Honoree

Lowell E. Baier

AWARDS

Honorary Degree (2015)
Maurer School of Law Commencement
Location: Bloomington
Maurer School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows (2014)
Maurer School of Law Distinguished Service Award (2007)
Indiana University Bloomington
LL.B., 1964

BIOGRAPHY

Lowell E. Baier, class of 1964, has had a career that has taken him from practicing attorney to entrepreneur, tireless advocate for natural resources and wildlife conservation, and now author.

Baier received his Bachelor of Arts in economics and political science from Valparaiso University in 1961 and his law degree in 1964. After graduation, he practiced law in Washington, D.C.. He had grown to love the city when his congressman, Charles A. Halleck, R-Ind., LLB'24, called him to be a page in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1956. In 1967, he formed Baier Properties Inc., a Bethesda, Md.-based developer of warehouses, residential properties, and award-winning office buildings and shopping centers.

In the early 1970s, Baier was one of 14 founders of the Wild Sheep Foundation, which has funded over $1 million annually to re-establish the habitat of the four species of wild sheep in North America. He has established similar programs in Russia and Mongolia. Since 1975, Baier has been active in the Boone and Crockett Club, America's oldest wildlife conservation organization. He took the lead in drafting President George H.W. Bush's wildlife conservation agenda in 1979 and has led in the formation of Ph.D. programs in natural resources and wildlife conservation management at five universities. From 2004 to 2007, he led a national campaign to raise $6.5 million to purchase for the federal government the last and largest remaining piece of private land (24,550 acres) that was initially Theodore Roosevelt's Elkhorn Ranch.

In support of two bills pending in Congress that he authored, Baier recently completed a book, "America's Crippling Battle for Its Lands, Endangered Species, and Their Critical Habitat: Inside the Equal Access to Justice Act." His next book, "Voices From the Wilderness: A Biography," which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, is expected soon.

Baier has been recognized many times for his extraordinary public service at the local level and for his conservation work nationally. He was Citizen of the Year of Rockville, Md., in 1988. In 2008, he was named Conservationist of the Year by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. In 2010, Outdoor Life magazine selected Baier as the Conservationist of the Year, and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies similarly recognized him in 2013. He is a recipient of the law school's Distinguished Service Award.