Students Honor Faculty, Classmates and Community Leaders
The Student Bar Association presented several awards to faculty at this year's Barrister's Ball, held on Saturday, March 5, 2005 at the Indiana State Museum. The Best New Professor Award went to Professor William C. Bradford, who joined the law school in 2002. Professor James W. Torke received the Black Cane Award for outstanding professor for the sixth time. Torke, who has been at the law school for 33 years, will be retiring from the faculty at the end of this semester. Associate Dean and Professor Andrew R. Klein received the Velma Dobbins White Cane Award for outstanding administrator, marking the first time this award has been given to a faculty member. Klein, who joined the faculty in 2000, is also a prior recipient of both the Best New Professor and Black Cane Awards.
Other awards included one given by the Hispanic Law Society to Judge Israel Nunez Cruz for his leadership and work with the Hispanic community. Phi Alpha Delta named Stefanie Dominguez their member of the year. Phi delta Phi named Kelly Pautler as Best Member, Phil Wickizer as Best Graduate, and Jessica Hensley as Best New Member. Equal Justice Works gave awards to Kia Colom for her leadership in Street Law, Melody Goldberg for planning the most successful Norman Amaker Public Interest Law Retreat to date, and April Meade for her leadership in the Voting Rights and other awareness campaigns.
It was also announced that students have voted on two graduation speakers for commencement ceremonies on May 8. Deb McKee will speak as a representative of the day students and Fenton Strickland will speak on behalf of the evening students. Professors Tom Wilson and Bill Bradford will be the hooders during the ceremony.