- Distinguished Alumni Service Award (2006)
- Maurer School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows (1994)
Sue Shields earned a law degree from the IU School of Law-Bloomington in 1961. She was the first woman to be elected judge of a general jurisdiction trial court in Indiana, the first female judge in the Indiana Court of Appeals and the first female U.S. magistrate judge in Indiana. She also has been inducted into the Academy of Law Alumni Fellows, the highest honor the IU School of Law bestows upon its graduates. Shields received two lifetime achievement awards from the Indianapolis Bar Association.