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Recognize an Outstanding Female Attorney

Since 1990, the IndyBar Women & the Law Division has recognized the accomplishments of female attorneys in central Indiana through the Antoinette Dakin Leach Award. Named for the first woman admitted to the Indiana bar, nominations are now open for the 2013 Antoinette Dakin Leach Award.

To nominate an outstanding female attorney who exemplifies the determination and success of Antoinette Dakin Leach, simply complete the nomination form available at indybar.org and return it to iba@indybar.org by July 31, 2013.

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.

Show Your Support for Diversity

Celebrate 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 August 7 and the Diversity & the Law Luncheon on August 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 Fall 2013 Ask A Lawyer program on Tuesday, October 8. Volunteers are being sought 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 August 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 percent discount on membership for the rest of the year. For more information, go to www.indybar.org.

Calling All Golfers!

Just a few spots remain in the 2013 Lawyer Links Classic to benefit the Indianapolis Bar Foundation. Round up your foursome and register online at www.indybar.org. The outing will take place Thursday, July 11 at Highland Golf & Country Club. This is the perfect opportunity to socialize with colleagues or entertain clients. Don’t miss out!

Send Your Summer Associates on a Search of the City

The IndyBar Young Lawyers Division Summer Associate Scavenger Hunt is just two weeks away! This annual competition will begin at 1 p.m. on July 12 at the IndyBar office. Participants will then scour the city to uncover clues, visiting landmarks and cultural destinations. Teams will reconvene at Kilroy’s for drinks and appetizers as scores are tallied and the winners are announced. All law students working or volunteering in Indianapolis over the summer are invited to participate. The cost is $25 per person. For more information or to register your team, contact Marissa Hile at mhile@indybar.org.

Need to Prep for the MPRE?

Then don’t miss the IndyBar’s MPRE Review Course, coming up on Thursday, August 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.•

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