James Patrick White

Professor of Law

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Lawrence W. Inlow Hall, Room 203
530 W. New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-3225

Phone: (317) 278-9690
Fax: (317) 278-9691
E-Mail: jwhite@iupui.edu


A.B., 1953
J.D.,1956, University of Iowa
LL.M., 1959, George Washington University


Legal profession, comparative law, primer in American law


James Patrick White retired in 2000 after 26 years as Consultant on Legal Education to the American Bar Association but continues to serve as Consultant Emeritus. The office is responsible for law school accreditation, collection of statistics, and interfacing with other legal education entities. He continues to represent the ABA in a number of international legal education activities.

Before joining the Indiana University faculty in 1996, he taught at the University of North Dakota School of Law and was a Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellow in University Administration at the University of Michigan. He also taught at George Washington University National Law Center and the University of Iowa College of Law. He served as chair of the Advisory Committee for Fulbright Scholar Awards in Law. He served as Dean for Academic Planning and Development for IUPUI from 1973 to 1978. He is a life fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a life member of the American Law Institute, a distinguished fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation and a life member of the Order of the Coif. He has received honorary degrees from the following institutions during the past two decades: LL.D., 1984, University of the Pacific; LL.D., 1989, John Marshall Law School; LL.D., 1989, Widener University; JurD., 1991, Whittier School of Law; LL.D., 1993, Campbell University; LL.D., 1995, Southwestern University; LL.D., 1995, Quinnipiac College; LL.D., 1997, California Western; LL.D., 1999, Roger Williams University; LL.D., 2001 New England School of Law; LL.D., 2001, Seattle University; LL.D., Western New England College, 2002; L.H.D., Barry University, 2005. Commissioner, China-United States Commission on Legal Education.

The Association of American Law Schools, the Law School Admission Council, the ABA Central and Eastern European Law Initiative and the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association passed special resolutions of appreciation for his leadership in legal education. The American Bar Association and friends have established an annual endowed lecture on legal education at the law school in his honor.


Law Review and Journal Articles

  • A Look at Legal Education: The Globalization of American Legal Education, 32 Ind Law Jr. No. 2 at 1285 (2007)
  • John D. Feerick: A Man for All Seasons, LXX Fordham Law Review, No. 6 at 2197 (May 2002)
  • Rededication to Our Core Values: Legal Education in the Public Interest, 31 Southwestern University Law Review, No. 2 at 159 (2002)
  • Dean Frank T. Read: A Renaissance Dean 44 South Texas Law Review, No.l 1 at 21 (2002)
  • Rennard Strickland: A Tribute to a Magnificent Legal Educator, 80 Oregon Law Review, No. 3 at 1143 (Fall, 2001)
  • History of the Administration of the American Law School Accreditation Process, 51 Journal of Legal Education, No. 3 at 438 (September 2001)
  • Dean Antonio Garcia Padilla: A Leader in the Globalization of Legal Education, LXX University of Puerto Rico Law Review, No. 4 at 1025 (2001)
  • Rethinking the Program of Legal Education: A New Program for the New Millenium, 36 Tulsa Law Journal 397 (2000)

Other Publications

  • Evaluating Law Schools: The American Bar Association Accreditation Process – Proceedings, Chinese and American Law School Deans’ Conference, Beijing, China, at 157 (April 2005)
  • A Proposal: The Creation of a Voluntary Association for Quality Assurance for Legal Educational; Institutions Throughout the World, Educating Lawyers for Transnational Challenges, Association of American Law Schools at 667 (2004)
  • Globalization of Legal Education in the 21st Century – Proceedings of International Conference on the Rule of Law and Legal Education, China University of Politics and Law, Beijing, PRC, May, 2002