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IU Maurer School of Law appoints chaired professors and presents teaching awards

April 16, 2015


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University Maurer School of Law has appointed three faculty members to chaired professorships and honored five faculty members with prestigious teaching awards.

Jeannine Bell and Robert Fischman were named Richard S. Melvin Professor of Law, and W. William Weeks, a 1979 graduate of the law school, was appointed the Glenn and Donna Scolnik Clinical Chair.

Bell is a nationally recognized scholar in the area of policing and hate crime, and she speaks and writes frequently on these issues. Her most recent book on this topic is "Hate Thy Neighbor: Move-in Violence and the Persistence of Racial Segregation in American Housing" (NYU Press, 2013). She teaches criminal process: investigation, the criminal procedure capstone course, and a seminar in constitutional law on the First Amendment. Bell graduated from Harvard College and holds a J.D. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She joined the Indiana University faculty in 1999.

A distinguished environmental law scholar, Fischman teaches water law and wildlife law and is co-author of the leading casebook on public land and resources law. He is also an adjunct professor at IU’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Fischman graduated from Princeton University and the University of Michigan Law School, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif. He joined the Indiana University faculty in 1992.

Richard S. Melvin graduated from the law school in 1934. After graduation, he returned to his home of Valparaiso and joined the firm of Davis & Eichhorn. His career intertwined first with the Anderson Co. and later with the Anderson Foundation. He began his relationship with the Anderson Co. as an outside attorney and later became an officer in the company in its early years. In 1967, when the Anderson Foundation was established, he became one of its first board members. The Anderson Foundation established the Richard S. Melvin Professorship in his honor.

Weeks’ appointment is the first endowed chair for a clinical law professor in the history of Indiana University. It follows a previously announced $2 million gift by Glenn Scolnik, a 1978 graduate of the school, and his wife, Donna, in support of the Conservation Law Center, which Weeks directs. The center provides legal counsel without charge to conservation organizations, works to improve conservation law and policy, and offers law students clinical experience in the practice of conservation law. Weeks is a magna cum laude graduate of the Maurer School of Law and a member of the Order of the Coif. He has been a faculty member since 2005.

Four professors and one adjunct professor were honored with teaching awards on April 16. They are:

“Excellent teaching is a core commitment of our educational mission, and our faculty takes that commitment very seriously," said Austen L. Parrish, dean and James H. Rudy Professor of Law, who presented the awards. "There are many wonderful teachers at the Maurer School of Law, and it is an honor to celebrate their achievements."

Trustees' Teaching Awards were presented to Madeira, Lovelace and Lahn.

Madeira teaches torts and a course in reproduction, childhood and the law, along with a seminar in law and medicine. Lovelace's courses include race, American society and the law, and advanced constitutional law. Lahn teaches appellate advocacy, directs the school’s judicial field placement program, advises the Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition, and supervises the public interest and private practice externship programs.

Fisher was presented with the Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award. He is the solicitor general of Indiana and teaches courses on state constitutional law and representing the state. He also co-teaches a course on appellate practice and procedure with Gregory A. Castanias.

Krishnan was presented the Leon H. Wallace Teaching Award. Named for the school's former dean, it is the highest teaching honor given to law school faculty. An expert in the legal profession and the Indian judicial system, Krishnan is director of the school’s Center on the Global Legal Profession. He teaches courses in property and immigration law.

A special committee of students presented teaching award recommendations to Parrish, who made the final selections.