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State Bar’s Young Lawyers Section wins two first-place national awards
INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 9, 2012) – The Indiana State Bar Association Young Lawyers Section's (YLS) significant contributions to the public and the legal profession were recognized at the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division annual conference in Chicago, where the YLS received two first-place national awards on Saturday, Aug. 4.
"The desire of these young lawyers to improve the legal profession and serve the public is something we want future generations to emulate," said ISBA President C. Erik Chickedantz, of Fort Wayne. "Bringing home two national awards of this caliber demonstrates their commitment to achieving excellence, and we are so proud of their efforts to serve beyond their clients."
The YLS won in the "service to the public" category for its "Why Lincoln Was a Lawyer" statewide community outreach program for school children in grades K-8. The award recognized specific efforts to send attorney volunteers into classrooms to provide more information about Abraham Lincoln’s life, his career as a lawyer and the impact he made on this nation. The YLS also won in the "newsletter" category for its quarterly print publication, The Network, offered to its members.
"It takes a lot of hard work by our members to accomplish statewide initiatives, and to have our time, effort and skills recognized by our peers on a national level is extremely humbling," said YLS Chair Jason A. Cichowicz, of South Bend. "These awards will help to light a fire in us to continue pushing forward with innovative ways to serve the public and the legal community."
Founded in 1896, the Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) is the single largest legal organization in the state. With more than 12,000 members, the ISBA serves and advocates on behalf of its members, their clients and the public interest as the independent voice of the legal profession. The ISBA’s office is located in downtown Indianapolis. For more information about the State Bar, visit www.inbar.org.
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