J. Philip Burt
J. Philip Burt has demonstrated his dedication to the delivery of legal services on a pro bono basis on many levels. In Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he is a partner in the law firm of Burt, Blee, Dixon, Sutton & Bloom, Mr. Burt leads by example and represents countless pro bono clients, mainly in consumer and bankruptcy areas. He has maintained three or four pro bono cases a year for at least 44 years. Long before there was an organized volunteer lawyer initiative in Fort Wayne, Mr. Burt helped to establish a pro bono assistance program through a local church. On a state level, Mr. Burt has been a member of the Indiana Pro Bono Commission since its creation in 1999 and has served as the Chair since 2002. Prior to the creation of the Commission, Mr. Burt was a key architect of the state's IOLTA Rule that directed funds to statewide pro bono programs and assisted in the development of local pro bono districts to build a statewide pro bono infrastructure. In his role as Chair, he has spearheaded many new initiatives, including a law school pro bono and mentoring project through the state Pro Bono Commission that brings together lawyers and law students from the four law schools in Indiana.