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IndyBar Committees, Task Forces, & Work Groups

IndyBar Committees, Task Forces, & Work Groups take on important business and initiatives on behalf of the association. These groups sizes vary in size of members, length of volunteer commitment and nature of work, but all offer volunteers a meaningful way to contribute their efforts for the betterment of the bar and the Indy legal community.

Current Committees, Task Forces, & Work Groups
Attorneys for an Independent Bench (AIB) Committee
The purpose of AIB is to serve as a mechanism to truly achieve Attorneys for an Independent Bench by all manners approved by the IndyBar Board of Directors.  2017 Committee Chairs: John F. Kautzman, Ruckelshaus Kautzman Blackwell Bemis & Hasbrook, and Kevin P. McGoff, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP

Audit and Investments Committee
The Audit and Investments Committee oversees the performance of the annual audit, monitors the performance of the investment managers, and receives reports for recommendation to the Board of Directors.  2017 Committee Chair: David J. Duncan, Scannell Properties

Bar Leader Series Committee
The Bar Leader Series Committee guides the planning and execution of the Bar Leader Series, a leadership development program for attorneys in their third to tenth year of practice. 2017 Committee Chair: John David Hoover, Hoover Hull Turner LLP

Bar Review Committee
The Bar Review Committee is responsible for the oversight of IndyBar Review, the official bar review course of the Indianapolis Bar Association. 2017 Committee Chair: Christine Hickey, Rubin & Levin PC

Bench Bar Conference Committee
The Bench Bar Conference Committee is responsible for the planning and execution of the IndyBar's annual Bench Bar Conference. 2017 Committee Chair: Eric Engebretson, Whitham Hebenstreit & Zubek

Budget Committee
The Budget Committee oversees the creation of the operating budget and monitors performance against budget throughout the year. 2017 Committee Chair: David J. Duncan, Scannell Properties

Diversity Job Fair Committee
The Diversity Job Fair Committee is tasked with the planning and execution of the annual Diversity Job Fair. 2017 Committee Chair: Kimberly Adams, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman PC

Grievance Committee
The Grievance Committee, comprised of about 60 local practicing attorneys and separated into four different panels, investigates complaints filed to the Disciplinary Commission. 2017 Committee Chair: Kent Newton, Newton Becker Bouwkamp Pendoski PC

Helping Enrich Attorneys' Lives (HEAL)
HEAL reaches out to members of the Indy legal community who are experiencing personal crises like health issues. Volunteers communicate with the member to determine how the bar could help and ultimately organize assistance. 2017 Committee Chair: Commissioner Kelly Scanlan, Marion Circuit Court

Indy Attorneys Network Committee
This committee guides the activities of the Indy Attorneys Network, an add-on IndyBar member benefit that facilitates networking opportunities between attorneys, judges and law students. 2017 Committee Chair: Alex Van Gorp, Attorney at Law

Justice Center Task Force
The Indianapolis Bar Association's Justice Center Task Force seeks to cause the building of a new justice center in Marion County that will allow for safe, efficient, economical, and dignified administration of justice. 2017 Committee Chair: John F. Kautzman, Ruckelshaus Kautzman Blackwell Bemis & Hasbrook

Lawyer Doctor Collaborative Committee
This committee plans and executes an annual dinner each spring, fosters good relationships with the two professions and will create unique seminars that are of interest to both attorneys and doctors. 2017 Committee Chair: Ashley Osak, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

Legislative Committee
The Legislative Committee monitors legislation on behalf of the association, alerting members to items of interest and coordinating the IndyBar's response to potential legislation. 2017 Committee Chair: Lawren Mills, Ice Miller LLP

Membership Committee
The Membership Committee is responsible for the IndyBar's membership outreach efforts, including both recruitment of new members and retention of current members. 2017 Committee Chair:  James Bell, Paganelli Law Group

Nominating Committee
The Nominating Committee is tasked with soliciting and reviewing nominations and presenting a slate of nominees for the following positions on the Indianapolis Bar Association Board of Directors: First Vice President, Treasurer and five At-Large Board Member positions. 2017 Committee Chair: TBA

Paralegal Committee
The Paralegal Committee guides the planning and execution of events and initiatives on behalf of and for the benefit of IndyBar paralegal members. 2017 Committee Chair: Arlene Morris, Whitham Hebenstreit & Zubek LLP

Professionalism Committee
The IndyBar's Standing Committee on Professionalism oversees the association's professionalism efforts and is tasked with working to improve public confidence and trust in lawyers through activities that (a) promote positive lawyer images in the Indianapolis community and (b) educate members and the public on how to avoid those circumstances that can lead to client distrust and dissatisfaction. 2017 Committee Chair: Kevin Morrissey, Lewis Kappes PC

Pro Bono Committee
The Pro Bono Committee monitors, operates and evaluates the IndyBar's pro bono initiativesand identifies future opportunities for pro bono service and involvement. 2017 Committee Chair: Melissa DeGroff, Kroger Gardis & Regas LLP

Solo/Small Firm Committee
This group guides the planning and execution of events and initiatives on behalf of and for the benefit of IndyBar members practicing in solo and/or small firm environments. 2017 Committee Chair: D. Elizabeth Cox, Cox & Coons LLP