- McKinney School of Law Distinguished Alumni Award (1986)
Shirley A. Shideler made history by becoming the first woman partner of a large Indiana law firm (Barnes & Thornburg) in 1971 and the first woman president of the Indiana Bar Foundation. She was elected president of the foundation in 1988. Her contributions to the legal profession were numerous as she acted as an outstanding role model for female attorneys. Ms. Shideler was named Outstanding Alumna of the Year in 2001 by the law school, and in 1995, she received the Antoinette Dakin Leach Award from the Indianapolis Bar Association. She was truly a pioneer for women in the legal profession.
A scholarship in her name was established posthumously in 2003 for students at her alma mater of Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis.