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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. Looks like 2017 will be another notable year for these cases. I have a Grandson involved in a CHINS case that should never have been. He and the whole family are being held hostage by CPS and the 'current mood' of the CPS caseworker. If the parents disagree with a decision, they are penalized. I, along with other were posting on Jasper County Online News, but all were quickly warned to remove posts. I totally understand that some children need these services, but in this case, it was mistakes, covered by coorcement of father to sign papers, lies and cover-ups. The most astonishing thing was within 2 weeks of this child being placed with CPS, a private adoption agency was asking questions regarding child's family in the area. I believe a photo that was taken by CPS manager at the very onset during the CHINS co-ocerment and the intent was to make money. I have even been warned not to post or speak to anyone regarding this case. Parents have completed all requirements, met foster parents, get visitation 2 days a week, and still the next court date is all the way out till May 1, which gives them(CPS) plenty of to time make further demands (which I expect) No trust of these 'seasoned' case managers, as I have already learned too much about their dirty little tricks. If they discover that I have posted here, I expect they will not be happy and penalized parents again. Still a Hostage.

  2. They say it was a court error, however they fail to mention A.R. was on the run from the law and was hiding. Thus why she didn't receive anything from her public defender. Step mom is filing again for adoption of the two boys she has raised. A.R. is a criminal with a serious heroin addiction. She filed this appeal MORE than 30 days after the final decision was made from prison. Report all the facts not just some.

  3. Hysteria? Really Ben? Tell the young lady reported on in the link below that worrying about the sexualizing of our children is mere hysteria. Such thinking is common in the Royal Order of Jesters and other running sex vacays in Thailand or Brazil ... like Indy's Jared Fogle. Those tempted to call such concerns mere histronics need to think on this: http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/a-12-year-old-girl-live-streamed-her-suicide-it-took-two-weeks-for-facebook-to-take-the-video-down/ar-AAlT8ka?li=AA4ZnC&ocid=spartanntp

  4. This is happening so much. Even in 2016.2017. I hope the father sue for civil rights violation. I hope he sue as more are doing and even without a lawyer as pro-se, he got a good one here. God bless him.

  5. I whole-heartedly agree with Doug Church's comment, above. Indiana lawyers were especially fortunate to benefit from Tom Pyrz' leadership and foresight at a time when there has been unprecedented change in the legal profession. Consider how dramatically computer technology and its role in the practice of law have changed over the last 25 years. The impact of the great recession of 2008 dramatically changed the composition and structure of law firms across the country. Economic pressures altered what had long been a routine, robust annual recruitment process for law students and recent law school graduates. That has, in turn, impacted law school enrollment across the country, placing upward pressure on law school tuition. The internet continues to drive significant changes in the provision of legal services in both public and private sectors. The ISBA has worked to make quality legal representation accessible and affordable for all who need it and to raise general public understanding of Indiana laws and procedures. How difficult it would have been to tackle each of these issues without Tom's leadership. Tom has set the tone for positive change at the ISBA to meet the evolving practice needs of lawyers of all backgrounds and ages. He has led the organization with vision, patience, flexibility, commitment, thoughtfulness & even humor. He will, indeed, be a tough act to follow. Thank you, Tom, for all you've done and all the energy you've invested in making the ISBA an excellent, progressive, highly responsive, all-inclusive, respectful & respected professional association during his tenure there.

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