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Evansville Bar donates funds to support pro bono programs
Pro bono programs in Southwest Indiana have gotten a big financial boost from Evansville bar members within the past month.
More than $14,000 in donations from the Evansville Bar Association and the John L. Sanders Memorial Evansville Bar Foundation were given to the Volunteer Lawyer Program of Southwestern Indiana and the Legal Aid Society of Evansville.
The EBA’s Access to Justice Committee raised $5,000 for the two pro bono organizations during a trivia night party on Nov. 8. About 115 attorneys and guests attended the event.
The EBA donated the $1,000 award it received for historical preservation efforts to the volunteer lawyer program and the legal aid society. The bar members were honored for raising $300,000 to renovate the superior courtroom, now named the Randall T. Shepard Courtroom, in Vanderburgh County’s Old Courthouse.
Finally, as part of its annual grant process, the bar foundation awarded $4,345.66 to the legal aid society and $3,625 to the volunteer lawyer program. It also gave $500 to the Access to Justice Committee.•