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IBA Frontlines - 5/8/13

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Marion County Civil Courts Moving to Odyssey On Monday, May 13, 2013, Marion County Circuit & Superior Civil Courts will officially be part of Odyssey, the Indiana Supreme Court’s statewide judicial case management system. This transition is a result of a 16-month process moving from the JUSTIS mainframe system implemented by the county in 1988 to a web-based program that allows for greater communication between Indiana’s county courts. To learn more about how this transition may affect you and about what you can expect with Odyssey beginning May 13, visit http://www.indy.gov/eGov/County/Clerk.

To learn even more about the Odyssey system, plan to attend “Odyssey in Marion County: The Basics for Practitioners,” which will be offered for CLE credit by the IndyBar on Tuesday, June 11 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Register online at www.indybar.org.

Public Opinion Requested on Possible Rule Changes

The Indiana Supreme Court is interested in obtaining comments from judges, attorneys and the general public as it considers changes to several Rules of Court. Visit courts.in.gov to view descriptions of proposed changes. Comments should be sent by June 5 either via email to RulesComments@courts.in.gov or by mail to Lilia G. Judson, Indiana Supreme Court, Division of State Court Administration, 30 South Meridian St., Suite 500, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204. 

IndyBar Honors Paralegal of the Year

Congratulations to Denise Bowlby of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP for being named the IndyBar’s Paralegal of the Year for 2013! Ms. Bowlby will be honored at the upcoming Paralegal Appreciation Luncheon on Thursday, May 16 from noon to 1 p.m. at Ruth’s Chris. Make plans to say “thanks” to your paralegal by registering online at www.indybar.org.

Indianapolis Bar Foundation Seeking Annual Fund Director

Founded in 1968, the Indianapolis Bar Foundation’s mission to advance justice and lead positive change in our city through philanthropy, education and service has inspired thousands of hours of volunteer service and funded more than 20 programs each year. We now seek an Annual Fund Director to help us give greater aid to our neighbors by growing our annual fund campaign which has typically raised $250,000 to $300,000.  Under administrative direction of the Executive Director, this individual will develop, plan and implement an annual fund development program for the Indianapolis Bar Foundation (IBF) in line with its strategic goals; identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors; develop fundraising strategies; serve as liaison to all committees; and support budget, projects, goals, and strategic planning. To view the full job description and requirements, please visit www.indybar.org.

Qualified individuals interested in applying for this position may submit a resume and cover letter to Julie Armstrong at 135 N. Pennsylvania, Suite 1500, Indianpolis, IN 46204 or jarmstrong@indybar.org  by May 13, 2013. Please, no phone calls.•

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