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17th Annual Women's Bench Bar Retreat

3/4/2018 to 3/6/2018
When: Sunday, March 4, 2018
Where: Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village
5951 Silver King Blvd
Cape Coral, Florida  33914
United States
Contact: Sherry Allan

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Join us to celebrate the "Sizzling Seventeen: Hot Legal Topics" Annual ISBA

Women’s Bench Bar Retreat in Cape Coral, Florida!

Sponsored by the ISBA Women in the Law Committee, Lexis Nexis, Brown & Brown Insurance, and Hon. Diane & David Schneider


10 hours CLE/3 hours Ethics/1 hour CME
*Pending approval from the Indiana Commission for CLE


The ISBA Women in the Law Committee invites you to attend the 17th Annual Women's Bench Bar Retreat at the Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village in Cape Coral, FL. Don't miss this opportunity to join fellow judges and lawyers from around the state for great education programs and networking opportunities! Click here for suggested Things to Do in Cape Coral.




Sunday, March 4

3:00 - 5:30 pm     Registration


6:00 - 8:00 pm     Welcome Social in Kris' Suite (1806, 18th Floor)

Light snacks and drinks provided


8:00 pm               Dinner on your own


Monday, March 5

8:00 - 5:00 pm      Registration


8:00 - 9:00 am      Breakfast


9:00 am –             Witte on What (Not) To Do (1 hrs. CLE, 1 hrs. Ethics)

 10: 00 am             G. Michael Witte, Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission


10:05 am –          Problem Solving Courts 101 (1 hrs. CLE)

11: 05 am             Joel A. Schneider, Marion County Public Defender Agency


11: 10 am –         17 Things to Make for a Good Law Day (1 hrs. CLE)

12: 10 pm             Justice Steven David, Indiana Supreme Court


12:15 pm –          Lunch

1:00 pm               


1:00 pm –            Lawyers, Innovation and Embracing Industry Changes (1 hrs. CLE)

 2:00 pm                Andi M. Metzel, Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP, Indiana State Bar Association President


2: 00 pm –           Sex Trafficking in Indiana – Does it Really Happen in my Back Yard? (1 hrs. CLE)

 3:00 pm                Judi L. Calhoun, Indiana Department of Child Services


3:00 pm –            What All Lawyers Need to Know about Indiana’s Wage Statutes (1 hrs. CLE)

 4:00 pm                Shelbie J. Luna, Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation


 4:00 pm –            The Alligator in the Room: Acknowledging the Reptile in Your Mediation and Showing it the Door (1 hrs. CLE, 1 hrs. CME)      

 5:00 pm                Ann Z. Knotek, Ann Z. Knotek, LLC; Holly J. Wanzer, Wanzer Edwards PC


 6:00 pm                Social at the Home of Diane and David Schneider  (Shuttle leaves at 5:30)



Tuesday, March 6

8:00 - 12:30 pm    Registration


8:00 - 9:00 am      Breakfast


 9:00 am –          Surrogacy: What You Don’t Know Might Kill your Practice (1 hrs. CLE, 1 hrs. Ethics)

10:00 am              Ann Z. Knotek, Ann Z. Knotek, LLC; Patricia L. McKinnon, Attorney at Law


10:05 am –             Ethics and Family Law: 17 Problems, Pitfalls, and Predicaments (1 hrs. CLE, 1 hrs. Ethics)

 11:05 am              Debra Lynch Dubovich, Levy and Dubovich


 11:10 am –          Civility from the Bench and Bar (1 hrs. CLE)

 12:10 pm              Hon. Melissa S. May, Indiana Court of Appeals; Hon. Elizabeth F. Tavitas, Lake Superior Court; Melanie M. Dunajeski, Drewry Simmons Vornehm, LLP



$325    ISBA Member - Early Bird (July 28 - Nov. 15)

$400    Non-ISBA Member - Early Bird (July 28 - Nov. 15)

$125    Guest - Early Bird (July 28 - Nov. 15)


$350    ISBA Member (ends Feb. 5)

$450    Non-ISBA Member (ends Feb. 5)

$150    Guest (ends Feb. 5)



Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village

5951 Silver King Boulevard

Cape Coral, FL 33914


The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village offers breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico, Caloosahatchee River and Tarpon Point Marina. Our Cape Coral resort, one of nearby Sanibel and Captiva Islands' only luxury properties, offers luxuriously appointed traditional, 1, 2 and 3-bedroom suites that range from 445-3,471 square feet and feature private screened-in balconies.


Contact The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village at 1-800-937-8461 to make your room reservation. The ISBA rate is $249/night for a traditional double room (plus a discounted $10/night resort fee*).  Be sure to provide the group code Indiana State Bar Association or (ISBA) Women's Bench/Bar Retreat in order to receive the discounted ISBA group rate. You may also make your room reservation online by clicking here:    


A small number of 2 and 3 bedroom suites are available at a discounted rate as well:

2 Bedroom Suite: $409/night

3 Bedroom Suite: $509/night


All suites feature a fully-appointed kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances and an open floor plan including a living room and dining room.


The deadline to book your room at the ISBA group rate is by 5:00pm on February 6, 2018, or until the room block is sold out, whichever occurs first.


Note: The group rate will be offered 3 days prior to the start of the retreat and 3 days post based on availability.


*Resort Fee includes: Guest room internet, water taxi to Ft. Myers Beach, complimentary bottle of water in guest room, pool towels, dally newspaper, covered self-parking, unlimited use of resort bicycles and tennis courts, and 24hr access to WestinWORKOUT fitness center.



Refunds will be issued for cancellations received in writing on or before February 18, 2018 and are subject to a $25 processing fee. Refunds will not be granted after February 18, 2018 nor will they be given for no-shows after the conference. If you are unable to attend but would like to send someone in your place, contact Sherry Allan at 317.639.5465.

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