By Debi Edwards, The Heritage Group
In 2011, to celebrate its 25th anniversary, the IndyBar’s Women and the Law Division (WLD) held its first-ever symposium entitled Women, Law & Leadership. The symposium explored topics including professional development, mentoring, diversity initiatives in the workplace, and current legal issues. The 2011 symposium gave female attorneys a space to network, learn, and grow together. It also initiated discussions designed to help women in the legal profession reach their full leadership potential. The WLD believes these discussions are valuable, and thus, the WLD has committed to continuing them through a second symposium. Continue reading
By: TaKeena M. Thompson, 2013 Marion County Bar Association President, Cohen & Malad LLP
Thank you, Kerry, for inviting me to write for your column. I also thank you, Julie Armstrong, John Trimble and the rest of the IndyBar family, for always supporting the Marion County Bar Association’s programs and events.
Many of you may know me. I have served as the president of the Marion County Bar Association for the last two years. I am proud to see how this organization has thrived over the last two years and the work we have done to continue our mission. Continue reading
Attorney volunteers are needed to assist refugees in Indianapolis at the
Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic’s Refugee Adjustment Intake Day on October 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a great opportunity for volunteer attorneys who don’t have time to take case referrals throughout the year to help out for one day with no commitment following them home. Continue reading
By the IndyBar Professionalism Committee
If you only knew about family law from watching TV dramas, you might believe there is no such thing as civility in family law. Such shows thrive on the drama and portray attorneys who scream at each other, betray each other and do everything they can to undermine each other in front of a sitting judge as the norm. Continue reading
By Julia Kleinschmidt, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP
The Paralegal Committee organized a successful seminar on the subject of Applicants and Criminal Records/Background Checks at the Indianapolis Bar Association on August 8, 2013. Janeen Feinberg, Frost Brown & Todd, LLC, was a well-informed and dynamic speaker. Ms. Feinberg’s practice area includes Labor and Employment Law, as well as Complex Business Litigation. She brought further expertise to the subject matter through her background with the Maryland State Attorney’s Office in Rockville, Maryland Circuit Court where she assisted in prosecuting cold cases. Her familiarity with the criminal justice system and employment and labor law brought to life the subject of how to properly advise your business clients on avoiding common pitfalls in designing an employment application, and interviewing applicants. Continue reading
Introducing first, in this corner, we have Bill Bock, hailing from Kroger Gardis & Regas, representing such heavy hitters as the United States Anti-Doping Agency. And his opponent, a partner of the Faegre Baker Daniels firm, is Scott Chinn, legal advisor to Indy political stars and public officials alike.
These two heavyweights of the Indy legal community will square off in a head-to-head debate on one of the most hotly contested topics of our day: election law. Keeping the fight clean will be Brian Bosma, partner at Kroger Gardis & Regas and Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives. Continue reading
Saving the planet feels good…but does it feel as good as saving money? It turns out you can do both at the same time, according to IndyBar member Rick Mann, who heads up his own small firm in Indianapolis. Richard A. Mann PC was recognized for its outstanding efforts to go green in 2012 through the IndyBar’s Green Legal Initiative, which encourages firms, agencies and legal departments to adopt greener business practices.
“There are things that people can do that will save them money,” says Rick, who notes that he does have greater flexibility because he owns his own building. Several measures, though, can be applied from a big firm down to a solo practitioner. Continue reading
By Kerry Hyatt Blomquist, Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence & 2013 IndyBar President
I am writing this President’s column in San Francisco at a meeting of the National Conference of Bar Presidents. Yes, there is an association of us, frightening though that may seem, yet I unapologetically say it is a good thing. This association helps bar leaders and executives analyze and confront the unique challenges we have as our legal worlds collide, whether it be defining (and paying for) the ideal legal education in 2013, triaging the challenges of our underfunded courts, the changing professional landscape for today’s (and tomorrow’s) practitioners or the very real access to justice issues apparent by the increasing percentage of individuals and businesses who just cannot afford to hire a lawyer anymore to solve their problems.
The legal community was shocked by the sudden passing of C. Joseph Russell on July 17, 2013. Joe was an attorney for 33 years, serving as President of the Indianapolis Bar Association in 1999 among many other leadership roles held in both the bar and other legal and civic organizations. He attended Western Kentucky University and received his J.D. from the Robert H. McKinney School of Law.
2009 Indianapolis Bar Association President James H. Voyles shares his fond memories of Joe Russell below.
While still shocked from Joe’s death, having spent the day before and the morning of his death with him, I am trying to adjust my own perception of life based on Joe’s premature departure. Continue reading