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Nominations Now Open for IndyBar Paralegal of the Year Award

Assistance from qualified and competent paralegals is crucial to the success of many attorneys. This year, make sure to recognize the important paralegal in your life by submitting a Paralegal of the Year Award nomination.

The Paralegal of the Year Award is an annual honor that will be presented at the Paralegal Appreciation Luncheon (date to be announced). To be eligible for the award, the paralegal must be a member of the IndyBar, have made an exceptional contribution to the paralegal profession, be recognized as a good role model for the paralegal profession and be deserving of special recognition.

Past Recipients
1999 – Edna Wallace
2000 – Kathy Thurston
2001 – Linda McGirr
2002 – Roxanne Larrison
2003 – Cathy Canny
2004 – Belinda Kunczt
2005 – Cathy Canny
2007 – Janet Logan & Eileen Ridgway
2008 – Angela White & Katie Schuster
2009 – Pam Retherford
2010 – Mary Myers
2011 – Alison J. Rundle
2012 – Elizabeth P. Strain
2013 – Denise Bowlby
2014 – Jodie Bergeron

Visit indybar.org to access the nomination form. Don’t delay: nominations are due May 1.

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IndyBar Member Headlines: Thursday, April 9

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

Logan C. Hughes has been named chair of Reminger Co. LPA’s Drug and Medical Device Practice Group.

Brett Nelson of Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP has been named president of Paws and Think Inc.

Julian Harrell of Taft Stettitinius & Hollister LLP has been named the Marion County Bar Association representative on the IndyBar Board of Directors.

Pamela G. Schneeman was promoted to deputy chief litigation counsel in the Office of Corporation Counsel for the city of Indianapolis.

Jason M. Massaro of the Massaro Legal Group LLC has been selected to become a fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America.

William (Bill) H. Thompson of Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman PC received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health Alumni Association.

Brett J. Miller of Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP has been named co-chair of the firm’s federal tax team.

Katherine L. Shelby has joined Cantrell Strenski & Mehringer LLP as senior counsel.

Sarah Harrell and Brittany Smith recently joined the Intellectual Property Department of Barnes & Thornburg LLP.

John M. Ketcham, partner at Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP, has become a registered civil mediator in Indiana.

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Double Shot of Networking Coffee Hours for IndyBar Members in April

Don’t wait for nighttime to network – start your day with good conversation, new contacts and hot coffee. There are two opportunities for IndyBar members to make a morning coffee hour this month, so don’t miss out!

Coffee with the Women & the Law Division
Thursday, April 16
8 to 9 a.m.
Starbucks at the Sheraton, 31 W. Ohio St.
More information here.

Indy Attorneys Network Quarterly Coffee
Thursday, April 30
8 to 9 a.m.
Paradise Cafe, 8540 Castleton Corner Dr.
More information here.

Looking for more opportunities to meet fellow legal professionals? Check out all of the IndyBar’s networking events in April here!

 

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Trimble: ‘Reflections on a Lawyer’s Role in a Firestorm’

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By John C. Trimble, Lewis Wagner LLP

As I write this column a week before it will be published, the firestorm over the recently enacted Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) still rages. No one today can predict how long the maelstrom will rage. The only safe generalization I can make is that supporters on both sides are dismayed, and much confusion exists about the meaning and consequences of the new law (perhaps there will be greater clarity by the time this goes to print).

I would venture to say that every lawyer in our association was consulted by someone about the meaning of the statute. Our families, our co-workers, our neighbors and our friends asked our opinions of the law and asked us to help them understand it. For many of us, the inquiries came from all over the country as the news about the law spread. We were asked about it on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Many of us received calls from clients with Indiana ties who wanted to know the ramifications to their businesses. I had a call from a high school classmate who teaches AP Social Studies who wanted to know how to teach about it to his class of high school seniors. I fielded a concerned call from a college student who was trying to decide whether to come to Indiana to go to law school. The stories are many, but the theme is the same … people wanted a lawyer’s view of the issue.

Many of us read about new laws, and quite often the sum total of our knowledge is based upon what we hear on the news or read in the newspaper. However, the RFRA controversy has been different. Most of us realized that we could not just casually advise people about the law if we had not studied it, so we studied it. I suspect that many of you also realized that because of the high pitch of the rhetoric over the law, we lawyers needed to be as measured as we could be about how we characterized the implications of the law.

This whole experience has awakened in me a new understanding of the role we play in society. While lawyer jokes abound and some question the integrity of the profession, the truth is that we are the persons to whom others turn when they need important answers. It is our role in society to bring reason to discourse and to give straightforward answers when a firestorm rages over an issue of public disagreement. No doubt, a few among us may have fanned flames from either side, but I am confident that most of us in the IndyBar fulfilled our role. We were informed and helpful no matter how we felt about the RFRA. Each of us will likely continue to counsel clients and the public if we are called upon to do so.

Diversity and inclusion are core values of the Indianapolis Bar Association. We urge everyone on any side of the RFRA debate to work to lift up our community so that the world will understand that Indianapolis is a great place to live or visit. #WILLYOUBETHERE?

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2015 Bench Bar Conference Scholarships Available

The 2015 Bench Bar Conference is going to be like you’ve never seen it before! This year’s “IndyBar Talk” breakout sessions are quick-hitting, high energy TEDTalk-style programs that will keep you interested in the latest updates on criminal law, family law, civil litigation and more. The conference will be held June 18-20 at the Marriott Downtown in Louisville. You won’t want to miss it, and thanks to a number of conference scholarships, you won’t have to!

Through the generosity of the conference sponsors, 12 attorneys will receive free registration for the full conference and lodging for two nights. To apply for one of these 12 spots, email Julie Armstrong at jarmstrong@indybar.org by Monday, April 13 with the following information:

  1. Have you previously attended the IndyBar’s Bench Bar Conference?
  2. If so, have you previously received a Bench Bar Scholarship?
  3. If so, when?
  4. Are you a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association (preference will be given to members, but not restricted to only members)?
  5. Why do you wish to attend the 2015 Bench Bar Conference?

 

Recipients will be notified Monday, April 27.

Section Sponsored Scholarships
In addition to the above noted scholarships, several IndyBar sections are sponsoring scholarships for registration for the full conference and two nights’ lodging as well.  Sections providing these scholarships include the Criminal Justice Section, Family Law Section, Litigation Section, Real Estate & Land Use Section and Solo/Small Firm Practice Section. Please see below for details about each section’s scholarship offering.

Criminal Justice Section
To apply for a Criminal Justice Section conference scholarship, please fill out this application and email it to Deneen Fitzgerald at dfitzgerald@indybar.org or fax it to (317) 269-1915 by Wednesday, April 22.

Applicants must be Criminal Justice Section members, and preference will be given to the following:

  • individuals demonstrating interest in active Indianapolis Bar Association and/or Criminal Justice Section participation
  • first-time attendees of the Bench Bar Conference
  • attorneys practicing in the fields of government or public service, or others who demonstrate that the costs of the bench bar conference are a barrier to attend

 

Family Law Section
To apply for a Family Law Section conference scholarship, please fill out this application and email it to Deneen Fitzgerald at dfitzgerald@indybar.org or fax it to (317) 269-1915 by Friday, April 17.

Applicants must be Family Law Section members, and preference will be given to the following:

  • Individuals demonstrating interest in active Indianapolis Bar Association and/or Family Law Section participation
  • First-time attendees of the Bench Bar Conference
  • Attorneys practicing in the fields of government or public service, or others who demonstrate that the costs of the bench bar conference are a barrier to attend

 

Litigation Section
To apply for a Litigation Section conference scholarship, please fill out this application and email it to Deneen Fitzgerald at dfitzgerald@indybar.org or fax it to (317) 269-1915 by Thursday, April 9.

Applicants must be Litigation Section members, and preference will be given to the following:

  • Individuals demonstrating interest in active Indianapolis Bar Association and/or Litigation Section participation
  • First-time attendees of the Bench Bar Conference
  • Attorneys practicing in the fields of government or public service, or others who demonstrate that the costs of the bench bar conference are a barrier to attend

 

Real Estate & Land Use Section
To apply for a Real Estate & Land Use Section conference scholarship, please fill out this application and email it to Deneen Fitzgerald at dfitzgerald@indybar.org or fax it to (317) 269-1915 by Thursday, April 9.

Applicants must be Real Estate & Land Use Section members, and preference will be given to the following:

  • Individuals demonstrating interest in active Indianapolis Bar Association and/or Real Estate and Land Use Section participation
  • First-time attendees of the Bench Bar Conference
  • Attorneys practicing in the fields of government or public service, or others who demonstrate that the costs of the bench bar conference are a barrier to attend

 

Solo/Small Firm Practice Section
To apply for a Solo/Small Firm Practice Section conference scholarship, please fill out this application and email it to Jill Voliva at jvoliva@indybar.org or fax it to (317) 269-1915 by Friday, May 1.

Applicants must be Solo/Small Firm Practice Section members, and preference will be given to the following:

  • Individuals demonstrating interest in solo or small firm practice
  • Individuals actively participating in the Indianapolis Bar Association and/or Solo/Small Firm Practice Section
  • First-time attendees of the Bench Bar Conference

2015 Bench Bar Conference: #WillYouBeThere? Apply for a scholarship or register here today so you can answer YES!

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Bill Watch Report for April 3 Now Available

The practice-area specific Bill Watch reports for April 3 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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On Tap at the IndyBar: April 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

Litigation Trial Skills Series: Direct & Cross Exam
Wednesday, April 8 from noon to 1 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center, 135 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 1500
Information and registration can be found here.

Bar Boost: Keeping It Professional
Wednesday, April 8 from 4 to 5 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center, 135 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 1500
Information and registration can be found here.

#TEDTalksTurnsTen: “The Surprising Science of Happiness”
Thursday, April 9 from 8 to 9 a.m.
Speak Easy, 5255 N. Winthrop Avenue
Information and registration can be found here.

Health Law Networking Event
Thursday, April 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Shiraz Wine Café, 429 Massachusetts Ave
Information and registration can be found here.

Breakfast with the Bar: Diversity and the Law
Friday, April 10 from 8 to 9 a.m.
IndyBar Board Room, 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

  • #WillYouBeThere? Bench Bar Conference 2015 Registration is Open! – Where will you be June 18-20? Hopefully at the best conference for judges and attorneys – the Bench Bar Conference – in Louisville, KY! Check out this post for more information and register today.
  • Don’t Miss Out on Free CLE Fridays at the IndyBar - Every month you can earn one hour of CLE for free by checking out the free CLE video replays at the IndyBar. Get more information here.
  • Practice-area specific Bill Watch reports are available. Click here for the most recent updates!
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miniBar Talk: This Week’s Top Post

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Spring Break: Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines

By Jenna Heavner, Mallor Grodner LLP

With spring break around the corner for many, parents may be wondering what time they’ll have with their child. See this post for an explanation of the Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines during school breaks.

This post was written by  Jenna Heavner of Mallor Grodner LLP. If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Family Law Section page, please email Rachel Beachy at rbeachy@indybar.org.

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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The Last of the Firsts: Feeding the Pipeline through the IndyBar Diversity Job Fair

By Roxana Bell

In a February issue of Indiana Lawyer, the Marion County Bar Association (MCBA) and Indianapolis Bar Association paid collaborative tribute to our local African-American trailblazers in honor of Black History Month. In reading this “Celebration of Trailblazers,” I was struck by the relative youth of our central Indiana legal pioneers, many of whom I have had the recent privilege of working alongside as either a judicial clerk, law firm associate or board member of the MCBA. As this “Celebration of Trailblazers” made clear, a good number of our local firsts have been achieved since the turn of the millennium.

While it is wonderful to be able to celebrate so many trailblazing leaders who are still in active practice, it is sobering to realize that only 10 or 15 years ago, our legal community suffered from a significant lack of diversity. Even more sobering is the tally of how many of our celebrated firsts still hold the less celebratory distinction of “only.” And for as many firsts as we were able to celebrate last month, there remain just as many firsts that have not been realized, including within our locally elected or appointed public offices and at small- to medium-sized law firms across the greater Indianapolis area.

I point this out not as an indictment, but as a call to action for employers of all sizes, in both the public and private sectors. If you are an attorney practicing in Indianapolis, ask yourself, “What have I personally done to increase diversity numbers at my workplace?” If your firm or public agency is not currently registered as an interviewing employer for the 2015 IndyBar Diversity Job Fair, ask yourself, “Why not?”

We have come a long way in recent years, but we still have far to go and the IndyBar Diversity Job Fair is one of the surest ways to foster diversity and inclusion at a local level. As a 2010 student-participant and a 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 interviewing employer, I can personally attest to both the job fair’s ability to attract impressive candidates and its success in matching these candidates to prospective Indianapolis employers. Any employer that is serious about its diversity efforts cannot afford to miss the fair. After all, it is important to remember that our recently celebrated trailblazers were – in the not-too-distant past – just hopeful, worthy candidates for their respective positions.

Who will you meet at the IndyBar Diversity Job Fair? The next Alan Mills or Roderick Morgan? Perhaps you will be sitting across from the next Pamela Carter or Myra Selby. Regardless of whether you choose to hire anyone through the Job Fair, know that your participation alone will send the unequivocal message that your workplace is one that welcomes diverse applicants. I look forward to seeing many new and returning employers at the IndyBar Diversity Job Fair this summer, and I will hold fast to the hope that, sometime soon, we will see the last of the firsts.

To register today as an interviewing employer for the 2015 IndyBar Diversity Job Fair, please visit ibadiversityjobfair.org or contact Caren Chopp at (317) 269-2000.

Ms. Bell is an associate at Bingham Greenebaum Doll where she practices in the Labor and Employment Practice Group. Before joining Bingham Greenebaum Doll, Roxana clerked for Judge Jane E. Magnus-Stinson of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, and Judge Rudolph R. Pyle III of the Court of Appeals of Indiana. She is a member of the IndyBar Diversity Job Fair Committee.

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On Tap at the IndyBar: March 30 – April 5

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

Paralegal Open Meeting: What IndyBar Membership Does for You
Wednesday, April 1 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

  • Trimble: ‘To Be or Not to Be…Connected 24/7′ – IndyBar President John C. Trimble of Lewis Wagner LLP writes about the hyper-connectedness that comes with today’s technology and whether or not that’s actually helping us. Read more here.
  • IndyBar Member Headlines: Thursday, March 26 – Many IndyBar members have been on the move lately. Check out what the latest headlines are in this post.
  • Social Media Connections: Ethical Rules to Consider - In the latest miniBar Talk, Andrea Ciobanu of Ciobanu Law PC shares some resources for making sure that your social media connections with legal professionals follow ethical guidelines.
  • Bench Bar Just Got Better: Registration Now Open! – What makes this year’s Bench Bar Conference better than all the rest? Check out this post to find out and register today.
  • Don’t Miss Out on Free CLE Fridays at the IndyBar - Every month you can earn one hour of CLE for free by checking out the free CLE video replays at the IndyBar. Get more information here.
  • Why a Most-Read Post Isn’t Enough for Lessons in Professionalism - When it comes to lessons in professionalism, you need to take it from someone who’s been in your shoes. This article talks about why that’s the case and how the IndyBar can help you get started doing just that.
  • Practice-area specific Bill Watch reports are available. Click here for the most recent updates!

 

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