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IBA: Judicial Officers Turn Out for Bench Bar Conference

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Atticus Finch, Thurgood Marshall, and Sandra Day O’Connor won’t be there, but you still have time to join future legendary lawyers and judges at this year’s Bench Bar Conference: Making Lawyers Into Legends. Set for June 17-19 in Louisville, Kentucky, the Conference already has attracted over 50 judicial officers who have registered and attendance is expected to reach 300.

Chaired by Judge Cale Bradford of the Indiana Court of Appeals, the 17th Annual Bench Bar Conference features sixteen continuing legal education programs, a variety of social events, and networking opportunities that are unmatched.

The scheduled CLE emphasizes a roundtable format to allow maximum participation and begins on Friday morning, June 18 and wraps up before noon on the 19th. Topics featured include Top Trial Objections, Preservation of Error, What Lawyers Expect of Judges and Vice Versa, New Child Support Guidelines, Marketing No No’s,Collecting Judgments, and more.

The conference will be held at the Louisville Downtown Marriott; there will be golf on Thursday afternoon at Fuzzy Zoeller’s Champions Pointe and dinner at Z’s Fusion on Thursday evening (for those who come to town the night before the conference). Cocktails, bourbon tasting, dinner, dancing and jazz will highlight Friday night.

To learn more and to register go online at www.indybenchbar.org.

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