Category: Commentary

2015 Annual Report of the President of the Indiana State Bar Association

By Jeff R. Hawkins, ISBA President, 2014-15 INDIANA STATE BAR ASSOCIATION HOUSE OF DELEGATES FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2015 FRENCH LICK, INDIANA REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE ASSOCIATION JEFF R. HAWKINS, SULLIVAN, PRESIDENT Madam Chair, Chief Justice Rush, Judge Crone, Chief Deputy Attorney General Light, fellow delegates, friends all: It is my great honor to

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Let’s Celebrate Independence

We, the citizens of the United States of America, celebrate our Declaration of Independence 239 years after a small group of rebels told the king of the world’s most powerful nation that he could not rule over them. Those radical men dared tell the king that their individual rights were more important than their mother

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I Checked All 3 Boxes on My Online ISBA Membership Renewal

An eye-catching Indiana State Bar Association email occupied my inbox for a few weeks. I normally file email messages in my practice management system after I have read them to keep my inbox contents more manageable. In this case, I was inspired to keep the email in my inbox to avoid the consequence of ignoring

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LDA CLASS 4: READY FOR THE BATON

The 2015 Leadership Development Academy class convened in its fifth and final session last Thursday, May 14, and Friday, May 15, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and received graduation certificates during a dinner held at the Embassy Theater Friday evening. Like their three predecessor classes, LDA 4 class members immersed themselves in crash courses on leadership,

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Hilltop Experiences of a Hoosier Lawyer

April has filled this small town lawyer with rich and diverse experiences and memories. All of those experiences and memories have derived from and informed my identity as an Indiana lawyer and my responsibility as President of the Indiana State Bar Association. The month stormed in at the climax of Indiana’s RFRA political firestorm when the

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Professional liability insurance coverage: setting the record straight

When the Indiana Lawyer ran a story in December about the Indiana State Bar Association’s legislative proposal for a new statute of repose, the story quoted me as follows: ISBA President Jeff Hawkins said the proposal to limit the timeframe for malpractice was developed by the bar’s Probate, Trust & Real Property Section, driven in

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Indiana Lawyers: A High Standard of Professional Conduct

It is unfortunate that the State of Indiana has been embroiled in controversy that no peaceful person of any perspective would desire since the enactment of SB 101. With the enactment of Senate Enrolled Act 50, perhaps our fair state will heal from the wounds of division that the world has witnessed these past few days.

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2015 Indiana Civic Health Index

Former US Congressman Lee H. Hamilton, former Indiana Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard, and Indiana Bar Foundation President Donald Lundberg gathered lawyers, college and law school representatives, congressional staffers, and several high-ranking Indiana government officials at a Monday luncheon to discuss Indiana’s civic health. The event kicked off a series of presentations that the luncheon’s

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Forums: How We Communicate Now

The school of hard knocks taught me that written correspondence delivers news, information, and legal notices very effectively, but it usually ruins complex conversations. Written communication insulates people from a sense of accountability for civil and professional discourse. That lack of accountability often deteriorates into a mob dynamic that can crowd logic and reason from conversation.

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Engaging, empowering & launching young lawyers

ISBA President-Elect Carol Adinamis and I attended the National Conference of Bar Presidents (NCBP) meeting in Houston, Texas, Feb. 6-7, with Executive Director Tom Pyrz and Associate Executive Director Susan Jacobs. The conference featured several plenary and breakout sessions on numerous topics about bar association leadership in the practice and administration of law, but a

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