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Northwest Indiana Trial Attorney to Become President of Indiana Bar Foundation June 1

Kenneth J. Allen, Valparaiso, Starting Early, Replacing Future Indiana Supreme Court Justice Geoffrey G. Slaughter

(INDIANAPOLIS) The recent appointment of Geoffrey G. Slaughter to the Indiana Supreme Court will result in an early transition to the presidency of the Indiana Bar Foundation (Foundation) for Kenneth J. Allen, Valparaiso, of the Kenneth J. Allen Law Group.

Allen's two-year Foundation presidency was expected to begin July 1, 2016. However Slaughter's May 9, 2016, appointment will require him to resign as president of the Foundation's board a month prior to the end of his term as Bar Foundation president, effective June 1, 2016.

"The Foundation has benefited tremendously from the advice and leadership of Geoff Slaughter for several years, the last one as president," said Allen. "I'm honored to step up early in light of the great responsibility he’s been called upon to fulfill at the Indiana Supreme Court."

Allen is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Illinois and Indiana Supreme Courts, and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a patron member of the American Association of Justice and a lifetime member of the NAACP, among many other memberships. He was the recipient of the Fifth Annual Child Safety Advocate Award “for outstanding dedication in forwarding the issues of child safety,” awarded by the IU School of Medicine and the Indiana Safe Kids Coalition, and given the prestigious Litigator Award in 2014 and 2015. The award began in 2014 and honors the top one percent of all lawyers nationally. (www.litigatorawards.com). His 14-lawyer firm is exclusively dedicated to serious injury and wrongful death cases in Indiana and Illinois and has handled many cases of national importance from the United Airlines DC-10 crash at Sioux City to the Indiana State Fair stage collapse. To read Allen's full bio, click here.

He and his wife, Nina, have long sponsored Teachers of Excellence, which selects and honors area elementary and high school teachers monthly, and the United Way’s Kinderprint program, providing ID kits and safety education to thousands of schoolchildren. Working through charities, local schools and Ken4Kids.org, they have provided thousands of winter coats, bicycle helmets, backpacks filled with school supplies, Thanksgiving meals and Christmas gifts to needy children and families for more than two decades. They also sponsor the United Way’s Reading Buddies program, helping over 4,000 students learn to read, and the Kids’ Stop program, providing before and after-school child care for needy families at the Boys & Girls Club.

At the Indiana Bar Foundation, Allen served on the executive committee for the past three years, as well as the finance and IOLTA committees. He chaired the Fellows nominating committee in 2013 and served as a member of that same committee in both 2009 and 2011.

The Indiana Bar Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity consisting of lawyers and judges dedicated to strengthening access to legal representation and appreciation for the rule of law in Indiana. Its programs educate youth about the U.S. Constitution, American judicial procedures, and their responsibilities as citizens. The Foundation also improves access to the legal assistance for Hoosiers who cannot afford to pay for private representation. Major programs include: We the People, High School Mock Trial and the newly formed Coalition for Court Access. Learn more at www.inbf.org.

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