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Bar Crawl - 12/18/13

December 18, 2013

Bar Crawl highlights bar association news around the state. Indiana Lawyer strives to include bar association news and trends in its regular stories, and we would like to include more news from specialty and county bars. If you’d like to submit an update about your bar association or a photo from an event your bar association has hosted, or if you have questions about having your bar association news included in the newspaper, please send it to Marilyn Odendahl at modendahl@ibj.com, along with contact information for any follow-up questions at least two weeks prior to the issue date.

Lake County Bar annual dinner to welcome Justice Rucker

Indiana Justice Robert Rucker will be the guest speaker at the Lake County Bar Association installation dinner and celebration.

The Jan. 10 event at the Marquette Park Pavilion in Gary will recognize colleagues and honor traditions. Michael Tolbert, partner at Hoeppner Wagner & Evans LLP, will be installed as the association’s new president.

IndyBar paralegals collect record number of stuffed toys

The Indianapolis Bar Association’s Paralegal Committee has collected 5,731 stuffed animals from area paralegals for emergency responders to give to children after a traumatic event, the IndyBar announced Dec. 5.

The “Bears on Patrol” program provides children exposed to violence, abuse and other traumas with teddy bears for comfort and relief. The program is run by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Department, Indianapolis Fire Department and Wishard Health Services EMS.

This year’s total is the most ever collected through the IndyBar Paralegal Committee. Paralegals from Frost Brown Todd won the challenge this year, collecting 1,583 bears, the most by a group. Justice Law Office donated the most bears per employee by giving 45 per employee.

Julia Kleinschmidt, chair-elect of the IndyBar Paralegal Committee, said participation in the program builds strong ties between the public safety agencies and Indianapolis-area law firms. Kleinschmidt is a paralegal at Bose McKinney & Evans LLP, which collected 964 stuffed animals this year.•

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