October 28, 2011

Andrew Campbell Recognized for Expanding IndyBar's Pro Bono Reach

Andrew Campbell of Baker & Daniels LLP has received a 2011 Pro Bono Publico Award from the Indiana Bar Foundation in recognition of his contributions toward broadening the availability of legal services to the underserved.

The Pro Bono Publico Awards honor those who have developed innovative approaches to pro bono service delivery, satisfied unmet needs for a segment of the population, successfully litigated pro bono cases or achieved relevant legislation.

As chair of the Indianapolis Bar Association's Pro Bono Standing Committee in 2011 and co-chair in 2010, Campbell has led and advanced pro bono services throughout Indianapolis. In two years under Campbell's leadership, the Indianapolis Bar Association (IndyBar) has significantly expanded its pro bono efforts and reach through Campbell's vision, creativity and dedication to serving those in need.

By successfully cultivating partnerships, Campbell has amplified the impact of IndyBar pro bono programs. A new relationship with Indianapolis Public Schools increased the number of community residents receiving assistance at the semi-annual Ask-A-Lawyer legal advice programs by 100 people per event. Campbell also expanded the association's hospice program that provides legal advice and document creation for terminal patients by developing a partnership with a fourth health care facility.

A similar initiative, the Low Asset Will Program, creates and executes wills and advance directives for low-income clients. Under Campbell's guidance, this program has assisted 30 percent more residents in 2011 than in the previous year. Campbell also revitalized IndyBar's School and Education Advocacy program by working with the Foster Youth Education Initiative to provide education advocacy services for foster children in central Indiana.

A key factor in the growth of IndyBar's pro bono efforts has been Campbell's successful recruitment of many new lawyer participants for the Ask-A-Lawyer and Legal Line programs. With more help available, Legal Line has been able to assist 140 more residents in 2010 and 2011 than in the previous two years. Furthermore, Campbell has contributed to pro bono recruitment efforts city wide by collaborating with local legal providers and hosting training seminars for volunteers at the IndyBar and Baker & Daniels facilities. Seminars have educated lawyers on pro bono outreach in the areas of bankruptcy, family law, immigration and ex-offender re-entry.

Another focus of Campbell's leadership has been garnering recognition for the work of IndyBar members. Since January 2010, he has sent monthly pro bono updates to 25 of the largest firms in Indianapolis. The annual pro bono report he developed shares statistics on total service hours and number of residents assisted with IndyBar members and other organizations throughout central Indiana.

In addition to leading IndyBar's pro bono efforts, Campbell is an active volunteer himself. He provides advice to callers during Legal Line events and is currently representing two El Salvadorian youth in asylum proceedings. Campbell has worked in tandem with IndyBar leadership to offer assistance and support during the restructuring of the Heartland Pro Bono Council, which provides civil pro bono services to residents of eight central Indiana counties, in light of redistricting and less available grant funding.

The Indiana Bar Foundation presented a Pro Bono Publico Award to Campbell during the Indiana State Bar Association's annual meeting on Oct. 21, 2011, at the French Lick Springs Resort & Casino. Other Indiana attorneys and legal programs were also recognized with pro bono and law-related education awards.

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