Bar Associations/Foundations

President shares MCBA goals

March 16, 2011
Rebecca Berfanger
Minority bar associations continue to benefit the Indiana legal community by offering diverse perspectives. Members benefit from networking opportunities, and the bars help to maintain a positive professional presence in the communities they serve.
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Bar Crawl - March 16, 2011

March 16, 2011
Rebecca Berfanger, IL Staff
The Evansville Bar Association will celebrate Law Day 2011 in late April. On April 28, mock trials and a student lunch will take place; Applications for an October 2011 to October 2013 term on the Indiana State Bar Association board of governors are due April 1.
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Money and Ethics: "Non-refundable" Fees

March 16, 2011
From IndyBar
It’s the beginning of a case and your client has agreed in writing to a $10,000 non-refundable retainer. You get to work. The case is messy. There are motions to prepare, witnesses to interview and your client is constantly calling for “updates.”
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IndyBar Adopts Policy on Social Media

March 16, 2011
From IndyBar
More and more social media is being used as not just a personal form of communication, but as professional communication, as well. Recognizing the need to interact with its large membership, the Indianapolis Bar Association established a presence on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
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Time is Running Out to Volunteer

March 16, 2011
From IndyBar
Attorneys are needed to provide one-on-one legal counseling to members of the public during IndyBar’s Ask a Lawyer program on April 12 at the following Marion County Library locations from 2-4 p.m. or 4-6 p.m.
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Legal Hiring Expected to Remain Strong in Second Quarter

March 16, 2011
From IndyBar
Hiring in the legal field should remain strong in the second quarter of 2011, new research suggests.
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Law Student Scholarship Applications Now Available

March 16, 2011
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Foundation is the charitable arm of the Indianapolis Bar Association. Annually, it awards academic and educational scholarships to deserving law students as one way of carrying out its mission – to advance justice and lead positive change in Indianapolis through philanthropy, education and service. Applications for 2011 Academic and Educational Scholarships are now being accepted.
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IBA Frontlines - March 16, 2011

March 16, 2011
From IndyBar
Learn more about what is happening at the IBA today!
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Seminar: The Importance of Lawyer-Legislators in the Indiana General Assembly

March 16, 2011
View photos from the IBA 2011 Lawyer-Legislator panel.
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Looking on the Bright Side...

March 16, 2011
From IndyBar
I freely admit this is the time of year that I question my family’s decision to establish our residence north of the Mason-Dixon Line. Going for weeks on end without sunshine is not good for one’s soul. In Indiana, March is the month that typically throws a couple of cruel jokes this way. About the time Hoosiers become convinced that we have turned the corner and Spring has really arrived, the weather gods typically throw in a last winter storm (or two).
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Trial court should decide educational credit time

March 11, 2011
Jennifer Nelson
A trial court judge should be the one to determine whether a defendant who completes an educational degree before sentencing is entitled to educational credit time, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
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Bar Crawl - 3/2/11

March 2, 2011
IL Staff

ISBA and AG team up for food drive; CLE focuses on stress and social media

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DTCI: Retaliation by association on the rise

March 2, 2011
From DTCI
On Jan. 24, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Thompson v. North American Stainless, LP, 131 S. Ct. 863 (Jan. 24, 2011).
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2011 DTCI Rookie Seminar

March 2, 2011
From DTCI
The Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana will hold its Rookie Seminar on April 15, 2011, at The Montage at Allison Pointe. 8.0 credits (including 1.0 ethics) have been requested.
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Why join DTCI?

March 2, 2011
From DTCI

Why join DTCI?

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IBA: The Hon. Paul H. Buchanan, Jr. Award Luncheon

March 2, 2011

View photos from the 2011 luncheon.

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IBA: Jim Voyles - The Epitome of a Buchanan Award Recipient

March 2, 2011
From IndyBar
The Hon. Paul H. Buchanan, Jr. Award of Excellence is presented “from time to time”. It is intended to both reward the accomplishments of the recipient and to inspire others to such service. James H. Voyles, Jr. of Voyles Zahn Paul Hogan & Merriman was determined to be a worthy recipient and by the comments made at a recent luncheon in his honor, he certainly epitomizes the lawyer deserving of such recognition.
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IBA Frontlines

March 2, 2011
From IndyBar
IBA Frontlines for March 2, 2011.
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IBA: AIB Leadership Announced

March 2, 2011
From IndyBar
When the Indianapolis Bar Association created the first-of-its-kind Attorneys for an Independent Bench (“AIB”) PAC last year, it charted a new course to address public perception of lawyers and the legal system.
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IBA: Ogletree Deakins Names Keltner Managing Shareholder

March 2, 2011
From IndyBar
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. has named Kristin Keltner as managing shareholder of the firm’s Indianapolis office.
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Hebenstreit: One Lunch Hour You Shouldn't Skip

March 2, 2011
Michael Hebenstreit
On March 24th, the IndyBar hosts its annual “Take a Law Student to Lunch” from noon to 1 PM at the Conrad Hotel.
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Women's Ben Bar Retreat in March; Legal Aid hosts fundraiser

February 16, 2011
IL Staff
In Bar Crawl, get more information on the ISBA's Women's Bench Bar Retreat upcoming in March and a fundraiser to benefit the Legal Aid Corporation of Tippecanoe County.
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IBA: Eliminate Surprises; Use Caution and Care When Changing Fee Agreements

February 16, 2011
From IndyBar
It’s a typical case and the potential client and you have agreed to a flat fee of $10,000 for the entire representation. However, as the case trudges through the system, the case requires more work than expected. You should get paid for the extra work, right?
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IBA: Local Attorneys to Lead Baker & Daniels

February 16, 2011
From IndyBar
Baker & Daniels LLP has announced its top leadership positions for 2011, including the election of Indianapolis lawyer David Barrett and re-election of Hud Pfeiffer to three-year terms on the law firm’s strategic and policy board.
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IBA: Two Hours Can Change a Life

February 16, 2011
From IndyBar
Provide the community with the opportunity to not only gain free legal advice, but to get to know what great community servants lawyers are by volunteering to assist with the Indianapolis Bar Association’s April 12, 2011 Ask a Lawyer program.
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