National Purchasing Partners: Big Savings, Bigger Impact

As economic pressures continue to increase and the ability to efficiently manage iba-savingscosts is emphasized, firms, organizations and agencies are on a constant search for the best deals on business essentials. IndyBar members now have the benefit of discounts on travel, office supplies, cellular devices and plans and much more through a new agreement with National Purchasing Partners (NPP), a group purchasing organization (GPO) created to leverage the purchasing power of a group of businesses to obtain discounts from world class vendors.

Cooperative purchasing allows smaller businesses to pool together under a negotiated contract and receive discounts based on their increased group purchasing power. Through NPP, IndyBar members can take advantage of steep discounts on a variety of purchases, helping firms of all sizes stretch dollars and create efficiencies. NPP’s strong reputation allows it to extend tier pricing from prominent national companies like Verizon, Expedia, Staples and Kimball Office to IndyBar members.

There are no fees for IndyBar members to utilize the NPP discount program, and the program requires no volume or minimum purchase commitments. IndyBar members select what, when and how much to purchase with no further obligation.

Beyond the legal industry, NPP also serves members in markets such as fire and rescue, health care, construction, hospitality, non-profit, government, oil and gas, transportation and agriculture. With more than 100,000 existing member companies representing millions of Americans, NPP is one of the largest and fastest growing GPOs in the nation.

The money you save makes a difference.

Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Seattle, NPP is owned by Virginia Mason Medical Center, a non-profit health care facility recently named the nation’s top hospital of the decade. NPP contributes to the medical center’s crucial initiatives, including research into cures for diabetes, arthritis, lupus, and multiple sclerosis. Since 2001, over $100 million has gone to major medical research and advancements.

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IndyBar Member Headlines: Thursday, January 29

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Todd G. Relue became a partner with Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP.

Haley Altman, Audra Ferguson-Allen, Christl Glier and Stephen Reynolds were named partners of Ice Miller LLP.

Kevin D. Koons became a partner with Kroger Gardis & Regas LLP.

James Blaufuss was named partner at Woodard Emhardt Moriarty McNett & Henry LLP.

Catherine M. Brownson became a partner at Coots Henke & Wheeler PC.

Melissa Proffitt Reese will serve as office managing partner for Ice Miller LLP.

Marie Castetter has been appointed chief deputy prosecutor of the Hancock County Prosecutors’ Office.

Ali S. Sylvia of Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP was elected the 2015 president of Indy Commercial Real Estate Women.

Andrea Cohen of Mark K. Sullivan & Associates PC has been elected vice president of the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana Board of Directors.

Patricia Beaty was named shareholder at Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

Glenn Bowman and Hannah Joseph were named shareholders at Katz & Korin PC.

Matt Boulton has opened Boulton Law Group LLC in Brownsburg, Indiana.

Detra Mills is now corporate counsel at Moorehead Communications Inc.

Paul A. Jansen and Kelly A. Roth have joined Threlkeld & Associates.

Zac Karanovich has joined Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman PC.

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Bar Talk January: 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.

We Have the Power to Be Great
By James Snyder, Marion County Public Defender Agency

This article reflects on one of Martin Luther King Jr.’s biggest missions: service to others. Check it out to read how Jim Snyder says that lawyers can learn from King’s example.
For more Criminal Justice Section news, subscribe to this content here!

Use Depositions Over Interrogatories in Family Law Matters
By Brian K. Zoeller, Cohen & Malad LLP
Early on in his career, Zoeller became frustrated with the process of written discovery. That’s why he decided to use depositions in his family law practice instead of interrogatories. Find out why he says that more family law attorneys should do the same in this article.
For more Family Law Section news, subscribe to this content here!

New Patient Protection Regulations for Tax Exempt Hospitals
By Ammon R. Fillmore, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman PC
The U.S. Treasury finalized new patient protection regulations for tax exempt hospital and published them on December 31, 2014. Check out this post to read more about the new regulations and to read the Treasury’s announcement.
For more Health Care & Life Sciences Section news, subscribe to this content here!

Recent Supreme Court Rulings Could Help End Patent Trolls
By Douglas Gallagher, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP

In the past six months, the Supreme Court of the United States has passed three patent-related decisions that appear to be impacting patent trolls. Read more about the issue of patent trolls and how these rulings are helping to curb their activity in this article.
For more Intellectual Property Section news, subscribe to this content here!

Five Qualities to Set Yourself Apart
By Alexander J. Limontes, Mitchell Hurst Dick & McNelis LLC
No matter how far along you are in your career, these five tips will help you differentiate yourself in the workplace. Check out the article for new ways to aid your professional development and stand out from the crowd.
For more Young Lawyers Division 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: Engagement season is also divorce season, apparently. While many proposals crop up this time of year, there is also a surge in divorce cases. Check out this post to read about the study that explains why that might be.

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miniBar Talk: This Week’s Top Post

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ATTENTION: Effective Jan.1, 2015, NEW $50.00 Rule Regarding Submission of CLE Credits!

By Robin L. Kelly, Mitchell Law Group

Please be advised that there is a new rule in place regarding the submission of CLE credits to the Indiana Commission for Continuing Education. The Commission will be charging a $50.00 late fee when course attendance is not submitted within 30 days of course completion. This means that the IndyBar will be submitting IndyBar members’ CLE credits on the 28th day of the month after the class occurs, or the Friday before, whichever is later.

If you have not gotten your affidavit to the IndyBar by that 28th day, you will then have to self-report those credit hours to the Indiana Commission for Continuing Education. At that point, you will have only two calendar days (NOT business days) to effectuate that self-reporting or you will be charged a $50.00 fee by the Commission.

Please note: As a courtesy, the IndyBar will be emailing a notice within two business days of the CLE presentation to anyone that attended and didn’t leave an affidavit with them at the end of the program.  (Here is where the Family Law Executive Committee would like to offer some Captain Obvious advice: “Turn in your CLE affidavit at the end of the CLE presentation, on your way out.”)  A link to the Order can be found here.

This post was written by  Robin L. Kelly of Mitchell Law Group. If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Family Law Section page, please email Mary Kay Price at

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Keep an eye out for our newest e-newsletter for members, Bar Talk, featuring the top IndyBar posts each month!

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Intellectual Property Section Patent Bar Scholarship Available

By Constance Lindman, SmithAmundsen LLC

The Indianapolis Bar Association Intellectual Property Section is pleased to announce a new initiative to encourage law students who are eligible for the Patent Bar Exam to complete the exam during the summer after their first year. Achieving this goal will enable the students to concentrate on the critical second-summer clerkship and make them more attractive to prospective employers after graduation.

The section will reimburse Patent Bar Exam fees for up to three student members of the IndyBar Intellectual Property Section. Applications are due by March 1 and the scholarship recipients will be announced on March 15. Additional details and requirements can be found in the application available here.

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Stay Up to Date on Legislation That Matters to You: Practice-Area Specific Bill Watch Postings Available

Save time and find the legislation that matters to you and your practice. The IndyBar’s weekly Bill Watch reports are now being broken down into practice-area specific posts that 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
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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Marion County 2015 Magistrate and Commissioner Schedule Announced

By Christopher J. Barrows, Barrows Legal Group LLC 

The 2015 magistrate and commissioner schedule for Marion County has been announced, but it is subject to change. You can view the schedule here. Please check with individual courts or the Marion County Court’s webpage for updates.

This post was contributed by Christopher J. Barrows, Barrows Legal Group LLC. If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Family Law Section page, please email Mary Kay Price at

To subscribe to more Family Law Section 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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Innovative Networking Tool Connects Lawyers Across Practices

Note: This article originally appeared in The Indiana Lawyer on January 14, 2015. You can view the post here.

By Holly Wheeler

Some are good at networking, others not so good. With the development of the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Indy Attorneys Network Section, lawyers old and new, those skilled at networking and those not as adept, have found there are always opportunities to meet and connect with colleagues and that doing so builds camaraderie and strengthens the local legal community.

Get together

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Charles Schmal and Elizabeth Shuster, both patent attorneys at Woodard Emhardt Moriarty McNett & Henry LLP, wanted to meet more area lawyers. Their practice didn’t give them the chance to develop many relationships beyond their specialty, and they thought that if there was a vehicle to help attorneys meet others across practice areas one-on-one in an informal setting, it would be much easier to do so.



Their networking idea was simple: using a database, a participating attorney would be randomly matched with another participant. The two would schedule to meet informally for lunch or coffee. The following month each would be matched with a different attorney participating in the program. And the next month, another match would be made.


Members of the Indy Attorneys Network Section are notified of their pairings through Monthly Matchup emails, demonstrated here using fictitious attorney names and contact information.

Although Schmal and Shuster thought such a program had merit, they called other lawyers and even did an online survey to find out if their fellow attorneys felt the same way. The response was positive, so the two created a business plan and presented their idea to the IndyBar.

“When we presented our idea to the board, many said, ‘Why didn’t we think of this before?’” Shuster said.

Once given the go-ahead, the real work began. Schmal and Shuster had to create a computer program that would manage the random matches and send out the monthly emails. Other lawyers volunteered to help, including Jeremy Gustrowsky, a Woodward Emhardt attorney, who used Microsoft Access software to develop the program, and Bob Jalaie, a senior attorney at the Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization, who handled front-end interface and query issues. In the meantime, a board was assembled to brainstorm additional ideas for the section and spread the word to other lawyers about the Attorneys Network Section.

Win me over

Not all lawyers who heard about the Indy Attorneys Network thought it had merit. John Trimble, the incoming IndyBar president, thought it was needless and didn’t believe that members would join a section to do something they were already doing on their own. He changed his mind after he enlisted about a year ago.



“You get to network with people you don’t know at all – more than 80 percent of the people I meet I didn’t know before,” he said. “When I joined I was bowled over by how much I immediately enjoyed being a member.”

Trimble has met law students from Bloomington and Indianapolis and had lunch with at least one Indiana Supreme Court justice and a state trial court judge. He’s also met two or three solo practitioners who have given him insight into how their practices work, and he has made referrals to those he’s met through the program.

Other participants have had similar experiences. Reynold Berry, an attorney at Rubin & Levin P.C., has met attorneys from a cross-section of practice areas and sees value in the camaraderie that is fostered as a result of these connections.

“Besides just getting to know other attorneys, a goal of the program is fostering better relations between attorneys in the entire Indianapolis legal community and to promote civility in the profession,” Berry said. “I saw real value in this mission.”



As the Indy Attorneys Network took off, the section’s board began to plan events that would provide ways for section members to network in a group setting.

“We wanted to have a variety of networking opportunities and were willing to experiment to see what worked and what didn’t,” Schmal said. “We have the one-on-one matches, medium-size events and big events. Members can invite non-members to these events to meet other people who will hopefully get actively involved.”

One is “At the Bar with the Bench,” an event where lawyers can network with local, state and federal judges. Last fall’s event, which was held at The Tomlinson Tap Room in the City Market, drew 75 lawyers and 25 judges.

“There were judges from every single court on nearly every level,” said Edward Mulligan, an attorney at Cohen & Malad LLP, who planned the event. “It was a cool cross-section of judges. One of the selling features of the Attorneys Network is the social events beyond just the monthly match.”

Another group event had an educational component and featured a speaker from the marketing department at Cohen & Malad.

“(The speaker) gave a great presentation on elevator speeches,” said Amanda Mulroony, an attorney at Hoover Hull LLP, who has been a board member and participates in the network. “She gave coaching and tips on how to develop an elevator speech and how to brand and market yourself and explain your practice.”

We’re all busy

One of the most common reasons attorneys don’t participate in Indy Attorneys Network Section is because they don’t think they have time. Those who do participate say the short amount of time they invest is time well spent.

Joseph Hankins, an attorney in private practice and the section’s board chair for 2015, considers investing an hour a month in the Attorneys Network a small price to pay for activities that will strengthen the legal community in the long run.

“People who come to events and meet others for lunch or coffee gain something from that small amount of time,” he said. “We all have just 24 hours in a day and the way we marshal those hours is important. It’s all about how the section provides value to the bar and to the members, so people say, ‘Hey, this section is worth my time and money.’ We want people to try and gain something, not just for their bottom line but for the profession.”

Alternately, some established lawyers think they don’t need to network anymore – that they know all the attorneys they want or need to know.

“When lawyers say that to me, I say, ‘Has the thought occurred to you that people would want to network with you, and as a senior lawyer others have heard about you and want to meet you, and that’s one of the reasons they join a networking section?’” Trimble said. “I want them to realize that as a senior lawyer they have something to impart to younger lawyers. Maybe they (senior lawyers) don’t need it, but a lot of people would just love to meet them.”

New plans, new members

The Indy Attorneys Network Section board and participating members are brainstorming ideas for events and ways to increase membership. Word of mouth has been the section’s main marketing tool, and all members are encouraged to invite a fellow lawyer to an event or just spread the word in conversation. Those interested in joining the network can consult for further information.

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Attorneys Needed for Naturalization Ceremonies

“Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…”

—from Emma Lazarus’ poem on Statue of Liberty


New citizens are greeted and congratulated at the conclusion of a naturalization ceremony held at the U.S. District Courthouse in March 2013.

Twice a month, a ceremony at the U.S. Courthouse welcomes newly naturalized American citizens. It’s an awe-inspiring ceremony – and you can be a part of it during 2015.

Indianapolis Bar Association attorney members participate in the naturalization ceremonies by handing out a booklet containing the U.S. and Indiana constitutions and presenting brief remarks. Volunteers are currently being recruited to represent the IndyBar in 2015 during these ceremonies, typically held on Thursdays twice a month at 10 a.m. in a courtroom of the U.S. District Court downtown.

This is a happy occasion that the IndyBar is proud to be a part of, and it’s an exceedingly positive moment to witness as a volunteer. The presiding federal judges are typically in high spirits and the new citizens are happy and proud, surrounded by beaming family members.

The volunteer commitment is approximately one hour. Constitution booklets for the new citizens need to be picked up at the IndyBar office. A sample speech is provided.

If you would like to represent the IndyBar at the naturalization ceremonies during 2015, please email Caren Chopp at Please indicate if you have a preference or availability for a specific month.

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IndyBar Member Headlines: Thursday, January 15

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Joshua W. Casselman was named partner of Rubin & Levin PC.

David L. Guevara was named partner of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP.

Jacob McClellan and Alexis Sumner were named partners of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP.

Louis T. Perry was named partner at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

Lesley A. Pfleging was elected partner at Lewis Wagner LLP.

Sarah Starkey was named partner of Cohen Garelick & Glazier PC.

Michael J. Messaglia, Kostas A. Poulakidas, Stephen A. Stitle and Libby Yin Goodnight, partners, were elected to the leadership team of Krieg DeVault LLP. They join Deborah J. Daniels, managing partner.

Chris W. Cotterill of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP was named general counsel of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

Thomas C. Hays of Lewis Wagner LLP was installed as president of the Indiana Defense Trial Association.

Michele Lorbieski Anderson has joined Frost Brown Todd LLC.

Allison DeYoung has joined Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman PC.






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