Events and Education

Bench Bar Conference Agenda

Thursday, June 14, 2018

11:30 a.m. Golf Outing with Shotgun Start [Covered Bridge Golf Club, Sellersburg, Indiana], sponsored by Wilson Kehoe & Winingham
2 - 7 p.m. Conference Registration [Marriott Louisville Downtown]
3  - 4 p.m. First Time Attendee Reception [Marriott Louisville Downtown]
4:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Mix & Mingle at Churchill Downs, sponsored by Bose McKinney & Evans LLP
Dinner & Racing at Churchill Downs, sponsored by Wagner Reese, LLP
(NOTE: bus transportation from Marriott Louisville Downtown courtesy of Broyles Kight & Ricafort, LLP begins at 3:45 pm)

NOTE: Registrations made after 12 p.m. on Monday, June 11 will NOT INCLUDE tickets to this event.  IndyBar will not have access to additional tickets, so accommodations cannot be made.

9 - 11 p.m. Dessert, Coffee & Cordial Reception [Marriott Louisville Downtown], sponsored by Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP

Friday, June 15, 2018
NOTE: All Friday activities are at the Marriott Louisville Downtown, except Bourbonomics at 4 p.m.

7 a.m. Fitness Run/Walk (routes for all abilities) [Meet up in Marriott Louisville Downtown lobby]
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Conference Registration
7:30 - 9 a.m. Breakfast
9 - 10 a.m.

Autism: What You Should Know From Where I Sit
Special Guest: Aaron Likens - Autism Ambassador
One Hour General CLE Credit
See the world from the perspective of a person with Asperger’s. Aaron has spoken to student groups on encountering autistic peers, to parents of autistic kids, and to law enforcement in their Crises Team training. Given greater understanding in the healthcare community, diagnosis of autism is on the rise.  So, it is likely lawyers will come into contact with people on the spectrum. Aaron does a fantastic job of explaining it from his perspective and how as we as lawyers, and even more in general, we can best engage with those with autism.

10 - 10:30 a.m. Exhibitor Break
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. The Opioid Crisis from the Perspective of DEA Whistleblower Joe Rannazzisi
One Hour General CLE Credit
Special Guest: Joseph T. Rannazzisi, JD, RPh, Former Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Diversion Control, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
   Made Possible by a Gift from Eskew Law  LLC

“All these people died, and it happened under my watch,” claims Joe Rannazzisi, former Deputy Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. Rannazzisi ran the DEA’s Office of Diversion Control, which is the division that regulates, investigates and prosecutes the pharmaceutical industry.  The opioid crisis has either directly or indirectly affected most Americans in some way, especially those who practice law. Whether you’ve worked with criminal defendants, have had clients whose families have been impacted by the epidemic, or have been personally devastated by its effects, you can find its ruins anywhere.

In a recent investigation conducted by 60 Minutes and The Washington Post, Rannazzisi details his experience at the DEA during the height of the opioid crisis, which has claimed approximately 200,000 lives over the course of the last two decades.  The former-agent holds a pharmacy degree and a law degree and places the blame for the epidemic on the country’s biggest pharmaceutical distributors.  “This is an industry that allowed millions and millions of drugs into bad pharmacies and doctors’ offices, that distributed them out to people who had no legitimate need for those drugs,” says Rannazzisi.

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch Buffet

Four Program Choices!

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Criminal Law: Release and Re-entry – Alternatives to Incarceration – Show and Tell
One Hour General CLE Credit
Panelists:  Brian Barton, Track Group and Tyler Bouma, Executive Director of Marion County Community Corrections  Moderator: Jennifer Lukemeyer, Voyles Vaiana Lukemeyer Baldwin & Webb
Every type of monitoring equipment will be on hand to touch, play with and learn how they all work. Also, learn the step by step hook-up process and receive the details of conditions you may have never known were part of the monitoring.

Civil Law:  Public Access to Court Records
One Hour General CLE Credit 
Panelists: Judge Paul D. Mathias, Indiana Court of Appeals; Judge William Hughes, Hamilton Superior Court; Professor Joel  M. Schumm, Robert H. McKinney School of Law; and Melissa Avery, Broyles Kight & Ricafort PC. Moderator/Panelist: Matthew Barr, Barnes & Thornburg, LLP
This panel will explore the implications of the increased electronic availability of court records to judges, attorneys and the public at large, the privacy and other issues resulting from public accessibility and the available protections to maintain the confidentiality of sensitive information, including recent amendments to Indiana Administrative Rule 9(G).

Family Law: Custody Evaluation Essentials
One Hour General CLE Credit
Panelists: Judge Alicia Gooden, Marion Superior Court; Magistrate Kimberly Mattingly, Marion Superior Court; Michael Cheerva, Emswiller Williams Noland & Clarke PC; and Melanie Reichert, Broyles Kight & Ricafort LLP
An experienced panel of judges and litigators will discuss when to use custody evaluations, how to request them when to depose and/or have the expert testify and the best trial strategies for direct and cross-examination of evaluators.

General: Opioids 101
One Hour General CLE Credit 
Panelists: Joseph T. Rannazzisi, JD, RPh, Former Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Diversion Control, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Judge William Nelson, Marion Superior Court
There is no question that our country is in the midst of an opioid epidemic; yet, many of us don’t really understand what “opioids” are; the difference between opioids and opiates; how does heroin fit in; what is fentanyl? What are the signs and symptoms of opioid abuse? How do these drugs affect the body? Why are these drugs so addictive? What are the causes, of the epidemic and what is fueling it? Learn the answers to these questions and more.

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

Four Program

1:45 - 2:45 p.m.

Criminal Law: Fighting the Opioid Epidemic
One Hour General CLE Credit 
Panelists: Joseph T. Rannazzisi, JD, RPh, Former Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Diversion Control, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; Chief Justice Loretta Rush, Indiana Supreme Court (tentatively);  Judge William Nelson, Marion Superior Court; Melanie Radcliff-Douglas, Regional Director for Senator Joe Donelly; Senator Jim Merritt, Indiana Senate; Anthony Williams, Program Director, Marion Superior Court Probation Department’s Alcohol and Drug Services Program.
Learn what is being done nationally, statewide, and locally to fight the opioid epidemic, including federal and state legislation, use of naloxone, medication-assisted treatment programs, Marion County Probation’s recently implemented Probation Opiate Supervision Team Project, and the newly created Indiana task force of state court officials, led by Chief Justice Loretta Rush and charged with examining the justice system's role in combating the nation's opioid abuse crisis.

Civil Law: Making the Most of Your Experts
One Hour General CLE Credit
Speaker:  Stephen M. Wagner, Wagner Reese LLP; Tim Karns, Frost Brown Todd LLC
This session will cover both the basics and the finer points as well as strategic considerations in finding, vetting and working with expert witnesses to maximize their efforts, efficiency, and overall impact.


Family Law: It's a Trap! How to Avoid Hidden Pitfalls When Negotiating and Drafting Tax Language
One Hour General CLE Credit
Presenter: Patrick H. Wanzer, Wanzer Financial
Ever feel a little bewildered when it comes to tax issues that arise in divorce?  This interactive program will help you spot common tax issues that translate to big bucks for clients.  Learn what settlement language to use and to avoid and the things you should be negotiating with your clients given the latest tax code changes.

General: Access to Drugs and Alcohol:  What's Changed?
One Hour General CLE Credit
Presenters: Jessica Allen, Executive Secretary for the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission (ATC) and Lt. Brad Hoffeditz, Legal Counsel, Indiana State Police
This session will feature a discussion of legislative changes regarding CBD oil, hemp, alcohol and more. The recent changes were significant, but there's more proposed to be discussed. Our speakers will review the reasons behind the proposals and possible repercussions.

2:45 - 3 p.m. Exhibitor Break with Raffle Drawings

Three Program Choices!

3 - 4 p.m.

Criminal Law: Erasing, Sort of, the Past
One Hour General CLE Credit 
Panelists: Andy Fogle, Marion County Prosecutor’s Office and Amy Tate, Indianapolis Legal Aid Society Navigating every type of expungement opportunity and modification of sentences.  Some expungements require the State’s consent so learn what type of exceptional circumstances may encourage the State to agree to an early expungement.  Many pitfalls exist within the expungement statute so learn how to avoid forever precluding an expungement.

Civil Law: The Role of the Magistrate Judge
One Hour General CLE Credit
Panelists:  Magistrate Judge Matthew P. Brookman and Magistrate Judge Debra McVicker Lynch of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Moderator: Bill Winingham, Wilson Kehoe Winingham
This panel will discuss the interplay between the federal magistrate judges and district court judges, the applicable rules, the process for and advantages to consenting to magistrate jurisdiction, how the judges and magistrates work together when consent is not given, settlement conferences, and the interplay between summary judgment motions and settlement conferences.

Family Law: Technology and Practice Management for Family Law:  Tools, Tips, & Tricks
One Hour General CLE Credit
Panelists: Andrew Bloch, Cross Pennamped Woolsey & Glazier PC; Colin Koons, Cox & Koons LLP; Alan Pyrz, eGov Strategies LLC; and Joni Sedberry, Harrison & Moberly LLP
Want an update on general technology relevant to family law?  Are you handling credit card payments appropriately? Need some tips to best manage your electronic communications?  This hodge-podge regarding all things technological will get you up to speed with the latest and greatest things to make your practice safe, efficient, and effective.

4 - 5 p.m.
NOTE LOCATION: Louisville Offices of Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP (short walk)

Bourbonomics - followed by Michter's Distillery Tasting
LIMITED SEATING- SOLD OUT.  Note: Registrants with seats for this special event have been notified by email.
One Hour General CLE Credit
Speakers: Michael J. Holtz and Jeffrey A. McKenzie of Bingham Greenebaum Doll, LLP

4:15 - 4:45 p.m. Top 10 Practical Pointers of Working with Financial Experts
Presenters: Jay Cunningham and Dan Rosio of Katz, Sapper & Miller
Grab a drink and hear the perspective of seasoned damages experts. No better way to get an insider's view of the best practices for working with a financial professional.  From discovery through trial, damages experts will informally share tips and traps to help you get the most from your expert.
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Relax and Unwind with Yoga
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Mix & Mingle Refreshment Hour
7:30 - 9 p.m. Dinner and Raffle Extravaganza with James Bell
9 - 11 p.m. Trivia Night to Benefit the Indianapolis Bar Foundation, sponsored by Paganelli Law Group

Saturday, June 16, 2018
NOTE: All Saturday activities are at the Marriott Louisville Downtown.

7:30 - 9 a.m. Breakfast Buffet
9  - 10 a.m.                                           

"The Early Morning Show" - a CLE and talk show you won't want to miss!
Host: James J. Bell, Paganelli Law Group
Special Guest: Rick Kammen, Kammen & Moudy

In November 2017, Indy lawyer Rick Kammen made headlines when he refused to return to Guantanamo Bay after his request to withdraw from representation of alleged suicide bomber Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri was rescinded.  Although it has happened before, it is not often that there is a national story involving one of our members and his or her client. It is even less frequent that the story involves attorney ethics.

Bench Bar Conference attendees are in for a treat as we interview Rick in front of an audience about his about his experiences in Guantanamo, the ethical considerations he faced and then take questions from the audience. Saturday morning CLE has never been so current...join us for the ethics credit, stay to hear from Rick and we promise, you'll be happy you got out of bed!



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