Legal Services Corporation Honors Indiana Attorneys for Pro Bono Service

October 12, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS – The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) Board of Directors will present Pro Bono Service Awards on Thursday, October 18, to five Indiana attorneys, a law firm, and a volunteer lawyer program in recognition of their extraordinary commitment to equal justice.

The LSC Pro Bono Service Award Reception will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the offices of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, 300 N. Meridian Street, Suite 2700. The awards ceremony will be held in conjunction with the LSC Board of Directors’ final quarterly meeting of the year.

Indiana Supreme Court Justice Geoffrey G. Slaughter, who serves as Chair of the Indiana Coalition for Court Access, will deliver opening remarks. He will be joined by Tom Froehle, Chair and Managing Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, and Michael J. Harrington, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Eli Lilly and Company.

Recipients of LSC’s Pro Bono Service Awards were nominated by LSC grantee Indiana Legal Services. The recipients are:

  • Joseph Bauer, a South Bend attorney and retired Notre Dame Law School professor who has taken on nearly 30 pro bono cases dealing with family law, housing, and consumer law.
  • Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, a law firm that provides direct legal representation in conjunction with Indiana Legal Services and the only Indiana firm with a full-time pro bono manager. More than 25 firm attorneys serve on the Indiana Legal Services’ Naturalization Panel.
  • William E. Marsh, an Indianapolis attorney and former Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law professor who volunteers weekly with Indiana Law Services' Senior Law Project, helping older clients on issues critical to their safety and stability including housing, family, and consumer law.
  • Alice J. Springer, Randy Brown, and Zia Mollabashy, lawyers at Barnes & Thornburg LLP. They co-counseled with Indiana Legal Services on a complicated federal tax case that sought a trust fund recovery penalty of almost $100,000. Their extensive pro bono efforts helped the client receive a full defense resulting in a favorable settlement prior to trial.
  • Volunteer Lawyer Program of Northeast Indiana Inc., a legal services nonprofit that has partnered with Indiana Legal Services and other legal services providers to create the Second Chance Project. The project helps improve employment prospects for people who have had past involvement with the criminal justice system.

Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is an independent nonprofit established by Congress in 1974 to provide financial support for civil legal aid to low-income Americans. The Corporation currently provides funding to 132 independent nonprofit legal aid programs in every state, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.