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Attorneys donate record amount to food banks

Jennifer Nelson
April 27, 2012
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Lawyers and law firms participating in this year’s March Against Hunger raised the equivalent of 135 tons of food, a record amount for the competition that’s in its fourth year.

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller teamed up with the Indiana State Bar Association and Feeding Indiana’s Hungry to create the friendly competition. Fifty-one legal groups from Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio competed to raise the largest amounts of monetary and food donations. Donations totaled 11,229 pounds of food and $51,172.

The competitors are separated into five divisions, with winners in each division receiving the Attorney General’s Cup. This year, Barnes & Thornburg won in the large division by collecting 946 pounds of food and more than $16,000.

Burke Costanza & Carberry in Merrillville won in the Medium Division by collecting 758 pounds of food and more than $4,000. Delk McNally in Muncie won the Small Division by collecting $800. Steven Douglas Law Office in Bloomington won in the Sole Proprietor Division by collecting 2,590 pounds of food and more than $1,100. The Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office won in the Public/Nonprofit Division, collecting 1,211 pounds of food and more than $2,200.

“Lawyers are known for being competitive, and they have risen to the challenge of meeting the increased needs of the people of our state and also have helped elevate the public awareness of hunger in Indiana," Zoeller said.

Last year, 50 legal entities from Indiana and Kentucky collected more than 6,000 pounds of food and $27,574, which combined is the equivalent of 72 tons of food assistance.
 

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  1. Well, maybe it's because they are unelected, and, they have a tendency to strike down laws by elected officials from all over the country. When you have been taught that "Democracy" is something almost sacred, then, you will have a tendency to frown on such imperious conduct. Lawyers get acculturated in law school into thinking that this is the very essence of high minded government, but to people who are more heavily than King George ever did, they may not like it. Thanks for the information.

  2. I pd for a bankruptcy years ago with Mr Stiles and just this week received a garnishment from my pay! He never filed it even though he told me he would! Don't let this guy practice law ever again!!!

  3. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

  4. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

  5. Pass Legislation to require guilty defendants to pay for the costs of lab work, etc as part of court costs...

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