. Taliaferro was inducted into the Indiana University School of Law's Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2000. The University presented her with its Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007 and the Law School named its Family and Children Mediation Clinic after her in 2008.
Willard Zeller Carr, Jr., was born in Richmond, Indiana, on December 18, 1927. Upon graduating from Richmond High School in 1945, he enrolled at Purdue University. After three years at Purdue, Carr enrolled in a cooperative arrangement between Purdue and the Indiana University School of Law, in which his first year of law school would serve as his senior year as an undergraduate. In this manner, he received his Bachelor of Science from Purdue in 1949 and his law degree from I.U. in 1950.
Soon after graduating from law school, Carr entered the U.S. Air Force, serving as a captain in the Judge Advocate General’s Department. In 1952, Carr accepted a position with the Los Angeles firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He would remain with the firm for the next 42 years, specializing in employment law and labor relations.
Carr is an internationally recognized expert on employment law and labor relations, is the author of numerous publications on the subject, and serves as an arbitrator and mediator. He has chaired committees for the American Bar Association, the International Bar Association and the United States Executive Committee of the U.S.- European Top Management Roundtable. Mr. Carr is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Fellow Emeritus of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. His civic and philanthropic contributions to the Southern California community are numerous. His relationship with the law school has been close since the day he graduated. Carr served on the school's Board of Visitors from 1996 until 2003, and funded an endowed professorship in labor and employment law beginning in 1992. Willard Z. Carr, Jr. was inducted into the Indiana University School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 1991.
Ellis Bernard Anderson was born in Michigan City, Indiana, on August 30, 1926. Anderson attended Isaac C. Elston Senior High School in Michigan City, before attended Indiana State Teachers College (Indiana State University). From 1944-46 he was in the military serving in the Pacific. Anderson returned to Indiana after his military service and enrolled at Indiana University, receiving his B.A. degree in 1949. He then enrolled at the I.U. School of Law, where he received his J. D. degree in 1952. While in law school Anderson was a member of the editorial board of the Indiana Law Journal (v.27, 1951/52) and was a member of the first moot court team to compete in national competitions.
After graduation, Anderson joined the Evansville law firm that would become Butt Bower & Anderson. Anderson also served as the City of Evansville Corporation Council and the City Controller. Anderson served as Campaign Manager for Vance Hartke's first U. S. Senate race in 1958, and became a staff member of the Senate's Special Committee on Chronic Unemployment Problems (1959-1960)
In 1961, Anderson accepted a position as General Counsel for Baxter Laboratories in the Chicago area. In 1965, he became the General Counsel for the pharmaceutical firm of Hoffmann-La Roche, Inc., in New Jersey. He remained with the company for the rest of his career, rising to Senior Vice-president for Law, Taxes, Human Resources, Corporate Licensing and Development, and Risk Management. Anderson served on the company’s board of directors and was Chair of its fiduciary review committee. He retired in 1989.
Ellis Bernard Anderson was inducted into the Indiana University School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 1990.
Elwood “Bud” Hillis was born on March 6, 1926 in Kokomo, Howard County, Indiana. His father was Glen Hillis, an attorney and the 1940 Republican candidate for Governor of Indiana. His mother Bernice Haynes Hillis was the daughter of the noted automobile pioneer and inventor Elwood Haynes. Bud Hillis attended Kokomo Public Schools and graduated from Culver Military Academy in 1944. Upon graduation, he entered the U.S. Army and served in the European Theater during World War II. He rose to the rank of first lieutenant, and was discharged in 1946. He returned to Indiana and enrolled at Indiana University, Bloomington, receiving his B.S. in 1949 and his J.D. in 1952. He was admitted to the Bar and began his law practice in Kokomo.
In 1966, Hillis entered politics, being elected to the Indiana House of Representatives. He served two terms in the Indiana General Assembly, and then in 1970 he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for Indiana’s 5th Congressional District. Hillis represented the 5th Congressional District for 16 years in Washington, serving from 1971 to 1987. During his time in Washington, he was noted for support of the development of the M1 “Abrams” Tank, and he was the co-founder of the Congressional Auto Task Force. He served for many years on the Veterans Affairs Committee and the Armed Services Committee. He was the first Republican ever endorsed by the Indiana AFL-CIO. In 1986, Hillis decided to retire from Congress, and was not a candidate for reelection. He then returned to Kokomo to resume his law practice.
Bud Hillis was recognized and honored by Indiana University, Kokomo in 2005 at its Scholarship Gala. After he left Congress, he served on the IU Kokomo Advisory Board and in the 1990’s he was the outreach chair of the IU Kokomo Library Campaign that raised $2 million of the $12 million project cost. His additional honors from Indiana University include the IU Alumni Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 1982; induction into the Law School’s Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 1996; the IU Kokomo Chancellor’s Award for Commitment to Higher Education in 1993 (presented to both Bud and Carol Hillis); and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree through IU Kokomo in 1998. Additionally, Hillis served on the law school Board of Visitors from 1975 until 1978. He and his wife Carol currently reside in Windsor, Colorado.