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McKinney honored for efforts to eliminate discrimination

IL Staff
January 14, 2014
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Attorney and law school benefactor Robert H. McKinney is being honored by the Anti-Defamation League for his work combating discrimination and hate.

The ADL is recognizing McKinney with its Man of Achievement Award which is given to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to community, justice and equal opportunity for all.

 McKinney is a founding partner of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP in Indianapolis and is the former chairman and CEO of First Indiana Bank. In 2011, he donated $24 million to Indiana University’s Indianapolis law school which was subsequently renamed the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

Under his leadership in Washington, effective regulations were enacted in the banking industry to prevent housing discrimination. As CEO of First Indiana Bank as well as in his many civic and political activities and as national chairman of the Sierra Club Foundation, he continued working toward eliminating discrimination throughout the United States.

“The inspirational words of the ADL, ‘to imagine a world without hate,’ fits well with my long-term maxim, ‘doing well by doing good,’” McKinney said. “This motto has served as a beacon for my government service, civic and political activity, and corporate leadership. I am excited and honored to receive this award from such a great institution.”

Michael A. McRobbie is also being honored by the league. McRobbie has championed the university’s expanded international engagement in research and education worldwide. The school is now a national leader in students studying abroad and has one of the country’s largest international student populations.  

McKinney and McRobbie will be formally honored by the ADL in Indianapolis on April 24.
 

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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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