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I’m an IndyBar Paralegal Member…or I’d Like to Join. Now What Do I Do?

By Julia Kleinschmidt, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP

If you are a member already and want to get more out of your membership, or if you are not yet a member (join here!) and wonder why you should be, read on…I hope to inspire you to greater heights, propel you to the top of your profession ,and answer every question you ever had about the Indy Bar Paralegal Committee; and, if I can’t reach those illustrious goals, perhaps I can convince you of the wonderful opportunities that DO exist when you become a member and participate in the activities of the Indy Bar Paralegal Committee. Continue reading

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Local Leaders to be Honored with IndyBar Recognition Awards

These IndyBar members–and their innovative ideas–are just a few of those who will be honored at the Indianapolis Bar Association and Foundation Recognition Luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013.

Join us for lunch and say thank you for the countless hours the recipients have devoted to various legal programs, causes and issues. The luncheon, to be held at the Hyatt Regency, will begin at noon. Register for the luncheon at indybar.org. Individuals who have been in practice for 50 years, IndyBar Green Legal firms, IBF Distinguished Fellows and the IndyBar 100% Membership Club will also be recognized at the luncheon. Continue reading

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IndyBar Green Legal Initiative Recognizes 27 Firms, Legal Departments for 2013

The IndyBar Go Green Committee, a sub-committee of the Young Lawyers Division, has released its list of Green Legal Initiative firms for 2013. Now in its second year, the program recognizes legal businesses, including law practices, legal departments, courts, agencies, legal support services and other members of the community, that have committed to engaging in environmentally responsible business operations.

Recognized for Outstanding Achievement in 2013 is Drewry Simmons Vornehm LLP, which has not only adopted green practices in its office but has also appointed a Sustainability Coordinator and Sustainability Team to assist in carrying out and evaluating its Sustainability Policy within the firm. Continue reading

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President’s Message: Using Your Powers for Good: Build Your Practice with Pro Bono

By Kerry Hyatt Blomquist, Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence & 2013 IndyBar President

October is Pro Bono Awareness Month, so it makes sense for me to focus this column on pro bono work. Before your eyes glaze over and you start looking for pictures of people you know elsewhere in this publication, stick with me for a minute. Sure, there are the obvious warm and fuzzy “volunteer to save the world” arguments for practicing pro bono publico service, and if you know my professional history, you know I believe them all. I think I am as warm and fuzzy and altruistic as I can be while still making my mortgage payments. I believe that doing pro bono work increases your engagement, satisfaction and longevity in this profession and that in turns benefits us in all ways long term. Continue reading

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Help Others and Get Free CLE: IndyBar to Co-Host Pro Bono Trainings

The IndyBar Pro Bono Standing Committee, along with other legal and community organizations, will co-host two pro bono program trainings in the coming weeks. These trainings, which include continuing legal education credit, can be taken at no cost with a commitment to take on pro bono cases. Continue reading

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Hon. Tanya Walton Pratt Named Recipient of 2013 Antoinette Dakin Leach Award

The Hon. Tanya Walton Pratt, United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, will be recognized as the 2013 Antoinette Dakin Leach Award recipient at the Antoinette Dakin Leach Award Celebration Luncheon on October 25. The luncheon is being held in conjunction with the Women & the Law Division’s Women, Law & Leadership Symposium, which will be held Thursday, October 24 through Friday, October 25. Continue reading

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Interrogatories: Candid Q&A with Joel Schumm

By Tyler D. Helmond, Voyles Zahn & Paul

Joel M. Schumm
Clinical Professor of Law, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

He is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, the University of Cincinnati, and the Robert H. McKinney School of Law. He served as a law clerk to Justice Theodore Boehm of the Indiana Supreme Court and Judge Paul Mathias of the Indiana Court of Appeals before joining the faculty at the McKinney School of Law. An award-winning scholar, he is Joel M. Schumm, and he has been served with interrogatories. Continue reading

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Thank You, Mediation Day Volunteers!

Through the Alternative Dispute Resolution section’s fourth-annual Mediation Day on Friday, September 6, six of nine mediations held for cases pending in Marion County Paternity Court were successfully settled by volunteer mediators from the section. Commissioner Sheryl Lynch estimated that this pro bono service freed up two days on the court’s busy docket.

The following mediators graciously volunteered their time: Marc Matheny, Attorney at Law; Jana Strain, Jana K. Strain, Attorney/ Mediator; Dallin Lykins, Lewis & Kappes PC; Elodie Meuser, The Mediation Option; Emily Bubb, The Mediation Option; Erin Durnell, Broyles Kight & Ricafort PC; Jennifer Bays Beinart, Bays Family Law; Amanda Blystone, Broyles Kight & Ricafort PC; Ann Knotek, Ann Z. Knotek LLC; and Robin Kelly, Mitchell Law Group.

In addition, the day provided a valuable opportunity for 10 law students to shadow the mediators. The section also thanks Faegre Baker Daniels LLP for providing office space and assistance for the mediators throughout the day.

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Paying It Forward: Women & the Law Division Presents Second Women, Law & Leadership Symposium

By Debi Edwards, The Heritage Group

In 2011, to celebrate its 25th anniversary, the IndyBar’s Women and the Law Division (WLD) held its first-ever symposium entitled Women, Law & Leadership. The symposium explored topics including professional development, mentoring, diversity initiatives in the workplace, and current legal issues. The 2011 symposium gave female attorneys a space to network, learn, and grow together. It also initiated discussions designed to help women in the legal profession reach their full leadership potential. The WLD believes these discussions are valuable, and thus, the WLD has committed to continuing them through a second symposium. Continue reading

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Guest Column: Embracing Diversity Makes Us All Stronger

By: TaKeena M. Thompson, 2013 Marion County Bar Association President, Cohen & Malad LLP

Thank you, Kerry, for inviting me to write for your column. I also thank you, Julie Armstrong, John Trimble and the rest of the IndyBar family, for always supporting the Marion County Bar Association’s programs and events.

Many of you may know me. I have served as the president of the Marion County Bar Association for the last two years. I am proud to see how this organization has thrived over the last two years and the work we have done to continue our mission. Continue reading

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