Southern District celebrates pro bono attorneys | The Indiana Lawyer
After enacting a rule allowing judges to assign pro bono cases to attorneys who frequently practice in federal court, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana is celebrating a “banner year” for pro bono service. During 2016, 108 Indiana attorneys agreed to represent pro se litigants in the Southern District, Chief Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson said at the fourth annual Attorney Appreciation Breakfast Wednesday morning. Of those attorneys, 107 were recruited, with 67 assigned to limited appointments and 40 assigned to full appointments. That’s more than double the 27 attorneys recruited for limited appointments in 2015, and nearly triple from the 15 assigned to full appointments the same year, Magnus-Stinson said. “All of you rose to the challenge in 2016,” the chief judge told the crowd of pro bono attorneys gathered in her courtroom for the annual celebration. While Magnus-Stinson conceded that the definition of a “volunteer” attorney was altered by the implementation of Local Rule 87 in 2016, she said the service those attorneys provided to their clients made a difference regardless of whether the attorneys volunteered for a case on their own or instead were recruited under the new rule. … Mark Miller, a partner with Bowers Harrison, LLP, was among the attorneys honored at Wednesday’s breakfast.