Tidbits on the ISBA

October 2, 2008
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During a conversation today with Indiana Lawyer reporter Rebecca Berfanger, the incoming Indiana State Bar Association president mentioned something that caught our attention: Not only does he have a Facebook page, but the ISBA has a Facebook group page.

Bill Jonas told Berfanger he’s noticed with his own children how communications have changed among college students and those just out of college since he was in school.

The state bar’s Facebook group page has information about joining the ISBA and a link to its official Web site.  Jonas said one way the Facebook page may help young attorneys and law students decide to join is the site will help connect members with each other about the organization’s events and news, and paperless communication between the bar and young members is becoming more common.

Jonas’ Facebook page is linked to the group with a total of six members – so far – but you have to be a member of Facebook and Jonas’ “friend” to see information on his page.

Also, reporter Michael Hoskins is attending the ISBA’s annual meeting in Indianapolis. This afternoon, he went to the Appellate Practice Section’s meeting, from which he passes along several interesting tidbits.

- The Indiana Appellate Pro Bono Project, which is nearing its two-year anniversary, is progressing but is short on cases. There are a lot of lawyers who want to get involved, but there’s a lack of cases for them to work on.

- There’s going to be a CLE later this month to discuss video records specific to the appellate courts, such as webcasts or court hearings. Word is this is something happening in other states, and it won’t be long until it comes up here.

- What happens to trial courts when their judges attend the annual meeting? There are plenty of appellate and trial court judges in attendance, so are trial judges able to shift and juggle caseloads in order to go to the meeting or are the courts temporarily shut down to accommodate the judges’ schedules?

Later today, Michael will be attending a session on the changing face of Indiana’s federal courts, “Transitions in the Federal Court: New Faces, New Roles,” and will have an update for blog readers Friday.
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  2. Thank you, John Smith, for pointing out a needed correction. The article has been revised.

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