They say to never forget where you came from; this is certainly true when it comes to the relationship formed between Butler University and Ice Miller LLP. It began almost 90 years ago when Harry Ice attended Butler University as an undergraduate. Harry and our other firm-namesake Merle Miller both ultimately served on the university's board of trustees. Harry never forgot what Butler did for him, and the firm has represented Butler for over 70 years. Now that is long-term commitment.
Founded in 1855, just five miles outside of downtown Indianapolis, Ind., Butler University is a 290-acre campus located in a residential neighborhood recognized as one of the most attractive park-like settings in the Midwest. With nearly 4,500 students and 60 majors, Butler's mission is to combine liberal arts with a professional education by providing an intellectual environment for students through communication and service. Receiving national recognitions and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission with an average 96 percent job placement rate, Butler fulfills its mission with excellent results.
Ice Miller has been privileged to be an integral part of Butler's evolution in almost every aspect. Serving as outside counsel, Ice Miller assists with the widest range of legal matters, including college and university law issues, zoning and construction for new buildings and dormitories, endowment/planned giving, governance services, athletics, student and academic matters, municipal finance, labor and employment, and tax issues.
In 2004, Butler began the ButlerRising campaign. Driven toward investing in Butler's own human capital, the campaign raised funds for student scholarship and support, academic initiatives, and community and facilities. Throughout the campaign, Butler successfully raised over $154 million, more than $28 million above their initial goal. The largest portion, a total of $30 million, was directed toward scholarships to help all qualified students obtain a Butler education, despite family income.
In support of the ButlerRising campaign, Ice Miller has established a $25,000 diversity scholarship to help Butler achieve its goal to further diversify the student body.
Whether it is advising as outside counsel or building scholarships in support of the community, Ice Miller is proud to serve Butler and to assist it in achieving its mission. Butler University is one of Ice Miller's longest standing relationships and is an example of Ice Miller's commitment to providing personal service and valued legal counsel to its clients.