Bar Associations/Foundations

Chinn: Law and Politics

March 14, 2012
Scott Chinn
As it always is in the winter and early spring, the workings of the Indiana General Assembly is big news. So it has been this year.
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IBA Frontlines

March 14, 2012
Read news from around the IndyBar for March 16-29, 2012.
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Around IndyBar

March 14, 2012
Check out photos from IndyBar activities!
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State bar, southern Indiana lawyers offer aid to tornado victims

March 12, 2012
Jenny Montgomery
The Indiana State Bar Association has established a toll-free legal aid line for victims of the March 2 tornadoes in Southeast Indiana. Victims who call for legal information will be matched with local lawyers who have volunteered to provide free legal consultations on matters such as insurance claims, home repair contracts, landlord issues and replacing legal documents.
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Leaders beyond the office

February 29, 2012
Jenny Montgomery
The Indiana State Bar hopes new leadership program will encourage lawyers to take on a more active role in communities.
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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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IBA: Startup Launches as a Result of America Invents Act

February 29, 2012
From IndyBar
For most patent attorneys, the American Invents Act has created an opportunity to engage clients on a variety of legal matters. For one Indianapolis-based entrepreneur, James Burnes of Project Brilliant, it sparked an opportunity to launch a new software venture.
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IBA: It's Legal Directory Time!

February 29, 2012
From IndyBar
The IndyBar will release a new edition of the printed Indianapolis Bar Association Directory in Summer 2012.
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IBA: What's Up at the Statehouse?

February 29, 2012
From IndyBar
Hear an update on pending legislation and get to know Indiana legislators at the IndyBar’s sixth annual seminar, “The Importance of Lawyer-Legislators in the Indiana General Assembly,” which is hosted by the Bar’s Legislative Committee.
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Chinn: Examining the IndyBar Review

February 29, 2012
The IndyBar Review is a point of pride for the IndyBar. We are the only bar in the country to sponsor a bar review course.
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IndyBar Bench Bar Conference 2012

February 29, 2012
From IndyBar
It’s not often lawyers and judges mix work and a good time, but over the past 19 years the IndyBar’s Bench Bar Conference has become known as the premier event to do just that.
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IBA Frontlines - 3/2/12

February 29, 2012
Read news briefs from the IndyBar!
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DTCI: Disabilities by association

February 29, 2012
Nondisabled employees bringing claims following law changes in 2008.
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Why Join DTCI?

February 29, 2012
From DTCI
DTCI gives readers nine reasons to join the organization.
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DTCI: North Central Region Trial Academy

February 29, 2012
From DTCI
The Trial Academy is the only trial technique seminar in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin specifically designed for the defense lawyer.
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Women's Bench Bar Retreat to host COA

February 27, 2012
IL Staff
The Court of Appeals of Indiana will hear oral argument in In RE: The Paternity of K.S. at noon March 2, at Culver Cove Resort & Conference Center.
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Lawyers sweat it out in ethics CLE

February 15, 2012
Jenny Montgomery
Sneakers, shorts and T-shirts aren’t what most attorneys typically wear to continuing legal education sessions. But on Jan. 30, lawyers put on their workout gear and hit the gym for a one-hour CLE on ethics.
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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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IBA: Getting to Know Buchanan Winner Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson

February 15, 2012
From IndyBar
Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson, the 2012 recipient of the Paul H. Buchanan Jr. Award of Excellence, is a role model for many. The Indianapolis Bar Association posed some questions to “Judge Jane,” as she prefers to be known, to learn more about this exceptional lawyer and jurist.
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IBA: What Every Woman Should Know to Protect Herself in the Event of Divorce

February 15, 2012
From IndyBar
Advising clients contemplating divorce varies with the style of the attorney. Even so, there are fundamental issues every woman considering or beginning the divorce process should know to protect herself financially.
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IBA: Volunteer for the Health and Human Rights Clinic at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

February 15, 2012
From IndyBar
The Health & Human Rights Clinic at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law (“HHRC”), with the support of a $35,000 grant from the Indianapolis Bar Foundation (“IBF”), is launching a first-of-its-kind initiative to team local attorneys with clinical faculty in providing pro bono representation to low-income clients in the Indianapolis community.
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Chinn: Super February

February 15, 2012
Scott Chinn
The midyear meetings of the American Bar Association were held in New Orleans earlier this month. As bad luck would have it, the meetings overlapped Super Bowl week in Indianapolis and for some even Super Bowl Sunday itself. But despite the conflict, a number of IndyBar leaders made the trip to the Crescent City to take part in the meetings, to represent the IndyBar, and to fulfill various speaking obligations.
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IBA: Simplifying the Practice with Forms and Resources

February 15, 2012
From IndyBar
The sharing of information and resources is one of the greatest benefits of an association. During the course of its more than 125 year history the IndyBar has developed a number of resources to assist in the practice online, on disk, or in hard copy.
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IBA Frontlines - 2/17-3/1

February 15, 2012
From IndyBar
Read about news and opportunities from the IndyBar.
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AG's office, state bar partner for statewide food drive

February 13, 2012
IL Staff
Attorney General Greg Zoeller, the Indiana State Bar Association and Feeding Indiana’s Hungry have announced details of the fourth annual March Against Hunger food drive.
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