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Former South Bend Attorney Creates Endowed Fund, Matches Donations

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Bar Foundation is pleased to announce that Timothy Abeska, board member and retired attorney, has created the Timothy J. Abeska Endowed Civic Education and Civil Justice Fund.

Abeska has been a longtime supporter of the Foundation and its mission. The purpose of the fund is to provide financial support for the Indiana Bar Foundation’s civic education and civil justice programs, which are the two main driving components of the Foundation’s mission.

The fund will support civic education programs that focus on the teaching of history and the principles of American democracy, including our Constitutional form of government, with a preference for programs such as We the People: the Citizen and the Constitution that enhance students’ understanding of government through authentic culminating activities.

The fund will also provide support for the Foundation’s civil justice initiatives with a preference for programs that support volunteer lawyers with their work in providing pro bono services to low income Hoosiers, including support for volunteer lawyers’ relevant continuing legal education and scholarships.

“The creation of this fund supports my two passions: civic education and legal services for the underserved. My hope is that people will be moved to contribute to the Indiana Bar Foundation so it can carry out this important work,” Abeska said.

He wants to give donors an opportunity to maximize their contribution, and to inspire giving, he has generously pledged to match each additional donation made to the fund up to $5,000 beyond his initial contribution.

Abeska, a 1982 graduate of Notre Dame Law School and retired partner of Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s South Bend office, intends to add to the fund with additional donations during his lifetime and hopes others will do the same. If you are interested in contributing to the fund or in making a planned gift, the Foundation can provide the information you need.

The Indiana Bar Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to strengthening and expanding civil justice and civic education in Indiana. For more information, visit

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