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Interested in Serving on the IndyBar Board of Directors?

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 Indianapolis Bar Association Board of Directors. The nominating committee, chaired by Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson of United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, will review nominations for the following open positions for the 2013 Board: 1st Vice President (serves one-year term and will automatically assume the office of President-elect in 2014), Secretary (two-year term, 2013 and 2014), and At-Large Member of Board of Managers (five positions, each two-year terms, 2013 and 2014).

Self-nominations for the board are encouraged, as are nominations of colleagues. Letters or the nomination form found at www.indybar.org should be forwarded to the Bar office by July 23, 2012. The Nominating Committee will select a slate of nominees, which reflects our geographic, ethnic, minority, gender and practice area diversity while recognizing leadership and service to the Indianapolis Bar Association. IndyBar members wishing to seek election outside the nominating process may file a petition ballot which is now available at the bar office. To be valid, the petition must be filed by July 23, 2012, and must contain the signatures of at least 50 attorney members of the Indianapolis Bar Association.

Nominate a colleague for the 2012 Antoinette Dakin Leach Award

The Antoinette Dakin Leach Award, which recognizes the accomplishments of female attorneys in central Indiana, is presented by the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Women & the Law Division in honor of Antoinette Dakin Leach, the first woman admitted to the Indiana Bar. If you know a successful female attorney who exemplifies the determination and success of Antoinette Dakin Leach, then please nominate her for the 2012 Antoinette Dakin Leach Award. The nomination form, which includes a list of past recipients, can be found online at www.indybar.org. The nomination deadline is Tuesday, July 31, 2012, and nomination forms can be emailed to iba@indybar.org, faxed to the IndyBar office at 317-269-1915, or mailed to 135 N. Pennsylvania, St., Suite 1500, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

Honor the Best of the Best: Nominations Open for Professionalism Awards

Nominations are open for the 2012 IndyBar Professionalism Award (Attorney) and IndyBar Silver Gavel Award (Judge). Nominate a deserving legal professional by emailing cchopp@indybar.org  by Friday, August 3. Complete award criteria and information on the nominating process, as well as a listing of past award recipients, is available online at www.indybar.org. Recipients will be honored at a luncheon on Thursday, October 11, which will feature special guest speaker the Hon. Sarah Evans Barker of the United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana.

Volunteers Needed for Ask a Lawyer

Attorneys and paralegals are needed to assist during the Fall 2012 Ask A Lawyer program on Tuesday, October 9. Volunteers are being sought for one of two shifts — 2 to 4 p.m. or 4 to 6 p.m. — at Indianapolis Public Library sites throughout the city. To volunteer, contact Caren Chopp at cchopp@indybar.org. For more information on the program, visit www.indybar.org.

Need to Prep for the MPRE?

Then don’t miss the IndyBar’s MPRE Review Course, coming up on Friday, July 27 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the IndyBar Education Center. Visit the events calendar online at www.indybar.org for additional details and online registration. Can’t attend? Then select our convenient Home Study Option, which will provide you with all written materials as well as access to the live presentation in a virtual, online environment.•

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