EBA recognizes attorneys for service

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The Evansville Bar Association, along with the Volunteer Lawyer Program of Southwestern Indiana, presented awards for service and pro bono work to attorneys at a lunch Wednesday.

Attorneys Jean Blanton, Allyson Breeden, and Jennifer Elston were given the Susan K. Helfrich Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Services. The attorneys, all from Ziemer Stayman Weitzel & Shoulders, were recognized by the Volunteer Lawyer Program of Southwestern Indiana for their unwavering dedication to providing pro bono services to residents of Southwestern Indiana.

The EBA presented the Doran Perdue Service Award to Dan J. Carwile in recognition of his leadership in the development of the 100th anniversary project of the Evansville Bar Association. He's also chaired the fundraising efforts among EBA members to restore the Superior Court courtroom in the Old Courthouse. As part of the Old Courthouse Foundation project, the bar association is working to memorialize the history of law in Vanderburgh County, which will be on permanent display in the foyer of the Superior Court courtroom. The Doran Perdue Service Award honors those members who have provided outstanding service to the association.

Donna M. Curtis, legal secretary at McFadin Higgins & Foltz in Mt. Vernon, was given the Florence Britzius Legal Secretary Award for her commitment to the profession and the legal community. Curtis, who's been a legal secretary for 30 years, has attended numerous seminars to improve her skills, and served as a mentor to other legal secretaries.


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