Former Notre Dame baseball standout Dick Nussbaum - a partner since 1996 with the South Bend-based law firm Sopko, Nussbaum, Inabnit and Kaczmarek - served as president of the University of Notre Dame Monogram Club from April 2011-2013. Nussbaum continues to serve on the board as past president.
The four-year Monogram winner graduated from Notre Dame in 1974 with a degree in English, and again in 1977 from the Notre Dame Law School.
Nussbaum served from 1998-2003 as the General Counsel for former Indiana Lieutenant Governor (and former Notre Dame catcher) Joe Kernan, who then served one year as Indiana's Governor following the death of Frank O'Bannon in September of 2003. Nussbaum was named a Special Counsel to Governor Kernan during that time.
The Pittsburgh native previously worked in 1998 for the city of South Bend's Corporation Counsel, as the head of the city's department of law. He also signed on in 1993 as secretary and league counsel for the Midwest Baseball League. He worked for the St. Joseph County Prosecuting Attorney's Office from 1979-88, as a felony trial deputy and lead counsel for 60 jury trials.
Nussbaum serves as attorney for the South Bend Center for the Homeless. He serves as a past president of the Notre Dame Alumni Association, and in May 2009, he was elected to the Notre Dame Board of Trustees.
Nussbaum led the 1973 Irish baseball team in batting average as a junior (.333) and totaled just four career errors while patrolling center field. He is part of one of the most successful father-son combinations in the 113-year history of Notre Dame baseball, as his son Matt played a number of positions with the Irish and was a two-year starter, in addition to serving as a senior captain in 2000 before later following in his father's footsteps as a graduate of the Notre Dame Law School ('04).
The oldest of Richard and Mary Nussbaum's five children, Nussbaum was born Sept. 4, 1952, and was a baseball star at Moon Township (Pa.) High School. He and the former Mary Pat Leyes were married at Notre Dame on July 24, 1976, and are the parents of three children: Matt, Dan (Holy Cross College '06) and Kathryn (Saint Mary's '07), and have four grandchildren.