Virginia Dill McCartyIn Memoriam
Virginia was a pioneer for women in the law. A native of Plainfield, she received her B.A. degree from Indiana University, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She graduated first in her class from Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis, cum laude, where she was elected to serve as Indianapolis Editor of the Indiana Law Journal. In 1979, President Jimmy Carter appointed Virginia the first woman in the United States to serve a full four year term as U.S. Attorney. She served until 1981. She served as an Indiana Deputy Attorney General (1965-1969), a member of the Indiana Board of Law Examiners (1971-1976), and was Chairman of the Board of the Indiana Department of Correction (1989-2006). Virginia was a practicing attorney with Landman Beatty up until her death in 2006.
In her lifetime, Virginia received numerous awards and recognitions. In 1996, Virginia received the first Indiana State Bar Association Women Lawyers Committee Women in the Law Achievement Award. In 2000, Virginia received the first Women’s Division of Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis award as Outstanding Alumna of the Year. In 1992, Virginia received the Antoinette Dakin Leach Award from the Women and the Law Committee of the Indianapolis Bar Association. In 1979, Virginia received the Distinguished Alumni Service Award from Indiana University. In 1979, Virginia received an Honorary J.D. Degree from Indiana Central College (now University of Indianapolis) and in 1986, received an Honorary Doctor of Law Degree from Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis.
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