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IBF announces pro bono award winners

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Ralph Adams, the former staff attorney and director of Legal Services of Maumee Valley, will receive this year’s Randall T. Shepard Award for excellence in pro bono service. He, along with other recipients of pro bono awards, will be honored at the Shepard Award Dinner in October.

Adams, of Fort Wayne, spent 38 years with Legal Services of Maumee Valley, which shut its doors nearly two years ago because of a lack of funding. Adams is the most prolific pro bono attorney with the Volunteer Lawyer Program of Northeast Indiana. From January to July this year, he has been active in 140 new cases and has never turned down a VLP referral. He also spearheaded the program’s efforts to create a “hotline” approach to serve clients within hours of initial inquiries.

The Indiana Pro Bono Commission will present the award to Adams, which is named in honor of Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard’s vision and leadership in pro bono in Indiana.

The Indiana Bar Foundation will recognize several others at the dinner for their pro bono efforts. Wendy Clar, Jean M. Blanton, Jennifer A. Elston, and Baker & Daniels will receive the Pro Bono Publico Award.

Clar, of Carmel, is being honored for her dedication to help those who may otherwise go unrepresented. She has represented more pro bono clients in Hamilton County than any other volunteer attorney with the Heartland Pro Bono Council. Blanton and Elston, both from Evansville, are being honored for their co-counsel efforts on two pro bono family law appeals through the Volunteer Lawyer Program of Southwest Indiana Inc. Baker & Daniels is being honored for its work with the Wishard Medical-Legal Partnership.

Baker & Daniels, along with Eli Lily and Co., will also be honored with a Law-Related Education Award for its Street Law Corporate Diversity Pipeline Education Project. The Indiana Supreme Court’s “Courts in the Classroom” will also receive a Law-Related Education Award for its project, “My Place is in the Voting Booth: Hoosier Suffragette Helen M. Gougar.”

The awards will be presented at the annual dinner Oct. 15 at the Marriott in downtown Indianapolis. Dinner reservations are $60 and can be made at www.inbf.org or at (317) 269-2415.
 

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  1. So that none are misinformed by my posting wihtout a non de plume here, please allow me to state that I am NOT an Indiana licensed attorney, although I am an Indiana resident approved to practice law and represent clients in Indiana's fed court of Nth Dist and before the 7th circuit. I remain licensed in KS, since 1996, no discipline. This must be clarified since the IN court records will reveal that I did sit for and pass the Indiana bar last February. Yet be not confused by the fact that I was so allowed to be tested .... I am not, to be clear in the service of my duty to be absolutely candid about this, I AM NOT a member of the Indiana bar, and might never be so licensed given my unrepented from errors of thought documented in this opinion, at fn2, which likely supports Mr Smith's initial post in this thread: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1592921.html

  2. When I served the State of Kansas as Deputy AG over Consumer Protection & Antitrust for four years, supervising 20 special agents and assistant attorneys general (back before the IBLE denied me the right to practice law in Indiana for not having the right stuff and pretty much crushed my legal career) we had a saying around the office: Resist the lure of the ring!!! It was a take off on Tolkiem, the idea that absolute power (I signed investigative subpoenas as a judge would in many other contexts, no need to show probable cause)could corrupt absolutely. We feared that we would overreach constitutional limits if not reminded, over and over, to be mindful to not do so. Our approach in so challenging one another was Madisonian, as the following quotes from the Father of our Constitution reveal: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. All men having power ought to be mistrusted. -- James Madison, Federalist Papers and other sources: http://www.constitution.org/jm/jm_quotes.htm RESIST THE LURE OF THE RING ALL YE WITH POLITICAL OR JUDICIAL POWER!

  3. My dear Mr Smith, I respect your opinions and much enjoy your posts here. We do differ on our view of the benefits and viability of the American Experiment in Ordered Liberty. While I do agree that it could be better, and that your points in criticism are well taken, Utopia does indeed mean nowhere. I think Madison, Jefferson, Adams and company got it about as good as it gets in a fallen post-Enlightenment social order. That said, a constitution only protects the citizens if it is followed. We currently have a bevy of public officials and judicial agents who believe that their subjectivism, their personal ideology, their elitist fears and concerns and cause celebs trump the constitutions of our forefathers. This is most troubling. More to follow in the next post on that subject.

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  5. I am compelled to announce that I am not posting under any Smith monikers here. That said, the post below does have a certain ring to it that sounds familiar to me: http://www.catholicnewworld.com/cnwonline/2014/0907/cardinal.aspx

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