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Abrams: SUMMERTIME - Fun in the Sun and With the IndyBar

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jeff abrams ibaSummertime is a wonderful time of the year. Not only are there so many things to do outside (when it finally stops raining), but there are also lots of great events with the IndyBar and Indianapolis Bar Foundation.

On Thursday, July 17, golf aficionados will travel to Country Club of Indianapolis to test their skills at a private country club for the annual Indianapolis Bar Foundation Lawyer Links Classic. This event is usually attended by more than 100 attorneys with sponsors from a variety of organizations that tangentially touch our every day practices, from reporting services to trusted advisors. This year, the number of golfers is at an incredible high with lots of new teams and new players, which sets up for a busy day at the golf course. The money raised benefits the Indianapolis Bar Foundation and all the different causes that it supports.

This year, the golf committee, chaired by Ned Mulligan of Cohen & Malad PC and substantially assisted by Bill McKenna at Woodard Emhardt Moriarty McNett & Henry LLP, decided to solicit top golf courses throughout the state of Indiana to provide foursomes for auction. While I graciously did my part and provided an opportunity to play Crooked Stick, these two people solicited lots of outstanding golf courses to donate foursomes including Victoria National in Newburgh (by Evansville), Harbor Trees, Brickyard Crossing, Broadmoor, Meridian Hills, Trophy Club, Woodstock, Highland, Sagamore, Hawthorns and Bridgewater. All of these golf courses are phenomenal places to play and many are not easily accessible to the non-country club member. Go to biddingowl.com/IndianapolisBarFound and bid before the auction closes to the public at the end of the day on Wednesday, July 16 if you are interested in trying to purchase one of these foursomes. It is a great way to entertain clients or spend an afternoon with fellow attorneys.

The IndyBar Standing Committee on Professionalism will honor hard working paralegals at the Paralegal Appreciation Luncheon to be held Aug. 14 at The Conrad. Many of us have paralegals who make it much easier to practice law. Please consider taking your paralegal to the lunch and honoring him or her for an outstanding job.

On July 3, I attended the Naturalization Ceremony whereby 101 immigrants were sworn in as new citizens of the state of Indiana and the United States of America. The IndyBar and IBF did their part by providing each of them a book containing the United States Constitution and Indiana Constitution as well as a page devoted to services that the IndyBar offers our citizens. I was fortunate enough to be asked to speak briefly to these newly admitted citizens and while my words of wisdom were profoundly outstanding, there were other greater comments made by Sen. Susan Brooks, U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Manual. Mrs. Manual described her rise to citizenship in Washington, D.C., a few years ago and nearly brought a tear to my eye as she noted some of the experiences she encountered with the process. If you have not attended one of these events, I would strongly recommend that you attend July’s ceremony each year at President Harrison’s Estate since it usually rewards a larger number of new citizens and also historically brings back some of the ancestors of President Harrison.

You will not be disappointed.•

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