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Fifteen Hoosiers to be Honored for Outstanding Service

to the Legal Profession, the Public and Civic Education

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Bar Foundation (Foundation) will honor a group of servant-leaders at its recognition dinner December 10, 2017. The group of attorneys and judges includes those dedicated to the delivery of pro bono legal services, civic education, service to the legal profession and the public through community service.

Whether rooting out public corruption as a United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, or starting a program that serves teenagers in a small southern Indiana town, each honoree has a common thread through their careers of integrity, perseverance, and commitment to public service.

Honorees hail from across Indiana and include:




Randall T. Shepard Award (pro bono)

Arthur E. Johnson


Pro Bono Publico

Molly E.  Briles


Law-Related Education Award

Andrew M. Hicks


John Patrick Award (civic education)

Drew Horvath


William Baker Award (civic education)

Hon. Larry J. McKinney (posthumously)


Pro Bono Publico

Jessica L. Van Dalen


2017 Life Fellow

David Capp


2017 Life Fellow

Karl L. Mulvaney


2017 Life Fellow

Irwin B. Levin


2017 Life Fellow

Terry L. Harrell


2017 Life Fellow

Lucy R. Dollens


2017 Life Fellow

Leanna K.  Weissmann


2017 Life Fellow

David A. Wemhoff

South Bend

2017 Life Fellow

Hon. Robert L. Miller, Jr

South Bend

2017 Life Fellow

Keith P. Huffman



Arthur Johnson, Indianapolis, was nominated by the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic for the Randall T. Shepard Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service.  Johnson’s service includes 2,800 hours of pro bono services donated over a six-year period. His legal services included wills and powers of attorney for people at the end of their lives as well as debt settlement litigation and landlord-tenant representation. He was described as not only compassionate but patient when serving low income clients of the clinic.

David Capp, Hammond, is one of nine attorneys and judges to be inducted into the Fellows of the Foundation. Capp was a United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana for seven years until March 2017. Capp prosecuted public corruption offenses and violent crime and served as the office’s terrorism coordinator after 9/11.

The Honorable Larry J. McKinney, Indianapolis, will be honored posthumously for his volunteer efforts for civic education. McKinney was a native of South Bend, Indiana.

These are just a few examples of the stories behind the nominations. Read more about the honorees here.

“Every year the Foundation honors dedicated public servants and leading lawyers from across the state who have demonstrated a solid commitment to improving our communities and solving the most complex problems we face,” said Kenneth J. Allen, the Foundation’s president. “I’ve never seen a more impressive and deserving group than those selected in 2017. Congratulations to all!”

The recognition dinner honoring the 2017 class of Fellows and public service volunteers will be Sunday, December 10, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Crowne Plaza/Union Station, Indianapolis. Single reservations for dinner and the reception are $25.00 and are available until December 1, and tables of eight are available for $200. Contact Kayla O’Brien at 317-608-6502 or purchase your reservation online.

The Indiana Bar Foundation’s mission is to strengthen appreciation for the rule of law and civic education for all Hoosiers. The Foundation is a nonprofit that educates tomorrow’s leaders, expands civil justice and aids the legal profession.

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