Throughout the 2012-2013 Bar Leader Series, we’ll follow the experience of Series member Kevin Morrissey, Lewis & Kappes PC.
This September, 25 young lawyers from Indianapolis retreated to the Waycross Camp in Morgantown, Indiana, to kick off the 2012-2013 iteration of the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Bar Leader Series, known as Bar Leader Series X (“BLS X”). The initial retreat was an opportunity for the members of BLS X to turn off their cell phones, forget about email (cell service was not available out there anyway), take a break from the rigors of daily law practice, and come together in the Indiana wilderness for a collaborative two-day workshop as the first of eight leadership sessions to take place over the next nine months. I am honored to be a participant in BLS X, and I look forward to chronicling my experiences as our class moves forward to explore the wide variety of issues, challenges, and opportunities facing our community and our profession.
Our author, Kevin Morrissey of Lewis & Kappes PC, smiles at center with fellow Class X members at the BLS Retreat this September.
By Scott Chinn, 2012 IndyBar President
There is an interwoven fabric of reasons why I love lawyers. We serve people and the community (even when we don’t get paid). We are among the best problem solvers in situations big and small. And we can be objective analyzers of duty, responsibility and social norms and values even when we are in our roles as advocates.
With those thoughts in mind, I have been considering for many months the work of lawyers in assisting other lawyers. For example, as I’ve written about in this column before, a task force of the bar headed by Kathleen Hart and Rebecca Geyer has been working on outreach to lawyers who may benefit from mentoring, networking and skills training in the brave new economic world for legal services. But beyond that, some lawyers around the country have become involved in organized efforts to assist lawyers, their families, law students and other members of the legal system in times of need. Continue reading
By Tyler D. Helmond, Voyles Zahn & Paul
He is a graduate of Butler University and the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. He practiced law in Johnson County from 1974 until taking the bench there, first as Juvenile Referee in 1987, and then as Superior Court Judge in 1989. He was named to the federal bankruptcy bench in 2000, where he now presides as Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana. He is the Honorable James K. Coachys, and he is the subject of the first ever Interrogatories column–candid questions and answers with some of the most interesting members of the Indiana bench and bar. Continue reading
By Liz Shuster and Chuck Schmal, Woodard Emhardt Moriarty & McNett & Henry LLP
Like most attorneys, we always enjoy meeting lawyers from other practice areas and interests, but while it is easy to say “go network,” we found it somewhat a daunting task.
While the IndyBar offers a wealth of opportunities to meet other attorneys, usually meetings tend to focus toward specific areas of law or particular topics of interest, which are not always conducive for networking. We’ve all been to CLEs where most attorneys stick to the schedule, arriving just a few minutes before the presentation begins and leaving promptly when it ends, leaving little to no time for networking.
Members of the legal community gathered to pay tribute to the value of professionalism in the practice at the IndyBar’s Professionalism Luncheon, held Thursday, October 11 at the Columbia Club. Sponsored by the IndyBar Professionalism Committee, the luncheon honored the 2012 Professionalism Award winners—Hon. Anthony Metz III, recipient of the Silver Gavel Award, and Sally Zweig, recipient of the Professionalism Award—as well as special guest speaker Hon. Sarah Evans Barker of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.
Honorees Judge Tony Metz, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana, and Sally Zweig of Katz & Korin PC smile with IndyBar President Scott Chinn, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.
By Scott Chinn, 2012 IndyBar President
A 2010 film called “The Special Relationship” depicts British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s important relationship with President Bill Clinton. The film traces the interactions between the leaders in the 1990s both in the contexts of the prosperity and the political tumult of those times. Originally, the movie’s screenplay was to deal with Blair’s relationship with both President Clinton and President George W. Bush. In the end, the director found the Blair-Clinton relationship too interesting not to receive the exclusive focus of the film and left the Bush story on the cutting room floor.
A special relationship exists between the Indianapolis Bar Foundation and the Indianapolis Bar Association. It is easy to think of the IBF as the “fund raising arm” of the IndyBar. And that isn’t wrong. Many metropolitan bar associations around the county have the support of separate bar foundations dedicated to raising money for bar programs. Indeed, so integrated are the layers of bar association management, operations and financing that the semi-annual and annual meetings of the National Association of Bar Executives, National Conference of Bar Presidents, and National Association of Bar Foundations are held jointly.
By Germaine Winnick Willett, Ice Miller LLP
Did you know that a number of Indiana women played important roles in the national fight for women’s suffrage? Women like Mary Frame Thomas, who gave a stirring address for women’s rights before Indiana’s legislature in 1859, the first woman to ever speak before the elected body. Or abolitionist Amanda Way, who stated her case for women’s right to vote to the state legislature in 1871 and who worked tirelessly to organize suffrage activists. Another crusader for women’s rights was journalist, lawyer, and temperance activist Helen Gougar, who sued the Tippecanoe county election board for refusing to permit her to vote. She appealed her case to the Indiana Supreme Court, where she became the first woman to argue before the state’s highest court. These and many other women worked tirelessly on both the local and national stage to persuade hearts and minds that women should not be denied the right to vote. Continue reading
Kathleen Lucas, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP, will be recognized as the 2012 Antoinette Dakin Leach Award Recipient at the ADL Award Dinner to immediately follow the WLD’s “Women’s Legal History–Major Movements and Local Impact” program on October 23 at the Columbia Club.
Lucas was selected as the 2012 recipient of this award as a result of her contributions to Indiana’s legal community over the last 35 years, including crafting groundbreaking legislation regarding universal precautions, infectious waste, and school attendance to protect patients, their caregivers, and the public during the HIV/AIDS epidemic. In addition, she was instrumental in the enactment of Indiana’s then-controversial voluntary remediation and brownfield programs for cleaning up contaminated properties and putting them back into productive use.
The Indianapolis Bar’s Women and the Law Division established the award in 1990 to honor outstanding women in the legal profession. The Antoinette Dakin Leach Award is presented only when the division deems a worthy candidate exists.
To register for the dinner and/or preceding CLE program, click here.
The Indianapolis Bar Association’s Nominating Committee has announced the selection of John C. Trimble of Lewis Wagner LLP as the 2015 President of the Indianapolis Bar Association. Currently an At Large Director on the board, Trimble will serve as the association’s First Vice President on the 2013 Board of Directors. Trimble was unopposed for the nomination. Continue reading
News and commentary on the upcoming election are nearly impossible to escape at this point. Take a break from the non-stop back and forth political banter with several upcoming election-related non-partisan events and programs. Continue reading