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Posted on: Jun 4, 2018

Everybody loves a local bar, so check out what yours is serving up this week with upcoming IndyBar events and happenings below!

On the Docket

Practical Writing for Young Attorneys
Tues., June 5, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Information and registration can be found here.

Creative Financing Structures for Real Estate Acquisitions
Tues., June 5, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Information and registration can be found here.

WLD Quarterly Roundtable 
Tues., June 5, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Information and registration can be found here.

2018 Health Care Legislation Wrap-Up
Weds., June 6, 8 to 9 a.m.
Information and registration can be found here.

Family Law Toolkit for the Non-Family Law Attorney
Weds., June 6, 1 to 4 p.m.
Information and registration can be found here.

I Can DO THAT On Appeal?
Thurs., June 7, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Information and registration can be found here.

E-Discovery in Insurance Coverage Litigation
Thurs., June 7, 4 to 6 p.m.
Information and registration can be found here.

Free Fridays Member Headshots
ri., June 7, 8 to 11:30 a.m.
No appointment necessary! Details here.

Check out the full slate of IndyBar events here, and don’t forget to check out the IndyBar on Facebook for the latest event photos.

News You Can Use

  • Selection Committee Names Finalists for Marion County Judicial Positions - The Marion County Judicial Selection Committee (MCJSC) announced nine finalists to fill three upcoming judicial vacancies. See the list here.
  • Business Builder: The Complete Package to Drive You to Success - Business Builder represents a tremendous value for Indy practitioners looking to gain clients and build their network—all crucial tools for attorneys at any point in their careers. This exclusive suite of referral and networking programs is available for as little as $90 per month. Read more.

Posted on: Jun 1, 2018

UST Rule Revisions Soon to Take Effect

By Thomas W. Baker, Hatchett & Hauck LLP

Revisions to Indiana’s Underground Storage Tank rules adopted by the Indiana Environmental Rules Board in January 2018 will be effective soon, likely in June or July of 2018. The rule revision is still under review by the Indiana Attorney General and Governor but will be effective 30 days after the revision is accepted for filing.

The revised rule represents a shift in Indiana’s approach to regulation of USTs, as it incorporates most of the federal UST rules codified at 40 CFR Part 280 by reference, instead of containing the rule language within the text of Title 329 of the Indiana Administrative Code. Indiana retains parts of its own rules for delivery prohibition (the “red tag” program), investigation and corrective action, closure and financial assurance.

The rule revision also makes some substantive changes to current UST regulations, particularly by incorporating the changes to 40 CFR Part 280 as promulgated by the U.S. EPA in 2015. Some of the changes in the pending rule revision include:

  • Transition to U.S. EPA requirements for tank and piping performance standards
  • Revised Certified Operator requirements, including enhanced training specifications
  • Additional requirements for field-constructed tanks, airport fuel systems and emergency generator tanks, which had been previously exempted from certain regulations under Indiana and federal law
  • Elimination of the tangible net worth letter option for demonstrating financial assurance
  • Notice to IDEM at least 30 days prior to switching to a regulated substance containing greater than 10 percent ethanol, greater than 20 percent biodiesel, or any other regulated substance identified by IDEM

The progress of the rule may be tracked here, referencing LSA Document No. 16-204.


Posted on: Jun 1, 2018

By Rebecca W. Geyer, Rebecca W. Geyer & Associates

Five years ago, I left my job to start my own law practice. Having always worked for others, I was unsure of all of the issues I needed to consider and steps to take to open my own practice.

Sure, I knew I needed a phone number, a computer and letterhead, but what business entity was best for my practice? What technology did I really need to have in place to successfully serve my clients? How would I create a budget, set my rate, or determine when I could hire staff? It would have been so nice if there was a comprehensive resource I could turn to for answers to my questions. Wasn’t it possible to find a roadmap of the topics I needed to consider when starting a practice?

Five years ago the answer was no, but today, the answer is a resounding yes! Continuing in its support of solo and small firm attorneys, the IndyBar is pleased to launch its newest initiative, Practice Builder, a unique product that helps guide attorneys from start up to success.

Practice Builder is driven by a robust website filled with resources to guide lawyers on everything they need to know about establishing a firm, managing and protecting a practice, and even succession and wellness planning. Night or day, attorneys can access tools such as podcasts, articles, forms, checklists, whitepapers and more to guide them step-by-step with the creation and operation of their legal practice.

In addition, Practice Builder provides one-on-one connections with leading local solo and small firm lawyers and respected partners, helping attorneys build their networks and get support when they need it. Practice Builder even gives attorneys access to exclusive discounts on products and services that will power their firm to success.

Most importantly, Practice Builder is affordable. All of these wonderful resources are available for a monthly fee of $19.99 for IndyBar members or $24.99 for non-members.

If you’re looking to start your own practice, or even take your existing firm to the next level, Practice Builder is just what you need. So take a moment to look at Practice Builder and all it and the IndyBar has to offer. I know a lot of my questions would have been easily answered a few years ago, had I had access to a resource like Practice Builder.

Your IndyBar provides everything needed to achieve success in the practice of law, and we stand committed to helping you accomplish your goals, whether you’re a new lawyer or contemplating retirement. You can learn more about Practice Builder at Questions about this new product? Just contact Christina Kane at

Posted on: Jun 1, 2018

By Aubrey Kuchar Noltemeyer, Kightlinger & Gray LLP

“Oh, this is the worst lookin’ hat I ever saw…Huh, you buy a hat like that, you get a free bowl of soup, huh? [Sees Judge Smails wearing the hat] Oh, looks good on you though.”

– Al Czervik, “Caddyshack”

The mere mention of golf causes me to start quoting “Caddyshack.” So, when I started writing about the Indianapolis Bar Foundation’s upcoming annual Lawyer Links Classic golf outing on July 12, I had to go through a few quotes and watch a few scenes of the classic comedy on YouTube just to get warmed up.

While proficient in quoting golf films, I’m not much of a golfer. Until recently, there was not a way for someone like myself who does not golf, but would like to get out of the office and enjoy a beautiful day outside in the name of a worthy cause, to join in the fun of our annual charity golf outing.

The IBF Golf Committee invites everyone, especially those who may not golf, to join in the fun of the Summer Party at the annual golf outing! Last year’s inaugural Summer Party was such a success that it is back again for a second year. The Summer Party promises to be a day of fun in the sun.

The Country Club of Indianapolis has a beautiful swimming pool with a large deck. The IBF will be hosting the Summer Party starting at 3 p.m. after the golfing gets underway. The fun on the pool deck will kick off with great summer music, relaxing chair massages, delicious appetizers and cool drinks. There will also be raffles and games to play deck side. And don’t worry—bathing suits are not required! Come and enjoy the fun in whatever attire is most comfortable.

We all have a friend who we occasionally bump into and make the well-meaning promise, “Hey, let’s get together this summer.” This is the ideal event to grab that friend for a beautiful afternoon outside in the name of a good cause.

If you are not inclined to golf, we invite you to take another look at this great event and join us at the Summer Party. Last year’s Summer Party was very well attended and we anticipate a sellout crowd this year.

Entrance to the Summer Party is granted with a $50 donation to the IBF, which includes appetizers, a Bier Brewery beer tasting, drinks, games, massages, music and fun. Register now to save your spot at

Who knows, maybe we can even get the caddy’s synchronized pool ballet going as the party gets rocking!

Posted on: Jun 1, 2018

The application period for the 2018-2019 Bar Leader Series is now open! The Bar Leader Series is the IndyBar’s leadership development program for young attorneys. This fast-track series empowers participants to make the most of their innate talents while emphasizing the importance of service to the community.

Many notable IndyBar volunteers have graduated from the Bar Leader Series, including current IndyBar President James Bell. “When you’re a young attorney, your professional world sometimes feels like it only extends to the doors of your office,” says Bell.

“The Bar Leader Series allows you to get beyond those doors and feel connected to not only the rest of the legal community but to the Indianapolis business community and our local, state and federal governments. The Bar Leader Series opened many doors for me and I made lasting friendships.”

Committed to cultivating the next generation of leaders, the program was created in 2003 as the outgrowth of the IndyBar’s Task Force on Leadership Development and provides IndyBar member attorneys in their third to tenth year of practice with an opportunity to meet other attorneys in an environment where they can grow both professionally and personally. This program and these students are key to keeping the bar’s leadership strong and maintaining the bar’s value to the legal community into the future.

“The Bar Leader Series helped me create great friendships and provided me with referral sources in areas in which I do not practice,” said Rebecca Geyer, graduate of the Bar Leader Series Class IV and current president of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation.

This year’s class will begin with an icebreaker reception in August and a retreat at Waycross Camp and Conference Center in Southern Indiana Sept. 27-28, 2018. The series continues with monthly presentations for an entire afternoon for a nine-month period on a broad range of topics presented by local legal, political and business leaders. Class members will receive approximately 10 CLE credit hours during the nine-month series.

When asked what’s new and exciting for the upcoming class, incoming Bar Leader Series Steering Committee chair and Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s Senior Corporate Counsel Jimmie McMillian had much to say but said this year’s focus is quite simple: listening.

“In the past, we’ve talked and mentored a lot but this year, we want bar leaders to talk to each other. We want them to hear the lessons taught by the dynamic folks that we’re bringing in. They’ll have the chance to work with one another and provide feedback to us as well as ideas and suggestions they have on the topics that are presented,” McMillian said.

McMillian claims the Bar Leader Series is a huge reason he’s had much success in his career. He graduated from the Bar Leader Series in 2007.

“The Bar Leader Series has really accelerated and propelled my career to help me get to where I am today. It’s an exciting thing to know that we’re about to provide that to another group of exceptional attorneys in this community,” McMillian said.

Do you think you’re the next bar leader? Apply now! The deadline is July 1, 2018.

Application materials and additional information on the series can be found at

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