Résumé of Nile Stanton                                                    Spring, 2017

Formal Education:

J.D., Indiana University Indianapolis School of Law, 1973
M.A., Ball State University, 1969

    (double major: U.S. history and political science)

B.S., Ball State University, 1965

    (social science comprehensive major, speech minor)


August, 2014 – May, 2016. Adjunct Lecturer, University of New England, Tangier, Morocco. My signature course was PSC 378, “War and Public Health.”

1994 through Spring, 2014, Professor for the University of Maryland University College – European Division. -- In face-to-face classes in Greece, Italy, Bosnia, Spain, and via distance education, I taught a wide variety of courses including these, all of which are three credit-hour courses unless otherwise indicated: The course I taught most often (32 iterations) was the upper-level course “Law, Morality, and War.”

Criminal Justice Courses -- CCJS 400, "Criminal Courts," CCJS 352, "Drugs and Crime," CCJS 351, "Issues in Criminal Justice," (a 6 credit-hour course), and CCJS 350, "Juvenile Delinquency."

Government Courses -- GVPT 475, "The Presidency and the Executive Branch," GVPT 431, "Introduction to Constitutional Law," GVPT 403, "Law, Morality, and War," GVPT 388, "Presidential Election: 2000" (1 credit-hour seminar), and GVPT 170, "American Government."

History Courses -- HIST 219/319, "America in the 1960s" and "The U.S. and Vietnam" (1 credit-hour seminars) and HIST 157, "United States History Since 1865" and HIST 156, "United States History to 1865."

1987-1994, Teacher of English as a Foreign Language.

At the International Institute of Commerce in Paris, the Masters' College in Hania, Crete, Greece, a private language school in the same city, and to private students, I taught English as a foreign language at an advanced level.

1974-1986, Trial and Appellate Attorney.

As private counsel, I represented citizens accused of serious felonies throughout the state of Indiana and, in a few instances, all surrounding states as well as in California, Texas, Florida, and Iowa in both federal and state courts. Over 25% of my defense work was pro bono publico. As counsel for plaintiffs, I also litigated a few civil rights cases in both state and federal courts involving claims of racial discrimination, age discrimination, the rights of prisoners, and police brutality. In the late 1970s, at the request of the Warden of the Indiana State Prison, and with the unanimous approval of the inmates involved, I served as the sole independent observer during negotiations with prisoners who had taken over a cellblock and were holding three guards as hostages. All the hostages were released unharmed. Thereafter, the Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Corrections appointed me to personally investigate and report on whether promises made to prisoners during the negotiations were fulfilled, which task I did. I was wrongfully disbarred in 1986. 

1972-1974, Executive Director, Indianapolis Lawyers Commission.

Working for this branch of the Indianapolis Bar Association, I drafted (with the able assistance of others) the original Law Enforcement Assistance Administration grant applications that resulted in funding for the first law clerks for judges in Indianapolis, the first computerized information retrieval system for Marion County Prosecutors (PROMIS), a work release program for prisoners, etc., and also obtained a million dollar Labor Department grant to set up the first diagnostic testing program for the Indiana Department of Correction. In 1973, I was called upon to assist the "Blue Ribbon Committee" that Indiana Governor Matthew Welch appointed to investigate and report on the causes and consequences of the riot and take-over of the Indiana State Prison at Michigan City, Indiana, which began on Labor Day of 1973.   

1966-1972, High School Teacher. 

Shortly after receiving my B.S., I began teaching at Marion High School, in Marion, Indiana. I taught a variety of social sciences courses and was the sponsor and trainer of the speech team and was sponsor of the chess club. Thereafter, for four years I taught a wide variety of courses at the T.R. White School, an accredited high school inside the walls of a maximum security prison, the Indiana State Reformatory at Pendleton, Indiana. I also organized and sponsored the chess club. While there, I was appointed as the first head of staff training by the Superintendent and developed and taught orientation and other training programs for all guards and other staff.


2004, "Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award."

1996, "Excellent Service Award," presented by the Commander of the U.S. military base at Camp Colt, Bosnia, for teaching university courses.

1981, "Honorary Playboy Bunny," presented by Senior Editor Bill Helmer of Playboy Magazine, playfully authorizing the awardee to "ply visiting journalists with hard liquor and take pictures of naked women."

1981, "President's Award," presented by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for serving pro bono publico as chief defense counsel in the Larry Hicks death penalty case.

1981, Chairperson of the seminar on "Criminal Trial Tactics" sponsored by the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, for which seminar I also edited the book used.

1977, Biographee, Who's Who in American Law (1st Ed.).

1976, Honorary Life Prisoner, presented by the Lifers' Club at the Indiana State Prison in part for reducing its membership.

1973, "Outstanding Editor," presented by the Board of Editors of the Indiana Law Review for work as Articles Editor.

1972-1973, Corpus Juris Secundum Award for scholarship and two other book awards for top "A" in law school courses; Moot Court Board of Governors; President, Wendell Wilkie Society of International Law.

1967, Mayor's Award of "Outstanding Citizen" for organizing Marion, Indiana's first "Youth in Government Day."

1965, Member, Ball State University varsity debate team.

1962, Senior Class President, Fairmount High School, Fairmount, Indiana.


"Pro-War Biases: Why We Are Killing Ourselves," The Contrary Perspective, August 17, 2015. 

"President Obama: Please Stop The Race To War," The Contrary Perspective, July 14, 2015. 

"War, Like Slavery, Sabotages Humanity," The Contrary Perspective, June 18, 2015.  

Criminal Trial Tactics (Editor, 1981), published by the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum. At ICLEF's request, I selected all of the materials for and edited this book and organized and chaired the state-wide seminar for judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys in which it was used.

C. Thompson & N. Stanton, Indiana Criminal Procedure Sourcebook (ICLEF: 1974), 2 volumes. 

History and Practice of Executive Impoundment of Appropriated Funds, 53 Neb. L. Rev. 1 (1974). This article was relied upon heavily and received the only footnote in the majority section of the Senate Budget Committee's Report (Senate Rpt. 104-9) on the Line Item Veto Act of 1995. The article has also been cited as authority in numerous scholarly works.

Convicts and the Constitution in Indiana, 7 Ind. L. Rev. 662 (1974).

The Presidency and the Purse: Impoundment 1803-1973, 45 U. Colo. L. Rev. 25 (1973).

The Demise of Traditional Antitrust Law Concepts, 44 Miss. L. Rev. 852 (1973).

Sentencing Provisions in Proposals for a New Federal Criminal Code, 7 Ind. L. Rev. 348 (1973).

In lay periodicals, I've delineated the steps taken by Alice Kober, John Chadwick, and especially Michael Ventris, to decipher Minoan linear B, written a book review of Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time, and published poetry. In the early 1980s, I published a few columns titled “Jurisprudence” in Taboo (an Indianapolis alternative monthly magazine), some of which were highly critical of certain tactics used by police SWAT units and undercover narcotics agents.

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