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E-Filing Feedback & Training

Do you have comments, concerns or questions about e-filing in Marion County? The IndyBar E-Filing Task Force wants to hear from you. Contact the task force by e-mailing iba@indybar.org . Additional e-filing training sessions with Lexis Nexis have also been added and will be held at the IndyBar Education Center from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 21 and Thursday, July 22.

Nominate a Colleague for IBA Professionalism Awards

The IBA Professionalism Committee is currently soliciting nominations for the 2010 IBA Professionalism Award (Attorney) and IBA Silver Gavel Award (Judge). Nominations are due Thursday, August 5. Nominate a deserving legal professional by e-mailing cchopp@indybar.org. Complete award criteria and information on the nominating process, as well as a listing of past award recipients, is available online at www.indybar.org.

Show Your Support for Diversity

Celebrate the IndyBar’s commitment to diversity at the 2010 Diversity Job Fair Luncheon on Friday, August 20 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency. Members of the Indianapolis legal community are encouraged to attend to mingle with law students from across the country attending the job fair and to demonstrate the value placed on diversity in the city. Attorneys are also welcome to invite corporate clients to show their support of local diversity initiatives. The luncheon will feature former Indianapolis mayor Bart Peterson as the keynote speaker. Individual tickets are available for $35 per person. Go to www.indybar.org for additional details and to register online.

Get the Scoop at Courtroom Confidential

Don’t miss out on the final session in the five-part Courtroom Confidential series, coming up on Friday, July 23. The session, which is offered separately for criminal and civil practitioners, will focus on improving attendees’ trial skills by emphasizing the purpose, formation, and techniques involved in a successful closing argument as a vital part of the litigation practice. To register for either program log on to www.indybar.org.

Seeking Nominations of Outstanding Female Lawyers

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2010 Antoinette Dakin Leach Award, which recognizes the accomplishments of female attorneys in Central Indiana. The award is presented by the IBA’s Women & the Law Division in honor of Antoinette Dakin Leach, the first woman admitted to the Indiana Bar. If you know a successful female attorney who exemplifies the determination and success of Antoinette Dakin Leach, then please nominate her for the 2010 Antoinette Dakin Leach Award. The nomination form and a list of past recipients can be accessed by emailing mprice@indybar.org. The nomination deadline is Saturday, July 31, 2010. 

We’ve Got Legal Directories!

A limited number of 2010 IBA Legal Directories are available for purchase. This pictorial directory features listings for nearly 5,000 legal professionals in the Indy area, plus contact information for firms, courts and agencies. Each directory is $40 and can be purchased at the IBA office or contacting iba@indybar.org

Help Attorneys HEAL

Volunteers are being sought for a new IndyBar initiative: Helping Enrich Attorneys’ Lives, or HEAL. Created to reach out to bar members experiencing personal crises, HEAL volunteers will communicate with members in need and coordinate efforts to assist. Send an e-mail to heal@indybar.org if you are interested in participating.•

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  2. If the end result is to simply record the spoke word, then perhaps some day digital recording may eventually be the status quo. However, it is a shallow view to believe the professional court reporter's function is to simply report the spoken word and nothing else. There are many aspects to being a professional court reporter, and many aspects involved in producing a professional and accurate transcript. A properly trained professional steno court reporter has achieved a skill set in a field where the average dropout rate in court reporting schools across the nation is 80% due to the difficulty of mastering the necessary skills. To name just a few "extras" that a court reporter with proper training brings into a courtroom or a deposition suite; an understanding of legal procedure, technology specific to the legal profession, and an understanding of what is being said by the attorneys and litigants (which makes a huge difference in the quality of the transcript). As to contracting, or anti-contracting the argument is simple. The court reporter as governed by our ethical standards is to be the independent, unbiased individual in a deposition or courtroom setting. When one has entered into a contract with any party, insurance carrier, etc., then that reporter is no longer unbiased. I have been a court reporter for over 30 years and I echo Mr. Richardson's remarks that I too am here to serve.

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