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Bench Bar Conference Agenda

2019 IndyBar Bench Bar Conference Agenda

See below for the agenda for the 2019 Bench Bar Conference.

Please note: this agenda is subject to change. All events will take place at the French Lick Springs Hotel unless otherwise noted.

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Thursday, June 20

11:30 a.m.
Golf Outing, Donald Ross Course at French Lick
Sponsored by Wilson Kehoe Winingham 

Noon to 4 p.m.
Bench Bar Kickoff Pool Party hosted by the Women & the Law Division
Join us at the French Lick Springs Hotel pool for some casual pre-conference fun!

2 to 7 p.m.
Conference Registration [Hoosier B]
Check in to receive your name tag, meal tickets, conference materials and more.

3 to 4 p.m.
Yoga [Habig]

5 to 6 p.m.
First Time Attendee and Judicial Reception [Nixon]
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. 

5 to 6:30 p.m.
Mix & Mingle [Windsor Foyer]
Sponsored by Bose McKinney & Evans LLP

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Dinner  [Windsor A, B, and C]
Sponsored by Wagner Reese LLP 

8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Coffee and Cordials Dessert Reception [Lower Garden Terrace]
Sponsored by Plews Shadley Racher & Braun, LLP

10:30 to Midnight
Bench Bar Karaoke at Legendz Sports Bar & Grill
Sponsored by Johnson Jensen
Get ready to sing your favorite tune along with your IndyBar friends at this special ticketed event! Purchase tickets on-site or during the conference registration process. All proceeds benefit the Indianapolis Bar Foundation.

friDAY, JUNE 21

7 to 8 a.m.
Run/Walk/Yoga [Runners and walkers to meet in hotel lobby, yoga in Habig]
Start your day right with various options for physical activity! Watch for meet-up details.

Run: Join our run leaders Scott Oliver, Lewis Kappes PC, and Cassie Nielsen of Rubin & Levin PC, to get your heart pumping before the day's programming begins!
Walk: The Women & the Law Division will lead a walk around the town and beautiful resort grounds.
Yoga: Judges Robyn Moberly and Alicia Gooden will get your day started on a peaceful note 

7:30 to 9 a.m.
Breakfast will be available in the Colonnade Buffet. Make sure to take your breakfast ticket if you have purchased a full conference registration or a la carte breakfast. 

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Conference Registration [ Hoosier B]
Check in to receive your name tag, meal tickets, conference materials and more.

9 to 10 a.m.
Plenary Session: Mama Said There'd Be Days Like This: Recharging When You Are Running on Empty [Hoosier C]
Anyone who works with people in distress on a regular basis may be at risk of compassion fatigue, a combination of burnout and secondary trauma that can significantly decrease our effectiveness at work and in life. This session will generate discussion of compassion fatigue/burnout and the impact this has on professional conduct, including competence, diligence, and communication, with reference to the corresponding rules. 

Participants will learn to recognize when their work is impacting them in ways that reduce effectiveness and will also begin working on a personal plan to increase their resilience and mitigate their risk of developing compassion fatigue. This session will also provide an overview of services available through the Indiana Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program, with special emphasis on Admission and Discipline Rule 31 and JLAP confidentiality.
Speakers: Hon. Bill  Hughes, Hamilton Superior Court; Loretta Olesky, Indiana Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program; Patricia McKinnon, Attorney at Law. Moderated by Justice Steven David, Indiana Supreme Court.

10 to 10:30 a.m. 
Exhibitor Break [Hoosier B]

10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Plenary: Ethics in Depositions [Hoosier C]
In 48 states and across Canada, Larry Pozner has taught the most advanced techniques while explaining the science behind these methods. His book "Cross-Examination: Science and Techniques (3rd edition, Lexis Nexis)", co-authored with Roger Dodd, is America’s best-selling book on cross-examination.

Join us at this plenary session as Pozner breaks down ethical best practices in depositions, both when taking (insults as bait, countering coaching, calling the court and making the record) and when defending (proper witness preparation, invoking privilege and instructions not to answer).
Speaker: Larry Pozner, Reilly Pozner LLP 

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Lunch Buffet [Windsor A & B]

12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

Civil – Marketing Yourself:  Personal Branding for Lawyers [Hoosier C]
We’ll discuss why it’s important, how to define it, steps to develop it, defining your target audience and tools to communicate
Speakers: Vanessa Lopez Aguilera, Lopez Law Office; James J. Bell, Paganelli Law Group; Josh Brown, Cohen Garelick & Glazier; and Jason Reese, Wagner Reese LLP

Criminal – Controlling the Runaway Witness [Nixon]
What do you do with a runaway witness? Don't miss this session, where our nationally-renowned speaker will share 20 methods of controlling the non-responsive witness, psychological principals that establish control and how to phrase questions to block escape.
Larry Pozner, Reilly Pozner LLP

Family – Reunification Therapy Info Session [Ford]
More and more of our cases feature a problem that the law is ill-equipped to solve. . .the resistance-refusal dynamic.  We all know from the IPTGL that the kids are not to decide whether they spend time with a parent. Yet more and more children are refusing to participate. Court-ordered reunification therapy is one potential solution to this growing problem.  Learn from three central Indiana experts using their skills to repair family relationships.
Speakers: Dr. Joseph Kowalow; Dr. Victoria Dalton, Indiana Health Group 

Transactional/In-House – FBI Investigations [Reagan]
What do you do when the phone rings and a client is panicking that the FBI is at the door?  Regardless of your practice area, attorneys need to have a plan for when law enforcement arrives at your or your client’s office. SSA Watson will discuss recommendations on how to respond when your client is contacted by law enforcement.  Using his background in cybercrime, SSA Watson will then provide tips on how attorneys can reduce their risk of being attacked and how attorneys can prepare their clients for responding to a cyberattack.  After this session, attorneys will better understand how to advise their clients, limit the disruption of an investigation, learn best practices for preserving evidence and responding to formal and informal inquiries, and have the necessary tools to protect their clients’ rights.
Speakers: Neal Brackett, Barnes & Thornburg LLP, and James Watson, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Wellness – Financial Wellness [Roosevelt]
What does the new tax law mean to you and your law practice?  We will explore the new and the old retirement plans available to your small-to-medium size business including, SIMPLE, SEP, Individual 401(k), 401(k), Cash Balance Pension plans and more!  How does the Qualified Business Income Deduction (199A) effect you and your family?  Learn how to maximize your savings while minimizing your tax.  Find out how to use the new incentives to maximize your tax advantages!
Speaker: Gregg Keele, Acuitas Financial Group


1:30 to 1:45 p.m.

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

Civil –Indiana’s Commercial Courts, Beyond the Pilot Project [Hoosier C]
Indiana Commercial Courts: where has the pilot project has been, and where it is going? This discussion will provide a brief background on the Commercial Court Pilot Project, discuss the future of commercial courts in Indiana, and explore any changes in the pilot project.
Speaker: Hon. Heather Welch, Marion Superior Court

Criminal – Cross Examination as Storytelling [Nixon]
Get essential information on cross examination from an expert in the field. Larry Pozner will address the how and why of storytelling, how to break cases into understandable stories and how to control the narrative during cross examination.
Speaker: Larry Pozner, Reilly Pozner LLP

Family – Personality Disorders and How to Deal [Ford]
While the fast majority of family law cases resolve by agreement, there are those pesky few.  You know the ones. . .those that take years to resolve only for new motions to be filed when the ink is barely dry on the last order.  Much of that conflict is the result of one or both parties having maladaptive personality traits or disorders. Learn tips to manage the crazy without losing your mind.
Speakers: Dr. Bart Ferraro, Meridian Psychological Associates PC; Melanie Reichert, Broyles Kight & Ricafort PC 

Transactional/In-House – A General Counsel/Outside Counsel Panel – A Match Made in Heaven [Reagan]
This panel will examine the key aspects of a successful In-House Counsel and Outside Counsel relationship including best practices with regards to communication, billing and specialized expertise.  Learn how to work together to make the In-House and Outside Counsel magic happen!
Speakers: Deborah Dobbins, Heritage Environmental Services LLC; Melissa Doell, Frost Brown Todd LLC; David Duncan, Scannell Properties; Angela Krahulik, Ice Miller LLP; Sam Laurin, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP; Marc Pfleging, Scannell Properties; Jimmie McMillian, Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Wellness – Firm Wellness: Building a Healthy Culture [Roosevelt]
Whether you know it or not, and whether you like it or not, your law firm has a culture.  A company’s culture has been defined as “the atmosphere in a workplace” or the “internal personality of your brand.”  Law firms with healthy cultures often grow and thrive, while law firms with toxic cultures have difficulty attracting or retaining the best people.  In this session, Tony Paganelli, principal of Paganelli Law Group, will discuss the important role that firm culture plays in management and strategic planning at PLG, and he’ll share some of the ways that he and his team work to create and maintain the best possible firm culture.
Speaker: Tony Paganelli, Paganelli Law Group

2:45 to 3 p.m. 

3 to 4 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

Civil – Gaming Laws [Hoosier C]
Don't miss gambling lessons in the casino following this session!
Speakers: Ali Bartlett Miranda, Bingham Greenebaum Doll; and Philip Sicuso, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP

Criminal – Update on the Opioid Fight: Opioid Supervision Program and Alternatives to Incarceration [Nixon]
This session will cover what’s new in Marion County in forms of alternatives to incarceration and rehabilitative services.  This program will feature speakers from Probation regarding the Opiate Supervision Program, Marion County Community Corrections as well as resources provided through the Problem Solving Courts. 
Speakers: Hon. Dave Certo, Marion Superior Court; Hon Amy Jones, Marion Superior Court, Hon. Jose Salinas, Marion Superior Court, Christine Kerl, Marion Superior Court Probation Department; Anthony Williams, Marion Superior Court Probation Department

Family – What You Need to Know When Handling a Divorce with a Child(ren) with Special Needs [Ford]
During this session, our speakers will share how a child's disability can affect both physical and legal custody. We'll also talk about individualized educational plans (IEPs) and how they can guide a family law case.
Speakers: Judge David Najjar, Hamilton Superior Court; Magistrate Laura Gaskill, Marion Circuit Court, and Cassie Ringlespaugh, Emswiller Williams Noland & Clarke LLC

Transactional/In-House – Alcohol Laws [Reagan]
Enjoy a beer tasting immediately following this session!
Speaker: Steve Koers, Lewis & Wilkins LLP

Wellness – Personal Wellness: 10 Steps to a Healthier You [Roosevelt]
We have identified 10 key actionable steps that will help you increase your potential and get you started on the journey to the best version of yourself. Everything between setting goals, finding balance and tracking progress is covered. 
Speaker: Hudson Wikoff, NapTown Fitness

4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Meditation (limited to 15), led by Hon. Barb Collins [Habig]
Sign up at the conference registration desk! 

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Cocktail Reception [Hoosier C]

7:30 to 9 p.m.
Dinner [Hoosier C]
Sponsored by Katz Sapper & Miller

9 to 11 p.m.
Trivia Night to benefit the Indianapolis Bar Foundation
[Hoosier B]
Sponsored by Paganelli Law Group
Gather friends old or new to battle it out to become the trivia champions! This is a separate ticketed event. Purchase tickets on-site or during the conference registration process. All proceeds benefit the Indianapolis Bar Foundation.

Saturday, JUNE 22

7:30 to 9 a.m.
Breakfast will be available in the Colonnade Buffet. Make sure to take your breakfast ticket if you have purchased a full conference registration or a la carte breakfast. 

9 to 10 a.m.
Plenary: Judges, Lies and Audiotape:  Ethics Lessons on Upholding the Integrity of the Profession [Hoosier C]
Speaker: James Bell, Paganelli Law Group


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