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Pappas Named Indiana Defense Lawyer of the Year

Nicholas C. Pappas, a partner with Frost Brown Todd and a Vice President of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation, was named “Indiana Defense Lawyer of the Year” by the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana (DTCI). Pappas received the award at the Board of Directors dinner, during DTCI’s recent annual meeting.

Volunteer Training for Juvenile Court

The Marion County Juvenile Court is in need of guardian ad litem volunteers for delinquency case referrals. Training will be offered to volunteers on Thursday, January 27, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the Juvenile Court, 2451 N. Keystone Ave. To register or if you have questions, contact Ryan Hakes at rhakes@indy.gov. There is no cost for those who take one case; 3 hours general credit available.

Volunteers Needed for Naturalization Ceremonies

Twice a month, a ceremony at the U.S. Courthouse welcomes newly naturalized American citizens. It’s an awe-inspiring ceremony, and you can be a part of it during 2011. We are looking for IndyBar attorney members to volunteer to participate in the naturalization ceremonies by handing out a booklet containing the U.S. and Indiana constitutions and presenting brief remarks. The ceremonies are typically held on Thursdays twice a month at 10 a.m. in a courtroom of the U.S. District Court downtown. To volunteer, please e-mail cchopp@indybar.org.

Celebrate the Season with the IndyBar!

Celebrate the holidays with your colleagues at the annual Indianapolis Bar Association Holiday Party, coming up on Tuesday, December 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the IndyBar office at 135 N. Pennsylvania, Suite 1500. This event, which is free for IndyBar members and is for members only, will feature live jazz sponsored by Doyle Legal Corporation PC. Register online at www.indybar.org. Note: this is the event formerly held at Hilbert Circle Theatre.

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No Free CLE in December

Please note: The IndyBar’s free CLE program will not be offered in December. The schedule of free CLE programs will begin again in 2011 on Friday, January 21.•

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