Law School to Honor Distinguished Alumni and Early Career Award Recipients
The Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law announced recipients of the school’s 2012 alumni awards. Three individuals received Distinguished Alumni Awards (DAA), while two others are the recipients of Early Career Achievement Awards.
The law school hosted its awards ceremony on May 4, 2012, to honor these alumni.
DAA winners are Fred Glass, ’84, Indiana University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics; the Hon. Jane Magnus-Stinson, judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, ‘83; and Michael W. Wells, ’79, President of REI Investment Inc.
Glass is known for his strides not only in making key coaching hires for IU athletics, but also for stressing academic excellence for student-athletes. He also has played a central role in several major sports initiatives in Indianapolis, including the development of Lucas Oil Stadium and the expanded Indiana Convention Center, as well as bringing major NCAA events to the capital city. Formerly a partner in the law firm Faegre Baker Daniels, Glass served as chief of staff to then-Governor Evan Bayh from 1989 to 1993.
Magnus-Stinson, a cum laude graduate of the law school, was sworn in as a judge of the U.S. District Court in June 2010 after being nominated in January of the same year. She had served as a magistrate judge in that court since 2007. Twice elected to the Marion Superior Court, she served there from 1995 to 2007, and served as associate presiding judge during 2005-2006. She was counsel and deputy chief of staff to then-Governor Bayh from 1991 to 1995, and early in her career had a civil litigation practice at the firm LewisWagner. She is a member, and former Chair, of the law school’s Board of Visitors.
Wells, a magna cum laude graduate of the law school, has been involved with several of the most significant real estate projects in Indianapolis, including Circle Centre Mall, Emmis Communications Headquarters, and the JW Marriott. In addition to his real estate work, he manages the portfolio of real estate investments owned by REI Real Estate Partnership. His community involvement includes serving as immediate past chairman of the Indianapolis Zoo; executive committee member of the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, and Building Owners and Managers Association; immediate past president of Crossroads Council of the Boy Scouts of America; and as a member of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site Board of Directors. He also is a member of the law school’s Board of Visitors.
Early Career awards were given to Chasity Q. Thompson, ‘02, Assistant Dean of the Office of Professional Development (OPD) at the law school, and 9th District Congressman Todd Young, ’06.
Thompson became associate dean of OPD in 2006 after serving as associate director for almost two years. She served as a clerk to then-Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard of the Indiana Supreme Court immediately after law school in 2002. She has served on the executive committee of the Indiana State Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Section and the bar’s Committee for Racial Diversity in the Legal Profession. She also serves on the Indiana CLEO Advisory Board; the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Law Student Executive Committee, and is a member of the Marion County and National Bar Associations. She was the 2006 recipient of the ISBA’s Raab Emison Award for her commitment to diversity in the legal profession.
Young was sworn in as a member of Congress on January 5, 2011, and currently serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Budget Committee. He graduated with honors from the United States Naval Academy in 1995 and accepted a commission with the U.S. Marine Corps. He was assigned to lead a Marine recruiting effort in the Chicago and northwest Indiana area, and during this time earned an MBA from the University of Chicago. After leaving the military, Young spent a year in England attending the School of Advanced Study in London. After returning to the U.S., he worked at The Heritage Foundation, and later as a legislative assistant in the U.S. Senate. He worked as a management consultant in Indiana for several years, prior to attending law school.