2019 Award Winners
Hon. Wendy Davis, Fort Wayne
Hon. Wendy W. Davis is currently a Judge for the Allen County Superior Court - Criminal Division. She is accredited with bringing the HOPE Probation program to Allen Superior Court, along with SEA 510, which has been important in reducing recidivism rates, especially for the addicted offenders. Davis is the current President, and board member, of the Allen County Bar Association. Judge Davis also serves on the Mayor’s Cities United Task Force and the Ten Point Coalition. She is also on the Board of Directors for Youth for Christ of Northeast Indiana and the Fort Wayne Base Community Council. She was honored with the Northeast Indiana Women in Leadership Award in 2006.
Monica Fennell, Indianapolis
Monica Fennell leads pro bono initiatives at Faegre Baker Daniels, developing and managing opportunities for lawyers to volunteer their unique professional skills to address the unmet legal needs of disadvantaged and underserved persons. Before joining the firm, Monica worked as executive director of the Indiana Pro Bono Commission, where she oversaw the 12 pro bono district offices created by Indiana Supreme Court rule. Monica also served as a U.S. Supreme Court Fellow, assigned to the Administrative Office of the U. S. Courts. Monica began her legal career as a litigator in big cities and a small town. She attended Georgetown University Law Center and Williams College.
Andrew Northern, Bloomington
Drew Northern is the Global Director Anti-Corruption at Cook Group, Incorporated. Prior to this position, Drew worked for the Legal Services of Indiana Migrant Farmworker Project, served on active duty in the United States Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps and retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation after twenty years as a Special Agent and Chief Division Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. He is the Vice President of Operations of Business Ethics Indiana and a member of numerous organizations, including the Indiana Bar Foundation’s board of directors, where he has served since 2014.
Alexander Orlowski, Indianapolis
Alex is a litigation attorney with Barnes & Thornburg LLP, concentrating his practice in complex business and commercial litigation. A proven trial advocate, Alex has represented both individual clients and Fortune 500 companies in jurisdictions throughout the United States. In addition to judging the annual We the People and mock trial competitions, Alex serves on the Indiana Bar Foundation’s board of directors, as well as multiple Foundation committees.
Hon. Elizabeth Tavitas, Indianapolis
Judge Tavitas was appointed to the Court of Appeals by Governor Eric Holcomb and began her service in 2018. Prior to the Court of Appeals, Judge Tavitas served for more than 12 years as Judge of the Superior Court of Lake County, Civil Division. She served as Chair of the NWI Volunteer Lawyers, Inc. from 2007 through 2012 and still serves as a board member. She previously served as a judicial appointee member of the Indiana Pro bono Commission from 2007 through 2012. She served as a judicial appointee member of the Indiana Supreme Court Domestic Relations Committee from 2012 through 2018 and now serves on the Civil Instructions Committee, Family Law Taskforce, and Self-Help and Court Access work group. She has served as a judge for the We the People program and is a frequent speaker for lawyers, judges, and court staff trainings throughout Indiana.
David Van Gilder, Fort Wayne
David has 30 years of experience helping people who have been injured either at work or through the negligence of others. As a strong advocate for the disadvantaged, David serves as a guardian for incapacitated veterans. He also helps protect natural resources for future generations through land use planning and enforcement of environmental laws. As a registered mediator, David has had success in developing strategies for resolving conflicts.
Hon. Greg Zoeller, Indianapolis
Greg Zoeller was the 42nd attorney general of the state of Indiana, serving from 2009 to 2017. Greg created and served as co-chair of Indiana’s Prescription Drug Task Force, initiated a victims services program and was a member of the Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana. He advocated for an expansion of School Resource Officers and served as the National Association of Attorneys General Tobacco Committee Co-Chair. Prior to serving state government, Zoeller served ten years with Senator and then Vice President Dan Quayle. He currently serves as the Chairman of the World Trade Center Indianapolis.
William Baker Award for Civic Education: Don Lundberg, Indianapolis
Don Lundberg is the principal of Lundberg Legal. He concentrates his practice on representing legal professionals in a diverse range of matters involving legal ethics, professional responsibility, and the law of lawyering. Don is a past president of the Indiana Bar Foundation and a champion for both the Indiana High School Mock Trial and We the People programs. In addition to volunteering as a judge annually, he serves on the 2020 National High School Mock Trial Championship Steering Committee and chairs its Fundraising Committee. Don was instrumental in raising the funds needed to hold the national competition in May 2020.
John Patrick Award for Civic Education: Rep. Todd Huston, Fishers
State Rep. Todd Huston was first elected to serve the constituents of House District 37 in 2012. He currently serves as a member of the House Rules and Legislative Procedures Committee and as co-chair of the House Ways and Means Committee. Rep. Huston has been instrumental with his support of civic education, and specifically the We the People program, within his own district and statewide through funding from the Indiana General Assembly. He has previously served on the Hamilton Southeastern School Board, Fishers Planning Commission, Indiana Leadership Forum Board of Directors and the Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation Board. He works as the Senior Vice President for State and District Partnerships at the College Board. Additionally, former Governor Mitch Daniels twice called on Rep. Huston to serve the state, first with a four-year term as a member of the Indiana State Board of Education, and from 2006 to 2009 as a member of the Indiana Education Roundtable.
Law-Related Education Award: Scott Barnhart, Indianapolis
As President-Elect of the Indiana Bar Foundation, Scott has been involved in the High School Mock Trial program for many years. He travels around the state to attend regional and state competitions and helps wherever needed, including but not limited to serving as competition director, judging, giving volunteer orientations, and scoring. He is the chair of the Mock Trial Advisory Committee and member of Indiana’s Case Committee. Scott also represents Indiana as a board member of the National High School Mock Trial Championship. He was instrumental in securing the bid to host the 2020 National Mock Trial Competition in Evansville, and he serves on the 2020 Steering Committee and chairs its Case Committee. In addition, he is a long-time volunteer of the We the People program as a coach and a judge.
Law-Related Education Award: Janice Houghton, Indianapolis
Janice has served as Heritage Christian's High School Mock Trial Program Director since 2005. She served on Indiana's Mock Trial Board for several years, which was entirely a volunteer-run organization prior to the Indiana Bar Foundation taking over administration of the program in 2014. Since then, Janice has served on the Bar Foundation's Mock Trial Committee and Citizenship Education Advisory Committee. She has led professional development sessions for new mock trial teachers and helps coach mock trial teams. She has and will continue to play a major role in the 2020 National High School Mock Trial Championship, hosted in Evansville next year, as a member of the Case Committee. As Heritage Christian School’s Library Media Specialist, Houghton enjoys introducing students to good books, being involved with of dozens of research projects, and collaborating with teachers across grade levels. Coaching Mock Trial allows her to connect with HCS students beyond library visits through working together to develop a solid legal case.
Law-Related Education Award: Ethan Mathias, Fishers
Ethan has been a mentor for Hamilton Southeastern High School's (HSE) We the People program for over 10 years. He is a Theatre Arts, Dramatic Literature, Speech, and Creative Writing teacher but has always loved Social Studies. He contributes his knowledge of current events combined with a “This Day in History” lens, prompting students to make connections between eras and issues. Ethan assisted HSE's mock trial team with acting, accompanying the team to the 2016 and 2017 National Judicial Competition in Chicago. He serves as director of both plays and musicals at HSE and is active in the Indy theatre community as a playwright and performer.
Law-Related Education Award: Col. Maggie Weatherman, Clayton
Maggie Weatherman served 30 years in the Air Force Judge Advocate Generals Corp. retiring in 2018 in the grade of Colonel and receiving the Legion of Merit Medal. She held positions as both Senior Trial Counsel and Senior Defense Counsel and was the Senior IMA for the Special Victims Counsel program. Maggie started the mock trial program at Cascade High School and has kept it going for nine years. Her mock trial students say that no matter what role team members are assigned, they walk away with a very deep understanding of law that one could not obtain somewhere else as a high school student. She has built confidence through knowledge and has created an appetite to learn more about the law and how to use that knowledge to give society better balance and justice. Maggie is currently an Adjunct Professor for Indianapolis University and middle school and summer swim team coach.
Randall T. Shepard Award for Excellence in Pro Bono: J. Mark Robinson, New Albany
J. Mark Robinson has recently retired as managing attorney for Indiana Legal Services’ New Albany office after 40 years of service. He has been active in Indiana’s pro bono movement since 1999 when Chief Justice Randall Shepard asked him to serve on the first Indiana Pro Bono Commission. For 20 years, he continued working with Pro Bono Districts L and J. Mark served on the Coalition for Court Access for two years and the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission from 2001-2011. He is a past president of the Indiana Bar Foundation and served on the ISBA’s House of Delegates for many years. He is currently the vice-chair for the Indiana Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program and is board president of the River Ridge Development Authority for the 14th consecutive year.
Pro Bono Publico Award: Michael Gastineau, Indianapolis, Jessica Hockemeyer, Fort Wayne, Michael Huerta, Bloomington
In 2018, these three individuals responded to the most questions on Indiana Free Legal Answers, a website where financially qualifying Hoosiers can ask an Indiana attorney a question about a non-criminal legal issue. In total they answered 250 questions, making up 37% of the total number of questions answered last year. All received ABA Free Legal Answers Pro Bono Leader recognition by the ABA’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service.
Pro Bono Publico Award: Madonna McGrath, Carmel
After almost 20 years of managing environmental programs in Washington D.C. and Chicago with the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Madonna married and moved to Indianapolis where she enrolled in the IU School of Law, graduating with honors in 1989. That year she began her environmental law practice with Ice Miller followed by seven years as the Environmental Counsel for a Fortune 500 corporation in Ohio. She joined Faegre Baker Daniels upon her return to Indy in 1999, retiring from the firm in 2011. She began volunteering with the Indianapolis Legal Aid Society in 2013. She often spends two to three days per week interviewing, advising, and representing clients in court. She assists clients with adoption, guardianship, custody, child support, advanced directives, and many other types of cases. Madonna is an important member of the Legal Aid team for her insight, compassion, and commitment to its mission.
Pro Bono Publico Award: Rebecca Wyatt, Gary
As a former attorney for the City of Gary, Rebecca Wyatt is well versed with the ins and outs of the city administration and local judicial system. For more than 20 years, she has dedicated her practice to serving the people of Northwest Indiana by providing expert legal advice and representation in family law, real estate, wills, trusts, and business law. Rebecca has served at the Metro Legal Clinic for over two years. She provides excellent support and has gone above and beyond to help clients who otherwise would not have access to legal help. She refers to additional services and empowers clients to take the appropriate steps to better their lives. Attorney Wyatt exemplifies compassion and empathy for her community.
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