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See the Future at Bench Bar 2015

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William D. Henderson, IU Maurer School of Law

If you go to the Bench Bar Conference, you will meet some of Indy’s finest legal professionals – it’s guaranteed. You’ll also get to learn from some of the most well-known and experienced practitioners in the field. William D. Henderson of the IU Maurer School of Law is one of those people, and he’s kicking off the conference with his opening plenary session “The Future of the Profession” along with IndyBar President John C. Trimble of Lewis Wagner LLP.

Mr. Henderson has worked at the IU Maurer School of Law since 2003 after completing a visiting appointment at Chicago-Kent College of Law and a judicial clerkship for Judge Richard Cudahy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Mr. Henderson earned his B.A. from Case Western University and his J.D. from University of Chicago, where he was comment editor for the University of Chicago Law Review.

His professional accolades aren’t hard to find both online and in print, but we wanted to ask Mr. Henderson some questions that won’t be found on his resume. Keep reading to learn more about this legal expert and get a sneak peek at what you can expect from his plenary session at the conference.
What are some of the biggest differences between law practice today and law practice in the past?

There is a lot more competition than a decade or two ago, and that competition takes many forms. First, law firms have grown outside of city and metropolitan areas to create highly competitive regional, national and international markets.

Second, new entrants financed by non-lawyers are starting to perform more parts of the legal supply chain (e.g., document production and review; publishing and annotating sophisticated transactional documents; using data to analyze legal issues).

Third, in-house legal department are now law firms’ direct competitors, as many have become law firms imbedded inside large corporations.

What are some of the biggest changes you think will happen to the practice in the future?

Some law firms and companies will take off because they apply technology and process to the practice of law, driving up quality and driving down cost, similar to what Henry Ford did for the automobile. Law is going to be highly interdisciplinary where lawyers and allied professionals will collaborate as co-equals.

What can attendees expect from your plenary session?

I am going to do my best to translate complex trends into something accurate and easy to understand.

What’s the best part about practicing law, regardless of whether you started now, 30 years ago, or 30 years from now?

Using one’s expertise to solve clients’ problems.

What do you do when you’re not at work?

Read books, work out with a personal trainer, spend time with my family and pets, and sleep.

What are you most looking forward to about being in Louisville/speaking at Bench Bar?

Talking with lawyers.

What might some lawyers not know about you?

I am originally from Cleveland and follow their sport teams. I hold out hope for a championship in some sport in my lifetime!

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miniBar Talk: This Week’s Top Post

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FIFA: The Investigation, Indictments and Possible Defenses

By Jason Bonikowske, Just Marketing, Inc.

On Wednesday, May 27, a FIFA criminal investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup awards was announced. You can read more about it in this article. Nine FIFA officials and five corporate executives were later indicted for racketeering conspiracy and corruption. This press release from the United States Department of Justice has more information. The case left many asking: how will those indicted defend against the charges? Click here to read an article on the possibilities.

Update – June 2, 2015:
On Tuesday, June 2, FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced his plans to resign. He says he will step down as soon as FIFA congress elects a successor. Read more about his announcement here and check out his full resignation speech here.

Update – June 4, 2015:
On the evening of Wednesday, June 3, a former FIFA official, Chuck Blazer, admitted that he took bribes in connection with awarding the 2010 World Cup to South Africa. Click here to read more about his admission.

This post was written by Jason Bonikowske of Just Marketing, Inc. If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Sports & Entertainment Law Sciences Section page, please email Rachel Beachy at rbeachy@indybar.org.

To subscribe to more Sports & Entertainment 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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IndyBar Talks for All Three Tracks at Bench Bar 2015

Three tracks, all TEDTalk-style presentations. At this year’s Bench Bar Conference, you’ll have the chance to learn from quick-hitting, high-energy sessions that are sure to get your attention. Keep reading for a sneak peek at an IndyBar Talk from each track!

Civil Litigation

“Tips from the City’s Best and Brightest”
Friday, June 19 from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.
Featuring: David Herzog, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP; Hon. Jane Magnus-Stinson, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana; Sam Laurin, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP

Sneak peek from Sam Laurin: “I will present on the very obscure: the stranger to the contract exception to the parole evidence rule; the somewhat obscure: using statutes to your advantage in injunction hearings; and the well known: what the business records exception covers and does not cover.”

Family Law

“Tips on ADR”
Friday, June 19 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Featuring: Lisa Joachim of Richard A. Mann PC; Janice Mandla Mattingly of Hollingsworth & Zivitz; Nissa Ricafort of Broyles Kight & Ricafort; Senior Judge Carol Terzo of The Mediation Option

Sneak peek from Lisa Joachim: “My focus for the ‘Tips on ADR’ specifically involves discussing a Guardian Ad Litem’s role in ADR process. Once appointed by the Court, a Guardian Ad Litem becomes a party to the cause and an advocate to protect the best interests of a child. I will discuss the role a Guardian Ad Litem plays in mediation as well as how a Guardian Ad Litem’s reports and investigations can be helpful for settlement process.”

Criminal Law

“The Power of Self Centered Thinking”, “Muffled and Muddled: A Critique of Appellate Rule 65’s Prohibition on Citing 80% of Indiana Appellate Case Law” and “Indiana Alcoholic Beverage Law – Intricacies, Oddities and Absurdities”
Friday, June 19 from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.
Featuring: James Bell, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP; Professor Joel Schumm, IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law; Jeff McKean, McKean Law Firm PC

Sneak peek from James Bell:Contrary to the teachings of Lawyer-Deity Atticus Finch, it’s not necessary to ‘walk around’ in a client’s ‘skin’ to be an effective lawyer. In fact, it could be a really dumb idea. The most important person in a case is you. My IndyBar Talk will discuss how taking care of yourself will also take care of your client.”

Want to know more? Register here for Bench Bar 2015 and get ready for these IndyBar Talks and more when you come to Louisville on June 18-20!

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IndyBar Member Headlines: Thursday, June 4

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

Jon Laramore of Indiana Legal Services Inc. was recently recognized nationally for his argument and subsequent ruling in a United States Supreme Court case where the court ruled 7-2 in his client’s favor.

Roy T. Tabor and Jeffrey S. Tabor, partners at Tabor Law Firm LLP, have been selected as members of the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.

Ryan White of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP has been elected to the board of directors of the non-profit organization Sociedad Amigos de Colombia (SADCO).

Jonathan Armiger has joined Wagner Reese LLP as an associate.

Aleasha Boling has joined Parr Richey Obremskey Frandsen & Patterson LLP as an associate.

Adam G. Steuerwald has joined Barnes & Thornburg LLP as an associate in the Real Estate Department.

Rudy Coram has joined Moreno & Villarrubia LLP as an associate in the immigration department.

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Trimble: Mentoring: Do You Have it in You?

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By John C. Trimble, Lewis Wagner LLP

I will never forget the first mentoring moment that I received from my legal mentor, Robert Wagner. He called me into his office and he said, “John, I need you to go call Howard Young to arrange for a site inspection of a backyard swimming pool.” The thought of calling Howard Young intimidated me a great deal (he was many years my senior and an acclaimed plaintiff lawyer). So, I procrastinated. …A few days later, Mr. Wagner asked me if I had called Howard Young. I explained that I had not, and I confessed that I was nervous to call him. With a hint of humor in his voice, Mr. Wagner assured me that Howard was approachable, and that if I intended to practice law, I would need to have the courage to call another lawyer no matter who they were. He told me to make the call that day. No excuses.

I called Howard Young, and said, “Mr. Young…” and he cut me off immediately, and said, “My father is ‘Mr. Young.’ My name is Howard. Call me Howard.” I called him Howard, and in no time at all, the site inspection was arranged.

Looking back on those moments I realize that two people had mentored me. Robert Wagner had forced me to do something that I had been mildly scared to do, and Howard Young had made it clear to me that I was a colleague in the bar whom he valued. Howard Young practiced law almost to his 90th birthday, and every time I saw him up to his death, I never forgot how he had put me at ease and how much I valued that I knew him as Howard.

We are living in a time when the legal profession is changing. Jobs are scarcer. Busy lawyers are finding less time for fellowship and volunteerism. Young lawyers are finding an increasing challenge in getting experience. Many lawyers and law students are unemployed or underemployed and are feeling emotional and financial desperation. Communication is by email or text and less by phone or face-to-face. Lawyers seemingly have less interest in participating in bar associations and other groups.

Against this backdrop there has never been a time in which mentoring has been more important. Many of you may feel that you don’t have the talent or the capacity to mentor others. That could not be further from the truth.

So, what is “mentoring,” you ask? According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, a mentor is, “Someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a less experienced and often younger person.” If you parse this definition you see “teach,” “help,” and “advice” among the key words. In my view, mentoring is as much or as little teaching, helping, or advising as time might allow you. It ranges from the intensive day-to-day effort to help shape and mold a professional colleague to nothing more than inviting someone to join the bar association or come to a law-related event. It includes any effort you can share to make things a little better (or a lot better) for someone else. It also includes words of encouragement or praise that may prompt another lawyer or law student to reach even higher than they had ever expected to reach.

Leadership educator Drew Dudley, in his popular TED Talk, “Everyday Leadership,” talks about what he describes as a “lollipop moment.” It is a moment when someone says something or does something that makes your life better. Every one of us has the capacity to provide a lollipop moment for someone else. You may do it without realizing it, or you can set your mind to the notion that you can be a catalyst to change or improve the lives of others. Mentoring can be formal and ongoing, or it can be unplanned and momentary. Either way it happens, we all need some mentoring some of the time, and we all have the capacity to mentor.

Please, give it a try. Mentoring is like a gift. You may find through mentoring that you actually receive more than you gave, but what you gave will be appreciated.

#WILLYOUBETHERE?

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Bar Leader Series Class XII Demonstrates Leadership in Action

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Members of Bar Leader Series Class XII smile along with Class Chair Chris Hickey, Rubin & Levin PC, at the Class XII Celebration on May 19.

Throughout the IndyBar’s Bar Leader Series, the importance of motivating, inspiring and leading for the benefit of the profession and community is emphasized at every turn. Participants in Class XII of the series clearly took this to heart, sharing impactful, visionary community service projects at the Class XII Celebration, held May 19. The celebration marked the culmination of this year’s series.

Congratulations to the talented, ambitious members of Class XII!

Bar Leader Series Class XII Projects (in no particular order)

Team 1:

Andrew Duncan, Ruckelshaus Kautzman Blackwell Bemis & Hasbrook; Christina Fugate, Ice Miller LLP; Nicholas Reuhs, Ice Miller LLP; Shaunestte Terrell, Marion County Prosecutor’s O­ce; Andrea Warren, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Project: This team developed a mentoring program for at-risk high school seniors at a struggling IPS school who are on the brink of graduating, to provide encouragement and assistance.

Collaborating Entity: John Marshall Community High School

Team 2:

Manny Herceg, Lewis & Kappes PC; B. Ronan Johnson, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP; Jason Lee, Lewis Wagner LLP; Finis Tatum, Foley & Abbott; Mindy Westrick, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
iba-leaders-factbox.jpg Project: This team built relationships between at-risk youth younger than eighth grade and law enforcement. They also provided nutrition and resources in traditionally underserved settings.

Collaborating Entities: Martin Luther King Community Center, Gleaners Food Bank, Indianapolis Fire Department

Team 3:

Roxana Bell, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP; D. Elizabeth Cox, Cox & Koons; Jane Glynn, Wanzer Edwards PC; Kristin Caldwell, Duvall Bloomer & Caldwell PC; TaKeena Thompson, Cohen & Malad LLP

Project: This team taught high school students about dating violence and helped them develop a program that the students then taught to all eighth graders at a local school.

Collaborating Entity: Northwest High School

Team 4:

Kate Erdel, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP; John Huang, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP; Shannon Logsdon, Marion Superior Court; Jacqueline Pimentel-Gannon, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP; Tara Worthley, Langer & Langer

Project: This team provided an environment for increasing literacy and familial bonding between young children and parental figures through interactive reading experiences.

Collaborating Entities: Indianapolis Public School 15 and other youth focused organizations in Indianapolis

Team 5

Jay Chaudhary, Indiana Legal Services, Inc.; Mike Commons, Indiana Supreme Court; Harmony Mappes, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP; Carolyn Powers, The Powers Law Firm; Allison Stevens, Hume Smith Geddes Green & Simmons LLP

Project: This team collaborated with experts to develop a toolkit for families of children dealing with mental health issues (see sidebar). They also worked with student groups at IUPUI to stage an event highlighting awareness of child and adolescent mental health issues.

Collaborating Entities: National Association for Mental Illness–Indiana Chapter, IUPUI

Interested in the Bar Leader Series experience? Applications are being accepted now for Class XIII, which will begin in September 2015 and run through May 2016. Details, application instructions and scholarship information can be found online at indybar.org/barleaderseries. Applications are due June 23, 2015.

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On Tap at the IndyBar: June 1 – 7

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

Effective Presentations to Plan Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals
Thursday, June 4 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, and don’t forget to check out the IndyBar on Facebook for the latest event photos.

News You Can Use

  • Got a great paralegal? Make it official! The deadline for IndyBar Paralegal of the Year Award nominations is today. Click here for details.
  • Motivate. Inspire. Lead. Heading into its 13th year, the IndyBar Bar Leader Series is the prime opportunity for Indy attorneys to gain leadership training, connections to the city, and so much more. Applications for Class XIII are now being accepted. More info available here.
  • Share some IndyBar love. Have a colleague who’s (GASP!) not sold on the value of IndyBar membership? Share this tidbit with them–non-members who join the IndyBar between now and June 15 get six months on Indy Lawyer Finder for FREE (a $900 value!). That’s right–gain clients AND all of the great benefits of IndyBar membership. Details here.
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miniBar Talk: This Week’s Top Post

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The X Factor for Success as an Attorney

By Jenai M. Brackett, Frost Brown Todd LLC

Do you have the “X Factor” for success? Do you even know what the “X Factor” is? According to this article, emotional intelligence is the X Factor and can be extremely valuable in law practice and to your leadership style. The article outlines key competencies to becoming emotionally intelligent: self-awareness, self-management, empathy and relationship skills. It is a great read and reminds us that “leaders are not always born,” but “they can re-zoom if they understand and embrace their emotional intelligence.”

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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On Tap at the IndyBar: May 25 – 31

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

NLRB Update: What’s New(s) at the Board
Tuesday, May 26 from noon to 1 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center, 135 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 1500
Information and registration can be found here.

Associate 101 Series: Transactional Law Basics for the New Lawyer
Wednesday, May 27 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.

Meet the Judges Social
Thursday, May 28 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Tomlinson Tap Room, 222 E. Market St. (2nd 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

  • Bench Bar Room Block Extended to May 27 - Still haven’t reserved a room for the Bench Bar Conference? You’re in luck! The room block has been extended to Wednesday, May 27. Don’t delay!
  • Got a great paralegal? Make it official! The deadline for IndyBar Paralegal of the Year Award nominations is Monday, June 1. Click here for details.
  • Leading Litigators Come to Louisville for Bench Bar 2015 - Get to know one of the legal experts speaking at Bench Bar this year: the Duke Lacrosse litigator. Check out this article for our Q+A with James P. Cooney III.
  • Trimble: BENCH BAR 2015: Is it Too Good to Be True? - IndyBar President John C. Trimble’s latest article answers that question and more. Check it out here and don’t forget to register for the conference here!
  • Bar Talk May: Legal News You Need to Know - Check out this post for the top five member-written articles of the month, including a HB1304 update, end-of-life planning advice and more.
  • Total Overhaul to IndyBar Low Asset Will Program Proves Beneficial to Clients and Volunteers Alike –  After eight years of matching volunteer attorneys with qualifying applicants and recognizing a notable decline in the rate of conversion between application and completion of signed and witnessed documents, the IndyBar Pro Bono Standing Committee changed the Low Asset Wills program format this year to create a two-day clinic, reaching individuals in their respective communities. Check out this article for more.
  • Member Headlines – IndyBar members have had a busy May. Check out the latest updates in this week’s Member Headlines here.
  • Interview Times Set for Court of Appeals Applicants - All eight applicants who applied for an opening on the Court of Appeals of Indiana will be interviewed by the Judicial Nominating Commission. The interviews will take place on Wednesday, June 10 in Room 319 of the State House. Check out this post for more information.
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Total Overhaul to IndyBar Low Asset Will Program Proves Beneficial to Clients and Volunteers Alike

Amanda Krenson, Manley Deas Kochalski LLC

After eight years of matching volunteer attorneys with qualifying applicants and recognizing a notable decline in the rate of conversion between application and completion of signed and witnessed documents, the IndyBar Pro Bono Standing Committee changed the Low Asset Wills program format this year to create a two-day clinic, reaching individuals in their respective communities. The outcome? Twenty-five individuals received free legal services (almost double the number from last year) which helped them “feel very much at peace now” and helped another complete a process he had been working on for “the last five years.”

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IndyBar attorney volunteer Peter Ten Eyck, Hackman Hullet LLP, assists a community member during the Low Asset Wills workshop at the John H. Boner Community Center on May 6.

With IndyBar’s Spring Ask a Lawyer program giving advice on probate and estate planning matters more than any other topic except family law, it was no surprise that the 28 volunteers at the IndyBar Low Asset Will workshops were busy. In addition to providing wills, health care powers of attorney and other advanced directives, some individuals were counseled on trusts and contested guardianship matters.

Clearly, the need continues to exist for attorneys to heed the call stated within our Oath: “I will never reject, from any consideration personal to myself, the cause of the defenseless, the oppressed or those who cannot afford adequate legal assistance.” With the changes in the Indiana Supreme Court reporting requirements around the corner, the IndyBar Low Asset Wills program offered volunteers an opportunity to provide direct service to a qualified indigent population, making their donated time eligible for pro bono reporting in 2016.

IndyBar member Corrina Smith, associate at Rebecca Geyer & Associates, found the three-hour volunteer experience to be very rewarding. Noted as quite pleasant and knowledgeable by her client, Corrina assisted her client effectuate final wishes that would never have occurred had the individual died without a will.

“I practice in the area of estate planning and elder law. One of my favorite parts of this practice is that clients often share their life stories along the way – what’s important to them, how they came to be where they are today, and what legacy they want to leave after they’re gone,” Smith notes.

“The client I met with wanted to leave what little she has to charity after she’s gone. It was such a pleasure helping her accomplish that goal. I was also surprised to learn that the client I met with had recently assisted her aunt with end-of-life issues. She wanted to designate specific people to make medical decisions for her, just like she did for her aunt. People often don’t realize that an estate plan includes more than just a Last Will and Testament.”

Volunteer paralegal Jennifer Albrecht of Waples & Hanger left the event “impressed by the caliber of all the volunteers and the gentleness of the volunteer attorneys.”

Gratitude goes to the James Wright Center, a Midtown Mental Health Center, and the John H. Boner Community Center for hosting of these programs.

Interested in getting involved in a future IndyBar pro bono program? Contact cchopp@indybar.org for details.

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