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ISBA committee members needed for 2016-17

Wednesday, July 13, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Susan Ferrer
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Mitchell R. Heppenheimer, South Bend, ISBA president-elect, will soon begin the process of appointing members to our various committees for the 2016-17 operational year. The State Bar wants and needs you to participate in the committee work of your professional association!

Much of the work of the State Bar is accomplished by its standing and special committees. Consequently, it is vitally important to select members who are dedicated and willing to devote time and effort to the challenges facing the profession and the Association.


Standing committees are established by ISBA bylaws and usually concerned with matters of ongoing interest. The bylaws provide that standing committees have a minimum number of members in staggered, three-year terms. If you are already on a standing committee, you need not reapply unless your three-year term expires in 2016. If it does, you should reapply in order to remain on the committee.


Special committees are established by the ISBA Board of Governors to accomplish special assignments or study emerging trends. They have no less significance than standing committees, but the terms of the members are for only one year. You must reapply each year, or you may be removed from the committee.


Although it is impossible to appoint everyone to his or her first choice, every effort will be made to accommodate any member who expresses an interest in service. All members interested in serving on a committee should fill out this form, indicating first and second preference(s) only, and return the information to ISBA Executive Director Tom Pyrz by Aug. 12.


Standing Committees


The Affiliate Membership Committee encourages Association membership of paralegals, law librarians, legal administrators and court administrators.


The American Citizenship Committee espouses the advantages of American citizenship and assists the federal courts in making naturalization ceremonies more meaningful.


The Articles & Bylaws Committee exercises parliamentary jurisdiction for the Association; reviews the articles and bylaws; prepares additions, deletions and amendments whenever appropriate; and recommends the same to the Board of Governors.


The Attorney Fee Dispute Resolution Committee has been exploring the need for and feasibility of a statewide attorney fee dispute resolution process that would complement but not compete with existing local programs. The committee recently proposed revised policies for such a process, which were approved by the ISBA Board of Governors. The policies will be accessible on the ISBA website at along with other program information and forms.


The Aviation Law Committee makes a continuing study of and recommendations pertaining to air crash litigation, aviation laws and regulations, safety and insurance requirements for private and commercial aircraft operating within the state, and other matters pertinent to aviation and space laws.


The Casemaker Improvement Committee will determine how to increase usage by members, including initiatives such as better informing members of the benefit, offering training to members and improving the offerings and operations of Casemaker.


The Committee on Civil Rights of Children makes a continuing study of laws pertinent to the civil rights of children and reports its findings and recommendations to the Board of Governors. The ISBA in collaboration with the Indiana Commission on Disproportionality in Youth Services sponsored the “Summit on Racial Disparities in the Juvenile Justice System: A Statewide Dialogue” in the summer of 2009. The committee recommended action in this regard, including legislation, HEA 1193, which became law effective July 1, 2010. In 2011, the committee produced a follow-up report of the Indiana Juvenile Mental Health Screening, Assessment & Treatment Project and also proposed a rule – the Right to Counsel in Juvenile Court Proceedings – for adoption and recommendation to the Indiana Supreme Court. The rule passed the ISBA House of Delegates unanimously, and the Supreme Court amended Indiana Rules of Criminal Procedure, Rule 25, which was effective Jan. 1, 2015.


The Clients’ Financial Assistance Fund Committee manages and administers the Clients’ Financial Assistance Fund for the purpose of maintaining the integrity and protecting the name of the legal profession in Indiana.


The Diversity Committee promotes full and equal participation in the ISBA, our profession and the justice system by all persons.


The Federal Judiciary Committee monitors all activities that affect the federal court system and federal court judges.


The Honors Committee is empowered, upon consent of a majority of the Board of Governors, to confer appropriate recognition upon any person who has rendered outstanding service to the legal profession. This committee also reports at each annual meeting of the Association the names of all members who have died since the date of the last report.


The Committee on Improvements in the Judicial System promotes the election or appointment of properly qualified candidates for judicial office. The committee also concerns itself with judicial salaries, pensions and tenure, and studies other facets of the judicial system in Indiana.


The Latino Affairs Committee seeks to provide a unified voice addressing the legal issues uniquely affecting the Latino community in our state. The committee coordinates resources to ensure equal access to justice for Indiana’s Latino community, promotes the legal concerns of Latinos within the broader legal community, and raises awareness of issues that affect the Latino community.


The Law Practice Management Committee studies, evaluates and recommends improved methods of managing the practice of law to maximize efficiency, productivity, effectiveness, pleasure and financial reward from such practice. The committee also develops and recommends projects and programs that help members of the Association furnish high-quality legal services to their clients.


The Lawyer Advertising Rules Review Committee shall study Indiana’s Rules of Professional Conduct concerning lawyer advertising and recommend any changes that may be needed.


The Legal Education Conclave Committee brings together lawyers, judges and legal educators to discuss (1) the transition of law students to lawyers and how the bench, bar and academia can assist with that process, and (2) the changes and trends in legal education and their effect on the legal community.


The Legal Ethics Committee shall foster and promulgate high ethical standards in accordance with the rules of the Indiana Supreme Court. The committee issues written opinions upon request. Opinions are formal or informal. Formal opinions shall be on questions of first impression in Indiana and other matters warranting general circulation in the judgment of the committee. Informal opinions shall be on questions previously resolved by formal opinions.


The Long Range Planning Committee considers all facets of the Association’s operation, including facilities, personnel, organizational structure and mission, and recommends long-range goals and procedures to be followed in their attainment.


The Military & Veterans’ Affairs Committee shall explore and identify legal issues and needs of service members (active duty, Guard or Reserve) living in Indiana or stationed and deployed outside of Indiana, and assist service members and veterans with such needs; continue the Lawyers for Soldiers Program, which provides pro bono legal assistance to service members, veterans and their families; and develop a network of ISBA members (judges, JAGs and lawyers) interested in military and veterans’ issues and assistance.


The Pro Bono Committee is responsible for fulfilling the Indiana State Bar Association’s commitment to pro bono efforts as an integral part of its mission and long-range planning. As such, the Pro Bono Committee develops and implements programs to educate members about the need for and opportunities to engage in pro bono civil legal services for the poor, and encourages members to undertake pro bono representation.


The Public Relations Committee is responsible for the formulation of Association PR policies. This committee recommends ways to improve the relationship between the public and the legal profession by way of presenting the work of the ISBA and lawyers generally through the use of the press, radio, television and other media.


The Service Committee, spearheaded by members of the inaugural class of the ISBA Leadership Development Academy, has established an annual Day of Service (this year on Sept. 19); is promoting service by state and local bar associations; and presents an award at the ISBA Annual Meeting to recognize Indiana attorneys committed to serving beyond their clients.


The Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Committee shall focus on legal issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity as well as promote full and equal participation in the legal profession by persons of differing sexual orientations and gender identities.


The State Legislation Committee monitors the activities of the legislature in those areas of interest pertinent to the profession of law; keeps the Board of Governors informed upon such matters; and supports by testimony and other means the policies of the Association before the General Assembly.


The Technology Committee makes recommendations to the Board of Governors as to actions to ensure the proper and effective use of the Internet to further the purpose of service to lawyers and the public. The committee is also addressing other issues of electronic commerce as they relate to the legal profession and the ability of lawyers to serve their clients and the public.


The Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee keeps itself informed with respect to all aspects of issues pertaining to the unauthorized practice of law (UPL) in the state of Indiana by nonlawyers. Where appropriate or when requested, the committee shall provide comments or written opinions, formal and informal, on the subject of UPL.


The Wellness Committee was established to promote health and personal well-being among judges, lawyers, their staffs and law students by encouraging positive lifestyle changes through increased physical activity, stress reduction, healthier eating, tobacco cessation and the like, and to support them as advocates to make their communities healthier places to live and work.


The Women in the Law Committee promotes the advancement of women in the legal profession, law school and society at large by providing educational programs to build successful practices, networking opportunities, a forum for discussion and understanding of legal issues affecting women, and opportunities for community service.


The Written Publications Committee is responsible for reviewing and approving articles on professional subjects in Res Gestae, and solicits professional articles of current interest to the membership.


Special Committees


The Attorney Surrogate Rule Committee is focused on the application of Admission & Discipline Rule 23, Sec. 27, and on improvements to the process used to protect the clients of those lawyers who give up their practice due to death, disability, a disappearance or disbarment. The committee’s Best Practices & Forms Guidebook shall be maintained and improved from time to time.


The Continuing Legal Education Committee facilitates the production and delivery of high-quality, affordable CLE programs for the benefit of the legal profession, in coordination with the sections, committees and staff of the ISBA, and other entities serving the needs of Indiana lawyers.


The Courthouse Art Committee is encouraging the donation of original artwork of Indiana’s 92 county courthouses, historic or current, to hang in the offices of the ISBA.


The Future of the Provision of Legal Services Committee has been charged with examining and reporting on the evolving challenges to the legal profession and making recommendations on how the profession should respond to them.


The IndianaDocs Committee is responsible for creating, reviewing, approving and keeping current all practice-related forms for inclusion in the IndianaDocs library. This document assembly software allows members to save time, effort and money in the production of repetitive documents and forms.



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