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IBA: Have Impact. Be One. Support the Indianapolis Bar Foundation

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By Rebecca Geyer, Drewry Simmons Vornehm LLP

April is a busy month for the Indianapolis Bar Foundation. The IBF awards its annual $35,000 Impact Fund grant to a deserving community initiative; Trivia Night took place on April 16th (see page 2 for details); the Attorney Apprentice Program, which provides skills-based training to new and less experienced lawyers ended on April 19th; lawyers provided pro bono legal services through the Low Asset Will Project and Ask A Lawyer programs; and thousands of scholarship dollars are being or have been awarded for IndyBar Review, Bench Bar, and the Attorney Apprentice Program.

What do these initiatives have in common? They are all funded by your donations to the Indianapolis Bar Foundation.

In 2013, the Foundation launched its Impact of One Campaign, which helped more than 1,000 central Indiana families in April alone. Just one person, one act or one helping hand can have a tremendous impact on the Indianapolis community with your support of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation. Each supporter and each gift, big or small, champions the IBF’s mission to advance justice and lead positive change in Indianapolis. Without that support, IBF programs and services crucial to the advancement of the profession and the betterment of the community would simply cease to exist.

We hope you will join the IBF’s Impact of One Campaign and consider volunteering an hour of your time or donating the equivalent of one billable hour to the IBF to fund these necessary and worthwhile endeavors. Your contribution to the IBF is a direct investment in the success and excellence of the legal profession in Indianapolis. Don’t wait another moment. Visit www.indybar.org to donate today. •

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