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E-Filing Feedback & Training

Do you have comments, concerns or questions about e-filing in Marion County? The IndyBar E-Filing Task Force wants to hear from you. Contact the task force by e-mailing iba@indybar.org . Additional e-filing training sessions with Lexis Nexis have also been added and will be held at the IndyBar Education Center from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 21 and Thursday, July 22.

Nominate a Colleague for IBA Professionalism Awards

The IBA Professionalism Committee is currently soliciting nominations for the 2010 IBA Professionalism Award (Attorney) and IBA Silver Gavel Award (Judge). Nominations are due Thursday, August 5. Nominate a deserving legal professional by e-mailing cchopp@indybar.org. Complete award criteria and information on the nominating process, as well as a listing of past award recipients, is available online at www.indybar.org.

Show Your Support for Diversity

Celebrate the IndyBar’s commitment to diversity at the 2010 Diversity Job Fair Luncheon on Friday, August 20 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency. Members of the Indianapolis legal community are encouraged to attend to mingle with law students from across the country attending the job fair and to demonstrate the value placed on diversity in the city. Attorneys are also welcome to invite corporate clients to show their support of local diversity initiatives. The luncheon will feature former Indianapolis mayor Bart Peterson as the keynote speaker. Individual tickets are available for $35 per person. Go to www.indybar.org for additional details and to register online.

Get the Scoop at Courtroom Confidential

Don’t miss out on the final session in the five-part Courtroom Confidential series, coming up on Friday, July 23. The session, which is offered separately for criminal and civil practitioners, will focus on improving attendees’ trial skills by emphasizing the purpose, formation, and techniques involved in a successful closing argument as a vital part of the litigation practice. To register for either program log on to www.indybar.org.

Seeking Nominations of Outstanding Female Lawyers

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2010 Antoinette Dakin Leach Award, which recognizes the accomplishments of female attorneys in Central Indiana. The award is presented by the IBA’s Women & the Law Division in honor of Antoinette Dakin Leach, the first woman admitted to the Indiana Bar. If you know a successful female attorney who exemplifies the determination and success of Antoinette Dakin Leach, then please nominate her for the 2010 Antoinette Dakin Leach Award. The nomination form and a list of past recipients can be accessed by emailing mprice@indybar.org. The nomination deadline is Saturday, July 31, 2010. 

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

Help Attorneys HEAL

Volunteers are being sought for a new IndyBar initiative: Helping Enrich Attorneys’ Lives, or HEAL. Created to reach out to bar members experiencing personal crises, HEAL volunteers will communicate with members in need and coordinate efforts to assist. Send an e-mail to heal@indybar.org if you are interested in participating.•

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  2. Pass Legislation to require guilty defendants to pay for the costs of lab work, etc as part of court costs...

  3. The fee increase would be livable except for the 11% increase in spending at the Disciplinary Commission. The Commission should be focused on true public harm rather than going on witch hunts against lawyers who dare to criticize judges.

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