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Last modified: Friday, April 19, 2013

IU Maurer School of Law inducts Academy of Law Alumni Fellows

April 19, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Four Indiana University Maurer School of Law alumni will be inducted today, April 19, into the school's Academy of Law Alumni Fellows. Induction into the academy is the highest honor the law school can bestow on its graduates.

The academy consists of an elite group that includes U.S. senators, federal judges, successful business leaders and distinguished practitioners. Each brings honor to the legal profession and enhances the Maurer School of Law's national and global reputation. This year's inductees include an accomplished entrepreneur, a distinguished employment lawyer, the longtime director of the Maurer law library and a successful investment banker.

"Our newest additions to the Academy of Law Alumni Fellows have achieved success in a wide array of fields," said Hannah L. Buxbaum, interim dean and John E. Schiller Chair in Legal Ethics. "They represent the values that the law school holds in highest esteem: intellectual rigor, continuous achievement and a commitment to the highest standards of the profession. We are honored to call them alumni of our school."

The 2013 Academy of Law Alumni Fellows are:

Stephen F. Burns

Stephen F. Burns, J.D. '68 (2012 inductee). A lawyer turned corporate executive, Stephen F. Burns has built a company from a small van line to a household name. Burns graduated from the IU law school in 1968, where he was elected to Order of the Coif. He initially went to work for his father's law firm, where he began working with Earnest S. Wheaton, who founded a small van line in 1945. Wheaton took Burns under his wing and coaxed him into taking the helm of the company in 1987.

Burns and his management team developed a five-year plan for Wheaton to reach $95 million in revenue by 2007. That goal was reached two years early in 2005. Wheaton's recent purchase of Bekins Van Lines makes the company the fourth-largest moving and storage company in the U.S.

Burns has received numerous honors for his industry achievements, including Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2006 (Indiana, Midwest and U.S. finalist); 2008 Lifetime Achievement award from the American Moving and Storage Association (the industry's highest award); and Wheaton's highest honor, the Extra Mile award, in 2010. He has also been an active volunteer, with a special emphasis on Give Kids the World, which helps children with life-threatening illnesses realize their dream of visiting Disney World. Burns stepped down as Wheaton's CEO in September 2008, but he remains the company's chairman, focusing on acquisitions and diversification.

Burns and his late wife, Jacqueline, have two children: Andy, an attorney in Indianapolis, and Katy, a vice president at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis.

Robert P. Duvin

Robert P. Duvin, J.D. '61. Robert P. Duvin has enjoyed a successful career as a labor and employment lawyer for nearly 50 years.

After graduating from Indiana Law in 1961, Duvin was drafted into the Army. He left military service with a wife and child -- but no money or work plans -- and moved to New York, earning an LL.M. from Columbia University in 1964. He then joined Burke, Haber & Berick, a corporate law firm in Cleveland, which he describes as a wonderful experience. He spent seven years there and was named partner early, but he decided to strike out on his own in 1972.

That decision led to the formation of Duvin, Cahn & Hutton, which grew from a small firm specializing in collective bargaining to a 50-lawyer firm doing significant work for a very high percentage of the 100 largest companies in America. For the next three decades, Duvin and his colleagues traveled across the country representing large companies in high-stakes matters. The firm became part of Littler Mendelson in 2007.

Duvin has been recognized many times for his service to the community and his profession, including 20 consecutive years as one of the Best Lawyers in America. In addition, he has been frequently quoted, written about and profiled in numerous national publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and American Lawyer.

Duvin looks back on his distinguished career in amazement, noting that he still does not understand why major companies around the country made cold calls to an unconventional lawyer sitting in an office in Cleveland listening to rock-and-roll music. He says that perhaps the reasons for his success have always been right in front of him: his family (parents, wife and children); the values he learned growing up in Evansville, Ind.; and the education he received and intellectual curiosity he developed in law school. He wants to share his deepest gratitude to his wife, Darlene, and their boys, Marc, Louis and David, and of course their special Scott.

Colleen Kristl Pauwels

Colleen Kristl Pauwels

Colleen Kristl Pauwels, J.D. '86. Pauwels has devoted most of her professional career to the Law Library of the Maurer School of Law, which she has built into one of America's leading legal research libraries.

Born in Chicago, Pauwels spent her early years in Washington, Ind., before her family moved to South Bend. She received her A.B. from Barat College in 1968 and accompanied her husband to Bloomington where he attended graduate school. Working in the government documents department at what is now the Wells Library convinced her to pursue a career in librarianship. After earning a Master of Library Science degree from IU, she was named acting director of the Law Library in 1978 and permanent director in 1983. Concluding that a law degree was essential to success in her new role, she completed her J.D. in 1986 just three years after starting classes, while continuing to work full time.

Pauwels led the transformation of the Law Library from a facility that struggled to meet the basic needs of its faculty and student body to a shining exemplar of a legal research library. During her tenure, the Law Library's collection grew exponentially in size and strength, and its staff became counted among the best in the nation. Pauwels guided the library's migration from a wholly print collection to one dominated by electronic resources, and in 2004, it was named the "Best Law Library in the Country" by National Jurist.

As a longtime member of Indiana Law's Building Committee, Pauwels was equally vital in shaping the school's physical development. Her vision was integral in planning the 1986 addition and renovation of the law school, which transformed an outmoded facility into one suited for a new generation in legal education -- vastly expanding both classroom and collection space while enabling the school to retain its position at the center of the Bloomington campus, closely linked to the rest of the university. As the school matured, she oversaw three additional renovations of the structure as well as the addition of the Lewis Building and U.S. Court of Appeals Judge David Hamilton's chambers.

In addition to preparing the Maurer School of Law for its future, Pauwels has dedicated considerable effort to preserving its institutional history. She initiated the creation of the Law School Bulletin and was a frequent editor of the Bill of Particulars, and her academic research centers on the history of the law school and Indiana's early female lawyers. She has recorded numerous oral history sessions with law school faculty, staff and graduates and is a part of the University Oral History Project. Currently she is co-authoring a volume of biographical sketches and contributions of the trustees and officers of Indiana University from 1982 to 2010.

Beyond her many remarkable accomplishments at the Law Library, Pauwels has always been most proud of her family. Her husband, Gerry, is a retired attorney and accomplished actor. Her daughter, Erin, is completing her Ph.D. in art history at Indiana University, and her son, Matthew, works in the health care industry.

Glenn Scolnik

Glenn Scolnik, J.D. '78. Glenn Scolnik's career has taken him from the gridiron to the practice of law to the leadership of one of the nation's oldest and most successful private capital firms.

Scolnik graduated cum laude from Indiana Law in 1978, returning to law school after seven years as a wide receiver with the Hamilton (Ontario) Tiger Cats, the Calgary Stampeders and finally the Pittsburgh Steelers. Following law school, he joined Sommer & Barnard (now Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP) in Indianapolis, where he was named a partner in 1984.

In 1993, Scolnik joined Hammond, Kennedy, Whitney & Co. Inc., a New York firm founded in 1903 as a merchant bank. In the 1980s, HKW discontinued its merchant banking activities and began investing as the sole equity sponsor in management buy-outs. In 1998 Scolnik was named president and CEO in charge of all of HKW's operations worldwide. In 2009, he became chairman of the board of HKW but retained the responsibility for all platform acquisitions.

During Scolnik's 11 years as CEO, he led HKW into the private equity fund environment with HKW Capital Partners II ($100 million in 2002) and HKW Capital Partners III ($255 million in 2007); hired all 14 current investment professionals; and moved the operations of HKW from New York to Indianapolis. Scolnik has been involved in more than 70 change-of-control acquisitions by HKW, most of them as a partner.

Long active in civic affairs, Scolnik is a member of the law school's Board of Visitors, the Indiana University Foundation Board of Directors and the Board of Directors of the Conservation Law Center Inc. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Meridian Street United Methodist Church in Indianapolis.

Scolnik and his wife, Donna, have two children, Douglas and Whitney. They live in Indianapolis.