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Posted on: Sep 17, 2019

This fall, IndyBar members will be honored for their contributions to our legal community. The Indianapolis legal community is fortunate to be home to many talented, dedicated professionals, and we need your help in identifying our colleagues who went above and beyond this past year!

Nominations are being accepted for the following IndyBar awards: the Dr. John Morton Finney Jr. Award for Excellence in Legal Education, the Young Lawyer of the Year Award and the IndyBar Pro Bono Awards, which are presented in five categories: Practicing Attorney, Aiding Individuals; Practicing Attorney, Aiding Entities; Law Firm; Law Student and Paralegal. Nomination forms can be found at indybar.org/recognitionnoms. Nominations are due October 7. The awards will be presented at the Recognition Breakfast on Tuesday, November 19. Register online at indybar.org/recognition!

About the Awards
Established in 1998, the Dr. John A. Morton Finney Award for Excellence in Legal Education honors the memory of Dr. Finney who, during his lifetime, demonstrated the value of education and a love of the law. The successful candidate for this award will have made significant and unique contributions to further legal education within our community. Those active in legal education projects, public education or working within Indiana’s law schools shall be considered.

The Pro Bono Awards honor practicing lawyers, retired lawyers, in-house and corporate counsel, law firms, law students and paralegals who have made outstanding contributions toward delivering volunteer legal services to the poor and disadvantaged. Among the factors considered during selection are whether a nominee has demonstrated dedication to the delivery of legal services to the poor; has contributed significant work toward developing innovative approaches to the delivery of volunteer legal services; has participated in an activity which resulted in satisfying previously unmet needs or in extending services to underserved segments of the population; has successfully litigated a pro bono case that favorably affected the provision of services to the poor; or has successfully achieved legislation that contributed substantially to legal services to the poor.

The Young Lawyers Division of the Indianapolis Bar Association selects a “Young Lawyer of the Year" each year. The attorney must be 36 or younger, OR have been in practice eight years or less, be a member of the IndyBar, have made exceptional contributions to support Young Lawyers Division sponsored activities or programs, be recognized as a good role model for the legal profession and be deserving of special recognition.

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