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2012 March Against Hunger Campaign Launched

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller rolled out the sixth annual March Against Hunger Campaign, a statewide competition in which law firms compete to raise donations for Indiana’s 11 regional food banks, this week. Registration is now open for the campaign, which will run from March 1-31. For details and registration information see the Indiana Attorney General’s website.

Public Hearings Set for Review of Marion County Small Claims Courts

The task force created to evaluate the Marion County Small Claims Courts scheduled three public hearings to review the practices and procedures used in the those courts. Hearings took place on Wed., Feb. 22, and Wed., Feb. 29 with another on Wed., March 7 at 6 p.m. in the Marion Circuit Courtroom. This task force was recently created by the Indiana Supreme Court after critical reports in the national press suggested litigants in those courts do not always have the same access to justice as litigants in other Indiana courts. The Indiana Supreme Court website contains additional information on the task force and the public hearings.

Comments Sought on Proposed Parenting Time Guidelines

Proposed changes to Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines are now available for review. The proposed Guidelines are organized into sections on implementing Rules, Parenting Time, Parenting Coordination and Parallel Parenting. Comments will be accepted until Monday, March 26, 2012. The proposed changes and instructions for submitting your comments are posted at www.courts.in.gov.

Take Advantage of Free CLE

As a benefit of membership, all IndyBar members can earn up to six hours of free CLE each year through the bar’s Free CLE TV program. The sessions, which take place on the third Friday of each month (except December) in the IndyBar Education Center, cover an array of topics from IndyBar CLE programs held during the previous year. A full schedule is on the Bar’s website. The next free CLE is scheduled for March 16.

Inspire the Next Generation of Indy Attorneys

The Indianapolis Bar Association’s annual “Take a Law Student to Lunch” event is the perfect opportunity for Indianapolis attorneys to connect with local law students, providing helpful tips and information while also networking with the future generation of Indianapolis attorneys. The event will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 22 at the Hilton Indianapolis. A special feature of this year’s event will be the presentation of the 2012 Hon. Paul H. Buchanan Jr. Award of Excellence to the Hon. Jane Magnus-Stinson. Attorneys should register for the luncheon online at the Bar’s website, while students should register at www.ibalunchwithalawyer.com.

Attorney Volunteers Needed for Ask a Lawyer

Attorneys are needed to assist the public with legal guidance during the Spring 2012 Ask A Lawyer program on Tuesday, April 10. Volunteers are being sought for for one of two shifts—2 to 4 p.m. or 4 to 6 p.m.—at the program’s Southport library location. To volunteer, contact Caren Chopp at cchopp@indybar.org.

Thank you, Legal Line volunteers!

Thank you to the following IndyBar members who volunteered their time for February’s Legal Line program: Kiamesha Colom, Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP; Joseph Delamater, Marion County Prosecutor’s Office; Andrew Campbell, Faegre Baker & Daniels LLP; Emily Campbell, Faegre Baker & Daniels LLP; Alicia Gooden, The Mediation Group; William Gooden, Clark Quinn Moses Scott & Grahn; Brent Mosby, ExactTarget; Whitney Mosby, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP; Mary Foley Panzsi, Lewis Wagner LLP; and Allan Reid, Attorney at Law.•

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