FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 15, 2010
Contact: Monica Fennell
317.269.7862

INDIANA ATTORNEY RECOGNIZED FOR PRO BONO EXCELLENCE

Ralph Adams
Ralph Adams

Realizing that a community’s success can be measured by how it helps its most needy citizens, Ralph Adams, Fort Wayne, embraces his role and is being recognized for his service on Friday, October 15, 2010, by the Indiana Pro Bono Commission with the Randall T. Shepard Award for excellence in pro bono. The Shepard Award Dinner will occur at 7:00 p.m. at the Marriott, 350 West Maryland Street, Indianapolis. 

After 38 years of serving the people in Fort Wayne at Legal Services of Maumee Valley, both as staff attorney and executive director, Adams continues his legacy of service as the most prolific pro bono attorney with the Volunteer Lawyer Program (VLP) of Northeast Indiana.  In the first seven months of 2010, he has been active in 140 new cases and has never turned down a VLP referral.  He spearheaded the VLP’s efforts to implement a “hotline” approach to serve clients within hours of the initial inquiries, reducing the effort required to locate clients and maximizing assistance. 

“I can think of no other person who has contributed so much to the poor of Allen County,” said Fort Wayne attorney Cynthia Amber.

The Randall T. Shepard Award for excellence in pro bono is named in honor of the Chief Justice of Indiana and presented by the Indiana Pro Bono Commission to honor his vision and leadership in pro bono in Indiana. Created in 2002, the award recognizes extraordinary contributions that are made toward ensuring that legal services are available to persons who otherwise could not afford them and serves to focus public awareness on the substantial voluntary services rendered annually by Indiana lawyers. 

This and other recognition awards for access to justice are presented by the Indiana Bar Foundation at the annual dinner.  The Pro Bono Publico awards recognize the extraordinary contributions that are made toward ensuring that legal services are available to persons who could otherwise not afford them. The Law-Related Education award recognizes excellence in providing information that enhances the public’s understanding of the law and the legal system. Tickets to the dinner are $60.00 and reservations to attend can be made online at www.inbf.org.

 
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