Profesor María Pabón López Wins Diversity In Practice Award
Profesor María Pabón López was chosen as the recipient of the Indiana Lawyer’s 2008 Diversity in Practice Award on October 24 at the Conrad in downtown Indianapolis. She is pictured above with Greg Morris, IBJ media vice president and Byron Myers, chief managing par tner at Ice Miller.
Prior to joining the law school in 2002, Professor López worked as an assistant U.S. Attorney, Criminal Division, for the U.S. Department of Justice, District of Puerto Rico in San Juan and practiced law in San Juan and Philadelphia. At IU she has implemented new courses about issues related to diversity and ensuring an environment of inclusion. Her course, Race and the Law was first offered in the Spring of 2008.
Since June of 2003, Professor López has been an appointed member of the Indiana Supreme Court’s Court Interpreter Certification Advisory Board, a project of the Race and Gender Fairness Commission. She is also a member of the Latino Affairs Committee of the Indiana State Bar. In December 2007, Indiana Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard named Professor López, the only academic, to the State Board of Law Examiners.
In addition, Professor López is currently working on a book about the education of immigrant children. She was presented with the 2007 Rabb Emison Award from the ISBA recognizing her commitment to promote diversity and equality in the legal profession and in the membership of the Indiana State Bar.