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Free CLE Offered at Election Inspector Training on April 14

Play an active role in this year’s primary election. Marion County is looking for inspectors, clerks and judges to work the polls on May 6, 2014, and the IndyBar is offering a training session that will qualify for CLE credit. The training session will be held on April 14 from 9 a.m. to noon at the IndyBar Education Center, 135 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 1500. Three hours of general CLE credit is available.

To work a poll in Marion County, you must be a registered voter and live in Marion County. You also must attend a training session regardless of if you have attended training in the past. All poll workers will receive the same training for the election. The training is hosted by the IndyBar Government Practice Section; a light breakfast will be available. There is no charge to attend.

Click here to register.

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IBF President’s Message: You Can Make an Impact with the IBF

The Board of Directors and Committee Chairs of your Indianapolis Bar Foundation (IBF) are hard at work steadfastly planning another great year for the IBF. While the planning efforts are in full swing, we need your help to make our initiatives a success in 2014.

The Impact Committee, chaired by Melanie Reichert, is currently accepting applications for the 2014 Impact Fund Grant. The project to be funded by the Impact Fund Grant must satisfy the IBF’s purpose to advance the administration of justice and an understanding of the law through philanthropy, education and service. The recipient will receive up to $35,000 to fund its project. Through its grant award, the IBF wishes to support a project presented by an organization or collaborating organizations that seek to effect a substantial positive impact in central Indiana.

More information on the 2014 grant process, past recipients, and a link to this year’s grant application are available here. Please share this information with any organizations you believe may have an interest in applying for the 2014 Impact Fund Grant. The deadline for initial proposals is April 1, 2014.

All applications will be reviewed by members of the Impact Committee and the field will be narrowed to the two or three candidates which the Impact Committee has determined best satisfy the grant criteria. Having served on the Impact Committee previously, I can attest to the diligent efforts of the committee members in analyzing grant applications, critiquing submissions and rigorously vetting these applicants. Their collective efforts speak for themselves in light of the finalists presented over the last three years, including: Indiana Legal Services, Indy Reads, Peace Learning Center, Reach for Youth, and the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic.

Presentations from each of the finalists will be made available to the IBF’s Distinguished Fellows and Senior Fellows for their selection of the final recipient. The award of the 2014 Impact Fund Grant will be announced May 23, 2014.

While the IBF truly is unique in that it allows its top donors to select the final recipient of the foundation’s largest grant, this democratic process cannot guarantee that the most qualified organizations and programs apply. So I ask for every member’s help in spreading the word and sharing this information with anyone you feel may be interested.

Additionally, the Golf Committee, chaired by Ned Mulligan, has scheduled this year’s Lawyer’s Link Golf Classic for July 17 at the Country Club of Indianapolis. Registration is now open and is sure to fill up faster than usual with everyone itching to enjoy warmer weather to come after one of the coldest winters on record. For sponsorship opportunities please contact Chris Walsh at the IndyBar at 269-2000.

Finally, every IndyBar member can make a tangible impact by donating to the IBF. This is our foundation and none of what we accomplish is possible without your continued generosity and support. Please commit to being a part of our Impact of One campaign and donate your one billable hour here.

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IndyBar Member Headlines: Thursday, March 27

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

Partner Christopher Janak was recently elected to the Executive Committee of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP. He will serve a three-year term.

Patricia McCrory has joined Katz & Korin. McCrory is a partner in the firm.

Alyssa Rogers has joined OSP Group as its assistant general counsel.

Philip Sicuso, an attorney in the Indianapolis office of Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, was recently elected to partner in the firm.

Chuck Baldwin has been named a managing director of Ogletree Deakins.

Ryan R. Wilmering, an attorney at Wallack Somers & Haas PC, has been named a partner in the firm.

Jennett Hill has been promoted to senior vice president and general counsel at Citizens Energy Group.

Awards & Honors

Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Margret Robb was honored with a Torchbearer Award from the Indiana Commission for Women.

J. Richard Kiefer, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, and David Herzog, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, were recently inducted as fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Robert Foos, partner at Lewis Wagner LLP, was awarded the Quality Distribution, Inc.’s 2014 Defense Counsel of Distinction at the Quality Distribution, Inc. Annual Defense Counsel Forum.

Kimera Hall, Frost Brown Todd, has been selected as 2014 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow.

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Bar Leaders Paying it Forward: The Kids Team

A core aspect of the IndyBar Bar Leader Series program is the development and execution of a community service team projects by series participants. This facet of the program gives participants a unique opportunity to take community engagement a step farther by putting the knowledge and skills that they’ve learned in the series to practical use for the benefit of the community.

This series of posts will highlight the projects of Class XI of the Bar Leader Series as participants work together and develop their own original programs, resources or initiatives to benefit the Indianapolis community.

The Kids Team
The Kids Team will raise awareness of the Indiana Lifeline Law that was adopted in July 2012 by holding a poster contest at Butler University. The law provides immunity for crimes related to underage drinking and public intoxication for individuals who reveal themselves to law enforcement while seeking medical assistance for a person suffering from an alcohol-related health emergency, which should hopefully encourage young Hoosiers to take action that could save the life of someone in need.

The Kids Team will sponsor the poster contest at Butler University and promote the same via various on-campus promotions and speaking opportunities. Ultimately, the Kids Team envisions duplication of this project at other colleges and universities throughout Indiana.

Members of the Kids Team include: Chris Jeter, Barnes & Thornburg LLP; Derek Molter, Ice Miller LLP; Amy Carson, Mitchell Law Group; Kelly Doria, Indiana Public Retirement System; and Nicole Kelsey, Church Church Hittle & Antrim.

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It Pays to be Plus!

We all want more for less…and the IndyBar’s Plus CLE section/division membership option delivers just that!

You get more:

  • Quality live continuing legal education programs. When you join a Plus CLE section or division, you can attend ALL of that group’s one-hour brownbag CLE programs throughout the year for no additional charge. With each group offering a minimum of four programs a year, that represents a savings of at least $80 a year…and most sections and divisions will offer far more than the minimum!
  • On-demand information. Plus CLE section/division membership gives you an all-access pass to that group’s programming in the Online CLE catalog. View any of your section/division’s programs for information only (no CLE credit) and get the information you need when you need it!
  • Convenience and time savings. No need to hem and haw over whether to register for a program: since all of your section/division’s one-hour brownbag programs are included, you’ve got nothing to lose! Plus, no more paying invoices or pulling out the credit card each time you want to attend a program.
  • Flexibility. Last second schedule change? No problem! While pre-registration is preferred, walk-in registrations are welcome (and we’re happy to provide a DIY nametag for walk-in registrants!).

 

Convinced? Contact iba@indybar.org to upgrade to a Plus CLE section or division membership, or click here to join a Plus CLE section or division.

 

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New Practice-Area Specific Bill Watch Postings Available

Updated practice-area specific bill watch reports are available at the links below. Click here to access the full Bill Watch reports.

Estate Planning & Administration
Business Law
Environmental Law
Health Care & Life Sciences
Labor & Employment Law
Real Estate & Land Use
Family Law
Litigation
Government Practice
Criminal Justice
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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Bar Leaders Paying it Forward: The Mental Health Team

A core aspect of the IndyBar Bar Leader Series program is the development and execution of a community service team projects by series participants. This facet of the program gives participants a unique opportunity to take community engagement a step farther by putting the knowledge and skills that they’ve learned in the series to practical use for the benefit of the community.

This series of posts will highlight the projects of Class XI of the Bar Leader Series as participants work together and develop their own original programs, resources or initiatives to benefit the Indianapolis community.

The Mental Health Team
The Mental Health Team will partner with Midtown Community Mental Health to expand their Glad Tidings Card Shop project. The Card Shop is an art-therapy based treatment program for Midtown’s clients where the clients create hand-made greeting cards. The program is located in one of Midtown’s largest community mental health centers and serves clients with severe chronic mental illnesses. The cards help Midtown clients develop vocational skills, fine motor and cognitive skills, and general art therapy.

The Mental Health Team seeks to host First Friday booths to display and market the Glad Tidings Cards at various locations including the Winter Farmers Market. The Team is also exploring options to display the cards at art fairs like the Talbot Street Art Fair in June. Finally, the Mental Health Team is working to develop materials to assist lawyers when working with clients and individuals who have mental illness and to help them in identifying and addressing mental health issues when necessary.

Members of the Mental Health Team include: Anna Kirkman, Eskenazi Health; Ned Mulligan, Cohen & Malad LLP; John Schlafer, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP; Bob Jalaie, Woodard Emhardt Moriarty McNett & Henry LLP; and Diana Moers, Indiana Secretary of State.

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Bar Leaders Paying it Forward: The Education Team

A core aspect of the IndyBar Bar Leader Series program is the development and execution of a community service team projects by series participants. This facet of the program gives participants a unique opportunity to take community engagement a step farther by putting the knowledge and skills that they’ve learned in the series to practical use for the benefit of the community.

This series of posts will highlight the projects of Class XI of the Bar Leader Series as participants work together and develop their own original programs, resources or initiatives to benefit the Indianapolis community.

The Education Team
The Education Team is focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education. Through their research, the Team discovered that while a growing number of jobs are being developed in this area, schools have difficulty training and preparing students for these fields. This Team has developed a Speaker Series along with the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) College Preparatory School in Indianapolis to host a several speakers from STEM fields.

Thirty to forty KIPP Students will complete an application, including a resume, to enroll in the program. Each session will focus on different STEM fields and will be designed to encourage students to think about ideas and actions they can take to overcome some of the obstacles or limitations they face in embarking on careers in STEM areas. Scholarships will be given to two students from the program based on a resume and personal essay, implementing skills they have learned through the program.

Members of the Education Team include:Wes Overturf, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP; Tim Karns, Frost Brown Todd LLC; Adam Christenson, Attorney at Law; Claire Emswiller, Emswiller Williams Noland & Clarke PC; and Stephanie Chaudhary, Riley Bennett & Egloff LLP.

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New Practice-Area Specific Bill Watch Postings Available

Updated practice-area specific bill watch reports are available at the links below. Click here to access the full Bill Watch reports.

Estate Planning & Administration
Commercial & Bankruptcy Law
Business Law
Environmental Law
Health Care & Life Sciences
Labor & Employment Law
Real Estate & Land Use
Family Law
Litigation
Government Practice
Criminal Justice
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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IndyBar Nod to Professionalism: Katherine Flood & Tricia Milanese

By the IndyBar Standing Committee on Professionalism

The Indianapolis Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Professionalism is pleased to acknowledge the professionalism and civility of Katherine Flood of Flood Family Law LLC and Tricia Milanese of Milanese Law LLC. Magistrate Victoria Ransberger of Marion Superior Court and a member of the Standing Committee on Professionalism, recently took note of their positive behavior and called for recognition of their exceptional professionalism and civility towards one another during a recent disputed family law matter. Continue reading

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