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Cook Group board chair to speak at bar foundation dinner

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The Fellows of the Indiana Bar Foundation will host their annual meeting and dinner July 15 in French Lick. New Fellows will be inducted, the Legendary Lawyer honoree will be announced, and Stephen L. Ferguson will address the audience.

Ferguson, who graduated from Indiana University Maurer School of Law, is board chair of Cook Group Inc. The Bloomington-based company is parent to companies worldwide involved in the research, development, manufacture, and sale of medical devices. Ferguson is also president of French Lick Springs Resorts & Spa and was involved in the restoration of the French Lick Springs Hotel and the West Baden Springs Hotel. He will talk about the restoration at the dinner.

A cocktail reception begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. The event is open to non-Fellows at a cost of $100 per person before July 1 for dinner and cocktails. After July 1, the cost is $120 per person. More information is available on the INBF website, www.inbf.org, or by calling 317-269-7864. Reduced rates on lodging are available for attendees because the event is in collaboration with the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum Master’s Series Conference.

The Fellows began in 1979 with 400 attorneys pledging in excess of $400,000 to the foundation. Membership is by invitation only. A nominating committee invites candidates, reviews their credentials, and makes recommendations to the board. Eligible candidates include lawyers in good standing with the Indiana State Bar Association who are recognized for professional, public, and private careers that demonstrate outstanding legal ability, devotion to the welfare of others, and advancement of the legal profession. In 2010, there were 900 members.
 

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