The IndyBar Professionalism Committee, led by chair Arend Abel, has named the Hon. Richard Young of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana the 2016 recipient of the Silver Gavel Award, while John Trimble of Lewis Wagner LLP has been awarded the bar’s Professionalism Award.
Both will be honored at the upcoming IndyBar Professionalism Luncheon to be held on Tuesday, Sept. 27 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis. The luncheon will also feature Hon. Geoffrey Slaughter, the newest justice to the Indiana Supreme Court, as the keynote speaker. Registration for the luncheon can be found at indybar.org/events.
Chief Judge Richard Young presides over cases in both Evansville and Indianapolis. Prior to his appointment to the U.S. District Court, he served as Vanderburgh Circuit Court judge for eight years. He was also a partner with Hayes & Young in Evansville and served as corporation counsel for the city of Evansville and as a public defender in Vanderburgh Circuit Court. He currently serves on the Judicial Conference Committee for Space and Facilities, is a member of the Board of Visitors for Indiana University Maurer School of Law and Youth First, and often lectures on the subjects of trial advocacy and legal writing. He graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, and from George Mason University School of Law. 2016 is Chief Judge Young’s final year as chief judge of the U.S District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.
His nomination notes, “Simple geography makes administering a sizeable district like the Southern District of Indiana a challenge for a chief judge who is not centrally located. Yet, from his very first day, Chief Judge Richard L. Young made it a priority to manage the district hands-on. He had the professional instinct to know that in order to manage the court, he had to be present, and he had to be present district-wide.”
John Trimble was selected to receive the 2016 Professionalism Award. He is a partner with Lewis Wagner LLP, where he devotes his practice to defense of complex litigation in state and federal courts. He’s handled coverage matters of every shape, size, and complexity and has an active practice defending insurance agents in errors and omissions claims. Through the years he has defended coverage, liability, and business cases in more than 25 jurisdictions. Trimble is the immediate past president of the IndyBar, and is currently chair for the Board of Visitors for IU McKinney School of Law, secretary of the Board of the Indianapolis Legal Aid Society, and a trustee of Hanover College. He earned his B.A. at Hanover College and his J.D. at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.
Trimble has received over 15 honors and awards over the past 25 years, and remains active in 18 professional organizations. His nomination notes, “John is an outstanding lawyer, recognized nationally for his skills in dispute resolution. He is undoubtedly one of our community’s leaders in the legal profession. And he approaches every encounter with others in a way that should make lawyers proud – with civility, patience, grace, and class.”•