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Every year on Dec. 31, as the clock ticks to midnight and revelers celebrate the start of a new year, scores of resolutions for better living, happier lives and new beginnings are made. But within even just a couple of weeks, studies show that only a quarter of us have held tightly to these bold proclamations.

This year, let the IndyBar help you succeed in fulfilling your resolutions for a more successful and satisfying career. The bar’s resources, programs and initiatives are standing by to help you see your resolutions through from idle promises to fruitful accomplishments.

1. I want to give back. Yes, pro bono service can take up time that you would otherwise spend billing or clearing out your inbox, but it is an important—and fulfilling—way to give back to the community. Whether you have just an evening to spare or a couple hours a week, the IndyBar has options to fit your schedule—and have you feeling more satisfied after helping neighbors in need. Ready to get going? Volunteers are actively being sought for two programs—Low Asset Wills and the Homeless Project—right now! See articles in this issue for more information and visit indybar.org/volunteer to learn about additional opportunities.

Looking to give back outside of the legal arena? The IndyBar’s Public Outreach Committee is poised to offer members opportunities to volunteer with community organizations throughout Indianapolis. Stay tuned for additional information on events scheduled for 2014.

2. I want to grow my business. The IndyBar’s menu of referral programs have grown to offer something for nearly every practitioner. Indy Lawyer Finder, online at indylawyerfinder.com, instantly boosts your online presence and delivers clients actively searching for representation on the web. The call-in Lawyer Referral Service is an easy and affordable way to gain business, with just one yearly fee (plus 10 percent in fees for cases generating more than $100) and easy electronic reporting. Modest Means—offered for both criminal law and family law—helps the public while you earn a reduced fee (but gain valuable experience). And finally, the Legal Advice Hotline puts an extra $15 in your pocket for just 20 minutes of your time assisting a caller with limited legal advice. Learn more about IndyBar referral programs at indybar.org/referrals.

3. I want to learn something new. With more than 200 educational programs held throughout the year, the IndyBar boasts the largest offering of one-hour CLE programs in Indianapolis, and earning credits is easy for you—attend live sessions at the conveniently located Education Center, or learn from the comfort of your home or office with the online CLE catalog, home to more than 100 programs covering nearly every practice area.

Of course, learning isn’t limited to just educational programming. The bar’s ongoing efforts to expand member communications means that now you can customize your IndyBar communications to receive the news, information and resources you want—from substantive law topics to tech tips—when you want it. Visit indybar.org/account to manage your news subscriptions. Your subscriptions will automatically populate in an all-new IndyBar E-Bulletin every other week, and your member page includes a new “Your News” area, which conveniently displays the latest posts from your subscriptions.

4. I want to expand my network. Connections mean business. They mean a quick and easy answer to a question outside of your practice area. And they mean camaraderie in the profession. IndyBar events—from section/division socials to the annual Bench Bar Conference—have long facilitated networking between practitioners.

Networking was taken a step farther in 2013 with the addition of the Indy Attorneys Network—a section dedicated to generating networking opportunities for IndyBar members. Section members are randomly matched each month, and the match is free to arrange a meet-up that best suits each member—from coffee or happy hour to a lunch or even a sporting event. The section also offers members seminars and larger group socials throughout the year.

5. I want to move up in my career. When climbing the career ladder, the step from rung to rung can seem difficult, if not daunting. The IndyBar offers programs and services to help prime members in all phases of their career for success. Participation in the Bar Leader Series grooms lawyers for future leadership opportunities in the profession and beyond. Leadership on an IndyBar committee or within a section/division can provide the experience that sets one candidate apart from another. The Attorney Apprentice program provides the “how” of practicing law that is absent from most law school curriculum. Plus, IndyBar referral programs can play a major role in helping you build an attractive book of business.•

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  1. From back in the day before secularism got a stranglehold on Hoosier jurists comes this great excerpt via Indiana federal court judge Allan Sharp, dedicated to those many Indiana government attorneys (with whom I have dealt) who count the law as a mere tool, an optional tool that is not to be used when political correctness compels a more acceptable result than merely following the path that the law directs: ALLEN SHARP, District Judge. I. In a scene following a visit by Henry VIII to the home of Sir Thomas More, playwriter Robert Bolt puts the following words into the mouths of his characters: Margaret: Father, that man's bad. MORE: There is no law against that. ROPER: There is! God's law! MORE: Then God can arrest him. ROPER: Sophistication upon sophistication! MORE: No, sheer simplicity. The law, Roper, the law. I know what's legal not what's right. And I'll stick to what's legal. ROPER: Then you set man's law above God's! MORE: No, far below; but let me draw your attention to a fact I'm not God. The currents and eddies of right and wrong, which you find such plain sailing, I can't navigate. I'm no voyager. But in the thickets of law, oh, there I'm a forester. I doubt if there's a man alive who could follow me there, thank God... ALICE: (Exasperated, pointing after Rich) While you talk, he's gone! MORE: And go he should, if he was the Devil himself, until he broke the law! ROPER: So now you'd give the Devil benefit of law! MORE: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil? ROPER: I'd cut down every law in England to do that! MORE: (Roused and excited) Oh? (Advances on Roper) And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned round on you where would you hide, Roper, the laws being flat? (He leaves *1257 him) This country's planted thick with laws from coast to coast man's laws, not God's and if you cut them down and you're just the man to do it d'you really think you would stand upright in the winds that would blow then? (Quietly) Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake. ROPER: I have long suspected this; this is the golden calf; the law's your god. MORE: (Wearily) Oh, Roper, you're a fool, God's my god... (Rather bitterly) But I find him rather too (Very bitterly) subtle... I don't know where he is nor what he wants. ROPER: My God wants service, to the end and unremitting; nothing else! MORE: (Dryly) Are you sure that's God! He sounds like Moloch. But indeed it may be God And whoever hunts for me, Roper, God or Devil, will find me hiding in the thickets of the law! And I'll hide my daughter with me! Not hoist her up the mainmast of your seagoing principles! They put about too nimbly! (Exit More. They all look after him). Pgs. 65-67, A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS A Play in Two Acts, Robert Bolt, Random House, New York, 1960. Linley E. Pearson, Atty. Gen. of Indiana, Indianapolis, for defendants. Childs v. Duckworth, 509 F. Supp. 1254, 1256 (N.D. Ind. 1981) aff'd, 705 F.2d 915 (7th Cir. 1983)

  2. "Meanwhile small- and mid-size firms are getting squeezed and likely will not survive unless they become a boutique firm." I've been a business attorney in small, and now mid-size firm for over 30 years, and for over 30 years legal consultants have been preaching this exact same mantra of impending doom for small and mid-sized firms -- verbatim. This claim apparently helps them gin up merger opportunities from smaller firms who become convinced that they need to become larger overnight. The claim that large corporations are interested in cost-saving and efficiency has likewise been preached for decades, and is likewise bunk. If large corporations had any real interest in saving money they wouldn't use large law firms whose rates are substantially higher than those of high-quality mid-sized firms.

  3. The family is the foundation of all human government. That is the Grand Design. Modern governments throw off this Design and make bureaucratic war against the family, as does Hollywood and cultural elitists such as third wave feminists. Since WWII we have been on a ship of fools that way, with both the elite and government and their social engineering hacks relentlessly attacking the very foundation of social order. And their success? See it in the streets of Fergusson, on the food stamp doles (mostly broken families)and in the above article. Reject the Grand Design for true social function, enter the Glorious State to manage social dysfunction. Our Brave New World will be a prison camp, and we will welcome it as the only way to manage given the anarchy without it.

  4. When I hear 'Juvenile Lawyer' I think of an attorney helping a high school aged kid through the court system for a poor decision; like smashing mailboxes. Thank you for opening up my eyes to the bigger picture of the need for juvenile attorneys. It made me sad, but also fascinated, when it was explained, in the sixth paragraph, that parents making poor decisions (such as drug abuse) can cause situations where children need legal representation and aid from a lawyer.

  5. Some in the Hoosier legal elite consider this prayer recommended by the AG seditious, not to mention the Saint who pledged loyalty to God over King and went to the axe for so doing: "Thomas More, counselor of law and statesman of integrity, merry martyr and most human of saints: Pray that, for the glory of God and in the pursuit of His justice, I may be trustworthy with confidences, keen in study, accurate in analysis, correct in conclusion, able in argument, loyal to clients, honest with all, courteous to adversaries, ever attentive to conscience. Sit with me at my desk and listen with me to my clients' tales. Read with me in my library and stand always beside me so that today I shall not, to win a point, lose my soul. Pray that my family may find in me what yours found in you: friendship and courage, cheerfulness and charity, diligence in duties, counsel in adversity, patience in pain—their good servant, and God's first. Amen."

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