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Duncan: The Impact of One for the Indianapolis Bar Foundation

By Dave Duncan, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP

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I recently received an email from Julie Armstrong, the Indianapolis Bar Association and Foundation Executive Director, containing notes taken at the very first meeting of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation (IBF) over 40 years ago. The note reported the activities of the IBF from Dec. 29, 1969 through Dec. 31, 1970. It was enlightening to see how far our legal community has brought the IBF in the last 45 years.

Here are some metrics to put this in perspective: At the end of its first full year of operations, the IBF had 125 contributors (10 percent of the IndyBar membership), raised approximately $4,550 in contributions from its members and received two grants from the Lilly Endowment that totaled $5,000. Among its membership, the IBF had 25 Lifetime Fellows (pledging to contribute $50 for 10 years), 35 Sustaining Fellows (pledging to contribute $50 per year) and 65 Annual Members (pledging to contribute $50 per year).

With those contributions, the IBF granted $2,000 to the Indiana University Indianapolis Law School (now McKinney School of Law) on an unrestricted basis, $2,675 to the University of Chicago’s Law in American Society Foundation Seminar and $1,500 to the Indiana Criminal Justice Planning Commission in support of a bail research project.

By comparison, here are the current projected goals for IBF’s 2014 annual activity: There will be 1,300 contributors (27 percent of the IndyBar membership) and will raise approximately $250,000. The IBF can include among its contributors 17 Distinguished Senior Fellows (pledging to contribute $1,500 over three years) and 34 Distinguished Fellows (pledging to contribute $1,500 over five years).

With your contributions, the IBF has awarded the $35,000 Impact Fund Grant to the Joseph Maley Foundation to fund a new parent education and pro bono legal assistance program for central Indiana students in need of individualized education plans. Additionally, the IBF will grant the IndyBar approximately $105,000 to fund a variety of the IndyBar programs and initiatives, including but not limited to: Ask a Lawyer, Bankruptcy Help Line, Bench Bar Conference, Diversity Job Fair, Homeless Project, Hospice Program, Legal Line, Low Asset Wills, Marion County Superior Court Pro Bono Program, IndyBar Staff for Pro Bono Program Support, technology for online education, Web-based access to Bar Review and academic scholarships for law students, IndyBar Review, Applied Professionalism and Bench Bar.

During its 45-year existence, IBF donors have also taken on special projects that have had a meaningful impact on our community and the practice of law in Indianapolis, including funding the metal detectors for the City-County Building and the original children’s waiting room for the Marion Superior Courts.

Most recently, the 2013 Impact Fund Grant recipient, Indiana Legal Services Inc.’s Military Assistance Project (MAP), sponsored a free CLE that trained attorneys on MAP. In return, attendees agreed to staff a shift at IndyBar’s Oct. 14 Ask a Lawyer program at the Roudebush VA Medical Center and provide pro bono legal services addressing common legal issues encountered by Hoosier veterans. Having the opportunity to fulfill your pro bono duties through a program made possible by the IBF’s Impact Fund Grant is something in which all members of the IndyBar should take great pride.

The contributors to the IBF, comprised mostly of members of the Indianapolis Bar Association, make each of these initiatives possible. None of this could happen without their generosity and continued support. Every IndyBar member can make a tangible impact by donating to the IBF. Please commit to being a part of our Impact of One campaign, and donate your one billable hour at www.indybar.org/donate.•

The Indianapolis Bar Assocation President Jeffrey A. Abrams, Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP, is out taking a much needed vacation.

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Getting Along Is Not Wrong: Law and the Golden Rule

Civility. Courtesy. Respect. Professionalism.

These are words that should be synonymous with “Advocate,” but in a world of high stakes, strong opinions, and a general societal decline in basic manners, how can attorneys fight the good fight while living up to these ideals – especially if the other side doesn’t? We set out to find examples of lawyers who model the way while providing excellent representation.

Getting Along is Not Wrong, an initiative of the IndyBar Standing Committee on Professionalism, is the impressive collection of such positive and compelling behavior. Check out the entry below and continue checking back for future installments.

The Hon. Gerald S. Zore, Marion Superior Court -

How often have you filed an emergency Motion for Continuance only to have an opposing counsel file an “Objection for the Record?” Frankly, I am amazed at how often attorneys file these coded objections to let the court know that while the attorney has no real objection, he or she is filing it only on behalf of the client. I assume the attorney then advises the client that that court granted the Motion for Continuance over his or her objection.

Why not be up front and tell your client that the opposing counsel or party had a legitimate emergency and the court granted the motion? I have had situations where a Motion for Continuance was filed due to emergency surgery for the client or the client’s spouse and the opposing counsel filed an “Objection for the Record.” Give me a break. Make it your practice to always consider the reasons stated in a Motion for Continuance and only file an objection if the reasons appear to be frivolous or without merit.

Attorneys should always apply the Golden Rule. Treat opposing counsel as you would like to be treated and you should have no problem in maintaining their respect for your professionalism.

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Abrams: Law School Orientation—Oh, To Be Young Again!

By Jeffrey A. Abrams, Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP

I had the honor of attending law school orientation on Saturday, August 16 at the Robert H. McKinney School of Law. I sat on the dais with the Honorable Jose Salinas of Marion Superior Court, the Honorable Jane E. Magnus-Stinson of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana and McKinney School of Law Dean Andrew Klein. I listened to Dean Klein speak proudly of the couple hundred first-year law students sitting eagerly in the school atrium in anticipation of the first day of school. All of them were nicely dressed and excited to be part of the classes of 2016 and 2017. They were there with their parents, family and friends to begin their journey toward earning their doctor of jurisprudence degrees and standing tall with all of us as attorneys.

Judge Salinas told them to be proud of what they have achieved, but that it is just the beginning of an incredible journey that lies ahead. He noted that he looked forward to having them appear before him at some point in time in the near future—hesitating before he specified “as attorneys”—and that he looked forward to their impressive statements on behalf of their clients. He admonished them that some of them would be right and some of them would be wrong.

Judge Magnus-Stinson reminded students of the five C’s of professionalism:

1. Commitment — We are committed to practicing law in a manner that maintains and fosters public confidence in our profession, faithfully serves our clients and fulfills our responsibilities to the legal system.

2. Character — We will strictly adhere to the spirit as well as the letter of the Rules of Professional Conduct and will at all times be guided by a fundamental sense of honor, integrity and fair play.

3. Competence — We will conduct ourselves to assure the just, economical and efficient resolution of every matter entrusted to us consistent with thoroughness and professional preparation.

4. Courtesy — We will at all times act with dignity, civility, decency and courtesy in all professional activities and will refrain from rude, disruptive, disrespectful, obstructive and abusive behavior.

5. Community Involvement — We recognize that the practice is a learned profession to be conducted with dignity, integrity and honor dedicated to the service of clients and the public good.

She also warned them that their studies and challenges would not be similar to “Paper Chase.” While many of them had stars in their eyes and were clearly not recalling the classic television show, I am sure their parents understood the excitement and challenges that they face.

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IndyBar volunteers share information with 1Ls at the Robert H. McKinney School of Law Orientation on Saturday, August 16.

The students were incredibly attentive to both judges’ comments as I saw very few of them looking down to read and/or respond to an email or text that they might have just received. After I finished listening to two energetic, intellectual and passionate statements from both judges, it was my turn to stand before them as the President of the Indianapolis Bar Association and figure out how I could impart some words of wisdom.

I told them the best way for them to find a job besides studying hard and learning the law was to become an active member of the Indianapolis Bar Association. I described many of the outstanding achievements that our members obtain through service to our community, including Ask a Lawyer, helping eighth graders understand the election process in the United States and our delivery of Constitutions to all new United States citizens during naturalization ceremonies.

I described our creative and energetic attorneys forming the Indy Attorneys Network Section to help lawyers network with and meet other lawyers. This section, to our knowledge, was the first of its kind in any bar association in the country. I conveyed to them the stories of young lawyers meeting their future employers through IndyBar-sponsored monthly luncheons or social events. And, knowing that the students had been there since 9:30 a.m., just after noon I imparted to them the most memorable quote of the day:

Hanging with the Indianapolis Bar Association is the only place to be.
The cost to join is really economical – I guarantee you won’t disagree.
When you come to events, people are friendly and won’t give you the third degree.
And most importantly, you get to meet brilliant, successful and good looking attorneys— just like me.

What more could they ask for in their first day of introduction to the practice of law?

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IndyBar Member Headlines: Thursday, September 11

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

Alyssa B. Rogers has joined North American Midway Entertainment as its first general counsel.

Michelle L. Cooper has joined Lewis Kappes PC as an equity director.

Susan Traynor Chastain and Karen Glasser Sharp have joined Lewis Kappes PC as equity directors in the education law practice group.

Christine Hayes Hickey of Rubin & Levin PC was selected to serve as secretary of the National Conference of Bar Presidents at its annual meeting in Boston.

John Krauss was named to a five-year term on the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission.

Lisa B. Goddy has joined Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP and will practice in their Estate and Wealth Transfer practice group.

Michael E. Brown of Kightlinger & Gray LLP has been appointed to a second term as the International Association of Drilling Contractors’ Professional Liability Roundtable Director. He will be the Director of the 2015 Professional Liability Roundtable at New York University School of Law on May 28.

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Bar Talk September: 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.

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Proposal to Shorten Principal Briefs Leads to Discussion
By Stephen J. Peters, Harrison & Moberly LLP
A new proposal to reduce the word limit for principal briefs in the U.S. Courts of Appeals has sparked conversation. Stephen J. Peters submitted a reference article with everything you need to know about the proposal and how you can submit comments.
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A Winning Night for the Sports & Entertainment Law Section at Victory Field
By Jason R. Bonikowske, Just Marketing International
Featuring the first-ever section video content, this recap of the Sports & Entertainment Law Section’s social event at the Indians game is one you don’t want to miss. Let’s just say a chairman and a law student compete on-field…and lucky for us, it was captured on camera. Check out the article to watch it now!
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Straight from a Member: Common Mistakes of Young Lawyers
By Dina M. Cox, Lewis Wagner LLP
Young lawyers are guilty of making many of the same mistakes that law students do, and no matter how long you’ve been practicing, a brush-up from time-to-time to avoid those mistakes never hurts. Check out this article to see what IndyBar member Dina M. Cox of Lewis Wagner LLP recommends in her recent article.
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Changes Recommended to Marion County Small Claims Courts
A national court consultant has recommended changes to the Marion County Small Claims Courts. The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) recently submitted their recommendations based on the results of a survey they conducted at the request of the Marion County Circuit Court.
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In Memoriam: Steve Ancel
On August 14, the IndyBar lost longtime member and esteemed colleague Steve Ancel. His obituary and memorial donation information can be found in this article.
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If you’re hanging out with people who aren’t lawyers, here’s something even they will find interesting: Burger King may be moving to our northern neighbor, Canada. But don’t worry – you’ll still be able to get their Whoppers here.
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A Collective ‘Thank You’ at the IndyBar Paralegal Appreciation Luncheon

Paralegals play an invaluable role in the legal profession. This sentiment was proven by the outstanding turnout at the 2014 IndyBar Paralegal Appreciation Luncheon as more than 150 attorneys, judges, and of course, paralegals gathered to enjoy conversation, lunch and even a laugh on August 14.

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Jodie L. Bergeron receives the 2014 Paralegal of the Year Award from Greg Laker of Cohen & Malad LLP.

Jodie L. Bergeron of Cohen & Malad LLP was honored as the Paralegal of the Year and was presented with the award during the luncheon. Kicking up the entertainment factor, three attorney/paralegal teams competed in a spirited game of “Who IS the Boss?” The teams were Angela Pannicke and Kari Jackson of Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Alison Rundle and Nancy Cross of Cross Pennamped Woolsey & Glazier PC, and Darron Pennington and Richard Blaiklock of Lewis Wagner LLP, with Tamara McMillian of Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP on hand to serve as emcee. Angela Pannicke and Kari Jackson walked away victorious.

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Team members line up on stage to compete in a game of “Who IS the Boss?” at the luncheon.

The celebration also included the declaration of “Paralegal Appreciation Day” in the city and state with proclamations from both Mayor Ballard and Governor Pence presented to the crowd.

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Evening Under the Stars Preparation is Underway

In just a few weeks, the Indianapolis Bar Foundation (IBF) will host its annual fundraiser, the Evening Under the Stars Dinner & Auction. The event features an elegant dinner, cocktails, live entertainment and silent and live auctions – all while attendees have the chance to mingle with Indy’s top legal professionals.

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The organizing committee for Evening Under the Stars has been hard at work for the last six months to prepare for the night of October 10, and we checked in with committee co-chair Briana Clark of Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, who is chairing with Erin Durnell of Broyles Kight & Ricafort PC, to find out more about what attendees can expect for the evening.

Question: What’s different about Evening Under the Stars this year?

Clark: We are very excited to have two new elements to the event this year. The first is a pre-event VIP reception for our Platinum and Gold sponsors and our VIP donors who have been big supporters of Evening Under the Stars in the past.

The second is a Presenting Sponsor option for firms or companies that want to support the event but do not have a large number of individuals able to attend. This sponsorship is $1,750 and provides recognition on advertisements, recognition at the event as a Presenting Sponsor, recognition in the Indiana Lawyer and IndyBar e-Bulletin and two tickets to the event.

Question: What is the best part about this event? Why do people come back year after year?

Clark: In my opinion, the best part of the event is seeing how our tight-knit legal community comes together to support the IBF and how not only generous, but also creative, our lawyers can be. There are always really crazy baskets that are quite a crowd draw. Some firms like Rubin & Levin have intra-firm contests to see who can make the best baskets. It is great to see everyone have such a good time for a great cause.

Question: What are some of the exciting items people will be able to bid on?

Clark: We’re looking forward to seeing this year’s donations coming over the next few weeks. We anticipate some great sports-themed baskets with Colts/Pacers tickets and we always look forward to Rick Cavanaugh’s high-end whiskey basket. We also have some great kids’ items, like a racecar that can be driven around with a horn and lights that work! In the live auction, we have Chris Hickey’s always popular Big Girls Party, a Maui condo courtesy of Karl Mulvaney, a fun event at Flat 12 Bierwerks with James Hinchcliffe that involves driving simulators and lots of cool swag, and a number of other great items.

Question: How has preparation been going?

Clark: We have a great committee this year that has been on the ground running since February. We had a bit of an easier start this year because Crane Bay was such a fantastic venue for 2013 that we locked them in right away for 2014. We’ve been very busy securing firm sponsorships, soliciting basket donations and working on the new VIP reception.

Question: What should people expect out of their experience that evening?

Clark: A fun cocktail reception, fantastic auction items (a one-stop place to get your holiday shopping done and book next year’s vacation!), a delicious dinner and a fantastic opportunity to mingle with your co-workers, friends and judges from the Indy legal community.

Question: Why should people want to support IBF?

Clark: The IBF is the charitable arm of the IndyBar. Its programs provide those experiencing financial difficulty in our community with free legal assistance to keep families together, save homes, protect against violence, safeguard their property and so much more. Proceeds from the silent and live auction are directed to our general fund, and we’re happy to report that our annual operating expenses are less than 25 percent of our income. In fact, we granted nearly $150,000 in monetary support for programs in need in 2013 and nearly 3,000 hours of volunteer time.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to give back and get to know other legal professionals in Indianapolis. Evening Under the Stars will be held Friday, October 10 at Crane Bay Event Center. Tickets can be purchased online at indybar.org/events. For more information and details for sponsorship opportunities, contact Chris Walsh at cwalsh@indybar.org.•

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miniBar Talk: This Week’s Top Post!

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CVS Stops Selling Tobacco Products

As of September 3, CVS Caremark is CVS Health, and their 7,700 stores across the nation no longer sell tobacco products. “The right move” - as CVS has called it – will cost them $2 billion in revenue. CVS announced the decision to pull tobacco products from the shelves in February but said the decision would not take effect until October 1. Wednesday’s announcement brought on this change almost an entire month ahead of schedule.

This decision further aligns CVS with the Affordable Care Act and the public health goals of the Obama administration. These shared goals are evident in the first line of CVS Health’s mission statement: “Health is everything.”

It remains to be seen whether or not competitors will follow CVS’s lead.

To read more about the rebranding decision and how banning tobacco products from the stores plays into that, check out this information from the updated CVS Health website.

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Speaking of health…Tracking Your Health? Don’t Let Someone Track You

 

To subscribe to more Health Care & Life Sciences 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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Don’t Be a Drain: Save Office Energy with These 6 Tips

For the third year, IndyBar’s Go Green committee is hosting the Green Legal Initiative to encourage law firms to commit to greener practices. We’ve been publishing tips and tricks over the last couple months to help accomplish this goal. The deadline for applications is coming up on September 13, so we are now in the final stretch! In this last edition, we will discuss easy ways to make your office supplies eco-friendly.

Up to 70% of the energy in the workplace is used by office equipment. That’s more than the actual employees use, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Use some of these tips to save energy and prevent unnecessary waste in some little (but effective!) ways:

  •  Use paperclips instead of staples when possible. Staples often end up going to waste when the individual papers must be separated for copies, edits or other changes.
  • Purchase refillable tape dispensers. This prevents more plastic from going to waste.
  • Use a customized rubber stamp for envelopes instead of disposable labels. This will be a small way to make a big difference when cutting down on your office’s paper use.
  • Reuse folders and envelopes with metal clasps when possible by covering old labels with new ones.
  • Put computers and other electronics in “sleep” mode when not in use to save energy. Even better: have employees completely turn off their computers when leaving for the day.
  • Turn off the lights when a room is not being used, or install motion-sensing lights, if possible. Make sure employees do so in their offices when they leave.

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For other tips and tricks, check out the Go Green homepage here. To commit your firm to greener practices and join our Green Legal Firms list, just review the documents below and submit your application to mprice@indybar.org. The deadline for applications is September 13.

Green Legal Initiative: Program Details and Information
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Volunteers Needed for Family Law/Minor Guardianship Pro Bono Cases

Since early 2013, the IndyBar and local legal service providers have been teaming up to provide pro bono help in family law cases. More than 100 cases have been placed as a result of these efforts, and additional volunteers are needed to continue this successful partnership.

If you volunteer, you will be contacted by the IndyBar when the Indianapolis Legal Aid Society has identified a financially qualified but conflicted litigant. You are free to decline based on client or schedule conflicts. It is the client’s responsibility to contact you. Clients will be responsible for filing fees and will be notified to bring filing fees to their first attorney meeting. You will only be eligible for another assignment after your case closes. You retain the right to withdraw from the case just as you would if this were a private case. You also retain the right to withdraw if the client shows signs of an ability to pay fees.

Contact Caren Chopp at cchopp@indybar.org to volunteer.

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