Indianapolis attorney Steve Tuchman and his husband, Reed Bobrick, have made a $4 million gift to Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law to support the creation of an endowed scholarship and an endowed professorship to further the institution’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
“We intend this gift to ignite the potential for further growth and opportunity among students and faculty at IU McKinney,” said Tuchman, a director at Lewis Kappes and 1971 alumnus of the Indianapolis law school. “It is up to the fantastic stewards of the future to make good use of this gift and continue the progress that has been made. We are pleased to be part of that effort.”
In honor of their contribution, the atrium in Lawrence W. Inlow Hall, the law school building, will be name the Steve Tuchman and Reed Bobrick Atrium.
The endowed scholarship will be available to IU McKinney students pursuing a J.D. degree. Special consideration will be given to underrepresented populations, including members of the LGBTQ community, immigrants, first-generation Americans, financially challenged students and students with diverse cultural experiences.
“Steve thoroughly enjoys being a mentor to IU McKinney law students, many of whom have been so inspiring to us,” Bobrick said. “We are especially pleased that the school has had an excellent track record when it comes to issues of diversity and we are certain that will continue.”
The endowed professorship is intended for an individual or individuals whose work is in advancing LGBTQ rights and issues, reproductive rights and issues, and immigration law practice and policy.
“This generous and historically significant gift has the potential to be truly transformational for our law school,” IU McKinney dean Karen Bravo said. “…We are delighted that Steve and Reed have chosen to invest in that future and that their generosity will be recognized within Inlow Hall. I look forward to the daily reminder of their generosity as I walk through our magnificent atrium.”
Tuchman and Bobrick previously made a substantial gift commitment to IU McKinney in 2013, which created the Tuchman Bobrick Scholarship.
As an attorney, Tuchman has focused his practice on a wide variety of immigration and nationality issues with experience in employment and family-related matters, employer sanctions, enforcement and removal cases, and naturalization cases.
In 2014, he was awarded the Hine Medal for significant impact to the IUPUI campus. Also in 2015, he was designated the Alumnus of the Year by the Indiana University GLBT Alumni Association, and in 2018, he was inducted into the Indiana University Presidents Circle.
Tuchman has been a commissioner on the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission and is active in the Indianapolis arts community. He was recognized by IU McKinney in 2019 at the 2019 IUPUI Spirit of Philanthropy luncheon.
Bobrick, a graduate of Clark University, is a founding partner and the principal designer for Misch Bobrick Design LLC.
“On behalf of IUPUI, I want to thank Steve and Reed for this generous gift that reflects how deeply we value diversity and inclusion on our campus,” IUPUI chancellor Nasser Paydar said. “The combination of an endowed scholarship and an endowed professorship that the gift supports will open doors of opportunity for students and faculty alike to further strengthen the McKinney School of Law as a destination for those committed to social justice and equity for all.”