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ATTENTION: Effective Jan.1, 2015, NEW $50.00 Rule Regarding Submission of CLE Credits!

By Robin L. Kelly, Mitchell Law Group

Please be advised that there is a new rule in place regarding the submission of CLE credits to the Indiana Commission for Continuing Education. The Commission will be charging a $50.00 late fee when course attendance is not submitted within 30 days of course completion. This means that the IndyBar will be submitting IndyBar members’ CLE credits on the 28th day of the month after the class occurs, or the Friday before, whichever is later.

If you have not gotten your affidavit to the IndyBar by that 28th day, you will then have to self-report those credit hours to the Indiana Commission for Continuing Education. At that point, you will have only two calendar days (NOT business days) to effectuate that self-reporting or you will be charged a $50.00 fee by the Commission.

Please note: As a courtesy, the IndyBar will be emailing a notice within two business days of the CLE presentation to anyone that attended and didn’t leave an affidavit with them at the end of the program.  (Here is where the Family Law Executive Committee would like to offer some Captain Obvious advice: “Turn in your CLE affidavit at the end of the CLE presentation, on your way out.”)  A link to the Order can be found here.

This post was written by  Robin L. Kelly of Mitchell Law Group. If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Family Law Section page, please email Mary Kay Price at

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Intellectual Property Section Patent Bar Scholarship Available

By Constance Lindman, SmithAmundsen LLC

The Indianapolis Bar Association Intellectual Property Section is pleased to announce a new initiative to encourage law students who are eligible for the Patent Bar Exam to complete the exam during the summer after their first year. Achieving this goal will enable the students to concentrate on the critical second-summer clerkship and make them more attractive to prospective employers after graduation.

The section will reimburse Patent Bar Exam fees for up to three student members of the IndyBar Intellectual Property Section. Applications are due by March 1 and the scholarship recipients will be announced on March 15. Additional details and requirements can be found in the application available here.

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Stay Up to Date on Legislation That Matters to You: Practice-Area Specific Bill Watch Postings Available

Save time and find the legislation that matters to you and your practice. The IndyBar’s weekly Bill Watch reports are now being broken down into practice-area specific posts that 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
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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Marion County 2015 Magistrate and Commissioner Schedule Announced

By Christopher J. Barrows, Barrows Legal Group LLC 

The 2015 magistrate and commissioner schedule for Marion County has been announced, but it is subject to change. You can view the schedule here. Please check with individual courts or the Marion County Court’s webpage for updates.

This post was contributed by Christopher J. Barrows, Barrows Legal Group LLC. If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Family Law Section page, please email Mary Kay Price at

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Innovative Networking Tool Connects Lawyers Across Practices

Note: This article originally appeared in The Indiana Lawyer on January 14, 2015. You can view the post here.

By Holly Wheeler

Some are good at networking, others not so good. With the development of the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Indy Attorneys Network Section, lawyers old and new, those skilled at networking and those not as adept, have found there are always opportunities to meet and connect with colleagues and that doing so builds camaraderie and strengthens the local legal community.

Get together

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Charles Schmal and Elizabeth Shuster, both patent attorneys at Woodard Emhardt Moriarty McNett & Henry LLP, wanted to meet more area lawyers. Their practice didn’t give them the chance to develop many relationships beyond their specialty, and they thought that if there was a vehicle to help attorneys meet others across practice areas one-on-one in an informal setting, it would be much easier to do so.



Their networking idea was simple: using a database, a participating attorney would be randomly matched with another participant. The two would schedule to meet informally for lunch or coffee. The following month each would be matched with a different attorney participating in the program. And the next month, another match would be made.


Members of the Indy Attorneys Network Section are notified of their pairings through Monthly Matchup emails, demonstrated here using fictitious attorney names and contact information.

Although Schmal and Shuster thought such a program had merit, they called other lawyers and even did an online survey to find out if their fellow attorneys felt the same way. The response was positive, so the two created a business plan and presented their idea to the IndyBar.

“When we presented our idea to the board, many said, ‘Why didn’t we think of this before?’” Shuster said.

Once given the go-ahead, the real work began. Schmal and Shuster had to create a computer program that would manage the random matches and send out the monthly emails. Other lawyers volunteered to help, including Jeremy Gustrowsky, a Woodward Emhardt attorney, who used Microsoft Access software to develop the program, and Bob Jalaie, a senior attorney at the Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization, who handled front-end interface and query issues. In the meantime, a board was assembled to brainstorm additional ideas for the section and spread the word to other lawyers about the Attorneys Network Section.

Win me over

Not all lawyers who heard about the Indy Attorneys Network thought it had merit. John Trimble, the incoming IndyBar president, thought it was needless and didn’t believe that members would join a section to do something they were already doing on their own. He changed his mind after he enlisted about a year ago.



“You get to network with people you don’t know at all – more than 80 percent of the people I meet I didn’t know before,” he said. “When I joined I was bowled over by how much I immediately enjoyed being a member.”

Trimble has met law students from Bloomington and Indianapolis and had lunch with at least one Indiana Supreme Court justice and a state trial court judge. He’s also met two or three solo practitioners who have given him insight into how their practices work, and he has made referrals to those he’s met through the program.

Other participants have had similar experiences. Reynold Berry, an attorney at Rubin & Levin P.C., has met attorneys from a cross-section of practice areas and sees value in the camaraderie that is fostered as a result of these connections.

“Besides just getting to know other attorneys, a goal of the program is fostering better relations between attorneys in the entire Indianapolis legal community and to promote civility in the profession,” Berry said. “I saw real value in this mission.”



As the Indy Attorneys Network took off, the section’s board began to plan events that would provide ways for section members to network in a group setting.

“We wanted to have a variety of networking opportunities and were willing to experiment to see what worked and what didn’t,” Schmal said. “We have the one-on-one matches, medium-size events and big events. Members can invite non-members to these events to meet other people who will hopefully get actively involved.”

One is “At the Bar with the Bench,” an event where lawyers can network with local, state and federal judges. Last fall’s event, which was held at The Tomlinson Tap Room in the City Market, drew 75 lawyers and 25 judges.

“There were judges from every single court on nearly every level,” said Edward Mulligan, an attorney at Cohen & Malad LLP, who planned the event. “It was a cool cross-section of judges. One of the selling features of the Attorneys Network is the social events beyond just the monthly match.”

Another group event had an educational component and featured a speaker from the marketing department at Cohen & Malad.

“(The speaker) gave a great presentation on elevator speeches,” said Amanda Mulroony, an attorney at Hoover Hull LLP, who has been a board member and participates in the network. “She gave coaching and tips on how to develop an elevator speech and how to brand and market yourself and explain your practice.”

We’re all busy

One of the most common reasons attorneys don’t participate in Indy Attorneys Network Section is because they don’t think they have time. Those who do participate say the short amount of time they invest is time well spent.

Joseph Hankins, an attorney in private practice and the section’s board chair for 2015, considers investing an hour a month in the Attorneys Network a small price to pay for activities that will strengthen the legal community in the long run.

“People who come to events and meet others for lunch or coffee gain something from that small amount of time,” he said. “We all have just 24 hours in a day and the way we marshal those hours is important. It’s all about how the section provides value to the bar and to the members, so people say, ‘Hey, this section is worth my time and money.’ We want people to try and gain something, not just for their bottom line but for the profession.”

Alternately, some established lawyers think they don’t need to network anymore – that they know all the attorneys they want or need to know.

“When lawyers say that to me, I say, ‘Has the thought occurred to you that people would want to network with you, and as a senior lawyer others have heard about you and want to meet you, and that’s one of the reasons they join a networking section?’” Trimble said. “I want them to realize that as a senior lawyer they have something to impart to younger lawyers. Maybe they (senior lawyers) don’t need it, but a lot of people would just love to meet them.”

New plans, new members

The Indy Attorneys Network Section board and participating members are brainstorming ideas for events and ways to increase membership. Word of mouth has been the section’s main marketing tool, and all members are encouraged to invite a fellow lawyer to an event or just spread the word in conversation. Those interested in joining the network can consult for further information.

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Attorneys Needed for Naturalization Ceremonies

“Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…”

—from Emma Lazarus’ poem on Statue of Liberty


New citizens are greeted and congratulated at the conclusion of a naturalization ceremony held at the U.S. District Courthouse in March 2013.

Twice a month, a ceremony at the U.S. Courthouse welcomes newly naturalized American citizens. It’s an awe-inspiring ceremony – and you can be a part of it during 2015.

Indianapolis Bar Association attorney members participate in the naturalization ceremonies by handing out a booklet containing the U.S. and Indiana constitutions and presenting brief remarks. Volunteers are currently being recruited to represent the IndyBar in 2015 during these ceremonies, typically held on Thursdays twice a month at 10 a.m. in a courtroom of the U.S. District Court downtown.

This is a happy occasion that the IndyBar is proud to be a part of, and it’s an exceedingly positive moment to witness as a volunteer. The presiding federal judges are typically in high spirits and the new citizens are happy and proud, surrounded by beaming family members.

The volunteer commitment is approximately one hour. Constitution booklets for the new citizens need to be picked up at the IndyBar office. A sample speech is provided.

If you would like to represent the IndyBar at the naturalization ceremonies during 2015, please email Caren Chopp at Please indicate if you have a preference or availability for a specific month.

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IndyBar Member Headlines: Thursday, January 15

Share your news with the IndyBar by contacting Mary Kay Price, Director of Marketing & Communications, at

Joshua W. Casselman was named partner of Rubin & Levin PC.

David L. Guevara was named partner of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP.

Jacob McClellan and Alexis Sumner were named partners of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP.

Louis T. Perry was named partner at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

Lesley A. Pfleging was elected partner at Lewis Wagner LLP.

Sarah Starkey was named partner of Cohen Garelick & Glazier PC.

Michael J. Messaglia, Kostas A. Poulakidas, Stephen A. Stitle and Libby Yin Goodnight, partners, were elected to the leadership team of Krieg DeVault LLP. They join Deborah J. Daniels, managing partner.

Chris W. Cotterill of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP was named general counsel of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

Thomas C. Hays of Lewis Wagner LLP was installed as president of the Indiana Defense Trial Association.

Michele Lorbieski Anderson has joined Frost Brown Todd LLC.

Allison DeYoung has joined Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman PC.






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Abrams: Resolutions for the New Year from the IndyBar

By Jeffrey A. Abrams, Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP


While I am effectively a lame duck president writing this article and while my successor, John Trimble, effectively began his term at 12:01 AM on Jan. 1st, he is not sworn in until Jan. 29, 2015, and thus I have the role of continuing to write two more articles for your reading pleasure.

As we spring into the New Year, everyone is challenged to provide a New Year’s resolution (or two or three). While I rarely make personal resolutions, I thought it would be appropriate to provide New Year’s resolutions for the IndyBar and allow our leadership team to figure out how to implement them. So here is my my holiday gift to John Trimble, Julie Armstrong and the rest of the IndyBar leadership team and staff.

1. We promise to provide better and more CLEs for the benefit of all of our members. With the Plus CLE section and division membership option, there are numerous opportunities for each section and division’s executive committee to provide new and creative programs. I know they are being challenged to create no less than four and up to 10 CLEs during the course of the year. Look for this information on bi-weekly IndyBar emails and the website.


2014 IndyBar President Jeff Abrams, left, smiles with Indy Eleven owner Ersal Ozdemir at the inaugural Lawyers to Business reception. Watch for more Lawyers to Business events coming in 2015.

2. Lawyers to Business will be really active in 2015. This new committee came together last year to develop the first Lawyers to Business program for our attorneys by encouraging business groups and other potential clients and referral sources to participate with us in an after-hours get together. Last year, we had the Indiana CPA Society attend an event where Ersal Ozdemir and Peter Wilt, representatives from Indy Eleven, spoke to the group about the fledging soccer team. The information they provided was truly informative and well worth everyone’s time at the event. Networking with the CPAs has led to business opportunities for attorneys and thus we achieved our goal. It is my understanding that Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush has agreed to speak at the next get-together being planned with another business organization.

3. The Indianapolis Bar Foundation will be led this year by Erin Clancy and her board of directors and will continue to enhance and improve the Lawyer Links Golf Outing and Evening Under the Stars Dinner Gala after having achieved remarkable results and success last year through the leadership of Dave Duncan and his team. Look for these two events to be sellouts again, so register early and spend time with fellow attorneys on the golf course and at the dinner.

4. The membership committee is actively engaging participants to help develop creative new ideas for enhancement of the IndyBar and the services that we provide to our members. Nissa Ricafort and Chris Hickey began the process last year, achieving notable success, and will continue to develop this committee and new ideas. Look for new benefits from IndyBar as a result of the creative minds on the membership committee.

5. Volunteer opportunities are bountiful. Anyone reading this message can get involved. Contact Mary Kay Price or Julie Armstrong at the IndyBar office (269-2000) or a member of leadership—President John Trimble at 237-0500, President-Elect Judge Robyn Moberly at 229-3880 or First Vice-President Nissa Ricafort at 571-3601, or you can even call me at 632-3232. Any of us would welcome the opportunity to help you spend some valuable time enhancing the IndyBar and your experience. There are unlimited opportunities to participate and I am sure you will find it incredibly rewarding.

Happy New Year!

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Save Time and Simplify Your Practice with IndyBar Resources and Member Benefits

It’s resolution time. Whether you’ve resolved to become more efficient, to save money or to become more effective in your practice, the IndyBar has a member benefit or resource available to help you along the path to resolution success. Check out the lineup below.

Is there a resource or service that would help make your practice more efficient or successful? Let us know! Contact to share your suggestions.

Save Some Green: The IndyBar has teamed up with National Purchasing Partners to offer members group discounts on must-haves like office supplies from Staples, wireless devices and plans from Verizon, office furnishings from Kimball Office and hotels, airfare and more from Expedia. Save money simply as a benefit of your IndyBar membership. Just visit to get started.

Plus, there’s “Plus”: Plus CLE, that is! Plus CLE section or division membership entitles you to membership in a section or division PLUS all of that group’s one-hour programming throughout the year. All groups will offer a minimum of four programs. This translates to a savings of $1,080 for current IndyBar members and an average savings of $2,295 over the non-member CLE rates per three-year educational cycle! But wait, there’s more—Plus CLE section/division members can learn even more by viewing all of their groups’ programming in the Online CLE catalog at no charge (for information only, no credit awarded).

Stay in the Know: Did you know that IndyBar members contributed more than 900 articles to the IndyBar website in 2014? Or that you can subscribe to news in specific topic areas and have articles delivered to you inbox and populated on your member profile page? It’s easy! Just visit to update your news subscriptions. These subscriptions will translate into a personalized IndyBar E-Bulletin enewsletter each week with the latest posts from your choices, plus, your subscriptions will feed into a personalized profile page at!

Speaking of staying in the know, the IndyBar’s online CLE catalog is the perfect option for the times you can’t make it out of your office to attend one of the IndyBar’s many live CLE programs. Most programs are uploaded to the online catalog within one week of the live program date. Check out the catalog at

Do More on the Go: The IndyBar’s mobile-optimized website is designed specifically to make common website activities a breeze on your tablet or smartphone. Search and register for events, access the online directory (more on that below) to find contact information and even get turn-by-turn directions to the IndyBar office. Plus, the public can easily request a referral or visit from the “Find a Lawyer” area.

Take the Next Step: Time to move up the ladder? Check out the IndyBar job bank for local postings for attorneys, paralegals and support staff. Members can also share resumes with prospective employers in the Job Bank area of the website at

Figure Out Who’s Who: The database of attorney, paralegal and student contact information is available online at The directory provides a photo (if available), phone, fax, email, mailing address and practice area information. The directory lists both IndyBar members and non-members with designation for both. View the directory on the bar’s mobile website or visit

“Download and Go” Legal Forms: The IndyBar’s website contains a Document Library of over 100 legal forms for use by members. These online forms, which can be found at, are “fill in the blank” and print-ready to use as documents. There are forms for a wide-range of needs: estate planning, mortgage transactions, liens and more.

IndyBar forms are not only convenient—they translate into an average of 16 hours of time saved per practice area! The forms are for use by licensed attorneys and are accessible online to members of the Indianapolis Bar Association only.

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New Rules Go Into Effect Thursday, January 1, 2015

By Richard A. Mann, Richard A. Mann PC

Note: This article was originally published prior to the effective rule changes. Readers can still benefit by reviewing the changes and ensuring that they are up to date on the latest rules.

The Indiana Supreme Court has approved changes to many Indiana Rules. Regardless of your area of practice, these rules may affect you and current cases. The rules affected range from small claims court to tax court to the Indiana Rules of Professional Conduct.

Go here for a list of the rules and the effective dates. After January 1, you can go here.  A helpful tip is to periodically check both sites and download the rules to your desktop, tablet and favorite smart phone device. This site can be more recent than the books you buy. Of course, the site reminds these court rules are posted for informational purposes only. Official rules and citations are available from Thomson/West.

This post was contributed by Richard A. Mann, Richard A. Man PC. If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Family Law Section page, please email Mary Kay Price at

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