ergo: News from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, December 2021

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Indiana Law alumni give back, strengthening people and communities

Austen L. Parrish Dean and James H. Rudy Professor of Law Donna M. Nagy Acting Executive Associate Dean and C. Ben Dutton Professor of Law Ryan W. Scott Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law Deborah A. Widiss Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs, Professor of Law, and Ira C. Batman Faculty Fellow Greg Canada Assistant Dean for Admissions Lesley E. Davis Assistant Dean for International Programs Susan David deMaine Director of the Law Library, Associate Librarian, and Senior Lecturer in Law Mary Edwards Assistant Dean, Finance and Administration Lisa Hosey Assistant Dean for Advancement Anne Newton McFadden Interim Assistant Dean for Student Services Kenneth L. Turchi, ’83 Assistant Dean for Communications ; ergo Editor Susan Yoon, ’96 Senior Director of Development Stephanie Coffey Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations Rebekah Mech Director of Development, Major Gifts Ann Schertz, Abbi Semnisky, '22 Photo Credits STAY IN TOUCH WITH INDIANA LAW There are many ways to stay connected with the IU Maurer School of Law. Web: LinkedIn: Indiana University Maurer School of Law Facebook: Indiana University­–Maurer School of Law Twitter: @IUMaurerLaw YouTube: IUMaurerLaw Instagram: IUMaurerLaw ergo is published in print in July and December, and electronically in February, April, May, August, September, and October, by the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Arthur M. Lotz Office of Alumni and Development Indiana University Maurer School of Law Baier Hall 211 S. Indiana Ave., Bloomington, IN 47405-7001 (812) 855-9700 / (877) 286-0002 ©2021 The Trustees of Indiana University


From the dean


Four that make a difference


Students raise the roof (and more)


Testy to serve as visiting faculty


Alumni podcast series launched


Endowed chair established


Law Alumni Board elects four new members


Distinguished Service Award winners named


DeLaneys honored for achievements, contributions


Class reunions


Browns' fall reception


BLSA board elects new members


Senior leadership transitions


Class notes


In memoriam


Ways to give



The practice of law is fundamentally about making a difference. In this issue

of ergo, you will read about students who have done just that.

Last summer I invited several Indiana University Herman B Wells Scholars

to interview law students who are participating in our programs and practica. The Wells Scholars wrote four terrific articles that showcase our students and the contributions they have made, from helping people in Bloomington expunge minor offenses from their records and get a new lease on life to working with clients in our unique Family Office Program. I hope you’ll enjoy reading them.

Our alumni have continued to demonstrate generosity in their financial

support of the Maurer School of Law. In August we learned of sizable estate gifts from the late Donald W. Buttrey, ’61, and his first wife, Karen Lake Buttrey. In October we honored Ann ’77 and Kathleen DeLaney, ’95, at the dedication of the Moot Court Room, which was named in their honor following a gift last year (see ergo, June 2020). In addition, the Class of 1971 has raised nearly $50,000 to support student scholarships. I hope you will join them in adding to this fund.

On campus, the academic year is reaching the halfway point. Students have

adapted well to an almost-100% in person environment, and there have been practically no COVID cases within the Law School. Employment numbers are continuing to improve, particularly at the date of graduation.

In October we launched our first series of alumni podcasts. In One More Cold

Call, I chat informally with alumni about their legal careers and the lessons they’ve learned along the way. You can listen at, or wherever you subscribe to podcasts.

We are planning receptions in the spring if conditions permit, and I hope that

you will plan to join us. Meanwhile, thank you for all you do for the Law School, and best wishes to you and your families for a happy holiday season and safe and healthy 2022.


Austen L. Parrish Dean and James H. Rudy Professor of Law


FOUR THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE: Student participation in programs and practica yields positive results


The Maurer School of Law has launched four innovative programs that provide exceptional learning opportunities for our students while enabling them to make a difference for their clients and for their communities. As part of a collaboration with IU’s Herman B Wells Scholars Program, in summer 2021, the Law School invited undergraduate Wells Scholars to serve as guest contributors to ergo and interview studentswho are participating in these projects and practica. Here are their findings. — The Editor.


A new initiative at the IU Maurer School of Law—the Family Office Program—is

preparing lawyers for a sector that has grown tenfold in the past decade, and the initial response has been enthusiastic.

Families looking to preserve and manage their wealth establish these offices,

and they need lawyers to provide a wide range of services, such as tax planning, estate planning, and investment advising. Worldwide, family offices are estimated to hold assets of over $4 trillion.

In 2019 the school launched its program, the first of its kind in the United States.

The program prepares students to meet the needs of this rapidly expanding sector through a combination of prestigious internships and essential courses.

Jeremy Hsiao, JD/MBA '23, was the inaugural Michael and Lory Flannery

Business and Law Fellow in the summer of 2021, working for Duchossois Capital Management, where Flannery, '83, is CEO, and for 5th Century Partners in Chicago, a purpose-driven private-equity firm co-founded by Bruce Hampton BS ’09, who serves with Flannery on the Law School’s Family Office Advisory Board.

“5th Century Partners had this idea to minimize wealth inequity in the world,

especially after the events of 2020,” Hsiao said. “Family offices are big on their core


values, so to minimize wealth inequity, we focused on helping traditional businesses who have been marginalized by mainstream funding sources.”

Unlike hedge funds, where the focus is getting big numbers fast, family offices

are focused on the long term. “Family offices have been around for years, so they “Wor king with the

Elmor e family helped me lear n that you’r e not just looking at the number s in family

offices , you’r e looking at the people you’r e

are thinking long term in the future as well,” Hsiao said. “They’re less focused on generating extreme profit in the short-term, so through this program, I’m learning more about how to combine a family’s values with long-term strategies.”

Students in the Family Office Program often enroll in the JD/MBA dual-degree

program through the Law School and the Kelley School of Business. Hsiao is one of these students, and the training he receives through both schools is essential to

investing in.”


his success in the field of family offices. “The MBA is focused more on acting on opportunities, while law school is all about managing risk,” Hsiao said. “Every family office has a different set of values, so at IU, I’ve been prepared to encounter all kinds of situations in this sector.”

Even in Bloomington, there are opportunities for students interested in family

offices to make connections. In the summer of 2020, Hsiao worked as a Segal Fellow with the Elmore Companies, headed by a three-generation Indiana Law alumni family: David G., ’58, DG, ’84, and Lauren, ’14, and Gant, ’16.

“Even though Bloomington isn’t close to a big city, we aren’t at a disadvantage

as lawyers because of the fantastic alumni network, which is how I connected to the Elmores,” said Hsiao. “Working with the Elmore family helped me learn that you’re not just looking at the numbers in family offices, you’re looking at the people you’re investing in.”

The demand for lawyers trained to meet the needs of family offices will only

continue to grow in the coming years. As the only law school with a program focused on family offices, the Maurer School of Law is preparing to create the next generation of experienced family office professionals.

“The connections I’ve made through the Family Office Program have been invaluable,” said Hsiao, who tapped into the Law School’s alumni network to get


placements at prominent family law offices. “It’s all about networking and talking to people, so having that foot in the door has prepared me for my jobs in this competitive and expanding sector.”

The Law School is looking for family offices to host externships for our highly

qualified students. For more information or to get involved in the program, contact Dean Parrish at


The Law School’s Habeas Litigation Practicum helps students deepen their

understanding of the US criminal justice system while seeking justice for their clients. The Practicum familiarizes students with the fundamentals of federal habeas corpus litigation as they work on real cases. Students study the basic statutes, rules, and case law that govern habeas litigation. They also conduct legal research, draft documents connected with filings, and investigate the facts of current or potential cases. When possible, students also visit clients in Indiana prisons.

Adjunct Professor Michael Ausbrook, ’93, teaches the course. He is an attorney

in private practice and former public defender in Marion County, Ind. and a recipient of the Gideon Award from the Indiana Public Defender Council. Ausbrook said it takes about five to six years to fully litigate a case from the time they take on a client and the “ The thing that makes this

pr acticum differ ent fr om other similar pr og r ams

in the ver y few univer sities that ar e involved in habeas advocacy is that her e, the

students ar e fig hting cases they ar e expected to win...”


time the case concludes. Hence, different students work on different parts of the case.

“I would say that we have won about 40% of all the cases we have taken up,” he

explained. “The thing that makes this practicum different from other similar programs in the very few universities that are involved in habeas advocacy is that here, the students are fighting cases they are expected to win,” Ausbrook said. “I would have died to have that when I was a student.”


Cody Vaughn, ’19, is an associate at Hendler Flores Law, PLLC, a boutique law firm

in Austin, Texas. He participated in the practicum in his third year of law school. He worked on several different cases and even argued one before the Seventh Circuit. Vaughn recommends the practicum to anyone who wants to go into appellate litigation. “The practicum, the experience I had with habeas, and the fact that I argued a case in the Seventh Circuit got me an on-the-spot job offer at the Texas Attorney General's office.” Vaughn said.

Vaughn added that his interaction with Prof. Ausbrook was very helpful. “He treat-

ed all of us like colleagues rather than students,” he said. “Prof. Ausbrook said he felt that he learned as much from us as we did from him. He really values people’s input, and over the process of my preparing for my oral argument, we became friends. That’s all because he is able to see someone who has been doing habeas for a year as someone who has meaningful input as well.”

Willow Thomas, ’21, participated in the practicum during her 2L year. She

continued to work on research and cases in the practicum until she graduated. “It was a worthwhile avenue for me because the cases we were dealing with were a little different. These clients are people who were lost in filings, and to be part of the process where you can help reduce someone’s sentence made a real impact.”

In June 2021 Thomas argued Brown v. Brown before the Seventh Circuit. “I couldn’t

have asked for someone to do more legwork for me in terms of helping me to prepare,” she said of Prof. Ausbrook. “The two weeks before I argued my case, we spoke almost every day on the phone and over Zoom to get me prepared.”

Thomas concluded that the practicum is beneficial to any law student because it

enables them to work with real clients and develop care and concern for their problems. And in her case, it was truly life-changing: The practicum led to her decision to seek a career as a public defender.

Thomas’s hard work paid off for her client. In September the court dismissed the

State’s appeal of the writ in Brown v. Brown, and after eight years of litigation and two trips to the Seventh Circuit, Dentrell Brown walked out a free man after spending half his life in prison. 8


The Law School has a tradition of supporting excellent scholarship in the field of

criminal law. The late Prof. Jerome Hall helped the US Department of State rewrite other countries’ criminal codes. More recently, the work of the late Prof. Craig Bradley, who clerked for US Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, inspired the creation of the Bradley Fellows Program.

Joseph Hoffmann, Harry Pratter Professor of Law, began the Bradley Fellows

Program in 2018 with money from his own retirement fund. “I talked to my wife, and we decided that we would take a piece of money that had been put aside for retirement and use it instead to create an endowment fund,” he said. “My idea was to use this as a kind of springboard to bring faculty and students in criminal law together.”

The program accepts about 15 students per class, and Hoffmann says that “the

selection is pretty much based on interest and commitment.” Students apply before starting their second or third year of law school.

From the time they are selected, Bradley Fellows benefit from extracurricular

activities and an exclusive externship program. The externship program allows Fellows to complete an externship of their choosing while they meet as a group with their fellow students and a professor.

“The Bradley Fellows externship is a ramped-up version of a class, where you're

taking a mini-seminar connected with the experience,” said Hoffmann. “The professor will assign readings and meet with the students to go over those readings. They talk about what they're all learning in their day-to-day externship work.”

Another unique aspect of the Bradley Fellows Program comes from Hoffmann’s

relationship with Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. The relationship began on an IU-sponsored trip to Poland where Hoffmann found himself admiring their law school.


“So much of what happens in academia and especially in law school, I think,

tends to be really individual,” said Hoffmann. “What I saw with this law school in Poland is that they work together, from the senior professor even down to the level of the undergrads. It was a collective effort, and it really felt like something that we should try to do more of.” “ The most enjoyable par t is g etting to k now students in a

Now, both students and faculty benefit from this relationship with Jagiellonian

University. In the Bradley-Wolter Colloquium, faculty from Poland and Indiana meet every two years to discuss selected criminal law topics. For the Fellows, the Comparative Law Seminar is offered as a week-long event to connect with students from Poland

mor e holistic way.

and explore their country’s law. “We give each group problems or cases to solve based

I like to find out what

on the other country's law,” Hoffmann remarked. “The Polish students have to try to

it is the students

figure out what the answer would be under US law, and the US students try to figure

ar e inter ested in

out what it would be under Polish law, and then they critique each other.”

doing when they g et

out of her e.”

Fellows also take a series of academic courses focused on criminal law. These courses


Outside of the opportunities to network in both Indiana and Poland, Bradley

help students understand if criminal law is the right field for them while helping them to make connections in the field if it is.

Hoffmann’s favorite part of the program is what goes on outside of the classroom:

the formation of a community. “The most enjoyable part is getting to know students in a more holistic way,” he said, pointing out the program’s movie nights and happy hours. “I like to find out what it is the students are interested in doing when they get out of here.”

The Bradley Fellows Program enhances the law school experience with inter-

national events, faculty mentors, and a sense of community. When selecting a law school, undergraduates with an interest in criminal law should know that, according to Hoffmann, “the Bradley Fellows Program is one of the few programs anywhere in the country that could speak to that interest.”



According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, one in three adult

Americans has a criminal record. Because of criminal background checks, a person who has been arrested or spent any time in jail may find it difficult to buy a house, rent an apartment, or get a job.

No job and no housing, in turn, increases the likelihood that someone with a record

will be more likely to reenter the criminal justice system.

But a criminal record does not always have to be a barrier to a full and productive

life. Under certain circumstances, Indiana law allows citizens to get an expungement order, which clears their criminal record. It’s a relatively straightforward process for an attorney, but for someone not familiar with the process, it can be complicated, confusing, and expensive.

That’s where the Bloomington Expungement Help Desk comes in. It opened in Jan-

uary 2020 to provide free legal help to those who are entitled to an expungement under Indiana law. The help desk is run by attorneys with Indiana Legal Services, Inc., a nonprofit law firm that is the largest provider of free legal services to low-income Hoosiers throughout the state. New Leaf, New Life, a nonprofit organization that helps those who have been incarcerated return to full lives, also provides support. But the help desk wouldn’t exist without the hard work of four enterprising IU Maurer School of Law students who had a vision on how to make a difference.

Jessica Beheydt, ’19, an attorney and Skadden Fellow with Indiana Legal

Services, is one of four founders of the project, which took almost three years to launch. Along with three of her classmates—David Medley, Ingrid Barce, and Natalie Fiacco— Beheydt spearheaded efforts to begin the help desk when they were still students at the Maurer School of Law.


The hard work has been worth it. Beheydt describes her job with the expungement

desk as fulfilling and serving a critical community need.

“My job is putting smiles on people’s faces, and I love that. In Indiana it is perfectly

legal to discriminate against someone based on their criminal record,” she said. “If you have a misdemeanor—possession of marijuana for example—people can deny you employment or not give you an apartment. For me, my job is giving those freedoms back.”

The stigma associated with a criminal record is very real. Beheydt noted that in

Indiana, you can easily look up a person’s criminal history online, which is why the expungement process is so important. “Some of my clients are embarrassed by their online records that anyone can see, and I try to reassure them that they are not bad people and that we’re here to help,” she said.

The help desk has seen tremendous success in a short period of time, making

a difference in the lives of many, even during the pandemic. In the past year alone, the desk has worked on 168 cases, 99 of which were expungement cases, and they were all granted. The desk has helped individuals in 38 counties in Indiana. That’s impressive given that an expungement often takes several months.

“The process of dealing with an expungement case after we have gathered all

the information takes between three and six months. The longest case I ever worked on was about six months,” said Beheydt.

One reason why the expungement help desk has filled such a critical need is that

without attorney assistance, it’s hard to know the ins and outs of Indiana’s expungement laws. The result is that Hoosiers don’t get the help that the law intended. As one example of the complexity, an Indiana citizen is eligible to petition to expunge their criminal record of all state offenses only once in their lifetime. It is therefore important that a client seek to expunge all convictions at the same time.

“You can get as many convictions as you need to expunge,” Beheydt explained.

“If you have 20 convictions and they are all eligible, we can get all of those expunged. The only catch is that you can only petition for an expungement once in your life.”


Even with all its success, there’s more to be done, and the help desk is unable to

help everyone who is deserving. Indiana Legal Services is limited under federal law to helping only low-income individuals. If the person seeking an expungement is not eligible, the help desk will refer them to private firms and other services that can assist.

“If you have a misdemeanor —possession of mar ijuana for

example—people can deny you employment or not g ive you an apar tment. For me, my job is g iving those fr eedoms back .”


The project is housed within Indiana Legal Services with great support from the

Law School. The desk is run by student volunteers from the Law School, who meet with potential clients seeking an expungement, determine eligibility, and help refer cases to Indiana Legal Services. It’s just one of a wide range of pro bono projects, practica, and clinical programs run by the Law School, where students and faculty help lowincome Hoosiers with their legal needs. Each year, hundreds of students volunteer thousands of hours providing free legal assistance, while providing students tremendous opportunities to learn how to be effective lawyers.

Jessica says she looks forward to seeing the desk grow. “My hope is that we can

continue to bring on more students and to find more creative ways to help as many Hoosiers as possible.” she said.

Information about Indiana Legal Services can be found on their website.



On September 11, a hard-working group of Indiana Law students gave up a Saturday

to help build a house for Habitat for Humanity in Bloomington. The house is located in Osage Place, a 69-home neighborhood for lower-income residents on 12 ½ acres located 1 ½ miles from the Monroe County Courthouse. According to the Bloomington Herald-Times, Osage Place is Habitat’s third neighborhood in Monroe County and provides easy access to the RCA and Switchyard Parks and the B-Line Trail. Residents are required to volunteer time in the construction of their new homes.

“The students were wonderful and made impressive progress,” said Katie Beck,

the Law School’s director of student affairs. “The Habitat staff told me that our group basically did two days of work in one day.” Beck added that the Law School has already penciled in a group for fall 2022.

These students participated in the build: Sukirti Agrawal, Gerardo Alvarez,

Jacy Baber, Jessica Bonadurer, Mariah DeHoop, Gavin Gard, Mounir Jamal, Yaqi Ma, Pharritar Phattraprasit, Jeff Ranger, Nainika Ravichandran, Aaron Shi, Sarah Smith, Matthew Spegele, Lauren Spratt, Sydney Stankovich, and Kenneth Whitlock.

Prof. Emeritus Dan Conkle serves on the board of directors of Habitat for

Humanity of Monroe County, and Prof. and former IU Bloomington Provost Lauren Robel previously served as board president.



Kellye Y. Testy, '91, joins the Law School in the spring 2022 semester as a distin-

guished visiting professor, teaching a course in Corporations. Since 2017 Testy has served as president and chief executive officer of the Law School Admission Council. Under her leadership, LSAC, a 350-employee, not-for-profit organization, has advanced law and justice by innovating to encourage diverse, talented individuals to study law and by supporting their learning journey from prelaw through practice.

Previously Testy served for eight years as dean of the University of Washington

School of Law, the first woman to do so. Accomplishments during her tenure as dean included the establishment of the endowed Toni Rembe deanship, launching both the Barer and Gregoire Fellows programs as well as the Tech Policy Lab, and the largest gift in the school’s history: a $56 million bequest from alumnus Jack McDonald for student scholarships and faculty and program support. Testy also served as a professor and dean of Seattle University School of Law, where she helped found the Access to Justice Institute, the Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, and other key programs.


Law School launches alumni podcast series


Recent research suggests that there are more than two million podcasts floating around the universe, comprising nearly 50 million episodes. The Law School has added one more series to the mix: a podcast exclusively for and about its illustrious alumni. One More Cold Call debuted in September, with a title that conjures up the fearsome early days of law school. In each episode, Dean Parrish chats informally with accomplished alumni from around the world and from all walks of life. Each of them has a unique story to tell about their professional life and legal career, and the lessons they've learned along the way. While many schools have podcasts, the Law School's appears to be the only active podcast focused on alumni. The first four episodes of Season One feature these alumni: Episode 1: Cans and Joint Degrees: Making a Difference in Sustainability Scott Breen, JD/MPA '15, the vice president of sustainability at the Can Manufacturers Institute, describes his work and career path, how he became involved with sustainability and aluminum can recycling, his work with his Sustainability Defined podcast, and the benefits of earning a joint degree. SCOTT BREEN

Episode 2: Let's Play Ball: Sports, Entertainment, and the Law Milt Thompson, '79, president and CEO of Grand Slam, talks about turning down a professional baseball career to attend law school, what it was like to graduate in 1979, how he co-founded Play Ball Indiana, his work with the Pan American Games (including a trip to Cuba where he met with Fidel Castro), and his long-standing work with nonprofits and community organizations in Indianapolis.


Episode 3: Trailblazing in Utah: Managing the State's Only Certified Majority Woman-Owned Law Firm Heidi Goebel, '97, founder and managing partner of Goebel Anderson PC, describes her path from Indianapolis to Salt Lake City, the importance of mentorship, and how she co-founded what is currently the only certified majority woman-owned and operated law firm in Utah. Episode 4: Super-Engaged: From Presidential Task Forces to the NFALA Kaelyne Yumul Wietelman, '19, an associate at Kelley Drye in Washington DC,


provides advice on how to balance a practice at a highly respected firm with active community and volunteer engagement. In this episode we hear about Kaelyne’s work with the American Bar Foundation and the National Filipino American Lawyers Association. You can access One More Cold Call via the school’s website ( podcast/index), or wherever you subscribe to podcasts.



Estate gifts to establish endowed chair


The Law School has been named beneficiary of two trusts from an alumnus and his first wife that will establish an endowed chair for a professor.

Donald W. Buttrey, '61, died April 24 in Indianapolis at the age of 86. A distinguished practitioner for 50 years, he spent most of his career at the former McHale Cook & Welch firm. He also served as president of the Indianapolis Bar Association and as a trustee of Indiana State University. (See the July 2021 issue of ergo for a complete obituary.) Buttrey's first wife, Karen Lake Buttrey, a philanthropist and community leader in Indianapolis, died in 2010, and a gift to the school from a trust she had established matured upon her husband's death. The two gifts will be used, at their direction, to establish the Karen Lake Buttrey and Donald W. Buttrey Chair.

"We are honored and delighted that the Buttreys chose to remember the Law School in their estate planning," said Lisa Hosey, assistant dean for advancement. "Their gift will help us develop and sustain outstanding faculty who are dedicated to both research and teaching."

“Don and Karen were wonderful people," said Dean Parrish. "In addition to being a fabulous lawyer, Don was very generous to both Indiana University and the Law School throughout his life. He supported several endowed scholarships, the Indiana Law Journal, and the Fund for Excellence.

"The Law School is grateful to Don and his family and to his beloved second wife and widow, Ann Hyer Buttrey," Parrish continued. “We’re proud that one of our faculty will hold the Karen Lake Buttrey and Donald W. Buttrey Chair.”

The establishment of the trust and naming of the holder of the endowed chair will be finalized sometime in 2022.


LAW ALUMNI BOARD ELECTS FOUR NEW MEMBERS At its fall meeting on October 1, the Law Alumni Board elected four new members: Luis F. Navarro, ’00; Megan Okun, ’13, Rubin Pusha III, ’12, and Leah Seigel, ’14. The board also elected the following officers: Matthew T. Furton, ’95, president; Augustavia Haydel, ’95, president elect, Marisol Sanchez, ’02, vice president, Heidi Goebel, ’97, secretary, and Mark Wright, ’89, past president.

Navarro is the managing partner of Navarro Attorneys at Law, Miami, Fla. One of his notable clients has been the United States Department of Justice for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida. He has represented the DOJ in litigation for the Department of Education, Department of Veterans Affairs, Federal Housing Authority, Housing and Urban Development, Department of Health and Human Services, and LUIS F. NAVARRO

other governmental agencies.

Before practicing law, Navarro was chairman and CEO of a first-generation cloud computing and web hosting company named Innerhost, Inc. With over 300 employees, Innerhost owned and operated a 20,000 square foot data center that managed world outsourced mission critical data, infrastructure, and websites for companies such as Microsoft, Coca-Cola, and Lockheed Martin. He also worked as a summer clerk for Hon. Joseph Nesbitt of the Florida Third District Court of Appeals.

In 2018, Navarro and fellow board member Hon. Jose M. Rodriguez, ’80, established the Judge Jose M. Rodriguez Law Scholar program, which creates a summer position for qualified diverse students interested in practicing in Miami.

Okun is an attorney in the Cincinnati office of Taft, Stettinius & Hollister. She focuses her practice on counseling nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations and on estate planning for high net-worth families. She also has experience working in probate and trust administration and is committed to helping her clients prepare for the future. MEGAN OKUN


Okun received her undergraduate degree from Clemson University, magna cum laude, an MA from The Ohio State University, and a JD, magna cum laude, from the Maurer School of Law. In law school, she was a member of the Order of the Coif and served the executive articles editor for the Indiana Law Journal. She currently serves as a member of the school’s Young Alumni Steering Committee. She is also president of the Cincinnati Observatory Foundation board and a board member of the Cincinnati Observatory Center, where she serves as the chair of the Development Committee, and of the Greater Cincinnati Planned Giving Council. Prior to joining Taft in 2017, Okun was an associate in a Chicago AmLaw 100 firm.

Pusha is an attorney in the Indianapolis office of Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman PC. He focuses his practice in the area of corporate transactions. Pusha has experience providing counsel on a variety of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions. He also advises clients on corporate governance and general commercial matters. In addition, Rubin assists clients as they navigate and remain compliant with the Stark RUBIN PUSHA

Law and Anti-Kickback Statute.

Rubin is a member of the Indianapolis Charter School Board and serves on the Board of the Indianapolis Urban League. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, fishing, and watching movies.

Seigel is a program director, Community Development Division, at Lilly Endowment Inc. in Indianapolis. She came to the Endowment after a practicing at Barnes & Thornburg in Indianapolis. She has extensive experience serving on the boards of nonprofit organizations, including the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Happy Hollow Children’s Camp. A native of Indianapolis, Seigel is a graduate of DePauw LEAH SEIGEL

University. She earned a master’s degree in elementary education at Arizona State University while teaching kindergarten near Phoenix with Teach for America. Seigel is a 2021 recipient of the Law School’s Distinguished Service Award.

The Law Alumni Board comprises dedicated and talented alumni from across the country who advise the dean on particular programs and assist with student recruiting and networking.


DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD WINNERS NAMED Four alumni were presented with the Law School’s Distinguished Service Award on October 1. Again this year, the entire first-year class attended the ceremony as part of the Legal Profession course, which gave them the opportunity to hear first-hand about the honorees’ experiences and to meet with them informally afterwards. The winners of this year’s award are: Elizabeth (Libby) Baney, ’07, who has been an active Law School volunteer during the 14 years since her graduation. She served for 12 years on the school’s Alumni Board, recently completing a term as its president. Baney has also served as a mentor to students and as an invaluable resource for the Career Services Office in Washington, DC, where she is a partner at Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath. Baney’s practice focuses on issues relating to digital health, including internet pharmacies and pharmacy compliance, telemedicine, telehealth, and drug price DEAN PARRISH CONGRATULATES LIBBY BANEY COVID-STYLE.

transparency. A prolific speaker and writer, Baney is a frequent contributor to strategic workshops, conferences, and publications such as the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. Shakeba DuBose, ’04, the founding member of the DuBose Law Firm and DDLF Health Care Compliance Consulting Group, which offer legal and compliance consulting services to healthcare providers and health services organizations in Columbus, Ohio. Before starting the firm in 2013, DuBose worked for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Health and Human Services Division, as an assistant attorney and for CareSource Management Group as an associate. DuBose has been a member of the Black Law Students Association Alumni Advisory Board since 2007. In 2012 she became president


of the board and has been one of its most engaged leaders since its founding in 2004. During her term as president, she was known for keeping the board focused through quarterly phone calls and creating special projects such as board mentoring. DuBose has been a mentor to countless Black students at the Law School, frequently traveling from her home in Columbus to hold student sessions focusing on how to get on a law journal, be successful in Moot Court, and pass the bar. She recently joined the adjunct faculty, teaching health care law during the school’s Wintersession.


Hon. Jose M. Rodriguez, Jr., ’80, who has provided extraordinary support and mentorship to Law School students for more than 15 years, taking many students as externs in his chambers. He has also served the school as a popular instructor, teaching Courtroom Procedure during Wintersession. In 2018, he and Luis Navarro, ’00, established the Judge Jose M. Rodriguez Law Scholar program, which creates a summer position for qualified diverse students interested in practicing in Miami. Judge Rodriguez was named county court judge by Florida Governor Lawton Chiles JUDGE RODRIGUEZ THANKS THE AUDIENCE FOR HIS AWARD.

in 1994. He served there until 2000, when he was appointed circuit court judge by Florida Governor Jeb Bush. Judge Rodriguez has been a member of the Latino Alumni Advisory Board since 2013, currently serving as board president, and he joined the Law School Alumni Board in 2018. Leah Seigel, ’14, this year’s recipient of the Young Alumni Distinguished Service Award. In January of this year, she joined Lilly Endowment Inc. as program director for community development. Previously she was an associate at Barnes & Thornburg in Indianapolis, where she focused on appellate and intellectual property litigation. Before joining Barnes & Thornburg, Seigel clerked for Hon. Mark S. Massa of the Indiana Supreme Court. In 2019 she was recognized with an Up-and-Coming Leadership in Law Award by The Indiana Lawyer. Seigel has extensive experience on boards of nonprofit organizations, including the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Happy Hollow Children’s Camp. In addition to service to her community, she has been a tremendous resource for the Law School’s Career Services Office and as a founding member of the Young Alumni Steering Committee representing the Indianapolis area. The Distinguished Service Award was established in 1997 to recognize graduates of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law who have distinguished themselves in


service to their communities and the school in ways far exceeding traditional business, professional, and civic duties. Through their hard work, passion, and accomplishments, these alumni define Indiana Law’s ideals for community service and serve as


accomplished role models for our Law School and the greater community.





A formidable mother-daughter team of litigation lawyers was saluted on October 29


when the Law School’s Moot Court Room was officially named in their honor.


When Dean Parrish approached Ann DeLaney, ’77, and her daughter, Kathleen, ’95,


about a gift to the school to support trial and appellate competitions, they were


intrigued. Linking these competitions with the names of two experienced litigators only heightened their enthusiasm.


“I have always been a strong proponent of the Law School,” Kathleen told ergo in June


2020, “and I believe in philanthropy involving women. Although there are more of


us than there used to be, female litigators are still less predominant in our profession. This gift helps fill the gap by encouraging women to participate in moot court and related competitions.” Ann agreed. “It’s so important for our profession to have women litigators because they are more sympathetic to their clients’ needs in some cases,” she observed. “And trial and appellate skills are worthwhile even if you don’t become a litigator.” Kathleen and Ann founded DeLaney & DeLaney LLC in 2002, a boutique firm in Indianapolis that handles civil litigation, contract negotiation, and employmentrelated matters. Both women have played leadership roles in the Law School for many years. Ann served as president of the board of visitors and endowed a need-based scholarship for students. She is a member of the Academy of Law Alumni Fellows. Kathleen served on the alumni board for six years and joined the board of visitors in 2019. “Given their interest and experience in litigation, naming the Moot Court Room in the DeLaneys’ honor is a perfect tribute,” said Dean Parrish. “We are extremely grateful for their support, not only financially, but also as volunteers.” Kathleen’s daughter, Emma DeLaney Strenski, will receive a JD/MA from the Law School in 2022, resulting in the first time that three generations of women from the same family have earned a degree from Indiana Law. Kathleen’s brother, Tim DeLaney, ’96, is also an alumnus. In addition to the honorees, speakers at the dedication ceremony included Dean Parrish who also delivered a message from IU Bloomington Interim Provost John S. Applegate, Hon. Loretta Rush, ’83, Chief Justice of Indiana; Lauren K. Robel, ’83, Val Nolan Professor of Law and IU Bloomington provost from 2012–2021; and Devin Dunkley, ’22, executive competition coordinator, Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition.



A small but mighty group of alumni from the Classes of 1970 and 1971 gathered in Bloomington on October 1 and 2 to remember old times and raise a glass to the future. One of the features of the reunion was a “go-around” at the alumni luncheon, where each guest talked about what they’re doing, updated everyone on their families, and shared highlights from throughout the years. This year’s guests included a wine litigator, a criminal defense attorney, and Navy and Army veterans. The Class of 1971 has raised almost $50,000 to support our general scholarship fund and that the Law School will match all gifts made by year-end. If you are interested in adding to this gift, please contact Stephanie Coffey, director of annual giving and alumni relations, at





For 15 years, Prof. Kevin Brown and his wife, Dianne, have graciously hosted BLSA, LLSA, APALSA, and other students, alumni, faculty, and friends for a cookout and reception at the beginning of the fall semester. This year’s event was even more special because it was one of the first times that the Law School community was able to get together after a year of COVID-driven confinement. Here are some highlights.









The Law School’s Black Law Students Alumni Board has elected three new members for 2021–22: Dino A. Bovell, ’14, Shontrai D. Irving, ’03, and Brian R. Weir-Harden, ’07.

Bovell is legal affairs counsel with Universal Pictures in Los Angeles, where he is responsible for negotiating talent, development, and acquisition agreements and advising on the clearance, advertising, and publicity issues connected to the production of Universal’s feature films. He is a frequent speaker on best practices in diversity and inclusion, career management, professional development, and emerging trends in the legal industry. In 2020 the National Bar Association named him one of the “2020–21 Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers under 40.”

Irving is a clinical assistant professor at the Purdue University Northwest College of Business Hammond campus. He teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate programs, including courses in business law, ethics law and legal reasoning, contracts, employment law, employment discrimination, torts, and intellectual property. He has been named an Outstanding Young Lawyer by both the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana and the Indiana State Bar Association and an Up-and-Coming Lawyer by The Indiana Lawyer.

Weir-Harden is a partner in the Indianapolis office of Barnes & Thornburg, where he represents corporations and individuals subject to federal and state criminal and civil proceedings. He advises on national and international criminal antitrust investigations by the US Department of Justice and the Japan Fair Trade Commission. He also represents creditors in commercial collections, commercial foreclosures, receiverships, and loan restructurings. He was named an Up-and-Coming Lawyer by The Indiana Lawyer.

The BLSA Alumni Board works with students and alumni on networking and career advising and counsels Dean Parrish on matters relevant to the Black professional BRIAN R. WEIR-HARDEN

community, including emerging issues relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow, ’92, is the current board president.




Changes are happening with the Law School’s senior leadership team. Andrea Havill, assistant dean for external affairs and alumni relations, was elected secretary of the Indiana University Board of Trustees, effective August 12. Ken Turchi, '83, is retiring and relocating to Charleston, SC. Lisa Hosey and Mary Edwards have been promoted and are taking on new responsibilities.

Havill was a key part of the Law School’s senior leadership for almost 17 years. She joined the school in 2004 and was named assistant dean for alumni relations in 2006. Her responsibilities expanded to include external affairs in 2014. In recent years, she has overseen the creation of the Young Alumni Steering Committee, the expansion of the number and scope of alumni receptions nationwide, and the development of city groups. She also played a key role in establishing the school's Global Advisory Board, moving forward a variety of behind-the-scenes data projects, successfully completing the Bicentennial Capital Campaign, and implementing a ANDREA HAVILL

number of new alumni engagement initiatives. Under Havill's leadership, the Law School established a new Distinguished Alumni Service Award for junior alumni, added outstanding new members to our boards, inducted inspiring graduates to our Academy of Law Alumni Fellows, and arranged for a U.S. Supreme Court swearing-in ceremony for our graduates.

Turchi’s 12-year tenure with the Law School led to significant improvements in communications and external engagement. He joined the school in 2009 as assistant dean for communications and marketing, and in 2014 assumed the role of assistant dean for communications and administration to reflect a broader profile with responsibilities related to human resources, law school technology, longer-term planning, and facilities. In recent years, under Turchi’s leadership, the Law School embraced new faculty and staff recognition initiatives, saw a record number of KEN TURCHI

faculty quoted and interviewed in local and national media, and revamped and overhauled its website.


Turchi played a key role in a variety of facilities improvement projects, including the installation of new wood floors and carpets, the remodeling of several classrooms, the securing of Henderson House to accommodate the growing success of the Law School’s research centers and the refurnishing of the first floor. He has also overseen a number of visibility initiatives within the Law School, along with being an integral part of the school’s ABA site inspection and reaccreditation, and the Association of American Law School’s membership review process. He is the author of three books, including Looking Forward, Giving Back: The Jewish Merchants of Downtown Indianapolis, which was published this month by the Indiana Historical Society. For the next two years, JAMES BOYD

during retirement, Turchi will continue to oversee the production and publication of the Law School’s alumni magazine, ergo.

James Boyd, the former director of communications, has returned to the Law School as senior director of communications. He will assume Turchi's responsibility for marketing, communications, and media relations. Most recently, Boyd was director of marketing and communications at the IU O'Neill School of Public and International Affairs.



Two current members of the Law School’s senior staff have assumed greater responsibilities upon Havill’s and Turchi’s departure. Lisa Hosey, executive director


of development, was promoted to assistant dean of advancement and will assume responsibilities overseeing both the alumni relations and development functions of the Arthur M. Lotz Office of Alumni and Development. She steps into the position with over two decades of alumni and development experience. Mary Edwards, executive director of fiscal affairs, who has been with the Law School for more than a decade, will be promoted to assistant dean of finance and administration, assuming additional oversight responsibilities related to human resources, technology, and facilities.


In addition, Stephanie Coffey, director of annual giving, has been promoted to director of annual giving and alumni relations, Susan Yoon, ’96, director of development, major gifts, has been named senior director of development, major gifts, and Rebekah Mech has joined the Law School as director of development, major gifts. Mech comes to the school from the Indiana University Foundation, where she worked in a variety of development capacities.





1950s Sidney D. Eskenazi, ’53, and his wife, Lois, received the Herman B Wells Visionary Award, which honors those rare individuals whose lifetime commitment of time, talent, and treasure to Indiana University reveals a deep understanding of the power of philanthropy to shape the future of the institution and a determination to see that future realized.

1960s State American Legion Commander Leland Baxter of Sellersburg has reappointed attorney Joseph T. Bumbleburg, ’61, to his 11th term as department judge advocate of the Indiana Department of the American Legion. Bumbleburg is a member of Ball Eggleston, PC Attorneys and Lafayette Post 11 of the American Legion. Hon. V. Sue Shields, ’61, was a recipient of the New Palestine Education Foundation Distinguished Alumni Award. Shields had a long career on the bench as a county judge and then on the state appeals court. In addition, Shields was honored along with the women of the Indiana Appellate Courts in a special presentation and panel discussion during the Indiana's Bench & Bar 19th Amendment Celebration hosted by the Indiana State Bar Association.

VER BEEK RECEIVES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Veteran labor and employment attorney Carl Ver Beek, ’62, was the recipient of the Justice Foundation of West Michigan's Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes a member of the Grand Rapids Bar Association for special contributions in service and support to the mission of GRBA and JFWM, the community at large, and the practice of law in West Michigan. Ver Beek is a member of the Law School’s Academy of Law Alumni Fellows.

1970s Hon. Linda Chezem, ’71, participated in a special presentation and panel discussion honoring Judge V. Sue Shields and the women of the Indiana Appellate Courts during the Indiana's Bench & Bar 19th Amendment Celebration hosted by the Indiana State Bar Association. Milton R. Stewart, ’71, was honored with Indiana University's Distinguished Alumni Service award, the highest award bestowed upon alumni. Milt and his wife, Judi, also received the Keystone Award, which recognizes individuals who have shown exemplary leadership through their volunteerism and generosity for multiple IU campaigns or fundraising initiatives (see the July 2021 issue of ergo).


The memoir of Michael E. Uslan, ’76, executive producer of the Batman movie franchise, is being adapted into a Broadway production for 2022–23. Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren announced the creation of the George and Viola Taliaferro, ’77, Fellowship, which aims to increase diversity and inclusion within the Big Ten conference offices. Viola Taliaferro became the first Black Hoosier to serve as a magistrate in Monroe County Circuit Court in 1989 and had the same honor upon being appointed Monroe Circuit Court judge in 1995. She continues to work on special projects for the Indiana Supreme Court as a retired judge. J. Mark McKinzie, ’79, wrote the article "McKinzie: Is an In-house Counsel Position Right for You?" for The Indiana Lawyer, which examined the differences between working in-house and as an associate or partner in a law firm.

1980s Hon. Elaine B. Brown, ’82, and Hon. Loretta H. Rush, ’83, participated in a special presentation and panel discussion honoring Judge V. Sue Shields and the women of the Indiana Appellate Courts during the Indiana's Bench & Bar 19th Amendment Celebration hosted by the Indiana State Bar Association. The Indiana Historical Society has published a book by Kenneth L. Turchi, ’83, titled Looking Forward, Giving Back: The Jewish Merchants of Downtown Indianapolis. The book traces the growth of the city’s Jewish-owned stores and that community’s resulting philanthropic contributions over the past century. This is his third book. Turchi retired in December as assistant dean of the IU Maurer School of Law and will continue to write and produce ergo in 2022 and 2023. E. Lynn Grayson, ’86, a partner with the boutique environmental law firm Nijman Franzetti LLP, started her term as the 2021–22 president of the Chicago Bar Association at its 148th annual meeting.

1990s Gary T. Bell, ’90, was appointed as clerk of court for the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Indiana. Previously, Bell served as acting U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Indiana. Hon. Martha B. Wentworth, ’90, participated in a special presentation honoring Judge V. Sue Shields and the women of the Indiana Appellate Courts during the Indiana's Bench & Bar 19th Amendment Celebration hosted by the Indiana State Bar Association. Alfred State College dedicated the Wilder and Linneball Hall of Excellence, a facility that honors the achievements and contributions of alumni. The facility was made possible through a contribution from the law firm founded in 2000 by J. Joseph Wilder and his wife, Laura A. Linneball, ’91.


Kreis Enderle shareholder Jeff Swenarton, ’91, has been selected to Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s inaugural listing of “Go-to Lawyers” in the area of real estate and condominium law. Applegate & Dillman Elder Law hired Laurel R. Gilchrist, ’92 as an attorney. Gilchrist most recently owned and practiced at Gilchrist Law LLC and previously served as an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Quarles & Brady LLP hired Kevin A. Halloran, ’92, as partner in the firm's business law practice group. Halloran most recently served as partner with Bose McKinney & Evans LLP.

MILLER ELECTED BAR ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT Clayton C. Miller, ’93, was recently elected president of the Indiana State Bar Association and was featured in an Indiana Lawyer article, “Q&A with Clayton Miller, 2021–22 president of the Indiana State Bar Association.” Armstrong Teasdale is proud to announce that Patrick W. Rasche, ’93, has been elected managing partner. Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that John P. Curp, ’95, was recognized by the Cincinnati City Council for his contributions to the city and advocacy on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community. Curp was recognized along with his former deputy solicitor, Aaron Herzig, and the City of Cincinnati Law Department for their notable role in refusing to defend Ohio’s unconstitutional law prohibiting the recognition of Jim Obergefell and John Arthur’s out-of-state marriage in Maryland in their home state of Ohio. The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers announced the election of Kathleen A. DeLaney, ’95, of DeLaney & DeLaney LLC as a new Fellow. Election as a Fellow is the highest recognition by one's colleagues of sustained outstanding performance in the profession, exemplifying integrity, dedication, and excellence. (In October the Law School’s Moot Court was named in honor of DeLaney and her mother, Ann M. DeLaney, ’77. See related article in this issue.)

CHICAGO UNITED RECOGNIZES MONTES Martín Montes, ’95, was selected as one of Chicago United's 2021 Business Leaders of Color. He is a member of the Law School’s Law Alumni Board. Beth Webber, ’95, joined the judiciary as the newest magistrate judge of the Allen Superior Court Family Relations Division.


TOPDOG Legal Marketing LLC is pleased to announce the acceptance of the company’s blog into the LexBlog and Arizona Attorney Daily legal blog networks. This inclusion comes on the heels of TOPDOG’s being recognized as one of Feedspot’s “Top 40 Legal Marketing Blogs & Websites in 2020 for Law Firms.” TOPDOG's founder and CEO is Krista Duncan Black, ’96. TOPDOG's production chief, attorney Heather Kane, ’96, spoke about the acceptance on Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to announce that the Environmental Practice Group will be led by partner Daniel J. Deeb, ’96. Sandip Patel, ’96, was featured in the article "How I Made Law Firm Leader: Advice from Marshall Gerstein Executive Committee Member Sandip Patel" on The Huntington County Courts have announced that Amy C. Richison, ’96, has been appointed as the new full-time magistrate for Huntington County Superior Court and Huntington County Circuit Court. Richison has been the elected prosecuting attorney for Huntington County since the start of 2007. Global advertising technology leader The Trade Desk announced the appointment of Joshua L. Smith, ’96, as senior vice president, chief privacy and product counsel. Heidi G. Goebel, ’97, was named as one of the 2021 "30 Women to Watch" honorees by Utah Business. Goebel was honored for "breaking barriers and blazing ahead" according to Utah Business. She was featured in the inaugural season of One More Cold Call, the Law School’s podcast (see related article in this issue). David E. Harris, ’97, joined Christel House International as executive vice president. Harris leads the development and execution of Christel House’s expansion strategy. Angelina A. Torain, ’97, was appointed the director of athletics and recreation at the University of Chicago after a national search. Torain was then featured in "DePauw Stories" in DePauw University's magazine in summer 2021 after the appointment.

BEARD NAMED ADTALEM CEO Adtalem Global Education announced that Stephen W. Beard Jr., ’98, will succeed Lisa Wardell as chief executive officer and be elected to the company’s board of directors. Beard joined Adtalem in 2018 as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary and has since assumed positions of increasing responsibility, including being named chief operating officer in 2019. The Royal Oak City Commission unanimously approved Aaron Leal, ’98, to serve as city attorney. Leal has 16 years of experience in municipal law. MAVTV Motorsports Network has announced the executive promotion of Kevin Asbell, ’99, to chief operating officer and general counsel from his previous role as general counsel of Lucas Oil Products, Inc.


Squire Patton Boggs LLP has appointed Cipriano S. Beredo III, ’99, Americas chair of Squire Patton's global corporate practice. Beredo, a Cleveland partner who is also a member of the firm's 12-person global board, has completed transactions in more than 30 companies and manages staff around the world. Amy Hock, ’99, assumed her new role at Union Health as the system’s general counsel. Hock addresses a full range of legal issues in the health care realm including contracts, patient relations, regulatory and reimbursement issues, risk management and more. South Bend Mayor James Mueller appointed Sandra L. Kennedy, ’99, corporation counsel for the city of South Bend. Kennedy served as an assistant city attorney in the legal department since 2018 and previously served in transactional and civil litigation practice.

2000s Jessica P. Barth, ’00, joined MultiCare Health System as its senior health system counsel. Previously she was counsel with Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath in Indianapolis. Proloy K. Das, ’00, was featured in the article "Republican Darling in a Blue State: Meet Murtha Cullina Appellate Lawyer Proloy Das" on Greg A. Small, ’01, was announced as the new executive director of the Indiana Gaming Commission. Small served as the general counsel for the Indiana Gaming Commission since August 2015. April R. Drake, ’03, has been appointed as Wayne Circuit Court judge by Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb. Drake joined the prosecutor’s office in 2011 as deputy prosecutor and became chief deputy in 2016. Terrance Stroud, ’03, joined the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies in the newly created role of global affairs fellow. Stroud’s responsibilities include collaborating on long-term strategic planning, identifying strategic partnership and employer relations opportunities, and advising on the development and implementation of diversity and inclusion initiatives. Janet R. Decker, ’04, was recognized with the Dr. James E. Mumford Excellence in Extraordinary Teaching Award from the IU Faculty Academy on Excellence in Teaching (FACET) Bloomington. Magistrate Jacqueline V. Gaines, ’04, published "The Legal Quicksand 2+ Parents: The Need for a National Definition of a Legal Parent" in Vol. 46 of the University of Dayton Law Review. Early Learning Indiana has named Freedom Smith, ’04, to its board of directors. Smith is a partner in the Indianapolis office of Ice Miller LLP.


Megan H. Stifel, ’04, was featured in the Security Nation episode, "Rapid7: Megan Stifel and Ciaran Martin discuss the sticky issue of ransomware payments" on MarketScreener. Stifel also spoke with PBS NewsHour's William Brangham for the segment "Exploring the Implications of the Colonial Pipeline Hack." Jones Day has added Amy Kläsener, ’05, to its global disputes practice in its Frankfurt, Germany office. Dr. Poom Moolsipla, ’06, was elected by a faculty committee chaired by the university president to be the next dean of the faculty of social sciences at Srinakharinwirot University. Tiffani K. Taylor, ’06, has joined the Indianapolis office of SmithAmundsen's Health Care Practice. As a member of the firm’s Health Care Practice Group, Taylor advises hospitals, health care systems, long-term care facilities, community mental health centers and federally qualified health care centers on regulatory compliance, federal grant management, and government enforcement actions. Rachel E. Clark, ’07, has been elected president of the Illinois Education Association Staff Organization. Clark has been associate general counsel at IEA for 13 years. First Internet Bank welcomed Dustin R. DeNeal, ’07, as first vice president, counsel. DeNeal is responsible for a range of legal and regulatory matters, and provides guidance to the First Internet Bank executive leadership team. Stephanie Artnak Everett, ’07, joined Egglife Foods as the company's chief legal and human resources officer. Everett is responsible for all legal, human resources, compliance and corporate administrative aspects of the business. Governor Eric Holcomb has named Derek R. Molter, ’07, to the Indiana Court of Appeals. Molter has been with Ice Miller in Indianapolis since 2013 and was named partner in 2016. Previously he was an associate at Arnold & Porter in Washington, DC. In addition, according to Indiana Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush, ’83, who nominated him, Judge Molter has volunteered more than 900 hours of pro bono work and worked diligently to improve the administration of justice and the legal system. Mickey K. Weber, ’07, was appointed as Clark County chief public defender. Weber, who has done private criminal defense work since 2007 and also done public defender work in Clark County, was appointed by the Clark County public defender board. The Iowa State Bar Association (ISBA) Board of Governors awarded Des Moines attorney Alexander V. Kornya, ’08, with the 2021 Rolland E. Grefe Pro Bono Publico Award. This annual award recognizes an attorney who has enhanced the human dignity of others by delivering pro bono legal services and has committed his or her talent and training to improving the quality of justice in Iowa.


REYNOLDS JOINS BAKER MCKENZIE CHICAGO Stephen E. Reynolds, ’08, joined Baker McKenzie's Chicago office as partner following 12-plus years in Ice Miller LLP's litigation group, where he also co-founded the firm's data security and privacy practice. He is a member of the school’s Law Alumni Board. Henry E. Reaves III, ’09, founder and CEO of Reaves Law Firm, PLLC in Memphis TN, was awarded an EMMY® in the Commercial Spot category during the 35th Annual Midsouth Regional EMMY AWARDS. The Strong Women of the Reaves Law Firm, produced by Henry Reaves III and Ivan Rodrigues, highlighted women who have made an impact on both the world and the Reaves Law Firm, centering on Memphian journalist and trailblazer Ida B. Wells’s groundbreaking lawsuit against the Southwestern Railroad Company in 1885. MultiMillion Dollar Club attorney Henry E. Reaves III founded the firm in 2011. The largest Black-owned law firm in Memphis, it is known for its inspiring commercials and marketing campaigns.

2010s Co-founder and chief executive officer of TayCo Brace, Gavin F. Ferlic, ’10, was featured in the Inside Indiana Business article "Medical Device Startup Seeing Growth." GWAC member and Chair of the National Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Onika K. Williams, ’10, began a new position as of counsel with Steptoe in their transportation, rail transportation practice. Erin McAdams Franzblau, ’11, has been appointed as Freeborn & Peters’ associate general counsel for employment matters. Franzblau is a partner in Freeborn’s Litigation Practice Group in Chicago, with a focus on helping companies navigate employment laws. Shane Hageman, ’11, was named in the Indianapolis Business Journal Forty Under 40 list. The Forty Under 40 list celebrates young adults who are making an impact in their communities through work and their volunteer efforts. Ann O'Connor McCready, ’11, was named in the Indianapolis Business Journal Forty Under 40 list. The Forty Under 40 list celebrates young adults who are making an impact in their communities through work and their volunteer efforts. David B. Rosenberg, ’11, has been named executive vice president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). Rosenberg most recently served as vice president of operations for Market Street Group, a locally owned consulting and advisory firm.



Easter and Cavosie welcomed new partner Elizabeth Steele Schmitt, ’11, to the firm. Steele Schmitt brings more than ten years of litigation experience, having most recently practiced in the litigation group of the large regional firm, Dinsmore & Shohl (formerly Wooden McLaughlin). 1st Source Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Luke Williams, ’11, marketing and electronic banking compliance officer, to officer of the bank. Williams joined the bank in October 2019 as a member of the compliance department with special focus on ensuring bank advertising follows all applicable regulations as well as supporting the bank’s digital banking initiatives. Steven P. Mehr, ’12, has been named partner at Ballard Spahr. Mehr has a national, broad-based real estate practice, with a focus on the development, leasing and financing of commercial, retail, industrial and resort properties. Mario Treto Jr., ’12, was inducted on the Wall of Fame by the Leyden High School District 212 Board of Education in a ceremony and reception. District 212's Alumni Wall of Fame Awards Program recognizes outstanding graduates of Leyden High Schools while offering role models for its students. Taft Law has added David J. Bartoletti, ’13, to the firm’s tax group in its Indianapolis office. Bartoletti advises companies and investors on both tax and legal matters arising during key events in the corporate life cycle, including business and fund formation, joint ventures, capital raising transactions, and mergers and acquisitions.

ARAB AMERICA FOUNDATION HONORS BARBARI The Arab America Foundation included Rammy G. Barbari, ’14, as a recipient of its Class of 2021 40 Under 40 initiative. 40 Under 40 is a celebration of accomplished young Arab Americans that have great achievements both in the workplace and in their communities. In addition, Barbari was named partner at Price Benowitz Accident Injury Lawyers, LLP. Dino A. Bovell, ’14, co-hosted a networking and mentoring forum focusing on Black male vulnerability and the importance of seeking out peer and mentor relationship titled "Not So Scary Hours: Championing International Relationships". Bovell was recently elected to the Law School's BLSA Alumni Board. Mitchell E. Lenyo, ’14, accepted the position of deputy district defender for the Jackson/Cape Girardeau, MO office of the Missouri State Public Defender. Krieg DeVault LLP hired Matthew D. Malcolm, ’14, as a senior associate in the firm’s real estate practice. Malcolm most recently served as an attorney with Kahn, Dees, Donovan and Kahn in Evansville.


The law firm of Dunn DeSantis Walt & Kendrick is pleased to announce the addition of attorney John E. Solis, ’14. Prior to joining DDWK, Solis practiced at a large national firm, where he was recognized as the firm’s Orator of the Year in 2020. Anna L. Wortham, ’14, joined Bracewell LLP. Wortham represents healthcare providers of all types, including hospital systems and physician groups, on litigation, regulatory and enforcement matters.

WASHINGTON STATE BAR ELECTS COUCH Jordan L. Couch, ’15, was elected to the Washington State Bar Association Board of Governors. Matthew N. Leist, ’15, was named partner at Kirkland & Ellis. Leist is a corporate partner whose practice focuses on the representation of private equity sponsors, private and public companies, and financial institutions in connection with complex business transactions, including leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, secured and unsecured financings, loan workouts and restructurings. Kyle McHugh, ’15, was named partner at Kirkland & Ellis. McHugh represents private equity sponsors and public and private company clients in mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, “take-private” transactions, joint ventures, divestitures, private financings, venture capital and other growth-based investments, recapitalizations and restructurings, as well as in related corporate governance, executive compensation and general corporate matters. John E. Pence, ’15, has been named American-made merchandise company Ace Specialties' new chief executive officer. Emily A. Storm-Smith, ’15, was featured in the Indiana Lawyer article "In-house Lawyer Launches Self-Publishing Company After Bootlegger Steals Novel." StormSmith serves as senior corporate counsel at Strada Education Network in Indianapolis and is also the author of two completed novels and one novella. Joel Weinberger, ’15, was named partner at Kirkland & Ellis. Weinberger is in the Chicago office. Scannell Properties has hired Elizabeth (Ellie) Gonso, ’16, as an attorney on its legal team. Gonso previously served as an attorney in the real estate groups of two New York City law firms. Skyler B. Hutto, ’16, was named in The State's (Columbia, SC) Class of 2021 20 under 40 list, which recognizes young adults that have a history and a dedication to serving others.


Brandon Dawson, ’17, has been named director of Sierra Club California, California's largest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Cory J. Kopitzke, ’17, was named vice chair of the ABA Health Law Section Life Sciences Interest Group. Katz Korin Cunningham has added Nathan Pagryzinski, ’17, as an attorney in its health care litigation practice group. Pagryzinski most recently served as an associate attorney for Kightlinger & Gray, LLP. The Indianapolis Business Journal has announced that Sarah C. Parks, ’17, has been included in the inaugural class of 20 in their Twenties, a group of up-and-coming leaders in central Indiana that the IBJ believes will help shape the economy and community for decades to come. Pumirad Pingkarawat, ’17, joined the firm of Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners Ltd. as an associate. Weerawong C&P is one of the largest independent Thai law firms, with a team of nine partners and more than 100 lawyers. Jamal A. Sowell, ’17, Florida’s secretary of commerce and the president & CEO of Enterprise Florida, was interviewed on WEDU PBS's Suncoast Business Forum. Tasha Tiensilakul, ’17, joined the firm of Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners Ltd. as an associate. Weerawong C&P is one of the largest independent Thai law firms, with a team of nine partners and more than 100 lawyers. Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP is pleased to welcome Brett C. Wilson, ’17, as an associate in the firm’s Business Group in its Indianapolis office. Wilson focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, including private equity and venture capital transactions. He also provides general corporate counsel to businesses of all sizes on matters related to corporate governance, commercial contracting, capital raises, and joint ventures.

GRAND RAPIDS BAR ASSOCIATION HONORS THIBODEAU Alexander J. Thibodeau, ’18, was recognized by the Grand Rapids Bar Association with its 3 in 10 award. The award honors attorneys in their first 10 years of practice that have demonstrated outstanding professional achievements, exceptional public service and significant contributions to the legal profession. The Indianapolis Business Journal announced that Alexandria M. Foster, ’18, has been included in the inaugural class of 20 in their Twenties, a group of up-and-coming leaders in central Indiana that the IBJ believes will help shape the economy and community for decades to come.


Amy M. Justus, ’19, was hired by Dentons Bingham Greenbaum as an attorney. Justus previously served as an associate attorney at Harrison & Moberly LLP. The law firm of Barrett McNagny LLP announced that Phillip W. Smith II, ’19, joined the firm. Smith concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate law and business law.

2020s Madalyn A. Clary, ’21, has joined Dentons Bingham Greenebaum in Indianapolis as a member of the public finance group. Clary focuses her practice on government services and municipal bond law. Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP (PSRB) is pleased to announce that Yuning Tian, ’21, has joined the firm as an associate. Josh Winograd, ’21, had his article “Floridian Felons and the Franchise” published in the University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy.


IN MEMORIAM Fred J. Pain, Jr., ’55, age 92, died July 4 in Phoenix, Ariz., where he had practiced trial law for nearly 60 years. He specialized in complex cases that often lasted for years. He was a powerful advocate for the underdog. Through his legal work, he changed many lives for the better. He continued to work on cases well into his eighties. Fred’s family was the center of his life. He and his wife, Carolyn, married in 1956 and had three children (Deborah, married to Mark Kimmel; John Gregory, married to Lisa Greene; and Matthew, who died in 1998), and five grandchildren (Maureen Kimmel, Emily Kimmel Gaffney, Kolbe Pain, Libby Pain and Alex Pain). After his family, Fred's lifelong passion was the law. After graduation, he enlisted in the US Navy, where he served as a lieutenant and in the Judge Advocate General Corps. Following military service, he drove across the US, visiting several cities in the Southwest. After seeing one of its beautiful desert sunsets, he decided that he and Carolyn would live in Phoenix. Beyond his family and the law, Fred loved baseball, piano music, Shakespeare, good literature, theatre, and Cannon Beach, Ore. He grew up in the 1930s listening to the New York Yankees play baseball on the radio. Before the old Yankee Stadium was demolished, he took his daughter to one last game, sitting by third base and teaching her how to score the game. Fred enjoyed playing the piano and was largely self-taught. He studied music theory using the college textbook written by his father-in-law. One of his few rules required each of his children to take piano lessons for five years to learn an appreciation for music. Fred's wife, Carolyn, was an actress and singer, and he was her greatest fan. Through her, he enjoyed theatre, music, and dance. He treasured his friendships at the Phoenix Theatre. He spent many evenings at the Phoenix Theatre, the Phoenix Symphony, the Arizona Ballet, and Scottsdale Center for the Arts. During a family vacation in the 1970s, Fred fell in love with the Oregon coast. He bought a small cottage by the beach, returning for summers and holidays with family and friends over the next four decades. He loved walking the long stretches of beach on chilly, misty days, feeling the gritty sand, and icy saltwater wash over his feet. Fred will be buried in a casket made of Oregon pine.

Joseph B. Matuga, ’57, of Highland, Ind., passed away Tuesday, July 6 at Munster Community Hospital at the age of 89. He is survived by three children: Kathy (Mark) Doty, Matthew (Julie) Matuga and Janis Matuga; loving grandchildren, Chloe and Aidan Matuga; longtime companion, Joan D. Judge and her son, Larry Judge; dear friends, Tom Goolik, Dennis Hoyda, Dr. Robert Thornton, and John and Ron Pluskis; and many


other dear friends and loving relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents Andrew and Irene Matuga and brother Andrew, Jr. Joseph was born and raised in Indiana Harbor and was a proud graduate of ECW and Wabash College Class of 1954. He was a longtime attorney with offices in East Chicago, Griffith and Highland, and also served as a Lake County Probate Commissioner with over 30 years of service. When he wasn't working, he enjoyed time with family and friends on vacations and attending many theater and sporting events, especially Notre Dame football games. Joe's storytelling, kindness and integrity will always live on in the memories of all who knew and loved him.

Jordan D. Lewis, ’59, Terre Haute, Ind., died October 22, 2020, at the age of 88. He was a prominent long-time attorney in Terre Haute and was a retired federal magistrate judge. Jordan was born February 6, 1932, in Terre Haute to Jerdie D. Lewis and Kathryn Buckner Lewis. Survivors include his children, Jordan Lewis III (Jyl), Richard Lewis (Jennifer), Susan Stokes (Tom), Michael Lewis (Jaymie), Elizabeth Lewis Price (Steve) and Kathryn Lewis Southwick (Paul); 13 grandchildren: Kelsey Stokes Balson, Jessica Pollock, Lindsey Davis, Leslie Davis, Jordan Stokes, Jordan Dale Lewis IV, Kirsten Lewis, John Krumreich, Petr Rodway, Alexandra Lewis, Samantha Lewis, Jacob Lewis and Emma Lewis; and two great-grandchildren: Scottlynn Balson and Rami Balson. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Plexanne Alexander Lewis in 2009; and a brother, Richard Franklin Lewis. Jordan was a graduate of Wiley High School, received his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and his JD degree from the Maurer School of Law. He was a US Army veteran of the Korean War and a member of several veterans’ organizations. Jordan was a member of the Masons, Scottish Rite Valley of Terre Haute, Zorah Shrine, and Royal Order of Jesters. He was also a member of the Sycamore Club and Strawberry Hill Cannoneers.

Robert Eugene “Bob” Peterson, ’64, Rochester, Ind., passed away on Saturday, December 19, 2020, at the age of 90. He was born in Newcastle Township, Fulton County, on March 8, 1930 to Beulah Russell Barkman Peterson and Clarence Cleveland Peterson. He was raised on his family’s farm. He graduated valedictorian from Talma High School in 1948. He graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture in 1952, where he belonged to the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. A member of ROTC at Purdue, Bob was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the US Army and joined the 52nd Field Artillery Battalion of the 24th Infantry Division, serving in Japan and Korea in 1953-54. He as awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service in reorganizing the Battalion Communications Section. In 1956, Bob was elected Fulton County Auditor, and in 1960 he was elected a member of the Indiana State Senate. He was re-elected in 1964 and again in 1976. In the Senate, he was chairman of the Roads and Transportation Committee and, in 1979–80, served as assistant minority leader. He also served on the Education Study Commission that


led to the first state funding for public school kindergartens. In 1980, he was the Democratic lieutenant governor nominee for Indiana. Bob started his solo law practice in Rochester in 1965. He was a founding partner in the Peterson, Waggoner and Perkins, LLP law firm. He retired from the practice of law in 2012. Bob remained involved with his alma mater. He was president of the Indiana University Law Alumni Association in 1978. In 2003 he was appointed to serve as a member of the Purdue Board of Trustees by Governor Frank O’Bannon, serving until 2006. Bob was active in civic activities in both his community and state. He was lieutenant governor of Indiana Kiwanis and a member of the board of managers of the Indiana Association of American Baptist Churches. He served on the board of managers of the Indiana State Bar Association and as Chairman of the Bar’s State Legislation Committee. Governor O’Bannon named him a Sagamore of the Wabash in 2001. In Fulton County, he was chairman of the Courthouse Needs Study Committee in 1992 and the Courthouse Centennial Committee in 1995. He was on the board of the Fulton County Airport for sixteen years. In 2001, he was presented with the Rochester Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award. He is survived by his wife, Martha, by his children, Matthew Peterson (Elizabeth Rambeau) of Pittsburgh and Elaine Goebel (Ernie) of Columbia, Maryland, and by three grandchildren, Sophie, Ben, and Ellie Peterson, all of Pittsburgh. Also surviving are a number of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Chloris Barkman, and sister, Maleta Borden.

G. Anthony “Tony” Edens, ’65, passed away on May 15 at his home in Santa Barbara, Calif. Tony was born in Lebanon, Ind., to E.W. “Bud” Edens and Mary Margaret Edens who preceded him in death. On January 23, 1991, Tony married Janet “Jan” Edens, who survives him. Tony graduated from Lebanon High School in 1959. He attended Purdue University for three years studying engineering after which he was directly admitted to the Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington. Upon his graduation from law school, Tony practiced law in Grand Rapids, Mich. Always looking for new challenges, in 1976, Tony and his two children moved to California (settling in Santa Barbara in 1977), to give the world of TV production a try. There he began his decades-long career in many facets of the entertainment industry. During his years as a TV producer, Tony not only put several TV variety shows on the air, but years before MTV, he was also one of the top producers in the very early stages of music videos. Once he made a name for himself in Hollywood, Tony created the company Grey Wolf Productions, Inc., where he went on to produce shows with such notable personalities as Rachel Welch, Roy Clark, Mel Tillis, Barbara Eden, and Wayne Newton. Later, Tony would produce two back-to-back TV shows, Special Friends and Special Friends 2, with Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner as the host. Not content with his success, a few years later, Tony completely changed course and helped create Knightsbridge 50

Publishing Company, where as president, the company published two New York Times bestsellers, The Plumber, and Ralph Nader’s Winning the Insurance Game, co-written by Wesley J. Smith. By the mid-’90s, having spent a few years at MGM as business director of New Development, Tony later became an industry consultant and a talent representative, most notably representing Notre Dame Professor Tom Morris. Tony was a dedicated husband, father and son. He and Jan loved entertaining their friends at their beautiful Santa Barbara home, including their famous putting-andhot-dog parties on the miniature golf course they built there. In addition to his wife, Jan, Tony is survived by his daughter Kim (Parker) Faison of Goleta, Calif., and his son Kent (Dr. Marilyn Vricella) Edens of Glen Rock, New Jersey; his brother J. Jeffrey (Portia) Edens; and his grandson Kyle Faison.

Daniel A. Roby, ’66, died September 12, 2020 at the age of 79. Born in Anderson, Ind., he was a son of the late Virgil A. and Frances E. (Pouch) Roby. Dan graduated from Anderson High School in 1959, Indiana University with honors in 1963, and the Maurer School of Law in 1966, thereby becoming Chesterfield's first college graduate as well as its first lawyer. Dan moved to Fort Wayne, Ind. in 1967 to join the firm of Wyss, Mochamer, Roby, Ryan and Myers. He formed the Roby and Hood Law Firm with G. Stanley Hood in 1983, becoming the first law practice in Fort Wayne devoted exclusively to civil litigation, including personal injury, wrongful death, product liability and professional malpractice. Thomas A. Manges later joined the firm, which became Roby, Hood & Manges. Dan was admitted to practice before the Indiana Supreme Court, the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, the Seventh Circuit United States Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States. His memberships included the Allen County and Indiana State Bar Associations, as well as the American Association for Justice and the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), of which he served on the board of directors and as president. Dan received the Indiana Trial Lawyer of the Year Award and Lifetime Achievement Award. During his time with ITLA, he initiated legislative reform resulting in the enactment of Indiana's Survival Act, Underinsured Motorists' Statute, and the Child Wrongful Death Act. He was also a member of the National Arbitration Forum, Indiana Association of Mediators, and American Arbitration Association Board of Arbitrators. Dan was recognized as a member of the College of Fellows of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association and was listed among Indiana's Super Lawyers and listed in The Best Lawyers in America. Dan served on both the Allen County Judicial Nominating Commission and Third District Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission on Judicial Qualifications, qualified as a Board-Certified Civil Trial Specialist/Diplomat of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and member of the American Board of Trial Advocates Indiana Chapter. He was also a former Master of the Benjamin Harrison Chapter American Inns of Court, Fort Wayne. Dan published numerous articles for the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum and was often sought as a speaker for legal education programs throughout the state


of Indiana. He also served numerous charities in virtually every capacity. He was honored by the Allen County Bar Association in 2016 for completing 50 years in the practice of law. Dan is survived by his wife, Kathy; children, Kerilynn Roby, Don Coffelt and Colby Munson; grandson, Connor (Haley) Minns; great-granddaughter, Evelyn Sue; brother, Richard A. Roby, (Mary Kay); nephews, Brett (Barbara), Bud (LeeAnn), Barry and Blake (Dawn) Roby, Todd (Cristina) Brown, and Bill Kivi; and nieces, Michelle Kivi and April (Jeff) Beitz.

Dr. Nicholas (Pat) Kirkpatrick Brown, ’69, died unexpectedly at his home in Gainesville, Fla. on April 3 at age 77. After earning his law degree, he received a PhD in ecology from the University of Tennessee in 1984. He spent many years teaching law and ecology and then working as a consultant in environmental law. Over his lifetime, he remained passionate about environmental science, laws and regulations, and the preservation of our streams, lakes, and oceans and all the creatures that depend on them for life. Pat’s family was very important to him, and he was a very loving father who was endlessly interested in what his daughters were doing in life. He will be remembered most dearly in the natural world all around us: in the wren’s song and the sunrise, in the geese flying overhead, and in the call of the loons over the northern lakes. He loved “bullfrogs, southern toads, the sounds of loons and his family. Not in that order.” Pat was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved sister Cathie. He is survived by his sisters Susan and Barb; his two daughters, Anne and Ellen; five grandchildren; and cousins, nieces, and nephews. He will be dearly missed. In lieu of donations or flowers, please plant a native tree or set up a bird feeder in your yard.

Charles "Chuck" C. Wicks, ’70, Elkhart, Ind., died May 16 at the age of 75. He was born May 28, 1945, in Goshen, to Charles S. and Christine (Carter) Wicks. On Oct. 31, 1970, he married Penny (Krull) Wicks. Surviving are his wife, Penny, Elkhart; daughter, Kristin Wicks, Chicago, Illinois; sons, Jay C. (Susan) Wicks, Elkhart, and Scott R. Wicks, Elkhart; three grandchildren, Aleesa (Stephano) Euells, Gavin Cass and David Reed; two great-grandchildren, Addison and Jeremiah; sister, Carolyn Albins, New Orleans, Louisiana; and niece Hillary Albins and nephew Nathanael Albins. Preceding him in death are his parents. Charles was a 1963 graduate of St. Martins High School, New Orleans, La. He earned a bachelor of arts degree from Tulane University in 1967 and a doctor of jurisprudence degree from Indiana University Maurer Law School in 1970. He was also a graduate of the Indiana Judicial College. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1970 to 1974 and received an Air Force Accommodations Medal. Charles was an attorney in Elkhart, former part-time deputy prosecutor for 30 years, and retired as judge of Superior Court 5, Elkhart. He was a member of the Elkhart City Bar Association and Goshen City Bar Association, president of the Elkhart Community


Corrections Advisory Board from 2012 to 2018, and served on the Special Courts Committee of the Indiana Judicial Conference. Active in the community, Charles was a 33rd Degree Mason, a member of both the Goshen and Elkhart Shriners, Scottish Rite and York Rite. He was former chairman of the Republican Party, member of Kiwanis and started Elkhart Pachyderm. He was a member of St. James' Episcopal Church, which he loved. He was an avid golfer and movie buff and enjoyed boating and traveling with his family.

Terry K. Hiestand, ’71, steadfast patriarch, respected attorney, and valued Duneland community member, passed away suddenly on June 19 at the age of 75. He was born on February 1, 1946 in Rensselaer, Ind. to John F. and May Louise (Danruther) Hiestand. He was the valedictorian of the Class of 1964 at Brook High School. Terry continued his education at Indiana University where he met the love of his life, Anne Marie (Hocker) Hiestand. They were married on January 28, 1968. After earning his law degree, Terry began practicing in Chesterton in July 1971. He continued to work until the time of his death and was heavily involved in the community. He was the president of the Flora Richardson Foundation, longtime attorney for the Westchester Public Library, a loyal member and supporter of the Chesterton United Methodist Church, and past president of the Duneland Chamber of Commerce, the Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club, and the Duneland School Board. Terry faithfully donated blood to the American Red Cross, having donated over 20 gallons throughout his lifetime. In his free time, he enjoyed feeding the birds, riding his bicycle, and playing cards with family and friends. Terry is survived by his loving wife, Anne, to whom he was married for 53 years. He is also survived by his five devoted children: Sarah (Scott) Lawson of Venice, Fla., Keith (Carrie) Hiestand of Saukville, Wis., Amy (Paul) Klodzen of Fishers, Ind., Caroline (Dan) Faylor of Auburn, Ind., and David (Martha) Hiestand of Chesterton. He was proud to be Grampy to seven grandchildren: Elizabeth Lawson, Allie and Sam Klodzen, Jack and Charlie Faylor, and Ben and Ruby Hiestand. He is also survived by his sister, Carol (Thomas) LeBeau of Lake Charles, LA. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Phillip Hiestand.

J. Eric Smithburn, ’73, of South Bend, Ind., was a scholar, athlete, lawyer, judge, and United Kingdom barrister. He passed away on June 18 at age 76. From Indiana University–Bloomington, Eric received his master's degree in African Studies and his law degree. While a law student, he worked in the IU Chancellor's office to create a more inclusive experience for African-American students in the 1960s. That job followed one of his favorite jobs: teaching in Indianapolis at Crispus Attucks High School, then an all-black school, where he cherished close relationships with students and faculty. Although rugby was the game of Eric's adulthood—he played on a United States' international touring team in the early 1980s—it was basketball (which he played in


high school) that captured Eric's heart throughout his life, and also broke his heart when his favorite team seemed to lose needlessly. Football was another favorite—Eric actually signed a contract in 1969 with Indianapolis's first pro team (before the Colts), the Indianapolis Capitals, although he cancelled it to attend law school. Upon graduating from law school, Eric joined a small law firm in Plymouth, Ind., to be closer to family in Monticello, where he grew up. In a short time, Eric became a Marshall County judge, wrote a highly regarded book on judicial decision-making, and joined the Notre Dame Law School faculty in 1978, where he was granted tenure and full professorship in 1982. Eric taught, wrote, and lectured in judicial circles and was a sought out national speaker. While on the Notre Dame faculty, and for a few years post-retirement, Eric spent time as a senior judge in the St. Joseph Probate Court. Connecting with youth in crisis and their families gave him purpose and satisfaction. While at the Notre Dame Law School, Eric directed the summer London Law Centre program for sixteen years, a personal favorite activity. During Eric's tenure, the Notre Dame Law School London summer program had high enrollment and positive reviews. Eric published numerous academic articles and textbooks and co-authored West's Indiana Practice volumes on Family Law. Yet, of the books he wrote, one of his two favorites had nothing to do with the law: The Illustrated American Tourist Guide to English. The other had more to do with history than law: Lizzie Borden: A Case Book of Family and Crime in the 1890s. Missing Eric greatly are all his family members: his wife of almost 35 years, Aladean DeRose-Smithburn; son Scott Eric Smithburn; step-daughter Kylea Asher-Smith (David Smith); grandchildren Sadie Smith and Noah Smith; brother Jeff Smithburn (Susan Hughes Smithburn); nieces Erika Kanczuzewski, Jennifer Smithburn, Erin Marty (Todd); and the children of his nieces, together with his four cousins; as well as his inlaws—mother-in-law Mary DeRose; sisters-in-law: Desiree DeRose Calabro (Francesco); Gena DeRose Dubberley (David ); Adriane DeRose (Dennis); and brothers in law Victor DeRose and Paul DeRose, and all the children and grandchildren of his in-law sisters and brothers. Eric was predeceased by his parents Charles Edward Smithburn and Edna Irene (Anderson) Smithburn. Eric's infant son Conner predeceased him in 1990.

Curtis B. Stuckey, ’73, a civil rights attorney and a crusader for justice in East Texas, died August 10 in Nacogdoches after a long illness. He was born May 27, 1946, in Vincennes, Ind. to Hoyt and Dorothy Stuckey; he was the second oldest of three brothers and grew up on a farm in Monroe City, Ind. He graduated from Indiana University Bloomington (1967), served in the Peace Corps in Venezuela (1967-1969), and then attended the Maurer School of Law. In 1975, while teaching at the University of Tennessee College of Law, Curtis met law student Brenda Willett, who would later become his wife. The young couple moved to Texas in 1980. They raised two children and lots of tomato plants together. Curtis had an esteemed career as a civil rights lawyer, often representing the underdogs and the marginalized. In 1975, he won the class action suit in Kentucky, Kendall v. True, that struck down a law permitting people to be involuntarily committed to


mental hospitals without evidence they were a danger to anyone; patients previously held against their will were released in droves. Later, in Texas, he had the first jury trial victory related to the Fair Housing Act in East Texas, more than a decade after President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the law banning discrimination against people buying and renting homes. In 1982, Curtis hung up a shingle and founded the civil rights firm now called Stuckey & Garrigan. He earned a reputation for representing people whose rights had been violated by the police (often in cases of excessive force), who suffered unconstitutional conditions in the prison system, and who were discriminated against because of race. His lawsuits forced change. Many of them also tackled novel legal issues, and the reported decisions have been cited hundreds of times by the courts. In 2014, Curtis developed a brain disorder that necessitated his retirement. He enjoyed more time to watch ball games (Hoosiers, Pacers, and Cardinals), to rewatch black and white movies, and to go out to lunch with people on their designated day of the week. He telephoned numerous friends and family daily, often announcing he was “just givin’ you a buzz to enjoy a brief exchange of pleasantries!” and reminding us all that we are “good, good, good.” Curtis is survived by his wife Brenda Willett Stuckey of Nacogdoches and their adult children Joshua Chattin Stuckey (Rooskie) of Nacogdoches and Ginny Wills Stuckey (Triple P) of Austin, Tex.; his older brother Ken (Brucey) and wife Marilyn of Lynchburg, Va., and younger brother Brent and wife Becky of Vincennes, Ind.; brothers-in-law Davy Willett of Tennessee and Steve Willett of Ohio; many nieces and nephews of Indiana, Virginia, Idaho, Tennessee, and Ohio; and many grandnieces and grandnephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hoyt and Dorothy Stuckey, by his mother-in-law Ruby Willett, and by his good friends John Heath (Big John) and Dr. Bob Carroll (Doc).

Frank Edward Thomas, ’74, Des Moines, Iowa, passed away June 20th, 2021, at the age of 77 after a two-year battle with cancer. Frank was born June 10, 1944, in Helena, Ark. to Marie J. Thomas and Samuel Jones, Jr. and raised by Marie and John Thomas. His family moved to the south side of Chicago as part of the Great Migration. Although raised in crushing poverty, he excelled in school. After graduating high school in 1962, he spent five years working in various clerical roles before entering Grinnell College in 1967. There, he majored in history and also served as a founding member of the campus organization Concerned Black Students. At Grinnell Frank also met Sheena Brown; they married in August 1970. The newlyweds graduated and moved to Bloomington, Indiana to begin graduate school in 1971. Frank received his JD from Indiana University in 1974, and moved to Des Moines shortly thereafter. He served as an ombudsman and then worked in the Iowa Attorney General’s Office before leaving law practice in 1984. He then held a series of positions at Norwest Financial, Polk County, and the Iowa Department of Human Services. Grinnell again became a major part of Frank’s life in 1991, when he returned to the college to take on a series of senior administrative positions related to campus planning, human resources, and diversity. He retired from the college in 2009 and


took up a new position at Plymouth United Church of Christ in Des Moines, where he served as pastoral residency coordinator until 2018. In that role he served as a mentor for several associate pastors as part of the Transition into Ministry program. A committed feminist and a quiet yet fierce proponent of racial and economic justice, Frank dedicated himself to charity and service throughout his life. He served on the Boards of Directors of the Iowa Conference of the United Church of Christ, the Young Women’s Resource Center, Iowa Student Loan, the Youth Law Center, and the I Have a Dream Program (now called By Degrees). While employed at Grinnell, he also mentored underrepresented students through the Posse Program and held positions in the Grinnell Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the college. The middle child of three siblings, Frank was a natural mediator and a gifted confidant. His coworkers trusted him implicitly, and his nieces, nephews, and mentees fondly regarded him as a surrogate father. He was a supportive father to his two sons and his daughter-in-law, whom he quickly embraced as his own daughter. A devoted husband who readily balanced household chores with his numerous professional obligations and volunteer activities, in 2020 he celebrated his golden anniversary with Sheena. Frank always surrounded himself with books and loved philosophical conversations about the human condition. His friends and family remember him fondly for the stacks of pancakes he served on weekend mornings, his delicious pies, and his convivial scotch tasting parties. Frank is survived by his wife, Sheena; his children, Jolyon and Kimberley, of Philadelphia; and his son, Akili, of Pasadena.

Vincent D. Zahnle, ’82, age 69, of Plato, Mo., passed away on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, in Springfield, Mo. Known to his family and friends as either Vince or Paul, he was born on January 1, 1952, in Franklin, Ind., to Vincent LeRoy Zahnle and Cozette Evangeline (Zickefoose) Zahnle. Vince spent part of his childhood in Bloomington, Ind., and part in Tucson, Ariz. After graduating from Bloomington High School in 1970, he earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology at Indiana University, and then enlisted in the United States Army in the early ’70s, embarking on a military career that spanned twenty years. As a young private, he served as a tanker in West Germany during the Cold War. He left the military briefly to attend law school, maintaining his military connection by serving in the Army Reserves as a drill sergeant, and graduated in 1982. After law school, he returned to the army, serving as an officer under the Judge Advocate General. He began this part of his career as a second lieutenant and finished as a lieutenant colonel. After his military service, Vince began a second career that would span twenty years as a federal civilian attorney, but he still maintained his military connection as a JAG officer in the Army Reserve during his civilian career. He completed tours of duty in such varied and dangerous places as West Germany, Panama, Honduras, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait.


On June 6, 1981, he was united in marriage to Lucy Ellen Klingelhoefer in Bloomington, Ind. During forty years of wedded happiness, he was a faithful and loving husband as well as a devoted father to his four children. He adored spending time with his wife and family. Vince loved studying all eras of history, especially the medieval period, and participated in a medieval re-enactment society and the Society for Creative Anachronism for most of his adult life. As a member of the Houston branch of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Vince was also a staunch supporter of his community, serving as a secretary for the club and promoting their good works for many years. He was an accomplished artist in paints, pen and ink, sculpture, woodcarving, and bright-metal work. From 1996 until his passing, he and Lucy ran a small internet and Renaissance Faire business, the Vault of Valhalla, featuring his bright-metal, hand-sculpted, hand-cast jewelry. Vince had a delightful sense of humor and a brave, warm, and generous heart. As he traveled through life, Vince touched many lives as a mentor, a benefactor and a friend. His passing leaves a hollow space in the hearts of many that can never be filled. Survivors include his wife, Lucy Klingelhoefer Zahnle, of Plato, his sons, Christopher Zahnle and Wolf Zahnle, and Christopher’s wife, Jessica Zahnle, all of Plato. He is also survived by his daughter, Gretchen Zahnle Crowder of Fayetteville, N.C., his sister and brother-in-law, Bridgette and Charles Savage of Bloomington, Ind. The surviving also include his father-in-law, Paul Klingelhoefer, and his brother-in-law, Brian Klingelhoefer, of Evansville, Ind., and his sister-in-law, Terri Klingelhoefer-Engle, and brotherin-law, Chris Engle, of Ellettsville, Ind. Vince was preceded in death by his parents, Cozette Evangeline Zahnle and Vincent Leroy Zahnle, and his oldest son, Nicholas William Zahnle.

Eileen Tess (Witney) Balliet, ’93, age 73, died peacefully after a long illness on June 20. Eileen was born in Bloomington, Ind. on May 2, 1948, to Judith and Fred Witney. She was preceded in death by her parents. Apart from a year in Green Bay, Wis., Eileen lived in Bloomington her entire life; she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Indiana University and then worked for IU for over 35 years. She spent most of those years in the former School of Continuing Studies, which offered various degree programs and support to non-traditional students so that they could pursue educational opportunities that might otherwise not be available to them. She served as executive director of learner services and, later, disabilities coordinator, helping develop and implement programs to make education more accessible for differently abled students. She later continued her own studies, attending IU’s Maurer School of Law part-time while working full time and raising her three kids. She graduated cum laude in 1998. She loved to laugh and did as much of it as possible unless she lost a poker game or an argument. Then her infamous scowl arose and she ripped up cards, swore never to discuss the matter again, only to raise it again the next day. Eileen tended the birds


at her feeders and waged a years-long battle against the squirrels. She volunteered for the Monroe County History Museum, Pets Alive free spay/neuter clinics, and brought three rescue dogs into her homes. Her most important works were her relationships—she understood herself best as mother, wife, daughter, sister, and friend. She and Lee traveled, camped, and gambled; she made annual visits to Seattle to check up on her daughters and kept a close eye on her son in town. Eileen spent thousands of hours on many decks and patios setting the world straight, laughing and arguing, and taking as much pleasure as she could out of what was offered. Including yelling at squirrels. She will be missed. Eileen is survived by her husband of over 23 years, Lee Balliet, her brother, Frank Witney (Cathy), her children Ruth Walters, of Seattle, Wash., Bill Walters (Elizabeth) of Bloomington, Ind. and Annie Walters, of Seattle, Wash., nephew Jeffrey Witney, grandson Quinn Walters, and many other family members and friends. The family can be reached at Anyone wanting to make a donation in her name may do so to National CASA/GAL (Court Appointed Special Advocates/Guardians Ad Litem for Children) ( or Our Lil’ Bit of Heaven Animal Rescue & Sanctuary ( The family gives special thanks to Eileen’s many caregivers who made her mad and made her laugh in correct proportion, particularly Ashly Dorman and Lisa Deane.

CORRECTION In the summer 2021 issue of ergo, there was a reference to the youngest chair of the board of visitors in the school’s history. The chair should have been identified as Renee (Mawhinney) McDermott, ’78, who served as board chair from 2003–04. The editor apologizes for this error.


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