Guidance for Giving Back: Two CLE Training Programs in April

Lawyers are in a unique position to give back to the under-served by offering qualified legal advice and counsel to individuals in need. This month, the IndyBar is offering two training programs to give attorneys guidance for giving back to two very important causes: helping families with IEP case conferences and providing legal assistance to the homeless. If you’d like to give back to your neighbors in need, be sure to sign up for one of the CLEs below.

What IndyBar Members Need to Know to Assist Families in IEP Case Conferences – Level 301
Featuring: John Maley, Barnes & Thornburg LLP; Eric Schommer, St. Monica School
Fri., April 24 from 8:15 to 9:45 a.m. Register online here.

Thousands of Indy area children face extra hurdles in education because of physical, cognitive or emotional/behavior challenges. Federal and state laws entitle all children to a free and appropriate education; some children need an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) to ensure that they receive the appropriate education for their ability. This session, offered in partnership with the Joseph Maley Foundation, the 2014 Indianapolis Bar Foundation Impact Fund recipient, will train attendees so they will be able to help families of students who have IEPs due to special education needs.

This is an intermediate, 301-level course designed to train attorneys to be able to assist a family in preparing for their student’s next IEP case conference, and in actually attending that case conference with the family. This program is not designed to train attorneys to litigate disputed matters at the administrative level or in court.  That advanced program will be held later this year. This seminar will include significant written and electronic reference material for future use to ensure that you are prepared for success following the program.

Please note: This program is free for those who volunteer five hours for the Joseph Maley Foundation preparing for and attending a family IEP case conference with a school district. $55 member without a case, $110 non-member

Child Support Modifications and Expungements: A Primer for Providing Legal Assistance to the Homeless
Featuring: Annette Biesecker, Indiana Legal Services; Andy Fogle, Marion County Prosecutor’s Office
Wed., April 29 from 1 to 4 p.m. Register online here.

Many people who call Indy home need legal assistance – even those without a home to live in. Attorneys have the opportunity to help homeless individuals with their legal issues, and this seminar will provide the training to do so.

Attendees of this program will be prepared to provide pro bono assistance for two of the most common case type needs experienced by Horizon House homeless clients: expungements and child support modifications. Stale minor criminal convictions and loss of driver’s licenses due to child support arrearages are two of the most common limitations on homeless persons’ ability to break the cycle of property through employment. By helping homeless individuals with these cases, you can have an immediate and lasting impact on their lives.

The seminar will cover everything you need to know, from common issues in communicating with the homeless people, who don’t always convey pertinent information succinctly, to an analysis of the process for obtaining expungements in Indiana and more. Attorneys will be able to report additional pro bono hours under the new reporting requirements, so consider volunteering to assist your Indy neighbors and attend this CLE so you will be ready to help.

PLEASE NOTE: This program is free for those who attend and agree to take a case through the IndyBar Homeless Project upon completion of training. Please register as volunteer to confirm your commitment to taking a case.

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IndyBar Sections are Teaming Up for April CLEs

IndyBar sections have made CLEs a team sport this month with three joint programs offered in April. Taking advantage of a co-hosted CLE is a great way to increase your networking opportunities and get a well-rounded, in-depth perspective on the issues and updates that are most important to attorneys. Check out the programs below and sign up for a CLE today!

When Worlds Collide: Intellectual Property and Bankruptcy
Hosted by the Commercial & Bankruptcy Law Section and the Intellectual Property Section
Featuring: Mike Pellegrino, Pellegrino & Associates; Louis T. Perry, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP; David E. Roberts, Gutwein Law
Thurs., April 16 from 4 to 5 p.m. Register online here.

This seminar will demonstrate how secured lenders can protect their security interests in intellectual property, and it will also address the effects of bankruptcy on intellectual property rights. Just how is intellectual property treated in bankruptcy and valuation techniques related to such property? You’ll have to come to this CLE to find out the answer to that question and more!

Exit Planning: A Collaborative Approach CLE & Networking Reception
Hosted by the Business Law Section and the Estate Planning & Administration Section
Featuring: Brian L. Baker, City Securities Corporation; David W. Barrett, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP; Julia S. Weaver, Regions Private Wealth Management
Tues., April 21 from 4 to 7 p.m. Register online here.

This program will offer a panel discussion that is designed to share the best practices for exit planning and to enlighten our respective practice groups on the strategies we each bring to the table in crafting an optimal exit plan. Immediately following the seminar, stick around for appetizers and drinks from 5 to 7 p.m. This optional networking reception provides attendees an opportunity to socialize with colleagues and the panel. Registration is $10 and includes the cost of refreshments.

Social Media Investigations: Effectively Monitoring and Capturing Relevant Data
Hosted by the Paralegal Committee and the Family Law Section
Featuring: Lyn Mettler, Step Ahead Social Research
Tues., April 28 from noon to 1 p.m. Register online here.

The presentation will focus on best practices and techniques for effectively monitoring and capturing both historic and real-time social media and web data of individuals. There will be a review of the uses of social media monitoring for attorneys, relevant cases dealing with social media and the benefits and challenges of collecting such data. Attendees will be provided with specific recommendations of how to best ethically collect and then review the information, followed by some real-life examples of how social media was beneficial in various cases.

View all of the upcoming IndyBar events here.

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On Tap at the IndyBar: April 13 – 19

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

The Racing Attorney Conference 2015
Tuesday – Wednesday, April 14 – 15 from noon to 5 p.m.
Conrad Indianapolis, 50 W. Washington St.
Information and registration can be found here.

Coffee with the Women & the Law Division
Thursday, April 16 from 8 to 9 a.m.
Starbucks at the Sheraton, 31 W. Ohio St.
Information and registration can be found here.

Insight From the Experts: Civil Mediation Strategies from the Pros
Thursday, April 16 from noon to 1 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center, 135 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 1500
Information and registration can be found here.

When Worlds Collide: Intellectual Property and Bankruptcy
Thursday, April 16 from 4 to 5 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center, 135 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 1500
Information and registration can be found here.

Supreme Court Environmental Round Up and Spring Social
Thursday, April 16 from 4 to 6 p.m.
The Rathskeller, Wilkie Blue Room (401 E. Michigan Ave.)
Information and registration can be found here.

2015 Marion County Election Day Inspector Training
Friday, April 17 from 9 a.m. to noon
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

  • Ask a Lawyer is This Week! - The next Ask a Lawyer event will be held on Tuesday, April 14 from 2 to 6 p.m. Members of the IndyBar are available at various locations for free one-on-one consultations. Please direct anyone seeking an answer to a legal question to for location information.
  • 2015 Bench Bar Conference Scholarships Available – There are over 15 scholarships available for full conference registration and lodging at this year’s Bench Bar Conference in Louisville, KY on June 18-20. Check out this post for more information or register today.
  • Trimble: Reflections on a Lawyer’s Role in a Firestorm – IndyBar President John Trimble’s latest column discusses the role of an attorney in light of RFRA.
  • Double Shot of Networking Coffee Hours for IndyBar Members in April – If you like to start your day by sipping coffee, then you won’t want to miss this month’s networking opportunities at the IndyBar. Check out this post for more information about the networking coffee hours in April.
  • Practice-area specific Bill Watch reports are available. Click here for the most recent updates!
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Bill Watch Report for April 10 Now Available

The practice-area specific Bill Watch reports for April 10 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
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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Delivering Peace of Mind: Low Asset Wills Program Expands for 2015

For years, IndyBar attorneys have helped community members living in poverty to safeguard their futures through the bar’s Low Asset Wills Program. Studies routinely show that lower-income individuals are less likely to have a will or advance directives. This program has played an important role in making end of life decisions for this population clear, especially when it comes to the care of children.

This year, the program will take on a workshop format in an effort to assist even more members of the community. Workshops will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 6 and 7 at two different sites—the John H. Boner Center, which will be open to the public, and the Dr. James J. Wright Center, which will service Midtown Mental Health patients only.

The “one stop shop” format means that volunteer attorneys will work with individuals on-site to have their wills and advance directives drafted, signed and witnessed. Volunteers will also be on hand to pre-screen applicants for financial eligibility. Members of the community served by the program will walk away with fully executed documents—and more importantly, peace of mind.

Interested in making a difference? Estate planning attorneys are needed as volunteers, but non-probate savvy attorneys will also be put to good use. Volunteers who can bring a laptop are encouraged to do so, but it is not required. Attorneys who cannot volunteer on May 6 or 7 may be needed for overflow representation following the workshops. Contact Caren Chopp at to volunteer.

Did you know? Indianapolis Bar Association pro bono programs are funded through the Indianapolis Bar Foundation. Each dollar donated to the IBF gives a helping hand to another member of our community through programs like Low Asset Wills, Legal Line, the Homeless Shelter Project and much more!

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miniBar Talk: This Week’s Top Post

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9th Circuit Hears NCAA Appeals on O’Bannon Case

By Matthew R. Macaluso, Keller Macaluso LLC

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals recently heard arguments on the NCAA appeals regarding the O’Bannon case. (Read more about the outcome of O’Bannon v. NCAA here.) Judge Wilken’s rulings in favor of full cost of attendance scholarships and college athlete compensation for use of image and likeness are now both under review.  For more information, click here.

This post was written by Matthew R. Macaluso of Keller Macaluso LLC. If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Sports & Entertainment Law Section page, please email Rachel Beachy at

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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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 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

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’


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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