IndyBar Member Headlines: Thursday, May 21

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Three IndyBar Plus Bar Review Student members, all of the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law, were named Carr L. Darden 2015 CLEO interns. Nicole Burts was assigned Judge Michael P. Barnes, Mariah R. McGhee was assigned Judge Rudolph R. Pyle III and Lena M. Pratt was assigned Judge Terry A. Crone.

Burnell Grimes Jr., IU McKinney 2L and IndyBar Law Student Division chair, was awarded the Faegre Baker Daniels Diversity Fellowship for 2015.

Aaron Krieger has joined Medical Protective, a Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary, as corporate counsel.

Bradley R. Sugarman has been appointed by Mayor Greg Ballard to serve on the Indianapolis Air Pollution Control Board.

Michael T. Griffiths has joined Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP as a member of the Economic Development practice group.

Laura Sahm has joined Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman PC.

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Trimble: BENCH BAR 2015: Is it Too Good to Be True?


By John C. Trimble, Lewis Wagner LLP

I was about 8 years old when I first learned the old adage, “If it sounds too good to be true, then it’s too good to be true.” I came home from school one day and my Mom told me that we were having dinner that night at Dairy Queen (we never had dinner at Dairy Queen). An hour later I was actually having dinner at Dairy Queen. However, I had also been to the local health clinic first for a very painful flu shot in my gullible rear end.

To all of you … my friends in the IndyBar, I am here today to break the rule:  Bench Bar 2015 is going to be off the charts GOOD, and while it may sound too good to be true, take my word for it.  It’s true.

My message this week is for everyone, but I am particularly interested to speak to those of you who have never attended. You simply have no idea about the fun you are missing and the opportunities Bench Bar presents.

We kick off on Thursday, June 18 with a golf outing for our golfing members at the Chariot Run Golf Club in southern Indiana. Due to a generous sponsorship by Wilson Kehoe & Winingham, the price for green fees, cart, lunch, beverages and bountiful favors and prizes is only $75 per golfer. Bragging rights are on the line, so golfers need to be there.

Thursday evening we will have a big cocktail reception followed by dine-arounds, dinner on your own, or a fabulous buffet at the Muhammad Ali Center. Hardy souls can then party on Fourth Street or come back to the President’s hospitality suite (or both.) The Thursday night activities have grown through the years, and it has become one truly great night of friends catching up with friends. You don’t want to miss it.

Our seminar gets underway on Friday morning with a nice breakfast. Then, acclaimed legal futurist, Prof. William Henderson of Indiana University Maurer School of Law, will speak to us about where the legal world is headed. Every commentator on the legal profession is in agreement that we are facing profound changes in our business, and the changes will eventually drop down to affect everyone. You need to know about these changes before they happen. As Wayne Gretzky said, “You don’t skate to the puck … You skate to where the puck will be.” Prof. Henderson will give you much needed guidance to survive and thrive when others will not.

Everyone will likely remember the Duke lacrosse scandal. What most people do not recall is that the lacrosse players were eventually declared innocent and the prosecutor lost his law license and was convicted of prosecutorial misconduct. One of the lead defense attorneys, Jim Cooney of North Carolina, will come tell us the fascinating story of how the defense team compiled a defense in the face of enormous public outrage. He will share tips on technology and social media that assisted the team in creating a timeline that exonerated the players.

At lunch on Friday, you will have the treat of hearing one of America’s most endearing legal speakers. Judge Alex Sanders, former Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals of South Carolina, will speak on the role of lawyers in America as we face and respond to shootings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, North Charleston and Baltimore. Judge Sanders founded the Charleston College of Law where all students are required to complete hours of public service and pro bono work in order to graduate. He is a master speaker and storyteller who you will long remember.

In the afternoon on Friday we are trying a format that has garnered great excitement. Instead of the usual panel discussions, each of the varying tracks will have 15-minute TED Talk style speeches by some of Indy’s most beloved and high-profile lawyers and judges. Come hear Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson speak on the topic “Don’t Go Breaking My Hart” or Erin Clancy’s talk on “Foul Mouth or Free Speech: A Foray Into the Fitness of the Four Letter Word.” The Civil, Family Law, and Criminal tracks will all have some of the most stimulating and entertaining oratory that you have ever encountered. Your only challenge will be how to choose from among the tantalizing topics and speakers.

Friday night will be another great reception and a dinner at the hotel with the entire assembly of attendees. After dinner many will head out to party while others will join the Indianapolis Bar Foundation for a night of Trivial Pursuit. Again, there will be major bragging rights on the line.

Saturday, after a great breakfast, we will have an outstanding ethics talk by attorney Mark Olson of Minnesota. Mark has been invited by lawyer groups nationwide to speak on ethics. His style is to throw out scenarios, poll the crowd for the right answer, and then straighten us all out when we get it wrong. We all need the ethics credits, and a talk by Mark Olson is a great way to get them.

Those of you who know me well might suggest that I am a bit of a huckster. You say, “Trimble, this can’t be as good as you are leading us to believe!” However, I stand by my statement at the beginning of this shaggy dog story:  It is all true. Bench Bar 2015 is going to be non-stop fun and excitement.  If you miss it, you may have the same regret your mother had when she passed on the chance to go to Woodstock.

It’s true. Life is too short for regrets, so come to Bench Bar 2015. #WILLYOUBETHERE?

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Leading Litigators Come to Louisville for Bench Bar 2015

At the 2015 Bench Bar Conference, you’ll have the chance to hear from some of the nation’s leading legal experts. One such speaker is James “Jim” P. Cooney III, partner at Womble Carlyle in Charlotte, NC. Mr. Cooney will be leading one of the opening plenary sessions, The Duke Lacrosse Defense: How Technology Unraveled a Case.

In addition to the Duke Lacrosse case, Mr. Cooney has litigated other high-profile cases, such as Alan Gell’s death row appeal. He practices civil and criminal law, including trial and appellate work, and he is currently the Practice Group Leader of the Business Litigation Practice Group at his firm.

There’s a lot to be said about Mr. Cooney’s prolific career in law, but we’ll let him speak for himself. Check out our Q+A with him below and then get to know him even better when you attend the conference in June.

Q: How long have you practiced law?

I graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1982 and clerked for a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit before joining a law firm. I was admitted to practice law in April 1984, so “legally speaking” I have practiced law for 31 years.

Q: What can people expect from your session at the conference?

They will learn the inside facts of the Duke Lacrosse case and some basic DNA technology and testing in the context of a claimed sexual assault.

Q: What are some of the highlights that set your presentation apart?

My experience has been that most lawyers, particularly civil trial lawyers, enjoy the way in which we “deconstructed” the State’s case to prove the innocence of our clients.

Q: What’s one of the most interesting things about the Duke Lacrosse defense?

The complete way the case turned around. It began with the State accusing my client of a crime that would have sent him to jail for life, and ended up with the District Attorney being disbarred and jailed for contempt and my client being exonerated.

Q: How is technology shaping the legal field today?

Putting aside metadata and e-discovery, the most significant role of technology is in the way that we have to communicate to jurors who have now been raised on it. Presentations must look more like the Internet and must appeal to them technologically in order to hold their interest.

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

Really good small batch bourbon and a run by the waterfront (likely not in that order).


Q: Most interesting case you’ve ever worked on and why?

Hard to isolate one. I have represented accused serial killers, freed innocent men from death row, had the Duke Lacrosse case and defended former Senator John Edwards, so I have had a genuine rollercoaster ride.

Q: What’s the best part about your job?

Giving a closing argument in a hotly contested high-profile case.

Q: What do you do when you’re not busy working or speaking at conferences?

I like to do (short) triathlons.

Q: What’s a fun fact about you that people may not know?

I went to Duke and my wife went to North Carolina. We have a mixed marriage and do not talk much during basketball season. It has worked for 36 years.

Get to know more about Mr. Cooney and his work on the Duke Lacrosse case at the 2015 Bench Bar Conference. Click here to register today!

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On Tap at the IndyBar: May 18 – 24

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: Ethics Basics for the Business Lawyer
Wednesday, May 20 from noon to 1 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center, 135 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 1500
Information and registration can be found here.

Q&A with Judge Eichholtz
Wednesday, May 20 from 4 to 5 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center, 135 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 1500
Information and registration can be found here.

Coffee with the Women and the Law Division
Thursday, May 21 from 8 to 9 a.m.
Starbucks at the Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre (31 W. Ohio St.)
Information can be found here.

Residential Landlord/Tenant Law
Thursday, May 21 from noon to 1 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center, 135 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 1500
Information and registration can be found here.

Networking with the Rotary Club of Indianapolis
Thursday, May 21 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Tomlinson Tap Room, 222 E. Market Street
Information and registration can be found here.

Free Video Replay CLE: “Must Know” Intellectual Property Issues for Lawyers
Friday, May 22 from noon to 1 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center, 135 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 1500
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

  • IBF Lawyer Links Classic Registration Open - This annual summer golf outing is a great way to practice your swing and support the IBF. This year’s tournament will be held Thursday, July 16 at The Country Club of Indianapolis. Click here for more information and prepare to hit the green with colleagues this summer!
  • Bench Bar 2015: Socials and CLEs Sneak Peek - With just one month to go before the Bench Bar Conference in Louisville, we’ve got a sneak peek at the lineup of socials and CLEs. Check out this post to read more about what awaits you at Bench Bar this year.
  • IndyBar Members Recognized by Leadership in Law Awards - 70 percent of The Indiana Lawyer‘s 2015 Leadership in Law honorees are IndyBar members. Many of those recognized credited their IndyBar membership as having a positive effect on their career. Check out what they had to say about the benefits of being an IndyBar member here.
  • A Program That Hits Home: Representing Unaccompanied Minors in Immigration Proceedings - Check out this post for an interview with Rachel E. Van Tyle of the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic who is leading the CLE program “Representing Unaccompanied Minors in Immigration Proceedings” on June 11. Click here to register for the CLE today!
  • Registration Open for the Paralegal Appreciation Luncheon – The Paralegal Appreciation Luncheon will be held Thursday, July 30 from noon to 1 p.m. This is a great way to recognize the hard working paralegal in your life. You may even want to consider nominating them for the Paralegal of the Year Award (nominations due June 1). Click here for more information and register today!
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Bar Talk May: 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.

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The Talk: The First Step in End-of-Life Healthcare Planning
By Lori M. Craig, Attorney at Law
May is Elder Law Awareness Month. Check out this post for information on how to begin a conversation on end-of-life health care planning with a loved one.
For more Health Care & Life Sciences Section news, subscribe to the content here!

HB1304: What It Means for Juvenile Justice
By Jenny P. Harrison, Marion County Public Defender Agency
On Tuesday, May 5, Gov. Mike Pence signed HB1304, which contains several new provisions in regards to juveniles. This article has more information about what changes will take effect as a result of this bill.
For more Criminal Justice Section news, subscribe to the content here!

Social Media Evidence
By Richard A. Mann, Richard A. Mann PC
The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled in the case of Wilson v. State that the trial court in a murder trial did not commit error in allowing evidence of tweets alleged to be from the defendant. This article explains what this means for admitting social media evidence in the future.
For more Family Law Section news, subscribe to this content here!

This Isn’t Your Grandfather’s ADR!
By Miriam Rich, Rich Legal Services
Whether mediation or arbitration, mini-trials or private judges, many more litigators are utilizing ADR tools. See this post for more details on the ways ADR is changing the legal practice.
For more Alternative Dispute Resolution Section news, subscribe to this content here!

Inventor’s Declaration Necessary to File RCE in 371 Applications
By Marcelo S. Copat and William S. Meyers, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
The United States Patent and Trademark Office is revising the rules of practice to implement Title I of the Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012. The revision was effective May 13, 2015. Find out more information in this post.
For more Intellectual Property Section news, subscribe to this content here!

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A Program That Hits Home: Representing Unaccompanied Minors in Immigration Proceedings

Are you ready for summer? The IndyBar is all set with a calendar full of interesting and unique CLE opportunities, and you won’t want to miss them! Start off the season strong by checking out Representing Unaccompanied Minors in Immigration Proceedings  on Thursday, June 11 from noon to 1 p.m. This program is a rare opportunity for attorneys to learn more about an often misunderstood area of law. The seminar will be led by Rachel E. Van Tyle of the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic who has extensive experience in this area. Check out our interview with her below to learn more about this seminar and why you need to be there.

Q: Why should attorneys be interested in this CLE program?
A: It’s something that has been in the news.  It’s an opportunity to learn more about what is happening in the world of immigration.

Q: What can attendees expect to learn about from the program? What are some of the highlights?
A: They can expect to learn about the Unaccompanied Minor Crisis, including why children are fleeing and what they are hoping to gain in the U.S. They will also learn about a variety of immigration relief which has applicability beyond the specific population we will be discussing that day.

Q: Who would benefit from attending this CLE?
A: Anybody who wants to get involved or wants to learn more.  I think if someone is interested in immigration, this could be a great CLE to see if they might want to learn more.  Part of this immigration relief involves a state court determination so anybody with family law experience would be ideal!

Q: Why is this topic important for you?
A: It’s important because it is so misunderstood.  There is a lot of animus out there towards the immigrant, even the immigrant child, so if I can change even one person’s mind about what a child has been through and what motivated them to make the dangerous journey to the United States then it is worth it.

Q: Any personal experiences or cases you’ve worked on that involve unaccompanied minors in immigration proceedings?
A: One of the very first cases I worked on was for a 16 year old kid from Honduras.  His mother was in the United States and had lawful permanent residence (Green Card). She had left him in Honduras to be cared for by a great-grandmother when he was three. When the great-grandmother passed away, his mom told him to come to the United States. He made it as far as Mexico the first time before Mexico caught him and sent him back. The next time, he made it to the United States and to his mother.

Unfortunately, life was not quite what he had expected in the United States. His mother was horribly abusive to him. He didn’t speak English, so when she would send him to the store with a list and he would return with the wrong things (think saltines vs. graham crackers) she would beat him. She accused him of being possessed.  She quite literally put him out on the street about three months after he had arrived.

Luckily, he had a grandmother who was here in Indiana and so we were able to get a guardianship for the grandma over the grandson. He started to thrive. He was eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and USCIS agreed. He got his lawful permanent residence and graduated high school. Recently, I received an email that he had been accepted to college for architecture on a full ride. He’s the bright and shining example of what an immigrant can and should be to this country.

Q: What’s the most rewarding part about what you do as an attorney?
A: The most rewarding part of what I do would have to be the asylum seekers and children I represent. I view them as the most vulnerable of all immigrants because in most of their cases it can literally be a matter of life or death. You may be representing a young woman from the Congo who was brutally tortured for her political opinion or a young boy from Honduras. Both know they will face almost certain death if forced to return to their country. Both need your help.  Both are DESERVING of your help. And luckily, at the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic, I am given the opportunity to help both.

Q: Most interesting case you’ve worked on and why?
A: It is hard for me to pick just one, so I will choose my asylum cases in general.  They are so fascinating for me because the asylum-seekers can be from anywhere in the world, even places we normally view as relatively stable. I’ve had clients from places you would expect like Syria, Somalia, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and some from places less-obvious like Kenya, Argentina and India. They are all different and allow me to be creative. I enjoy being able to represent a client’s interest before Immigration and let the client know that they have somebody in their corner. For some people, knowing that somebody believes in them and is willing to go the distance (quite literally – I have to travel to Chicago for asylum cases) is the affirmation they need that the U.S. is a wonderful land of amazing people.

Q: How long have you been practicing?
A: I have been in practice for three years. I have been at the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic since July of 2012.

Q: What does your practice focus on?
A: I am the staff attorney for the Immigrant Justice Program at the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic. The Immigrant Justice Program seeks to serve the holistic needs of an immigrant. The Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic recognizes that an immigrant will have more than just immigration needs so we do our best to meet the whole needs of the client. That being said, the majority (90 percent) of my work is with immigrants and their issues before Immigration.

Q: When you’re not at work, what are some other things you enjoy doing in Indy?
A: I live in Irvington and enjoy exploring that area of town. I also enjoy Butler basketball games and trying new restaurants!

Q: Anything else people should know about you or the upcoming CLE?
A: Even if you are unsure if you want to get involved or learn more about immigration please come or contact me. We need attorney volunteers in many areas at the clinic so even if you decide immigration is not for you maybe you will learn something new about the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic.

Want to know more? Click here to register for Ms. Van Tyle’s CLE today to dive into this issue and learn from her experiences in the field..

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miniBar Talk: This Week’s Top Post

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Tax Issues for Family Law Attorneys

By Richard A. Mann, Richard A. Mann PC

Under Indiana law, when children and child support are involved, the court order must address who receives the tax exemption. The Child Support Guidelines and the statute on this issue conflict as the guidelines require the noncustodial parent demonstrate the factors the court should consider. You should follow the guidelines as they are more stringent. While most attorneys do not give tax advice, family law practitioners should at least be able to identify this issue.

An app available for Android smart phones and iPhones is the Bloomberg BNA Quick Tax Reference.

This post was contributed by Richard A. Mann, Richard A. Mann PC. If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Family Law Section page, please email Rachel Beachy at

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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Bench Bar 2015: Socials and CLEs Sneak Peek

At the 2015 Bench Bar Conference, there’s no such thing as a benchwarmer. If you’re attending, there’s something for you to get out and do, whether it’s an educational or a social opportunity. Check out the highlights for this year’s conference below and click here for the full conference agenda.

For the Social Butterfly:

Each day presents another chance to hang out and connect with fellow legal professionals. Get to know other Bench Bar attendees at some of these social opportunities:

  • Thursday, June 18:
    • Golf Tournament from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Show off your skills when you tee off at Chariot Run Golf Course and enjoy some friendly competition to kick off the conference.
    • Cocktail Reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. – Take a sip and shake some hands as you make your way around the room for the first of the conference’s cocktail hours. Meet some new faces who will hopefully become familiar by the time your stay in Louisville comes to an end.
    • Dine Around Dinners from 7:30 to 9 p.m. – Time to put Louisville’s chefs to the test. Gather around good food with good comrades at a large fully-catered group dinner at the Muhammad Ali Center or at one of Louisville’s premiere dining options, including Doc Crow’s Smokehouse & Raw Bar, Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse and Saffron’s Restaurant.
  • Friday, June 19
    • Buffet Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. – Take a midday break to mix and mingle at the buffet luncheon. You’ll have just heard two thought-provoking plenary sessions, so there will be plenty of conversation to help break the ice with fellow IndyBar members!
    • First Time Attendee Reception from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. –  This may be your first Bench Bar Conference, but it certainly won’t be your last, so be sure to take advantage of the one time you get to attend this exclusive reception! First time attendees will gather for a social hour in the evening to relax and hang out after a full day of sessions.
    • Cocktail Reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
    • Dinner and Raffle from 7:30 to 9 p.m. – Join everyone on the last night of the conference for dinner and entertainment, including a raffle with a chance to win some prizes.
    • Trivia Night to Benefit the Indianapolis Bar Foundation from 9 to 11 p.m. – Trivia Night is one of Bench Bar’s newest traditions, and the proceeds benefit the many worthy causes that the IBF supports. Brush up on some fun facts and get ready to team up with fellow attendees for this event!

 For the Legal Learner:

  •  Friday, June 19
    • Plenary Sessions from 9 to 11:15 a.m. – The day begins with two plenary sessions led by legal experts from around the country. First, you’ll hear from James “Jim” P. Cooney III of Charlotte, NC, about the Duke lacrosse defense. Then, IndyBar President John C. Trimble is joined by Professor William D. Henderson, IU Maurer School of Law, and Christine H. Hickey, Rubin & Levin PC, to discuss the future of the profession.
    • IndyBar Talks: Civil Litigation, Family Law and Criminal Law Tracks – Each track features three sessions in the afternoon. These sessions are all TEDTalk-style, which means they will be quick-hitting and high-energy. The individual sessions are broken down into smaller segments that are sure to keep your attention and make things fresh. Whether you practice civil litigation, family law or criminal law, you’ll be on the fast track to professional success after you spend an afternoon at IndyBar Talks!
  • Saturday, June 20
    • Plenary Session: Ethics from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. – The conference concludes with a great opportunity to earn some ethics credit. Mark Olson of Oppenheimer Wolff Donnelly LLP in Minneapolis will challenge your thoughts on ethical behavior while engaging you “just enough” in the program. Close out the conference strong with this session!


See something that sparks your interest? Spread your social butterfly wings AND learn something new when you come to the 2015 Bench Bar Conference. Register today! #WillYouBeThere?

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The IndyBar Difference: How Membership Elevates Leaders in Law

Every lawyer is a member of the bar, but not every lawyer is a member of the local bar association. For those who call themselves IndyBar members, the professional payoff extends throughout their careers in a multitude of ways. It’s obvious: IndyBar membership makes a difference.

Scroll through The Indiana Lawyer’s most recent Leadership in Law honorees for Distinguished Barristers and Up and Coming Lawyers and you’ll see that nearly 70 percent of those recognized belong to the IndyBar. Not only do they belong, but they credit their membership as one of the major components of their legal success.

See they had to say about the IndyBar difference below:

Matthew Neumann
2015 Young Lawyers Division Chair, 2015 IndyBar Board of Directors
Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP

“For me, involvement with local bar associations is a no-brainer. Being active with bar associations and getting to know other attorneys, both contemporaries and more experienced attorneys, is a necessary and foundational component of any legal career.”

Christine Hayes Hickey
2015 IndyBar Board of Directors, IndyBar Review Committee, Bar Leader Series Class XII Chair, Past IndyBar and IBF President
Partner, Rubin & Levin PC

“We are part of an amazing legal community here in Indianapolis. Our Indianapolis Bar Association connects you to that community, to great lawyers who become friends, diversity in thought and practice, leadership opportunities, stewardship, professionalism, personal growth, and so much more. You just can’t do that on your own.”

Michael J. Hebenstreit
Bar Leader Series Class XIII Chair, 2015 Senior Counsel Division Executive Committee Member, Past IndyBar President, Past IBF Board Member
Partner, Whitham Hebenstreit & Zubek LLP

“Lawyers are smart and educated individuals who have a wide range of interests beyond the law. Involvement with the IndyBar provides an opportunity for lawyers to interact with each other and to get to know colleagues on a more personal basis. Additionally, as lawyers, we have an obligation to give back, and involvement with the IndyBar is a perfect way to do that.”

Roxana S. Bell
2015 Women and the Law Division Executive Committee Member, Diversity Job Fair Committee Member, Bar Leader Series Class XII Participant
Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP

On joining the local bar association: “It’s a great way to form lasting relationships with other attorneys, and a successful legal career is built on relationships.”

Edward B. Mulligan V
2015 IBF Board Member, 2015 Ask a Lawyer Program Co-Chair, Bar Leader Series Class XI Participant, Past IBF Golf Chair
Cohen & Malad LLP

“The most important lesson I learned as part of the IndyBar’s Bar Leader Series is that lawyers not only have an obligation to their clients but also to their community. It’s amazing how much of Indianapolis’ history has been influenced by the lawyers in our community…After serving as co-chair of the IndyBar’s Ask a Lawyer program the past two years, I feel strongly that, as lawyers, we need to ensure that legal services are accessible to those in the community who could otherwise not afford them. To this end, I think it’s important that attorneys find ways to donate their time and take on pro bono work when possible.”

Tiffany D. Presley
Bar Leader Series Class XI Participant, Bar Leader Series Class XIII Steering Committee Member
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

On what she learned from the Bar Leader Series: “I learned that a leader’s success can only truly be determined by the success of those under his or her leadership.”

Are you ready to let your membership make a difference in your career? Check out for member benefits and opportunities, and if you’re not a member, join here today.

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On Tap at the IndyBar: May 11 – 17

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

Managing a Multigenerational Workforce: Strategies & Challenges
Tuesday, May 12 from noon to 1 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center, 135 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 1500
Information and registration can be found here.

EPA’s Recent RCRA Rules: New Definition of Solid Waste and Subtitle D Coal Ash Disposal
Tuesday, May 12 from 3:30 to 6 p.m.
The Rathskeller, Willkie Blue Room (401 E. Michigan Ave.)
Information and registration can be found here.

Litigation Trial Skills Series: In-Trial Motions
Wednesday, May 13 from noon to 1 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center, 135 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 1500
Information and registration can be found here.

Intro to Indy Series: “Pints for Parks” with Giving Sum
Wednesday, May 13 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Flat12 Bierwerks, 414 N. Dorman Street
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

  • Member Headlines – Many of our members kicked off May with a bang. Find out who was appointed to an Indiana Supreme Court task force, who received a distinguished alumni award and more in the latest member headlines.
  • Do You Hate Networking? Then Call It “Friend Making” - IndyBar President John C. Trimble’s latest article talks about making social connections in the legal profession and the stigma of “networking.” Read what he has to say on the topic here, and check out the IndyBar’s social events calendar for a slew of “friend making” opportunities this summer!
  • Pro Bono That is Easier on  Your Bottom Line – Are you interested in pro bono work but worried about your bottom line? The IndyBar has a program for that. Check out this article for more information about the Modest Means Project and how you can get involved.
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