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Achievement award nominations sought

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Nominations due Aug. 23

The following awards will be presented at the State Bar’s Annual Meeting in French Lick in October. For more information and/or nomination forms, contact the ISBA at 317/639-5465 or 800/266-2581. Nomination forms will also be available as downloadable PDF files at the ISBA website, www.inbar.org.

CIVILITY AWARDS
Sponsored by the Litigation Section

The ISBA Litigation Section’s Civility Awards recognize an attorney and judge for outstanding civility and professionalism in their dealings with fellow judges, attorneys, parties, witnesses and the public. In addition, the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana selects a plaintiff’s attorney, and the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association selects a defense attorney.

Send your nominations to:
Maryann Williams
Indiana State Bar Association
One Indiana Square, Suite 530
Indianapolis, IN 46204

For more information, contact Maryann at mwilliams@inbar.org.


GALE M. PHELPS AWARD
Sponsored by the Family & Juvenile Law Section

The Gale M. Phelps Award is named in memory of Gale M. Phelps, a former chair of the ISBA Family & Juvenile Law Section and one of the most active members of the section, who passed away in 2003. Factors considered in the selection of the recipient reflect Gale’s contributions to the family law legal community and include:

• Exceptional service to the profession: unsolicited mentoring to new attorneys, reaching out to other lawyers, and working with attorneys on an individualized basis;
• Highest level of competence/ improving the profession: reviewing legislation and shaping family law policies, contributing to educational seminars, serving in leadership positions for legal and nonlegal organizations;
• Raising the level of professionalism and civility in domestic relations matters: going beyond the client’s basic needs, maintaining respect for the court system and its participants; and
• High moral character and ethical standards

Send your nominations to:
Maryann Williams
Indiana State Bar Association
One Indiana Square, Suite 530
Indianapolis, IN 46204


For more information, contact Maryann at mwilliams@inbar.org.


RABB EMISON AWARDS
Sponsored by the Diversity Committee

The Rabb Emison Awards, named for its first recipient in the individual category, recognizes an individual and an organization that have demonstrated a commitment to promote diversity and/or equality in the legal profession and in the membership of the Indiana State Bar Association.

Send your nominations to:
Christina Fisher
Indiana State Bar Association
One Indiana Square, Suite 530
Indianapolis, IN 46204

For more information, contact Christina at cfisher@inbar.org.


GP HALL OF FAME
Sponsored by the General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section

Nominees must practice as solo practitioners or in a small firm, and be members of the Indiana State Bar Association. The selection criteria emphasize contributions to clients, the profession and the community. There is no longevity requirement. County bar associations throughout the state will be contacted and encouraged to nominate outstanding solo and small firm lawyers from their individual counties.

Those making nominations are encouraged to submit up to five letters in support of the nomination, but no more than five letters will be accepted. The intent is to avoid turning the selection into a letter-writing or popularity contest.

Send your nominations to:
Maryann Williams
Indiana State Bar Association
One Indiana Square, Suite 530
Indianapolis, IN 46204

For more information, contact Maryann at mwilliams@inbar.org.


OUTSTANDING JUDGE AWARD
Sponsored by the Young Lawyers Section

The ISBA Young Lawyers Section is accepting nominations for this year's Outstanding Judge Award. The criteria for the award are as follows:

1. The nominee provides substantial education or mentoring to young lawyers.
2. The nominee fosters civility among those attorneys who practice before the bench.
3. The nominee epitomizes the core values of our profession – honesty, competence and respect for the judicial system.
4. The nominee has a recognized reputation for providing service to the local community.

Send your nomination to:
Carissa Long
Indiana State Bar Association
One Indiana Square, Suite 530
Indianapolis, IN 46204

The names of those submitting nominations for consideration shall be kept confidential to avoid any appearance of impropriety. Only current judges are eligible for this award.

For more information, contact Carissa at clong@inbar.org.


WOMEN IN THE LAW RECOGNITION AWARD
Sponsored by the Women in the Law Committee

State Bar members are invited to nominate an attorney for the Women in the Law Recognition Award, which is presented to an individual who has assisted in the advancement of women in the legal profession, served as a role model or mentor or has influenced women to pursue a career in law or for contributions to the legal profession as a whole or to a particular area of practice. The nominee must be an attorney licensed in the state.

Those making nominations are encouraged to submit letters of support.

Send your nomination to:
Cheri Harris
Indiana State Bar Association
One Indiana Square, Suite 530
Indianapolis, IN 46204

For more information, contact Cheri at charris@inbar.org.


TRAILBLAZER/ABRIENDO CAMINOS AWARD
Sponsored by the Latino Affairs Committee

The Latino Affairs Committee’s Trailblazer/Abriendo Caminos Award recognizes the outstanding achievements, commitment and leadership of a lawyer that has paved the way for the advancement of other Latino attorneys and/or the Latino community. This award recipient will personify excellence in the profession, especially by his/her steadfast commitment, vision, courage and tenacity, which have resulted in substantial and lasting contributions to the Latino legal profession as well as the broader Latino community. The nominee must be a current ISBA member.

Send your nomination to:
Christina Fisher
Indiana State Bar Association
One Indiana Square, Suite 530
Indianapolis, IN 46204

For more information, contact Christina at cfisher@inbar.org.


LIBERTY BELL AWARD
Sponsored by the Young Lawyers Section

The Liberty Bell Award celebrates community service that strengthens our system of freedom under law. Traditionally this award has been presented to nonlawyers who have rendered outstanding service to their communities in any of the following areas:

• promoting a better understanding of our Constitution and the Bill of Rights;
• encouraging greater respect for the law and the courts;
• stimulating a deeper sense of responsibility so that citizens recognize their duties as well as their rights;
• contributing to the effective functioning of our institutions of government;
• fostering a better understanding and appreciation of the rule of law.

This is your opportunity to focus on a local community leader who may not receive public recognition of his or her accomplishments. To nominate an individual, please submit the nomination form and explain why you feel this person deserves the Liberty Bell Award.

Send your nomination to:
Carissa Long
Indiana State Bar Association
One Indiana Square, Suite 530
Indianapolis, IN 46204

For more information, contact Carissa at clong@inbar.org.


OUTSTANDING YOUNG LAWYER AWARD
Sponsored by the Young Lawyers Section

Nominated candidates will exemplify the virtues embodied in the oath required of all Indiana attorneys when admitted to the bar.

To nominate a young lawyer, complete the nomination form and include a letter explaining why you believe your nominee should be considered for the award. An attorney qualifies as a young lawyer if he or she is under 36 years of age or has less than six years of legal experience. If you prefer that your nomination remain anonymous, please advise, and we will honor your request.

Send your nomination to:
Carissa Long
Indiana State Bar Association
One Indiana Square, Suite 530
Indianapolis, IN 46204

For more information, contact Carissa at clong@inbar.org.


AFFILIATE MEMBER AWARD
Sponsored by the Affiliate Membership Committee

This award recognizes an affiliate member of the Indiana State Bar Association who has contributed to the legal profession. The selection committee will give primary consideration to nominees whose efforts offer evidence of distinctive service to the legal profession, in the areas of paralegalism, legal administration, law librarianship or court administration.

The selection committee may also consider:

• a nominee’s contributions in the areas of leadership, professional development and promotion of paralegals, legal administrators, law librarians or court administrators;
• commitment to the Indiana State Bar Association; and
• service not only to the legal community, but compassion and dedication to others by involvement and volunteer service to the community.

Send your nomination to:
Susan Jacobs
Indiana State Bar Association
One Indiana Square, Suite 530
Indianapolis, IN 46204

For more information, contact Susan at sjacobs@inbar.org.


DAVID HAMACHER PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD
Sponsored by the Appellate Practice Section

The ISBA Appellate Practice Section is soliciting nominations for the David Hamacher Public Service Award. Any lawyer or nonlawyer may be nominated. The criteria for this award are as follows: high moral character and ethical standards; service to the community; peacemaking qualities; person not necessarily a lawyer; award not gender specific.

Send a written statement regarding why the nominee should be selected to:
Maryann Williams
Indiana State Bar Association
One Indiana Square, Suite 530
Indianapolis, IN 46204

For more information, contact Maryann at mwilliams@inbar.org.


HON. VIOLA TALIAFERRO AWARD
Sponsored by the Committee on Civil Rights of Children

The Committee on Civil Rights of Children annually honors an individual who best exemplifies Judge Taliaferro’s courageous leadership in addressing the unmet legal needs of children and in raising the public’s awareness of these needs. Nominations for this award may be for an individual who is living or deceased.

Send your nomination to:
Paje Felts
Indiana State Bar Association
One Indiana Square, Suite 530
Indianapolis, IN 46204

For more information, contact Paje at pfelts@inbar.org.


COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
Sponsored by the Service Committee

The Community Service Award was established by the ISBA Service Committee, a project of the first ISBA Leadership Development Academy class. The Service Committee was formed by the class with an interest in advancing the nonlegal service work of lawyers in their communities and state. Factors considered in the selection of the recipient reflect the core values the Service Committee wishes to promote and include:

1. exceptional nonlegal service work in their respective community – this does not include pro bono work, which is recognized separately;
2. an embodiment of the core values of our legal profession;
3. promoting community involvement; and
4. helping in underserved areas – this includes providing service in lower-income areas, youth initiatives, the elderly and infirm, schools, and similar areas.

Send your nomination to:
Catheryne Pully
Indiana State Bar Association
One Indiana Square, Suite 530
Indianapolis, IN 46204

For more information, contact Catheryne at cpully@inbar.org.

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