IndyBar Frontlines: 3/11/15

March 11, 2015

Applications available for Court of Appeals of Indiana

Applications for an upcoming vacancy on the Court of Appeals of Indiana are due by April 27, 2015. The position on the state’s second highest court is available because Judge Ezra H. Friedlander announced he is stepping down from the bench, effective Aug. 31, 2015.

A candidate must be an Indiana resident in the second appellate district and must have been a member of the Indiana Bar for at least 10 years or an Indiana judge for five years. The application requires providing pertinent background information, writing samples, references and educational transcripts. Submitted applications will be considered by the seven-member Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission. The commission includes three lawyers elected by their peers and three citizen-members appointed by the governor. Chief Justice Rush chairs the commission.

The commission will conduct initial public interviews of qualified candidates on May 20-22 in Indianapolis, followed by second interviews on June 10. After the public interviews and commission deliberations in an executive session, the commission will publicly vote to send the three most qualified names to Gov. Mike Pence. The governor will have 60 days to select Indiana’s next Court of Appeals judge from the three names submitted by the commission.

Additional information and the application can be found at courts.in.gov/jud-qual.

Scholarships Available from the Indianapolis Bar Foundation

Applications are now being accepted for three academic scholarships and four educational scholarships from the Indianapolis Bar Foundation (IBF), the charitable arm of the IndyBar. The IBF awards academic and educational scholarships to deserving law students annually as one way of carrying out its mission–to advance justice and lead positive change in Indianapolis through philanthropy, education and service. Access the scholarship form at indybar.org/ibf. Applications are due April 1.

Volunteers Needed for Ask a Lawyer

Both attorneys and paralegals are needed to assist the public with legal guidance during the Spring 2015 Ask A Lawyer program on Tuesday, April 14. Volunteers are being sought for one of two shifts (2 to 4 p.m. or 4 to 6 p.m.) at the library/community center locations throughout the city. To volunteer, contact Caren Chopp at cchopp@indybar.org.

It’s Membership Renewal Time!

Don’t miss out on a great year with the IndyBar: Renew for 2015 today! Convenient online renewal is available at indybar.org/renew.


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