IndyBar: Nominations Now Accepted for Antoinette Dakin Leach and Paralegal Awards

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It’s no secret that Indianapolis is home to many talented, dedicated legal professionals. Give deserving colleagues the recognition they deserve: the nomination period is now open for two IndyBar awards, the Women and the Law Division’s Antoinette Dakin Leach Award and the IndyBar Paralegal of the Year award.

Nomination information and instructions for both awards can be found online at Continue reading for additional details on the awards as well as nomination deadlines.

The Antoinette Dakin Leach Award

iba-leach.gifTo recognize the accomplishments of female attorneys in central Indiana, the IndyBar’s Women and the Law Division presents the Antoinette Dakin Leach Award, an honor named for the first woman who gained admittance to the Indiana Bar.

Antoinette Dakin Leach (1859-1922) gained admittance to the Indiana Bar only after the Indiana Supreme Court overruled a lower court ruling which stated that a woman was “not a citizen in the sense that she could hold office and practice law.” Ms. Leach went on to a successful career as an attorney and was a state and national leader in the suffragist movement.

Please take a moment to nominate a female attorney who has demonstrated some of the attributes of Antoinette Dakin Leach by encouraging other women in the pursuit of this honorable profession or blazing a path not taken by others. The nomination form can be found online at; the deadline for nominations is July 25. The recipient of the award will be honored at an event this fall.

IndyBar Paralegal of the Year

iba-paralegal.gifAssistance from qualified and competent paralegals is crucial to the success of many attorneys. This year, make sure to recognize the important paralegal in your life by submitting a Paralegal of the Year Award nomination and registering to attend the bar’s annual Paralegal Appreciation Luncheon Aug. 14.

The Paralegal of the Year Award is an annual honor that will be presented at the Paralegal Appreciation Luncheon. To be eligible for the award, the paralegal must be a member of the IndyBar, have made an exceptional contribution to the paralegal profession, be recognized as a good role model for the paralegal profession and be deserving of special recognition. Visit for the nomination form and instructions. Don’t delay: nominations are due July 7.

The Paralegal Appreciation Luncheon will be held Thursday, Aug. 14 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Conrad Indianapolis. This year’s luncheon, hosted by the IndyBar Standing Committee on Professionalism, will feature three paralegal/attorney teams battling it out to find out “Who IS the Boss?” Register online at•


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