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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. See hotel floor plans here.

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Thursday, June 17

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

2 to 5 p.m.
Conference Registration: Commonwealth 4/5 Prefunction
Check in to receive your name tag, meal tickets, conference materials and more.

5 to 6 p.m.
First Time Attendee and Judicial Reception: 2nd St. Prefunction
Sponsored by Denton Bingham Greenebaum LLP
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: Falls City Market
Sponsored by Bose McKinney & Evans LLP

7 to 8:30 p.m.
Bench Bar Kick-Off Dinner: Falls City Market
Sponsored by Katz Sapper & Miller

8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Dessert Reception: Pool Deck
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.
Run/Walk: Meet in the Hotel Lobby
Start your day right with various options for physical activity! Watch for meet-up details.

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

7:30 to 9 a.m.
Breakfast: Commonwealth 1/2/3 

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Conference Registration : Commonwealth 4/5 Prefunction
Check in to receive your name tag, meal tickets, conference materials and more.

9 to 10 a.m.
Plenary Session, Part 1 (1 General CLE Credit): Commonwealth 4/5, Classroom 200
Janine Driver: You Say More Than You Think

Sponsored by Vorvida
What is said or not said by body language is part of every case, every life and every day. Whether people realize it or not, everyone reads body language when determining how to respond to words or actions. Reading someone correctly can aid in communications but there can also be unintended negative consequences for misreading body language.

Janine Driver’s notes and tips about body language will be embedded and recalled at different times through the remainder of your career and day-to-day. Spotting non-verbal objections and building trust are important skills for attorneys and judges. Join us for this special kick-off session!

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 (1 General CLE Credit): Commonwealth 4/5, Classroom 200
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 (1 General CLE Credit): Commonwealth 4/5
Sponsored by Jenny Lukemeyer
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; Erin Maybee Durnell, Broyles Kight & Ricafort PC
Dealing with family law issues isn't always a pleasant undertaking. In the long run, it's important to set aside emotion and focus on what's best for the client. In this session, knowledgeable family law practitioners will demonstrate trial skills and address common trial mistakes in family law cases through a mock trial set up. Join us as our panelists discuss how to avoid making disastrous errors that can harm your case.

Settlement Tips: Civil Settlement Techniques (1 CME and General CLE Credit): Commonwealth 7
Sponsored by Smarter Divorce Solutions
Speakers: Jay Cunningham, Katz Sapper & Miller; Richard C. Kraege, The Mediation Group LLC; Lee Christie, Christie Farrell Lee & Bell PC
This will be a high-level and practical panel discussion on best practices for lawyers in utilizing experts before and during mediation to position your clients for the best outcomes possible.

Hot Topics: Grand Jury Process (1 General CLE Credit): Commonwealth 8
Sponsored by Patel Defense
Speaker: John Tompkins, Law Office of John L. Tompkins
Due to the secretive nature of grand jury proceedings, many of us are in the dark about how to properly prepare for such a case. In this session, our presenter will provide insight from start to finish, including what to know during the investigation phase, accessing clients and interviewing witnesses through post-indictment.

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

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

Mock Trials: Civil Law  (1 General CLE Credit): Commonwealth 4/5
Sponsored by Jenny Lukemeyer
Speakers: The Hon. John Chavis, Marion Superior Court; Manny Herceg, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP; Reynold Berry, Rubin & Levin PC; Kelley Johnson, Law Office of Kelley J. Johnson; Travis Jensen, Johnson Jensen LLP
Grab a seat as our experienced panelists set the stage to reenact a trial with plenty of twists and turns. We’ll address issues related to introduction of evidence, hearsay, admissibility of a photo and trying to rehabilitate a witness after things have gone south.

Settlement Tips: Civility & Ethics: Playing Nice in the Sandbox (1 Ethics and General CLE Credit): Commonwealth 7
Sponsored by Smarter Divorce Solutions
Speakers: Magistrate Andrew Bloch, Hamilton County Courts; Jaime Cairns, Cairns Rabiola Vance LLC; Joni Sedberry, Harrison & Moberly; Vanessa Lopez Aguilera, Lopez Law Office
Our reputations amongst colleagues and the bench are important. Have you ever wondered how a case got so out of hand or how to reel a case back in after it has gone off the rails? Do you cringe when certain attorneys file an appearance? Does typing an email only to review and revise it several times before sending sound familiar? Join this session to discuss strategies for dealing with unprofessional communications, discovery disputes and client expectations. Learn how to make sure you are maintaining civility and playing nice in the sandbox.

Hot Topics: Emerging Technology (1 General CLE Credit): Commonwealth 8
Sponsored by Patel Defense

Speakers: Sarah T. Baker, Cohen Garelick & Glazier PC; Alejandra Reichard, Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Technology is constantly evolving, but how does that translate to the practice of law? Join our presenters as they explore technological advances that have come out of the pandemic for remote depositions and jury trials. We’ll also demonstrate CaseLines, which is the new software program being used to manage exhibits for trials.

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 (1 General CLE Credit), Commonwealth 4/5
Sponsored by Jenny Lukemeyer

Speakers: The Hon. Leanna Weissmann, Indiana Court of Appeals; Chief Judge 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
Our speakers will demonstrate, through a mock trial set up, how to address and make the record on Batson issues, Brady issues, how to properly refresh recollections and impeach witnesses and a discussion on the appellate court considerations on these topics. With any remaining time, the judges and presenters will answer questions from the audience.

Settlement Tips: Mediation & Arbitration Techniques (1 CME and General CLE Credit), Commonwealth 7
Sponsored by Smarter Divorce Solutions
Speakers: Hon. Alicia Gooden, Marion Superior Court; Mark Glazier, Cross Glazier Reed Burroughs PC; Rob Shive, Emswiller Williams Noland & Clarke LLC
Our panel will discuss critical issues to think about before you mediate or arbitrate so that you can help your client increase the likelihood of success. What type of mediator do you want? What are the most contentious issues and why does that matter? How does the psychological make-up and the emotional state of mind of the parties affect alternative dispute resolution? Who should attend mediation? Where should the mediation take place? Experienced panelists will share their perspectives to help you improve your success rate in alternative dispute resolution.

Hot Topics: Business Development (1 General CLE Credit): Commonwealth 8
Sponsored by Patel Defense

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
Marketing your practice doesn’t have to be overwhelming. This program offers four panelists discussing different perspectives and techniques on how to market yourself and your practice, develop clients and cultivate referral sources and effectively use social media, all while remaining in compliance with the ethics rules governing attorney advertising. You will learn concrete, results-oriented strategies that you can take home and implement quickly and (relatively) painlessly.

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 (Speakeasy): Hosted by James Bell, Paganelli Law Group
Civil Bull Session (Library): Hosted by the Hon. John Chavis, Marion Superior Court
Family Law Bull Session (Pool Terrace): Hosted by Magistrate Marie Kern, Marion Superior Court 

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Cocktail Reception: Pool Terrace
Sponsored by Paganelli Law Group 

7:30 to 9 p.m.
Dinner & Raffle: Falls City Market
Sponsored by Frost Brown Todd LLC

9 to 11 p.m.
IBF Friday Night Fun: Olmsted 4
Sponsored by Lewis Wagner LLP
Join us for trivia and the finale of the IBF Poker Run!

Saturday, JUNE 19

7:30 to 9 a.m.
Breakfast: Commonwealth 1/2/3

9 to 11:15 a.m.
Plenary: Celebration of The Juneteenth Holiday—The Spirit of Our Journey (2 Ethics and General CLE Credits): Commonwealth 4/5
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:
Chief Judge 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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