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Hall Render Announces New Shareholders

Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman recently announced that Jeffrey L. Carmichael, Mark J. Swearingen, Regan E. Tankersley and John F. Williams, III have been named Shareholders.

Jeffrey L. Carmichael is a 1995 graduate of Indiana University School of Law, summa cum laude, and concentrates his practice primarily in the areas of tax, tax exemption, and business transactions.

Mark J. Swearingen is a 1998 graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law and focuses his practice in the areas of health information systems and regulatory compliance as well as antitrust and patient care issues.

Regan E. Tankersley is a 2002 graduate of Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis and focuses her practice in the areas of Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement as well as regulatory and compliance work.

John F. Williams, III is a 2002 graduate of George Mason University School of Law and concentrates his practice in litigation and risk management.

Bingham McHale Welcomes New Attorneys

Kathryn Morgan Cimera and Terren Magid have joined the law firm of Bingham McHale LLP. Ms. Cimera is a graduate of Pepperdine University School of Law and Indiana University Bloomington. Mr. Magid is a graduate of New York University School of Law and Tulane University.

The clock is ticking...do you have your CLE credits?

The IndyBar still has several opportunities to get continuing legal education credit through live seminars. We’re offering our popular 11th Hour Video Replays, selections of IndyBar CLEs from throughout the year shown through the day on December 28, 29 and 30. View one or view them all! To view the video schedule for Tues., December 28, Wed., December 29, and Thurs., December 30, go to www.indybar.org

Volunteers Needed for Low Asset Wills Program

Volunteers are currently being sought for the IndyBar’s Low Asset Wills program, a pro bono initiative that endeavors to provide individuals in need of last wills and testaments and advance directives with free legal assistance.

Local social and legal service providers, as well as the IndyBar, advertise this program to the public. Financial applications from potential individuals to be served by the program will be accepted from January 1 until March 31, 2011.

Applications are financially screened and those qualifying will be matched with an attorney volunteer. The qualifying applicant will receive a letter with the attorney’s contact information. The attorney will receive a fax with the client’s information. The applicant will be responsible for contacting the attorney to set up an appointment.

Document templates will be provided electronically to each volunteer. Volunteers should be flexible as some of those who qualify for this program will not have unlimited access to transportation.

The time commitment is minimal–but the impact is great. Feedback shows that each client assignment takes about 3-5 hours of time. Contact Caren Chopp at cchopp@indybar.org or 269-2000 if you are interested in participating.•

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