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Committee ready to explore new home for ISBA, ICLEF, IBF

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A committee of 10 people is now tasked with finding a new, common home for three pillar organizations of the Indiana legal community.

The mission is to find a single facility that the Indiana State Bar Association, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Foundation, and the Indiana Bar Foundation can share.

Prior to 2003, all three shared a roof. But the ISBA moved to the fifth floor of One Indiana Square to be on its own, leaving ICLEF and the IBF at 230 E. Ohio St. Leases on both locations expire in 2011, but this is the year to lay the groundwork for a new, common location, according to ISBA president Richard Eynon.

Past ISBA president Jim Riley has agreed to chair the committee. Members include: Mike Bishop, Jim Casey, and Executive Director Chuck Dunlap on the IBF side; ICLEF members include board members Linda Meier and Andrew Soschnick, as well as Executive Director Tom von Kamecke; and Clyde Compton, Marianne Owens, and Executive Director Tom Pyrz for the ISBA.

While the committee hasn ;t met yet, Eynon said he expects that to happen soon following the annual spring retreat to Las Vegas next week. Several members of the committee, including Riley, plan to attend the retreat, and Eynon hopes to discuss the issue there.

Eynon has previously said the committee ;s main priority will be researching facility needs and whether new construction or existing real estate is the best option. However, the committee will also focus on how all three entities co-exist and what can be done to better increase functions for the state ;s legal community.
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