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Planning for the Future: The IndyBar Strategic Plan

November 30, 2016
From IndyBar
The strategic planning process—one that the Indianapolis Bar Association has undertaken since the early 1990s—is a crucial practice that charts the course for the coming years, setting priorities, focusing energy and strengthening the organization.
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IndyBar: Wanzer to Lead Indianapolis Bar Foundation in 2017

November 16, 2016
From IndyBar
Holly Wanzer, founding partner of Wanzer Edwards PC, will serve as the President of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation in 2017, leading the organization’s efforts to advance justice and lead positive change in Indianapolis through philanthropy, education and service.
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IndyBar Assists with Arsenal Tech Mock Election

November 16, 2016
From IndyBar
On Monday, Nov. 7, the mock-election for the offices of United States President, Indiana Governor and U.S. Senator was conducted with the assistance of volunteers from Indianapolis Bar Association’s Professionalism Committee.
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IndyBar Frontlines - 11/16/16

November 16, 2016
From IndyBar
Read news from the IndyBar!
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Moberly: Finding Opportunity in Change

November 16, 2016
Robyn Moberly
The disruption in the legal profession from multiple sources has been a topic of much discussion at the IndyBar and all around the country.
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IndyBar: Marion County Prosecutor’s Office Launches ‘DifferentNotLess’ Initiative

November 2, 2016
From IndyBar
The purpose of the prosecutor’s "DifferentNotLess" initiative is to advocate for the employment of individuals with autism and other disabilities.
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IndyBar: IBF Supporters Enjoy ‘An Evening Under the Stars’

November 2, 2016
From IndyBar
With more than 350 guests in attendance, the evening helped to raise over $130,000 to support the foundation’s mission of advancing justice to lead to positive change in Indianapolis through philanthropy, education and service.
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IndyBar: Improving Literacy, Improving Lives

November 2, 2016
From IndyBar
Assisting the inmates in their education will help create more engaged and productive members of society, as well as give members of the Indianapolis Bar Association an opportunity to create sustainable change within their own community.
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IndyBar: Then and Now: Practitioners Look Back on 50 Years in the Profession

November 2, 2016
From IndyBar
These members are among those to be honored at the upcoming IndyBar and IBF Recognition Breakfast on Nov. 15 at the Meridian Hills Country Club.
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IndyBar: Pro Bono: A Voice for the Unheard

November 2, 2016
From IndyBar
Amanda Blystone, a family law attorney who practices with the law firm Broyles Kight & Ricafort PC, devotes a substantial amount of pro bono hours “being the voice for kids who otherwise would probably be unheard.”
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Moberly: Relationships Are Bridges to Civility (and Satisfaction)

October 19, 2016
Robyn Moberly
The IndyBar has many mentoring programs designed to provide helpful professional relationships for our newest members.
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IndyBar: Chief Justice Honored with Antoinette Dakin Leach Award

October 19, 2016
From IndyBar
Members of the legal community gathered to honor Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush as the 2016 Antoinette Dakin Leach Award on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at the Skyline Club in downtown Indianapolis.
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Moberly: Succeeding by ‘Failing Forward’

October 5, 2016
Robyn Moberly
A motivational speaker once said “it’s not how far you fall, but how high you bounce.” So, reach for that brass ring and you just might catch it.
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IndyBar: Indy Reads Named 2016 Impact Fund Grant Recipient

October 5, 2016
From IndyBar
With help from the Indianapolis Bar Foundation (IBF), local non-profit Indy Reads is tackling adult literacy issues, and specifically those that face individuals in our criminal justice system.
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IndyBar: Make Your Voice Heard on Marion County Justice System Improvements

October 5, 2016
From IndyBar
IndyBar members are encouraged to be on hand to talk with representatives from Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett’s office at the IndyBar offices on Thursday, Oct. 13 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. regarding ideas for improvements to the processes used within the criminal justice system in Marion County
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IndyBar: Additional Appointments Made for 2017 IndyBar Board of Directors

September 21, 2016
From IndyBar
The slate for the 2017 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 Nissa Ricafort of Broyles Kight & Ricafort PC
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IndyBar: Chief Justice Loretta Rush Named 2016 Antoinette Dakin Leach Award Recipient

September 21, 2016
From IndyBar
The spirit of Antoinette Dakin Leach lives on through each award winner and this year’s recipient, Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush, is no exception. Chief Justice Rush has forged a career from numerous groundbreaking accomplishments.<
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IndyBar: Join the Indianapolis Bar Foundation for an Evening Under the Stars on October 14

September 21, 2016
From IndyBar
This annual event helps to ensure that the IBF can continue to provide access to justice for many of our Hoosier neighbors that might not otherwise have access to a lawyer.
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IndyBar: Learn the E-Filing Ropes at the IndyBar

September 21, 2016
From IndyBar
E-Filing: it’s here to stay in Indiana. Though the new system is designed to simplify the process for all users of the court system, making the change to e-filing means big changes for local lawyers.
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IndyBar: Help Us Honor Excellence: Nominations Now Open for IndyBar Recognition Awards

September 21, 2016
From IndyBar
This fall, IndyBar members will be honored for their contributions to our legal community.
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IndyBar: IndyBar to Launch New Section in 2017

September 21, 2016
From IndyBar
Exciting things are happening at the IndyBar! A new section—the E-Discovery, Information Governance & Cyber Security Section—is coming in 2017.
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IndyBar: Barnard to Lead Indianapolis Bar Association in 2019

September 7, 2016
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association’s Nominating Committee has announced the selection of Thomas A. Barnard of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP as the 2019 President of the Indianapolis Bar Association.
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IndyBar Names Young and Trimble Recipients of 2016 Professionalism Awards

September 7, 2016
From IndyBar
The IndyBar Professionalism Committee, led by chair Arend Abel, has named the Hon. Richard Young of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana the 2016 recipient of the Silver Gavel Award, while John Trimble of Lewis Wagner LLP has been awarded the bar’s Professionalism Award.
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Moberly: 2020 is in Sight: Charting our Future through the Strategic Plan

September 7, 2016
Robyn Moberly
As I foreshadowed in an earlier column, recently members of the IndyBar met to discuss and draft the next three-year strategic plan for the association. This isn’t your typical not-for-profit organization’s strategic plan. It won’t be just filed away.
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IndyBar Frontlines - 9/7/16

September 7, 2016
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News from around the IndyBar!
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  5. I'm glad that attorney Carl Hayes, who represented the BMV in this case, is able to say that his client "is pleased to have resolved the issue". Everyone makes mistakes, even bureaucratic behemoths like Indiana's BMV. So to some extent we need to be forgiving of such mistakes. But when those mistakes are going to cost Indiana taxpayers millions of dollars to rectify (because neither plaintiff's counsel nor Mr. Hayes gave freely of their services, and the BMV, being a state-funded agency, relies on taxpayer dollars to pay these attorneys their fees), the agency doesn't have a right to feel "pleased to have resolved the issue". One is left wondering why the BMV feels so pleased with this resolution? The magnitude of the agency's overcharges might suggest to some that, perhaps, these errors were more than mere oversight. Could this be why the agency is so "pleased" with this resolution? Will Indiana motorists ever be assured that the culture of incompetence (if not worse) that the BMV seems to have fostered is no longer the status quo? Or will even more "overcharges" and lawsuits result? It's fairly obvious who is really "pleased to have resolved the issue", and it's not Indiana's taxpayers who are on the hook for the legal fees generated in these cases.

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