IBA: Twentieth Bench Bar Conference Features In-House Counsel Track

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While litigators and judges have long sung the praises of the IndyBar’s annual Bench Bar conference, opportunities for transactional attorneys have historically been more limited at the event. It’s appropriate, then, that the 20th Anniversary of the Bench Bar Conference is being celebrated by welcoming even more Indy practitioners to the table with the addition of programming designed especially for in-house counsel.

The 2013 Bench Bar Conference, to be held June 13-15, at the Mariott Downtown in Louisville, Ky., offers a total of 18 different CLE sessions, with five of those sessions included in the new In-House Counsel Track developed by the 2013 Bench Bar Conference Committee. The committee is chaired by the Hon. Robert Altice and Annie Christ-Garcia of Marion Superior Court.

“The IndyBar recognized what seemed to be an underserved segment of the bar and dedicated itself to providing programming that was not just oriented to attorneys that practice in law firms, but programing geared for attorneys that practice the widest of spectrums, ‘in-house’ for clients whose needs are as varied as the law itself,” says Andy Klineman, Senior Legal Counsel at the Buckingham Companies and member of the Bench Bar Conference Committee. “But what is more, the programming, while substantive and contemporary, is really the impetus for getting away from the daily routine and provides an outlet to share ideas with others who have the same professional perspective.”

Well suited for both in-house and transactional attorneys within firms, the In-House Counsel Track covers a wide variety of topics and represents some of the most innovative programming during this year’s conference. See below for a sneak peek of the track programs and register online for the conference at

“Under Attack!” Handling Physical and Cyber Threats in the Workplace

Speakers: Lynn M. Gagel, Associate General Counsel, Roche Diagnostics; John Trimble, Partner, Lewis Wagner LLP (Moderator); Sam Laurin, Partner, Bose McKinney & Evans; Peter Beering, Beering Enterprises, Inc.; Anne Cowgur, Partner, Taft Stettinius & Hollister; and Former Marion Superior Court Judge Ruth Reichard

Join us to learn what all attorneys, whether in private practice, government, judiciary or in-house, should know about how to respond swiftly to the imminent threat of workplace violence or cyber sabotage by disgruntled or mentally ill customers, clients, employees, or other members of the public.

Learn how to assess the level and urgency of the threat, obtain protective or restraining orders, create internal procedures for emergency events, how to combat against Internet-based attacks or misinformation, and how to advise clients on key security issues. Our panel of experts will also discuss the legal liabilities faced by businesses to their employees, guests, and customers for injuries caused by attackers.

Indiana Employment Law Esoterica: Ten Things (and more) Every Indiana Employer Needs to Know, But Probably Doesn’tiba sponsors

Speaker:Paul Sinclair, Partner, Ice Miller LLP

Do Indiana employers have to allow female employees to breastfeed at work? Do Indiana employers have to allow employees to bring guns to work? Can Indiana employers require their employees to quit smoking as a condition of employment? Get answers to these and many more important questions as we explore Indiana Employment Law Esoterica: 10 Things (and more) Every Indiana Employer Needs to Know, But Probably Doesn’t.

The Clownfish and the Sea Anemone: The Keys to a Symbiotic Relationship

Panel: Andy Klineman, General Counsel, The Buckingham Companies; Kris Altice, General Counsel, Shiel Sexton Co., Inc.; 2 other GCs/in-house; Drew Miroff, Partner, Ice Miller LLP, Moderator

The panel of in-house counsel will discuss the various ways that outside counsel can and do add value to their clients, as well as essentials to an effective outside counsel relationship.

Is This a Privileged Communication?

Speaker: Doug Richmond, Esq., Managing Partner, AON Risk Services Professional Services Group, Chicago, Ill.

Attend this interactive session as we explore the fundamentals and nuances of the attorney/client privilege and its application in the corporate counsel setting, including issues such as who is the client(s), what communications are privileged (or not!), who holds and may waive the privilege, how to ensure your intended communications are afforded the most protection as possible and many other issues.•


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  1. This is ridiculous. Most JDs not practicing law don't know squat to justify calling themselves a lawyer. Maybe they should try visiting the inside of a courtroom before they go around calling themselves lawyers. This kind of promotional BS just increases the volume of people with JDs that are underqualified thereby dragging all the rest of us down likewise.

  2. I think it is safe to say that those Hoosier's with the most confidence in the Indiana judicial system are those Hoosier's who have never had the displeasure of dealing with the Hoosier court system.

  3. I have an open CHINS case I failed a urine screen I have since got clean completed IOP classes now in after care passed home inspection my x sister in law has my children I still don't even have unsupervised when I have been clean for over 4 months my x sister wants to keep the lids for good n has my case working with her I just discovered n have proof that at one of my hearing dcs case worker stated in court to the judge that a screen was dirty which caused me not to have unsupervised this was at the beginning two weeks after my initial screen I thought the weed could have still been in my system was upset because they were suppose to check levels n see if it was going down since this was only a few weeks after initial instead they said dirty I recently requested all of my screens from redwood because I take prescriptions that will show up n I was having my doctor look at levels to verify that matched what I was prescripted because dcs case worker accused me of abuseing when I got my screens I found out that screen I took that dcs case worker stated in court to judge that caused me to not get granted unsupervised was actually negative what can I do about this this is a serious issue saying a parent failed a screen in court to judge when they didn't please advise

  4. I have a degree at law, recent MS in regulatory studies. Licensed in KS, admitted b4 S& 7th circuit, but not to Indiana bar due to political correctness. Blacklisted, nearly unemployable due to hostile state action. Big Idea: Headwinds can overcome, esp for those not within the contours of the bell curve, the Lego Movie happiness set forth above. That said, even without the blacklisting for holding ideas unacceptable to the Glorious State, I think the idea presented above that a law degree open many vistas other than being a galley slave to elitist lawyers is pretty much laughable. (Did the law professors of Indiana pay for this to be published?)

  5. Joe, you might want to do some reading on the fate of Hoosier whistleblowers before you get your expectations raised up.