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2012 CLE Getaway Registration Open: Pack Your Bags for Sedona!

Travel with the IndyBar to beautiful Sedona, Arizona for the 2012 CLE Getaway November 15-17. This is a can’t miss opportunity for out-of-town fun and continuing legal education in a beautiful setting. The conference opens with a cocktail party and dinner on Thursday, November 15. Seminars including breakfast will be held Friday and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon leaving the rest of each day for fun in this spectacular setting. Program topics will focus on ethics, family law, criminal law, civil litigation and appellate law. Registration is now open, with complete program details to be posted by mid-July. Special rates are available at the conference’s host hotel, the Enchantment Resort & Mii amo Spa. For more information and to register, visit www.indybar.org

5 IndyBar Members Named as Semi-Finalists for Supreme Court Vacancy

The Judicial Nominating Commission named 10 semi-finalists for the Indiana Supreme Court vacancy on July 18. The semi-finalists include five IndyBar members: Judge Cale Bradford, Erin Reilly Lewis, Andi Metzel, Geoffrey Slaughter and John Young. The semi-finalists will be interviewed on August 8 and 9.

E-Cycle with the IndyBar!

In conjunction with its Green Legal Initiative, the IndyBar’s Go Green Committee is sponsoring a Drive-Thru E-Cycling event open to IndyBar members and the public, on Friday, August 24, 2012, from 8 a.m. to noon, at Computer Experts, 101 E. Michigan Street. IndyBar volunteers will accept business and household electronic waste: computers, scanners, printers, cell phones, microwaves, VCRs, DVD players, game systems, and other recyclables-for recycling by RecycleForce. For more information on this free community event, visit www.indybar.org.

Judge Sarah Evans Barker Announced as Recipient of 2012 Advancing American Democracy Award

The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site has announced Judge Sarah Evans Barker of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana as the recipient of the 2012 Advancing American Democracy Award. The award will be presented to Judge Barker at the 7th Annual Mary Tucker Jasper Speaker Series event, to be held on September 13 at the Columbia Club on Monument Circle. For more information, visit http://bhpsite.org.

Comment Period Open for Proposed Amendments to Local Rules

The judges of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana are considering amendments to the local rules, which were proposed by the Local Rules Advisory Committee. Comments to the proposed amendments are due by August 17, 2012, and can be sent by email to Local_Rules_Comments@insb.uscourts.gov or by regular mail to Kevin Dempsey, Clerk, United States Bankruptcy Court, Room 116, Birch Bayh Federal Building and United States Courthouse, 46 E. Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

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 on the program, visit www.indybar.org.

Website Available to Review Appellate Court Judges on Retention Ballot

Two Indiana Supreme Court justices and four Court of Appeals judges are up for retention on Election Day in November. Of the six judges, four are IndyBar members—Justice Steven David, Judge John Baker, Judge Nancy Vaidik and Judge Paul Mathias. Voters will decide “yes” or “no” on whether to retain each appellate court judge. A website has been designed by the Supreme Court’s Division of State Court Administration as a way for voters to learn about the judges. Visit the website at courts.in.gov/retention.•

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