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Bill Watch Report for Feb. 13 Now Available

The practice-area specific Bill Watch reports for Feb. 13 are now available. The reports highlight the pending bills of particular concern to different sections within the bar. See below for this week’s posts, and click here to access the full Bill Watch reports.

Business Law
Criminal Justice
Estate Planning & Administration
Family Law
Government Practice
Litigation
Real Estate & Land Use

Don’t forget: You can update your news subscriptions to conveniently receive information like the practice area-specific Bill Watch posts in your bi-weekly E-Bulletin! Click here to learn more, and click here to update your profile.

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miniBar Talk: This Week’s Top Post

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Job Hunting Tips for Young Attorneys

By Jenai M. Brackett, Frost Brown Todd LLC

Young attorneys of Indianapolis: Are you job hunting? We recommend you read this recent article – 7 Steps to Getting a Job as a Lawyer – for tips to make sure you are putting your best foot forward. As the article says, if you follow these steps, “It is simple really.” Good luck!

This post was written by Jenai M. Brackett of Frost Brown Todd LLC. If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Young Lawyers Division page, please email Rachel Beachy at rbeachy@indybar.org.

To subscribe to more Young Lawyers Division 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, February 12

Share your news with the IndyBar by contacting Mary Kay Price, Director of Marketing & Communications, at mprice@indybar.org.

The Indianapolis Business Journal’s 2015 Class of Forty Under 40 includes IndyBar members David Duncan of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP, David Rosenberg of the City of Indianapolis and Trent Sandifur of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP.

Ronald Elberger of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP, Kevin Murray of Frost Brown Todd LLC and Robert Wagner of Lewis Wagner LLP have been named 2015 Inspire Awards for Mentoring finalists by the College Mentors for Kids.

Ahmed Young of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP has been named by Governor Mike Pence to the Indiana Civil Rights Commission.

John R. Kirkwood of Krieg DeVault LLP has been named to the “Top 125 People in the Advance Bioeconomy” by Biofuels Digest.

Melissa A. Gardner of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP has been elected vice-chair of the board of directors for the Marion County Commission on Youth.

Gregory F. Hahn of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP has been named to the Board of Trustees for the Catholic Community Foundation.

Rafael Sanchez is now vice president of Business Development & Legal Affairs at Fineline Printing Group.

Former Lawrence Township Small Claims Court Judge Clark G. Rehme has joined Mark K. Sullivan and Associates PC.

Melissa Coxey has joined Bose McKinney & Evans LLP as of counsel in the firm’s Hospitality and Alcoholic Beverage Law Group.

Michael Cracraft, Philip McKiernan and Steven Krohne have joined Ice Miller LLP as partners in the Energy and Utilities Group.

Thomas A. Barnard has joined the executive committee of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP.

Michael B. Reichert has joined the real estate team at Wooden & McLaughlin LLP.

E. Joseph Kremp was elected to the management committee at Wooden & McLaughlin LLP.

Joseph O. Hankins has joined Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP.

Alan H. Goldstein has joined Katzman & Katzman PC as of counsel.

Patrick D. Grindlay has joined the Crown Point office of Johnson & Bell Ltd.

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Trimble: #WILLYOUBETHERE?

John C. Trimble, Lewis Wagner LLP

John C. Trimble, Lewis Wagner LLP

By John C. Trimble, Lewis Wagner LLP

As I have worked my way through the chairs of the IndyBar to become the 2015 president, I have had the good fortune to meet other bar leaders at American Bar Association meetings. I have learned time and again that bar leaders around the country view the IndyBar as the “Gold Standard” of metropolitan bar associations. Indeed, IndyBar past presidents, current officers and professional staff are on the speaker list at every meeting of bar executives and presidents. Why is this the case? The answer is simple. We do more to serve our members, our profession and our community than the vast majority of other city or county bar associations…and we do it for less money (Have you noticed that our dues have not changed in more than 20 years?).

At a recent retreat of the IndyBar Board of Directors, we did an inventory of all the things that the bar does. Would you believe that we host an astounding number of events, seminars and committee meetings? Most years, our offerings exceed 300 in number, and some years we approach 400 offerings. If you are like me, and you have grown up knowing only the IndyBar, then you would have no idea that our bar association is as phenomenal as it is. We may even admit that we sometimes take it for granted. Many of us have no idea of the advocacy that comes from our bar association, nor do they know that we are nearly 5,000 strong. This is a busy bar association, and the leaders and staff have passion for providing value to members.

So, you are scratching your head and wondering about the hashtag that precedes this article? What does John mean when he asks “Will You Be There?” The short answer is that I want to urge you, your colleagues, and your friends in the law to JOIN the IndyBar and to get engaged and attend our many lunches, seminars and networking events. Our events are outstanding not only for the content and the venues, but also because of the people who attend. The more people we have, the better they are. You are the person we want at our events. If every one of you who reads this article recruits one member this year and brings a colleague to every event, our already strong organization would be beyond phenomenal.

Law firm leaders: We need you this year. We need you to urge your firm members to get involved; we need you to buy tables for our lunches; we need you to sponsor events. We will see to it that your firms find value in your participation.

I fervently hope that 2015 will be a year of engagement for the IndyBar. You will see the hashtag #WILLYOUBETHERE? in many of our event invitations and announcements. You will see it in particular as we promote and invite you to the Bench Bar Conference to be held June 18-20 this year in Louisville, Kentucky. If I have not already seen you and invited you in person, consider yourself invited. This article is your “save the date” reminder. Please put it on your calendar now. I will personally guarantee that you will have a great time.

I look forward to being the IndyBar president this year. Please don’t hesitate to call me if we can do anything for you or you have a question or concern. If you are on Twitter, I hope you follow me @IndyBarPres. I will follow you back.

While I may seem excited for 2015, my excitement is no more than a reflection of the excitement of our board, our committee and section chairs, and our fabulous staff. We want you to share in the excitement.

One last question… #WILLYOUBETHERE?

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On Tap at the IndyBar: Feb. 9-15

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

What You Need to Know About the Bluebook
Tuesday, February 10 from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m.
Room 375, Inlow Hall, IU Robet H. McKinney School of Law
Information and registration can be found here.

Voir Dire and Jury Selection Strategies
Wednesday, February 11 from noon to 1 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center, 135 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 1500
Information and registration can be found here.

Individual Liability for Business Taxes in Situations of Insolvency
Wednesday, February 11 from 4 to 5 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center, 135 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 1500
Information and registration can be found here.

Indy Attorneys Network Quarterly Coffee
Thursday, February 12 from 8 to 9 a.m.
Starbucks at the Sheraton, 31 W. Ohio St.
Information and registration can be found here.

Check out the full slate of IndyBar events here.

News You Can Use

  • Practice-area specific Bill Watch reports are now available. Click here for the most recent updates!
  • #WillYouBeThere? The IndyBar Bench Bar Conference is June 18-20 in Louisville, KY this year. IndyBar President John Trimble wants to know: Will you be there? Check out the members who have already said yes in this video!
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Bill Watch Report for Feb. 6 Now Available

The practice-area specific Bill Watch reports for Feb. 6 are now available. The reports highlight the pending bills of particular concern to different sections within the bar. See below for this week’s posts, and click here to access the full Bill Watch reports.

Business Law
Criminal Justice
Estate Planning & Administration
Family Law
Litigation
Real Estate & Land Use

Don’t forget: You can update your news subscriptions to conveniently receive information like the practice area-specific Bill Watch posts in your bi-weekly E-Bulletin! Click here to learn more, and click here to update your profile.

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miniBar Talk: This Week’s Top Post

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The Dos and Do Nots of Voir Dire

Voir dire questions need to effectively gather useful information, but some questions that are routinely being asked yield the opposite result. This post lists five voir dire questions to avoid and explains why they do not provide helpful information about potential jurors.

For even more advice and tips on voir dire, check out the IndyBar Litigation Section’s upcoming CLE on February 11. “Voir Dire and Jury Selection Strategies” will kick off the 2015 Litigation Skills Series, so don’t miss it! More information and registration can be found here.

To subscribe to more Litigation 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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Getting Along is Not Wrong: Avoiding ‘Time Outs’ Through Lessons in Civility

Civility. Courtesy. Respect. Professionalism. These are words that should be synonymous with “Advocate” but in a world of high stakes, strong opinions, and a general, societal decline in basic manners, how can attorneys fight the good fight while living up to these ideals – especially if the other side doesn’t? We set out to find examples of lawyers who model the way while providing excellent representation.

Getting Along is Not Wrong, an initiative of the IndyBar Standing Committee on Professionalism, is the impressive collection of such positive and compelling behavior.

Melanie Reichert, Broyles Kight & Ricafort PC

Three attorneys who led by example for me are Mike Hebenstreit, Kevin McGoff and Bruce Pennamped. I had challenging and complicated cases with each of them opposing fairly early in my legal career. While other experienced attorneys either “talked down” to me, ignored my perspective, looked at me like a piece of meat or assumed I would be ill-prepared for trial, they never did any of those things. They treated me with respect and fairness at all times. They taught me that our clients could have drastically different positions or treat each other horribly but that there was no need for the lawyers to do so. They showed the importance of not taking the cases personally. They demonstrated that while clients come and go, you work with the same core group of colleagues for the duration of your legal career. I try to model their approach now when I have less-experienced counsel on the other side of a case.

One of my favorite examples from a judicial officer involves Justice David. I was co-counsel in an extremely contentious case. Lead counsel for each of the spouses do not have reputations for being the most civil of legal professionals. During a hearing and argument on a narrow issue, the two attorneys were speaking with raised voices, interrupting one another and quickly heading down a path of personal insults. Justice David stopped the proceedings and essentially gave everyone a time out. When the hearing resumed, cooler heads prevailed. A judge with a strong presence from the bench, yet a calm and even-handed judicial demeanor, runs an effective courtroom and promotes a favorable public impression from the legal system. Local examples of such judges and judicial officers, in my opinion, include: Steve Nation, Dan Pfleging, Will Greenaway, David Najjar, Jeff Edens, Mark Smith, Justices David and Rush, Heather Welch, David Dreyer, Robyn Moberly and Tanya Walton Pratt.

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On Tap at the IndyBar: Feb. 2-8

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

What IndyBar Attorneys Should Know to Assist Families with Special Education IEPs
Thursday, February 5 from 8:15 to 9:45 a.m.
JMF Enrichment Center, 7128 Lakeview Parkway W. Dr.
Information and registration can be found here.

Check out the full slate of IndyBar events here.

News You Can Use

  • IndyBar Member Headlines for Thursday, January 29
  • Members can now receive discounts through our new agreement with National Purchasing Partners. Click here for more information on how to start saving today!
  • Special notice: A $50 late fee will be charged when CLE course attendance is not reported within 30 days of completion. The IndyBar is happy to take care of credit reporting for its members – click here to get the scoop!

 

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Bill Watch Report for Jan. 30 Now Available

The practice-area specific Bill Watch reports for Jan. 30 are now available. The reports highlight the pending bills of particular concern to different sections within the bar. See below for this week’s posts, and click here to access the full Bill Watch reports.

Business Law
Criminal Justice
Estate Planning & Administration
Family Law
Litigation
Real Estate & Land Use

Don’t forget: You can update your news subscriptions to conveniently receive information like the practice area-specific Bill Watch posts in your bi-weekly E-Bulletin! Click here to learn more, and click here to update your profile.

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