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Last Chance: Register Now for Take a Law Student to Lunch!

Just one lunch hour. That’s all it takes to open the door of our legal community for a law student and provide that student with the real life knowledge of what it’s like to practice in Indy. Sign up at indybar.org/events and “Take a Law Student to Lunch” Thursday, May 15. The luncheon will be held at the Hilton Indianapolis at 120 W. Market St.

IndyBar Diversity Job Fair Student Registration Now Open

The IndyBar will host its annual Diversity Job Fair Aug. 21 and 22, and student registration is now available. Students can find information on how to register at ibadiversityjobfair.org. The Diversity Job Fair is open to fall 2014 full-time 2L law students (graduating May 2016) or part-time 2L or 3L law students (graduating 2016/2017. Twenty-four legal employers, from large firms to government agencies to courts, will be conducting interviews at the fair.

HEAL is Here to Help

HEAL—Helping Enrich Attorneys Lives—assists lawyers, judges and paralegals in the Indianapolis area who are experiencing a crisis or who are affected by the crisis of someone close to that person, such as a spouse or professional colleague. The program is simple, but its impact can be great. Learn more at indybar.org/heal.

‘Practical Practice’ Track to Debut at Bench Bar

The IndyBar’s Bench Bar Conference has long been known as the best opportunity for litigators and judges to mix and mingle in a casual, fun environment. Now in its 21st year, the conference has widened its appeal with the inaugural “Practical Practice” track planned for the 2014 event, to be held June 19-21 at the Hyatt Regency in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The Practical Practice Track is designed to introduce new lawyers or newly solo lawyers to the basics of operating a firm and will also highlight several common solo practice areas, including estate planning, family law and criminal law. View the full conference agenda and access online registration at indybenchbar.org.

Hit the Links with the IBF

Spring may have just sprung, but it isn’t too early to make plans to join the Indianapolis Bar Foundation at the 2014 Lawyer Links Classic golf outing. Enjoy a day on the course at the Golf Club of Indianapolis July 17 while supporting a great cause. Learn more at indybar.org/ibfevents.

Scholarships Available for Bench Bar Conference

Applications are now being accepted for 20 scholarships to attend the IndyBar’s Bench Bar Conference, coming up June 19 to 21 in Cincinnati, Ohio. These scholarships, which are made possible through the generosity of Bench Bar Conference sponsors, include Friday Arrival Full Conference Registration and Friday night lodging at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati. These scholarships are available to attorneys with preference given to IndyBar members, those demonstrating an interest in active IndyBar and/or Indianapolis Bar Foundation participation, and those in practice five years or less. Applications are due May 8. Learn more and access the application form at indybenchbar.org.

IndyBar Review: Delivering the ‘Power to Pass’ for February Exam Takers

Indiana Bar Exam results for the February 2014 exam were released on Tuesday, April 29. Congrats to all successful takers! Ninety-four percent of McKinney School of Law graduates who took IndyBar Review, the IndyBar’s official bar review course, passed the exam, with a 100 percent pass rate for McKinney graduates who attended all live sessions.

Taking the July Bar Exam? There’s still time to sign up for IndyBar Review! To learn more about IndyBar Review and how it delivers the “power to pass,” visit indybar.org/barreview.•
 

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