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Bar Crawl - 11/9/12

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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.

MCBA yuletide festivities honor Darden and his wife

The Marion County Bar Association will be ringing in the yuletide season at its annual holiday party. Members and nonmembers alike are invited to the celebration from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6 at Zink Distributing Co, 3150 Shelby St., Indianapolis.

An open bar along with a buffet of heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. The MCBA will honor Indiana Court of Appeals Senior Judge Carr Darden and his wife, Lundy, with a donation to his scholarship. In addition, Pamela Meanes, vice president of the National Bar Association, will give a special address to the MCBA.

Members will be able to vote for the association’s 2013 officers and board members during the party with the results announced at 8:45 p.m.

The party is a ticketed event, and reservations are required. To get tickets, visit http://mcbaholidayreception.eventbrite.com or mail your RSVP and check to MCBA, P.O. Box 603, Indianapolis, IN 46206.

Admission is free for 2012 and 2013 MCBA members and judges. The cost for nonmembers is $10 per ticket.

For more information, contact Trezanay M. Atkins, chair of the 2012 MCBA Holiday Party Committee, at 877-834-4007, ext. 2, or email tatkins@thebrandinfringementfirm.com

IndyBar fellows cook, serve meals to needy families

For the fourth year, the Indianapolis Bar Foundation fellows prepared and served dinner to the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. The attorneys offered an array of home-cooked foods including barbecue and baked beans at the evening meal Nov. 1.

Those fellows who could not volunteer their time donated households items and cleaning supplies to the home for families with children in the hospital.

The 2012 class of fellows also worked in the kitchen and helped prepare a meal at Indianapolis-based nonprofit Second Helpings. The activity was part of the class’s service project.

Holiday Soul Celebration includes Marion County Bar

The Marion County Bar Association will be among the organizations celebrating at the 10th Annual Indianapolis Minority Joint Professional Committee Holiday Soul Celebration.

The festivities will be from 6:30 p.m. to midnight Dec. 8 at the Indianapolis Marriott East, 7202 E. 21st St. Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door.

Semi-formal or professional attire is required. The evening will include live entertainment, food buffet and cash bar, door prizes, a silent auction and raffles. Parking is free and discounted hotel rooms are available on a limited basis.

Proceeds leftover after covering the general operating expenses required to host this event will be distributed as scholarship or general purpose funds to the eight IMJPC member organizations, including the Marion County Bar Association.•

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