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National Speaker Month Kicks Off This Week!

National Speaker Month begins this week and continues through the end of month. We have 8 highly sought after national speakers joining us for a wide array of CLE topics. Click any of the programs below to learn more about the topics covered and speaker biographies.


6 CLE / 2 E – Tuesday, September 15, 2015 – 9:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

• Overview of the Advanced Planning Process
• Advanced Planning with Gifts of Real Estate & Other Assets
• Advanced Planning with Gift Annuities
• Advanced Planning with Charitable Lead Trusts and Charitable Lids
• Advanced CRT Planning: Cool Ways Your Clients Can Use Charitable Remainder Trusts
• Advanced CRT Planning: Ethical “Gotchas” in Planning w/ Charitable Remainder Trusts
• Ethical Issues in Advanced Planning

Pamela J. Davidson, Gift Planner, Davidson Gift Design, Bloomington, IN
Philip M. Purcell, Ball State University Foundation, Muncie, IN
Gregory W. Baker, JD, ChFC, CFP, CAP, Exc. V.P., Renaissance Administration LLC, Indianapolis, IN
Ted R. Batson, Jr., JD, MBA, CPA, CFP, Exc. V.P., Renaissance Administration LLC, Indianapolis, IN

Live In-Person Seminar: ICLEF Conference Facility, Indianapolis
Live Group Webcast: May Oberfell Lorber Law Office, Mishawaka
Live Individual Webcast: From your home or office computer
Video Replay Seminars: Available statewide after Live Seminar date



6 CLE / 1.5 E – Wednesday, September 16, 2015 – 9:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

• It’s Time for a Change: Superior Methods for Drafting Complex Legal Documents
“Once a new technology rolls over you, if you’re not part of the steamroller, you’re part of the road.”
— Stewart Brand
• Cloud Computing for Lawyers: The Pros, Cons and Ethics Issues and Options
“Ethics change with technology.”
— Larry Niven

• Case Management Systems – How it Works and Options for Your Firm
“Beware of computer programmers that carry screwdrivers.”
— Leonard Brandwein

• PowerPoint for Lawyers
“Mankind is a slow, sloppy and brilliant thinker; the machine is fast, accurate and stupid”
— William M. Kelly

• A Practicing Lawyer’s Guide to Disaster Avoidance & Business Continuity in a Digital World
“Mankind is the lowest-cost, 150-pound, nonlinear, all-purpose computer system which can be mass-produced by unskilled labor”
– NASA in 1965

Barron K. Henley, Esq., Affinity Consulting Group, Columbus, OH

Live In-Person Seminar: ICLEF Conference Facility, Indianapolis
Live Individual Webcast: From your home or office computer
Video Replay Seminars: Available statewide after Live Seminar date


6 CLE / 6 CME – Thursday, September 17, 2015 – 8:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

• Review Two Basic Structural Models of Mediation
• How to Settle Your Case in the First Ten Minutes: The Mediator’s Introduction
• Managing the Interests at the Table: Working with Attorneys & Insurance Claims Professionals
• Speaking to Parts of People, Iceberg Exercise, Levels of Conflict & “I” Messages
• Indiana ADR Rules & Current Case Law W/ Michael P. Bishop
• The Mediator’s Perspective & Holding Two Separate Truths
• Bias & Impartiality Exercise
• NLP & Perceptual Systems
• Bringing People to Closure and Defining Success

Lee Jay Berman, Founder & President, American Institute of Mediation, Los Angeles, CA
Moderated by Michael P. Bishop, Cohen Garelick & Glazier, Indianapolis, IN

Live In-Person Only Seminar: ICLEF Conference Facility, Indianapolis


6 CLE / 6 CPE / 1 E – Friday, September 18, 2015 – 9:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

• Key Business Concepts
• Introduction to Accounting
• Advanced Accounting Concepts
• Financial Statement Analysis
• Manipulating the Books
• Accounting Concepts Applied to Legal Drafting
• Introduction to Corporate Finance
• Advanced Topics in Corporate Finance
• Cash Flow Analysis • Understanding Stocks and Bonds
• Mergers & Acquisitions
• Derivatives

Professor Edward S Adams, University of Minnesota School of Law, Minneapolis, MN

Live In-Person Seminar: ICLEF Conference Facility, Indianapolis
Live Individual Webcast: From your home or office computer
Video Replay Seminars: Available statewide after Live Seminar date


3 CLE / .5 E – Wednesday, September 30, 2015 – 9:00 A.M. – 12:15 P.M.

• The do’s and don’ts of legal prose and writing in discovery
• How to write and edit more efficiently
• How to apply storytelling to your writing of statements of fact
• How studying advertisements can help your arguments
• Ethical issues relevant to legal writing – RPC1.1 (Competence); 1.3 (Diligence); 1.4 (Communication); 3.1 (Meritorious Claims and Contentions)

• Organizing your ideas: proper style, paragraph structure
• Convincing leads and conclusion: avoiding legalese
• The ethics of legal writing including citing to adverse authority, attributing sources, and use of metadata regarding electronic communication
• How the internet changes the rules of privilege
• Drafting legal documents
• Writing for courts
• The process of editing (yourself and others)
• Special factors in technical writing

Steven D. Stark
A graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, Steven Stark has taught hundreds of writing and speaking courses to law firms, corporations, and government agencies. Steven is also the author of four books and one e-book. He has been a commentator for CNN, National Public Radio, and the Voice of America, as well as a columnist for the Boston Globe and Montreal Gazette. A former Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, he has a vast background in the fields of legal writing, communication, and inter-cultural studies.

Live In-Person Only Seminar: ICLEF Conference Facility, Indianapolis


3 CLE / .5 E – Wednesday, September 30, 2015 – 1:15 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.

• How to write a speech or testimony to get your message across
• How to use humor to your advantage
• How to respond to questions without hesitation, and improve your delivery
• How to deal with a hostile or indifferent audience
• Relevant ethical issues – RPCs 3.3 (Candor towards the Tribunal); 3.4 (Fairness to opposing party); 3.5 (Impartiality, and decorum of a trial); 4.1 (Truthfulness in statements to Other); 4.2 (Communication with persons represented by counsel)

Steven D. Stark
A graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, Steven Stark has taught hundreds of writing and speaking courses to law firms, corporations, and government agencies. Steven is also the author of four books and one e-book. He has been a commentator for CNN, National Public Radio, and the Voice of America, as well as a columnist for the Boston Globe and Montreal Gazette. A former Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, he has a vast background in the fields of legal writing, communication, and inter-cultural studies.

Live In-Person Only Seminar: ICLEF Conference Facility, Indianapolis


ICLEF • Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Indianapolis, IN

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37th Indiana Law Update – Continues Today

35th Judge Robert H. Staton Indiana Law Update: The Original Since 1979, Sept. 26 & 27, 2013 - An ICLEF CLE Seminar

The 37th Annual Judge Robert H. Staton Indiana Law UpdateTM program began in 1979 under the Chairmanship of the late Hon. Robert H. Staton. It continues to offer the finest scholarly review of the latest trends, developments and changes in Indiana Law. Offering 12 CLE credits along with 1 ethics credit, it’s an outstanding value for your CLE dollar. Indiana Law UpdateTM has no duplicate! Do not be confused by other programs that use a similar name. If you want the very finest Update program, attend on September 9-10, 2015 in the Sagamore Ballroom of the Indiana Convention Center or at one of the Live Group Webcast locations around the state.

ICLEF continues its commitment to scholarship with Indiana Law UpdateTM. ICLEF donates a portion of the program proceeds for law student scholarships to: Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, University of Notre Dame Law School and Valparaiso University Law School.

For your convenience this year’s program will be available as :
Live In-Person Seminar – Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis
Live Group Webcasts – Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Michigan City & Muncie
Live Individual Webcasts – From your home or office computer
Video Replays – Statewide following the live seminar
• On Demand Seminars – Following live seminar – Day 1 or 2 from your home or office computer at your convenience


Evidence – Criminal and Civil
– Chief Judge Nancy H. Vaidik
Business, Contracts & Banking
– F. Anthony Paganelli
State & Federal Tax Update
– Richard L. Bartholomew
Family & Juvenile Law
– Hon. Vicki L. Carmichael & James A. Reed
Real Estate
– James H. Schwarz
Internet Law
– Anthony J. Rose & Jessica L. Ballard-Barnett
Insurance Law
– Richard S. Pitts
– Kevin P. Farrell

DAY 2 TOPICS – 6 CLE / 1 E
– Charles M. Kidd & Kevin P. McGoff
Nonprofit Update
– Scott Wylie
Probate, Wills, Trusts & Elder Law
– Todd I. Glass & Randall K. Craig
Constitutional Law
– Prof. Ivan E. Bodensteiner
Employment Law
– Melanie M. Dunajeski
Intellectual Property, Copyright & Trademark
– Thomas Q. Henry
Criminal Law
– Stacy R. Uliana & Jack H. Kenney
Bankruptcy Law
– Thomas P. Yoder

Hon. Melissa S. May, Program Chair 
Judge, Indiana Court of Appeals, Indianapolis, IN

Hon. Vicki L. Carmichael
Judge, Clark Circuit Court 4, Jeffersonville, IN

Hon. Nancy H. Vaidik Chief
Judge, Indiana Court of Appeals, Indianapolis, IN

Jessica L. Ballard-Barnett
Judicial Law Clerk, Indiana Court of Appeals, Indianapolis, IN

Richard L. Bartholomew
Girardot, Strauch & Co., Lafayette, IN

Prof. Ivan E. Bodensteiner
Valparaiso University School of Law, Valparaiso, IN

Randall K. Craig
Law Offices of Randall K. Craig, Evansville, IN

Melanie M. Dunajesk
Drewry Simmons Vornehm, LLP, Merrillville, IN

Kevin P. Farrell
Cline Farrell Christie & Lee, PC, Indianapolis, IN

Todd I. Glass
Fine & Hatfield, A Professional Corporation, Evansville, IN

Thomas Q. Henry
Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, McNett & Henry LLP, Indianapolis, IN

Jack H. Kenney
Director of Research & Publications, Indiana Public Defender Council, Indianapolis, IN

Charles M. Kidd
Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission, Indianapolis, IN

Kevin P. McGoff
Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, Indianapolis, IN

F. Anthony Paganelli
Paganelli Law Group, Indianapolis, IN

Richard S. Pitts
Arlington/Roe & Co., Indianapolis, IN

James A. Reed
Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, Indianapolis, IN

Anthony J. Rose
Meitus Gelbert Rose LLP, Indianapolis, IN

James H. Schwarz
Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP, Indianapolis, IN

Stacy R. Uliana
Uliana Law, Bargersville, IN

Scott Wylie
Volunteer Lawyer Program of Southwestern Indiana, Evansville, IN

Thomas P. Yoder
Barrett & McNagny LLP, Fort Wayne, IN

Wednesday & Thursday, September 9-10
12 CLE / 1 E / 12 Provisional and Foreign Counsel License

Indiana Convention Center, Sagamore Ballroom, Sections 1-3, 100 South Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN  46225

Grand Wayne Center, 120 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Ice Miller Law Office, One American Square, #2900, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Taft Stettinius & Hollister Law OfficeOne American Square, #3500, Indianapolis, IN   46204

Blue Chip Resort & Casino, 777 Blue Chip Drive, Michigan City, IN 46360  
DeFur Voran Law Office, 400 S Walnut St., Suite 200, Muncie, IN 47305

From Your Home or Office Computer with Internet Access

Available statewide after Live Seminar date

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Amateur Life Coach Episode: Pro Bono & Your Practice

Amateur Life Coach Episode: Pro Bono & Your Practice

James J. Bell, ICLEF's Amateur Life Coach

Originally Posted May 2014

The Amateur Life Coach (also known as attorney James J. Bell of Bingham Greenebaum Doll) is back to dispense his unique thoughts, advice and wisdom to his real and imagined viewers…

This week our question comes from Marion County Superior Court Judge Marc Rothenberg regarding the definition of Pro Bono

Now, you can also “like” the Amateur Life Coach at Facebook!  Visit his facebook account today and catch up on his day-to-day activities.

Questions for the Amateur Life Coach?  Email them to scottking@iclef.org or @JamesJBell on Twitter.

Written and performed by James J. Bell. Produced by the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum.
This video is for informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional advice.


James focuses his practice in the areas of criminal defense; attorney discipline defense and health care law. As a Marion County Public Defender, he represented clients in numerous jury and bench trials. James also represents clients in juvenile delinquency, appeals and post-conviction proceedings. James is a frequent ICLEF speaker on ethics, trial practice and criminal procedure. James just completed his first semester as an adjunct professor at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law where he teaches a course on professional responsibility. To date, no student has yet stood on their desk and shouted “Oh captain, my captain!” Follow James on Twitter @jamesjbell

ICLEF • Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Indianapolis, IN


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ICLEF’s Speaker Spotlight Shines on Jack O’Drobinak

Welcome to our Speaker Spotlight. For over 50 years the backbone of the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum has been the dedicated lawyers who step forward to serve as its leaders. This feature highlights those generous individuals.

Our Speaker Spotlight today features John M. “Jack” O’Drobinak, whose outstanding leadership for over 20 years has assisted ICLEF in achieving its goal of providing quality continuing legal education. We are pleased that Jack spent some time with us recently reflecting on his legal career and his ICLEF experiences.

The Law – Why and How
When asked how and why he chose a career in the law 54 years ago, Jack O’Drobinak responds explicitly, as if it was yesterday. He recalls the years when he was an undergraduate student at Notre Dame. How he felt strongly that he wanted to be an architect and how much he enjoyed his courses in that field. “I loved the process of building something, creating a plan that fulfilled a person’s vision.”

But then, he met a friend of his father’s. This lawyer in Whiting named Ben Dankow, introduced him to aspects of his estate planning practice…helping clients to reach their goals, not only for themselves but for their heirs. Jack explains, “I learned how much I enjoyed assisting people with their estate planning….the rewards are both financial and personal for clients.” He was hooked.

The O’Drobinak legal career began in 1960 when Jack received his Juris Doctor degree from Indiana University, after graduating cum laude from his beloved University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. At this point he also began the relationship with his chosen community of Lake County, Indiana, that is a lasting and cherished piece of this man’s being.

His first job was with Chicago Title Insurance Company where he was an examiner and learned about the impact of real estate title transactions. In his first law firm position, he plunged head-on into pending estate cases, learning by doing. Jack’s own law firm came about soon thereafter, immersing him for life as a counselor in probate, estates and trusts. Another fondly-remembered segment of his career is his 17 years as Probate Commissioner, directly impacting people’s lives in yet another manner.

Estate Planning continues to bring Jack O’Drobinak those rewards that he identified back in 1960.

Today the O’Drobinak & Nowaczyk law firm in Schererville includes his daughter, Amy Nowaczyk. They both chose the estate planning practice due to the satisfaction they have from knowing they are having a positive impact on people.

Estate Planning – Serving the Client Now or Later
Describing his interactions with estate clients, Jack has a key pointer he provides often about how important planning ahead is: “Your heirs are going to see the benefit of what we are doing to prepare for when you are no longer here.” Watch this short video for a glimpse of Jack’s feelings on the estate planning practice.

This engaging conversation about practicing law led to an interesting vignette that has been repeated over Jack’s 54-year career as an estate planner. We all know, there are those who have a hard time realizing the value of good counsel and taking action before it’s too late on their estates. He speaks very candidly to individuals when he gets the question “Can’t I just do my will online?” He has one repetitive answer: “Do me a favor….leave my business card with your family so that they can call me to clean up the mess when you die.”  You can be sure that this lawyer will give you his straight opinion, at any point, or whomever is involved.

Working On Your Practice and Not In Your Practice
And how did Jack O’Drobinak come to find his sweet spot in the practice of law? Are there warnings he has for someone considering a legal career? What thoughts might he have for anyone that’s reached a point of dissatisfaction? Jack has definite suggestions in these areas. He says: “You have to love it, or get out. A lawyer can bring themselves to a point where the practice dominates your entire life.”

O’Drobinak developed long ago a strong belief in the benefit to both the lawyer and his/her client of a balanced life.  As a result, he has in place throughout his law firm a system and philosophy that organizes every process to save time and increase efficiency. The system has proven to be the best formula for his law firm and his family, producing more satisfied, healthy people. Let’s take a moment to hear personally from Jack O’Drobinak about “working on your practice and not in your practice.” Click on the video link below for his thoughts:

Another aspect of his legal career that brings Jack satisfaction are the times when he can help others grow through one-on-one advice, assisting new lawyers in building their successful practice. He approaches mentoring as he does his law firm’s operation, expecting to use valuable time and energy as effectively as possible. In mentoring situations, he asks: “What does the law say? – If the lawyers knows what the law says, they are ready to discuss how to fit the client into a broader description of the law.” He then is willing to give his knowledge and guidance to the situation. These are the times he feels he can provide the best advantage for anyone who wants to learn from his experience.

ICLEF Leadership
Fortunately for ICLEF, along the path of acquiring his legal expertise, Jack O’Drobinak also identified the joy of sharing his educational skills. He chose 20 years ago to participate as an ICLEF speaker. His faculty contributions incorporate 50 to 60, always popular, Estate and Trust Administration CLE programs. About this involvement, Jack says: “I’ve enjoyed every one of my experiences with ICLEF seminars. Excellence is always a key component. It provides me a very satisfying opportunity to share my knowledge of guardianships, probate and trusts with others.”

Speaking of his CLE participation, let us mention a recent event that marks a significant milestone for Jack. He and his daughter, Amy Nowacyzk, teamed up for their first cooperative CLE entitled: Guardianships in Indiana. This excellent family ICLEF presentation is available in locations around the state by video replay. We’re looking forward to additions to the O’Drobinak & Nowaczyk estate planning seminars.

After these years of dedication to ICLEF’s educational goals it was natural that Jack would evolve from his faculty role into other leadership roles. He is currently using his knowledge of the organization in his service as Secretary on the Board of Directors.

As we chatted further, Jack was willing to pause to consider any recommendations for lawyers considering joining in as educators. We asked: “What have your years of attending and presenting CLE taught you is an important focus for a faculty member?” He recalled that he’s been to seminars at all levels of quality, both the presentations and the printed materials. Unfortunately, he’s been surprised on occasions that there were subpar ingredients. Not ICLEF programs, of course! Thinking back on both being seated in the audience and standing at the podium, Jack offers his characteristic, to-the-point suggestions for anyone who wants to be a valued educator:

“#1. Be well prepared.   #2. Have accurate materials.”

Where’s CLE going?
Of course, ICLEF’s leaders are constantly engaged in anticipating CLE needs for Indiana’s legal profession. A few of the questions they ask themselves are: “How do we insure that ICLEF’s quality continues? What kinds of CLE do you believe meets the current demands and those of the future?” We asked again for Jack O’Drobinak’s valuable input in these areas. He responded first by sharing the guidance that he provides to his associate: “Attend as many CLE programs as you are able.” Jack follows this tenet himself, and believes in the results.

Further, looking to where the practice of law is trending, Jack notes that the operations of his law firm have benefited from expanding technology, electronic systems being an important component. He sites the advances in software that have made his law office considerably more efficient. Jack points to providing education in the quickly-changing law practice management areas as a key to meeting demands. As well, he identifies “desktop CLE” is an area that increases in popularity every day. This 50-year lawyer has decided: “I like to sit at my desk for CLE. I see more and more of that.” He gives ICLEF high marks for the quality of our On Demand and Webcasting presentations.

“Take a good long look”
There’s no doubt about Jack O’Drobinak’s passion for his legal career and his dedication to making it a satisfying way of life. When asked how he would close this conversation, he quickly offered these thoughts:

“Take a good long look at your practice. You control everything about the practice of law, from beginning to end. If there’s something that bothers you take a look at what it is and how you can overcome it.” His suggestions on making sure you’re happy are in the following video. There’s valuable advice here for everyone:

His candid perspective on life and the law made this Speaker Spotlight conversation with Jack O’Drobinak a unique pleasure. Thank you again to Mr. O’Drobinak for participating in ICLEF.

It is through these types of Indiana lawyers that this organization continues to meet the high standards established in 1964.

See Jack at the ICLEF lectern as a presenter at the 42nd Annual Midwest Estate Tax & Business Planning Institute, June 11 & 12 at the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium – 500 Ballroom.

ICLEF • Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Indianapolis, IN

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