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Tippecanoe bar gets new officers

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The Tippecanoe County Bar Association, which has about 100 active dues-paying members, has elected the following Lafayette attorneys to be officers: Randall L. Vonderheide, Vonderheide & Knecht, president; Robert S. Laszynski, Laszynski & Moore, vice president; Beth Searle, Ball Eggleston, secretary; and Richard Bartholomew, Girardot Strauch & Co., treasurer.

The elections took place April 21, according to a May 27 announcement from the bar.

The Tippecanoe County Bar Association is a volunteer bar association. Most of the dues, recently raised from $80 to $100 per year, provide support to the Legal Aid Society of Tippecanoe County. The legal aid organization is a United Way agency that provides low- or no-cost legal services to those who otherwise couldn’t afford them.

The bar association announced at the April meeting that it would give $10,000 to the society. In 2009, the organization gave $9,000.

The bar is “fairly active in the sense most lawyers know each other,” Vonderheide said, even though the organization is not particularly active in terms of having regular events and meetings.

As president, he said he hoped “to bridge the connection between young lawyers and established lawyers.”

To increase membership, he also plans to market the bar association by implementing a website and by having the bar association host luncheon meetings that would include courses for CLE credit about various topics of interest to attorneys in Tippecanoe County.

The bar association already hosts events to raise funds for the Legal Aid Society of Tippecanoe County as well as social and networking events.•

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