Alumni Spotlights

  • Luke Bielawski, J.D., '13

    Luke Bielawski, J.D., '13

    Luke Bielawski '13 golfed his way across the United States last summer. He set his sights on helping others in a unique way through his “From Tee to Shining Tee” program. The 24-year-old Fishers resident helped to raise scholarship funds for Providence Cristo Rey High School. The private college prep school caters to students from families of limited means.

  • Susan L.  Brooks, J.D., '85

    Susan L.  Brooks, J.D., '85
    United States House of Representatives

    Susan Brooks was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2012. She represents Indiana’s 5th Congressional District.

  • Jonathan B. Burns, J.D., '06

    Jonathan B. Burns, J.D., '06
    Associate Patent Counsel, Google, Inc.

    Jonathan Burns made the move to in-house counsel at Google in 2012 after 6 years working in IP law at major firms in Washington, D.C. and Indianapolis. He recently spoke with current students about his experiences.

  • Pamela L. Carter, J.D., `84

    Pamela L. Carter, J.D., `84
    President, Cummins Distribution Business, Former Indiana Attorney General

    Pamela L. Carter entered the record books when she became the first African American state attorney general in United States history in 1993. She has also held a number of positions in this country and abroad and is now the president of Cummins Distribution.

  • Andrea Ciobanu, J.D., '10

    Andrea Ciobanu, J.D., '10
    Founder, Ciobanu Law

    Andrea Ciobanu was the recipient of an Early Career Achievement Award. She has her own practice and focuses on civil rights and litigation, education law, ADA compliance, family law, and appellate practice. She also serves as a consultant to the Indiana Supreme Court on its civil law and family law pilot project, and works with the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Family Law Executive Committee.

  • Mary Beth Claus, J.D., '86

    Mary Beth Claus, J.D., '86
    General Counsel, Indiana University Health

    Mary Beth Claus has returned to Indiana to serve as General Counsel of Indiana University Health. Claus spent three and a half years at the Cleveland Clinic, where she served as the deputy chief legal officer and director of health care regulatory matters, overseeing all of the medical center’s regulatory and legal compliance matters.

  • Sharon Cruz, J.D., '13

    Sharon Cruz, J.D., '13

    Working her way through her undergraduate studies at IUPUI, Sharon Cruz switched her major to sociology when she discovered her “passion for studying society’s problems and trying to find ways to solve them,” she said. “I decided the best way to go about the latter part was to get a J.D.”

  • Kenan Farrell, J.D., '03

    Kenan Farrell, J.D., '03
    Founder, KLF Legal

    Kenan Farrell advises clients on a range of business and intellectual property issues, including copyright, trademark, trade secret, patent and privacy issues, as they relate to technology, new media and the arts. He is also an adjunct professor of art and museum law at McKinney School of Law.

  • Fred Glass, J.D., '84

    Fred Glass, J.D., '84
    J.D.; Indiana University, Vice President and Director of Athletics

    Fred Glass has served as IU's Athletic Director since 2009, but also has political, business and civic engagement experience on his extremely impressive resume. He is living proof of the flexible nature of a law degree when it comes to career options.

  • Janet Gongola, J.D., '03

    Janet Gongola, J.D., '03
    Patent Reform Coordinator, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

    Janet Gongola is the patent reform coordinator at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. In this capacity, she manages all aspects of the agency’s implementation of the America Invents Act. Gongola also is the associate commissioner for patent examination policy and is responsible for developing patent policy for the agency.

  • Rahma Hersi, LL.M., '08

    Rahma Hersi, LL.M., '08
    Director, Awal Consulting Limited (Kenya)

    Rahma Hersi, LL.M. ’08, is an Islamic finance lawyer, consultant, and trainer now working as director of Awal Consulting Limited. She is a founding member of the organization, which is the first Islamic advisory and consulting firm in Kenya.

  • Jennett Hill, J.D., '98

    Jennett Hill, J.D., '98
    Vice President and General Counsel, Citizens Energy Group

    Jennett Hill serves as vice president and general counsel for Citizens Energy Group. She joined the utility after working as a partner at law firm Faegre Baker Daniels since 2001.

  • Lacy M. Johnson, J.D., '81

    Lacy M. Johnson, J.D., '81
    Partner, Ice Miller, LLP

    As a partner in the Indianapolis firm Ice Miller, LLP, Lacy M. Johnson has a busy law practice, but he keeps just as busy outside the office with his civic work.

  • Michael J. Kelly, J.D., '94

    Michael J. Kelly, J.D., '94
    Professor of Law and associate dean for international programs and faculty research, Creighton University School of Law

    Professor Michael J. Kelly teaches International and Comparative Law and serves as associate dean for international programs at Creighton University School of Law.

  • Naomi Kwang, J.D., '14

    Naomi Kwang, J.D., '14

    Naomi Kwang, '14, is originally from Singapore. After studying industrial engineering and economics at Purdue University, and receiving a master’s degree in operations research from the Georgia Institute of Technology, she returned to Singapore, where she worked for the Economic Development Board, KPMG Business Advisory, and the National Trade Union Congress. “I wanted to do corporate Mergers & Acquisitions work,” Kwang said of her plans upon entering law school.

  • Craig Lebamoff, J.D., '89

    Craig Lebamoff, J.D., '89
    Senior Advisor to Afghan Ministry of the Interior

    Craig Lebamoff is serving as Senior Advisor to the Afghan Ministry of the Interior, as part of the international effort to assist the Afghan transition. He is working in Kabul, Afghanistan.

  • Kirby Lee, J.D., '03

    Kirby Lee, J.D., '03
    Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice

    Kirby Lee is a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice where he represents the federal government in intellectual property disputes, including patent, copyright and trademark matters. Last year, the department’s intellectual property task force selected Lee for a White House detail, and Lee served as senior policy advisor to the intellectual property enforcement coordinator in the Executive Office of the President.

  • Hon. Robyn Moberly,  J.D., '78

    Hon. Robyn Moberly, J.D., '78
    Bankruptcy Judge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana

    Judge Robyn Moberly has been appointed to a 14-year term as United States Bankruptcy Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. She took office November 1, 2012.

  • David Nguyen, J.D., '06

    David Nguyen, J.D., '06
    Director, ABA Young Lawyer's Division Disaster Legal Services Program

    David Nguyen is director of the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyer’s Division Disaster Legal Services program. He spent three days in mid-November 2012 in New York City helping with recovery efforts after Hurricane Sandy, and traveled there again for a few days in January 2013 to offer more assistance.

  • Mike Pence, J.D., '86

    Mike Pence, J.D., '86
    Governor, State of Indiana

    Mike Pence was elected Indiana's 50th Governor in November 2012. Pence was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 2001-2012.

  • John S. Pistole, J.D., '81

    John S. Pistole, J.D., '81
    Administrator, U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Former Deputy Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

    John S. Pistole was confirmed as the TSA’s Administrator in July 2010. Before that, as deputy director of the FBI, Pistole was the chief operating officer of the bureau, overseeing a $7 billion annual budget and 31,000 employees.

  • Kelly Poole, J.D., '12

    Kelly Poole, J.D., '12
    Tennessee Environmental Council

    One of the first students to earn the Environmental and Natural Resources (ENR) certificate, Kelly Poole says it gave her credibility in her job search and the confidence she needed to land her first job with the Tennessee Environmental Council.

  • Barath Raman, J.D., '14

    Barath Raman, J.D., '14
    Associate, Lewis Wagner, LLP

    2014 graduate Barath Raman studied construction engineering at Purdue University and worked for two years after graduation, in Washington, D.C., Dallas, Los Angeles, and was part of the light rail expansion project in Houston. An opportunity to attend meetings about the project with the legal team connected with it showed him that he enjoyed the legal side of the project he was assigned to more than the engineering work he was doing. So he applied to law school.

  • Heidi Reed, J.D., '09

    Heidi Reed, J.D., '09
    J.D.; Professor, L'Ecole de Design (Nantes, France)

    A passion for international human rights work and varied opportunities for studying abroad led Heidi Reed, ’09, to IU McKinney. And she’s hardly had time to look back since she left Indianapolis.

  • Mark Roesler, J.D., '82

    Mark Roesler, J.D., '82
    Founder, Chairman and CEO, CMG Worldwide

    Mark Roesler, founder, chairman and CEO of CMG Worldwide, is the pre-eminent authority on the valuing, marketing and protecting of celebrities’ intellectual property rights. He has represented and worked with more than 1,000 celebrities, including such icons and legends as Elvis Presley, Norman Rockwell, Sophia Loren, Marlon Brando, James Dean, Jackie Robinson and Amelia Earhart.

  • Pervin Taleyarkhan, J.D., '13

    Pervin Taleyarkhan, J.D., '13
    Legal Associate, Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization

    Pervin Taleyarkhan has turned her IP studies into a job as a legal associate with the Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization. In her new job, she provides strategies for Purdue intellectual property portfolios, evaluates technology-based innovations for IP protection, drafts patent and trademark applications, and presents applicaitons to relevant federal agencies.

  • Ed Whitcomb, J.D., '50

    Ed Whitcomb, J.D., '50
    Former Governor, State of Indiana

    Ed Whitcomb was a student at IU when World War II began, and he left his studies to serve in the U.S. Army. He returned to school after the war and earned his law degree. Whitcomb practiced law in North Vernon, Seymour, and Indianapolis before running for office. He was Indiana’s governor from 1969 to 1973. After leaving office, he served as director of Mid American World Trade Association and resumed his law practice. Whitcomb, now 95 years old, moved to Perry County when he retired.

  • Stephen Worth, J.D., '04

    Stephen Worth, J.D., '04
    Senior Corporate Counsel, Amazon

    “I went to the Amazon website, clicked on ‘Careers’ and applied,” Worth said. “That was March 2009. After talking to them the next day, I called my wife and asked ‘How do you feel about Seattle?’” Amazon has its headquarters there.