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On Tap at the IndyBar: Feb. 23 – March 1

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

Title 9 Update: A Review of the New Specialized Driving Privileges and Other Traffic Law Changes
Tuesday, February 24 from noon to 1 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center, 135 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 1500
Information and registration can be found here.

Intellectual Property Licensing Mechanics
Tuesday, February 24 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center, 135 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 1500
Information and registration can be found here.

Mediation Before Evaluation
Wednesday, February 25 from noon to 1 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center, 135 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 1500
Information and registration can be found here.

WLD Mentoring Kickoff Luncheon
Thursday, February 26 from noon to 1:30 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center, 135 N. Pennsylvania Street, Suite 1500
Information and registration can be found here.

Check out the full slate of IndyBar events here.

News You Can Use

  • It’s the week of the Indiana Bar Exam! On Tuesday and Wednesday, law students around the state will be sitting for their Bar Exam. Wish them luck! If you know a law student who will be taking the exam in July, be sure to let them know about the  IndyBar Review course.
  • The top posts from IndyBar members were published in this month’s Bar Talk. Check it out here to read about the implications of cuber-attacks on the health care industry, a case between Tom Petty and Sam Smith and more!
  • TRAC is back! The Racing Attorneys Conference (TRAC) is back in Indy this year and will be held April 14-15. For more details about the conference and registration, click here.
  • Practice-area specific Bill Watch reports are now available. Click here for the most recent updates!

 

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Bill Watch Report for Feb. 20 Now Available

The practice-area specific Bill Watch reports for Feb. 20 are now available. The reports highlight the pending bills of particular concern to different sections within the bar. See below for this week’s posts, and click here to access the full Bill Watch reports.

Business Law
Criminal Justice
Estate Planning & Administration
Family Law
Government Practice
Litigation
Real Estate & Land Use

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 Talk February: Legal News You Need to Know

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

Please note: IndyBar news and updates are provided as a member benefit. You may be prompted to log-in to view some articles.

The Bottom Line: Who Pays for Mediation in Particular Cases?
By Elodie A. Meuser, The Mediation Option
A deaf Indiana man is suing state courts after he was denied an interpreter for mediation. This case raises questions about funding for mediation and who should ultimately be responsible for paying. Check out this post for more information and details about the case that sparked the discussion.
For more Alternative Dispute Resolution Section news, subscribe to this content here!

Words from a Guardian ad Litem
By Jenna Heavner, Mallor Grodner LLP
Jenna Heavner recently worked as a GAL for Kids’ Voice of Indiana. Check out this post for a discussion on the role of Guardian ad Litems and how you can make their involvement in a case worthwhile and beneficial to the parties involved.
For more Family Law Section news, subscribe to this content here!

Lucky for Petty, He Won’t Have to Back Down
By Kaylea Weiler, SmithAmundsen LLC
Details of an Oct. 2014 settlement agreement recently emerged where Sam Smith politely acknowledged that the chorus of “Stay With Me” sounds a lot like Tom Petty’s hit “I Won’t Back Down.” Check out this post for more.
For more Intellectual Property Section news, subscribe to this content here!

The New Way to Seal
By George Gasper, Ice Miller LLP
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana has implemented new Local Rules, effective Jan. 1, 2015. One significant change is a new process that governs how confidential documents may be filed under seal. Find out more in this post.
For more Litigation Section news, subscribe to this content here!

The Implications of Cyber-Attacks on the Health Care Industry
By Ammon R. Fillmore, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman PC
The recent announcement by Anthem of a data breach affecting more than 80 million customers highlights the danger that cyber-attacks create for the health care industry. As these attacks become more common, the health care industry should be mindful of the consequences of cyber-attacks. This post contains more information about the issue.
For more Health Care & Life Sciences Section news, subscribe to this content here!

*If you’re hanging out with people who aren’t lawyers, here’s something even they will find interesting: The real reason you can’t remember what your sweetheart said during that last fight? It’s not your fault – they were using emotionally charged speech, that’s all! Science says that neutral speech is more memorable, which is a lesson you can apply to both your practice and personal life.

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Homeless Project enables attorneys to offer advice and guidance to shelter residents

This article was published in The Indiana Lawyer on February 11, 2015. To view the original publication, click here

By Marilyn Odendahl, The Indiana Lawyer

Edna went into the makeshift office and asked for a will, a living will and a power of attorney.

Like anyone, she wanted the will to ensure her wishes were followed after her death, a living will so that she would not be kept alive by artificial interventions, and a power of attorney to give her caregiver the authority to make any critical decisions.

While her reasons for wanting the legal protections are common, her situation is not. Edna is homeless and disabled with few assets, little family and an uncertain future. In addition, she has no means to afford a lawyer to draft the papers. Read more…

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TRAC Zooms Back to Indy: Registration Now Open!

The Racing Attorney Conference (TRAC), an annual motorsports legal conference planned and presented by the Indianapolis Bar Association and the North Carolina Bar Association Sports and Entertainment Law Section, returns to Indianapolis on April 14 and 15, 2015.

Now in its eighth year, TRAC combines education (including CLE credits), development and networking with legal and business leaders in the motorsports industry, including NASCAR and INDYCAR.

This year’s conference features all new topics including a history of motorsports in the legal profession and panels addressing defending drivers and other high-profile individuals, diversity, fan issues, non-traditional motorsports such as Formula E and powerboat racing, and many more.

In addition to the educational and interactive experiences, TRAC also presents a tremendous opportunity to network and socialize and meet face-to-face with industry participants with whom you may not have otherwise had direct contact.

For the latest updates on TRAC 2015, please visit racingattorneys.com.

Registration Details

TRAC 2015 will be hosted at the Conrad Indianapolis and will feature two days of educational programming complemented with an optional dinner outing on Tuesday evening. Conference Only rates include all educational programming during TRAC 2015, plus breakfast, lunch and one cocktail reception. An optional Tuesday evening dinner outing is also available for $75 per person.

A room block is available at the Conrad Indianapolis with a reduced rate of $189 available for conference attendees. Don’t delay! The room block cut-off date is March 17. Details on booking hotel rooms can be found at racingattorneys.com.

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On Tap at the IndyBar: Feb. 16-22

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

Medicaid for Estate Planners
Wednesday, February 18 from 4 to 5 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center, 135 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 1500
Information and registration can be found here.

One Stop Shop: Bar Application Clinic
Thursday, February 19 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Information and registration can be found here.

Business Law Skills Series: What Every Business Lawyer Should Know About International Transactions
Thursday, February 19 from noon to 1 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center, 135 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 1500
Information and registration can be found here.

Check out the full slate of IndyBar events here.

News You Can Use

  • It’s the last week of IndyBar Review! Law students have spent the last couple months preparing for the Bar Exam and learning from some of Indy’s best attorneys at the IndyBar Review course. If you know a law student taking the exam on Feb. 24-25, be sure to wish them luck!
  • Several IndyBar members were named to the IBJ’s 2015 Class of Forty Under 40. Check out who made the list and other member news in the latest Member Headlines.
  • Practice-area specific Bill Watch reports are now available. Click here for the most recent updates!

 

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Bill Watch Report for Feb. 13 Now Available

The practice-area specific Bill Watch reports for Feb. 13 are now available. The reports highlight the pending bills of particular concern to different sections within the bar. See below for this week’s posts, and click here to access the full Bill Watch reports.

Business Law
Criminal Justice
Estate Planning & Administration
Family Law
Government Practice
Litigation
Real Estate & Land Use

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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miniBar Talk: This Week’s Top Post

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Job Hunting Tips for Young Attorneys

By Jenai M. Brackett, Frost Brown Todd LLC

Young attorneys of Indianapolis: Are you job hunting? We recommend you read this recent article – 7 Steps to Getting a Job as a Lawyer – for tips to make sure you are putting your best foot forward. As the article says, if you follow these steps, “It is simple really.” Good luck!

This post was written by Jenai M. Brackett of Frost Brown Todd LLC. If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Young Lawyers Division page, please email Rachel Beachy at rbeachy@indybar.org.

To subscribe to more Young Lawyers 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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IndyBar Member Headlines: Thursday, February 12

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

The Indianapolis Business Journal’s 2015 Class of Forty Under 40 includes IndyBar members David Duncan of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP, David Rosenberg of the City of Indianapolis and Trent Sandifur of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP.

Ronald Elberger of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP, Kevin Murray of Frost Brown Todd LLC and Robert Wagner of Lewis Wagner LLP have been named 2015 Inspire Awards for Mentoring finalists by the College Mentors for Kids.

Ahmed Young of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP has been named by Governor Mike Pence to the Indiana Civil Rights Commission.

John R. Kirkwood of Krieg DeVault LLP has been named to the “Top 125 People in the Advance Bioeconomy” by Biofuels Digest.

Melissa A. Gardner of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP has been elected vice-chair of the board of directors for the Marion County Commission on Youth.

Gregory F. Hahn of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP has been named to the Board of Trustees for the Catholic Community Foundation.

Rafael Sanchez is now vice president of Business Development & Legal Affairs at Fineline Printing Group.

Former Lawrence Township Small Claims Court Judge Clark G. Rehme has joined Mark K. Sullivan and Associates PC.

Melissa Coxey has joined Bose McKinney & Evans LLP as of counsel in the firm’s Hospitality and Alcoholic Beverage Law Group.

Michael Cracraft, Philip McKiernan and Steven Krohne have joined Ice Miller LLP as partners in the Energy and Utilities Group.

Thomas A. Barnard has joined the executive committee of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP.

Michael B. Reichert has joined the real estate team at Wooden & McLaughlin LLP.

E. Joseph Kremp was elected to the management committee at Wooden & McLaughlin LLP.

Joseph O. Hankins has joined Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP.

Alan H. Goldstein has joined Katzman & Katzman PC as of counsel.

Patrick D. Grindlay has joined the Crown Point office of Johnson & Bell Ltd.

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Trimble: #WILLYOUBETHERE?

John C. Trimble, Lewis Wagner LLP

John C. Trimble, Lewis Wagner LLP

By John C. Trimble, Lewis Wagner LLP

As I have worked my way through the chairs of the IndyBar to become the 2015 president, I have had the good fortune to meet other bar leaders at American Bar Association meetings. I have learned time and again that bar leaders around the country view the IndyBar as the “Gold Standard” of metropolitan bar associations. Indeed, IndyBar past presidents, current officers and professional staff are on the speaker list at every meeting of bar executives and presidents. Why is this the case? The answer is simple. We do more to serve our members, our profession and our community than the vast majority of other city or county bar associations…and we do it for less money (Have you noticed that our dues have not changed in more than 20 years?).

At a recent retreat of the IndyBar Board of Directors, we did an inventory of all the things that the bar does. Would you believe that we host an astounding number of events, seminars and committee meetings? Most years, our offerings exceed 300 in number, and some years we approach 400 offerings. If you are like me, and you have grown up knowing only the IndyBar, then you would have no idea that our bar association is as phenomenal as it is. We may even admit that we sometimes take it for granted. Many of us have no idea of the advocacy that comes from our bar association, nor do they know that we are nearly 5,000 strong. This is a busy bar association, and the leaders and staff have passion for providing value to members.

So, you are scratching your head and wondering about the hashtag that precedes this article? What does John mean when he asks “Will You Be There?” The short answer is that I want to urge you, your colleagues, and your friends in the law to JOIN the IndyBar and to get engaged and attend our many lunches, seminars and networking events. Our events are outstanding not only for the content and the venues, but also because of the people who attend. The more people we have, the better they are. You are the person we want at our events. If every one of you who reads this article recruits one member this year and brings a colleague to every event, our already strong organization would be beyond phenomenal.

Law firm leaders: We need you this year. We need you to urge your firm members to get involved; we need you to buy tables for our lunches; we need you to sponsor events. We will see to it that your firms find value in your participation.

I fervently hope that 2015 will be a year of engagement for the IndyBar. You will see the hashtag #WILLYOUBETHERE? in many of our event invitations and announcements. You will see it in particular as we promote and invite you to the Bench Bar Conference to be held June 18-20 this year in Louisville, Kentucky. If I have not already seen you and invited you in person, consider yourself invited. This article is your “save the date” reminder. Please put it on your calendar now. I will personally guarantee that you will have a great time.

I look forward to being the IndyBar president this year. Please don’t hesitate to call me if we can do anything for you or you have a question or concern. If you are on Twitter, I hope you follow me @IndyBarPres. I will follow you back.

While I may seem excited for 2015, my excitement is no more than a reflection of the excitement of our board, our committee and section chairs, and our fabulous staff. We want you to share in the excitement.

One last question… #WILLYOUBETHERE?

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