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Bar Crawl - 8/14/2013

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August 14, 2013
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Bar Crawl

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.

IndyBar taking applications for exam prep course

Law students planning to take the Indiana bar exam in February may apply for a scholarship to the Indianapolis Bar Association’s winter 2014 IndyBar review session.

The bar exam preparation course is a comprehensive program designed to give students the knowledge and practice needed to pass the bar exam.

Two scholarships are available to IndyBar law student members and selection is based on financial need, with consideration also given to the student’s activity in the association’s law student division. The application deadline is Nov. 1.

For more information, visit the bar association’s website at www.indybar.org.

Recognition awards to honor pro bono and education work

The Indianapolis Bar Association is taking nominations for the Dr. John Finney Jr. Award for Excellence in Legal Education and the IndyBar Pro Bono Awards.

The Pro Bono Awards honor practicing lawyers, retired lawyers, in-house and corporate counsel, law firms, law students and paralegals who have made outstanding contributions to deliver volunteer legal assistance to the poor and disadvantaged.

The Finney education award recognizes an individual who has made significant and unique contributions to further legal education.

Nominations are due Sept. 30, 2013. The award will be presented during the recognition luncheon on Nov. 8.

To get a nomination form or register for the luncheon, visit www.indybar.org.

State bar seeking volunteers for association’s committees

Indiana State Bar Association members are being encouraged to volunteer their time and effort to work on one of organization’s committees.

Openings are available on both the standing and special committees. All members interested in serving on a committee should fill out the form, indicating first and second preferences, and return the information to ISBA Executive Director Tom Pyrz by Aug. 23.

The committees perform a range of work from monitoring the activities that affect the federal court system and promoting health among judges, lawyers and their staffs to facilitating the delivery of high-quality continuing legal education programs.

For more information and a sign-up form, visit www.inbar.org.•
 

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