To recognize the accomplishments of female attorneys in central Indiana, the IndyBar’s Women & the Law Division present the Antoinette Dakin Leach Award, named for the first woman who gained admittance to the Indiana Bar. If you know a successful female attorney who exemplifies the determination and successes of Antoinette Dakin Leach, then please nominate her for the 2013 Antoinette Dakin Leach Award.
Antoinette Dakin Leach (1859-1922) gained admittance to the Indiana Bar only after the Indiana Supreme Court overruled a lower court ruling which stated that a woman was “not a citizen in the sense that she could hold office and practice law.” Ms. Leach went on to a successful career as an attorney and was a state and national leader in the suffragist movement.
Please take a moment to nominate a female attorney who has demonstrated some of the attributes of Antoinette Dakin Leach by encouraging other women in the pursuit of this honorable profession or blazing a path not taken by others. The nomination form can be found online at www.indybar.org; the deadline for nominations is July 31, 2013.
Past award winners are: Hon. V. Sue Shields, Virginia Dill McCarty, Hon. Sarah Evans Barker, Shirley A. Shideler, Hon. Pamela F. Carter, Hon. Myra C. Selby, Francina A. Dlouhy, Mary Y. Marsh, Kristin G. Fruehwald, Ann DeLaney, Hon. Jane Magnus-Stinson, Joan Fullam Irick, Hon. Betty J. Barteau, Deborah J. Daniels, Hon. Patricia L. Gifford, Hon. Denise K. LaRue, Abigail Kuzma, Monica Foster, Deborah Helpler, Julia Blackwell Gelinas, Hon. Margret Robb and Kathleen Lucas.•