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IBA Seeks Volunteers for Diversity Task Force

The IBA seeks members interested in serving on a short-term task force to undertake the creation of a report to the IBA Board of Directors regarding diversity within the Indianapolis Bar Association. The effort will be chaired by Marisol Sanchez of Bose McKinney & Evans. Work is slated to begin in June and conclude by September 2010. Those members interested should email Julie Armstrong, IBA Executive Director, at jarmstrong@indybar.org.

Diversity Job Fair Employer Openings

Local law firms and companies are urged to sign up to interview qualified diverse candidates for summer 2011 employment at the IBA Diversity Job Fair. Firms will interview on Friday, August 20; a welcome reception is set for Thursday, August 19. Keynote luncheon on August 20 will feature former Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson, now senior vice president of corporate affairs and communications for Eli Lilly and Co. Information and employer registration can be found at www.ibadiversityjobfair.org.

Opperman Roundtable Registration Now Open

Registration for the Leonard H. Opperman Chapter 11 Roundtable, presented by the IBA Commercial & Bankruptcy Law Section, is now open. The seminar, reception and dinner will be held on Thursday, June 10 at the Hilton Indianapolis. The fourth annual Opperman Seminar will provide an exciting opportunity for attorneys to discuss and debate issues central to their everyday practice and will be moderated by two distinguished judges: the Honorable William R. Sawyer, United States Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Alabama; and the Honorable Thomas H. Fulton, United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Kentucky.

Interested in Public Outreach - Let us Know

The IBA is forming a committee to create and/or organize the association’s public outreach activities unrelated to pro bono service. Examples may include programs or services such as educational videos, publications, programs for children, etc. The committee will be chaired by Andi Metzel of Benesch/Dann Pecar. IBA members interested in serving on the committee should email Julie Armstrong, IBA Executive Director, at jarmstrong@indybar.org.

Summer Kick-Off Cookout: Sat., May 15

Don’t miss this family-friendly kick-off to the summer, open to all IBA members and their families! We will be flaming up the grill for a “IBA Celebrity Cook-Off” and organizing games for kids and adults of all ages. This is an event for those who think that networking doesn’t always have to involve a suit jacket. Please bring your family for an afternoon of fun and entertainment

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful with the Young Lawyers Division

Don’t miss this opportunity to help beautify an area of our city near downtown Indianapolis with fellow members of the IBA Young Lawyers Division on Saturday, May 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Presented by the Go Green Committee of the Young Lawyers Division in conjunction with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, this community service event is in need of volunteers to help complete a landscape project, which includes the planting of shrubs and trees.

Volunteers will meet at the parking lot at 271 Prospect St., near the intersection of Prospect and Alabama streets, and then will move as a group to the project site. Email bsmiley@indybar.org to volunteer.•

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  1. IF the Right to Vote is indeed a Right, then it is a RIGHT. That is the same for ALL eligible and properly registered voters. And this is, being able to cast one's vote - until the minute before the polls close in one's assigned precinct. NOT days before by absentee ballot, and NOT 9 miles from one's house (where it might be a burden to get to in time). I personally wait until the last minute to get in line. Because you never know what happens. THAT is my right, and that is Mr. Valenti's. If it is truly so horrible to let him on school grounds (exactly how many children are harmed by those required to register, on school grounds, on election day - seriously!), then move the polling place to a different location. For ALL voters in that precinct. Problem solved.

  2. "associates are becoming more mercenary. The path to partnership has become longer and more difficult so they are chasing short-term gains like high compensation." GOOD FOR THEM! HELL THERE OUGHT TO BE A UNION!

  3. Let's be honest. A glut of lawyers out there, because law schools have overproduced them. Law schools dont care, and big law loves it. So the firms can afford to underpay them. Typical capitalist situation. Wages have grown slowly for entry level lawyers the past 25 years it seems. Just like the rest of our economy. Might as well become a welder. Oh and the big money is mostly reserved for those who can log huge hours and will cut corners to get things handled. More capitalist joy. So the answer coming from the experts is to "capitalize" more competition from nonlawyers, and robots. ie "expert systems." One even hears talk of "offshoring" some legal work. thus undercutting the workers even more. And they wonder why people have been pulling for Bernie and Trump. Hello fools, it's not just the "working class" it's the overly educated suffering too.

  4. And with a whimpering hissy fit the charade came to an end ... http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2016/07/27/all-charges-dropped-against-all-remaining-officers-in-freddie-gray-case/ WHISTLEBLOWERS are needed more than ever in a time such as this ... when politics trump justice and emotions trump reason. Blue Lives Matter.

  5. "pedigree"? I never knew that in order to become a successful or, for that matter, a talented attorney, one needs to have come from good stock. What should raise eyebrows even more than the starting associates' pay at this firm (and ones like it) is the belief systems they subscribe to re who is and isn't "fit" to practice law with them. Incredible the arrogance that exists throughout the practice of law in this country, especially at firms like this one.

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