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Comment Period Open for Amendments to Local Rules

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana has released proposed amendments to certain Local Rules for a period of public comment through Dec. 14, 2012. If adopted, these rules will become effective Jan. 1, 2013. The proposed amendments are available online on the court’s website at www.insd.uscourts.gov. Comments must be submitted in writing or via email on or before Dec. 14, 2012, and should be sent to:

Local Rule Comments
Office of the Clerk
105 U.S. Courthouse
46 East Ohio Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204

or via email: LocalRules@insd. uscourts.gov.

Time is Running Out for CLE!

2013 is right around the corner, so don’t get caught scrambling for CLE credits at the last minute! Get your final 2012 CLE credits at IndyBar programs scheduled throughout the remainder of 2012. Visit the Events tab at www.indybar.org to view the CLE calendar and register today!

 Celebrate the Season with the IndyBar

The holidays are quickly approaching. Don’t miss out on the annual IndyBar Holiday Party. Mark your calendar for Thursday, Dec. 13, and go online to indybar.org. to register today! The party will take place at Euphoria, located on the canal downtown, from 5 to 7 p.m. and is free to all IndyBar members. Various IndyBar Sections and Divisions will also be hosting holiday gatherings – visit the Events Calendar online to check out all upcoming social events.

 It’s Dues Renewal Time

Get a jump on 2013 by renewing your IndyBar membership today. Convenient online renewal is available at http://www.indybar.org/membership/applications/renewal-application.php. Make sure to check out and take advantage of the IndyBar’s great new offerings for 2013, including the new Indy Attorneys Network section and the Plus CLE Pilot Program.

Save the Date for the 2013 Installation Luncheon

Join your colleagues as the presidents and boards of directors of the Indianapolis Bar Association and Indianapolis Bar Foundation are installed at the 2013 Installation Luncheon on Thursday, Jan. 17 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Conrad Indianapolis. Kerry Hyatt Blomquist, Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, will become president of the IndyBar and Kelley Johnson, Cohen & Malad LLP, will lead the Foundation. Register for the luncheon online at www.indybar.org.

Support the Indianapolis Bar Foundation

Planning out your year-end charitable giving? Don’t forget about the Indianapolis Bar Foundation, a community-focused leader of the local legal profession. The IBF’s ongoing grants and programs are maintained solely through the generosity and energy of its directors, fellows and donors. To further its mission and to make a greater impact on Indianapolis, the Foundation asks for your support. Every dollar counts! Go online to https://www.indybar.org/about/bar-foundation-donation/ to donate today.

IndyBar Committee Positions Available for 2013

Would you like to network with your legal community and have fun through the practice of law? Volunteer to serve on an Indianapolis Bar Association committee. Appointments are now being made to the 2013 committees. Go to http://www.indybar.org/interest-groups/committees-task-forces/ to view the listing of committees and email volunteer@indybar.org to express your interest today!

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