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Volunteer Positions with the Indianapolis Bar Foundation Available

The Indianapolis Bar Foundation impacts members of our profession and community throughout the year through its programs, grants and initiatives. Be a part of this impact with service on an IBF committee in 2014. See the list of committees below, and contact to express your interest. Most committees meet monthly, typically during lunch. Effort will be made to complete all committee assignments and reply by late-December.

Development Committee - 2014 Chair: Lee Christie, Cline Farrell Christie & Lee

Purpose: To lead and direct the non-event fundraising efforts of the Foundation including annual campaign, Distinguished Fellows, Senior Fellows, planned giving, grants, and targeted solicitations (does not include golf and dinner/auction).

Dinner/Auction Committee - 2014 Co-Chairs: Erin Durnell, Broyles Kight & Ricafort PC; and Briana Clark, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP

Purpose: To plan and host the annual dinner/auction fundraiser including sponsorships, table/ticket sales, and silent/live auction. Event to be held in October 2014.

Golf Committee - 2014 Chair: Ned Mulligan, Cohen & Malad LLP

Purpose: To coordinate the annual golf fundraiser including foursomes, individual players, and sponsors. Event to be held in July 2014.

Visibility Committee - 2014 Chair: Whitney Mosby, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP

Purpose: To attain greater visibility and recognition in the Indianapolis legal community as the only local charitable choice for Indianapolis lawyers to support the Indianapolis legal community. Particular attention is given to the quarterly newsletter and enhancing the web presence of the IBF.

Impact Fund Committee - 2014 Chair: Melanie Reichert, Broyles Kight & Ricafort PC

Purpose: To investigate grant making opportunities and make recommendation to the IBF Board about allocation of grant dollars.

Welcome New Citizens at Naturalization Ceremonies

Courtroom connotations: stress, contention and opposition. Let the IndyBar change that for you—participate in a warm, wonderful Naturalization Ceremony. Twice a month, the IndyBar sends representatives to the Naturalization Ceremonies to give welcoming words to the new citizens. Ceremonies are held in the Federal Courthouse, last about an hour and are held on Thursday mornings. For more information and to volunteer, contact Caren Chopp at•


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  1. If a class action suit or other manner of retribution is possible, count me in. I have email and voicemail from the man. He colluded with opposing counsel, I am certain. My case was damaged so severely it nearly lost me everything and I am still paying dearly.

  2. There's probably a lot of blame that can be cast around for Indiana Tech's abysmal bar passage rate this last February. The folks who decided that Indiana, a state with roughly 16,000 to 18,000 attorneys, needs a fifth law school need to question the motives that drove their support of this project. Others, who have been "strong supporters" of the law school, should likewise ask themselves why they believe this institution should be supported. Is it because it fills some real need in the state? Or is it, instead, nothing more than a resume builder for those who teach there part-time? And others who make excuses for the students' poor performance, especially those who offer nothing more than conspiracy theories to back up their claims--who are they helping? What evidence do they have to support their posturing? Ultimately, though, like most everything in life, whether one succeeds or fails is entirely within one's own hands. At least one student from Indiana Tech proved this when he/she took and passed the February bar. A second Indiana Tech student proved this when they took the bar in another state and passed. As for the remaining 9 who took the bar and didn't pass (apparently, one of the students successfully appealed his/her original score), it's now up to them (and nobody else) to ensure that they pass on their second attempt. These folks should feel no shame; many currently successful practicing attorneys failed the bar exam on their first try. These same attorneys picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and got back to the rigorous study needed to ensure they would pass on their second go 'round. This is what the Indiana Tech students who didn't pass the first time need to do. Of course, none of this answers such questions as whether Indiana Tech should be accredited by the ABA, whether the school should keep its doors open, or, most importantly, whether it should have even opened its doors in the first place. Those who promoted the idea of a fifth law school in Indiana need to do a lot of soul-searching regarding their decisions. These same people should never be allowed, again, to have a say about the future of legal education in this state or anywhere else. Indiana already has four law schools. That's probably one more than it really needs. But it's more than enough.

  3. This man Steve Hubbard goes on any online post or forum he can find and tries to push his company. He said court reporters would be obsolete a few years ago, yet here we are. How does he have time to search out every single post about court reporters and even spy in private court reporting forums if his company is so successful???? Dude, get a life. And back to what this post was about, I agree that some national firms cause a huge problem.

  4. rensselaer imdiana is doing same thing to children from the judge to attorney and dfs staff they need to be investigated as well

  5. Sex offenders are victims twice, once when they are molested as kids, and again when they repeat the behavior, you never see money spent on helping them do you. That's why this circle continues