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IndyBar: Nominations Open for 2014 IndyBar Board of Directors

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Service on the IndyBar Board of Directors provides a valuable opportunity to play a crucial role in the success and future of your local bar association. The nomination period for the 2014 Board of Directors of the Indianapolis Bar Association has now begun with Christine Hayes Hickey of Rubin & Levin PC appointed to chair the effort.

Hickey, a past president of both the Indianapolis Bar Association and the Indianapolis Bar Foundation, will lead a committee of members in selecting a slate of officers for the coming year. Joining Hickey on the committee are Hon. Tanya Walton Pratt, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana; Hon. Robert Altice, Marion Superior Court; Scott Chinn, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP; Kelly Scanlan, Wilson Kehoe & Winingham; and Bryan Strawbridge, Krieg DeVault LLP.

Letters of interest or the nomination form found at www.indybar.org should be forwarded to the Bar office by September 16, 2013. Letters of interest or nomination forms submitted to the nominating committee on your own behalf are encouraged, as well as nominations of colleagues.

The following vacancies exist for the coming year and must be filled by an attorney member:

• 1st Vice President (serves one-year term and will automatically assume the office of President-elect in 2015)

• Treasurer (two-year term, 2014 and 2015)

• At-Large Member of Board of Managers (five positions, each two-year terms, 2014 and 2015)

• American Bar Association Delegate (two year term, 2014 and 2015)

The Nominating Committee will select a slate of nominees that reflects our geographic, ethnic, minority, gender and practice area diversity. Previous leadership experience with the Indianapolis Bar Association and/or the Indianapolis Bar Foundation is preferred.

IndyBar members wishing to seek election outside the nominating process may file a petition ballot which is now available at the bar office. To be valid, the petition must be filed by September 16, 2013 and must contain the signatures of at least 50 attorney members of the Indianapolis Bar Association.•

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