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IBA: Give Yourself the Gift of Associating

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In this fast-paced, instant message world of ours, resources like the Indianapolis Bar Association are a must. With all its benefits, no Indianapolis area practitioner should be without an IndyBar membership. If you are not a member or have not yet renewed your IndyBar membership for 2011, now is the time. E-mail iba@indybar.org to find out how you can stay connected with the IndyBar.

Why should you join or renew? Because it pays to associate.

Networking. Yes, our lives are more productive with this phone app and that search engine. But personal relationships are still the key. “The availability of vast networking opportunities is probably the most compelling benefit of an IndyBar membership,” said Christine H. Hickey, IndyBar President and past chair of its Membership Committee. “The networking opportunities the Bar offers will not only help you build or expand your law practice, but they also are a lot of fun.”

Build your practice. Networking, however, is just one IndyBar member benefit that can help you build or expand your practice. Another is the Lawyer Referral Service; for a low $250 annual fee, IndyBar members may join a panel of attorneys who receive pre-screened referrals from the Lawyer Referral Service.

The LRS staff fields and screens thousands of potential referrals each month. The result: LRS members obtain quality client referrals with very little investment, giving them time to focus on what they know best — practicing law! Although the LRS membership is limited to IndyBar members, there is not a better dollar-for-dollar marketing investment for lawyers, even adding in the additional (but very reasonable) dues to join the Indianapolis Bar.

Between the networking opportunities and the LRS, membership in the IndyBar makes perfect business sense. If these opportunities are not enough, however, consider these additional member benefits:

Continuing Legal Education. IBA members receive a 50% discount to all Indianapolis Bar CLE seminars and have the opportunity to attend free brown-bag seminars.

Legal Forms. Practice forms may be downloaded free of charge by our members at the Bar’s Web site, www.indybar.org; just log in to the members are — a valuable resource for most practitioners.

Publications. The complimentary subscription to Indiana Lawyer and the weekly Ebulletin help our members stay in touch with legal news and events.

Pro Bono Opportunities. The IndyBar provides pro bono opportunities for its members so that volunteering is easy, fulfilling and fun.

Sections, Divisions and Committees. The IndyBar has sections, committees and divisions covering just about every area of law. For a nominal fee, IndyBar members may join and network with attorneys who share the same interests or practice area.

More than anything, however, the IndyBar works hard to serve its members. If there is an issue that concerns you as an Indianapolis attorney, chances are the IndyBar is working on it. From attempting to make every IndyBar event timely and meaningful, to initiatives surrounding image enhancement, to taking a leadership position on issues affecting all areas of practice the IndyBar always puts the needs of its members first.

Membership applications are available at www.indybar.org – or e-mail iba@indybar.org to renew. Tell a friend that it pays to associate.•

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  1. Where may I find an attorney working Pro Bono? Many issues with divorce, my Disability, distribution of IRA's, property, money's and pressured into agreement by my attorney. Leaving me far less than 5% of all after 15 years of marriage. No money to appeal, disabled living on disability income. Attorney's decision brought forward to judge, no evidence ever to finalize divorce. Just 2 weeks ago. Please help.

  2. For the record no one could answer the equal protection / substantive due process challenge I issued in the first post below. The lawless and accountable only to power bureaucrats never did either. All who interface with the Indiana law examiners or JLAP be warned.

  3. Hi there I really need help with getting my old divorce case back into court - I am still paying support on a 24 year old who has not been in school since age 16 - now living independent. My visitation with my 14 year old has never been modified; however, when convenient for her I can have him... I am paying past balance from over due support, yet earn several thousand dollars less. I would contact my original attorney but he basically molest me multiple times in Indy when I would visit.. Todd Woodmansee - I had just came out and had know idea what to do... I have heard he no longer practices. Please help1

  4. Yes diversity is so very important. With justice Rucker off ... the court is too white. Still too male. No Hispanic justice. No LGBT justice. And there are other checkboxes missing as well. This will not do. I say hold the seat until a physically handicapped Black Lesbian of Hispanic heritage and eastern religious creed with bipolar issues can be located. Perhaps an international search, with a preference for third world candidates, is indicated. A non English speaker would surely increase our diversity quotient!!!

  5. First, I want to thank Justice Rucker for his many years of public service, not just at the appellate court level for over 25 years, but also when he served the people of Lake County as a Deputy Prosecutor, City Attorney for Gary, IN, and in private practice in a smaller, highly diverse community with a history of serious economic challenges, ethnic tensions, and recently publicized but apparently long-standing environmental health risks to some of its poorest residents. Congratulations for having the dedication & courage to practice law in areas many in our state might have considered too dangerous or too poor at different points in time. It was also courageous to step into a prominent and highly visible position of public service & respect in the early 1990's, remaining in a position that left you open to state-wide public scrutiny (without any glitches) for over 25 years. Yes, Hoosiers of all backgrounds can take pride in your many years of public service. But people of color who watched your ascent to the highest levels of state government no doubt felt even more as you transcended some real & perhaps some perceived social, economic, academic and professional barriers. You were living proof that, with hard work, dedication & a spirit of public service, a person who shared their same skin tone or came from the same county they grew up in could achieve great success. At the same time, perhaps unknowingly, you helped fellow members of the judiciary, court staff, litigants and the public better understand that differences that are only skin-deep neither define nor limit a person's character, abilities or prospects in life. You also helped others appreciate that people of different races & backgrounds can live and work together peacefully & productively for the greater good of all. Those are truths that didn't have to be written down in court opinions. Anyone paying attention could see that truth lived out every day you devoted to public service. I believe you have been a "trailblazer" in Indiana's legal community and its judiciary. I also embrace your belief that society's needs can be better served when people in positions of governmental power reflect the many complexions of the population that they serve. Whether through greater understanding across the existing racial spectrum or through the removal of some real and some perceived color-based, hope-crushing barriers to life opportunities & success, movement toward a more reflective representation of the population being governed will lead to greater and uninterrupted respect for laws designed to protect all peoples' rights to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness. Thanks again for a job well-done & for the inevitable positive impact your service has had - and will continue to have - on countless Hoosiers of all backgrounds & colors.

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