October 21, 2013

Ike Willett Honored for Developing Pro Bono Guardianship Program

Isaac (Ike) Willett of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP received a Pro Bono Publico Award from the Indiana Bar Foundation (IBF) at the Randall T. Shepard Award Reception on Oct. 18.

Willett, an associate on the health and life sciences team at FaegreBD, was recognized for his service with the Indiana Health Advocacy Coalition (IHAC) and the Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) at Wishard Health Services.

MLPs aim to provide multi-disciplinary resources to patients with health care needs requiring social solutions. In 2012-13, Willett created the Wishard MLP's first pro bono guardianship program, organized training programs for participating attorneys and recruited 20 of his FaegreBD colleagues to volunteer. Attorneys represent low-income clients in obtaining guardianship of family members and loved ones who are incapacitated and incapable of making their own health care decisions, giving patients access to much-needed care. He has personally litigated three pro bono guardianship cases.

IHAC supports the development and growth of central Indiana MLPs by providing education and training. As a board member and current president of IHAC, Willett's vision is to transform the organization into an umbrella for all central Indiana MLPs that will identify and distribute funding. This preferred model for funding nonprofits is expected to lead to increased support for central Indiana MLPs.

The awards ceremony took place during the Indiana State Bar Association's Annual Meeting in French Lick, Ind.

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