Late Fort Wayne program director to be honored with pro bono award

September 9, 2014

The Indiana Bar Foundation and the Indiana Pro Bono Commission will recognize the dedication and tireless efforts of the late Terrance P. “Terry” McCaffrey at its 2014 annual pro bono awards ceremony.

The organizations will present, posthumously, the Randall T. Shepard Award, the highest award given for a career in pro bono service, to McCaffrey, who died in July after a battle with cancer. The recognition will be part of the annual Pro Bono and Law-Related Education Awards presentation which will also honor Pro Bono Publico Award and Law-Related Education Award recipients.
McCaffrey was the executive director of the Volunteer Lawyers Program of Northwest Indiana in Fort Wayne. According to his nomination, he was the catalyst for a “modest means” initiative the pro bono program started to broaden its scope of service. In addition, he increased guardianship services for the developmentally disabled in the community.

“Terry led during what may have been the most difficult five years of the program’s history,” said Charles Dunlap, executive director of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation. “This period was one of historically low interest rates so the pro bono programs in Indiana had to work with less revenue, raise more on their own and serve a more demanding client load.

Three Faegre Baker Daniels attorneys – Catherine A. Clements of Indianapolis, Carl A. Greci of South Bend, and Robert W. Kistler of Fort Wayne – will be honored with the Pro Bono Publico Award for their work on behalf of individuals and organizations in need.

The Evansville Bar Association’s Paralegal section will also be honored for their pro bono service. Beverly Corn, co-plan administrator for the Volunteer Lawyer Program of Southwest Indiana, called the paralegal section “the backbone of every pro bono project we do.”

Taft Stettinius and Hollister LLP will be presented with the Law-Related Education Award for its work in helping to organize a career readiness and academic achievement program at an elementary school in the Indianapolis Public School district.

 The Pro bono and Law-Related Education Awards ceremony will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at CMG Worldwide headquarters, 10500 Crosspoint Blvd., Indianapolis.  This is a free event but registrations are requested and can be made by contacting Theresa Browning, Indiana Bar Foundation director of development, at either 317-269-7864 or tbrowning@inbf.org.




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