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IBA: Unique ideas at heart of IBA Awards

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Tireless effort, unique ideas, and a commitment to service are shared qualities within those selected to receive special honors at the Indianapolis Bar Association’s annual Recognition Luncheon.

The recipients of the President’s Award for Service to the IndyBar are Kenan Farrell of KLFLegal and Jason Reyome of A. Demos & J. Reyome Counselors at Law, for their extraordinary effort to bring creative, practical and significant programming and services to the solo and small firm practice membership.

This year’s President’s Award for Service to the Profession was awarded to Caperton Task Force for their thoughtful analysis of the Caperton decision and its possible future impact on judicial campaign contributions. The members of the Caperton Task Force included A. Scott Chinn of Baker & Daniels, James Dimos of Frost Brown Todd LLC, John Kautzman of Ruckelshaus Kautzman Blackwell Bemis & Hasbrook, Kevin McGoff of Bingham McHale LLP, Jimmie “Tic Tac” McMillian of Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Hon. Anthony Metz of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana, and James Voyles of Voyles Zahn Paul Hogan & Merriman.

The Board of Directors Award was given to David Corbitt, Krieg DeVault LLP, for his leadership as Chair of the Diversity Job Fair since its inception in 2008, which has resulted in summer job offers within the Indianapolis legal community to approximately 75 law students from diverse backgrounds.

The law firm of Baker & Daniels, LLP and Eli Lilly & Company were singled out for the Dr. John Morton Finney Jr. Award for Excellence in Legal Education for their effort in support of the Street Law program. Hosted at Shortridge Magnet High School for Law & Public Policy, the program helps high school students learn real-world application of civil law while promoting law as a career.

Finally, for her sustained leadership as an active member of the Bar’s Young Lawyers Division, Elizabeth Schuerman, Tabbert Hahn Earnest & Weddle, was named the Young Lawyer of the Year.•

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