The Ettl Law Firm has a distinguished history of community service. The Ettl lawyers have asserted that all lawyers have a duty to contribute to their community by volunteering their skills to civic organizations. In 1993, Frederick Ettl was selected by the Indiana Bar Foundation to receive the Pro Bono Publico Award for “extraordinary efforts toward making legal services available to persons who otherwise could not afford them.” Boards of Directors upon which Frederick Ettl serves or has served include:
Social Service Agencies: Family and Children’s Center, Inc.; Family and Children’s Center Counseling and Development Services (formerly CANCO); Michiana Community Hospital (now St. Joseph Hospital, Mishawaka, Division of Ancilla); and the American Cancer Society.
Arts Associations: IUSB Arts Foundation, Inc., (founding Board Member and organizer); South Bend Symphony Orchestra Association; and the Fischoff Chamber Music Association.
Before Frederick Ettl became active in the community, his parents distinguished themselves as community leaders, establishing the Ettl ethic of public service. For many years, Joseph Ettl served on the Board of Directors of Goodwill Industries. While serving as president of the St. Joseph County Bar Association, Joseph Ettl was instrumental in organizing the Legal Aid Society of South Bend, which later became the Legal Services Organization of Northern Indiana. Madeline Ettl was one of the first women to practice law in South Bend, Indiana. Mrs. Ettl served on multiple Boards of Directors in the community, including, most notably, the YWCA Board of Directors and the Northern Indiana Historical Society Board of Directors.
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