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IndyBar: Talking Points with the Top Paralegal

July 15, 2015

The Indianapolis Bar Association is proud to recognize Arlene L. Morris of Whitham Hebenstreit & Zubek LLP as the association’s Paralegal of the Year for 2015. Ms. Morris will be recognized for this honor at the IndyBar Paralegal Appreciation Luncheon on Thursday, July 30 from noon to 1 p.m. at The Conrad Hotel.

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For Ms. Morris, the greatest reward as a paralegal comes from her clients.

“I am rewarded by knowing that I am making a difference to the clients that our office services on a daily basis,” she said. “I work for two very busy attorneys, and it is so nice to come to work and be able to feel that you are part of a team. I actually look forward to Monday mornings.”

Ms. Morris has been practicing as a paralegal for over 20 years and has been in the legal profession for 30 years. She joined the IndyBar in 1994 and is currently the vice chair of the Paralegal Committee.

“I became involved in the IndyBar when Debi Binkley invited me to one of the council meetings and have never looked back,” Ms. Morris said. “I enjoy the meetings with other paralegals who are members of the IndyBar. I don’t think I would be as involved today if it wasn’t for that extra push that Debi Binkley gave me and the constant encouragement that the paralegal committee gives each other as we all strive to be the best we can be in our profession.”

She is in her second year of chairing the Bears on Patrol program for the committee. Last year, over 3,600 bears were donated to the sheriff’s office, fire departments and police departments for children in traumatic situations through this program. Ms. Morris is also the vice president of the Indiana Paralegal Association and has chaired and organized their Charitable Partner Silent Auction. Last year, the auction raised over $2,500 for Out Reach, a charity that assists homeless teens in Indy. In addition to her devotion to these professional organizations, Ms. Morris also works weekly with the Post Road Christian Church Children’s Ministry.

“I continue to strive to learn new things every day,” she said. “My example is my father, who always taught me to do your very best and always give 110 percent in everything you do.”

This advice clearly translates in her career.

“She works extremely hard and takes great pride in her work, which shows in the work product she helps to promptly and efficiently produce,” her nomination writes. “That is no small task given that she now works in a general, civil practice and is asked to deal with a variety of legal issues to which she has not been previously exposed.”

Get to know more about Ms. Morris and honor the paralegal in your life at this year’s Paralegal Appreciation Luncheon. Register today at indybar.org/events.•

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