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Three Maurer School of Law alumni to be honored with Distinguished Service Awards

Oct. 14, 2015


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University Maurer School of Law will present Distinguished Service Awards to three prestigious alumni on Friday, Oct. 16.

Holiday "Holly" Hart McKiernan, R. Anthony "Tony" Prather and Gene E. Wilkins will each receive awards at a luncheon ceremony in Bloomington. McKiernan and Prather were classmates, graduating from the law school in 1983, and Wilkins is a 1957 graduate of the school.

The Distinguished Service Award was established in 1997 to recognize law school alumni who have distinguished themselves in service to their communities and the school in ways that far exceed traditional business, professional and civic duties.

"Holly, Tony and Gene all exemplify the best qualities we’ve come to expect from Maurer School of Law alumni," said Austen L. Parrish, dean and the James H. Rudy Professor of Law. "They have dedicated considerable time and resources to their profession and their community. They have set the kind of example we hope all our current students will follow."

About the honorees:

Holiday "Holly" Hart McKiernan is the chief of staff and general counsel for the Lumina Foundation, where she directs the foundation’s legal affairs and exploration of the Bologna Process and the implications of that reform effort on American higher education.

R. Anthony "Tony" Prather is a partner in the Indianapolis office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP, where he has a full-service practice representing management interests in all aspects of labor and employment law and litigation. He is a member of the IU Maurer School of Law Black Law Student Association Advisory Board and is a former member of the school’s Alumni Board and Board of Visitors.

Gene E. Wilkins was the first person in his family to attend college, graduating with a bachelor's degree from IU in 1954. After earning his law degree from the Maurer School of Law, he moved with his wife, Patty, to Indianapolis, where he practiced for more than 35 years at Bamberger & Feibleman. He finished his legal career as senior counsel at Ice Miller. He has served in leadership roles on several arts organizations in Indianapolis.