In November, the Indiana Bar Foundation will commemorate its 65 years of ensuring that everyone has legal representation and that Hoosier students have an opportunity to learn about the Constitution and democracy.
As part of the anniversary, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Woodward will be the guest speaker at a special dinner. The “Evening with Bob Woodward” will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Indianapolis.
Barnes & Thornburg LLP is a title sponsor. More information can be found at the foundation’s website at www.inbf.org.
This is the “time to celebrate what the bar foundation has done and what it is going to do in the future,” said the foundation’s immediate past-president Judi Calhoun.
Woodward, currently an associate editor at The Washington Post, is best known for his reporting on the Watergate scandal which eventually led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. Since then, he has authored or co-authored 17 books, including his 2012 book “The Price of Politics,” which examines the recent financial crisis.
Calhoun said the IBF was very pleased to have Woodward headline the dinner.
“Mr. Woodward’s history of holding public officials accountable, most famously with Watergate, but also his investigations into the executive and legislative branches, fit well with the foundation’s mission of civic education and promoting the rule of law,” she said.
The Indiana Bar Foundation has several civic education programs for children and young adults. Annually, the We the People and Indiana Mock Trial programs involve many students from across the state and regularly send well-prepared teams to national competitions.
Calhoun, chief deputy prosecutor in Delaware County, said the most important work of the IBF has been to strengthen access to justice. The organization’s pro bono program connects attorneys with people who need legal assistance but do not know where to go for help.
The IBF is open to both those in and outside of the Indiana legal community. Also, the dinner is open to anyone who wants to support the organization.
“I think the bar foundation isn’t just about lawyers, it’s about those in the community and the state who want to make sure that people have access to justice and giving children (a civic education),” Calhoun said. “Everyone can help with that.”