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Pistole '81 and Rivera Morales '04 to Receive Awards at Evening of Celebration on May 8


John S. PistoleThe Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis and its alumni association are proud to announce that John S. Pistole, ’81 and Ruth M. Rivera Morales, ’04 are the 2009 alumni award recipients at the annual Evening of Celebration on May 8, 2009 at Inlow Hall. All alumni were invited to attend the festivities, which included two one hour CLE presentations, a cocktail reception to welcome the graduating class into the alumni family, presentations of the alumni awards, and reunion dinners for the classes of 1959, 1974, 1984, 1994, and 2004.

John S. Pistole will receive the Distinguished Alumni Service Award. As the Deputy Dirctor of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) since 2004, he is the highest ranked official in that agency not appointed by the President.

He began his career as a Special Agent with the FBI in 1983. He served in the Minneapolis and New York Divisions before being promoted to a Supervisor in the Organized Crime (OC) Section at FBIHQ. He assisted the Italian National Police in their investigations into the 1992 assassinations of two prominent Magistrates. He also served as an Instructor in OC matters at the FBI Academy for nearly 30 New Agents Classes.

Mr. Pistole later served as a field supervisor of a White-Collar Crime (WCC) and Civil Rights Squad in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he created a Health Care Fraud Task Force and a Public Corruption Task Force. During this time, he also developed curricula and provided instruction at the International Law Enforcement Academy in Budapest, Hungary.

Mr. Pistole next served as Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Boston, Massachusetts, where he had oversight for WCC, Computer Intrusion Programs, and all FBI matters in the States of Maine and New Hampshire and WCC, especially Public Corruption, in Rhode Island. In 1999, he helped lead the investigative and recovery efforts for the Egypt Air Flight 990 crash off the coast of Rhode Island. Following the espionage arrest of Robert Hanssen, he was detailed to FBIHQ and helped lead the Information Security Working Group, addressing security and vulnerability issues. In 2001, he was named an Inspector in the Inspection Division in Washington, D.C., where he led teams conducting evaluations and audits of FBI field offices and Headquarters divisions.

Following the events of 9/11, Director Mueller appointed Mr. Pistole to the Counterterrorism Division, first as Deputy Assistant Director for Operations, then as Assistant Director. Mr. Pistole was then appointed as the Executive Assistant Director for Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence. In October, 2004, Mr. Pistole was promoted to Deputy Director, the number two position in the FBI. He is a recipient of the 2005 Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Executive. In 2007, Mr. Pistole received the Edward H. Levy Award for Outstanding Professionalism and Exemplary Integrity.

Ruth M. Rivera MoralesRuth M. Rivera Morales will receive the Early Career Achievement Award. Ms. Rivera Morales received her J.D. degree in 2004 and is currently an associate at Plews Shadley Racher & Braun in Indianapolis. While a law student, she was a fellow of the Indiana Conference for Legal Education Opportunity (ICLEO), and president of the Hispanic Law Students Association (HLSA). She was chosen for the Early Career Achievement Award due to her enthusiastic participation in a wide variety of community-based legal initiatives. She is currently an active member of the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Diversity Task Force, a board member of the Hispanic Business Council, Chairperson of the Indiana State Bar Association’s Latino Affairs Committee. She has also led initiatives such as the compilation of first ever directory of Spanish speaking attorneys in Indiana, increased Latino lawyer participation in various community outreach and networking events and the presentation of CLE programs of interest to attorneys serving the Latino and other communities. She has also given generously of her time and talents to assist the law school and the IUPUI campus with recruitment.

In May, 2008 she was chosen as an “Up and Coming Lawyer” by the Indiana Lawyer for her contributions to the legal profession and her work in the Latino community.

In addition to her law degree, Ms. Rivera Morales holds an M.B.A. degree from Indiana Wesleyan University (2000) and a B.S. degree from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez (1984).

For information on attending any of the Evening of Celebration events, including the Award Ceremonies, please visit the IUAA web site: or call 317-274-2289.

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