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Bar Crawl - 4/13/11

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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.

Event to aid pro bono clinic

On April 20, the Columbus Applebee’s restaurant will donate 15 percent of sales to Legal Aid District 11, which serves Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Jackson, and Jennings counties. Diners must present a coupon to servers in order for the donation to be processed. Alaina Sullivan, executive director of Legal Aid District 11, said people may contact her to request an e-mail with the coupon attached at: 812-314-2721 or lade@iquest.net.

Trial lawyers group seminar

The Indiana Trial Lawyer’s Association will present a lifetime achievement award to Judge George Gray during its annual two-day seminar on April 28 and 29 at the Sheraton Hotel in Indianapolis. Among the guest speakers are Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven David and Ned Miltenberg, an appellate and constitutional lawyer who works for the National Legal Scholars Law Firm. Program and registration information is available on the ITLA website: www.indianatriallawyers.org.

Justice speaks at law luncheon

Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven David will be the keynote speaker at the Allen County Bar Association’s Law Day Luncheon. The event’s theme is “The Legacy of John Adams: From Boston to Guantanamo,” and invites attendees to reflect on the life of John Adams and the role of lawyers in defending the rights of the accused. The luncheon is from noon to 1:30 p.m. on May 3 at the Grand Wayne Center in Ft. Wayne. Deadline for registration is April 27. Registration information is available on the ABA’s website: www.allencountybar.org.

Women in Law update

In the March 30 edition of Bar Crawl, Indiana Lawyer reported that Patty McKinnon spoke at an Indiana State Bar Association Women in Law event for Girl Scouts titled “Lady Justice.” Naima Stevenson, assistant general counsel for the NCAA, made the presentation in place of McKinnon, who was unable to be at the event.•

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