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Achievement award nominations sought

Monday, June 22, 2015   (0 Comments)
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Nominations due Aug. 10

The following awards will be presented at the State Bar’s Annual Meeting in French Lick in October. 

CIVILITY AWARDS
Sponsored by the Litigation Section


The ISBA Litigation Section’s Civility Awards recognize an attorney and judge for outstanding civility and professionalism in their dealings with fellow judges, attorneys, parties, witnesses and the public.

 

Send your nominations to:
Melanie Zoeller
Indiana State Bar Association
One Indiana Square, Suite 530
Indianapolis, IN 46204

 

For more information, contact Melanie at mzoeller@inbar.org.

 

GALE M. PHELPS AWARD

Sponsored by the Family & Juvenile Law Section

 

Nomination Form

 

The Gale M. Phelps Award is named in memory of Gale M. Phelps, a former chair of the ISBA Family & Juvenile Law Section and one of the most active members of the section, who passed away in 2003. Factors considered in the selection of the recipient reflect Gale’s contributions to the family law legal community and include:

  • Exceptional service to the profession: unsolicited mentoring to new attorneys, reaching out to other lawyers, and working with attorneys on an individualized basis;

  • Highest level of competence/ improving the profession: reviewing legislation and shaping family law policies, contributing to educational seminars, serving in leadership positions for legal and nonlegal organizations;

  • Raising the level of professionalism and civility in domestic relations matters: going beyond the client’s basic needs, maintaining respect for the court system and its participants; and

  • High moral character and ethical standards

Send your nominations to:
Maryann Williams
Indiana State Bar Association
One Indiana Square, Suite 530
Indianapolis, IN 46204

 

For more information, contact Maryann at mwilliams@inbar.org.

RABB EMISON AWARDS

Sponsored by the Diversity Committee


Nomination Form

 

The Rabb Emison Awards, named for its first recipient in the individual category, recognize an individual and an organization that have demonstrated a commitment to promote diversity and/or equality in the legal profession and in the membership of the Indiana State Bar Association.

 

Send your nominations to:
Whitney Ruffin
Indiana State Bar Association
One Indiana Square, Suite 530
Indianapolis, IN 46204

 

For more information, contact Whitney at wruffin@inbar.org.

OUTSTANDING JUDGE AWARD

Sponsored by the Young Lawyers Section


Nomination Form 

 

The ISBA Young Lawyers Section is accepting nominations for this year’s Outstanding Judge Award. The criteria for the award are as follows:

  1. The nominee provides substantial education or mentoring to young lawyers.

  2. The nominee fosters civility among those attorneys who practice before the bench.

  3. The nominee epitomizes the core values of our profession – honesty, competence and respect for the judicial system.

  4. The nominee has a recognized reputation for providing service to the local community.

Send your nomination to:
Christina Fisher
Indiana State Bar Association
One Indiana Square, Suite 530
Indianapolis, IN 46204

 

The names of those submitting nominations for consideration shall be kept confidential to avoid any appearance of impropriety. Only current judges are eligible for this award.
For more information, contact Christina at cfisher@inbar.org.

WOMEN IN THE LAW RECOGNITION AWARD

Sponsored by the Women in the Law Committee

 

Nomination Form 

 

State Bar members are invited to nominate an attorney for the Women in the Law Recognition Award, which is presented to an individual who has assisted in the advancement of women in the legal profession, served as a role model or mentor or has influenced women to pursue a career in law or for contributions to the legal profession as a whole or to a particular area of practice. The nominee must be an attorney licensed in the state. Those making nominations are encouraged to submit letters of support.

 

Send your nomination to:
Melanie Zoeller
Indiana State Bar Association
One Indiana Square, Suite 530
Indianapolis, IN 46204

 

For more information, contact Melanie at mzoeller@inbar.org.

TRAILBLAZER/ABRIENDO CAMINOS AWARD
Sponsored by the Latino Affairs Committee

 

Nomination Form 

 

The Latino Affairs Committee’s Trailblazer/Abriendo Caminos Award recognizes the outstanding achievements, commitment and leadership of a lawyer who has paved the way for the advancement of other Latino attorneys and/or the Latino community. This award recipient will personify excellence in the profession, especially by his/her steadfast commitment, vision, courage and tenacity, which have resulted in substantial and lasting contributions to the Latino legal profession as well as the broader Latino community. The nominee must be a current ISBA member.

 

Send your nomination to:
Melanie Zoeller
Indiana State Bar Association
One Indiana Square, Suite 530
Indianapolis, IN 46204

 

For more information, contact Melanie at mzoeller@inbar.org.

 

LIBERTY BELL AWARD
Sponsored by the Young Lawyers Section

 

Nomination Form 

 

The Liberty Bell Award celebrates community service that strengthens our system of freedom under law. Traditionally this award has been presented to nonlawyers who have rendered outstanding service to their communities in any of the following areas:

  • promoting a better understanding of our Constitution and the Bill of Rights;

  • encouraging greater respect for the law and the courts;

  • stimulating a deeper sense of responsibility so that citizens recognize their duties as well as their rights;

  • contributing to the effective functioning of our institutions of government; 

  • fostering a better understanding and appreciation of the rule of law. 

This is your opportunity to focus on a local community leader who may not receive public recognition of his or her accomplishments. To nominate an individual, please submit the nomination form and explain why you feel this person deserves the Liberty Bell Award.

 

Send your nomination to:
Christina Fisher
Indiana State Bar Association
One Indiana Square, Suite 530
Indianapolis, IN 46204

 

For more information, contact Christina at cfisher@inbar.org.

HON. VIOLA TALIAFERRO AWARD
Sponsored by the Committee on Civil Rights of Children

 

Nomination Form 

 

The Committee on Civil Rights of Children annually honors an individual who best exemplifies Judge Taliaferro’s courageous leadership in addressing the unmet legal needs of children and in raising the public’s awareness of these needs. Nominations for this award may be for an individual who is living or deceased.

 

Send your nomination to:
Melanie Zoeller
Indiana State Bar Association
One Indiana Square, Suite 530
Indianapolis, IN 46204

 

For more information, contact Melanie at mzoeller@inbar.org.

COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
Sponsored by the Service Committee

 

Nomination Form 

 

The Community Service Award was established by the ISBA Service Committee, a project of the first ISBA Leadership Development Academy class. The Service Committee was formed by the class with an interest in advancing the nonlegal service work of lawyers in their communities and state. Factors considered in the selection of the recipient reflect the core values the Service Committee wishes to promote and include:

  1. exceptional nonlegal service work in their respective community – this does not include pro bono work, which is recognized separately;
  2. an embodiment of the core values of our legal profession;
  3. promoting community involvement; and 
  4. helping in underserved areas – this includes providing service in lower-income areas, youth initiatives, the elderly and infirm, schools, and similar areas 

Send your nomination to:
Catheryne Pully
Indiana State Bar Association
One Indiana Square, Suite 530
Indianapolis, IN 46204

 

For more information, contact Catheryne at cpully@inbar.org.

AFFILIATE MEMBER AWARD
Sponsored by the Affiliate Membership Committee

 

Nomination Form 

 

This award recognizes an affiliate member of the Indiana State Bar Association who has contributed to the legal profession. The selection committee will give primary consideration to nominees whose efforts offer evidence of distinctive service to the legal profession in the areas of paralegalism, legal administration, law librarianship or court administration.
The selection committee may also consider:

  • a nominee’s contributions in the areas of leadership, professional development and promotion of paralegals, legal administrators, law librarians or court administrators;

  • commitment to the Indiana State Bar Association; and

  • service not only to the legal community, but compassion and dedication to others by involvement and volunteer service to the community.

Send your nomination to:
Susan Jacobs
Indiana State Bar Association
One Indiana Square, Suite 530
Indianapolis, IN 46204

 

For more information, contact Susan at sjacobs@inbar.org.

DAVID HAMACHER PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD
Sponsored by the Appellate Practice Section

 

Nomination Form 

 

The ISBA Appellate Practice Section is soliciting nominations for the David Hamacher Public Service Award. Any lawyer or nonlawyer may be nominated. The criteria for this award are as follows: high moral character and ethical standards; service to the community; peacemaking qualities; person not necessarily a lawyer; award not gender specific.

 

Send a written statement regarding why the nominee should be selected to: 

Melanie Zoeller
Indiana State Bar Association
One Indiana Square, Suite 530
Indianapolis, IN 46204

 

For more information, contact Melanie at mzoeller@inbar.org.

OUTSTANDING YOUNG LAWYER AWARD
Sponsored by the Young Lawyers Section

 

Nomination Form 

 

Nominated candidates will exemplify the virtues embodied in the oath required of all Indiana attorneys when admitted to the bar. To nominate a young lawyer, complete the nomination form and include a letter explaining why you believe your nominee should be considered for the award. An attorney qualifies as a young lawyer if he or she is under 36 years of age or has less than six years of legal experience. If you prefer that your nomination remain anonymous, please advise, and we will honor your request.

 

Send your nomination to:
Christina Fisher
Indiana State Bar Association
One Indiana Square, Suite 530
Indianapolis, IN 46204

 

For more information, contact Christina at cfisher@inbar.org.

HENRY HURST JUDICIAL ASSISTANCE AWARD
Sponsored by the Federal Judiciary Committee
 

 

The Federal Judiciary Committee is seeking nominations from federal judges, the public, attorneys practicing in Indiana’s federal courts, and a candidate’s peers for the Henry Hurst Judicial Assistance Award, which is named in memory of Henry Hurst, the first federal clerk of the district court of Indiana, who was sworn in on May 5, 1817, and served the entire state until 1835. Henry Hurst exemplified the importance of having highly skilled personnel assisting the federal judiciary in order to promote justice and efficiency in the courts.
This year nominees for the Hurst Award shall be from the Southern District of Indiana and serve as a member of the district court clerk’s office or the district bankruptcy court clerk’s office, as a staff member to a district court judge or a district bankruptcy court judge, or as a member of the administrative personnel.

 

Send your nomination to:
Paje Felts
Indiana State Bar Association
One Indiana Square, Suite 530
Indianapolis, IN 46204

 

For more information, contact Paje at pfelts@inbar.org.

 

*Please identify the nominee’s job title and provide a description of the candidate’s qualifications for the award.


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