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Bar Crawl - 10/12/11

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Bar Crawl

Bar Crawl is Indiana Lawyer’s section highlighting bar association news around the state. The IL 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 in advance of the issue date.

IndyBar justice talk

Joseph H. Hogsett, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, along with Indiana Attorney General Gregory F. Zoeller and Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry will share information about their respective offices, discuss how their offices may interact and describe their roles in administering justice in the city and state at an Indianapolis Bar Association seminar.

The seminar is from 4 to 5 p.m. Oct. 27, with a cocktail reception from 5 to 7 p.m. The cost to attend is between $10 and $90, depending on bar membership and law school status. Attendance is free for members of IndyBar’s government practice section, and one hour of continuing legal education is available. Additional information is available on the IndyBar website: http://www.indybar.org/events-education/calendar/2011-10/227.

Allen Co. officers

At its annual meeting on Sept. 28, the members of the Allen County Bar Association elected Shannon K. Reed as president for the fiscal year Oct. 1, 2011, through Sept. 30, 2012. Reed is an attorney with Baker & Daniels.

Other officers elected were Stephen P. Rademaker as president-elect, the Hon. David J. Avery of Allen Superior Court as vice president, R. David Boyer II of Boyer & Boyer as treasurer, and Joshua C. Neal of Barrett & McNagny as secretary. Directors elected at the meeting were Bart A. Arnold of Arnold Terrill Anzini, John H. Brandt of Beckman Lawson, V. Scott Kingdon, and Noel H. Knox of Monarch Capital Management, Inc.

The bar recognized three lawyers for 50 years of service, presenting Golden Career Awards to: J. Philip Burt of Burt Blee Dixon Sutton & Bloom, Jack W. Lawson of Beckman Lawson, and John R. Leal. Megan R. Burzych of Tourkow Crell Rosenblatt & Johnston was honored with the Outstanding Contributor Award for her service, leadership and dedication to the Allen County Bar Association during the past year.

Robert S. Walters received the Niemann Citation for Excellence and Professionalism. Named after the late Scott Niemann, the award is given annually to a member of the Allen County Bar Association who exemplifies professionalism and excellence in the practice of law, as reflected in distinguished legal work, professionalism, public service and/or leadership.

St. Joe survey

The St. Joseph County Bar Association has released the findings of its annual survey of Superior judges. The bar association conducts the survey each year even if no judges are up for retention, which is the case for 2011.

Separate surveys are sent to SJCBA members for each of the eight Superior judges. Judges who are elected are not rated. Respondents are asked to rate the judges as unacceptable through exceptional on various criteria, such as professionalism and legal ability.

The results of the 2011 survey are available on the SJCBA’s website: http://www.sjcba.org/judiciary/Judicial_Survey_2011.pdf.•

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