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Reappointment for Hon. Anthony J. Metz

According to a press release from the court, United States Bankruptcy Judge Anthony J. Metz of the Southern District of Indiana, a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association Board of Directors, has applied to be reappointed by the United States Court of Appeals to a new 14 year term when his current term expires on November 14, 2011. Comments are invited from the public and the bar as to whether Judge Metz should be reappointed. Those comments should be in writing and sent by March 1, 2011 to: Collins T. Fitzpatrick, Circuit Executive, 219 S. Dearborn St., Room 2780, Chicago, IL 60604.

Baker & Daniels Promotes Eikenberry

Baker & Daniels LLP has announced the promotion of Shawna Meyer Eikenberry from associate lawyer to counsel. Eikenberry practices with the construction and real property litigation team from the firm’s downtown Indianapolis office. Eikenberry, who joined Baker & Daniels in 2004, graduated magna cum laude from both Butler University in 1996 and the Indiana University Maurer School of Law–Bloomington in 1999.

Auction to be Held at Former Law Firm

An auction for office furniture and supplies from the now-defunct firm Tabbert Hahn Earnest & Weddle LLP will be held on Saturday, February 5 at 9 a.m. For more information, including a listing of available items, please go to www.steffengrp.com.

What’s Up at the Statehouse?

Hear an update on pending legislation and get to know Indiana legislators at the IndyBar’s fifth annual seminar, “The Importance of Lawyer-Legislators in the Indiana General Assembly,” which is hoted by the bar’s Senior Counsel Division. Attorneys who are state senators and representatives will lead a lively discussion during the luncheon on Tuesday, March 8, from noon to 1:30 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency, 1 S. Capitol Ave. This event is being offered for 1.5 hours CLE credit. For more information and to register, go to www.indybar.org

Save the Date for TRAC

Mark calendars now...The Racing Attorney Conference (TRAC), a joint effort between the IndyBar and the North Carolina Bar Association, is returning to Indy on April 13 and 14, 2011. TRAC 2011, which will be held at the Conrad Indianapolis, will include topics on celebrity representation, non-profits and foundations, state and local governments and an in-depth focus on SAG/AFTRA, as well as multiple opportunities for socializing and networking. Visit www.racingattorneys.com for more information and registration details.

Job Seekers and Employers: Check out the IndyBar Job Bank!

Did you know that the IndyBar hosts a full job bank online at www.indybar.org? View open positions, advertise for employment opportunities and even post a resume if you are a job seeker looking for employment. Only IndyBar members are able to post resumes and IndyBar members get a seven day advanced viewing of all open employment opportunities.

Get a Head Start on 2011 CLE Requirements with the Litigation Skills Series

Don’t miss the 2011 Litigation Skills Series! This series is designed to hone your skills on each component of the trial process with practice pointers and advocacy tips from experienced trial lawyers. Get all of your annually required CLE credits, including 1 hour of ethics, at these one hour luncheon CLEs at the IndyBar. This is a great opportunity to network with litigators and judges, and by registering for the full series, you save $40! For more information and registration, go to www.indybar.org.•

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