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Nominations Now Accepted for Board of Directors

The nomination period has begun for the 2016 Board of Directors of the Indianapolis Bar Association, and the Hon. Heather Welch of Marion Superior Court has been appointed to chair the effort. Judge Welch will lead a committee of members in selecting a slate of officers for the coming year.

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Joining Judge Welch on the committee are Lee Christie, Cline Farrell Christie & Lee PC; Eric Engebretson, Whitham Hebenstreit & Zubek LLP, Will Gooden, Clark Quinn Moses Scott & Grahn LLP; Jennifer Lukemeyer, Voyles Zahn & Paul; Roxana Bell, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, and Stephanie Cassman, Lewis Wagner LLP.

Letters of interest or the nomination form found here should be forwarded to the IndyBar office by August 13, 2015. Letters of interest or nomination forms submitted to the nominating committee on your own behalf are encouraged, as well as nominations of colleagues.

The following vacancies exist for the coming year and must be filled by an attorney member:

– 1st Vice President (serves one-year term and will automatically assume the office of President-elect in 2017)

– Treasurer (two-year term, 2016 and 2017)

– At-Large Member of Board of Managers (five positions, each two-year terms, 2016 and 2017)

– American Bar Association Delegate (two-year term, 2016 and 2017)

The IndyBar’s Nominating Committee will select a slate of nominees, which reflects our geographic, ethnic, minority, gender and practice area diversity. Previous leadership experience with the Indianapolis Bar Association and/or the Indianapolis Bar Foundation is preferred.

IndyBar members wishing to seek election outside the nominating process may file a petition ballot which is now available at the bar office. To be valid, the petition must be filed by August 13, 2015, and must contain the signatures of at least 50 attorney members of the Indianapolis Bar Association.

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On Tap at the IndyBar: July 13 – 19

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

Coffee with the Women and the Law Division
Thursday, July 16 from 8 to 9 a.m.
Starbucks at the Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre (31 W. Ohio St.)
Information can be found here.

#TEDTalksTurnTen: “Staying Relevant: Quick Tips to Help You Work Better, Smarter, More Efficiently and LESS”
Thursday, July 16 from 5 to 6 p.m.
Indy Reads Books, 911 Mass Ave.
Information and registration can be found here.

Intro to Indy Series Networking Event with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s FORTE Group
Thursday, July 16 from 6 to 8 p.m.
The District Tap, 3720 E. 82nd Street
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

  • Get on Board! – The nomination period has begun for the 2016 Board of Directors of the Indianapolis Bar Association. Click here for more information and nomination forms. Those interested should forward a letter of interest or form to the IndyBar office by August 13, 2015.
  • Get your school supplies ready for donations on the circle next week! – 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 will be collected on the south side of Monument Circle. Check out this post for more information.
  • Meet Antoinette Dakin Leach – Each year, the Women and the Law Division recognizes a local legal professional with the Anotinette Dakin Leach Award, named for a pioneer for women in law. Check out this post to learn more about Antoinette Dakin Leach and be sure to turn in  your nominations for this year’s award by July 31.
  • 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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Preparing Your Trial Notebook

By Lottie Wathen, Cohen & Malad LLP

Trial prep can be a daunting task – even for the most seasoned litigation paralegals. While many trial attorneys have their own methods for creating a trial notebook, the tips in this article will give you a great start on your trial notebook. Keep in mind that not all trials are created equal, so your trial notebooks will not be either!

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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Meet Antoinette Dakin Leach

In 1893, Antoinette Dakin Leach made history as the first woman to challenge a bar admission denial based on gender. Leach’s lawyers argued in front of the Indiana Supreme Court that despite not being allowed to vote, if a woman was otherwise qualified, she could be admitted to practice law in Indiana. Although the court granted Leach a license to practice law, many male lawyers did not agree with the decision, and she was not admitted to the Indiana State Bar Association until 1909.

In addition to serving as a pioneer for women in the practice of law, Leach was also a pioneer in embracing modern technology as the first lawyer to submit typewritten filings to the court instead of writing them by hand. Leach graduated from the University of Tennessee Law School in 1884 and served as a court reporter for the Greene-Sullivan Circuit Court before gaining her Indiana law license.

Do you know today’s Antoinette Dakin Leach?

To recognize the accomplishments of female attorneys in central Indiana, the IndyBar’s Women & the Law Division presents the Antoinette Dakin Leach Award.

Please take a moment to nominate a female attorney who has demonstrated some of the attributes of Antoinette Dakin Leach by encouraging other women in the pursuit of this honorable profession or blazing a path not taken by others. Visit indybar.org for the nomination form. The deadline for nominations is July 31, 2015. The recipient of the award will be honored at an event this fall.

Past Award Recipients

1990 – Hon. V. Sue Shields

1992 – Virginia Dill McCarty

1993 – Hon. Sarah Evans Barker

1995 – Shirley A. Shideler

1996 – Hon. Pamela Carter

1997 – Hon. Myra C. Selby

1998 – Francina A. Dlouhy

1999 – Mary Y. Marsh

2000 – Kristin G. Fruehwald

2001 – Ann DeLaney

2002 – Hon. Jane Magnus-Stinson

2003 – Joan Fullam Irick

2004 – Hon. Betty Barteau

2005 – Deborah J. Daniels

2006 – Hon. Patricia Gifford

2007 – Denise LaRue

2008 – Abby Kuzma

2009 – Monica Foster

2010 – Deborah Hepler and Julia Blackwell Gelinas

2011 – Hon. Margret Robb

2012 – Kathleen Lucas

2013 – Hon. Tanya Walton Pratt

2014 – Kerry Hyatt Blomquist

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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.

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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 cfigg@eadsmurraypugh.com. Donations can also be dropped in donation boxes at the IndyBar office.

For a list of items needed by Teachers’ Treasures, visit teacherstreasures.org/how-to-help/donate-supplies. 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 rbeachy@indybar.org.

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!

#WILLYOUBETHERE?

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IndyBar Member Headlines: Thursday, July 2

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

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 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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