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Show Your Support for DiversityCelebrate the Indy legal community’s commitment to diversity and show your support of local diversity initiatives by attending the IndyBar Diversity Job Fair Welcome Reception  on Aug. 7 and the Diversity & the Law Luncheon on Aug. 8. Dennis Bland, President of the Center for Leadership Development, will be featured as the keynote speaker at Thursday’s luncheon. Table sponsorships are available for the luncheon. Additional information and online registration is available at www.indybar.org.

Volunteers Needed for Ask a Lawyer

Both attorneys and paralegals are needed to assist the public with legal guidance during the Spring 2013 Ask A Lawyer program on Tuesday, Oct. 8. Volunteers are being sought for for one of two shifts (2 to 4 p.m. or 4 to 6 p.m.) at the library locations throughout the city. To volunteer, contact Caren Chopp at cchopp@indybar.org.

Share the IndyBar Love!

From now until Aug. 1, refer a colleague to the IndyBar and when they join, you’ll get a free hour of IndyBar CLE programming! Just make sure that he or she includes your name in the “How did you find out about the IndyBar?” field and we’ll send you a promo code to redeem your free hour of CLE once the membership application is submitted. Plus, we’ll make it even easier for you...for a limited time, 2013 membership dues are half off! Tell your colleague to use “HalfPrice2013” in the promo code field online to receive a 50% discount on membership for the rest of the year. For more information, go to www.indybar.org.

Need to Prep for the MPRE?

Then don’t miss the IndyBar’s MPRE Review Course, coming up on Thursday, Aug. 1 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 Online Course Option, which will provide you with all written materials as well as access to the live presentation in a virtual online environment.

Annual Attorney Registration and IOLTA Certification is Coming Up

Per Admission and Discipline Rule 2, the time for Indiana attorneys to make their annual registration fee payments and IOLTA Certifications will start on Aug. 1. To insure you receive your notification, please update your Roll of Attorneys information by visiting the Indiana Clerk of Courts portal at https://secure.in.gov/Apps/courts/portal/.•

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