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Bill Watch for the Bar

Bill Watch is a service of the IndyBar Legislative Committee. During each week of the legislative session, the IndyBar distributes an updated report to its members that indicates the progress and recent actions taken on the bills being monitored by the association. To view this week’s report, go to www.indybar.org for Bill Watch.

Attorneys: We need you for Take a Law Student to Lunch!

With such an enthusiastic response by law students to Take a Law Student to Lunch, we need more attorneys to host students at this great annual event! This is the perfect opportunity for attorneys and students to network and socialize while enjoying lunch at the Conrad. The event will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 24 at the Conrad Indianapolis. Attorneys should register online at www.indybar.org. Student registration is now closed.

2011 Bench Bar Scholarship Applications Available

The Indianapolis Bar Association, in conjunction with the Indianapolis Bar Foundation, is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2011 Bench Bar Conference to be held June 16-18 at the French Lick Springs Resort & Casino. Named for an exceptional lawyer and Past President of the IndyBar, the Neil E. Shook Bench Bar Conference Scholarships are available to attorneys with preference given to those individuals demonstrating interest in active Indianapolis Bar Association and/or Indianapolis Bar Foundation participation AND to those in practice five year or less. The scholarship includes waiver of Friday Arrival Full Conference registration and Friday night lodging (a $430 value). Multiple scholarships are available. Application forms are available at www.indybenchbar.org and are due by May 1. Notifications will be made by May 5.

A New Lawyer Needing APC Credit?

The IndyBar has the Applied Professionalism Course for you. Featuring esteemed presenters and interactive breakout sessions, the IndyBar’s Applied Professionalism Course on April 28 is the perfect way to satisfy this credit requirement for attorneys in their first three years of practice. Register on the Bar’s website, www.indybar.org

Registration Open for POPBP Training

Interested in helping low-income women caught up in domestic violence? The next training session for Protective Order Pro Bono Project Volunteers will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 15 at the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s office at 1915 W. 18th St. View additional details and register online at www.icadvinc.org. The training is free to those who take one case; 4 hours CLE credit, including 1 hour ethics, is available.•

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