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Comment Period Extended for Possible Rule Changes

The comment period on a set of proposed rule amendments posted by the court in January 2011 has been extended to May 6, 2011. These rules address a variety of issues, including appellate, trial procedure, post-conviction, family court and evidentiary rules. For more information access the Indiana Supreme Court’s website.

Schuckit & Associates Names New Associates

Tim D. McKay
, Sandra L. Davis, Angela L. Hamm, Cari L. Sheehan, Christa J. Jewsbury and Paul J. Schilling have been named associates at the Zionsville firm Schuckit & Associates. 

Thank You, Ask a Lawyer Volunteers!

Thank you to all of the IndyBar members who graciously volunteered their time to assist with the IndyBar’s spring Ask a Lawyer program. Our 98 volunteers assisted more than 280 individuals at sites throughout the city and another 157 over the phone. Interested in Ask a Lawyer or other IndyBar pro bono programs?

Supreme Court Seeks Public Comment on Rules Regarding Temporary Admission

The Indiana Supreme Court’s Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure is interested in obtaining comments from judges, attorneys and the public as it reviews the process by which out-of-state attorneys may seek temporary admission to practice law in Indiana before administrative agencies. The comment deadline, originally set to end May 1, has been extended to May 6. For more information and details for submitting comments access the Indiana Supreme Court’s website.

Register for the 2011 Appellate Practice Section CLE Series and Save!

The Appellate Practice section has lined up an excellent slate of seminars for 2011, and for a limited time, you can register for all four seminars at once and save $20 for the year! Details on the series and seminar registration are available at www.indybar.org.

Enjoy a “Breakfast with the Bench!”

Ever wish you could talk directly with judicial officers and hear their thoughts and feedback for attorneys practicing in Marion County? Here is your chance! Don’t miss the first “Breakfast with the Bench” event coming up on Wednesday, May 11 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the IndyBar office. Participating judges include the Hon. Heather Welch, Hon. Theodore Sosin, Hon. Michael Keele and Hon. Thomas Carroll, all of the Marion Superior Court. This roundtable program includes 1.0 hour General CLE. Go to www.indybar.org for details and online registration.

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