Congratulations to Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow, clinical assistant professor of management and business law, who received the 2018 Samuel S. Dargan Award, presented by the Indiana University Maurer School of Law’s Black Law Student Association (BLSA).
Samuel S. Dargan was the first African-American graduate of the Indiana University School of Law. He was a law librarian and active community member, who worked to expand educational and professional opportunities for African-Americans.
The award, in his name, is given to a distinguished graduate for continued involvement with the BLSA and law school communities.
Westerhaus-Renfrow graduated from the IU Maurer School of Law in 1991.
“I am humbled to receive the Samuel S. Dargan Award,” said Westerhaus-Renfrow. “Mr. Dargan opened the door for others to follow in his footsteps. I am so proud to be part of this legacy that bears his name.”
“I started at the law school in 1989, and there were only about 15 African-American law students when I was there. This honor is especially significant for me because I was the first African-American woman to serve as an associate and, subsequently, assistant editor at the Indiana Law Journal. I was also the first African-American to graduate from the law school in just 2 1/2 years. I hope to be an inspiration to other women with similar dreams and aspirations.”
Before beginning her work as a professor at the Kelley School of Business, Westerhaus-Renfrow held senior leadership positions at the NCAA, University of Iowa, Purdue University and Rockwell Collins. She holds MEd and BS degrees from Ohio University. Westerhaus-Renfrow currently serves on the Indiana State Bar Association’s Board of Governors and the Indiana State Board of Law Examiners.