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IndyBar Names Young and Trimble Recipients of 2016 Professionalism Awards

September 7, 2016
From IndyBar
The IndyBar Professionalism Committee, led by chair Arend Abel, has named the Hon. Richard Young of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana the 2016 recipient of the Silver Gavel Award, while John Trimble of Lewis Wagner LLP has been awarded the bar’s Professionalism Award.
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Moberly: 2020 is in Sight: Charting our Future through the Strategic Plan

September 7, 2016
Robyn Moberly
As I foreshadowed in an earlier column, recently members of the IndyBar met to discuss and draft the next three-year strategic plan for the association. This isn’t your typical not-for-profit organization’s strategic plan. It won’t be just filed away.
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IndyBar Frontlines - 9/7/16

September 7, 2016
From IndyBar
News from around the IndyBar!
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IndyBar: Criminal Justice Section Offers Exciting New Scholarship

September 7, 2016
From IndyBar
This year, we are proud to offer a new scholarship to attorneys in their first seven years of practice.
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IndyBar: Get to Know the Justice: Hon. Geoffrey G. Slaughter Opens Up about the Supreme Court and Professionalism

September 7, 2016
From IndyBar
It’s a big change: transitioning directly from private practice to the Indiana Supreme Court. One could only imagine the differences between the two positions, so we recently connected with Indiana’s newest Supreme Court Justice, Hon. Geoffrey G. Slaughter, to talk about exactly what the experience has been like.
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IndyBar: A Fraction of Time for Exponential Benefits: You Can Make a Difference

August 24, 2016
From IndyBar
Two hours out of 744. That’s all it takes to help a family in need—a couple hours each month. The result? Happier, safer families leading to a happier, safer city.
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IndyBar: At-Risk Elders in Marion County Need You!

August 24, 2016
Help your community by volunteering to be a guardian ad litem for an alleged incapacitated adult.
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IndyBar: Could a Parenting Coordinator Help Your Clients?

August 24, 2016
A Parenting Coordinator, or “PC,” is a family law attorney or mental health professional who is appointed by the court to assist parents after a divorce or paternity decree. Most PCs also have significant mediation experience and some have attended a 2- or 3-day training specifically for Parenting Coordinators.
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Around the IndyBar

August 24, 2016
From IndyBar
News from around the IndyBar.
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IndyBar: Help the Homeless: Volunteers Needed for IndyBar Pro Bono Program

August 24, 2016
From IndyBar
Many people who call Indy home need legal assistance–especially those without a home to live in. IndyBar attorneys have the unique opportunity to help homeless individuals with their legal issues through the IndyBar Homeless Project.
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Moberly: Reconnecting with Our Cause

August 24, 2016
Robyn Moberly
I enjoy lawyer gatherings because they affirm that the work we do is important, and we all take that very seriously, but there is also plenty of room for friendship and collegiality.
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Moberly: We’re ‘Showing you the Value’ this September

August 10, 2016
Robyn Moberly
At the IndyBar, we’ve spent a lot of time talking about how to create value for our members. It seems that younger lawyers want to buy the direct commodity, not just a membership.
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IndyBar Frontlines - 8/10/16

August 10, 2016
Read recent news from the IndyBar.
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IndyBar: Attorneys Needed for Naturalization Ceremonies

August 10, 2016
From IndyBar
Indianapolis Bar Association attorney members participate in the naturalization ceremonies by handing out a booklet containing the U.S. and Indiana constitutions and presenting brief remarks. Volunteers are currently being recruited to represent the IndyBar during these ceremonies.
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IndyBar: Professionalism – What Exactly Does it Mean?

July 27, 2016
From IndyBar
Professionalism—it can mean something different to everyone. Luckily, a recent IndyBar program—“Can’t We All Get Along?”—shed light on this topic and was the first IndyBar CLE program to be aired on Facebook Live.
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Moberly: Finding Comfort in History

July 27, 2016
Robyn Moberly
As we scratch our head over the behavior of those we see on the nightly news, we must do our part to maintain the integrity of the law, treat each other with respect and serve as a far more positive example to our colleagues, our clients and our community.
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IndyBar: Meet Caren Chopp

July 27, 2016
From IndyBar
Are you wondering why you should donate to the Indianapolis Bar Foundation? Meet Caren Chopp, and you will understand the importance of the IBF and the funding that it provides.
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IndyBar Frontlines - 7/27/16

July 27, 2016
From IndyBar
Read news from around the bar!
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IndyBar: Legal Community to ‘Stock the Schools’ for Teachers’ Treasures

July 13, 2016
From IndyBar
Cleaning out your closet never felt so good! Bring your lightly-used or no longer needed office supplies like folders, notepads, pens, art supplies and more to Monument Circle on July 20 and you’ll not only clear out your own clutter—you’ll help teachers working hard to educate our local schoolchildren.
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IndyBar: Nominations Now Open for 2016 Professionalism Awards

July 13, 2016
From IndyBar
Professionalism—it’s a trait that sets apart one stellar attorney or judge from another. Now is your chance to honor this invaluable quality in your Indy colleagues.
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IndyBar Frontlines - 7/13/16

July 13, 2016
From IndyBar
Read news from around the IndyBar.
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Moberly: The Association’s Crystal Ball: Shaping Our Next Strategic Plan

July 13, 2016
Robyn Moberly
One of the many reasons the Indianapolis Bar Association has served the needs of attorneys very well for 138 years has been that its future is targeted and planned by a cross-section of our legal community.
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IndyBar: Antoinette Dakin Leach Award Nominations Due July 25

July 13, 2016
From IndyBar
To recognize the accomplishments of female attorneys in central Indiana, the IndyBar’s Women & the Law Division presents the Antoinette Dakin Leach Award.
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IndyBar: Welcome New Citizens at Naturalization Ceremonies

June 29, 2016
From IndyBar
For attorneys, the courtroom is often rife with conflict and anxiety. But for some hopeful individuals, the courtroom is where their dreams of becoming United States citizens officially become reality.
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Moberly: Take Time to Make Memories

June 29, 2016
Robyn Moberly
Your law practice will not dissolve if you leave it for a week or two. I’m always happy to see that a lawyer needs a continuance to take a family vacation. You probably won’t have plenty of time and money for a vacation until you’re retired and your kids are too busy with their own lives. So don’t wait.
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