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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Grants & Awards

Grants & Awards

Helling Scholarship - This award was created to provide scholarships to young attorneys in Indiana in order to give them the opportunity to participate in the Indiana State Bar Association’s annual meeting each year. As part of the award, and depending on the particular winner, the scholarship award is designed to cover the expenses of sending a lawyer and his or her family to the ISBA Annual Meeting, including such expenses as registration fees, lodging, meals and travel expenses. The Joseph T. Helling Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by Nancy J. Gargula, Cynthia L. Chandler, and Douglas J. Helling in honor of their father, Joseph T. Helling, who practiced law in South Bend, Indiana for more than 40 years. Joseph T. Helling Memorial Scholarship Application due August 1, 2017.


Givan LRAP Scholarship - The Richard M. Givan LRAP directs assistance in the form of a forgivable loan to applicants who would otherwise be precluded from accepting qualifying employment or who would be unable to continue to work in qualifying employment because of salaries that do not support their student loan debt burden. The Richard M. Givan Loan Repayment Assistance Program was established in 2006 as a statewide loan assistance program for law school graduates employed in non-profit organizations dedicated to serving the civil legal needs of low-income individuals and families in Indiana. This program is designed to assist attorneys who have incurred significant educational debt so they can work in civil legal aid programs for the poor. Givan Program Eligibility
Givan Application due October 2, 2017.


Phelps & Fara Scholarship - The Phelps & Fara fund assists a law student enrolled at the IU McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis with an interest in family law. Gale Phelps and Thomas Fara joined their practices after many years of successful solo practices where they formerly represented opposing clients. Both were active members in the family law section of the ISBA, demonstrating their commitment to the professionalism of family law by helping other attorneys and leading CLEs on various family law topics.


Fellows Award - The Indiana Bar Foundation board of directors established the Fellows in 1979 as a membership group of attorneys throughout Indiana. Membership in the Fellows is by invitation only. A complete listing of Fellows can be found here. Fellows are recognized for professional, public and private careers which have demonstrated outstanding legal ability and devotion to the welfare of their community, state, and nation, as well as to the advancement of the legal profession.


Randall T. Shepard Award - The Randall T. Shepard Award honors the talents of attorneys who have donated their time to serving the public. The Randall T. Shepard Award is given annually to a participant in the legal community who has dedicated his or her time and legal services to the poor of Indiana. The recipient of the Award will be selected based on fulfillment of one of more of the following criteria:

  1. Demonstrated dedication to the development and delivery of legal services to the poor of Indiana;
  2. Contributed significant work toward developing innovative approaches to delivery of volunteer legal services in one of the twelve pro bono districts;
  3. Participated in activities which resulted in satisfying previously unmet legal needs or in extending legal services to underserved segments of the population.

Complete nomination package due September 1, 2017.


Pro Bono Publico Award - The Foundation annually recognizes the contributions made toward ensuring that legal services are available to persons who otherwise could not afford them, in an effort to promote a more effective delivery of legal services to the public. The award focuses public awareness on the voluntary services rendered annually by Indiana lawyers and are presented at the ISBA Annual Meeting in the fall. Awards are given in three categories: individual attorney, law firm and/or local bar association.

Nominees for the Pro Bono Publico Award should meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • demonstrated dedication to the development and delivery of legal services to indigents through a pro bono program;
  • made significant contributions toward developing innovative delivery of volunteer legal services;
  • participated in an activity which resulted in satisfying previously unmet needs or in extending services to underserved segments of the population;
  • litigated pro bono cases that favorably affected the provision of other services to the poor;
  • achieved legislation that contributed substantially to legal services to the poor.

Nominees may not be employed by an organization that has as its primary purpose the provision of free legal services to the poor.
Nomination form due September 1, 2017.


Law-Related Education Award - The Foundation recognizes lawyers, law firms, or bar organizations for excellence in providing information that enhances the public’s understanding of the law and the legal system. The recipient(s) shall be actively involved in providing or promoting law-related education activities to Indiana residents, such as K-12 students, collegians or individuals not enrolled in traditional education programs (such as prisoners, senior citizens, or displaced workers).

The methods of disseminating law-related information may include, but are not limited to:

  • books, brochures and other printed materials;
  • video presentations;
  • mock trials or other participatory activities;
  • speeches, essays, or art contests.

Nominations are accepted on a varying deadline but usually in the summer months, and the recipients are recognized annually.
Nomination form due September 1, 2017.


William G. Baker Award - The William G. Baker Award is presented annually to an attorney or retired attorney who has shown outstanding dedication to citizenship education in honor of New Castle attorney William G. Baker for his long-time leadership of Indiana’s We the People program.
Nomination Form due September 1, 2017.


John J. Patrick Award - The John J. Patrick Award is also presented annually to a non-attorney who makes an outstanding contribution to citizenship education in honor of Dr. John J. Patrick, professor emeritus at Indiana University, for his long-time leadership of Indiana’s We the People program.
Nomination Form due September 1, 2017.


Legendary Lawyer Award - The annual Legendary Lawyer Award was created to spotlight individuals whose career commitments in areas such as legal ethics, community involvement, public service, and lawyer professionalism demonstrate the high calling and higher achievement of lawyers in modern society. This award is annually presented to a member of the Fellows of the Indiana Bar Foundation whose contributions have demonstrated the highest commitment to genuine professionalism and the highest standards of the legal profession.  Nominations are sought for individuals that have demonstrated their adherence to the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession, compassion though service to the public in the community in which he or she lives, and practical skills in the practice of law through a legal career of 50 years or more. See past recipients hereSee more criteria and nomination here.


Woods Dedication Award - The Woods Dedication Award is named after Dennis Woods, a founder and longtime board member of the Indiana High School Mock Trial Competition. The Woods Award is given annually to a teacher, attorney-coach, parent, principal, assistant, or student who best symbolizes Dennis Woods’ enthusiasm and devotion to Mock Trial. Nomination Form

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