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Indiana Pro Bono Summary: The Indiana Pro Bono Commission is a project of the Indiana Bar Foundation and consists of 21 members appointed by the Indiana Supreme Court and the Indiana Bar Foundation. The Indiana Pro Bono Commission strives to promote equal access to justice for all Indiana residents by facilitating the integration and coordination of existing services; fostering the development of new pro bono programs; supporting and improving the quality of existing pro bono programs; fostering the growth of a public service culture within the Indiana Bar which values pro bono publico service; promoting the ongoing development of financial and other resources for pro bono organizations in Indiana; and enabling Indiana attorneys to discharge their professional responsibility to provide pro bono services.

The Indiana Rule of Professional Conduct 6.5 divided Indiana into 14 pro bono districts. Each of these districts is chaired by a judicial appointee. The judicial chairs are appointed by the Supreme Court and the Indiana Bar Foundation. The judicial chairs select members to serve on the district pro bono committee. These individuals are responsible for devising a pro bono plan based upon local needs. Each year the Districts submit a report and plan outlining pro bono activities and requesting funding.

Indiana Pro Bono Contacts:

Monica Fennell,
Executive Director
Indiana Pro Bono Commission
230 East Ohio Street, Fourth Floor
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
317-639-5465 and 800-266-2581
317-266-2588 (fax)

Indiana Pro Bono Awards:

Randall T. Shepard Award for excellence in Pro Bono Publico with demonstrated dedication to the innovative development and delivery of legal services to the poor in one of the fourteen pro bono districts of Indiana. Eligibility: Any judicial appointee, plan administrator, Commission member, individual, firm, corporate legal department, or others either providing legal services full-time, part-time or on a voluntary basis to the poor in Indiana.

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