By Jeffrey A. Abrams, Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP
While I am effectively a lame duck president writing this article and while my successor, John Trimble, effectively began his term at 12:01 AM on Jan. 1st, he is not sworn in until Jan. 29, 2015, and thus I have the role of continuing to write two more articles for your reading pleasure.
As we spring into the New Year, everyone is challenged to provide a New Year’s resolution (or two or three). While I rarely make personal resolutions, I thought it would be appropriate to provide New Year’s resolutions for the IndyBar and allow our leadership team to figure out how to implement them. So here is my my holiday gift to John Trimble, Julie Armstrong and the rest of the IndyBar leadership team and staff.
1. We promise to provide better and more CLEs for the benefit of all of our members. With the Plus CLE section and division membership option, there are numerous opportunities for each section and division’s executive committee to provide new and creative programs. I know they are being challenged to create no less than four and up to 10 CLEs during the course of the year. Look for this information on bi-weekly IndyBar emails and the website.
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2014 IndyBar President Jeff Abrams, left, smiles with Indy Eleven owner Ersal Ozdemir at the inaugural Lawyers to Business reception. Watch for more Lawyers to Business events coming in 2015.[/caption]
2. Lawyers to Business will be really active in 2015. This new committee came together last year to develop the first Lawyers to Business program for our attorneys by encouraging business groups and other potential clients and referral sources to participate with us in an after-hours get together. Last year, we had the Indiana CPA Society attend an event where Ersal Ozdemir and Peter Wilt, representatives from Indy Eleven, spoke to the group about the fledging soccer team. The information they provided was truly informative and well worth everyone’s time at the event. Networking with the CPAs has led to business opportunities for attorneys and thus we achieved our goal. It is my understanding that Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush has agreed to speak at the next get-together being planned with another business organization.
3. The Indianapolis Bar Foundation will be led this year by Erin Clancy and her board of directors and will continue to enhance and improve the Lawyer Links Golf Outing and Evening Under the Stars Dinner Gala after having achieved remarkable results and success last year through the leadership of Dave Duncan and his team. Look for these two events to be sellouts again, so register early and spend time with fellow attorneys on the golf course and at the dinner.
4. The membership committee is actively engaging participants to help develop creative new ideas for enhancement of the IndyBar and the services that we provide to our members. Nissa Ricafort and Chris Hickey began the process last year, achieving notable success, and will continue to develop this committee and new ideas. Look for new benefits from IndyBar as a result of the creative minds on the membership committee.
5. Volunteer opportunities are bountiful. Anyone reading this message can get involved. Contact Mary Kay Price or Julie Armstrong at the IndyBar office (269-2000) or a member of leadership—President John Trimble at 237-0500, President-Elect Judge Robyn Moberly at 229-3880 or First Vice-President Nissa Ricafort at 571-3601, or you can even call me at 632-3232. Any of us would welcome the opportunity to help you spend some valuable time enhancing the IndyBar and your experience. There are unlimited opportunities to participate and I am sure you will find it incredibly rewarding.
Happy New Year!