Myra Selby

Myra Selby is a partner with Ice Miller LLP and has a broad-based practice with a focus in the areas of corporate internal investigations, appellate practice, compliance counseling, complex litigation, risk management, strategic and other legal advice, based upon an understanding of the related business objectives, across various industry sectors including health care, insurance and public administration.

Selby has the distinction of being both the first woman and the first African American to serve as an associate justice on the Indiana Supreme Court. While on the Court from January 1995-1999, Selby participated in several landmark decisions involving state property taxes, insurance and tort law reform. She authored more than 100 majority opinions receiving national recognition. Selby spearheaded efforts to increase the Court's accessibility to the public by expanding education and outreach activities. In 1999, the Indiana Supreme Court appointed Selby to chair its Commission on Race and Gender Fairness. The commission is charged with ensuring fairness and diversity in the legal system. She continues her tradition of service to the commission as a current member.

Prior to her appointment to the Court, Selby was director of health care policy for the state of Indiana, where she was responsible for policy development and the execution of state health care programs, including Medicaid managed care.

How has Title IX impacted your industry or career path?

Although I am certain that I do not know all of the ways in which Title IX has impacted my industry (law), I would say that it definitely has impacted it in a profound manner. Before IX, there really was no career path for women lawyers because even the few who were able to attend college and go on to law school were not always considered for all positions in the legal profession. The gender equity in education that became the law of the land upon passage of Title IX took many years to reach deep into the legal profession. Although we still have concerns about equity and it is not achieved all of the time in all instances, we have made remarkable progress.

What would you like to say to Birch Bayh for authoring the Title IX legislation?

I would say to Senator Bayh: Thank you for your courage and remarkable insight in drawing such a clear line around gender equity in education. Title IX is an enduring feature of our education system and one that lifts up lives yesterday, today and tomorrow.

What is your favorite quote?

"Be the change you want to see in the world" –Ghandi