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

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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  1. Great observation Smith. By my lights, speaking personally, they already have. They counted my religious perspective in a pro-life context as a symptom of mental illness and then violated all semblance of due process to banish me for life from the Indiana bar. The headline reveals the truth of the Hoosier elite's animus. Details here: Denied 2016 petition for cert (this time around): (“2016Pet”) Amicus brief 2016: (“2016Amici”) As many may recall, I was banned for five years for failing to "repent" of my religious views on life and the law when a bar examiner demanded it of me, resulting in a time out to reconsider my "clinging." The time out did not work, so now I am banned for life. Here is the five year time out order: Denied 2010 petition for cert (from the 2009 denial and five year banishment): (“2010Pet”) Read this quickly if you are going to read it, the elites will likely demand it be pulled down or pile comments on to bury it. (As they have buried me.)

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