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October 18, 2012
Inaugural Birch Bayh Lecture
A Conversation with Senator Evan Bayh

Speaker: Hon. Evan Bayh, former United States Senator for Indiana
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York Street, Indianapolis, IN
Contact: Shaun Dankoski at 317-278-4789 or

The Inaugural Birch Bayh Lecture
Join us for the inaugural Birch Bayh Lecture at the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law. The Birch Bayh Lecture will be an annual event at the school, established in honor of former U.S. Senator Birch Bayh. The lecture series, made possible through the generous contributions of the Simon Property Group where Senator Bayh served on the board for 17 years, and friends of Birch Bayh, will focus on issues of importance to Senator Bayh throughout his long and distinguished career in government.

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Hon. Birch BayhThe Honorable Birch Bayh
Birch Bayh is a former member of the United States Senate, where he served the state of Indiana from 1962-1980. During his three terms in office, he authored historic legislation affecting the American presidency as well as the individual rights of women, minorities and youth. As chairman of the Constitutional Subcommittee, Senator Bayh authored two Amendments to the Constitution: the Twenty-fifth Amendment on Presidential and Vice Presidential succession, and the Twenty-sixth Amendment that lowered the voting age from 21 to 18 years of age. Senator Bayh was the author of two other closely-fought and nearly-passed Amendments to the Constitution: The Equal Rights Amendment, which passed both Houses of Congress, but failed to be ratified by two-thirds of the states, and the Direct Popular Vote Amendment, which would have abolished the Electoral College.

Senator Bayh wrote the landmark legislation, Title IX to the Higher Education Act, that prohibits discrimination based on gender. Senator Bayh is the author and co-sponsor of the Bayh-Dole Act that enables universities and small businesses to gain ownership of federally-funded copyrights. The Act was deemed by The Economist to be “possibly the most inspired piece of legislation to be enacted in America over the past half century.” Senator Bayh was the chief architect of the Juvenile Justice Act, and he served as Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Senator Bayh’s political career began with his election to the Indiana House of Representatives in 1954, where he served two years as Speaker and four years as Democratic Floor Leader. In 1962, he was elected to the U.S. Senate. He earned a B.S. degree in Agriculture from Purdue University and a J.D. from the IU Maurer School of Law. He served two years in the United States Army.

Senator Bayh is a partner in the Washington, D.C., law firm of Venable LLP, and is a Senior Fellow of the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland.

Hon. Evan BayhThe Honorable Evan Bayh
The IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law is honored to host as the inaugural Birch Bayh Lecturer, former Indiana Senator Evan Bayh. A former two-term governor of Indiana (1989-1997) and U.S. senator (1999-2011), Evan Bayh is a partner at McGuireWoods in Washington, D.C., where he serves as a strategic advisor to many of the firm’s most significant clients, particularly those whose business goals are impacted by the actions of Congress, the executive branch,or by governors and legislators across the country.

Senator Bayh was a leader in the U.S. Senate who worked on a variety of key issues, including financial services reform and health care. He served on several committees, including Armed Services; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; Energy and Natural Resources; Small Business and Entrepreneurship; Aging; and Senate Intelligence. As the 46th governor of Indiana, he successfully advocated for welfare reform, tax cuts, and fiscal discipline. He also served as Indiana’s Secretary of State from 1986-1989.

In addition to his practice at McGuireWoods, Senator Bayh is a senior advisor at Apollo Management in New York. He earned a B.S. degree in Business Economics and Public Policy, with honors, from the IU Kelley School of Business in 1978, and a J.D. degree from the University of Virginia Law School in 1981. Senator Bayh also received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Golden Gate University School of Law.

Parking is available for a nominal fee at the campus Gateway Garage, located near the corner of Michigan and California Streets (Address is 525 Blackford Street).  Parking is also available for a nominal fee at the Sports Complex (Natatorium) Garage, two blocks west of the law school, at 875 West New York Street.