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Indy law renamed in honor of $24 million donor

December 1, 2011

Effective today, the Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis will be called Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. The name change comes after Robert McKinney – an Indianapolis attorney and name partner of Bose McKinney & Evans – donated $24 million to the law school.

Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie announced the new name at a press conference this afternoon.

McKinney received his law degree from Indiana University School of Law and has a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy. In 1963, he was added as a name partner to the firm that is now known as Bose McKinney & Evans. He retired in 1992 and also served as chairman and CEO of First Indiana Corp., now know as M&I Bank, until he retired from there in 2005.

He was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to chair multiple federal banking, insurance, mortgage and loan agencies. McKinney established model nondiscrimination regulations and pushed for community investment.

The IU board of trustees approved the name change at its October meeting. A formal renaming ceremony and celebration will take place in the spring.

This story will be updated.
 

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