Professor Joel Schumm, ’98 Chosen as Semifinalist for Indiana Court of Appeals Judge
Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Judicial Externship Program Joel M. Schumm, ’98, is a semifinalist for the vacancy on the Indiana Court of Appeals.
Professor Schumm is a magna cum laude graduate of the law school, where he served as articles editor for the Indiana Law Review while in school. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, he spent the three years after graduation in judicial clerkships, first with the Hon. Theodore R. Boehm, then of the Indiana Supreme Court; followed by the Hon. Paul D. Mathias of the Indiana Court of Appeals. He joined the faculty in 2001.
Professor Schumm has represented more than 100 indigent defendants on appeal, either individually or as part of the Appellate Clinic, which he created at the law school in 2008. Students working under his supervision have successfully briefed and argued cases before both the Indiana Court of Appeals and Indiana Supreme Court.
His research and writing areas include criminal law and procedure, and he has authored the annual survey article on that topic in the ILR since 1997. From 2005 to 2007 Professor Schumm served as the Indiana team leader for the American Bar Association’s assessment of the death penalty, which issued a 400-page report . He authored a criminal appellate practice manual for Indiana lawyers published by the Indiana Public Defender Council in 2008. He also served as the reporter for the Problem-Solving Courts Task Force of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), which heard testimony in seven cities and issued a comprehensive assessment in 2009.