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IBA Frontlines - 11/20/13

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Thank You, Legal Line Volunteers!

Thank you to the following IndyBar attorneys for volunteering their time to assist 58 callers at the IndyBar’s Legal Line program on Tuesday, Nov. 12: Tabitha Blazer, Lewis & Kappes PC; Joshua Casselman, Rubin & Levin PC; Sarah Fowler, Rubin & Levin PC; Emily Graham, Lewis & Kappes PC; Manny Herceg, Lewis & Kappes PC; Kevin Hoover, Hill Fulwider; Joseph Mulvey, Rubin & Levin PC; Jennifer Ortman, Lewis & Kappes PC.

Legal Line, a free monthly call-in service provided to Indy-area residents in need of legal advice, is made possible by the generous support of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation.

Plus CLE Option Expanded to All Sections, Divisions for 2014

2013 saw the introduction of a pilot program within the IndyBar to test the viability of bundling CLE with section membership. The pilot program, which was tested with four IndyBar sections—the Appellate Practice Section, the Family Law Section, the Government Practice Section and the Real Estate and Land Use Section—proved overwhelmingly successful, attracting new members to each of the section and boosting attendance levels at CLE programs.

For 2014, the Plus CLE option is being extended to all sections and divisions, though members have the option to remain at the “basic” section or division membership level, which will provide access to basic section/division benefits, like open meetings, social events and section/division communications. Members choosing the basic membership option will register for section/division programming at standard IndyBar CLE rates. Choosing the Plus CLE membership option will allow members to join a section or division and attend all of that group’s one-hour brownbag CLE programs at no additional cost throughout 2014. Each section or division will offer a minimum of four programs, providing a savings of at least $80 per year.

To renew your IndyBar membership, visit indybar.org/renew.

Need End of Year CLE?

Look no further than the IndyBar! The remaining weeks of 2013 are jam-packed full of programs to suit nearly every practitioner. From Ethics to CME, and from one-hour sessions to half-day programs, there’s something for everyone on the IndyBar Event Calendar. Find programs and register online at indybar.org/events. PLUS, don’t forget about the IndyBar’s convenient and cost effective online course catalog! Browse the more than 100 programs available for purchase and earn your CLE credit from the comfort of your home or office. Go to indybar.org/onlinecle to learn more.

Celebrate the Season with the IndyBar

Mark Thursday, Dec. 12 on your calendar for the annual Indianapolis Bar Association and Foundation Holiday Party. Members are invited to join us for a festive celebration of the season at Market Table at the Alexander Hotel from 5 to 7 p.m. Complimentary drinks and appetizers will be available. Register online at indybar.org/events.

Welcome New Citizens at Naturalization Ceremonies

Courtroom connotations: stress, contention and opposition. Let the IndyBar change that for you—participate in a warm, wonderful naturalization ceremony. Twice a month, the IndyBar sends representatives to the naturalization ceremonies to give welcoming words to the new citizens. Ceremonies are held in the federal courthouse, last about an hour and are held on Thursday mornings. For more information and to volunteer, contact Caren Chopp at cchopp@indybar.org.

Committee Positions Available for 2014

Would you like to network with your legal community and have fun through the practice of law? Volunteer to serve on an Indianapolis Bar Association committee. Appointments are now being made to the 2014 committees. Go to indybar.org/interest-groups/committees-task-forces/ to view the listing of committees and email volunteer@indybar.org to express your interest today!

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