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Paralegals News

Posted on: Nov 17, 2014

By Arlene Morris, Whitham Hebenstreit & Zubek LLP

Calling all teddy bears! The Indianapolis Bar Association Paralegal Committee will once again sponsor the annual Teddy Bear Challenge to benefit the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Department, Indianapolis Fire Department and Indianapolis EMS’s “Bears on Patrol” programs in connection with its annual holiday luncheon. 

The Paralegal Committee will be collecting new and “gently-loved” stuffed animals (no more than 18 inches in height) to be presented to the law enforcement and fire department agencies at the IndyBar Paralegal Committee Holiday Luncheon on December 4. As in the past, the Committee is seeking paralegals from each firm to serve as coordinators to help spread the word about the program within their respective firms or offices, arrange for delivery of the stuffed animals collected at their firms and track the number of bears donated and employee participation. Recognition will be given to the organization donating the greatest total number of stuffed animals and the organization donating the most stuffed animals per employee.

The Teddy Bear Challenge has been a huge success over the years, and the police, sheriffs’ deputies and firemen have told us they greatly appreciate the donations. They report that the stuffed animals make a big difference in comforting the children they encounter who are often in the midst of very trying circumstances. 

So, let’s remember this is not only a contest but a way to touch young lives.  If you would like to be the representative contact for your firm, please contact Arlene Morris at or (317)638-5555 or Julia Kleinschmidt at or (317)684-5218. Thank you!

This post was written by Arlene Morris, Whitham Hebenstreit & Zubek LLP. If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Paralegal Section page, please email Mary Kay Price at


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