Knox County Bar memorializes lawyer

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The Knox County Bar Association adopted a resolution to memorialize former Indiana State Bar Association president E. Rabb Emison in mid-November. Emison died in September. He was 85.

“Although he was widely known and honored, Rabb had a special love for his community and the lawyers he practiced with and against all of whom were treated with respect and unfailing courtesy,” the resolution stated. “Rabb’s quick wit, infectious smile, and enthusiasm for life enriched all of us who knew him.

“Retired from the active practice of law, Rabb continued his community involvement working tirelessly for projects that would benefit Vincennes and Knox County. He was instrumental in getting the Walnut Grove project adjacent to the William Henry Harrison Mansion to become a reality.

“The Knox County Bar, indeed Knox County and Vincennes, will miss E. Rabb Emison. It does hereby extend its collective condolences to Kathleen, Susan, Anne, and Gordon, and to all members of the extended Emison family. Rabb was a genuinely unique person who will not be easily forgotten.

“Now, therefore, be it resolved that the Knox County Bar Association hereby memorializes in perpetuity the life and accomplishments of E. Rabb Emison and extends to each member of his family its expression of sympathy and loss,” the resolution stated.

In the resolution, the bar association also recognized Emison for his contributions to the ISBA, of which he served as president from 1986 to 1987. He was perhaps best known for his efforts to improve diversity in the Indiana legal community. An ISBA award was named for him and is given to other attorneys who follow his lead.

The resolution also mentions the more than 50 columns he wrote for the ISBA publication “Res Gestae.” Those columns were unlike others because instead of writing about the law, he wrote about how to be a better lawyer.•


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