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Get Hands-On Help with Microsoft Office!Microsoft Office is one of the most commonly used tools across law firms, but even with its popularity many people do not have time to explore all of its capabilities. As a result, many users get frustrated feeling like there must be an easier way to accomplish certain tasks but they don’t know where to look for answers.


In an upcoming hands on session offered by the IndyBar Paralegal Committee on August 20, computers loaded with the newest version of Microsoft Office 365 will be available for you to explore capabilities and everyday tips and tricks that will help you overcome everyday frustrations including the ability to:

• access documents outside of the office

securely, and affordably share information with clients, experts, and co-counsel

• conduct meetings online effectively

• organize case notes in a centralized location accessible from any computer or mobile device

This program will take place in two sessions: a hands-on session from 9 a.m. to noon and a CLE program from noon to 1 p.m. You may register for either session or for both sessions. Lunch will be included with the CLE portion. Please note: the hands-on session is limited to 11 participants. Register online at www.indybar.org.

Notice of Proposed Rule Amendment

The public comment period is now open for proposed rule amendments to local Court Rule LR49-SC10-502 Attorney’s Fees. Comments will be accepted until August 30, 2013. For more information, visit http://www.in.gov/judiciary/2922.htm#local.

Volunteers Needed for Ask a Lawyer

Both attorneys and paralegals are needed to assist the public with legal guidance during the Spring 2013 Ask A Lawyer program on Tuesday, October 8. Volunteers are being sought for one of two shifts (2 to 4 p.m. or 4 to 6 p.m.) at the library locations throughout the city. To volunteer, contact Caren Chopp at cchopp@indybar.org.

Green Legal Certification Period Open for 2013

Now in its second year, the IndyBar’s Green Legal Initiative seeks to encourage firms, organizations and legal departments to consider adopting “greener” business practices. Eighteen firms were recognized in the Green Legal program in 2012, and now’s your chance! Applications for certification will be accepted until September 13, and participating firms will be recognized at the bar’s annual Recognition Luncheon in November, as well as in various IndyBar publications. For more information and to access the application, visit www.indybar.org.

Student Scholarship Available from IndyBar Government Practice Section

The IndyBar Government Practice Section is pleased to announce the availability of an annual scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to be awarded to a second- or third-year law student with an interest in government practice. All application materials are due by August 24, 2012. The scholarship will be awarded by August 22, 2013. Visit indybar.org to view additional information about the scholarship and to access the scholarship application.•

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  1. Your article is a good intro the recent amendments to Fed.R.Civ.P. For a much longer - though not necessarily better -- summary, counsel might want to read THE CHIEF UMPIRE IS CHANGING THE STRIKE ZONE, which I co-authored and which was just published in the January issue of THE VERDICT (the monthly publication of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association).

  2. Thank you, John Smith, for pointing out a needed correction. The article has been revised.

  3. The "National institute for Justice" is an agency for the Dept of Justice. That is not the law firm you are talking about in this article. The "institute for justice" is a public interest law firm. http://ij.org/ thanks for interesting article however

  4. I would like to try to find a lawyer as soon possible I've had my money stolen off of my bank card driver pressed charges and I try to get the information they need it and a Social Security board is just give me a hold up a run around for no reason and now it think it might be too late cuz its been over a year I believe and I can't get the right information they need because they keep giving me the runaroundwhat should I do about that

  5. It is wonderful that Indiana DOC is making some truly admirable and positive changes. People with serious mental illness, intellectual disability or developmental disability will benefit from these changes. It will be much better if people can get some help and resources that promote their health and growth than if they suffer alone. If people experience positive growth or healing of their health issues, they may be less likely to do the things that caused them to come to prison in the first place. This will be of benefit for everyone. I am also so happy that Indiana DOC added correctional personnel and mental health staffing. These are tough issues to work with. There should be adequate staffing in prisons so correctional officers and other staff are able to do the kind of work they really want to do-helping people grow and change-rather than just trying to manage chaos. Correctional officers and other staff deserve this. It would be great to see increased mental health services and services for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities in the community so that fewer people will have to receive help and support in prisons. Community services would like be less expensive, inherently less demeaning and just a whole lot better for everyone.

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