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Marion Circuit Court Adopts Amendment to RuleOn July 16th, the Marion Circuit Court published for comment a proposed amendment to Marion County Small Claims Court Rule 49SC00502. Following a comment period ending August 31, the court modified the rule as proposed. Pursuant to Indiana Trial Rule 81 and Indiana Code § 33-34-5-6, the Marion County Circuit Court has now adopted the rule. To view the order amending the rule as well as the rule change, visit indybar.org.

U.S. Attorney’s Office to Host Symposium

The Civil Rights Task Force of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Indiana will host a half day symposium designed to provide critical knowledge of important civil rights legislation, rights under the law, and trends and hot button issues on Tuesday, October 22. The program is free and open to the public. Registrations are due by October 11. Go to justice.gov/usao/ins for more information.

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 cchopp@indybar.org.

Indianapolis Bar Foundation Trivia Night is Back!

Question: How do you prove your trivia dominance while supporting a great cause? Answer: Register for IBF Trivia Night, coming back for a third time this year on Tuesday, November 5 at Dave & Buster’s in Castleton. Emceed by James Bell of Bingham Greenebaum Doll and Adam Christensen of Mallor Grodner, teams of up to five people—both members and non-members are invited—will compete to become the IBF Trivia Champions. Learn more and register online at indybar.org.

Scholarships Available to WLD Symposium

The Indianapolis Bar Association Women & the Law Division is proud to present “Women, Law & Leadership: Pay it Forward,” a comprehensive symposium designed to inform, inspire and enlighten. This event will feature a series of programs on hot legal topics of interest to all lawyers as well as entertaining and compelling sessions addressing issues that impact women lawyers on October 24 and 25, 2013. The symposium will also provide great opportunities for networking at the welcome reception, Keynote Dinner and Antoinette Dakin Leach Award Celebration Lunch.

Through generous sponsorships, several scholarships are available for this can’t-miss event. Applications are due October 10. Go to indybar.org to access the scholarship application, to view the full schedule and to access online registration.

IndyBar Office Closing

Please note that the office of the Indianapolis Bar Association & Foundation will be closed on Monday, October 14 in observance of Columbus Day. The office will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 15.•

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