The Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law has received a $4 million gift from IU alumnus Steve Tuchman and his husband, Reed Bobrick. IU says the gift will support the creation of an endowed scholarship and an endowed professorship to further the school’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
The university says the atrium within the law school building will be named the Steve Tuchman and Reed Bobrick Atrium.
“Steve thoroughly enjoys being a mentor to IU McKinney law students, many of whom have been so inspiring to us,” said Bobrick. “We are especially pleased that the school has had an excellent track record when it comes to issues of diversity, and we are certain that will continue.”
IU says the scholarship will be available to students pursuing a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree at the McKinney School. Special consideration will be given to underrepresented populations, including members of the LGBTQ community, immigrants, and first-generation Americans, among others.
The university says the professorship is intended for someone whose work is in advancing LGBTQ rights and issues, reproductive rights and issues, and immigration law practice and policy.
“Many years ago, I recognized the potential and the value of this law school, located in our state capital, in a city that was beginning to make things happen. It all worked out very well — for Indianapolis, for IU McKinney School of Law and for me,” said Tuchman. “Now, the time is right to give back and help plan for the future.”
Tuchman is a director with Indianapolis-based Lewis Kappes. His practice focuses primarily on a wide variety of immigration and nationality issues.
“We intend this gift to ignite the potential for further growth and opportunity among students and faculty at IU McKinney,” Tuchman said. “It is up to the fantastic stewards of the future to make good use of this gift and continue the progress that has been made. We are pleased to be part of that effort.”
IU says the gift counts toward the $3 billion For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign.