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Women's Ben Bar Retreat in March; Legal Aid hosts fundraiser

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ISBA Women’s BenchBar Retreat March 4

The 10th Annual Women’s Bench Bar Retreat, hosted by the Indiana State Bar Association’s Women in the Law Committee, will take place March 4 to 6 at Culver Cove Resort in Culver.

The weekend will include 18 options for educational programs, networking opportunities, and spa treatments for participants.

Topics include oral arguments with Indiana Court of Appeals judges; differences between state and federal courts with U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt and Marion Superior Judge Heather Welch; social media; the Indiana Model Civil Jury Instructions in Plain English; Top 10 Economic Indicators and After Shocks of Bankruptcy, How Bankruptcy Affects Clients of Non-bankruptcy Attorneys; tips for solo attorneys; information on the ISBA’s Mentor Match Program; information about domestic violence victims and how that can affect a legal practice; an update on the Mortgage Foreclosure Trial Court Assistance Project; and other hot topics.

Reservations for the Women’s Bench Bar Retreat are due by Feb. 25. Rooms are no longer available at the Culver Cove Resort.

For more information, contact Kim Czap at (800)266-2581 or kczap@inbar.org. Click the registration link on the ISBA’s website, www.inbar.org, for the event’s program, including all speakers and programs.

Tippecanoe Legal Aidhosts fundraiser

The Legal Aid Outback Lunch and Auction will be held Feb. 23 at Outback Steakhouse in Lafayette. Proceeds from the event benefit Legal Aid Corporation of Tippecanoe County, a nonprofit organization that provides low-cost legal assistance on family law matters to low-income county residents.

The legal aid organization is supported by the Tippecanoe County Bar Association, which is also promoting this event. Most of the bar association’s dues, recently raised from $80 to $100 per year, provide support to the Legal Aid Corporation of Tippecanoe County.

The bar association announced at the April 2010 meeting that it would give $10,000 to the legal aid organization. In 2009, the bar association gave $9,000 to the legal aid organization.

Registration and the silent auction begin at 11 a.m.; lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. Tippecanoe Circuit Judge Don Daniel will speak at the event. Judge Daniel worked early in his legal career as the executive director of the legal aid organization. Organizers say the event should conclude by 1:30 p.m.

The cost is $25 per person and reservations must be received by Feb. 18. Contact Wendy Watson at (765)742-1068 to register.•

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