On June 1, 2018, Bays Family Law founder, Donna J. Bays, was admitted to the Indiana State Bar Association GP Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame honors general practice, solo, or small firm attorneys who have made outstanding contributions to clients, the legal profession, and the community. Fellow small firm attorney, Jeffery Lind of Terre Haute was also admitted in 2018 .
Donna’s honor was based on a legal career that exemplified the best of the legal profession. Donna is known for working tirelessly for her clients and to improve the legal profession. She goes above and beyond to help others. Donna’s nomination was supported by a number of attorneys who have served as opposing counsel. The nomination praised Donna’s fairness and legal knowledge. One opposing counsel explained:
Not adverse to settlement, Donna will make sure that her clients get the best possible result, and is also aware that litigating a matter to conclusion may not be in the best interests of her client. Donna is a worthy adversary.”
Donna’s service to the State Bar Association’s Solo & Small Firm Conference was also recognized. She served as Conference Chair in 2011 and 2012. During her tenure as Chair, Donna focused on long-term development and created a Law Student Program. Since Donna’s establishment of that program, more than 200 law students have participated in the Solo & Small Firm Conference with the help and support of their law schools. Donna was also recognized for her outstanding leadership and attention to details that make the conference such a success.