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Trimble: No Time Like Now to Commit to Your 2016 New Year’s Resolutions!

IBA-trimble-john-2015A couple of days ago, I was rummaging through some old papers when I found my 2008 New Year’s resolutions. As I read over them, I thought to myself, “Johnny boy, I think you need to dust these off and try again, but let’s have a little better effort this time!”

So, as a hedge against complacency, I am sharing these resolutions so that one or more of you will hold me accountable. If any of these resolutions would apply to you, your practice and your firm, all the better! Steal them and make them yours so I can have some company.

I will capture all of my billable time.

I will get my bills out on time.

I will get better organized.

I will do a better job of proofreading.

I will reach out to get to know someone in the firm.

I will fulfill my committee assignments.

I will work to develop more business from an existing client.

I will write an article for a legal publication.

I will contribute to the firm newsletter.

I will contribute to a firm community project.

I will learn a new computer skill.

I will do something to improve my fitness.

I will invite someone different to lunch.

I will be a better supervisor.

I will keep better track of my diaries.

I will do a better job reporting to clients on all of my files.

I will be more responsive by timely returning calls and replying to email.

I will pay closer attention to deadlines.

I will work to cultivate a new client.

I will get more involved in a bar association committee.

I will be result-oriented in my case handling.

I will stay current on advance sheets and law updates.

I will update the firm holiday party list throughout the year (and will not forget anyone).

I will help implement the firm’s strategic plan.

I will honor my commitments.

I will cross market another practice area of the firm.

I will attend a firm-sponsored charitable event.

I will move out of my comfort zone.

I will try to be a better listener.

I will embrace and promote change.

I will help acknowledge and credit our staff for what they do.

I will strive to be a problem solver.

I will work with a purpose.

I will not harbor my concerns and criticisms.

I will accept criticisms.

I will be open to the ideas of others.

I will strive to be creative.

I will be inclusive.

I will take the stairs more than once a week.

I will see you in the stairwell!

#WILLYOUBETHERE?

SPECIAL KUDOS AND THANKS

A big round of applause please for the Paralegal Committee of the IndyBar. Within the last two weeks, they presented 3,506 stuffed animals and teddy bears to the Marion County fire, police, sheriff and EMS agencies to give to children suffering from the stress and upset of fire, crime or illness in their midst. This is yet one more small (but huge) effort by IndyBar members to make an impact on our community. We cannot thank them enough!

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Start the New Year with a Clean Closet — And Help Local Students ‘Suit Up’

By Ian Goodman, Rubin & Levin PC

The Indianapolis Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division (YLD) and Law Student Division are teaming up to form a program called “Suited Up.” The concept is simple: provide college-bound seniors, both men and women, from low-income households with dress clothes. The YLD and the Law Student Division are partnering with local organization Starfish Initiative to find students to participate in Suited Up.

Starfish Initiative mentors academically promising but economically disadvantaged high school students. It is a college access and readiness program that uses one-on-one mentoring to help guide each student through high school and on to college. One hundred percent of the “Starfish Scholars” who have completed their program have graduated from high school, and 98 percent of those students have been accepted by colleges or universities.

Suited Up was developed by Barath Raman, an attorney at Lewis Wagner LLP, and Alexandra (Alex) Blackwell, a third-year student at the IU McKinney School of Law.

“Alex approached me about this entire idea [after] I told her about an experience I had while shopping at a local Goodwill,” Raman said when asked to describe how Suited Up had been born. Raman continued, “I went into Goodwill to pick up some Halloween items, and I walked up to the suit rack . . . and there had been a young boy there with his mother. The kid asked me how he looked in the suit. I worked with him for about five minutes on picking the best suit for him. He thanked me and told me his mom was buying him his first suit because he had his first job interview.”

Raman said he and Blackwell realized that attorneys, many of whom have suits that have gone unworn for years, could fill a void for talented young men and women who need dress clothes but don’t have the resources to obtain them.

“We want to work with at-risk and economically disadvantaged high school teens who are not only going to successfully graduate high school but who are also going to go to college,” says Raman. Starfish Initiative, he says, is the perfect partnering organization to achieve that goal.

Clean Out Your Closet!

Suited Up is on a timeline to achieve its goals, and the clock is already ticking. The program has begun with a clothing drive. Raman expects that all clothing ultimately donated to the teens will be donated by lawyers in Indianapolis and the surrounding areas.

“We want lawyers to look into their closets and to donate suits and dress clothes that they no longer wear – jackets, pants, blouses, skirts, shoes, belts, ties – anything that would put together a business professional outfit,” says Raman.

The clothing drive lasts until Jan. 15, 2016. Donations may be dropped off at the IndyBar office or at any of the following offices: Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Blackwell Burke & Ramsey PC, Coots Henke & Wheeler PC, Frost Brown Todd LLC, Lewis Wagner LLP or Riley Bennett & Egloff LLP.

Looking to the Future

Suited Up doesn’t end once the clothing has been donated. Raman says that the YLD and Law Student Division will organize the donated clothing and that the goal is to match participating students with a complete outfit that the students may wear at their graduation from the Starfish Initiative.

“Starfish has an annual graduation ceremony and they want to require their students to wear business professional attire, but a lot of their students don’t have the necessary clothes, nor can they afford them,” says Raman.

Before the students get their dress clothes, area dry cleaner Classic Cleaners has volunteered to provide dry cleaning services for all of the donated items. Then, once the students have been matched with their clothing, the YLD and Law Student Division have secured a commitment from Jos. A. Bank to provide tailoring services for the students.

New dress clothes in tow, in April 2016, participating students will attend an event with the YLD and Law Student Division, where lawyers and law students will show the high schoolers how to properly wear their new clothes. The lawyers and law students will also give a presentation that focuses on professionalism tips.

Raman says the YLD and Law Student Division are hopeful that they will be overwhelmed with donations. There’s no worry about excess donations, though, as Raman notes the groups intend to make Suited Up an annual program, rolling over any unused items for the next year.

“These kids are overcoming hardships to go to college, and we should recognize their achievements,” says Raman. “They’re going to need suits in college for interviews, internships or even for a formal dance, and we’re going to give them their suit.”

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Bar Talk December: 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.

Changes to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Effective Dec. 1
By Patricia Orloff Erdmann, Office of the Indiana Attorney General
As of December 1, 2015, significant changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure have taken effect. Read more here.
For more Litiation Section news, subscribe to the content here!

End-of-Year Divorce Planning
By Richard A. Mann, Richard A. Mann PC
Do you have a divorce pending as a lawyer or a party? If your divorce is eligible to be final before the end of the year, do not forget to consider the income tax implications of the date of the divorce. Learn more.
For more Family Law Section news, subscribe to this content here!

Cintas Corporation to Pay $1.5 Million to Settle EEOC Class Sex Discrimination Lawsuit
Provided by the Labor & Employment Law Section Executive Committee
The EEOC recently obtained a consent decree resolving long-running litigation against Cintas Corporation targeting class-based hiring practices that the Commission alleged discriminated against women.
For more Labor & Employment Law Section news, subscribe to this content here!

How to Make the Most of Your Online Lawyer Advertising
By Sonja McMahon, Eskew Law LLC
What can you do to make sure that your online advertisements bring in clients? Find out here.
For more Solo/Small Firm Practice Section news, subscribe to this content here!

Colts Sued for “12th Man” Trademark
By Matthew R. Macaluso, Keller Macaluso LLC
Texas A&M filed suit on Thursday, November 12, against the Indianapolis Colts to protect its “Home of the 12th Man” federal trademark. Read more.
For more Sports & Entertainment Law Section news, subscribe to this content here!

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On Tap at the IndyBar: December 14 – 20

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

2015 Appellate Case Update
Monday, December 14 from noon to 1 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center
Information and registration can be found here.

How Changes in the Marion Superior Court and IDEM Will Affect Your Environmental Law Practice
Tuesday, December 15 from 4 to 6 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center
Information and registration can be found here.

Coffee with the Women & the Law Division and Indy Attorneys Network Section
Thursday, December 17 from 8 to 9 a.m.
Starbucks at the Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre (31 W. Ohio St.)
Information and registration can be found here.

Free Video Replay CLE: Hot Topics in Employment Law
Thursday, December 17 from noon to 1 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center
Information and registration can be found here.

Young Lawyers Division Holiday Party
Thursday, December 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Georgia Reese’s, 14 E. Washington St.
Information and registration can be found here.

2015 11th Hour Video Replay
Friday, December 18 from 9 a.m. to noon
IndyBar Education Center
Information and registration can be found here.

Health Care Arrangements in a Value-Based World
Friday, December 18 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

  • 2016 Indianapolis Bar Association & Foundation Installation Luncheon Registration Now Open - On Wednesday, January 27, the 2016 boards of directors for the IndyBar and IBF will be installed at the Columbia Club. Be part of this great new year from the start by signing up here.
  • IndyBar Hospice Program Needs Your Help - Volunteers are needed to assist hospice and palliative care patients through consultations and limited representation at local hospitals. Learn more here.
  • Share Savings with Your Employees at No Cost to You - Here’s a holiday gift for your whole firm: Indianapolis Bar Association members can now offer firm members and employees—both legal and non-legal—discounts through NPP. Find out more.

Off the Record

Friday began the yearlong 200th birthday celebration of Indiana’s statehood, which culminates next year on December 11, 2016. This article talks about the planned events and the expected boost to tourism. Happy birthday, Indiana!

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miniBar Talk: This Week’s Top Post

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Fresh Ideas for Networking, Lunch Not Included

By Andrea L. Ciobanu, Ciobanu Law PC

Meeting for lunch is not always the best option for networking for a variety of reasons. Read this post for helpful alternative options for successful networking. Consider trying something new for your next networking meetup and change it up this holiday season!

This post was written by Andrea L. Ciobanu, Ciobanu Law PC. If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Indy Attorneys Network Section, please email Rachel Beachy at rbeachy@indybar.org.

To subscribe to more networking 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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On Tap at the IndyBar: December 7 – 13

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

2015 IndyBar Holiday Party
Tuesday, December 8 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Woodstock Club, 1301 W. 38 Street
Information and registration can be found here.

Survive & Thrive 2015: Essentials for Starting or Improving Your Solo/Small Practice
Wednesday, December 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center
Information and registration can be found here.

Business Law Skills Series: Introduction to Legal Issues in Startup Financing
Thursday, December 10 from noon to 1 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center
Information and registration can be found here.

2015 Update on IP and the Music Industry: Digital Issues, Case Updates and Other Developments
Thursday, December 10 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
The Palladium, Robert Adam Room, 1 Center Green, Carmel, IN 46032
Information and registration can be found here.

Dram Shop Liability and Indiana’s Lifeline Law
Thursday, December 10 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Monarch Beverage Co., 9347 Pendleton Pike
Information and registration can be found here.

2015 11th Hour Video Replay
Friday, December 11 from 9 a.m. to noon
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

  • IndyBar Hospice Program Needs Your Help - Volunteers are needed to assist hospice and palliative care patients through consultations and limited representation at local hospitals. Learn more here.
  • Share Savings with Your Employees at No Cost to You - Here’s a holiday gift for your whole firm: Indianapolis Bar Association members can now offer firm members and employees—both legal and non-legal—discounts through NPP. Find out more.
  • Celebrate the Season with the IndyBar - It’s holiday party time, and we’ve got a month full of fun at the IndyBar! Check out the eight parties we’re hosting in December here.
  • Member Headlines: Thursday, December 3 - Keep up with your legal colleagues during this busy time of year by checking out the latest Member Headlines here.
  • Trimble: Please….Tell Me Why Not? - IndyBar President John Trimble’s latest article asks “why not?” when it comes to IndyBar and IBF involvement. Read it here.
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miniBar Talk: This Week’s Top Post

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Umbrellas at the Ballpark Lead to Lawsuit

By Matthew R. Macaluso of Keller Macaluso LLC

Umbrellas may protect you from rain, but they didn’t protect a fan from getting struck with a baseball at Yankee Stadium. Read more about assumption of the risk and umbrellas at the ballpark in this New York Times report about a recent personal injury lawsuit filed against the Yankees.

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 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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IndyBar Member Headlines: Thursday, December 3

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

Michael Greer and Kimberly Schroder have been named Shareholders for Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman PC.

Nabeela Virjee of Lewis Wagner LLP was named Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana’s 2015 Outstanding Young Lawyer.

Amy Ochoa Carson joined Massillamany & Jeter LLP.

Susan Cline started her own firm, Cline Law Group LLC.

Emily Angel Eads joined Kids’ Voice of Indiana.

Edward Fujawa joined Cline Law Group LLC.

Curt Hochbein joined Rubin & Levin PC.

Tricia Leminger has joined Frost Brown Todd LLC.

Tabitha Meier has joined Barnes & Thornburg LLP.

Daniel Meiklejohn has joined Ice Miller LLP.

Brent Mosby has joined Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

Elliott Pinkie joined Cline Law Group LLC.

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Share Savings with Your Employees at No Cost to You

Here’s a holiday gift for your whole firm: Indianapolis Bar Association members can now offer firm members and employees—both legal and non-legal—discounts through NPP. Employee Discounts include 1-800-Flowers, Spy Optic, Best Buy, Expedia, ClubW, PetFirst Pet Insurance, LifeLock and myAutoloan. Visit http://associations.mynpp.com?guid=JYYTOEGO to enroll your firm with NPP and help your employees start saving today!

These employee discounts are in addition to NPP’s current discounts for IndyBar members, which deliver savings from Expedia, Verizon, Best Buy, Staples and more.

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Legal Help Brings Light to Life’s Darkest Moments

iba-hospiceWhen fear, worry and pain make life dark, you can be the light. Local hospice patients facing end-of-life legal matters get free assistance from the IndyBar Hospice Program–and we need you to help!

Hospice Program volunteer attorneys assist hospice and palliative care patients through consultations and limited representation at local hospitals. Volunteers are assigned calendar weeks and address all referrals made to the program during that time – typically just three hours of service – 2-4 weeks per year.

Attorneys should be familiar with the basics of end-of-life legal matters and documents, including wills and powers of attorney, but don’t have to have a practice specializing in elder law, estate planning or probate. Attorneys need to reply to each referral within one business day (to confirm availability to assist) and many times the matter must be handled in less than 48 hours (based on discharge/surgery or impending passing). While questions about guardianship or Medicaid may arise and patients will need advice, these are not issues upon which the attorneys will represent the patient.

If you’re interested in shining a light on someone’s life in 2016, join the IndyBar Hospice Program. For more information, please contact Program Chair Lea Ellingwood at lellingwood@hrc.in.gov or Caren Chopp, IndyBar Pro Bono and Legal Services Coordinator, at cchopp@indybar.org.

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