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On Tap at the IndyBar: July 27 – August 2

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

Attorneys or Acrobats: Strategies for Balancing Time and Due Process in Administrative Hearings
Tuesday, July 28 from noon to 1 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center
Information and registration can be found here.

Effective Use of Experts in Construction Disputes
Wednesday, July 29 from 8:30 a.m. to noon
IndyBar Education Center
Information and registration can be found here.

The Supreme Court’s Labor and Employment Cases: Current Decisions and Continuing Developments
Wednesday, July 29 from noon to 1:30 p.m.
BMO Harris Bank Plaza Conference Center, 135 N. Pennsylvania St., 7th Floor
Information and registration can be found here.

Evaluating Portability: Does Funding a Credit Shelter Trust at the First Spouse’s Death Still Make More Sense?
Wednesday, July 29 from 4 to 5 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center
Information and registration can be found here.

Commercial Guarantees: Before and After Execution
Thursday, July 30 from noon to 1 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center
Information can be found here.

Lawyer Supervision and Civility in the Bar
*Includes 1.0 ethics credit*
Thursday, July 30 from noon to 1 p.m.
BMO Harris Bank Plaza Conference Center, 135 N. Pennsylvania St., 7th Floor
Information can be found here.

Paralegal Appreciation Luncheon
Thursday, July 30 from noon to 1 p.m.
Conrad Indianapolis, 50 W. Washington St.
Information 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

  • Make the Connection with Mentor Connect – The newest IndyBar program makes it easier than ever to find a mentor. This service is free, comfortable and easy. Plus participants get free CLE and exclusive access to special events! Learn how to get started here.
  • Bar Talk July: Legal News You Need to Know – This month’s Bar Talk features the top five member-written articles and includes information about two recent Supreme Court decisions, an update on Rezone Indy and more. Check it out here.
  • IndyBar Welcomes New Citizens at Naturalization Ceremonies – IndyBar attorneys have a unique opportunity to help hopeful individuals’ dreams of becoming United States citizens come true. Learn how you can volunteer for Naturalization Ceremonies here.
  • Nominations Now Accepted for Board of Directors – The nomination period has begun for the 2016 Board of Directors of the Indianapolis Bar Association. Those interested should forward a letter of interest or nomination form to the IndyBar office by August 13, 2015. Click here to read more about the selection committee and for more information.
  • The Glass is Half Full at the IndyBar! – We have a lot in store for the next six months, and non-members can check it out for HALF PRICE for a limited time. Plus, included with this half price dues offer is six months FREE on Indy Lawyer Finder (a $900 value!).  Check out the details.
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Make the Connection with Mentor Connect

“You need a mentor to be a successful lawyer,” they say…but they don’t say how to find one!

Your search is over with Mentor Connect, a new IndyBar program that matches mentor and mentee pairs to help create meaningful and productive mentor relationships.

Free from a laundry list of requirements, Mentor Connect lets the mentor/mentee pair work together to decide what works best for them. Plus, mentor pairs get access to special IndyBar programming—including free CLE!

The project is spearheaded by the IndyBar Professionalism Committee. Committee chair Chuck Schmal of Woodard Emhardt Moriarty McNett & Henry LLP notes, “As a result of the changing of the profession, there is a greater risk of attorneys not being mentored by other attorneys. The long-term impact of losing mentoring relationships could harm professional civility, increase malpractice, and devalue the roles of attorneys in society. We hope that this mentorship program will help to guide attorneys starting in their careers.”

Visit indybar.org/mentorconnect to fill out a simple form to participate.

Mentor Connect is:

Free: There is no fee to participate.

Comfortable: We provide ideas to help get the conversations rolling.

Easy: No laundry list of requirements…just meet informally each month and attend quarterly events.

Value Added: Get free CLE and exclusive access to special events!

What’s involved?

Mentees seeking a mentor fill out this form and return it to Caren Chopp. The deadline for the first round of mentor/mentee matching is August 14, 2015.

Mentees will be paired with mentors based on a variety of factors, personal interests and/or practice area preferences if possible.

Mentor pairs should meet monthly, but what you do is up to you! We’ll provide suggested topics to get the conversations rolling. Mentor pairs will have exclusive access to free CLE and other special IndyBar programming.

The Mentor Connect program officially takes place over the course of 12 months, but the mentor relationship will last far longer than that!

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Bar Talk July: 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.

Supreme Court Rules in Same-Sex Marriage Case
By Richard A. Mann, Richard A. Mann PC
The Supreme Court of the United States ruled on June 26, 2015, in Obergefell v. Hodges, that state laws banning same-sex marriage and denying recognition of such marriages lawfully entered in other states are unconstitutional. Read more here.
For more Family Law Section news, subscribe to the content here!

Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Subsidies
By Ammon R. Filllmore, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman PC
On Thursday, June 25, the Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, upheld a key provision of the Affordable Care Act. Read more here.
For more Health Care & Life Sciences Section news, subscribe to this content here!

Citing “Advice of Counsel” Has Pitfalls in Decision Making
Provided by the Labor & Employment Law Section Executive Committee
Check out this post for some of the downsides of referring to “advice of counsel” in defending adverse employment actions.
For more Labor & Employment Law Section news, subscribe to this content here!

Favorable Recommendation Given for “Rezone Indy”
By Russell Brown, Clark Quinn Moses Scott & Grahn LLP
On June 17, the Metropolitan Development Commission gave a favorable recommendation to the Indianapolis City-County Council for the “Rezone Indy” comprehensive update of the Indianapolis/Marion County Zoning Ordinance. Read more.
For more Real Estate & Land Use Section news, subscribe to this content here!

Technology is Critical in Litigation – So Embrace It!
By Timothy F. Deveraux, Ladendorf Law
Check out this post for insight and tips for effectively incorporating technology into litigation.
For more Litigation Section news, subscribe to this content here!

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IndyBar Welcomes New Citizens at Naturalization Ceremonies

For attorneys, the courtroom is often rife with conflict and anxiety. But for some hopeful individuals, the courtroom is where their dreams of becoming United States citizens officially become reality.

IndyBar attorneys have a unique opportunity to take part in these momentous occasions in the lives of our newest compatriots. Twice a month, the IndyBar sends representatives to the Naturalization Ceremonies to give welcoming words to the new citizens. Ceremonies are held in the Birch Bayh Federal Building and United States Courthouse, last about an hour and are held on Thursday mornings.

IndyBar volunteers have two responsibilities: to welcome the new citizens with a short speech (a sample is provided) and to distribute a welcome gift following the ceremony. The IndyBar gives each new citizen a copy of the United States and Indiana Constitution Book.

Many agencies participate in the ceremonies. As an IndyBar volunteer, you will arrive at the Court and be seated with the others in the jury box. An agenda will be provided and you will be called upon by name at the appropriate time by the Judge.

Naturalization Ceremonies feature the recitation of the United States Oath of Citizenship and provide newly naturalized citizens with a welcome to the United States, a brief overview of the justice system and the importance of citizenship, and greetings and congratulations from city and state officials and local organizations.

Volunteers are often struck with how emotionally moving the experience can be.

“There’s a lot I enjoy about being involved in the IndyBar. I must confess, though, that about the best thing I have been able to do several times over the past few years is represent the IndyBar at naturalization ceremonies conducted by the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana,” Past IndyBar President Scott Chinn noted in his July 2012 Indiana Lawyer President’s Column.

“There are a lot of moments during these events that tug at your heart and induce mist in your eyes, like when the eldest new citizen is provided a flag that’s flown over the U.S. Capitol and when the youngest new citizen leads all those assembled in the pledge of allegiance.”

If you would like to find out more or volunteer, please contact Caren Chopp at cchopp@indybar.org.

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On Tap at the IndyBar: July 20 – 26

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

Business Law Skills Series: Indiana Legislative Developments – Business Entities: Benefit Corporations, Virtual Shareholder Meetings and More
Tuesday, July 21 from noon to 1 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center
Information and registration can be found here.

Same-Sex Marriage Issues Presented
Wednesday, July 22 from noon to 1 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center
Information and registration can be found here.

Indy Attorneys Network Quarterly Coffee
Thursday, July 23 from 8 to 9 a.m.
Starbucks at the Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre, 31 W. Ohio St.
Information can be found here.

Human Trafficking: Case, Legislative and Policy Updates
Thursday, July 23 from noon to 1 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center
Information and registration can be found here.

Paralegal Open Meeting: What IndyBar Membership Does for You
Thursday, July 23 from noon to 1 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center
Information and registration can be found here.

Revised Article 9: The Changes Are Here
Thursday, July 23 from 4 to 5 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center
Information and registration can be found here.

Update on the Specialized Driving Privilege Laws and Other Title 9 Changes
Thursday, July 23 from 4 to 7 p.m.
The Rathskeller, 401 E. Michigan St.
Information and registration can be found here.

Family Law Section Baseball Outing
Thursday, July 23 from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Victory Field, 501 W. Maryland Street (left field picnic area)
Information and registration can be found here.

Free Video Replay CLE: How to Fire Your Client…And What About Your Retaining Lien?
Friday, July 24 from noon to 1 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center
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

  • Nominations Open for Professionalism Awards - The IndyBar Professionalism Committee is currently soliciting nominations for the 2015 IndyBar Professionalism Award (Attorney) and IndyBar Silver Gavel Award (Judge). Nominations are due by 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 20. Get more information here.
  • Member Headlines: Thursday, July 16 – We’re halfway through the summer and IndyBar members are working full steam ahead. Get the latest updates and member news here.
  • Solo and Small Practice: It Takes Courage and Strength – In the latest article from IndyBar President John C. Trimble of Lewis Wagner LLP, he encourages all lawyers to “think like a solo.” Read more here.
  • Nominations Now Accepted for Board of Directors – The nomination period has begun for the 2016 Board of Directors of the Indianapolis Bar Association. Those interested should forward a letter of interest or nomination form to the IndyBar office by August 13, 2015. Click here to read more about the selection committee and for more information.
  • Get your school supplies ready for donations on the circle! – For the third year in a row, the IndyBar will collect office and school supplies to benefit Teachers’ Treasures. Donations are due this Wednesday, July 22, and will be collected on the south side of Monument Circle. Check out this post for more information.
  • Talking Points with the Top Paralegal – Learn more about the IndyBar Paralegal of the Year in this article with Arlene L. Morris of Whitham Hebenstreit & Zubek LLP. Ms. Morris will be recognized at the Paralegal Appreciation Luncheon on Thursday, July 30 at The Conrad Indianapolis. Register here today!
  • The Glass is Half Full at the IndyBar! – We have a lot in store for the next six months, and non-members can check it out for HALF PRICE for a limited time. Plus, included with this half price dues offer is six months FREE on Indy Lawyer Finder (a $900 value!).  Check out the details.
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Talking Points with the Top Paralegal

The Indianapolis Bar Association is proud to recognize Arlene L. Morris of Whitham Hebenstreit & Zubek LLP as the association’s Paralegal of the Year for 2015. Ms. Morris will be recognized for this honor at the IndyBar Paralegal Appreciation Luncheon on Thursday, July 30 from noon to 1 p.m. at The Conrad Hotel.

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Arlene Morris

For Ms. Morris, the greatest reward as a paralegal comes from her clients.

“I am rewarded by knowing that I am making a difference to the clients that our office services on a daily basis,” she said. “I work for two very busy attorneys, and it is so nice to come to work and be able to feel that you are part of a team. I actually look forward to Monday mornings.”

Ms. Morris has been practicing as a paralegal for over 20 years and has been in the legal profession for 30 years. She joined the IndyBar in 1994 and is currently the vice chair of the Paralegal Committee.

“I became involved in the IndyBar when Debi Binkley invited me to one of the council meetings and have never looked back,” Ms. Morris said. “I enjoy the meetings with other paralegals who are members of the IndyBar. I don’t think I would be as involved today if it wasn’t for that extra push that Debi Binkley gave me and the constant encouragement that the paralegal committee gives each other as we all strive to be the best we can be in our profession.”

She is in her second year of chairing the Bears on Patrol program for the committee. Last year, over 3,600 bears were donated to the sheriff’s office, fire departments and police departments for children in traumatic situations through this program. Ms. Morris is also the vice president of the Indiana Paralegal Association and has chaired and organized their Charitable Partner Silent Auction. Last year, the auction raised over $2,500 for Out Reach, a charity that assists homeless teens in Indy. In addition to her devotion to these professional organizations, Ms. Morris also works weekly with the Post Road Christian Church Children’s Ministry.

“I continue to strive to learn new things every day,” she said. “My example is my father, who always taught me to do your very best and always give 110 percent in everything you do.”

This advice clearly translates in her career.

“She works extremely hard and takes great pride in her work, which shows in the work product she helps to promptly and efficiently produce,” her nomination writes. “That is no small task given that she now works in a general, civil practice and is asked to deal with a variety of legal issues to which she has not been previously exposed.”

Get to know more about Ms. Morris and honor the paralegal in your life at this year’s Paralegal Appreciation Luncheon. Register today here.

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miniBar Talk: This Week’s Top Post

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Swift Changes Come to Apple Music After Artist Withholds Album

By Matthew R. Macaluso of Keller Macaluso LLC

On Sunday, June 21, Taylor Swift announced that she would withhold her album from Apple’s new streaming service, Apple Music, which launched Tuesday, June 30. Swift’s reasoning: the company would not pay royalties to the artists during customers’ three-month free trial periods. By Sunday evening, Apple had responded and changed its policy for the streaming service. Following that, Swift announced on Thursday, June 25 that her album “1989” will be available for streaming on Apple Music. Read more 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 rbeachy@indybar.org.

To subscribe to more sports and entertainment law 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 2015 Professionalism Awards

Professionalism—it’s a trait that sets apart one stellar attorney or judge from another. Now is your chance to honor this invaluable quality in your Indy colleagues.

The IndyBar Professionalism Committee is currently soliciting nominations for the 2015 IndyBar Professionalism Award (Attorney) and IndyBar Silver Gavel Award (Judge). Nominations are due by 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 20.

The professionalism awards were created in 2004 to summon to the spotlight lawyers and judicial officers whose career exemplifies the high calling and higher achievement of lawyers in modern society.

Nominate a deserving legal professional by e-mailing cchopp@indybar.org and noting why your nominee is qualified for the honor along with some examples of his or her professionalism in action. Recipients will be honored at the Professionalism Luncheon on Thursday, September 24 (online registration coming soon).

Past award recipients include: Justice Brent Dickson Indiana Supreme Court; Hon. Anthony Metz, U.S. Bankruptcy Court; Sally Zweig, Katz & Korin; Hon. Sarah Evans Barker, US District Court, Southern Division; Marty Hollingsworth, Bingham McHale LLP; Douglas J. Hill, Hill Fulwider McDowell Funk & Matthews; Hon. John D. Tinder, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh District; Karl L. Mulvaney, Bingham McHale LLP; Hon. Charles J. Deiter, Marion Superior Court, Probate Division; Hon. Patricia J. Gifford, Marion Superior Court, Criminal Division; Phillip “Skip” Kappes, Lewis & Kappes; and John R. Maley, Barnes & Thornburg LLP.

Honoring Professionalism

The Silver Gavel Award honors judges while the Professionalism Award is presented to an attorney.

Criteria for Evaluation:

1. Overall quality of performance in profession

2. Pro Bono service

3. Community service

4. Service to the Indianapolis, local county or Indiana bar associations and/or foundations

5. Demonstrated respect toward clients, family, and friends

6. Demonstrated respect toward judges and lawyers

7. Involvement with charitable and volunteer activities

8. Demonstrated commitment to mentoring others in the profession

Nominate an attorney or judge by emailing Caren Chopp at cchopp@indybar.org.

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Member Headlines: Thursday, July 16

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

Lisa McKinney, partner at Bose McKinney & Evans LLP, has been elected to serve as an at-large member on the Executive Council of the Indiana University Alumni Association

Russell C. Menyhart of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, Andrea Ciobanu of Ciobanu Law PC and Ahmed S. Young of Bose Public Affairs Group  have been chosen as members of Class XL of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series.

Bryce H. Bennett Jr. of Riley Bennett & Egloff LLP has been reappointed by Governor Pence as Chairman of the Indiana Election Commission.

Lisa M. Adler was recently elected managing partner of Harrison & Moberly LLP.

David Jose is now a partner at Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP.

Kim Ebert, managing shareholder at Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC, has been named to Human Resource Executive magazine’s 2015 list of “The Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys” for the third consecutive year.

Harold R. Bickham, Barnes & Thornburg LLP; Ryan M. Hurley, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP and Elizabeth G. Russell, retired, Krieg DeVault LLP, have been elected to serve on the Indianapolis Legal Aid Society board of directors. Donald S. Murphy, Indiana Public Defender Council; Curtis E. Shirley, Law Office of Curtis E. Shirley; John C. Trimble, Lewis Wagner LLP have been re-elected to continue their service for another term.

Matthew Boldt is now an associate at Young & Young.

Maggie Sadler is now an attorney at Clark Quinn Moses Scott & Grahn LLP.

Elizabeth Eichholtz is now an attorney at Cohen & Malad LLP.

Sarah Fowler is now an associate at Ice Miller LLP.

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Solo and Small Practice: It Takes Courage and Strength

IBA-trimble-john-2015At a recent law practice management seminar, I heard an expert in law firm strategic planning say, “No matter the size of your firm, you need your lawyers to ‘Think like a solo.’” He compared the solo practice of law to the operation of a Dairy Queen and other small businesses. Small business owners not only have to produce a good product at a competitive price, but they also have to hire and fire, pay and send bills, market their business, undertake collections, maintain a website and, as necessary, take out the trash, sweep the front sidewalk, and shovel snow.

Business owners frequently arrive first and turn on the lights, and they often leave last and turn off the lights. The bottom line is that they have to do whatever they need to do to keep the doors open. Unfortunately, they may also lie awake at night worrying about their business. Practicing law as a solo or small firm is not for the faint at heart.

Despite the challenges, fears and demands of solo and small practice, legal market experts tell us that more and more newly minted lawyers are entering law as solo and small firm owners. Larger firms are also seeing a trend of senior lawyers leaving to start their own small firms or solo practices. Some of this trend can be attributed to the shortage of law firm jobs, but much of it is attributable to the desire of lawyers to chart their own course.

Younger lawyers, in particular, are adept at technology and are not intimidated by the demands of bookkeeping, correspondence and court filings because they can do it all themselves. Many solos no longer need much office space because they can work from anywhere or they can go to the client. The whole look and feel of small law firms is changing as lawyers work from home offices, collaborative work spaces or shared arrangements.

In my role as president of the IndyBar, I have come to a new realization of the trend I am describing. At meetings of our Indy Attorneys Network Section, I have met new law graduates who have enthusiastically described the challenge and the joy of their developing practices. Indeed, a huge proportion of our active IndyBar members are solo and small practice lawyers. They see and understand the benefits of networking and relationship building. The time to participate in bar activities is a challenge for them, but most of them have found it worth the effort. They think like the small business owners they are, and they bring a perspective to our organization that we need. They see law way differently than many of us in firms who have professionals who do all the administrative and marketing work so that we can just practice law.

So, my message to all of you: Let’s “think like a solo.” You and your organization (including our judiciary) will all benefit if we approach law the way solos do. If we all concern ourselves to some degree with the business of law and not just the practice of law, our organizations will be stronger and our practices will be better. We will have greater empathy and understanding for the businesses we represent. We will view what we do more as a “calling” than as a job.

Our friends who practice solo and small practice are courageous to do it. Let’s all concern ourselves when we can with helping them with their business. They bring a lot to our bar, so to the extent that the IndyBar can make it worth their while, we will sure try.

#WILLYOUBETHERE?

Judge Taylor Baker

I would be remiss if I did not note the recent passing of a long time member of our bar and our judiciary. Judge Taylor L. Baker passed away on Sunday, July 5. Judge Baker was on the bench when I began practicing law, and although I never practiced in front of him, he stood out to me as one of the bulwarks of our criminal bench. He had a reputation for toughness that was tempered by concern for youth and concern for our community.

His service to the community, and his continuing presence at our bar activities, impressed me for all the years that I knew him. I appreciated his humor and his kindness and his support for our profession.

The IndyBar salutes his career, and offers our condolences and best wishes to his family and close friends.

We will miss him.

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