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2018 Fellows Class & Award Winners

Winners will be honored Sunday, December 9

2018 Award Winners

John Patrick Award for Civic Education: Christopher Cavanaugh, Bismark, ND
Chris founded Plainfield High School's We the People program and has twice had teams finish in the Top Ten at the We the People National Finals, most recently finishing fourth in 2017. However, his promotion of civic education is not confined to the walls of his school. He mentored teachers at Indiana's We the People Summer Institute for several years, even serving as the institute's Assistant Director. He was also the first non-attorney to serve on the Indiana Bar Foundation's board of directors. Chris recently took a new job teaching civics in Bismarck, North Dakota and will be greatly missed by Indiana’s We the People program. 

William Baker Award for Civic Education: Carl Hayes, Indianapolis
Carl, a partner of Bingham Greenebaum Doll’s Business Litigation Department, is a long-time supporter of the Indiana Bar Foundation’s civic education programs. He is always the first to step up and volunteer for the Foundation’s two flagship civics programs, We the People and High School Mock Trial, serving as a judge at the regional, state, and national levels. He has also served as a judge of the U.S. Senate Youth Program reviewing essays and interviewing students for a $10,000 scholarship. Carl is a member of the Foundation’s board of directors, executive committee, citizenship education advisory committee, and Fellows. 

Law-Related Education Award: Robert Leming, Indianapolis
For the last 20 years, Robert has served as the Director of the We the People Program, managing a national network of 50 state civic education programs involving thousands of upper elementary, middle, and high school teachers and thousands of students. Robert also directs a national effort to develop and conduct high-quality professional development institutes, workshops, and seminars for teachers throughout the nation. Since 2014, Mr. Leming has served as a civic education consultant for the Indiana Bar Foundation. He also has taught a six-week-long crash course in civic education to over 275 adults in Bloomington, Fishers, Fort Wayne and Indianapolis. 

Law-Related Education Award: Evansville Bar Association, Evansville
In 2017, the Indiana Bar Foundation received approval to host the 2020 National High School Mock Trial Competition in Evansville. Before Evansville was chosen, the Evansville Bar Association (EBA) and its members had already shown strong support for this competition that will reach hundreds of high school competitors from all over the nation. When they arrive in Evansville, the EBA will stand ready to support the competition with coaches, judges, and whatever additional support it can provide. Additionally, the EBA is working to host a regional competition at the state level in 2019. The Foundation is able to grow its High School Mock Trial program thanks to its partnership with the EBA.

Law-Related Education Award: Hamilton County Bar Association, Noblesville
The Hamilton County Bar Association (HCBA) runs the Hamilton County Mock Trial Competition, which includes five weeks of preliminary rounds, one week of play-offs, plus an all-day Saturday tournament. In 2018, the tournament included eight of the nine Hamilton County schools with a total of thirteen teams. Five of those teams also participated in the Indiana Bar Foundation’s High School Mock Trial program. Members of the HCBA volunteer to judge preliminary rounds with judicial officers helping as well. The spirit of volunteerism, organization, and monetary support all contribute to the long-time success of the Hamilton County Mock Trial Tournament.

Pro Bono Publico Award: Leslie Parrish, Bloomington
Leslie has volunteered for the Indiana Legal Services (ILS) Low-Income Tax Clinic since 2015. In that capacity, she has served dozens of clients, eliminated thousands of dollars in tax liabilities, and provided over 1,000 hours of volunteer legal services. Leslie’s work has focused on the most vulnerable populations, including immigrants and seniors. Her Spanish language fluency has been invaluable in assisting many low-income and senior citizen clients. She visits the Mexican Consulate in Indianapolis to answer questions regarding immigration and tax law, which allows ILS to provide legal services to those would not have requested services in another setting. 

Pro Bono Publico Award: Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, Fort Wayne
Lawyers in the Fort Wayne office of Faegre Baker Daniels have not only contributed thousands of hours of pro bono on cases for low-income Hoosiers, but they have also fostered innovative pro bono programs such as virtual clinics for Indiana Free Legal Answers and new veterans pro bono programs. The office has taken the lead on pro bono guardianships for the Volunteer Lawyer Project of Northeast Indiana, demonstrating dedication to the development and delivery of legal services to indigent residents. Collectively, the office contributed over 100 hours to Indiana Free Legal Answers in the last two years and over 1,000 attorney pro bono hours in 2017. 

Randall T. Shepard Award for Excellence in Pro Bono: Hon. Kimberly Dowling, Muncie
Prior to her judicial election, Judge Dowling spent many hours as pro bono counsel for low-income litigants and helped start the pro bono program in Delaware County. She is chair of the Coalition for Court Access’ best practices committee. As chair, she was responsible for reviewing all the forms on the Indiana Supreme Court’s website to determine which will navigate to the Coalition’s new website, and she oversees the updating of those forms and translation into additional languages. Judge Dowling had the foresight to open a Self-Help Center in the Delaware County Courthouse in 2016. This center serves as a model for other counties.
 


2018 Fellows

Edward Beck, Fort Wayne
Ed, founding partner of Shambaugh Kast Beck & Williams LLP, also served for 10 years as a deputy prosecutor for Allen County, prosecuting high profile and difficult crimes, which he willingly accepted. It is well known in Northeast Indiana that Ed is of impeccable reputation, not only through his day‐to‐day practice, but also through his substantial involvement in strengthening the field of law. Ed has held numerous leadership positions in the Allen County Bar Association and has been a long‐time board member of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association (now Emeritus). He has assisted and counseled scores of people through the years, never seeking attention for such service. 

Catheryne Pully, Indianapolis
Catheryne has spent much of her career in public service and has led the Indiana State Bar Association's Leadership Development Academy since its inception. With her leadership and dedication to the program, nearly 200 lawyers throughout the state have received top‐notch training and gained the confidence to make a difference in their communities. Whether it is working to defend our military members charged with crimes, adjudicating abuse and neglect cases involving our state's children, or researching and advising on legal issues in Washington, D.C. and Guantanamo Bay, Catheryne has made a positive impact on the lives of others. 

Hon. Heather Welch, Indianapolis
Judge Welch has been a pillar of the legal community, both as a private practitioner and jurist, and is deeply committed to the improvement of the judicial system. Prior to serving on the bench, Judge Welch was Marion County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney from 1994-95 and 1997-99 as well as Deputy Attorney General for Indiana from 1995-96. She was Master Commissioner for the Marion County Superior Court from 2001-06 and is chair of the ethics and professionalism committee of the Indiana Judges Association. She has mentored many judicial officers and lawyers and is a role-model for both jurists and practitioners.

Hon. Richard Young, Evansville
Judge Young has served the residents of Indiana on the federal bench since 1998, serving as the Chief Judge of the Southern District from 2009-2016. During this time, he has ruled on many important cases, including the matter that made marriage equality the law in Indiana. Before serving on the federal bench, Judge Young served as the Circuit Judge for Vanderburgh County. He has been an active member of the bar since beginning his career nearly 40 years ago, attending and participating in law‐related efforts, mentoring generations of young attorneys, and most recently co‐chairing the 2020 National High School Mock Trial Championship steering committee. 

 

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