Alumni Leadership

Alumnae Network

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

As women graduates of Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, we are part of a rapidly growing and dynamic group of women who have blazed trails for later generations of women and have excelled in all areas of legal expertise. Currently, there are more than 3,300 alumnae of the school with over 100 new alumnae added to that number each year!

Outstanding Alumna of the Year

Linda L. Pence, '74, Named Outstanding Alumna of the Year
Alumni Linda L. Pence, Class of 1974

On March 15, 2013 Linda L. Pence, ’74, was honored as the 2013 Outstanding Alumna of the Year at the 14th annual luncheon presented by the law school’s Alumnae Network.  Friends, family and colleagues were on hand at the Woodstock Club in Indianapolis to honor Pence, including the Honorable Jane Magnus-Stinson, ’83 who gave the tribute, lauding her fellow alumna as a unique role model.  Speaking of Pence as a trailblazer in the legal profession, Magnus-Stinson said, “Linda broke the glass ceiling in a significant way for all women who followed, merging her practice with the Johnson Smith firm and becoming the first woman to be a named partner [in Indianapolis at Johnson Smith Pence Densborn Wright & Heath].  This was significant in establishing women as equals in the business of practicing law.”

Magnus-Stinson also included quotes from many of Pence’s admirers.  The Honorable Sarah Evans Barker said of Pence, “In every one of her cases, she brings both passion and dedication to her role as a lawyer.  She is not just passionate about her client’s cause, but about the trial process itself as a means of achieving justice.”

Pence began her legal career with the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., in 1974, where she handled complex civil and regulatory issues and white collar and criminal investigations and prosecutions. She was Chief, Special Projects Branch, and Deputy Chief, Government Fraud Section. She was responsible for supervising criminal investigative task forces in Florida and Puerto Rico probing mortgage fraud, boiler-rooms, and health care fraud. While at the Justice Department, she received the Attorney General’s Special Commendation Award and Attorney’s Award from the Association of Federal Investigators (resulting from her supervision over a task force on mortgage fraud).

Over the last 36 years, Pence has gained extensive experience in white collar criminal matters including mortgage and consumer fraud, environmental offenses, Medicare/Medicaid and health care fraud, kickback schemes, bribery, bid-rigging, embezzlement, official misconduct, RICO, insurance fraud, bank fraud, customs and currency violations, securities fraud, and other financial and business improprieties In addition to criminal litigation, she has handled a variety of complex civil and regulatory matters, including cases involving civil RICO, civil fraud, environmental clean-ups, insurance, banking, discrimination, intellectual property, patents, security enforcement proceedings, qui tam cases, franchises, and business disputes.

She has been recognized by her peers as one of the best lawyers in America (“The Best Lawyers in America,” Woodard/White, Inc.) and one of Indiana’s Top Fifty “Super Lawyers.” Chambers USA has included her in “America’s Leading Business Lawyers,” describing her as “fearsome,” a “terrific courtroom performer,” “quick on her feet,” and “effective with witnesses.”

Pence has served on the law school’s Board of Visitors and has been a frequent speaker and panelist at the school for student programs.

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.

For more information about the Alumnae Network or to nominate someone for the Outstanding Alumna of the Year Award, please contact Angela Rager, ’99, executive director for the Alumnae Network at arrager@iupui.edu.

Previous Outstanding Alumna of the Year Award Recipients

  • Sara B. Cobb, '90, 2012
  • Bette J. Dodd, '83, 2011
  • Joyce Q. Rogers, '96, 2010
  • Kristin G. Fruehwald, '75, 2009
  • Sheila Suess Kennedy, '75, 2008
  • Susanah M. Mead, '76, 2007
  • Susan W. Brooks, '85, 2006
  • Deborah K. Hepler, '94, 2005
  • Pamela L. Carter, '84, 2004
  • Rebecca O. Kendall, '75, 2003
  • Hon. Betty Barteau, '65, 2002
  • Shirley A. Shideler, '64, 2001
  • Virginia Dill McCarty, '50, 2000