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Have you seen the new IndyBar.org?

The IndyBar is proud to unveil its completely redesigned online home at www.indybar.org. Designed to serve IndyBar members, the legal community and the public, the site features more convenient event and program registration, refined site navigation, updated and aesthetically pleasing design, integration of social media and drastically expanded content. This launch represents the first of several phases of ongoing online development for the Indianapolis Bar Association. The IndyBar is committed to utilizing technology to better serve both its members and the public, and is excited to unveil additional advancements in the coming months.

Do you like the IndyBar?

Then “like” the Indianapolis Bar Association on Facebook too! IndyBar has also expanded to Twitter and LinkedIn. Connect with the Bar online today!

IndyBar Partners with Community Development Law Center for CLE

IndyBar has partnered with the Community Development Law Center and the Heartland Pro Bono Council to co-sponsor an upcoming seminar, “Organization and Operation of Tax Exempt and Non-Profit Organizations,” to be held on November 16 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Full details and registration are online at www.indybar.org.

Volunteers Needed to Represent the Bar at Naturalization Ceremonies

Twice a month, a ceremony at the U.S. Courthouse welcomes newly naturalized American citizens. It’s an awe-inspiring ceremony, and you can be a part of it during 2011. We are looking for IndyBar attorney members to volunteer to participate in the naturalization ceremonies by handing out a booklet containing the U.S. and Indiana constitutions and presenting brief remarks. The ceremonies are typically held on Thursdays twice a month at 10 a.m. in a courtroom of the U.S. District Court downtown. To volunteer, please e-mail cchopp@indybar.org.

Upcoming Julian Center CLEs 

The Julian Center, in partnership with Baker & Daniels, the Heartland Pro Bono Council, the Indianapolis Bar Association and the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic, is offering three upcoming continuing legal education classes. All sessions will take place at Baker & Daniels and are offered for free to those who agree to accept a pro bono case. Family Law & Divorce will be held on Friday, November 15, Advanced Family Law on Friday, November 12, and Immigration Law on Friday, November 19. More information and registration can be found at the Julian Center’s website, www.juliancenter.org.

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