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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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  1. From his recent appearance on WRTV to this story here, Frank is everywhere. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy, although he should stop using Eric Schnauffer for his 7th Circuit briefs. They're not THAT hard.

  2. They learn our language prior to coming here. My grandparents who came over on the boat, had to learn English and become familiarize with Americas customs and culture. They are in our land now, speak ENGLISH!!

  3. @ Rebecca D Fell, I am very sorry for your loss. I think it gives the family solace and a bit of closure to go to a road side memorial. Those that oppose them probably did not experience the loss of a child or a loved one.

  4. If it were your child that died maybe you'd be more understanding. Most of us don't have graves to visit. My son was killed on a state road and I will be putting up a memorial where he died. It gives us a sense of peace to be at the location he took his last breath. Some people should be more understanding of that.

  5. Can we please take notice of the connection between the declining state of families across the United States and the RISE OF CPS INVOLVEMENT??? They call themselves "advocates" for "children's rights", however, statistics show those children whom are taken from, even NEGLIGENT homes are LESS likely to become successful, independent adults!!! Not to mention the undeniable lack of respect and lack of responsibility of the children being raised today vs the way we were raised 20 years ago, when families still existed. I was born in 1981 and I didn't even ever hear the term "CPS", in fact, I didn't even know they existed until about ten years ago... Now our children have disagreements between friends and they actually THREATEN EACH OTHER WITH, "I'll call CPS" or "I'll have [my parent] (usually singular) call CPS"!!!! And the truth is, no parent is perfect and we all have flaws and make mistakes, but it is RIGHTFULLY OURS - BY THE CONSTITUTION OF THIS GREAT NATION - to be imperfect. Let's take a good look at what kind of parenting those that are stealing our children are doing, what kind of adults are they producing? WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENS TO THE CHILDREN THAT HAVE BEEN RIPPED FROM THEIR FAMILY AND THAT CHILD'S SUCCESS - or otherwise - AS AN ADULT.....

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