IndyBar: Help Us Honor Excellence: Nominations Now Open for IndyBar Recognition and Professionalism Awards

This fall, IndyBar members will be honored for their contributions to our legal community. The Indianapolis legal community is fortunate to be home to many talented, dedicated professionals, and we need your help in identifying our colleagues who went above and beyond this past year!

Nominations are being accepted for the following IndyBar awards: the Dr. John Morton Finney Jr. Award for Excellence in Legal Education; the Young Lawyer of the Year Award; the IndyBar Pro Bono Awards, which are presented in four categories: Practicing Attorney, Law Firm, Law Student and Paralegal; and the Professionalism Awards, which include the Professionalism Award, the Silver Gavel Award and the Unsung Hero Award. Nominations are due next week and can be found at indybar.org/awardnominations.

Dr. John Morton Finney Jr. Award for Excellence in Legal Education

Established in 1998, the Dr. John A. Morton Finney Award for Excellence in Legal Education honors the memory of Dr. Finney Jr. who, during his lifetime, demonstrated the value of education and a love of the law. The successful candidate for this award will have made significant and unique contributions to further legal education within our community. Those active in legal education projects, public education or working within Indiana’s law schools shall be considered.

Pro Bono Awards

The Pro Bono Awards honor practicing lawyers, retired lawyers, in-house and corporate counsel, law firms, law students and paralegals who have made outstanding contributions toward delivering volunteer legal services to the poor and disadvantaged. Among the factors considered during selection are whether a nominee has demonstrated dedication to the delivery of legal services to the poor; has contributed significant work toward developing innovative approaches to the delivery of volunteer legal services; has participated in an activity which resulted in satisfying previously unmet needs or in extending services to underserved segments of the population; has successfully litigated a pro bono case that favorably affected the provision of services to the poor; or has successfully achieved legislation that contributed substantially to legal services to the poor.

Young Lawyer of the Year

The Young Lawyers Division of the Indianapolis Bar Association selects a “Young Lawyer of the Year” each year. The attorney must be 36 or younger, OR have been in practice eight years or less, be a member of the IndyBar, have made exceptional contributions to support Young Lawyers Division-sponsored activities or programs, be recognized as a good role model for the legal profession and be deserving of special recognition.

Professionalism Award

This annual award is to recognize exceptional, meritorious achievement by an attorney widely accepted by his or her peers as having consistently modeled the spirit of the Rules of Professional Conduct. The winner will also be viewed by other attorneys as epitomizing the ideals of the legal profession.

Silver Gavel Award

This annual award is to recognize exceptional, meritorious achievement by a judicial officer widely accepted by his or her peers as having consistently modeled the spirit of the Rules of Professional Conduct. The winner will also be viewed by the legal community as epitomizing the ideals of the Bench.

Unsung Hero Award

This award is given to a lawyer who goes above and beyond the call of duty and exhibits the highest level of commitment to others without the expectation of praise or recognition.

The awards will be presented at the Recognition Breakfast on Wednesday, November 3. Register online at indybar.org/recognition! •

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