Monica A. Fennell

Pro Bono Manager


Monica Fennell leads the firm's pro bono initiatives in Indiana, as well as selected firmwide initiatives, developing and managing opportunities for lawyers to volunteer their unique professional skills to address the unmet legal needs of disadvantaged and underserved persons.
Before joining the firm, Monica worked as executive director of the Indiana Pro Bono Commission, where she oversaw the 12 pro bono district offices created by Indiana Supreme Court rule. Monica also served as a U.S. Supreme Court Fellow, assigned to the Administrative Office of the U. S. Courts. Monica began her legal career as a litigator in big cities and a small town.


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


Registered Indiana Domestic Relations Mediator
Registered Indiana Civil Mediator


Georgetown University
J.D. (1992)

Williams College
B.A. cum laude (1987)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Innovations in Bridging the Justice Gap in Rural America
    American Bar Association, December 2019
  • Hot Topics in Ethics
    Indiana State Bar Association, October 2019 
  • Ethics Tips for Pro Bono
    Coalition for Court Access Civil Legal Aid Conference, October 2019
  • Medical-Legal Partnership Mechanics
    Indiana Health Advocacy Coalition State Conference, August 2019 
  • It's Your Case Now: Tips and Ethical Pitfalls for Pro Bono Representation
    Indianapolis Bar Association, July 2019
  • Limited Scope Representation: An Opportunity for Non-Profit and Private Practice Attorneys
    Indiana State Bar Association, October 2018
  • Medical-Legal Partnership Legal Representation
    Indiana Health Advocacy Coalition State Conference, July 2018
  • Indiana Pro Bono Leadership Summit
    Prindle Institute for Ethics, August 2018
  • Unbundling for the NextGen — From Law Schools to Incubators to Pro Bono
    Better Access Through Unbundling Conference, October 2017
  • Limited Scope Representation: The Ethics of Making It Work for Profit and Pro Bono
    Indiana State Bar Association Annual Meeting, September 2017
  • High Impact Pro Bono Clinics
    Co-presenter, National Legal Aid and Defender Association Annual Conference, Indianapolis, November 2016
  • High Impact MLP Pro Bono Clinics
    Co-presenter, National Medical-Legal Partnership Summit, Indianapolis, April 2016
  • Virtual Clinics for Online Pro Bono Help: Hurdling Barriers to Pro Bono
    ABA Dialogue, Vol. 19, No. 2, Spring 2016
  • On Books: Rebels at the Bar
    ABA Perspectives, Book Review, Spring 2015
  • Bringing Outside In: Social Justice Collaborations in the Legal Writing Curriculum
    Co-presenter, Drexel University School of Law, Philadelphia, June 2014
  • Field Study in Cambodia
    57 Res Gestae 46, November 2013
  • Access to Justice Delivery Systems in U.S., Thailand and Cambodia
    Rotary Clubs of Chang Mai, July 2012; Bangkok, August 2012; Greencastle, November 2012; Carmel, January 2013; Anderson, March 2013; Frankfort, April 2013; and Rockville, November 2017
  • Beyond the City Square: Fishing in Wider Pools Without Soundings
    39 Fordham Urb. L. J. 11, 2012
  • Ensuring Access to Justice for Self-Represented Litigants
    94 Judicature 204, March-April 2011
  • Using State Legal Needs Studies to Increase Access to Justice for Low-Income Families
    48 Fam. Ct. Rev. 619, October 2010
  • Emergent Identity: A Comparative Analysis of the New Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and the Supreme Court of the United States
    22 Temp. Int'l & Comp. L .J. 279, Fall 2008

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana — Pro Bono Committee
  • Coalition for Court Access — Self-Help and Court Access Working Group
  • Indiana Supreme Court — Assessment Team, 2015 appointment; Pro Bono Reporting Task Force, 2014 appointment; Committee on Unrepresented Litigants, 2013 appointment

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association — Perspectives, Editorial Board — Immediate Past Chair
  • American Bar Association — Judicial Division, Lawyers Conference — Chair-Elect and JD liaison to Center for Pro Bono
  • Association of Pro Bono Counsel
  • Indiana State Bar Association — Pro Bono Committee
  • Supreme Court — Fellows Alumni Association (past vice president); Historical Society

Civic Activities

  • Prindle Institute for Ethics — Volunteer Ethics Bowl Judge
  • Putnam County Pro Se Desk — Volunteer
  • We the People — Volunteer
  • NewGen Peacebuilders — Volunteer

Firm Leadership

  • Pro Bono Committee


  • Indiana Bar Foundation — Fellow, 2019
  • Indiana Bar Foundation — Randall T. Shepard Pro Bono Award, 2015
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2012-19
  • Indiana Lawyer — Leadership in Law, Distinguished Barrister Award, 2011
  • Justice Thomas Clark Award — Excellence in Service as Supreme Court Fellow, presented by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., 2008
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