Clean Out Supply Closets and Stock the Schools

With over half of the children in Marion County unable to afford school lunch, it shouldn’t be a surprise that there are little funds available for these students to purchase the supplies they need to succeed in the classroom. That’s why the Indianapolis legal community is once again “Stocking the Schools” before the buses roll out for a new year.

Spearheaded by the Indianapolis Bar Association Professionalism Committee, Indy law firms and agencies are encouraged to collect new and gently used school supplies to be donated to local non-profit Teachers’ Treasures, which connects teachers with free supplies they can use to fill their classrooms and provide supplies for their students. This school supply drive will culminate in a public drop-off site on the south side of Monument Circle Wednesday, July 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


Professionalism Committee members help load donations during the 2014 Stock the Schools collection day on Monument Circle.

“For the third year in a row, the Indianapolis legal community is continuing to help teachers help children, and we’re doing it in a very public way on the Circle in order to showcase the efforts of IndyBar members serving our community,” says Chuck Schmal, chair of the Professionalism Committee.

Representatives from firms and agencies are being recruited to help spread the word about the program in their office, to receive empty boxes for the collection and to arrange for the delivery of the supplies to Monument Circle. Those interested in representing their office should contact Courtney Figg at Donations can also be dropped in donation boxes at the IndyBar office.

For a list of items needed by Teachers’ Treasures, visit Individuals or organizations interested in contributing are encouraged to collect any of the items on this list, whether purchased new, or donated from old or unneeded personal or business supplies.

New for this year, Teacher’s Treasures will be judging the quality and quantity of the donations, with special recognition given to those individuals or organizations that provide the best donations, with special emphasis on reams of paper, file folders, hanging folders and even old promotional items with logos!

Working with more than 250 schools to benefit over 100,000 Marion County school children, Teacher’s Treasures has been operating as a free school supply store since 2000. Teachers “shop” once each month for the items their students need to complete homework and class assignments. By using items donated by businesses and individuals, Teacher’s Treasures provides a unique way to transfer unneeded surplus items to teachers and children in need.

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On Tap at the IndyBar: July 6 – 12

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

Associate 101: Litigation 101 – Anatomy of a Case
Thursday, July 9 from noon to 1 p.m.
BMO Harris Bank Plaza Conference Center, 135 N. Pennsylvania St., 7th Floor
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

  • IBF Impact Fund Grant Deadline is July 8 – Applications for the Indianapolis Bar Foundation’s Impact Fund Grant are due on Wednesday, July 8. At least $35,000 will be awarded to the recipient in early October 2015. Click here for more information and the application.
  • Stock the Schools with the IndyBar to Benefit Teachers’ Treasures – For the third year in a row, the IndyBar will collect office and school supplies to benefit Teachers’ Treasures. Donations are due on Wednesday, July 22, and the firm that brings in the best supplies will be recognized! Check out this post for more information.
  • Bench Bar 2015 Photos Available – Whether or not you attended Bench Bar 2015, you’ll definitely want to check out these photos from the conference. We could tell you how much fun it was, but we’ll let the pictures do the talking! Make sure you mark your calendars for next year’s Bench Bar Conference on June 16-18 in French Lick.
  • IndyBar Member Headlines: Thursday, July 2 – IndyBar members are always on the go. Keep up with the latest updates by checking out this week’s member headlines!
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miniBar Talk: This Week’s Top Post

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Civility Never Goes Out of Style

By Sean Hessler, Hessler Law

This article was originally published in 2011, but the point is still valid: civility breeds success. The author mentions client expectations and the incorrect expectation that lawyers on different sides of an issue should always be confrontational. I have actually experienced this misconception when a client expressed disapproval of me saying goodbye and shaking opposing counsel’s hand after a hearing. Of course this collegiality later benefited the client when it came time to negotiate. Read this article to learn how treating each other with respect can benefit everyone.

This post was written by Sean Hessler of Hessler Law. If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Solo/Small Firm Practice Section page, please email Rachel Beachy at

To subscribe to more solo/small firm practice 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: Reflections on a ‘Family Reunion’: Bench Bar 2015

IBA-trimble-john-2015By John C. Trimble, Lewis Wagner LLP

When I opened the day on Friday, I told the assemblage that for me, Bench Bar is a “family reunion.” I felt it, I meant it, and I experienced it. We had judges from every branch of the judiciary, state and federal; we had lawyers of all ages and an abundance of young lawyers; we had lawyers from solo and small practice, government practice, in-house practice, medium and large firms, and every practice area represented in our bar. We had diversity; indeed, I believe that we had more lawyers of color at the conference than ever before, and we genuinely appreciated the support and presence of Marion County Bar Association president, Terrance Tharpe.

I could go on forever about the educational offerings. The new “TED Talk” style of presentations in the afternoon was a ton of fun. Thanks to all of you (nearly 30 lawyers and judges) who created and presented an “IndyBar Talk.” We loved them. I hope that we will be able to do this again in future years.

I would be remiss if I did not mention the stirring speech by Judge Alex Sanders at lunch. His “peanut butter cracker” metaphor to describe race relations in America was compelling and memorable. We were all talking about it for the rest of the meeting, and several people have reported to me that they have retold his story. The thrust of his message, namely that there is still much to be done for race relations and civil rights in America and that lawyers must take the lead, was met by a standing ovation. (He gave me his speech before he left, so anyone who wants a copy should contact me and I will send it.)

The family feel of the event was particularly evident during the Indianapolis Bar Foundation (IBF) Trivia Night. We had nearly twice as many people show up to play as in years past. It was wonderful. The room was packed and the event was as lively as I have ever seen it. Several thousand dollars were raised for the IBF.

I hope that those of you who were there will mark your calendars to return next year and bring friends. For those who were not, we missed you. You had to be there to fully understand the warmth and closeness that people felt in our packed meetings, receptions and meals. Indianapolis is a big city with a small-town feel, and there is nothing better than Bench Bar to illustrate the benefits of the friendships we all have with very fine lawyers and judges in our bar.

A final BIG THANKS to Julie Armstrong and her splendid staff, and to the co-chairs, Judges Christina Klineman and Marc Rothenberg. Well done folks!

See you next year!


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IndyBar Member Headlines: Thursday, July 2

Share your news with the IndyBar by contacting Rachel Beachy, Communications Coordinator, at

Robert F. Wagner, partner at Lewis Wagner LLP, has been honored by the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law with its Distinguished Alumni Award.

Norman Metzger, retired executive director of Indiana Legal Services, will receive the 2015 Dorsey Award from the American Bar Association.

Mario Garcia of Brattain Minnix Garcia has been elected vice chairman of the board of trustees of The Orchard School.

Sarah E. Jones has joined Krieg DeVault LLP as an associate.

Sonja McMahon has joined Eskew Law LLC as an associate.

Matt Schramm has joined Warrick & Boyn LLP in Elkhart.

Jennifer L. Thornburg has opened the Law Office of Jennifer L. Thornburg LLC in Greenfield. She represents individual debtors in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases.

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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

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

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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

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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