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Last modified: Monday, July 15, 2013

IU administrator named to Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission

July 15, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Kirk White, Indiana University assistant vice president for engagement, has been appointed by Indiana Chief Justice Brent Dickson to a five-year term on the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission.

The Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission is responsible for investigating and prosecuting claims of misconduct against lawyers licensed to practice law in Indiana and protecting lawyers against unwarranted claims of misconduct. The Indiana Supreme Court has exclusive power to take action against a lawyer's license to practice law.

The commission consists of seven lawyers and two non-lawyers, including White. It employs staff to investigate and prosecute cases. The commission is not tax-supported but is funded primarily through the annual registration fee required of all lawyers who wish to keep their Indiana law licenses in good standing.

"The commission has an important role in ensuring accountability for attorneys and clients in Indiana, and I look forward to serving the state in executing this mission," White said.

At IU, White serves as the primary contact to all state and federal national-security organizations engaged with IU, including Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center, the Indiana National Guard and the U.S. Departments of Defense and Homeland Security. Additionally, he serves as military liaison for the Office of the President of Indiana University.

He also represents IU in dealings with community business and economic development organizations and works with leaders of the IU Research and Technology Corp. to identify and assist in developing southwest Indiana-based opportunities for economic expansion.

White joined the professional staff of IU in 1984 after completing his Bachelor of Science degree from the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs and serving as IU student body president. He has served IU in several external, alumni and government relations directorships. A former elected official, Kirk served eight years as a member of the Bloomington City Council (1988-95) and one term as Monroe County commissioner (1997-2000).

The Association of Indiana Counties awarded Monroe County the 2001 Local Government Cooperation Award for an emergency communications system project that Commissioner White directed. White also is a lieutenant colonel and field artillery officer in the Indiana Army National Guard and has deployed twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.