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Bar Crawl - 5/22/13

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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.

New attorneys able to apply for ISBA meeting scholarship

Attorneys new to the practice of law have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship to attend the Indiana State Bar Association’s annual meeting.

The Joseph T. Helling Memorial Scholarship Fund is designed to cover the expenses of sending a lawyer and his or her family to the state bar’s fall meeting. Expenses covered include the registration fee, lodging, meals and mileage.

Any attorney who has practiced fewer than five years may apply for the scholarship to attend the annual meeting Oct. 16-18 at French Lick Resort. Applications are due July 1.

The Indiana Bar Foundation administers this fund and scholarship. Applications are available at the foundation’s website, www.inbf.org, or by calling 317-269-7864.

IBF releases annual reportdetailing programs and awards

The Indiana Bar Foundation has released its 2012 annual report, detailing its activities and financial results for the year. In the introductory letter, foundation President J. Mark Robinson and Executive Director Charles Dunlap described 2012 as a “resoundingly positive year in spite of continuing financial challenges.”

The foundation’s effort to bolster civic education in the state focused mostly on the We The People program. Through teamwork and competitions, this program teaches students how the U.S. Constitution applies to modern-day events. Also, the IBF highlighted the pro bono activities of both attorneys and law firms.

For 2012, the foundation’s total revenue reached $1.92 million. The bulk of that – $1.23 million – came from contributions. Expenditures were $1.84 million, with most of the funds, $1.21 million, going to support the IBF’s programs.•

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