Professor López Named to National Conference of Bar Examiners and Elected to the American Law Institute
Professor María Pabón López, of Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis, has been appointed to the Editorial Advisory Committee of the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
The Editorial Advisory Committee reviews and comments on articles for publication in The Bar Examiner, which is published quarterly, and is the only national publication related to bar admissions.
Professor López has been the secretary of the Board of Law Examiners (BLE) since 2008. She is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was an Associate Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.
BLE Executive Director Linda Loepker is pleased to have Professor López dedicate her time to the Indiana Board of Law Examiners, “María’s appointment to the Editorial Advisory Committee of the NCBE is a wonderful acknowledgement of her academic achievements and her knowledge in many areas of law.”
The 10-member Board of Law Examiners is responsible for ensuring that individuals admitted to practice law have met the requirements specified in the Admission and Discipline Rules of the Indiana Supreme Court. This includes the duty of writing and grading the essay portion of the examination given to applicants seeking admission to the Indiana Bar.
Professor López was also elected to the American Law Institute (ALI). The ALI selects its members based on significant professional achievements, demonstrated leadership and promise. Members are chosen to carry out the ALI’s mission “to promote the clarification and simplification of the law and its better adaptation to social needs, to secure the better administration of justice, and to encourage and carry on scholarly and scientific legal work.” Election is considered one of the highest honors in the legal profession.
"The National Conference of Bar Examiners could not have chosen a better person for the Editorial Advisory Committee," said Dean Gary R. Roberts of the Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis. "Professor Maria Lopez is a prolific author, as well as an award-winning teacher, and a dedicated proponent of public service. She is an invaluable asset to our school, and certainly deserves national recognition for her accomplishments."
Professor López has served as a staff attorney and team leader of the Family Law Group of the Legal Aid of Central Texas, an assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, District of Puerto Rico in San Juan and staff attorney and director of the Family Violence Legal Line, Women’s Advocacy Project, in Austin, Texas. She also serves as an appointed member of the Supreme Court’s Court Interpreter Certification Advisory Board and is an inaugural member of the Latino Affairs Committee of the Indiana State Bar.