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Roberts to step down as McKinney dean in 2013

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Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Dean Gary Roberts will retire as dean June 30, 2013, Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis announced Tuesday. He will remain on the law school faculty after he steps down as dean.

Roberts came to Indianapolis in July 2007 from a 24-year tenure at Tulane University Law School. Roberts is a national expert in sports law and has published several articles and book chapters on antitrust, labor and other issues in the sports industry.

While dean, the school received a $24 million gift from Indianapolis attorney Bob McKinney, which led to the renaming of the school in 2011.

Roberts has also helped grow international partnerships with the law school in China and Egypt and has overseen the doubling of the student financial aid budget.

“Gary Roberts assumed leadership of a financially sound school and further strengthened it through his energy, determination and work ethic,” IUPUI Chancellor Charles Bantz said. “Gary’s efforts have raised awareness of the vital contributions the McKinney School’s graduates continue to make, especially in Indiana, and he will leave the school well positioned to confront the challenges facing legal education in the future.”

The search for Roberts’ successor will begin immediately.

 

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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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