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Professors Cynthia Baker, Joel Schumm receive presidential citations at ISBA awards luncheon

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Aug. 30, 2017


Professors Cynthia Baker, Joel Schumm receive presidential citations at ISBA awards luncheon


INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 30, 2017) – 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.


Cynthia Baker 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 graduated magna cum laude.


Joel Schumm is a clinical professor of law at the I.U. Robert H. McKinney School of Law, where he has taught since 2001. He teaches legal writing, juvenile justice, Indiana constitutional law and a seminar on the selection of judges. He also directs the Court Externship Program, which places approximately 60 students each year with judges in central Indiana. Prof. Schumm has represented more than 150 indigent clients on appeal in criminal, juvenile and civil commitment cases, including more than 40 cases litigated by law students through the Appellate Clinic, which he created at the law school in 2008. He has been selected by his peers as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” for appellate practice since 2012.


Prof. Schumm has written the “Criminal Justice Notes” column for Res Gestae since 2002 and served as co-chair of the Written Publications Committee for nearly a decade. He has also authored several law review articles, public policy reports for the ABA or National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and is regularly sought out by media as an expert on a variety of legal issues.


Prof. Schumm is a 1998 graduate of the evening program at McKinney. He also served as a law clerk to Justice Theodore Boehm of the Indiana Supreme Court and Judge Paul Mathias of the Indiana Court of Appeals before he began teaching and practice.




Founded in 1896, the Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) is the single largest legal organization in the state. With nearly 12,000 members, the ISBA serves and advocates on behalf of its members, their clients and the public interest as the independent voice of the legal profession. The ISBA’s office is located in downtown Indianapolis. For more information about the State Bar, visit


Media Contact: Carissa Long, ISBA Director of Public Relations & Social Media, 800.266.2581,