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The Last of the Firsts: Feeding the Pipeline through the IndyBar Diversity Job Fair

By Roxana Bell

In a February issue of Indiana Lawyer, the Marion County Bar Association (MCBA) and Indianapolis Bar Association paid collaborative tribute to our local African-American trailblazers in honor of Black History Month. In reading this “Celebration of Trailblazers,” I was struck by the relative youth of our central Indiana legal pioneers, many of whom I have had the recent privilege of working alongside as either a judicial clerk, law firm associate or board member of the MCBA. As this “Celebration of Trailblazers” made clear, a good number of our local firsts have been achieved since the turn of the millennium.

While it is wonderful to be able to celebrate so many trailblazing leaders who are still in active practice, it is sobering to realize that only 10 or 15 years ago, our legal community suffered from a significant lack of diversity. Even more sobering is the tally of how many of our celebrated firsts still hold the less celebratory distinction of “only.” And for as many firsts as we were able to celebrate last month, there remain just as many firsts that have not been realized, including within our locally elected or appointed public offices and at small- to medium-sized law firms across the greater Indianapolis area.

I point this out not as an indictment, but as a call to action for employers of all sizes, in both the public and private sectors. If you are an attorney practicing in Indianapolis, ask yourself, “What have I personally done to increase diversity numbers at my workplace?” If your firm or public agency is not currently registered as an interviewing employer for the 2015 IndyBar Diversity Job Fair, ask yourself, “Why not?”

We have come a long way in recent years, but we still have far to go and the IndyBar Diversity Job Fair is one of the surest ways to foster diversity and inclusion at a local level. As a 2010 student-participant and a 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 interviewing employer, I can personally attest to both the job fair’s ability to attract impressive candidates and its success in matching these candidates to prospective Indianapolis employers. Any employer that is serious about its diversity efforts cannot afford to miss the fair. After all, it is important to remember that our recently celebrated trailblazers were – in the not-too-distant past – just hopeful, worthy candidates for their respective positions.

Who will you meet at the IndyBar Diversity Job Fair? The next Alan Mills or Roderick Morgan? Perhaps you will be sitting across from the next Pamela Carter or Myra Selby. Regardless of whether you choose to hire anyone through the Job Fair, know that your participation alone will send the unequivocal message that your workplace is one that welcomes diverse applicants. I look forward to seeing many new and returning employers at the IndyBar Diversity Job Fair this summer, and I will hold fast to the hope that, sometime soon, we will see the last of the firsts.

To register today as an interviewing employer for the 2015 IndyBar Diversity Job Fair, please visit ibadiversityjobfair.org or contact Caren Chopp at (317) 269-2000.

Ms. Bell is an associate at Bingham Greenebaum Doll where she practices in the Labor and Employment Practice Group. Before joining Bingham Greenebaum Doll, Roxana clerked for Judge Jane E. Magnus-Stinson of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, and Judge Rudolph R. Pyle III of the Court of Appeals of Indiana. She is a member of the IndyBar Diversity Job Fair Committee.

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On Tap at the IndyBar: March 30 – April 5

Everybody loves a local bar, so check out what yours is serving up this week with upcoming IndyBar events and happenings below!

On the Docket

Paralegal Open Meeting: What IndyBar Membership Does for You
Wednesday, April 1 from noon to 1 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center, 135 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 1500
Information and registration can be found here.

Check out the full slate of IndyBar events here.

News You Can Use

  • Trimble: ‘To Be or Not to Be…Connected 24/7′ – IndyBar President John C. Trimble of Lewis Wagner LLP writes about the hyper-connectedness that comes with today’s technology and whether or not that’s actually helping us. Read more here.
  • IndyBar Member Headlines: Thursday, March 26 – Many IndyBar members have been on the move lately. Check out what the latest headlines are in this post.
  • Social Media Connections: Ethical Rules to Consider - In the latest miniBar Talk, Andrea Ciobanu of Ciobanu Law PC shares some resources for making sure that your social media connections with legal professionals follow ethical guidelines.
  • Bench Bar Just Got Better: Registration Now Open! – What makes this year’s Bench Bar Conference better than all the rest? Check out this post to find out and register today.
  • Don’t Miss Out on Free CLE Fridays at the IndyBar - Every month you can earn one hour of CLE for free by checking out the free CLE video replays at the IndyBar. Get more information here.
  • Why a Most-Read Post Isn’t Enough for Lessons in Professionalism - When it comes to lessons in professionalism, you need to take it from someone who’s been in your shoes. This article talks about why that’s the case and how the IndyBar can help you get started doing just that.
  • Practice-area specific Bill Watch reports are available. Click here for the most recent updates!

 

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Bill Watch Report for March 27 Now Available

The practice-area specific Bill Watch reports for March 20 are now available. The reports highlight the pending bills of particular concern to different sections within the bar. See below for this week’s posts, and click here to access the full Bill Watch reports.

Business Law
Criminal Justice
Estate Planning & Administration
Family Law
Government Practice
Litigation
Real Estate & Land Use

Don’t forget: You can update your news subscriptions to conveniently receive information like the practice area-specific Bill Watch posts in your bi-weekly E-Bulletin! Click here to learn more, and click here to update your profile.

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miniBar Talk: This Week’s Top Post

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Social Media Connections: Ethical Rules to Consider

By Andrea L. Ciobanu, Ciobanu Law PC

Judges and lawyers want to expand their social network, but what ethical rules must they be aware of when connecting with each other online?

Please read this article, “What if I’ve Connected with the Judge on LinkedIn”, to learn about the ethical considerations that must be contemplated in such situations.

If you’re interested in finding out more on this topic, check out the following resources:

This post was written by Andrea L. Ciobanu, Ciobanu Law PC. If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Indy Attorneys Networking Section, please email Rachel Beachy at rbeachy@indybar.org.

To subscribe to more Solo/Small Firm Practice Section news like the article above, click here to update your news subscriptions. Your news subscriptions appear in your bi-weekly E-Bulletin and on your personalized IndyBar homepage.

Keep an eye out for our newest e-newsletter for members, Bar Talk, featuring the top IndyBar posts each month!

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Trimble: ‘To Be or Not to Be…Connected 24/7’

John C. Trimble, Lewis Wagner LLP

John C. Trimble, Lewis Wagner LLP

By John C. Trimble, Lewis Wagner LLP

I woke up this morning and did what most people now do…I grabbed my smart phone and scanned my email inbox for overnight news. I saw immediately that a client had written me at 2:36 a.m. to respond to an email that I had written at 5:45 p.m. the day before. I responded back to him at 5:30 a.m.

Every rainmaking expert will tell you that being responsive is the number one way to capture and keep clients. Conversely, unresponsive lawyers will soon lose clients and referrals from other lawyers. The critical question is, “How connected should I be, and how much is too much?” We should all be asking ourselves and our colleagues this question.

We baby boomers probably do not realize just how dependent younger generations are on their devices. My millennial colleagues use their smart phones as their one and only phone at home, their alarm clock, their wristwatch, their news source and their entertainment. Their phones are on and at their side 24/7.

I love my devices; I could not live without my iPad. However, I have come to the conclusion that we are too connected. We need to be responsive, but only within reason. All of us, regardless of age, need to step back and disconnect part of every weekday and even more on weekends.

Not long ago I had a colleague in my firm explain to me the stress I create if I write an email at midnight even when I don’t expect a response until the next day. He told me how the email pings (or vibrates) as it arrives in his phone and how he often feels prompted to look at the phone late at night when he hears it. Even though I have told him not to respond until business hours begin, he responds almost immediately. I can’t break him of it. I have finally realized that I need to put my communications in a draft folder and send them during daylight hours. I don’t want to interrupt his down time responding to me.

So, my solution is as follows. Let’s disconnect when we get home at night. If you must type emails, put them in draft to send in the morning. Enjoy a meal at home or in a restaurant without looking at your device or without making or taking a call. Put down your device and talk to your spouse, significant other or children. Limit your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram use to a prescribed time and then put the device down and do something else. On weekends, set a schedule to look at your device no more than once an hour unless you are working.

It is good to be responsive, but set expectations. If you respond in a reasonable time, that will set reasonable expectations. If you respond scary fast, that will become an expectation. And if you respond in the middle of the night, even that will become an expectation.

Life is fast enough, and technology has made it faster. It is good “To Be” connected, but also good “Not To Be” connected. Find a happy medium. If you will, then so will I!

#WILLYOUBETHERE?

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IndyBar Member Headlines: Thursday, March 26

Share your news with the IndyBar by contacting Mary Kay Price, Director of Marketing & Communications, at mprice@indybar.org.

Joel Tragesser of Quarles & Brady LLP has received the 2015 Client Choice award from Lexology and the International Law Office.

Daniel J. Lueders and Charles P. Schmal, partners at Woodard Emhardt Moriarty McNett & Henry LLP, were selected to appear in the third edition of IP Stars from Managing IP magazing.

Anne Cowgur, partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, has been selected to chair the Indiana Legal Foundation Legal Advisory Committee.

Joanna Feltz has been named director of planned giving for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

Tiffany D. Presley of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP has been elected to the Indianapolis Public Schools Education Foundation Board of Directors.

Michael E. Williams of Krieg DeVault LLP was selected to serve on the Executive Advisory Board at the Miller College of Business at Ball State University.

The following members were recently named Distinguished Barrister Honorees for the Indiana Lawyer’s Leadership in Law awards: Frank Deveau of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, S. Curtis DeVoe of Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP, Jarrell Hammond of Lewis Wagner LLP, Michael Hebenstreit of Whitham Hebenstreit & Zubek LLP, Christine Hayes Hickey of Rubin & Levin PC, Gregory Laker of Cohen & Malad LLP, Samuel Laurin of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP, Elliott Levin of Rubin & Levin PC and the Hon. Melissa May of the Indiana Court of Appeals

The following members were recently named Up and Coming Lawyer Honorees for the Indiana Lawyer’s Leadership in Law awards: Roxana Bell of Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, Katherine Erdel of Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, Angela Freeman Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Brian Heaton of Krieg DeVault LLP, Jonathan Hughes of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP, Daniel Lechleiter of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, Edward Mulligan of Cohen & Malad LLP, Emily Munson of Indiana Protection & Advocacy Services, Matthew Neumann of Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP, Tiffany Presley of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, Edward Thomas of Lewis Wagner LLP and Ahmed Young of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP

Ted Boehm has joined Hoover Hull Turner LLP as partner. He previously served on the Indiana Supreme Court for 14 years.

Cynthia M. Reese has joined Blackwell Burke & Ramsey PC as a shareholder.

Jay Rumbach has joined Wormser Legal as an associate.

Adam Lutzke has joined the family law section of Banks & Brower LLC.

Tom F. Hirschauer III has joined Keffer Barnhart LLP as a partner.

The following attorneys were hired as Marion County deputy prosecutors: Chris Devlin, Teresa Hall, Cameron Huffman, Kevin Lawrence, Matthew Kubacki, Daniel O’Reilley, Marilyn Park, Lauren Parmley, Daniel Sheroff, Emily White and Mahja Zeon.

 

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Bench Bar Just Got Better: Registration Now Open!

Call it Bench Bar 2.0: The event IndyBar members have grown to love over the last 20 years is back and better than ever, with nationally known speakers and a rejuvenated format featuring quick-hitting, high-impact TEDTalk style sessions on fresh, thought-provoking topics.

The full agenda and online registration for the 2015 conference, to be held June 18-20 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown in Louisville Kentucky, is now available at indybenchbar.org.

Conference-goers will kick-off the event on Thursday evening with a cocktail reception. From there, dine-arounds will allow attendees to choose from several popular Louisville restaurants for their dinner experience. Discuss conference topics that intrigue you, get together with old friends, form new friendships with other conference guests, or just relax and enjoy a great meal. There’s something for every palate between the four dinner sites, and each group will be hosted by either a conference committee member or IndyBar Past President.

Friday features a full day of educational programming that’s anything but ordinary. Sessions have been specifically crafted to feature a mix of topics that is simply unrivaled by any other conference or educational program offered to Indiana attorneys. National speakers combined with quick hitting “IndyBar Talks” will keep the energy level high throughout the day, priming attendees for an enjoyable evening to follow.

Learn more about the 2015 event at indybenchbar.org. #WillYouBeThere?

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Don’t Miss Out on Free CLE Fridays at the IndyBar

Get six hours of free CLE each year with your IndyBar membership! Mark your calendar for the dates below, and make plans to join us for this members-only offering at the IndyBar Education Center. The first session is coming up – Friday, March 27.

Each IndyBar Member can attend up to six sessions at no cost. No registration required. All replays are for one general CLE credit unless otherwise noted.

March 27
Determining Damages: Replay from 10/28/14

April 24
Secure Retirement Strategy: Replay from 11/17/14

May 22
“Must Know” Intellectual Property Issues for Lawyers: Replay from 11/25/14

June 26
Answers to Common Chapter 13 Problems Not Found in the Code: Replay from 9/5/14

July 24
How to Fire Your Client…And What About Your Retaining Lien?: Replay from 10/14/14 (Includes 1.0 Ethics Credit)

Aug. 28
The Ethics of Dealing with Insurance Companies: Replay from 8/28/14 (Includes 1.0 Ethics Credit)

Sept. 25
Covenants Not to Compete in Indiana: A Brief History and Current Update: Replay from 8/20/14

Oct. 23
Tips to Avoid or Prevent Bankruptcy Issues in Family Law Cases: Replay from 7/16/14

Nov. 20
Discovery Strategy: Replay from 4/23/14

Dec. 17
Hot Topics in Employment Law: Replay from 12/18/14

Please note: if you previously have received credit for the live version of a program, you cannot earn credit for attending the video replay.

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Why a Most-Read Post Isn’t Enough for Lessons in Professionalism

One of the most popular posts on Lawyerist last week was 10 Lessons You Weren’t Taught in Law School, and it certainly isn’t the first of its kind. These articles are regularly published across various outlets, and they all have one major thing in common: Most of the items they list are aspects of professionalism.

These articles are consistently among the most-read, and it’s no surprise – they’re helpful for attorneys at all levels. But you know what you can’t get from a bullet point list that takes two minutes to read? You can’t get a legal professional with real experience in the field giving you advice based on their own experiences. You can’t get a discussion among attorneys in various practice areas sharing their input and learning from one another. And you certainly can’t get new networking contacts and camaraderie in your local area by reading an article on a computer screen.

Those are things you can only get from Bar Boost – Keeping It Professional. This installment of the Bar Boost Series will detail the aspects of professionalism that attorneys need to know but weren’t taught in law school. Featuring a roundtable discussion with panelists from the IndyBar Professionalism Committee, you’ll take part in a program with some of Indy’s best legal professionals when you attend. Not only will you have the opportunity to learn from their firsthand experiences, but you’ll get to network with people who have been in your shoes and want to help.

Don’t rely on a bullet point list or wait until you’re in a challenging situation to learn these lessons – prepare beforehand. Register for the session here and take a big step toward advancing both your professionalism and your profession at this program.

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On Tap at the IndyBar: March 23-29

Everybody loves a local bar, so check out what yours is serving up this week with upcoming IndyBar events and happenings below!

On the Docket

2014 Intellectual Property Year in Review
Wednesday, March 25 from noon to 1 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center, 135 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 1500
Information and registration can be found here.

Common Mistakes in Charitable Planning
Wednesday, March 25 from 4 to 5 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center, 135 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 1500
Information and registration can be found here.

Speed Networking with the Indy Attorneys Network Section
Thursday, March 26 from 5 to 7 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center, 135 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 1500
Information and registration can be found here.

IndyBar Law Student Division Trivia Night
Thursday, March 26 from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Buffalo Wild Wings, 7 E. Washington St.
Information and registration can be found here.

Breakfast with the Bar: Government Affairs
Friday, March 27 from 8 to 9 a.m.
IndyBar Education Center, 135 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 1500
Information and registration can be found here.

Associate 101 Series: Practice and Project Management
Friday, March 27 from noon to 1 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center, 135 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 1500
Information and registration can be found here.

Free Video Replay CLE: Determining Damages
Friday, March 27 from noon to 1 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center, 135 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 1500
Information and registration can be found here.

Check out the full slate of IndyBar events here.

News You Can Use

  • Bar Talk: Legal News You Need to Know - Check out the top five posts from IndyBar members in March in the latest edition of Bar Talk. It features information regarding SB 436, an interview with a local judge and more. Check it out here!
  • Volunteer Callout for Great Indy Cleanup – The IndyBar Civics Committee is helping out at Mayor Ballard’s Great Indy Cleanup with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful on April 25. The event is limited to 20 participants, so check out this post for details on how to sign up.
  • Turtlenecks, the New England Patriots & What That Tattoo Says About Your Clients – The latest edition of Bell’s Sound Off is not one to miss. You can read the article here and read all about tattoos as evidence and more.
  • Practice-area specific Bill Watch reports are now available. Click here for the most recent updates!
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