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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 www.indybenchbar.org.

“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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