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Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard with Pro Bono Commission award winner Ralph Adams
by Bill Brooks, freelance writer
More than 100 guests and honorees, including two Indiana Supreme Court justices and several members of the judiciary, attended the 2010 Randall T. Shepard dinner honoring pro bono service in Indiana.
Ralph Adams, Fort Wayne, received the top honor, the award named for the Chief Justice, for his commitment to pro bono. Ralph has been active in more than140 new cases in 2010 and has never turned down a referral from the Volunteer Lawyer Program of Northeast Indiana.
Indiana Bar Foundation Pro Bono Publico awards went to Wendy Clar, Carmel, Jennifer Elston and Jean Blanton, Evansville, Baker & Daniels, and Wishard Health Services, Indianapolis.
Law-related education awards were presented October 15, 2010 as well. Those awards were given to the Supreme Court’s Courts in the Classroom project recognizing suffragette Helen M. Gougar, Lafayette, and her efforts to sue the county for being prevented from voting in a local election. Baker & Daniels and Eli Lilly and Company were recognized for their Street Law Corporate Legal Diversity Pipeline Program, which matches urban schools with volunteers from corporate legal departments to teach civil law.
The Indiana Bar Foundation and the Indiana Pro Bono Commission thank all the honorees for their public service.
For an additional article on this year's dinner, read the Indiana Lawyer blog post Dinner recognizes challenges of economy, praises efforts of community by Indiana Lawyer reporter Rebecca Berfanger.