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IU Maurer School of Law inducts four into Academy of Law Alumni Fellows

April 11, 2014


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Four Indiana University Maurer School of Law alumni will be inducted today, April 11, into the school's Academy of Law Alumni Fellows. Induction into the academy is the highest honor the law school can bestow on its graduates.

Established in 1985, the academy consists of an elite group that includes U.S. senators, federal judges, successful business leaders and distinguished practitioners. Each brings honor to the legal profession and enhances the Maurer School of Law's national and global reputation. The 2014 inductees are an accomplished entrepreneur, an international lawyer and business executive, a distinguished criminal defense attorney, and a longtime Indiana practitioner and judge.

"Our newest additions to the Academy of Law Alumni Fellows have made a significant impact not only in the state of Indiana, but across the country and throughout the world," said Austen L. Parrish, dean and the James H. Rudy Professor of Law. "They embody the values that the law school holds in highest esteem: intellectual rigor, continuous achievement and a commitment to the highest standards of the profession. We are honored to call them alumni of our school."

Here are biographies of the 2014 Academy of Law Alumni Fellows:

Lowell E. Baier, class of 1964, has had a career that has taken him from practicing attorney to entrepreneur, tireless advocate for natural resources and wildlife conservation, and now author.

Baier received his Bachelor of Arts in economics and political science from Valparaiso University in 1961 and his law degree in 1964. After graduation, he practiced law in Washington, D.C.. He had grown to love the city when his congressman, Charles A. Halleck, R-Ind., LLB’24, called him to be a page in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1956. In 1967, he formed Baier Properties Inc., a Bethesda, Md.-based developer of warehouses, residential properties, and award-winning office buildings and shopping centers.

In the early 1970s, Baier was one of 14 founders of the Wild Sheep Foundation, which has funded over $1 million annually to re-establish the habitat of the four species of wild sheep in North America. He has established similar programs in Russia and Mongolia. Since 1975, Baier has been active in the Boone and Crockett Club, America’s oldest wildlife conservation organization. He took the lead in drafting President George H.W. Bush’s wildlife conservation agenda in 1979 and has led in the formation of Ph.D. programs in natural resources and wildlife conservation management at five universities. From 2004 to 2007, he led a national campaign to raise $6.5 million to purchase for the federal government the last and largest remaining piece of private land (24,550 acres) that was initially Theodore Roosevelt’s Elkhorn Ranch.

In support of two bills pending in Congress that he authored, Baier recently completed a book, "America’s Crippling Battle for Its Lands, Endangered Species, and Their Critical Habitat: Inside the Equal Access to Justice Act." His next book, "Voices From the Wilderness: A Biography," which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, is expected soon.

Baier has been recognized many times for his extraordinary public service at the local level and for his conservation work nationally. He was Citizen of the Year of Rockville, Md., in 1988. In 2008, he was named Conservationist of the Year by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. In 2010, Outdoor Life magazine selected Baier as the Conservationist of the Year, and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies similarly recognized him in 2013. He is a recipient of the law school’s Distinguished Service Award.

Sara Yang Bosco, class of 1983, is the daughter of Chinese parents who came to the United States in the late 1940s and early 1950s. She was born and raised in South Bend, Ind., and graduated from the University of Notre Dame before enrolling in the Maurer School of Law in 1980. She has been resident in Hong Kong since 1991.

Apart from a five-year period as a lawyer in New York City in the late '80s, Bosco has spent all of her career in Asia. She was an attorney in a Taipei law firm and a partner in the Hong Kong office of Baker & McKenzie before joining the Hong Kong office of Perkins Coie LLP, a Seattle-based firm with more than 900 lawyers. She built her reputation as an outstanding practice lawyer in China during the rapid growth in that country’s economy and was named one of AsiaLaw’s Leading Lawyers for China and M&A in 2001 to 2004 consecutively.

In 2005, Bosco was named general counsel, Asia Pacific, of Emerson, a $25 billion, 132,000-employee company. Emerson is a Fortune 500 diversified global manufacturing and technology company, specializing in network power, process management, industrial automation, climate technologies, and commercial and residential solutions. Emerson is frequently ranked as one of Fortune’s Most Admired Companies. A client of Bosco since the 1990s, Emerson offered her the position of general counsel three times before she ultimately agreed to accept. In 2008, she was promoted to president of Emerson Asia Pacific, which includes 37,000 employees in over 40 manufacturing facilities and 29 engineering and development centers. Bosco is the first female president of Emerson’s Asia Pacific operations, and she is also chair of Emerson Electric (China) Holdings Co. Ltd. She serves on the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.

Donald P. Dorfman, class of 1957, is a dedicated alumnus of Indiana University and the Maurer School of Law and a distinguished defense attorney, committed to service to his clients, veterans and his alma mater.

Dorfman embodies the value of hard work, integrity and the transformative nature of higher education. His family did not have much money to invest in a college education, so Dorfman worked and saved money so he could attend IU, the college of his dreams. He also worked throughout his undergraduate and law school careers -- as a dishwasher, busboy, waiter and a human subject for the psychology department.

Upon graduating with his law degree in 1957, Dorfman was commissioned as a first lieutenant in the Judge Advocate General’s Department of the U.S. Air Force. He later joined the Air Force Reserve and retired as a colonel. He settled in Sacramento, Calif., where he was a deputy district attorney for Sacramento County and a successful criminal defense lawyer.

Throughout his career, Dorfman has taken to heart the constitutional guarantee that all defendants deserve an ally and advocate of the highest order. He was the founder and first president of the Sacramento Criminal Lawyers Association, a member of the board of the Indigent Defense Panel and of the Peer Review Committee of the Sacramento County Bar Association. He is also a member of the board of Jewish Family Services.

Dorfman’s service and philanthropy to Indiana University and the Maurer School of Law qualify as truly extraordinary. He is the president of the Sacramento chapter of the IU Alumni Association, was a member of the IU Alumni Association Executive Council, and has served on the Law School’s Board of Visitors since 1997. During the university’s Matching the Promise capital campaign, Dorfman established a need-based scholarship at the law school so he could assist students who likewise needed to work to complete their degrees. He has been an active recruiter for both IU and the law school, and he has single-handedly placed more Maurer graduates in California than any other alumnus.

Dorfman has been recognized for his legal assistance to men and women returning from service in the military. He is a member of the California State Committee of the Employer’s Support of the Guard and Reserve, and he acts as an ombudsman for veterans who encounter employment difficulties when they return to civilian life. For this work, he received the Seven Seals Award, the highest award the organization confers. He has also served as the president of the Department of California Reserve Officers Association and is a recipient of its John C. Frémont Award.

Patricia A. McNagny, class of 1951, has had a distinguished record of work both in the judiciary and as a civic leader. Born in Fort Wayne, Ind., McNagny is the daughter of Ralph Gates, who served as governor of the state from 1945 to 1949. She attended Indiana University and graduated with honors in 1948 with a major in history. She completed her law degree in 1951 and married Phil M. McNagny Jr. during her third year. Phil McNagny went on to a successful career at Gates Gates & McNagny in Columbia City, Ind.

For many years, McNagny primarily worked from home doing wills and estate work while she raised their four daughters. In 1969 she began working with her husband until his death in 1981. The following year, she successfully ran for judge of the Whitley County Court. In 1991, she left the bench to join her daughter Marcia in the practice of law.

During her time on the court, McNagny played an active role bringing new initiatives to the county court system. She introduced community service into criminal sentencing in her county and developed counseling services for violent offenders and drug and alcohol offenders. She promoted GED education to jail inmates and advocated a wider use of work release. She was instrumental in installing computers in the courts and county offices, and worked toward the establishment of a Community Corrections Department.

Active in the local and state bar associations, she served as secretary of the Indiana State Bar Association, and in 1994 she was named a fellow in the Indiana Bar Foundation. She was president of the Peabody Library and served on its board for many years. She was vice chair of the Whitley County Republican Committee and a director of the Whitley County Drug Awareness Program and the Otis R. Bowen Center for Human Services. For her successful campaign to purchase a 100-acre tract of land on Crooked Lake, and for the personal donation of land dedicated as the Crooked Lake Nature Preserve in honor of her father, she was given the Nature Conservancy Oak Leaf Award.