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First female partner in Evansville wins Greshem Award

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The Evansville Bar Association presented Evansville attorney Sheila M. Corcoran with the James Bethel Greshem Award at the bar association's annual Law Day dinner. Corcoran practices with Berger & Berger in Evansville.

The James Bethel Greshem Freedom Award recognizes and honors individuals who have distinguished themselves in activities or careers that have elevated respect for the law, promote freedom, or further the ideals of Law Day. The award's namesake lived in Evansville from 1901 to 1914 and is believed to have been the first American soldier to lose his life in combat during World War I.

Corcoran, who has been an attorney for 28 years, joined her firm in 1979. She was the first woman to become a partner in Evansville at an existing law firm when she was named partner in 1983. She has been a part of a number of legal organizations, including the Indiana State Board of Law Examiners, the Indiana State Bar Association Women in the Law Committee, the ISBA House of Delegates, the ISBA Board of Governors, president of the Evansville Bar Association from 1997-1998, and she is the current president of the Brooks Inn of Court.

She has also served as past chair of the EBA Continuing Legal Education Committee, chair of the probate committee, and as chair of many other continuing legal education programs for attorneys. The EBA also gave Corcoran the Doran Perdue EBA Service Award in 1991 and 2005.

Corcoran also is active in the Court Appointed Special Advocate program and is an active member in her church.
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