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Seeking Volunteers for IndyBar Committees

The Standing Committees of the Bar and several bar initiatives are in need of the energy and intellect of the members of the Bar. Specifically, the groups seeking volunteers are as follows: Standing Committee on Pro Bono, Legal Services Advisory Committee, Professionalism Committee, Diversity Job Fair Steering Committee, Publications Committee, Lawyers Assistance Committee, Indianapolis Bar Foundation Dinner/Auction Committee, Indianapolis Bar Foundation Golf Outing Committee, Legislative Committee, and Membership Committee.

To volunteer email Julie Armstrong at jarmstrong@indybar.org or call 269-2000 to speak with her. Interested volunteers may also contact 2011 Indianapolis Bar Association President Mike Hebenstreit at mjh@whzlaw.com

IBF Scholarship Deadline Extended

Don’t miss out on a scholarship opportunity from the Indianapolis Bar Foundation! The deadline for 2010/2011 academic and educational scholarships has been extended until October 29, 2010. Go to www.indybar.org for the application and additional information.

Birch Bayh Federal Courthouse Renovations Under Way

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana has advised that major renovations within the Birch Bayh Federal Building and United States Courthouse in Indianapolis are causing changes in the locations of judges’ chambers, courtroom closures, elevator shutdowns, and blockages of public corridors.

Attorneys are advised to pay careful attention to notices issued by the court so that they stay apprised of changes to locations of conferences, hearings, and trials. The court recommends that attorneys allow a few extra moments when arriving at the courthouse to navigate around the areas under construction and verify that they have the most up-to-date information regarding the location of their court business.

Questions regarding the location of business scheduled before the court should be directed to the District Court Clerk’s Office at (317) 229-3700 for assistance.

The construction is in conjunction with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and will result in installation of new fire and life safety systems, new heating and cooling systems, and a more energy efficient courthouse. The project will be conducted in phases and is expected to be completed in late summer 2012.

Supreme Court Approves Changes to Advertising Rule

The Indiana Supreme Court amended attorney conduct rules to prevent lawyers from contacting accident victims immediately after an accident. the changes include an amendment to Rule 7.3(b)(3). This provision prohibits attorneys from making in-person, written or electronic solicitations in cases involving personal injury or wrongful death within 30 days of an accident or disaster. The order states, “This restriction is reasonably required by the sensitized state of the potential clients, who may be either injured or grieving over the loss of a family member, and the abuses that experience has shown exist in this type of solicitation.” The changes will take effect on January 1, 2011. For more information visit the Indiana Supreme Court’s website.

Save the Date: IBA/IBF Recognition Luncheon

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, November 10, when the IndyBar and the Indianapolis Bar Foundation will honor many deserving local practitioners at the IBA/IBF Recognition Luncheon, to be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Conrad Indianapolis. Stay tuned for announcements on this year’s award recipients, and register online for the luncheon at www.indybar.org.•

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