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Volunteers Needed for Naturalization CeremoniesTwice 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.

Guardian Ad Litem Training for Juvenile Delinquent Cases

Attorneys, law students, and paralegals are encouraged to volunteer as guardian ad litem for the Marion County Juvenile Court. Training for those interested should plan to attend training at the Marion County Juvenile Court, Muster Room on Thursday, January 27 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Those interested should contact Ryan Hakes at Juvenile Court at rhakes@indy.gov.

Modest Means Panel

Looking for modest income and a high degree of satisfaction for serving those in need? The Bar’s Modest Means Panel is in need of attorney’s to assist in the area of family law. Client referrals are made from Indianapolis Legal Aid Society, Inc. and Indiana Legal Services Organization, Inc., and the referred individuals have an income that falls between 125% and 175% of the Federal Poverty Level.

To participate an attorney must agree to the following rate structure for Modest Means cases: $25 maximum charge for initial 30-minute consultation; $50 per hour maximum hourly rate; and $500 maximum retainer.

Those interested should contact Chris Lacey at clacey@indybar.org or (317)269-2000.

Lawyer Assistance Program

You don’t have to deal with your problems alone. The IndyBar Lawyer Assistance Program provides information, assistance and support for attorneys and those who are aware of attorneys who are struggling with depression, temporary disability, alcohol & substance abuse, gambling addiction and other issues. Contact the IndyBar Executive Director Julie Armstrong at jarmstrong@indybar.org or 317-269-1900 or Ed Hopper at ehopper@bfwlawyers.com or 317-261-4740x321 for help. *All communications are confidential under Supreme Court Rule 31.

Holiday Closings

The IndyBar office will be closed Thursday, November 25; Friday, November 26; Friday, December 24; and Friday, December 31 for the holidays. 11th Hour CLE Video Replays will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. December 28-30.•

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  2. I love this, Dave! Many congrats to you! We've come a long way from studying for the bar together! :)

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