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IBA: Local Leaders to be Honored with 2012 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, November 8, 2012. 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 Columbia Club, will begin at noon. Register today by visiting www.indybar.org.

The recipients of the President’s Award for Service to the Association are Liz Shuster and Chuck Schmal, both of Woodard Emhardt Moriarty McNett & Henry LLP, for their efforts to create the new Indy Attorneys Network section.

This year’s President’s Award for Service to the Profession will be awarded to the Hon. Louis Rosenberg of the Marion Circuit Court for his work dedicated to reforming the Marion County Small Claims Courts.

The Board of Directors Award goes to the IndyBar Legal Services Advisory Committee, chaired in 2012 by Tim Hurlbut of Rubin & Levin PC, for the extraordinary time and effort dedicated to the creation and launch of Indy Lawyer Finder, the bar’s innovative online attorney search tool.

Joel Schumm of the Robert H. McKinney School of Law will be honored with the Dr. John Morton Finney Jr. Award for Excellence in Legal Education for the creation of supplemental bar examination preparation questions provided to IndyBar Review students.

For her involvement with the Young Lawyers Division, Stephanie Eckerle, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun 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: Cohen & Malad LLP

Law Student: Nabeela Virjee, Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Attorney Aiding Entities: Hon. Mary Davidsen, Office of Environmental Adjudication

Attorney Aiding Individuals: Sara McClammer, Barnes & Thornburg LLP•

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