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Alan Mills, J.D., '82

Partner, Barnes & Thornburg

Alan Mills, J.D., '82

I hope a scholarship in [my father's] honor will help veterans who might not be able to afford law school.

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Alan K. Mills, ’82, grew up on military bases and traveled the world while his father, Warner Mills, served in the Air Force.   But the Air Force was not his father’s first choice. 

“He always wanted to be a lawyer,” Mills explains.  “During his time, the opportunities to become a lawyer just were not there for most African Americans.”

But his son did go to law school.  Mills graduated summa cum laude and was awarded the Faculty Prize as the most outstanding graduate.  He was a Harry S. Truman Scholar and a former note and development editor of the Indiana Law Review

Mills joined Barnes & Thornburg LLP in 1982 as its first African-American attorney.  He became a partner in 1990 and his practice concentrates on complex commercial litigation and bankruptcy matters. 

In recognition of his late father’s career in the military and his lifelong interest in the law, Mills recently established the Technical Sergeant Warner Mills Scholarship in his father’s name.  The scholarship will give preference to students who are serving or have served in the U.S. armed forces.

The $50,000 gift commitment reflects Mills belief in supporting military personnel and veterans like his father.  “It’s a way of showing patriotism,” Mills says.  “I hope a scholarship in his honor will help veterans who might not be able to afford law school.”