Kenneth Robert Yahne
Kenneth Robert Yahne was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on July 19, 1944. After graduating from that city’s Central Catholic High School in 1962, Yahne enrolled at Indiana University in Bloomington where he entered the pre-law program, allowing him to start law school before he received his undergraduate degree. He began law school in 1965 and after completing his first year he was awarded his A.B. degree in government. He went on to receive his JD degree in 1968. After law school, Yahne was drafted into the U. S. Army, earning both the Army Commendation Medal for his work at Fort Jackson as a legal clerk, and a Bronze Star for his service in Long Binh, Vietnam.
After two years in the military, he returned to his hometown where he became a corporate lawyer for the Lincoln National Life Insurance Company. He remained with the company until his retirement in 2003. In addition to his legal work for the company, Yahne developed and managed the Lincoln National Corporation Pro-Bono Legal Services Program. Yahne is a co-founder and past president of the Indiana Equal Justice Fund which advocated and raised money for the state’s legal assistance programs. Long active in the Fort Wayne volunteer community, Yahne has worked to improve services for the poor and disenfranchised.
Yahne has received numerous awards for both his work as an attorney, and for his work in the community. The American Corporate Counsel Association presented him the Pro-Bono Service Award for Outstanding Service in 1989. In 1993, he was named Allen County Pro-Bono Attorney of the Year, and in 1995 he was made a Fellow of the Indiana Bar Association. Kenneth R. Yahne received the Indiana University Maurer School of Law Distinguished Service Award in 2007.
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