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Save the Date for the 2015 Installation Luncheon

The New Year is just weeks away…Make sure to mark your brand-new 2015 calendar now for the upcoming Indianapolis Bar Association and Foundation Installation Luncheon, which will take place on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency.

At the luncheon, IndyBar President John Trimble and 2015 Indianapolis Bar Foundation President Erin Clancy will take the oaths of office to officially kick off the year for the association and foundation. The board of directors for each organization will also be installed. Registration is available here.

2015 Indianapolis Bar Association Board of Directors

President:
John C. Trimble, Lewis Wagner LLP

President Elect:
Hon. Robyn L. Moberly, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Indiana

First Vice President:
Nissa M. Ricafort, Broyles Kight & Ricafort PC

Immediate Past President:
Jeffrey A. Abrams, Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP

Treasurer:
Jimmie L. McMillian, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Secretary:
William E. Winingham Jr., Wilson Kehoe Winingham

Counsel to the Board:
Susan E. Cline, Lewis Wagner LLP

Vice Presidents:
James J. Bell, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP
Stephanie L. Cassman, Lewis Wagner LLP
Hon. James B. Osborn, Marion Superior Court
Kelly M. Scanlan, Baker & Gilchrist

At-Large Members:
James A. Edgar, J. Edgar Law Offices PC
Eric N. Engebretson, Whitham Hebenstreit & Zubek LLP
Kathleen I. Hart, Riley Bennett & Egloff LLP
Kelley J. Johnson, Cohen & Malad LLP
Patricia Caress McMath, Marion County Public Defender Agency
Hon. Timothy W. Oakes, Marion Superior Court
Colleen M. Powers, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman PC
Hon. Jose D. Salinas, Marion Superior Court
Takeena M. Thompson, Cohen & Malad LLP
Hon. Marc Rothenberg, Marion Superior Court

American Bar Association Delegate:
Phil L. Isenbarger, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP

ISBA 11th District Representative:
Terry Tolliver, Office of the Indiana Attorney General

Metropolitan Bar Caucus Representative:
John F. Kautzman, Ruckleshaus Kautzman Blackwell Bemis & Hasbrook

Marion County Bar Association Representative:
Detra L. Mills, Attorney at Law

National Conference of Bar Presidents Representative:
Christine H. Hickey, Rubin & Levin PC

Women & the Law Division Representative:
Elizabeth R. Polleys, Marion County Prosecutor’s Office

Young Lawyers Division Representative:
Matthew D. Neuman, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP

Senior Counsel Division Representative:
James H. Voyles, Voyles Zahn & Paul PA

Law Student Division Representative:
Through May 30, 2015: Jason R. Sprinkle, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Beginning June 1, 2015: Burnell “BJ” Grimes Jr., Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Dean, Robert H. McKinney School of Law:
Andrew Klein

Indianapolis Bar Foundation President:
Erin A. Clancy, Kightlinger & Gray LLP

2015 Indianapolis Bar Foundation Board of Directors

President:
Erin A. Clancy, Kightlinger & Gray LLP

President-Elect:
Andrew L. Campbell, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

First Vice President:
Holly J. Wanzer, Wanzer Edwards PC

Immediate Past President:
David J. Duncan, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP

Secretary:
Rebecca W. Geyer, Rebecca W. Geyer & Associates PC

Treasurer:
Lee C. Christie, Cline Farrell Christie & Lee PC

Counsel to the Board:
Tom Davis, Frost Brown Todd LLC

Directors:
Adam D. Christensen, Dutton Legal Group LLC
Briana Clark, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP
Erin M. Durnell, Broyles Kight & Ricafort PC
Raegan M. Gibson, Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP
Will W. Gooden, Clark Quinn Moses Scott & Grahn LLP
J. Curtis Greene, Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Angela P. Krahulik, Ice Miller LLP
Martha R. Lehman, Krieg DeVault LLP
Jennifer M. Lukemeyer, Voyles Zahn & Paul
Ned B. Mulligan, Cohen & Malad LLP
Aubrey Kuchar Noltemeyer, Kightlinger & Gray LLP
Patrick W. Price, Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles
Melanie K. Reichert, Broyles Kight & Ricafort PC
Mark R. Waterfill, Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP

Ex Officio Directors:
Jeffrey A. Abrams, Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP
Hon. Robyn L. Moberly, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Indiana
John C. Trimble, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

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miniBar Talk: This Week’s Top Post!

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Does “Loss-Leader” Online Work Lead to Long-Term Clients?

By Jane E.Q. Glynn, Wanzer Edwards PC

Does it make business sense to take on “loss-leader” online work in hopes of developing long-term valuable clients, or are you just diving down the rabbit hole? Is the market potential worth the ethical risk? LegalZoom and Avvo both recently launched new forays into the online legal services market, and this blog post by Carolyn Elefant of myShingle.com touches on various pros and cons of participating in these and similar platforms. Check out the post for a bird’s eye view of the issues and numerous informative links!

This post was written by Jane E. Q. Glynn of Wanzer Edwards PC. If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Solo/Small Firm Practice Section page, please email Mary Kay Price at mprice@indybar.org.

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Duncan: Thinking about Year-End Giving? Make a True Impact with the Indianapolis Bar Foundation

By Dave Duncan, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP

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The final months of 2014 are now upon us and with the year-end quickly closing in, many of you are considering your giving options. I’ll happily take this opportunity to share my insight as to why you should put our Indianapolis Bar Foundation at the top of your list.

Did you know that if you put all of the individuals served by the foundation’s pro bono efforts in a room together, that room would be the size of Bankers Life Fieldhouse? Over 18,000 individuals have been served by programs made possible by your contributions to the Foundation in the last five years.

In 2014 alone, your foundation raised over $240,000, granted $140,000 to assist central Indiana families and provided funding for programs in which 582 IndyBar members volunteered their time providing pro bono assistance to families in need. Below is just a brief summary of the service made possible by your contributions in 2014. As you read about how much the IBF has accomplished this year with our current fundraising goals, imagine the impact we could have if every lawyer gave just a bit more. The positive effect on families in our community would be truly astounding.

Ask A Lawyer (Spring and Fall): Over 250 attorney volunteers gave 525 hours to offer free legal advice to over 1,500 people with nowhere else to turn

Hospice Program: Over 20 attorney volunteers gave 150 hours to assist 30 individuals at Eskenazi, Methodist/IU and St. Francis hospitals in their time of need

Bankruptcy Help Line: Four attorney volunteers gave 26 hours to advise 51 people on their tough options ahead

Legal Line: Eighty attorney volunteers donated 160 hours answering 663 calls from Indianapolis residents looking for answers to their legal woes

Homeless Project: Two hundred and twenty attorney volunteers partnered with Wheeler Mission, Care Center, Holy Family Shelter, Salvation Army and the Julian Center and donated time to address the legal and non-legal needs of individuals served by these providers

ILAS/Indy Bar Family Law Conflict Program: Eighty attorney volunteers were matched with 80 clients for direct representation on family law issues donating a total of 720 billable hours to help families navigate their issues through the legal process.

Over the past 10 years more than a million dollars have been granted to improve the lives of Indianapolis families. But there is still so much more we could do. The most recent Census data shows that nearly 20 percent of Indianapolis families live below the Federal poverty level, and the growth of the poverty rate in our city is among the 10 highest for any metropolitan area in the United States.

Our year-over-year figures show that more individuals are turning to the IndyBar for assistance in addressing their unmet legal needs. In 2014, the average family income of an individual receiving pro bono assistance through a program funded by the foundation was less than $25,000.

With your help, we can and will do more. Your contributions to the IBF are what make the pro bono programs of the IndyBar possible. This is our foundation and provides each of us the opportunity to prove that attorneys practicing law in Indianapolis care about the community in which they work and want to make a positive impact.

Every IndyBar member can make a tangible impact by donating to the IBF. No contribution is too small, and 100 percent of our dollars serve residents residing in our City. Our foundation is the only charitable organization of its kind serving Indianapolis.

No one else is doing what our foundation does, and you can be a part of it. Be one. Have impact. Support the Indianapolis Bar Foundation. Please commit to being a part of our Impact of One campaign and donate here.

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IndyBar Member Headlines: Thursday, December 4

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

Alexis Sumner of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP has joined the National Editorial Board for The Estate Planner.

Sarah Starkey of Cohen Garelick & Glazier PC has been invited to serve on the executive committee for the Sagamore American Inns of Court.

Megan M. Lewis of Ruppert & Schaefer PC has received the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic’s 2014 Outstanding Volunteer Attorney Award.

Craig M. Williams and Ryan P. Sink have formed Fox Williams & Sink LLC along with Ryan C. Fox. The firm will focus on the rights of employees.

Libby Yin Goodknight, partner at Krieg DeVault LLP, has been elected to serve on the Legal Advisory Committee to the Indiana Legal Foundation.

 Julia A. Carpenter, partner at Kreig DeVault LLP, has been selected as a 2015 Woman in Real Estate by Midwest Real Estate News.

Kevin Schiferl of Frost Brown Todd LLC has been elected 2015 vice president of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) Indiana chapter. He has also been appointed member of ABOTA’s national board.

Tammara D. Porter of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP has been selected as a member of OPTIONS Class 15, a philanthropy program led by the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana.

David Williams Russell of Harrison & Moberly LLP was awarded The National Council of Indiana’s highest award, “The Steve”, in recognition of his many years of volunteer service to the international communities of Indiana.

R. Zachary Karanovich has joined the DeFur Voran LLP office in Fishers. Karanovich focuses his practice on litigation, and personal and business planning.

Kelli J. Liggett has joined the DeFur Voran LLP office in Muncie. Liggett focuses her practice on estate planning and administration, business planning and elder law.

Jordan K. Baker and Jennifer A. Rulon have joined the Indianapolis office of Frost Brown Todd LLC. Baker is a part of the litigation department. Rulon’s practice focuses on business and commercial litigation.

Sarah Broderick has joined George & Farinas LLP in Indianapolis as an associate.

The following IndyBar member attorneys were recognized as Women of Influence by the Indianapolis Business Journal: Mary Beth Claus, senior vice president, general counsel with Indiana University Health; Jennett Hill, senior vice president, general counsel with Citizens Energy Group; Julianne S. Lis-Milam, partner and general counsel at Hammond Kennedy Whitney & Co. Inc.; Kathy Osborn, partner at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP; Becca Polak, executive vice president, general counsel and secretary at KAR Auction Services Inc.; and Indiana Court of Appeals Chief Judge Nancy H. Vaidik.

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The Evolution of Law: 50-Year Practitioners Look Back

Fifty years ago, a gallon of gas cost 30 cents, a postage stamp cost five cents and a ticket to the movies was $1.25. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson and the Vietnam War raged on. The first Ford Mustang was made, Cassius Clay became the World Heavyweight champion and the British and French governments began making plans to build a tunnel under the English Channel.

For 14 IndyBar members, fifty years ago was also when they began practicing law.

To get a better idea of what it means to spend 50 years devoted to the profession, some of these members shared an inside glimpse at some of their best memories in the field. Read on to see what has changed and which experiences have left a lasting impression.

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Mr. David B. Hughes

“In all things, finish in style.”

What was it like practicing law when you started compared to now?

Where do I start? If the question were, “What are the biggest similarities?” my answer would be, “N/A!” I think the biggest difference is the fast dwindling ability of regular folks to obtain the services of good lawyers at an affordable price. Close seconds would be the sheer size of the bar now, electronics, specialization and the ungodly expense of litigation.

What is your favorite memory from the last 50 years?

Time spent with my mentors: my dad, Fran Hughes, and Shel Breskow, to name only two. Also, surviving–pretty much unscathed–my three years as chief deputy prosecutor in Saul Rabb’s Criminal Court No. 2 (truth be told, I actually liked Judge Rabb).

Words to live by?

My mother drilled into our brains, “In all things, finish in style.” It comes in very handy in all of life’s endeavors. As to the opposite–words to die by–my sarcophagus at Crown Hill will read, “His motion for enlargement of time was denied!”

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Robert P. Kassing, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP

“A good friend of mine long retired from the practice once told me, ‘If there is something you want to do, you had better get after it.’ Fifty years fly by so much faster than I would have imagined.”

What is the biggest difference between practicing law in 1964 versus today?

When I started out many years ago, the Indianapolis bar environment was far different, not only because of the great increase in the number of practicing lawyers over the years. There was limited, hardly any, lawyer free agency among law firms of any size. At the beginning of my practice, the number of lawyers in mid to large firms ranged from 10 to the mid-20s. My recollection of the biggest difference between then and now, however, was the culture of the bar in the 60s and 70s. It was much more collegial, which was helped along by a dining room operated by the Indianapolis Bar Association. The food was marginal or worse but the gathering place fostered collegiality, friendships, good relationships and great times.

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Mr. Norman P. Metzger, Indiana Legal Services, Inc.

“Perfect is the enemy of good.”

What was it like practicing law when you started compared to now?

First of all, technology has completely changed the practice of law, including everything from word processing to legal research to form practice. Secondly, training and support for attorneys have become the sine qua non, not just for trial practice, but every element of the practice of law. Finally, the practice of law is so diversified that knowledge beyond the law is a requisite to succeed in the practice of law. It’s an advantage for lawyers to be multilingual, to specialize in discrete substantive law areas and to be comfortable when dealing with non-traditional legal issues and clients.

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Mr. Robert H. Reynolds, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

“Do your best to maintain a balanced life, despite heavy pressures from today’s practice. Leave time for your family and your community. At the end of the day, you’ll be glad you did.”

What is your favorite memory from the last 50 years?

There are many. First, being in the associate

and partner class with Shirley Shideler, the first female lawyer employed by the firm, was one of the best. She went to what is now the IU McKinney School of Law at night while she worked as an extraordinary secretary during the day. She later became the first female partner in any of the larger firms. We were buddies until her untimely death.

Second, being on the committee to arrange the 1982 merger of Barnes Hickam Pantzer & Boyd with the Thornburg McGill firm of South Bend (then the fourth largest firm in the State) to create Barnes & Thornburg, the first “statewide” law firm. That merger resulted in the Indianapolis firm’s first written partnership agreement. Now Barnes & Thornburg has 12 offices and spans the country. The changes have been breathtaking.

Third, also in 1982, is helping Don Knebel recruit Bill Coffey and the Jenkins Coffey firm, making Barnes & Thornburg the first Indianapolis firm to include a substantial and integrated intellectual property practice.

Finally, fourth, in 1990, the firm joined TerraLex, a worldwide network of leading independent law firms. Working through the TerraLex member firms, the firm’s lawyers were able to serve our United States clients in international matters. Those activities took me to Germany, Japan and China, to name only a few of the special memories my work with TerraLex created. Contrast this with the fact that because international travel was so unusual, firm lawyers who were fortunate enough to travel out of the country in the early years, usually on vacation, were expected to report on their foreign travels at firm meetings.

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Mr. Paul G. Roland

“Respect, tolerance and perseverance.”

What is your favorite memory from the last 50 years?

I have many, many fond memories of successful jury trials, especially defending members of the Fraternal Order of Police. However, my favorite memory was achieving acquittal prior to jury submission in the trial of my father who had been charged with illegal transportation of lottery tickets in Illinois prior to the time Congress repealed the laws banning sales of lottery tickets countywide.

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Pearson Smith, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP?

“Keep your eyes on the ball.”

What is the biggest difference between practicing law in 1964 versus today? ?

There was no such thing as email.

What’s your favorite memory of the last 50 years in law??

The standing ovation received by Andy Jacobs Sr. in the late 60s when he entered the IndyBar lunchroom after winning a defamation case against the Star-News.

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Mr. Sydney L. Steele, Kroger Gardis & Regas LLP

“Do nothing to compromise your reputation.”

What was it like practicing law when you started compared to now?

No voicemail, email or internet. “Cut and paste” was actually “cut and paste.” You had time to breathe between sending a letter and waiting for a response, unlike now when you get an immediate response (sometimes). The practice of law, although tense at times, was a little more leisurely. Also, you knew most of the lawyers in town.

What’s your favorite memory of the last 50 years in law?

There are many, but I fondly remember trying a case before Judge Dillon when he directed the U.S. Marshall to take away in handcuffs a witness I had cross-examined who had clearly lied on the witness stand in the Judge’s court. Yes, there sometimes is justice.

 

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Mr. Stephen W. Sutherlin, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP

“The greatest thing a lawyer has is his ego, and the worst thing a lawyer has is his ego.”

What is the biggest difference between practicing law in 1964 versus today?

Technology and the addition of women to the bar. The latter took what was more of a good old boys organization to one with much more integrity and ethics.

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‘Tis the Season for Networking: Tips to Make This the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Posted By Andrea L. Ciobanu, Ciobanu Law PC

  1. Always keep one hand free to allow yourself to shake hands with people. This means that you shouldn’t eat and drink at the same time. Remember, you’re there to network, not eat a full-course meal.
  2. Never try to barge into a group of four or more people. Come alongside the group, but do not attempt to enter into the discussion until you’ve made eye contact with everyone and a minimum of two other people in the group have said something.
  3. Initiate conversation with someone who is standing by themselves. They’ll be happy to have someone to talk to them and, as a result, will many times open up with valuable information.
  4. When you meet someone for the first time, you have 48 hours to follow up with them before they will completely forget about meeting you.
  5. A networking event is not a time to see how many business cards you can acquire. Rather, it is a time to develop a few relationships that have potential.
  6. The best location for networking is by a high-traffic area such as a main door, the bar, or near the food.
  7. When receiving a business card from someone, take a moment to write yourself a note on it such as where you met. If you do this while you’re still talking to the person, it will help convey your sense of personal connection.
  8. During the course of a conversation at a networking event, use the other person’s first name two or three times. People always like to hear their own name and it will help you to remember it when the discussion is over.
  9. Rather than telling a new contact all about yourself, spend your time asking them questions. It’s amazing how much you’ll learn!
  10. Prepare an “elevator speech.”  An “elevator speech” gives you an opportunity to provide the most important information about you to everyone you come in contact with.
  11. Show your appreciation by sending thank you notes when appropriate.
  12. Maintain your network by keeping in touch with the people you meet and be sure to update them on important events.

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 Networking Section, please email Mary Kay Price at mprice@indybar.com.

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Getting Along is Not Wrong: Friendly Words Speak Volumes About Professionalism

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. Check out the entry below and continue checking back for future installments.

Courtney S. Figg, Eads Murray & Pugh PC –

The lawyer that has been the biggest mentor to me professionally, even though he does not actively practice law, is Doug Garrison. He is the Chief Communications Officer for the Indiana Department of Correction (DOC) and was my boss when I was a media liaison for the department during law school. Having retired from the FBI prior to joining the DOC, Doug had strong opinions on the criminal justice system and how lawyers fit into that system. Even though I only worked for him for a relatively short time, he was extremely supportive of my law school academics, and he continues to follow up with me now that I am in private practice. Doug left a lasting impression on me by showing that having a pleasant, friendly demeanor and a willingness to talk to the other side, with whom I may disagree, will ultimately make me happier in my life and practice. It will also speak volumes about my professionalism and reputation down the road.

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It’s Dues Renewal Time!

Renew your membership in the only local organization singularly committed to the Indianapolis legal community and its practitioners. Bolstered by more than 5,000 members, the Indianapolis Bar Association and its leaders work tirelessly to provide resources, programming and initiatives to make your career more successful, more efficient, and more satisfying.

Jump online to indybar.org/renew to renew your membership, or simply return the printed renewal statement mailed in early October. Questions or concerns? Contact us at iba@indybar.org.

We’re working for you. These initiatives and much more have launched or are underway to benefit YOU as an IndyBar member:

Adapting to your changing needs. The legal community is constantly evolving. The IndyBar is responding to maximize your success and satisfaction in the practice of law with brand-new initiatives like the Innovation and Research Council and Law Practice Management Task Force.

CLE on your schedule. Learning while earning CLE credits is a breeze with the IndyBar. Visit our conveniently located Education Center, where we host the most one-hour programs in the region, and gain top-notch education from respected practitioners.

Customized, robust communications. With more than 800 articles on 23 different topics posted in the last 11 months alone, IndyBar news subscriptions give you the power to dictate how you receive the news that’s most important to you and your practice.

With you on the go. Accessing the member directory and registering for programs on your phone is a snap with the bar’s mobile-optimized website, plus you can earn CLE credits from the comfort of your couch with more than 150 programs in the Online CLE catalog.

Investment in your business success. Whether through the Lawyer Referral Service, Indy Lawyer Finder or the Modest Means project, we’re working to bring clients to your door. Plus, the IndyBar’s powerful networking opportunities mean business from attorney referrals.

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miniBar Talk: This Week’s Top Post!

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Using Graphics in Litigation Settings

By Timothy F. Devereux, Ladendorf Law

Any litigator in today’s legal environment needs to understand the importance of initially engaging and then keeping the attention of a jury or a judge. We attorneys are faced with exceptionally savvy jurors who have been raised as consumers of multimedia presentations and who expect to be entertained as they learn new information. As noted by Ryan H. Flax of Litigation Consulting, “It is well known and generally accepted by the top performers in the litigation community that you need to use demonstrative evidence, including litigation graphics, to be persuasive at trial.” Studies have shown that when a litigator uses graphics as part of their presentation, jurors believe that the attorney using them was more capable, better prepared and probably more likable.

For more information on this topic, check out this article.

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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Abrams: Leaders and Volunteers Recognized at Annual Luncheon

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

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If you did not attend the IndyBar Recognition Luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 13, you really missed out. We were able to recognize a select group of stellar performers to our profession and the IndyBar during the course of the year. Choices were so very difficult to make since we have had an extraordinary number of volunteers this year go above and beyond what might have been expected of them in their roles.

My President’s Award for Service to the Association was given to John Kautzman of Ruckelshaus Kautzman Blackwell Bemis & Hasbrook, who chairs our Justice Center Committee. John has been involved with this initiative for nearly 20 years as interest ebbed and flowed for this type of project. When the bar learned last fall that the mayor was promoting a Justice Center, we quickly reconvened the committee and John, with many others, spent tireless hours chasing down city representatives and information regarding this project. He recently had to execute a confidentiality agreement as he sat through proposals from prospective bidders which, if thoroughly followed, may have prevented him from disclosing his name, place of employment and residence to his wife and friends. Fortunately, we know where to find him as he perseveres and continues to work diligently as we see how this project evolves.

The President’s Award for Service to the Profession was given to the IndyBar Diversity Job Fair Committee chaired in 2014 by Sara R. Blevins of Lewis & Kappes PC. This project has grown over the past several years to an incredible level of participation this year with over 400 scheduled interviews by 28 firms and companies with 84 registered students and 18 sponsors. Several students have already received and accepted offers for employment. This committee was also recognized this year by the American Bar Association at its annual meeting for its service to the community and our profession.

B. Ronan Johnson with Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP was awarded the Young Lawyer of the Year. As a young attorney, he is already incredibly active in the community with United Way of Central Indiana, Meals on Wheels of Central Indiana, Penrod Society, Leadership Indianapolis and Methodist Health Foundation. Most notably, Ronan created the IndyBar’s Intro to Indy series which provides opportunities for young lawyers to co-host with other organizations around town and learn more about how we can serve the community. He has enlisted the Indianapolis Zoo Associate Council, the Emerging Leaders of United Way, Leadership Indianapolis and Young Professionals of Central Indiana for participation. This creative and innovative project was developed by Ronan while he was sitting at his office looking out the window contemplating his next major transaction for Taft. Congratulations to Ronan and keep up the continued creativity for the profession.

The Board of Directors Award and the IndyBar Pro Bono Law Firm Award went to Richard A. Mann and Richard A. Mann PC. Rick has chaired the Family Law Section in 2014 and was extremely involved in providing input to the Board of Directors and information to its section members regarding HJR-3 and other same-sex marriage developments during the course of the year. Communications to its members has been flawless and the educational seminars extremely well received. On the pro bono front, attorneys from his firm have volunteered as guardians ad litem in juvenile delinquent cases and spent more than 240 hours assisting incapacitated adults and other parties. We truly appreciate Rick being a role model for those in the firm, in the Family Law Section and the entire legal community.

The other IndyBar Pro Bono Awards went to Deborah K. Binkley, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP, for paralegals, Tyler J. Smith, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law for law students and Jacqueline Pimentel-Gannon, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, for attorneys aiding individuals.

Debi has served as site coordinator for the Ask A Lawyer Program for several years and helps recruit and train other paralegals for this role. She has used her creativity and ingenuity to make the program better.

Tyler has contributed an incredible 375 pro bono hours through the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic’s expungement help desk at the City-County Building while attending law school in the evening and being a student ambassador for the admissions office. He is an exemplary law student who will become an outstanding attorney.

Jacqueline has contributed over 500 hours of pro bono service in her three years at the law firm. She volunteers for the IndyBar’s Ask A Lawyer Program, the Low Asset Wills Program and the Firm’s EMBRACE Program. She has prepared wills and advanced directives for a Lilly/Faegre clinic held at Eskenazi Health and for the recent Wills For Heroes Program. Her efforts have been tireless while continuing to practice law on the side.

Ian Goodman provided accolades for the law firms who have worked diligently to practice law in ways that are environmentally safe and sustainable. Over 20 firms and businesses were recognized as 2014 Green Legal Initiative members, and the list can be found on the IndyBar website.

Over 40 attorneys were selected to participate in the Indianapolis Bar Foundation Class of Distinguished Fellows and over 25 “seasoned” attorneys were selected to the Indianapolis Bar Foundation Class of Distinguished Seniors Fellows. We were also blessed to have 14 attorneys honored for having achieved 50 years of practice, which is an incredibly noteworthy achievement. Syd Steele, one of our 50-year practitioners, was sitting at our table and was anxiously awaiting the conclusion of the lunch so that he could rush out to a deposition that he needed to attend for one of his clients. So many of these attorneys are still actively practicing in our community, enjoying the profession they have served for 50 years.

I can’t think of a better way to spend an hour with fellow attorneys than to recognize those who have sacrificed time with family, friends and clients in advancing justice and service to our profession and community. Congratulations to all those honorees and everyone else who gives so freely of their time. It makes my job so much easier.

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