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Commission Accepting Applications for Supreme Court Vacancy

The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission is currently accepting applications for the upcoming vacancy on the Supreme Court caused by Justice Theodore Boehm’s retirement in September 2010. Candidates must be Indiana residents and must have been a member of the Indiana bar for ten years or an Indiana judge for five years. Applications, due June 30, are available here. Go here for more information from the Supreme Court.

Website Aims to Educate Voters

Voters can learn about the Indiana Appellate Court judges on the November retention ballot at a special website provided by the court. The website, which can be found at www.courts.in.gov/retention, is designed to give voters accessed to both biographical information about the judges and details on decisions they have made while serving on the bench.

Joseph Maley Foundation 5K Run, Walk, and Roll

The Joseph Maley Foundation invites all runners, walkers and wheelchair racers to be part of the 2nd Annual Joseph Maley Foundation 5K Run, Walk, and Roll. The event, which includes a 5K run and a two mile family walk, will take place on Saturday, July 10, at 8 a.m. at Eagle Creek Park. To register online, go to www.josephmaley.org.

Thank You, Legal Line Volunteers

Thank you to the following individuals for volunteering their time at the IndyBar’s monthly Legal Line program: Michael Getty, Doug Hill, Kevin Hoover, Keith Kinney, Carolyn Miller and Christopher Wahl, all of Hill Fulwider McDowell Funk & Matthews PC, and David Duncan, Tabbert Hahn Earnest & Weddle, LLP; Michael Gaerte, Borland & Gaerte PC; and Edward Thomas, Lewis Wagner LLP.

The IBF Needs You!

The Indianapolis Bar Foundation’s annual Evening Under the Stars event is a major source of funding for the IBF’s various grants and initiatives, and you can help the 2010 event to be the most successful one yet. The IBF is looking for donations of items to be placed in the silent auction at the event. Creativity is encouraged! For more information or to donate, contact Megan Tinder at mtinder@indybar.org..

We’ve Got Legal Directories!

A limited number of 2010 IBA Legal Directories are available for purchase. This pictorial directory features listings for nearly 5,000 legal professionals in the Indy area, plus contact information for firms, courts and agencies. Each directory is $40 and can be purchased at the IBA office or contacting iba@indybar.org.

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