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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Thomas G. Fisher attended Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, graduating in 1962. He entered the Indiana University, Bloomington School of Law in 1962, earning his LL.B in 1965 and his J.D. in 1968. He served as the Jasper County Prosecuting Attorney from September 6, 1967 to July 1, 1986, and he maintained a private law practice in Remington during these 21 years. On July 1, 1986, Governor Robert Orr appointed Fisher to the newly-created Indiana Tax Court. Judge Fisher served as the Judge of the Tax Court until his retirement on January 16, 2011.
Fisher currently serves at Senior Judge for the Indiana Tax Court, and he is active in various professional and civic organizations. Thomas G. Fisher was inducted into the Indiana University Maurer School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2010.
Francis Xavier "Frank" McCloskey was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1939. After his high school graduation in 1957, he joined the Air Force. He was discharged in 1961 and began a career as a journalist, working for the City News Bureau in Chicago and the Indianapolis Star. He began working for Bloomington’s Daily Herald-Telephone newspaper in the mid-1960s, covering politics and city hall. At the same time he attended Indiana University, majoring in Political Science, and graduating with an A.B. in 1968. He then attended the Indiana University School of Law, where he received his J.D. in 1971.
While still in law school he began his campaign for Mayor of Bloomington, as a Democrat, and was elected in 1971. He held the position until 1982. In 1983 he was elected to the U. S. House of Representatives, Indiana Eighth District, and was re-elected five times, before losing in 1994. McCloskey’s congressional campaigns were not without controversy – his first hinged on his opponent’s arrest for drunk driving just before the election, while his 1984 re-election resulted in a recount lasting 4 months, a walkout protest by the entire Republican House, and ultimately a 4 vote win.
As a result of a Congressional fact-finding mission in 1991, McCloskey began a decade long campaign to bring peace and stability to Bosnia and the Balkans. His actions often brought on the wrath of world leaders and politicians, but ultimately his efforts helped pave the way for the Dayton Peace Accords in 1995. After losing his seat in 1994, McCloskey returned to Bloomington but continued to work on Balkan peace initiatives and was named Director of the Kosovo Programs for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs in 2002.
McCloskey died in Bloomington in 2003 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. McCloskey was inducted into the Law School's Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2008.
George Patrick Smith, II, was born in Wabash, Indiana. After graduating from Wabash High School in 1957, he earned his bachelor’s degree (1961) in business, economics, and public policy from Indiana University. He then enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law where he received his JD degree (1964). He later earned an LLM from Columbia University (1975). From 1976 to 1977, he was a Commonwealth Fellow at Yale Law School’s Program in Law and Medicine. From 1977 until his retirement in 2016, Smith was a professor of law at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Smith was awarded an Australian-American Fulbright Foundation Award in 1984 and was appointed Fulbright Visiting Professor of Law and Medical Jurisprudence at the University of New South Wales. A prolific author and leader in law reform, Smith’s bibliography includes 13 books and more than 157 law review articles, monographs, book chapters, and essays. Additionally, Smith has held more than 70 academic fellowships at a variety of colleges, universities, institutes, and centers around the globe. A lifetime member of the American Law Institute, Smith has been a consultant to UNESCO’s International Bioethics Committee, the U.S. Congressional Committee on Science and Technology, and the New South Wales Law Reform Commission in Australia.
In 1985, Smith received the IU Distinguished Alumni Award and a citation of honor from the Indiana University Institute for Advanced Study (where he was a member) for “his path-breaking interdisciplinary research and writing on medical and biological issues as they relate to law and ethics.” He is a generous contributor to many facets of Indiana University, including the IU Musical Arts Center, Auer Hall, the Indiana Memorial Union Arts Guild, and the IU Auditorium. He is the founding benefactor of the George P. Smith II Distinguished Professorship and Chair of Law and Legal Research at the IU School of Law, and was a member of the school's Board of Visitors from 1998 until 2012,
George P. Smith, II, received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Indiana University in 1998 and was inducted into the Indiana University School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2007.
Rufus William McKinney was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas. He was one of twelve children born to his parents, a minister and a homemaker. After graduating from Booker T. Washington High School, he left Jonesboro to attend Arkansas AM&N College (University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff), where he earned his B.S. in business administration in 1953. Jones then enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law and received his J.D. in 1956. While in law school, he became the first African-American to serve on the journal’s editorial board, as a note editor.
After graduation, McKinney spent 13 years working with the Solicitor’s Office of the United States Department of Labor. In 1966, he began working for Southern California Gas Company, where he would rise to Vice President of Governmental Affairs. In 1979, he was part of small group of African-Americans associated with energy companies that formed the American Association of Blacks in Energy. The Association is devoted to ensuring that minority voices are heard when energy policy is deliberated. He served on its board for more than 20 years.
McKinney retired from Southern California Gas Company in 1992, but worked as an independent consultant for many years. In 1998, he was appointed to the Maryland Commission of Human Relations, which administers and enforces the state’s anti-discrimination statute. Rufus W. McKinney was inducted into the Indiana University School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2002. In 2004, his autobiography, Beating the Odds: The Story of One Black Man’s Life in Twentieth Century America was published.
Vivian Sue (Blodgett) Shields was born in the small central Kentucky town of Wilmore. She grew up in the Wanamaker/New Palestine area of central Indiana, and graduated from New Palestine High School in 1955. After high school, Shields attended Ball State Teachers Colleges (Ball State University) in Muncie, Indiana. She graduated with a B.A. degree in 1959 and enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law. Shields, the only woman in her class, received her L.L.B., Order of the Coif, in 1961.
After spending a year as a attorney and regional counsel for the Internal Revenue Service in Ohio, Shields became the Deputy Attorney General for the state of Indiana. Prompted by the political uncertainty of reelection for her boss, she decided to run, at the age of 24, for judge of the Hamilton County Superior Court in 1964. She won the election (the first woman to ever be elected a Indiana general jurisdiction judge) and served until 1978 when she was appointed to the Indiana Court of Appeals (the first woman to ever serve on the Appeals Court). She remained on the court until 1994, when she was selected to serve as U.S. Magistrate for the Southern District of Indiana (the first woman to ever serve as a magistrate judge in the district courts of Indiana). She retired in 2007.
Additionally, Shields served on the Indianapolis Bar Association’s commission on Marion County Courts, has been secretary and director of the Indiana Lawyers Commissions section on sentencing appeals, and has served on various committees of the Hamilton County Bar Association. Shields received the Indianapolis Bar Associations’ first Antoinette Dakin Leach Award (1990) and its Buchanan Award for Excellence. Shields served on the Law School’s Board of Visitors twice, 1976-1988 and 1994-1996, and chaired the Board in 1994/95. V. Sue Shields was inducted into the Indiana University School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 1994.
Michael Kanne was born in Rensselaer, Jasper County, Indiana. He attended St. Joseph’s College and then Indiana University, earning his B.S. in 1962. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a lieutenant from 1962 to 1965. Following his discharge, he enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law, earning his J.D. in 1968. He then returned to Rensselaer to begin his practice of law. He was in private practice from 1968 to 1972, and then he served as the city attorney for Rensselaer in 1972.
Kanne began his judicial career in 1972, serving as a judge on the 30th Indiana Judicial Circuit. In December 1981, President Ronald Reagan nominated Kanne to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on February 8, 1982. He served as a District Court Judge for five years, and then in February 1987, President Reagan elevated him to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. On May 19, 1987, Kanne was confirmed by the U.S. Senate and he began his service on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Judge Kanne was a lecturer in constitutional law at St. Joseph’s College from 1976 to 1989, and at St. Frances College from 1990 to 1991. He was a member of the U.S. Judicial Conference Committee on Space Facilities from 1987 to 1994, and he chaired the court design standards of the committee. While chair, the committee produced the U.S. Courts Design Guide, the first reference standards guide written by the judiciary for all federal courts in the U.S.
Judge Kanne has served on the Board of Visitors for both the IU School of Law and the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and he is a past president of the Law School Alumni Association. He has received the Distinguished Alumni Service Award from St. Joseph College, the Presidential Citation from the Indiana State Bar Foundation, and the Distinguished Achievement Award from the General Services Administration. He was inducted into the Law School’s Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 1999.
Judge Kanne died on June 16, 2022.
Terrill D. Albright (Terry to his friends) was born in in Lebanon, Indiana, on June 23, 1938. He was raised in the tiny Clinton County, Indiana, town of Colfax. In 1956, he graduated from Colfax High School and enrolled at Indiana University, where he received his A.B. in Political Science in 1960. After college, Albright served in the United States Army in Korea, where he received the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service. He returned to Indiana University in 1962 and enrolled in law school. Albright served as a Junior Writer for the Indiana Law Journal in 1963/64 and as Articles Editor in 1964/65. While attending law school Albright worked for the Indiana University Foundation and helped to establish the law school’s Annual Fund program. Albright received his J.D. in 1965.
Albright spent his entire professional career with the Indianapolis offices of Baker & Daniels. His expertise was as a civil jury trial attorney and an appellate practitioner, focusing on complex commercial and construction litigation. Albright was an active member of the Indiana State Bar Association, serving as President in 1993-1994. From 1995 to 1998, he served on the executive council of the National Conference of Bar Presidents, and was a member of the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates from 1993 to 1995. He retired in 2010.
Albright served as a member of the Indiana University School of Law Board of Visitors in 1978-79 and also served as the President of the Law Alumni Association. Albright was inducted into the Indiana University Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2001. Terrill D. Albright died in Indianapolis on October 6, 2013 at the age of 75.
Carl Edward Ver Beek was born in Byron Center, Michigan. Raised in west-central Michigan, he graduated (1955) from Holland High School in Holland, Michigan and enrolled at Hope College, also in Holland. He graduated from Hope, cum laude, with an A.B. in history in 1959. Ver Beek then enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law. While in law school he served on the editorial board of the Indiana Law Journal (v. 37), was elected Order of the Coif, and graduated with his JD in 1962.
Fresh from law school, Ver Beek returned to his home state and joined the Grand Rapids firm of Varnum LLP, as their twelfth lawyer and the firm's first non-University of Michigan law graduate. He would remain with the firm for more the fifty years, during which time it would grow to more than 170 attorneys. Ver Beek soon discovered he had a passion for labor and employment law. Ver Beek has negotiated hundreds of union contracts, tried hundreds of arbitration cases and arranged numerous National Labor Relations Board elections by agreement or through NLRB proceedings. He has been involved in collective bargaining for manufacturing, health care, education, and religious employers in both private and public sectors.
Ver Beek has held leadership roles with the Michigan State Bar, as well as the American Bar Association. Carl Ver Beek received the State Bar of Michigan’s highest honor in 2014, when he was awarded the Hudson Award. A year later, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Labor and Employment Section of the Michigan State Bar. He has been honored by Hope College with its Distinguished Alumni Award (2009) and was inducted into the Indiana University Maurer School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2017.
Joseph Theodore Bumbleburg was born in Lafayette, Indiana. After graduating from Jefferson High School in 1954, he enrolled at the University of Notre Dame where he received his B.A. in Economics, Cum Laude, in 1958. Bumblegurg then enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law, receiving his law degree in 1961. Upon graduating from law school, Bumblegurg was commissioned a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve. He served in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps until 1964. Upon leaving the service, he joined the Lafayette firm of Ball Eggleston and has spent his entire career providing quality legal service to his hometown community. Bumblegurg started out in trial defense work for local insurance companies, but eventually focused on real estate development, municipal law, zoning and subdivision law. He also has had extensive civil trial, estate planning, and government affairs experience.
Bumblegurg has always been very involved in the Tippecanoe County community. In particular, he has been involved with the local Red Cross, in a variety of positions, since he was 15 years old. This culminated with his receiving (1992) the Harriman Award for Distinguished Volunteer Services, the highest award the American Red Cross gives for volunteer service. He has also been very involved with the American Legion in Tippecanoe County, served on the board of directors of the United Way, the Lafayette Police Civil Service Commission and as Secretary for the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Merit Board. In addition, he has been an active supporter of Indiana Vocational and Technical College (Ivy Tech) and is a past member of the the school's Board of Trustees.
Joseph Theodore Bumbleburg was inducted into the Indiana University School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2002.
Robert Paul Kassing was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. A 1955 graduate of Concordia Lutheran High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Kassing then enrolled at Indiana University. Kassing received his B.S. degree in Business in 1959, before enlisting in the U.S. Army. Once discharged, in 1961, Kassing returned to Indiana University and enrolled in the school of law. While in law school he served on the student editorial board of the Indiana Law Journal (v.38 no.3-4) before becoming Articles Editor for volume 39. Kassing received his JD from the law school in 1964.
Kassing joined the Indianapolis law firm of Bose McKinney & Evans after graduation and remained with the firm for more than 40 years. He became a partner in 1969 and served as managing partner from 1971 to 2004. Kassing oversaw tremendous growth at the firm, chairing the firm’s management committee and directing several firm and partner organization functions. As managing partner, he initiated the firm’s sponsorship of the Sherman Moot Court Competition at the IU School of Law. Since 2004, he has directed the firm’s mentoring program for new partners from other firms. Kassing has alwyas had a passion for entrepreneurial endeavors and has served as a trusted counselor for many Indianapolis companies as they developed and expanded.
Kassing is an active member of serval philanthropic organizations and has served on multiple boards of businesses, many created by his clients. Kassing served on the law school’s Alumni Board from 1982 to 1989 (including as President in 1987/88) and has been a member of the school’s Board of Visitors for more than 15 years. Kassing has also served on the school's Entrepreneurship Law Clinic Advisory Board.
Robert Paul Kassing was inducted into the Indiana University School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2006. He was awarded the Indiana University Partners in Philanthropy Cornerstone Award in 2008 and the IU Foundation President’s Medallion in 2009.
Robert Phillip Duvin was born in Evansville, Indiana. A 1954 graduate of Benjamin Bosse High School in Evansville, where he competed in Golden Gloves boxing matches, Duvin next attended Indiana University in Bloomington. He received his B.S. degree, majoring in Business, from Indiana in 1958. He then enrolled in the University's law school, from which he received his J.D. in 1961.
After graduation, Duvin spent three years of service in the military. He then moved to New York and earned a LL.M. from Columbia University (1964). Duvin’s legal career began when he joined Burke, Haber & Berick, a Cleveland corporate law firm. He spent seven years with the firm, was named a partner early, but ultimately decided to strike out on his own in 1972. Over the next few years he helped start Duvin, Cahn, & Hutton, a firm which grew to become a major labor and employment law firm, representing some of the largest companies in America. Before it merged with Littler Mendelson in 2007, the firm was selected by The American Lawyer as one of the top six management labor law firms in the country.
The list of professional honors and recognitions Duvin has received is astonishing. He has been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America, every year between 1983 and 2018. He has been named a Super Lawyer, a Top Employment Lawyer, a Senior Statesman in Employment Law, and named to the First Tier of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Robert Phillip Duvin was inducted into the Indiana University Maurer School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2013.
Roger Lee Pardieck is a lifelong resident of the southern Indiana town of Seymour. He was born there; raised there; graduated from high school there (Shields High School,1955); and has now spent more than fifty years as an attorney there. He pursued his higher education at Indiana University (A.B., 1960) before jumping across the Atlantic Ocean to attend the International Graduate School in Stockholm Sweden (1960). He then returned to Indiana and enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law, where he received his JD degree in 1963.
Before starting his civil practice in 1965, he served as special prosecutor in Jackson County for two years. It was while serving in this prosecutorial role that he became convinced that his future lay in the areas of trial law and seeking justice for those who had been injured by the actions of others. Pardieck has tried hundreds of jury trials in the areas of toxic torts and products liability, resulting in changes to manufacturing and marketing of everything from pharmaceuticals to recreational vehicles. Pardieck is the first and only Indiana member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, an organization of 100 U.S. plaintiff’s attorneys who have million-dollar verdicts. He is also a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, an organization limited to just 500 trial lawyers from around the world.
Pardieck has received numerous and awards and honors, including being named the Indiana Trail Lawyer of the year in 1996 and 2011. He received the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001. He served as President of ITLA in 1975-76 and has been on the ITLA Board of Directors for more than 45 years. Roger Lee Pardieck was inducted into the Indiana University Maurer School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2008.
Gerald Leon Moss was born in South Bend, Indiana. He graduated from Central High School in South Bend in 1954. He then enrolled at Indiana University and received his B.S. in business in 1958. After receiving his undergraduate degree, he enrolled at the IU School of Law. Moss received his JD degree from the law school in 1962. Soon after, he accepted a position with the Indianapolis law firm of Bingham Summers Welsh & Spilman. He remained with the firm for his entire career, retiring in 2004 as a Senior Partner.
Long active as a supporter of both the law school, and the University, Moss has served as a member of the law school’s Board of Visitors (1980-81; 1994-2003) and the school’s Alumni Association (1975-1982, President in 1980-81). Additionally, he served on the IU Foundation Board of Directors and the National Board of Directors of the IU Varsity Club. He is a past president of the Indiana University Men’s Club of Indianapolis. Equally committed to the city of Indianapolis community, Moss has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association, the Advisory Board of the Indianapolis Downtown Inc., and the Board of the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee.
Gerald “Jerry” Moss was presented the Indiana University Alumni Association President’s Award in 2001 and the School of Law’s Distinguished Service Award in 1999.
Jost W. E. Delbrück was born in the town of Pyrzyce, in northwest Poland, on November 3rd, 1935. After WW II, he received his secondary education in Germany, before studying law and political science at Kiel University. He came to America in 1959 to study at both the Indiana University School of Law and the I.U. Department of Political Science. This culminated in his receiving his Masters of Law in 1960. He then returned to Germany and completed his examinations in law. In 1963, he returned to I.U. as a research fellow in the methodology of law, political theory, and sociology.
Over the next 50 years, Delbrück became a renowned scholar, author and teacher of international law and German constitutional law. He was awarded his doctorate from Kiel University in 1964 and continued his post-doctoral studies at the The Hague Academy of International Law. In 1972, he became a professor of Law at the Georg-Ausust University at Göttingen and Director of its Institute of Political Science and Theory of the State. He served as the Dean of the Faculty of Laws at the University of Kiel from 1979 to 1981, as well as serving as President and Rector of the University from 1985 to 1989.
In addition to his academic career, Delbrück served as a Judge, on the Administrative Court of Appeal Schleswig-Holstein and was a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. From 1997 until 2001, he served as President of the German Association of International Law. He also served as a delegate of the Federal Republic of Germany to the UN Human Rights Committee and is a member of the funding commission of the German Society for Peace and Conflict Research.
In 1991, he was appointed to the faculty of the Indiana University School of Law, teaching courses in international and European Community law and serving as a Resident Fellow of the Indiana University Institute for Advanced Study. Delbrück received an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Humanities, Social Science, and Education of the Ott von Guericke University in 2006 and was inducted into the Indiana University School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 1992.
Jost Delbrück died in Kiel, Germany, in November 2020.
Lloyd Herman Milliken, Jr. was born in South Bend, Indiana, on July 17, 1935. Milliken graduated from South Bend’s Central High School in 1953 and then enrolled at Indiana University. He received his B.S. degree from IU in 1957. He then enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law, receiving his JD degree in 1960.
Milliken spent his entire legal career with the Indianapolis firm Locke Reynolds, where he received national recognition for his work as a trial lawyer and leader of the defense bar. Primarily representing defendants in product liability cases, Milliken represented product manufacturers of cars, heavy equipment, power tools, and medical devices, to name a few. He received national recognition for his service as counsel for General Motors in their litigation against a NBC broadcast that misrepresented the safety of GM’s trucks. The decision lead to an unprecedented retraction and apology by NBC, establishing a new standard of fairness and accountability for investigative reporting.
Milliken has been inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers and was named Defense Lawyer of the Year (1993) by the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana. For more than a quarter of a century, he served the Defense Research Institute, the world’s largest organization of defense lawyers, and was named President of DRI in 1999. In 2007, he received DRI’s Louis B. Potter Lifetime Professional Service Award. Lloyd Herman Milliken, Jr., was inducted into the Indiana University Maurer School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2009.
Richard Eitel Carter was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on October 30, 1935. After graduating from Manual Training High School (Emmerich Manual High School) in 1954, he enrolled at Butler University where he received his A.B. in 1958. Carter then enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law and received his LL.B. degree in 1961. Upon graduating from law school, Carter attended the Universitè Internationale des Sciences Comparèes for law in Luxembourg, before returning to Bloomington to teach at the law school as a Krannert Fellow (1961/62 and 1962/63)..
In 1963, he began his legal career as a litigation attorney for the Federal Trade Commission and later as a staff attorney for Neighborhood Legal Services. In 1970, Carter joined the faculty of the Catholic University of America, where he established a clinical legal education program that served Washington's inner city. In 1975, he was influential in the establishment of the Legal Services Corporation and served two years as Director of its Office of Program Support. In 1978, he joined the United States Justice Department and a year later was appointed Director of the Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute. He later served as Directory of the DOJ’s Office of Legal Education.
From 1985 to 1993, Carter served as Director for the Division for Professional Education of the American Bar Association. He left the ABA in 1993 to become the Executive Director of the American Law Institute-American Bar Association Committee on Continuing Legal Professional Education. He would serve as Executive Director for the next 22 years. Following his 2005 retirement, Carter became active in the International Bar Association, chairing the Legal Education Committee.
Richard E. Carter was inducted into the Indiana University School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 1997. Carter died at the age of 78, in February 2014.
David Gant Elmore was born in Anderson, Indiana, on July 11, 1934. A graduate of Anderson High School (1952), he attended Indiana University where he received his B.S. in accounting (1955). He then enrolled at the University’s law school, receiving his JD degree in 1958. While in law school he served as a Notes editor for v.33 of the Indiana Law Journal. At the same time, Elmore obtained a CPA certificate. Later that year he joined the Chicago law firm of McBride Baker Wienke & Schlosser, eventually rising to partner.
In 1969 Elmore founded the Elmore Sports Group (ESG), a sports and entertainment company comprised of minor league baseball and hockey teams, facility management companies, special events, concession companies, and travel services that specialize in Olympic and other sporting events. A leader in the professional sports community and business world, Elmore is recognized as a unique and influential player in the sports/entertainment industry. As ESG has grown, so has its family. David Elmore Jr. (Maurer JD ‘84) and his brother Doug now assist their father in the company’s operation.
In 1983, Elmore was appointed to the White House Travel and Tourism Advisory Board and was a member of the Young Presidents Organization from 1969 to 1984. In 1989, Indiana University named Elmore “Entrepreneur of the Year.” David G. Elmore was inducted into the Indiana University School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2006. In 2007, he and David Jr. made a substantial financial donation to the Maurer School of Law to fund scholarships for Entrepreneurship Law Clinic students, joint J.D./M.B.A. candidates, and students demonstrating a strong interest in business law. The clinic is now known as the Elmore Entrepreneurship Law Clinic.
Roger Owen DeBruler was born (1934) and raised in Evansville, Indiana. He served as a military intelligence officer in Germany and earned both his undergraduate (A.B., 1958) and his J.D. (1960) from Indiana University in Bloomington. After law school DeBruler served as Deputy City Prosecutor of Indianapolis from 1960 to 1963. In 1963 Governor Matthew Welsh appointed DeBruler to fill a vacancy on the Circuit Court of Steuben County. Judge DeBruler then successfully stood for reelection in 1964.
In 1968 Governor Roger Branigin appointed him to the Indiana Supreme Court to fill the vacancy that was created by the death of Donald Mote. At the time, DeBruler was just 34 years old. In 1970 DeBruler ran for election and won his first six year term on the bench.
During his twenty-eight year tenure on the bench, a tenure that was longer than any other justice in the twentieth century, DeBruler wrote nearly nine hundred majority opinions and six hundred dissents. Fellow Supreme Court Justice Frank Sullivan, Jr., has called DeBruler “an unfailingly courteous and kind man,” while Chief Justice Randall Shepard described his ability to analyze cases “with a cordiality and a care for detail that made working with him both delightful and instructive.”
DeBruler retired on August 8th of 1996. He died in 2017.
William Ray Riggs was born in Evansville, Indiana, on October 8, 1934. A graduate of Benjamin Bosse High School in Evansville (1952), he attended Harvard University as an undergraduate. At Harvard he majored in Government and received his A.B. degree, with honors, in 1956. He then attended the U.S. Navy’s Officer Candidate School and was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy (1957-1960). Upon his discharge, Riggs returned home to Indiana and enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law. Riggs served as Editor-in-Chief of the Indiana Law Journal (v.38), graduated first in his class, and received his J.D. (Order of the Coif) in 1963. He was a recipient of the 1962-63 Wendell Willkie Award for scholastic achievement in law and government, as well as a Krannert Scholarship.
Riggs joined the law firm of Ice Miller Donadio and Ryan straight out of law school; he remained with the firm his entire career. William Riggs’s primary concentration was in the field of labor relations, negotiation and administration of collective bargaining agreements, arbitration of grievances arising out of the interpretation and application of collective bargaining agreements, and interpretation and application of various statutes that govern labor relations.
William R. Riggs was named a Sagamore of the Wabash by then Governor Evan Bayh in 1990. He served on the Indiana University School of Law’s Board of Visitors from 1994 to 2006 and was inducted into the school’s Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2000.