Tag: Indiana State Bar Association

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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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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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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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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Let’s keep the state of the bench and bar sound

Several customs and traditions about the Indiana State Bar Association presidency offer once-in-a-lifetime experiences. The most recent of those experiences was my privilege to attend Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush’s first State of the Judiciary address to the Indiana General Assembly last Wednesday. Aside from the momentous honor of witnessing the delivery of that speech

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Let’s talk about lawyer mental health

Mental health is a real issue that bar associations and judicial conferences are only beginning to discuss openly. This emerging enlightenment promises to shed warm light on a once shadowy, taboo topic. A recent example of this movement appeared when Ontario Bar Association President Orlando Da Silva spoke publicly about his personal battles with depression

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