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Bar crawl - 11/23/11

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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.

Call for speakers

The Indiana State Bar Association Health Law Section is set to sponsor the 3rd annual Health Law Symposium on April 19, 2012. People interested in being a presenter for the symposium have until Jan. 15, 2012, to submit a proposal.

The 2011 symposium featured people from several firms and Indiana University presenting on a variety of topics, including compliance considerations for hospitals, privacy and security of patient information and physician supervision rules.

Submissions should include the proposal title, a description of the target audience, a list of key topics and other information. For a complete list of requirements, see the ISBA website, www.inbar.org, or contact Maryann Williams at mwilliams@inbar.org.

Server recycling

Indiana State Bar Association members can earn $500 for old servers when they upgrade to FileSafe Servers. Server Partners, the company that makes FileSafe Servers for law firms, is offering a $500 trade-in value for “any old server” when a member firm upgrades to a new FileSafe Server. Server Partners will destroy any data that may be left on the old server and then recycle it. Server Partners also offers free network assessments. For more information, visit http://www.computerexpertsindy.com/INBar or call 317-917-2000.

Donations sought

The Indiana Bar Foundation continues to seek donations through its campaign, An Hour for Civics, which encourages attorneys to donate the cost of one billable hour to the foundation for the purpose of supporting civic education. To date, the foundation has raised in actual donations or pledges $21,502. The goal for 2011 is $50,000.

Theresa Browning, director of development and communications for the foundation, said the Indiana State Bar Association offered at its annual meeting in October to match any donations made through the end of the year to the Hour for Civics campaign.

Funds from the Hour for Civics campaign help support the We the People competition. State finals are scheduled for Dec. 17 and 18 at Plainfield High School.

Donations may be made online, through the An Hour for Civics website at www.anhourforcivics.org.

IndyBar recognition luncheon

At the Indianapolis Bar Association and Foundation Recognition Luncheon Nov. 29 at the Conrad Indianapolis, several members will be honored for their work.

Awards and their winners are:

Dr. John Morton Finney Award for Excellence in Legal Education, presented to the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Women and the Law Division for its outstanding effort in presenting its inaugural Women & the Law Division Symposium

Young Lawyer of the Year Award, presented to Colleen Powers of Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman for her service and leadership of the division

President’s Award for Service to the Profession, presented to Wes Zirkle of Just Marketing, Inc. for his work in founding and sustaining The Racing Attorneys Conference which is co-hosted annually by the North Carolina Bar Association and the IndyBar’s Sports and Entertainment Section

President’s Award for Service to the IndyBar, presented to Ellen Townsend of Hackman Hulett & Cracraft for her ongoing efforts to gain financial support for the IndyBar’s Bench Bar Conference

2011 Board of Directors Award, presented to Kevin McGoff of Bingham McHale in recognition of his leadership of the Communications Work Group, as well as his high level of involvement in numerous other IndyBar committees and the many education programs for which he volunteers his time

The IBF Class of Distinguished Fellows and attorneys who have practiced for 25 and 50 years will be recognized. The luncheon will also recognize the pro bono award winners and those firms in the IndyBar 100% Membership Club.

Registration for the lunch is available on the IndyBar web page for the event: http://www.indybar.org/events-education/calendar/2011-11-29/254.•

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