Five Indiana University Maurer School of Law alumni were inducted into the school’s Academy of Law Alumni Fellows
Stephen L. Ferguson has enjoyed a long, varied and successful career in
at a ceremony and dinner in the Indiana Memorial Union’s Alumni Hall on April 1, 2011. Induction into the academy
law, business, and public service, making him a pillar of the Bloomington
is the highest honor the Law School can bestow on its graduates. // Established in 1985, the academy consists of
community. An Order of the Coif graduate of the Law School, Ferguson
an elite group that includes U.S. senators, federal judges, successful business leaders and distinguished practitioners.
was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives in 1966, serving four
Each brings honor to the legal profession and enhances the Maurer School of Law’s national and global reputation.
terms while establishing a law practice in Bloomington. As president of CFC
The 2011 inductees include a former U.S. attorney, a civic leader and entrepreneur, an accomplished corporate lawyer, an NFL labor lawyer, and a distinguished legal scholar. // “Our newest additions to the Academy of Law
STEPHEN L. FERGUSON, JD’66
Inc., Ferguson has been actively involved in the preservation and rebirth of downtown Bloomington. He also has played a key role in the growth of Cook
Alumni Fellows have achieved success in a number of professions,” said Dean Robel. “The inductees also have
Medical, an internationally known leader in the medical devices industry.
gone above and beyond to use their talents to make the world a better place. We are honored to call them alumni
In addition to serving as attorney for the company, he has been chairman
of our school.” //
and chief operating officer of its parent, Cook Group Inc., and has been responsible for renovation and operation of the historic French Lick Resort. Ferguson has been elected or appointed to the boards of directors of many
ACADEMY OF LAW ALUMNI FELLOWS INDUCTED
organizations, including serving 12 years on the IU Board of Trustees, four of them as president. He also has been active in FDA reform, and has been named a Sagamore of the Wabash by three Indiana governors. ++ R. Neil Irwin is a highly respected counsel to diverse corporate clients, a prodigious business producer for his firm, and a recognized leader in the Phoenix community.
For more than 65 years, K. Edwin Applegate has been a committed leader and public servant to the state of Indiana and to his country. A World War II
Raised on an Indiana farm, he served in the U.S. Army before attending
Applegate, McDonald and Associates in 2011. Applegate has a distinguished record of public service, serving from 1951-1958 as U.S. Commissioner,
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K. EDWIN APPLEGATE, LLB’48
R. NEIL IRWIN, JD’71
the Law School, where he was elected to Order of the Coif and served on the Indiana Law Journal.
Southern District of Indiana; from 1958-1965 as Deputy Prosecutor for
The senior partner in the Phoenix office of the international law firm
Monroe County and Municipal Judge for Bloomington; and in 1965 as a
Bryan Cave LLP, Irwin has been instrumental in establishing public
representative in the Indiana General Assembly, where he was primary
company relationships in diverse industries, including vehicle rentals,
author of the bill that established Ivy Tech Community College. In 1967,
healthcare insurance, renewable energy, and retail sales. He also has
President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed him as U.S. Attorney for the South-
been involved in key business and civic organizations that have brought
ern District of Indiana, a position he held until 1970. Applegate has been an
employment, educational and cultural venues, and improved civic
active civic leader, including serving as president of the IU Varsity Club and
infrastructure to the Phoenix region. He is a member of the Maurer School
on numerous boards of directors in Bloomington and Monroe County.
of Law’s Board of Visitors.
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veteran, he opened his first law firm in Bloomington in 1949 and retired from
The spring 2011 of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law magazine