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Legal Line Volunteers

Appreciation goes to those that provided help to the community during the March Legal Line program. Offering telephone based legal advice dozens of callers during the two hour event were Blake Orner of Grant & Grant; Sarah Starkey and Edward Mulligan of Cohen & Malad; Mark Waterfill, Jeffrey Abrams, Samuel Hodson, Kiamesha Colom, Stephanie Penninger, Jeffrey Kosc, and Reagan Gibson of Benesch.

Several Proposed Rule Amendments Open for Comment

The Marion Superior Court and the Indiana Supreme Court Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure have posted several proposed rule amendments that are currently open for public comment. Visit www.indybar.org for details, deadlines and instructions for submitting comments.

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 19 is the perfect way to satisfy this credit requirement for attorneys in their first three years of practice. PLUS, registration includes a complimentary social event at Champp’s immediately following the course! See www.indybar.org to learn more and register online.

Recognize the Hard Work of Paralegals

Take time out to give a nod to an outstanding paralegal in your life by attending the annual Paralegal Appreciation Luncheon on Thursday, April 12 at Ruth’s Chris in Indianapolis. The luncheon will feature the presentation of IndyBar’s Paralegal of the Year Award. Registration is now open at www.indybar.org.

Advertise with the IndyBar

Looking for a way to reach thousands of Indy legal practitioners? Advertise with the IndyBar! Several options to fit any budget are available, including packages for the upcoming IndyBar Print Legal Directory. Go online to www.indybar.org to learn more or contact Tara Moore at tmoore@indybar.org.

Don’t Miss Out on TRAC 2012

The Racing Attorney Conference (TRAC), an annual event co-sponsored by the IndyBar and the North Carolina Bar Association, combines education, development and networking with leaders in the motorsports industry. Now in its fifth year, the 2012 conference will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina April 10-11. For details on this year’s program and registration information, please visit www.racingattorneys.com.

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