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ISBA Women's Bench Bar Retreat March 4

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The 10th Annual Women’s Bench Bar Retreat, hosted by the Indiana State Bar Association’s Women in the Law Committee, will take place March 4 to 6 at Culver Cove Resort in Culver.

The weekend will include 18 options for educational programs, networking opportunities, and spa treatments for participants.

Topics include oral arguments with Indiana Court of Appeals judges; differences between state and federal courts with U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt and Marion Superior Judge Heather Welch; social media; the Indiana Model Civil Jury Instructions in Plain English; Top 10 Economic Indicators and After Shocks of Bankruptcy, How Bankruptcy Affects Clients of Non-bankruptcy Attorneys; tips for solo attorneys; information on the ISBA’s Mentor Match Program; information about domestic violence victims and how that can affect a legal practice; an update on the Mortgage Foreclosure Trial Court Assistance Project; and other hot topics.

Rooms are no longer available at the Culver Cove Resort, but space is still available to attend the conference. Registrations are due Feb. 25.

The Young Lawyers Section is offering two scholarships to YLS members to the conference that cover the conference registration fee and hotel expenses for two nights. Applications for the scholarship are due Feb. 14. More information on the requirements for the scholarships is available online.

For more information, contact Kim Czap at (800) 266-2581 or kczap@inbar.org. Click on the “10th Annual Women’s Bench Bar Retreat” link on the ISBA’s website, www.inbar.org, under “Upcoming Events” for the event’s program, including all speakers and programs, and rate information for spa treatments.
 

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