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Women’s Bench Bar Retreat

2/24/2017 to 2/26/2017
When: Friday, February 24, 2017
Where: Culver Cove Resort
319 East Jefferson
Culver, Indiana  46511
United States
Contact: Sherry Allan

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Sponsored by the ISBA Women in the Law Committee, LexisNexis and Brown & Brown Insurance



FEB. 24-26, 2017

The ISBA Women in the Law Committee invites you to attend the 16th Annual Women's Bench Bar Retreat at the Culver Cove Resort & Conference Center Feb. 24-26. Don't miss this opportunity to join fellow judges and lawyers from around the state for a weekend filled with great education programs, networking opportunities and spa treatments!




Friday, February 24th


11:00 - 4:30 pm



12:00 - 12:15 pm

Opening Remarks

Chief Justice Loretta Rush, Indiana Supreme Court


12:15 - 1:15 pm

Appeals on Wheels - Oral Argument* (1 hrs. CLE)


1:15 - 2:15 pm

Discussion of Oral Argument* (1 hrs. CLE) 

Christina Miller, Lucas Holcomb & Medrea


*(Note: To get credit for the oral argument or discussion, you must attend both.)


2:15 - 2:30 pm



2:30 - 3:30 pm

Part 1: The New and Improved Admission and Discipline Rule 23

Part 2: The Rent-A-License Cases (1 hrs. CLE/1 hrs. Ethics)

Hon. G. Michael Witte, Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission 




Is This Collaborative Thing Even Real? Nuts, Bolts & Myths of Collaborative Divorce Practice (1 hrs. CLE)

Holly J. Wanzer, Wanzer Edwards


3:30 - 3:45 pm



3:45 - 4:45 pm

FAIL-FEST 2017: Applying Tough Lessons Learned from the Bench and Bar (1 hrs. CLE/1 hrs. Ethics)

Andrielle M. Metzel, Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff

Anne L. Cowgur, Taft Stettinius & Hollister




The Clemency Project: Finding Justice Through Commutation (1 hrs. CLE)

Kerry C. Connor, Attorney at Law


6:00 pm

Opening Reception

The opening reception is a pitch-in. You are invited (but not obligated) to bring a favorite dish, starter or dessert. There is usually ample food so please join us whether or not you bring something. Having trouble deciding what to bring? With ISBA's wellness initiative, fresh, healthy options are always welcome. 


Saturday, February 25th


8:00 - 4:30 pm



8:00 - 9:00 am

Continental Breakfast


9:00 - 10:00 am

The Devil is in the Details - The Key to Winning Every Case (1 hrs. CLE)

Diane M. Moore, Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman




Discovering Civil Discovery: The Rules and Beyond (1 hrs. CLE)

Liberty L. Roberts, Church Church Hittle & Antrim


10:00 - 10:15 am



10:15 - 11:15 am

Consumer Law and the Indiana OAG: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Consumer Law at the OAG But Were Afraid to Ask (1 hrs. CLE)

Tamara L. Weaver, Office of the Indiana Attorney General

Eliza K. Bradley, Office of the Indiana Attorney General




Alternative Dispute Resolution, Peacemaking and the Future of Law (1 hrs. CLE/1 hrs. CME)

Ann Z. Knotek, The Law Office of Ann Z. Knotek


11:15 - 11:30 am



11:30 - 12:30 pm

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Most Recent Strategic Enforcement Plans (1 hrs. CLE)

Shelbie J. Byers, Drewry Simmons Vornehm

Melanie M. Dunajeski, Drewry Simmons Vornehm




Planning for the Unexpected (1 hrs. NLS)

Kristen E. Dealy, Morgan Stanley

Mike J. Miller, Morgan Stanley


12:30 - 2:00 pm

Lunch Buffet


President's Address: Changes in the Legal Profession and Dealing with Those Challenges (1 hrs. CLE)

Mitchell R. Heppenheimer, Heppenheimer & Korpal


2:00 - 2:15 pm



2:15 - 3:15 pm

16 Ethics Lessons: Don't Let the Candles Burn You! (1 hrs. CLE/1 hrs. Ethics)

Hon. Steven H. David, Indiana Supreme Court


3:15 - 3:30 pm



3:30 - 4:30 pm

Northwest Ordinances and Its Effects on Indiana History (1 hrs. CLE)

Susan L. Firestone, O'Malley & Firestone




Wait, Wait, Don't Judge Me: Fun and Games with This Year's Top 16 Family Law Cases (1 hrs. CLE)

Debra L. Dubovich, Levy & Dubovich

Reva J. Hill, Levy & Dubovich

Melissa B. Cohen, Cohen & Sawochka

Kimberly P. Peil, Hoeppner Wagner & Evans


6:30 - 8:00 pm



8:00 pm

Sweet 16 Party 

Join us after dinner for drinks and dessert! New this year, door prizes will be given out at this time. What began as a few gifts from vendors and sponsors has evolved into a more comprehensive gift exchange. If you are able to donate a small gift (most are in the $10 range) for the door prize table, we welcome your contribution.


Sunday, February 26th


9:00 am

Closing Breakfast




Optional services available Friday and Saturday include massages and manicures/pedicures and tutorials and shopping with Mary Kay and DoTerra Essential Oils!  A $5 service booking fee applies to all services.  Contact Sherry Allan at to reserve your appointment!



Culver Cove Resort
319 East Jefferson St.
Culver, IN 46511
For reservations call: 1-800-THE-COVE (843-2683)

Culver Cove is located:
2 hours north of Indianapolis
2 hours southeast of Chicago
45 minutes from South Bend
1 1/2 hours from Fort Wayne or Lafayette
Directions to Culver Cove:
While traveling on Highway 31, turn west on Highway 110. Travel approximately 10 miles and turn right on Highway 17. Go a short distance and pass the Medallion Cabinet Factory on your right.  At the next road (there is no street sign, but it’s W. Jefferson St.), turn right. Continue driving for approx. 1/2 mile, and you will see the Resort straight ahead.

Additional lodging:
Because Culver Cove sells out quickly, we encourage you to check availability at Main Street Manor, which is only a 2-minute walk from Culver Cove.
Main Street Manor
203 South Main St.
Culver, IN 46511



ISBA Member - $250

First Time Attendee - $199

One Day* -  $140

Law Student - $125

Non-ISBA Member - $400

Friday Box Lunch - $15

Except as noted, price includes meals with the exception of Friday Lunch, which can be purchased separately. *The One Day rate does not include meals.



A $25 service fee will be applied to cancellations received on or before 2/10/17. No refunds on cancellations received after 2/10/17. If you send someone else in your place, please provide ISBA with that person's name.


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