Walter Emanuel Treanor


Honorary Degree (1939)
Doctor of Laws
Foundation Day
Location: Bloomington
Presenter: Herman B Wells
Maurer School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows (1939)


Walter E. Treanor was a professor of law at Indiana University and a judge on the Indiana Supreme Court and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. He graduated from IU with an A.B. in 1912, but continued on at the university to earn his LL.B (1922), his J.D. (1923), and his LL.D (1939). Prior to his law career, Treanor was a teacher and school administrator in the Petersburg, IN, public school system from 1902 to 1917. During his time at IU, Treanor was an Order of the Coif, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Delta Sigma Rho, and Gamma Eta Gamma.

After serving for the U.S. Army during WWI, Treanor joined the faculty at Indiana University School of Law in 1922. In 1930, he was appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court until 1938. For the rest of his life, he would serve on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals for the United States.