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2011 Winter issue of the YLS Network

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  • WINTER 2011Indiana State Bar Association Young Lawyers Section

    Chairs Message: The YLS is off to a fast start now its time for YOU to get involvedMark your calendars for March 26, april 27 and May 21 for upcoMing yls events!By Michael J. Jasaitis

    The young lawyers section (yls) provides opportunities to serve beyond our clients; it allows us (as a group) to extend service to the community and fellow lawyers. During the first quarter of the 2010-2011 term, the yls has done some great things. and, with several more events around the corner, the opportunity to participate is ripe. to illustrate, here are a few of the ways that the yls has effectuated its mission.

    October 2010 at the isBa annual

    Meeting, the yls spon-sored a community service project to benefit horizon house, a homeless shelter in indianapolis for men, women and children. toiletry items were collected and delivered to the shelter.

    December 2010the yls and the law

    firm Bingham Mchale co-sponsored the aBa ylD touch 10,000 Meet & Greet event for new lawyers in indianapo-lis. this event was designed to offer the opportunity for new lawyers to network with local colleagues and aBa leadership.

    the yls helped make the holiday a little brighter for two underprivileged families in need as part of United Ways adopt-a-Family program. Members of the yls council donated and delivered gifts and money to provide toys, clothes and other household necessities to each family.

    the yls teamed up with the James c. Kimbrough Bar association to sponsor santas Been sued, a program designed to

    provide a positive courtroom experience and gifts to underprivileged children in northwest indiana. the two organizations raised money to provide gifts for each participating child. yls members helped each child plead his or her case

    on the witness stand, after which Judge William e. Davis determined they were indeed all nice this year.

    January 2011the yls participated

    in the young lawyers serving hoosier seniors service project, the first of two designed to benefit

    the senior community. For this project, law students from the i.U. school of law-indianapolis joined yls members to help paint a senior center in indianapolis. More than 25 young lawyers/law students helped to paint multiple hallways, bathrooms

    and meeting rooms. isBa President Jeffry a. lind also joined the yls and participated in this daylong project.

    you can access picturesfrom these events atwww.facebook.com/isbayls.

    the above list is a re-markable testament to the

    willingness of young lawyers to participate and serve the community, all the while help-ing to change how lawyers are perceived by the general public. But this is only the be-ginning. With three significant yls events coming up, now is the perfect time for you to get involved.

    to that end, get your calendars out and mark down these dates:

    March 26, 2011 | YLS Service Project, Valparaiso, Ind.

    the young lawyers section and the Valparaiso University school of law are teaming up for the second service project this year. you are invited to participate in the young lawyers serving hoosier seniors community service project on saturday, March 26, 2011. this day of service is a one-of-a-kind

    This is the first in a series of articles concerning ethics. We are thankful to Michael Jasaitis for offering us the opportunity to write to the young lawyers section. For our first column, we want to offer advice regarding ethical resources.

    the indiana admission & Discipline Rules and the Rules of Professional conduct (along with its commentary) are found in your annual volume of Wests indiana rules of court state. the Rules are also available online at the indiana judiciarys website at www.in.gov/judiciary/rules.

    an annotated version of the Rules is available on Westlaw and in title 34 of Wests annotated indiana code. the Rules change. so, it is important to keep reading them at least annually. in addition, some of indianas Rules vary from the Model Rules of Professional conduct so you cannot necessarily rely on what you learned in law school.

    if you have a specific ethical dilemma, and it is not clearly addressed by the Rules or their commentary, then you should first consult your own personal moral

    compass. Many issues can be resolved by common sense. applying the Golden Rule and remembering that most ethical issues are viewed from the perspective of the client can help guide you through the thicket. to the extent you have a specific ethical quandary, you should consider hiring personal counsel. the Rules encourage you to seek advice and specifically provide that a lawyer can divulge client confidences to secure legal advice about the lawyers compliance with these Rules. RPc 1.6(b)(4).

    Ethics resources for young lawyersBy alice M. MORical & PatRicK J. OlMsteaD JR.

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    The Young Lawyers Section (YLS) providesopportunities to serve beyond our clients;it allows us (as a group) to extend service to

    the community and fellow lawyers.

    the state Bars young lawyers section reaches out to a predominately senior neighborhood to help out as part of its young lawyers serving hoosier seniors service project. Members of the yls were joined by isBa president Jeffry a. lind and law students from the iu school of law-indianapolis.

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    officers of the court with responsibilities. We have an obligation to be professional with opposing parties and counsel, as well as to the courts and the public. among other things, this obligation includes civility, which is crucial to the fair administration of justice and conflict resolution. civility in our practice encourages effectiveness in our practice and serves to benefit our client representation.

    as newer lawyers, lets make an effort to aim for a higher standard of attorney behavior to enhance our service. Uncivil and unprofessional conduct is not only a disservice to the individuals involved, it

    For more information about any of these events, please contact carissa long at 1.800.266.2581 or clong@inbar.org.

    a quick sidenote: Importance of civility

    indiana supreme court Justice steven David recently spoke as the keynote speaker at the lake county Bar association installation Dinner on Jan. 21, 2011. in addition to thanking him for

    making the trip, let me take a second to comment on one of his messages that we young lawyers should never forget civility in the practice.

    lawyers of all ages and experience levels are

    Fishers on saturday, May 21. this years theme will honor past yls chairs. this golf outing is a terrific networking event, no golf skills necessary! Register today to enjoy a day of fun, food, prizes and great golfing! there are ample ways to get involved, whether its to golf, volunteer, sponsor or to attend the dinner only. if you or your firm would like to participate, visit www.inbar.org for more information.

    these events are three great opportunities for you to get involved and help keep this years yls on pace. and keep in mind, if you have ideas for a joint local event or project, we are certainly open to partnering up with other bar associations and organizations for worthwhile endeavors to benefit our membership and community.

    opportunity to give back to the community while networking with some of indianas leading legal professionals.

    april 27, 2011 | ISBa Judicial reception, Indianapolis

    the yls invites you to honor indianas judges from around the state at the 2011 annual Judicial Reception at the new JW Marriott indianapolis on Wednesday, april 27, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. this event provides young lawyers a unique opportunity to network with their statewide judges and colleagues. check out the registration form on page 3.

    May 21, 2011 | YLS golf Scramble, Fishers, Ind.

    youre invited to tee it up at the yls Golf scramble at the ironwood Golf club in

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    While reasonable minds may fervently disagree, civility should transcend any difference in opinion.

    you should consult your insurance carrier or agent. First, this will place your carrier on notice of potential problems, thus satisfying your obligations under your insurance policy. second, your carrier or agent can oftentimes direct you to panel counsel who can help guide you through certain problems.

    you might also consult certain secondary sources, such as: the annotated Model Rules of Professional conduct; the multi-volume treatise legal Malpractice; the restatement (third) of the law governing lawyers; and the aBa/Bna lawyers Manual on professional conduct. you can find these resources online or through law school or judicial libraries. there is, of course, a myriad of resources available on the Web.

    Be sure to read res gestae, the indiana state Bar associations official publication, to keep abreast of current events, including Don lundbergs monthly

    column where he explores ethics topics.

    as a member of the state Bar, you have access to written ethics opinions, drafted by the indiana state Bar legal ethics committee. these opinions are available under the Public information tab on the state Bar home page, under isBa legal ethics Opinions. there is an index by subject that allows you to find relevant opinions quickly.

    you can also search ethics opinions from other states, through the Westlaw database Meth-eO. this database contains opinions from 19 states (not including indiana).

    if you are an aBa member, you have access to aBa ethics Opinions issued within the past year. you have to pay for older opinions. as an aBa member