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Nominations Now Open for 2013 IndyBar Board of DirectorsThe nomination period has begun for the 2013 board of directors of the Indianapolis Bar Association, and Hon. Jane Magnus-Stinson of United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana has been appointed to chair the effort. Self-nominations for the board are encouraged, as are nominations of colleagues. The following vacancies exist for the coming year and must be filled by an attorney member:

1st Vice President (serves one-year term and will automatically assume the office of President-elect in 2014)

Secretary (two-year term, 2013 and 2014)

At-Large Member of Board of Managers (five positions, each two-year terms, 2013 and 2014)

Letters or the nomination form found on the indybar.org website should be forwarded to the bar office by July 23, 2012. The nominating committee will select a slate of nominees, which reflects our geographic, ethnic, minority, gender and practice area diversity while recognizing leadership and service to the Indianapolis Bar Association.

IndyBar members wishing to seek election outside the nominating process may file a petition ballot which is now available at the bar office. To be valid, the petition must be filed by July 23, 2012, and must contain the signatures of at least 50 attorney members of the Indianapolis Bar Association.

In Memorium

The Indianapolis Bar Association is saddened to note the passing of member Gil I. Berry Jr. on Thursday, June 21, 2012. Mr. Berry was a long-time member of the IndyBar and a mentor to many.

Volunteers Needed for Ask a Lawyer

Attorneys and paralegals are needed to assist during the fall 2012 Ask A Lawyer program on Tuesday, October 9. Volunteers are being sought for one of two shifts—2 to 4 p.m. or 4 to 6 p.m.—at Indianapolis Public Library sites throughout the city. To volunteer, contact Caren Chopp at cchopp@indybar.org. For more information visit the indybar.org website.

Joseph Maley Foundation 5k

This annual event is just around the corner - Saturday, July 14 at 8 a.m. at Eagle Creek Park. This is a family-friendly event that includes a 2-mile walk and many children’s activities. For runners it is an enjoyable flat to rolling 5k course, with the last half shaded. See www.josephmaley.org to register.

Save the Date – Bench Bar Conference 2013

The 20th Annual Bench Bar Conference has been scheduled for June 13-15, 2013, at the Marriott Downtown Louisville in Louisville, Ky. Any member with programming ideas, interested in participating as a speaker or willing to serve on the planning committee is encouraged to contact IndyBar Executive Director Julie Armstrong at jarmstrong@indybar.org or call 269-2000.•

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