Indiana Bar Foundation welcomes new president a month early

Indiana Supreme Court justice-appointee Geoffrey Slaughter is resigning his position as Indiana Bar Foundation president a month earlier than his term would have ended.

Slaughter’s tenure as the foundation’s president would have concluded July 1 but his appointment to the Supreme Court required him to step down sooner from the leadership post. Valparaiso attorney Kenneth J. Allen of the Kenneth J. Allen Law Group will become the foundation’s president Wednesday.

“The foundation has benefited tremendously from the advice and leadership of Geoff Slaughter for several years, the last one as president,” Allen said. “I’m honored to step up early in light of the great responsibility he’s been called upon to fulfill at the Indiana Supreme Court.”

Allen, admitted to the Indiana bar in 1981, has a 14-lawyer firm dedicated to serious injury and wrongful death cases in Indiana and Illinois. He practices before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Indiana and Illinois Supreme Courts and the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

In additional to his legal practice, Allen and his wife Nina are active in their community, supporting education and helping children. The couple has been longtime sponsors of Teachers of Excellence which selects and honors area elementary and high school teachers monthly. They also have helped protect and feed local youngsters for more than two decades.

At the foundation, Allen has served on the executive committee for the past three years along with finance and Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts committees. He also chaired the Fellows nominating committee in 2013.

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