A Veterans Day Spotlight: ISBA Military & Veterans’ Affairs Committee

To commemorate Veterans Day, we asked members of the State Bar’s Military & Veterans’ Affairs Committee to share with us what this day means to them and why involvement with this committee is important. Harold R. “Hal” Johnston II, Lt. Col., U.S. Army (retired) Court Coordinator, Indianapolis Veterans Court What Veterans Day means to you:

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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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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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The Cobbler’s Children

By James Dimos Many of us have heard the old adage about the cobbler’s children having no shoes. As a reminder, it teaches that professionals or artisans may become so absorbed in their work for others that they neglect using their skills for themselves or those closest to them. Recent studies suggest that more than

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Volunteer for the 2nd Annual Day of Service Sept. 20

After a successful inaugural start to the ISBA Annual Day of Service in 2013, the ISBA Service Committee has set even higher goals for the 2nd Annual Day of Service, which is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 20. Last year, more than 60 judges and attorneys, and their families, showed up for eight different projects organized

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In this together

By James Dimos As you may know, I practice at Frost Brown Todd. My firm has approximately 475 lawyers practicing in nine offices located in five different states. We have more than 56 different practice and service groups, which range from administrative law to zoning along with 10 industry-specific teams and four ancillary businesses. The

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Next Business School for Lawyers starts Aug. 22

By Cheri Harris, charris@inbar.org, Director of Continuing Legal Education In 2011, the State Bar’s Business Law Section had a vision of providing curriculum to address significant business concerns of practicing lawyers and began working on a Business School for Lawyers. The ISBA partnered with Butler University Corporate & Executive Education, a division of Butler University’s

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Sausage making

By James Dimos “Laws, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made.” – Lawyer-poet John Godfrey Saxe* Article II of its Articles of Incorporation states that the purpose of the ISBA is, in part, to “encourage and promote reforms in the law … secure the more efficient administration

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Contribute to your member publications

By Susan Ferrer, sferrer@inbar.org, ISBA director of communications & editor of Res Gestae

In 1956, ISBA President Tom Scanlon created a publications committee to upgrade The Bulletin, a mimeographed newsletter, which, in fact, was a legal-size sheet of paper that was nothing more than a calendar. Volunteer lawyer-editors and a small bar staff went to work, and the newly named Res Gestae was published, for the first time, in November of that year.
We’ve come a long way baby, and yet its mission remains the same as in year one: to be a magazine with an emphasis on legal topics of practical value to lawyers.

Let’s talk content:

Section and/or committee columns are in the neighborhood of 1,500 words, have fewer endnotes and do not necessitate the rigorous review by members of the Written Publications Committee. Longer-treatment articles, upwards to 3,500 words, typically have a gazillion endnotes and are subject to a review process that can last a couple of months or more before a publication date is set.

Sections and committees with columns include ADR, Appellate Practice, Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights, Criminal Justice, Probate, Trust & Real Property and Wellness.

My message to sections or committees that don’t have either a periodic newsletter – print or electronic – or a current column in the magazine: Res Gestae is here for you!

Consider writing an article of modest length that deals with need-to-know matters in your area of practice: legislation, proposed or new rules, practice tips, hot topics. We can even include information about upcoming CLE if there’s time to promote it in the magazine, although our other communication channels may be better suited for such time-sensitive marketing.

Please consider generating a column even if only two or three times a year. The magazine needs you – it’s your publication – consider yourself part of the editorial staff and work with your chair in submitting copy to Res Gestae.

On to newsletters, print & electronic:

If you have the ambition and resources, I would encourage print. Your budget, along with volunteer editors and writers, will dictate frequency, but however many you produce in a year’s time, a section newsletter is arguably the best benefit of membership going.

If your section is small in size and revenue, producing a newsletter is not out of reach. We can still create the newsletter but save on printing and postage by converting it to a PDF and creating a link to circulate to your members. The Young Lawyers Section does both: It publishes two print versions of the YLS Network and two electronic ones.

Routine content includes a message from the chair and sometimes the editor, case law updates, promotion of programming (CLEs, receptions, etc.), how-to articles, current legislation, practice tips and more. Once your staff liaisons receive all of your copy, we lay it out, you review it, and then we produce it in whatever form your section or committee can afford.

Communication is the key to recruiting and maintaining our membership. We’re here to help in any way possible!

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