2015 Indiana Civic Health Index

CaptureFormer US Congressman Lee H. Hamilton, former Indiana Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard, and Indiana Bar Foundation President Donald Lundberg gathered lawyers, college and law school representatives, congressional staffers, and several high-ranking Indiana government officials at a Monday luncheon to discuss Indiana’s civic health. The event kicked off a series of presentations that the luncheon’s host will make around Indiana to introduce the 2015 Indiana Civic Health Index.

The report presents a variety of civic health measurements to determine how Indiana fares compared to the rest of the nation. The report says, “While Hoosiers perform fairly well in the social aspects of civic life such as group membership, family meals, and volunteering, there are other aspects of civic life in which Hoosiers fall behind the rest of the country.”

Sociologists, political scientists, and many people involved in leadership of professional, social, or religious organizations have expressed concerns about the decline in American civic involvement for the past fifteen years or more. Idle talk accomplishes nothing, so my hat is off to Indiana University Northwest, the Indiana University Center on Congress, the Indiana Bar Foundation, the Indiana Supreme Court, the IU Center for Civic Literacy, and the National Conference on Citizenship for underwriting the 2015 Civic Health Index study.

Much work lies ahead for all leading Hoosiers to strengthen our state. I am very proud that the Indiana State Bar Association’s Leadership Development Academy is now more than halfway through training its fourth class of young Indiana lawyers to become spearheads of the civic health solution. The rest of us need not wait for others to solve the problem; we all have opportunities to speak about the virtues of voting and shouldering public service responsibility. Everyone can play a role, and Indiana lawyers possess all the necessary knowledge and tools to build a better Indiana for our children and grandchildren.


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