The Indiana Bar Foundation's 2018 Awards Dinner honored Indiana attorneys, bar associations and teachers for their contributions to the foundation, the We the People program and the cause of justice across the state. The dinner, held Sunday night, also recognized this year's Bar Foundation Fellows and featured an announcement about the creation of a new endowment.
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association leaders said it was natural for the organization to pledge $25,000 for the national high school mock trial championships to be held in Evansville in May 2020.
Since the December 2017 creation of an endowment in honor of the late Larry McKinney, senior judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, the fund is getting close to reaching the $20,000 milestone. The Honorable Larry J. McKinney Fund for Civic Education was started by the Indiana Bar Foundation to support civic educations programs like We the People and Indiana Mock Trial.
The fundraising for the 2020 National Mock Trial Championships, which be hosted in Evansville, has hit a milestone after the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association pledged $25,000 and became the first major sponsor of the event.
The Indiana Supreme Court is encouraging students from elementary to high school age to enter an essay contest in honor of Law Day on May 1.
An Elkhart lawyer who teaches schoolchildren the value of voting is among six attorneys recognized by the Indiana Bar Foundation for their volunteer efforts.
The Indiana Bar Foundation’s 2017 Civic Health Index found Hoosiers were more actively participating in most aspects of community life than in past years, except for voting.
Across Indiana, Hoosiers are committed to community involvement, with 40.2 percent of all Indiana residents belonging to at least one community organization, such as a church or neighborhood group. But while 61.4 percent of Americans voted in 2016, only 58.3 percent of Hoosiers did.
Despite the current atmosphere where politicians decry activist judges and presidential tweets assail court rulings, 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Diane P. Wood is optimistic about the future of the judiciary.
Saying he is stepping out of public life, former Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has donated his remaining campaign funds to the Indiana Bar Foundation.
Criminal defense attorney and mock trial alumnus Scott Barnhart has been elected to the board of the National High School Mock Trial Championship.
Teams of middle and high schools students from Indianapolis and the surrounding area dominated the 2016 Indiana We the People State Finals.
More than 185 high school students will get their chance to try a trial Saturday and Sunday in front of a panel of experienced judges.
Fishers High School was crowned the champion in the Indiana We the People High School competition and will represent the state at the national competition in April 2016. In the middle school competition, Brown County Junior High School in Nashville took first place for the sixth consecutive year.