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IBA Frontlines

July 6, 2011
Read about what is happening on the frontlines of the IBA.
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IBA: McGoff Named Chair of Nominating Committee

June 22, 2011
From IndyBar
The nomination period has begun for the 2012 Board of Directors of the Indianapolis Bar Association, and Kevin McGoff of Bingham McHale has been appointed to chair the effort.
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IBA: Nod to professionalism

June 22, 2011
From IndyBar
Chris Scanlon has earned the reputation as an adept litigator of complex cases.
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IBA: Helping Clients Give Children a Home

June 22, 2011
From IndyBar
Staff attorney Laurie Goggins at Indianapolis Legal Aid Society Inc. writes about helping clients become guardians.
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Hebenstreit: My, it goes by so quickly!

June 22, 2011
Michael Hebenstreit
Michael Hebenstreit writes about Julie Armstrong's 20th anniversary with the IBA.
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IBA Frontlines

June 22, 2011
From IndyBar
Read the IBA Frontlines for June 22, 2011.
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IBA: Bench Bar 2011

June 22, 2011
See photos from the 2011 IndyBar Bench Bar Conference.
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IBA: Nod to professionalism; Jarrell B. Hammond

June 8, 2011
From IndyBar
Jarrell B. (“Jerry”) Hammond, a partner at Lewis & Wager, LLP epitomizes the courteousness and character that form two of the Standards of Professionalism of the Indianapolis Bar Association.
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IBA: Search Begins for the Future Bar Board Members

June 8, 2011
From IndyBar
The depth of talented leaders within the Indianapolis Bar Association is well known in bar association circles around the country.
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IBA: AIB Touted as 'Best Alternative'

June 8, 2011
From IndyBar
Whether you are a sole practitioner or the managing partner of one of Indy’s largest law firms, the IndyBar’s Attorneys for an Independent Bench (“AIB”) may be the best alternative to support judicial candidates in the 2012 elections for Marion Circuit and Superior Courts.
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IBA Frontlines, June 8, 2011

June 8, 2011
From IndyBar
Visit www.indybar.org for registration, and additional opportunities, information & services.
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Hebenstreit: IndyBar - Where Leadership and Learning Come Together

June 8, 2011
Michael Hebenstreit
John F. Kennedy once said that “leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” Twenty five young members of the IndyBar are living proof of that.
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IBA: Appellate Practice Section Reception

June 8, 2011
From IndyBar
View photos from the IBA Appellate Practice Section Reception.
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IBA: Indiana Patent Owners Not Interested in Saving Money?

May 25, 2011
From IndyBar
Update on Indiana's Patent Income Tax Law.
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IBA: Rundle Honored as Paralegal of the Year

May 25, 2011
From IndyBar
Alison Hoffman Rundle of Cross, Woolsey & Glazier, has been honored as the 2011 Indianapolis Bar Association Paralegal of the Year.
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Hebenstreit: Here's to Another 100 Years

May 25, 2011
Michael Hebenstreit
The IBA president discusses the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.
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IBA: Pro Bono Committee Seeks New Members

May 11, 2011
Andrew Campbell, Chair of IndyBar’s Pro Bono Standing Committee and an associate at Baker & Daniels, has announced that vacancies currently exist on the committee. Due to job transfers outside the city three vacancies have recently been created.
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IBA: 'Shut Up Already' and Four Other Top Tips for a Successful Family Law Mediation

May 11, 2011
Have you gone a little light on mediation preparation lately? It’s time to jump start your mediation mojo with some tips about how to get in, get settled and get out of the way.
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IBA: The Basics of Education Law for Lawyers

May 11, 2011
In an increasingly complex world full of legal intricacies and overlapping requirements, the sphere of Education Law has become a jungle filled with a multitude of federal and state laws, regulations, case law decisions, and executive orders. It is a practice area that requires a thorough knowledge of the law for both those representing schools and parents.
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IBA: IndyBar Member Wins Election to Challenge Mayor in November

May 11, 2011
Melina Kennedy won the Democratic primary race for Indianapolis Mayor last week.
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Hebenstreit: How Could You Not be Humbled

May 11, 2011
Michael Hebenstreit
I don’t know about you, but when I was in law school, I read the appellate cases and was impressed with, and in awe of, the entire legal system. It was a system whose foundation rested soundly on the Constitution, but had immense flexibility in its application.
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IBA Frontlines - 5/11/11

May 11, 2011
Bingham McHale LLP was recently honored with the WFYI Community Involvement Award, which was presented to the firm at a recent volunteer appreciation luncheon hosted by WFYI.
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IBA: Ask a Lawyer

April 27, 2011
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Association’s Ask a Lawyer program, held Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at libraries across Marion county, provided over 440 members of the public with free face-to-face legal advice from certified attorneys who generously volunteered their time.
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IBA: Indianapolis Bar Foundation Creates Impact Fund

April 27, 2011
From IndyBar
The Indianapolis Bar Foundation has reorganized its grant making activity with the intent to provide greater impact with its dollars.
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IBA: Judges to Co-Chair Diversity Initiative

April 27, 2011
From IndyBar
U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt and Indiana Supreme Court Justice Frank Sullivan were recently appointed to co-chair an Indianapolis Bar Association task force to address diversity within the Indianapolis legal community.
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  5. From the perspective of a practicing attorney, it sounds like this masters degree in law for non-attorneys will be useless to anyone who gets it. "However, Ted Waggoner, chair of the ISBA’s Legal Education Conclave, sees the potential for the degree program to actually help attorneys do their jobs better. He pointed to his practice at Peterson Waggoner & Perkins LLP in Rochester and how some clients ask their attorneys to do work, such as filling out insurance forms, that they could do themselves. Waggoner believes the individuals with the legal master’s degrees could do the routine, mundane business thus freeing the lawyers to do the substantive legal work." That is simply insulting to suggest that someone with a masters degree would work in a role that is subpar to even an administrative assistant. Even someone with just a certificate or associate's degree in paralegal studies would be overqualified to sit around helping clients fill out forms. Anyone who has a business background that they think would be enhanced by having a legal background will just go to law school, or get an MBA (which typically includes a business law class that gives a generic, broad overview of legal concepts). No business-savvy person would ever seriously consider this ridiculous master of law for non-lawyers degree. It reeks of desperation. The only people I see getting it are the ones who did not get into law school, who see the degree as something to add to their transcript in hopes of getting into a JD program down the road.

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