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Free CLE Available to Hospice Program Volunteers

The IndyBar Pro Bono Standing Committee will host “End of Life Care and Probate 101” on Wednesday, June 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. This program, which is designed to help lawyers who are willing to advise in-facility hospice patients with end of life legal issues on a pro bono basis, will be offered at no cost for IndyBar members who are current Hospice Program Volunteers or who volunteer to participate in the program. All other individuals can attend the seminar for $30 for IndyBar members and $60 for non-members. The seminar includes 2.0 General CLE credits, including 1.0 Ethics.

Volunteers in the IndyBar Hospice Program assist hospice patients through consultations and offering limited representation, primarily with end of life concerns and forms. Volunteer pairs address all hospital referrals made during their assigned calendar week, typically three hours of service, and are assigned two to four weeks per year. Training is available via DVD.

Visit www.indybar.org to register for the seminar and contact Caren Chopp at cchopp@indybar.org to volunteer for the Hospice Program.

Save the Date for Annual Indiana Law Survey

Registration is now open for the Annual Indiana Law Survey, a yearly program presented by the Robert H. McKinney School of Law Alumni Association and chaired by the Hon. Margret Robb of the Indiana Court of Appeals, to be held September 17-18 at the Indiana Convention Center. The two-day seminar includes 12 CLE credits, with 1 Ethics credit. To view the full agenda and to register online, go to www.hoosiercle.org

IndyBar, Shortridge High School to Host Careers in Law Fair

Shortridge Magnet High School Law and Public Policy, in collaboration with the IndyBar Paralegal Committee and Modern Information Solutions, will host the second annual Careers in Law Fair on Friday, June 7 from 10:50 a.m. to 1 p.m. Designed to encompass the full breadth of professional occupations in the legal field, the fair will expose 547 students grades six through 12 to representatives from 17 different law-related career opportunities. Go to www.indybar.org for more information. Special thank you to the event sponsors: Bose McKinney & Evans LLP, Hill Fulwider PC, Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, and Xact Data Discovery.

Nominations Now Open for Professionalism Awards

Recognize an outstanding colleague by nominating him or her for the 2013 Professionalism Award (attorney) or Silver Gavel Award (judge). Go to www.indybar.org to access full award criteria and nomination instructions. Nominations are due by Monday, July 15. Honorees will be recognized at the Professionalism Luncheon, featuring the Hon. Loretta Rush of the Indiana Supreme Court, on Wednesday, September 25.•

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