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Hon. Carr Darden, J.D., '70

Retired, Indiana Court of Appeals

Hon. Carr Darden, J.D., '70

Most of the rights we have as citizens were fought for by attorneys who took on the causes of the poor or those in prison.

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With a $50,000 gift commitment to the law school, Retired Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Carr L. Darden and his wife Lundy have established the Judge Carr L. Darden and Mrs. Lundy M. Darden Public Sector Legal Education Scholarship.  The Scholarship will be awarded with a preference given to students of underrepresented populations and students who have demonstrated an interest in state or local government law.

“Most of the rights we have as citizens were fought for by attorneys who took on the causes of the poor or those in prison,” Darden said.  “Most of the time when you take on those cases, you don’t make a lot of money.  We need capable people in those kinds of positions.”  Darden hopes this scholarship will help students show want to practice public interest law by helping them to graduate with less debt.

After completing his service in the U.S. Air Force in 1959, Judge Darden went to work for the U.S. Postal Service the same year.  He received a B.S. degree from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business in 1966, and received his J.D. in 1970 while continuing his work with the USPS.  The first goal of the Nashville, Tennessee native was to become a part of the civil rights movement after watchin the way his older brothers were treated after they served in World War II.  “How could you go off to war in Europe and then come home and go to the back of the bus?” he asked.  But by the time Darden had earned his J.D., the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act were both in place, so his career took another path that would eventually lead to him serving on the Indiana Court of Appeals from 1994-2012.