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On Tap: August 24 – 30

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

An Overview of, and Recent Developments Under, the Indiana Product Liability Act
Tuesday, August 25 from noon to 1 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center
Information and registration can be found here.

Sports & Entertainment Law Section Indians Game with Law Students
Tuesday, August 25 from 6 to 10 p.m.
Victory Field, 501 W. Maryland St.
Information and registration can be found here.

Probate and Adult Guardianship Litigation
Wednesday, August 26 from noon to 1 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center
Information and registration can be found here.

Free Video Replay CLE: The Ethics of Dealing with Insurance Companies
Friday, August 28 from noon to 1 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center
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

  • You’re Invited: AFCC Annual Conference - IndyBar members are invited to the Indiana Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) Annual Conference on September 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Bloomington. Learn more here.
  • Bar Talk August: Legal News You Need to Know - This month’s top five stories by IndyBar members include a Q+A with Judge Jose D. Salinas, guidance on childcare and custody while serving in the military, and more. Check it out here.
  • You’re Invited: AJEI 2015 Summit – IndyBar members are invited to the Appellate Judges Education Institute 2015 Summit in Washington, D.C. on November 12-15, 2015. Click here for more information.
  • Going Green Leads to Better Health Care - Take care of the environment, and the environment will take care of you—that’s the thinking behind 2014 Outstanding Achievement Green Legal Initiative recipient Eskenazi Health. Learn more about their green practices and how your firm can go green too in this article.
  • Impact in Action - The Joseph Maley Foundation, 2014 Impact Fund recipient, is making a big impact in Indy. Through the grant, the foundation was able to expand and enhance a new program that has already touched the lives of families throughout the city. Read more here.
  • The Glass is Half Full at the IndyBar! – There’s still time to join the IndyBar for HALF PRICE. Included with this half price dues offer is six months FREE on Indy Lawyer Finder (a $900 value!).  Check out the details.
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You’re Invited: AFCC Annual Conference

IndyBar members are invited to join the Indiana Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) for its Annual Conference. See below for details.

When the Going Gets Tough: Resources and Advice for High Conflict Family Cases

September 25, 2015, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Hyatt Place, 217 West Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington

$75 for Indiana AFCC Members and student non-members

$100 for non-members; and

$50 for Indiana AFCC student members

6.0 hours of CLE/CEU are being applied for, and the agenda will include:

Morning Session Room 1: Children and Sexual Behavior: What is Normal and When Should We Be Concerned? Dr. Tiffany Simpson, Creative Interventions Counseling, Valparaiso.

Morning Session Room 2: Recognizing and Responding to Domestic Violence in High Conflict Families. Dr. Bart Ferraro, Meridian Psychological Associates, P.C., Indianapolis, and Ruth Reichard, J.D., Ph.D, Indiana Supreme Court Division of State Court Administration.

Child-Related Emergencies: Tips and Procedure for Handling Allegations of Abuse, Neglect, and/or Abandonment. Judge Stephen Galvin, Monroe Circuit Court, and Elizabeth Bullock, Director, Monroe County Department of Child Services.

What’s In/What’s Out: Evidentiary Issues Surrounding Mental Health Records and Testimony in Child Custody Disputes. Judge Frances G. Hill, Monroe Circuit Court, and Dr. Janine Miller, Meridian Psychological Associates, P.C., Indianapolis.

Parenting Coordination: How Mental Health Professionals, Legal Professionals, and the Judiciary Can Make it Work. Judge Timothy Oakes, Marion Superior Court, Attorney Melanie Reichert, Broyles, Kight & Ricafort, P.C., Indianapolis, and Trish Fox, LMHC, LCAC, Connections Counseling Fort Wayne, Family Connections/SCAN Inc.

View the conference brochure here.

Registration is available at indianaafcc.org. Please register by September 18, 2015. If you have questions or need more information, call (317) 755-6868, or email indianaafcc@gmail.com.

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You’re Invited: AJEI 2015 Summit

IndyBar members are invited to the Appellate Judges Education Institute (AJEI) 2015 Summit in Washington, D.C. on November 12-15, 2015. The AJEI Summit is designed by appellate judges, lawyers and staff attorneys to address the unique challenges they face today. To view a brochure with programming information and details, click here. To register for the summit, click here.

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Impact in Action

When the Indianapolis Bar Foundation revamped its grant-making activity in 2011, a single word drove the effort from beginning to end: impact. Leaders envisioned a single high-dollar grant that would do more than just fund an organization’s daily activities—they envisioned giving life to a project or initiative that would have a dynamic effect on the community and its residents.iba-impact

Impact has certainly been achieved through the 2014 Impact Fund recipient, the Joseph Maley Foundation. Through the grant, the foundation was able to expand and enhance a new program that has already touched the lives of families throughout the city.

The Joseph Maley Foundation was created in 2008 by former IndyBar and Indianapolis Bar Foundation president John Maley and his wife, Vivian, with the mission of serving children of all abilities. The foundation, named in their late son’s honor, has served thousands of children in its seven-year history through disability awareness programs, adaptive athletics, service and youth leadership.

One new service that was getting started in 2013-14 was the Joseph Maley Family Advocacy Program, with a focus on serving children with individual education programs (IEPs) in school. There are thousands of students with special education needs in central Indiana, and unfortunately many do not receive the full services they are entitled to by federal and state law. And, there are few attorneys in the area that specialize in providing guidance to families on this important issue, and most families cannot afford counsel.

The Joseph Maley Foundation applied for and was awarded the 2013-14 IBF Impact Grant to enhance and grow this Family Advocacy program. The funding allowed hiring of part-time staff to assist in development and implementation of the program, and the results have been extraordinary.
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Joseph Maley Family Advocacy has four primary components: (1) education for area attorneys on special education law through quarterly CLE offerings; (2) periodic parent information sessions for families with students in need of and/or already receiving special education services; (3) periodic programming for teachers; and (4) one-on-one advice and counseling for families.

The program has already trained 35 area attorneys on special education and IEP laws, rights, and responsibilities, with more CLE sessions with varying degrees of specialization planned long-term. Dozens of families have received services through information sessions and one-on-one counseling. Educators, therapists, and medical providers are joining the effort to provide comprehensive guidance to families.

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Bar Talk August: Legal News You Need to Know

Bar Talk HeaderThe latest legal scoop to keep you in the loop: Here are the top five stories from the IndyBar this month.

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Childcare and Custody While Serving in the Military
By Lisa Joachim, Richard A. Mann PC
When a service member or expeditionary civilian has children, it is essential for the member or civilian to have a contingent plan in place should they be deployed for service. Read here for more information.
For more Family Law Section news, subscribe to the content here!

Getting to Know Your Judicial Officers: Judge Jose D. Salinas
By
Sean Hessler, Hessler Law
Check out the fifth installment of Getting to Know Your Judicial Officers, a year-long Q+A series featuring local judicial officers. This entry features Judge Jose D. Salinas of Marion County Superior Court Criminal Court 14.
For more Solo/Small Firm Practice Section news, subscribe to this content here!

Questions Raised About EPA Draft Study on Fracking
By Seth Thomas, Ice Miller LLP
Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a preliminary draft of its multi-year study assessing the potential impact on drinking water resources of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas. Click here to read more.
For more Environmental Law Section news, subscribe to this content here!

Administrative Rule 9 and the Filing of Documents Under Seal
By Sam Laurin, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP
The recent decision by the Tax Court of Indiana in ESPN Productions Inc. v. Indiana Department of State Revenue provides a nice summary of the issues involved when a party seeks to have documents placed under seal. Check out this post for more information.
For more Litigation Section news, subscribe to this content here!

Social Media Post Delays Civil Trial
By Andrea Ciobanu, Ciobanu Law PC
A civil trial in Iowa was postponed due to a lawyer’s comments on Facebook. Check out this post to learn how you can avoid making the same mistake.
For more Indy Attorneys Network Section news, subscribe to this content here!

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Going Green Leads to Better Health Care

Take care of the environment, and the environment will take care of you—that’s the thinking behind 2014 Outstanding Achievement Green Legal Initiative recipient Eskenazi Health.

Studies show a direct link between health outcomes and human performance with the quality of both the built and natural environment. At the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital and Eskenazi Health campus, they fully embraced this concept when developing their new facilities.

“Well-designed health care settings with views and experiences of art and natural beauty are safer and more healing for patients, resulting in quicker recovery times, less need for pain medication and improved treatment compliance,” said Jessica Barth, vice president of legal affairs and chief counsel at Eskenazi Health. “Throughout the construction of the new Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital and Eskenazi Health campus, the organization worked to create a holistic environment of health and healing by incorporating state-of-the-art facilities, excellent medical care, smart and sustainable design, public art, and beautifully landscaped gardens, including a one-of-a-kind sky farm on the rooftop of the Eskenazi Health Outpatient Care Center.”

From the construction process to its current practices today, the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital and Eskenazi Health campus implemented “green thinking” in every decision. The new campus and facility, which opened in spring 2014, include various garden spaces, a sky farm that produces food used at all Eskenazi dining facilities, and a rigorous composting effort.iba-green-deadline
“The health campus’ compost system is run daily and is able to take the 700 pounds of waste that is produced from the approximately 2,500 meals served each day and compost it into a single, 25-pound bag of processed food waste,” Barth said.

Eskenazi also has a recycling program, which included using recycled materials during the construction of the campus. The campus features more than 250 bike storage facilities and more than 180 preferred parking spaces for both low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles for environmentally friendly travelers. They also utilize water-efficient appliances, which has reduced potable water usage by more than 40 percent.

Eskenazi remains diligent in their green practices in hopes of becoming Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.

“Achieving this goal would make Eskenazi Health one of only 10 newly built hospitals and the first hospital campus in the nation to achieve LEED certification at a level of Silver or higher and the only one of its kind in Indiana,” said Barth. “There is a significant economic benefit to a LEED-certified campus for its decreased energy costs, but there are also measured improvements in employee retention and satisfaction, care and health outcomes and recovery time in LEED-certified hospital settings.”

While Eskenazi has applied green practices on multiple levels, Barth said the first step to going green begins with staff support.

“If you have an administration that supports going green, then it is important to gain the trust of all employees,” Barth said. “We began this at Wishard when we started planning for our new facilities. It is important to start early and know that it will take time to implement. We made an early commitment to obtain LEED Silver Certification. This helped set the tone throughout the construction process and the move to our new campus.”

Eskenazi’s role as a health care facility makes green practices especially important.

“The greatest impact we can have on the health of our community is by encouraging lifestyles and environments that facilitate active and healthy living,” Barth said. “Eskenazi Health sees it as our civic responsibility to carry these things forward into the community, not only as components of preventive care, but as proactive measures to increase the health and wellness of our community by advancing the quality of life for all.”

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On Tap at the IndyBar: August 17 – 23

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

Expungement Law Update
Monday, August 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center
Information and registration can be found here.

Business Law Skills Series: Recent Trends in Third Party Opinions
Wednesday, August 19 from noon to 1 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center
Information and registration can be found here.

Designing and Drafting Trust Protector Provisions
Wednesday, August 19 from 4 to 5 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center
Information and registration can be found here.

Coffee with the Women & the Law Division
Thursday, August 20 from 8 to 9 a.m.
Starbucks at the Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre, 31 W. Ohio St.
Information and registration can be found here.

Insights from the NCAA Enforcement & Infractions Processes
Thursday, August 20 from noon to 1 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center
Information and registration can be found here.

At the Bar with the Bench
Thursday, August 20 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Tomlinson Tap Room, 222 E. Market 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

  • Nominations for Professionalism Awards Due This Week - The IndyBar Professionalism Committee is currently soliciting nominations for the 2015 IndyBar Professionalism Award (Attorney) and IndyBar Silver Gavel Award (Judge). Nominations are due by 8:30 a.m. this Thursday, August 20. Get more information here.
  • IndyBar Member Headlines: Thursday, August 13: Find out what your fellow IndyBar members have been up to in the latest member headlines.
  • Disruptive Innovation: Lawyers Must Pay Attention – IndyBar President John C. Trimble’s latest article talks about why lawyers must study the competition and adapt to new innovations. Read more in this article.
  • Getting Along is Not Wrong: Family Law, Family Style - One attorney’s personal experiences in the courtroom proved to her that it doesn’t take a “bulldog” to be a good family law attorney. Read her story in the latest Getting Along is Not Wrong entry.
  • The Glass is Half Full at the IndyBar! – We have a lot in store for the next six months, and non-members can check it out for HALF PRICE for a limited time. Plus, included with this half price dues offer is six months FREE on Indy Lawyer Finder (a $900 value!).  Check out the details.
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miniBar Talk: This Week’s Top Post

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Tips for Effective Interviewing

By Lottie Wathen, Cohen & Malad LLP

While not all paralegals will be tasked with the job of interviewing witnesses, the tips in this article are useful for any type of interview. Whether you are interviewing a client as part of the intake process, interviewing a nanny for your children or interviewing someone for a written project (perhaps for an article in the IndyBar Paralegal newsletter “Paralegals Tip the Balance” – hint, hint), the advice in the article is helpful. Check it out for some good information to hone your interview skills.

This article was written by Lottie Wathen of Cohen & Malad LLP. If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Paralegal Committee page, please email Rachel Beachy at rbeachy@indybar.org.

To subscribe to more paralegal 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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Nominations Due for Professionalism Awards

Professionalism—it’s a trait that sets apart one stellar attorney or judge from another. Now is your chance to honor this invaluable quality in your Indy colleagues.

The IndyBar Professionalism Committee is currently soliciting nominations for the 2015 IndyBar Professionalism Award (Attorney) and IndyBar Silver Gavel Award (Judge). Nominations are due on Thursday, August 20.

The professionalism awards were created in 2004 to summon to the spotlight lawyers and judicial officers whose career exemplifies the high calling and higher achievement of lawyers in modern society.

Criteria for Evaluation

1. Overall quality of performance in profession

2. Pro Bono service

3. Community service

4. Service to the Indianapolis, local county or Indiana bar associations and/or foundations

5. Demonstrated respect toward clients, family, and friends

6. Demonstrated respect toward judges and lawyers

7. Involvement with charitable and volunteer activities

8. Demonstrated commitment to mentoring others in the profession

Nominate a deserving legal professional by e-mailing cchopp@indybar.org and noting why your nominee is qualified for the honor along with some examples of his or her professionalism in action.

Recipients will be honored at the Professionalism Luncheon on Thursday, September 24 (online registration coming soon).

Past award recipients include: Justice Brent Dickson, Indiana Supreme Court; Hon. Anthony Metz, U.S. Bankruptcy Court; Sally Zweig, Katz & Korin; Hon. Sarah Evans Barker, U.S. District Court, Southern Division; Marty Hollingsworth, Bingham McHale LLP; Douglas J. Hill, Hill Fulwider McDowell Funk & Matthews; Hon. John D. Tinder, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh District; Karl L. Mulvaney, Bingham McHale LLP; Hon. Charles J. Deiter, Marion Superior Court, Probate Division; Hon. Patricia J. Gifford, Marion Superior Court, Criminal Division; Phillip “Skip” Kappes, Lewis & Kappes; and John R. Maley, Barnes & Thornburg LLP.

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IndyBar Member Headlines: Thursday, August 13

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

Kate Winders has been promoted to deputy general counsel and department manager of corporate affairs at Honda Manufacturing of Indiana.

Mary Foley Panszi of Lewis Wagner LLP has been re-appointed to the Central Indiana Association of Collaborative Professionals Board of Directors.

Blake J. Schulz has joined Ice Miller LLP.

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