IndyBar Frontlines - 1/14/15

January 14, 2015

IndyBar Holiday Closings

Please note that the offices of the Indianapolis Bar Association and Foundation will be closed for the following upcoming holidays. The office will be closed on Monday, Jan. 19 in observance of Martin Luther King Day and on Monday, Feb. 16 in observance of President’s Day. The office will re-open at 8:30 a.m. the days following these holidays.

Upcoming Pro Bono Training

What IndyBar Volunteers Should Know to Assist Families with Special Education IEPs

Thursday, Feb. 5, 8:15 to 9:15 a.m.

JMF Enrichment Center (7128 Lakeview Parkway West Drive)

1.0 CLE

Cost: Free to individuals who agree to volunteer/$35 IndyBar Members/$70 Non-Members

Thousands of Indy-area children face extra hurdles in education because of physical, cognitive or emotional/behavior challenges. Federal and state laws entitle all children to a free and appropriate education; some children need an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) to ensure that they receive the appropriate education for their ability.

This session, offered in partnership with the Joseph Maley Foundation, the 2014 Indianapolis Bar Foundation Impact Fund recipient, will train attendees so they will be able to help educate parents and guardians on education rights in parents meetings, including substantive, procedural and practical rights; what the process is for securing an IEP; and will provide an overview of applicable sources of law.

Cost is free for those who volunteer to work five hours preparing for and presenting at parent informational meetings. This introductory-level seminar is geared to providing the basics to allow volunteers to begin assisting JMF with this program mission of educating and empowering parents. This seminar will include significant written and electronic reference material for future use. Intermediate and advanced seminars will be offered in the future.

Weekly Bill Watch Reports

With the legislative session in full swing, the IndyBar Legislative Committee is hard at work monitoring legislation that could impact Indianapolis lawyers. Check the IndyBar website each week to view updated Bill Watch reports to see the legislative activity being monitored by the committee. Full Bill Watch reports are posted at indybar.org/billwatch. The reports are broken down by practice area on the Indybar Blog at indybar.org/blog. For more information on the legislative committee’s activity or to request that specific legislation be monitored, contact committee chair Lawren Mills at lawren.mills@icemillerstrategies.com.•


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