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Deadline Approaching for 2015 Impact Fund Grant

For a non-profit organization, $35,000 can mean the difference between whether a program or initiative ever makes it to fruition or remains a dream—the difference between whether our neighbors receive the assistance they need or are left helpless—the difference between whether our city thrives or withers.

Through the Impact Fund, the Indianapolis Bar Foundation works to these bring important and impactful projects to life. The application period for the 2015 grant is currently underway, with the deadline approaching on July 8. The $35,000 grant will be awarded in early October 2015. Application materials can be found online at indybar.org/ibf.

The grant will be awarded to a non-profit organization that presents an initiative that will advance the administration of justice and an understanding of the law through philanthropy, education, and service. In addition to substantial funds, the IBF seeks to invest IndyBar member participation in support of the project or initiative.

The grant criteria include the following: the project must present an opportunity for IndyBar members to support the initiative by providing human resources, the project should be either a new venture or the significant supplementation of an existing service, the project should articulate a plan to be sustained by additional funding beyond that provided by the IBF, and the project should enhance public understanding and awareness of the legal profession.

The 2014 Impact Fund Grant recipient was the Joseph Maley Foundation. The IBF awarded the 2013 Impact Fund Grant to Indiana Legal Services, Inc. Other past recipients of the Impact Fund include Reach for Youth (2012) and the Health and Human Services Clinic, a collaboration of Wishard Health Services and the McKinney School of Law (2011).

In addition to the Impact Fund, the IBF grants $105,000 to a variety of legal advice and community service programs co-sponsored with the Indianapolis Bar Association. Some of the programs funded include Ask a Lawyer, Legal Line, the Bankruptcy Help Line and educational programming at the Bench Bar Conference. Additional information about the Indianapolis Bar Foundation and the Impact Fund Grant can be found at indybar.org/ibf.

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On Tap at the IndyBar: June 29 – July 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

Young Lawyers Division Annual Indians Game
Tuesday, June 30 from 6 to 10 p.m.
The Cove at Victory Field, 501 W. Maryland St.
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

  • Indianapolis Bar Foundation Scholarships Top $200,000 Milestone - The Indianapolis Bar Foundation awards academic and educational scholarships to law students, and this year, they topped $200,000 since the scholarships’ inception in 1985. Read more about this milestone here.
  • Trimble: Do You Have a Brand? - IndyBar President John C. Trimble’s latest article talks about the importance of branding for legal professionals. Read more here.
  • Unlock Discounts with Your IndyBar Membership - Click here to find out how your IndyBar membership can save you money on everything from folders to flights!
  • IndyBar Offices Closed Friday, July 3 - The IndyBar offices will be closed on Friday, July 3 in observance of Independence Day.
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miniBar Talk: This Week’s Top Post

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Five Career Insights for Professionals

By Victoria Calhoon, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

In a recent episode of her podcast “The Broad Experience,” Ashley Milne-Tyte interviewed 81-year old former Vermont Governor Madeline Kunin, who offered five career insights applicable to many professionals, not just those interested in entering politics.

These insights include:

  1. Do something uncomfortable.
  2. You don’t always need to have the answer (but follow-up and get it).
  3. Don’t worry too much about your kids.
  4. You can’t make everybody happy.
  5. You have more in you than you think.

You can read more about the interview here and read the full transcript of Ms. Kunin’s interview here.

This post was written by Victoria Calhoon of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP. If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Women and the Law Division page, please email Rachel Beachy at rbeachy@indybar.org.

To subscribe to more Women and the Law Division 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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Unlock Discounts with your IndyBar Membership

Save money on office supplies, cellular devices, travel and more!

From solo practitioners to large firms, the pressure to cut costs in the legal profession is greater than ever. For IndyBar members, there’s an easy way to save money on everything from folders to flights from companies like Staples, Verizon and Expedia, simply through IndyBar membership.

iba-discountsThese member discounts are made possible through an agreement with National Purchasing Partners (NPP), a group purchasing organization (GPO) created to leverage the purchasing power of a group of businesses to obtain discounts from world class vendors.

Cooperative purchasing allows smaller businesses to pool together under a negotiated contract and receive discounts based on their increased group purchasing power. Through NPP, IndyBar members can take advantage of steep discounts on a variety of purchases, helping firms of all sizes stretch dollars and create efficiencies. NPP’s strong reputation allows it to extend tier pricing from prominent national companies like Verizon, Expedia, Staples and Kimball Office to IndyBar members.

There are no fees for IndyBar members to utilize the NPP discount program, and the program requires no volume or minimum purchase commitments. IndyBar members select what, when and how much to purchase with no further obligation.

Beyond the legal industry, NPP also serves members in markets such as fire and rescue, health care, construction, hospitality, non-profit, government, oil and gas, transportation and agriculture. With more than 100,000 existing member companies representing millions of Americans, NPP is one of the largest and fastest growing GPOs in the nation.

The money you save makes a difference.

Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Seattle, NPP is owned by Virginia Mason Medical Center, a non-profit health care facility recently named the nation’s top hospital of the decade. NPP contributes to the medical center’s crucial initiatives, including research into cures for diabetes, arthritis, lupus, and multiple sclerosis. Since 2001, over $100 million has gone to major medical research and advancements.

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Scholarships Top $200,000 Milestone

By Angela P. Krahulik, Ice Miller LLP

Twenty years ago, Rich Blaiklock received a scholarship from the Indianapolis Bar Foundation, and the Lewis & Wagner LLP attorney remembers that it couldn’t have come at a better time.

“Our son was born that year; we had a house and a mortgage; and I was working full time and attending night school,” said Blaiklock. “We made the decision that my wife would stop working, so the money lessened our financial strain (and worry) and helped me continue to focus on my academics.”

The Indianapolis Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Indianapolis Bar Association, annually awards academic and educational scholarships to deserving law students who pledge to support positive change in Indianapolis through philanthropy, education and service.

This year marks an exciting milestone for IBF scholarships with financial support to law students topping $200,000 since the scholarships’ inception in 1985.

One of the 2015 scholarship recipients, Alexander Carlisle, a second-year student at the Robert H. McKinney School of Law, volunteers with the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic’s pro se expungement help desk.

“The indigent people I help at the help desk want nothing more than a new chance at life – to be able to find a decent job and housing,” said Carlisle. “The Rosalie F. Felton Scholarship will enable me to help these people by reducing the pressure to find ways to mitigate my law school debt. I hope one day to pass on the generosity the Indianapolis Bar Foundation has shown me through this scholarship.”

The assistance provided to students through IBF-funded scholarships is a key component in the IBF’s mission to advanced justice and support positive change in Indianapolis. These scholarships are maintained solely through the generosity of IBF contributors. Over the past 30 years, the IBF has helped over 170 law students realize their ambitions and has encouraged their ongoing commitment to the betterment of Indiana’s legal profession.

Patrick Olmstead, now a solo practitioner in Greenwood, received the James Lawrence Miller Scholarship in 1999 and fondly remembers meeting one of Mr. Miller’s relatives when receiving the scholarship given in his honor.

At the time, Olmstead was working two jobs to support his family of four. The scholarship funds permitted Olmstead to accept an internship with Judge John Tinder during his time on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana and allowed Olmstead to work with the National Labor Relations Board, both of which Olmstead recalls as inspiring and enriching experiences.

IBF scholarships are awarded as academic scholarships paid to the Indiana University Foundation in the name of recipients and in the form of continuing education scholarships for the IndyBar Review, the official bar exam review course of the Indianapolis Bar Association and credited to the course on behalf of the student. Scholarships are reserved for student members of the Indianapolis Bar Association.

While the criteria for each scholarship varies, common gauges include elements of academic performance, financial need and dedication to community service or civility in the legal profession. In addition, in applying for any of these awards, law student candidates vow to contribute time, talent or treasure to the Indianapolis Bar Association throughout their careers in Indiana’s legal community.

Angela P. Krahulik is a Partner with Ice Miller LLP and a proud member of the Board of Directors of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation.

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Trimble: Do You Have a Brand?

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By John C. Trimble, Lewis Wagner LLP

Every professional meeting I attend these days seems to have a segment on the subject of “branding.” We are either being encouraged to develop a law firm brand or a personal brand, or both (At first I thought that a personal “brand” was just a euphemism for a tattoo, and the thought of a branding iron on my backside did not interest me.). Now, of course, I understand that for all intents and purposes, your personal brand is your reputation. Your brand is also the thing that may lead to the referral of legal business from others. Few of us in the legal world can afford not to have a brand, and we certainly cannot afford a bad brand.

I heard a very wise rainmaking consultant describe how to determine what your brand is. He suggested that you begin by writing down three features about your professional self that you would list if you were asked to list your three best features. Then, you write down the three professional features that you believe that others would write down about you. The mid-point or overlap between your self-image and your public image is your brand. It is a combination of who you think you are and what others think you are.

Once you have determined what your actual brand is, the next step is to decide whether you like it. If you do, then you embrace it and market it. If you don’t like it, then you need to change it. The task of changing a personal brand may require a personal strategic plan to shake the negatives and to acquire the positives that you need to improve your brand.

At the heart of the branding discussion is the fact that your brand may impact your opportunities. If you are not aware of your brand, and if you are not aware of the impact of your brand on your advancement, then it is time to wake up and address it. In this world of social media you could be adversely affecting your brand every day and not know it.

If you try the exercise I suggested above and you still don’t know how to identify your brand, then seek help from others. I have seen that a small group of good friends and professional colleagues can help one another with the branding process (and still remain friends). If you have the money and the inclination, there are some pretty good branding consultants around town.

The last bit of advice on your personal brand. Embrace it. Do your best to be your brand. Take a mile-high view of all the things that you do professionally and think about how each thing you do affects your brand. Be consistent. Be authentic. Be mindful of your brand. After all, it is your reputation, and a good reputation and brand is too important to squander.

#WILLYOUBETHERE?

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On Tap at the IndyBar: June 22 – 28

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

Business Law Skills Series: Hot Topics in Securities Law and Capital Raising Techniques
Wednesday, June 24 from 4 to 5 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center, 135 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 1500
Information and registration can be found here.

Kids Incarcerated: An Overview of Juvenile Justice
Thursday, June 25 from noon to 1 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center, 135 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 1500
Information and registration can be found here.

Estate Planning and Administration Update
Thursday, June 25 from 4 to 5 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center, 135 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 1500
Information and registration can be found here.

The Appointment of Chapter 11 Trustees: A Behind the Scenes Look at the U.S. Trustees Process
Thursday, June 25 from 4 to 5 p.m.
BMO Harris Bank Plaza Conference Center, 135 N. Pennsylvania St., 7th Floor
Information and registration can be found here.

Free Video Replay CLE: Answers to Common Chapter 13 Problems Not Found in the Code
Friday, June 26 from noon to 1 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center, 135 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 1500
Information 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

  • Indianapolis Bar Foundation to Award $35,000 Grant - The Indianapolis Bar Foundation is now accepting applications through July 8, 2015, for its Impact Fund Grant of at least $35,000 to be awarded in early October 2015. Application instructions and additional information can be found here.
  • Nominations Now Accepted for Antoinette Dakin Leach Award - To recognize the accomplishments of female attorneys in central Indiana, the IndyBar’s Women & the Law Division presents the Antoinette Dakin Leach Award, an honor named for the first woman who gained admittance to the Indiana Bar. Nominations are being accepted until July 31, 2015. Check out this post for more information.
  • Arlene Morris Named IndyBar Paralegal of the Year - The Indianapolis Bar Association is proud to recognize Arlene L. Morris of Whitham Hebenstreit & Zubek as the association’s Paralegal of the Year for 2015. Morris will be recognized for this honor at the IndyBar Paralegal Appreciation Luncheon, to be held Thursday, July 30 from noon to 1 p.m. at The Conrad Hotel. Get more information about Morris and the luncheon here.
  • Diversity Job Fair: Student Registration Deadline is June 28 – If you are a student or know of one who is interested in registering for the IndyBar Diversity Job Fair, be aware of the upcoming deadline: Sunday, June 28. Click here to get more information about signing up and details for this year’s event.
  • IndyBar Member Headlines: Thursday, June 18 – See what your fellow IndyBar members are up to this summer by checking out the latest member headlines here.
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miniBar Talk: This Week’s Top Post

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Top Ten Tips for First and Second Year Associates

By Alex Limontes, Mitchell Hurst Dick & McNelis LLC

This great article from the Remsen Group (a marketing agency focusing their efforts on working with lawyers and law firms) gives young lawyers some excellent marketing advice. Their “Top Ten Marketing Tip for First and Second Year Associates” provides young lawyers with an excellent outline for how to successfully market themselves.

The tips include topics such as finding a mentor, keeping in touch and hanging out at the bar, which are all things the Indianapolis Bar Association can help you with. If you want to heed this valuable advice then the Indianapolis Bar Association’s many networking, social and educational opportunities can help you achieve this goal. Click here for a list of the current events at the IndyBar. We hope to see you soon!

This post was written by Alex Limontes of Mitchell Hurst Dick & McNelis LLC. If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Young Lawyers Division page, please email Rachel Beachy at rbeachy@indybar.org.

To subscribe to more Young Lawyers Division 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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Arlene Morris Named IndyBar Paralegal of the Year

The Indianapolis Bar Association is proud to recognize Arlene L. Morris of Whitham Hebenstreit & Zubek as the association’s Paralegal of the Year for 2015. Morris will be recognized for this honor at the IndyBar Paralegal Appreciation Luncheon, to be held Thursday, July 30 from noon to 1 p.m. at The Conrad Hotel.

Morris joined the Indianapolis Bar Association in 1994. She is Vice Chair for the association’s Paralegal Committee and is in her second year of chairing the IndyBar Paralegal Committee’s Bears on Patrol Teddy Bear Drive. Last year, more than 3,600 bears were collected through the drive and donated to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Marion County Sheriff Department, Indianapolis Fire Department and Indianapolis EMS. Emergency officials are then able to provide the bears—and some comfort—to children in traumatic situations.

In addition to her service to the IndyBar, Morris is also an active volunteer for the Indiana Paralegal Association (IPA). She currently serves as Vice President of IPA and has successfully chaired and organized the association’s Charitable Partner Silent Auction, which is held in conjunction with the IPA Holiday Party. In 2014, $2,600 was raised for Out Reach, a charity to assist homeless teens in Indy.

Morris’ nomination notes, “One of the traits I consider particularly important is Arlene’s dedication to the legal community, and in particular, the IndyBar. She does not seek the limelight. Rather, Arlene prefers to ‘fly under the radar.’ She derives satisfaction from her successful accomplishments rather than seeking reward and glory.”

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IndyBar Member Headlines: Thursday, June 18

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

Deborah J. Daniels, partner at Krieg DeVault LLP, has been elected to serve as Secretary of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Central Indiana.

Michael D. Chambers, partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, has been appointed by Zionsville to serve as its representative on the Hamilton County Airport Authority Board.

Chad T. Walker, partner at Bose McKinney & Evans LLP, has been elected president of the Damien Center Board of Directors.

Gregory Coy is now a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP.

Brad Schepers is now a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP.

Matthew D. Fair is now of counsel at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP in the firm’s intellectual property practice group.

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