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Abrams: Sections, Committees and Divisions, Oh My!

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jeff abrams ibaEach quarter, I have the opportunity to listen to the chairs of all the Indianapolis Bar Association’s sections, committees and divisions describe accomplishments they have achieved during the past quarter as well as forecast great things to come throughout the balance of the year. There is some amazing work done by these groups – not all of which is known to our members. In an effort to toot the horn of their hard work, please note the following accomplishments of just a few of our many sections, divisions and committees:

Alternative Dispute Resolution Section – On Sept. 26, volunteers from the ADR section will work at their fifth annual Mediation Day. These volunteers will donate their time and skills to mediate several cases for litigants who qualify for modest means mediation. They will work in multiple offices made available through the generosity of Barnes & Thornburg.

Estate Planning & Administration Section – They have partnered with financial planners to enhance the business development opportunities for their members. One way they are doing this is by providing Certified Financial Planning (CFP) credit hours in addition to CLE credit hours at seminars scheduled in 2014.

Environmental Law Section – Environmental consultants will attend a CLE on Sept. 17 (with libations to follow) where they will actually sample contaminated property and describe the process to all the attendees. This would be an excellent CLE for Real Estate & Land Use Section members and Business Law Section members to attend.

Government Practice Section – This section has an interesting CLE scheduled for Oct. 9 called “Why Can’t I Buy Beer on Sunday? An Overview of Indiana Alcohol Laws Compared to Other States.” A social reception will follow including – you guessed it – a beer and wine tasting with appetizers.

Health Care & Life Sciences Section – This section is partnering with the Indy Attorneys Network Section for a Handlebar Bike Social and CLE on Aug. 19. This is another great way to connect members of different sections and get to know attorneys in all areas of law.

Intellectual Property Section – They are seeking lawyers to join their executive committee to provide leadership for the future. If you are interested, please reach out to Connie Lindman at SmithAmundsen LLC, 464-4102. (Sorry for the Public Service Announcement but I need to occasionally have a philanthropic bent.)

Labor & Employment Law Section – They are scheduling an Employment Law Seminar for small business owners on Nov. 13 to network with a group of potential clients.

Paralegal Committee – They have decided to organize a reception on Oct. 2 to thank the many sponsors that have helped make their successes economically feasible. This is a great idea to thank the people that help make our lives much easier.

Criminal Justice Section – They have been extremely busy educating lawyers who have been in practice for 10, 20, 30 and 40 years on the radical changes to the Criminal Code that were adopted this year.

Family Law Section – They creatively obtained sponsors for their CLE seminars so that they could fund a section Indians Game outing and a holiday party. This is an ingenious effort to combine CLE with social enjoyment at no cost to its members.

Tax Section - They have a great seminar for later this year called Accounting for Lawyers: Part Two. They have also solicited volunteers from their section to provide pro bono advice to clients of the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic.

Real Estate & Land Use Section – This section has spent a considerable amount of time working with the City of Indianapolis on the proposed rezoning ordinance and have paired with a title insurance company for a couple of CLE seminars later this year.

Indy Attorneys Network Section – They continue to grow their membership each week and have partnered with other groups and sections for CLE and social events.

Women And The Law Division – They had an outstanding summer reception and have strong philanthropic efforts in support of Dream Dinners, where they make meals for The Julian Center and Embrace.

Litigation Section – Nov. 12 will be the 2014 Judicial Reception where judges and litigators can spend time in a related social atmosphere.

Public Outreach Committee – This committee will sponsor a voter registration presentation and student representative election for 8th graders this fall. At the presentation, they explain voter information (registration, ID to vote, voting within the correct precinct), students declare a candidacy to run for 8th Grade Student Representative, elections are held and the winning candidate is announced.

Lawyer To Business Committee – Jimmie McMillian and committee members from several IndyBar sections and divisions have planned an outstanding social event scheduled for Aug. 28. IndyBar members are invited to join members of the Indiana CPA Society at the Market Table at the Alexander Hotel for a networking night. It will be from 5 to 7 p.m. and we will be able to meet accountants who will hopefully lead to future referrals on both ends – for us to give our clients and for them to refer us. This is the first Lawyer to Business Networking Reception and there will be several more over the next six months.

As you can see, there is a lot going on and there is bound to be something that piques your interest. Please don’t be a wallflower and get involved! Enjoy the fruits of the hard work of our members.•

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  1. IF the Right to Vote is indeed a Right, then it is a RIGHT. That is the same for ALL eligible and properly registered voters. And this is, being able to cast one's vote - until the minute before the polls close in one's assigned precinct. NOT days before by absentee ballot, and NOT 9 miles from one's house (where it might be a burden to get to in time). I personally wait until the last minute to get in line. Because you never know what happens. THAT is my right, and that is Mr. Valenti's. If it is truly so horrible to let him on school grounds (exactly how many children are harmed by those required to register, on school grounds, on election day - seriously!), then move the polling place to a different location. For ALL voters in that precinct. Problem solved.

  2. "associates are becoming more mercenary. The path to partnership has become longer and more difficult so they are chasing short-term gains like high compensation." GOOD FOR THEM! HELL THERE OUGHT TO BE A UNION!

  3. Let's be honest. A glut of lawyers out there, because law schools have overproduced them. Law schools dont care, and big law loves it. So the firms can afford to underpay them. Typical capitalist situation. Wages have grown slowly for entry level lawyers the past 25 years it seems. Just like the rest of our economy. Might as well become a welder. Oh and the big money is mostly reserved for those who can log huge hours and will cut corners to get things handled. More capitalist joy. So the answer coming from the experts is to "capitalize" more competition from nonlawyers, and robots. ie "expert systems." One even hears talk of "offshoring" some legal work. thus undercutting the workers even more. And they wonder why people have been pulling for Bernie and Trump. Hello fools, it's not just the "working class" it's the overly educated suffering too.

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  5. "pedigree"? I never knew that in order to become a successful or, for that matter, a talented attorney, one needs to have come from good stock. What should raise eyebrows even more than the starting associates' pay at this firm (and ones like it) is the belief systems they subscribe to re who is and isn't "fit" to practice law with them. Incredible the arrogance that exists throughout the practice of law in this country, especially at firms like this one.

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