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IBA: Pro Bono Standing Committee Expands Low Asset Will Program for 2013

January 2, 2013
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association offers a Low Asset Will Program, which is made possible through the generosity of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation. The Low Asset Will Program is designed to help as many of these individuals as possible.
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IBA: New FCRA Background Check Requirements Effective Jan. 1, 2013

December 19, 2012
From IndyBar
Employers utilizing consumer reporting agencies for purposes of conducting employee background checks are required to comply with specific requirements of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”).
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IBA: It's Dues Renewal Time!

December 19, 2012
From IndyBar
Renew your membership in the only local organization singularly committed to the Indianapolis legal community and its practitioners.
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IBA Frontlines - 12/21/12

December 19, 2012
News from the IndyBar.
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IBA: Giving Thanks: Pay it forward by offering your expertise

December 19, 2012
From IndyBar
Since 2007, attorney volunteers have assisted hundreds of individuals prepare for times when they can no longer speak for themselves through the Low Asset Wills program. For IndyBar volunteers it is easy: clients are pre-screened and template forms are provided.
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IBA: Interrogatories

December 5, 2012
From IndyBar
Candid Q&A with the bench and bar.
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IBA: Around the Bar

December 5, 2012
From IndyBar
The month of November has officially passed, but it wasn’t without an impressive array of social events, educational programming and special opportunities for both IndyBar members and the legal community.
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Chinn: What I'm Thankful For

December 5, 2012
Scott Chinn
With Thanksgiving meals, family gatherings and football games barely visible in the rear view mirror, I want to get my thoughts of holiday thankfulness in just under the wire. In full disclosure, I’m focused here on three things about which I am most thankful for the Indianapolis Bar Association.
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IBA Frontlines

December 5, 2012
News from around the IndyBar for Dec. 7-20.
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IBA: Volunteer Needed to Coordinate IndyBar Hospice Program

December 5, 2012
From IndyBar
Want to provide legal help to dozens of terminally ill people in their last days without ever leaving your office? The IndyBar is searching for an attorney volunteer to coordinate its Hospice Program.
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IBA: Got a question? 'Safe Ask' has an answer

December 5, 2012
From IndyBar
Have you ever had a question that you couldn’t answer, and didn’t feel comfortable asking a colleague at your firm or even a close friend? Perhaps you’re in a solo practice and aren’t quite sure where to turn … or maybe you just need a second opinion on a course of action.
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IBA: In His Shoes: Beginning the Bar Leader Series Journey

November 21, 2012
From IndyBar
This September, 25 young lawyers from Indianapolis retreated to the Waycross Camp in Morgantown, Indiana, to kick off the 2012-2013 iteration of the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Bar Leader Series, known as Bar Leader Series X (“BLS X”).
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Chinn: Moral Imperative or Moral Dilemma?

November 21, 2012
Scott Chinn
There is an interwoven fabric of reasons why I love lawyers.
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IBA: Registration Now Open for 2013 Installation Luncheon

November 21, 2012
From IndyBar
Save the date and jump online to register today for the 2013 Indianapolis Bar Association and Foundation Installation Luncheon, which will take place on Thursday, January 17, 2013, from noon to 1:30 p.m.
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IBA: INTERROGATORIES

November 7, 2012
From IndyBar
Candid Q&A with the Bench and Bar
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IBA: Section CLE Pilot Program Launched for 2013

November 7, 2012
From IndyBar
The pilot program, which will be tested in 2013 with four IndyBar sections—the Appellate Practice Section, the Family Law Section, the Government Practice Section and the Real Estate and Land Use Section, will call for a small increase in section dues, which will in turn allow section members to attend all one-hour brownbag programming presented by the section at no cost.
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IBA: Final Appointments Made for 2013 IndyBar Board of Directors

November 7, 2012
From IndyBar, IL Staff
The slate for the 2013 Indianapolis Bar Association Board of Directors is now complete with the appointment of four Vice Presidents and the Counsel to the Board by President-Elect Kerry Hyatt Blomquist.
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IBA Frontlines - 11/9/12

November 7, 2012
From IndyBar
News from around the IndyBar!
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IBA: Tax time is closer than you think — are you prepared?

November 7, 2012
From IndyBar
December 31st is right around the corner, and with it comes important considerations for year-end tax planning. Special breaks are still available for 2012, and taking action before December 31 could reduce taxes for 2013 and beyond.
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IBA: Starting Salaries for Legal Professionals Projected to Rise 3.0 Percent in 2013

November 7, 2012
From IndyBar
Average starting salaries for legal professionals in the United States are projected to rise 3.0 percent overall in 2013, according to the just-released Robert Half Legal 2013 Salary Guide.
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Around the IndyBar

November 7, 2012
From IndyBar
Photos from around the bar.
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IBA: Take the 'Work' out of Networking with the Indy Attorneys Network

October 24, 2012
From IndyBar
Like most attorneys, we always enjoy meeting lawyers from other practice areas and interests, but while it is easy to say “go network,” we found it somewhat a daunting task.
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IBA: Metz, Zweig Honored at Professionalism Luncheon

October 24, 2012
From IndyBar
Members of the legal community gathered to pay tribute to the value of professionalism in the practice at the IndyBar’s Professionalism Luncheon, held Thursday, October 11 at the Columbia Club.
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Chinn: The Future of the Profession, Part 1

October 24, 2012
Scott Chinn
October 15, 2012 was a day 423 lawyers will remember for the rest of their lives. That’s because it was the day they were sworn into the Indiana bar. I was pleased to be there too on behalf of the Indianapolis Bar Association.
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IBA: Local Leaders to be Honored with 2012 Recognition Awards

October 24, 2012
From IndyBar
These IndyBar members–and their innovative ideas–are just a few of those who will be honored at the Indianapolis Bar Association and Foundation Recognition Luncheon on Thursday, November 8, 2012.
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