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IndyBar Review Blog: Week 5

By Devon Sharpe, IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Did you take a law school course for every topic tested on the bar exam? If you are like me, you did not. This can be a source of concern for bar applicants, and it is for me. That said, the IndyBar review lecturers provide you with excellent information in the lecture and in the corresponding outlines.

This week’s blog discusses how I have decided to overcome the lack of courses in these areas and two tips from the lecturers.

STRATEGY FOR TOTALITY NEW TOPICS

For instance, I have not taken a course on two of this week’s topics. In addition, I have not taken courses for all four of the topics that will be covered next week. Here are some of my ideas for preparing for these topics. Please share any thoughts or strategies you have used.

  1. Take a deep breath! – Yes, it is a concern that should not be taken lightly, but you survived law school and you will learn these topics. Law school teaches you to become a person that can think on your feet and learn topics quickly. So, take a deep breath and deploy those skills.
  2. Plan ahead – You know the topics that you have not seen before, so schedule extra time to prepare and review that topic. If it is a topic that really confuses you, then spend some time thinking about the big picture and the rationale behind the rules.
  3. Sleep – A well-rested mind will go a lot further than a coffee or energy drink soaked brain. (Yes, I am drinking a cup of coffee right now.) So, the night before the bar exam make sure you get some sleep and go in with a clear mind.

 

TIPS

  1. For the essays and the MPT questions, it is crucial that you focus on the task(s) assigned. The bar examiners are looking for minimal competence and part of that is following directions. If the question asks you to write a memo to the senior partner discussing the hurdles in discovery, then do not start writing about the likelihood of success or issues on appeal.
  2. Know and use the Indiana terms of art. For example, Indiana has the Indiana Trial Rules, not the Indiana Rules of Civil Procedure. So, the best way to respond to a question regarding the service of process is to say, “Pursuant to the Indiana Trial Rules, …”

 

Next Week

In next week’s blog, I will wrap up the course by discussing the topics covered and some final tips from the lecturers.

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Bill Watch Report for February 8 Now Available

The practice area specific Bill Watch reports for February 8 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

Environmental Law
Estate Planning & Administration
Family Law
Health Care & Life Sciences
Labor & Employment Law
Litigation
Real Estate & Land Use
Tax

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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On Tap at the IndyBar: February 8 – 14

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

Lawyer-Legislator Luncheon
Wed., February 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Information and registration can be found here.

Litigation Trial Skills Series: Am I in the Right Court? Venue and Personal Jurisdiction
Wed., February 10 from noon to 1 p.m.
Information and registration can be found here.

Please note: The Indianapolis Bar Association & Foundation will be closed Monday, February 15 for President’s Day.

Check out the full slate of IndyBar events here, and don’t forget to check out the IndyBar on Facebook for the latest event photos.

News You Can Use

  • Bill Watch Report for February 1 Available - Get the latest updates on pending legislation in the Bill Watch Report. This report breaks down bills of particular concern to IndyBar members by practice area and will be published weekly throughout the session.
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miniBar Talk: This Week’s Top Post

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EEOC Seeks Public Comment on Draft Enforcement Guidance

Provided by the Labor & Employment Law Section Executive Committee

Following the Supreme Court’s 2013 opinion in Univ. of Tex. SW Med. Ctr. v. Nassar (133 S. Ct. 2517 ) and its own meeting of June 17, 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is seeking public comment on its draft enforcement guidance on retaliation and related issues. Comments are being accepted until February 24, 2016. The enforcement guidance was last updated in 1998.

Would you like to submit or write content for the Labor & Employment Law Section webpage? It’s easy! To get started, email Rachel Beachy at rbeachy@indybar.org.

To subscribe to more labor & employment law 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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Meet Your Match with the Indy Attorneys Network

Cupid may be making matches this month, but the IndyBar makes professional matches all year long!

The Indy Attorneys Network, an add-on member benefit of the IndyBar, makes no hassle networking possible for its members. Members are matched monthly through email, and larger group settings are also offered throughout the year. At these larger meetings, the Indy Attorneys Network will offer guidance on networking techniques, ethical aspects of marketing or networking, and practical tips.

Let the members speak for themselves:

“I have been amazed at the variety of practice areas and walks of life of the lawyers, judges, and students who I have met through the Indy Attorneys Network. Many of my new friends have been folks I never would have met. Now, we refer clients to one another.” -John Trimble, Lewis Wagner LLP and 2015 IndyBar President

“We always talk about fostering civility in the profession, and there is no greater way to facilitate kindness and respect between professionals than to actually know each other.  The Indy Attorneys Network starts new friendships and nurtures existing ones, making it an essential resource to the Bar that can really enhance the administration of justice.” -Reynold T. Berry, Rubin & Levin PC

“I’ve really enjoyed being involved in the Indiana Attorneys Network.  I’ve met so many lawyers and judges whose paths I would not have crossed without this network.  I’ve not only started receiving new referrals as a result of these interactions, but it’s increased the network of people I can refer clients to for services I do not provide.  I find the Indiana Attorneys Network to be a great return on investment.” -Rebecca W. Geyer, Rebecca W. Geyer & Associates PC

“The thing I like best about the Indy Attorneys Network is being matched for informal coffee or lunch meetings with people I might not get to meet otherwise. Just when you think you won’t have much in common with your match, it never fails that you learn something valuable from the meeting.” -Scott Chinn, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

“The Indy Attorneys Network is a perfect opportunity to meet judicial officers and attorneys from many practice areas and backgrounds. My matches through the Indy Attorney Network have introduced me to many new people and helped me reconnect with old friends, classmates and colleagues.” -Elizabeth Polleys, Marion County Prosecutor’s Office

Ready to meet your match? Sign up for the Indy Attorneys Network today by updating your membership preferences at indybar.org.

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IndyBar Review Blog: Week 4

By Devon Sharpe, IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Is it really February? After four weeks of IndyBar Review and only two weeks remaining, the bar exam is going to be here in no time. That said, it is important to avoid the allure of procrastination.

TIPS

The first tip is from an article discussing how to stop procrastinating before the bar exam. You can view the article here. The remaining tips are from my experiences in either law school or bar review.

  1. Time Travel – I relate 100% with this idea. The article encourages the following, “If you’re procrastinating about making your outline, travel forward in time and remind yourself how nice it will feel when you’re done with it. Just thinking ahead like this can be a helpful way to push yourself to accomplish your work now instead of waiting until later.”
  1. Identify the Distraction(s) – Television and video games are a huge draw for my attention. Establish a reward system. When I complete my real property outline, I will reward myself with 30 minutes of internet time. This works fine so long as you adhere to the reward timeframe allotted. What are the things that steal your time?
  1. Remove yourself – The majority of the time I do not have too much trouble staying focused at home. However, if the topic is exceptionally difficult or time consuming to review, then I may turn to my distractions. To avoid procrastinating, I remove myself by going to a coffee shop. Where would you go to avoid your distractions?
  1. Create attainable goals – With a large amount of material to review, it is important to find a way to focus your attention on a topic or an activity (evidence or practice MBE questions). The IndyBar helps you with this by providing samples schedules for full-time and part-time students for each day that includes suggested allotments of time and activity.

 

Please, share any strategies that you have found useful.

Next Week

In next week’s blog, I will review the Indiana Essays portion of the bar exam and more tips from the IndyBar Review speakers.

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Bill Watch Report for February 1 Now Available

The practice area specific Bill Watch reports for February 1 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

Environmental Law
Estate Planning & Administration
Family Law
Health Care & Life Sciences
Labor & Employment Law
Litigation
Real Estate & Land Use
Sports & Entertainment Law
Tax

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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On Tap at the IndyBar: February 1 – 7

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

Dead Man Talking
Fri., February 5 from noon to 1 p.m.
Information and registration can be found here.

Check out the full slate of IndyBar events here, and don’t forget to check out the IndyBar on Facebook for the latest event photos.

News You Can Use

  • Member Headlines: Thursday, January 28 – Find out which members were appointed to Mayor Hogsett’s Capital Improvement Board in the latest member headlines.
  • Bill Watch Report for January 25 Available - Get the latest updates on pending legislation in the Bill Watch Report. This report breaks down bills of particular concern to IndyBar members by practice area and will be published weekly throughout the session.
  • Bar Talk January: Legal News You Need to Know – Don’t miss the top five member-written articles for the month, including changes to the burden of proof on child support tax exemptions, legislative changes to provider-based services and more.
  • Indianapolis Bar Foundation Reports Budget-Breaking Success in 2015 – With the generous support of the Indianapolis legal community, the Indianapolis Bar Foundation is pleased to report that it exceeded its 2015 fundraising budget by more than 10 percent. Read more from 2016 IBF President Andrew Campbell.
  • Moberly: Time to ‘Tune In’ for 2016 - 2016 IndyBar President Judge Robyn Moberly’s first article discusses her experiences in the legal community and what’s ahead for this year.
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Member Headlines: Thursday, January 28

Share your news with the IndyBar by contacting Rachel Beachy, Communications Coordinator, at rbeachy@indybar.org.

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett has appointed IndyBar members Michael Terrell of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP and David Corbitt of Krieg DeVault LLP to the Capital Improvement Board.

Doug Brown, partner at Bose McKinney & Evans LLP and managing principal at Bose Public Affairs Group LLC, has been named to the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s Government Affairs Council.

Chad Bradford has been named partner at O’Bryan Brown & Toner PLLC.

Matt Millis and Mike Valinetz have been named partner at Wooden McLaughlin LLP.

Allison Grant Menish has joined O’Bryan Brown & Toner PLLC.

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The Indianapolis Bar Foundation Reports Budget-Breaking Success in 2015

By Andrew Campbell, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP and 2016 Indianapolis Bar Foundation President

With the generous support of the Indianapolis legal community, the Indianapolis Bar Foundation is pleased to report that it exceeded its 2015 fundraising budget by more than 10 percent. This success will further maximize the IBF’s impact in the Indianapolis community through its mission to advance justice and lead positive change through philanthropy, education and service.

As the exclusive financial sponsor of the Indianapolis Bar Association’s pro bono programs, the IBF has and will continue to positively advance justice in Indianapolis. In 2015 alone, IndyBar pro bono programs allowed more than 1,800 of our neighbors to access a lawyer’s services free of charge.

These programs included legal consultation and referral through the bi-annual Ask-a-Lawyer and monthly Legal Line programs; legal advice and representation at area homeless shelters via the Homeless Project; end-of-life planning and representation through the Hospice and Low Asset Wills programs; and, family law representation when those in need are conflicted out of representation by other legal service providers.

Together, nearly 500 IndyBar members donated over 1,800 hours of pro bono service through these programs. Without the financial support of the IBF and its donors, these programs simply would not exist, leaving those in need without access to valuable legal services.

In 2015, the IBF also continued its long history of philanthropy. Specifically, the IBF again awarded an Impact Fund grant of $35,000 to an Indianapolis non-profit with a focus on the public’s awareness of, understanding of, and access to the legal profession. With the 2015 Impact Fund grant, the Peace Learning Center (PLC) is implementing its new One Indy Campaign.

Through this program, the PLC has partnered with four Indianapolis Public Schools that serve six of the Department of Public Safety’s focus neighborhoods. Among other key components, the One Indy Campaign will train students as peer mediators, lead restorative justice circles, and educate teachers and staff about restorative justice practices as a viable and effective alternative to punitive disciplinary practices. Since last fall, One Indy has worked with nearly 1,000 students, parents, and teachers, and is positioned to positively impact hundreds more. The One Indy Campaign will also offer valuable volunteer opportunities for IndyBar members in 2016.

The IBF also continues to enhance its impact on legal education and professional development through multiple scholarships. In 2015, the IBF awarded more than $8,000 in scholarships to law students to defer the cost of tuition and attend Bar Review courses. The IBF also awarded $1,000 to legal professionals to attend the annual Bench Bar Conference. These important scholarships not only make legal educational and professional opportunities more accessible, but they honor the legacies of Rosie Felton (former Executive Director of the Indianapolis Bar Association); Judge Noland, Judge Steckler, and Judge Dillin; and Neil Shook.

Many IBF supporters and IndyBar members also took advantage of numerous service projects coordinated and/or supported by the Foundation. For example, IBF Distinguished Fellows participated in service projects with Gleaner’s Food Bank, and many supporters participated in CLE and pro bono programs with the 2014 Impact Fund recipient, the Joseph Maley Foundation. Numerous members represented the legal community at nearly 26 naturalization ceremonies, and the IBF made major contributions to the IndyBar Diversity Job Fair and Bench Bar Conference.

In summary, the IBF continues to make a meaningful and lasting impact on the Indianapolis community by providing access to lawyers by those who are the most vulnerable, supporting non-profit organizations whose own efforts increase awareness and access to the legal profession, and enhancing the educational and professional opportunities of law students and practitioners alike. These initiatives would not be possible without the continued, generous support of IBF donors. Thus, the IBF is looking forward to building on its success in 2015 to continue its good works in 2016 and beyond.

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