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Bar Crawl - March 16, 2011

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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 Kelly Lucas at klucas@ibj.com, along with contact information for any follow-up questions at least two weeks in advance of the issue date.

EBA plans for Law Day celebration

The Evansville Bar Association will celebrate Law Day 2011 in late April. On April 28, mock trials and a student lunch will take place. On April 29, a Law Day celebration will commemorate the EBA’s 100th anniversary, including the unveiling and dedication of the fully restored Randall T. Shepard Courtroom.

The courtroom was previously home to Vanderburgh Superior Court. It was named for Evansville native Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard to recognize his support of the Evansville legal community and his fundraising efforts for the courtroom’s restoration.

The courtroom will likely be used for some court hearings, as well as teen court, memorial events, and other special events for the Evansville legal community.

The EBA has also been working on an oral history project with help from the EBA’s retired executive director, Susan Helfrich. When completed, the history of the Evansville legal community – and how various trials and legal events have shaped the community at large – will be included in a display at the historic courthouse and available online for classrooms to use.

A local high school has also been working on a video project for the EBA. The bar association gave video editing and recording equipment to the school to use for its project, and the school will keep the equipment for future projects.

For more information about EBA’s Law Day activities, contact EBA Executive Director Susan Vollmer at susan@evvbar.org.•

ISBA seeks board nominations

Applications for an October 2011 to October 2013 term on the Indiana State Bar Association board of governors are due April 1.

The ISBA is seeking nominations for vacancies in District 1, representing Lake County; District 4, representing Allen County; District 5, representing Benton, Boone, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Fountain, Howard, Jasper, Montgomery, Newton, Tippecanoe, Warren, and White counties; District 10, representing Adams, Blackford, Delaware, Grant, Henry, Huntington, Jay, Madison, Miami, Randolph, Tipton, Wabash, Wayne, and Wells counties; and two positions in District 11, representing Marion County.

Letters of interest and one- or two-page resumes, including information about leadership positions and other activities within the ISBA and other affiliations, should be sent to Roderick H. Morgan, chair; ISBA Nominating Committee; One Indiana Square, Suite 530; Indianapolis, IN 46204. Materials may also be e-mailed to rmorgan@binghammchale.com. The deadline for receipt is April 1.

An election will take place for nominated ISBA members at the annual meeting in French Lick in October.
 

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