The IndyBar Difference: How Membership Elevates Leaders in Law

Every lawyer is a member of the bar, but not every lawyer is a member of the local bar association. For those who call themselves IndyBar members, the professional payoff extends throughout their careers in a multitude of ways. It’s obvious: IndyBar membership makes a difference.

Scroll through The Indiana Lawyer’s most recent Leadership in Law honorees for Distinguished Barristers and Up and Coming Lawyers and you’ll see that nearly 70 percent of those recognized belong to the IndyBar. Not only do they belong, but they credit their membership as one of the major components of their legal success.

See they had to say about the IndyBar difference below:

Matthew Neumann
2015 Young Lawyers Division Chair, 2015 IndyBar Board of Directors
Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP

“For me, involvement with local bar associations is a no-brainer. Being active with bar associations and getting to know other attorneys, both contemporaries and more experienced attorneys, is a necessary and foundational component of any legal career.”

Christine Hayes Hickey
2015 IndyBar Board of Directors, IndyBar Review Committee, Bar Leader Series Class XII Chair, Past IndyBar and IBF President
Partner, Rubin & Levin PC

“We are part of an amazing legal community here in Indianapolis. Our Indianapolis Bar Association connects you to that community, to great lawyers who become friends, diversity in thought and practice, leadership opportunities, stewardship, professionalism, personal growth, and so much more. You just can’t do that on your own.”

Michael J. Hebenstreit
Bar Leader Series Class XIII Chair, 2015 Senior Counsel Division Executive Committee Member, Past IndyBar President, Past IBF Board Member
Partner, Whitham Hebenstreit & Zubek LLP

“Lawyers are smart and educated individuals who have a wide range of interests beyond the law. Involvement with the IndyBar provides an opportunity for lawyers to interact with each other and to get to know colleagues on a more personal basis. Additionally, as lawyers, we have an obligation to give back, and involvement with the IndyBar is a perfect way to do that.”

Roxana S. Bell
2015 Women and the Law Division Executive Committee Member, Diversity Job Fair Committee Member, Bar Leader Series Class XII Participant
Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP

On joining the local bar association: “It’s a great way to form lasting relationships with other attorneys, and a successful legal career is built on relationships.”

Edward B. Mulligan V
2015 IBF Board Member, 2015 Ask a Lawyer Program Co-Chair, Bar Leader Series Class XI Participant, Past IBF Golf Chair
Cohen & Malad LLP

“The most important lesson I learned as part of the IndyBar’s Bar Leader Series is that lawyers not only have an obligation to their clients but also to their community. It’s amazing how much of Indianapolis’ history has been influenced by the lawyers in our community…After serving as co-chair of the IndyBar’s Ask a Lawyer program the past two years, I feel strongly that, as lawyers, we need to ensure that legal services are accessible to those in the community who could otherwise not afford them. To this end, I think it’s important that attorneys find ways to donate their time and take on pro bono work when possible.”

Tiffany D. Presley
Bar Leader Series Class XI Participant, Bar Leader Series Class XIII Steering Committee Member
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

On what she learned from the Bar Leader Series: “I learned that a leader’s success can only truly be determined by the success of those under his or her leadership.”

Are you ready to let your membership make a difference in your career? Check out for member benefits and opportunities, and if you’re not a member, join here today.

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On Tap at the IndyBar: May 11 – 17

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

Managing a Multigenerational Workforce: Strategies & Challenges
Tuesday, May 12 from noon to 1 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center, 135 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 1500
Information and registration can be found here.

EPA’s Recent RCRA Rules: New Definition of Solid Waste and Subtitle D Coal Ash Disposal
Tuesday, May 12 from 3:30 to 6 p.m.
The Rathskeller, Willkie Blue Room (401 E. Michigan Ave.)
Information and registration can be found here.

Litigation Trial Skills Series: In-Trial Motions
Wednesday, May 13 from noon to 1 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center, 135 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 1500
Information and registration can be found here.

Intro to Indy Series: “Pints for Parks” with Giving Sum
Wednesday, May 13 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Flat12 Bierwerks, 414 N. Dorman Street
Information and registration can be found here.

Check out the full slate of IndyBar events here, and don’t forget to check out the IndyBar on Facebook for the latest event photos.

News You Can Use

  • Member Headlines – Many of our members kicked off May with a bang. Find out who was appointed to an Indiana Supreme Court task force, who received a distinguished alumni award and more in the latest member headlines.
  • Do You Hate Networking? Then Call It “Friend Making” - IndyBar President John C. Trimble’s latest article talks about making social connections in the legal profession and the stigma of “networking.” Read what he has to say on the topic here, and check out the IndyBar’s social events calendar for a slew of “friend making” opportunities this summer!
  • Pro Bono That is Easier on  Your Bottom Line – Are you interested in pro bono work but worried about your bottom line? The IndyBar has a program for that. Check out this article for more information about the Modest Means Project and how you can get involved.
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Louisville Hot Spots for Bench Bar Conference 2015

You’ve registered for the Bench Bar Conference (right?), and now it’s time to get ready for your time in Louisville! First things first – is it pronounced “looavul”, “luhvul”, “louEville”, “looaville” or “looeyville”? There are plenty of fun things to do in the city, no matter which way you say it! 




Ready for a mega-adventure? Find yourself careening through underground caverns on the Louisville Mega Cavern’s Mega Ziplines. Rated by TripAdvisor as the number one attraction in Louisville, the caverns boast six fully underground zip lines along with two challenge bridges and a ropes course.

Like your subterranean journeys with a bit less thrill? Check out the Mega Tram, which guides you through 17 miles of underground passageways beneath the city.


Remodelist-Proof-on-Main-Street-Niche-ModernWhen it comes to food and drink, Louisville brings a lot to the table. Hungry? Check out restaurants boasting far more than the state’s namesake fried chicken. Proof on Main is credited with sparking the Louisville restaurant scene, and while you’re there, you can check out the galleries in the adjacent 21c Museum Hotel. For a completely different culinary experience, try Mayan Café, where Chef Ucan creates dishes inspired by his Mayan heritage.

Go local and check out even more of Louisville’s many independent eateries here.

Thirsty? First on your list is the Urban Bourbon Trail, where you can raise a glass at some of the best-stocked bourbon bars in the world, savor bourbon-inspired cuisine and soak in more than 200 years of bourbon history. Next up is a growing star in the American craft beer scene. At Against the Grain Brewery and Smokehouse, you’ll find one of the nation’s only operational Victorian-styled and three-story “showpiece” brewhouses. Sip on a sample as you observe the brewing process at the brewery, which is conveniently located in the southeast corner of Louisville Slugger Field.


horsesjpgWithout horses and mint juleps, have you really experienced Louisville? The legendary Churchill Downs will feature live racing Thurs., June 18 through Sun., June 21, and with its convenient location close to downtown, there’s no excuse to miss out on this quintessential Kentucky experience.

Plus, soak in the history of this Kentucky gem with a guided tour of the track facilities and the Kentucky Derby Museum.


Louisville-Slugger-Museum-Factory-Louisville-Kentucky1Watch the makings of the legendary Louisville Slugger bat and leave with your very own sample at one of the city’s most iconic attractions—the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory.

New additions to the museum include an area to pose with bats belonging to the likes of Mickey Mantle and Cal Ripken and a special contemporary art exhibition on the roots of baseball in Cuba.

Muhammad-Ali-CenterMuhammad Ali needed only his own hands (and some gloves) to rise to worldwide fame. Learn about this hometown hero at the Muhammad Ali Center, an international cultural and educational facility inspired by the ideals of its founder.

But wait…there’s more! These two attractions are located in the midst of “Museum Row on Main,” where you’ll find eight more museums and galleries, from the Kentucky Science Center to the Frazier History Museum.

Louisville, KY: Bench Bar Conference 2015 – #WillYouBeThere?

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miniBar Talk: This Week’s Top Post

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NFL Will No Longer File as Tax-Exempt Entity

By Matthew R. Macaluso of Keller Macaluso LLC

After years of public criticism regarding its 501(c)(6) tax-exempt status, including discussions in Congress regarding removing the exemption, the NFL announced that it will no longer file as a tax-exempt entity, voluntarily relinquishing its status. Commissioner Roger Gooddell made the announcement to NFL team owners and members of Congress on Tuesday, April 28. Read more here.

This post was written by Matthew R. Macaluso of Keller Macaluso LLC. If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Sports & Entertainment Law Sciences Section page, please email Rachel Beachy at

To subscribe to more Sports & Entertainment Law 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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Trimble: Do You Hate Networking? Then Call It ‘Friend Making’


By John C. Trimble, Lewis Wagner LLP

I have never adhered to the old adage, “It’s not what you know; it’s who you know.” However, I have found that one of the real joys of being a lawyer is that law practice allows us contact to all kinds of interesting people in all walks of life. I have also found that the most successful people in our business seem to know everyone.

I was motivated to write this column when I overheard a lawyer say to another lawyer: “If I hear the word ‘networking’ again I am going to puke! That’s all we are ever asked to do is network, and I am sick of it.” My immediate thought was, “Whoa, what is this all about?  Why would someone seemingly hate networking?”

There is no short answer to why some people have grown to despise the word “networking.” One simple reason is time. We are so constrained by the demands of our business that taking time to meet others is viewed by some as a burden. Another reason may be personality. Some people simply enjoy meeting and greeting new people, while others view it as awkward and nerve wracking.

Nevertheless, in this crowded, noisy, distracting world it is ever harder for a person to be noticed; it is increasingly challenging for advertising and marketing to attract attention. The very best way for lawyers to grow and maintain business is through relationship building…one person at a time. It can be done in person or through social media, but ultimately in person works the best.

If your efforts at networking are going to be worthwhile, then they need to be sincere and you need to be authentic. You need to meet people in a setting where they can get to know you. One of the benefits of belonging to the IndyBar is that we have so many chances for lawyers to interact with one another.

Our committees, seminars and events like Bench Bar all provide time to meet others and to tell them who you are. The Indy Attorneys Network Section allows members to be introduced to one another once a month so that lawyers can meet one another at times and places convenient to them. The section also features coffees, receptions and fun “speed networking” events. Our committees allow members to speak and to volunteer and to show professional friends who they are and what they know. If you are not involved, please consider getting involved.

My favorite saying is, “Dogs don’t bark at parked cars!” If you want to build your business and your professional contacts, then you need to be out moving around so that you can get the dogs barking. Don’t think of it as networking. Call it “Friend Making.” Friends help friends, and at IndyBar we want to be your friend.


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IndyBar Member Headlines: Thursday, May 7

Share your news with the IndyBar by contacting Rachel Beachy, Communications Coordinator, at

Indiana Court of Appeals Judge James S. Kirsch will chair a task force created by the Indiana Supreme Court to study the caseload, resources, staffing, performance and operations of the Indiana Tax Court. Marion Superior Court Judge Robert R. Altice will also be on the task force. Judge Martha B. Wentworth and Senior Judge Thomas G. Fisher will serve as ex officio liaisons.

Bryan H. Babb, partner of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP, has been appointed vice president to the Fishers Police Merit Commission by Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness.

Tavonna Harris Askew has been promoted to chief of staff for the Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County.

Ashley N. Leonard of Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP has been selected to serve on the board of directors of the Little Wish Foundation.

Indiana Utility Consumer Counselor David Stippler has been appointed to the Financial Research Institute Advisory Board.

Bill Thompson, chairman of Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman PC, has received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health Alumni Association.

Mark Richards, a partner with Ice Miller LLP, was honored with the TRAC Star Award for his lifetime achievement in the racing industry.

Edward W. Harris III of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP was recognized by Park Tudor as the 2015 Distinguished Alumni at a dinner on April 24.

Thomas A. Barnard of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP has been named to the National Law Journal’s 2015 list of Energy & Environmental Trailblazers.

Four lateral partners have joined Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP as part of the firm’s intellectual property team. Joining the firm are four patent attorneys: John H. Allie, Douglas A. Collier, Jason A. Houdek and Mark T. Stephenson.

Zach Ahonen has joined Densborn Blachly LLP as an associate.

Ashlee M. Kestler has joined Hollingsworth & Zivitz PC as an associate.

Michael D. Head has joined Reichel Stohry LLP, formerly Reichel IP LLP.

Eric S. Jungbauer has formed Durbin Jungbauer LLC with David P. Durbin.

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Pro Bono That is Easier on Your Bottom Line

By Jason Reyome
Member, President’s Task Force on Legal Services

Are you interested in doing pro bono work but worried about your bottom line? Are you a Pro Bono Service Provider worried about having to turn referrals away because they are “over income” and make too much money to qualify under your guidelines for representation? Are you a judicial officer worried about litigants who make a bit too much income to qualify for either a public defender or free pro bono lawyer appointment, but obviously need the help? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, the recently revised IndyBar Modest Means Project may be just what you are looking for.

The IndyBar Modest Means Project provides legal services to people who do not qualify for free representation but who cannot afford to pay attorney fees at ordinary rates. The President’s Task Force on Legal Services took on the challenge of revising and re-launching both the Family Law and Criminal Law Modest Means programs. They sought input from family and criminal law practitioners and used the data to improve the program.

“The major changes include a new fee structure, which we hope will be more attractive to the participating attorneys,” said Task Force Past Chair Eric Engebretson of Whitham Hebenstreit & Zubek LLP. “In addition, attorneys no longer have to be a member of the Lawyer Referral Service to participate in the Modest Means Project.”

Attorneys who participate in Modest Means gain experience while building a practice. It also allows members to serve the community while putting some dollars in their pocket as well—think of it as pro bono that isn’t as hard on your bottom line.

“I initially joined the panel to get clients,” said solo practitioner Aftin Brown. “As a new attorney, it’s a great way to get started. However, over time it has proven to also be a way to get involved and create relationships in the community. …The clients the panel serves are model clients. They understand and appreciate the service provided to them. I’ve gotten great referrals and other opportunities from past panel clients.”

There are two panels in the Modest Means Project, one for criminal cases and another for family law matters. The only problem this project faces is a lack of referrals. Both programs average less than five referrals per month.

“The Family Law Modest Means Panel of the Indianapolis Bar Association is equipped to handle upwards of 100 referrals a month based upon the number attorneys participating in the program,” said Task Force Co-Chair Sarah Starkey of Cohen Garelick & Glazier PC. “These attorneys are ready and willing to assist those in need. With our recent re-launch of the program, including speaking directly with the Marion County judges about the current attorney availability, we look forward to a dramatic increase in usage.”

Members of the IndyBar and pro bono service providers are encouraged to keep this program in mind as an alternative when refusing representation based solely on the financial status of a potential client. It should also be noted that cases can be referred and accepted for matters in the doughnut counties of Boone, Hamilton, Hendricks, Johnson, Madison, Monroe, Morgan and Shelby based on the individual panelist’s discretion.

Criminal Modest Means Panel

The Criminal Modest Means Panel covers matters related to legal advice and representation in all courts of criminal jurisdiction in Marion County and also includes Traffic Court 13 and civil ordinance violations.

For a person to qualify for a referral to a Modest Means panel attorney, that person must be referred by a judicial officer of the Marion Superior Court Criminal Division. The defendant must be pre-screened at the initial hearing (or a subsequent hearing) and a qualification order must be signed by the judge and file stamped. Previously the program was limited to 4 misdemeanor courts. Now the Criminal Modest Means Program can be utilized for any criminal case, in any court including major felony, provided the highest level charged does not exceed a Level 6 felony. This opens the door for lesser charged co-defendants in major felony cases.

”Unfortunately, the criminal justice system is not fully equipped to handle individuals who do not qualify for free public legal assistance but have a case that requires an attorney that may cost more than the individual can afford,” said Task Force Co-Chair and criminal defense attorney Brad Keffer of Keffer Barnhart LLP. “This volunteer program has been a great opportunity for members of the Indianapolis Bar Association to step up and assist not only the Marion County courts but the general public as well.”

Chief Marion County Public Defender Bob Hill commented, “We are always looking for ways to collaborate with the private defense bar. We are always looking for ways to ease the burden on our already heavy Public Defender Agency caseloads. This is a great program for litigants who may not be able to afford full-price private counsel, but are not indigent for purposes of a public defender appointment.”

“I strongly support the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Modest Means Project,” said Hon. Clayton Graham of Marion Superior Court. “The program provides an opportunity for litigants who do not qualify for a public defender to retain private counsel at a reduced and/or reasonable cost. Additionally, the program provides a referral service to the IndyBar and its membership without having to incur the cost and expense of advertisement.”

Family Law Modest Means Panel

The Family Law Modest Means Panel covers areas of law including but not limited to representation in actions for dissolution, post-dissolution, legal separation, custody and support, juvenile court issues, adoption, guardianship, paternity, protective/restraining order, Children in Need of Services (CHINS) and termination of parental rights (TPR).

Clients must be referred by an IndyBar member, judicial officer member of court staff, or the Clerk’s office. They must be pre-screened for eligibility via these agencies’ standard intake application process or provide proof of income sufficient to document that they meet the income requirements of the program like a file-stamped financial declaration. The individuals’ income cannot exceed 200 percent of Federal Poverty Level Guidelines unless a chair or committee member designated by the IndyBar’s Legal Services Task Force otherwise deems them qualified.

“There are a significant number of litigants who fall into a gap because they cannot afford traditional big firm prices, but they earn too much to qualify for pro-bono services,” said Beth Cox of Cox & Koons. “The Modest Means Project provides a cost effective way for attorneys to reach those potential lower income clients. The program fits ideally with our firm’s principle that Hoosiers across all income brackets should be provided with the opportunity to receive legal representation. Therefore, our firm’s choice to join the panel was a no-brainer.”

Colin Koons, fellow partner at Cox & Koons, notes that it is a great way to develop a relationship with the IndyBar. “If you have been thinking about ways to start getting more involved with IndyBar but have not been sure how, this panel is a great place to start, “ said Koons. “As with anything else, keep it in perspective. You are not likely going to build your whole practice on referrals from the panel since that is not financially practical. However, the Modest Means Project is a great opportunity to assist members of our community who need affordable legal services while at the same time helping the image of the profession, working with IndyBar and gaining clients and referrals you might not otherwise get. The program is an opportunity to have unique experiences that serve both the community and the profession.”

If you are interested in making a referral, please go to either or for a downloadable referral form complete with instructions.

If you are interested in any other aspect of the program, or wish to join one of the panels, complete details regarding both programs can be found at

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On Tap at the IndyBar: May 4 – May 10

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

Electronic Pitfalls: Metadata 101 and Privacy and Privilege in the Workplace
Tuesday, May 5 from noon to 1 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center, 135 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 1500
Information and registration can be found here.

Check out the full slate of IndyBar events here, and don’t forget to check out the IndyBar on Facebook for the latest event photos.

News You Can Use

  • Eight Applicants for Court of Appeals of Indiana Vacancy Announced - The Judicial Nominating Commission received eight applications for the upcoming Court of Appeals of Indiana vacancy. Read more about the applicants here.
  • The 2015 Indiana General Assembly Spring Session Has Ended - The session came to an end on Wednesday, April 29. Get the final Bill Watch Report with a section-specific breakdown here, and be sure to check out all of the previous Bill Watch Reports on the IndyBar blog.
  • Networking Tips for Legal Professionals - As your social calendar blooms this spring and summer, make the most of your networking opportunities by brushing up on these tips!
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Bill Watch Report for May 1 Now Available

The practice-area specific Bill Watch reports for May 1 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
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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Event Networking Tips for Legal Professionals

By Andrea L. Ciobanu, Ciobanu Law PC

Warmer weather means more events and opportunities to socialize with other professionals in the field. Savvy lawyers know how to make the most of their chances to network effectively. This means they plan ahead, research, know their audience, and network intelligently whether they’re in person or utilizing modern technology and social media. Read these quick tips to learn how to network more efficiently and effectively so you can make most of your events this spring and beyond!

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 Network Section, please email Rachel Beachy at

To subscribe to more Indy Attorneys Network 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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