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Posted on: Jan 15, 2021

Looking to find your next great law clerk or show your support for diversity in our community? Employer and sponsor registration is now open for the 2021 Diversity Job Fair!

Posted on: Dec 30, 2020

This link has been updated to include four additional R2 Feedback sessions in January. These will be held on Microsoft Teams instead of Zoom; the links to join are on the website. This link is not navigable from IDEM’s website, so bookmark the page in order to attend the sessions.

Posted on: Dec 9, 2020

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) is hosting a series of open forums to gather feedback on revisions to the Remediation Closure Guide (Nonrule Policy Document Waste-0046-R1) on several specific technical topics.

Posted on: Dec 4, 2020

It's the season of giving and even during the hardships of 2020, generous sponsors, bidders and donors helped the Indianapolis Bar Foundation raise over $26,000 during IndyBar's Giving, this year's online silent auction to benefit the programs and initiatives of the foundation.

Posted on: Dec 4, 2020

Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water indicated that it would start including per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances terms, such as monitoring requirements, in National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits the agency writes. States that implement the federal NPDES program are strongly encouraged to consider the substance in their own permits.  

Posted on: Nov 23, 2020

Earlier this year, an advisory committee at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission urged the agency to become more aggressive in requiring companies to make “ESG” disclosures to investors. The term “ESG” stands for “Environmental, Social or Governance” matters that may impact a company’s risk or valuation. Obvious environmental topics include potential liabilities (such as those created by PFAS, something that is already generating shareholder lawsuits against companies like 3M). But there is growing concern over “soft” liabilities, such as a company’s carbon or methane emissions that may be the target of divestment campaigns by a generation increasingly worried about climate change.

Posted on: Nov 18, 2020

Like most attorneys, I am spending a lot of time isolated these days. Perhaps that is why, while writing a memo recently, I realized that I have never been very consistent in the use of “storm water” versus “stormwater.” I have used both freely, but perhaps, I mused, one is right and the other is wrong. So, I decided to determine which word/term is correct, once and for all.

Posted on: Nov 13, 2020

2020 has been (and no doubt will continue to be) like riding a roller coaster in a hurricane. Fortunately, for the IndyBar, we have a committed membership that has responded in amazing ways. While the pandemic will affect the practice of law for years to come, we can all be proud of the work our association did to respond in positive and uplifting ways. In a non-COVID year, we would typically recognize our IndyBar award winners at our annual Recognition Breakfast — typically a packed event with comradery and good cheer. Like many things this year, we will recognize our award winners in different (but no less important) ways.

Posted on: Nov 6, 2020

IndyBar will be offering free wills to Indy-area residents who cannot afford an attorney on Tuesday, November 10. This offering was originally being offered exclusively to veterans in conjunction with Veteran’s Day; however, we have a few openings still available so we are opening the opportunity up to all residents subject to meeting financial requirements at 150% of the Federal Poverty guidelines.

Posted on: Oct 26, 2020

There is a virtual hearing scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 28 to discuss a citizen’s petition on rulemaking. The petition asks the Environmental Rules Board to direct the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) to adopt the 2012 Recreational Use Criteria under the Clean Water Act. The board will discuss the hearing at its next meeting, which is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 18.

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