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Byron Honored with Indiana Broadcasters Association Lifetime Achievement in Broadcasting Award

07.28.2008

The Indiana Broadcasters Association has named Dan Byron as the recipient of the 2008 Lifetime Achievement in Broadcasting Award. Byron will receive the award at the IBA/Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame presentation on October 2nd.

Byron, a partner of Bingham McHale LLP, is the first non-broadcaster to receive this honor. He has served as general counsel to the IBA since 2002.

“We are very pleased to be able to present Dan with our highest honor,” said Linda Compton, president of the Indiana Broadcasters Association. “Dan has assisted our members with the issues they face every day, and he has been instrumental in focusing attention on access to Indiana courts. His distinguished career and national reputation in the field of media law makes him the ideal professional to be the first non-broadcaster to earn the Lifetime Achievement in Broadcasting Award.”

The award recognizes individuals for especially meritorious service, contributions to, or achievements in the field of broadcasting in Indiana over the course of a career. This is the IBA’s highest honor and is presented to an Indiana broadcaster whose work is unusually beneficial and of superior value to their community and to the Association.

Among Byron’s career highlights, the Indianapolis attorney was selected by the International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP) to lead a team of West African attorneys in their attempt to end impunity for violence against journalists, publishers and broadcasters and combat laws that limit freedom of expression. He worked with the Media Law Foundation for West Africa based in Accra, Ghana, during October and November 2007, and he continues to help on this important work. ISLP provides volunteer legal services by skilled and experienced attorneys to advance democracy and protect human rights worldwide.

Byron is a member of the Media Law Resource Center located in New York and serving media companies in all 50 states. He is an active member of its National Pre-Publication Review Committee. Presently, he is co-author of “Media Privacy and Related Law” for the Media Law Resource Center’s 50-State Survey, Indiana Law Section. He has co-authored the Reporters Privilege Compendium (Indiana Section), published by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

Byron led the formation of Indiana’s Cameras in the Courtroom pilot project, which received the approval of the Indiana Supreme Court in 2006. Also in 2006, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Indiana Coalition for Open Government. In 2007, he was named to the inaugural Indiana Debate Commission Board of Directors.

In 2004, Byron was named one of the first recipients of the Indiana State Bar Association’s Civility/ Professionalism Award for outstanding integrity and civility in working with judges, attorneys, parties, witnesses and the public. Byron also has been named to Best Lawyers in America and Indiana SuperLawyers.

Byron is a member of the American Bar Association, Indiana State Bar Association, Indianapolis Bar Association and the Seventh Circuit Bar Association. He has been recognized as a Fellow of the Indiana Bar Foundation and Indianapolis Bar Foundation.

Byron earned his undergraduate degree and law degree from Indiana University. He was admitted to the Indiana Bar in 1962. Early in his career, he served as First Assistant U.S. Attorney, Southern District of Indiana, 1968-1969.

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Bingham McHale LLP, a multidisciplinary business law firm serving regional, national and international clients, is the fourth largest law firm in Indiana, with offices in Indianapolis (downtown & Keystone Crossing), Jasper and Vincennes, Ind. 

Indiana Broadcasters Association (IBA) is a 501c(6) corporation founded in 1948. The IBA represents radio and television broadcasters throughout Indiana.

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