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IndyBar: Local Leaders to be Honored with IndyBar Recognition Awards

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These IndyBar members–and their innovative ideas–are just a few of those who will be honored at the Indianapolis Bar Association and Foundation Recognition Luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013.

Join us for lunch and say thank you for the countless hours the recipients have devoted to various legal programs, causes and issues. The luncheon, to be held at the Hyatt Regency, will begin at noon. Register for the luncheon at indybar.org. Individuals who have been in practice for 50 years, IndyBar Green Legal firms, IBF Distinguished Fellows and the IndyBar 100% Membership Club will also be recognized at the luncheon.
 

iba-awards The IndyBar Professionalism Committee will receive the 2013 Board of Directors Award for its successful “Stock the Schools” school supply drive in August. Here, committee members Amanda Miller, Marie Castetter, MaryAnn Totino Mindrum, Patricia McMath and Justice Steven David pause for a photo with Dave from Teachers’ Treasures after loading the truck on the donation day.

The recipient of the President’s Award for Service to the Association is Pat Marshall of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana for her efforts as chair of the IndyBar Public Outreach committee, which included several successful events in cooperation with the Shortridge Magnet School for Law & Public Policy.

The Attorneys for an Independent Bench Standing Committee will be recognized with the President’s Award for Service to the Profession for its work in creating Model Rule Guidelines for the Marion County Judicial System, which were approved by the IndyBar Board of Directors at its July 2013 meeting.

The Board of Directors Award goes to the IndyBar Professionalism Committee, chaired in 2013 by Brian Zoeller of Cohen & Malad, for the time and effort dedicated to the committee’s first-ever school supplies drive to benefit Teacher’s Treasures held in August 2013.

Rebecca Geyer will be honored with the Dr. John Morton Finney Jr. Award for Excellence in Legal Education for her leadership in the creation and execution of the Attorney Apprentice Program, a project of the Lawyers Helping Lawyers Task Force.

For his involvement with the Young Lawyers Division, Bryan Strawbridge, Krieg DeVault LLP, has been named the Young Lawyer of the Year.

The following will be honored with Pro Bono Awards for their efforts on behalf of the Indianapolis community:

Law Firm: Lewis & Kappes. Lewis & Kappes attorneys have been raising their hands and stepping up to the plate to help the indigent at a noticeable rate this year. 80 percent of Lewis & Kappes associates participated in the October 2013 Ask A Lawyer. They volunteer to take conflicted family law cases through the IndyBar collaboration with Indianapolis Legal Aid Society. The firm contributed to the Teachers’ Treasures office and school supply drive, and develop and execute community service projects through the Bar Leader Series. As a firm, they sponsor a law day for middle school kids, exposing the students to legal professions—a program that is in its ninth year.

Law Student: Tarah Baldwin, Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Tarah has recorded a contribution of 165 hours to the Robert H. McKinney Pro Bono Program, donating her time to various organizations including: Indiana Legal Services-Senior Law Project, Protective Order Pro Bono Project, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law’s Student Outreach Clinic, and the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Ask a Lawyer Program.

Attorney Aiding Individuals: Amanda Krenson, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP. Amanda believes that everyone should have access to the legal system regardless if they have the money to pay for an attorney. Her pro bono legal work consists of many elements including working with the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Hospice Program and Low Asset Will Program, as well as the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic. Amanda is involved with a number of community organizations, and also takes on representation of anywhere from six to 10 pro bono cases outside of the IndyBar and Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic.•

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