IBA: The IndyBar's Been Busy

August 15, 2012

With 4,863 members, 22 sections and divisions and more than 120 events held so far in 2012, IndyBar Sections, Divisions and Committees have been busy!

For the second year, these groups were asked to compile mid-year reports to evaluate their progress and success toward achieving goals established early in the year. What follows is merely a snapshot into the myriad activities and initiatives undertaken in 2012. Many groups have taken the charge to evaluate their value and service to members seriously, gauging their current offerings and contemplating additional programs, services and benefits.

iba An IndyBar volunteer assists a member of the public at the Pro Bono Standing Committee’s Spring 2012 Ask a Lawyer event. More than 560 individuals received free legal advice as a result of the event.

To view the full versions of reports received from IndyBar Sections, Divisions and Committees, visit www.indybar.org.

Alternative Dispute Resolution Section

Chair: Darryn Duchon, Buck Berry Laundau & Breunig

The section is pursuing hosting a seminar for parenting coordination training. This is based on proposed changes to the Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines, which include alternate dispute resolution by utilizing a parenting coordinator to be appointed by the court. The proposed rules require 20 hours of training that parenting coordinators must obtain within one year of the promulgation of the rule on January 1, 2013. We are working toward lining up sufficient speakers for the 20 hours of training in the event the rules are approved.

Appellate Practice Section

Chair: Arend Abel, Cohen & Malad LLP

One of the section’s key accomplishments this year was to fund a scholarship to the Appellate Judges Education Institute, which will be held in New Orleans in mid-November. One of the challenges faced as a small, relatively new section is visibility. The section has a great program—the Indiana Appellate Institute—available to section members and others, which provides a “moot court” experience for practitioners scheduled to argue before the Indiana Appellate Courts, including practitioners who are relatively new to appellate oral argument or who may not have the internal resources to conduct such sessions in their own firms. The executive committee would very much like to increase the visibility and utilization of this program.

Commercial & Bankruptcy Law Section

Chair: Jeff Hester, Tucker Hester LLC

The section has accomplished several notable items so far this year, including a full schedule of CLE events, involvement in the planning of a retirement reception for Judge Tony Metz, refreshing the format of the annual Opperman seminar to keep it attractive to the membership, and assisting Judge Louis Rosenberg with presenting a program regarding the small claims court report to the Indy legal community.

Criminal Justice Section

Chair: Hon. William Nelson, Marion Superior Court

With an increase in membership, increased and improved CLE, a new and improved Executive Committee, and new and improved social opportunities, we are very satisfied with the accomplishments of the Criminal Justice section so far this year. However, there is still plenty of room for improvement, especially in regards to more active participation from members, more unique events, and more member benefits.

Diversity Job Fair Committee

Chair: Brita Horvath, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

indybarweek.jpg IndyBar Law Student Division members smile during IndyBar Week in February, which featured several days packed with activities and events to help law students learn about benefits of IndyBar membership and IndyBar Review.

One goal outlined for the committee this year was to showcase that the IndyBar’s diversity efforts make an impact on law student and employer participants, the legal community and the Indianapolis business community. New efforts were implemented by the committee this year that achieve this goal, which include: outreach to the Marion County Bar Association’s executive committee members and an invitation to attend the welcome reception; new sponsorships and interviews secured from corporate legal departments; a lunch program hosted by the committee for the summer clerks who secured jobs through the 2011 fair; and the publication of a report about the IndyBar Diversity Job Fair in the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession’s national publication that showcases national legal diversity efforts.

Estate Planning & Administration Section

Chair: Sean Fahey, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman PC

The main goal of the Executive Council is to provide meaningful and relevant continuing legal education to the members of the Section. An additional goal for 2012 was to provide opportunities for cross-networking between the members of the Estate Planning and Administration Section and the Young Lawyers Division. Based upon the progress toward our goals, reflected in both quantitative data and the positive feedback received from our members through program evaluations, the Estate Planning and Administration Section is strong and steady in providing services to its members.

Government Practice Section

Chair: Andrew Mallon, Drewry Simmons Vornehm LLP

reportcard.jpgIn July and under the leadership of Sue Beesley, the committee agreed to implement a scholarship program for law students interested in pursuing government practice after graduation. The scholarship amount is $1,000 for the year. The committee is currently accepting applications and plans to award its first scholarship for the 2012-2013 academic year at the committee’s August meeting. We are currently on pace to meet expected goals for the number of CLEs and programs for the year. This includes a well-attended three hour ethics CLE for government officials, lobbyists and attorneys.

Health Care Section

Chair: Ike Willett, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

Our goals were to put on four CLE programs (with one being a multi-hour program), to expand the membership of our executive committee, to look for opportunities to partner with other sections on CLEs and social events and to rebrand our section to include the life sciences rather than just health care. So far we’ve completed two CLE programs and are in the process of planning our other two. Our multi-hour program is scheduled for October. We’re also making progress on the other initiatives noted.

Labor & Employment Law Section

Chair: Jeffrey Halbert, Stewart & Irwin PC

This year, the executive committee outlined goals in terms of section outreach and beneficial uses of section funds. For this purpose, we co-sponsored a social event with the Litigation Section on May 3rd, which was a success. In addition, we have begun doing regular postings on the IndyBar Labor & Employment webpage, where specific members are tasked with preparing a monthly article on a current topic. We will likely open up this opportunity to the members of the section as well.


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