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Pro bono and Law-related Education Awards Presented October 10

Volunteers in Evansville, Fort Wayne, South Bend and Indianapolis Will Be Honored

 

INDIANAPOLIS - Members of the Indiana Bar Foundation and the Indiana Pro Bono Commission have selected honorees for their annual awards for pro bono service and law-related education.

The Randall T. Shepard Award, the highest award given for a career of pro bono service, will be presented posthumously to Terrance P. “Terry” McCaffrey. McCaffrey was the executive director of the Volunteer Lawyers Program of Northeast Indiana (VLPNI) in Fort Wayne, Indiana. McCaffrey died in July before he could be honored. He was executive director of the Volunteer Lawyer program for five years prior.

“Terry led during what may have been the most difficult five years of the program’s history,” said Charles R. Dunlap, J.D., executive director of the Indiana Bar Foundation, which administers the IOLTA funding for pro bono programs in Indiana. “This period was one of historically low interest rates so the pro bono programs in Indiana had to work with less revenue,raise more on their own and serve a more demanding client load.”

McCaffrey was the “catalyst” for a “modest means” program the pro bono program implemented to broaden its scope of service, according to the nomination. He also grew guardianship services for the developmentally disabled in the community.

Pro Bono Publico Awards

Other honorees include three attorneys at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP who provided aid to individuals and organizations as pro bono attorneys. Catherine A. Clements, Indianapolis, will be honored for aiding domestic violence victims. Carl A. Greci, South Bend, will be honored for aiding immigrant families and individuals. Robert W. Kistler, Fort Wayne, will be honored for aiding veterans. Read more about their service here.

“The firm’s commitment to encouraging pro bono among partners and associates was particularly evident to the committee,” said Dunlap. That characteristic wasn’t part of the nomination criteria but resonated with volunteers on the awards committee.

The Evansville Bar Associations’ Paralegal section will be honored for their pro bono service. Their work has aided not only the local pro bono program, but also Indiana Legal Services and the local YWCA.

“They are the backbone of every pro bono project we do,” said Beverly Corn, co-plan administrator for the Volunteer Lawyer Program of Southwest Indiana Inc.

Law-related Education Award

Taft Stettinius and Hollister LLP earned an award for law-related education for a career readiness and academic achievement program the firm and its staff organize at an elementary school in the Indianapolis Public School district. The firm works jointly with two other central Indiana nonprofits. The teacher calls it “the single most valuable learning experience” her sixth-grade students had. Read more about that project here.

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The awards will be given October 10 at a reception at CMG Worldwide headquarters, 10500 Crosspoint Boulevard. The event is coordinated with the ISBA’s annual meeting, held October 8-10 in Indianapolis so members may attend both events. It is a free event but registration is requested. Contact Theresa Browning.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

Theresa M. Browning, 317-269-7864

 

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