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Posted on: Jun 6, 2017

Indianapolis Bar Association Women in the Law Division

Executive Committee Meeting Minutes

May 11, 2017 (Noon)


In attendance: Elizabeth Timme, Patricia Erdmann, Anna Kirkman, Lucy Dollens, Ellen Pactor, Lizzie Schuerman, Mary Jo Wedding (proxy for Melissa Hamer-Bailey), Victoria Calhoon, Therese Hannah, Lauren Sorrell, Kayla Moody-Grant, Allyson Emley, Emily Atwood.  By Phone:  Jackie Gessner, Andrea Ciobanu.  From the IndyBar: Kim Ferguson. Not in attendance: Sara McClammer, Kellie Barr.

I. Welcome and introductions

II. Old Business

  1. March 2017 minutes: Two changes:  Andrea Ciobanu attended by phone; Victoria’s last name changed to correctly reflect the spelling as Calhoon. Minutes unanimously approved with these two changes.

III. New Business

  1. Brunch set for the auction winners of the Women’s Caucus for June 11 at 10:30a.m. at Patachou.  Three members will attend from executive committee; looking for one more attendee.
  2. Congratulations to our own Lauren Sorrell on recognition as an IBJ Up and Coming Lawyer!

IV. Committee Reports

  1. Mentorship

i.No update

  1. CLE (Andrea)

i.Family Law Hot Topics CLE: set for June 26 at 12:30p.m.

ii.FMLA CLE (panel of 3 presenters):  set for July 25 at 4p.m.

iii.Judges Roundtable CLE: set for August 30 at 4p.m. with social to follow.  Separate pricing will be offered for CLE and social so attendees can choose to attend one or the other if necessary.  

iv.Surrogacy CLE:  set for Sept. 21 at 4p.m.

  1. Membership Outreach (Patricia)

i.The number of subscribers increased, and there was a slight increase in the number of hits on WLD homepage.

ii.May: Victoria will contribute.  June: Allyson will contribute.

iii.DTCI Women in Law is holding a new Book Club on Sept. 14 at FBT. Sharing to ensure no confusion with our own WLD Book Club event. 

iv.Be sure to submit write-ups after events for posting on the WLD website.

  1. Networking/Social (Allyson)


i.May 9 Roundtable was held with Roxana Bell (McKinney School of Law) and Hillary Buttrick (Butler University).  Great event. Good engagement from attendees, with lots of questions to the speakers.  The Tap’s private room worked well.  Attendees commented specifically about liking the Tap as a location for this event.

ii.Next Roundtable - August 17: Congresswoman Susan Brooks re: public service and government;

iii.Upcoming Roundtable - November 9: Martha Hoover, Patachou.

ii.Golf Lessons: set for June 27, July 11, July 18.  Each will cover a different skill.  To be held at Country Club of Indianapolis.

  1. Philanthropy (Therese)

i.Girls Inc. Lunch Bunch on Aug. 28th went well.  Nine women attended from WLD, and 14 girls participated.  Would like to consider doing something more in-depth next year. 

ii.Dress for Success mock interviewing/resume review set for June 7th.  We have 7 volunteers from the WLD and 2 on the waiting list.

iii.Dream Dinners:  Therese is seeking dates on a weeknight.

iv.Coburn Place holiday party: Set for Dec. 9th

  1. Summer Reception (Victoria)

i.June 1 at the Propylaeum. 

ii.We have 21 registered attendees.  Please spread the word and seek more attendees. Need minimum of 50 people. Attendance last year was 60. 

iii.Toiletries will be sought for Beacon of Hope.

iv.Fran Watson will be the keynote speaker on the topic of her work in the wrongful conviction clinic.

v.Please seek more sponsorships.  We currently have $2,500 in sponsorships.

vi.Discussion held strategically seeking sponsorships throughout the year. 

  1. Strategic Planning/ADL

i.ALD Nomination form reviewed and updates/changes made.

ii.Nomination form to be submitted online now. 

iii.Nominations to go out 6/1/17.  Nominations to be due 7/25/17.  Voting to take place at the Exec Committee Meeting on 8/3/17.

iv.Discussion held on possible locations for ADL Award luncheon.  Skyline Club and Conrad discussed.  97 people attended last year.

v.Nominations for WLD Mentorship Award should be sought after 7/25/17. 

vi.First WLD Book Club Meeting: set for July 12, 2017.

V.  Save the Dates

a. WLD Exec Committee Meeting – June 1, 2017

b. Summer Reception – June 1, 2017

c.  Dress for Success Mock Interviews and Resume Review – June 7, 2017 10a.m.-noon

d. CLE - Family Law Hot Topics − June 26 at 12:30p.m.

e.  WLD Book Club − July 12, 2017

f.    CLE - FMLA − July 25 at 4p.m.

g.  WLD social - Golf Lessons − June 27, July 11, July 18, Country Club of Indianapolis

h.   Roundtable − August 17 (Congresswoman Susan Brooks)

i.    CLE - Judges’ Roundtable –Aug. 30 at 4p.m. with social to follow

j.    CLE - Surrogacy − Sept. 21 at 4p.m.

k.  Roundtable – Nov. 9 (Martha Hoover)

l.  Coburn Place holiday party − Dec. 9th

VI. Meeting adjourned at 12:50 PM


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