Who: Attorneys and judges from local bar associations throughout the state of Indiana
What: Attorneys and judges from across the state of Indiana will come together in their respective counties to engage in hands-on community service. From cleaning up local neighborhoods to volunteering at local shelters, attorneys and judges will have the chance to be a part of a new movement in the state’s legal community as they participate in the first-ever Annual Day of Service, established by the ISBA Service Committee.
When: Saturday, Sept. 21
Where: ISBA district liaisons will work with local bar associations to coordinate efforts in every county for the Annual Day of Service.
Different activities may include:
• volunteering at a local soup kitchen or homeless shelter
• providing painting or cleanup services for local neighborhoods in need
• assisting the Red Cross or Salvation Army
Why: The ISBA Service Committee, created in 2012, stands for hands-on community service, with the goal to inspire attorneys to get their hands dirty in digging trenches, cleaning up their local parks, adopting streets, building homes, and aiding in disaster relief. While many State Bar committees and sections perform seasonal service activities, both legal and nonlegal, most are not supported by a committee structured to be completely devoted to nonlegal community service, where members of the bench and bar play an active role in improving the physical appearance of serviced communities. Although attorneys throughout the Hoosier State are not strangers to the idea of community service, before now there has never been an organized effort throughout the state that enabled the bench and bar to help their communities outside the realms of the legal world. The ISBA Service Committee is an innovative concept for bar associations and hopes to serve as a nationwide model for direct community service and unifying members of state, local and specialty bar associations, and to stand as a beacon of light for improving the reputation of the legal community as a whole.
An example of what’s already planned: The LaPorte County Bar Association will take part in the Luhr Park Honeysuckle Eradication Project. Judge Steve King of LaPorte County suggested this project. Luhr Park is described as a wonderful park and nature preserve where the community can participate in all manner of activities, including nature walks, school field trips, scout programs, bike riding and fishing. You can check it out for yourself at http://www.laportecountyparks.org/luhr.html. The Asian honeysuckle is choking out the indigenous plant life and affecting the ecosystem. There is a movement to eradicate this plant and save the native plant life and ecosystem. Members of the LaPorte County Bar Association will be helping with this eradication and definitely getting their hands dirty, trying to save the park for the community.
For more information on how to get involved: Please contact your local district liaison below or email Catheryne Pully at the State Bar, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Day of Service Director – Jennifer Irons, email@example.com
Liaison for ISBA Districts 1 & 2 – Jaime Oss, firstname.lastname@example.org
Liaison for ISBA District 3 – Chuck Schmal, email@example.com
Liaison for ISBA District 4 – Lindsay Hurni, firstname.lastname@example.org
Liaison for ISBA District 5 – Candace Armstrong, email@example.com
Liaison for ISBA District 6 – Stephanie Jane Hahn, Attorney4Workers@aol.com
Liaison for ISBA District 7 – Andrea Ciobanu, firstname.lastname@example.org
Liaison for ISBA District 8 – James Stoltz, email@example.com
Liaison for ISBA District 9 – Alan Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org
Liaison for ISBA District 10 – John Shanks II, email@example.com
Liaison for ISBA District 11 – Stephanie Penninger, firstname.lastname@example.org