IU McKinney graduates honored with Hine awards

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The exterior of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. (IL file photo)

Two Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law alumni will be honored with the IUPUI Maynard K. Hine Award, the law school announced Monday.

The Hine Award has been given annually since 1974 and is named after the first chancellor of IUPUI campus. MaryEllen K. Bishop and David Hòa Khoa Nguyen will each be recognized.

MaryEllen K. Bishop graduated from the law school in 1982 and has since served on many boards and committees at IU.

According to a news release, Bishop represents clients in estates and wealth transfer planning including estate and trust planning and administration, probate litigation, and individual and fiduciary taxation.

She has served on several boards, including four terms on the IU Board of Trustees, past chair of the IUPUI Board of Advisors, the IU Women’s Colloquium Planning Committee, past international chair for the IU Alumni Association and co-chair of the IU School of Medicine Planned Giving Committee.

Bishop has also earned several awards.

She has been listed among the Best Lawyers for Estate Planning and Estate and Trust Litigation since 2006 and received the Indiana Women of Achievement Award from Ball State University in 2011.

Also, she is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, a board-certified Indiana Trust and Estate Lawyer, a fellow of the Indiana State Bar Foundation and a distinguished fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation.

Nguyen, a 2006 graduate, is an attorney and associate professor of urban education leadership and policy at IUPUI’s School of Education.

His first impression of IUPUI came from when he was a toddler and his mother took part-time classes at the university after resettling in the area as a refugee from Vietnam.

He served as pro bono director of the American Bar Association’s Disaster Legal Services program for six years, and he has published a handbook for volunteer attorneys.

After joining IUPUI, he partnered with the law school to offer the Ph.D./M.J. dual degree in urban education studies.

He has published two books, more than 20 peer-reviewed articles and law reviews, and 10 book chapters focusing on affirmative action in education, issues impacting undocumented students and diversity-focused educational leadership.

Nguyen has served in serval officer positions with the Central Indiana Chapter of IUAA, where he was on the executive council, president of the Netherlands chapter, member of the Asian Alumni Association and past president of the IUPUI Alumni Council. In 2009, he mentored students in the creation of the IUPUI Regatta.

Bishop and Nguyen will each receive a bronze medal engraved with Hine’s profile.

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