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Bar Crawl - 11/9/11

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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.

MCBA on Facebook

The Marion County Bar Association has launched a Facebook page and Twitter account to increase awareness of the organization and direct people to its website, www.mcbaindy.org.

Felicia Howells, MCBA president, said the MCBA has had a website for some time, but members realized that many people might not be aware of it. She said she hopes the Facebook and Twitter accounts, created a few weeks ago, will bring more users to the website.

The MCBA has been planning events for 2012 in honor of its 70th anniversary. However, Howells said that because the organization was actually established in 1925 as the Marion County Lawyers’ Club, it has decided to make 2012 the bar’s 87th anniversary. The club adopted the MCBA name in 1942.

Howells said that 2012 will mark the first year the MCBA has staged a golf outing, which is being planned in conjunction with the James Kimbrough Bar Association. Details about other events will be posted on the MCBA website as they become available.

The MCBA was established as a direct result of exclusionary policies practiced by white contemporary associations. According to the MCBA, prior to 1952, the American Bar Association would not accept African-American lawyers as members.

IndyBar awards

The annual Indianapolis Bar Association and Foundation Recognition Luncheon is noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Conrad Indianapolis, 50 W. Washington St.

The luncheon will feature the winners of the Indianapolis Bar Association Board of Directors Award, the Dr. Morton J. Finney Award for Excellence in Legal Education, President’s Awards for Service to the Association and to the Profession, pro bono awards and the Young Lawyer of the Year.

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

Cost to attend is $30 per person or $240 per table of eight. Registration is available through the IndyBar website: http://www.indybar.org/events-education/calendar/2011-11-29/254.

Evansville CLE

The Hon. Thomas Capshaw, former federal Social Security administrative law judge and current faculty member of the National Judicial College, will offer two continuing legal education sessions – one this month and one in December.

The first, “Witness Credibility & Impeachment Assessment,” will be at noon Nov. 29 in the Evansville Bar Association office, 401 SE 6th St., Suite 101. Capshaw will discuss weighing evidence, checklists for impeachment and credibility factors and more. The talk carries two hours of CLE credit. Cost to attend is $60 for EBA members and $90 for non-members.

On Dec. 5, Capshaw will lecture on “Oral Advocacy Skills for Attorneys.” The noon event – which carries one hour of CLE credit – is at the EBA office, and the cost is $30 for EBA members and $45 for non-members.

Registration for either event is available on the EBA website – www.evvbar.org – or by contacting Denise Broome at denise@evvbar.org or 812-426-1712. The EBA will offer no CLE between Dec. 19 and Jan. 2.•

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