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April 8, 2011
Alumnae Network Event
Oustanding Alumna of the Year Award Luncheon

Speaker: Honoring Bette J. Dodd ' 83
Time: 11am-1pm
Location: Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, 450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202-3269
Contact: Shaun Ingram

Bette Dodd, '83, Outstanding Alumna of the YearJoin us on April 8th, 2011 to honor Outstanding Alumna of the Year, Bette J. Dodd, '83.

Jack Wickes, '75, a Director at Lewis & Kappes, will give a tribute to Dodd at the luncheon. 

The Women's Caucus will also be honored at the luncheon. All current and former members of Women's Caucus are encouraged to attend this year's event!

Bette Dodd is a Director with the law firm of Lewis & Kappes, P.C., where she concentrates her practice in the areas of municipal and public utility law litigation, both regulated and unregulated, local government litigation and municipal finance. She has represented municipal and not-for-profit utilities in all aspects related to utility services. She also has represented various customer classes in utility rate cases, cost of service issues and rate design issues in proceedings before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission and Indiana trial and appellate courts. Dodd has defended engineers and contractors regarding the design and construction of water and wastewater facilities and municipalities regarding challenges to water, sewer and stormwater projects and rates. She also has represented municipalities in territorial disputes, including appeals at the Indiana Court of Appeals and Indiana Supreme Court. Dodd has represented numerous entities in utility contract litigation and negotiations.

A magna cum laude graduate of the law school in 1983, she also holds a B.A. degree from IU. She has been named to the list of "Indiana Super Lawyer (Utilities)" in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2009.

After law school, she clerked for Indiana Supreme Court Justice Donald H. Hunter, and U.S. District Court Judge, William E. Steckler (Southern District of Indiana). Before joining Lewis & Kappes in 1995, she worked at Ice Miller from 1986-1995.

Her speaking career spans three decades, beginning in 1982 with her Indiana Law Review article “The Surrogate Mother Contract in Indiana.” She has also spoken at the National Business Institute Seminar (Local Government and the Law); Indiana Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA) Annual Municipal Law Seminar (Utility Jurisdiction and Home Rule Issues); National Business Institute Seminar (Zoning Concerns and Land Use and Planning Issues); Indiana State Bar Utility Law Section Seminar (Electric Update and Consumer Update); IMLA Annual Municipal Law Seminar (Cell Tower Siting and Leasing); Annual Indiana Rural Water Association Conference (Water Utility Issues).

Dodd is admitted to the bars of Indiana; the U.S. Supreme Court; the U.S. Court of Appeals (Seventh Circuit, Eleventh Circuit, Eighth Circuit); the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, and the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana.

An active member of the community, she serves as Fellow, Indianapolis Bar Association; Member, Indiana State Bar Association, Chair Government Practice Section, Former Chair Utility Law Section, Former Chair Electricity Division and Former Chair Utility Services/Consumer Division of Utility Law Section; Member, American Bar Association; National Association of Bond Lawyers; Indiana Municipal Lawyers Association; Board Member, Salt Creek Services, Inc.; Past volunteer judge for Moot Court Competition and Client Counseling Competition at IU School of Law-Indianapolis.

The Alumnae Network is a forum for women graduates to connect with each other, current students and the law school community.

The Alumnae Network is a forum for women graduates to connect with each other, current students and the law school community. Women graduates of IU Law - Indianapolis are a rapidly growing and dynamic group of individuals who have blazed trails for later generations of women and have excelled in all areas of legal expertise.

Previous Outstanding Alumna of the Year Award Recipients:

2000 Virginia Dill McCarty, '50
2001 Shirley A. Shideler, '64
2002 Hon. Betty Barteau, '65
2003 Rebecca O. Kendall, '75
2004 Pamela L. Carter, '84
2005 Deborah K. Hepler, '94
2006 Susan W. Brooks, '85
2007 Susanah M. Mead, '76
2008 Sheila Suess Kennedy, ‘75
2009 Kristin G. Fruehwald, ‘75
2010 Joyce Q. Rogers, ‘96

For more information about the Alumnae Network or to nominate someone for the Outstanding Alumna of the Year Award, please contact Elizabeth Allington with the Alumnae Network at