INDIANA FIRST JUDICIAL DISTRICT
PRO BONO COMMITTEE, INC.
651 E. Third Street, P.O. Box 427
Hobart, Indiana 46342
Judith H. Stanton, Esq.
September 7, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
ATTORNEY R. CORDELL FUNK NAMED
OUTSTANDING FIRST DISTRICT PRO BONO ATTORNEY
At their third annual honors night which began at Bennigans and ended up at the
baseball stadium of the Gary SouthShore Railcats, Northwest Indiana judges and
lawyers, honored the 196 attorneys who volunteered in the past year to provide free
legal services valued at more than $390,000 to 217 individuals, families and children
who cannot otherwise afford legal representation in the seven county First Judicial
District. The Committee also received a $5000.00 donation from the Legacy
Foundation, Lake County’s community foundation.
Court of Appeals Judge Nancy Vaidik not only participated in the award
ceremonies but also entertained the stadium crown throwing out the ceremonial first
pitch and leading the singing of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame’ during the 7th inning
Three local banks which are leaders in the interest rates paid on lawyers’ trust
accounts (IOLTA) which fund the 14 judicial district pro bono committees also were
recognized by Indiana Bar Foundation Executive Director Charles Dunlap: Bank
Calumet, Mercantile Bank, and Peoples Bank.
The First District Pro Bono Committee named Attorney R. Cordell Funk of
Hammond recipient of the prestigious Komyatte “Access to Justice” Award for 2005.
This award, named for long-standing legal and community volunteer Attorney Richard
P. Komyatte, is awarded for outstanding contributions to the goal of access to justice
Komyatte described Funk’s contributions not only as a volunteer attorney known
for regularly assuming and diligently pursuing complicated family l