2013 Past Headlines
2014 Berlon Award Winner Matthew Maples To Be Named IBA Law Student of the Year
Matthew Maples, 3L, received the John Paul Berlon Award in recognition of his nearly 2,000 hours of pro bono service at the Pro Bono and Clinical Programs annual awards and recognition reception on April 17 at IU McKinney. He also will be named “Law Student of the Year” by the Indianapolis Bar Association (IBA) in honor of Maples’ commitment to pro bono service.
Maples has been a volunteer at the Indiana University Student Outreach Clinic since he began his law school career. The clinic, which received the Governor’s Service Award for Service Learning in 2013, is run out of Neighborhood Fellowship Church on the Indianapolis near east side. The clinic offers a variety of medical, dental, social service, and legal assistance for the low-income residents in its neighborhood, and is entirely run by students. Maples was the clinic’s chair during the 2012-2013 academic year, and vice chair during the 2013-2014 academic year.
Maples began an internship at Indiana Legal Services in 2012, and spent time on cases after regular business hours and on weekends, going above and beyond the duties expected of an intern, according to the IBA’s announcement of the award. In addition to his pro bono work and his excellent academic record, Maples has worked as a law clerk at Hocker & Associates since August 2013.