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IU McKinney Graduates 322 Students at Commencement May 10


Congresswoman Susan BrooksCongresswoman Susan W. Brooks, J.D.'85, delivered the commencement address for graduates from the Indiana University Robert. H. McKinney School of Law.

It wasn’t her first time at the podium for graduation. Brooks was chosen by her peers to speak during commencement ceremonies when she graduated from IU McKinney in 1985.

IU McKinney’s commencement ceremony was held May 10, in the Sagamore Ballroom at the Indiana Convention Center.

"Susan’s career path is an excellent example of how a law degree can be used in so many ways," said IU McKinney Dean Andrew R. Klein. "She has experience in private practice, at several levels of government service, as well as in higher education. I have no doubt her remarks to the Class of 2014 will be inspirational as well as aspirational."

Brooks represents Indiana's 5th District in the U.S. House of Representatives and serves on the Homeland Security, Ethics, and Education and the Workforce committees. She is also chair of the Committee on Homeland Security's Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications.

Before her election to Congress, Brooks served as senior vice president and general counsel for Ivy Tech Community College. Before that, she was U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, appointed by President George W. Bush in 2001. In addition, she previously served as a deputy mayor in Indianapolis during Steve Goldsmith's administration.

Earlier in her career, Brooks practiced law at the Indianapolis firm of Ice Miller and also served as a criminal defense attorney for Indianapolis-based McClure McClure & Kammen.

A recipient of IU McKinney's Alumna of the Year award in 2006, Brooks also is a member of the law school's Board of Visitors.

The law school awarded 293 J.D. degrees and 29 LL.M. degrees in the ceremony. The law school also awarded 63 certificates to J.D. graduates in the areas of environmental, health, intellectual property, and international law.

In addition to their academic pursuits, the graduating class contributed more than 22,000 hours of pro bono service to the central Indiana community while attending law school.

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