Fellows Demonstrate Community Commitment at Service Events

By Carolyn Clay Hall, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP

The Indianapolis Bar Foundation (IBF), the charitable arm of the Indianapolis Bar Association, chooses a new class of Distinguished Fellows each year. Fellows commit to contributing financially to the IBF, but there is also a service component that helps the Fellows give back to the community in a non-legal way.

iba-vols-15col.jpg IBF Fellows help prepare meals during the 2013 Fellows service project at Indy’s Second Helpings.
(IL Photo/ Aaron P. Bernstein)

The idea to add a service component to each Fellows class began several years ago. In 2011 and 2013, two Fellows classes provided assistance to Second Helpings by preparing food for distribution to those in need. Second Helpings plays an important role in the community by accepting donated food to prepare meals for children and adults, then distributing those meals free of charge through local social service agencies in Indianapolis and surroundings areas.

In addition to each Fellows class volunteering for a particular organization, there are service projects available for all Distinguished Fellows and Senior Fellows throughout the year, regardless of class. For several years, Distinguished and Senior Fellows have volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House by preparing meals for the families of the children staying at Riley Hospital. In 2013, three separate volunteer events gave Fellows meaningful opportunities to participate while spending time with colleagues and family.

Distinguished and Senior Fellows are continuing their service efforts in 2014 with two volunteer events—one at Gleaners Food Bank and another at the Ronald McDonald House—planned so far. At the most recent event on July 23 at Gleaners Food Bank, approximately 20 lawyers and judges along with family members joined forces to pack 1,854 bags with nutritional food and snacks for children. These “Backsacks” are provided to local schoolchildren on Friday afternoons to ensure their access to healthy food over the weekend.

Next up, the Fellows will join together after work on the evening of September 30 at the Ronald McDonald House. Volunteers can either pitch in that night and help provide a full dinner for 35 to 40 houseguests, or they can donate items most commonly needed by the organization, including paper products, plastic ware, and other necessities needed when away from home. An invitation to Fellows will be sent soon asking for volunteers.

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Pro Bono in the Fast Lane!

In the mood for meaningful pro bono service without the long-term commitment? Check out two one-day-only pro bono opportunities coming up soon with the IndyBar!

Mediation Day: Sept. 26
The IndyBar ADR Section Executive Committee is pleased to announce that it will host its fifth annual Mediation Day Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, at Barnes & Thornburg (11 South Meridian Street). Through Mediation Day, the section provides a service to the courts and community by volunteering time to mediate several screened cases for litigants who qualify for modest means mediation. Barnes & Thornburg has generously volunteered its downtown office to provide ample conference facilities for this joint endeavor.

To make this event a success, 10 volunteers who are registered domestic mediators and have experience mediating paternity cases are needed. Judge Sheryl Lynch in Paternity Court is screening non domestic violence cases and will have 10 cases for volunteers to mediate Sept. 26th. Each volunteer mediator would agree to mediate one case starting at either 8 a.m. or 1 p.m. Volunteers can bring a laptop to assist with drafting agreements, and lunch will be provided. There will also be a judicial officer on site to approve the mediated agreements.

If you wish to volunteer, please email ADR Section Chair Phyllis Armstrong at with a desired start time (8 a.m. or 1 p.m.).

Ask a Lawyer: Oct. 14
Ask a Lawyer, the IndyBar’s largest pro bono effort, is accomplished only through the assistance of scores of lawyers and paralegals who manage sites (paralegals ) and provide free face-to-face legal advice (attorneys) to members of the community at locations throughout the city.

Volunteers are being sought for one of two shifts (2 to 4 p.m. or 4 to 6 p.m.) at 13 library/community center locations in Indy Tuesday, Oct. 14. To volunteer, contact Caren Chopp at•

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Road Mapping with 2015 IndyBar President John C. Trimble

Engage. Invest. And Get on Board.


John C. Trimble

The nominations for IndyBar’s 2015 Board of Directors are now open, and it’s up to you to help determine the future of your local bar association! We talked to next year’s president, John C. Trimble of Lewis Wagner LLP, to get a roadmap of what board members can expect from board participation in 2015.

Q: What can members who join the Board of Directors expect next year?
Trimble: New board members can expect a fun and fast-paced year in which all of us as board members focus on bringing maximum value to our members. This will begin with a getaway weekend in French Lick where we will talk about what we will need to do in 2015 to make our organization sizzle. Our direction in 2015 will be dictated by our strategic plan, and we will review that plan at our retreat.

Our “theme” for 2015 will be “engagement.” We will need to be engaged, and we will want to engage our members and engage attorneys who have not yet joined us.

Q: What are some of the best parts about being on the board?
Trimble: The best part of being on the board is getting to know really fine lawyers and judges from all areas of practice. You will make some friends and referral sources for life.

Q: What type of person should consider joining the board?
Trimble: Only reliable people should apply.  The IndyBar leadership needs board members who will make a priority to attend meetings, events, and luncheons and bring others. We need people who will do what they commit to doing and who are willing to agree to commit to the work of engaging members.

Q: What are the expectations you have for board members next year?
Trimble: We expect board members to attend board meetings, events and luncheons and to encourage others to do so. We also expect them to support the Indianapolis Bar Foundation through a personal contribution and participation in IBF events. With respect to engagement, we hope and expect board members to recruit new members and help us retain existing members.

Applications for nominations can be found online here and will be accepted through Aug. 29. Following the nomination period, the 2015 Nominating Committee, chaired by Phil Isenbarger, will interview applicants before presenting the slate for 2015.

Fast Facts
• Any IndyBar member can be nominated and self-nominations are accepted and encouraged.
• The 2015 Selection Committee is: Phil Isenbarger (Committee Chair), Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP; Hon. Cynthia J. Ayers, Marion Superior Court; Rebecca W. Geyer, Rebecca W. Geyer & Associates PC; Richard J. Thrapp, Ice Miller LLP; Robert W. York, Robert W. York & Associates
• The Board of Directors typically meets once a month throughout the year.
• Positions available in the coming year are: 1st Vice President, Secretary and At-Large Member (five openings for at-large members)
• The term for 1st Vice President is one year. The 1st Vice President will automatically assume the office of President-elect in 2016.
• The term for Secretary and At-Large Members is Jan. 1, 2015 through Dec. 31, 2016.
• Applications for nomination are available online here.
• IndyBar members wishing to seek election outside of the nomination process may file a petition ballot that is available at the bar office. The petition must be filed by Aug. 29 and must contain the signatures of at least 50 attorney members of IndyBar.

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Law Student Scholarship Available from IndyBar Government Practice Section

The Indianapolis Bar Association Government Practice Section is pleased to announce the availability of an annual scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to be awarded to a second or third year law student with an interest in government practice.

To be eligible, applicants must be permanent residents of Indiana and must provide an official or unofficial law school transcript, a letter of recommendation by a faculty member, a resume, and the completed application form and essay.

All application materials are due by September 19. The scholarship will be awarded by September 29.

Please go here to view full application instructions and to access the application. Any questions should be directed to Sarah Burkman at 317-233-9455 or

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A Decade of Decadence: Evening Under the Stars Through the Years

People return year after year for Evening Under the Stars,  the Indianapolis Bar Foundation (IBF)’s hallmark fundraising effort. The event, which takes place this year on October 10, consists of an elegant dinner, silent and live auctions and, of course, a treasure trove of memories for those who attend.

The past decade has provided snapshots of some of the best times had by attendees. Can you match the below photos to their year based on the clues? (Answers provided at the bottom of this post. 2007 not included – too much fun to capture in photos, according to our archives.)

1. Here are Jeff and Lisa Mortier at a past Evening Under the Stars. At the time this photo was taken, Jeff had been an IndyBar member for only 12 years.

The Mortiers

Jeff and Lisa Mortier

2. Jason Reyome laughs as Sue Beesley exits the stage at this Evening Under the Stars event. Reyome was a member of the IndyBar Board of Directors for his second year at the time this photo was taken.


Jason Reyome, Sue Beesley and Patricia Marshall

3. Current IndyBar President Jeff Abrams speaks at this Evening Under the Stars, but he was more than five years away from taking the leadership position at the time of this photo.

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Jeff Abrams

4. Some things never change…Allan Reid and Mary Panszi are pictured having a great time at an Evening Under the Stars.

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Allan Reid and Mary Panszi

5. During this Evening Under the Stars, two would-be IndyBar presidents chat with each of their wives. Jeff Abrams and his wife, Lynn, talk with next year’s president John Trimble and his wife, Ann.


Jeff Abrams and his wife, Lynn, with next year’s President John Trimble and his wife, Ann.

6. Here is a photo of Erin Durnell, Andy Durnell and Nissa Ricafort at a past Evening Under the Stars. Erin Durnell is the co-chair of this year’s event, but at the time of this photo, she was just an attendee having fun.


Erin Durnell, Andy Durnell & Nissa Ricafort

7. This picture features Patty McGoff, Kevin McGoff and Robert York at the event several years ago. At the time of this photo, Kevin and Robert had been IndyBar members for a combined 59 years.

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Patty McGoff, Kevin McGoff and Robert York

8. Here we see The Hon. Jane Magnus-Stinson, Bill Stinson and Kerry Hyatt Blomquist hanging out at Evening Under the Stars. The year after this photo was taken, Kerry became the IndyBar president.


Hon. Jane Magnus-Stinson, Bill Stinson and Kerry Hyatt Blomquist

9. Another thing that doesn’t change year after year? People get excited about bidding on great items! Here is a photo of Carol Terzo making sure her bid gets seen at a previous Evening Under the Stars.

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Ready for the answers?

1. 2004
2. 2011.
3. 2008.
4. 2005
5. 2013
6. 2010
7. 2006
8. 2012
9. 2009

Don’t miss out on your own opportunity to make memories and have fun at Evening Under the Stars. Join this elegant tradition to support the IBF and enjoy time with fellow legal professionals while eating delicious food and bidding on auction items. Register here to get your ticket today!



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IndyBar Names Dickson and Kappes Recipients of 2014 Professionalism Awards

The IndyBar Professionalism Committee has named Chief Justice Brent Dickson of the Indiana Supreme Court the 2014 recipient of the Silver Gavel Award, while Philip “Skip” Kappes of Lewis & Kappes has been awarded the bar’s Professionalism Award.

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Dickson              Kappes

Both will be honored at the upcoming IndyBar Professionalism Luncheon to be held Tuesday, Sept. 30 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Hyatt Indianapolis. The luncheon will also feature special guest speaker Hon. John D. Tinder of the United States Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit. Registration for the luncheon can be found here.

Chief Justice Brent Dickson was appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court in 1986 after 17 years as a general practice lawyer in Lafayette, Indiana. He has served as Chief Justice of Indiana since May 15, 2012. He will step down as Chief Justice on September 1 and will continue his role on the court as an associate justice. His nomination notes, “As Chief Justice, Justice Dickson has made a commitment to fostering civility in the profession. He leads by example as he always treats other – judges, lawyers and litigants – with respect and dignity. He embodies old-fashioned, but never outdated, gentility.”

Chief Justice Dickson has been a member of the IndyBar since 1968. In addition to his service to IndyBar, he has been appointed as a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure and serves on the Board of Directors of the Conference of Chief Justices. Chief Justice Dickson is the founder of the Judicial Family Institute and co-founder of the Sagamore Chapter of the American Inns of Court in Indianapolis. He has served as an adjunct professor at Indiana University Maurer School of law and Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Chief Justice Dickson and his wife, Jan Aikman Dickson, have three adult sons and nine grandchildren.

Philip “Skip” Kappes was selected to receive the 2014 Professionalism Award. Kappes has been practicing law for 62 years and is a founding director of Lewis & Kappes. He has the second-longest active law license in the state. His nomination notes, “He is, at his core, a genuine and caring person. He has taken that personality and made his mark on this community and the legal profession. There is no one better suited to exemplify that you can reach the heights of your profession and keep respect for your fellow man intact.”

Kappes is a past president of the Indianapolis Bar Association, having served in 1970. In addition to his service to the legal community, Kappes has served as a past president of both the Children’s Museum Board of Trustees and the Crossroad Council Boy Scouts of America. He is currently the chairman of the Scottish Rite Foundation of Indianapolis. Kappes is a Trust Fund Trustee of Crossroad Council Boy Scouts of America and past trustee of Butler University. He is also a past chairman of the board of Fairbanks Hospital.

Kappes graduated from Butler University in 1945 and received his J.D. from University of Michigan in 1948. He has been a member of the IndyBar since 1948.

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Abrams: Sections, Committees and Divisions, Oh My!

By Jeffrey A. Abrams, Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP

Jeffrey A. Abrams

Each quarter, I have the opportunity to listen to the chairs of all the Indianapolis Bar Association’s sections, committees and divisions describe accomplishments they have achieved during the past quarter as well as forecast great things to come throughout the balance of the year. There is some amazing work done by these groups – not all of which is known to our members. In an effort to toot the horn of their hard work, please note the following accomplishments of just a few of our many sections, divisions and committees:

Alternative Dispute Resolution Section – On Sept. 26, volunteers from the ADR section will work at their fifth annual Mediation Day. These volunteers will donate their time and skills to mediate several cases for litigants who qualify for modest means mediation. They will work in multiple offices made available through the generosity of Barnes & Thornburg.

Estate Planning & Administration Section – This section has partnered with financial planners to enhance the business development opportunities for their members. One way they are doing this is by providing Certified Financial Planning (CFP) credit hours in addition to CLE credit hours at seminars scheduled in 2014.

Environmental Law SectionEnvironmental consultants will attend a CLE on Sept. 17 (with libations to follow) where they will actually sample contaminated property and describe the process to all the attendees. This would be an excellent CLE for Real Estate & Land Use Section members and Business Law Section members to attend.

Government Practice Section – This section has an interesting CLE scheduled for Oct. 9 called “Why Can’t I Buy Beer on Sunday? An Overview of Indiana Alcohol Laws Compared to Other States”. A social reception will follow including – you guessed it – a beer and wine tasting with appetizers.

Health Care & Life Sciences Section – This section is partnering with the Indy Attorneys Network Section for a Handlebar Bike Social and CLE on Aug. 19. This is another great way to connect members of different sections and get to know attorneys in all areas of law.

Intellectual Property Section – This section is seeking lawyers to join their executive committee to provide leadership for the future. If you are interested, please reach out to Connie Lindman at SmithAmundsen LLC, 464-4102. (Sorry for the Public Service Announcement but I need to occasionally have a philanthropic bent.)

Labor & Employment Law Section – This section is scheduling an Employment Law Seminar for small business owners on Nov. 13 to network with a group of potential clients.

Paralegal CommitteeThey have decided to organize a reception on Oct. 2 to thank the many sponsors that have helped make their successes economically feasible. This is a great idea to thank the people that help make our lives much easier.

Criminal Justice Section – This section has been extremely busy educating lawyers who have been in practice for 10, 20, 30 and 40 years on the radical changes to the Criminal Code that were adopted this year.

Family Law SectionThey creatively obtained sponsors for their CLE seminars so that they could fund a section Indians Game outing and a holiday party. This is an ingenious effort to combine CLE with social enjoyment at no cost to its members.

Tax Section – They have a great seminar for later this year called Accounting for Lawyers: Part Two. This section also solicited volunteers from their section to provide pro bono advice to clients of the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic.

Real Estate & Land Use Section – This section has spent a considerable amount of time working with the City of Indianapolis on the proposed rezoning ordinance and have paired with a title insurance company for a couple of CLE seminars later this year.

Indy Attorneys Network SectionThey continue to grow their membership each week and have partnered with other groups and sections for CLE and social events.

Women And The Law Division – This section had an outstanding summer reception and have strong philanthropic efforts in support of Dream Dinners, where they make meals for The Julian Center and Embrace.

Litigation SectionNov. 12 will be the 2014 Judicial Reception where judges and litigators can spend time in a related social atmosphere.

Public Outreach Committee – This committee will sponsor a voter registration presentation and student representative election for 8th graders this fall. At the presentation, they explain voter information (registration, ID to vote, voting within the correct precinct), students declare a candidacy to run for 8th Grade Student Representative, elections are held and the winning candidate is announced.

Lawyer To Business Committee – Jimmie McMillian and committee members from several IndyBar sections and divisions have planned an outstanding social event scheduled for Aug. 28. IndyBar members are invited to join members of the Indiana CPA Society at the Market Table at the Alexander Hotel for a networking night. It will be from 5 to 7 p.m. and we will be able to meet accountants who will hopefully lead to future referrals on both ends – for us to give our clients and for them to refer us. This is the first Lawyer to Business Networking Reception and there will be several more over the next six months.

As you can see, there is a lot going on and there is bound to be something that piques your interest. Please don’t be a wallflower and get involved! Enjoy the fruits of the hard work of our members.

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IndyBar to Host Criminal Justice Complex Forum

IndyBar members are invited to attend an upcoming open forum on plans for the city’s proposed consolidated criminal justice complex. The forum will take place Monday, Aug. 18 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the IndyBar Education Center. It is offered to IndyBar members at no charge. Pre-registration is not required.

During the forum, representatives from the city and HOK, the city’s technical advisor on the project, will provide updates on the project. Members will also be invited to provide input, feedback and suggestions to the city and HOK.

Find more information about the forum here.

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IndyBar Member Headlines: Thursday, August 14

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Hollingsworth & Zivitz PC was named the Best Place to Work in Indiana for the third year in a row by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. IndyBar members Kena Hollingsworth and Christina Zivitz are the founding partners.

Donald R. Lundberg
, partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP, has been elected president of the Indiana Bar Foundation board.

Geoffrey G. Slaughter, partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, has been chosen president-elect of the Indiana Bar Foundation board.

Scott L. Barnhart, partner at Keffer Barnhart LLP, has been named treasurer of the Indiana Bar Foundation board.

Tony Rose of Meitus Gelbert Rose LLP, Caryn Glawe of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, Hon. Melissa May of the Indiana Court of Appeals and Richard Thrapp of Ice Miller LLP are new members of the Indiana Bar Foundation board.

Leah Wilson has joined Frost Brown Todd LLC in Indianapolis as an associate. She is a member of the construction law group. Read more here.

Michael Hartman has joined Gutwein Law in Lafayette where he concentrates his practice in business litigation.

Eric J. Neidlinger has joined Keller Macaluso LLC in Carmel. Read more here.

Dominiack Legal Services LLC has moved its offices to The Prairie Building, 115 N. William St., South Bend, IN 46601.

MaryEllen Bishop of Cohen Garelick & Glazier PC was re-elected to a second three-year term on the IU Board of Trustees.

Michael C. Terrell of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP will present at the 2014 HR Indiana Annual Conference on Aug. 26. His presentation is titled “Top 5 Employment Risks You Need to Know.”

Jere A. Rosebrock has joined Wooden & McLaughlin LLP as a member of the firm’s litigation team. Read more here.

Lloyd Milliken of Frost Brown Todd LLC was presented the inaugrual Richard T. Boyette Award for Outstanding Service at the 10th anniversary celebration of the National Foundation for Judicial Excellence (NFJE) in Chicago on July 18.

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Bar Talk August: 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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Five Same-Sex Marriage Cases Filed in Recent Months
By Amanda Blystone, Broyles Kight & Ricafort PC
Get the rundown on the same-sex marriage cases that were filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana over the last few months from family law attorney Amanda Blystone.
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Indiana Supreme Court Address Concern Raised by Appellate Practice Section Amicus Brief
By Josh Tatum, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun
The Indiana Supreme Court’s per curiam order addressed the only concern raised by the IndyBar’s Appellate Practice Section in an amicus brief supporting transfer of Drake v. Dickey.
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Talking Points with the Top Paralegal
Get to know IndyBar’s Paralegal of the Year, Jodie Bergeron of Cohen & Malad LLP. An interview with Bergeron was featured in July, and she will be honored with the award at the Paralegal Appreciation Luncheon on August 14. Want to attend the event? Register here!
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ABA Releases Resource to Aid Assessment of Cognitive Impairment
The ABA has released a questionnaire that helps legal professionals assess whether a colleague is experiencing cognitive impairment and determine how to address it.
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IU Maurer School of Law Selected for Clinic Certification Pilot Program
Five law schools across the nation were selected by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to participate in their Clinic Certification Pilot Program. Check out this post to find out more about what this means for law school students and the intellectual property field.
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If you’re hanging out with people who aren’t lawyers, here’s something even they will find interesting: 11 Fast Facts About Indy Eleven

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