Bar Crawl

Bar Crawl - 12/18/13

December 18, 2013
Read news from around Indiana bar associations.
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Bar Crawl - 12/4/13

December 4, 2013
IL Staff
Members of the Evansville Bar Association have been getting into the spirit of giving.
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Bar Crawl - 10/23/13

October 23, 2013
IL Staff
Read about the latest news from bar associations around the state.
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Bar Crawl - Sept. 11, 2013

September 11, 2013
Indianapolis Business Journal
Read the latest news from bar associations throughout Indiana.
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Bar Crawl 8/28/13

August 28, 2013
IL Staff
Read news from Indiana's bar associations.
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Bar Crawl - 8/14/2013

August 14, 2013
IL Staff
Read news from Indiana's bar associations.
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Bar Crawl - 7/31/13

July 31, 2013
IL Staff
News from around Indiana's bar associations.
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Bar Crawl -7/17/13

July 17, 2013
IL Staff
News from around Indiana's bar associations.
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Bar Crawl - 7/3/13

July 3, 2013
IL Staff
Read news from the state's bar associations.
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Bar Crawl - 6/19/13

June 19, 2013
Read news from Indiana's bar associations.
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Bar Crawl - 6/5/13

June 5, 2013
IL Staff
Read news from Indiana's bar associations.
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Bar Crawl - 5/22/13

May 22, 2013
IL Staff
Read news from the Indiana Bar Foundation and the Indiana State Bar Association.
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Bar Crawl - 5/8/13

May 8, 2013
IL Staff
Read news from bar associations around the state.
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Bar Crawl - 3/27/13

March 27, 2013
The Indiana State Bar Association Young Lawyers Section teamed up with the Indianapolis Bar Association Young Lawyers Division recently to help brighten the Easter Seals Crossroads headquarters in Indianapolis.
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Bar Crawl - 3/13/13

March 13, 2013
IL Staff
Read news from the Evansville Bar Foundation, Indiana Bar Foundation and the Indiana State Bar Association.
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Bar Crawl 1/30/13

January 30, 2013
IL Staff
See who has been selected as officers and board members for the Marion County Bar Association, Indianapolis Bar Association and Indianapolis Bar Foundation.
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Bar Crawl: Boosters of civic education honored for service by IBF

January 2, 2013
IL Staff
During the We The People state finals in December, the Indiana Bar Foundation honored three individuals and one organization for their service to civic education and the competition.
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Paralegals give toys to ‘Bears on Patrol’ program

December 19, 2012
IL Staff
The Indianapolis Bar Association Paralegal Committee once again turned over thousands of teddy bears during its annual holiday luncheon.
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Bar Crawl - 12/7/12

December 5, 2012
IL Staff
Students from 12 Indiana high schools and middle schools will again be showcasing their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution in the annual “We The People” competition.
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Bar Crawl -11/23/12

November 21, 2012
Marilyn Odendahl
Pro bono programs in Southwest Indiana have gotten a big financial boost from Evansville bar members within the past month.
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Bar Crawl - 11/9/12

November 7, 2012
IL Staff
Read news from the state's bar associations.
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Bar Crawl - 5/25/12

May 23, 2012
IL Staff
Read who's been elected as officers of Tippecanoe County Bar Association and more!
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Bar Crawl - 3/2/12

February 29, 2012
IL Staff
Read about events happening in Evansville and Indianapolis.
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Bar Crawl - 2/17-3/1

February 15, 2012
IL Staff
Catch up with news from bar associations around Indiana.
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Bar crawl - 11/23/11

November 23, 2011
IL Staff
Read about state and local bar association news in this issue's Bar Crawl.
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