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Writing by Dean Christiana Ochoa

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The Indiana Lawyer


On Nov. 1, my first day as the 17th dean of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, I attended the robing ceremony for Derek Molter, Indiana’s 111th Supreme Court justice. This public ceremony was an opportunity for those in attendance to celebrate Justice Molter’s formal swearing in, which had occurred privately on Sept. 1. For the IU Maurer School of Law, it was also an opportunity to celebrate Justice Molter joining three other IU Maurer alumni on the five-person court.

Established in 1816, the court precedes our law school by about 30 years. Still, for most of Indiana’s history, the IU Maurer School of Law and the Indiana Supreme Court have had a strong relationship. The terrific librarians in our Jerome Hall Law Library have started a project to better catalogue the important work of the Indiana Supreme Court and the many interactions between the justices and our law school. Here are some early findings from that work.