Indiana Bar Foundation

‘Good lawyering’ echoes through memorable career

August 12, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
In recognition of his dedication to the practice of law, colleagues on the bench and bar have selected attorney Donald Ward as the 2015 Indiana Bar Foundation Legendary Lawyer.
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IBF establishes grant program with national settlement funds

July 17, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
The Indiana Bar Foundation has established a new grant program to help residents and their communities heal wounds from the Great Recession.
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Legislature continues support of We the People program

June 3, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana's We the People program, a civics education curriculum that teaches elementary, middle and high school students about U.S. history and government, has received another round of funding from the Statehouse.
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FBI special agent to speak at Indiana Bar Foundation’s Fellows Dinner

May 21, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
The 2015 class of Fellows will be inducted during the Indiana Bar Foundation’s Fellows Dinner at 6 p.m. June 13 at the historic Allen County Courthouse.
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Bob Woodward to speak at Indiana Bar Foundation anniversary dinner

April 13, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
In November, the Indiana Bar Foundation will commemorate its 65 years of ensuring that everyone has legal representation and that Hoosier students have an opportunity to learn about the Constitution and democracy.
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Mock trial volunteers needed

January 26, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana attorneys are being offered the opportunity to show off their judicial skills. The Indiana Bar Foundation is seeking lawyers to volunteer as judges during the 2015 Indiana High School Mock Trial Competition.
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Once controversial, IOLTA is now professional standard in Indiana

January 14, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana Supreme Court posed an obstacle in 1990 to getting the program launched to fund pro bono efforts.
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Senate president says funding for We the People will continue

December 15, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
Praising the We the People curriculum for instilling a sense of civic responsibility in the next generation, Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long pledged that state funding for the program would continue.
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Volunteers needed for civics contest and law student competitions

November 24, 2014
Volunteers are needed to help judge students learning about Democracy and studying to be future lawyers.
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Legal aid benefits from settlement

September 10, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
A financial boost for legal aid is expected to come from one of the banks that contributed to the 2008 economic collapse. The money will bring much-needed funding to the state’s pro bono districts which have been crippled by dwindling revenues and growing client lists. While the money will help, some say it should have come sooner.
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Late Fort Wayne program director to be honored with pro bono award

September 9, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
The Indiana Bar Foundation and the Indiana Pro Bono Commission will recognize the dedication and tireless efforts of the late Terrance P. “Terry” McCaffrey at its 2014 annual pro bono awards ceremony.
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Muncie attorney is a 'Legendary Lawyer'

June 18, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
Frank Gilkison Jr. built a distinguished reputation with superior legal skills and a quick smile.
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Fishers High School captures 4th place in national civics competition

April 29, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
The Fishers High School team finished fourth in the We the People national competition, continuing Indiana’s streak of having teams place in the Top 10 among the groups representing all 50 states.
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Southern Indiana teams win championship trophies in national civics competition

April 8, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana high school teams swept the 2014 We the People competition, bringing home first place trophies to both Brown and Floyd counties.
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Workshop designed to help educators teach students about the courts

April 7, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
Teachers from across the state will be getting an up-close view of the judicial system through a one-day workshop hosted by the Indiana Supreme Court and the Indiana Bar Foundation.
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Penn High School takes home its first state Mock Trial trophy

March 4, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
Soon after the Penn High School Mock Trial team was crowned the 2014 state champions, the congratulatory messages on Twitter and other social media began. The students were praised and called an "inspiration." Penn secured its first Indiana Mock Trial championship by defeating long-reigning state champion, John Adams High School of South Bend.
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Mock trial program to become part of Indiana Bar Foundation

February 13, 2014
IL Staff
Indiana’s Mock Trial competition will soon have a new home at the Indiana Bar Foundation.
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Bars discussing marriage amendment, but cautious about taking a stance

January 28, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
Among the nearly 13,000 members of the Indiana State Bar Association, views on the proposed marriage amendment are falling into three separate camps: those who think the association should publicly support it, those who think the association should publicly oppose it and those who think the association should refrain from taking a position at all.
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Shepard, Hamilton honored for support of civic education

January 1, 2014
IL Staff
Retired Indiana Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard and retired U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton were recognized at the We the People awards dinner with the William Baker Award.
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We The People crowns state champions

December 18, 2013
IL Staff
After three days of competition among more than 600 high school and middle school students, teams from Fishers and Nashville took the top spots in the Indiana We The People program.
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Hamilton and Shepard emphasize the importance of civic education

December 16, 2013
Marilyn Odendahl
Former Indiana congressional representative Lee Hamilton warned attorneys and advocates of civic education that unless citizens uphold their responsibilities and duties, democracy will not prevail.
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Bar Crawl - 10/23/13

October 23, 2013
IL Staff
Read about the latest news from bar associations around the state.
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Legal aid agency now has room to grow

October 14, 2013
IL Staff
The Indianapolis Legal Aid Society has completed its move into larger office space which will help the organization service its growing roster of clients.
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Friends and family tell stories of humor and admiration to honor IBF Legendary Lawyer Henry Ryder

September 9, 2013
Marilyn Odendahl

The reception honoring retired Indianapolis attorney Henry Ryder included lots of stories.
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Labor and employment attorney named 2013 Legendary Lawyer

July 16, 2013
Marilyn Odendahl
Retired Indianapolis attorney Henry C. Ryder has been selected to receive the Indiana Bar Foundation’s 2013 Legendary Lawyer Award.
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  1. Where may I find an attorney working Pro Bono? Many issues with divorce, my Disability, distribution of IRA's, property, money's and pressured into agreement by my attorney. Leaving me far less than 5% of all after 15 years of marriage. No money to appeal, disabled living on disability income. Attorney's decision brought forward to judge, no evidence ever to finalize divorce. Just 2 weeks ago. Please help.

  2. For the record no one could answer the equal protection / substantive due process challenge I issued in the first post below. The lawless and accountable only to power bureaucrats never did either. All who interface with the Indiana law examiners or JLAP be warned.

  3. Hi there I really need help with getting my old divorce case back into court - I am still paying support on a 24 year old who has not been in school since age 16 - now living independent. My visitation with my 14 year old has never been modified; however, when convenient for her I can have him... I am paying past balance from over due support, yet earn several thousand dollars less. I would contact my original attorney but he basically molest me multiple times in Indy when I would visit.. Todd Woodmansee - I had just came out and had know idea what to do... I have heard he no longer practices. Please help1

  4. Yes diversity is so very important. With justice Rucker off ... the court is too white. Still too male. No Hispanic justice. No LGBT justice. And there are other checkboxes missing as well. This will not do. I say hold the seat until a physically handicapped Black Lesbian of Hispanic heritage and eastern religious creed with bipolar issues can be located. Perhaps an international search, with a preference for third world candidates, is indicated. A non English speaker would surely increase our diversity quotient!!!

  5. First, I want to thank Justice Rucker for his many years of public service, not just at the appellate court level for over 25 years, but also when he served the people of Lake County as a Deputy Prosecutor, City Attorney for Gary, IN, and in private practice in a smaller, highly diverse community with a history of serious economic challenges, ethnic tensions, and recently publicized but apparently long-standing environmental health risks to some of its poorest residents. Congratulations for having the dedication & courage to practice law in areas many in our state might have considered too dangerous or too poor at different points in time. It was also courageous to step into a prominent and highly visible position of public service & respect in the early 1990's, remaining in a position that left you open to state-wide public scrutiny (without any glitches) for over 25 years. Yes, Hoosiers of all backgrounds can take pride in your many years of public service. But people of color who watched your ascent to the highest levels of state government no doubt felt even more as you transcended some real & perhaps some perceived social, economic, academic and professional barriers. You were living proof that, with hard work, dedication & a spirit of public service, a person who shared their same skin tone or came from the same county they grew up in could achieve great success. At the same time, perhaps unknowingly, you helped fellow members of the judiciary, court staff, litigants and the public better understand that differences that are only skin-deep neither define nor limit a person's character, abilities or prospects in life. You also helped others appreciate that people of different races & backgrounds can live and work together peacefully & productively for the greater good of all. Those are truths that didn't have to be written down in court opinions. Anyone paying attention could see that truth lived out every day you devoted to public service. I believe you have been a "trailblazer" in Indiana's legal community and its judiciary. I also embrace your belief that society's needs can be better served when people in positions of governmental power reflect the many complexions of the population that they serve. Whether through greater understanding across the existing racial spectrum or through the removal of some real and some perceived color-based, hope-crushing barriers to life opportunities & success, movement toward a more reflective representation of the population being governed will lead to greater and uninterrupted respect for laws designed to protect all peoples' rights to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness. Thanks again for a job well-done & for the inevitable positive impact your service has had - and will continue to have - on countless Hoosiers of all backgrounds & colors.

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