Interest Groups

Committees, Task Forces, & Work Groups

IndyBar Committees, Task Forces, & Work Groups

IndyBar Committees, Task Forces, & Work Groups take on important business and initiatives on behalf of the association. These groups sizes vary in size of members, length of volunteer commitment and nature of work, but all offer volunteers a meaningful way to contribute their efforts for the betterment of the bar and the Indy legal community.

Current Committees, Task Forces, & Work Groups

Audit and Investments Committee
The Audit and Investments Committee oversees the performance of the annual audit, monitors the performance of the investment managers, and receives reports for recommendation to the Board of Directors.  Total time committee is typically one meeting per quarter lasting up to 2 hours and periodic review of documents. 2020 Committee Chair: David J. Duncan, Scannell Properties

Bar Leader Series Committee
The Bar Leader Series Committee guides the planning and execution of the Bar Leader Series, a leadership development program for attorneys in their third to tenth year of practice. Total time commitment is usually focused in the summer months with planning meetings and class selection which can take up to two afternoons.  Each committee member is also responsible for assisting in the planning and execution of a class session which lasts an afternoon. Class XVII Chair: Rebecca Geyer, Rebecca W. Geyer & Associates PC

Bar Review Committee
The Bar Review Committee is responsible for the oversight of IndyBar Review, the official bar review course of the Indianapolis Bar Association. Volunteer roles include serving as a mentor for test takers which can take up to 5 hours a month during pre
test months (June/July and January/February), and program evaluators/planners which involves three to four one-hour meetings through the course of the year.  2020 Committee Chair: Christine Hickey, Rubin & Levin PC

Bench Bar Conference Committee
The Bench Bar Conference Committee is responsible for the planning and execution of the IndyBar's annual Bench Bar Conference. Because Bench Bar 2020 was postponed, most program planning positions are filled with 2020 volunteers, but additional volunteers will be needed for 2021 in hosting first time attendees and assisting with other onsite activities.  The conference will be held in Louisville, Kentucky June 17-19, 2021.   2020-21 Committee Chairs: Hon. Jim Joven, Marion Superior Court; Hon. Marie Kern, Marion Superior Court; Bryan Strawbridge, Frost Brown Todd LLC

Diversity Job Fair Committee
The Diversity Job Fair Committee is tasked with the planning and execution of the annual Diversity Job Fair. Volunteers are needed to assist with planning the job fair, recruitment of sponsors, and most importantly recruitment of employers and clerkship applicants.  Total time committment is 1-3 hours per month January - August.  Job Fair is typically held in early August. 2020 Committee Chairs: Tiffani Taylor, Health & Hospital Corporation; Bianca Black, Littler Mendelson PC


Grievance Committee
The Grievance Committee, comprised of about 60 local practicing attorneys and separated into four different panels, investigates complaints filed to the Disciplinary Commission. Volunteer attorneys are needed to assist in investigations of complaints.  Time commitment is 1-2 hours per month maximum.  2020 Committee Chair: Michael Hebenstreit, Lewis Kappes LLP

Helping Enrich Attorneys' Lives (HEAL)
HEAL reaches out to members of the Indy legal community who are experiencing personal crises like health issues. Volunteers communicate with the member to determine how the bar could help and ultimately organize assistance. Time commitment is very minimal and completely flexible. 2020 Committee Chair: Martha Lehman, SmithAmundsen LLC

Innovation & Research Council
This group of lawyers, professors and researchers conducts visioning sessions to discuss trends in business that can translate as innovation within the practice of law.  They provide insight and recommendations to the board of directors through their quarterly sessions. Time commitment is 1-2 hours per quarter. 2020 Committee Chair: Chuck Schmal, Woodard Emhardt Henry Reeves & Wagner LLP

Lawyer Doctor Collaborative Committee
This committee plans and executes an annual dinner each spring, fosters good relationships with the two professions and will create unique seminars that are of interest to both attorneys and doctors. Time commitment is 1-2 hours per month. 2020 Committee Chair: Stephanie Eckerle, Krieg DeVault LLP

Legislative Committee
The Legislative Committee monitors legislation on behalf of the association, alerting members to items of interest and coordinating the IndyBar's response to potential legislation. The bulk of volunteer effort is December - March or May depending on the legislative session.  Standing update calls are held on Friday mornings at 8 a.m.  Hours per month shouldn't exceed three.  2020 Committee Chair: Mindy Westrick, Indiana Energy Association

Paralegal Committee
The Paralegal Committee guides the planning and execution of events and initiatives on behalf of and for the benefit of IndyBar paralegal members. Monthly meetings are held lasting 1 hour and additional program planning could add up to 2 hours per month of independent work. 2020 Committee Chair: Rayann Knepley, Kids' Voice of Indiana

Professionalism Committee
The IndyBar's Standing Committee on Professionalism oversees the association's professionalism efforts, Indy Attorneys' Network, Mentor Connect, and is tasked with working to improve public confidence and trust in lawyers through activities that (a) promote positive lawyer images in the Indianapolis community and (b) educate members and the public on how to avoid those circumstances that can lead to client distrust and dissatisfaction. Monthly meetings are held lasting 1 hour and additional program planning could add up to 2 hours per month of independent work. 2020 Committee Chair: Scott Oliver, Lewis Kappes PC

Pro Bono Committee
The Pro Bono Committee monitors, operates and evaluates the IndyBar's pro bono initiatives and identifies future opportunities for pro bono service and involvement. Pro bono programs focus on attorneys offering individual service to members of the public on case-specific needs often in coordination with a Marion County legal service organization that has financially prequalified the individual. Monthly meetings are held lasting 1 hour and additional program planning could add up to 2 hours per month of independent work. Opportunities also exist to chair the various outreach programs offered by the bar which typically require 4-6 hours in the month or two before the event. 2020
 Committee Chair: Jacqueline Pimentel-Gannon, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP

Public Outreach Committee
The Public Outreach Committee monitors, operates and evaluates the IndyBar's pro bono initiatives and identifies future opportunities for support service and involvement. Programs sponsored by this committee do not involve specific case representation.  Instead, general legal advice programs or community service projects are staffed. Examples include Legal Line, Ask a Lawyer, Virtual Help Desk and more. Monthly meetings are held lasting 1 hour and additional program planning could add up to 2 hours per month of independent work. Opportunities also exist to chair the various outreach programs offered by the bar which typically require 4-6 hours in the month or two before the event. 2020
 Committee Co-chairs: Cassie Nielsen, Rubin & Levin PC and Brett Thomas, Hume Smith Geddes Green & Simmons LLP

Public Policy Committee
The Public Policy Committee assists the bar in
determining when and how certain policies shall be openly supported or opposed by the IndyBar. In this instance, “policy” and “policies” shall be broadly construed and shall include, but not be limited to laws, ordinances, regulations, rules, policies, or procedures proposed by a federal, state, or municipal governmental entity, court, administrative body, or the American Bar Association or other similar organizations.  Meetings are held upon need and generally last 1 hour.  Additional needs could add up to 2 hours per month of independent work. 2020 Committee Chair: Vacant

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