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Bench Bar Conference Agenda

2021 IndyBar Bench Bar Conference Agenda

See below for the agenda for the 2021 Bench Bar Conference. The agenda is subject to change.

All events will take place at the Omni Louisville unless otherwise noted.

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Thursday, June 17

11:15 a.m.
Lunch and Golf Outing with shotgun start at noon, sponsored by Wilson Kehoe Winingham
Fuzzy Zoeller's Covered Bridge Golf Club

2 to 5 p.m.
Conference Registration
Check in to receive your name tag, meal tickets, conference materials and more.

5 to 6 p.m.
First Time Attendee and Judicial Reception
Learn the Bench Bar ropes from veterans at this special gathering for first-time attendees. We'll also welcome our judicial guests to the conference at this reception.

6 to 7 p.m.
Mix & Mingle Cocktail Reception, sponsored by Bose McKinney & Evans LLP

7 to 8:30 p.m.
Bench Bar Kick-Off Dinner, sponsored by Katz Sapper & Miller

8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Dessert Reception, sponsored by Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
Join us on the pool deck for after-dinner fun and music!

friDAY, JUNE 18

7 to 8 a.m.
Start your day right with various options for physical activity! Watch for meet-up details.

Get in the right mindset at this early morning yoga session! Details to come.

7:30 to 9 a.m.

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Conference Registration 
Check in to receive your name tag, meal tickets, conference materials and more.

9 to 10 a.m.
Plenary Session, Part 1
Janine Driver: You Say More Than You Think
Speaker: Janine Driver

10 to 10:30 a.m.
Exhibitor Break 
Visit with our exhibitors and drop your business card to be eligible for awesome door prizes!

10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Plenary Session, Part 2
Janine Driver: You Say More Than You Think
Speaker: Janine Driver

11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Lunch, sponsored by Lopez Law Office

12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

Mock Trials: Family Law
Speakers: The Hon. William Hughes, Hamilton Superior Court; Magistrate Marie Kern, Marion Superior Court; Magistrate Tiffany Vivo, Marion Circuit Court; Danielle Gregory, Law Office of Danielle Gregory PC; Colin J. Koons, Kids' Voice of Indiana

Settlement Tips: Civil Settlement Techniques
Speakers: Jay Cunningham, Katz Sapper & Miller; Richard C. Kraege, The Mediation Group LLC; John C. Trimble, Lewis Wagner LLP

Hot Topics: Grand Jury Process 
Speaker: John Tompkins, Law Office of John L. Tompkins

1:30 to 1:45 p.m.
Exhibitor Break

1:45 to 2:45 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

Mock Trials: Civil Law 
Speakers: The Hon. John Chavis, Marion Superior Court; Tom Barnard, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP; Reynold Berry, Rubin & Levin PC; Kelley Johnson, Law Office of Kelley J. Johnson; Travis Jensen, Johnson Jensen LLP

Settlement Tips: Civility & Ethics: Playing Nice in the Sandbox 
Speakers: Magistrate Andrew Bloch, Hamilton County Courts; Jaime Cairns, Cairns Rabiola Vance LLC; Joni Sedberry, Harrison & Moberly; Vanessa Lopez Aguilera, Lopez Law Office

Hot Topics: Emerging Technology
Speakers: Sarah T. Baker, Cohen Garelick & Glazier PC; Alejandra Reichard, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

2:45 to 3 p.m. 
Last Exhibitor Break

Be sure to visit the exhibitor area for raffle drawings!

3 to 4 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

Mock Trials: Criminal Law
Speakers: The Hon. Melissa May, Indiana Court of Appeals; Hon. Tanya Walton Pratt, United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana; Dan Cicchini, Marion County Prosecutor's Office; Shelley Gupta, Health and Hospital Corporation; Katie Jackson-Lindsay, Jackson Legal Services PC; 

Settlement Tips: Mediation & Arbitration Techniques
Speakers: Hon. Alicia Gooden, Marion Superior Court; Mark Glazier, Cross Glazier Reed Burroughs PC; Rob Shive, Emswiller Williams Noland & Clarke LLC

Hot Topics: Business Development
Speakers:  Hannah Joseph, Jesleskis Brinkerhoff & Joseph LLC; Marc Lopez, The Marc Lopez Law Firm; Katie Gilmore, KSGilmore Consulting LLC; Jared Correia, Red Cave Law Firm Consulting

4:15 to 5:15 p.m.
Beer & Bull Sessions
Grab your drink of choice and join us at bull sessions on various focus areas.

Criminal Law Bull Session: Hosted by James Bell, Paganelli Law Group
Civil Bull Session: Hosted by the Hon. John Chavis, Marion Superior Court
Family Law Bull Session: Hosted by Magistrate Marie Kern, Marion Superior Court 

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Cocktail Reception, sponsored by Paganelli Law Group 

7:30 to 9 p.m.
Dinner & Raffle, sponsored by Frost Brown Todd LLC

9 to 11 p.m.
IBF Friday Night Fun, sponsored by Lewis Wagner LLP
Details TBA!

Saturday, JUNE 19

7:30 to 9 a.m.

9 to 11:15 a.m.
Plenary: Celebration of The Juneteenth Holiday—The Spirit of Our Journey - sponsored by Ice Miller LLP
Our Juneteenth program is the featured conclusion to our day and a half long Bench Bar Conference for Indianapolis area lawyers and judges. This program is planned to be a two-hour dialogue featuring experience panels of attorneys from Louisville and Indianapolis.  Moderated by James Bell, the program is set to begin with a one-hour session featuring three Louisville and three Indianapolis panelists with 25+ years in law discussing their experience in the profession.  This panel will be followed by a one-hour discussion with a similar panel of lawyers with less than 25 years in practice.  Our goal is to provide insight on the differing experience of Black lawyers from their white counterparts, by generation and by region. We are striving to provoke discussion, raise awareness, and further inclusion.

Panel 1:
Hon. Tanya Walton Pratt, United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana; Hon. Denise Clayton, Chief Judge, Kentucky Court of Appeals; Gwendolyn Horton, Legal Aid Society of Louisville; Raymond Burse, former President, Kentucky State University; Alan K. Mills, Barnes & Thornburg LLP; Nathaniel Lee, Lee Cossell & Crowley LLP

Panel 2:
Aaron W. Marcus - Dentons Bingham Greenebaum; Dwight Haygood, Jr., Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary, Brown-Forman Corporation; Lonita Baker, President of the Charles W. Anderson, Jr. Bar Association; Pamela Grant-Taylor, Marion County Public Defender Agency and Marion County Bar Association President; Ash Lee Talley, Legal Counsel, Anthem, Inc.; Stephen Reynolds, Ice Miller LLP

Moderator: James Bell, Paganelli Law Group



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