Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018
The official newsletter of the Indiana State Bar Association
ISBA News & Events
Helping Hoosiers get access to legal services

One of the biggest outreach events the Indiana State Bar Association performs each year is the "Talk to a Lawyer Today" event on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In preparation for that, we are conducting a 6 hr. CLE (2 hrs. ethics) on Oct. 8, making pro bono service easier by training attorneys how to field questions from callers. If you commit to volunteering for two hours during "Talk to a Lawyer Today," we'll drop the price of the CLE to just $50. Our goal is to help all Hoosiers receive the legal help they need.

Annual Meeting early bird registration deadline is TODAY

Today is the final day for early bird pricing for the ISBA Annual Meeting, Oct. 10-12 in French Lick. This year's Annual Meeting is NOT business as usual. We've shaken up the schedule to create a more inclusive conference experience, where the best legal minds in Indiana can network. We have more than 30 hours of CLE available across four tracks: Litigation, Corporate & Real Estate, Family Law and Hot Topics.

Vote in the ISBA Judicial Retention Poll

The ISBA Improvements in the Judicial System Committee is polling ISBA members about the performance of state appellate court judges standing for retention this election cycle. If you have not yet voted in the poll, please do so now. The poll is conducted anonymously, and results are shared with the general public prior to the General Election to assist voters in deciding whether to retain a particular judge.
Register now for the Solo & Small Firm Institute

Registration is NOW OPEN for the Solo & Small Firm Institute, Nov. 8 at Aloft Hotel in South Bend. Brought to you by ISBA and the St. Joseph County Bar Association, the one-day Institute will bring the best of this spring's Solo & Small Firm Conference to Northern Indiana. The schedule features 6 hours of CLE (1 hour of Ethics) and sessions on technology, law practice management, Medicaid, ADR, cybersecurity and civility. Register by Oct. 26 to lock in early bird rates.

Of Interest
U.S. Supreme Court group admission applications being accepted
Your Association makes arrangements for the admission ceremony, a breakfast, a group picture and a tour of the facility. The next group swearing-in ceremony for Hoosier lawyers is scheduled for Nov. 28, and applications are due Oct. 17. Our group will get to observe an oral argument before the Court on that day. Click here for more information.

Access to Justice After a Catastrophic Event
The ISBA Latino Affairs Committee and the United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana are sponsoring a 1 hr. CLE on Oct. 5 at the Birch Bayh Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Indianapolis. The event will feature Dr. Adi. G. Martínez Román, Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Access to Justice Fund Foundation, and will focus on the challenges presented by the hurricane and ways in which the legal community was able to provide relief.

IUPUI looking for local lawyers and judges to judge Mock Trial Tournament
There will be an undergraduate Mock Trial Tournament on Nov. 10-11 at IUPUI and organizers need help. The rounds will be Saturday (9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 2-5:30 p.m.) and Sunday (8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1:30-5 p.m.) at IU McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. Breakfast and lunch will be provided both days. If you are interested in judging or if you have any questions, please contact Kailey Ruggiero via email Or sign up to judge here.

Remembering Ho Rodolfo “Rudy” Lozano
A service in memory of Hon. Rodolfo “Rudy” Lozano, Senior District Court Judge of the United States District Court, Northern District of Indiana, will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 24 in Judge Lozano’s 4th Floor Courtroom at the Hammond Federal Courthouse. Judge Lozano was appointed by President Ronald Reagan on Feb. 26, 1988, and took senior status on July 10, 2007. He continued to serve the court and the district as a senior judge until his death on July 11, 2018.
Indiana Legal News
Low bar pass rates, technology among justices' top priorities
In a news conference this week, Indiana's Supreme Court justices discussed the results of their 2017-18 annual report.

Average national Multistate Bar Exam score sinks to lowest level since '84 
In addition to the lowest score in 34 years, the number of examinees was the smallest since 2001.

Decline in annual rulings by Indiana Supreme Court appears to have leveled off
The Court issues 71 majority opinions during the 2017-18 court calendar, down from 73 the previous year and 85 the year before that.
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