McKinney honored during special celebration

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Record number of schools participate in IU Law Day

Indiana University Bloomington welcomed about 575 students to the annual Law Day on Oct. 24. The event gives I.U. students and alumni the opportunity to meet with recruiters from law schools around the country and learn about admission requirements.

A record 126 law schools participated in the Law Day, up from 121 schools in 2011. Hosted by the I.U. Health Professions and Prelaw Center in partnership with the Midwest Association of Prelaw Advisors, the fair was held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Indiana Memorial Union Tree Suites.

The day began with a panel discussion and question-and-answer session with law school assistant deans, including Frank Motley, assistant dean of admission, Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

The Law School Admission Council estimates about 4,000 prelaw students are enrolled at I.U. Bloomington, representing more than 53 majors.

Robert McKinney honored during special celebration

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law honored its namesake at a special celebration on Oct. 19.

IUMcKinneyBust-15col.jpg IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz, Robert H. McKinney, and Indiana University McKinney School of Law Dean Gary Roberts admire a bust of Robert McKinney that was unveiled during the naming ceremony Oct. 19.  The bust was created by sculptor James Beck of the IUPUI Office of Visual Media. (Photo/John Gentry)

Robert H. McKinney was recognized at the Law School Naming Ceremony for his generous gift of $24 million. McKinney Dean Gary Roberts, I.U. President Michael A. McRobbie, I.U. Foundation President Emeritus Eugene R. Tempel and IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz were among the university officials at the event.

During the ceremony a bust of McKinney, created by sculptor James Beck of the IUPUI Office of Visual Media, was unveiled.

McKinney began law school in Indianapolis, but finished at I.U. Bloomington in 1951 before being recalled to active duty by the U.S. Navy. Returning to Indianapolis in 1953, he began working for McHale Cook & Welch. Ten years later, he joined Cook Bose Buchanan & Evans which was renamed Bose Buchanan McKinney & Evans.

IU McKinney offers health law certificate

Students at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law now have the opportunity to specialize in the expanding field of health law. The new Graduate Certificate in Health Law will equip students with particular knowledge, experience and skills in various aspects of health care law and policy.

The curriculum includes advanced offerings in public health law, health quality and safety, bioethics, food and drug law, and health information technology. Students who want to earn the certificate must maintain a required grade-point average in health law courses and complete a research or experiential capstone course.•


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  1. This is ridiculous. Most JDs not practicing law don't know squat to justify calling themselves a lawyer. Maybe they should try visiting the inside of a courtroom before they go around calling themselves lawyers. This kind of promotional BS just increases the volume of people with JDs that are underqualified thereby dragging all the rest of us down likewise.

  2. I think it is safe to say that those Hoosier's with the most confidence in the Indiana judicial system are those Hoosier's who have never had the displeasure of dealing with the Hoosier court system.

  3. I have an open CHINS case I failed a urine screen I have since got clean completed IOP classes now in after care passed home inspection my x sister in law has my children I still don't even have unsupervised when I have been clean for over 4 months my x sister wants to keep the lids for good n has my case working with her I just discovered n have proof that at one of my hearing dcs case worker stated in court to the judge that a screen was dirty which caused me not to have unsupervised this was at the beginning two weeks after my initial screen I thought the weed could have still been in my system was upset because they were suppose to check levels n see if it was going down since this was only a few weeks after initial instead they said dirty I recently requested all of my screens from redwood because I take prescriptions that will show up n I was having my doctor look at levels to verify that matched what I was prescripted because dcs case worker accused me of abuseing when I got my screens I found out that screen I took that dcs case worker stated in court to judge that caused me to not get granted unsupervised was actually negative what can I do about this this is a serious issue saying a parent failed a screen in court to judge when they didn't please advise

  4. I have a degree at law, recent MS in regulatory studies. Licensed in KS, admitted b4 S& 7th circuit, but not to Indiana bar due to political correctness. Blacklisted, nearly unemployable due to hostile state action. Big Idea: Headwinds can overcome, esp for those not within the contours of the bell curve, the Lego Movie happiness set forth above. That said, even without the blacklisting for holding ideas unacceptable to the Glorious State, I think the idea presented above that a law degree open many vistas other than being a galley slave to elitist lawyers is pretty much laughable. (Did the law professors of Indiana pay for this to be published?)

  5. Joe, you might want to do some reading on the fate of Hoosier whistleblowers before you get your expectations raised up.