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Indiana Lawyer Patricia L. McKinnon is Recipient of 2010 Muskie Pro Bono Service Award

CHICAGO, July 7, 2010 — The _ Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section will honor Patricia L. McKinnon of Indianapolis with the Edmund S. Muskie Pro Bono Service Award, which recognizes TIPS members who have the attributes embodied by Sen. Muskie: his dedication to justice for all citizens, his public service, and his role as a lawyer and distinguished leader of the section.

The award will be presented to McKinnon at the 2010 ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, during the TIPS Leadership and Awards Dinner on Aug. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.

“Patricia McKinnon is extremely deserving of this award. Not only has she dedicated her law practice to family law, but she volunteers her time as an advocate for parental rights and children in need. Her involvement in so many professional organizations is impressive and her commitment to serving the public is why we are so honored to present her with this award,” said Section Chair John Tarpley of Nashville, Tenn.

Since 1994, McKinnon has been a family lawyer at the Office of Patricia L. McKinnon, Esq. and is affiliated with the firm Baker, Pittman & Page. She is a certified as a family law specialist by the Indiana State Bar Association.  She served as a part-time public defender for termination of parental rights and civil cases involving children in need of services at the Marion County Public Defender Agency from 1995-2000.

McKinnon has received a number of awards for her service including the Indiana Bar Foundation’s President’s Award in 2008 and Pro Bono Publico Award in 2002 and 2006.  She was also the recipient of the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Board of Manager’s Award in 2000 and its President’s Award in 1996.

McKinnon is a member of the Indiana State, Indianapolis and _s; she is also a fellow of both the Indiana and Indianapolis Bar Foundations. She has been active with the Indiana State Bar Association, where she has served since 2001 as chair of the Talk To A Lawyer Today program. She is also the current chair and past vice-chair of its Pro Bono Committee. Also at the state bar, McKinnon has served as chair of the Articles and Bylaws Committee; vice-chair of the Women in the Law Committee; sub-committee chair of the Ethics Committee; and member of the Planning Committee for the Small/Solo Conference.  She is a member of the Family & Juvenile Law Section.

She serves as a board member for the Indiana Legal Services, Inc., is a founding board member of Seeds of Hope, a halfway house for chemically dependent women in Indianapolis and is a past board member of the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic in Indianapolis.

Among McKinnon’s numerous volunteer projects are her service as a guardian ad litem (advocate for children) on family law cases for both Kids’ Voice and Child Advocates, Inc.  She provides pro bono service to Indianapolis Legal Aid, Inc., the Heartland Pro Bono Council, the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic and Indiana Legal Services, Inc. McKinnon also volunteers her time as a tutor for a program serving low-income youth.

McKinnon earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1994 and her Bachelor of Arts in English/History from Augustana College in 1983.

The ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section unites plaintiff, defense, insurance, and corporate counsel to advance the civil justice system. TIPS is a national source of expertise in tort, trial and insurance practice and brings lawyers together to share information and speak out on issues of importance. The section has about 30,000 members and 32 general committees that focus on substantive and procedural matters in areas across the broad spectrum of civil law and practice. For more information about the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section visit the TIPS Web site, www.abanet.org/tips.

With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world.  As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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Editors Note: Reporters are welcome to attend the award presentation and other events at the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. For more information on the award or TIPS, contact Deborah Weixl, ABA Division for Media Relations and Communication Services, at 312/988-6126 or e-mail at .

For more information on the Annual Meeting, contact ABA Media Relations at 312/ or visit abanow.org. The on site press room for the Annual Meeting will be at the Moscone Center West and open for media registration beginning at noon on Aug. 5, and will remain open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. It will close one hour after the adjournment of the House of Delegates on Aug. 10.

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Comments (1)

  • H E PETERSEN
    3:09 PM August 29, 2010

    I am happy for Patty as I know her daughters are. She was the first Augustana College grad to attend University of Notre Dame law school> Dean(now Father) made sure she had a private space to nurse her baby, well before the current legislation. Her dedication to the interests of children rights warrant the Muskie award.