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IndyBar: A Collective ‘Thank You’ at the IndyBar Paralegal Appreciation Luncheon

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Paralegals play an invaluable role in the legal profession. This sentiment was proven by the outstanding turnout at the 2014 IndyBar Paralegal Appreciation Luncheon as more than 150 attorneys, judges, and of course, paralegals gathered to enjoy conversation, lunch and even a laugh on August 14.
 

iba-bergeron.jpgJodie L. Bergeron receives the 2014 Paralegal of the Year Award from Greg Laker of Cohen & Malad LLP.

Jodie L. Bergeron of Cohen & Malad LLP was honored as the Paralegal of the Year and was presented with the award during the luncheon. Kicking up the entertainment factor, three attorney/paralegal teams competed in a spirited game of “Who IS the Boss?” The teams were Angela Pannicke and Kari Jackson of Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Alison Rundle and Nancy Cross of Cross Pennamped Woolsey & Glazier PC, and Darron Pennington and Richard Blaiklock of Lewis Wagner LLP, with Tamara McMillian of Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP on hand to serve as emcee. Angela Pannicke and Kari Jackson walked away victorious.


iba-game.jpgTeam members line up on stage to compete in a game of “Who IS the Boss?” at the luncheon.

The celebration also included the declaration of “Paralegal Appreciation Day” in the city and state with proclamations from both Mayor Ballard and Governor Pence presented to the crowd.•

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