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.

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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

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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

Share your news with the IndyBar by contacting Mary Kay Price, Director of Marketing & Communications, at

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.

Please note: IndyBar news and updates are provided as a member benefit. You may be prompted to log-in to view some articles.

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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Legal Lifestyle: Staying Healthy with a Stressful Schedule

Legal professionals often have demanding, intense schedules, which makes maintaining a healthy lifestyle and fitting in proper diet and exercise a unique challenge.

Richard Kammen, a criminal defense lawyer at Kammen & Moudy and IndyBar member of 33 years, recently took on the Indy Fit Challenge, hosted by the IndyStar.

His successful results are something everyone can learn from, but especially fellow attorneys who face some of the same struggles that he did. Read on to learn more about his journey to health and how you can follow suit!

Question: What is the biggest obstacle for legal professionals when it comes to having a healthy lifestyle? How did you overcome that obstacle or find ways to combat it?
Kammen: For me, the biggest obstacle is the end of the day – the time to take a breath – which generally involved eating junk and having a couple of drinks. Changing that was the difficult thing. That was the challenge which I generally, but certainly not always, met. The other obstacle is weekends. Eating out, again having a few glasses of wine – it all adds up.

Question: How do you handle high stress situations and a busy schedule in terms of making time for exercise and eating right?
Kammen:  I really try to exercise, even if it is only an early morning walk or lifting weights if there is a gym.  Because I am a morning person, getting up early is not too big a challenge for me. So that part is easy, depending on the place. When I’m in trial or in a multi-day hearing, it is more of a difficulty.

Question: What are the top tips you would give other attorneys to maintain healthier habits?
Kammen: I’m hardly a role model – that’s why I got involved with the Indy Fit Challenge. But for me, it’s doing things like exercise, even if it’s only walking for 20-30 minutes, eating more vegetables and less fried food, and paying attention to alcohol. Heather Fink, the dietitian, recommended the Lose It! app, which helps keep track of what I eat. This is good because it forces me to confront portions and the true calories. It is bad because there is the constant tension and a fair amount of guilty feelings when I have a failure of willpower.

Question:  What was your lifestyle like before taking on the Indy Fit Challenge?
Kammen: Honestly… too much junk food, too much fried food, too much alcohol. Cutting back on all three, for me, was the key.

Question: Why did you want to participate in the Indy Fit Challenge?
Kammen: More of a whim, honestly. When Dana wrote the initial article, I responded more to write the response, which focused on the stresses of my practice more than any thought that I’d get selected. I was honestly very surprised to be chosen.  Then, I was wondering how people would respond – would my golf buddies bust my chops? (They did.)

Question: What is your lifestyle like now?
Kammen: Not too different honestly. My travel dictates a lot. I am much more conscious of what I eat, especially on the road. I try to avoid big, meaty breakfasts and eat more egg whites. More salads for lunch, fewer steaks and wine for dinner.

Question: What is the most important thing you’ve learned from this experience?
Kammen: While it is hard for me to diet and make healthier choices, especially when traveling, it can be done. It does take a fair amount of thought because it can be hard to eat healthy food when traveling.

Kammen lost 15 pounds during the Indy Fit Challenge and would like to lose 15 more in the next few months. To read more about Kammen’s participation in the Indy Fit Challenge and others who had success with the challenge, check out this article.

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17 Pictures That Will Make You Wish You Weren’t At Your Desk Right Now

Summertime with the IndyBar means stepping outside the office. Want to see where our members have been lately? Check out the photos below and be sure to join us for our upcoming events.

1. Need we say more?


2. Because you could be doing some of this. (And let’s face it – your golf swing could use some work right now.)


3. Because you could be sitting at a table with a white tablecloth instead. (And, you know, delicious food on that white tablecloth.)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA4. Because you could be hanging out with your kids at an IBF service project.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA5. Or hanging out with your friends at an IBF service project.


6. Because you could be playing Heads and Tails.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA7. Because you might see something like this.


8. Or you could be winning a trophy as a member of the best scavenger hunt team.


9. Because you could be having drinks with a friend.


10. Because you could be playing cornhole.


11. Or hanging out at Victory Field to watch an Indians’ baseball game.


12. Because you could be at Monument Circle to Stock the Schools.


13. Because you could be in a fleet of golf carts with your friends.


14. Because you could be hanging out with people like this…


15. Or this…


16. Or this.


17. Let’s face it. The only reason you need to not be at your desk is that you’d rather be at an IndyBar or IBF event. We can’t blame you for that.


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IndyBar Scholarship to AJEI Summit Available

The IndyBar Appellate Practice Section is excited to announce that the Jill Ellis Scholarship is available for an attorney to attend the Appellate Judges Education Institute 2014 Summit on November 13-16 in Dallas. The scholarship will be in the amount of $1,200 and will cover the conference registration fee as well as a portion of travel and lodging expenses.

The annual AJEI Summit provides a lively and highly informative continuing legal education program designed by and for appellate judges, appellate lawyers and appellate staff attorneys. Each year our state is remarkably well represented at the Summit by a large number of jurists and staff attorneys from the Indiana Court of Appeals and the Indiana Supreme Court, as well as a number of practicing appellate attorneys.

Preference will be given to:

  • Appellate practice attorneys
  • Individuals demonstrating interest in active Indianapolis Bar Association and/or Appellate Section participation


Click here to access the application. The deadline for applications is August 29. The recipient will be notified by September 22. Please submit your completed application to or fax to 317-269-1915. Questions about the scholarship should be directed to Bryan Babb at

Additional information on the conference can be found at

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