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Training Sessions Offered for Pro Bono Volunteers

The Julian Center, in partnership with Baker & Daniels, Barnes & Thornburg, Ice Miller, Muslim Alliance of Indiana, the Heartland Pro Bono Council, the Indianapolis Bar Association and the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic, is offering several upcoming continuing legal education classes. All sessions are offered for free to those who agree to accept a pro bono case. Advanced Family Law will be held on Friday, November 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., at Baker & Daniels. Immigration Law will be held on Friday, October 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at Ice Miller. For more information on these opportunities and online registration, please go to the Julian Center’s website.

District Court Historical Society Offers Legal History Symposium

The Historical Society of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana is pleased to announce its fourth annual Legal History CLE Symposium: “Civil Rights in the Southern District.” Scheduled for Friday, November 18 from 1 to 4:30 pm in the William E. Steckler Ceremonial Courtroom at the Birch Bayh Federal Building and U. S. Courthouse, 46 East Ohio Street, Indianapolis, speakers will include U. S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett speaking about significant civil rights cases to come out of the Southern District; Court Historian Doria Lynch, providing a biographical sketch of the Honorable S. Hugh Dillin; and Judge Tanya Walton Pratt and Judge Denise K. LaRue leading a discussion on the Indianapolis Public Schools’ desegregation and busing case. For more information and registration instructions, go to the Court’s website.

Go Green with the IndyBar!

Join fellow IndyBar members for an opportunity to beautify our community! The IndyBar’s Go Green Committee will be partnering with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB) for a tree planting event on Saturday, October 29, from 9 a.m. to noon. Bring your family and friends! This is a great way to meet new people, spend time with friends and family and give back to the community. Additional details and sign up can be found on the Bar’s website at www.indybar.org.

Don’t Miss “Administering Justice”

The IndyBar’s Government Practice Section is excited to offer a unique opportunity to hear from high profile public officials who run the largest public sector law firms in Central Indiana! This event also features a post-seminar cocktail reception for networking and socializing with both the speakers and fellow program attendees. Join U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana Joseph H. Hogsett, Indiana Attorney General Gregory F. Zoeller and Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry at “Administering Justice: A Panel Discussion” on Thursday, October 27, as they share information about their respective offices, discuss how their offices may interact and describe their roles in administering justice in the city and state. Included in the event registration is a post-seminar cocktail reception. Go to www.indybar.org for more information and to register today!

Baker & Daniels Welcomes Seven IndyBar Members as New Associates

Five IndyBar members have joined Baker & Daniels LLP as associates in a variety of practice areas. The new associate lawyers are:

Patrick M. Bickley from Milan, Ohio, focuses on intellectual property work and patent prosecution in the downtown Indianapolis office. A 2011 graduate of the Chicago-Kent School of Law summa cum laude, Bickley earned an M.B.A. from the University of Findlay in 2007 and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Toledo in 2002. He is admitted to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and has previous experience as a materials development engineer.

Timothy J. Moriarty works with the firm’s business litigation practice group in the downtown Indianapolis office. He graduated summa cum laude from the Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis in 2011 after serving as an aide to various public servants and candidates, including Congressman Andre Carson. Originally from Carmel, Ind., Moriarty was a summer associate with Baker & Daniels in 2010 and earned his bachelor’s degree in history with highest distinction from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis in 2005.

Kathryn E. Olivier, who focuses on business litigation in the downtown Indianapolis office, graduated summa cum laude from the Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis in 2009 after earning her bachelor’s degree in biology from DePauw University in 2005. A native of Indianapolis, Olivier was a summer associate with Baker & Daniels in 2008. Prior to joining the firm, she clerked for justices on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana and the Hamilton County Circuit Court.

Pablo A. Svirsky focuses on corporate law for companies in the life sciences industry, practicing from the firm’s 96th Street office in Indianapolis. He is a 2010 graduate of Harvard Law School and received his bachelor’s degree in music business with honors and distinction from Indiana University in 2006. Since earning his law degree, Svirsky has served as a litigation fellow with The Lawyers’ Committee on Civil Rights.

Mindy A. Westrick is a member of the government services practice in downtown Indianapolis, where she is active in lobbying activities. Westrick graduated from the Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis in 2011 after working as a government services specialist with Baker & Daniels for 2½ years during law school. She earned a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in political science and Spanish from the University of Indianapolis in 2006.
 

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