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September 16, 2013


Indiana Bar to Honor Attorneys from Hamilton, Marion and Knox Counties

Pro Bono Service and Law-Related Education Recognized October 18


INDIANAPOLIS – Seven Indiana attorneys will be honored for their public service in an October 18 celebration of pro bono service and law-related education sponsored by the Indiana Bar Foundation and the Indiana Pro Bono Commission.

Recognition for Stephenie K. Gookins, Noblesville; Isaac M. Willett, Indianapolis; and five Vincennes attorneys: Jeffrey B. Kolb, J. David Roellgen, Yvette C. Kirchoff, Christopher M. Ripley and Brian M. Johnson will occur at a reception October 18 in French Lick, Indiana.

Kolb, Roellgen, Kirchoff, Ripley and Johnson are attorneys at the firm of Kolb, Roellgen and Kirchoff LLP in Vincennes, Indiana. Each attorney will receive an award for providing 50 hours of pro bono legal service in 2012. According to the nomination, this is the first time that their local pro bono district has had an entire law firm’s attorneys provide that level of service. The awards selection committee was impressed that the firm had 100 percent participation from the firm’s attorneys.

Isaac M. Willett, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, Indianapolis, will be honored for his work with a health advocacy coalition for medical-legal partnerships (MLP). Willett, an associate at the firm, “created the coalition’s  first pro bono guardianship program, navigating a complicated process to establish the program and organized two different CLE training programs,” according to his nomination. He has litigated three guardianships pro bono. He also chairs the coalition and seeks to identify and acquire more funding for MLPs in central Indiana. Members of the  awards committee found the scope of his work “impressive” and his contributions unique.

Stephenie K.  Gookins, Noblesville, will be honored for her service in law-related education. Gookins, from the firm Campbell Kyle Proffitt LLP, was nominated for organizing the Hamilton County Mock Trial competition. Gookins contacts schools, recruits judges and volunteers, tallies shore sheets and presents awards. Though aided by student interns, she spends “almost every day working on the Mock Trial competition” during January and February, according to her nomination. The awards committee recognized that mock trial  is “important to getting high school students to engage in civics.”

The 2013 Randall T. Shepard Award Celebration, where these awards will be presented, will begin at 5:00 p.m. October 18 at the Indiana State Bar Association annual meeting. The celebration will be at the French Lick Springs Resort. The celebration is free but reservations are requested. Respond to if you would like to attend or call 317-269-2415. For more information about the nominees and awards, visit


MEDIA CONTACT: Theresa M. Browning, Indiana Bar Foundation, 317-269-7864