Baker & Daniels LLP received one award and firm professionals were recognized for two other service efforts during the Indianapolis Bar Association's annual recognition luncheon recently.
For its team teaching at Shortridge Magnet High School for Law and Public Policy, Baker & Daniels and Eli Lilly and Company were given the Dr. John Morton Finney Jr. Award for Excellence in Legal Education. Starting this academic year, lawyers at the law firm and pharmaceutical company are partnering to co-teach a course on civil law to sophomore students. The initiative is part of Street Law's Corporate Diversity Pipeline Program that matches urban schools with volunteers from corporate legal departments to encourage students of color to enter the legal professional.
Baker & Daniels' Judy Ferber received the Pro Bono Award in the paralegal category. She was honored for her prolonged support of the Ask-a-Lawyer program. Twice a year, more than 80 volunteer lawyers provide more than 160 hours of free legal advice at 10 locations around Marion County. Since 2006, Ferber has recruited myriad site coordinators and managed multiple locations and dozens of attorney volunteers to offer legal advice to hundreds of disadvantaged persons. In addition to her work with the Ask-a-Lawyer program, Ferber donates her time to the Protective Order Pro Bono Project.
Scott Chinn, a Baker & Daniels partner, was a member of a team that received the President's Award for Service to the Profession. The group was honored for its thoughtful analysis after the Caperton v. A.T. Massey Coal Co. decision and its possible future impact on judicial campaign contributions. Chinn participated on the committee that studied the issue and recommended formation of the political action committee, which became the Caperton Task Force. Through the task force's efforts, plans call for the creation of a PAC by the Indianapolis Bar Association to receive and distribute voluntary contributions to judicial candidates for the Marion County Circuit and Superior Courts.
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