Bar Associations/Foundations

IBA: Give Yourself the Gift of Associating

December 8, 2010
From IndyBar
Why should you join or renew? Because it pays to associate.
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Hickey: Things You Can Count On

December 8, 2010
Christine Hickey
This is an exciting time of year and as I sat down to write this article, it became clear to me how important it is to have things to look forward to, things you can count on.
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IBA: Practice Experience Tops Wish list when Recruiting for Paralegal Roles, Survey Reveals

December 8, 2010
From IndyBar
When it comes to hiring for paralegal positions, knowledge of a specific practice area is the most desirable attribute, according to 66 percent of lawyers interviewed recently by staffing firm Robert Half Legal.
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IBA: Did You Know?

December 8, 2010
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association’s website contains a Document Library of over 100 legal forms for use by members. These online forms are “fill in the blank” and print as ready to use documents.
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IBA: Lawyers Exempted from Red Flags Rule

December 8, 2010
From IndyBar
Following aggressive advocacy by organized bar associations around the country, the end is in sight regarding how the Federal Trade Commission should apply the “Red Flags Rule.”  The U.S. Senate voted last week to clarify the rule so that lawyers are clearly not included.
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IBA Frontlines

December 8, 2010
Frontlines for Dec. 8-21, 2010.
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IBA Litigation Judicial Reception

December 8, 2010
Photos from the Litigation Section's 2010 Litigation Judicial Reception.
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17th Annual DTCI Conference & Meeting

December 8, 2010
From DTCI
The Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana named its 2011 officers and new directors at its Seventeenth Annual Conference and Annual Meeting in Michigan City November 18-19.
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Bar associations host free CLE

December 8, 2010
Rebecca Berfanger
Bar associations and pro bono districts are working together in December and January to promote replays of a CLE for attorneys who want to participate in the annual statewide Talk to a Lawyer Today event taking place Jan. 17, 2011.
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Job fair connects diverse students to jobs

December 8, 2010
Rebecca Berfanger
To help a diverse group of 2L students find summer employment in central Indiana, and to help Indianapolis-area employers connect with diverse, qualified students looking for summer associate positions, the Indianapolis Bar Association hosted its third diversity job fair at a downtown Indianapolis hotel in August.
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Free CLE offered for pro bono volunteers

December 7, 2010
Rebecca Berfanger
Bar associations and pro bono districts are working together to encourage attorneys to sign up to participate in the annual statewide Talk to a Lawyer Today event taking place Jan. 17, 2011. Free CLE, which is offered in December and January to lawyers who volunteer their time with TTALT but is not required to participate in the event, is a video replay of a CLE that originally took place in Indianapolis in October.
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In case of dishonest lawyers

November 24, 2010
Michael Hoskins
The nearly 50-year-old Indiana State Bar Association Clients’ Financial Assistance Fund has seen an unprecedented number of claims against a single attorney.
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DTCI: Medical Negligence vs. Premises Liability

November 24, 2010
From DTCI
When a patient is harmed during a medical procedure, a patient may elect to file a medical negligence claim against his physician and the health care facility in which the procedure occurred. However, when a patient is harmed during a hospitalization, should the claim still be pursued as one of medical negligence or is it more appropriately a premises liability claim?
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IBA: Institute Offers Advocates an Invaluable Resource

November 24, 2010
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Section recently created the Indiana Appellate Institute, a resource available to lawyers throughout the state who have oral arguments scheduled before the Indiana Supreme Court or Court of Appeals.
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IBA: Tips From the Bench

November 24, 2010
From IndyBar
Each time you step into a courtroom, you have a goal to achieve.
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IBA: Bar Leadership for 2011 in Place

November 24, 2010
From IndyBar
With nearly 40 groups within the Indianapolis Bar to provide service and support, it takes great leadership to accomplish the lofty goals set for each.
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IBA: Pro Bono Award Recipients – 2010

November 24, 2010
From IndyBar
This year's Pro Bono Award winners.
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Hickey: Be Thankful - Check

November 24, 2010
Christine Hickey
I am a firm believer that checklists improve efficiency and increase accuracy.
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IBA: IndyBar Job Bank is Ready to Serve You

November 24, 2010
From IndyBar
Are you looking to a job? Are you looking to hire qualified legal professionals? The newly re-designed indybar.org website is a great way to make a connection.
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IBA Frontlines

November 24, 2010
From IndyBar
IBA Frontlines for Nov. 24-Dec. 7, 2010.
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Knox County Bar memorializes lawyer

November 24, 2010
Rebecca Berfanger
The Knox County Bar Association adopted a resolution to memorialize former Indiana State Bar Association president E. Rabb Emison in mid-November.
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Tippecanoe president supports local events

November 10, 2010
Rebecca Berfanger
The president of the Tippecanoe County Bar Association, Randall L. Vonderheide encouraged members of that organization to attend Indiana District 4 Pro Bono Corporation’s annual meeting Oct. 27 at the Holiday Inn City Centre in Lafayette and a Nov. 4 lecture about Helen Jackson Gougar, a female lawyer from Lafayette who was the third woman to argue before the Indiana Supreme Court.
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DTCI: Indiana's New Pattern Jury Instructions in Products Liability Cases

November 10, 2010
From DTCI
There has been great debate in the Indiana legal community about the recent changes to Indiana’s Model Jury Instructions that were revised to be written in plain English.
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DTCI: Be a good lawyer, but also be a good mentor

November 10, 2010
From DTCI
Libby Valos Moss lists what she has learned over the years in striving to be a good mentor.
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IBA: Unique ideas at heart of IBA Awards

November 10, 2010
From IndyBar
Tireless effort, unique ideas, and a commitment to service are shared qualities within those selected to receive special honors at the Indianapolis Bar Association’s annual Recognition Luncheon.
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