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IBA: Have Impact. Be One. Support the Indianapolis Bar Foundation

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By Rebecca Geyer, Drewry Simmons Vornehm LLP

April is a busy month for the Indianapolis Bar Foundation. The IBF awards its annual $35,000 Impact Fund grant to a deserving community initiative; Trivia Night took place on April 16th (see page 2 for details); the Attorney Apprentice Program, which provides skills-based training to new and less experienced lawyers ended on April 19th; lawyers provided pro bono legal services through the Low Asset Will Project and Ask A Lawyer programs; and thousands of scholarship dollars are being or have been awarded for IndyBar Review, Bench Bar, and the Attorney Apprentice Program.

What do these initiatives have in common? They are all funded by your donations to the Indianapolis Bar Foundation.

In 2013, the Foundation launched its Impact of One Campaign, which helped more than 1,000 central Indiana families in April alone. Just one person, one act or one helping hand can have a tremendous impact on the Indianapolis community with your support of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation. Each supporter and each gift, big or small, champions the IBF’s mission to advance justice and lead positive change in Indianapolis. Without that support, IBF programs and services crucial to the advancement of the profession and the betterment of the community would simply cease to exist.

We hope you will join the IBF’s Impact of One Campaign and consider volunteering an hour of your time or donating the equivalent of one billable hour to the IBF to fund these necessary and worthwhile endeavors. Your contribution to the IBF is a direct investment in the success and excellence of the legal profession in Indianapolis. Don’t wait another moment. Visit www.indybar.org to donate today. •

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  1. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

  2. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

  3. Pass Legislation to require guilty defendants to pay for the costs of lab work, etc as part of court costs...

  4. The fee increase would be livable except for the 11% increase in spending at the Disciplinary Commission. The Commission should be focused on true public harm rather than going on witch hunts against lawyers who dare to criticize judges.

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