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Longtime IU Maurer dean worked in ‘dream job’ for 33 years

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Leonard Dennis Fromm, associate dean for students and alumni affairs at Indiana University Maurer School of Law, died Feb. 2 at the I.U. Health Bone Marrow Transplant Unit in Indianapolis. A celebration of his life will be held later this week.

Fromm, 70, had been assistant dean for students and alumni affairs since 1979 and described it as his “dream job” because it allowed him to use all aspects of his academic background in his service to the students, law school and university community at large.

He was born in Iowa in 1942 and received his B.A. in philosophy from Conception College in 1965 and his M.A. in counseling psychology from Marquette University in 1967. He also studied math and engineering at Creighton University. Fromm earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1977, and he completed all but his dissertation for his doctorate in higher education at that institution.

Fromm worked as an adviser and counselor at Maurer Law School on a range of matters, including academic concerns and personal problems. He oversaw the Fellowship/Scholarship program, commencement and state bar certification.

Fromm was awarded the school’s Gavel Award five times for his contributions to students.

When time allowed, Fromm loved to golf and enjoyed his excursions with friend and colleague Daniel Conkle. He also took great joy in attending his children’s band performances and basketball games in high school and college. He was a proud supporter of Bloomington High South basketball and music programs, Indiana University and the Butler University basketball program.

He is survived by his wife Donna Wilber-Fromm; daughter Callan Fromm, Bloomington; son Erik Fromm, Indianapolis; brother Robert (Bobbie) Fromm, Hobe Sound, Fla.; sister Peg (Steve Sarkis) Fromm, Bloomington, Minn.; as well as nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Trinity Episcopal Church in Bloomington. A reception will take place in the Great Hall at the church immediately following the ceremony. The Maurer School of Law will host an additional memorial event at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the I.U. Foundation, P.O. Box 6460, Indianapolis, IN 46206, for the benefit of the law school’s Leonard Fromm Memorial Fund.

 

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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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