Professionalism can be difficult to define, but it’s easy to spot. When it comes to the 2012 recipients of the Indianapolis Bar Association Professionalism Awards, professionalism is a characteristic that quickly rises to the top when they are considered by their peers.
Chosen by the bar’s Professionalism Committee, the 2012 recipient of the Silver Gavel Award is the Hon. Anthony Metz III of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana, while the 2012 Professionalism Award will be presented to Sally Zweig of Katz & Korin PC. Both recipients were roundly praised for their professionalism by the committee, which is chaired by David K. Herzog of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.
Judge Metz and Zweig will be honored at the bar’s Professionalism Luncheon, to be held Thursday, October 11 at noon at the Columbia Club. The luncheon will also feature special guest speaker Hon. Sarah Evans Barker of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Registration online here for the luncheon. Continue reading
The IndyBar Paralegal Committee produces a quarterly newsletter, titled “Paralegals Tip the Balance,” that is distributed to all paralegal members as a member benefit. Below are highlights from Issue 3 of the newsletter. Want to receive the full newsletter? Join the bar as a Paralegal Member today!
The 2012 Teddy Bear Challenge is Underway!
Calling all teddy bears! The IndyBar Paralegal Committee will once again sponsor the annual Teddy Bear Challenge to benefit the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Department, Indianapolis Fire Department and Indianapolis EMS’s “Bears on Patrol” programs in connection with its annual holiday luncheon.
A recent survey unveiled that two-thirds of Americans can’t name one United States Supreme Court Justice. Imagine the results of the survey if that question were taken down to a local level. How many Hoosiers could name a state Supreme Court Justice, an appellate judge, a superior court judge?
Spurred by an effort to educate Indiana voters, the Division of State Court Administration created www.in.gov/judiciary/retention, a site meant to share relevant information on the six Indiana appellate court judges who will be up for retention vote this November with the public. Voters will decide “yes” or “no” on whether to retain each judge, and the site includes helpful information, including biographies and judicial opinions, to assist voters in making an informed decision. Of the six judges, four are IndyBar members–Justice Steven David, Judge John Baker, Judge Nancy Vaidik and Judge Paul Mathias.
While judicial retention votes are unlikely to be the most exciting part of November’s General Election, any step toward educating the public on the judiciary is a positive one.
Stargazing, sunsets over the Red Rocks and…CLE? This unlikely combination makes for a can’t miss trip to this year’s IndyBar Destination CLE, to be held at the Enchantment Resort & Mii amo Spa in Sedona, Arizona November 15 to November 17.
Click here to view the agenda and a printable registration form. Register online here.
Kicking off with a welcome cocktail reception and dinner on Thursday, November 15, a stay in Red Rock Country will offer attendees mornings that feature CLE programs presented by top-notch Indy attorneys and judges, allowing the afternoons and evenings to be spent exploring what Good Morning America named one of the Top 10 most beautiful cities in the United States. Sedona boasts activities and destinations for nearly every interest, from arts and culture to history and archaeology.
The nomination period for the 2012-2013 the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Law Student Division Executive Board has begun. There are a total of eight At-Large positions available. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to be involved with the planning and implementation of many IndyBar student educational and networking functions as well as enhance your leadership skills.
WHAT DOES THE EXECUTIVE BOARD DO?
Student Executive Board members seek to encourage student membership and involvement in the IndyBar in order to develop lasting relationships between law students and the association as a whole by:
- Providing educational programming and networking opportunities,
- Preparing bar examination candidates through the IndyBar Review and MPRE Review,
- Supporting philanthropic events and pro bono activities.
Professionalism is a very difficult word to define with any precision. Sometimes professionalism is found in the things we do. For example, treating an opposing counsel and his/her clients as people rather than enemies. Or being kind to support staff of both attorneys and Courts. And sometimes professionalism is found in just being patient when faced with a situation that might otherwise bring you to tear your hair out.
As a part of its Pause for Professionalism video series, the Professionalism Committee has recently released its third video. In this video, criminal defense attorney Bob Hammerle recounts a time when he was faced with a very difficult situation, which he dubbed the “Case of the Incredible Shrinking Crack,” where he managed to keep his cool and maintain his professionalism, ultimately prevailing on behalf of his client.
While this video focuses on a particular story from criminal defense litigation, there are civility lessons that are appropriate for everyone in the profession. Bob’s nearly forty years of experience bring insight to practitioners across the board and can lend understanding to interactions between parties in every court.
New videos will be distributed every other month and are available here. If you have any suggestions for future topics regarding professionalism and civility, please e-mail them to Caren Chopp at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Scott Chinn, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
2012 Indianapolis Bar Association President
On Friday, July 27, 2012, the Indianapolis Bar Association held its 5th Annual Diversity Job Fair. By all measures it was a success. And let me give you both tangible metrics and intangible ones. On the numbers, we were pleased that 27 employers participated, more than 60 students were interviewed, and 15 organizations contributed sponsorships of the event.
See below for information from the Indiana Bar Foundation on a scholarship opportunity for the Indiana State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting.
Helling Scholarship Helps Young Attorneys Attend Annual Meeting
The Joseph T. Helling Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by Nancy J. Gargula, Cynthia L. Chandler, and Douglas J. Helling in honor of their father, Joseph T. Helling, who practiced law in South Bend, Indiana for more than 40 years. This award was created to provide scholarships to young attorneys in Indiana in order to give them the opportunity to participate in the Indiana State Bar Association’s annual meeting each year. As part of the award, and depending on the particular winner, the scholarship award is designed to cover the expenses of sending a lawyer and his or her family to the ISBA Annual Meeting, including such expenses as registration fees, lodging, meals and travel expenses.
The IndyBar Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Executive Committee is pleased to announce that the third annual Mediation Day will be held on September 21, 2012 at Faegre Baker Daniels, located at 300 N. Meridian St., Ste. 2700, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204. The purpose of this Mediation Day is to provide a service to the courts and community by volunteering time to mediate several screened cases for litigants who qualify for modest means mediation. Faegre Baker Daniels has once again generously volunteered its downtown office to provide ample conference facilities for this joint endeavor.
To make this event a success, the committee is looking for ten volunteer mediators. Commissioner Lynch in Paternity Court has been screening non-domestic violence cases, and ten cases will be available to mediate on September 21st. Each volunteer mediator would agree to mediate one case starting at either 8 a.m. or 1 p.m. Volunteers can feel free to 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.
This volunteer opportunity is open to all IndyBar members, though ADR section members will be given preference. All volunteers must be registered mediators.
Make plans to set aside September 21st to volunteer for this fun and exciting project! If you wish to volunteer, please email Phyllis Armstrong at email@example.com with a desired start time (8 a.m. or 1 p.m.).
The Indianapolis Bar Association Appellate Practice Section is excited to announce the availability of one scholarship to attend the Appellate Judges Education Institute 2012 Summit, to be held November 15-18 in New Orleans. The scholarship will be in the amount of $1,000 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 20, 2012. The recipient will be notified by September 10, 2012. A copy of the application is attached. Please submit your completed application to Mary Kay Price at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 317-269-1915. Questions about the scholarship should be directed to Matthew Albaugh at matthew.albaugh@FaegreBD.com.
Additional information on the conference can be found at www.law.smu.edu/AJEI.