Leadership in Law - Nominee Information

Leadership in LawIndiana lawyers work diligently to make this state a place the Indiana Lawyer is proud to call home. Through professional commitments, social and civic involvement, and community volunteerism, lawyers serve a diverse citizenry and business community. The Indiana Lawyer annually honors members of the legal community who have shown a commitment to their profession and the clients they serve with Leadership in Law Distinguished Barrister and the Up and Coming Lawyer Awards.

Deadline for submission of nominees is Jan. 20, 2015.

New and past honorees will be celebrated at a reception in May 2015.

Award Criteria

The Indiana Lawyer invites you to nominate a member of Indiana’s legal community for the 2015 Leadership in Law Award. Attorneys eligible for nomination as a Distinguished Barrister have practiced law a minimum of 20 years, and attorneys eligible for nomination as an Up and Coming Lawyer have been practicing 10 years or less. Nominations may be submitted by a colleague, community member, or the nominee. Nominations should provide detail as to why the individual being nominated deserves recognition by the legal community. Recipients of the awards will be selected based the on the following criteria:

  1. Achievement in the legal profession and involvement in professional legal organizations
  2. Community contributions made through support of social and civic community-based organizations and programs
  3. Facilitation of mentoring relationships with young lawyers (Distinguished Barrister nominees only)
  4. Narrative describing what makes this young lawyer stand out among his/her peer group (Up and Coming nominees only).

Past recipients are not eligible for nomination. View the previous award winners list here.

Selection Process

Only COMPLETE nominations received by Jan. 20, 2015, will be considered. The presentation of the awards will take place during the Indiana Lawyer’s annual Leadership in Law reception in May 2015.

Nomination Guidelines

Prepare and submit a nomination packet for each lawyer being nominated. Please include the following information in each nomination packet:

  1. Completed nomination form
  2. Nominee’s resume (if available)
  3. Nomination narrative (please complete if not using the online submission form): Using the award criteria outlined, indicate why this nominee is deserving of recognition. Specify the nature of the nominee’s professional achievements, involvement, and community service. Whenever possible, provide specific documentation or other materials that demonstrate the nominee’s dedication to his or her community and the legal profession. Anecdotal examples and stories that help the awards committee get to know the nominee personally and professionally are encouraged.  Nominators of Up and Coming Lawyer candidates may ask the nominee to submit a narrative describing his/her career aspirations, if desired.
  4. Letters of support from other individuals and/or organizations that are aware of the nominee’s professional achievements or contributions to his/her community may be included.

Options for submitting nominations:

  • Use the online nomination form to complete the nomination process and send resume, letters of recommendation, and other documents to klucas@ibj.com (Print the nomination form and mail the nomination packet to Kelly Lucas, editor & publisher, Indiana Lawyer, 41 E. Washington St., Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN  46204
  • Email the nomination packet to klucas@ibj.com.

Please direct questions to Kelly Lucas at 317-472-5233 or 800-968-1225, ext. 233, or klucas@ibj.com.

klucas@ibj.com








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  1. KUDOS to the Indiana Supreme Court for realizing that some bureacracies need to go to the stake. Recall what RWR said: "No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!" NOW ... what next to this rare and inspiring chopping block? Well, the Commission on Gender and Race (but not religion!?!) is way overdue. And some other Board's could be cut with a positive for State and the reputation of the Indiana judiciary.

  2. During a visit where an informant with police wears audio and video, does the video necessary have to show hand to hand transaction of money and narcotics?

  3. I will agree with that as soon as law schools stop lying to prospective students about salaries and employment opportunities in the legal profession. There is no defense to the fraudulent numbers first year salaries they post to mislead people into going to law school.

  4. The sad thing is that no fish were thrown overboard The "greenhorn" who had never fished before those 5 days was interrogated for over 4 hours by 5 officers until his statement was illicited, "I don't want to go to prison....." The truth is that these fish were measured frozen off shore and thawed on shore. The FWC (state) officer did not know fish shrink, so the only reason that these fish could be bigger was a swap. There is no difference between a 19 1/2 fish or 19 3/4 fish, short fish is short fish, the ticket was written. In addition the FWC officer testified at trial, he does not measure fish in accordance with federal law. There was a document prepared by the FWC expert that said yes, fish shrink and if these had been measured correctly they averaged over 20 inches (offshore frozen). This was a smoke and mirror prosecution.

  5. I love this, Dave! Many congrats to you! We've come a long way from studying for the bar together! :)

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