2017 Annual Awards Dinner
To reserve a seat or table at the event, register here by December 1st.
Contact Kayla O'Brien at email@example.com or (317) 608-6502 for more information.
2017 Award Winners
Randall T. Shepard Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service: Arthur E. Johnson, Indianapolis
Mr. Arthur (Art) Johnson has exemplified dedication to the delivery of pro bono legal services to indigent clients. Art is being recognized for what he has done for low-income clients and for the exemplary ways he has provided this service. In 2010, he left state government and began volunteering more than eight hours a week at the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic. From 2011 to June 2017, Johnson has provided 2,800 hours of pro bono services to low-income clients valued at more than $290,000.
Pro Bono Publico Award: Jessica L. Van Dalen, Indianapolis
Jessica Van Dalen helps solo inventors, small businesses, and start-up companies obtain patent protection on their inventions. The patent system can be expensive and cost-prohibitive for many starting companies. Van Dalen has been involved with the IU Maurer School of Law IP Clinic since its inception, helping both the students involved with the IP Clinic gain experience and the clients seeking patent protection to launch their businesses. Through the IP Clinic and the Patent Connect for Hoosiers program, she has donated as much as 100 hours of pro bono service in one year.
Pro Bono Publico Award: Molly E. Briles, Evansville
Molly Briles is one of southwest Indiana’s leading advocates for adults and children affected by violence and neglect. She provides direct services and leadership to ensure their safety. Briles created and administers a pro bono protective order project by recruiting attorney volunteers to handle referrals from local domestic violence shelters and setting up a system with the shelters to contact her anytime a resident or client needs legal representation at a protective order hearing. Since January 2015, Briles has logged more than 215 pro bono hours beyond what she’s done administering the protective order project.
John Patrick Award for Civic Education: Drew Horvath, Indianapolis
There are many excellent teachers in the We the People program in Indiana, but Drew Horvath is always the person to watch and emulate. His enthusiasm, his knowledge, and his love of subject is beyond compare. His classes are always an inspiration and reason to have faith in our young people and what they can accomplish with proper guidance and training. Horvath has been teaching the We the People curriculum since 1993, and he has put Lawrence Central High School, Indianapolis, on the map for the We the People program.
William Baker Award for Civic Education: Hon. Larry J. McKinney, Indianapolis (awarded posthumously)
The late Judge Larry McKinney has been a longtime supporter of civic education in Indiana. He is a past board member of the Foundation and was a member of its Citizenship Education Advisory Committee. For several years, Judge McKinney led the immigration naturalization ceremony for new citizens during at the We the People State Finals in December, so the high school students may be present. Additionally, he judged the State Finals and spoke to the students each year. Judge McKinney also served multiple times as a championship round judge for the Indiana High School Mock Trial State Finals. His passing has left a huge hole in the hearts of the staff, teachers, and volunteers who were fortunate enough to have met and worked with him on the Foundation’s civic education mission. Our thanks to his family and friends who shared him with us for what seemed like too brief a time.
Law-Related Education Award: Andrew M. Hicks, Elkhart
Indiana Kids’ Election (IKE), a mock election program for grades K-12, enlists attorneys to speak to students in schools in Indiana’s 92 counties about the elections process, the importance of voting, and active citizenship. The students then "voted" for the president, governor, and senator. Hicks ensured that every school that signed up for the program in Elkhart and neighboring counties was matched with a lawyer for a classroom presentation on the importance of voting. Hicks closed his presentations with this advice and encouragement to the students, “The only way you can make this country the way you want it to be is to research the issues and vote – and maybe even be a candidate yourself.”
David A. Capp, Hammond
David Capp served as the presidentially-appointed and senate-confirmed U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana for seven years until March 2017. He has extensive experience in investigating and prosecuting public corruption offenses and violent crime. He also served as the office's terrorism coordinator after 9/11. Prior to that, he served as interim U.S. Attorney on three different occasions. He was in the private practice of law for eight years before joining the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Lucy R. Dollens, Indianapolis
Dollens is the managing partner of the Quarles and Brady LLP's Indianapolis office and a litigator for complex commercial matters whose practice extends to product liability, premises liability, toxic torts, employment restrictive covenants and trade secret violations. She is also an experienced appellate litigator representing both individuals and corporate clients in state and federal appellate courts. She is active in a number professional and civic activities including the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, the ISBA, ABA and the IndyBar. Lucy has been a valuable member of the Indiana Bar Foundation’s development and communications committee as well.
Terry L. Harrell, Indianapolis
Now the Executive Director of the Indiana Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program (JLAP), Terry Harrell worked first as a lawyer then transitioned into clinical work. She is a licensed clinical addictions counselor and has a nationally recognized master addiction counselor certification. As a therapist she worked in inpatient treatment, crisis services, adult outpatient treatment, wrap around services for severely emotionally disturbed adolescents, and management. She serves on many national committees for lawyer assistance programs, and is a member of the ISBA, past Chair of the Professional Legal Education Admission and Development Section (PLEADS) and the Wellness Committee.
Keith P. Huffman, Bluffton
Keith P. Huffman, Dale, Huffman & Babcock, is a frequent speaker on elder law issues, has served as the President of the Indiana Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and is past Chair of the Elder Law Section of the Indiana Bar Association. Huffman is a member of the Ethics Committee at Bluffton Regional Medical Center, a member of the Northeast Indiana Alzheimer’s Advisory Board, Chairman of the Aging & In-Home Services Board of Directors, and a member of the Fort Wayne Lutheran Hospital Institutional Review Committee.
Irwin B. Levin, Indianapolis
Levin became active in the first class-action case to be filed in the U.S. against Swiss banks on behalf of Holocaust survivors. He and other lawyers took a hands-on role in both the factual investigation of the archived materials stored in the U.S. National Archives and the legal work before the Court. He and his firm, Cohen and Malad, have participated in numerous other Holocaust-related cases against German banks and corporations that stole assets and labor from Holocaust victims. He was also lead counsel in the Indianapolis Ramada Inn/U.S. Air Force crash litigation and in the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles cases involving overcharging of Indiana citizens.
Hon. Robert L. Miller, Jr., South Bend
Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr., currently serves in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, South Bend Division. In 2017, at his request, he was cross-designated to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana to help with its caseload. He served as the northern district’s chief judge for seven years and took senior status in 2016 after completing his 40th year as a trial judge in Indiana. Judge Miller received the Woods Award from the Indiana High School Mock Trial Program in 2003. In fact, many attribute the Adams High School program success to the years of volunteerism by Judge Miller and his family.
Karl L. Mulvaney, Indianapolis
At Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, Karl practices in the areas of appellate, litigation and disciplinary law. He has served a variety of legal organizations including Indiana State Bar Association, Counsel to the President; International Legal Honor Society of Phi Delta Phi; and Advisory Committee to Indiana Supreme Court on Rules of Practice and Procedure, which he chaired for eight years. Karl was instrumental in the formation of the Richard M. Givan LRAP named in honor of the former Chief Justice in 2009. That fund aids legal aid attorneys with relief for college and law school loans.
Leanna K. Weissmann, Lawrenceburg
A former reporter, Weissmann clerked for Indiana Supreme Court Justice Robert Rucker and for the Hon. G. Michael Witte when he was Dearborn County Superior Court Judge. She is an adjunct professor at Ivy Tech Community College in Lawrenceburg and runs her law practice. She is also a member of the Indiana Supreme Courts Disciplinary Commission. Her community service includes literacy tutor, presenter for Constitution Day to school-aged children, and volunteer for youth outreach services that included an eight-week program and a service project for as many as 30 young people.
David A. Wemhoff, South Bend
Wemhoff served in the U.S. Army as well as the Army Reserve for 30 years, retiring at the rank of Colonel. He received a Legion of Merit upon retirement. Focused on criminal defense and general civil litigation, he has tried cases and succeeded in appeals before the Seventh Circuit. Since 2004 he has served as a panel attorney for the Federal Community Defenders that serves indigent individuals suspected of and/or charged with federal crimes. He is active in Rotary, the Military Officers Association of America and the Business Advisory Board of the Crossing School of Business and Entrepreneurship.
A list of 2017 Keystone Society members can be found here.