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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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.
Patricia Ann (Gates) McNagny was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on June 29, 1926. She was raised in the small town of Columbia City, Indiana, just west of Fort Wayne, in Whitely County. At the time of her birth, her father Ralph Gates was a local lawyer and banker, as well as a rising star in the local republican party. Ralph Gates would go on to serve as Governor of the state of Indiana between 1945 and 1949. Patricia attended Indiana University, where she received her A.B. degree with honors in 1948. Following the advice of her father, she then enrolled in the law school and received her J.D. degree in 1951. She was one of just three women in her law school class. While in law school, she married Philip M. McNagny (J.D. ’50).
Upon graduation, Patricia primarily worked from her Columbia City home drawing up wills and assisting local residents in real estate matters. At the same time, she was raising four daughters (three of which are graduates of Maurer.) In 1969, she began working with her husband at the family firm of Gates Gates & McNagny in Columbia City. Philip McNagny would go on to serve as a Federal District judge for the Northern District of Indiana, but would die in 1981. A year after his death, Patricia successfully ran for judge of the Whitely County Court. She was the first female judge in Whitely county history. She retired from the bench in 1991, but continued practicing law with her daughter Marcia.
Patricia McNagny served as Secretary of the Indiana State Bar Association, was named a fellow in the Indiana Bar Foundation, was vice-chair of the Whitley County Republican Committee, and was awarded the Nature Conservancy Oak Leaf Award for her efforts in establishing the Crooked Lake Nature Preserve. Patricia Ann McNagny was inducted into the Indiana University Maurer School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2014. Patricia Ann McNagny died 2015.
Bernard Eugene Harrold was born in the tiny northern Indiana town of Poneto on February 5, 1925. Harrold attended grade 1-12 in the small Chester Center School in Poneto, graduating in 1943. He was then drafted into the US Army, serving during WWII in Europe. Harrold’s unit, known as the “Rail-splitters,” was part of the last allied push across Germany, meeting the Russians at the Elbe River. At the war’s completion, Harrold returned to Indiana and enrolled at Indiana University where he earned his B.A. in 1948. Having always wanted to be a lawyer, he then enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law. While in law school, he served as a Note Editor of the Indiana Law Journal (v.26), before receiving his LL.B. degree in 1951, Order of the Coif.
Harrold’s legal career began in practice as an associate, and later partner, with the Chicago firm Kirkland, Fleming, Green, Martin, and Ellis. Initially Harrold specialized in antitrust law, but he soon discovered he had the desire and talent to be a trial lawyer. In 1967 he joined five other likeminded attorneys and established a new firm – “a place where we could enjoy the practice of law.” Twenty years later the firm of Wildman, Harrold, Allen and Dixon would employ 160 attorneys with branches across the country and in London. Harrold practiced in the areas of antitrust, environmental law, trade secrets, and insurer-reinsurer relations.
Harrold served on local, state, and American Bar Association committees and was a member of the International Bar Association, the American College of Trial Lawyers, and the Society of Trial Lawyers. Over the years, he mentored dozens of young lawyers, many of them graduates of the IU Law School. Bernard Eugene Harrold was inducted into the Indiana University School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 1988. Harrold died at his home in Winnetka, Illinois, at the age of 87 in 2012.
Charles LeRoy Whistler was born in Green Hill, Warren County, Indiana, on November 26, 1925. He grew up in Boswell, Benton County, Indiana, where he graduated from Boswell High School (1944.) After high school, Whistler spent two years in the Army Air Corps before matriculating at Indiana University. He majored in Government and received his A.B. degree, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1948. He then enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law. While in law school, he served as the Articles and Book Review Editor of the Indiana Law Journal (v. 26) and held Order of Coif membership. He received his LL.B., with high distinctions, in 1951.
Upon graduation from law school, Whistler joined the law firm of Baker and Daniels in Indianapolis, concentrating on labor law issues. He soon, however, developed an interest in the law and administration of land planning and use. Recognizing that the city of Indianapolis lacked serious plans for future metropolitan development, he went to work with a like-minded group of lawyers drafting the legislation that would one day be known as the “Unigov Plan.” The plan consolidated the city government with that of Marion County, and has been credited as being a key factor in the growth of the city in the last quarter of the twentieth century. Whistler served the city in numerous professional and volunteer positions, including as President of the Metropolitan Development Commission of Greater Indianapolis (1968-1972) and as Co-Chairman of both the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee and the Regional Central Planning Committee. He additionally chaired the White River Park Citizens Advisory Committee and the Urban Growth and Revitalization Task Force. Whistler also served as a member of the House of Delegates of the Indiana Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
Chalres LeRoy Whistler died in 1981, at the age of 55. In 1982, the Baker and Daniels firm established the law school’s Charles L. Whistler Faculty Fellowship in his honor. In 1983, the City of Indianapolis created the Charles L. Whistler award, to recognize those who demonstrate visionary and enthusiastic leadership in serving the community, while providing outstanding service in bringing together the public and private sectors for civic improvement. Whistler was inducted, into the Indiana University School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 1989.
Ewing Rabb Emison was a Hoosier, through and through. Emison was born in Vincennes on February 2, 1925, into a family with roots dating back to Knox County pioneers who arrived a dozen years before statehood. The Emison family law firm, established in 1819, is the 4th oldest continuous law firm in the United States and is today known as Kolb Roellgen & Kirchoff LLP. Rabb graduated from Vincennes’ Lincoln High School in 1942 and enrolled at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. He joined the U.S. Navy and continued his education through the Navy College Training Program, taking classes at the University of South Carolina, Murray State Teacher’s College, and Northwestern University. He returned to Greencastle in 1946 and received his A.B. degree in December 1947.
After DePauw, Emison enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law, receiving his LL.B. degree in 1950. He then joined his father in practice, in Vincennes, and remained at the firm for the next fifty years. Over those years, he became known as a tenacious trial attorney and public servant. He worked with the Indiana Legislature on matters important to the public at large and to the law profession. In particular, he worked for several years on interstate compacts between Indiana and Illinois.
Emison served as President of the Indiana State Bar Association in 1986-87 and worked for years to establish the association’s Committee on Opportunities for Minorities. He also worked to establish the bar’s Committee on Minorities. The ISBA later created the Rabb Emison Award, granted to a lawyer who best served the goal of assistance to the minority lawyer. At the age of 78, in 2003, the American Bar Association presented Emison with its Inspirational Spirit of Excellence Award. Ewing Rabb Emison was inducted into the Indiana University Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 1993. Emison died September 1, 2010, appropriately in his beloved hometown of Vincennes.
Jeanne (Seidel) Miller was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on October 4, 1925. In an eighth grade public speaking class she announced she wanted to be a lawyer – “an international lawyer and make a lot of money.” As it turned out, she never practiced international law and she certainly never became rich, but Jeanne Miller truly loved being a lawyer.
After graduating from South Side High School (1943), where she was an honor roll student each year, Miller attended Indiana University. Although she received her B.A. in 1946, she actually began taking law school classes as an undergraduate. As a law student she one of just three women in her class, was articles editor for the Indiana Law Journal, and was the first woman to be ranked number one in her class. She received her law degree in 1948, the same year she married Mickey M. Miller, a law school classmate.
After graduating, the Millers returned to Fort Wayne and started a family (their three children would all grow up to become lawyers.) Mickey began a firm in Fort Wayne, while Jeanne initially stayed home with the children. By the early 1950s, Jeanne decided to open a general civil practice in the nearby town of New Haven, Indiana. She would remain in practice, in New Haven, for the next 50 years. Along the way, Miller became a force for change in the legal profession in Indiana. She was the first woman to be elected President of the Indiana State Bar Association, she served as President of the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, she served on the Disciplinary Commission of the Indiana Supreme Court, and she served four years as a member of the Indiana University Board of Trustees. In addition, she has been extremely active in Fort Wayne and Allen County community affairs, as well as service to Indiana University on both the Bloomington and Fort Wayne campuses.
Jeanne Seidel Miller was awarded the Ralph E. Broyles Medal for unique and significant contributions to the I.U. Fort Wayne campus in 1977 and the Indiana University Distinguished Alumni Service award in 1990. Additionally, Miller received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University in 1989, the same year she was inducted into the Indiana University School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows.
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.
John Keith Mann was born on his family’s farm near in Alexis, Illinois, on May 28, 1924. A 1942 graduate of Alexis Community High School, Mann matriculated at Monmouth College (1942), just twenty miles south of Alexis. His college career continued in the U.S. Navy (1944-46) when he attended the U.S. Naval Training School in Boulder Colorado studying oriental languages. In 1946, Mann enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law, where his brother, William Howard Mann, was a professor (1946-1967). John Keith Mann received his B.S. in Law in 1948, and his LL.B. in 1949. While in law school he served on the student board of editors of the Indiana Law Journal (v.23 and 24) and was the Articles and Book Review Editor for v.24.
After law school, Mann clerked for Associate Supreme Court Justices Wiley Rutledge and Sherman Minton. He then entered private practice in Washington, D.C., before joining the U.S. Wage Stabilization Board. He taught law at the University of Wisconsin during the 1951/52 school year, before moving to the Stanford Law School in 1952. He spent the rest of his career at Stanford, retiring in 1988. In addition to being a professor, Mann was the school’s Associated Dean for Academic Affairs from 1961 to 1985 and its Acting Dean in 1976, 1981, and 1982.
Outside of academia, Mann served three U.S. Presidents (Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon) negotiating major labor disputes. In 1980, the Supreme Court appointed Mann as a Special Master to investigate a dispute between the State of Alaska and the federal government over control of offshore areas along the state’s northeast Arctic coast. His report has been credited with directly leading to the protection of the Alaskan barrier islands from oil drilling.
Mann was a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators and served two terms on the law school’s Board of Visitors (1976-1982). J. Keith Mann was inducted into the Indiana University School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 1987. Mann died 2006 at the age of 82.
John Leslie Duvall was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on February 23, 1924. He graduated from Broad Ripple High School (1942), before enrolling at Butler University in the fall of 1942. While he would ultimately receive his A.B. degree from Butler (1948), he also attended the University of Maryland and the Citadel Military Academy as part of the U.S Army’s Army Specialized Training Program during WW II. After his discharge from the Army, he returned to Indiana, finished his studies at Butler, and enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law. He received his LL.B. degree in 1949.
After law school, Duvall entered practice at his father’s Indianapolis law firm. He eventually became a partner in the firm of in Duvall, Bell, Babcock and Payne. Duvall became involved in Indiana Republican politics in the 1950s, serving as Chairman of the eleventh district Young Republicans in 1953-54 and then Chair of the state Young Republican in 1957-58. He served as a precinct committeeman and held numerous party campaign positions. In 1967, he was elected to the Indiana Senate and remained a state Senator until 1985. Duvall chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee for a dozen years and authored and then secured legislative approval of a new criminal code and sentencing structure.
In 1985 he was appointed to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission and from 1986 to 1989, he served as the Chair of the Commission. In 1995, he came out of retirement to practice with the Indianapolis firm of Lewis & Kappes. John Leslie Duvall was inducted into the Indiana University School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2004.
Frederick Eugene Rakestraw was born in Lima, Ohio, on August 29, 1923. He attended public schools in Lima and was on the Ohio state championship debate team in high school. He attended Manchester College for two years before being called for military duty. Returning home from the war in 1946 he completed his undergraduate studies in Indiana University (B.A. 1947) and then received his law degree from Indiana in 1949. He then entered into private practice in Akron, where he joined a firm operated by William Deniston (IU Law, 1937).
In 1954 Rakestraw was elected Circuit Court Judge in Fulton County, the first Democrat elected to any position in that county in eighteen years. He was reelected in in 1960 and served in the position until 1965. In 1965, when Justice Frederick Landis Jr. resigned from the Indiana Supreme Court, Rakestraw was appointed to fill out his term. Although he served on the court for only 360 days (he lost the election in 1966), he served six of his twelve months on the court as Chief Justice, due to the regular rotation of that office.
At the age of 43, Rakestraw returned to private practice, joining into partnership with Albert and Eugene Chipman in Rochester, Indiana, and later a firm with Jesse and Lawrence Brown. In 1999 he was the recipient of the Indiana State Bar Association’s Golden Career Award. He died in 2004 and is buried at the Rochester I.O.O.F. Cemetery. The Fulton County Community Foundation annually gives scholarships in his name to students attending law school.
Karl Edwin Applegate was born in Cicero, Indiana, on July 21, 1923. He was raised in Pulaski County and graduated from Winamac High School in 1941. That fall he enrolled at Indiana University, but with the outbreak of the war, he soon found himself serving in the Army Infantry. Injured in France, he returned to Indiana to complete his undergraduate degree in business management (1946). Applegate then enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law and received his L.L.B. degree in 1948.
Applegate spent his entire legal career in Bloomington, opening his first law firm in 1949 and retiring from his last in 2011. In addition to his law practice, Applegate served as U. S. Commissioner, Southern District of Indiana from 1950 until 1958. He was Deputy Prosecutor for Monroe County (1958-59) and Municipal Judge for Bloomington (1960-63). In 1965, he was elected State Representative to the Indiana General Assembly. In 1967, President Lyndon Johnson appointed him as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, a position he held until 1970.
K. Edwin Applegate was an active civic leader and received numerous awards for his efforts. Included among the awards was the Indiana Outstanding Government and Civic Service Award (1992) and the Indiana Bar Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award for 50 years of service (1999). Karl Edwin Applegate was inducted into the Indiana University Maurer School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2011. Applegate died on July 9, 2011 at the age of 87.
Warren Everett McGill was born in the tiny Clay County (Indiana) town of Center Point on September 10, 1923. Upon graduating from Center Point’s Sugar Ridge Township High School, in 1941, he enrolled at Indiana University. He graduated from Indiana with a B.S. in Business Law in 1944. McGill actually began taking law school classes at the Indiana University School of Law before he received his undergraduate degree. He received his LL.B. degree from the law school in 1945.
McGill's law career began with the South Bend, Indiana, law firm of Seebirt, Oare & Deahl (Barnes and Thornburg). He became a Partner in 1960 and retired in 1989. McGill primarily practiced in two areas: estate planning and corporate-tax-probate-finance law. McGill served as the Chairman of the Indiana Probate Code Study Commission from 1972 until 1990. As Chair of the Indiana Bar Foundation's Projects Committee, in the early 1980s, McGill was tasked with improving the dissemination of legal information to the rapidly rising older adult population. The result was the production of the IBFs Legal Reference for Older Hoosier. The book went through multiple editions, over the next twenty years, and became a standard source on the topic of elder law in Indiana. McGill was a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, the American Bar Foundation, and the Indiana Bar Foundation. McGill also served as a Chancellor’s Associate for Indiana University South Bend.
Warren Everett McGill was inducted into the Indiana University School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 1993. McGill died in 2000 at the age of 76.
John Leo Carroll was born in Chicago, Illinois, on April 6, 1922. He grew up in Hammond, Indiana, and graduated from Hammond High School (1940). Upon his high school graduation, he began his undergraduate studies at Purdue University, before transferring to Indiana University (B.A. 1946). In 1943, he entered the U.S. Army, serving as a combat infantryman and earning the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantry Badge for exceptional valor in battle. Carroll returned from the war in 1945 and enrolled in the Indiana University School of Law. He graduated, Order of the Coif, in 1948.
After law school, Carroll began his legal career in Evansville, where he became an associate with the firm of Walker and Walker. In 1952, he and Edwin Johnson formed the firm that became Johnson Carroll Norton, Kent & Goedde, P.C. Carroll served as the President of the Indiana State Bar Association (1983-84), as President of the Evansville Bar Association, as President of the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, and as a fellow of the American and Indiana Bar Foundations. He was a delegate to the American Bar Association’s efforts to support law reform in the Ukraine, traveling to Eastern Europe to assist Ukrainian lawyers in their efforts to convert to a free-market legal system. Carroll served as Indiana University School of Law’s first “practitioner-in-residence” and was a member of the school’s Board of Visitors from 1981 to 1985. John Leo Carroll was inducted into the Indiana University School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 1995.
Robert Anthony Lucas was born in Gary, Indiana, on February 7, 1922. He graduated from Gary’s Horace Mann High School in 1939 and then enrolled at Indiana University. Lucas served as Class President his senior year and received his B.S., with distinction, from IU in 1943. After college, he joined the war effort, serving in the United States Army and rising to the rank of captain.
Lucas returned to Indiana after the war and enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law in the fall of 1946. While in law school he served on the Student Board of the Indiana Law Journal (v.23 and 24), was elected to the Order of the Coif, and received his JD, with high distinction, in 1949. After law school, Lucas clerked for Judge H. Nathan Swain of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He then opened a small firm in his hometown of Gary, specializing in probate law and estate planning. Over the next 40 years, Lucas, Holcomb & Medrea would grow to become one of the most respected firms in the state.
A leader in the legal community, Lucas served on the Board of Managers of the Indiana Bar Association and was a long time member of the Federal Judiciary. He was a member of the state’s Probate Study Commission that revised the Indiana Probate Code to reflect contemporary needs. He also served as a member of the Commission on Uniform State Laws
A dedicated alumni, Lucas served Indiana University, and the law school, in enumerable ways. He served as President of both the IU Alumni Association and the law school’s Alumni Association. He was elected to the IU Board of Trustees in 1967 and served as Vice President of the Board from 1969 to 1970. In 1970, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Indiana University Foundation, serving in that position for more than ten years. In 1971, Lucas was appointed to the Indiana Higher Education Commission. Lucas received the University Distinguished Alumni Service award in 1982 and the IU Northwest Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 1983. In 1988, Lucas was inducted into the law school’s Academy of Law Alumni Fellows and was presented an honorary doctor of laws degree in 1994. Lucas established an endowed professorship for the Law School in 1992.
Robert A. Lucas died on March 10, 1999.
William Forgy McNagny was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on January 21, 1922. McNagny graduated from the Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana, before enrolling at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. After two years at Swarthmore, McNagny left to serve as an officer in the US Army. He was discharged in 1945, returned to Indiana, and enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law. McNagny received his LL.B. degree, with high distinction, membership in the Order of the Coif, first in his class, in 1947.
After law school, McNagny returned to his hometown and began to practice in the firm that would become Barrett and McNagny. McNagny career at the firm would last more than 50 years as he gained a reputation as a successful and tenacious trial lawyer. His firm called him “a commanding presence in the courtroom, a pillar of the legal profession, and a man devoted to his community and his family.” He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a Diplomat of the Indiana Defense Trial Counsels, and a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. McNagny served as Fort Wayne's city attorney from 1952 until 1960. For many years, he served on the Indiana State Board of Law Examiners and was a past president of the group. In 1991, he received the Ralph E. Broyles Medal for "unique and significant contributions" to Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, and in 1992 he was inducted into the Indiana University School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows. In 2009, William F. McNagny was named a “Legendary Lawyer” by the Indiana Bar Foundation.
James Ellsworth Noland was born in LaGrange, Missouri, in 1920. Raised in a farming family struggling to survive, the family moved around throughout the 1920s, with stops in Roachdale, Indiana (1923), Spencer, Indiana (1926), and finally Bloomington (1934). Nolan’s father set up practice as a dentist while his son excelled at Bloomington High School. In 1938 he entered Indiana University and landed a job in the campus bookstore and later managed the men’s lounge in the student union. As part of a three year pre-law curriculum, Judge Noland majored in government with a minor in journalism. He began law school in 1941. When World War II broke out, Nolan was accepted into a reserve officers training program offered by the Harvard Graduate Business School. Noland completed the course as part of the last class to receive a full master’s degree before entering the service in World War II, while also mastering the requirements to be a quartermaster.
After the war Nolan ran unsuccessfully for Congress in Indiana’s 7th district. He then decided to return to Law School from where he graduated in August of 1948. Three months later he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as one of its youngest members. Sworn into the Indiana bar on December 7, 1948, he went, as he put it, “from law school direct to the United States Congress.” Nolan was defeated at his first re-election attempt in 1950, and opened a private practice in Indianapolis and stayed involved in state politics. During the 1950s and 60s he served in various city/state positions, including Indianapolis Assistant City Attorney, Assistant State Attorney General, and State Election Commissioner.
In 1966 he was appointed to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana by President Lyndon B. Johnson. He was named Chief Judge in 1984 and served in that capacity until 1986 when he took senior status. He died in Indianapolis in 1992 and is interned in that city's Crown Hill Cemetery.
Jesse E. Eschbach was born on October 26, 1920 in Warsaw, Kosciusko County, Indiana. He attended school in Warsaw, and then enrolled at Indiana University, receiving his degree from the School of Business in 1943. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving for two years as a Gunnery and Executive Officer on a minesweeper. Following his discharge, he enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law at Bloomington, receiving his J.D. in 1949. He was President of his class and he was elected to the Order of the Coif. He also served on the editorial staff for the Indiana Law Journal. After graduation he returned home to Warsaw and began his legal and business career. He practiced law for 13 years, and was President of both the Warsaw Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club. In 1959 and 1960 he served on the Labor Relations Committee of the United States Chamber of Commerce.
In March 1962, President John Kennedy nominated Eschbach to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. He was swiftly confirmed by the U.S. Senate, serving for nearly 20 years on bench, including seven years as chief judge. In October 1981, President Ronald Reagan nominated him to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Eschbach served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the remainder of his life, assuming senior status in November 1985. Judge Eschbach served his alma mater as a member of the Board of Trustees from 1965 to 1970, and also by serving on the Law School’s Board of Visitors.
Judge Eschbach died in Florida on October 25, 2005. He was interred at the Oakwood Cemetery in Warsaw, Indiana.
Jesse Eschbach was honored by Indiana University with the Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 1984. He was inducted into the Law School’s Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 1985, and he received an honorary LL.D. degree from Indiana University in 1986.
J. Edward Roush was born on September 12, 1920 in Barnsdall, Osage County, Oklahoma. He graduated from Huntington High School, Huntington, Indiana in 1938. He then enrolled in Huntington College, receiving his A.B. in 1942. After graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving as a combat infantry officer in Europe, including being in the Battle of the Bulge. His unit was cutoff and surrounded by the Germans for five days. Roush was not wounded, but he did suffer frostbite in both feet requiring a four-month hospitalization. Roush received a Bronze Star for his actions, and then he was discharged from active duty in 1946 (he continued to serve in the Reserves). He enrolled in the Indiana University, Bloomington School of Law, earning his LL.B. in 1949.
In 1948, he ran for and was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives. A candidate for reelection, he had to withdraw in 1950 when he was recalled to active duty during the Korean War. In 1954 he was elected Huntington County prosecutor, and then in 1958 he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. He was reelected four times, but then lost in 1968 when his district was redrawn by the General Assembly. In 1970, he ran again and was elected. He was reelected two more times, and then was defeated for reelection in 1976 by Dan Quayle. Roush returned to Huntington to resume his law practice.
Roush’s tenure in Congress was noted for his votes safeguarding natural resources including preserving the Indiana Dunes and authoring legislation to create three different reservoirs in north-central Indiana. He supported the national legislation sponsored by presidents Kennedy and Johnson, including civil rights legislation. During his second tenure he continued to support environmental legislation, and supported ending the Vietnam War. He also was responsible for establishing the 911 emergency telephone number.
J. Edward Roush died on March 26, 2004 in Huntington, Indiana. He was interred at Pilgrim’s Rest Cemetery in Huntington. In 1996 he was inducted into the Law School’s Academy of Law Alumni Fellows. In 1997 Huntington Lake (one of the reservoirs he authored legislation to create) was renamed J. Edward Roush Lake.
Jean Elizabeth (McGrew) Stoffregen was born in Chicago, Illinois, on October 14, 1919. After graduating (1936) from York Community High School, in Elmhurst, Illinois, she enrolled at Indiana University. Stoffregen graduated, Phi Beta Kappa, with an A.B. from I.U. in 1940. Stoffregen joined the Fellowship of Reconciliation, and traveled to Washington to protest WWII in the early 1940s. In 1941, she enrolled at the Law School of the University of Chicago, before transferring to the Indiana University Law School in the summer of 1941. She received her J.D. from the law school in 1942.
Stoffregen began her legal career clerking for Indiana Supreme Court Justice Frank Richman, before working for the Diamond Chain and Manufacturing Company in Indianapolis. In 1947, Judge Richman, who had been appointed Judge of the American Military Tribunal, in Nuremberg, Germany, asked Stoffregen if she would assist him. Stoffregen became one of the few women to work on the trials. Additionally, she traveled throughout the wore-torn European continent, assisting residents displaced by the war with emigration documentation and processing. Upon her return to the U.S., she continued her humanitarian efforts to assist refugees and immigrants in their efforts to rebuild their lives.
After her marriage to David Stoffregen, in 1949, she joined her husband in the practice of Quakerism for the next sixty years, and remained active in causes relating to peace and social justice. While in her 60's she went to graduate school and earned a Master's degree in Social Work. Jean McGrew Stoffregen died on October 4, 2008.