2016 Recognition Dinner
2016 Award Winners
William Baker Award: Seamus Boyce, Noblesville
Seamus includes the We the People: the Citizen and the Constitution program in his presentations statewide for educational professionals. His work in the past year led to 17 Carmel, Ind., elementary school teachers beginning the program and introductions to five more school districts. Boyce is a partner at Church, Church, Hittle & Antrim LLP.
"I am pleasantly surprised by the recognition honoring the work of William Baker. It is special to me because it directly involves the We The People program. I am happy to continue to spread my positive experiences about the program. We need all of our communities to be excited to learn about history, government and politics. At a time when we see violent demonstrations involving youth that are not registered to vote, I am pleased to know that more and more students are excited to learn and apply their knowledge about civics. We The People perfectly provides that opportunity. I am very grateful to both my family (particularly my wife, Erin) and my firm (Church Church Hittle + Antrim) for helping support our efforts."
Randall T. Shepard Award for Excellence in Pro Bono: Beverly Corn, Evansville
Beverly will be honored for her life of service at the VLP of Southwestern Indiana. Corn has innovated service to the area’s impoverished with programs such as expansion of VLP’s clinic services to reach the region’s 13 counties, with a largely rural population, created a family court mediation program for Vanderburgh County that opened alternative dispute resolution services to low-income litigants, and established a joint intake model with the Iocal civil legal aid providers that is a model for the state. Innovation during financial strength is easier than what Corn has dealt with the last eight years, which is a 50 percent reduction in IOLTA funding.
Pro Bono Publico Award: John Cowan, Fort Wayne
When a non-custodial parent kept a woman's son in Utah, and she had no money to hire a lawyer to return her son to Indiana, John was able to handle her case and succeeded in helping that mother regain her son. John is an attorney at Tourkow, Crell, Rosenblatt & Johnston, LLP and has given more than 500 hours of service to the Volunteer Lawyer Program of Northeast Indiana since that case in 2008.
John Patrick Award: Robert Dyson Jr., Fishers
Robert is a retired senior project engineer. He has volunteered with the Fishers High School We the People team for a decade, even traveling to the national competition with them, and he volunteers to judge the regional and state competitions at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.
Hon. David Avery
Judge David Avery serves in the Allen Superior Court – Civil Division, having been appointed in 2000. He is currently the chair of the Indiana Judicial Conference’s Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee and the judicial liaison to the Indiana Commission for Continuing Legal Education. Judge Avery is a member of the Allen County Bar Association and the Indiana State Bar Association, where he currently is a member of the pro bono committee. He serves on the board of several organizations, including the Volunteer Lawyer Program of Northeastern Indiana and the Allen County Bar Foundation, The Carriage House and Lutheran Social Services of Indiana. Judge Avery served as a member of the Indiana Pro Bono Commission, the Indiana Bar Foundation and as a member of the Supreme Court’s Pro Bono Reporting Task Force.
Max E. Fiester
Max E. Fiester is a partner in Terrell, Baugh, Salmon & Born, LLP, Evansville. He has practiced law in Evansville since 2002 in the areas of business litigation, insurance law, and insurance defense. Currently president of the Evansville Bar Association, Mr. Fiester is past president of the American Red Cross of Southwest Indiana and has served on other nonprofit boards including the Children’s Museum of Evansville, the Evansville Museum Contemporaries, and Smiles for Steph, Inc. Mr. Fiester also serves on the editorial board for the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana.
Daniel A. Gioia
An experienced family law and civil mediator, Mr. Gioia has served on the Indiana Supreme Court CLE Commission, the Joint Task Force on Alternative Dispute Resolution Rules, and the domestic relations focus group for family mediation, which was responsible for recommending revisions in the Alternative Dispute Resolution Rules and Procedures of the Court. He also served as a participant on the ISBA Conclaves on Legal Education in 1997, 2003, 2007 and 2010. He is an adjunct faculty member at the Valparaiso University School of Law, and he teaches the courses on medico-legal bio-ethics and medical malpractice. Mr. Gioia has served as president of the Lake County Bar Association (1990) and the Calumet American Inn of Court (2002). He is active in many civic organizations and helped the Indiana Bar Foundation with its 65th anniversary celebration in 2015.
Timothy E. Kalamaros
Admitted to the bar in Indiana and Illinois, Tim began practice in South Bend in 1996 at Edward N. Kalamaros and Associates PC, and, four years later, opened the Timothy E. Kalamaros Law Office, PC in Mishawaka. He concentrates on estates practice, including wills, trusts, probate and trust administration, guardianship, and contested estate matters. A native of South Bend, he attended the University of Notre Dame for undergraduate studies in business, and the Loyola University of Chicago School of Law.
Greta Roemer Lewis
Ms. Lewis has practiced law in South Bend for over 25 years, focusing her practice in estate planning and estate administration. A partner at Tuesley Hall Konopa LLP, she frequently speaks on estate planning and administration topics to other professional audiences. She is certified as an estate planning and administration specialist by the ISBA Estate Planning and Administration Specialty Certification Board and is also licensed in the State of Michigan to practice law.
Hon. Larry McKinney
Judge McKinney was appointed judge for the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana in 1987 and assumed senior status in 2009. Prior to joining the district court, he served as judge of the Johnson Circuit Court for eight and one-half years. He was in private practice from 1971 until his election to the Johnson Circuit Court. He previously served as a deputy attorney general and a law clerk to the Indiana Attorney General. Judge McKinney is a former board member of the Indiana Bar Foundation and a volunteer for the We the People educational program.
Andi M. Metzel
Currently the ISBA president-elect, Metzel is a partner in the Indianapolis firm Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP. She is a member of the firm’s litigation, real estate & environmental, transportation & logistics and China practice groups. She focuses on complex commercial litigation, including shareholder and corporate governance disputes, fraud, RICO, land use, construction, shareholder derivative suits, business torts, and other federal and state court actions. A member of the Indiana Supreme Court’s Disciplinary Commission, she has been active on various ISBA committees and women and the law efforts.
Hon. Robyn L. Moberly
In 2012, Robyn L. Moberly was sworn in as the first female judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Indiana. She serves as the chief judge of the Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of Indiana. Judge Moberly served on the Marion Superior Court bench from 1997 - 2012. In state court, she presided over major felony court for four years and civil court for 12 years. Prior to her judicial service, she was a general practitioner for 17 years. She has been active in the legal community, serving as president of the Indiana Judges Association, president of the Indianapolis Bar Association, board member of the Indiana Judicial Conference, and associate presiding judge of the Marion Superior Court. She is completing a term as the president of the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law Alumni Association.
Adam Packer is the first general counsel for IGT Indiana, LLC, the private manager of the Hoosier Lottery and an affiliate of global gaming leader IGT PLC. Prior to joining IGT in 2013, he served as legal counsel to the Indiana Gaming Commission and as an associate at Kightlinger & Gray. Mr. Packer is a member of the Foundation's Citizenship Education Advisory Committee and is a frequent volunteer for the Foundation's programs.
R. Scott Wylie
Scott Wylie is the Director of the Vanderburgh Community Foundation, which provides philanthropic services to the greater Evansville area. An attorney by training, he is a nationally recognized speaker and commentator on nonprofit governance issues, charitable giving, and attorney pro bono efforts. Since 2007, Mr. Wylie has also served as a Plan Administrator with the Volunteer Lawyer Program of Southwestern Indiana and as the Family Court Coordinator for the Vanderburgh County Courts.
Find the list of Keystone Society charter members that were recognized here.