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Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis professor Mary Harter Mitchell died this morning.

Mitchell, 56, joined the faculty in 1980 after spending two years as a lecturer at what is now Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington. Mitchell, an Alan H. Cohen Professor of Law, taught courses on various topics including contracts law, law and religion, law of corrections and prisoners' rights.

During her nearly 30-year tenure at the school, she served on almost every faculty committee, including the Executive Committee, according to a statement released by IU-Indy. She served as the faculty advisor for five student organizations, including Law Students Against Capital Punishment, Women's Caucus, and Society on Law and Conscience.

She wrote the book "Legal Reference for Older Hoosiers," on legal issues of importance to older Indiana residents. She also received the Indiana University Trustees' Teaching Award in 2003.

She received her undergraduate degree from Butler University and her J.D. from Cornell Law School in 1978.

"Mary was a beloved member of our family who will be missed in ways that cannot be described," law school Dean Gary R. Roberts said in a statement. "Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers are certainly with Mary's husband Frank and her daughters Sally and Clara."

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