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Bar Crawl - 9/14/11

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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.

Evansville Bar legal life talk

The Evansville Bar Association has scheduled a CLE and panel discussion about “A Life in the Law.” The event is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (CST) Oct. 28 at the Evansville Bar Association office, 401 SE. 6th St., Suite 101.

Panelists include Terry Harrell, executive director of the Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program; Julia Orzeske, executive director of the Indiana Commission on Continuing Legal Education; G. Michael Witte, executive secretary of the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission; and Bradley Skolnik, executive director of the State Board of Law Examiners. Gibson Superior Judge Earl Penrod is the panel moderator.

Cost is $60 for EBA members and $90 for non-members, with online registration available at www.evvbar.org. For additional information or to register by phone, contact Denise Broome at denise@evvbar.org, 812-426-1712.

Leadership academy

The Indiana State Bar Association is accepting applications for its inaugural Leadership Development Academy, which will begin in January 2012. The program is limited to 25 Indiana lawyers who have been admitted to practice for less than 15 years and are members of the state bar in good standing.

The bar’s board of governors adopted a resolution in January 2011 to establish a leadership forum that will foster leadership skills in lawyers. The ISBA Leadership Development Academy will feature speakers from a variety of disciplines discussing the principles and techniques of effective leadership.

Applicants must be able to attend all academy sessions across the state. Session dates are: Jan. 19-21, Feb. 13-14, March 8-9, April 12-13, and May 17-18, 2012. The program fee of $950, which is due after applicants are notified, includes meals for all sessions. Scholarships are available for those demonstrating need. Two copies of the completed application, along with a current résumé, must be submitted to Catheryne Pully and postmarked by Oct. 31. Applications will be accepted at the ISBA office or may be sent via standard mail to the Indiana State Bar Association, One Indiana Square, Suite 530, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Applicants will be informed by Nov. 30 if they are selected.

The opening retreat in January is at Fort Harrison State Park in Indianapolis. The next month, Session 1 at the State Capitol in Indianapolis, will focus on state government and the media. Session 2 will be held in March at Indiana University Northwest in Gary and will focus on the importance of diversity in leadership, with remarks by former Indiana Attorney General Karen Freeman-Wilson. Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Butlerville is the site of Session 3 in April. The Indiana National Guard will host this session, and attendees will hear from the FBI, Immigration & Customs Enforcement, and other public safety organizations. Session 4 will be in May in Fort Wayne and will focus on education and local government.•

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