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Running for Judicial Office in 2014?

The IndyBar’s Judicial Excellence Standing Committee requests that any non-incumbent candidates that will seek election to the Marion Circuit or Superior Court bench in 2014 notify the bar in preparation for the committee’s non-partisan judicial evaluation. Please contact Julie Armstrong at jarmstrong@indybar.org by Nov. 9.

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

Get involved in your local bar association! Positions are now available with IndyBar Sections, Divisions and Committees for 2014. See details below.

IndyBar Committees: 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!

Indy Attorneys Network Section: After a successful inaugural year, the Indy Attorneys Network section is seeking section members to serve on the Executive Committee for 2014. Serving on the Executive Committee enables members to decide what type of events the section will offer throughout the year and help to plan those events. If you would like to learn more and/or join the 2014 Executive Committee, please join the 2014 officers for social hour and more information on Nov. 14, 2013, from 5-7 p.m. at Granite City at the Circle Center Mall. If you can’t make the social event, please contact Chuck Schmal (cschmal@uspatent.com) or Liz Shuster (eashuster@uspatent.com) before Thursday, Nov. 14. Note: Indy Attorneys Network section membership required for committee service.

Women & the Law Division: The Women & the Law Division (WLD) is looking for new members to serve on the Executive Committee for 2014. The committee meets once a month. Members of the Executive Committee are expected to attend at least eight of the ten meetings held over the course of the year and assist with the planning of at least one WLD event. The Committee seeks all types of diversity, including in background, age and type of practice. Submit a brief statement about yourself and why you would like to serve to mprice@indybar.org by Nov. 11 if you would like to be considered for the Executive Committee. The current Executive Committee will vote at its Nov. 13 meeting, and new members will be notified soon thereafter. Note: WLD membership required for committee service.

Young Lawyers Division: The Young Lawyers Division (YLD) is in the process of selecting its Executive Board and committee members for 2014. The YLD currently has an active Executive Board, which meets monthly, and committees that work to plan and execute social events, educational programming and community service initiatives. If you are interested in getting more involved with the YLD and would like to serve on the board or on one of its committees, then please submit a brief, one-page Statement of Interest to cwalsh@indybar.org by 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 15th. Note: YLD membership required for committee service.•

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