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IndyBar Members Leading Board of Law Examiners

The Indiana Supreme Court recently appointed two IndyBar members as officers to the Indiana State Board of Law Examiners (BLE) and appointed another as a member of the Board. Jon B. Laramore of Baker & Daniels is now President of the Board and María Pabón López of Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis is Vice President. Kathryn Hillebrands Burroughs of Woolsey Cross & Glazier was appointed to participate as a member of the Board. They will serve in these roles until December 1, 2011.

Bar Members on the Move

Jaimie L. Zibrowski has joined the Indianapolis firm Ruppert & Schaefer as an associate. She received her Juris Doctorate with Honors from the George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC. and a Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude from Indiana State University in Legal Studies.

The firm of Katz & Korin has announced the addition of M. Alex Beatty and Henry Mestetsky as associates. Mr. Beatty earned his B.A. in Political Science from Indiana University Southeast and his J.D. cum laude from the Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis. Mr. Mestetsky earned his B.S. from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business - Indianapolis in 2007, where he double majored in Accounting and Finance. He earned his J.D. from Indiana University Maurer School of Law–Bloomington.

Caroline E. Richardson has joined the Benesch firm as an associate in its Business Reorganization Practice Group. Ms. Richardson focuses her practice on commercial litigation, bankruptcy, finance, insolvency and restructuring. Ms. Richardson received her B.A. from Furman University, cum laude, and her J.D., cum laude, from the Indiana University School of Law–Indianapolis.

Supreme Court Accepting Applications for State Public Defender

The Indiana Supreme Court announced Friday that it is currently accepting applications for the position of State Public Defender, which the court appoints for a four year term. All applications must be submitted by Sunday, April 10. For additional details and application instructions see the Supreme Court website.

Registration Open for POPBP Training

Interested in helping low-income women caught up in domestic violence? The next training session for Protective Order Pro Bono Project Volunteers will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 15 at the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s office at 1915 W. 18th St. View additional details or register www.icadvinc.org. The training is free to those who take one case; 4 hours CLE credit, including 1 hour ethics, is available.

2011 Bench Bar Scholarship Applications Available

The Indianapolis Bar Association, in conjunction with the Indianapolis Bar Foundation, is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2011 Bench Bar Conference to be held June 16-18 at the French Lick Springs Resort & Casino. 

Named for an exceptional lawyer and Past President of the IndyBar, the Neil E. Shook Bench Bar Conference Scholarships are available to attorneys with preference given to those individuals demonstrating interest in active Indianapolis Bar Association and/or Indianapolis Bar Foundation participation AND to those in practice five year or less.

The scholarship includes waiver of Friday Arrival Full Conference registration and Friday night lodging (a $430 value). Multiple scholarships are available. Application forms are available at www.indybenchbar.org and are due by May 1. Notifications will be made by May 5.

Need APC Credit?

The IndyBar has the Applied Professionalism Course for you. Featuring esteemed presenters and interactive breakout sessions, the IndyBar’s Applied Professionalism Course on April 28 is the perfect way to satisfy this credit requirement for attorneys in their first three years of practice. To learn more and to register go to www.indybar.org.•

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