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IU Maurer School of Law

Last modified: Thursday, June 3, 2010

U.S. Court of Appeals judge to relocate chambers to Indiana University Maurer School of Law

June 3, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Honorable David F. Hamilton, judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, today announced plans to relocate his chambers to the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington. This arrangement, one of only a few of its kind in the United States, will give students at the law school first-hand exposure to the workings of the judicial system.

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"I am looking forward to the opportunity to participate in the life of the law school," Hamilton said. "I am sure that there will be many learning opportunities in both directions."

"We are delighted that Judge Hamilton is becoming even more integrated into the law school community," said Lauren Robel, dean and Val Nolan Professor of Law. "His presence in the school will enable him to carry out his judicial responsibilities while exposing our students to the widest possible array of professional opportunities."

Robel added that she and Hamilton are exploring numerous ways to benefit from the judge's experience and insights. The judge's chambers are expected to be relocated by the end of 2010.

Hamilton has a longstanding relationship with the Maurer School of Law. He is an emeritus member of the school's Board of Visitors and has taught a clinic on the federal courts. He also serves on the board of directors of the school's Center for Constitutional Democracy, which supports the work of foreign reformers to bring constitutionalism and the rule of law to new and struggling democracies. The judge's wife, Inge Van der Cruysse, is a graduate and former development officer of the IU Maurer School of Law.

Hamilton was nominated to the Seventh Circuit by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate in November 2009. From 1994 until 2009, he was a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, serving as chief judge from 2008 to 2009. Previously he was in private practice in Indianapolis and was counsel to Indiana Gov. Evan Bayh from 1989 to 1991. He was a clerk for Judge Richard D. Cudahy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Hamilton is a graduate of Yale Law School and Haverford College and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Tübingen, Germany.