If you have not attended the Indiana State Bar Association's Annual Meeting for a while -- or maybe never -- you owe it to yourself to invest in yourself and your practice by planning to attend the 2010 event.
There were lots of great CLE sessions. Chuck Kidd gave a great update on recent disciplinary cases. The discussion about relatively new Rule 8.4. It's a new rule governing what is perceived as discriminatory conduct, and stretches far beyond any previous restrictions. What once may have been viewed as boorish or even accepted conduct or comments about race, gender, sexual orientation and similar matters is now getting lawyers in front of the Disciplinary Commission. It was a very important session.
But even more important was the opportunity to network with fellow members of the bar. In just a short time, I had conversations with an Indiana Supreme Court justice, a Court of Appeals judge, and renewed acquaintances with lawyers from South Bend, Fort Wayne, Columbus and throughout the state.
It's not too early to put it on your calendar for 2010.