Alumnus Renames Professorships to Honor Former Law School Dean and FavoriteProfessor
In 2001, Michael D. McCormick made a substantial gift to the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis to create two endowed professorships. This summer, McCormick, the former executive vice president and general counsel of Bindley Western Industries and a 1980 graduate of the law school, chose to recognize former Dean of the Law School, William F. Harvey and Professor Lawrence A. Jegen, III, by re-naming the two endowed professorships in their honor.
The William F. Harvey Professorship commemorates Professor Harvey’s many years of teaching and service to the law school and the legal profession. Professor Harvey joined the law school faculty in 1968. He served as the law school’s dean from 1973 until 1979, while McCormick was a student at the school. He stepped down as dean to accept the appointment as Carl M. Gray Professor of Law, the school’s first endowed professorship.
Harvey is the author of widely recognized volumes on civil procedure and evidence, and for 23 years he was the vice chairman of the Indiana Supreme Court Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure. In 1985, he was selected by President Ronald Reagan for nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
In April of 2006, Harvey received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Indianapolis Legal Aid Society, which he has supported for more than 30 years. On that occasion, several former students including Indiana Gov. Mitchell E. Daniels; former Vice President and Mrs. Dan Quayle; former Ambassador to Germany, Daniel Coats; Indiana Court of Appeals Chief Judge James S. Kirsch; and Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Margret G. Robb, among others, praised Harvey for his professional career.
Others commending Harvey at the award presentation were former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese; Indiana Supreme Court Justices Brent E. Dickson and Frank E. Sullivan; Jr., Federal Judge Sarah Evans Barker, and Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson. In 1996, Harvey was appointed to the Council of Sagamores of the Wabash by Governor Evan Bayh. For 10 years, he was a member of the Rhodes and Marshall Scholarship Committee of Indiana University.
The Lawrence A. Jegen, III Professorship commemorates Professor Jegen’s many years of teaching and service to the law school and the legal profession. Professor Jegen joined the law school faculty in 1962. On two occasions, he received the Thomas Hart Benton Mural Medallion, which is the highest award granted by Indiana University. It was received “for service to the university and for the fulfillment of the university's ideals.” He has received the Indiana University Presidents Circle Commemorative Medallion for exceptional support of Indiana University, and the Indiana University President’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Additionally, he was presented with the Indiana University Teaching Excellence Recognition Award, and on six occasions the IU School of Law-Indianapolis’ Black Cane Award for the Outstanding Law Professor.
By appointment of the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue, he was a member of the Commissioner's Advisory Committee, and he received six Certificates of Recognition from the Internal Revenue Service for contributions to the education of Internal Revenue Service personnel. Further, because of his contributions to the enactment of ERISA, he attended the signing of ERISA in the Rose Garden at the White House at the invitation of President Ford. He has received three honorary awards from the State of Indiana: the Honorary Secretary Of State; the Honorary State Treasurer; and the Honorary Deputy Attorney General. Further, three different Indiana Governors named Professor Jegen a Sagamore of the Wabash.
Professor Jegen is the author of numerous articles, chapters of books, manuals, and other publications. He has drafted many federal and state laws, and frequently he has spoken before national and state organizations both inside and outside of the United States.
With the name change, the current Michael D. McCormick I Professor, Florence Wagman Roisman, will become the William F. Harvey Professor and the Michael D. McCormick II Professor, Professor George Wright, will become the Lawrence A. Jegen III Professor.