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IndyBar Mourns Death of Past President
Posted on: Mar 23, 2017

Robert “Bo” Hagemier, 1992 Indianapolis Bar Association President, passed away on Tuesday, March 14 at the age of 72. Hagemier is survived by his daughter, son, two granddaughters and longtime companion.

Hagemier’s IndyBar presidency was marked by various accomplishments. As the leader of the bar, he worked passionately on the consolidation of the former Marion County Municipal Court into the Marion Superior Court of today. The association undertook a revamp of its judicial evaluation process, removing Indiana Supreme Court Justices and Indiana Court of Appeals Judges from the process, while also doing away with personal interviews of judges. The IndyBar also expanded its presence in the Indiana Lawyer during his presidency.

Hagemier’s father, also an attorney, greatly influenced his belief that respect in the profession was at the core of the legal community. This belief fueled his mission to refocus conversations in the bar to maintain collegiality among lawyers and judges.

In addition to serving as president in 1992, Hagemier’s IndyBar leadership included roles as board vice president (1988), secretary (1989-1990), and counsel (1996-1997). He maintained involvement with the Indianapolis Bar Foundation as well, serving as a director and secretary and becoming an Indianapolis Bar Foundation Charter Fellow in 1982.

Hagemier earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from DePauw University and his J.D. from Indiana University School of Law. He was admitted to the Indiana Bar in 1970.

At the time of the his death, he was a partner in Hagemier, Allen & Smith in Indianapolis, where he concentrated his practice in corporate law, administrative law, business transactions and public utility law. Hagemier also served as counsel to the Indiana Funeral Directors Association from 1982 until his death, and in such capacity, coauthored the Indiana Funeral Directors Practice Act, Indiana Preneed Act, Indiana Cremation Act and amendments.

His past work experience included clerking for the Indiana Court of Appeals and holding a position as the Deputy Commissioner for the Utility Commission of Indiana. He was a past member of the Marion County Municipal Court Nominating Commission, 1985-1988; a member of the American Bar Association; and a Fellow with the American Bar Foundation.

Don’t Miss out on Free Fridays at the IndyBar!
Posted on: Mar 23, 2017

Get more from your membership this year with Free Fridays at the IndyBar! We’ll be saving you time and money each month with these complimentary services. All offerings take place at the IndyBar office. See additional details online at

Not a member? Join at to get access to these and other benefits worth more than $4,000!

First Friday: Free CLE Video Replay, Noon to 1 p.m.

It pays to associate...get six hours of Free CLE each year with the IndyBar! Free CLE offerings are video replay selections of our most popular educational programs of the last year and are for IndyBar members only. Each IndyBar Member can attend up to six sessions at no cost; after six free sessions the cost is $35 per hour. There is no registration required. All replays are for 1 hour general CLE unless otherwise noted. View program offerings online at

Second Friday: Free Headshots, 8 to 11:30 a.m.

Say cheese! Get a professional headshot for free at this Free Friday offering. You’ll be emailed a high resolution copy of your photo that you can use however you’d like! No appointment necessary.

Third Friday: Free Website Video Filming, 8 to 11:30 a.m.

Film a FREE intro video for your website, plus get basic editing this Free Friday. All technology, including a teleprompter, will be prepared for your video debut. Share information about your firm, introduce yourself to potential clients, or answer a commonly encountered legal question—the topic is up to you in this two- to three-minute video. See instructions and sign up for an appointment at

Nissa's News 3/22/17
Posted on: Mar 23, 2017

March Madness: Live Well, Be Well

It’s that crazy time of year when many folks mysteriously disappear for long “meetings” in the middle of the workday. I know that I have a few meetings scheduled that involve a hard court and some yelling at the TV! In all seriousness, I am looking forward to spending time with some colleagues and taking a much-needed break from the daily grind of the practice of law. Hopefully you also will be able to take some time out of your busy calendar to sneak in a basketball game or two during March Madness. I think these social breaks are the things we all need to do more often so that we can be our best when working with our clients.

One of the goals of the IndyBar’s three-year strategic plan is an increased focus on wellness, both for our individual attorney members and for our community as whole. This goal came from our strategic planning retreat, where many of our members expressed concern about the increasing demands on attorneys and the growing number of attorneys who are struggling to deal with the stress of their jobs. IndyBar staff and leadership heard these concerns, and we are working to provide increased programming and support to our members to help them when life gets tough.  

Unfortunately, many of us seem to have someone close to us who recently has struggled with an illness, grief or a work crisis. It can be difficult to know how to support a friend who is experiencing such issues. The IndyBar currently has a program designed to provide support to our members, colleagues and families going through these challenges. Our Helping Enrich Attorney Lives (HEAL) program was created to assist lawyers, judges and paralegals in the Indianapolis community who are personally experiencing a crisis or are affected by the crisis of someone close to that person, such as a spouse or professional colleague. Requests for assistance can be made by a concerned friend or colleague on behalf of another individual or by the individuals in crisis themselves.

Requests should be made to or to Julie Armstrong at All requests for assistance will be met with a meaningful, compassionate and appropriate response under the circumstances. All requests are confidential and are not shared outside of the HEAL program. Please reach out if you know someone who needs some support during a difficult time. We all have an obligation to help those around us be well and the IndyBar is here provide support. Additional information about HEAL is available online at

Live it up in Louisville!

And speaking of taking a break from the grind and enjoying some time away from the office, don’t miss the opportunity to join 300 or so attorneys and judges at the IndyBar Bench Bar Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, June 15-17, 2017!

We will kick off the conference with a golf outing on Thursday afternoon and then will head to Churchill Downs for dinner, cocktails and live racing! The conference agenda is packed full of opportunities to gain CLE credit while also focusing on the need to be well and take care of ourselves and our community. Our Bench Bar Committee has worked hard to think “outside of the box” and to provide conference attendees with some unique experiences.

Conference registration is now open at Make sure you register early and reserve your hotel room, as U2 has announced a concert in Louisville on Friday night, June 16. Hotel rooms will sell out quickly, and we likely will not be able to obtain additional rooms.  

Go Outside your Comfort Zone!

If you are looking for opportunities to step outside of your comfort zone and to network with others outside the legal community, join the IndyBar at one of these upcoming events: The Racing Attorneys Conference (TRAC), April 18-19, or the Medical-Legal Dinner, April 19.

TRAC is an annual event attended by motorsports professionals from across the country that combines education, development and networking with leaders in the motorsports industry. The Medical-Legal Dinner brings doctors and lawyers together for a night of camaraderie and good conversation and will feature keynote speaker Dr. Ora H. Pescovitz, a renowed medical professional who will speak about how to lead with purpose. Additional information and registration for both events can be found at We hope you expand your horizons by joining us at one of these programs.

Spanish Speakers Needed for Ask a Lawyer
Posted on: Mar 23, 2017

Small time commitment, big impact—answer legal questions from the public at the IndyBar’s Ask a Lawyer program, coming up on Tuesday, April 11. This face-to-face advice program will be held at 10 locations throughout the city from 2 to 6 p.m.

In order to assist the Spanish-speaking population, attorneys who are fluent speakers are needed at the La Plaza location, which is located at 8902 E. 38th St.

Volunteers take on just one two-hour shift and are provided with a resource guide to help in assisting the public with questions on divorce, guardianship, child custody, child support, landlord/tenant issues, bankruptcy, personal injury, criminal law, employment law and more.

To volunteer, contact Caren Chopp at

Get in on the Great Indy Clean-up with the IndyBar
Posted on: Mar 23, 2017

Looking for a way to do good? We have just the thing! Join the IndyBar’s Young Lawyers Division (YLD) as they participate in Keep Indianapolis Beautiful’s Great Indy Clean-up on Saturday, April 29!

More than 200 volunteers will convene in Binford Redevelopment and Growth (BRAG) neighborhoods–the area surrounding Binford Boulevard from Kessler Boulevard to 71st Street–to join neighbors in street cleanups and several other beautification projects.

Meet us at the Kroger parking lot located at 5810 E. 71st Street. There is no need to bring anything – Keep Indianapolis Beautiful provides all supplies, tools, and training. Please wear close-toed shoes, pants, long sleeves, and dress appropriately for the weather overall.

RSVPs are requested two weeks in advance, so please sign up at by April 15th. There is no fee to participate. Grab a friend or family members and meet us rain or shine! We hope to see you there.

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