By Comm. James K. Snyder, Marion Superior Court
Last night, December 2, capped off another successful year for the Criminal Justice Section with our annual Holiday Party. Guests were given the option to bring a stuffed animal in lieu of the event fee to provide to the Paralegal Committee's Bears on Patrol Challenge. The donated stuffed animals are used by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Marion County Sheriff's Department, Indianapolis Fire Department and Indianapolis EMS to give to children experiencing a traumatic event in their lives.
Thanks to generous donations from our section members, the first 40 guests to arrive at the Holiday Party were given "swag bags" that included a 2015 Indiana Criminal Code book. Each guest was also given a raffle ticket upon arrival, and throughout the evening, tickets were drawn for items such as two Terry Curry autographed code books, two bottles of fine wine (donated by Jeff Baldwin), and an Apple iWatch (donated by Chris Eskew and Marc Lopez).
As if that wasn't enough, guests were treated to Jamie Edgar's now-famous lobster bisque, which, based on the buzz generated, will now be an annual luxury at the Criminal Justice Section Holiday Party.
Each year, the Criminal Justice Section awards a person or group with the Gil Berry Jr. Award for outstanding service to the criminal justice community. This year's recipient was the staff of the Indianapolis Bar Association for their immeasurable assistance to not only the Criminal Justice Section and community, but also the entire Bar and its attorneys.
From time to time, the section also recognizes individuals with the Lifetime Achievement Award for a career of service in criminal justice. This year's recipient was the late Honorable Michael S. "Mick" Jensen.
The Criminal Justice Section wishes you and your family a safe and happy holiday season and a successful New Year. We look forward to a great year of service to our attorneys and community.
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