INDIANAPOLIS - Cynthia Baker and Joel Schumm, both professors at the I.U. Robert H. McKinney School of Law, were recognized for their exceptional contributions to numerous Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) programs, including its most recent "Summit on Judicial Independence, Impartiality & Access - What Does It Mean & How Are We Doing in Indiana?" Prof. Baker and Prof. Schumm received a presidential citation from ISBA President Mitchell R. Heppenheimer at its annual awards luncheon in Indianapolis on Aug. 30.
Baker, a Noblesville resident, is the founding director of the Program on Law and State Government (PLSG) and a clinical professor of law at the I.U. Robert H. McKinney School of Law.
Under her leadership, the PLSG serves students interested in the confluence of law, state government and governance through courses, externships and fellowships.
She teaches state and local government law, government finance, higher education law and the PLSG's externships.
Before joining academia, Prof. Baker practiced environmental law for the state of Indiana and served as a judicial clerk to the Hon. Robert D. Rucker of the Indiana Court of Appeals, now retired from the Indiana Supreme Court.
She earned her J.D. from Valparaiso School of Law, where she served as a note editor and contributing author to the Valparaiso Law Review and graduatedmagna cum laude.
Schumm is a clinical professor of law at the I.U. Robert H. McKinney School of Law, where he has taught since 2001.