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IBA Frontlines - 12/4/13

December 4, 2013
From IndyBar
News from the IndyBar!
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IndyBar: 'Not in My Backyard!'

December 4, 2013
From IndyBar
New Pause for Professionalism Video Available
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IndyBar: Simplify Your Practice with Forms and Resources

December 4, 2013
From IndyBar
The sharing of information and resources is one of the greatest benefits of an association. During the course of its more than 125 year history, the Indianapolis Bar Association has developed a number of resources to assist in the practice online, on disk, or in hard copy.
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IndyBar: Pay it forward by offering your expertise

December 4, 2013
From IndyBar
Since 2007, attorney volunteers have assisted hundreds of individuals prepare for times when they can no longer speak for themselves through the Low Asset Wills program. For IndyBar volunteers it is easy: clients are pre-screened and template forms are provided.
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IndyBar: Final Appointments Made for 2014 Board of Directors

November 20, 2013
From IndyBar
The slate for the 2014 Indianapolis Bar Association Board of Directors is now complete with the appointment of four Vice Presidents and the Counsel to the Board by President-Elect Jeffrey A. Abrams of Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP.
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IndyBar: Interrogatories with Hon. Jane Magnus-Stinson

November 20, 2013
From IndyBar
A Candid Q&A with the Bench and Bar.
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Blomquist: Inspiring the Next Generation in the Shadow of Greatness

November 20, 2013
Kerry Hyatt Blomquist
As the Indianapolis Public Schools Magnet School for Law and Public Policy, Shortridge has been designed to be the chosen path for future lawyers, legislators, business leaders and policymakers from Indianapolis.
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IBA Frontlines - 11/20/13

November 20, 2013
From IndyBar
Read news from around the IndyBar!
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IndyBar: Volunteer to Take a Family Law or Minor Guardianship Pro Bono Case

November 20, 2013
From IndyBar
Since early 2013, the IndyBar and local legal service providers have been teaming up to provide pro bono help in family law cases. Almost a year into this joint effort, more than 100 cases have been placed and additional volunteers are needed to provide assistance to those in need.
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IndyBar: Nod to Professionalism

November 20, 2013
From IndyBar
Christopher J. Braun has distinguished himself as a preeminent attorney, teacher and mentor.
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Blomquist: A Shout Out for Humility and Knowing When to Ask

November 6, 2013
Kerry Hyatt Blomquist
You are probably receiving your IndyBar membership renewal forms right about now. Take a moment to review the new format to realize that the legal world is indeed your oyster.
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Program provides lawyers trial run at oral argument

November 6, 2013
Dave Stafford
A novel program offered by the Indianapolis Bar Association and the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis, the Indiana Appellate Institute gives lawyers a trial run in which they can practice their arguments before a panel of volunteer lawyers and sometimes former judges and justices.
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IndyBar: Public Outreach Committee Hosts Mock Election

November 6, 2013
From IndyBar
Students at Shortridge Magnet High School for Law and Public Policy got a first-hand taste of the democratic process on Thursday, Oct. 31 as the IndyBar Public Outreach Committee hosted a mock election among eighth graders for a class representative to the school’s Student Council.
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IndyBar Green Legal Initiative Recognizes 27 Firms, Legal Departments for 2013

November 6, 2013
From IndyBar
The IndyBar Go Green Committee, a sub-committee of the Young Lawyers Division, has released its list of Green Legal Initiative firms for 2013. Now in its second year, the program recognizes legal businesses, including law practices, legal departments, courts, agencies, legal support services and other members of the community that have committed to engaging in environmentally responsible business operations.
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IndyBar: Plus CLE Expanded to All Sections, Divisions for 2014

November 6, 2013
From IndyBar
Times are changing in the world of mandatory continuing legal education (CLE). At one time, few providers for continuing legal education existed in the state. Now, a simple Google search for continuing legal education in Indianapolis nets more than 80,000 results.
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IBA Frontlines - 11/6/13

November 6, 2013
From IndyBar
Read news from around the IndyBar!
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Help Others and Get Free CLE: IndyBar to Co-Host Pro Bono Trainings

November 6, 2013
From IndyBar
The IndyBar Pro Bono Standing Committee, along with other legal and community organizations, will co-host two pro bono program trainings in the coming weeks.
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Around the IndyBar: Hon. Tanya Walton Pratt Honored with 2013 Antoinette Dakin Leach Award

November 6, 2013
From IndyBar
Hon. Tanya Walton Pratt of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana was honored with the Women and the Law Division’s Antoinette Dakin Leach Award at the Antoinette Dakin Leach Award Celebration Luncheon on Friday, Oct. 25.
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IndyBar: Local Leaders to be Honored with IndyBar Recognition Awards

October 23, 2013
From IndyBar
These IndyBar members–and their innovative ideas–are just a few of those who will be honored at the Indianapolis Bar Association and Foundation Recognition Luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013.
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IndyBar: Moberly to Lead Indianapolis Bar Association in 2016

October 23, 2013
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association’s Nominating Committee has announced the selection of the Hon. Robyn Moberly of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana as the 2016 President of the Indianapolis Bar Association.
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IndyBar: Health Care & Life Sciences Section Kicks Off Rebranding with Half-Day Seminar

October 23, 2013
From IndyBar
Spurred by recent growth in the Indiana life sciences industry and by the natural nexus between the health care and life sciences sectors in Indiana, the IndyBar Health Care section expanded its focus in 2013, becoming the “Health Care & Life Sciences Section.”
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Blomquist: Embracing Diversity for the Greater Good

October 23, 2013
Kerry Hyatt Blomquist
The IndyBar job fair connects diverse students with Indy employment.
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IndyBar Celebrates Pro Bono Month

October 23, 2013
From IndyBar
Check out photos celebrating IndyBar's Pro Bono Month.
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IndyBar: Hon. Tanya Walton Pratt Named Recipient of 2013 Antoinette Dakin Leach Award

October 9, 2013
From IndyBar
The Hon. Tanya Walton Pratt, United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, will be recognized as the 2013 Antoinette Dakin Leach Award recipient at the Antoinette Dakin Leach Award Celebration Luncheon on October 25. The luncheon is being held in conjunction with the Women & the Law Division’s Women, Law & Leadership Symposium, which will be held Thursday, October 24 through Friday, October 25.
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IndyBar - Around the Bar: Something for Everyone at the IndyBar!

October 9, 2013
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Read about recent happenings at the IndyBar!
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