By Nissa Ricafort, 2017 IndyBar President, Broyles Kight & Ricafort PC
Bench Bar: Come Early, Watch the Horses, Race a Justice and More!
It’s hard to believe it, but the time is here for our annual Bench Bar Conference! Our Conference Chairs Eric Engebretson and Judge Alicia Gooden have put together a jam-packed three days of fun at the Hyatt Regency in Louisville, Kentucky!
We are starting on Thursday afternoon with golf, zip lining or a distillery tour before we head to Churchill Downs for drinks, dinner and horse racing. Please plan to arrive early enough on Thursday afternoon so that you will have time to check in with IndyBar staff prior to boarding the busses for Churchill Downs. You must have special tickets in order to attend the event at Churchill Downs. The IndyBar conference registration desk will be open at the Hyatt Regency from 2 to 7 p.m. on Thursday (golfers will receive their Churchill Downs tickets at the golf course). The first busses will be leaving the hotel around 3:45 p.m. and we will have a continuous loop of buses to provide transportation to and from Churchill Downs. If you want to partake in our open host bar at the event, you are required to execute a waiver a release of liability affirming that you will not drive to the event. We want everyone to have fun watching the horses but we also want to make sure everyone is safe and able to participate in the rest of the conference events!
And make sure you don’t spend all your energy cheering on the horses, because you have an opportunity to race Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steve David and Jake Bradley of Quarles & Brady LLP on Friday morning at 7 a.m. during a three to five mile run!
After you recover from your run, you will be ready to hear about the challenges facing our legal community, the inspirational personal stories of local attorneys who have stepped up to meet some of these challenges and the importance of emotional, financial and physical wellness to your own legal practice, all while having the opportunity to pick and choose which breakout sessions you would like to attend to learn about the latest legal trends. Our Friday events will end with our annual trivia night to support the Indianapolis Bar Foundation and then we will wrap up the conference on Saturday morning with an ethics session presented by James Bell (who always manages to get at least a few good jokes into his presentation) and then a panel discussion from our own Indiana Supreme Court justices. I am looking forward to seeing many of you in Louisville!
Thank you and Best Wishes to Caren Chopp
We have had 14 wonderful years with Caren Chopp on staff at the IndyBar, but it is time for us to wish her well as she moves on to new adventures as the Assistant Director of Operations at Sigma Kappa Foundation. Caren has been a true champion of the IndyBar’s pro bono efforts, spending hours recruiting volunteers to help provide legal services for some of the neediest in our local community.
Whether organizing our Ask a Lawyer community events or staffing a case for a litigant in Marion County, Caren has always demonstrated the utmost professionalism and compassion in matching attorneys to clients in need. She also has supported our Bar Leader Series and Impact Grant Fund efforts for the past several years, helping the IndyBar and our foundation make a true impact in our community. When you worked with Caren on a project, you always knew that she would greet you with a smile and that she would make sure that every last detail was completed to perfection. So, with a grateful heart, we wish Caren the best of luck with her new adventures. We will miss her greatly, but know that she will continue her efforts to better our community!