LegalZoom, Avvo, other companies: Friends or foes? NCBP panel suggests a new view

As my ISBA president term winds down, I have just a couple more things to say in this blogosphere. I am expressing one of those things by reprinting an article that appeared a few days ago in the American Bar Association’s Bar Leader blog with permission from the ABA. Jeff R. Hawkins, President, Indiana State Bar

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Entrepreneurial leadership

By Jeff R. Hawkins, ISBA President, 2014-15 If we, the stewards of justice, expect to pass our stewardship along to future generations, we must genuinely consider every sacred cow as a potential sacrifice for the heritage with which our predecessors entrusted us. Lawyers have been innovative and disruptive change agents in this country’s most pivotal

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TCBAB (Taking Care of Bar Association Business)

By Jeff R. Hawkins ISBA President, 2014-15 The Indiana State Bar Association’s Board of Governors has been hard at work to stretch the ISBA budget and squeeze as much value out of it for members as possible. As I was thinking about this update, I thought of the classic Bachman-Turner Overdrive tune, “Takin’ Care of

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Indiana lawyers, united and strong

By Jeff R. Hawkins ISBA President, 2014-15 The Indiana State Bar Association launched its online dues system this spring so that members could renew their membership electronically rather than having to fill out a dues invoice and mailing it with a check (or credit card info). I encourage members to pay attention to the new

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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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Problems? Become Part of the Solution!

In a story attributed to Abraham Lincoln’s circuit riding days, the judge reportedly asked Lincoln one afternoon if he had heard Abe make the opposite argument in another case that morning. The future president reportedly answered something like, “yes, your honor, but I was wrong this morning.” Law schools train students to analyze problems and

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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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