- Bicentennial Medal (2020)
- Maurer School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows (2010)
Penelope Farthing is an outstanding legal practitioner focused on public policy, with extensive experience on Capitol Hill. As staff attorney for the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission, she specialized in legislative and regulatory matters. At the United States Department of Agriculture, she directed congressional affairs for Food Safety and Quality Service, the USDA's food inspection and grading agency. She also helped form a coalition of advertisers and led them in successful battles against unconstitutional restrictions. Farthing's additional accomplishments include leading an industry-wide coalition on gender-based insurance rating, serving as Washington counsel for the new Denver airport project, and assisting USAir in its proposed alliance with British Airways. Her record of outstanding public service has been recognized by the Federal Bar Association, which has twice awarded her its Distinguished Service Award. Currently, she is senior counsel at Patton Boggs LLP in Washington, specializing in public policy and lobbying, appropriations, and municipal representation.
In 2020, Penelope Farthing was presented the Bicentennial Medal in recognition of her distinguished service to Indiana University.