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Blomquist: Supporting our Legal Community Through Good Times and Bad

September 11, 2013

blomquist-kerryAt the July meeting of the IndyBar Board of Directors, the board approved both the description and the structure of the IndyBar HEAL Committee. If you don’t know it yet, the HEAL Committee stands for “Helping to Enrich Attorneys Lives” and its mission is clear: to assist Indianapolis area legal professionals in times of personal or professional crisis. Under the leadership of Rusty Denton of Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, the HEAL Committee has defined its program and laid out its plan to offer assistance to legal professionals at their time of need.

The purpose of the HEAL Committee and program is to assist lawyers, judges and paralegals in the Indianapolis metropolitan area who are experiencing a serious personal or professional crisis as a result of health or other challenges, to the extent possible given available resources. HEAL is meant to serve all legal professionals practicing in the Indianapolis area and is not exclusive to IndyBar members.

The program is available to those legal professionals personally experiencing a crisis or affected by the crisis of someone close, such as a spouse or professional colleague. The beauty of the program, in my opinion, is its ability to respond individually to need—not everyone wants involvement at a critical time. This committee also works hard to respect the privacy of those in crisis.

The hard work is done. We’re now working to put the structure in place. I welcome your thoughts about this program. If you know of someone who is dealing with a major life crisis or setback, and you think HEAL can help, please let us know.

The mission of the IndyBar is to serve its members, promote justice and enhance the legal profession. We can think of no better way to do this than to offer our help to our colleagues at their time of need. Watch for more information, including a HEAL-specific page on the IndyBar website, coming soon as we work to serve our legal community through the good times and the bad.•

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