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Bar Crawl - 5/25/12

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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 Jenny Montgomery at jmontgomery@ibj.com, along with contact information for any follow-up questions at least two weeks prior to the issue date.

New officers elected

At its annual meeting on May 15, members of the Tippecanoe County Bar Association elected officers for the upcoming year.

Patricia Peyton Truitt, partner with Truitt Ray & Sharvelle, is president; David W. Luhman, partner with Hoffman, Luhman & Masson, is vice president; Carlos Carrillo, with Ball Eggleston, is secretary; and Richard L. Bartholomew, partner with Girardot Strauch & Co., is treasurer.

As part of its business meeting, memorial resolutions were read into the record honoring Judge Warren B. Thompson and G. Richard Donahue who died during the past association year.

Truitt was as a member of the board of governors of the Indiana State Bar Association (1998-2001), president of the Indiana Bar Foundation (2005-06), and chair of the Indiana State Bar Association’s General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section (1988-99).

St. Joe bar hosts suit drive

The New Lawyer Committee of the St. Joseph County Bar Association launched a used suit drive on April 3, collecting more than 1,000 suits, shirts, sweaters, shoes and other assorted business wear for donation to Goodwill.

Collection boxes were distributed to local law firms, and the courthouses and firms were supportive of the suit drive. “Clearly, we picked the right time of year,” said Amy McGuire, executive director of the SJCBA. “It seems as if a few of the attorneys did their spring cleaning and gave us almost a complete wardrobe of clothes. At least two attorneys donated over 10 suits, 10 shirts, 10 shoes and sweaters each. I was impressed by the quantity of donations we received. I think it shows we need to make this an annual event.”

IndyBar goes green

The Indianapolis Bar Association’s Go Green Committee – a subcommittee of the Young Lawyers Division – has launched a “Green Legal Initiative,” that encourages environmentally friendly business practices in legal offices. Additional information about how to apply for the program can be found on the IndyBar’s website: www.indybar.org/news/indybar-news/2012/108.•

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