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Longtime Bloomington law professor dies

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An Indiana University Maurer School of Law professor who taught at the law school for more than 40 years died Wednesday. The law school announced Patrick L. Baude, the Ralph F. Fuchs Professor Emeritus of Law and Public Service at Indiana University Maurer School of Law died in his Bloomington home after a brief illness.

Receiving his law degree from the University of Kansas in 1966, Baude joined the Bloomington law school faculty in 1968. He’s also been special counsel to the Indiana Governor’s office, past president of the Indiana Board of Law Examiners, and worked with the Indiana Attorney General’s Office as a special deputy attorney general.

Baude also wrote dozens of articles and book chapters on legal topics such as the U.S. Constitution. He retired from the law school in 2008, but continued teaching his constitutional law class to first-year students.

Aside from his legal teaching, Baude also stayed involved in various litigation areas and most notably was one of the plaintiffs in a federal suit challenging Indiana’s wine shipping law. That case, Patrick L. Baude, et al. v. David L. Heath and Indiana Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of Indiana, Nos. 07-3323 and 07-3338, went as high as the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2008, which ruled that Hoosiers must first make a face-to-face contact at a winery to verify their age before being allowed to purchase any alcohol online or by phone. That appellate decision reversed a ruling from then-U.S. District Judge John D. Tinder in Indianapolis, who'd struck down part of the state's 2006 law banning out-of-state shipments to Indiana customers without that initial in-person contact. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to take the case.

A memorial service will be held, but details were not available IL deadline.

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